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CTC#96 Vellum Christmas Stars with the Bigshot

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday night bloghop where we use a section of the Catalogue to inspire this weeks projects. Designers can take a layout, a colour combination, or any element as the starting point to create something new. We invite you to tour around the hop and to join in -after all the Catalogue has so many beautiful samples to inspire us all. If you get lost you'll find the full crew here

Welcome if you are hopping along from Monique

There are so many fabulous things you can make with the bigshot, it's hard to choose which fabulous set to play with. I don't have many of the new Christmas sets but that didn't stop me from taking inspiration and using what I already have!
 In the end I chose to CASE the lovely gift bag on the left in this shot, and the card on page  9

I have always loved Vellum run through the embossing folder - Textured embossing was one of the reasons I first fell in love with the Bigshot! It gives such a rich texture and changes the look completely with the new grooves becoming opaque.  It looks particularly nice with embossing folders that have a lot of detail like lace.
The Seaside folder is great because it has such a lot of visual interest that you don't need to have the strip perfectly straight, and secondly because when you to attach it to the card base you don't notice the strip of glue tape used . When you are using plain vellum you have to "hide" the glue points because they can show through. 
This set of cards needed to be quick to make so embossing was perfect!. 
The stars are stamped  in Night of Navy using the Perpetual Birthday Calendar. I also used the watercolour splodge image from this set to stamp onto Shimmer White Cardstock for the Stars. I cut the stars using the framelits from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits- also the small copper star. I did wash over the stars with my aquapainter, and when dry added more sparkle with the gorgeous Wink of Stella.
The Sentiment is from Wonder of Christmas which has such a beautiful font. And because I am hopeless at stamping sentiment straight - or sometimes even cutting them out straight I used one of the banner shapes from the Project Life Cards and Labels framelits to cut out the sentiments for the card front- EASY
I also used the Note Cards and Envelopes to speed up the process!

 I realised too late that I hadn't ordered the Petite Cafe Bags in time, so my next option was to use a (retired) Kraft Tag a Bag Gift Bag. But this worked well enough.


I decorated the front with the card elements and a few extra bits from the Mini Treatbag set, and I tied the top of the bag with the lovely solid Navy Baker's Twine. The gold binder clips are cute but since the rest of the decor is copper I decided to CASE Jess Williams (who we still miss at CTC) who this week heat embossed some of the little silver Christmas bells to turn them gold. I have done this before with timber words, flat chipboard elements, Brads and even buttons but not with something as odd shaped as the clip.  You definitley need a pair of tweezers for this one! I covered the clip with versamark and copper embossing powder and heat set it. It's not perfect but looks quite cute and works well enough with this se - certainly looks better than gold!.

Next on the blog this week is Judy. Be sure and hop all the way around.

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

Thanks so much for looking,



  1. Simply stunning Liz, I just love love love everything!!

    1. Thanks so much Deb, and the great thing is I was able to create these quite quickly - usually a set takes me a while!

  2. All your projects are gorgeous!! Love the colours and the bling and oh, everything!!

    1. Thanks Bec, I do love navy on a Christmas card!

  3. This is truly spectacular Liz. Love the colours & elements you've chosen! Kelly x

    1. Thank Kelly, this was a gift for a special friend leaving Australia, who has always bought my Christmas cards in the past, so they needed to be a bit special for her.

  4. Love the embossed vellum, Liz. It works so well behind the stars. The gift bag is fabulous. Love that it contains all the elements on the cards. Lovely set.

  5. Thanks so much Judy, Embossed Vellum is hard to beat! having the elements on the bag means that at the markets I can easily explain what the set looks like inside !

  6. WOW, what an amazing gift set of cards. I love your project - everything about it is beautiful!!

  7. What a fantastic idea of embossing the vellum it just makes the image pop. Great matching card and gifts.


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