Hey there, crafty people! So great to have you swing by for the start of this week’s CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge. Before we get to the CTC goodness let me just say a very Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there. I hope you’ve enjoyed your “day off” (lol) and that you managed to squeeze some happy crafting time into your day. I was spoilt with a sleep in, my favourite breakfast, some new stamps and inks, and a fabulous collection of handmade treasures.
This is our second week saying a fond farewell to some of our favourite retiring bundles.
It’s always when we do these challenges that I realise how many great stamps and dies there are that sadly have to make way for new goodies in the next catalogue. Often this makes me pull out something that was an early favourite but hasn’t had much love lately. This week my about to retire favourite is actually something I’ve only received this week – the Botanical Prints Medley, from the 2020 Mini Catalogue.
I always thought the DSP in this collection was striking but wasn’t sure I wanted the whole collection. But when it hit the retiring list at a pretty substantial discount I grabbed it – and I wasn’t the only one who couldn’t resist because it is sold out already. I am so thrilled I managed to nab it in time because – and I’m sorry if you don’t have it already – it is divine. I have had an absolute blast this week creating away with it.
I just adore the combination of black, white, and yellow. As does my mum- and this was her card for Mother’s Day. These papers coordinate so well you can pretty much take any little strips of them sitting on your desk and combine them to make something pretty.
I think I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago but Terracotta Tile is finally starting to grow on me. In it’s less intense manifestations it is more pink than brown-red and I find it gets along better with other colours this way.
This gorgeous shallow box is based on a Pootles/Sam Hammond tutorial that you can find here. It’s a great size as it only needs one sheet of A4 cardstock for the whole box. Add a pretty piece of DSP and a little decoration and you have a fabulous little box in no time at all. I’m certain this is going to become a go-to project for me.
I made one slight modification to Sam’s design by punching a little notch on the front for this beautiful bee embellishment from the Botanical Medley to sit. It looks so cute.
And lastly, since it is citrus fruit time here at Hightrees House (we have lemons, mandarins, limes, grapefruit, and oranges in abundance in the orchard at the moment) I’ve made some tags to go on our fruit bags. We have far more fruit than we can possibly eat ourselves (despite the kids’ best attempts to eat the mandarin trees bare) so end up giving a lot of it away. Mum and I always like to package it up prettily when we do this and Stampin’ Up! has provided some great papers for this purpose over the last few years. But none as perfect as the Botanical Prints DSP.
I’ve used a tag die to cut DSP and cardstock and adhere them together. Then a little strip of another DSP print, a label, and some coloured die cuts. So easy to pull together and if I do say so myself they look absolutely perfect.
Both in lemon and mandarin/orange colour schemes.
What suite will you most miss when it retires in June? Do you keep your favourites and keep crafting with them or move them on so others can enjoy them? If there’s a particular fave you’re sad to see go then pull it out this week, create something with it, and share it with us over on our Facebook wall. We just love seeing your projects as well.
Next up this week is the ever-so-talented Lauren. Make sure yo hop along with me to see what she, and the rest of the crew, have created this week. Lots of inspiration to be had!
Thanks for stopping by.
As always, keep calm and craft on.