Welcome to the 101st blog hop with the CASE-ing the Catty crew. This week was an easy one: Be inspired by your Favourite Annual Catalogue Bundle. Hmmm…. maybe it wasn’t so easy after all. There are TOO many bundles that could quite easily be my favourite!
I’ve used the Sweet Cupcake bundle quite a bit lately (lots of October birthdays!) so you could say it’s my favourite of the moment.
I was inspired by the pretty little card on page 23 of the annual catalogue.
Here it is:
And here is my version….
My colours were Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum, and Sahara Sand with a touch of Tip Top Taupe.
This is a large bundle, with 24 individual photopolymer stamps and 10 dies.
I used the Sparkle embossing folder on the base, which was Sahara Sand.
Next on the hop is the lovely Julia Quinn, who is not only a lovely friend but also an awesome stamper and artist. Check out her post here.
How exciting! This week we are celebrating 100 hops with the CASEing the Catty team. We reckon that deserves a special mention, don’t you? I’ve only been a part of this great group for a short time, but all the crew are so talented and we love sharing our projects inspired by the Stampin’ Up! catalogues. Thank you so much for your support, your lovely comments and for joining us each week.
This week we are looking at pages 18 – 31 of the Holiday Catalogue: the Presents & Pinecones suite.
Living in the middle of a pine forestry area, as we do here in Creswick, the Christmas Pines stamp set and Pretty Pines Thinlits dies immediately caught my eye. I’ve been looking forward to creating with this awesome bundle of products.
The card on page 19 is the one I chose to CASE (copy and share everything) this week.
Here it is…
I kept my card pretty close to the original this week, but left off the bells which had been fussy-cut from the Presents & Pinecones designer series paper pack.
Continue on with the blog hop by visiting Monique to see what lovely creations she has for us this week. As always, if you get lost along the way you can always pop back to the CTC Blog and see all the links in one place.
Sometimes called a ‘December Daily’, Hello December is a 6″x8″ album where you record the everyday happenings, fun family activities, and festive celebrations throughout December. Hello December is the suite of products Stampin’ Up! produces to make this whole process simple, easy, coordinated and fun.
Preparing the album
With mine, I prepare the album beforehand (usually during November) and then fill it with the photos as the moments happen throughout December.
Printing the photos
I usually take the photos on my phone, then every couple of days throughout December I print them out at home.
Many places like Big W and Kmart have print kiosks now, so it’s not usually an issue to print out the photos as you go. Don’t think about it too much. Just print out the photos and cut them down with your paper trimmer if needed when you get home.
Even for those of us who don’t like writing a lot in our albums, it’s important to record the little details. If you’re anything like me, you’ll convince yourself you won’t forget but by the next day you can’t remember what you did or even what you had for dinner!
The easiest thing I found is to write a little note to myself in the Notes app on my phone. It might be just a little quote from the kids that I want to remember, or maybe a record of times and dates, or just some fun activities. Record these things as they happen and you won’t have to spend one minute trying to remember while you’re pulling it all together.
Hello December by Stampin’ Up!
Stampin’ Up! offers an awesome Project Life range called Hello December, and they’ve been bringing out a new one each year. This makes it soooo easy to create the album and fill it with pretty cards, places for journalling (recording the who, what, when and where) and even embellishments to make it really your own.
Want to learn more?
Check out this awesome video with Donna from Stampin’ Up!. She explains it all so well.
I feel passionate about this project, and I know the value in recording these memories and moments as they happen. Life changes so quickly, especially if you have young children or grandchildren. But for every one of us, no matter our stage in life, we’ll never have these days again. Our life next year will be different. Don’t underestimate the value in recording the ‘little things’ as well as the big events.
Between 1-31 October, buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free!
That’s great news since everyone can use more Designer Series Paper (and no, you absolutely can NOT have too much).
This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual catalogue and the recently released holiday catalogue (not including Specialty Designer Series Paper or Designer Series Paper Stacks).
• Promotion period: 1-31 October 2016 • There is no limit to how many times participants can buy three packages of Designer Series Paper and get one free during this promotion. • Specialty Designer Series Paper and Designer Series Paper Stacks do not qualify for this promotion and cannot be redeemed through this offer. • Designer Series Paper purchased with Stampin’ Rewards or the Stampin’ Rewards 50%-off perk does not qualify for this promotion. • Designer Series Paper purchased as part of a Starter Kit does not qualify for this promotion.
Want some ideas on how you can use pretty patterned paper on your cards?
How about this:
Using a variety of strips, punch the ends using the Triple Banner Punch. Stamp a greeting and add a ribbon for a quick, attractive card that shows off any Designer Series Paper.
Create a “window” on your Designer Series Paper using framelits or punches, then layer an image or greeting underneath. Try this template with several papers from the same collection and get a different look every time.
Why throw away scraps when they’re this pretty? Instead, use them up on this great card design. It’s like a sampler of Designer Series Paper! Use designs from one collection, or mix and match for more possibilities.
Check out all the available papers in the online shop HERE.
But wait, there’s more!
From 1st to the 5th of October only, stock up on card making essentials with these items also on sale:
This is such a cute bundle by Stampin’ Up!, and I love all the extra details that make this coordinating stamp set and framelits such good value.
For these houses I paired the framelits with the Serene Scenery patterned papers. Something a bit different!
I actually love how they turned out… It was exactly as I’d hoped.
I really REALLY love this Serene Scenery paper stack.
In fact, I’m holding a class this weekend and we are using this paper stack to create our cards! It’s also World Cardmaking Day on the 1st of October… which just happens to be Grand Final Day for our footy league here in Victoria, Australia. But that won’t stop us! We are just having our class in the morning so we are free to watch the big game in the afternoon.
I love how the photo-realistic prints make awesome roof coverings.
So there you have it, just a couple more houses.
Don’t forget to check back on the 1st of October. We have some great specials to announce, in celebration of World Cardmaking Day!