Sunday, 16 October 2016

CTC#100 Presents and Pinecones

Can you believe we are 100 posts young???? Welcome to the 100th post for CASEing the Catty. You may have arrived form Katherine's post or you maybe starting here- Welcome! Be sure to hop around all the participants this week as we take inspiration from the Presents and Pinecones.

I've been short of time with lots of commitments- aren't we all too busy?? So I needed a quick card for this week's post - which is perfect as I am planning a stamp-a-stack for Christmas class. It's a very big section of the catalogue but I settled on the gorgeous card on page xxx
I have a few different versions using the same layout but different colours and embellishments. Not everyone loves tying bows so I tried to make them very simple. Heat embossing is such a simple way to add instant pizazz. The sparkling emerald Envy embossing powder is fantastic but I would advise definitely using your embossing buddy to minimise the amount of stray glitter, and I would also advise heating for a little extra time as it is not as easy to tell when the powder is compleltey set. ( In other words don't be as impatient as me!!!!) 
I didn't use watercolouring at all but a bit of simple sponging worked well as a backdrop to the sentiment. And since I don't have the holly punch I opted to add some of the Christmas trinkets instead. My silver ones haven't arrived yet but I had some retired options. For the copper version I added a few greenery fronds from the Jar of Love bundle.

The first is the simplest and I think probably my favourite in the end! I do love the catalogue sample with the little 'half fan' added at the top and bottom of the panel

Silver version slightly stepped up with some sparkly ribbon and some sponging over the spotty mask.

Copper version stepped up again using the pinecones, an extra few fronds and sponging over a different mask.

Love this inside treatment which I wouldn't have thought of.  The catalogue is a great source of inspiration for details like that.

I was so impressed with Krissy's tags last week with the gold and black, so I thought I'd try a different colour combination!

And finally I tried a one layer simple card which is quite easy to mass produce. No embossing on this one so it definitely needed some Wink of Stella. I used the brilliant stencil and just added a little bit of sponging which was perfect because the swirl shape matches the little swirls in the sentiment

Next on the blog is Simone, pop over to see what she has created this centenary week!

Don't forget we love to see what you create too, and we hold a monthly challenge where you can share with us too.

Thanks so much for looking,



  1. I love all of these. Perfect for a stamp a stack. Thanks for having me on the hop this week.

    1. Thanks so much Lou! Great to have you along

  2. I wish I was coming to your stamp-a-stack!! I love all your cards - and my favourites would be the clean and simple last one, and the black and gold - but they are ALL amazing. This is a fabulous sentiment and it looks wonderful on all your cards.

    1. Thanks so much Julia, It was a late purchase but I am really enjoying using it.... and you'd be welcome at any stamping event! I'd love to stamp together some day!

  3. What a great stack of cards you have created Elizabeth. I love the sponged & masked ones ( I haven't used the masks yet) and the addition of washi sets off your first & last one perfectly. The black & gold one looks so elegant & special. They are ALL so lovely, I don't know how you going to choose one for your stamp a stack!

  4. You have been busy making a collection of cards which are so simple but so different with colours and combinations.

  5. Awesome cards. Love the sponging using the mask.


thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it, Liz