We are back this week for another CASEing the Catty Challenge!  We have had some fantastic entries over on our Facebook Page – so keep them coming – we are so glad you are enjoying the new way to play along!  This week for our challenge we are taking inspiration form the Cupcakes and Carousel section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 8 – 13.  Remember, you don’t have to have any of the stamps sets to play along, you just use the images in the catalogue to spur your creativity! It may be the paper, colours used, images, designs or layouts that you use to inspire you to create your project!

I cannot tell you how much I love this suite (I know – I love just about all of them! Lol) – but this suite makes it easy! And it has a real vintage feel about it! I love the DSP paper stack (I just wish they were 12×12!), the colours that are used in the suite and the stamp sets! It made it so easy to create my projects…and I guess I took inspiration from it all!

The one thing that really caught my eye in this picture were the Rosette’s . I used to love making these, but had forgotten about them – until now! So I knew I had to use them for this challenge.

I set about creating a scrapbook page using the Carousel Birthday Set – it came together so quickly for me, which surprised me, because I am not a natural scrapbooker!  It just goes to show…when you have the right products its easier to create!

Do you see the stamped Carousel Horse Image on my page?  I took inspiration from one of the actual papers in the DSP stack- this one –

I love the way they looked, so I made my own.  Its easy to do – just stamp your image in the lightest base colour (in this case peekaboo peach) and the ink up other ares using a sponge dauber with your stronger colours (calypso coral and early espresso). See – easy and SUPER effective!

I didn’t stop there with this suite either.  I decided to have a bit of fun and made this 3D carousel, well, just because I could, using a large rosette for the roof! And if you are wondering how the centre is made – it’s from our empty ribbon spools – I never throw them out! Lol.

I hope you enjoyed these creations this week!  This suite is LOADS of fun, so I encourage you to have a play and join the challenge.  Simply upload a picture of your creation to the album on the Facebook page HERE.

Now it’s time to hop on over to the wonderful Julia Quinn and see what she has created for you all!

Keep crafting!

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14 Comments on CTC112 – Cupcakes and Carousels

  1. Really Love your work Mel, it is an inspiration.
    Thanks also for your inspiration with the”Party Animal Suite” You used the Birthday Brights for your card and as I make small 8.5 x 8.5 cards for all members of our Probus club when they have a birthday, I always struggle for the men. Your card made it so easy and they looked great in the 2 blues of probus.
    So Thanks again.

    • Wow Rosalie! Such praise! Thank you for your very kind words. I am so glad that I helped you create some cards! Thats what its all about 🙂

  2. Love both projects! I’d really like to know how you made your carousel? My sister loves them. I’d love to make her one for her birthday. Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Gloria. Thanks so much.
      The carousel wasn’t too tricky to make! I had some left over spools from some of our ribbons. I measured the width required for them and cut the paper according. I simply adhered around by popping adhesive at both ends and wrapping it around the spool. I recommend 12 x 12 though – I had to join my DSP as it is only 6×6. I then used a hot glue gun to adhere them both ribbon spools together. I ran the ribbon around where the join of the spools were, again using hot glue.
      For the top of the carousel, I cut two of the DSP paper pieces in half (so 4 pieces 3″ x 6″) and scored them every 1/4″ and folded them concertina style. I adhered the ends together to form a large rosette. Making the point was a bit tricky – it involved lots of hot glue and holding the rosette with a pointed top until it dried (it kind of felt like I needed and extra hand or three! Lol). Once it was dry I adhered it to the top ribbon spool using hot glue.
      For the base, I cut the largest circle framelit from our retired circles collection framelits. I chose a smaller framelit from our new layering circles that matched the internal width of the ribbon spool, centred it on the larger circle and cut it out. I then made a cut from the outside of the large circle to the inner circle, so I could wrap it around the ribbon spool, and adhered it with more hot glue!
      I then added window sheet strips where I wanted to put my carousel horses. (They were around 4 1/4″ long and scored at 1/2″ each end so I could bend and attach to the top and under the circle base using hot glue.
      I then trimmed a 1/2″ piece of cardstock (again you will need to join two pieces together as not even a 12 x 12 will fit this one!) and hot glued it to the edge of the base circle! Then add your coloured horses 🙂
      I do hope all if that helps! Good luck! xx

  3. Wow oh wow, both of your projects are AMAZING. I love your scrapbook page as I really struggle with scrapbooking and I am always amazed by the clear space and attention to detail with just one small photo. I think this is my problem I want to include too many photos. And the carousel is outstanding.

    • Thanks so much Kathryn. I was super happy with it too – Im a bit like you – I like to put a few photos on as well 🙂

  4. Yes, both of your projects are just fantastic. But I love love love your scrap page. It’s gorgeous. And now I might need to add this paper onto my next order. Sigh.

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