CASEing the Catty #237 | Layout pg 151

We have an ongoing debate about in our house about whether the week starts on a Sunday or ends on a Sunday.  I like to think Sunday is the end of the week and there’s a fresh start with work, school and other activities on the Monday.  Whichever way you look at it – thanks for stopping by on the last or first day of your week and joining us for a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying And Sharing Everything) the layouts on page 151 of the Annual Catalogue.

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I have chosen the layout at the bottom right as the inspiration for my card.

Band Together | kelly kent

Using the Perennial Essence DSP as my background, the Band Together bundle forms the sentiment cluster at the bottom.

Band Together | kelly kent

Band Together has been a surprise love for me in the new catalogue.  It features a stamp set with a beautiful font, a pretty floral and a variety of sentiments.  The die set has  a mix of flourish bands, stamp cutouts and fabulous labels..

To emulate the inspiration card, I have used a Stitched Oval in vellum, a Detailed Bands label in Whisper White (embossed with the Subtle EF) and a Detailed Bands band in Rococo Rose.  The sentiment has been masked and heat embossed in white on Blushing Bride.

Band Together | kelly kent

The machine stitching all the way around the card border is what enticed me to CASE this layout.  I {LOVE} machine stitching on cards.  The concept art team at Stampin’ Up! must do also – there’s lots of samples in the catalogue with stitching.

I’ve also embellished the inside of this card.  Apart from my 2019 resolution to make more of an effort on the inside, there’s a couple of other reasons – the card front is quite heavy with lots of layers, so adding extra layers to the inside helps keep the card from sliding out and I wanted to use the other pretty stamps in the set including the happy birthday!

Band Together | kelly kent

I’m a sucker for a stamp set with a good happy birthday theme!  Add in a great matching die set and you know it’s going to be a favourite in my craft stash!

Band Together | kelly kent

Thanks for hopping with the Crew today.  We’d love to see your projects inspired by one of the layouts on page 151.  Add them to our Facebook group to enter the weekly challenge.

To see what more of the Crew made, click on the next.  From here you’re visiting the fabulous Lauren Meiklejohn.

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Have a great week!


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CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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CASEing the Catty #235 | CASE a Layout

Hey there!  How was your weekend?

It’s winter here – which makes it the perfect weather for crafting!  (and terrible weather for taking photos outside!).

This week for CASEing the Catty, we’re taking our inspiration from the layout on page 159 of the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue.

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Before looking ahead, I actually made this card for a previous challenge as the styling & layout of this card appealed to me.  When I realised it was perfect for this challenge, I kept it up my sleeve to share today.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve recreated the striped background by swiping Stampin’ Blends (Pool Party, Smoky Slate & Calypso Coral) across a strip of Whisper White DSP.  Using the straight edge die from the Nested Label set, I added the dotty border to each edge.

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

The middle panel is embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and a vellum layer added over the top.  The bird & flower centerpiece is cut straight from the DSP.  You need a little patience for the fussy cutting but the results are sensational.  I find the cutting a much easier option than colouring!!!

Bird Ballad | kelly kent

I’ve finished the card with a DSP banner, Crumb Cake twine (Nature’s Twine) and a white embossed sentiment.   Originally, the sentiment (from Itty Bitty Birthdays) was “happy belated birthday’ but I’ve trimmed it down to just be happy birthday.  I love the font!!


Please join us on Facebook where you can add your card using the catalogue photo as inspiration for the layout.  I can’t wait to see all the entries this week!  Click here to visit the FB group.

Continue the hop to see what the rest of the design team did with this layout.  Next up is my fabulous friend Siobhan Fitzsimmons.

Thanks for hopping with us.  Have a great week!


 

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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^ retiring items available until 3rd June 2019 unless sold out earlier

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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