CASEing the Catty #233 | CASE a Layout

Hello!  How was your weekend?  Welcome to another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  Today’s theme is a whole page of layouts from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue to CASE.

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I have chosen the card at the top left – with the gorgeous embossing.

I’ve got a few new products I’ve been itching to play with, so I’ve used this layout to try out the new Dinoroar suite.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I kept the embossed background but changed it to one of the new 3D embossing folders – Mosaic.

Note about the new 3D embossing folders: Stampin’ Up! have decided not to make us wait for new embossing folders & dies while they continue to perfect the design on the new cutting & embossing machine.  These products will still work with whatever die cutting & embossing machine you own, but you may need some workarounds in the short term.  This 3D embossing folder worked in my Big Shot (which is quite a tight roll) with two upcycled shims – a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard that comes with our foil packs and a piece of 6″ x 8″ cardboard from a DSP pack.  You may have to try a few combinations to see what works in your machine.

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I have been loving the beautiful DSP images – and using them often as centrepieces for my cards.  This fun pink dino is cut straight from the DSP using one of the dies from the Dino Dies set.  So easy, so pretty, so awesome!!!

The thank you sentiment is from another new set in my collection – You Always Deliver.  I loved the font style.  I’ve used a dino pun sentiment on the inside…

Dinoroar | kelly kent

I love that Stampin’ Up! included pink dinosaurs in this design.  As a mumma of children who love all the colours in the rainbow, this suite is going to be on high rotation in my craft room!

Dinoroar | kelly kent

For more great ideas that started with a page of magnolias and changed into so many other creations, continue the hop with my lovely friend Rachel Palmieri.

If you have some craft time this week, we’ve love for you to share your project inspired by one of the layouts on page 36.  Use this as your starting point and let your creativity take you the rest of the way.  Click here to visit our CASEing the Catty Facebook group.

Thanks for being with us on this fabulous Sunday!


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CASEing the Catty #232 | Artistic Expression

Hello!  Thanks for joining us for the first CASEing the Catty of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It’s always fun to have new inspiration!

Join us as we choose any project to CASE from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue – pages 106-159.

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I’ve chosen a card from page 158 showing the Lined Alphabet stamp set & dies.

What caught my eye in this sample is the triangle lines & the ombre colours of the ‘baby’ across the middle.  I used those elements to create a birthday (or other celebration) card using a Mint Macaron tone.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The Mint Macaron started with the DSP choice – I had the Mosaic Mood DSP on my table after creating the Tri-Fold Pocket Card for our team hope on Friday.  That card (you can see it here) used a lot of DSP, but it  didn’t use this particular pattern – which I love!  So that become the card base.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The next step was to add the triangle features – which in this case are actually more of a hexagon – using the Stitched Nested Label Dies.  The colours are Very Vanilla, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Lost Lagoon.   Lost Lagoon is actually a retired colour – but I needed a darker tone to complete the ombre effect – and Lost Lagoon is a favourite of mine!  I wish it had been one of the returning colours during the revamp of 2018!

Once I had my triangle peaks of colour, I added the butterfly from the Beautiful Day stamp set – a returning favourite into the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.  It goes perfectly with this DSP, having a natural mosaic effect!

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The butterfly is stamped in Lost Lagoon ink on Very Vanilla cardstock and then coloured using Stampin’ Blends – Light & Dark Soft Sea Foam and Light & Dark Mint Macaron.  The middle segments have been given a touch of sparkle with the Clear Wink of Stella pen.

Beautiful Day | kelly kent

The card is finished with a sentiment -T”time to celebrate!” from the Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  I’ve stamped this in Lost Lagoon ink and then punched it out using the Classic Label Punch.  The pointed edges of this punch shape worked beautifully with the styling of my card!

So much love for the DSP in this catalogue!  I’m going to need extra supplies of my favourites so I can keep making cards!!!


For more inspiration using new catalogue products, keep hopping with my CTC friends.  Click on the next button to take you to New Zealand to visit my gorgeous Artisan friend Angela Meiritz-Reid.

If you’d like to join in with the weekly CASEing the Catty Challenge, please hop over to our Facebook group.  The challenge runs for a week – ending next Sunday.

See you next week for more new catalogue inspiration!


