This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re scoping out all the gift tags in the Holiday Catalogue. There are loads in there so that should make it easy to choose one right? Well, not so in my case. There are so many cute tags to choose from and in the end I changed my mind several times before settling on the most unconventional one.
I was late to the party with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Christmas Greetings thinlits but I kept seeing such lovely creations that I treated myself to the bundle recently. I love the samples for this bundle and I am quite a fan of the crafty/rustic star tag.
So I grabbed a nice stick and my trusty Gold Metallic Thread and went about creating my star structure. It was actually quite easy and I didn’t even secure my thread, just wrapped it enough times and in different directions to prevent it from unravelling.
I decided to recreate the sample so used vellum, Gold Foil, Gold Glitter ribbon and stars to embellish the star. Here’s my finished rustic star tag.
I just love how it turned out. So pretty!
Next I decided to change it up a little and create a similar tag in traditional Christmas colours.
OK, so I’m a massive fan of gold at Christmas but this project has got me thinking about a red and green Christmas this year. So gorgeous!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tags. Want more inspiration? Make your way around all the CASEing the Catty blog hop participants, starting with Julia Quinn, or click here to see a full list of blog hoppers.
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Welcome to #GDP004! Are you having fun? I have really been enjoying these challenges and this week is no exception. The task this week is to do a little CASEing!
This gorgeous card by Louise offers so much inspiration. The layout, stamp set, colour combination. For me there was only one direction to go in.
My favourite stamp set, Timeless Love, just fits right in with this challenge so out it came. I first stamped a wreath using my stamp-a-majig for perfect placement in Jet Black StazOn ink. I used StazOn because I then used Hello Honey, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron inks to watercolour the wreath. I’ve been wanting to try a little abstract watercolouring for a while but haven’t had the opportunity until now. I feel like that style suits the Timeless Love stamps perfectly because they’re so rustic and vintage. To achieve this look, I first painted on some bold ink in an approximate area that I wanted coloured. I then lightened the ink a little by adding water and then filled in any remaining gaps. It didn’t matter that I went out of the lines on places. That’s all part of the look this time.
Once the wreath was finished, I cut a little heart from the centre using the small heart from the Baker’s Box thinlits set. Then I used my paper piercing tool and guide to pierce the holes for the thread. I backstitched some Metallic Gold Thread through the holes and secured into place. You could use a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, but I didn’t trust myself to get the machine stitching straight. I tied a little gold thread bow at the top of the wreath.
I decided to try a little experiment next. I really wanted some navy glimmer coming through the heart. I know that people have used alcohol markers to colour glimmer paper but I wasn’t sure if it would work to just use our water based stampin’ write markers. Guess what? It does. I did several layers of colour because it does lift off and fade a little but the end result looks great.
Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes and mounted my card.
On the inside I replicated the watercolour on a small strip and mounted it with my coordinating colours of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Be sure to visit the rest of the Global Design Project international team for inspiration. Which part of Louise’s beautiful card inspires you the most? I hope you’ll make time to play along with us this week. You’ll find all the details on the GDP site.
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More Timeless Love projects here…
Last week my Stampin’ Up! team organised a sneak peek swap featuring products from the new catalogue. It’s been great receiving lots of happy mail and the best part is that I can show off all my lovely new card samples to you at A Day of Creativi-tea!
My swap featured both my new favourite colour and my new favourite stamp set. How lovely of Stampin’ Up! to include them both in the pre-order!
I LOVE how they turned out. They are just ‘me’ on a card. A little bit of pretty, a little bit of sweet, a little bit of bold, a little bit of glimmer and a little bit of crazy!
I hope each of my team members loved them too.
Want to know a little secret? Guests that come to A Day of Creativi-tea will be taking home something very similar – hooray!
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