Friday, 11 September 2015

CTC#47 First inspiration from the Christmas Catalogue -Let's Kit Together

Welocme back to the bloghop. We are launched onto the Christmas Catalogue. It's such an amazing Catalogue and there is so much in it to drool over!  You may have arrived here from Helen's great blog.

I have to admit that I don't own any of the christmas Kits. My wish list from the new catalogue was quite extensive and kits were down the list a little but I do have some beautiful products to play with and to showyou (as well as some old favourites that have been in previous Christmas Catalogues).

I was very taken with the bright fresh colour scheme of the To You and Yours Shaker Cards Project Kit. (p4). 

I am off to The Handmade Expo Markets tomorrow and as well as cards I sell quite a few journals. Christmas is a time of planning so what better way to start getting organised than to have a dedicated Christmas planner- and the Shaker element was just the icing on the cake, as well as a little challenge!

I had to tie some red cord around the base of the shaker to hide the red rubber.
I have used some retired Real Read DSP as well as the fabulous Envelope Paper, lots of silver sequins in the shaker (as well as some silver balls and clear beads). I love the new Black Glimmer Paper and used it for the numbers and some decoration strips,  and I also love the new Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies (p34). The Real Red ribbon was from last years catalogue and that is the last of it now.  I might have to get me some of that pom pom trim! One tip I picked up somewhere- ages ago -  for shaker cards or raised elements which need to be a bit sturdy is to use the leftover red rubber which comes around the stamps when you first receive them. I must admit I have saved a lot of red rubber and never used it until today! - but it does seem to be quite strong, and gives a little more height to the shaker.

The second journal uses the Snowflakes Elements tied onto the Cherry Cobbler Cord with Silver Metallic Thread - it was the only thing fine enough to go through the tiny holes. I still love the Patterned Kraft cardstock also from last years Catalogue and I have a small amount of that left too, so these projects are great to use up those pieces since there isn't enough for a class or sets of cards.

Inside pocket for the first journal
using up an old unmatched envelope for the inside pocket
Inside each there is a pocket for receipts/ business cards/ bits and bobs.

Now I have a planner I best get using it! Hope your Christmas plans start coming together soon - have you made a list of Christmas Card recipients yet? First job after you finish the blogshop!

Next on the Circle is Simone and you can check out her beautiful project.

You can head back to the CASEing the Catty blog  which will give you a complete overview of the participants. Don't forget you can also create an item inspired by the same pages and link it to the main page.

Thanks for joining in,

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  1. I love the idea of a planner. Yours look great, I hope your market goes well.

    1. Thanks Jess, quiet at the markets but not a bad day - sold all my gratitude journals but no one is keen to plan for Christmas this early yet!!!

  2. I think I need one of these gorgeous journals, Liz! These would make great gifts. Love the shaker element & the fact that you have been able to use up lots of lovely goodies. Hope you have a great day at the market! :)

    1. Thanks Helen, yes they are a great way to use up odd bits, need a lot of sparkly bits to fill such a large shaker - lesson for next time!

  3. Wow love the journals especially the shakers included.

    1. Thanks Kathryn, now I just need to get organised!

  4. Those journals are great, Liz! I hadn't heard that tip for using red rubber on shaker cards. I bet the journals are popular at the next few markets, sometimes people need time to think about who they'll buy them for.


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