Greetings, crafty friends. Well, once again I find myself saying, what a year this week has been! I was listening to my favourite podcast recently and someone said that “2020 threw up on 2021 and we’re still cleaning up the mess”, and I can’t really think of a more apt description of the year so far!! Last Sunday I popped out to the shops quickly, and while we were out an emergency lockdown was declared in Perth, the shops were overrun, and six hours later we returned home from our “quick” trip! And then we spent the next five days at home. It is just crazy how quickly things can change, but I’m super grateful to the leaders of our state and to the whole community for doing what is necessary to keep us all safe. There’s been no more community transmission, and we are back to almost normal again, with a few restrictions, from this week.
The slower pace of lockdown did give me a chance to spend a bit of time at my craft desk – something which I have had very little of in the last two months. Of course, the first thing I did was look at this week’s CASE-ing the Catty challenge, which is taking inspiration from the Love You Always Suite on pages 10-13 of the January-June 2021 Mini Catalogue.
The card that I have decided to CASE is the one with the black and white dots background on the middle right hand side of the above image (which is on page 13 of the catty). It was the diagonal cut that attracted me to this particular example, although I ended up pretty much exactly copying the layout of this card to make some bright and cheerful cards, which felt called for during this lockdown week.
For my first card I used:
Base Card: Bermuda Bay
DSP background: Ice Cream Corner
DSP banner: Snail Mail
Sentiment panel: Blushing Bride
Dies used: Stitched Rectangles, Hand-Lettered Prose (retired)
Trim: Snail Mail Twine Combo
I must admit, I wasn’t thinking about the letter dies being retired when I made this, I just thought the more scripty look suited the card. I cut the letters from scraps of cardstock – I’m not the only one who holds onto every little scrap of card and paper, right? The “from a distance” sentiment comes from the Share Sunshine PDF that was released as a charity fundraiser early on in the COVID craziness last year. It seemed like the right time to use those sentiments again, and I’ve included another one on the inside of the card.
My second card follows the same formula but I have swapped around the DSP patterns and changed the base colours. I love to do this with paper to get a different look to the same card design – sometimes this is as easy as just turning over the DSP you use to show the other pattern.
Base Card: Blushing Bride
DSP background: Snail Mail
DSP banner: Ice Cream Corner
Sentiment panel: Bermuda Bay
Dies used: Stitched Rectangles, Hand-Lettered Prose
Trim: Snail Mail Twine Combo
I do love getting a paper hug in the mail, don’t you?
Next up this week on the crew hop you’ll be returning to Rachel, if you started right at the beginning, or just keep hopping along until you get back to the first fabulous project you visited. Don’t forget to join in the challenge as well, by sharing your CASED creation (from pages 10-13 of the Mini Catalogue) on the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.
Thanks for stopping by.
Stay safe and healthy, everyone, and craft on.