CASE-ing the Catty - Succulent Garden


Hi there

It is Sunday again and the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the Succulent Garden Suite (pages 20 - 31) in the Occasions Catalogue this week.

You may have come from looking at the gorgeous project  on Tricia's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.

This week I have chosen to case the layout of this card at the top of page 20 of the Occasions catalogue. 


I've kept fairly close to the layout, but have added a few more layers to my card and placed the greeting banner at the top instead of the bottom.  I stamped out a bunch of the 'Oh So Succulent' images onto water colour paper using Basic Gray Archival ink. I like the slightly softer effect of this ink when colouring. I Googled images of succulents and was surprised to see the variety of colour combinations so I got out a pile of ink pads and got busy with my Aqua Painter. It is fabulous that there are coordinating framelits to crop all of the images. 

Stampin' Up! Oh So Succulent & Succulent Garden DSP for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I love layered cards and Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum are a match made in heaven (IMHO!). I used the 'Hardwood' background for a garden feel, stamping in Sahara Sand on Sahara Sand card stock and sponging around the edges with Crumb Cake. Instead of the succulents hanging from the top of the art piece, I have chosen to use a bowl. I cut a circle from Cajun Craze card stock, trimmed off the bottom and sponged around the edges. It provides a bold colour contrast for the succulents. In case you're wondering, I used the largest of the square Stitched Shapes framelits to create the rectangular base of my art piece.


You can see in this closeup pic, that the succulents are layered at different heights for dimension and I added a very light shadow under the pot to 'ground' it. 

Stampin' Up! Oh So Succulent & Succulent Garden DSP for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have used some of the Sweet Sugarplum washi from the Playful Palette set and layered a few of the leftover succulents in the corner. 

Project Details
Stamps Hardwood, Oh So Succulent, Dragonfly Dreams
Card stock & Papers     Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Sahara Sand, Cajun Craze Whisper White, Succulent Garden DSP, 
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Versamark, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron, Wild Wasabi, Old Olive, Watercolour paper
Accessories Lace Doilies Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Stitched Shapes Framelits, Succulent Framelits, Big Shot, 2" Circle punch, Dimensionals, White EP, Heat gun, Aqua Painter

If you purchase the 'Oh So Succulent' bundle and a pack of Lace Doilies from my online store, you will quality for a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure. From Tuesday, 21 February the gorgeous Glimmer Paper Assortment pack that coordinates with the 'Oh So Succulent' bundle will be one of the options! Don't miss out, get your order in on Tuesday.

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the lovely project Elizabeth has to inspire you today. 


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We would love you to join in with your CASE of the Succulent Garden Suite on pages 20-31 of the Occasions Catalogue using our new Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.


You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Special Anniversary


I don't know about you, but I love a stamp set that is versatile for multiple occasions. This time I am referring to the 'Your Perfect Day' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue. It is obviously intended as a wedding set, however, the main 'Congrats' greeting is perfect for engagement, anniversary, pregnancy and new baby.

My card using 'Your Perfect Day' is for my lovely friend Kayleen and her husband Sean who are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary today. I have used the beautifully subtle 'Something Borrowed' designer paper and the matching Sahara Sand card stock with Blushing Bride for the accent colour. 


I attached the designer paper to Whisper White card stock to make it more robust before punching out the circle to let the Blushing Bride show through and provide the background for the numbers.

I have used the gorgeous Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper on the mat and numbers to add some subtle bling, but the photo doesn't do it justice.

For the inside I have used the circle wreath and greeting from the 'Memorable Moments' stamp set.



Project Details
Stamps Your Perfect Day, Memorable Moments
Card stock & Papers     Sahara Sand Textured (retired), Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, 
 Ink Versamark, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand
Accessories Sahara Sand Lace Trim, Basic Jewels Pearls
Tools     1 3/4" Circle punch, white embossing powder, Heat gun, Timeless Type Alphabet Sizzlit dies (retired), Big Shot, Stampamajig, Dimensionals

Have a great day!

30 Years On

Hi there

I'm back home after a lovely 2 weeks away visiting family and friends in Western Australia.  It was warm and humid there, so I was a bit shocked to come back to Melbourne's chilly Autumn weather.  It is wonderful for sleeping at night, but it will take a while to get used to the day time chill.  

I haven't had much time to create since I've been back as there were lots of household chores to catch up on.  However, I did make this card to celebrate our 30th Wedding Anniversary this week.  I was married 5 days after my university graduation, so I'm not really that ancient!

My Mum informed me that this is a 'Pearl Anniversary' in traditional terms.  I still remember our first anniversary which is 'paper' in traditional terms, when I made a huge paper banner using our work computer (yes, there were mainframe and mini computers back then!) on continuous computer stationery.  Thirty years later, I'm still playing with paper, although it is much more colourful and fun to create now. 

We celebrated with a lovely dinner and rather than pearls (although I love them), we will be spending 8 fabulous weeks in Europe during August and September to continue the celebration.  The 'Sent with Love' DSP and stamp set seemed very appropriate for my husband's card. 


Project Details
Stamps Memorable Moments, Sent with Love
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Real Red, Whisper White, Sent with Love DSP
 Ink Island Indigo, Real Read
Accessories Pool Party Bakers Twine
Tools     Labels Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing folder,  Big Shot, Pennant punch, 1/2" Circle punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, 7/8" Circle punch (not SU), Owl Builder punch (small heart), Dimensionals, Tombow glue, Computer & printer

Thanks for looking.

Bella Toile Anniversary


Just popping in with a another card using the beautiful 'Bella Toile' stamp set.  I've made this as an anniversary card, but it would be equally suitable as a Valentine's card. I think red, black and white is a really elegant colour combination for these occasions.


Project Details
Stamps Bella Toile, I {Heart} Hearts, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Textured White, Textured Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink Basic Black, Real Red
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, 5/8" Real Red Satin ribbon
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder (used for small heart), Big Shot, Modern Label punch, Heart to Heart punch,  Pinking Hearts Border punch, Dimensionals

 Have a great week.