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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Just Add Ink #343 Pop Up & Interactive

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The Just Add Ink Design Team are starting 2017 with a blog hop!

And it’s all about pop up & interactive cards.  You’re going to love the ideas shared in this hop.

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I’ve chosen a style of pop up card that has been doing the rounds lately called a Twist & Pop card or a Pop Up Panel card.

From the front it looks like a normal card but as you open it the middle jumps out to reveal a pop up centre panel.  So cool.

And like many ‘fancy’ cards, once you know how, they are super easy to make!

I used the tutorial by Jan B and changed up the design to make it a Pokeball card for a friend of the Miss Papercrafts who loves Pokemon!

I always find photographing fancy fold cards a challenge, so I made a video to show you how cool this style of card is!


Pop up cards are always better in 3D!

But here’s the photos anyway….

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Just Add Ink #343 Twist & Pop Pokemon Card. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

The Pokeball on the front is made from circle framelits.

The font on the inside is Cameo cut.  You can download the font here.


You should definitely try this style of card if you haven’t already – it’s a winner!

You’ll also want to keep hopping for more pop up & interactive card ideas.

Next up on the Just Add Ink hop is Karren over in New Zealand!

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Please share your creations with us using the linky tool on the Just Add Ink blog.  You can try one of the awesome cards shared on this hop, or share another style of pop up / interactive card.  I’m always on the lookout for fabulous (but easy) design ideas!

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CASEing the Catty #102 Halloween Night

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Happy {SPOOKY} Sunday and welcome to our last CTC blog hop for October.

Since Halloween is tomorrow, we’re CASEing the Halloween Night section of the catalogue – but I suspect there will be far more fun than freaky in this South Pacific journey!

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I just love the framed art in the middle – and although I have friends with Halloween birthdays, I think (like Christmas babies) they’d be unimpressed with a themed card.

But, along those lines of thought, I think the layout & colours would be perfect for a birthday boy!


My first share for today is fairly similar to the inspiration pic – just transformed to card size & birthday theme!

CASEing the Catty #102 - Halloween Night. Boy's birthday card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

My second card is a variation uses the sketch/colours as a starting point, to end up with this…

CASEing the Catty #102 - Halloween Night. Boy's 6th birthday card.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I find myself going to the catalogue more & more lately to start my projects off!  There’s something inspiring on every page!

And even more inspiration when you join the CTC hops too!

Today’s travel will take you backwards to the awesome creativity of Rachel Palmieri or onwards to the fine art of Krissy Buck.

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If you’d like to join us at CASEing the Catty, please share your project by clicking on the link below.  Fun or freaky, we want to see what catalogue inspired lovelies you’re creating!

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