CASE-ing the Catty #222 – one more Sale-A-Bration CASE

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Happy Sunday everyone and welcome to the CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge crew blog hop for this week.

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 Today is the last day of Sale-A-Bration, which means you either have minutes left to squeeze in one last qualifying order, or you need some inspiration for using the fabulous free goodies you’ve already scored. Never fear, the CTC Crew is here, with inspiration aplenty.

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As we begin to wind down the Stampin’ Up! year, I’m looking at my pile of beautiful DSP and trying to motivate myself to cut into it and use it rather than hoard it. I love DSP so much, you really can’t have too much of it, can you? But it is meant to be used, so I shall try to use up as much of it as I can!

With this ambition in mind the card to the left of the front cover of the first SAB brochure caught my eye. I love the way both sides of the DSP are shown. Hands up if you’re guilty of mostly only using the more bold side of DSP and neglecting the more subtle patterns that are usually on the reverse side? *Meekly raises inky fingers* The thing is, the two sides always coordinate beautifully and are just dying to be shown off together.

So with all that in mind, combined with a need to rebuild my birthday card stash, I whipped up these four lovelies.

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The paper is the STUNNING Painted Seasons DSP from the SAB second release. The designs are meant to represent the four seasons of the year, although I don’t think they represent our Aussie seasons terribly well of course, but they are gorgeous designs anyway. I’ve used them to make some birthday cards because birthdays are all year long, after all!

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Each card uses a 4″ wide strip of DSP (so that about 1/8″ of the card base shows on the right side) with 1″ cut and turned to show the reverse pattern. The organdy ribbon provides a nice detail with a simple stitched oval with the Happy Birthday sentiment from the Better Together stamp set. Although the example on the catty cover has lovely layers of other flowers and leaves etc I’m more of a simple girl so I left those off.

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I was really happy with how quick these were to put together and how cute they turned out. I’ll be making some more using some other DSP collections as it really is such a nice way to show off our beautiful papers.

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Siobhan.


CASE-ing the Catty #221 – Needlepoint Nook

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Welcome, welcome to this week’s Case-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge crew blog hop! There is TONS of inspiration in tonight’s hop as we are caseing my absolute favourite suite from Stampin’ Up!’s 2019 Occasions Catalogue, Needlepoint Nook.

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I’ll admit I didn’t really give this suite much of a look at first, which is a little odd since I am a sewer (although I get so little time to indulge that particular crafty pursuit these days/years). The colours in the DSP and the patterns are what really sucked me in, though, and then I paid more attention to all the stunning projects people were making with the stamps and dies and then I just knew I had to have it. And the whole suite really is stunning!

My card this week started off as a CASE of the green card in the above image. I loved the strips of paper pieced across the card front. They reminded me of pieces of a quilt, which was a flash of inspiration which led to this card.

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The first quilts I ever made (like the mini one in these photos) were just pieced together squares of beauitful fabrics. I re-created that look with small squares of all the patterns from the Needlepoint Nook DSP.

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This card was a million times easier to put together than a fabric quilt, though, as using the smallest of the square Stitched Shape Framelits made cutting all the little squares super quick and then they perfectly nestled together. Anyone who has hand cut fabric and then pieced it together knows it’s not quite as straightforward as that (or maybe I’m just terrible at keeping everything straight??)

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So don’t look too closely at my little quilt in the background! But the patterns and colours of the DSP really reminded me of this little guy. I used one of each of the 12 patterns from the DSP and happily, they fit together very neatly on a standard card base and mat. When you use all the patterns together like this you can see how beautifully the whole collection works together.

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The front sentiment is stamped on a Pretty Label Punch which is also embossed with the coordinating stitching surround from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits – if you buy this suite don’t forget the label punch if you don’t already have it because it ties in perfectly. A couple of flowers and leaves from the Needle & Thread stamps and cut with the dies, and although you can’t see it well here the vellum circle at the back is embossed with the large stitching panel from Needlepoint Elements, which features on this card as well.

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This card is a straight up CASE of the card in the top right corner of the catalogue image above, using both sides of my favourite paper from this collection and a square of Balmy Blue.

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This large die makes an embroidered looking imprint and it is just stunning. I love the way this card design really shows it off by putting it right in the front. There are so many gorgeous stitched elements in the SU! range now and they really do make for a beautiful textural touch on cards and other projects. And they make me a little nostalgic for the hours of peaceful, patient sewing I used to be able to indulge in.

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Hop on over next to see Michelle’s fabulous card (featuring my favourite colour!) and then keep on hopping along to see the whole crew’s CASEd projects.

 

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Siobhan.


