CTC#81 - Birthday's, back in the swing of things

It's Sunday - a week since we arrived home and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, With all the excitement of holidays, the new catalogue, and the huge Craft Expo which we did just before in went away, it has taken me a while to get back to my craft desk. But Sunday night is blogshop night so that'a good routine to start with. Welcome back you may have arrived from Rachel's flirty page, such a gorgeous colour and project

So this week we are very excited in the Stamping' Up community to be using the NEW CATALOGUE  for inspiration.

If you've had a chance to drool over the millions of wish list items you'll know it's a pretty amazing read, If you would like a copy of the catalogue I'd be happy to supply one for you.

We are starting with the section on Birthdays- pages 12-25. I wasn't sure where to start but I was quite taken with the card on the bottom of page 23. I don't have the thinlits with the swirly piece - though it's very cute- so i looked to see what I did have to substitute. I opted for the Mini treats bag thinlits and used the strip of stars to cut out a few strips of textured card to adhere to my card base.

I love the cute new Hostess set "Pun Intended" so I used the great little camera from that set. For the white card I used one of the Project Life cards from my sale-a-bration set - (trying to use up some of those kits I have accumulated!!!). It's an emboss resist card so I sponged a little bit of Dapper Denim onto it to add little more colour. The good news is that there is a whole set of DSP in the new catalogue which is all white and solely for the emboss resist technique. 
To get a little bit of gloss on my camera I simply covered the entire image with versa mark and covered it with a generous coating of clear embossing powder. The white glimmer paper is able to be changed to match your project too and I sponged the star with Dapper Denim ink to  create the matching embellishment.

 You may be able to see the gloss on the camera here.

And because I was running so many strips through the bigshot I figured I might as well do two at once. This Sweet Sugarplum card is the same technique using the little strip of holes,,also form the mini treatbag thinlits,  another project life card and the new white thick baker's twine, and a lovely cover of Wink of Stella

It's not a simple card, but you could make it more simply using just an embossing folder for the background.! 

If you are interested in being part of the design team at CTC we are calling for expressions of interest to be involved in our friendly creative team for the coming year. Check the main CTC page for details and do give it some thought . It's a great way to extend your crafting. You need to be a resident of Australia or Nw Zealand, be a current Stamping Up Demonstrator and have a blog which you contribute to regularly. Other than that you just need to love stamping and creating!!!

Next on the hop tonight is the super talented Bronwyn,
 can't wait to see what she has created

As always you can find the full list of participants at the CTC page here

And don't forget we'd love you to join us at the challenge which goes for the whole month. you'll find the link when you click on this button.

thanks so much for joining us again, 
It's good to back on deck, Liz


  1. Both your cards look amazing!! I love the shine on the camera!!

  2. The texture provided by the strips of punched pieces is wonderful. Great inspirational projects to share.

  3. What an awesome CASE - I love your take on the card, and the different colour choices!! So beautiful!!

  4. 2 fun sparkly cards - Yay! I would never have thought to use the strips of treat bag cutouts, but the added dimension & texture they add is so much more than an embossing folder could. Such a great idea, Elizabeth.

  5. Love both of your cards, Elizabeth. The extra background texture looks fabulous and I love all the details. Great use of the Project Life cards too.

  6. Wow, Elizabeth I love what you have completed this week with the camera, the backgrounds make sure a different effect in both cards.

  7. Now that is thinking outside the square. Love your choice of die cuts and stamps for your CASEs.


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