CASEing the Catty #157 | Case a Colour Combination

How’s your Christmas card prep going?

I’d like to say I’m organised, but Christmas is coming at me so fast…!

Thankfully, there’s challenges like CASEing the Catty to keep me inspired with new card designs each week.

This week at CASEing the Catty, we are finding inspiration from a colour combination within the pages of either the Annual Catalogue or Holiday Catalogue.

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Since I’m on a mission to get some Christmas cards created, I chose the colours from the Merry Little Christmas suite – pages 10-13 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the contrast of the Black & Old Olive . It’s not quite modern, not quite traditional!!

This is my card using an eclectic mix of some of my favourite Stampin’ Up! products…

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I love mixing and matching the items in my collection – it means you’re always sure to get an interesting finish.

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Here you can see…

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I’m calling this one stylishly modern!

If you need a kick-start on the creative process, perhaps you’d like to choose a colour combination from one of the catalogues and join in our challenge.  You can find us on Facebook.  Click here to join the fun.

Next up on the hop is my gorgeous from in NZ – Sandra Collett.

Thanks for visiting!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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CASEing the Catty #153 | Holiday Catalogue Tag

Hello Sunday!

This is the start of a great week – we’re heading to Melbourne this week for the OnStage event.

I think I’ve hit that mildly panicky stage about how much I still have to do, but I’m a deadliner runner – I live for this stuff!!!

There’s quite a few challenge posts coming up this week, and then next week I’ll be able to share some exciting new products from our OnStage experience.

The theme for tonight’s CASEing the Catty blog hop is tags from the Holiday Catalogue.

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This is such a great theme – there’s so many choices!!  Tis the season for giving!  And giving is better when accompanied by cute packaging!

For my project, I transformed the elements of a Halloween tag into a Christmas card!

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This type of CASE always appeals to be because you can create something ‘unique’ using the catalogue styling as a starting point.

My current Holiday Catalogue love is the Musical Season bundle on page 25.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

The original tag had a circle and two pumpkins, which I’ve turned into a circle, a horn and a drummer boy.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

The large dots of the packaged candy are now small dots & stripes.  I’ve still included some ribbon – and added some extra bling.

CASEing the Catty #153 Musical Season | kelly kent

I love a good silhouette stamp!  The Little Drummer Boy makes me smile!

We’d love for you to join in on our Facebook page this week.  You can add your holiday tag CASEd project until Monday 13th November over on our Facebook page.

Next up on the hop is Julia Quinn with her great project inspired by a Holiday Catalogue tag.

Thanks for hopping with us today!

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CASEing the Catty #150 | Favourite Holiday Catalogue Big Shot

As the weeks draw nearer to Christmas, I’m slowing building up my supply of cards & gifts for this festive season.

It’s another great Christmas theme at CASEing the Catty – Favourite Big Shot project from the Holiday Catalogue.

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There’s lots of great inspiration from the design team – so if you’re looking for some more Christmas ideas, make sure to hop around!

One of my very favourite Big Shot sets from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue is the Quilt Builder Framelit Dies.  Sewing is a popular hobby amongst my family & friends – so I’m excited for all the possibilities this set holds.

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This set of dies is part of the Quilted Christmas Suite.

There’s definitely something sweet about the patterns & colours of these products!

My inspiration for today’s CASEing the Catty project came from this photo on page 4 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I {LOVE} the concept of those cute little thread holder cards, but haven’t used them yet.  This was the perfect opportunity!

I used the patterns & theme of the sample card to create some mini cards (3″ square) with the thread card as the main embellishment.

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

The thread card was cut in Real Red cardstock and wrapped with Whisper White Baker’s Twine, finishing it off with a bow.

3″ cards are perfectly packaged in the super cute pizza boxes (also available in the Holiday Catalogue).

