Hello, CASE-ing the Catty fans! We’re back with Week 2 of our first round of CASE-ing the 2020 Mini Catalogue, which of course makes perfect sense and you all know exactly what I’m talking about.
All you really need to know is that it’s another week of CASE-ing the fabulous selection of projects featured in the January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue by Stampin’ Up!
My choice of project to CASE this week was this cute as can be card on page 5.
I love the layout with the featured die-cut images on that fun tag. I love the look of tags on cards but have never really made a card like that, so I made two this week! I used a new Mini Catalogue suite for one and an Annual Catalogue suite for the other to create two quite different cards using this fun layout.
My first card uses the Peaceful Poppies Suite – because I can’t get enough of these beautiful poppies at the moment! This pattern in the DSP is my absolute favourite, I had to force myself to cut into it because my instinct is to hoard it and preserve its prettiness. But totally worth making the chop. Becuase it is so beautiful and a scene in itself I decided to use it as a full sized panel covering the whole base card. To soften the bottom edge slightly I put a strip of Vellum across the bottom edge and then lay my tag on top.
I don’t have the Bonanza Buddies bundle which is featured on the catty card (yet! It is very definitely going to be on my next order) so I used a contraband (ie. non-SU!) die to cut a tag shape. I selected a couple of poppies from my enormous stash and layered those with some of the leaves from the Peaceful Poppies Elements pack, which is an easy to overlook gem in the new catty. It’s a fabulous value collection of printed and white embossed die cuts as well as vellum die cuts. You can colour them – such as I have here with a couple of the white leaves that are now Old Olive leaves – or use them in their gorgeous monochromatic glory, as I have with a few of the Vellum/White leaves as well. The sentiment is from a new set which is bound to get a heap of use in my craft room, Label Me Bold.
I’m making a particular effort to finish the insides of my cards and package them up with matching envelopes when I make them this year, so I’ve stamped this pretty sentiment from Peaceful Moments directly onto the Thick Whisper White card base and also stamped this image from Painted Poppies and coloured them quickly with Rich Razzleberry and Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends.
My second card uses the same layout but has quite a different look and feel by using the Dino Days bundle from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue. The background is again a full sized layer of this leaf pattern from the Dinoroar DSP on a Thick Whisper White cardbase, with a strip from another pattern along the bottom (I’ve used this fun pattern like this in strips on lots of cards – I don’t think I’ve ever used a piece of it wider than about an inch, lol). The little group of dinosaurs (and Pterodactyl, which was not a dinosaur, as most kids will tell you) are cut straight from the DSP with the coordinating dies. I just love being able to do that!
I did stamp one dinosaur on the envelope using the Dino Days stamp set. I stamped him with the Stamparatus so that I could first lay down a layer of Mango Melody and then ink up the stamp again just in some spots around the edges and the head in Grapefruit Grove ink, for some subtle shading.
I did use one new catalogue stamp set on both the front and the inside of the card – did you spot it? This stunning mountain range image is from Mountain Air, a bundle I have been itching to have a play with but just haven’t found the time for yet. Inked up in Soft Suede ink though it makes the perfect dinosaur friendly-looking landscape on both the tag on the front of the card and on the inside as well.
While I was trying to get these made I, as usual, had my littlest attachment trying to get her hands on everything. Roughly 80% of the time I spend in my craft room at the moment is actually spent removing stuff from her little hands (and she has a ferocious grip), closing cupboard doors and drawers that she’s been into, stopping her from getting into ink and paper stashes, arguing over whether she can use the scissors and trimmer, and putting stamps back in their cases. I do an awful lot of my crafting with her on my lap – please take this into consideration if you receive a slightly smudgy or crooked card from me!!
So this time I decided to give in and see if she could be distracted with some actual, authorised stamping. The kids have a bunch of these Melissa & Doug rubber stamps which are actually really nice and have great wooden grips. With a deep breath, I handed over one of my least liked ink pads (Peekaboo Peach, no great loss if it is ruined!) and let her at it. Needless to say, she was as happy as a little piggy in mud/orange ink, and I was quite pleased that she knew exactly what to do. We both merrily stamped away in peace.
And thanks to a large pile of baby wipes and a whole heap of Stampin’ Mist (that stuff is amazing) I managed to get most of the peach ink off the baby and the room.
Hopefully you don’t have to go to quite such extreme measures to get your stamping done and can join in the challenge this week and add your CASEd creation to our facebook page. We’ve had some fabulous entries already in Week 1, so make sure you head on over there to check them out.
Next up in the blog hop this week is the super talented Michelle, hop on over to see what fabulousness she has to inspire us all.
Thanks for stopping by,