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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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

Cherry Cobbler Thick Baker’S Twine

Live, Love, Grow – Not just for greenery!

Every now & again I buy stamp sets that just tickle my fancy.

When I saw Live, Love, Grow in the catalogue, it looked fun and I couldn’t wait to add it to my order.

It might look to be all about the greenery, but scroll down for more inspiration!

Of course, first up, I had to make a beautiful terranium with shades of greenery – Old Olive & Pear Pizzazz…

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But, my ideas didn’t stop there.

The terranium dome also makes a great cupcake cloche….

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And it would make a great fairy catcher … if they could be caught!

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Have you seen other great ideas for the Live, Love, Grow stamp set???  Leave me a comment and I’ll check them out!

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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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ESAD 2015 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop – Cutie Pie Thinlits Dies


Hello!  Thanks for joining me for another ESAD Blog Hop.  This one is celebrating all things “new catalogue”.  As always, SU! have delivered and the 2015-16 is filled cover-to-cover with beautiful things that will keep your crafty soul singing!

There are 20 fabulously talently ladies on the hop today.  If you’re on your way around, then you’ve just come from Richelle’s blog – isn’t she wonderful?!?

Starting here?   Then keep going until you get back.  And if you have time, leave the bloggers a comment – we love hearing from you!

I changed my mind a couple of times for today’s blog topic, before finally settling on the Cutie Pie Thinlits die.

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This “cute” little set goes with the Sweet Stack Project Kit, so that you can make replacement cake slices when you’ve used the ones included in the kit.

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And, it also has a matching stamp set!

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Some ideas for using the die set to make cake wedges (courtesy of the Stampin’ Up! creative team):

It looks great as a cake.  As a thinlits set, it ticks lots of boxes for me! Cute cake, matching stamp set, refills for the project kit…

But, the best news of all (I think) is you can use it to make so much more than just cake slices.  There are some great ideas floating around on Pinterest including a watermelon slice, swiss cheese & cherry pie.

To add to the mix, here are some ideas for creations with the Cutie Pie Thinlits die that would make great kids birthday presents or party favours:

Police in Action Cutie Pie Thinlits Brick Wall Embossing Folder Tip Top Taupe cardstock
Police in Action
Cutie Pie Thinlits
Brick Wall Embossing Folder
Tip Top Taupe cardstock
Buzzy Beehive Cutie Pie Thinlits English Garden DSP
Buzzy Beehive
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including scallop shape)
English Garden DSP
Delightful Dijon cardstock
Fairy House  Cutie Pie Thinlits (including flower & candle)
Fairy House
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle, flower & candle shapes)
Dinosaur Cave Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape) No Bones About It Stamp Set
Dinosaur Cave
Cutie Pie Thinlits (including triangle shape)
No Bones About It Stamp Set

The finished box/wedge is a great size inside – which gives you room to include something to play with (Lego, insects, fairy dust, dinosaurs…) or something sweet (cake, lollies, chocolates).  It’s roomier (and taller) than the Curvy Keepsake box, so you are not as limited by what fits inside.

One last note on the Cutie Pie Thinlits dies: there was an error with the instructions they included that gives an incorrect picture for assembling the main box.  If you have a set, check that you’ve got the new instructions (download here).


Next “stomp” on the hop is over to the lovely & creative Andrea Buckland.  Thanks for joining us!  Remember, if you have time, we all {LOVE} comments!  Kelly x

Blog Hop Next Button 2015 Catalogue

If you haven’t seen an ESAD blog hop before and you’re wondering where we all hail from, here’s some more info [click to enlarge]:

ESAD Info 2015 Catalogue Colours

Here’s a full list of the participants.  If you get lost along the way, come back here and click on the links to each blog.

1. Rachael Lewsley –

2. Libby Dyson –

3. Keryn Campbell –

4. Rochelle Blok –

5. Liv Ingle –

6. Lou Kitzelman –

7. Jackie Noble –

8. Monique Fielder –

9. Ria Kaire –

10. Courtenay Heuston –

11. Richelle Fletcher –

12. Kelly Kent –

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13. Andrea Buckland –

14. Narelle Fasulo –

15. Leonie Schroder –

16. Pauline Bennetts –

17. Kathryn Ruddick –

18. Barbara Williams –

19. Cherie Davies –

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Fairy Garden Party – Whimsy Fairy Card & Curvy Keepsake Box

Today is the last of the 4th birthday parties this week – there has been a bit of a run of them.  We have a break now for a couple of weeks then it starts up again (my kids have a better social life than I do!!!)  I hope you’re enjoying all the kids themed cards.

Sophie is 4 today and celebrating her big day with a garden fairy party.  Her mum is one of my most lovely handmade supporters and asked me to make a fairy card for her birthday.  Now, whilst Stampin’ Up! have lots of great stamps, there wasn’t anything ‘fairy’ in the range that suited the vision in my head.  So, I shopped a little further afield (not something I do often!) and bought the Silver Fairy from Whimsy.

