CASE The Catalogue
This is a new feature I hope to bring you every week for the next few months in an effort to give you more inspiration on how ideas can be altered to fit the products you already own and just how versatile your stamps really are!
In this feature I want to help you use your catalogue to its full potential. Did you realise along with showing you all the lovely products available to buy, the Stampin' Up! catalogue is a wonderful source of inspiration too? The catalogue is full of product samples showcasing the stamps, along with new techniques and great colour ideas. I know only too well how easy it is to miss things, so I have combed through them and found some great ideas in the catalogue to share with you. What's even better is that I have used these projects as inspiration for my own projects so you get double the inspiration. I hope that this will help you to see how you can alter other catalogue ideas to make something new yourself.
What is a CASE?
CASE is an acronym that Stampin' Up! demonstrators use regularly. Different demonstrators will tell you it translates into one of two variations although they both are used interchangeably.
Copy And Share Everything or Copy And Selectively Edit
Often "copy" can seem like a dirty word when you are creating - like you are cheating in some sort of creativity exam. You want everything you make to be original and a new or unique idea. In reality all artists and creative makers are inspired or influenced by something, be it the colours in a flower, a pattern of light on a table or the latest catwalk fashions. Stampin' Up! demonstrators believe that you can never have too much inspiration and that the more we share our ideas the more ideas we get from others!
So CASE is about embracing the word copy by sharing everything including the place or piece which initially inspired you and to selectively edit areas of a project to make them more in line with your personal style. You may find that in the end, your final project looks nothing like the initial inspiration. After all a little of the joy of making is that no two items are ever exactly the same. But by sharing everything you can pass the inspiration on to the next person and who knows they might inspire you!
Today I have taken inspiration from page 129 of the Stampin' Up! annual catalogue. The catalogue images uses a stamp set called "In the Meadow" which I don't own, but I loved the colour combination and the use of the same stamp a number of times to make an overall image.
The colours and the product used in this project are even given in the catalogue. I chose to change one of the colours (Night of Navy to Dapper Denim) as I wanted my card to be really bright and it meant I could use some coordinating ribbon! Here is my take on the project:
I used the "Birthday Blooms" stamp set for my card. I have used this set so much over the last 6ish months. The font is so beautiful and the flowers are so pretty. I think that these flowers look like buttercups so I may need to try this card again with a yellow theme!
I even tried to stay true to the original catalogue project buy using the thread from the burlap ribbon to make a rustic ribbon. You can easily separate out the burlap ribbon into narrower ribbon or individual thread by cutting along the grain of the burlap, it's so versatile. One product three Jobs!
To finish the card off I used more of the Birthday Blooms stamps inside the card and carried the colour combination through.
And there you have it, twice as nice! An original catalogue idea and my CASE.
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