CASEing the Catty #133 – Love & Sympathy

Welcome to the CASEing the Catty blog hop, which takes place every Sunday.

This week we’re CASEing (Copying & Sharing Everything or Copying & Selectively Editing) the Love & Sympathy pages of the catalogue.

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There’s lot of inspiration tucked away in these pages – and lots of gorgeous projects to start your creative journey.

I was intrigued by the cut out portion of this card…

And decided to recreate it in pinks with a dragonfly theme!

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The base is shimmery white.

Using the dragonfly outline die, I cut a dragonfly from the edge of the card and from a separate piece of shimmery white cardstock, I cut the largest detailed dragonfly die.

I adhered the large dragonfly to the inside of the card.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

Then, using a retired washi tape (using my jeans first to desticky it a little), I created a mask around the edges and coloured the middle rectangle with my Aqua Painter in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

The final step was to add the embellishments to the front of the card – mini dragonflies, washi tape, sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous & bling – new rhinestones & glitter enamel dots.

I am loving the new washi packs that come in similar colours.  I’ve used the pinks today, which is the Basics Pack 1.

CASEing the Catty #133 | kelly kent

I kept it all in the pink theme, because this card is going to someone who loves pink!


Now it’s your turn to join our weekly challenge!

All the action is over on Facebook.

If you’re interested in a design team opportunity, we’re taking applications in June and looking to add quite a few more design team members to expand on our already awesome team.

Speaking of awesome design team, next up is the gorgeous Liz Gross

Enjoy the creativity on the hop!


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Winter Wedding Wishes

Here in Australia, not many people have weddings in June.

Why not?  Because it’s winter and the weather is much nicer October to March, which is when you are most likely to attend a wedding.

On saying that, planning a February wedding isn’t exactly a walk in the weather park either!

We got married on 13th Feb 2009.  The week leading up to the wedding was 40 degrees (104 Fahrenheit for those of you needing the other scale) on 4 consecutive days.

We’d chosen black suits with black shirts for the guys and heavy red dresses for the girls (crazy I know but I had a vague Valentine’s theme!).  And of course I had layers upon layers of wedding dress!

In a stroke of wedding luck, the weather dipped down to a pleasant 29 degrees and was gorgeous.

You can control lots about the wedding but not weather! I’ve been to weddings where it’s rained, weddings where it’s been cold & weddings where I’ve been blown away.

One thing you can control is a sensational wedding card!!!


This card was a custom request from a friend who went to a winter wedding last weekend.

One of my personalised creations with a design that was inspired by the invite.

Personalised Wedding Card | kelly kent

The invite had a black & white theme with cute fairy light bunting.

The bride’s new initials will match her husbands so my friend asked that this was a feature of the card.

Would you find it funny or frustrating if your initials were the same?  I ended up with alliterated initials by changing my name – I like it!


This theme was super easy to carry over to the inside of the card with the new Pick a Pattern black & white Washi Tape!

Personalised Wedding Card | kelly kent

This is one of my all-time favourite wedding sentiments.  You’ll find it in the Better Together stamp set.

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CASEing the Catty #130 Favourite Project – Occasions Catalogue

Hello!  This is the final post of my day!

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, I hope you’ve enjoyed all the fabulous inspiration on this wonderful Sunday.

3 blog hops in one afternoon is quite the flood!  #sorrynotsorry


Both the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue and Occasions 2017 catalogues retired on Wednesday night.

And from Thursday 1st June, we’ll be exclusively enjoying the 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue and the wonderful pages of a fresh new catalogue to CASE!

But first, one last look at the 2017 Occasions catalogue – and our favorite projects.

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I have selected the Window Box Framelit as my Occasions Catalogue favourite.

I was delighted to find out that this was carrying over and will be available in the .

The hexagon shaped box is wonderful, but really, it’s all the embellishment dies that I love.

And the sample on the front cover of the Occasion Catalogue is a perfect example of this!

Love, love, love the patterns you can make for boxes – and cards – using the dies in this set!

I’ve been inspired by a 3D item – the hexagon box – and created a card using this concept.

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

This card features a mix of retiring and carrying over items.

On the retirement list:

  • Watermelon Wonder cardstock (all the 2015-2017 In Colors retire on Wednesday)
  • Tasty Treats Washi Tape
  • Love Note Framelits (for the cute little heart behind the sentiment)

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

What’s staying?

  • Window Box Thinlits
  • Big on Birthday stamp set
  • And all the other Annual Catalogue products you see that I haven’t named including the Metallic Doilies, Seaside Embossing Folder & Triple Banner Punch

CASEing the Catty #130 Occasions Catalogue | kelly kent

If there’s anything you want from the Occasions Catalogue that doesn’t make it to our beautiful new book, then be sure to contact your demonstrator by Wed afternoon to place your order!

For more reminders about what we loved in the Occasions catalogue, visit our next CASEing the Catty Crew Member – Julia Quinn.

And {PLEASE} try your hand at CASEing the Catty and join us for the challenge on our Facebook page.

Thanks for all your support & I sincerely hope you’ve found something amazing in all the blogs you’ve visited this week.


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Just Add Ink #361 – Choose Two

This week for Just Add Ink #361 there’s a choice!

