An “olive” birthday

Yay! I’ve finally caught back up and I am posting this week’s CASEing the Catty challenge in the right week. This week the section being CASEd is the Merry Little Christmas section of the Holiday catalogue on pages 10-19.

I chose to CASE the “there’s a Merry Christmas in the making” card on the bottom of page 17.

I had to make a 70th birthday card for someone has grown olives and made olive oil most of their life. So what card do you make? Old Olive was the first colour that came to mind, obviously, but I had to search through my stamp sets to see what I could use as a substitute for olives.

I decided to use the large tree from Lovely as a Tree stamp set as it was the closest I could get to an olive tree. I stamped this in Early Espresso onto Whisper White cardstock and cut this out with the circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits.

I didn’t have any Designer Series Paper to match this theme, so I made my own. The main piece at the top used the leaf from Colourful Seasons stamp set stamped in Versamark and heat embossed in Clear Embossing Powder. Using sponge daubers, I sponged the background with Old Olive and Crumb Cake to create the emboss resist background.

For the bottom piece, I used the stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set and stamped this all over the Old Olive cardstock in Old Olive ink. I was hoping that the little spots (leaves) looked a bit like olives. What do you think?

I used the Natural Trim Ribbon (now retired) to finish it off.

I’m not sure if you can see in the photos, but I’ve used the Wink of Stella on the “70th”.

There is still a bit of time to join in this week’s challenge… if you are quick. Entries close later today.

Update:  I’m pleased to share that my card was chosen as the Crew Pick winner this week at CASEing the Catty.

Until next time, happy stamping


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