CASEing the Catty #236 | Love, Thanks & Support

The calendar tells me it’s Sunday today but it’s school holidays here so I really have no idea!  It’s slow mornings, family fun and endless food around here!

We started a 1000 piece puzzle yesterday – which has been lots of fun!  It’s terribly addictive but the perfect activity for the wet weather days.

Since it is actually Sunday, it’s time to share a project for CASEing the Catty.  The theme this week is the Love, Thanks & Support section of the Annual Catalogue – pages 72-97.

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Pick any photo from these pages and share your twist.  Change the colours, use the layout, be inspired by the technique – there’s endless ways to be creative with the catalogue as your starting point.   Please share your creation in our Facebook group – we love seeing what you’re making.

I’ve used a mish mash of inspiration from this section – the colours of one card, the stamp set of another and the layout of a third.

CTC#236 Inspiration | kelly kent

The colours are Whisper White, Rococo Rose, Crushed Curry & Old Olive.  The stamp set is Healing Hugs and the layout uses tone-on-tone Stitched Lace die as the background with the floral centrepiece on top.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The Stitched Lace Die is becoming one of my favourites.  I usually avoid fussy dies because they are a pain to cut.  But….through a combination of recommendations by other demonstrators, I have discovered for my Big Shot that the following ‘sandwich’ works the best –

Bottom – top: Magnetic Platform, Precision Plate, Die (cutting side up), cardstock, Cutting Plate.

It needs to go through a couple of times but the pieces all come out quite easily.  I give it a brush with the Take Your Pick Die Brush while the cardstock is still in the die and then I poke out the stubborn bits with a paper piercer.  Once all the pieces are out I gently ease the cardstock away from the die.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

For this card I’ve used the edge die that comes with the Stitched Lace Die to create the scalloped edge.  Make sure you use a bit of washi tape to keep the die in place while you run it through your die cutting machine.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The sentiment for this card is from the Seaside Notions stamp set. Sadly I’ve needed too many sympathy cards lately – my friends are hurting, so I’m sending lots of paper hugs out.


There’s more wonderful creations to visit on this blog hop.  Click on next to visit my lovely friend Lauren Meiklejohn to see her gorgeous take on the catalogue.

Thanks for hopping with us.  I hope your week is wonderful!


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Painted Seasons DSP with a Healing Hug!

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I’ve been dazzled and amazed by all the Sale-A-Bration choices in 2019.  Did you know we’ve had three separate releases?  You can see all the choices in the online store by clicking here.

One of my favourites is the Painted Seasons DSP – available as a level 1 product when you spend $90+ or in a bundle with the Painted Seasons stamp set when you spend $180+.

The colours in the DSP are so vibrant with a mix of pretty art patterns and bold geometric designs.

When it became available, I made the decision to just get the DSP.  I might have a little bit of buyers remorse now – as I’ve seen so many beautiful cards with the Painted Seasons stamp set.

But – as much as I’d like to buy one of everything, Mr Papercraft insists I spend money on other thing too (like feeding the kids!).

One of the things Stampin’ Up! do really well, is coordination across the range.  So, even though I don’t have the Painted Seasons stamp set, I do have lots of other lovely stamp sets and found that the large rose – also a Distinktive style of stamp – goes really well with this DSP.

My team made their choice of these cards at our most recent team meeting as the make & take project.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

I love using the art patterns as whole backgrounds for a card.  I’ve then added the largest Stitched Circle in Wood Textures DSP, a Stitched Rectangle embossed with the Country Floral Embossing Folder (another of my favourite Sale-A-Bration choices), Polka Dot ribbon, Healing Hug rose and the Happy Birthday from Well Said on another Stitched Rectangle.  I do love the stitched die options – how did we ever craft without them?

The rose in this version is Poppy Parade to coordinate with the DSP.

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

And the rose in this version is Blushing Bride…

Painted Seasons DSP + Healing Hugs stamp set | kelly kent

If you ever have issues with the Distinktive stamps not giving you a crisp image, try using an old credit card or store card to scrape the ink to one end of your ink pad.  Then apply ink from the end with less ink.  Less is more for the Distinktive stamps.  Another suggestion is to ink the stamp up with a sponge dauber or brayer.

 


As well as Sale-A-Bration choices in March, there’s also a promotion running with extras that coordinate with your Sale-A-Bration favourites.  Love the frogs but hate fussy cutting?  During March (while stocks last), you can buy the coordinating framelits!

Sale-A-Bration Coordination

There’s also framelits for Hello Cupcake, Lasting Lily and Painted Seasons plus a new punch (Story Label) and an exclusive stamp set (More Than Words).  Click here to see all the Sale-A-Bration coordination products in my online store.  These items are purchase only – they do not have to be earned.

Every current Stampin’ Up! item – catalogue & special promotions – can be found in my online store.  Click here to browse.

Shop with me to receive a handmade thank you card, gifts of appreciation and excellent customer service across all of Australia.

If you’re local to Bunbury, ask me about a workshop in your home or coming to one of my classes.  My next class is Monday 25th March.Kelly Kent - March 2019 Class

I’d love to share my love of Stampin’ Up! with you.  It’s a fabulous creative outlet that you can get started on with just a few supplies.


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CASEing the Catty #189 | Love, Thanks & Support

Hello!  Welcome to CASEing the Catty #189.

Tonight the design team are CASEing the Love, Thanks & Support section of the catalogue.

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I think you’re going to be seeing a few Healing Hugs creations – it’s definitely one of the most popular stamp sets in the catalogue!

I have used the card at the top of the catalogue photo below to inspire a fancy fold card.

I’ve used the colours & styling of the sample card, but recreated it as a Twisted Gatefold card.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

There are lots of examples on the internet of this style of card (I have no idea who the original creator was).  I used Natalie Lapakko’s awesome instructions.  Click here to visit her post.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

Natalie is American, so the cardstock sizes were based on US (International sizing).  These are the measurements I used to match Australian cardstock:

  • Base – Whisper White: 5-7/8″ x 8-1/4″ (14.8cm x 21cm), scored at 2-3/4″ & 5-1/2″ (7cm & 14cm) plus diagonal on the end panels
  • Front & inside triangle panels – Whisper White & Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-3/8″(6.3cm x 13.8cm), cut into triangles
  • Middle panel – Crumb Cake: 2-1/2″ x 5-5/8″ (6.4cm x 14.3cm); Whisper White: 2-1/4″ x 5-3/8″ (5.7cm x 13.8cm)

You can see why the rose from Healing Hugs has been featuring in your Facebook & Pinterest feed – it’s so pretty!

Healing Hugs | kelly kent

The stamp is naturally textured – a new style called DistINKtive.  If you have an Australian version of the catalogue, the inside cover has more information & stamp examples.

Healing Hugs | kelly kent


To join in this week’s challenge, visit our Facebook group.

To see what the design team has made for this challenge, keep hopping by visiting the gorgeous Megan Lenske in sunny QLD!

Thanks for joining us!

If you’d like to add Healing Hugs or any other Stampin’ Up! supplies to your craft room, you can shop in my online store – or click on the product links below.


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