CTC217 – Happiness Blooms

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Casing The Catty are visiting one of my favourite sections of the Occasions catalogue this week – the Happiness Blooms Suite, pages 24 to 33. Welcome if you are joining me here or if you have hopped over from Rachel.

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You might remember, the Happiness Blooms suite is the one I presented at OnStage last November, so it holds a special place in my heart! This week, I decided to draw inspiration from the products themselves, more specifically, the punches.

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This suite features 4 mini punches called Bitty Blooms punch pack and is bundled with the Bloom by Bloom stamp set for easy coordination for layering rather than stamping and punching like normal. Three are obvious flower shapes, which work stand alone or you can punch shapes from the coordinating Designer Series paper from this suite, plus you get one that works like a builder punch and I’ll focus on him next.

Today, I wanted to show you a couple of neat things with these punches. Here on my first card, I have punched a few shapes, to layer over some of the stamp images.

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Stamping some of the flower stamps together to make a full flower. I have decorated the centre of the flowers with punched shapes to cover any overlap in stamping and topped off with some of those yummy enamel dots.

I layered this over some cardstock and topped with some of the cute Sale-a-Bration ribbon, to make the top element. Then I finished off with a strip of the Happiness Blooms designer paper over the Night of Navy cardbase.

I wanted to spend a minute just talking about the builder-style punch in this mini punch pack. I think this is one of punches that will be under-utilised, unless you are also working with it’s best friend – the Take Your Pick tool. OMG – match made in heaven.

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Making flowers like the one featured on this card, takes a minute when you pair them together. Here I have punched out a bunch of petals and a stamen from just thin scraps and a minute later this flower emerges.

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I have put together this quick little video to show you how I created this flower.

I think you would be able to create a garden of flowers like these for lots of different projects, plus I’m sure this punch can be used for lots of other uses too.

Don’t let this punch get pushed to the back of the cupboard, use it, it’s really cool.

Next up in the hop is Peta!

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After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, 3 March.

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Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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Happiness Blooms at OnStage II

Seriously, look at all those image stamps in the Bloom by Bloom stamp set! I bet your wondering what on earth to do with some of them. I know I was… at first…

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Like I mentioned in yesterday’s post, which I kicked off this series of posts, this set features 17 different stamps and they are all images – no sentiments here. Again, this creates versatility as we are not locked in to any one occasion.

With so many images featuring bold strong shapes, you can create flowers with some by teaming them up with either of the stems. Or you can do what I have done here and create a background pattern.

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Here, I stamped images randomly over some Whisper White cardstock in coordinating colour ink. I layered this over some of the Happiness Blooms designer paper, I used the pattern design that is shades of Call Me Clover so that is blended rather than competed.

 

That’s a good tip I tend to employ when using Designer Paper packs like this one. An effective way to use paper that features bold colours and/or busy patterns, is to team them up with a monochromatic. This way, the patterns blend together and the colours stop competing with each other. Like this…

I think the 2018 InColour Designer Paper stack is going to be a BFF to the Happiness Blooms pack… just take a look at the monochromatic coordinating happening here…

 

I offset the stamped layer and the DSP so they sit on angles to each other over the cardbase in Call Me Clover. I embossed the front with the Dot to Dot textured impressions embossing folder.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Dot to Dot EF, Happiness Blooms suite

I love this fun polka-a-dot pattern, it coordinates with patterns in the DSP and the Memories and More cards too. But I also like how other existing trims, like the Polka-a-Dot Tulle ribbon, coordinate too.

I used some of the gorgeous Calypso Coral satin ribbon from the suite and some more DSP under the sentiment, which came from the Tropical Chic stamp set. Here I have stamped Calypso Coral ink on the same colour cardstock, to help it blend.

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Then to top it off, I have punched a flower from the DSP with another shape in the Bitty Bloom punch pack and topped this off, and some of the stamped flowers, with my favourite the enamel dots.

I’ll be back tomorrow with some more sneak peaks of this amazing suite.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,
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