CASEing the Catty #129 Favourite Annual Catalogue Project

Hello!  Welcome to the CASEing the Catty Sunday blog hop.

I hope your weekend has been wonderful!

Tonight at CTC, the Crew are CASEing their favourite Annual Catalogue Project.

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Favourites…. always a hard one!  I love almost everything that comes under the Stampin’ Up! banner.

So, for my CASEd projects this week, I decided to choose an alphabet set – the bold & fun Layered Letters stamp set (which is on the retirement list!).

I love alphabet sets for what they offer to personalised stamping!

This Christmas card made by the clever designers at Stampin’ Up! has an awesome layout for lots of different types of cards!

My first card uses the same design features, but more traditional Christmas colours & “Merry Christmas” sentiment.

I’ve used lots more retired things in this set including the Stars Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, 2016-2018 In Colour Envelope Paper, Brights DSP Paper Stack and Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set.


My second card uses the same layout to create a birthday card…

I kept some features the same, like the DSP & envelope paper (just changed up the colours) and the metallic enamel shapes.

I changed the star to a butterfly and used another retiring embossing folder – Lovely Lace and stamp set – Tin of Cards.


There’s less than 2 weeks left to purchase from the Retirement List – make sure to check that you’ve ordered everything you’ll miss!

I’m sure you’ll pick up more items for your wishlist as you hop around.

Next up on our CTC Crew is Rachel Palmieri with her awesome projects!

Thanks for hopping with us!


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English Garden Double Z-fold Birthday Card

This card was the second design given to Nanna Papercraft for her birthday last week.

I must have had butterflies on my mind – because it features beautiful butterflies also.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-fold cards are super easy to make:

  • Cut a piece of A4 paper to 5-1/2″ x 11-1/4″
  • Score at 1-7/8″, 3-12″, 7-1/2″ & 9-5/10″
  • Fold the front panels back across the card to create a ‘z’ fold
  • Decorate the front & middle and secure with a belly band if desired.

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Double Z-Fold Butterfly Birthday card featuring English Garden DSP and Tin of Cards stamp set. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com

Pink, green & white is one of my favourite colour combinations. Although, it’s hard to make a bad card with the English Garden DSP!!! Kelly x

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Christmas-but-not Calendar Gifts

I’m always on the lookout for papercraft ideas that make great Christmas gifts.  Simple but lovely creations that are perfect to give to a variety of people in your life (you know the ones … colleagues, hairdresser, doctor…).

Every year, calendar tabs are one of my go-to projects.  You can buy them from a variety of online stores.  I prefer the ones that come individually sealed (rather than tearing them from a larger pad).  This year I got mine from ebay and as well as the usual white, I also got a packet in Kraft colour – just for something different!

In previous years I’ve made card front calendars with fridge magnets attached, easel calendar cards and post it note versions.

This year, I made a stand-up calendar using a simple triangle design.

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I decorated them with DSP from the 2015 Holiday catalogue, but tried to keep them from being overtly “Christmassy” since the recipient is going to be looking at them long after the holidays are over.  I am in love with the Winter Wonderland DSP – such a lovely texture & pattern assortment.

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How cute are the deer from the Home for Christmas DSP???  I’ve also added Gold Cording Trim bows to the calendars for a bit of year-round bling!

Want to make your own calendar gifts this year (ready for next year…)?  They are very simple and economical – see the instructions & measurements below.  And I’ll keep lookout for some more papercraft gift ideas to share with you.  Kelly x


Instructions:

  1. Cut a piece of A4 (Australian size) cardstock in half (it’ll be 4-1/8″ x 11-11/16ish”)
  2. Score at 5″, 10″, 10-3/4″, 11-1/2″
  3. Fold cardstock into a triangle shape, with a mountain fold underneath.  Adhere the little flap to the inside of the triangle.
  4. Calendar front – Mat 1: 3-7/8″ x 4-3/4″; Mat 2 (DSP): 3-5/10″ x 4-1/2″; Calendar cardstock: 3-1/16″ x 2″
  5. Decorate!

Shadow Box Butterfly Card – JAI272

Good morning!  As always, I’ve left my JAI post until the last minute.  It’s been a busy week but who can resist a challenge that’s all about butterflies?

I had initially planned to do a framed Monarch butterfly (think the “Kodak” orange & black butterfly) using a shadow box frame border.

But, when I was Googling instructions for making a shadow box frame, I came across Dawn’s version of a shadow box and totally changed tack.

