CASE-ing the Catty #213 – Floral Romance

Welcome to another week of fabulous projects at with CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge crew!

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This week we are getting all romantic with the beautiful Floral Romance section of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. Expect to see lots of pretty florals and soft colours, but also some bright and fun creations as you hop your way around this week.

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This week I’ve combined a few elements that caught my eye in the catalogue pages, particularly the colours of the card at the bottom of this image.


Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions Catalogue, p. 12

That combo of pinks and green, the butterflies (I can’t get enough of them at the moment!) and the white space of the other two cards led me down the path to creating this card.


The butterflies are stamped with black ink then I used sponge daubers to add Granny Apple Green, Lovely Lipstick, and Calypso Coral. The sponge daubers are a great way to quickly add colour to the butterflies, and because you colour outside of the lines (see below) you end up with a coloured edge when you punch it out, rather than the white edge, which I think is a very pretty look.


For the base fo the card I’ve used the Floral Romance colour palette of Petal Pink and Whisper White. The white has been run through the Subtle Texture EF and I love the texture this gives it but also the way it softens the colour so it’s more of an off-white.


The other elements from the example cards I took inspiration from are the green ribbon (woven Lemon Lime Twist ribbon for my card) and the white embossing on a black panel for the sentiment. White embossing is always a winner in my book!


So while the card I’ve ended up making with is quite different from the ones that gave me my inspiration, you can see where all the elements have come from. This is the beauty of CASEing, especially with all the stunning examples Stampin’ Up! gives us in the catalogue. When you’re stuck for ideas it’s the best place to start – sometimes it can be as simple as copying the layout but changing the paper or stamps used, but it can also be the colour palette, the shapes, the elements used, a technique, or the way layers are put together.


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CASE-ing the Catty #212 – Sale-A-Bration

Hello and a very big welcome to this your first stop on this week’s CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge!

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This week we return again to the Sale-A-Bration brochure which is chock full of gorgeous samples to CASE and beautiful products to use, all of which can be earned for FREE with an AUD$90 purchase. Free stuff?? Yes please!

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This week I’ve gone a little leftfield on my inspiration as it is the FABULOUS new tote bag that has been the source for my CASE.


I was lucky enough to get my hands on this tote bag last year when it was released to demonstrators. During the SAB period the way to get your hands on one is to join as a demo and get it as part of your starter kit.

I absolutely love the bag, so much so that I have been using it as my everyday nappy bag to lug about all the baby and kid stuff I have to take everywhere these days.

For my CASE it was the beautiful colour combination of Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Mint Macaron, and the beautiful tag on the front of the bag that inspired me to make this card.


On a base of Night of Navy I’ve used the fabulous new stitched rectangles to layer the Mint Macaron and white. There’s been a lot of talk among Australian demos about how these rectangles don’t fit our A4 sized cardstock for layering, but the simple solution is to cut your card in half as normal then just trim 0.8cm off the long side and they work perfectly.


The other elements on the front are from the Petal Passion suite which was a big hit from last year’s Occasions catalogue and ended up being in the Annual Catalogue. I’ll confess I tried to do a no line watercolouring version of the flower to look more like the one on the bag tag, but failed miserably in my attempt. I need much more colouring practice! For this one I used my trusty Stampin’ Blends. I find it very hard to go wrong colouring with them.


I couldn’t resist adding this cute little bird to the inside of the card as well. He’s one of my favorite parts of the Petal Passion suite. And I love this banner that fits this and lots of other sentiments so perfectly – it’s a lovely size and again easy to forget about when you’re looking for a sentiment banner.


Next up sharing her beautiful CASE is Shannon. Make sure you hop along and see the whole crew’s fabulous projects this week. It’s amazing how much inspiration there is from one little catalogue!

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Paper Adventures Water Themed Team Hop


Hello and a warm welcome to you on this your next stop on the Paper Adventures team blog hop for this month.

Fittingly for January in Australia and the hot hot weather we’re having, this month’s theme is water. Now I’ll admit that at first I really struggled to think of something for this theme – until I went to my stamp shelves and started pulling out any set that is water related, and it turns out there’s quite a lot, as I’m sure you’ll notice while hopping through the team’s creations this evening.

I chose to have a play with the Sea of Textures bundle. I love this set and the super cool octopus in particular, but it has been languishing, neglected, on my shelves for quite a while. So this was a great excuse to get it out and have a play.

For my card I’ve gone with a simple colour scheme of Blueberry Bushel and Whisper White with a touch of Crumb Cake (my favourite neutral).


