Hello, CASErs! Welcome to your next stop on the magical tour that is the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Crew Blog Hop.
My card today is one of those happy crafting accidents when you set off to do one thing, catch sight of something else, which gives you a flash of inspiration, and you veer off in a totally different direction but end up with something you absolutely love.
The catty card that was my inspiration is this awesome creation from page 33.
I loved the wood background and the way the DSP has been cut up to achieve that look. It almost looks like an old wooden barn door to me. So my idea was to make a card with that same wooden background but using the Geared Up Garage stamp set (a fun set I’m so pleased has carried over for another year). But as I was searching through my DSP for the wood pattern, a piece of the map pattern from World of Good DSP caught my eye, because it had a map of Scotland on it. This week is our 16th wedding anniversary (I was a VERY young bride!), and we were married in Scotland, so of course I had to make an anniversary card for my husband using this!
I flipped the orientation of my inspiration card design so that I could take advantage of the position of the DSP with Scotland to the side. I added a stitched circle in gold foil with a gold heat embossed heart stamp from Modern Heart (a retired set but a keeper for me – I love this heart so much).
The base card is Cinnamon Cider to match the DSP. I am really loving this new In Color, it’s a great neutral base to all sorts of other colours. It is also great for masculine cards and is featured heavily in the beautiful World of Good DSP.
The town where we were married – Dunkeld – is too wee to be marked on this map, but it’s just North-West of Perth and you can easily pinpoint it on this map. I love that. Also seems super appropriate to have a map on a card for us since we spend all our time in Scotland driving around the countryside between family visits and cups of tea. The more winding a backroad the better, as far as we are concerned. True to form on our wedding night we went for a “wee run” across the country to Glencoe to see the deer in the midnight mist. Which was absolutely as magical as it sounds.
I’m terrible at layering so I love a good design to CASE and the layers in the catty card are perfect. I used my favourite small label punch to punch out my gold heat embossed on black sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings. Then a little hand-cut banner of tartan DSP from the last holiday catalogue – this is as close to Royal Stewart, which is the family tartan my husband wore at our wedding, as I could find in the stash. The bottom layer of black & white tartan is a little piece of ribbon from my wedding bouquet. I had a combination of artificial and fresh flowers in my bouquet so that I could keep some of the flowers, and it was tied with this ribbon. I snipped a little off the end to use on this card. I don’t expect my dear husband to pick up on this detail, but it makes me very happy to know that it is there.
After the serendipitous discovery of the perfect piece of DSP and a flash of inspiration, this card came together very quickly, and I’m super happy with how it turned out. It can be hard to make a lovey-dovey card with a masculine bent, but I think I’ve managed to do that here.
I’ve found the new catalogue to have inspired a great deal of happy crafting in the last few weeks, and obviously everyone else has too, as we’ve had some great entries every week on our Facebook page. Make sure you join in this week, too – masculine cards are a great challenge.
Next up this week on the crew hop is the fabulous Rachel, I can’t wait to see what she’s created. Hop on over with me to check it out.
Thanks for stopping by,