CASEing the Catty #90


Hi there!  It’s Sunday night – how did the weekend of sleep ins, coffee & craft go for you?

I was lucky enough to get a few minutes here & there.  The weather here has been cold & wet – perfect for putting on a movie (or the Olympics) and snuggling up with some good crafting activities!

Images © Stampin' Up!

The theme for today’s CASEing the Catty blog hop is Project Life & Kits.

I have a couple of the kits and a couple of Project Life collections, but having another look at the catalogue – I’ve decided I need more PL cards.  They are gorgeous!

Although I don’t often create PL layouts (just for special milestones), the cards are wonderful for adding to other projects.  I’ve made cards, tags and 3D items just using cards from Project Life collections.  They make for a quick & easy layout and you significantly increase your cohort of designer paper.

Today though, I am still on my mission to create market stock, so I’ve taken inspiration from one of the catalogue photos of PL cards and used the design elements to inspire 2017 Calendar Cards.

CASEing the Catty #90 - Project Life & Kits. Catalogue inspiration. Kelly Kent -

You can find the tutorial for making a calendar card here.

CASEing the Catty #90 - Project Life & Kits. 2017 Calendar Cards inspired by PL cards. Kelly Kent -

The first design uses the Botanical Builders & Everyday Jars Framelits to recreate the beautiful flower in the top left corner of the card.

I’ve used Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake for the leaves and Calypso Coral, So Saffron & Soft Suede for the flower.  The border is hand-drawn using the fine tip of the Soft Suede marker.

CASEing the Catty #90 - Project Life & Kits. 2017 Calendar Cards inspired by PL cards. Botanical Builder & Everyday Jar Framelits. Kelly Kent -

The second design uses the Playful Backgrounds stamp set to recreate the beautiful spots seen in the Project Life card.  I’ve added a splash of pearls to finish the calendar with a special touch!

The solid circles were stamped in Soft Sky and the open circles in Pool Party.  To add some depth to this design, I matted the font panel in Pool Party cardstock.

CASEing the Catty #90 - Project Life & Kits. 2017 Calendar Cards inspired by PL cards. Playful Backgrounds stamp set. Kelly Kent -

That is all the CTC fun I have for you today.  Please join us for the weekly challenge.


Next up on the hop is the amazing Jackie Noble.


If you’d like to hop backwards, then click previous to see the creativity of Liz Gross.


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Thanks A Botanical Bunch!

Have you seen the colour combination for the Global Design Project #029 floating around Pinterest this week?

You can thank Bruno Bertucci for the influx of brown, orange & teal!  His Hoot card is super cute, but it was certainly a challenge to put those colours together in another context!

This was my photo inspiration to go with the colour combo….

Which gave me this card…

Global Design Project #029 - Thanks A Botanical Bunch card using Tangelo Twist, Early Espresso & Bermuda Bay. Kelly Kent -

The flowers work really well in this fresh & modern colour combination.  Plus, I was starting to miss those flowers from the Botanical Builders Framelit set!

And, what a win on the sentiment from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set!  I do love a good pun – and a good cause.  $3 from every Sprinkles of Life stamp set sold goes to the Ronald McDonald House Charity.  Did you need a 3rd reason?  The stamp set matches the amazing Tree Builder punch.  It’s an easy stamp set to miss in the main catalogue – you can find it on the inside back cover of the annual catalogue.

Thanks a bunch?  Oh, you’re welcome! Kelly x

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Botanical Gardens – Cards & Treats from my February classes

As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, I’m truly in love with the Botanical Gardens product suite.  And, I’ve been using it lots!  All three classes this month used this range for at least one of their creations.

The ladies all seems to fall in love too with the appropriate amount of ooo’s & ahhh’s coming from the craft table.

I love it’s versatility, the awesome 3D dies and that it matches with 2 of the Sale-A-Bration choices!

We made cards…

Just for You Card using Sale-A-Bration Botanicals For You stamp set, Botanical Builders Framelits and Botanical Blooms stamp set. Kelly Kent -

Thanks card featuring the Botanical Gardens suite: Botanical Builders Framelits, Botanical Gardens DSP, Botanical Blooms stamp set, Botanical Gardens Jewels and Suite Sayings. Kelly Kent -

And a calendar…

2016 Easel-Style Calendar using Botanical Builders Framelits. Kelly Kent -

But my favourite project that all 3 classes made was a little treat box styled on an American sour cream container – or for us Aussies, the shape of a those frozen ice lollies from the 80s.

Thanks to Dawn Griffith for her very helpful tutorial.

Botanical Gardens Treat Boxes (sour cream containers) using Botanical Builders Framelits & Botanical Gardens Vellum. Kelly Kent -

You can either use vellum or DSP to make these cute little boxes.  I used the Botanical Gardens Vellum that you can choose as one of your Sale-A-Bration rewards until 31st March 2016.

Of course you can decorate them any way you like, but how sweet do they look with the Botanical Builders flowers on them?

To make the boxes:

  • start with a piece of vellum that is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″
  • put Tape & Tear adhesive on both long sides and one short side
  • remove the tape backing from all sides and with the tape on the side roll the vellum into a cylinder/tube shape so the short sides meet, and you attach the back of the taped short edge to the front of the non-taped edge (Dawn’s video will help if this step doesn’t make sense)
  • squish one end of the box to close
  • fill your box with whatever treats you choose (we used jelly beans)
  • squish the other end of the box at the opposite angle.

They look cute in any colour and lovely in DSP (though I forgot to take pictures of those!).  I wouldn’t recommend cardstock – it’s just not flexible enough.  You can make any size box too – just adjust the measurements for your piece of vellum or DSP.

Botanical Gardens Treat Boxes (sour cream containers) using Botanical Builders Framelits & Botanical Gardens Vellum. Kelly Kent -

The March class schedule will be up soon – make sure you check back during the week.  As you can see, we have lots of fun and make lots of fabulous projects!  Kelly x

Botanical Gardens Suite…


Botanical Gardens Sale-A-Bration items available until 31st March 2016…

Happy & Timeless Birthday Wishes

This is a card I made for a gorgeous friend who celebrated her birthday during the week.  It was so lovely I decided we’d make it for today’s class as well!

Happiest Birthday Wishes - Timeless Textures & Watercolor Wishes stamp sets plus Botanical Buildlers Framelits. Kelly Kent -

I had challenged myself to use the Timeless Textures stamp set from the Occasions catalogue.  I love the idea of it but grungy & random stamping isn’t my thing.  I think this layout is a nice compromise!

Meanwhile, I’m totally in love with the Botanical Builders framelits and using them on every card & project that crosses my desk!  In my crafting opinoin, you can never have too much of a good thing – and I can say, without hesitating, that I’m getting {excellent} value for money from my Botanicals suite!  Kelly x

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