CASE-ing the Catty #296 – Stepping It Up

Sunday greetings, crafty friends!

Well, the silly season is very nearly almost upon us, isn’t it? Have you started (or finished!) your Christmas shopping yet? What about your Christmas crafting? I find every year I make the odd thing here and there in the months leading up to December, give me a false sense of being ahead of the game, and then at the beginning of December I hit a full on panic  about how much I have to do. So I am expecting that some time next week!! I have managed to get all the teacher and class presents finished, which is great because the kids only have two weeks left of school before the big break.

This week I also took some time out to create a project for the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge. This week we are stepping up a mini catalogue project, and I’ve taken this cute but simple card on page 24,  far left, where the DSP feels like the focus to me, and used that (and other elements on this page) as my inspiration to create three stepped up cards.

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All three of my cards feature the Trimming the Town DSP, the Little Treats and Coming Home stamp sets from the Holiday Mini Catalogue, and base cards of Old Olive card stock.

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My first card uses a super simple card making formula – card base, DSP panel, contrasting DSP banner, and a sentiment panel, in this case die cut with the Stitched So Sweetly dies. The sentiment (from Little Treats) is stamped in Memento Black ink and the most complex technique on the whole card is using dimensionals to raise the sentiment panel up.

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To step up the next card, I used a mat of white card stock, two layers of contrasting DSP (spots and stripes are ALWAYS a good idea), another banner of DSP (a stitched banner this time), and this time I gold heat embossed the sentiment on the die cut panel. I’m not a bling girl so instead of adding embellishments I busted out some of the All The Trimmings Ribbon in Old Olive and looped that behind the sentiment panel. This card is still quite simple but it is “stepped up” from the first example.

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For my third, more elaborate version, I embossed the white card stock layer with the Tufted 3D embossing folder, added three layers of DSP on top of that (I love this layering look for using up those smaller pieces of DSP that you always end up with), and tied a bow around the whole card from with the Poppy Parade trim. This time I went with a Vellum banner, fussy cut some sentiments from that gorgeous piece of the Trimming the Town DSP, then added a tree cut stamped with the Coming Home stamps, coloured in Stampin’ Blends, and die cut with the coordinating Home Together Dies. I reached deep into the depths of my random supplies cupboard to find a little rhinestone to pop on top of the tree, which is as close to blingy embellishment bit you’re going to get from me!!

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This is a fun way to approach creating, and especially CASEing. Start with something simple, and then see how you can modify it and add in different layers or techniques or embellishments.

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We’d love to see your stepped up creations this week, join in the fun and share your creations on our CTC Facebook page.

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Next up on the crew hop this week, with some beautiful inspiration, is Kathryn. Hop on over with me to see her perfect poinsettia cards.

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Thanks for stopping by,

Siobhan.