Friday, 6 March 2015

Butterflies In My Garden CTC#21

Each week at CASE-ing The Catty we turn to our Stampin' Up! Catalogues for inspiration. We'd love it if you joined us in CASE-ing The Catty too!

This week we are seeking inspiration from the Everyday section of the Occasions Catalogue. That's the one in the picture above. You can copy exactly, use a sketch or layout as an inspiration starter, or maybe a colour combination to create a card, scrapbook page or 3D item. Then just share which sketch or colour combination inspired you.

Our challenges close at 5pm Thursday (AEDT)

  • Create a new project for the challenge
  • Mention CTC in your blog post and link back so others can join us
  • Mainly SUO products (retired or current) to be used for these challenges

I turned to the Everyday section, marked with a green half-circle at the top right of the page. Most of my favourite stamp sets are in this section, which could make it very hard. Or... I could choose a sketch, step it up and use THREE favourite stamp sets!!!!

At the top of page 20 is a sweet little card, featuring From The Garden. This stamp set was one of three on my must-have list because I do like to potter in my garden, pull a few weeds, strike cuttings and pick a flower or two. This afternoon I picked a huge crop of tomatoes in fact, and nothing on earth tastes better than home-grown tomatoes.

My first CASE of the card was a single layer card. I'm never very comfortable with single layer cards, because smudges are difficult to camouflage, but I used sequins and one of the flowers placed strategically to achieve that! I absolutely love the Framelits to cut little plant labels to hold the greeting, and this sentiment came from Little Buddy Birthdays. I borrowed some of the pink-toned sequins from the Perpetual Calendar Kit, as they come in lovely shades of pink. Flowers are punched using Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack with a candy dot popped into the centre.

Next, I tried another version using two layers. Because it could be discarded if it didn't work, I was brave enough to try spritzing this layer too! The linen thread didn't make it onto this card but the sequins did, along with a sentiment and pair of butterflies from Butterfly Basics. Again, you gotta love those framelits.

For this card, I really went to town with the new Chalkboard paper for the label, stamped with Whisper White Craft Ink. The background is one of the stamps from Butterfly Basics, using Pink Pirouette, Strawberry Slush stamped off once and Pear Pizzazz. The fern leaf, small butterfly and sentiment are also from Butterfly Basics.

Never being satisfied with a one-layer card, the stamped panel is mounted on black and then four of the largest bloom from Crazy About You have been stamped, punched, trimmed and layered. I guess you can still see where my card originated, since there's a multi-coloured background and a plant label with twine, but it's very stepped-up from the inspiration sketch.

NOW, what can you do using the Everyday section of the Occasions catalogue for inspiration? Don't forget to share it with us at CASE-ing The Catty.

Have a great weekend, we celebrate Labour Day here, so Monday is a day off work. 

This month's Hostess Code is B3M6SRH7. If you choose to use it when you make an online order, and you allow me to contact you, I will post you a small gift to say thank you. Don't forget, SALE-A-BRATION continues till March 31st - one free item for every $90 ordered, and four more items have been added.
Check them out here.

Built for Free Using: My Stampin Blog


  1. Dear Rachel,
    WOW these cards are stunning!! I love all the details in each and the variation you have created!!
    Smiles Sharnee :)

  2. Beautiful work as always Rachel! That final card is just so gorgeous! :)

  3. Three beautiful cards, Rachel, but that last one is a real 'show stopper'.

  4. All three cards are gorgeous, Rachel! Love the transition from the original design to the final card, which is stunning! The colours are crisp & fresh, & that chalkboard planter label is sooo cute. :)


In line with new Data Protection legislation (GDPR) by commenting you do so in the knowledge that your name & comment are visible to all who visit this blog and thereby consent to the use of that personal information for that specific purpose. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Rachel