CASEing the Catty #137 – Artistic Expression

Today marks the end of the winter school holidays for us and back to school tomorrow.

I love school holidays, so I’m sad to see them end, but the start of Term 3 hopefully means that nice weather will be coming soon!

This week at CASEing the Catty, the inspiration comes from a plentiful section of the catalogue called “Artistic Expression” – pages 132-181 of the Annual Catalogue.

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There’s so many beautiful inspiration photos in this section of the catalogue, I had a hard time choosing – so I kinda didn’t!

I used three inspiration photos to create something new!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The colours, centrepiece element & choice of stamp set came from the photos above, and the layout was a combination of all three.

The big flower from the Garden in Bloom stamp set was stamped and then the outline embossed – just as the catalogue suggested!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

The ‘friend’ centrepiece is cut on Shimmery White cardstock using the Lovely Words Thinlit die, backed with a Gold Foil oval.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

And I couldn’t leave this card just at the front, so I carried the theme through to the middle for a bit of extra ‘wow’!

This worked well with the 2-part sentiment.

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

After I made this, it waiting on my table for the next step (photography).  It looked so cute amongst the post-craft chaos, I snapped a candid picture!

I love this view because you can see the front & the middle all at once!

CASEIng the Catty #137 Artistic Expression | kelly kent

That’s all from me today!

Continue to wonderful crew blog hop by visiting Rachael Palmieri and her shiny project!

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Have a great week,


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Just Add Ink #358 – Stitching

It’s been a busy week here at Papercraft HQ, but I couldn’t resist this fabulous challenge by Rochelle!

I {LOVE} stitching on cards!!!  You’re going to love the cards the clever design team have created.

Stop by the Just Add Ink blog to see them all – and enter your stitched creation into our weekly challenge.

Just Add Ink #358 Stitching

Did I say already that I love stitching on cards?  I really do!

I often stitch cards in white, but for this challenge, I wanted to step it up a little and see how the metallic thread would go in my sewing machine.

I threaded it for the top layer, and left the bottom layer as a white bobbin thread.  It worked – to a point!  Then it kept snapping the super fine thread.

But that’s ok!  With a bit more care, a little working of the wheel (rather than the pedal), I got a great border for my card.

Just Add Ink #348 Stitching | kelly kent

And a cute butterfly trail!

The hand winding was a little more work, but – look at the finish!!!  And another great way to use our SU! products!


Do you love the sentiment?  It’s from a new stamp set available in June called Colourful Seasons.

Just Add Ink #348 Stitching | kelly kent

I had so much fun with all the copper on this card!

Getting photos in the wind this afternoon wasn’t so much fun!

But I had to laugh when I saw this action shot on the camera…

That butterfly just wanted to fly!

Can’t wait to see what you create for our stitching challenge.

You can use machine sewing like me, Stitched Shapes Framelits like some of the design team – or try out your own stitched creation!


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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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.

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 - mypapercraftjourney.com.


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