She’s very cute and perfect for colouring with Blendabilities!  I’ve been stocking up while Sale-A-Bration is on – there are 12 free colours to chose from.  This fairy is coloured with Melon Mambo & Coastal Cabana.  I was also able to use products from the Painted Blooms range in the Occasions 2015 catalogue – DSP & embossing folder.


My card for Sophie also uses the Silver Fairy, coloured in once again with Blendabilities – this time a blonde fairy in a Rich Razzleberry & Old Olive theme.  More Painted Blooms DSP and first inking of ‘birthday girl’ from the Hooray It’s Your Day Stamp Set.  You can’t see it in the photo, but there’s a stunning butterfly on the inside [no room on the front, but I couldn’t leave it out!].


And of course, a Fairy Garden Cottage Curvy Keepsake Box to match the theme.


Happy Birthday Sophie – we’re looking forward to celebrating with you this afternoon.  A fairy garden part is a lovely way to spend the afternoon and such a fabulous theme to craft with!  Kelly & the little fairies x


*** Don’t forget that it’s Sale-A-Bration until 31st March – earn a free SAB gift for every $90 you spend.  Order online during January 2015 using the TF7WJGE3 to receive another free gift from me! ***

Peppa Pig – the Fairy Princess

Every little princess loves to dress up and Peppa Pig is no exception.  My Peppa Pig Punch Art Picture Tutorial is one of my most popular blog posts, with almost 400 views to date!  I’ve decided to add another Peppa to my collection and make a Peppa Pig Fairy Princess card.  The layout is the same as for normal Peppa, but I’ve added wings, a wand and a crown to make her extra special.  The colours are also slightly different as I wanted to experiment with making Peppa out of current Stampin’ Up! colours. [If I had a preference, it would be the retired Pretty in Pink & Regal Rose combination!].


Since I’m still making every Curvy Keepsake Box under the sun, I had a go at a matching Peppa Pig Fairy Princess box.  A bit of a challenge, but cute nonetheless!  Happy 4th Birthday to the party princess – Willow.  Kelly x

Princess Peppa
Princess Peppa
Peppa's wings & tail
Peppa’s wings & tail


Supply List:

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Framelits: Flower Fair

Embossing Folder: Decorative Dots

Punches: 2-1/2″ Circle, 1-3/8″ Circle, 1″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Project Life Corner, Label Bracket

Specialty Paper: Vellum

Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Temping Turquoise, Crisp Cantaloupe, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Basic Black

Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo

Stamp Set: Tag Talk

Adhesives: 2-way Glue Pen, Sticky Strip, Stampin’ Dimensionals

Extras: Paper Snips

Little Kingdom – The ‘Holly’ card & ‘Gaston’ box

If you remember back to my sneak peak of how to make a cute little punch art mouth/smile using the Gift Box Punch Board, you will remember that I promised to reveal the full card.  Ta-da!


This ‘Holly’ was made to fit the Little Kingdom theme for Annabelle’s 3rd birthday party.  I wanted her to take up the whole card front, but she ended up being bigger than I’d anticipated!  So, I made her fly on a 6×6″ card instead of a standard size.  Thank goodness for the Envelope Punch Board to be able to make custom size envelopes.

I was chatting to my friend Narelle about the party theme.  She made this amazing Little Kingdom castle card:


And then she mentioned it would have been cool to make a Gaston card since Annabelle is having a Gaston cake (though I’m not sure if you’d be able to get much cooler than the castle card!).  For those that don’t live & breathe Little Kingdom, Gaston is the ladybird.  So… I got to thinking, with no more cards required, but how cool would a Gaston Curvy Keepsake Box be?  There is no limit to how much I love this die!


Happy Birthday Annabelle.  Wishing another special girl a magical birthday this weekend!  Kelly x

Supply List:

Holly Card

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Gift Box Punch Board

Framelits: Flower Fair, Stars, Project Life Cards & Labels

Bigz: Perfect Print Numbers

Punches: 1-3/4″ Circle, Owl Builder, Cupcake Builder, Triangle, Boho Blossoms, Word Window, 7/8″ Circle, 1/2″ Circle

Specialty Paper: Gold Glimmer, Vellum

DSP: Lullaby

Cardstock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Daffodil Delight, Hello Honey, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss

Ink: Melon Mambo

Markers: Hello Honey, Crisp Cantaloupe, Melon Mambo

Stamp Set: Remembering Your Birthday

Extras: Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals


Gaston Box

Tools: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform

Thinlits: Curvy Keepsake Box

Punches: 1/2″ Circle, 1-1/4″ Circle, Owl Builder

Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black

Adhesive: 2-way Glue Pen

Punch Art Week of Power – Fairy Kisses

This contribution to punch art week is a ‘sneak peak’ – I can’t show you the full card just yet because the birthday girl hasn’t gotten it yet.

One of the new products in the Holiday Catalgoue is the Gift Box Punch Board (you might remember it from my Holiday Catalogue ESAD Blog Hop post).  It makes cute little boxes, but I have discovered that it also makes great ….



Yes, that’s right – the reverse punch designed to make the closure tab for the box, punches out a perfect little smile.  If you cut it down, it also makes for great eyebrows.  Cool – hey!  Kelly x