Well, it’s finally happened, people. It’s DECEMBER. And yes, I knew this was coming. I’ve had at least 11 months’ warning, but still, the first of December always seems to hit a bit like a brick wall.
This is the kids’ last week at school so we are flat out this weekend preparing end of year gifts for classmates and teachers. It’s their final week at this school as next year they are off on a new adventure, so there are quite a few people we need to say an extra-special thank you to. We also have some fun December 1st traditions in the family, starting of course with the advent calendars. Although maybe we didn’t quite get this concept across to the three-year-old, as about an hour after he gleefully opened the first window, this was the scene that greeted us:
I’m afraid my parental neglect was due to being busy in my craft room. I could see he was playing quietly with some cars on the floor, I didn’t think to check to see what cars he was playing with! Oh well.
This week for CASE-ing the Catty the challenge was to CASE the Kids & Babies section of the Annual Catalogue. There are lots of great examples in this fun section of the catty, and I was looking forward to a return to non-Holiday card making, but then I ended up making a Christmas card after all! I almost made this project for last week’s CASE-ing the Catty, when we were CASE-ing any layout from the Annual Catalogue. I had thought about how I had made this card earlier and really loved the way it turned out, and it would be fun to CASE it again but change the theme again and make it a holiday card. CASEing my own CASE, if you will. Here’s the catty version, on page 103, and here’s the version I made earlier.
And here’s my Holiday Catalogue take on the layout.
My base card is Seaside Spray – this soft blue is becoming a new favourite of mine, it pairs with other colours so well. For this card it is teamed with the Pretty Peacock, Night of Navy, and Copper scheme of the Brightly Gleaming Specialty DSP.
Deciding to use this paper made this a double challenge for me, as while I love this paper and think it’s so beautiful, I haven’t actually managed to use it in a project. Does anyone else have collections in their stash like that?
Anyways, I decided to chop up this beautiful foiled pattern into 1cm strips for the background. I blended some Pretty Peacock ink onto some vellum and cut an oval for that, and used the Stitched Stars Dies (which I have had no problem using many times) for the other features, in Copper Foil (*swoon*) and more of the DSP.
I even popped a Pretty Peacock star on the inside of the card.
The sentiment, white heat embossed on Pretty Peacock cardstock, is from the retired set Nothing Sweeter (2018 Holiday Catalogue).
So that’s my rather simple CASE of a CASE. I’m happy to report that I was quite pleased with how it turned out, and maybe it has broken my funny jinx with Brightly Gleaming and I’ll be chopping that paper up with gay abandon this week.
If this or any of the crew’s other fabulous projects inspire you to get creating this week then share it with us over on our Facebook page. Are you still in Holiday card mode, or have you returned to regular season crafting??
Next up is Rachel with a super sweet card to share with us. There’s a fabulous mix of olf and new products and seasonal and non-seasonal projects in the hop this week, so make sure you check them all out.
Thanks for stopping by,