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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** not available until 4th June 2019 when 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue goes live

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

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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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ESAD Blog Hop | So Long Old Favourites

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I’m excited to be hopping with my Australian & New Zealand Demonstrator friends today as we share projects made with items from the 2019 Retirement List.

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With changes ahead for Stampin’ Up! production & supply, we’re seeing quite a change over.  Clear and wood sets will no longer be manufactured.  From the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue (which starts on 4th June 2019), we’ll have the option of photopolymer (see through stamps) or cling (red rubber).  The cling format was released in the 2019 Occasions Catalogue and they are amazing!!!

The other main change is a new supplier for dies and embossing folders.  Stampin’ Up! will no longer offer the Big Shot and all their dies and embossing folders going forward will be compatible with a range of die cutting machines.


It’s definitely the time of the year when you realise you have lots of favourites on the shelf that haven’t had as much love as they should – and will be greatly missed once they become retired products.  It was tough to decide what to share for this blog hop, but I ended up deciding on Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars dies.  Some of my favourite cards have been made with this bundle and I’m going to miss those mason jars!!!

I’ve paired this bundle with the All My Love DSP.  DSP comes & goes, with each catalogue cycle having more and more beautiful new prints to fall in love with.  But, there’ll always be some patterns that I’ll miss more than others – and this gorgeous floral is definitely going to be missed!

After all this chat, you’re probably wondering what I’ve made!!!  Thanks to a fabulous Mini Album project shared by Marion Benfield (Stampin’ with Maz), I have adapted this to be a deluxe fold out card.  I love this style of card, but don’t have much need for mini albums.  A card version combines my love of DSP and a clever fancy fold.

If you’d like to make Marion’s complete mini album with a waterfall section, she has been kind enough to upload the tutorial to Facebook – click here to view.

I always find 3D projects more difficult to photograph & share on my blog, so we’ll start with a video!

And here’s photos of all the layers…

FRONT when folded close

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

FRONT with flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with bottom flap folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE with side flaps folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

MIDDLE completely folded open

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Here’s a close up of the middle panel using the gorgeous Jar of Love bundle

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

I carried through the colours of the DSP to the flowers in the jar and the burlap ribbon feature.

The bottom section has a flap which I’ve added a removable insert for your message.  This section would also be great for a gift card or other flat gift (ie, jewelry).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Want to make your own Mini Album card?  With Marion’s blessing, here’s the adapted instructions.

You’ll need two 12″ x 12″ sheets of cardstock (same colour) plus your favourite DSP.

Cut one of the cardstock sheets to 10-1/2″ x 10-1/2″ and score 2-1/2″ & 8-1/4″ then rotate 90 degrees and score at 2″, 2-1/4″, 6-1/4″ & 6-1/2″.

Cut out the shaded sections as below

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

With the second sheet of cardstock, cut 2 at 11-3/4″ x 4″ (score at 5-7/8″) and cut 1 at 7-1/2″ (score at 3-3/4″).

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

The extra panels attach to the flaps left & right of the middle section and the bottom right panel.  This gives your card extra length.

Once you’ve cut the shaded sections from the above diagram and attached the extra panels, this is what your card base should look like.  You can round the corners of all the free edges in you like this style.

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Add magnets (I used 6mm neodymium magnets) to the middle of the top centre panel and the bottom front centre panel (I hope that makes sense!!!),

Mini Album Card | kelly kent

Now you can cover all sides (except the centre back) with DSP.

DSP measurements with 1/8″ border

PANEL A: 5-7/8″ x 1-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL B: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL C: 5-3/4″ x 3-7/8″x 2 (front & back)

PANEL D: 2-1/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front only)

PANEL E: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front & back)

PANEL F: 3-5/8″ x 3-7/8″ (front & back)

PANEL G: 5-7/8″ x 3-7/8″ x 2 (front only)

Cardstock measurements:

PANEL G: 5-5/8″ x 3-5/8″ plus Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size)

Insert for Panel E: Stitched Rectangle (3rd down from biggest size) layered on 4-9/16″ x 3-1/4″


Thanks for joining us today for the ESAD blog hop.  There’s 25 clever clogs participating (full list below in case we come across any broken links) and a whole lot of inspiration sharing products that you never knew you needed.  Jut because it’s retirement time, it doesn’t mean the list gets any shorter!!!  For some of these gorgeous products, this is the last time they’ll be available to purchase..

Next up is my fun & talented friend Sharon Dalton.  Sharon is an amazing scrapbooker, so I always enjoy seeing Stampin’ Up! through her eyes.

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If anything on the hop tickles your fancy, please shop with your usual demonstrator.  If you don’t have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, my online store is open 24-7 for all your papercrafting needs!  Click here to browse.

Blog hop participant list:

  1. Bronwyn Eastley
  2. Libby Dyson
  3. Katrina Duffell
  4. Lou Kitzelman
  5. Shannon Kissane
  6. Nicole Wilson
  7. Delys Cram
  8. Lauren Meiklejohn
  9. Cathy Pinchbeck
  10. Sandra Mastello
  11. Richelle Fletcher
  12. Rose Packer
  13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  14. Jo Weedon
  15. Peta Stephen
  16. Lisa Whitehead
  17. Rochelle Laird-Smith
  18. Rebecca Scurr
  19. Mandy Depiazzi
  20. Denise Buetler
  21. Monique Fielder
  22. Kelly Kent
  23. Sharon Dalton
  24. Rebekah Crisp
  25. Maree McIntosh

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