You’ve got the power to two options that spark your creativity – flowers, washi tape or watercolour.

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If you don’t like the choices, you can blame me!

I actually have 2 cards to share with you in this post.

I had an idea for this card and went along my merry way using the flowers from Awesomely Artistic and Washi Tape from the Floral Boutique set.

 

I stamped the flowers in Sahara Sand – same colour as the cardstock and wasn’t quite happy with them.

Without thinking, I added some *watercolouring*….

And then oh oh – I didn’t choose two, I chose all three!

So, back to the drawing board with *just* washi & flowers….

To avoid the watercolouring issue again, I changed the colour of the flowers to Night of Navy and added more washi tape (you can never have too much of a good thing!).

When I was first card making, I would have never make a card using a generic sentiment like ‘friend’.  I was a happy birthday kind of girl!

Now I love the options for all the different kind of sentiments!!!


As always, I can’t wait to see what you make for this week’s challenge.

Visit the Just Add Ink blog to see what the design team made and enter your card!

Which *two* will you choose???


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This is how I Stamp-A-Stack – Christmas 2016

On Saturday, I hosted 8 lovely ladies for a Christmas Stamp-A-Stack.

What is a Stamp-A-Stack?  Typically, it’s a chance to make cards in bulk.  The card designs are a little simpler, but you walk away with more.

For this reason, they are perfect for Christmas where people often send cards in larger numbers.


When planning my S-A-S, I decided we were going to make 12 cards – 4 each of 3 designs.

The ad went out, and not only did I fill the class I’d advertised, but I filled another one as well!!!

Now, despite knowing that the cards needed to be stripped back a little so we could get through them in the class time, I’m not so good at simple and just love to spoil my class participants with interesting cards.

So, even though I promised 4 cards of 3 designs, I actually ended up making 2 variations of each design so we actually had 2 each of 6 designs in the end.

So, here’s what I ended up thinking of as my the deluxe S-A-S of 2016!!!

Card 1 – a variation of my shrink reindeer CTC swap from OnStage

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 2 – a silver & purple variation of the card above!

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 3 – peekaboo tree card using Build A Birthday

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 4 – peekaboo tree card using Warmth & Cheer washi tape

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 5 – stitched card using Letters for You stamps

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.

Card 6 – stitched card using Merry Tags bauble & Large Letters

Christmas 2016 Stamp-A-Stack.  Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The ladies loved the cards and were just fantastic at getting through all my ‘deluxe’ designs within the class time!

I helped them a little by doing some of the elements before the class (like the cute little reindeers) so there wasn’t too much wait time.

Do you have a favourite from the stack of cards?  I think mine is one of the stitched letter cards – maybe the JOY?!

I know they’ll all come in handy when it’s time to start sending cards.  How’s your stash looking?

If you need more supplies, don’t forget my November promotion.  All online orders using the host code TGEH7KV6 during November will go in the draw for $100 of Stampin’ Up! products.

Happy shopping!

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CASEing the Catty #98 Warmth & Cheer

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Happy Sunday!  This post comes to you from my idyllic camping location in country WA!

How’s the serenity???

Today at CASEing the Catty, it’s all about Warmth & Cheer – I could do with some warm right now!!!

Someone forgot to tell the Weather Man that we’re firmly in Spring!

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We’re CASEing projects from pages 12-17 of the Holiday Catalogue.

I love the swirly scribbles wreath from this card on page 17.

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I used it to inspire 3 completely different Christmas cards!!!

Start with a catalogue picture and think of 3 ways to change it up.

It’s a great way to craft in bulk, but ending up with 3 different finished projects.

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For the first card, I changed the orientation of the card, but kept the colours, washi strip and double layer wreath the same as the catalogue inspiration.

This is one of the easiest ways to change up a card without thinking too much about it!

CASEing the Catty - Warmth & Cheer. Swirly Scribbles Wreath. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


The next version uses the catalogue sample as a starting point to inspire a completely different design.

I added banners instead of a cardstock & washi panel, a one layered wreath, a die cut bow and a layered sentiment.

CASEing the Catty - Warmth & Cheer. Swirly Scribbles Wreath. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


And the final card has the same layout, but in non-traditional Christmas colours of purple & gold.

CASEing the Catty - Warmth & Cheer. Swirly Scribbles Wreath. Kelly Kent - mypapercraftjourney.com.


Apart from the wonderfully clever samples that the catalogue offers, I love the versatility of the designs.

I don’t have the Be Jolly, By Golly stamp set used for the sentiment in the sample – so I just substituted words from other sets in my collection.

Most of the products used in my cards come from the Annual Catalogue – using a Holiday Catalogue sample!

I hope I’ve been able to inspire you to get into your craft room and CASE something from the Warmth & Cheer section of the Holiday Catalogue.

It’d be great if you shared your creation on the CTC page.

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Each month the team chooses a winning entry & invites the winner to take part in the design team blog hop the following month!

The challenge is open to anyone – in Australia and beyond.  Could it be you???


If you’ve just started here, you’ll want to hop all the way around until you get back to me.

The last stop before me is Julia Quinn & her great project and the next stop on the hop is the wonderfully talented Jackie Noble in NZ!

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And, if you love what you see, leave a comment or two as you hop around.  We love hearing from you!

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