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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 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.


 Don’t forget to join in the challenge this week and show us your CASE on the challenge Facebook wall, via this link.

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

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Siobhan FItzsimmons – you are here!

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.


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.


 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.


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?


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.


 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??)


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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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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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CASE-ing the Catty #218 – New Sale-A-Bration

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Welcome to your next stop on this week’s Case-ing the Catty crew blog hop and thank you for joining me for some more Sale-A-Bration loveliness.

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My card this week was a super quick make, and a reminder of why I love Caseing the catty. I’ve had very little time for craft therapy the last couple of weeks and when I finally managed to have two of my children sleeping at once this week (the holy grail!) I sat down at my desk and was hit with major creative block. So I grabbed the Catty and found a layout I loved and a colour scheme I loved and combined the two. This is the easiest way I find to get something made and the creative juices flowing.

The layout I cased is on page 14 of the first SAB brochure – the top card on the right. And the colour scheme of Crumb Cake, Whisper White, and Balmy Blue is from the card below.


By essentially combining the two cards I came up with this.


This card was seriously quick to construct. A Thick Whisper White base, Gingham Gala DSP, butterflies from my favourite Butterfly Gala stamp set.


The background butterflies are stamped off Balmy Blue and Crumb Cake, and the punched butterflies are in Balmy Blue.


And of course who can resist a little stitched rectangle panel, with a sentiment from the SAB stamp set Part of My Story.


So by the time the baby woke up I had this cute card sitting on my desk, plus another couple I made for next week’s blog hop – like I said, caseing is the best way to get those creative juices flowing!

Hop along over next to Rachel to see her fabulous SAB project this week.

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And don’t forget to play along and add your project to our Facebook wall via this link. We love seeing the gorgeous CASEd creations every week.

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CTC #218 Participants:

Siobhan Fitzsimmons – You are here!

CASE-ing the Catty #216 – But wait, there’s more Sale-A-Bration

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Hello and welcome once again to your Sunday night inspiration-a-rama with the Case-ing the Catty Crew! I’m so glad you’re here, hopefully having hopped on over from the lovely Rachel. This week it’s more Sale-A-Bration CASE-ing, but with a whole new set of products to CASE with the second SAB release this month.



Despite all the new goodies on offer, I have returned to a project I used for an earlier CTC post as well. Like so many of the beautiful examples in the Stampin’Up! catalogues this has been the jumping off point for many different projects.


This time it served as a reminder about the fabulous acetate boxes from the Annual Catalogue. I have a tidy little stash of these because I have found them so useful for so many different things, from storage to packaging. They are of course perfectly sized to hold a number of cards and envelopes, which is what I have done this week, using them to package up a gift set for a friend’s birthday.


The design for the cards I included in this gift pack is CASEd from the amazing Wendy Crawford – she shows you a great tip for stamping the colour onto the butterflies in her post. I chose to colour my butterflies with Stampin’ Blends, because adult colouring in time makes me happy.


The cards are a simple design of a Thick Whisper White base, Basic Black, and then a strip of the black and white butterflies from the Botanical Butterfly DSP (free with a $90 purchase during Sale-A-Bration).


My collection of sentiments are white embossed on black and punched with the petite label punch. The stamp set is the retired but much used in my craft room set “And Many More”. I really must treat myself to the new Itty Bitty Greetings set. The small sentiments for every occasion are just so useful to have around.


The idea is that the recipient can add the appropriate sentiment to the card to suit the occasion they need a card for. They are each mounted on a couple of mini dimensionals.

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Pop them all together in an acetate box with matcing whisper white envelopes, like so.


And you have a cute and very practical gift for someone. There’s really no limit to the type of card collection you can do this with.


Do you give cards as gifts as well? I know a few of my card-making friends do this and they are always much appreciated gifts.

Keep on hopping along now to Julia Quinn to see her shiny creation this week.

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And don’t forget to join in on the challenge by posting your CASEd creation to Facebook via this link.

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CTC#216 Participants:

Siobhan Fitzsimmons – You are here!

Paper Adventures Team Hop – Sketch Challenge


Hello Paper Adventurers! Welcome to your next stop along on our hop this month. If you’ve already hopped on over from our guest designer Zoe and the fabulous Kelly, thanks for keeping the hop going, and make sure you keep going after this.

Tonight I’m sharing with you a special card I’ve made for my husband’s birthday, which is tomorrow. The handsome devil annoyingly never seems to age.


This is the fabulous sketch that Kelly came up with.


When Kelly first showed us her sketch my first thought was that it was perfect for layering the fabulous new stitched rectangles which I have been using on nearly every card lately. But in the end I just went with traditional matt layers cut on the old fashioned trimmer!


This card was actually very simple to create since it uses several patterns from the Classic Garage DSP (from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue). Stampin’ Up! make it so easy to put together a project like this with DSP collections which coordinate so well. The base card is Basic Gray with several of the papers layered on top, finishing with this fun pattern covered in gauges (which I thought was reminiscent of the circles in the sketch).


For the large circle, I used the largest of the circles from the stitched shapes. It fits perfectly around the large circle from the Swirly Frames and together they reminded me of a speed gauge, playing off the DSP. I’ve used black embossing powder and the black foil form the Holiday Catalogue (retired) to cut the numbers out. The two look so great together, shiny and bold.


As you can see I’ve stuck quite close to the original sketch, and the colour palette from the Classic Garage suite.


I love the way a sketch challenge can result in so many different looks, so I’ll be hopping along next to the super talented Lisa to see what she’s come up with. Make sure you keep on hopping right through to see all the creations as well.



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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop February 2019 – Sketch
Zoe Tant (Guest Designer)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!
Anne Barker (Facebook)

XOXO, Valentine

Happy Valentine’s Day, all you lovely people!

V-Day isn’t really a huge deal in our marriage. Both our birthdays are close to V-Day and our anniversary not much later, so we tend to make a bigger deal of those celebrations. But any day is a good excuse for a card, right? And cake. There’s always a good excuse for cake that you can find.


Valentine’s Day cards tend to skew heavily towards the pink and feminine, but that doesn’t really work for giving to the Mr. He’s not really the pink and feminine type. Masculine lovey-dovey cards are definitely more of a challenge to make, don’t you think? It can be hard to get the balance right. Fortunately, this is one of those ones that worked out as well in real life as it did in my head when I was thinking about this.


When I was looking through the rather divine new Needlepoint Nook DSP (from the 2019 Stampin’ Up! Occasions Catalogue) I thought that this beautiful stitched pattern also kinda looked like a series of tiny X’s and O’s, aka hugs and kisses. Taking this as my motif I cut some X’s and O’s using my beloved Large Letters Framelits (seriously, The Best Dies Of All Time) and offset those on a complimentary panel of DSP from the Twinkle Twinkle DSP which has hearts and stars on it so is suitably lovey-dovey in a totally masculine way.


This colour combo of Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White is always a winner. The colours work so beautifully together. They inspired me to take a series of photos using those colours, with a little brown thrown into the mix.


I love to mix my paper crafting and photography hobbies. Sometimes a photo provides the inspiration for a card, and sometimes the other way around!


Hope you all have a beautiful day, whether Valentine’s Day celebrations are on the agenda or not.