I just love stamp sets featuring birds & owls and so of course as soon as I saw the new set Owl Occasions in the Holiday Catalog I just HAD to have it…along with most of the other items in there too LOL…

You can find the cute Owl Occasions on pg 13 – it is a set of 14 stamps available in both wood & clear mount versions and it is incredibly versatile…you know I love versatility!!!

Today I wanted to show you how your Catalogs are a source of inspiration – if you are like me, when you get a new one, you flick through it and your eyes are drawn to all of the fabulous new products – and rightly so LOL!!!

But then I take another flick through and look only at the sample items made using them on each and every page…you can get ALOT of good ideas this way – to see what I mean, take another flick through the Holiday Catalog and only look at those sample items…

And this is how I made the card below, using stamps from Owl Occasions – I just love the sample card on pg 13 and wanted to incorporate lots of those elements but in a slightly different way…

SARAH’S NOTE – ALL of my customers who have ordered with me during the last year received a FREE copy of the Holiday Catalog PLUS Paper & Ribbon Samples AND TWO FREE CARD MAKE & TAKES!  This owl card was one of them – you can see it in the side bar…

If you place an order with me during August I am going to mail you out one of these FREE packages too – the Holiday Catalog, samples AND make & takes – click HERE to place your order & get your free goodies FAST!!!

The elements that I loved from the sample card were the woodgrain effect on the background – I mean owls have to have trees, right? – and I loved the owl sitting on the branch, the stockings and the die cut shape to frame them…and I liked the sentiment in Old Olive and the bit of Bakers Twine on there too, and so decided to incorporate all of these things into my card.

For my card, I decided  I needed a base color and that is Early Espresso.

For the wood effect…I then took a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock and wanted to create a woodgrain effect – the sample card uses a stamp to make that but I wanted it to be a bit more bold and so I found the perfect solution – I textured it using the brand new Woodgrain Embossing Folder that you can find on pg 33 of the Holiday Catalog – that folder is a fabulous find and I know that it is going to be PERFECT for Fall and Winter projects…

The frame shape…to make the beautiful framed shape I die cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock using a die from Labels Collection Framelits (pg 191) and then sliced off a side of it…and now for the fun stamping…click on the photo for a bigger version…

The stamps…I stamped the branch using Soft Suede ink and then my owl…I tried SO hard to make him a pretty color, I really did…I badly wanted to go outside of my comfort zone and make him look cool & funky…I tried stamping him in blue…then green…then orange…but I just couldn’t do it – for me, he had to be brown LOL and so here he is in Early Espresso, to tie in with my card base!!!

I then stamped the stockings in Cherry Cobbler and cut them out using my Paper Snips – you could also punch them out if you prefer – and then the sentiment…

Now I DID manage to stamp this in a color other than black or brown LOL (very unusual for me!) and here it is in Old Olive – I cut it to size, added it to my card and then made a little bow out of Bakers Twine and added it to the side…

You will notice that I added my layers and embellishments using Dimensionals – LOVE these little sticky foam pads – they really enhance your cards and take them to the next level – if you haven’t tried them yet, give them a whirl – you can find them in the Adhesives section of the big Catalog or by clicking HERE

So take another look through your Holiday Catalog – you might be surprised at the inspiration you get – and that is what they are there for – you can copy them or you can add your own twists to them – but be sure to check them out!

You can view this fabulous Catalog online by clicking HERE

Not got a paper copy of the fabulous Holiday Catalog and would like one?

If you do not currently have a Demonstrator through whom you order, please click HERE to email me and I will get one into the mail to you.

That stamp set that I used? It is called Owl Occasions and here are the images that you get in that set – you can find it on pg 13 of the Holiday Catalog or click HERE to find it in the online store…

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