CASE-ing the Catty #220 – More SAB Goodness

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Hello and welcome to your second stop (if you’re hopping along in order from Rachel’s post) on this week’s Case-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge crew blog hop. Once again we are Case-ing the Sale-A-Bration releases (now with three collections plus the coordinating products). I’m amazed at the creativity of this group and how even after several weeks SAB themed hops everyone is still coming up with gorgeous and inspiring creation.

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This week I’ve double Cased two projects. One is from the first SAB brochure that uses the Gingham Gala paper and the Organdy Ribbon Pack (which sold out in the first month of SAB but if you’re super quick you can grab a pack now as they are available – while stocks last! – again). I was also inspired by this beautiful card that Anne Barker made for our team meeting last week (we always do a card swap). It uses the SAB stamp set Home To Roost and I just loved the black and white gingham (from the Butterfly Gala DSP – also a SAB freebie) with the pop of red.

 

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L- © Stampin’ Up; R- Anne B, Queen of Cards

 

I’ve combined the colours of Anne’s card with the layout of SU!’s to make this card.

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I just love this black and white gingham, although it was hard to cut into the beautiful butterflies on the reverse side. But I think it goes so beautifully with Mr Rooster. I loved the wrapping of the ribbon as per the catty example, so I’ve done the same with some Real Red ribbon.

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My colouring of the rooster was inspired by this handsome devil I photographed a couple of weeks ago (turns out I have a thing about chickens, but I won’t bore you with a bombardment of them). I love the brown and blue with the bright red comb. My stamped version has a Bermuda Bay tail because I really liked the contrast it provided.

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And yes yes, I know, roosters do not lay eggs, but allow me some artistic licence for my photography, ok??!!

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Next up is Shannon’s gorgeous picture of a card, hop along to her next and then keep hopping along to see the whole crew’s projects.

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Thanks for stopping by,

 

Siobhan.

 


Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Wheels

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Hello adventurers! It’s wheely good to have you around this month for our team hop (no more bad puns, I promise). I hope you’ve hopped along from the fabulous Mandy and her gorgeous card, which I had a special sneak preview of as it is my birthday card from her 😛

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My project for this month’s wheel themed hop is also birthday related. If it seems like I’m stretching the “wheels” theme a bit, well I’d argue that gears and wheels are pretty similar, for a start, and even without that I’m absolutely on brief since this is the invitation for my son’s upcoming tricycle themed birthday party (tricycles because it is his third birthday). This kid is obsessed with anything with wheels attached but has a particular love for his bikes.

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For his invites, I’ve made something I’ve wanted to try since Kelly made this beautiful one last month. It’s called a Pull Out Side Pocket Card and the original design was made by Barb Stamps.

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I’ve kept the design on the front quite simple with two strips of DSP from Classic Garage (a must if you too are surrounded by car obsessed big and little boys), some red twine holding one of the gorgeous Classic Garage Metal Elements, and a Tailored Tag Punch with a sentiment from Geared Up Garage.

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The cool thing is the way the tab (I’ve used the Circle Tab Punch and a 3/4″ Punch) pulls out to reveal the inside panel – you can use this for a plain piece for writing on, or, as in this example, for a printed invitation.

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Probably my favourite thing in this whole suite of products are the little elements (a tiny spanner and a tiny key). So far I’ve managed to keep the toddler from discovering these because I can just see him using them to make repairs to his tiny cars.

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Roll on over next to the fabulous Narelle to see what she’s made to wow us.

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And just because he’s so darn cute, here’s another of Mr Sammy on his beloved “mountain bike” this time (he has two balance bikes, one for mountain biking and one for skateparks and street riding. I told you – obsessed!)

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Thanks for stopping by,
Siobhan.

 

 

Paper Adventures March Blog Hop – “Wheels”

Kelly Kent
Judy May (Guest Designer)
Mandy Depiazzi
Siobhan Fitzsimmons
Narelle Simm
Lisa Whitehead

CASE-ing the Catty 219 – Gingham Gala

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Hello and thanks for joining me for another slice of CASE-ing the Catty this week. You’ve probably hopped on over from the most fabulous Kelly Kent and her gingham beauty. Don’t forget to follow the link at the bottom of each post and keep hopping along to see all the beautiful projects this week.

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My CASE this week combines several of the elements you can see above. The layout of the box in the center, the square cards, and the multiple colours of gingham used have all inspired my project.

Now you all know by now that I am mad for the Butterfly Gala stamps and punch that is featured in this section of the catty, and I tried really hard not to make another butterfly project lest I bore you all, but I’m afraid I failed at that. I just can not get enough of these beautiful creatures.

As SAB enters its last month there are even more free goodies to get with every $90 purchase you make. In this week’s project I have used some of the extra SAB items as well – personally, I love the chance to stock up on some Annual Catalogue favourites.

