CTC159 – Casing the Holiday catalogue


Welcome to our last blog hop and challenge for the year. Welcome if you just joined me from Rebecca or if you are starting here.

In some ways… having less structure can be harder, don’t you think? So for today’s Caseing The Catty team challenge, being able to choose anything we like in the Holiday catalogue, I found difficult to narrow down. It was probably so, as I like so many different ideas in the catalogue and these generate so many ideas for me.


I knew I wanted to use the stamp set – Wise Men from afar. I finally decided on this card here from page 17. It showcases the stamp set Christmas in the Making, but the design was going to suit what I wanted.


Here is my card…

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Wise Men from Afar

I always start by breaking down the elements – the main circle feature, top 3/4 of Designer paper, the bottom strip of tone on tone decorative stamping, a strip of glimmer and the sentiment.

My based card is Whisper White thick card stock and I layered a strip of Sahara Sand cardstock across the bottom, which I stamped with the sand stamp in Sahara Sand ink. My next layer of Designer paper, I used the seemless ombre print design from Color Theory in Dapper Denim. I used the lighter end of the sheet and cut a strip off to fill the rest of my card.

To punch out the night sky, I used the thinlit from the Card Front builder set. However as this is sized to fit a portrait layout and my card is landscape, I had to run this through my big shot twice, offsetting my top cutting plate, so that I missed one edge on the first pass. I repositioned my die and again offset my top cutting plate so that it stretched the design to finished the scene across my paper.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Wise Men from Afar

Next, I stamped the largest of the palm trees, in Night of Navy ink, off the right side. I heat embossed a silver star in the middle to complete my scene. I layered some Silver foil behind my punched night sky and adhered them to the cardbase, overlapping the sand strip slightly. I finished off the join with some silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer pack.

I stamped the Three Wise Me in Night of Navy ink and punched them out using the largest of the circles from the Stitched Shapes framelits – I really do love those framelits! I added some more stamped sand to the bottom here.

I stamped my sentiment in Night of Navy ink and finished off by adhering the Wise men with dimensionals.

Next up on the blog hop is the lovely Peta Stephen.


Hop on through and when you are done, load up your creation inspired by ideas from the Holiday catalogue to our Facebook challenge group.


Until next time… Stamp creatively,
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