CASEing the Catty #139 – Everyday Occasions

Good evening!  Thanks for joining us for CASEing the Catty, where the design team takes you on a journey of projects inspired by the insides of the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

You might have come from Sandra Collett in NZ, or you might be starting here.  Either way, there’s lots more to explore, so be sure to keep hopping by click on the next button at the bottom of each blog.

If you love what you see and would like to join us for the weekly challenge, head over to our CASEing the Catty Facebook page.  Each week sees 2 winners – it could be your fabulous creation!


The theme for the CTC challenge this week is the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue.

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My card to share with you this week is a bit of a happy accident.

I was prepping for my monthly card class last week and so far the cards I’d designed were very ‘neutral’ is their colour schemes.

So, I turned to the catalogue for some bright & fun inspiration.

This photo on page 50 caught my eye…

And when I realised what section it was in – BINGO!  One project, two uses!!!

So, transforming the bag you see at the top into a card, this is what I ended up with…

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

Although Fresh Fig is a lovely colour, I can sometimes find it a little dark, so I’ve freshened this card up by using Rich Razzleberry cardstock & ink.

I couldn’t go past the Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon though – it’s a delightful new catalogue favourite that I am totally in love with!  And guess what?  It comes in 3 other colours!!!

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

While we’re talking ribbon, is bow tieing on your love or hate list???

I don’t mind a mini bow with thin ribbon, but I’m a hot mess with thick ribbon!!!

I did want to share something with you today.  When I was working a part-time job in retail during my university days, I gift wrapped countless packages and tieing oh-so-many ribbons.

Someone amazing (I can’t remember who), taught me this little ribbon trick for wrapping ribbon around your package – or card – so that the ribbon sits flat across the back and repositions easy even after it’s tied.

Watch this video to see if I can pass on the technique…


I was so excited about the Vertical Greetings stamp set when it appeared in the Annual Catalogue last year, but I feel like I haven’t made the most of either the cute tree stamps or the vertical greetings, so it was a great opportunity to ink them up!

We decorated the inside of the card too to complement the clean & simple lines of the front (and to use more of the adorable stamps from the Vertical Greetings stamp set!).

CASEing the Catty #139 Everyday Occasions | kelly kent

To see the next creative idea, you need to travel over to visit the lovely Julia Quinn.

I hope your week is full of happy coincidences – or just happy!


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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!

You can join the challenge and see more cards on our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page.

Have a great week,


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ESAD Blog Hop – 2017 Annual Catalogue Favourites

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Hello!  Thanks for joining for for another ESAD Blog Hop.  For all the info on ESAD, see the graphic at the end of this post.

Today we are celebrating our favourites from the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue.

There’s 25 talented crafters participating today, so make yourself a cuppa (or pour a wine!) and enjoy the clever and inspirational creations to come.

If you’re already hopping, you will have seen the stunning creations from my friend Lou Kitzelman.  Click on the next button below (after my projects) to visit another gorgeous friend of mine – Cheryl Algie.

The friendships I’ve made through Stampin’ Up! is something that I am forever grateful for!  It’s wonderful to have connections across the world!!!


The content of this blog hop was surprisingly easy for me!!!

Sometimes I struggle with ‘favourite’, but I’ve really been loving the Soft Sayings Kit & stamp set.

It’s priced at $61 for the Australian market, and in your cute little box, you receive materials to make 20 cards (including patterned envelopes – yep, no naked envelopes here!!!), a 15 piece stamp set, a block for stamping and an ink spot.

Today I wanted to show you how wonderful the stamp set in the kit is.  I have a ‘soft’ spot for good greetings – and this stamp set covers it all!

It’s easy to miss the kit stamp sets!  They are tucked away in the box and we often use them to make the kit cards but forget that they are more than the kit!!!

So, the first thing I did was make a clear case insert for the stamp set.  I always do this for my kit stamps sets – I break them free from the cute box and store them with my usual stamp sets.  This way they are on display and I don’t forget them!

Soft Sayings stamp set - free printable case insert | kelly kent

Click here to download & print your own Soft Sayings insert for a clear case.

To buy clear cases, click here or see my product link up at the end of this post.

They were accidentally missed from the print run of the catalogue this year – whoops! – but they are still very available!


Although I absolutely love the cards in the kit, I wanted to show you how easy it is to whip up some cards using the greetings & flowers/leaves in this stamp set.  And hopefully inspire you to see this stamp set as more than just for your kit.

I’ve used some of my favourite layouts to make a set of cards using the stamp set in the Soft Sayings kit.

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

The colours are consistent with the kit colours.  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Gold & the core colours from the kit.  Using colours that the Stampin’ Up! concept design team have put together is one of my ‘tips’ for easy card making.