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CASEing the Catty #231 | CASE Anything

It’s the final CASEing the Catty blog hop of the current catalogues!  The last hurrah for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!  We officially welcome the new catalogue into our craft rooms on Tuesday (4th June).

As a giant send off, the theme for CTC this week is ‘CASE Anything’ – absolutely any project you can find in either the 2019 Occasions Catalogue or the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

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What started for me as a “I’ll just change something retiring to something new” has ended up being a whole spread of change.  Once I started using the new “Follow Your Art” suite, I just couldn’t stop!!

From the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue, I chose project photo for the Coffee Cafe bundle…

And redesigned the cards in the photo to use the It Starts With Art stamp set, Arts & Crafts die, Follow Your Art DSP and Button Button Embossing Folder.

Follow Your Art | kelly kent

These stamps & dies are so much fun to work with and perfect for crafters – making them a great choice for cards for your crafty friends & stamping customers.

Here’s a close up of each card….

Follow Your Art | kelly kent

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Follow Your Art | kelly kent

Follow Your Art | kelly kent

The coordinating colours for this suite are Basic Gray, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point & Whisper White.

The suite features images of our favourite SU products from ribbon to colouring tools to reinkers, glue gun, buttons, scissors & more!!!

This suite and the rest of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue is available to order on 4th June 2019.  You can place your order in my online store (click here).

I also have a DSP share available for pre-order (limited spots available) which will get you the entire new DSP range in 6″x6″ pieces. You can own it all – including this Follow Your Art DSP featured in this post – at a fraction of the cost!  Click here for all the information on the DSP share.


And just like that, CASEing the Catty is done for the 2018-2019 Catalogues.  Join us next week for new action from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!!!

Keep hopping to see what the lovely Michelle Stradz has created as her ‘last project’.

See you next week!


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CASEing the Catty #230 | Retiring Big Shot

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There’s only one more CASEing the Catty blog hop after this one before we say GOODBYE to the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue & 2019 Occasions Catalogue and HELLO to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue.

This week is all about retiring Big Shot projects.  Did you know that the Big Shot machine itself – and all accessories – are retiring from the Stampin’ Up! line.  Stampin’ Up! have parted ways with Sizzix and have lined up another source to manufacture dies & embossing folders from the new catalogue onwards.  I’m excited for the changes that this choice will allow!!!

Choosing one favourite project using Big Shot products is almost impossible!  I use die cuts & embossing on almost every card I make.  After much deliberation, my card is a hybrid of the photo inspiration (Needlepoint Elements) and a die set I’m sad to see on the retirement list – Detailed Dragonfly.

The card that inspired by project is at the bottom right of the photo below.

I’ve used the layout elements, but changed the colours to a purple palette – as this is a favourite of the birthday recipient.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

My purple trio: the card base & mat is Highland Heather and also Highland Heather DSP from Needlepoint Nook,  the large dragonfly is Gorgeous Grape and the label sentiment from the Needlepoint Elements is one of the new In Colors – Purple Posy.  The tones are all very similar, so it makes it perfect for layering these purples.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

I’ve added vellum dragonflies under the stitched silver foil centrepiece.  The dots are stamped in Versamark (but not heat embossed – this gives a nice tone-on-tone stamping effect).  And the card is finished with pearls.

Detailed Dragonfly | kelly kent

We’d love for you to join us for this challenge.  You can either CASE a project and use retiring Big Shot items (like I have) or you can select a photo from the catalogue feature retiring Big Shot products and change it up to include new or carryover products.  There’s so much potential!

All the action during the week for CASEing the Catty happens in our Facebook group.  Join the 1000+ members by clicking here.

Continue the hop to see more amazing projects by the CTC Crew.  Next up is the beautiful Judy May with her stunning creation…

Have a glorious week!


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CASEing the Catty #227 | Retiring Bundles

The last chance / retirement list is up on us and the CASEing the Catty Crew are taking the chance to use retiring items for inspiration before they disappear.

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This week it’s a favourite retiring bundle – stamps & dies, or stamps & punches.

I’ve chosen the Bloom by Bloom bundle – stamp set and coordinating punches.  These products are part of the Happiness Blooms suite.  It wasn’t an immediate favourite, but the bright & fun colours of this suite have grown on me and I’m going to miss them!

