Social Stamping and Birthdays

I’m back stamping this week with my Social Stamping friends!! Our fearless leader, Kelly, is having a birthday this month and we are celebrating along with her!

I am trying to use some of the retiring stamp sets and I’m sad to see that Breathtaking Bouquet from the January-June 2020 Mini Catalogue isn’t carrying through. It’s such a pretty floral set.

So using my Stamp-a-ra-tus (in case I didn’t stamp it properly), I stamped up a piece of thick whisper white in Memento Black. I then grabbed a few Stampin’ Blends and coloured away. I used Granny Apple Green, So Saffron, Flirty Flamingo, Purple Posy and Rococo Rose.

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! have created a Share Sunshine digital stamp set featuring sentiments that are about our current isolation situation. You can check the whole set out here. All the proceeds of this digital set are going to either the World Health Organisation’s COVID- Solidarity Response Fund or the United Way Worldwide’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. Once you purchase the set, you can download it straight away and start making cards to send.

I’ve used one of the birthday sentiments on my card.

I added a piece of Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon and using the Stitched Rectangle dies to cut out the sentiment. I coloured all the flowers with Wink of Stella for a bit of bling. Can you spot the bling?

I just love colouring with blends. I don’t do fancy, arty colouring but I’m happy with how it turns out.

Next up is the lovely Melissa. I can’t wait to see what she creates.

If you get lost on the hop, just head to Kelly’s post here which has a full list of everyone.

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CTC268 – Casing the Colours of the Ornate Garden Suite

Welcome to week 10000 at home. What day is it? Oh that’s right, it’s Sunday and we are Caseing the Catty!! I haven’t left the house for a week now except to go for walks around my estate. I think I’m going to struggle when I go back to the office!!

This week, we are casing the colours of the Ornate Garden Specialty DSP which are Bumblebee, Early Espresso, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Terracotta Tile and Whisper White.

One of my team members shared a group of cards on our team Facebook group using her scraps and I was inspired to create the same with a twist. I grabbed out the cardstock for each of the colours and using Early Espresso as the base of the card, I embossed the other colours using a variety of the floral embossing folders and then trimmed them into 1″ strips.

I then started to attach to the base piece and went from there!! I’m so happy with the end result and it was so easy!! These also look stunning using DSP.

I went a little different on the next one!! Just call me crazy!!

Of course, I had to use my favourite Stitched So Sweetly dies for the sentiments which are from Beautiful Bouquet and Abstract Impressions.

Next up is the lovely Sandra, across the ditch in New Zealand.

I’d love to see what you create using the colours of this pretty designer series paper! Please share over on at our Facebook group.

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I hope you are having a good week! To all those who are home schooling this week, I send you lots of love and patience!! I think teachers are amazing!!

We have a lovely Autumn themed colour combination for you with Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Whisper White. Shame it doesn’t really feel like Autumn in Queensland yet!!

I’m in a floral mode at the moment and I had the Country Floral embossing folder out on my desk, so I was inspired to use it again! I embossed a piece of vellum and got out my Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie blends and the Pear Pizzazz marker. I started off colouring on the back of the vellum but the colour didn’t come through enough so I coloured the front instead.

I layered the vellum onto a piece of whisper white cardstock with glue dots under the darker flowers.

I then cut out the sentiment piece from the Ornate Layers dies in Pumpkin Pie cardstock. The sentiment is from the Layered with Kindness stamp set. I coloured a piece of Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon with the Cherry Cobbler blend and added a rhinestone.

Make sure you join in with the challenge over on to our Facebook group, here. This challenge will run for three weeks.

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CTC267 – Week 2 – Flower Time

Welcome to another fun week at Casing the Catty. I hope you are managing with all the things going on. I’m working from home and I am getting used to having a sleep in each morning. I’m going to struggle getting up to drive an hour to work especially if it’s in the middle of winter!!

We are back for week 2 of casing the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite. Now you don’t need to have the suite (although feel welcome to buy it from my store here!!)

I was inspired by a couple of the Ornate Garden images. For my background, I was inspired by the embossed background on the card on the bottom left. I cut out the large flowers from the Flourish dies and glued them to a base piece of So Saffron cardstock. As I got glue on the background, I sponged the whole background. I then embossed it with my favourite subtles embossing folder.

I’m really trying not to use Happy Birthday sentiments as I have so many birthday cards already. So I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and once again, my favourite Stitched So Sweetly dies.

