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CASE-ing the Catty - Favourite Hostess Set


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Welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty blog hop for this week, where we are looking at our favourite Hostess stamp set from either the Annual or Holiday Catalogues. This was a hard choice as I really love quite a few of the Hostess sets, but I only had time to make one project.

You may have come from Kelly'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 taken my inspiration from this card on the bottom of page 200 of the Annual Catalogue. 'Gift of Love' was the stamp set that I received from Stampin' Up! to create display board samples for Onstage in April 2016, so I do have a soft spot for it.


I have used some of the products and techniques in the sample, but also did a bit of my own thing. I started with Shimmery White card card stock and did a light wash with my aqua painter and Pink Piroutte reinker diluted with water. The flower image was stamped in Basic Gray Archival ink and then water coloured with ink pads and aqua painter and fussy cut.   I went with a double row of the Very Vanilla Lace Trim and topped it with some of the gold Natural trim.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love for CTC106 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

Instead of using ink to give the speckled effect, I decided to try a technique that Sara talked about at OnStage where you dilute Tombow glue with water and then flick it onto the card stock. You then sprinkle on embossing powder and melt with your heat gun as usual.  The result is raised gold specks which look great.  I found that it works best if the spots aren't too large. Also, less is more as you get some very small spots that you don't see until you put the embossing powder on. It is definitely worth trying.  I need a bit more practice getting the spots where I want them, lol. I hope you can see the raised speckles in the closeup photo below.

Stampin' Up! Gift of Love for CTC106 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


For the inside, I stamped the flower image again and left it uncoloured and added a striped of striped Watermelon Wonder washi tape at the bottom.



Project Details
Stamps Gift of Love
Card stock & Papers     Watermelon Wonder, Crumb Cake, Shimmery White, Whisper White
 Ink Basic Gray Archival, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Natural Lace Trim, Very Vanilla Lace Trim, Gold EP, Affectionately Yours Washi set
Tools     Aqua painter, Tombow glue, Heat Gun

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


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We would love you to link up your CASE of the Hostess sets from the Annual or Holiday catty by clicking on the button below to add your project. Remember, you don't need to have the Hostess sets, you can take your inspiration from the samples and use other products.


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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Julia Quinn

Love the use of the grey for the outline stamping with the gorgeous watercolouring. And the double lace trim looks fabulous too. Your splatters look great!

Kelly Kent

Beautiful card Judy and thanks for sharing the splatter trick! I couldn't get it to work the other day - but I wasn't diluting with water. Will be trying again now! Kelly x

Debbie Speijers

Beautiful case Judy!

Mary Kelly

Lovely card Judy! It is so hard to control the "flicks" isn't it?

Mary Kelly

Another lovely card Judy. So hard to control the "flicks" isn't it?



Liz Gross

Great card Judy, love your colouring and fussy cutting. Your tombow speckles look perfect - it's not a technique I'll be rushing to try as I think it's good to respect your weaknesses and glue could be one of mine!!!

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