Sunday, May 16, 2021

CTC #318 - CASE A Die Bundle From The Mini Catty

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the Die Bundles in the Jan to June Mini Catalogue.  With a new Annual Catalogue it is easy to forget that there are still another couple of months before the Mini Catalogue finishes.
 
For this challenge I chose the purple card on the right of the above image from page 77 of the Jan - Jun Mini.  I love purple but was also drawn to this card because I haven't used my Art Gallery Bundle very much so it needed an inking up, also I love the colour purple. 

Even loving purple, I wanted to mix it up and make it less of a monochromatic card than the original, or shades of purple with a tiny splash of green.  I chose a piece of DSP from my new favourite Hand-Penned DSP pack, which has a lovely polka dot pattern. I wanted to add some ink to the background so the flowers stood out a little bit more so pulled an open ink pad down a few times which keeps to a mottled look. The two colours I have used are Pale Papaya and Granny Apple Green, I think these are such fresh colours and they look great together. If you look closely you will see that I have also added three little gems form the Genial Gems from the new Annual Catalogue, I love these as they have glitter in the gems and they are faceted and such soft colours so add a bit of bling without it being distracting. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use any of the samples in the new Annual Catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

Time to hop on over and see what Sandra has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 9, 2021

CTC #317 - Say Hello to the New Annual Catty

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.


This week we are taking our inspiration from the new Annual Catalogue, for our first hop now that the catalogue is live we are opening the challenge to any project in it!  Take your time to have a look through the amazing projects in the catty, and even if you don't have the same products as in the catalogue just use what you have to be inspired by the colours, layout or any other aspect of the project to create your project. 

I was inspired by this image from page 99. When a new catalogue comes out one of the things I look for are the smaller projects, or ones that might not be the focal point on a page. you might look at the image above and miss the cute little card in the top right, but this is the one I took my inspiration from.

Even though I didn't have the same products used in the original I did have the new Color & Contour Bundle and thought the fun daisy style flowers would be a great way to replicate it.  I also made it in the new Polished Pink and current Highland Heather which are such a bright fun combo. I was so surprised with the frame dies in this bundle as they are all a little different from each other in more than just size, I thought this one had embossed strips down each size, but it actually has full thickness cuts which lets through some of the colours from behind. 

Here is the card from another angle which shows the Painted Texture 3D embossing on the background, and catches the light on the cute little In-Color Jewels which add such a fun element to the card.  My tip for positioning the flowers is to cut two of the frames, and adhere one to the card where you want the sentiment to be, then layer the flowers around it before adhering the "real" panel over the flowers. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use any of the samples in the new Annual Catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

Time to hop on over and see what Julia has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, May 2, 2021

CTC #316 - Say Goodbye To Your Favourite Retiring Product

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking our inspiration from our favourite retiring project and products, this is a really tough one because it will be our very last CASE from the 2020 - 2021 Annual Catalogue and there are a lot of projects and products that I have loved from this catalogue so its tough to chose just one ... so I didn't! 

I was inspired by this image from page 109, I liked it because it uses my favourite DSP from the Forever Greenery Suite of the same name.  I also knew it was a card that would allow me to feature some of my other favourites from this catalogue. 

I love the striped DSP so used this one rather than the one in the original keeping with the horizontal striped theme. I also wanted to use the Forever Gold Laser-Cut Specialty Paper which is just gorgeous and I have loved using in my projects this year.  I used two of the gold wreaths, one with the gold showing and the other that I flipped over and coloured the white backing with my Dark Pretty Peacock which is my faviourite retiring In-Colour. I also used this pen to colour three adhesive pearls.  Instead of using the Forever Fern stamp set (because it's not retiring ... yay) I chose two of the leaves and sentiment from Rooted in Nature which is a set I absolutely love. Finally my favourite ever embellishments are the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots which I have used way more than any other embellishment (except pearls and rhinestones) and I am going to miss these little guys so much.

This card really does represent some of my favourite products from the 2020 to 2021 Annual Catalogue which will retire on 3 May ready for our new Annual Catalogue which goes live on 4 May. If there are any products you are thinking about, don't delay if they are on the retiring list because they won't be available for very much longer. 

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use any of the samples of retiring products in the 2020 to 2021 Annual Catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.


Time to hop on over and see what Rose has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique

Sunday, April 25, 2021

CTC #315 - Favourite Retiring Kit

Welcome to another week at CASEing the Catty Sunday Blog Hop, where utilise the projects within the current Stampin' Up! catalogue to inspire our own projects each week. We also invite you to join with us in the challenge each week by using this inspiration in your own creations and uploading a photo to our Facebook page.

This week we are taking our inspiration from the retiring kits in the Annual and Mini Catalogues.  I do love kits and there was one that really caught my eye as soon as I opened the annual catalogue almost a year ago, and that is the Boho Indigo Product Medley so I knew I had to take my inspiration from that for this challenge. 

I was inspired by this image from page 6 of the Annual catalogue. I like to have a really close look at the projects in the catalogue on  my computer screen so they are really quite large as I find that I notice details that I might otherwise miss.  It was certainly true for this card when I realised that the background DSP is actually made up of pieces from many of the sheets in this pack, and not just a single pattern!

I do apologise for the photography on this card, I think I left it a bit late in the day and the sunlight was quite yellow.  I still think it sows off the different patterns of DSP quite well, I also used some of the die cut shapes and the ribbon that was part of the Medley as well as cutting some of my own using the coordinating dies.  The cute little felt flowers make such a nice addition to this project, and I couldn't help adding a few of the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots which are also retiring and I am going to miss them so much.

I hope you are inspired to join in the challenge this week, just use the samples from the kits in either catalogue to inspire your creativity, then post a picture of your project to the CTC Facebook page.

Time to hop on over and see what Julia has created this week.

Happy Stamping
Monique