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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And don’t forget to pull out that Big Shot and make something then share it with us on our Facebook page between now and next Monday (April 22). We love seeing everyone’s CASEd creations every week.

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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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Paper Adventures Team Blog Hop April – Participants
Emma Goddard (Guest Designer)
Anne Barker (Facebook)
Siobhan Fitzsimmons – you are here!!

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 #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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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

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