Kits and CASEing… the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re delving into the wonderful world of kits. It’s great to Stampin’ Up! continue to provide kit options in all shapes and sizes. There are card kits, gift box kits, tag kits and of course kits for Christmas – hooray. Kits just make life easy. You don’t need to worry about whether or not you’ve got all the individual products, it’s all there in the one place!

There’s something I LOVE about two of this year’s kits in particular. The Sweet Stack Project Kit and All Boxed Up Kit have coordinating framelits so that you can simply cut your own extras. Perfect if you need only one or two extras to complete your project.

Today my project is based on the All Boxed Up Kit. It comes with all the supplies you need to make and accessorize 10 little boxes. If you have the Baker’s Box thinlit (like I do), you can create extra boxes just like I did.

My first sample is based on the decorations from the kit on page 154 of the Annual Catalogue. I added some embossing to give my box base an extra little something, but then used Baker’s Twine, a small DSP banner, Pom Pom Trim and peg just like the kit. I used a sentiment from the Happy Scenes stamp set and instead of using it straight, I curved the stamp when I mounted it on my block. Just another fab feature of photopolymer stamps!

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It was cute but then I decided to create my own Baker’s Box with some of the new Holiday Catalogue Accessories.

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I love that there are so many possibilities with this little treat box!

If you’re following the CASEing the Catty blog hop, you’ve likely come from our newest team member, the super duper amazing Simone Bartrum. Your next stop is the delightful, delicious Emma Palonek, otherwise you can pop back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of blog hop participants.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

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A huge welcome to you and thanks for joining me for the very first Global Design Project challenge. It is such a thrill to be working with such amazing international designers. In fact one of my new team mates is my all time Stampin’ Up! hero – now THAT is a thrill indeed!

Have you seen the challenge? It’s a colour challenge featuring very sweet colours.

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Cute right? I cannot wait to see what you all create with this inspiration!

Here’s my project…

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I’m a massive fan of ‘pretty’ and I think these colours work so well for a soft, feminine card. I love making my own backgrounds with ink so for this card, I used a very watered down Smoky Slate and painted stripes on some Whisper White cardstock.

Is it wrong to admit that I didn’t have any So Saffron cardstock in the house? So that was out. What to do? I decided that my card needed stitching but I had no yellow thread. Problem solved with some Baker’s Twine and So Saffron ink. I carefully pulled a single thread out of the twine and coloured it with the ink. Dried it with my heat tool, because I’m impatient and then backstitched it onto the card. Hint: Use your paper piercing tool and straight line guide to pierce the holes before you stitch.

But my very favourite thing is the ribbon. I had this idea during some brainstorming for this card and knew I had to use it. I love the seam binding ribbon and it’s so easy to colour. Because I wanted a two tone ribbon, I dyed mine with markers but you can just dunk it in some dye if you want a flat colour. I must remember to do this more often because I think it turned out beautifully.

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And there’s the inside of the card. I decided that since I was on a design team with the amazing Teneale Williams, I just had to do the inside as well. She always does and she’s right when she says it just gives that extra something. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

Now it’s your turn to create! Your mission is to visit the Global Design Team page for more design team inspiration. Then pop over to your craft desk and create a project using the colours above. Link it up to the challenge blog and you could be our weekly winner. Be sure to use the hashtag #GDP001 when you share your creation on social media. I’m so excited to see what you create!

Jess x

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Silent Night

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Welcome to the next stop on the inaugural Pennsationals team blog hop. We’re so excited to be showcasing projects and products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. This has been my favourite catalogue in years so it was a challenge to decide on just the one project.

One of my must haves from this catalogue are the Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies. They are so much fun and I also fell in love with the catalogue samples. A few weeks ago I was asked to teach a card making class and we made a Bendi card. While I was making the samples for this class, I knew that these edgelits would be just PERFECT for a Bendi card so I quickly whipped up a teaser sample for the class.

Fast forward a few weeks and we’ve just completed some team swaps showcasing our favourites from the Holiday Catalogue. I loved my Bendi card so much that I re-created it for our team swap and I’m sharing it with you today.

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I CASEd the sponged background from one of the catalogue samples and used Shimmery White cardstock as my base so that it would also be all sparkly (better photo on that feature below). I toyed around with adding extras to the sky but in the end, I loved the calmness and stillness that the plain-ness brings. It really is a silent night. I used both Whisper White Thick cardstock for a sturdy base and regular Whisper White for the bendi elements of the card.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. You can click here to find a Bendi Card tutorial, but first you should check out more inspiration from the divine Emma Palonek.

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(If you’re hopping in reverse, You’ll find the lovely Mel Pagano here).

Jess x

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Lovely Benefits… and CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re checking out the Stampin’ Benefits section of the catalogue. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t inked up A Whole Lot of Lovely for a whole lot of time because I was crazy for it when I first got it. I think I’ve just been distracted by other new, shiny things. It’s great to have a reason to get back on the wagon.

Well, there really wasn’t a lot of choice when choosing a project to CASE as there was only one sample featured. I did want to make it a little different though so I decided to use the same concept but make a gift box instead. Here’s the sample…

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I stayed mostly true to the sample but added in a filter paper flower in the same colours used for the box background stamps. I have to say that these colours are a little too ‘primary’ for me as a combo but I’m pleasantly surprised with the project as a whole.

