I am super thrilled to be a guest designer this week for my favourite weekly challenge, Caseing the Catty. The images and projects in the Stamping Up!® catalogues are of course a brilliant source of inspiration and the very talented bunch of designers who regularly feature on CTC provide even more inspiration with their projects.
This month there’s a new catty on the block – the 2017 Holiday Catalogue. Oh my. Just when you thought your wish list was far too long already, here’s 55 pages of even more incredible goodies that you suddenly feel a burning need to have in your life. So much to love! And of course it’s never too early to get in the festive spirit.
For CTC this week the Merry Little Christmas section of pp10-19 is being featured. It was super hard for me to choose a project this week – not because of a lack of inspiration, but the very opposite. There are so many beautiful projects in these pages and I feel like every time I look there’s something else that catches my eye.
But, can we just talk about those little bows there? You see the ones I mean, on the stack of presents on the right and on that super cute card banner in the middle? (Note to self: make cute holder just like that for Christmas cards this year.) Swoon. I love a good bow. And of course while it is easy to get distracted by all the new goodies in new catalogues you really shouldn’t neglect the oldie but goodie tools in your stash, like the bow builder punch.
So taking my cue from those beautiful little bows I made this card.
The background is stamped with the “Deck the Halls” sentiment from the Carols of Christmas – I love this set. The bows are punched from the Merry Little Christmas and the Merry Music Specialty DSP collections in the Holiday catalogue. I just adore the black, white, and green colour scheme.
Other elements include the Champagne Foil (has to be seen in person – the colour is divine, much less yellow gold than it looks in the catalogue images, it’s a real champagne gold) and Metallic Thread in gold from the annual catalogue – I’ve been getting a lot of use to of this lately.
For the inside I continued the colour theme and stamped the sentiment in Old Olive with a little splash of Real Red, just to make things extra Christmas-y.
I’d also like to take a moment to applaud myself for actually making a Christmas card. So many times lately I’ve set out to do that and ended up veering off into the territory of other celebrations. But after the week of Festival of Heather, 7th Ed. as my girl turned 7 this week, I’m feeling a bit birthday-ed out and the Christmas craft was really fun to do. It’s got me thinking about how close Christmas really is, and how much my munchkins have grown since last year.
Time to start planning the Christmas festivities (read: wrapping and cards).
Hop along with me now to check out what fabulous creation the incredibly talented Angela has come up with for this week’s Caseing the Catty challenge.
Thank you again for stopping by.
From High Trees House,