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….

CASEing the Catty #135 | kelly kent

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…

CASEing the Catty #135 | kelly kent

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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CASEing the Catty #134 – Babies & Kids

It’s been wonderful to see all the CASEing the Catty projects this month over on our Facebook page.  Thanks to everyone who has been entering the challenge and sharing their creativity!

Ready for a new theme?

This week we’re CASEing the Babies & Kids section of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s only one set in this section that I don’t own – can you guess which one???  It’s on my wishlist, so might appear shortly!

When I first saw the Annual Catalogue at OnStage I knew that I {had to have} the ‘A Little Wild’ stamp set and coordinating Little Loves Framelits dies.

I have 3 variations of the same project to share today that were inspired by towel decoration in the photo above, the mobile we have in our toy room and a cute card I saw on Pinterest.

CASEing the Catty #134 Babies & Kids | kelly kent

I’m loving playing with the new DSP.  If I had to choose a favourite, at this moment, it’s easily the Coffee Break DSP – such lovely patterns & colours!

I used the Coffee Break DSP for the elephant mobile …

CASEing the Catty #134 Babies & Kids | kelly kent

The bear mobile uses Whole Lot of Lovely. Color Theory & Birthday Memories DSP…

CASEing the Catty #134 Babies & Kids | kelly kent

And the lion mobiles uses the Whole Lot of Lovely & Delightful Daisy DSP…

CASEing the Catty #134 Babies & Kids | kelly kent

Cards like this are a great way to use your DSP scraps.

And all that ribbon that tends to build up in a beautiful array of colours!

I’ve used three new offerings from the new catalogue – Pool Party Shimmer Ribbon, Crushed Curry Mini Chevron Ribbon & Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon.

There’s over 50 new ribbons, trims & twines in the Annual Catalogue!!!  So much prettiness!


For more prettiness, hop on to the lovely Bronwyn Eastley to see her project inspired by the Babies & Kids section of the Annual Catalogue…

And be sure to join the fun on our Facebook page!

Wishing you a lovely week!


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CASEing the Catty #133 – Love & Sympathy

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty blog hop, which takes place every Sunday.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying & Sharing Everything or Copying & Selectively Editing) the Love & Sympathy pages of the catalogue.

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There’s lot of inspiration tucked away in these pages – and lots of gorgeous projects to start your creative journey.

I was intrigued by the cut out portion of this card…

And decided to recreate it in pinks with a dragonfly theme!

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The base is shimmery white.

Using the dragonfly outline die, I cut a dragonfly from the edge of the card and from a separate piece of shimmery white cardstock, I cut the largest detailed dragonfly die.

I adhered the large dragonfly to the inside of the card.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

Then, using a retired washi tape (using my jeans first to desticky it a little), I created a mask around the edges and coloured the middle rectangle with my Aqua Painter in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The final step was to add the embellishments to the front of the card – mini dragonflies, washi tape, sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous & bling – new rhinestones & glitter enamel dots.

I am loving the new washi packs that come in similar colours.  I’ve used the pinks today, which is the Basics Pack 1.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

I kept it all in the pink theme, because this card is going to someone who loves pink!


Now it’s your turn to join our weekly challenge!

All the action is over on Facebook.

If you’re interested in a design team opportunity, we’re taking applications in June and looking to add quite a few more design team members to expand on our already awesome team.

Speaking of awesome design team, next up is the gorgeous Liz Gross

Enjoy the creativity on the hop!


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CASEing the Catty #132 – Birthdays

Hello Sunday!

It’s been a crazy, amazing & wonderful week for me, starting with a long weekend Monday and finishing this weekend with my 2017 Catalogue Launch Event.

For the first time, I tackled a retreat style event with 17 wonderful stamping friends.  It took hard work, the help of my stamping army and a few late nights, but it all came together to create a fabulous day of fun, creativity and friendships.  We talked about getting a group shot, but didn’t quite get around to it – too much stamping to do!

Here’s an action picture…

2017 Annual Catalogue Launch Event | kelly kent

The ladies had a great time playing with new & old favourites from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

I was itching to use one of my top 10 purchases – Little One stamp set, a sweet baby set with an oh-so-cute teepee!

But… the theme this week at CASEing the Catty is Birthdays!  Did you love Mel’s beautiful 50th birthday project?

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Luckily for me, the inspiration for CASEing the Catty only has to come from these pages.  The theme can be anything you like!

So, I used this beautiful sample from the catalogue to inspire my colour choice, design features & layout.

This is my Little One baby card…

CASEing the Catty #132 Little One | kelly kent

Of course I had to add some Kelly touches, so it all sits over some vellum and I’ve white embossed the sentiment.

CASEing the Catty #132 Little One | kelly kent

The inside has a touch of simple decoration – some of the new washi tape.  I was so excited to see it come in solid colours this year, in packs of the same tone!

CASEing the Catty #132 Little One | kelly kent

Thanks for joining me today.

If you’re a CTC regular, you’ll know that we’re on the hunt during June for new design team members to join our crew.

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, then be sure to visit our Facebook page and play along with our June challenges. Don’t forget to give us your blog address & make it clear you’re wanting to be considered.

You’ll also want to check out the other design team members projects by continuing on the blog hop.  There’s great new catalogue ideas!!!

Next up is Monique’s lovely project

This little chicken is off to have dinner and an early night.

My crazy week was amazing – but I’m ready for a quiet & early night!!!


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