Sunday, May 7, 2017

CTC #127 - Favorite Retiring Product

Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Blog Hop, this week we are taking our inspiration from one of our favourite retiring products.  I have to say this was no easy task as there are quite a few products that are retiring that I am really going to miss.

I did however decide on the Serene Scenery DSP and Scenic Sayings stamp set, I think I chose these not because they are necessarily my favourite retiring product (I think that is Gorgeous Grunge), but because they are so beautiful and coordinate so well together. I also think that like many DSPs that I buy I avoid using them because they are so beautiful, I asked myself "If not now, when?".

I couldn't choose between the projects that inspired me on page 102 of the catlogue, so I decided to make 3 of them. I love the natural photo realistic images on the DSP and how well they coordinate with the less realistic reverse side of the papers.

My first card was inspired by a home decor item, but I think it is really cute as a card as well. Stamping directly onto the DSP is something many of us just don't think to do, but this sentiment really pops when it is heat embossed using White Embossing Powder. The faux washi tape is just small strips of one of the papers in the stack, I think this is a great way to use papers as well.

My second project was made using a Vellum bag cut from Vellum and the painted wood DSP adhered to a piece of cardstock that can be slid out with the message.  I think one of the things I love about these challenges is that not only do they make me look more closely at the catalogue, they make me look really closely at the images to see how the creative team have put a project together. Here a banner of DSP behind the focal sentiment adds a subtle layer to the project.

My final card makes me think of sunny days lying on grass at a park looking up through the leaves, what better image to use on a congratulations card particularly for someone who has just finished studies and now can kick back and enjoy their sunny days instead of having their head in a book! Again the use of small strips of DSP behind the main image adds texture in a fun sort of way. You will be seeing more of this from me in the future.

I hope you are inspired to join in with the team this week, just share a project inspired by one of your favourite retiring products and link it to the CTC Facebook page, don't forget to add your picture to this week's album. Not a member yet? Just ask to join and one of the admin will add you to the group.

Time to hop on over to see what Julia has been inspired to create this week.

Happy Stamping


  1. I love the DSP strips masquerading as washi tape!! And I agree that looking at the projects in the catalogue is such a great way to see how to create interesting projects!! That gift bag is beautiful!

  2. Three gorgeous projects!! I love this DSP, I'll be sad to see it go.

  3. These are beautiful projects, Monique. They look so clean & fresh.

  4. Great cards Monique! I always forget about stampin on DSP too!! Kelly x

  5. 3 brilliant projects Monique. I will miss this DSP too and I have had a lot of use from that stamp set. You are absolutley right about studying and learning so much from the catalogue. - there's mountains of detail in there - and it always surprises me what I have missed even though I have studied every page a thousand times! lol love, love love the vellum bagm but they are all lovely


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