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 This little box is in fact comprised almost entirely of freebies – the mini pizza box itself, the pearlized doily, the label from the Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, and the butterfly cut from the Butterfly Gala DSP are all available as SAB rewards.

The star of the show however is the Gingham Gala DSP.

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 I’ve made a set of four 3 x 3″ notecards and envelopes in Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, and Daffodil Delight. Each card base in matching colour has also been run through the Subtle Texture embossing folder for some, well, subtle texture.

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 The rest of the card is made up of a panel of gingham DSP, stitched circle of vellum, a butterfly pair stamped in matching ink and punched, and a strip of Whisper White with a sentiment from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, also stamped in matching ink.

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 I do so love to have a little matching set of cards in a pretty rainbow of colours like this. Especially when they have a pretty matching box to fit neatly inside of. These sets are perfect to give as gifts to people – a gift that keeps on giving, as they can then give the cards to other people.

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 And hope on over next to check out Michelle’s gorgeous creation.

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 Thanks for stopping by,

Siobhan.

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ESAD Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop

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Welcome to your next stop on this month’s ESAD blog hop. I love this group and the monthly hops for the abundance of inspiration they provide.

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By now you know that this month’s theme centers around Occasions Catalogue products that can earn you fabulous Sale-a-Bration rewards. My card today is super simple but shows just how effective a few simple supplies can be.

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 The first bundle that went on my first order for this catalogue was the Amazing Life bundle with the Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies. So many of us for years had been wishing for a set of rectangle dies. And this set of 13 different sizes with that beautiful stitched detail does not disappoint.

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If you don’t already have these because you think you don’t need them, you can cut rectangles with your trimmer just fine, thank you very much, then let me tell you my friend you are wrong!! Yes you can cut rectangles with your trimmer but the dies make it so much more accurate, cleaner, and faster – especially when creating in bulk. I made these cards for a swap for our team meeting this weekend (shout out to team Paper Adventures) and it was so quick and easy to run these through the Big Shot and end up with a nice pile of identical panels.

They also just look so good on cards. Here’s the same card but made by cutting the panels on the trimmer instead. Nice, but the detail and the sizing of the version with the stitched rectangles is just so much better, don’t you think?

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For center panel I’ve stamped this gorgeous big sentiment from the coordinating Amazing Life stamp set straight onto the panels from the Petal Promenade DSP. For this I busted out my trusty Stamparatus. Again there is nothing better for bulk crafting when you are repeating stamping. I could also ink up and stamp each panel twice to get a nice deep black and even coverage.

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 The Petal Promenade DSP featured on this card is, for the final month of SAB, a free item with a $90 purchase. Which means you can get this pack of absolutely beautiful DSP for free when yuh buy the Amazing Life bundle (plus a little something extra to make up the $90, but when is that ever hard to do??)

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Hop along next to the fabulous Peta to see what she and her assistant Marvi have created for us to admire today.

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Siobhan.

 

Blog hop participant list:

1. Kelly Kent

2. Nicole Wilson

3. Lou Kitzelman

4. Denise Buetler

5. Siobhan Fitzsimmons

6. Peta Stephen 

7. Monique Fielder

8. Lisa Whitehead 

9. Libby Dyson

10. Lauren Meiklejohn 

11. Jackie Aitken

12. Sharon Dalton 

13. Maree McIntosh 

14. Cheryl Algie

15. Rochelle Blok 

16. Rebecca Scurr 

17. Delys Cram 

18. Jessie Holton


Happiness Blooms for March Birthdays

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It’s March already! This month is big on birthdays and other celebrations around here. Thanks to the short February it always seems to creep up on me too quickly, so this year I’m trying to be more prepared than usual. Starting with laying in a stash of birthday cards, the first two inspired by the beautiful gift box on p.24 of the Stampin’ Up!® 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

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This was actually a project I made with Case-ing the Catty in mind a couple of weeks ago, but silly me forgot to upload my link in the crew files so I missed that one – doh! I thought they were too cute not to share, though.

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My two cards play on that box look with the ribbon and dsp ties like on a nicely wrapped present. The bases are Grapefruit Grove, as is the ribbon (from the ribbon combo pack that was a brief part of Sale-A-Bration because it sold out so very quickly). The hero of both is the beautiful Happiness Blooms DSP which is so bright and fun and has the most gorgeous graphic patterns.

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This floral pattern with the Night of Navy background is my favourite of the whole pack.

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And this orange, green, and white seems very March coloured to me – probably becuase of the Autumn transition and St Patrick’s Day being in March.

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These two lovelies are off in the mail to fellow March birthday buddies. But I think I might duplicate them and add them to my card stash as well.

 

Thanks for stopping by,

 

Siobhan.