CTC278 – Birthday with Friends

Welcome to another week of CASEing the Catty.  This week we are CASEing our favourite 2020-2021 Annual Catalogue Project.  That means that you can choose any project from the entire catalogue!  Sometimes when you have too many options to choose from, it makes it more difficult to choose.  Well that’s what happened to me, until my highlight of the week happened just a few days ago. My BBB of pre-order goodies arrived from the August to December Mini Catalogue.  So this is normally exciting enough, but seeing as I am currently in quarantine/isolation and I’m unable to leave my house, it was even more exciting as I’d shipped my box to my home address rather than my PO Box so I could get it now.  It would have been torture knowing it was at the PO Box and I couldn’t collect it.

So of course, I wanted to use something from it to brighten my day so you’ll get a little sneak peak at one of the stamp sets from the upcoming mini catalogue.  I loved this set as soon as I saw it but I’m sure a lot of people will miss it as it’s hidden up towards the back of the catalogue.  I chose to case the yellow card on page 99 with the cut out windows in the DSP front.

This Menagerie Mix-up stamp set and coordinating Menagerie Dies can be used for all occasions from birthdays to christmas or just to say hello.  It comes with 35 stamps and 36 dies that you can put together in many different combinations to come up with different animals.  Today I’m sharing just 4 that I have made but there are examples of 12 different creatures in the catalogue, however I’m sure you can come up with many more.

I started with a Purple Posy card base and added a mat of the Playing with Patterns DSP which I cut two squares out of using the Layering Squares so that my little friends could poke their heads out to wish a happy birthday.  I stamped all of the images and coloured them in with my Blends™ before joining the body parts.  In case you can’t tell, I’ve made a rabbit and a mouse for this card.

I then decided to make a second card using the Layering Circle Dies with a different piece of DSP from the same DSP pack.  This time I had a koala and a pig popping out to say “happy birthday” which comes from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.

I think the little reindeer will be cute for Christmas cards.  It also has a candy cane stamp, along with a heart, flower, present, scarf and beanie so you can dress the cute little creatures up.  You can even stamp all of the elements together straight onto your project without having to die cut each part.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the little sneak peek at one of the bundles that will be available from 4th August which is a little earlier than normal for the mini catalogue to give you lots of time to get your Christmas cards done.  Keep hopping around the design team’s projects.  Next up is Sandra.

You have the whole catalogue to choose a project to use for your inspiration this week.  Please share your creation on our Facebook page by clicking the image below.  We’d love to see what you have created and you don’t need a blog to be able to join in.

Until next time, happy stamping



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