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.

Thanks for stopping by,



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!)


Thanks for stopping by,



Paper Adventures March Blog Hop – “Wheels”

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

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.


Thanks for stopping by,



CTC208 – Case Your Favourite Bundle

It’s been a while since I’ve played along with my favourite challenge, CASE-ing The Catty, but this week was a fun one that I just had to have a go at. This week the theme is favourite bundle from the Holiday Catalogue.


The bundle I have most loved in the Holiday Catalogue has been “Nothing Sweeter”. I just love the stitching on the dies, it really is so sweet.


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Stampin’ Up! 2018 Holiday Catalogue p.25


I love this bundle so much I decided to CASE all of the examples from the catalogue and made a trio of cards for different occasions.


First up is, of course, a Christmas card. I haven’t changed much from the example as it is such a sweet and simple card. I love all three of the elements in the set though so have used the present, tree, and heart. The Poppy Parade card base has been embossed using the Subtle Textured Embossing Folder, a recent acquisition from the Annual Catalogue which I can’t believe took me so long to get!!


As I’ve said before I prefer to buy “Christmas” sets that can be used for more than just Christmas cards which is why I was drawn to this bundle in the first place as I knew that little present and heart could be put to good use throughout the year. So for my next card, I CASEd the colour palette and layering of hearts from the box in the catalogue example and made this sweet card.


There are a few other favourites featured here, like the Pearlized Doily and Polka Dot Tule Ribbon. How sweet is that stitching on the heart, though??


And lastly, I went for a super simple (even more simple than the example) birthday card using the present die, paper from the Country Lane DSP (Holiday Catalogue), and a sneak peek at a new stamp set in the Occasions Catalogue that will be available next month, Amazing Life. Yay! indeed.


Making these this week has been a nice transition for me out of Christmas card mode and back to other occasions. I’ve mixed some annual catalogue favourites, some Holiday catalogue goodies, and even some newbies from the next catalogue. I’m ready for a new year and a whole new set of projects to tackle!


Paper Adventures Christmas Blog Hop


I’m super excited to have my first team blog hop on my new blog! I have so much love for my fellow Paper Adventurers and I love our monthly team hops. Always so much inspiration, usually something that I then absolutely must have and go and order straight away (we are our own worst enemies, or greatest enablers, depending on how you look at it!).

This month you are probably here having hopped on over from the fabulous Mandy and her festive creation. Our theme is Christmas and I don’t know about you, but the closeness of Christmas seems to have really hit me this week. I’ve been dabbling in bits and pieces here and there of crafting and shopping and planning, but I really need to get stuck into it now.

This week I had a few birthday cards to make as well as something Christmas-y for this hop, so I had fun playing with one of my favourite card styles using cute DSP and the Large Letter Framelits.


The Santa’s Workshop Specialty DSP from the 2018 Holiday Catalogue has been a huge hit and I just can’t get enough of it. The parade of cheeky characters, the bright and traditionally Christmas-y colours, and the white flocking on some of the designs (check out this little elf’s hat, it’s all fuzzy and cute!), it’s all a winner for me. For this card all that was needed was this little strip of DSP with these elves carrying presents and it’s instant impact and FUN!


The only fiddly bit on this card was lining up the letters carefully. Generally five letters fit perfectly across a standard sized card, so think “Merry”, “Happy”, “Noel”. “Joy” etc.  They are mounted on mini dimensionals to make them stand out even more.


These letter dies are so fabulous. There is no limit to what you can do with them. They are great fun and also perfect for customisation. Since I love nothing more than crafting to a theme or layout, I whipped up these other cards for the birthdays we are celebrating this week


A Happy card with Tropical Escape DSP and black and white twine.


And a couple of personalised name cards for two little girls, both turning five, using the Garden Impressions DSP. I confess I’ve not really used this paper yet but I should because it is gorgeous. There’s every colour you could want in there and the patterns are beautiful. Clara’s favourite colour is yellow so I’ve teamed it with some Daffodil Delight from the Bright’s DSP and Miss Mercy’s is on Flirty Flamingo.


I love the way these all turned out and although they were actually pretty quick to make I think they have a big impact. And there’s nothing like personalisation in particular (a card with your very one name on it!) to give something that special touch that comes from handmade creations.  Just a shame I’d have to make such a big card to fit my own name 🙂


While I may have veered off the Christmas course a little, there’s plenty of festive inspiration to be had with the team, so hop on over to Sheila next to see her beautiful creation.


And since this is my new blog dedicated to my paper crafting, I’d love to have you as a subscriber to join in the fun. High Trees House Living will still be going strong, with more photography and tales of living the creative life in the Perth Hills to share.


Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop Participants – December 

Sheila Pybus (Facebook)