But it was in creating the background that I really had fun by channelling my inner kindergartener. You too may have made bubble paintings like this when you were a kid. You take a cup of water and add a little dishwashing detergent or bubble mixture and some ink (I used a few drops of Pacific Point re-inker to get the colour I wanted) and then you, or your helpful 8 year old assistant who is just desperate to have a try, blow gently into the mixture with a straw so it bubbles up. Then you place a piece of cardstock over the top and see what patterns you get.

I apologize for the dodgy iPhone at night shots, but hopefully you get the idea. Every time you get different patterns of course. We tried different card types as well. I most liked the softer effect on watercolour paper which is what I used for the background of this card. Shimmery White or Gloss White produce a much more definite pattern with a stronger colour. The fun thing about this technique is that you get a different result every time – so have a play!


Next up on our watery journey is our newest Paper Adventurer, the very talented Lisa. I’m so excited to have her on board (see what I did there?) and can’t wait to see her creation this week. Make sure you keep hopping along to see the whole crew’s watery wonders.



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Case-ing the Catty #211 – All My Love

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Hello and welcome to another week of CASE-ing the Catty here at Hightrees House, this week our first CASE-ing the FABULOUS new Occasions Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!

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As you’ll see as you move through this hop, even in these five pages there’s so much inspiration to be had. My pick this week was these gorgeous little treat bags.


Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions catalogue p.8


I love the idea of some cute little Valentine’s Day treats to hand out, so I made up my own version with these yummy little “Love Notes” candies – this type of candy takes me straight back to my 80s childhood (remember the candy necklaces and bracelets??).


These are so quick and easy to make. The toppers are just Whisper White cardstock cut at 3 inches by 2 inches and scored along the top at 1/2″ to fold over. Stamped with your cute stamp of choice – in this case the super cute little envelope (minus the sentiment) from One For All (2018-19 Annual Catalogue, p. 37) in Lovely Lipstick, Mint Macaron, and Daffodil Delight.


Then you just pop some candies in the small Cello Treat Bags (AC p.193), fold over the top of the bag and staple in place, adhere the stamped cardstock, and tie a little baker’s twine around the top. So simple, and so cute!


I love having little gifts like these, especially for my daughter to give to her friends. Just a simple bit of candy is really taken to the next level with a little pretty packaging and stamping.


These Cello Treat Bags have become a go-to for treat making for me and I always have a stash of them on hand. For class gifts for Christmas last year we made these ones with red and green M&Ms and the Cookie Cutter friends.


And two years ago we put Easter pencils in these bunny versions.


Like I said, it makes a simple gift look really special and they really take so little time to make. My kind of mass craft project!!


And if you’re thinking it’s too early to be making Valentine’s Day projects then take a look at that calendar – it’s only just over a month away!!! Luckily there is HEAPS of inspiration to be had in this week’s blog hop, such as Liz’s beautiful creations next.

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Case-ing the Catty #210 – Sale-A-Bration

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Happy New Year, everyone! I am super duper excited to be able to announce that this year I have been invited to join the crew of my favourite weekly stamping challenge, CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge. I have loved playing along with this challenge so to be an official part of it with such a talented group of stampers is a huge privilege.

For our first challenge for 2019 we have not one but two new catalogues to CASE from and a whole raft of new products, as the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues launched on January 3rd. If you’ve been hopping along you’ve already seen lots of gorgeous projects that are inspired by the SAB catalogue – there’s so much to get excited about.

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My inspiration this week comes from the layout on p.14 that uses the Memories and More products.


Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2019 Catalogue p. 14

I use the Stampin’ Up! Big Plans planner (Annual Catalogue p.10) as both my working diary and a memory keeping tool. I really dropped the ball on the memory keeping part last year, so this year I’m determined to get back on track. I like to make a front page to go at the start of the diary for the new year, so that’s what I’ve done this week.


This layout uses several new goodies – the gorgeous Happiness Blooms Memories & More Pack (the large card here has a beautiful shiny texture to it as well), and from SAB the Grapefruit Grove Foil and the cute “I’m so glad you are a part of my story” sentiment is from the Part of My Story stamp set.


The foil sheets are my new favourite thing and have been sneaking their way onto nearly everything I’ve been making. Who can resist that beautiful shininess?? Not me, that’s for sure!


The large number framelits are retired but remain a firm favourite and a permanent fixture in my craft room. I keep saying it – just because it’s “retired” doesn’t mean you can’t use it anymore!


The foil makes another appearance on the back of the page as the centre of a little punch art camera I made from one of the M&M cards. I need to wrangle my children together to take another photo of all of them to add to this spread – this is a feat that is far harder than I imagined with having three kids.

Hop on over next to see Peta’s absolutely beautiful butterfly creation. Those butterflies are amazing, you’ll be seeing a lot of them, for sure. This hop alone has given me so many more ideas on how to use them, so make sure you check out all the crew’s projects.

