CASE-ing the Catty #224 – Favourite Occasions Big Shot Project


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This week’s Case-ing the Catty blog hop is very well timed with the theme of Big Shot projects. This week we received the news that the Big Shot die cutting machine is going to be replaced in Stampin’ Up!’s range with something new and improved for die cutting. I’m excited to find out what this will be as I absolutely love die cutting. I have absolutely no patience for fussy cutting and much prefer the speed and accuracy of die cutting. Embossing is also very much my jam.

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Truth be told I really struggled to come up with a project this week. Not because of a lack of ideas, on the contrary there are so many possibilities and so many great Big Shot examples in the Occasions Catalogue that I couldn’t pick just one thing!

So I’ve decided to show a couple of cards using my two favourite individual dies in the whole catalogue.

 The first card I shared a sneak peek of a few weeks ago in our Needlepoint Nook hop. But that embossed stitched die from the Needlepoint Elements Framelit Dies is so darn gorgeous I thought y’all deserved a closer look at it.


This card is a CASE of the yellow layout on p 38, but using my favourite designs from the Needlepoint Nook DSP instead. As gorgeous as this paper is I think the real star is that stitching. I just love the effect this die gives so very much – it has a lovely tactile quality that makes you want to touch the card as well.


This card also used my all time favourite colour combination, Night of Navy and Whisper White, with beautiful Balmy Blue as well. For this reason I’ve paired the card with one of the NoN striped envelopes.


My second card uses what is easily my other favourite die from this catalogue – the large gears from the Garage Gears Thinlit Dies. These look fabulous in foil, or can cut the multi-coloured cogs straight from the co-ordinating DSP (like I used on my card last week), or look super special as I’ve used them here as an embossed background.


I’ve CASEd this idea from the green card in the centre of the picture on p 42 of the Occasions Catalogue and used the Big Shot embossing mats to achieve this look. These mats let you turn any cutting die into an embossing die instead – how cool is that? It basically doubles the number of dies you have in your collection.


The car is cut straight from the DSP using the matching die from this suite.  Of course the stitched rectangles make an appearance on this card as well. Maybe if I really had to pick a favourite set of dies this would be it… So many fabulous dies!!


I’m off next to see what Tina has to share with us, make sure you keep hopping along, too.

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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Inspired by Fashion


Welcome to your next stop on this month’s blog hop with a few of our fabulous Paper Adventures team. I am stoked about this month’s theme – ‘inspired by fashion’. I can’t wait to see what everyone has come up with.

I had so many ideas for this post (and lots of them I will still make) but ended up going in quite a different direction to planned at the last minute (like, this morning, last minute).

Many moons ago I used to pay a lot more attention to fashion, I read Vogue, I spent a lot of money on beautiful clothes for me. And then I had kids – hahahahaha. So the fashion I pay attention to these days is for the little people. And I do love children’s clothes. I particularly love bright and bold patterns and am often inspired by the colours in their clothes.

At the moment I am really loving the fabulous designs from Bonds. They are knocking it out of the park when it comes to my requirements for ‘bright and bold’. In fact when Miss Genevieve was born Kelly sent her a fabulous suit with matching card. This is the suit that has inspired my card today (a bit faded from lots of wearing and washing!)


The spunky rhino on the suit reminded me of Mr Rhino in the Animal Expedition DSP. I’ll be stockpiling this paper ahead of its upcoming retirement because it’s so good for kids’ cards and I love when I can cut something straight from DSP with the matching die.


Some of my very most favourite colours are here, too – I see Night of Navy, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Crushed Curry, Blueberry Bushel, and maybe a little Shaded Spruce as well. There’s even some tiny bright red/pink birds hanging out, just like in the Animal Expedition DSP.


Unusually for me I used a few different elements from different sets on this card, because the more I looked at the suit the more I saw to the design. The background strip of DSP (like the cuffs on the suit) is from Share What You Love, the large palm fronds are cut from the Tropical Escape DSP, and I’ve used the Petal Passion dies to cut some leaves and flowers in Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, and Crushed Curry.


The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lipstick and is from the Occasions Catalogue set Itty Bitty Birthdays. I don’t know how I didn’t see this the first 157 times I looked through the catalogue but I only just noticed it a couple of weeks ago, promptly ordered it, and have been thrilled with its awesomeness.


That rhino is so cute I had to put him on the inside of the card as well.


I love the way this card turned out and it has me thinking about some of her other cool suits as well and how they could be turned into card designs.

And just for a final dose of cuteness, here is Miss Genevieve modelling the suit, chilling in her car and practicing her very best blue steel.


Now head on over next to Lisa to see what fashionable project she has to share with us, and then keep on hopping through all the team’s blogs. We make it easy for you to do with this funky button here:



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CASE-ing the Catty #223 – Classic Garage

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This week with CASEing the Catty we are all about the Classic Garage section of the 2019 Occasions Catalogue. This blog hop come at an opportune time as today was my little man’s third birthday party, and I’ve taken lots of inspiration from the Classic Garage Suite for his birthday celebrations this week.

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In an earlier post I shared the invitations for his party, made in a slide out pocket style. I love the Tranquil Tide base – I’m really going to miss this colour when it retires soon.


For the big day itself I made the little man’s birthday card using the Classic Garage DSP. I always make the kids a birthday card that ties in with their particular interests at the time of their birthday. With my boy, his obsession is well and truly vehicles. Cars, trucks, trains, planes, and for some reason he has a particular love of yellow school busses (even though we don’t even have those here in Australia!) If it has wheels, he’s all over it, so this DSP with the gears and the tyre marks was just perfect for his card.


I used a base of Tranquil Tide layered with Crushed Curry and Basic Grey. I stamped the splotchy stamp from the Geared Up Garage stamp set in Basic Grey to create a bit of interest to the background panel of Basic Grey. The letters are cut from the tyre DSP and Crushed Curry cardstock (slightly offset underneath to create a shadow effect) using my absolute favourite will never be parted with no matter what Large Letter framelits.


The best thing about Stampin’ Up!’s product suites is the perfect coordination between the products, which makes creating with them so easy. My particular favourite thing is when the dies cut elements straight from the DSP. These gear dies are so cool in any colour, but I love the way they cut the multicoloured gears from the DSP, like I have used here. I would never have the patience to cut the colours out individually and piece them together!


And the cutest element in the suite is the little wrenches and keys from the Classic Garage Metal Elements. These embellishments add such a pop of interest to a card. I knew Sammy would love them (and probably pull them off the card)!


Here is his card in pride of place in front of his pile of presents, waiting for him on his birthday morning.


And here is the birthday boy himself, cruising the skatepark on his beloved pink bike. The grey and yellow in this photo really remind me of the tyre track DSP.




Don’t forget to join in the fun by sharing your CASEd creation on our Facebook wall via this link below. There has been such an amazing range of projects shared lately, there’s always something to inspire your crafty creativity.

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Next up sharing her CASEd inspiration is Rose, hop on over to her via this link below, and keep on hopping through all the crew’s projects.

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I’ll be sharing some more Geared Up Garage projects and other wheely delights from the party later this week. I’d love for you to subscribe to my blog so I can share my creations with you straight into your email inbox.

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


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.


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!


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.


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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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.


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.


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??)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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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.



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.


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.


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.


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


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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop – Wheels



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 😛


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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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Paper Adventures March Blog Hop – “Wheels”

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