Each suite in the catalogue has a full page spread and I’ve taken inspiration from the card at the top of the image below (page 24 of the Occasions catalogue).

I love the colours in this DSP and the use of the stamps in the floral centrepiece, so with this as my inspiration, I’ve used these features in a triangular fun fold card.  Click here to view the tutorial for this fold by Jackie Bolhuis.

This is what the card looks like when fully folded….

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kentBut then it opens up along the diagonal cut across the card front to reveal two flaps.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

The card is incredibly simple to make!

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Cut a piece of A4 cardstock down to 11-1/2″ and then score the middle along the long and short sides (4-1/8″ across the short side and 5-3/4″ across the long side).

Cut the cardstock in your trimmer from the top left corner to the bottom right corner (diagonally).  One piece of A4 cardstock gives you two cards.

Fold the flaps down & inwards to create a card front and then embellish.

I’ve used a Sahara Sand Stitched Circle overlayed with a Vellum stitched circle and the decorated with flowers from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set.

Triangle Fun Fold | kelly kent

Some of the larger images in this set are fussy cut, but the smaller flowers can be cut using the punches.  There’s even the cutest little leaf in one of the four punches.

Although I’m excited about new DSP,  I’ve stocked up on an extra pack of the Happiness Blooms DSP so I can make cards like this when I feel like a bright and cheery option.


All of the bundles in the current catalogues are retiring.  Products that are ‘bundled’ together attract a 10% discount.  Some of these retiring bundles may appear in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue – but no longer in a bundle and therefore without a discount.

Some of the projects you’ll see on the hop tonight show you products that will still be available in the next catalogue – but as single items.  Some projects feature items that are going into the retirement zone, never to be available again.  Whether you’re shopping for a discount or doing some last chance shopping, make sure to get what you need before it’s too late. Links for this project in the table below.

Next up on the blog hop is Peta Stephen with her last chance project.

We’d love for you to share your project with us.  Join the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group and show us your project inspired by a retiring bundle.  You can see all the retiring bundles in the online store – click here to visit.

Thanks for hopping with us – I hope you have a fabulous week!


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CASEing the Catty #226 | CASE a Layout

Hello Sunday – and hello you!

It’s the last day of our school holidays here in Western Australia.  I love school holidays, but I know the kids are excited to get back to school and see their friends.  Bon voyage to lazy mornings, fun activities and no packed lunches!  To add to the fun, it’s swimming lessons this week – so that’s a whole extra layer of organised for me!!!

What better to do to distract myself than hide out in the craft room!

Sunday brings us another CASEing the Catty blog hop.  There’s only a few more for this catalogue cycle before we jump feet first into a new Annual Catalogue.  We’re running for the finish line with a series of ‘favourites’ themes – starting with CASE a favourite layout.

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Surprisingly, this challenge was a little hard to get started.  CASEing layouts is my favourite thing to do, but with 2 catalogues full of amazing samples, it was difficult to select a favourite one!

I ended up choosing the Bouquet Blooms card on the bottom of page 167.  After lots of flicking through the catalogue, this card stood out for it’s contrast to my usual cardstock placement.  I’m very much an ‘in the centre’ or ‘bottom right’ girl.  So the fact that this card had the layering panel at the top left corner, made it a perfect CASE to make me change it up!

Although I kept the features of the layout, I changed the stamp set and styling of the card.  With so many of my favourite stamp sets on the retirement list, these challenges are a good opportunity to get some of them inky once again.

Needle & Thread | kelly kent

My card features the Needle & Thread stamp set & Needlepoint Elements dies.

Needle & Thread | kelly kent

The blues for this card were inspired by the butterfly patterned DSP in this suite.  Blue is is a fun choice for flowers!

Needle & Thread | kelly kent

I don’t always decorate the inside of the card (I should though) but it seemed perfect to continue the background stamping through to the middle (just like in the inspiration pic!).

Needle & Thread | kelly kent

I’m really going to miss this stamp set & bundle!  The dies in the set are so sweet and the flowers are so easy to layer.

Did you notice the border die from the Needlepoint Elements set that coordinates with the Pretty Label Punch – oh my!!!