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

They come white but are easily coloured using your Stampin’ Spritzer.  Add 5-20 drops of the reinker colour you want (number of drops depends on the intensity you want) and fill to the top with Isocol (alcohol solution available at Coles, Woolworths & pharmacies).

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

Sets of cards make fantastic gifts.  It’s fabulous to have beautiful packaging options – I hope those pizza boxes stay around past this current catalogue!

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

You can fit quite a few cards in the box, but with the spool of thread on each notecard, they ended up being a thicker than usual.

CTC #150 Quilted Christmas | kelly kent

They do still, however, fit in the cute little 3″ envelopes.(another Holiday Catalogue must have!).


If you have time this week, or have been inspired by this theme, please join us in the CASEing the Catty challenge.  Entries are via our Facebook challenge group – click here to join.

For more amazing inspiration, visit my beautiful & talented friend Angela Meiritz-Reid and her classically beautiful creation….

Thank you for joining me and the CASEing th Catty Design Crew.

We appreciate your support!

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CASEing the Catty #149 | Year of Cheer

And just like that, the school holidays are over!

Back to packed lunches, early starts and after school activities!!!

If you have kids, what kind of holiday parent are you?  Love the change up and find it hard to go back, or – at your limits and ready for someone else to entertain them for 7 hours of the day???

I’m a holiday loving mumma – but mostly for the sleep ins I think!!!

Staying up til 1am is a little easier when I know I don’t have to be up at 7am!


Because it’s Sunday, it’s time for another CASEing the Catty project.

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Today, we’re CASEing the Year of Cheer section of the Holiday catalogue.

Choose any element of what you see from pages 36 – 47.

I’ve chosen to CASE the colours & styling of this super cute treat bag on page 45…

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Although you probably don’t often think of black for baby cards, black and pink together make a cute modern twist on the traditional baby card colours!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’m pretty sure the original Stampin’ Up! project is Flirty Flamingo, but I softened it up a little by having Blushing Bride as the pink.

The DSP choice is the same, and I’ve kept the vellum heart {so much to love about the inspiration card!}.  The vellum is applied using a small amount of Fast Fuse.  It barely shows up through the vellum – perfect!  And even more perfect – buy a Fast Fuse during October and get 2 free refills!CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kentI’ve lost count of how many different types of cards I’ve used the Foil Snowflake on now.  They are definitely not just for Christmas!!

The ‘hello’ is from the Hello Friend stamp set – I’ve got a total crush on this stamp set at the moment!  To get the depth of colour I stamped it three times in Blushing Bride using my Stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the placement.

The ‘baby’ is from Happy Celebrations (love that font!) in Basic Black Archival Ink.CTC #149 Hello Baby | kelly kent

And the final fun touches are Black Shimmer ribbon, Gold Mini Sequin Trim, Pearl Jewels and some Shimmery White Hearts.

I’m not sure where the hearts are from in the inspiration card, but cut mine using the Window Box Thinlit.  There’s two sizes in one of the square patterns – just beautiful for accents!

I just love how this card turned out – and although I haven’t forgotten, it reminds the wonderful inspiration contained within those catalogue pages.

Please join us with what inspires you this week from pages 36-47 of the Holiday Catalogue.  And share your creation with us on our Facebook group.

Thanks for hopping!

See what the rest of the design team has created, hopping from here to Angela Meiritz-Reid with another gorgeously pinkly baby card….

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CASEing the Catty #148 | Kits and Memories & More

Hello!  Happy school holidays!

It’s the middle weekend of the holidays here and we’ve finally had sunshine in the last couple of days!

We’re still yet to hit what I would consider warm, but the fact that the sun is shining is a great start!

{Note the nice bright -natural – light for my photos!!!}

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Welcome to a CASEing the Catty blog hop.

This talented team of designers are taking you on a creative journey that showcases how they’ve been inspired by the kits and Memories & More pages in the Annual or Holiday Catalogue.

