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 #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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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

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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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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CASE-ing the Catty #212 – Sale-A-Bration

Hello and a very big welcome to this your first stop on this week’s CASEing the Catty Sunday Challenge!

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This week we return again to the Sale-A-Bration brochure which is chock full of gorgeous samples to CASE and beautiful products to use, all of which can be earned for FREE with an AUD$90 purchase. Free stuff?? Yes please!

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This week I’ve gone a little leftfield on my inspiration as it is the FABULOUS new tote bag that has been the source for my CASE.


I was lucky enough to get my hands on this tote bag last year when it was released to demonstrators. During the SAB period the way to get your hands on one is to join as a demo and get it as part of your starter kit.

I absolutely love the bag, so much so that I have been using it as my everyday nappy bag to lug about all the baby and kid stuff I have to take everywhere these days.

For my CASE it was the beautiful colour combination of Night of Navy, Whisper White, and Mint Macaron, and the beautiful tag on the front of the bag that inspired me to make this card.


On a base of Night of Navy I’ve used the fabulous new stitched rectangles to layer the Mint Macaron and white. There’s been a lot of talk among Australian demos about how these rectangles don’t fit our A4 sized cardstock for layering, but the simple solution is to cut your card in half as normal then just trim 0.8cm off the long side and they work perfectly.


The other elements on the front are from the Petal Passion suite which was a big hit from last year’s Occasions catalogue and ended up being in the Annual Catalogue. I’ll confess I tried to do a no line watercolouring version of the flower to look more like the one on the bag tag, but failed miserably in my attempt. I need much more colouring practice! For this one I used my trusty Stampin’ Blends. I find it very hard to go wrong colouring with them.


I couldn’t resist adding this cute little bird to the inside of the card as well. He’s one of my favorite parts of the Petal Passion suite. And I love this banner that fits this and lots of other sentiments so perfectly – it’s a lovely size and again easy to forget about when you’re looking for a sentiment banner.


Next up sharing her beautiful CASE is Shannon. Make sure you hop along and see the whole crew’s fabulous projects this week. It’s amazing how much inspiration there is from one little catalogue!

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Case-ing the Catty #210 – Sale-A-Bration

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Happy New Year, everyone! I am super duper excited to be able to announce that this year I have been invited to join the crew of my favourite weekly stamping challenge, CASE-ing the Catty Sunday Challenge. I have loved playing along with this challenge so to be an official part of it with such a talented group of stampers is a huge privilege.

For our first challenge for 2019 we have not one but two new catalogues to CASE from and a whole raft of new products, as the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues launched on January 3rd. If you’ve been hopping along you’ve already seen lots of gorgeous projects that are inspired by the SAB catalogue – there’s so much to get excited about.

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My inspiration this week comes from the layout on p.14 that uses the Memories and More products.


Stampin’ Up! Occasions 2019 Catalogue p. 14

I use the Stampin’ Up! Big Plans planner (Annual Catalogue p.10) as both my working diary and a memory keeping tool. I really dropped the ball on the memory keeping part last year, so this year I’m determined to get back on track. I like to make a front page to go at the start of the diary for the new year, so that’s what I’ve done this week.


This layout uses several new goodies – the gorgeous Happiness Blooms Memories & More Pack (the large card here has a beautiful shiny texture to it as well), and from SAB the Grapefruit Grove Foil and the cute “I’m so glad you are a part of my story” sentiment is from the Part of My Story stamp set.


The foil sheets are my new favourite thing and have been sneaking their way onto nearly everything I’ve been making. Who can resist that beautiful shininess?? Not me, that’s for sure!


The large number framelits are retired but remain a firm favourite and a permanent fixture in my craft room. I keep saying it – just because it’s “retired” doesn’t mean you can’t use it anymore!


The foil makes another appearance on the back of the page as the centre of a little punch art camera I made from one of the M&M cards. I need to wrangle my children together to take another photo of all of them to add to this spread – this is a feat that is far harder than I imagined with having three kids.

Hop on over next to see Peta’s absolutely beautiful butterfly creation. Those butterflies are amazing, you’ll be seeing a lot of them, for sure. This hop alone has given me so many more ideas on how to use them, so make sure you check out all the crew’s projects.

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CASEing the Catty #210 Participants:

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