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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CASEing the Catty #104 Petals & Paisleys


Hey there!

It’s a big hop today for CASEing the Catty #104 as we cruise around the South Pacific sharing projects inspired by the Petals & Paisleys section of the 2016 Holiday Catalogue.

Fair to say that this product suite is a popular one!!!

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Guess what???

I don’t actually own any of the stamps or dies from this collection – oh my!!!

But, the beauty of CASEing the Catty is that you can choose what inspires you.

For me, it’s the wonderful colour combination of the Petals & Paisleys DSP.

I {LOVE} this DSP and have used it extensively for projects over the past couple of months.

So, I have used the main colours from the DSP, snippets of the DSP and taken some layout elements from the card on the right in the sample photo below…

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To create this…

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I told you I was loving the early release of the Stitched Shapes Framelits!!!

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This card was super easy to make.  Cut 12 x the smallest stitched square die (I did three of each colour/DSP).

When tiled together, they measure 3-5/8″ x 4-3/4″.  So, I laid them out on a mat (Very Vanilla) measuring 3-7/8″ x 5″ and then on a card front with a finished size of 4-1/8″ x 5-1/4″ (4-1/8″ x 10-1/2″ before folding in half).

To finish, I added copper washi from the Affectionately Yours set, Very Vanilla twine and a happy birthday sentiment borrow from Fairy Celebration.

The twine is thinner than in it’s original form – I just pulled out a segment from the thick piece!!!

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Thanks for hopping today.

If you’d like to join the challenge (and we’d really like you to join!), then please click on the link below to take you there!


Next up is the beautiful Rachel, or head the other way to lovely Judy.

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Stamp Review Crew – Timeless Textures


Morning!  Officially it’s spring here in Bunbury, Western Australia – but someone forgot to tell the weather man!  So, instead of bright and sunny, it’s overcast and a little soggy!

Not to worry, stamping & blog hopping doesn’t need perfect weather and in fact, it’s nice and cosy at the craft table!!!

Snuggle up, and come around the world as we visit international blogs in search of inspiration for today’s feature stamp set – Timeless Textures!

It’s a set with unlimited possiblities and I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.

During the week, I’d decided that I was going to use the stamps to form a repetitive background sequence in clear embossing.

I’d only intended to make a couple, but as I started matching the background pieces with other stamps in my collection, it was fun to keep going!

All in all, I made 5 cards in this style.  Here’s the backgrounds…

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And here’s the cards…

Block of Dots + Seaside Shore

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Circles + Fairy Celebration

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Random Dots + Lots of Love

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Fleur de Lis + Mixed Drinks

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Woodgrain +  Country Livin’

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I’m undecided if they need sentiments or if they say enough as they are!

What do you think???

Any favourites???  For me it’s never the planned cards but always the afterthoughts that I fall in love with.  I love the cowboy boots!!!

Thanks for hopping with me!

Next stop on the inspiration trail is Shana Gaff and her timeless creations!


If you get lost anywhere along the way, click on the banner at the start of this post to take you to the full link up.

You won’t want to miss a moment of the hop – each post is so inspiring!

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More DIY Coloring Cards #GDP047

Did you see the DIY colouring cards I made last week???

They were so much fun to make!  And when I started looking, there were so many of my stamps that lend themselves to this style of card.

Here’s a few more designs I created including this cute Seaside Shore one which I am going to add for the Nautical themed Global Design Project #047 challenge this week.


DIY Colouring Cards - Seaside Shore.  Black & white images with pencils attached.  Fun for kids & adults!  Kelly Kent -

Another fairy variation with the Fairy Celebration stamp set.

DIY Colouring Cards - Fairy.  Black & white images with pencils attached.  Fun for kids & adults!  Kelly Kent -

And a Playful Pals bear creation for Dad.

DIY Colouring Cards - Playful Pals Bear Father's Day Card.  Black & white images with pencils attached.  Fun for kids & adults!  Kelly Kent -

Have you started your Father’s Day cards yet?  4 weeks until Dad’s big day!

More ideas to come over the next couple of weeks!

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Cards That Keep Giving – DIY Colouring Cards

How would you feel about giving a card to someone that needs finishing???

Sounds crazy, but these black & white creations complete with pencils make an awesome card & gift all in one!

I’ve made this type of card before and as I prepare for a market next month, I am revisiting some ideas that I think will be fun for people to browse through (and buy!).

The fairy was my first inspiration…

DIY Colouring Cards - Fairy Celebration. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent -

And then I added the Barnyard Babies to the range…

DIY Colouring Cards - Barnyard Babies. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent -

And decided that kids shouldn’t have all the fun, so I made this Garden in Bloom bouquet…

DIY Colouring Cards - Garden in Bloom Bouquet. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent -

This style of card will work for any stamped images that have solid outlines and lend themselves to colouring!

And if you hate colouring – then this is inspired, because the recipient is going to do it for you!!!

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PS, I added one more card to the range today – it tickles my sense of humour … but that might just be me!

DIY Colouring Cards - Snow Place Christmas. Black & white images with pencils attached. Fun for kids & adults! Kelly Kent -

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Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’S Twine

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Magical Birthday Fairy Slider Card

Doesn’t this sweet little fairy just look like she’s flying!  So, she was the perfect fit for one of those slider cards I promised.

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Slider cards are so easy to make, especially when you’ve got the Sliding Star Framelits & Foam Adhesive Strips on your desk!

Simply cut a piece of cardstock that is smaller than your card front.  Use one of the slider pieces to create a pathway for your object to move along/around.  Adhere to your card base with foam strips and then using washers/coins/similar (I had to use two piece of thick cardboard I cut myself because all the round shiny things I could find were too big to hide behind my fairy!), place one under the pathway, add foam strip (or a dimensional) and then add the other on top.  Finish with your movable image (like a fairy).  Easy as punch (or framelit…. bad stamping joke!).

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Those fairies are just way too cute!!!

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My photography doesn’t share the secret – but I will.  This card is full of Wink of Stella.  It’s a fairy’s best friend!!!  Kelly x

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Fairy Celebrations – How could I resist???

Today is day 3 of my new catalogue “box of fabulousness” sharing.

And today it’s all about fairies!

When I saw the Fairy Celebration stamp set in the new catalogue I knew that would be on my order!  With 2 Little Misses in the house – it’s a perfect fit for the type of cards I need to make!

Today’s card was designed for the Global Design Project #040 where we are CASEing Shawn de Oliveira.

I loved Shawn’s layout and watercolour effect, so took these features and married them with the colours & style I wanted for my fairy card.

This is the result:

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent -

The background was made by sponging Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum, Blushing Bride & Mint Macaron ink onto the Watercolor Wash background stamp and stamping this onto my Whisper White cardstock.

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent -

I then stamped the fairy stamp using Basic Gray Archival ink and using the above colours plus Crumb Cake, I coloured the stamp a little more with my Blender Pen.  And of course the fairy is finished with a layer of clear Wink of Stella – oh, how I love that magic pen!!!

Global Design Project #040 - Fairy Celebration Birthday Card CASEing the layout from Shawn de Oliveira. Kelly Kent -

This super sweet fairy stamp set is going to see a lot of ink. With 2 girls in the house, there’s going to be a lot of fairy cards in our future!  And I can’t wait!  Kelly x

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