I wanted to add some of the star (?) shapes from the dies but it was an outline die, so I glued it to Old Olive cardstock and cut it out by hand. I added a couple of the Gilded Gems for a touch of bling.

I’m quite happy with how this card turned out! I hope you like it too.

Next up is the lovely Peta.

We would love to see how you have been inspired by the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite over on at our Facebook group.

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CTC267 – Week 1 – Inspired by Ornate Garden Suite

Welcome to Caseing the Catty, although this week, we aren’t technically casing the catalogue! We are casing the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite which is a bundle that is going to be a part of the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue. But you can purchase it from now! It’s a lovely suite with 2 stamp set and 2 dies, designer series paper, ribbon and gems.

So you don’t need to have this suite to be able to join in. You just have to be inspired by the flowers of the suite. I had a look at the gorgeous Ornate Garden Specialty DSP and was inspired by the daisies on one of the sheets.

I decided to grab out my daisy stamp sets, Daisy Lane and Daisy Delight. After checking out the stamps, I went with Daisy Lane as it included the smaller daisy. For my colours, Stampin’ Up! are having a Keep Stamping challenge, and for the first challenge, the colours were Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Terracotta Tile and Bermuda Bay. You don’t have to use all the colours so I went with Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight and Grapefruit Grove.

I then stamped my own background and layered it with Coastal Cabana. I added a Mint Macaron ribbon (cos that’s all I had) and then stamped the small daisy and punched it out twice. I really love the look of the layered daisy. I added a gold faceted gem for the middle. The sentiment is from the same stamp set. I don’t know about you but I’ve been wanting to send cards this week to friends to cheer them up and I’ve found that 99% of my cards are birthday ones! So it’s time to start making cards with different sentiments.

I used the Stitched Label framelits for the sentiment.

Next up is the lovely Peta and her kitty, Marvi.

We would love to see how you’ve been inspired by the flowers of the Ornate Garden Suite over on at our Facebook group.

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Social Stamping and Rainbows

I’m excited to be a part of Kelly’s Social Stamping Blog Host this weekend. Our theme this week is Rainbow’s which have become the symbol of connectedness during these times of isolation.

A big thank you to Kelly for bringing so many stamping friends together to share inspiration and to feel a bit more connected with others.

So first of all, I googled what the colours of a rainbow are. Yes, I know I should know but I needed to be sure!! I have just received the Ornate Garden Suite which is an early release from the 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue and I couldn’t wait to play with the Ornate Style stamp set and the large flower image.

I decided to start with a black card base to make the rainbow colours stand out. I then used the largest border die from the Ornate Layers dies to cut out another base. I stamped the floral image in Memento black and then grabbed out blends in the rainbow colours. I used Lovely Lipstick, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Call me Clover, Balmy Blue and Blackberry Bliss. I added Wink of Stella over the flowers for some sparkle.

I stamped the sentiment from the Ornate Thanks set in Highland Heather (thought I had used the HH blend!!) and cut out using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I added a piece of Real Red ruched ribbon as a banner and popped the sentiment on that.

I even did a panel for the inside. I coloured a piece of cardstock using the blends and then cut out with a die from the Ornate Layers dies.

Isn’t that pretty!! Rainbows are just so bright and cheerful, aren’t they!

Next up is the lovely Liz.

If you get lost on the hop, you can access the whole list here, on Kelly’s blog.

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Welcome to a colourful challenge at Colour Inkspiration. We decided to go with a bright and cheer colour theme to cheer us up during this difficult time.

Isn’t it pretty!! The colours are Daffodil Delight, Call me Clover, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo and Mango Melody.

As always, I get out the cardstock for each colour and see what I feel inspired by. Once I saw the colours together, I thought of the Timeless Tulips stamp set and the matching Tulip Builder punch.

I used a piece of the Call me Clover gingham dsp from the 2018-2020 In Colour DSP stack (which will be retiring very soon!!). I then stamped the tulip in the 5 other colours on the matching cardstock and punched them out. I also handcut the stems of the flowers. I then layered them onto my card and “wrapped” them with white baker’s twine. The sentiment is also from the Timeless Tulips stamp set.

It’s just a bit bright!! But I love it!! We would love to see your creations so please share them on our Facebook group. The challenge will last for 2 weeks, so you’ve got a bit of time to join in.

Happy Stamping and keep safe

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