Now hop along to the wonderful Liz Gross for more inspiration or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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Lighthearted Leaves

I’ve learnt a lot of new skills over the past year but one of the more important ones has been practising mindfulness. According to Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap (you should read it), mindfulness is “consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience, with openness, interest and receptiveness”. Practising mindfulness can enhance psychological health and I can vouch for its success as I use several techniques to help me deal with feelings of anxiety.

One of the big on-trend products at the moment are adult colouring books. Many people find these releaxing and they can actually help people practise mindfulness as well as they focus on the task at hand, or the here-and-now. As soon as I saw the new Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (available 1 September), it made me think of colouring for adults. I decided that I wanted to create a card to give to people who could do with some time out.

I used Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp my design so that the recipient could use felt tipped pens without the ink bleeding. I kept the card base black so as not to detract from the simple outlines of the stamps and also so as not to dictate the colours needed by choosing a coloured card base.

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Once I had the front colouring page sorted, I decided to create an insert inside the card to hold a tea bag. My tea of choice is caffeine-free, peppermint tea. I find it very calming and I hope that the recipient of my card can have a 10 minute time out while they sip and colour.

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The tea bag does make the card a little bulky and it won’t stay closed by itself so I whipped up a quick belly band to slip over it from Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock, lush Wild Wasabi seam binding and of course I can have any sentiment I want to with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.

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The final thing to note is that because of the colouring page on the front, I decided to put the tea bag holder where the message would normally go, and I put the message on the other side. This is so that when colouring, the card can open out and lay flat and there won’t be any bumps from the tea bag holder to navigate.

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Who do you know with a lot on their mind and needs some mindful time out?

Jess x

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The Stamp Review Crew features Awesomely Artistic

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It’s never fun to admit defeat, especially to a stamp set but I have to admit, I came close on this one. This week The Stamp Review Crew features Awesomely Artistic. I guess I’m not awesomely artistic because this week was really challenging for me. This stamp set is not my style and I actually found myself just staring at the images for quite some time trying to come up with a unique idea. I purposefully didn’t search for other ideas and samples because I wanted to give this ‘not my style’ set, some of my style. In the end, I liked my project but I am really keen to do the hop this week to see other wonderful uses for the set and fall in love with it… as so often happens.

I decided to use the best stamp in the set, the dragonfly. Am I right? I do love the dragonfly and so I wanted to feature him. I started off with plans to do a very neutral sort of card, perhaps stamped on the scientific text dsp from the Typeset papers but I couldn’t get that to look quite right. Next I decided I wanted to try the cracked glass technique. I’ve never done it before but thought it would look quite science-y and vintage which is what I was aiming for.

I first did a watercolour wash in Pool Party and then stamped the scientific name for a dragonfly randomly using my Alphabet Rotary Stamp. Then I followed the steps in this cracked glass technique tutorial from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com. The card turned into a home decor piece and ended up looking like this…

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So it didn’t really end up anything like I thought it would when I started out but I made it and I like it. So take that Awesomely Artistic! Now I’m off to check out the other ideas because I sure need them. Care to come with me? Let’s visit my fellow Aussie, the wonderfully creative Rochelle Blok.

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If you need to go backwards, you’ll find the amazing Nikki Spencer or you can head back to The Stamp Review Crew HQ to see the full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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Gettin’ Artsy while I’m… CASEing the Catty

Today the CASEing the Catty crew is looking at samples from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue. I think that may have been a nice way to say ‘miscellaneous’. They are some great stamp sets and samples in this section and I guess they’re here because they don’t particularly fit into another category. It’s another BIG section and at first glance, I thought today’s post might feature at least seven different cards because I was having trouble choosing what to CASE. In the end, I chose two different cards to CASE.

The first is this splatter-y one below. My favourite style of cards are a bit artsy and splattery and inky. I love ending up with inky fingers!

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I decided to make a few changes to the card. I wanted the splatters to be the hero so I decided to use bright colours with only black and white cardstock and embellishments. Here’s my first sample..

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Ooh, there’s my favourite washi again! Next up, I went with a more ‘me’ colour palette and added in some coloured twine.

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I love baker’s twine, but sometimes it’s too thick. I took my strands apart and used single strands instead. Lastly, I needed to make a birthday card for my brother in law this weekend so I went with some ‘man’ colours and changed up the greeting.

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See that washi? It’s from the Sweet ‘lil Things washi tape set, aka, the baby set. Doesn’t look too baby here does it?

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The next card I wanted to CASE was this one below…

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I was drawn to it because of the DIY quote. Obviously no one company is going to be able to cater 100% to all your quote needs so I love this idea of stamping your own with the Alphabet Rotary stamp. It took me a year to get this tool and now I wonder how I ever did without it!

Quotes are funny things these days. There are just SO many floating around social media and the Internet in general and you really have to question whether or not the person they’re attributed to actually said them. I digress. I had some fun googling quotes but in the end, I couldn’t go past a great one from Dr Seuss. When I read it, it reminded me that one of his books in particular has some really awesome advice! My quote is from ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’. It is a fabulous book. The last few lines are “… you’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” WORD!

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I think this card would be perfect for a grad or maybe for a ‘just because’ card or pick me up. Did you spot the sneaky peek product? I couldn’t help but use it, it just had to be used on a Dr Seuss inspired card!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects. If you’ve started the hop from my page, you can continue on to Stasia Sloma for more inspiration. Otherwise you’ve reached the end of the hop. You can head back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see the full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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