Be sure that you’ve secured everything from your 2018-2019 shopping list, because once the 2019 catalogues end on 3rd June, it’s see-ya-later to the retirement list items.

Click here to browse the retirement list in the online store.  Products available while stocks last.

On the up side, the 4th June has a new catalogue coming our way.  I’ve had a sneak peek and it’s glorious!!!


For more creative ideas, please keep hopping by visiting the gorgeous Peta Stephen and her purrrrfect assistant Marv.  I bet Marv is glad the Cat Punch makes an appearance in the new catalogue!

Thanks for spending your Sunday night crafting with me!

We’d love to have you join in our CASEing the Catty challenge over in our Facebook group.  Click here to visit.

Until next week,


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CASEing the Catty #224 | Favourite Occasions Big Shot

Hi there!  It’s the end of the weekend that saw lots of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators go to OnStage – including a large number of the CASEing the Catty Crew.  Sadly, this event wasn’t possible for me, but I’ve been enjoying opening Facebook & Instagram and seeing all the sneak peeks.  It’s going to be another great catalogue full of samples to for us to copy & share.

The new catalogue starts in June.  For now, we’re still enjoying the two current catalogues – Annual 2018-2019 and Occasions 2019.

The theme for CTC this week is our favourite Big Shot project from the Occasions catalogue.

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The card that caught my attention was the one on the left of the picture above.  I loved the peekaboo background made by the largest die in the Doily Builder Thinlits.  Unfortunately, this die set is now sold out!  It’s a testament to the amazing range that Stampin’ Up! are offering that products are selling out before the catalogue period finishes.  If there’s anything on your wishlist that you have to have, don’t wait, order it now!

I have used the background – as inspired by the catalogue – to create this birthday card.

I wanted to showcase the 5 soon to be retired In Colors (2017-2019) – Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist, Powder Pink & Tranquil Tide.  Don’t get caught with these products!  Make sure to order inks, paper & accessories sooner rather than later.  The retirement list is due out this week and once they appear on there, it doesn’t take long for these supplies to be depleted.

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

The other bundle I’ve shared in this card is the Well Said / Well Written word stamps & dies also from the Occasions catalogue.  I am very hopeful this bundle will carry over to the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue as they are amazing and I’d love to get some more use from them!!!

Doily Builder Thinlits | kelly kent

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Thanks for joining us for the CASEing the Catty blog hop.  If you have a favourite Occasions Catalogue Big Shot project, share your project with us in our Facebook group.

Next to visit on the hop is the gorgeous Monique Fielder

Have an awesome week!


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CASEing the Catty #223 | Classic Garage

These CASEing the Catty blog hops seem to roll around so quickly each week!  Stop the world, I just wanna hide in my craft room!!!

Little Mr Papercraft and the busy Miss Papercrafts are keeping me very busy, so it’s snippets of time when I can manage them!  I still love making for challenges – they are usually my favourite projects of the month.

This week for CASEing the Catty, we’re inspired by the Classic Garage suite and subsequent pages of the catalogue.

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I do love the Classic Garage cards, but I couldn’t go past this gorgeous card (bottom left) on page 46 as the inspiration for my CASE.

I love the styling for this card – the repeated background stamping with an image over the top.  Using these features, I’ve recreated the card as a baby card….

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

How to make it –

  • Prepare your card base by cutting a piece of Whisper White Thick A4 cardstock in half lengthways.  Score & fold.
  • Add a piece of Twinkle Twinkle DSP (Gray Granite star design) – whole card front size (4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″).
  • On a piece of Whipser White cardstock (3-3/8″ x 5-7/8″), stamp the “it’s a girl” sentiment in Blushing Bride – first in full strength then again without inking (half strength).  Keep doing this until you have enough stamped images.
  • Add Blushing Bride ink using the smooshing technique (ink on a plastic envelope/sheet spritzed with water and applied to the cardstock).  Set this aside to dry.
  • Stamp the baby from the Sweet Baby stamp set in Memento ink.  Cut using the Bouncing Baby Framelits and colour using Stampin’ Blends (Dark Pink Pirouette (retired), Dark Flirty Flamingo, Ivory, Light Crumb Cake, Light Smoky Slate).
  • Stamp the congratulations sentiment from the Little Elephant stamp set on vellum in StazOn.  Cut around the words in a rectangle shape using Paper Snips.  I added second layer of vellum under the sentiment for more depth.  Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue on a sponge, glue the two layers of vellum together, and both layers on the baby.
  • Adhere the  ‘it’s a girl’ panel to the card base and then add the baby with Mini Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Finish the card with Blushing Bride stars cut using the Twinkle Builder punch.