Tranquil Tide….

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Lemon Lime Twist…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Berry Burst…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

Powder Pink…

ESAD Blog Hop - Soft Sayings stamp set | kelly kent

There are so many sentiments in the stamp set, it’d be easy to make a heap of cards using your favourite colours & layouts, and keep them for when you next need a card in a hurry!

Or make up the card basics and then add the sentiment as you’re rushing out the door!!!

The kit cards are good for this too – and the beautiful colours & design of the Soft Sayings kit make them perfect for all occasions!

If you finish your kits cards in a hurry, Stampin’ Up! have introduced a refill for the kit this year.

You get all the card making materials and can use the blocks, inks & stamp sets you already own.


Thanks for hopping with me today.  Next up on your journey is Cheryl Algie and her great variety of projects!

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If you’re hopping when we first go live, please be patient with any broken links – they happen!!!  Lou will be working hard behind the scenes to get everything to run smoothly!

If you want to skip ahead to any of the blogs, you’ll find a full list of participants below!

Have a wonderful week!


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Blog hop participants:

  1. Josie Dean
  2. Nicole Wilson
  3. Carolina Evans
  4. Kim Oliver
  5. Sandra Mastello
  6. Lou Kitzelman
  7. Kelly Kent – you are here!
  8. Cheryl Algie
  9. Rebecca Scurr
  10. Sharon Dalton
  11. Leonie Schroder
  12. Monique Fielder
  13. Courtenay Heuston
  14. Terri Hawke
  15. Barbara Williams
  16. Kristel Rimmer
  17. Maree McIntosh
  18. Kathryn Ruddick
  19. Rosalie Desmond
  20. Linda Whalley
  21. Amity Knight
  22. Peta Stephen
  23. Megan Lenske
  24. Richelle Fletcher
  25. Carly Middleton

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CASEing the Catty #126 Mother’s Day

Thanks for joining me for another week of CASEing the Catty.

This is one of my favourites cards to design each week because the catalogue is full of so much inspiration!

With May almost upon us, the theme this week is CASEing the Catty to create a Mother’s Day card – or conversely, taking a Mother’s Day sample from the catalogue and turning it into something else!

If you’re able to join us for the challenge this week, or to see what everyone is making, head over to our CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge Facebook page where all the action is!


What inspired me this week?

I’m still having a last play with some of the retirement sets!

You know that old addage – you don’t know what you’re missing until it’s gone?  I feel like that about some of our stamp sets.

I haven’t used them in ‘forever’, but now that they are going to retire, I feel like I didn’t get enough use out of them!!!

Picture Perfect is one of those sets – it truly is stunning to use!!!

So, out it came for CTC#126.

I was inspired by the elements of this box.  I loved the black, white, pink & gold colour theme.

I used these elements to create a card.  It features a mix of ‘old’ & ‘new’.

On the retirement list is the Picture Perfect stamp set, Oh So Succulent stamp set (love that Mother’s Day sentiment!), Pop of Pink DSP (for the black & white effect), and Blushing Bride sequin trim.

I’ve also used Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist (new In Colors) for the flower & leaves.

The mix of old & new also includes some of the retiring sequin trim & a comparison to the new ‘tiny’ sequin.  You’re going to love the new version!

I carried the colour theme to the inside of the card too…

The ‘you are made of wonderful’ sentiment goes so well with the Mother’s Day theme!


Next up on the Mother’s Day CTC#126 hop is the talented Elizabeth Gross.

Thanks again for visiting, and don’t forget to join us on Facebook.

If you have any items you *need* from the retirement list, shop now in my online store – these products are only available while stocks last.


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Stamping Sunday Blog Hop – Eastern Palace Suite

I’m excited today to share that I’ll be joining a group of international demonstrators in a monthly blog hop!

Welcome to the Stamping Sunday Blog Hop hosted by Sara Levin, a demonstrator in the US, who has brought us together to share projects inspired by a suite or theme.

It was perfect timing this month for the Eastern Palace suite with pre-release starting tomorrow.

You can find all the products details for this beautiful suite at the end of this post.


For me, one of the most amazing things about this suite is the Eastern Medallion Thinlits – and they inspired the design of my projects today.

For my first project, I used the floral dies for this Eastern posy, combined with the Everyday Jars Framelits – which are carrying over into the new catalogue.

As I’ve already shared a few samples with you for the Eastern Palace Suite {I was lucky enough to get this in my display box}, I wanted to stray away from the deep & majestic colours of the suite, and try it out in some sweeter colours.  I kept the gold influence though!

