CTC65 – Valentine’s Day

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Can you believe that we are almost at Valentine’s Day!! It will be Christmas before we know!!

So this week at Casing the Catty, we are sharing Valentine Day projects. I decided to share a project from the Annual Catalogue. Yes, it’s still current!! My project is from page 28 of the Annual Catalogue, and I have turned the gift bag into a card.

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I just love the Timeless Elegance DSP. It’s another one of those that I find hard to cut into! But I have managed it a few times now. I also love the matching Timeless Love stamp. It’s so lovely and delicate and just perfect for colouring. I lightly coloured the flowers in Blushing Bride and a hint of Pear Pizzazz on the petals. I then used Gold Wink of Stella on the centres of the flowers for just a little bit of sparkle.

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of vellum using the Basic Black Archival ink. Before you attach it to the card, make sure you let it dry on the vellum. If you don’t, it will smudge. Ask me how I know!! (Stamped it four times before it was dry enough to not smudge!!).

 

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To get the black twine, I split a piece of the baker’s twine combo pack from the Occasions catalogue.  Great use of a left over piece!!

So don’t forget that you can join in with our challenge each week.  We are doing a monthly challenge so if you feel inspired to create and join in, please do.  We will choose a winner at the end of the month and post the results on the first post of the new month.

 

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CTC46 – Do you want to Make a Difference?

At Caseing the Catty, we have made it to the very last page of the catalogue!! This week, we are caseing the Make a Difference section of the catalogue which features the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

$3 from the purchase of this cute set goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities to keep families together and surrounded by love when their children are receiving medical treatment far from home. What a great cause!! If you don’t have this set already, you need to get it today!!

There are 4 cute cards featuring this set. I decided to make the tag and turn it into a card.

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Since we no longer have the Colour Coach to suggest colour combinations, I have been using My CreateInk, to help me out. All you have to do is pick a colour or two and it will bring up lots of different suggestions.

I decided to use a sheet from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper stack and that started off my colour combo with Crushed Curry. My CreateInk then suggested Smoky Slate, Night of Navy and Soft Sky.

I found that I had some crushed curry baker’s twine so I tied a cute bow and added it to the top of the tag. Don’t you just love that you can make your own tags with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch!

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I stamped the bottom of the basket, flowers and sentiment with the new Basic Gray Archival ink pad and stamped off as I wanted a slightly lighter gray. I then dug out my blender pens (which I seem to be using a lot these days!!) and coloured in the basket and the flowers. I’m very happy with how my basket turned out. Who knew I was arty like that!! Not me!!

In keep with the original tag, I punched out a vellum circle and also curved the birthday sentiment strip. I cheated with the banner at the end and used my triple banner punch to make a nice even banner. Really, I can’t even do little ones even!!

After a brainstorming session with one of my stamping buddies, we decided on the placement of the flower. Who knew it was such a decision!!

 

Here’s a close up of the flower basket.

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I hope you like my card and are inspired to buy the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to help support Ronald McDonald House Charities. Oh and I forgot to mention, but there is a fabulous matching punch, of course!!

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CTC41 – Is it really time to start thinking about Christmas??

I’m in denial. Surely it’s not time to start thinking about Christmas. Haven’t we just done that!! The year is flying past so quickly!!

This week at CTC, we are case-ing the Christmas section of the catalogue. Whilst I’m not really ready to start thinking Christmas yet, I do like the cards in this section and I especially love the Merry Moments DSP. So much so, that I couldn’t decide which sheet to use for my card, so I made 8 cards!!!

I was inspired by the card on the front page of the section, in the top right corner.

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So I picked my 4 favourite patterns and, using the colours listed on the back of the packet, got my bases ready. I decided to make 2 of each one so that I could get a head start on my Christmas cards for this year.

To create the lines on the centre piece, I used the Chalk Lines stamp set. I also used the Festival of Trees stamp set for the trees and my sentiment came from Merry Everything stamp set. Except for the first card, I inked the sentiment using a marker as I didn’t want the dots across the top and bottom. I love using this technique!! I also alternated between using the foil sheets and the glimmer paper for a bit of bling. You always need bling at Christmas time!!

These cards were fairly quick to put together and would make a great card to mass produce.