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

This card was so cute I decided to make a blue ‘it’s a boy’ version too!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

The colours for this card are Pool Party ink, cardstock & Blends and Bermuda Bay Blends.

This is another card layout I know I’m going to get lots of use from!   I’m dreaming up a birthday one as I type!

Sweet Baby | kelly kent

If you’re dreaming of cards too, please join us for the CASEing the Catty challenge – find us here on Facebook.

For more Classic Garage inspiration and other great cards from this section of the Occasions catalogue, keep hopping!

Next blog to visit is the gorgeous Lauren Meiklejohn.

Thanks for joining us!


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CASEing the Catty #221 | Needlepoint Nook

Thanks for joining us for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop.  We’re sharing projects we’ve made using the Needlepoint Nook section of the catalogue.

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This suite is one of my favourites from the 2019 Occasions catalogue.  I love the colour palette, the beautiful photographic patterns in the DSP and the fabulous bundle.  So it was easy for me to find something inspiring in the catalogue to join this challenge.

After seeing the fabulous pop up froggie card  Jay Soriano made for the Creating Kindness Blog hop (see it here), I’ve had it on my agenda to make one.  Jay has an excellent tutorial video on his blog post and has kindly shared all the measurements.

Using the catalogue card on the bottom right of the picture above as the inspiration for the colours & styling of my card, I created my first Spinner Pop Up card.  It starts off simple on the front…

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

But then opens up for all the fun!

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

Like so many fancy fold cards, the spinner section where all the magic happens needs to be built a particular way, but once you have that down pat, you are only limited by your imagination.  The panel on the right of the card tucks in behind the front panel when folded and then pops up on a spinner arm when the card is opened.

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

I’ve used the same DSP, floral arrangement, vellum and ribbon to style the card.  The sentiment has been altered to fit and I’ve added pearls for a touch of elegance.

Needlepoint Nook Spinner Pop Up Card | kelly kent

I’ve taken a short video to show you the finished card in action…

This card would look create in so many different colour themes.  Now that I’ve made one, there’ll be no stopping me.  Thanks to Jay for a great tutorial.  To be able to make your own Spinner Pop Up Card, visit Jay’s blog – Mitosu Crafts.

If you’re inspired by pages 38-41 of the Occasions Catalogue, please share your project with us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook group.


There’s Needlepoint & more to come on this blog hop.  Next to visit is the fabulous Rose Packer in Victoria.

Thanks for hopping with us!


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CASEing the Catty #220 | Sale-A-Bration

Hello!  I hope you had a marvellous weekend!

We’re getting close to the end of the Sale-A-Bration period – which is always sad I love getting free things with my Stampin’ Up! order!  You have until 31st March 2019 to add free products with every $90+ order.  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration choices in the online store.

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The card I’ve made today was CASEd from the first release brochure using the Tea Time Framelits and coordinating stamp set available in the Occasions catalogue – Tea Together.

This the original card on the right…

And this is my version…

Tea Together | kelly kent

I’ve changed the colour palette to Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry and Tranquil Tide.

Tea Together | kelly kent

And also stepped it up a little – adding in a birthday sentiment, vellum flowers in silver embossing and pearls.

Tea Together | kelly kent

The inspiration photo uses the Delightfully Detailed Note Cards available in the Annual Catalogue.  The watercolour wash on these cards makes for a gorgeous base for your project.

Tea Together | kelly kent

The final touch was to decorate the envelope flap using the rose stamp from this set.


Thanks for joining the CASEing the Catty Crew as we share Sale-A-Bration inspired projects with you.

Please keep hopping and visit my fabulous friend Tina Gillespie in South Australia.

We’d love for you to share your creations with us.  Visit us on Facebook and upload your project inspired by any Sale-A-Bration catalogue image to join the challenge.  Each week sees two talented crafters win the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge.

Have a great week!


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