Sunday, 24 July 2016

Everyday Occasions - CTC88

Welcome back to the CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. This week we return to the Everyday Occasions pages 66-91.It is full to the brim with inspiration, and I love to see how everyone interprets designs in different ways, whether by using a different colour scheme, or stamp set.

I turned to page 69 and CASE-d both cards in the picture using different stamps. For the one on the left it was Flower Patch. This was the first photopolymer stamp I bought, and in the beginning, we had some issues with the larger images. They were a bit patchy when they stamped, sometimes a bit bubbly too. The remedies vary, as there are many different reasons for problems. Often the ink pad was too juicy or the stamp needed seasoning before it gave a good image. Something else I always do now is use a pierce mat underneath my card.

The result is a much clearer image, and I'm loving Flower Patch again. I have trouble holding back, and after stamping out a lot of lovely blooms, I used a whole bunch on my banner! I realised quite quickly that the Burlap Ribbon would be totally wasted in behind, so there is one strip, and a loop at the top. I wound some gold metallic thread behind the flowers too. The background looked a little bare, so another image from Flower Patch has been stamped randomly. The colour palette with the addition of this years InColors is so pretty, and you get a darker shade when stamping an image in the same colour on top, like with the Sweet Sugarplum flower and the Mint Macaroon leaf.

The card on the right of this picture provided a seed of inspiration for my second card, but not having this punch, an alternative was needed. I am loving the Sunshine Wishes thinlets but want to use the Sunshine Sayings stamps a little more. 
Layering Love, with large, flamboyant sayings was my choice for this card. I have mirror-imaged the positions of everything, it seemed to fit better that way. The original flower cut in Bermuda Bay DSP wasn't noticeable, so a second flower has been added in gold foil to match the gold foil doiley.


Don't forget, Stampin' Up!® has a Bonus Days promotion happening through this month. For every $90 you spend with Stampin' Up!® in July, you will be emailed a $9 discount code to use in August. That's like a 10% discount! You can shop in my Online Store if you have a shipping address in Australia, and if you use the Hostess Code, 9Z44PC2P you'll receive something extra from me in the post.

Don't forget to travel right around the blog hop, with a cup or glass of something beside you perhaps, if last weeks hop is anything to go by, you'll be hooked for a while! Next is the lovely Rebecca with some more inspiration from the Everyday Ovvasions section of the catalogue

If you'd like to join in the challenge at CASE-ing The Catty, this is the link to post your entry to.

Cheers, Rachel


  1. I love the gold flower over the top of the Bermuda bay. This is an awesome effect! Both cards are glorious but I really love what you've created with the second card. It totally rocks!

  2. Super lovely cards Rachel! The colours and balance is wonderful on each and they are so bright & cheery! Kelly x

  3. Ooh these are both lovely. I love how you have altered the second card too. Can you tell me how you condition your photopolymer stamps? i still have some troubles too with the solid images.

  4. Such beautiful bright colours on your first card, your stamped flowers turned out perfectly. Love the blue and gold theme of your second card, looks stunning!

  5. Love both of these cards. I love the Flower Patch stamp set and don't use it enough!


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