CASE-ing the Catty#284 – Annual Catty Dies

Greetings, CASE-ing the Catty fans, and happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had an enjoyable weekend. I’m fresh off a fabulous little city staycation for my eldest daughter’s birthday celebration. That’s right, my baby daughter turns TEN tomorrow, which seems crazy! I still have a bit of wrapping to do and some prep for her gathering (not a party) after school for cake with her girlfriends. Her card is, of course, already made, and I’ll share that later in the week.

Tonight I’m sharing a fun project I created for this week’s CASE-ing the Catty theme, which is to CASE the die section of the Stampin’ Up! 2020-21 Annual Catalogue (pages 173-179). I’ve picked this fun card from page 178 as my inspiration (and if you’ve hopped over here from Michelle’s post then you will have seen her FABULOUS interpretation of the same catty example).

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©Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue 2020-21, page 178.

I love the letter board look with this card, and for my version I’ve scaled it up to be a framed piece to go above my desk in my stamping room )not that I have had time to actually hang it up yet!

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To create the “letterboard” section, I started with a piece of Basic Black cardstock cut to about 5.75 x 4.5″ and scored it on my scoring board to give it the appearance of lines.

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I used the largest of the stitched rectangle dies to cut out a section of this woodgrain DSP from the In Good Taste collection, then trimmed around it to create the frame of the chalkboard.

The letters are cut from Thick Whisper White cardstock using the Playful Alphabet dies – I just love these dies, they have had so much use in my craft room already. To make adhering them a little easier, I laid them out on the black card, using the lines to keep them straight (enough – I see a couple are a bit wonky in the photos!), then used a piece of Press’n’Seal to pick the whole lot up, flipped them over and applied Tombow Liquid Adhesive to the back of the letters, then laid them back down over the black card, pressed them down then peeled back the Press’n’Seal. I use this technique so often and it is much faster than individually gluing down a bunch of die cut pieces.

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For the background I used a large piece of watercolour paper and white heat embossed some stamped images from the retired Crafting Forever stamp set as well as the new Banner Year (I love those cute little envelopes in that set). Then I used a large watercolour brush to pick up some inks and create a rainbow. I actually my girls’ help to do this, Genevieve was on my lap and Heather was choosing the colours and did a couple of the stripes herself. So is it the neatest rainbow ever? No. But do I love it? Yes, yes I do.

The colours of the rainbow are Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, and Highland Heather (she always picks Highland Heather!)

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Although the sentiment is certainly true, I manage to let too much other stuff get in the way of my craft time, of course. But it makes me happy looking at this creation.

I’m off to do some more birthday prep for tomorrow, but first I’ll be hopping along to check out my fabulous friend Shannon’s creation this week, so hop on over with me.

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And if you too would rather be stamping, then join in our CASE-ing the Catty challenge this week by sharing your project over on our Facebook page. 

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Thanks for stopping by,


Siobhan.