We’d love for you to join in via our Facebook page.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’ve been sharing the virtues of this kit with my customers & friends, but I was drawn to the sample that we’ve used in the CTC graphic above!

The Watercolor Christmas Project Kit is fabulous.

It’s bright & fun without being silly and amazingly economical for a handmade Christmas card!

The kit is $35 (20 cards & gold lined envelopes!).  You can buy the coordinating stamp set – or use Christmas stamps that you already own.

From now until the beginning of December, I am offering this kit for $35 – all made up and ready to send to your favourite 20 people this Christmas.

It’s the perfect offer for people who love handmade but doesn’t have the time or inclination to make their own cards this year.

Local delivery is included, or I can post Australia wide for $8.50.

If you’d like to order a Watercolor Christmas Kit (made for you, or so you can make it yourself), send me an email or contact me via my Facebook page.


Now, apart from the kit being a great option for cards this Christmas, those easy to replicate layouts are a perfect option if you want to design your own cards using the materials you have at home.

I’ve chosen the third card along in the picture – it’s one of my all time favourite layouts and I use it all the time!

That big white space seemed like the perfect option for the newest stamp in my collection – one that I adore – the so-so-cute reindeer from the Merry Patterns stamp set.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

This exclusive stamp set is only available as a hostess reward during September & October 2017.

Want to add him to your collection?  Gather your family & friends and collect orders of $450 or more and the Merry Patterns stamp set will be yours to own (see the end of this post for a complete graphic).

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

This card features the kit colour theme – Real Red, Emerald Envy & Basic Black.

If you’re ever not sure what the coordinating colours are for a kit or DSP, check back with your catalogue as the full colour range is always listed.

The Stampin’ Up! Online Store is also a great reference for current products.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

Now, as cute as this card is, we all know I favour non-traditional Christmas colours for my cards.

So, I couldn’t resist another version in pink & gray, inspired by Lou Kitzelman’s Merry Patterns card for Colour INKspiration last week.

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This is more my style!

Same cute reindeer….

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Same embellishments!

Just a change up of colours – Sweet Sugarplum & Smoky Slate with Wood Textures DSP.

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent

I also shifted the centrepiece down the card for a same-same-but-different variation.

Making cards in pairs like this is one of my favourite ways to add ‘more’ without more effort!

Which style do you favour?

Modern on the left, traditional on the right?

CASEing the Catty #148 Project Kit | kelly kent


After my super long blog post today (still excited to be back sharing with you!), the next stop for CASEing the Catty is the gorgeous Rose Packer.

Thanks for hopping with us!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

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CASEing the Catty #145 Merry Little Christmas

Hello Sunday evening! Where did the weekend go???

I hope you enjoyed it!  We had a lovely family weekend camping in a beautiful bush setting about an hour from where I live.

We saw stars, possums (lots of possums!), went bushwalking, found a fallen tree that made a great impromptu bridge, ate yummy camping food, sat by the campfire and enjoyed time together!

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I’m slowly getting back to joining in with all my favourite challenges – and tonight it’s the Merry Little Christmas section of the Holiday Catalogue with the CASEing the Catty Crew.

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You can CASE any project from pages 10 – 19 of the Holiday Catalogue.  This includes the Merry Little Christmas suite and a few gorgeous stamp sets on the pages after this.

I went on a bit of journey with my CTC card this week!

It started with this sample from the catalogue…

And ended with this….

CASEing the Catty - Merry Little Christmas | kelly kent

When I look at the finished creation, I can see it was a way for me to use some of the new catalogue items I’d bought but not yet had a chance to play with.

I wanted to use the Watercolor Christmas stamp set – so that formed my centrepiece.

I was desperate to use the new Foil Snowflakes – they are a hidden gem in the new catalogue. They come in gold & silver and work beautifully for all types of projects.  I can’t wait to share a birthday version with you next week!

And I think one of the things that drew me to the sample picture was the Merry Music DSP…. which I ended up using the reverse side (cos it’s all so pretty!).