The flowers are cut from watercoloured paper in Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight & Pool Party.  Using watercolor paper adds some great texture!

As do those Gold Faceted Gems in the middle of my flowers.  They technically aren’t part of this suite, but they may as well be – they go so well!

The beautiful gold DSP is one of the specialty pages from the Eastern Palace DSP, and the cute Fresh Fig tassel comes in a pack with Tranquil Tide & Gold (so luxurious!).


My second project to share with you is a coordinating set of gift tags using the Eastern Medallion dies to create a doily.  For me, this is a sensational feature of this Thinlit set!

Many of the dies in this set are designed to only just the middle section out.  This means you can change the layering, create borders if you need them and snip the edges free to make pretty shapes.

For these tags I have layered them with the sweet colours used in my card, added some gold bling and a sentiment.

The sentiments are from the Eastern Beauty stamp set.

Some of them are designed on a natural curve, but being photopolymer stamps, I was able to bend them into a straight shape to create little sentiments for my tags.


Thanks for joining me today for my first Stamping Sunday contribution, and thanks to Sara for inviting me to participate.

Click on the blue frog to see the list of participants in the hop.  If you love this suite, you won’t want to miss seeing what my clever crafty friends made!


If you’re in love with this suite, here’s all the details on ordering during pre-release in May.

You have a choice of two bundles – both with free gifts!

Bundle 1 – Eastern Palace Starter Bundle – perfect for the beginning crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Bundle 2 – Eastern Palace Premier Bundle – perfect for the avid crafter!

Order it online here from 1st May 2017.

Watch the Eastern Palace Suite video on You Tube to see the products!

CASEing the Catty #92 Everyday Occasions

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Welcome to another CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

Today it’s all about the Everyday Occasions section of the catalogue (pages 66-91).  This section contains many of my catalogue favourites, so I’m excited to see what the crew has come up with.

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I’ve used the card & bag designs on page 73 as my inspiration to create a trio of wedding cards.

I love a classic & elegant wedding card.  And nothing says wedding to me more than metallics.

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The bag on the left of the inspiration picture was the starting point of my card designs.  The copper through the DSP and the textured background lead to this creation…

CASEing the Catty #92 - Everyday Occasions. Wedding Wishes Trio - Bronze (Copper). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Did you spot the *sneak peak* items from the Holiday Catalogue?  Embossed DSP (Fancy Frost) and Copper Foil!!!


Next up was the card on the right, to create this silver stunner…

CASEing the Catty #92 - Everyday Occasions. Wedding Wishes Trio - Silver. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Once again I’ve used the *sneak peak* Fancy Frost Speciality DSP.  The texture is amazing – you’ll easily fall in love with this DSP when you see it in person!


I’m not sure if all the Olympics I’ve been watching has infiltrated by crafting sub-consious, but I had a desire to make just one more card – in gold!

I carried through all the elements from the previous cards – metallic foil, Sunshine Wishes heart, Wedding Wishes label – and that beautiful Fancy Frost DSP.

CASEing the Catty #92 - Everyday Occasions. Wedding Wishes Trio - Gold. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Plus, one more *sneak peak* – we’re getting gold baker’s twine. It’s so thin & delicate and just beautiful to tie.  It comes in a pack with Cherry Cobbler & Garden Green which makes it perfect for all your Christmas projects – and more!


CASEing the Catty #92 - Everyday Occasions. Wedding Wishes Trio - Gold, Silver & Bronze (Copper). Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

I hope you enjoyed my tranformation from the catalogue to some clean & simple wedding cards.

We’d love for you to add your own project inspired by the Everday Occasions section of the catalogue. Click on the link below to take you to the link-up.

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Keep clicking below to visit more CASEing the Catty design team blogs.  You may have come here from Deb’s beautiful card – if not, click on the previous button below to take you there.  If you’re travelling in a circle, click next to see Julia’s fabulous Thoughtful Branches card.

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Thanks for visiting!  I’ll be sharing more holiday catalogue *sneak peaks* during the week.

If you’ve fallen just a bit more in love with the Thoughful Branches bundle during this hop, don’t forget that it’s limited edition & only available during August!  Click here for more information about ordering.

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Pink & Gold – Turning 18 in Style

This is another custom card requested for a special birthday girl with a name that is both unique in Australia and not spelled traditionally.

As you can see I’m loving adding custom features to my cards that have been cut with my Silhouette Cameo.  Stampin’ Up! and an e-cutter is a perfect partnership.  Especially for that personal touch.

I love the way this card turned out.  Perfect colour palette (guided by the colours of the Gold Soiree DSP).

Happy birthday Finnuala.  Kelly x

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