Monday, May 11, 2009

A Catalogue Challenge!

I'm hoping to get back into the swing of blogging this week, and I've got heaps to show you. I'm going to start by showing you the samples I made for my Convention Presentation.
When we get a new Catalogue, one of the first things I like to do is copy a card EXACTLY from the catalogue, and then make my own version. When I do a "catalogue tour" at workshops, it's a great way to show what a useful tool the catalogue is. No wonder it's called an Idea book!
This year, I copied the card at the top of page 83:

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaAnd then I made my own version....using DSP also made it very quick and easy. Don't forget about this month's Special Promotion if you want to stock up on DSP. By 3 packs, get one free!

Marelle Taylor Stampin' Up! AustraliaNo one would even recognise it as the same card, but the great thing is that making it took very little brain power on my behalf! (always a good thing!)

Here's my Challenge: Why not give it a go next time you're stumped for ideas? I've challenged my team this month to do just that. You can join us if you like! Just post a comment here, and include a link to your own creation. I'll pick my favourite at the end of the month to win a Patterns Pack II Level 1 Hostess Gift. Entries must be in by May 31. Open to anyone in Australia, SU! Demos included.

You can see the Stampin' Supplies list for all the ingredients of the first card, and here's the recipe for my version:
Materials (all Stampin' Up!)
stamps: Cheep Talk, On Your Birthday
ink: Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Chocolate Chip
card: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Sweet Always DSP
other: Curly Label punch, 1 1/4" circle Punch, Eyelet Border Punch, Regal Rose Wide Grosgrain ribbon


  1. Hi Marelle, I cased this card from the caty p.81 before we went to convention. It is a great sketch using the Friends 24/7.

  2. Great sketch Marelle - both cards look lovely. I did not even know about the rules with the colour coach. Bought it last year and have only used it once but was never happy with the result. I will have to read it and see what to do now ;0 when in doubt, read the instructions huh!

  3. Hi Marelle! This is too funny! I havent visited your blog for a day or so, but I made that exact same card, changed the colours and a few other little things - but how uncanny is that! Great minds think alike hey! lol



  4. Hi Marelle - I was inspired to CASE the Catty already after seeing your Workshop Wow presentation at Convention (loved it by the way). Here's my Case of page 104 of the Catty (it's the last photo on my post).

    Hope this works!

  5. Hi Marelle, decided to do the challenge - thank you so much :) I also kept in mind about the color coach about the rules of using colours, so thank you also for that :)

    Hope my card is okay for the challenge.

  6. Hi Marelle, thanks for the challenge. I had lots of fun copying the catalogue. My card is on my blog,

  7. Hi Marelle thanks for the fun Challenge I love casing the Catty. Since your presentation at convention I have brought a colour coach, and haqd my catty made into a spiral one with tabs :) Thanks for such great ideas, I also have party Hearty on my wish list lol. You can see my challenge entry

  8. Hi Marelle,

    I finally did the challenge card. I used the card from pg 6 of the catalogue for my challenge. Enjoy here is the link.

  9. What an awesome challenge, I never even think to refer to the catty for inspiration, very foolish! Here is a case I have done from page 81


  10. Hi Marelle,

    This was a great idea, I've had the catalogue for so long and never seem to case any layouts from it.

    Here are my cards Paula

  11. Hi Marelle

    Here is my card for your challenge. I CASed it from page 104.


  12. Hi again

    maybe this time I should actually put the link in LOL!


  13. I cased a 6"x6" scrapbooking page using the lovely Wild about You stamp set. Thanks for the challenge as I do struggle doing scrapbooking.

  14. Here's my CASE, hope you like it!

  15. Hi Marelle, I thought I would give it one last go....if I was only allowed to enter once, then please discard this comment :) Hope it is okay. I used a card from page 29 of the catty - it is simple but it works for me :)

  16. Hi here's my efforts

    or just click on my name to get there

  17. Hi Marelle
    Hope its ok for me to play along although I am in the UK??? I CASED this card from pg 38 of the UK catty and although I dont have the stamp set used and I changed the colour of the card stock I stuck to the layout!!

    Its the 2nd card on the post. Hope its ok that I played along..... take care.

  18. Hi Marelle,
    It was great to meet you in Canberra. And I love looking at your work too. Thank you for this challenge it was great Fun. Chantell

  19. Hi Marelle, thanks for the inspiration. I have not had much time to play with my stamps for a while since Nathan is away but I made some time for myself and this is what I came up with.
    Hope you like them.
    Thanks again

  20. Thanks Marelle for the challenge, I've really enjoyed it. I case'd the Party Hearty card on pg 43. My two cards can be seen at



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