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I hope you have enjoyed my cards. Make sure you check out Tricia’s blog to see what loveliness she has made this week.

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Oh, how I love a good box!!!

I love all things 3d really but especially boxes, so I was excited to see that this week’s Case-ing the Catty challenge was the Gift Packaging section of the catalogue. There are lots of great packaging options in the catalogue from bags, boxes and more.

I decided to make 2 projects this week. For my first project, I thought I would case the box on page 65 of the catalogue. (It has a silver doily on it, so I was sold!!)
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But I decided to not make a box, but try a bag made with the new Gift Bag punch board. I decided to add a flap to the top of the bag so that it would have a closure and the tag could be attached to it.

I reversed the colours used from the sample and went with a piece of dotty Melon Mambo from the Brights Collection DSP stack. I hope you like my gift bag!

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Here’s a close up of the flap.

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For my second project, I wanted to try the hamburger box on page 61. Only one problem, I don’t have the Hamburger box die. So I got out my trusty gift box punch board and a piece of the Color Me Irresistible Specialty DSP and 60 seconds later, voila, I had a box!!

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To make the flower, I used a piece of whisper white envelope paper. It’s a lighter paper which made it easier to work with. I cut out a number of petals from the Bouquet Bigz L die, and curved them slightly with my bone folder. I then stuck the petals together with glue dots. You can use either tombow glue or hot glue but I didn’t want to make a big mess and I was in a hurry to get it done! I also cut the black flower centre from the die. I attempted to make the yellow flower centre but as you can see, there’s a pearl in the middle. Less said about that, the better!!

Now I have to mention, I had a bit of trouble getting a good photo of the box, so please excuse my photos!!

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Here’s one looking down through the top of my light box.

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I hope you have enjoyed my project today. The next stop on the CTC hop is Monique. I’m sure she has a fabulous project for you!!

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If you happen to get lost on the hop, just click here to go to the Case-ing the Catty blog and you will find all the links there.

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CTC11 – I love a good tag!!

This week at Case-ing the Catty, we have started on the Holiday Catalogue!!  There are so many tags in the catty once you start looking!!  It was hard to decide which one to case!!  However, as soon as I saw the box and cute tag on page 20 of the AU/NZ catalogue, I knew what I was going to make!!

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Isn’t it cute!!  And of course, I had to use the new gift box punch board!!  You may notice that I love this!!  I started with an 8″ x 8″ square of Kraft cardstock and scored at L on the start line and S on the Diagonal line.  I then stamped the cardstock with Versamark and used the larger snowflake stamp from the Letterpress Winter stamp set for a subtle print on the box.  I cut a 2″ strip from the gorgeous All is Calm Specialty DSP and wrapped it around the box with a piece of Lost Lagoon Silky Taffeta Ribbon.  Don’t you just love the paper doilies! They add a pretty touch!

To make the tag, I cut a 5cm wide strip of Pear Pizzazz card stock and punched out a tag using the Angled Tag Topper punch.  I then ran it through my Textured Boutique machine with the Lucky Stars embossing folder.  I used the Bitty Banner framelits to make the silver flags.  Next, I did some silver embossing on the brushed silver cardstock using the smaller snowflake stamp and punched it out with my new 2″ circle punch.  Then a quick stamp of the For You stamp and punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  I then added 2 mini silver brads for a bit of bling.  Then to assemble it on the box!  I added an All is Calm snowflake and attached a rhinestone for more shine!!

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But I know that not everyone likes non-traditional colours at Christmas time, so I did a red/green one as well.  I used the Nordic Noel DSP on this one.  I hope you like it!!

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So make sure you join in with the Challenge at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au

You can directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, just to name a few examples, as a springboard for your own creations. It doesn’t even have to be about scrapbooking, journaling or Project Life.

For example, you can use a sketch idea for a card or 3D item.

Guidelines
*   Create a new project for the current challenge (no back linking)
*   Mention CTC Challenges in your blog post and link back to the challenge blog so others can join in on the fun.
*   Let us know what project you CASED and make reference to the page of your country’s catalogue where you got your inspiration.
*   SUO products (retired or current) may be used in your projects for CTC Challenges.
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