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!


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..

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @



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

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @



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.

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @



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?

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @



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


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!

DIY quote card featuring Dr Seuss for CASEing the Catty. Details @

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!

DIY quote card featuring Dr Seuss for CASEing the Catty. Details @


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.


Jess x

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It’s all for kids… at CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re checking out the section called ‘For Kids’. By default this week, my projects are featuring the No Bones About It stamp set because it’s the only one from this section that I own. It’s a fabulous set for dinosaur lovers of all ages and I knew it would be a must have in my household of 3 boys.


I really liked the card on the left of these samples but I did chnge it up a little as I didn’t really like the way the sentiment was stamped. Here’s my version…

No Bones About It for CASEing the Catty. Details @' Up! supplies: No Bones About It stamp set, Cucumber Crush, Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist & Crushed Curry ink pads, Cucumber Crush & Whisper White cardstock...

I love how bright and colourful the card turned out. I must say I’m really warming to Cucumber Crush. I have a customer who fell in love with it straight away and her enthusiasm is starting to rub off on me!

I decided to do a second card as the first was almost a straight CASE. My next project was to show that you can use the layouts of cards and simmply change up the stamp set and colours so that they work for you. Here’s the sample my next card was based on.


And here’s my card…

No Bones About It for CASEing the Catty. Details @' Up! supplies: No Bones About It stamp set, Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, VersaMark and StazOn inks, Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe cardstock...

See it’s as easy as pie, so go and get CASEing! If you use a sample from the For Kids section, make sure you tell us your blog post URL in the comments on this post and we’ll add you into the blog hop!

If you started at the beginning of our hop, you’ve reached the end and can go and get crafty! If you came in halfway through, click here to connect to the amazing Bronwyn Eastley


… or click here to return to CASEing the Catty headquarters!

Jess x

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Birthdays are back… at CASEing the Catty

A new catalogue means new inspiration and we’re back around to featuring Birthdays again at CASEing the Catty. My new birthday stamp set is still on its way to me so I’ve used an oldie, but still an awesome goodie, Amazing Birthday.

I chose to CASE the card below but substitute in a different stamp set and colour combo.


Have you ever chosen a colour combo simply because two of your inkpads were sitting next to each other and you thought they looked good together? That’s how this combo happened. I saw Cucumber Crush next to Blackberry Bliss and thought they were a perfect couple. I threw in some Pool Party as well to mellow things out.

Amazing Birthday for CASEing the Catty. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday stamp set, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party & Blackberry Bliss inks and cardstock...

Of course the end result is quite different but you can still see the sketch. And, you’ll never guess where those dots came from! I thought my card was a bit plain and needed some more ‘festive’. I was thinking confetti and searched for an appropriate stamp. The answer? The decorations/lights/dots stamp from Festival of Trees. Who says Christmas sets are only for Christmas?

Thanks for following along on the CASEing the Catty blog hop. Click here to visit the ever lovely Alison Barclay for more birthday inspiration or here to return to CTC headquarters.

Jess x

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More Amazing Birthday projects…

amazing_colourful_birthdayFaux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays! Details @ and

Hip Hip Hooray for TGIF Challenges

There’s a new challenge in town and I was excited to join in for challenge number 1. The team is basically comprised of Artisan design team members, past and present, so the inspiration is pretty spectacular. The first challenge (#tgifc01) was very much a challenge for me! A colour challenge comprising of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. Calypso Coral and Pool Party are part of my favourite colour combo but throw in yellow and I’m, well a bit challenged. To me, the almost primary colours say party so I ran with that.

Lately I’ve been loving creating my own inky, messy backgrounds so for this challenge I used the faux watercolour backgrounds technique. It’s so easy and you get a great outcome every time. Check out a great video from Stampin’ Up! on this technique here.

Next I added in some fun party elements like a banner and balloons. To make the crazy, curly balloon strings, I tied on some cotton thread, wet it and then curled it around a paintbrush. Then I dried it with my heat tool and once dry, it stays curly. I didn’t adhere them to the card so as you can seee in the pictures, they’re all over the place from the wind. I love it!

Some sequins and a sentiment (I know… gasp) finished it off.

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

Then I had to create an envelope to match!

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

It says party to me – I hope you agree!

Don’t forget that many of the products I’ve used (and heaps more) are 50% off on the retiring list! Only while stocks last!

Jess x

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Card-in-a-box Crazy! – part two

Welcome to part two of my card-in-a-box blog. I’m so excited to share my Angry Birds card-in-a-box which I made for my now Mr 4’s birthday. He has a love of all things Angry Birds and I knew he would just love a special card for his birthday. I began the process by making some punch art Angry Birds. I visited a couple of different blogs for inspiration (Niki Toll & Ros Davidson) but had to make a few tweaks as my little Angry Bird lovers insist that they have the correct amount of crest and tail feathers etc. (how do they even know??). I even created my own Stella bird as I couldn’t find one and was very impressed with myself because I am NOT a punch artist!

