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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Stamp Review Crew – Labeler Alphabet

Hello Monday!  Hope your week has started well!

Today for Stamp Review Crew, this wonderful international crew of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators are creating using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set.

You may have just come from the gorgeous Linda Callahan in the US!  Or starting here with  me in Australia.  Next stop is Tanya back in the US!  Wonderfully international – and very talented!!!

This stamp set is a long time favourite of mine!  Alphabet stamps are already good for when the sentiments you’ve got don’t quite fit the occasion!  Or to add that personal touch.

This sassy get well card I made earlier in the year is still one of my favourites.


I’ve made three cards to share with you today.

The first card is to go with a present I bought for Miss Papercraft’s teacher.  They’ve been reading all of the books in the Roald Dahl series, so when I saw a Roald Dahl fact book / sampler, I thought it would make a great classroom resource.

Of course every good present needs a card, so I made this card inspired by the part in Matilda where she telekinetically raises a piece of chalk to the blackboard and writes on it.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

I left the ‘A’ unfinished as I’m sure there are lots of adjectives that a teacher could use to describe a class full of year 1 students!!!  Awesome, atrocious, amazing, awful….

It’s a vocabulary lesson right there!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


The next card is for a little Warrior who has a long history of medical treatment.  I lovely friend put me onto the Communified Facebook page, where each month they share the story of a chronically ill child.

June’s Warrior is Tayte.  He loves lego, so I made him this interactive Lego waterfall card.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

The Labeler Alphabet stamp set was handy to not only add his name (because a personal touch is always awesome) but the ‘pull’ instruction so they could work out how to get the card to move.

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


And the final card for today is another mermaid card.  Did you enjoy my colour combinations last week?

Here’s another set of colours – Marina Mist, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Berry Burst & Basic Black!

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent

This card is my take on the ‘be a unicorn’ theme.

Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid?

Stamp Review Crew - Labeler Alphabet | kelly kent


That is all today!!!  As you can see, I love this stamp set a lot!

And find it easy to find ways to use it in my cardmaking, but I can’t wait to see how the rest of the crew have used it!

Next up is the wonderfully talented Tanya Boser

Thanks for hopping with us!


Labeler Alphabet Photopolymer Stamp Set

Important extras for the blackboard card

Important extras for the Lego card

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – New Catalogue

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Hello!  Happy weekend!!!

We’re kicking it off with a Paper Adventures team blog hop!

The theme for this hop is ‘new catalogue’.

We’re all so excited about the new things that have arrived on our doorsteps in the last week and want to share some paper happiness with you!

This hop has both blog & Facebook stops.  You can follow around in order by clicking on the ‘next’ link, or see the full list below to select from the list.


One of my new catalogues must haves was the Magical Mermaid stamp set.

With two Little Misses in the house, all things magical are high up the list!

The wonderful thing about magic is that the only limitations is your imagination!

Mermaids can be a amazing array of colours.

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

The background for each card was made using the new Glossy White cardstock.

Stampin’ Up! used to sell glossy white many moons ago – and it’s back!  My sources tell me it’s great for techniques.

I’ve gone simple to show off the colours.  Just the glossy white cardstock, classic ink pads, a spritzer filled with water and an Aqua Painter.

I spritzed the cardstock with water and then swirled around my 4 colours, before stamping over the top (once dry) with the splatter stamp from the Magical Mermaid stamp set.


I’ve put together 4 different colour combinations – and I imagine that’s only the start!!!

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Do you have a favourite?  I look at them, think I do, then change my mind!

But I think it’s this one with the Lemon Lime Twist….

Magical Mermaid Colour Combinations | kelly kent

Which brings me to a little confession…  I was quite half-hearted about Lemon Lime Twist when I first saw it!  I didn’t really ‘get it’.

Well…. it’s grown on me.  I’m a Lemon Lime Twist convert!!!

Has it won you over yet?


I’d love for you to support my Paper Adventures team and continue on the blog hop.

They love to hear from you (don’t we all) – so if you have a moment, a comment would be greatly appreciated!!!

Next blog to visit is our Guest Designer for this hop – a good friend of mine, Nicole Wilson.

Have a great weekend!  Hope it involves plenty of crafting!!!

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