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This shadow box is super simple, very easy & a big wow!  You can decorate the ‘box’ however you like.  The scoring on each end makes it stand up for display, but it squashes flat for putting into an envelope.

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Did you know that the two sets of butterfly framelits/thinlits coordinate with each other, giving you an intricate butterfly and a solid butterfly in the same size.  This is the small size.

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I adapted Dawn’s measurements to suit Australian card front size.

To make a shadow box:

  1. Cut two pieces of cardstock 4-1/8″ x 5-7/8″ (I also cut a piece of DSP slightly smaller than the back piece – 4″x 5-3/4″ and adhered it to the back piece before scoring)
  2. Score each piece of cardstock 1/2″ & 1″ from each short side
  3. Cut a shape from the middle of the front piece of cardstock using a framelit of your choice (I used a circle)
  4. Fold your front & back pieces so they sit out from the middle (Dawn’s video shows this well)
  5. Using a strong adhesive such as Fast Fuse, stick together the ends of the card
  6. Decorate using your favourite SU! products.

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I hope you’ll make one of these cards.  They were amazingly easy and look magnificent!  If you’ve got some time to craft today, you may also want to play along with JAI 272.  Butterflies are very popular right now and make a great theme for cards. Kelly x

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I Have An Enemy ….

I have an enemy… one that I am sure many of you are familiar with … {TIME}.

My brain is scheming & dreaming for a good portion of the time I’m awake.  I’m thinking up activities I’d like to do with the kids, of things I’d like to make at the craft table, of phone calls I’d like to have with friends, time spent with loved ones … If I did half the things I imagined, I’d have very happy kids, friends and family!  But alas, with a very busy life and oh-so-much to fit in, time is my enemy.

I struggle to fit in the basics of life and then have to cram the extras on top.  But it’s so important to shift things around and make the extras happen because they are the icing.  And we all know the icing is the best part!

This birthday set for a friend has been rolling around my creative imagination for the past 2 weeks, but its taken me this long to make it a reality.  I’m truly in love with the Watercolor Wings bundle.  The different layers of the butterfly are magical and if you haven’t already noticed, the previous Butterflies Thinlits set coordinates with the new stamp set & framelits.  It’s all so wonderful!

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The source of my layout & colour inspiration this week was JAI 266 for their colour combo:

And Freshly Made Sketches 190 for the layout:

Not a colour combo I’d normally use.  And I can’t say ovals are a big feature in my cardmaking either.  So, as always, challenges provide a great platform for the creative soul.

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You’ll notice a few retired products in the mix until I’m restocked with new catalogue products.  The wait for “big brown boxes” to arrive is excruciating!

I’m enjoying having my Gift Bag Punch Board to play with.  I think I’m going to have to apologise to my curvy keepsake die soon as it’s gathering dust while I fall in love with my new punch board.

Too many favourite products!!!  Blessing or curse?  If I had more {TIME} I’d like to find out!  Kelly x
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Watercolour Butterflies – JAI258 & FMS181

Me oh my!!! – how glorious is the colour combination for this week’s Just Add Ink Colour Challenge – Blackberry Bliss, Smoky Slate & Melon Mambo.  They make such a pretty trio.

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And again I’ve matched up the JAI challenge with this week’s Freshly Made Sketch.

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With such lovely colours, I decided to showcase them using watercolour paper.   Using my aquapainter and reinkers, I made a swirly whirly wash adding more colour until I had a vibrant mix of Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo & Smoky Slate.  Once it was dry, I cut butterflies from my pretty paper and matched them up with the gorgeous patterns of Painted Blooms DSP.

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I love the marbled effect the three different ink colours give.

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After making my challenge entry, I still had lots of space to cut more butterflies, so I also made this version with the sketch rotated.

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I think I like the original better, but that’s one of the things I love the most about inspiration – you can make all sorts of cards!  Have a go at one or both challenges this week and share in the fun.  Kelly x

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Cards for Tweens – Part 1 (girls)

I was recently asked to design some cards for 9-10 year olds.  Wikipedia tells me that kids in this age group are commonly referred to as tweens… “too old for toys, too young for boys”.

So, what kind of cards are perfect for these in-between girls?

This is what I came up with!  Kelly x

A shaker card

A shaker card

Cupcakes & Banners

Cupcakes & Banners

Candles & bright colours

Candles & bright colours

Horse punch art (CASEd from Sharnee Torrents)

Horse punch art (CASEd from Sharnee Torrents)

Butterfly

Butterfly


 

Like the horse card?  You can find the original here