Sunday, 26 November 2017

CTC#156 Annual Catalogue Christmas With A Twist

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Welcome back to another week of CASE-ing The Catty. The crew is made up of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all parts of Australia and New Zealand.You are at the blog of Rachel Palmieri, Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. I run classes at my home studio in South Morang, Victoria, demonstrate Stampin' Up!® products and tools at parties for my customers, coach my lovely team and create cards and the occasional 3D project.

Our mission this week is to CASE the Annual Catalogue and give it a Christmas Twist. Happy Celebrations, Page 34 of the Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue, paired with Lovely As A Tree were my choices to CASE the baby card pictured below.

Catalogue Sample
I have to say that I love these trickier challenges, even if I sometimes lose sleep trying to get the ideas to flow. Once I'd studied the Annual catalogue, the design above seemed to fit the bill. The gold and silver acetate sheets seem quite Christmassy, and I've been on the lookout for ways to include them in projects.

It seemed a fun idea to use the debossing folder which also says 'Celebrate', rather than fussy-cut the word. Then I just had to search for a suitable stamp for 'Christmas' as that particular one doesn't come with Happy Celebrations. The chosen stamp set was from 2016 and is now retired.

Lovely As A Tree provided a stamped background, using two stamps. A row of bare-branched trees fill the background with a tall evergreen in the foreground.Some silver enamel shapes. along with Real red enamel shapes were included to tie in with other parts of the card. Emerald Envy with a hint of Lemon-Lime Twist are the Christmas-with-a-twist colours - do you like them?

I must share with you the discarded sample. There are stamps included with Happy Celebrations which make great splatter backgrounds, but I think the overall look was too heavy and constructed, so I tried another favourite technique of mine - smooshing! Usually people say, "The photography doesn't do it justice, so much nicer IRL." I'm saying, "Can't believe that the photography has enhanced the colours. IRL it looks dark and indistinct!" You can see the way my thought process jumped from one idea and then onto the next.

I imagine you have some great ideas to Give a Christmas Twist to something you CASE, so why don't you share it on our facebook challenge. You can link your blog to your post if you have a blog, but if not, just post a picture.

You may have come from Peta Stephen, and now you are on your way to the very clever Fi Cobbin. Just make sure you visit all the blogs for some Christmas inspiration.


 Any orders in my online shop with the Host code receive a gift from me in the post. Since November is my birthday month, I am adding a handmade birthday card as well, for you to send to someone else.


  1. I actually like both cards!! But the watercolouring does look great. A fabulous twist.

  2. YOur colours look just lovely Rachel - "smooshing" is a winning technique for every occasion, and I love the silver acetate behind. Clever you

  3. Lovely cards, Rachel. The second one in particular, is my favourite. Those colours look fabulous together.

  4. Great cards Rachel, I love the silver acetate.

  5. Great layers Rachel - very effective and love it!

  6. ooooh I love the smooshing technique!! And the Emerald and Lemon are just glorious together. Clever twist for your case!!


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