CTC299 – Step up Annual Project

Well, what a year 2020 was! I’m sure a lot of people are ready for 2021 and to put 2020 behind them. 2020 was a challenging year for many people with many people not able to see loved ones due to Covid restrictions.

Unfortunately Covid got in the way for us and I wasn’t able to go and visit my family in Sydney for Christmas as originally planned. We were then supposed to be going up to the Gold Coast for a few days holiday with the kids from Sydney and planned to do the theme parks with them before returning to Adelaide. As we couldn’t go to Sydney, we decided to still try and do the Gold Coast section by driving through regional NSW and staying in Dubbo for a few nights along the way. Well we set off on the 29th December and was in the car for 15 hours to get there, spent the next day at Dubbo Zoo, only to then find out that SA was closing the borders to NSW so we had to drive back on 31st December for another 15 hours to get back before midnight. I can honestly say I have never, ever driven that far to go to a zoo before and never plan to do it again! Although it wasn’t what we planned, we all got home safely and still get to spend some time together. Hopefully we can do the trip next Christmas.

I hope you had a lovely Christmas with some family or loved ones and that the restrictions didn’t keep you away from each other. So with that being said, Happy New Year! I hope that 2021 is a wonderful year for you.

With the new year being upon us, it also means that it is time for our first CASEing the Catty challenge for 2021.

For #CTC299 we are stepping up an Annual Catalogue project. Rather than stepping up a card, I decided to step up a 3D project that you can see a the bottom of the image below. This became a Christmas present for my mother in law.

I substituted the acetate boxes with the Rectangle Tins from the August – December 2020 Mini Catalogue. I added two layers of DSP on the front from the Oh So Ombre DSP Pack that you can earn for free with a $90 purchase, starting in just a few days time. I then used the Detailed Trio Punch to round all of the corners to match the shape of the tin. The sentiment comes from the Peaceful Moments stamp set which is the same one used in the sample. I then added some retired Bermuda Bay ribbon and the heart from the Playful Pets Trinkets with a little Baker’s Twine. If you look at my project and the original, the elements are pretty much the same.

I used the measurements for the inside concertina section from Gail Murray as she shared a project using her Million Dollar stamp set, Treasures of Life at our recent Onstage@home demonstrator event.

When you open the tin, you see a photo of my two kids and then when you pull it out you can see photos of my daughter on one side.

On the other side there are photos of my son. I have used the Oh So Ombre DSP in the different colours on each page of the “brag book” tin.

My MIL loves showing photos of her grandkids to anyone that she bumps into so I thought this would be perfect as it isn’t too large, the tin will protect the photos and it could be easily kept in her handbag to be pulled out at anytime.

Next up on the hop is Peta with her stepped up project. Keep hopping around to see what all of the design team came up with for the first challenge of 2021.

You may have a few days off from work at the moment and have a little extra time to create. We would love to see what you come up with using this challenge so please share it on our Facebook page.

Until next time, happy stamping.



  1. I agree, the tin will work perfectly to protect your precious photos! Glorious and practical gift!! And I hope the Zoo was worth it after all that driving!! So amazing you got back home in time!!! Well done.

    • Yes it was a long drive. We didn’t plan to just go to the zoo and then turn around and come back. Unfortunately SA government had other ideas. We would have been enjoying the Gold Coast right now 😦

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