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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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)!

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

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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.

 

 

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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,

 

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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

 

XOXO,

 

Siobhan.