Monday, 26 September 2016

Merriest Wishes bauble cards - CASEing the catty CTC97

Have you ever checked out the weekly blog hop by the CASEing the Catty girls? Every Sunday they show you great projects using different sections from the catalogue as inspiration. The Stampin' Up! catalogues have such great ideas for you to copy or adapt. Today I actually had the time to add my cards to the link for this challenge.

The focus this week is on favourite bundles from the holiday catalogue so I chose 2. How can you narrow it down to just 1? I have used the Merriest Wishes and Holly Berry Happiness bundles for these 2 cards.

I have taken my inspiration from the tag on page 21 of the holiday catalogue. The tag on the present was the starting point for my cards.

I die cut 3 tags - 1 each in Very Vanilla, Garden Green and Crumb cake - and then cut the trees and reindeer out and adhered to the Very Vanilla base.

Making the cards was really quick. I adhered the pieces of This Christmas DSP to the Very Vanilla card base. The second card is just the reverse side of the first card. Because this DSP is a bit thinner than some others it was easy to die cut the circle in one go. Yay for easy things!

This second card simply has a solid Garden Green bauble behind the Very Vanilla tree bauble.

Thick baker's twine adhered with glue dots made a quick hanger with some holly for decoration.

I think that these cards look a bit fancier than the time it took me to make them. They were very quick to make and it fits my motto - minimum effort for maximum effect. We are all busy and I love it when I can make a card that looks great but in reality is very quick and simple.

Make sure you check out the blog hop this week to see what great things everyone has done with their favourite bundles - start with the lovely Kelly Kent and follow the links from there.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2016

International Blog Hop - Shake & Celebrate mini treat bags

Welcome to this International Blog Hop highlighting Stampin' Up! products. Everyone in this hop participated in a blog highlight run by Kylie Bertucci and were lucky enough to be voted as the top 10 entrants. Thanks to all who voted for my reindeer frame and also to Kylie for providing such a great opportunity for us all. Make sure you hop around to see everyone's great projects by using the list at the end of this post.

If you haven't had a good look at the Shake & Celebrate bundle from the 2016 Holiday catalogue, you really should. It is such a versatile set with so many possibilities. You might have already seen my shaker cards and tea light tent cards using this set. Today I have made some mini treat bag cards. As you can see I got onto a bit of a roll!

All of my cards are just a variation on the one basic design. I started by using the mini treat bag thinlits with the cake section cut out from the front before adhering together. Then I just added a card inside and decorated in different ways.

This card would be perfect for a wedding or birthday. I love having cards like this on hand that can be used for a few different occasions. It is rather simple but I am really happy with the result. I must admit that this is my favourite of the 4. The Fancy Frost Designer Series Paper (DSP) is great for an elegant card like this. And as a bonus the embossed pattern doesn't flatten when you die cut from it.

This Floral Boutique designer washi tape was the perfect width for the cake layers. I lightly marked my insert with pencil so that I could accurately place the tape. This stamp set has a variety of sentiments and many of them fit into the cut out sections such as the 'celebrate' that I have used here.

From a cake to a tree! I was going to decorate this tree with baubles from the set but I decided it looked better plain. Very Vanilla cardstock embossed using the Softly Falling TIEF adds an elegant touch.

I simply wrapped gold metallic thread around the This Christmas DSP before adhering to the mat. It is a bit hard to capture the sparkle but the gold looks great - take my word for it! On the back of the insert I have stamped a message from the set but completely forgot to photograph it for you.

By turning the cake upside down it can become an ice cream. I admit it is a bit out there but I think it would be a good child's card. The Swirly Scribbles thinlits make great scoops of ice cream and the cherry on top is the swirl from the middle of the small swirl.

I accidentally placed the cake upside down for the 1st attempt of my navy and white card so instead of tossing it in my reject box I turned it into a flower pot. The pot is stamped on the card insert. I placed the blank insert into the treat bag and lightly traced around the cut out shapes so that I could accurately stamp the 'pot' and have it line up. To give it a more pot-like proportion I have covered the bottom piece with burlap ribbon and the top with some of the flowers.

Thanks for checking in with me (Lou Kitzelman). Make sure you hop on over to the next person in the line up below to see what great projects they have in store for you.

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