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ESAD Blog Hop – Occasions and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues 2019

Good evening, Happy New Year, and welcome to your next stop in this month’s ESAD blog hop! This is the first of two blog hops I’m taking part in this evening – what better way to spend the post-Christmas downtime than crafting happily, particularly with new goodies.

Our theme this month is the new Stampin’ Up! 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues, which are absolutely full of gorgeous new products. I predict the biggest hit of this catalogue is going to be the Butterfly Gala suite, including this stunning Botanical Butterfly DSP that you can earn with a $90 purchase. I’ve used this DSP – along with another SAB freebie, the Organdy Ribbon – for a gift for a good friend of mine who has just had a beautiful baby girl.


I thought the butterflies made a rather delightful non-traditional baby card and wrapping. She’s a bit of a non-traditional girl, this friend of mine, so I know she will love this colour scheme of black, white, and Grapefruit Grove.


The black and white DSP and those butterflies are from the same DSP collection. Not only does it have beautiful patterns but it also has several sheets of stunning butterflies that can be punched out with the Butterfly Duet Punch, or fussy cut, as these larger butterflies have been here.


The ribbons on the gift wrapping are from the gorgeous Organdy Ribbon pack, also earned as a free item from Sale-A-Bration. They are such lovely ribbons I had to use two, in Grapefruit Grove and Highland Heather. The tag is simply another piece of DSP trimmed with the tag topper punch and a butterfly punched from back cardstock.


On both the card and the tag I’ve mounted the butterflies with a strip of adhesive but then folded up the wings slightly so they are raised off the page. It gives the butterflies even more presence.


I do so love a neat stack of beautifully wrapped presents!


While I was photographing the card and presents this little guy came by to have a look. Clearly he too was impressed with the Botanical Butterfly DSP. (I think he’s a moth rather than a butterfly, but still quite striking. Also, please don’t look at how dirty my window is here. It gets sprayed by the sprinkler!)


Last month we had a huge influx of monarch butterflies for a few days when the weather was a bit funny and there was lots of late Spring blossom about. To get this shot below I was up a ladder, leaning into the middle of a grass tree, absolutely covered in bugs myself. The things we do to satisfy our creative vision!!


Next up is Katrina Duffel with another inspiring creation, so hop right along. Make sure you keep hopping and check out the whole collection of projects. There’s nothing quite like a whole new catalogue of goodies to get those creative juices flowing!

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Blog Hop Participant List:

1. Lou Kitzelman

2. Leonie Schroder 

3. Shannon Kissane

4. Nicole Wilson 

5. Narelle Fasulo 

6. Rachael Lewsley 

7. Angela Harders 

8. Kelly Kent 

9. Cheryl Algie 

10. Jenna Watkins 

11. Libby Dyson 

12. Sharon Dalton 

13. Rose Packer 

14. Sharni Haines 

15. Denise Buetler 

16. Peta Stephen 

17. Kim Oliver 

18. Monique Fielder 

19. Lauren Meiklejohn 

20. Siobhan Fitzsimmons 

21. Katrina Duffell

22. Tatiana Tobin 

23. Cathy Pinchbeck 

Christmas Wrapping – Sincerely Santa Tags

In the lead up to Christmas, I saw social media flooded with stories from people lamenting the task of wrapping Christmas presents. But me? I love it. I have a bit of a thing for beautiful gift wrapping, especially at Christmas. I enjoy the wrapping part far more than the shopping part!

This Christmas I went with a red and white spots and stripes theme to complement the gorgeous tags from the Sincerely Santa Project Kit in Stampin’ Up!’s Holiday Catalogue. This kit was so much fun and really quick and easy to put together. The Stamparatus makes creating multiples of any project particularly quick and easy. I love the Sincerely Santa stamp set and have used it on lots of other cards and tags this Christmas. It’s a set that’s definitely a keeper for me. I would have loved to have used the “This One’s From Santa” stamp to make tags for Santa’s gifts but Miss 8 noticed it and remarked on how funny it was that I have a Santa stamp so that idea was blown.

I actually enjoy a tricky wrapping challenge but I do love to keep or make boxes to put things in so they look neater when wrapped up. I also give lots of books for presents, mostly because books are awesome and maybe a little bit because they are a nice regular shape and look so beautiful wrapped up.

I do so love it when the tree is surrounded by a stack of beautifully wrapped matching piles of presents. Such a shame it all ends up as a pile of ripped paper on Christmas Day. I’m a careful unwrapper, I don’t like to tear the paper and will reuse paper and ribbons in particular. The kids, of course, are more the rip and tear into the types.

Of course it’s also perfectly normal to coordinate your baby to go with the wrapping.

Whether you’re a careful unwrapper or a tearer I hope there was a pretty pile of presents left under your tree by Santa.