Sunday, 31 July 2016

Christmas (Or Not) - CTC89

Page 32 Annual Catalogue
It's so nice to see you here for CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop. Maybe you have arrived here from my sweet friend Tina Gillespie's blog. She is our guest designer this week. But if you've started here with me, don't forget to check out what the rest of the crew have shared this week, you're bound to be inspired. Although the brief was to CASE Christmas, I wasn't quite ready to make a Christmas card. Soon our Holiday Catalogue will be released and there are going to be so many beautiful new products in there, not that there is a shortage in the Annual Catalogue either, The place card here provided inspiration for a birthday card in shades of Emerald Envy, Mint Macaroon and Copper Embossing Powder,

The Brushwork letters they used for the name are lovely, but I don't own them- yet! You can find them on page 157 if you want to check them out. I looked through my stash for something to fill the centre panel and settled for the recently retired Hostess set, Happy Birthday Everyone. This is a set I will be hanging onto for a while longer, and doesn't it look impressive heat embossed in copper? Unfortunately, the copper metallic thread wasn't thick enough for my liking, but I just so happen to have a spool of copper, very similar to the gold and silver thicker cord Stampin' Up! had in the last Holiday Catalogue. It just might be SU from a long time past. (Not sure where it came from, possibly my mother's craft room).

Because my birthday card is larger than the place card, I've stamped Wondrous Wreath (off the page) four times. The leafiest stamp was first stamped in Mint Macaroon. Next was the more sparse leaf stamp stamped in Emerald Envy, and lastly, a repeat of that stamp, rotated slightly and inked up with Versamark before sprinkling with copper embossing powder. 

This card seemed to be suitable for a masculine card, and I didn't have any copper sequins anyway, so the card is reasonably plain. I do usually hold back a little with embellishments, sometimes a little too much...

Fully inspired now, I cut a piece of Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP, and constructed the card in a similar fashion to the original CASE. I've used a narrower strip of card because I didn't want to cover the lovely DSP. This time it is a current sentiment from Cottage Greetings. This has been stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with copper embossing powder again.

One more, again using the specialty DSP Affectionately Yours, and this is covered in copper flora. Sadly, you only get one 12" X 12" sheet of each of these 'special' specialty papers in a pack, so I'm trying to make them go as far as possible!!! A narrower strip for the sentiment, again from Cottage Greetings. It is a simple sketch, and can be used in so many ways.

Of course, there is no reason why you couldn't use this sketch for your Christmas cards too, and I might, depending on the stamps I decide to use this year. Do you stamp Christmas cards, and if so, do you make a variety of designs, or lots of one design?


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! BUT, you need to do it tonight or you'll miss out.

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.

Let's head on over to see the lovely Rebecca, the Paper and Stamp Addict.

Cheers, Rachel

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  1. This DSP Affectionately Yours is so beautiful and suits your project perfectly. I loved the transition from the original design in the catalogue to all the cards you made. Wonderful work!

  2. Don't they all look so different? Lovely cards Rachel and such a good use of pretty DSP. I do love the wreath card the best, such a nice alternative use of that set. (Funny that you have stuff from your Mum's craft room --- my Mum's craft room is enormous too)

  3. Gorgeous cards Rachel. I like love what you did with wreath stamps.

  4. Your cards are gorgeous, Rachel! I especially love the first one - the colours are fabulous together. Thank you for your lovely introduction xox

  5. Rachel all three of your cards are great, I love the Emerald Envy and Mint Macaron together, also that Copper Flora DSP looks amazing!

  6. Just stunning Rachel - the layout is perfect and all that bronze is beautiful! So excited for the Copper Foil! Kelly x

  7. Oh wow! I heart copper! All three cards look amazing Rachel. So hard to choose a favourite. I'm super impressed to see you showcase SU's wonderful copper powder & DSP in so many ways.

  8. I love how using the same template but different papers creates such different cards. And don't you just love copper!!


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