Here’s a close up of the centre panel with all those elements…

CASEing the Catty - Merry Little Christmas | kelly kent

The extra snowflake embellishments are from the Seasonal Tags Framelits in the new Champagne Foil.  OMG – the colour is luscious!!!

This die set contains the borders for the cute Seasonal Chum stamps, but it also has some great bonus shapes.  It always pays with your die sets to investigate the extras!!!


Please join us over on Facebook with the challenge for this week – so many great projects to choose from.  You can be inspired by anything you find on those pages – the layout, the colours, the style, a technique, the stamp set, pretty paper… anything that takes your fancy!

You can also continue the blog hop and visit more of the CASEing the Catty Crew.

Click ‘next’ to visit the gorgeous Tricia Raineri and her beautiful project…

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com


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CASEing the Catty #139 – Everyday Occasions

Good evening!  Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty, where the design team takes you on a journey of projects inspired by the insides of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

You might have come from Sandra Collett in NZ, or you might be starting here.  Either way, there’s lots more to explore, so be sure to keep hopping by click on the next button at the bottom of each blog.

If you love what you see and would like to join us for the weekly challenge, head over to our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.  Each week sees 2 winners – it could be your fabulous creation!


The theme for the CTC challenge this week is the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue.

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My card to share with you this week is a bit of a happy accident.

I was prepping for my monthly card class last week and so far the cards I’d designed were very ‘neutral’ is their colour schemes.

So, I turned to the catalogue for some bright & fun inspiration.

This photo on page 50 caught my eye…

And when I realised what section it was in – BINGO!  One project, two uses!!!

So, transforming the bag you see at the top into a card, this is what I ended up with…

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

Although Fresh Fig is a lovely colour, I can sometimes find it a little dark, so I’ve freshened this card up by using Rich Razzleberry cardstock & ink.

I couldn’t go past the Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon though – it’s a delightful new catalogue favourite that I am totally in love with!  And guess what?  It comes in 3 other colours!!!

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

While we’re talking ribbon, is bow tieing on your love or hate list???

I don’t mind a mini bow with thin ribbon, but I’m a hot mess with thick ribbon!!!

I did want to share something with you today.  When I was working a part-time job in retail during my university days, I gift wrapped countless packages and tieing oh-so-many ribbons.

Someone amazing (I can’t remember who), taught me this little ribbon trick for wrapping ribbon around your package – or card – so that the ribbon sits flat across the back and repositions easy even after it’s tied.

Watch this video to see if I can pass on the technique…


I was so excited about the Vertical Greetings stamp set when it appeared in the Annual Catalogue last year, but I feel like I haven’t made the most of either the cute tree stamps or the vertical greetings, so it was a great opportunity to ink them up!

We decorated the inside of the card too to complement the clean & simple lines of the front (and to use more of the adorable stamps from the Vertical Greetings stamp set!).

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

To see the next creative idea, you need to travel over to visit the lovely Julia Quinn.

I hope your week is full of happy coincidences – or just happy!


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CASEing the Catty #138 – Holidays

It’s a busy night on the blog tonight, with CASEing the Catty following up from my Stamping Sunday post!

I love participating in blog hops – they bring out the best in my creativity.

And I love being able to send you on to another wonderfully creative project after mine!


This week at CASEing the Catty, it’s Christmas in July time again!!!  We’re CASEing projects from the Holiday section of the 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! ® Annual Catalogue.

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We did this theme earlier in the month and I made a Christmas card into a birthday card.

This time around, my inspiration comes from a thanksgiving card…..

Which formed the inspiration for a Christmas card…

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

It was the layered cardstock across the die cut that grabbed my attention!

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

Create this look by cutting strips of cardstock (great way to use scraps) and adhere them to a cardstock base.

My adhesive of choice was the new multipurpose adhesive sheets – easy to lay all the strips out & no glue mess!

