CASE-ing the Catty #235

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Greetings, stampin’ friends, and welcome to your next stop on this week’s CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge Crew Blog Hop! Hopefully you’ve hopped on over from the one and only most fabulous Kelly Kent’s website and her gorgeous project, and you know that this week the crew is CASE-ing the card on p 159 of the 2019-20 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue. These challenges are so fun to see how different the interpretations and versions of this one card can be. I’ve been looking forward to this one in particular!


Since I’ve clearly done something to upset the universe this last month my run of bad luck continues and this week I’ve been dealing with two of my kids being sick with influenza. All the doctors have been saying what a particularly terrible season it has been already and how nasty a strain it is, so my PSA for the week is to tell you all to get the flu shot!!

Before we really descended into a pile of tissues this week I managed to get this card made. I’ve stuck quite closely to the catty example in terms of layout, colour scheme, and some other elements.


I loved the striped background on the catty card so I wanted to make something similar. If you’re like me and find it difficult to throw out even little scraps of cardstock or DSP then you probably have a pile of little strips like this that seem like they can be useful for something sometime. Well, they are! There are lots of methods and designs for scrappy cards out there, here is how I made my scrappy strip.

The strips are 1cm of Seaside Spray, Blueberry Bushel, Mint Macaron, Basic Grey, and Purple Posy. They are all about 3.5 inches wide, but to ensure they all end up neatly lined up this is the method I use. Cut a scrap strip of white card to be the right length and lay it towards the top corner of the Stamparatus. Put a little Tombow on the first third or so of the strip then lay the first coloured strip down, lining it up against the top and the side of the Stamparatus. Then continue to lay the rest of the strips down, butting them up against the side of the Stamparatus and the previous strip. This means one side is perfectly aligned, and if you need to trim the other a little you can easily do that.



I often use the Stamparatus for lining up things like this, like layers that need to match up perfectly. It’s a perfect square and has a nice deep edge to work to.

The white strip on the back is a nice stable base to adhere to the card front as well.


The pen on the catty card inspired me to ink up this gorgeous fairy with a pen from the new Hostess stamp set New Wonders. She’s such a sweet little thing and perfect for colouring. The Happy Birthday sentiment is also from the same set. Hostess stamp sets so often end up being some of my favourites and most used.


The last little details on the card are the stitched boarder that was made using a die from the recently retired Needlepoint Elements, and a Linen Thread bow and a sweet little heart from the 2016-2018 In Color Glitter Acrylic Shapes, which are available on the Clearance Rack at the moment.

Next up you’re hopping on all the way to New Zealand and the lovely Sandra Collet (last week’s birthday girl – happy birthday, Sandra, there’s a card coming via snail mail for you!!).

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9 thoughts on “CASE-ing the Catty #235

  1. Pingback: CASEing the Catty #235 | CASE a Layout – kelly kent

  2. Liz Gross

    BRILLIANT tip thanks Siobahn. I’ve done strip work too but this is a slightly different technique and a little less bulky. Lovely CASE

  3. Great tip about using the Stamparatus to line things up, other than stamps. I hadn’t really thought about doing that. I love how you have substituted the watercolour background with the coloured strips of cardstock. That fairy is so cute! Great card. Hope the kids are better soon!

  4. Oh, what a lovely card! Thanks for the background strips tips (say that three times fast! LOL), I’ll give it a go next time. You’re pretty amazing to get a card done with two sick children! I hope they are on the mend soon and keep their germs to themselves!

  5. Julia Quinn

    So much inspiration and to admire – especially with illness aplenty! Thankyou for the stamparatus suggestion – totally practical and clever and even motivational for keeping the scrappy strips!! I love this little cutie too – so much fun and so adorable!!

  6. Rachel Palmieri

    Some really good tips in your post on how to construct a clever, economical card. Sorry to hear your children are unwell. Stay strong.

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