Happy New Year, CASE-ing the Catty fans! New year, new catalogue!!! And what a FABULOUS catty the 2020 Mini Catalogue by Stampin’ Up! is. So fabulous that this week we are CASE-ing the whole thing 😛
Now that we are post-Christmas I am keen to move onto some non-Holiday related crafting and to break out some bright colours and fun patterns and sentiments. I had my pre-order of new goodies arrive a couple of weeks before Christmas but was so busy I didn’t get to play with them. I’ve been trying to make up for that now! On New Year’s Eve, oldest daughter was determined to stay awake until midnight, so I took that opportunity to die cut and assemble a HEAP of poppies using the new Poppy Moments Dies. This was a great scrap buster – I grabbed a pile of card in different colours and die cut away, not thinking about the end product yet, just making a pile of bits to assemble later. Then I had great fun putting together a whole field of poppies in different colour combinations to be used later. I’ve put them all into a clear stamp case and am excited about having them on hand to use in projects.
Because I had so many poppies to choose from and so many options with a whole catalogue to CASE, I’ve taken my inspiration from this image on page 67 for my projects this week.
Although I’ve used the Peaceful Poppies Suite instead, it was the colours, the layouts, and the collection of cards and a memory keeping page that inspired me.
First up, a trio of cards.
This first card uses a range of orange, red, and yellow poppies on this gorgeous black and white striped DSP from the SAB freebie Golden Honey Specialty DSP which is just to die for. I am such a sucker for black and white with a pop of colour. The cute as can be sentiment is from the Itty Bitty Birthday stamp set and cut out with the Stitched So Sweetly Dies.
This next card was a quick and easy project since a strip of the Peaceful Poppies DSP (definitely my favourite from this catty) does all the heavy lifting. A Thick Whisper White cardbase, strip of DSP cut slightly shorter, a 1″ banner in Basic Black (the ends are hand snipped into a flag) is all that is needed to create this. I cut the “thanks” using the Well Written Dies in both Balmy Blue and Whisper White so I could later the white under the blue and slightly offset it for a shadowed look. The “my friend” comes from the underrated Annual Catalogue set I Say Hello and is heat embossed in white.
Next up is another fairly simple card. I used the Painted Poppies stamp set to stamp the large flower image in Memento Black ink directly onto a Thick Whisper White base. The poppy I’ve used here is in Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, and Blushing Bride.
To create the extra layer I’ve just cut away the outer edges from the second layer in Blushing Bride and then layered that over the middle at a different angle. I like the way you can introduce another colour this way. I gave the black centre the Wink of Stella treatment for some extra sparkle.
One of my New Year’s crafting resolutions (yes, of course that’s a thing) is to get back into memory keeping. I have always combined my daily planner/diary with memory keeping, using the 6×8″ albums and sleeves from SU! Last year I really dropped the ball on this in the second half of the year, and I miss it. I love the creativity of the 6×8 pages (think of them like giant cards) and the way you can combine it with the ease of Memories & More journaling cards. Most of all I really miss having that record of our everyday life to look back on. So I am determined to really keep on top of it this year. My goal is to do a full page for every day in January to get myself back in the habit, and then I will return to the usual spread per week on average.
I used a few more delights from my poppy stash (expect to see plenty of poppy projects from me now I have this enormous pile!) and some of the DSP to make this cover page for my 2020 planner (I actually split the year in half and do two planners per year to accommodate the memory keeping bulk). I blended some Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock ink onto a piece of Thick WW card for the background, and stamped some of the leaves from Painted Poppies.
Here’s one of my first January spreads, using some non-SU! journaling cards but a full sleeve of that stunning DSP because I just LOVE it so much. That white space would be perfect to add some journaling or a photo onto, but I couldn’t bear to cover it up just now.
Phew! Quite the long post, sorry, but so much to share! My creative mind is bursting with ideas from this new catalogue and I’m sure it will be even more so once I’ve hopped on through the CTC Crew’s first hop for the year.
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Next up is the gorgeous Rose and her smokin’ creation (haha – you’ll see!). Keep on hopping right through until you land back where you started. So much new catty inspiration to be had!
Thanks for stopping by,