It’s a little hard to see in the catalogue photo, but background is embossed with embossing paste, so I did the same but sprinkled with gold glitter (because I could!!!).

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

The sentiment is similar to the original card.

CASEing the Catty #138 Holidays | kelly kent

I think a Christmas hug from a reindeer would be cute… but I’m probably wrong!

We don’t have reindeer in Australia…. It’d probably be the equivalent of hugging an emu!

Anyway, enough crazy thoughts from me!

The hop continues across the country with the lovely Peta Stephen and her assistant Marvi…

You can join the challenge over on our Facebook page

Thanks for sharing the fun with us!


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CASEing the Catty #137 – Artistic Expression

Today marks the end of the winter school holidays for us and back to school tomorrow.

I love school holidays, so I’m sad to see them end, but the start of Term 3 hopefully means that nice weather will be coming soon!

This week at CASEing the Catty, the inspiration comes from a plentiful section of the catalogue called “Artistic Expression” – pages 132-181 of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s so many beautiful inspiration photos in this section of the catalogue, I had a hard time choosing – so I kinda didn’t!

I used three inspiration photos to create something new!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The colours, centrepiece element & choice of stamp set came from the photos above, and the layout was a combination of all three.

The big flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set was stamped and then the outline embossed – just as the catalogue suggested!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The ‘friend’ centrepiece is cut on Shimmery White cardstock using the Lovely Words Thinlit die, backed with a Gold Foil oval.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

And I couldn’t leave this card just at the front, so I carried the theme through to the middle for a bit of extra ‘wow’!

This worked well with the 2-part sentiment.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

After I made this, it waiting on my table for the next step (photography).  It looked so cute amongst the post-craft chaos, I snapped a candid picture!

I love this view because you can see the front & the middle all at once!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

Continue to wonderful crew blog hop by visiting Rachael Palmieri and her shiny project!

You can join the challenge and see more cards on our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

Have a great week,


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CASEing the Catty #135 – Holidays

This week at CASEing the Catty – the challenge where we ask you to be inspired by the pages of the Stampin’ Up! catalogue – we are taking our creative instructions from the Holiday section.

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This year the Holiday section of the catalogue covers more than Christmas, although it’s where you’ll find all those sets that are perfect for the early bird who wants to make festive cards all year around.

Christmas in July is a popular concept in Australia due to the large migrant populations from the Northern hemisphere wanting a cold, wintery and sometimes snowy Christmas!

So, there are many who celebrate an alternative Christmas during the month of July with big feasts, great company and all the Christmas trimmings.

For others, it marks the second half of the year and a milestone to start the preparations for the big day in December.


After a flurry of Christmas cards in late June on my blog, I’m having an ‘it’s only July’ panic and have decided to use the Christmas inspiration for a magical birthday card!

The striking background of this Christmas card caught my attention…

So I turned it pink & girl for a fairy birthday card….

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To achieve this look, I started with Shimmery White cardstock and brayered the whole layer with Blushing Bride ink.

I then cut a 2″ circle from scrap paper and used this to create a mask for the moon shape, and then brayered again with Sweey Sugarplum ink.

And finally, I added Berry Burst in the corners.


I love the Star of Light swirl, so I kept this but added in a silver fairy…

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With all that sparkle & bling, it’s going to be one of those cards that a photograph doesn’t do it justice!

The card is finished with a ‘magical’ silver sentiment from the Magical Mermaid stamp set (I knew that set was going to work well with the Fairy Celebration stamp set!!!) and some bling – pink Glitter Enamel Dots & Rhinestones.


This challenge is a great excuse to kick start your Christmas card stash!  And put some great ideas out there for other crafters to be inspired by.

Join us on the CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page to see the week’s creations and add yours to the mix!

And also hop through to Krissy’s lovely card

Hope your weekend was amazing and the week ahead is even more fabulous!


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