Challenges – CTC 8 Card Giving & SUO 105 Embellishments

Added 15 September:

Thanks so much CTC Designer Team for choosing my entry as the Top Case. So excited!

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I think I may be falling in love with challenges!

Having not really done them before starting the new CASE-ing the Catty (CTC) challenge, I have now found myself checking out several other challenge sites and when I’m making cards these challenge sites are providing a great starting point.

At the Stampin’ Up! Only (SUO) Challenge site, the current challenge – #108 – is to use embellishments. I often forget about our cool embellishments – even though I have quite a few!

This week’s CTC challenge – #8 – features the Card Giving Section (pages 102 – 141) to use as inspiration – and there is a LOT of ideas in that section.

I used the cute dog card on page 112 as inspiration for the layout of my card this week. I just loved how he looks like he is in a Polaroid photo (yep I’m old enough to have taken a few Polaroids in my time!). I purchased the On Film Framelits die when they first came out as I also dabble in photography and thought they were really cool. Guess what – I haven’t used them yet! They are finally out of the packet – yay!

I had also been wanting to make another set of cards using the scene that I had created with the White Christmas stamp set for our team Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop. I decided they would make the perfect image for my photo.

Here’s what I did. 2014_09_creativeJax_CTC8_SUO108_red

This is the set of the five cards. I find I have to make a set because I just can’t choose one! The ‘photos’ are popped up with dimensionals to give extra depth.


One of the embellishments featured on the card are the Nordic Designer Buttons from the Holiday Catalogue. The colours – Whisper White, Real Red and Soft Sky – co-ordinate really well with the scenes.

I’ve also added another embellishment on each card – the piece of 1/8″ taffeta ribbon. I love how there are so many colours! I’ve used, Real Red, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Silver.

You can see how I’ve folded and added the ribbon between the button and the vellum flag in this close-up. Isn’t the tree on top of the car just too cute!


I’ve added texture to the card front by embossing it with the cute Lucky Stars embossing folder and I’ve carried the star theme though to the inside of the card with the Confetti Stars punch being used on the corner of the card insert.


I did get a few questions about how I did the blue sky and other coloured areas so thought I’d share a bit more of what I did.

After stamping the image with Black Stazon, I coloured the areas I wanted coloured with the Stampin’ Write Markers. I then put versamark on top of the colour. I used a Versamarker which I’ve had from when Stampin’ Up! sold them. I then put some clear embossing powder and heat set it. I repeated this as I wanted a really good cover to protect the coloured-in portions when I did the sky – especially important for the snowman and polar bear!


I even did the snowflakes this way but not the tree trunks as the brown was fine over the sky colour.

To do the sky I masked over the snow at the bottom and then used a sponge dauber to sponge Soft Sky onto the card.

I sure had fun combining the two challenges. Check what the design teams came up with on their webpages:

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    • iluvstamping on September 22, 2014 at 12:31 am

    FABULOUS set of card using White Christmas! I really struggle with that set, but you’ve knocked it out of the park! Thanks for playing along with the SUO Challenge this week!

  1. I love these! I think I may have to purchase that Polaroid die now! I love your cards!!

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Thanks so much Alison! I had lots of fun with these cards and the colours just sort of came together from the ribbons and buttons.And thanks to the DT for choosing these as the Top CASE! That made my day! 🙂

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Thanks Diana. I felt I really had to protect the white of the polar bear & the snowman from the blue sponging and once I’d started – I just kept doing the same on the others 🙂

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks Rebecca. The catty is such a great source of inspiration!

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    Thanks Stasia. It is such a cool set – I love all the options!

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    Thank you Julie – Sharing is as much fun as creating!

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks Bronwyn. I am having lots of fun playing along – and getting great inspiration from seeing all the creations.

    • Jackie on September 12, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks Rachel – The polaroid look is a bit of a trip down memory lane!

    • Alison on September 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    Simply beautiful cards Jackie! I can’t really pick a favourite, but the red stands out for me….great design…great colouring. 🙂 Thanks for joining us at CTC this week and congratulations on being our TOP CASE! 🙂

  2. Really LOVE how you sealed the project with the VERSAMARK – I definitely wouldn’t have thought of that! 😉 Thanks for sharing; your cards are ADORABLE!

  3. Love the set of cards! Thanks for playing at CTC!

  4. amazing job!!! wow you knocked this one out of the park!!! love what you did and that you now have 5 cards showcasing the amazing stamp set from the mini!!

  5. Love your winter scenes on the entire set of cards!! Thanks for sharing on how you created the image as well as playing along with us at SUO Challenges 🙂

  6. Not just one gorgeous card but a whole set!!! Just love every one. Thanks for playing along at CTC and SUO.

  7. Those ‘polaroid’ cards are just adorable, Jackie! I can’t pick which detail is my favourite because every bit of them is perfect. I love that you included detailed instructions too, thanks for sharing your talent with us at CTC.

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