Sunday, 2 July 2017

Holidays CTC#135

Welcome back to another blog hop with the crew from CASE-ing The Catty. Do keep on hopping along, to see what else the crew are sharing. Our challenge this week is to CASE from the NEW Annual Stampin' Up!® catalogue, Holiday section, from page 112-125.

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Because I haven't very many of the holiday sets yet, I've had to put a bit more thought in and ended up CASE-ing the following sketch for a couple of cards. I liked the 3 circles with an image on the middle one and decided to CASE this to make a couple of bereavement cards. I've been sending more of those the last couple of weeks than birthday cards, and it really pays to have a couple on hand.

I began with a base of Tranquil Tide and a second layer in Crumb Cake. I thought I'd ink around the edges for a more shabby chic effect. One circle was cut from the Wood Textures DSPS, another from a long-retired newsprint while the central circle was cut in Very Vanilla. It was stamped using Versamark and Birthday Blossoms flowers and leaves, then heat embossed in copper.

All the edges were inked and some Ombre ribbon was laid behind along with some copper cord. Looking at it now, I do wish I'd put a sentiment on the outside, as it seems to be missing something. This has already been posted, so I can't change anything now.

The inside has been decorated to match with a scalloped piece of newsprint, a straight strip of wood texture and the copper cord tied in a bow.

Next I changed the colours and stamped with Thoughts and Prayers, probably the second oldest stamp set in the Stampin' Up!® range. The reason it has been around for a while is because it is a lovely stamp set, as is Lovely As a Tree, the longest-lived stamp set. The sentiments are perfect for those more sombre occasions such as illness and bereavement, but saying that, I used one of the images for my son's wedding card. This image was inked with Stampin' Write Markers to get the flowers a different shade from the stems and leaves. This time I added washi tape, and some Glitter Enamel Dots.

Next stop along this week's blog hop is Rebecca Scurr

Keep on crafting,


  1. One sketch with two very different cards. Love the use of the Eastern Palace on the second one!

  2. Lovely cards Rachel. My favourite is the second one and that colour combo!

  3. These are both beautiful card Rachel but the first one is just lovely. I think it looks great without a sentiment on the front, and I love how you've decorated the inside.

  4. Love the thoughts and orayers with thus layout. Two totally different looks with the same case. Brilliant.

  5. Love the contrast you've shown with the two variations on this catalogue sample Rachel. This sketch is definitely a winner! Kelly x

  6. Two great cards!! Isn't the wood texture dsp so versatile!


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