After the birds and pigs were created, I could get an idea of what size my box needed to be. It’s quite large. I used two A4 sheets for this card and it’s about 14cm (5.5″) square. I then got to creating a background and built a ‘level’ of blocks for the piggies. These blocks were adhered to a window sheet which gave it some strength and allowed it to stand upright without having to be attached to the backing piece. After that it was just a matter of adhering the birds and slingshot and deciding that one of the blues would be mid air (thanks to a piece of window sheet). In fact, the hardest part of the whole process was deciding on which designer series paper would suit the card best for the box flaps. I was so pleased that the best fit were papers from the I Am Me pack which is my favourite in this year’s catalogue.


I’m pleased to report that he loved it. Phew!

Jess x

Card-in-a-box Crazy! – part one

If you have a Pinterest account or follow any papercraft blogs, then you’ve probably seen the card-in-a-box doing the rounds. I’ve made several of them now from an 80’s theme to a 1st birthday to a giant Angry Birds version. I’m going to share the latter two in these next couple of blog posts. The card-in-a-box is so awesome in that it’s a box with 3D embellishments poking out but can also be folded flat for easy posting. It is defintely a WOW for the recipient. I’ve seen quite a few tutorials now but the one I’ve used is from Tanya Bell as she tweaked the measurements to fit a standard Australia sized C6 envelope. You can find her blog post and video tutorial here.

My first project was made for my very favourite 1st cousin once removed. Little Mr Q turned one yesterday and I wanted a bright, party type card to mark the occasion. I went straight for the Birthday Basics designer series paper coupled with the Sketched Birthday stamp set. I added in some Silver Glimmer Paper for a bit of sparkle and even some corked ribbons for the finishing touch. I love that I could still have these teeny, tiny, thin balloon strings by stamping onto acetate with black StazOn. The acetate also allows you to place objects higher out of the box for extra effect.


I’m officially addicted to making card-in-a-boxes! See below for the products I used to create this version (and click through to purchase) and make sure you check back tomorrow to see my Angry Birds mega card-in-a-box. It was definitely a labour of love for my own little treasure.

Kip’s Caterpillar Party

Happy New Year blog lovers!

I have some fabulous things to share in this post but firstly be warned… there are lots of photos. I’ve read so many posts where the author apologises for pictures but I’m not going to. After all, they say a thousand words and who wants to read all of those?

My eldest son turned 5 a week before Christmas and I had SOOOOO many ideas for an awesome party. It all started with this…

He learnt all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar (TVHC) in term 2 at kinder and for the remainder of the year, he insisted on completing a TVHC colouring in picture every day. I happened upon the same image on Pinterest so luckily for him, we can print it out at home whenever he feels like a kinder flashback.

So, I had my theme. I also had my menu. If you’re not familiar with the book (you must live in a cave and I suggest you run to the nearest bookstore and read it), TVHC eats different foods each day of the week prior to making himself a cocoon and (SPOILER ALERT) becoming a butterfly.

As one does these days, I scoured Pinterest many times to check out what others had come up with for the ultimate TVHC party. My party boy loved looking at all the ideas with me and would often crawl onto my lap and ask if we could look at things to do for his party.


The first thing to do was create some invitations. Pinterest had a range of invites but I decided to do my own thing. I designed a leaf shaped card base and insert with all the particulars and then we used a hot glue gun, pom poms and felt to create our own little TVHC to sit on top of each one.


Setting the Scene

I wanted to copy the candy buffet craze so travelled down that path in terms of table and food layout. Here are a few pics of the end result.


I got loads of my inspiration from Kayla Danelle’s blog, which I found via Pinterest. If you visit her blog, you’ll notice that I virtually copied her Happy Birthday banner exactly because it was so darn cute! As a Stampin’ Up! demo, I fortunately have heaps of cardstock laying around in different colours. I also used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Autumn Accents Bigz die (for the little leaves), adhesives and hemp twine (retired). I found the images for the food labels here at Make It Cozee and there are loads more printables there as well. The font didn’t quite suit my scheme so I re-made them a little. I used the Windows framelits from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the label and background dots. They are either adhered to glass jars or I adhered toothpicks to them and made little label picks.

I fell in love with the little glass jars (Kayla Danelle) and after a big search for similar glass or plastic jars, settled on these from The Little Big Company here in Melbourne. I also purchased the straws, lollipops and bamboo forks from there. You may not be able to see the printing on the forks. I stamped the handles with “but he was still hungry” using some more trusty Stampin’ Up! products.


OK, so here’s where people think I went a little crazy. I had a brilliant idea to make my boys TVHC t-shirts, each with their age matching food on them. So here are my little misters, DS5, DS2 & DS1 in their 5 oranges, 2 pears and 1 apple t-shirts.

Aww, aren’t they just the cutest??


Next up was cake time. I had such fun making this cake. It was inspired by 2 different cakes on Pinterest – neither of which I could find the original source so apologies creators, I can’t link to you 😦

I changed it a little because neither Pinterest cake (or any I could find for that matter) had all the caterpillar’s food included and once I was on a roll, I just couldn’t stop until I had made it all. The cake was a bit of a challenge because I normally make wedding cakes with roll-out fondant but what 5 year old wants to eat that?? So, I went the buttercream route and wasn’t quite perfect to say the least. I love that you can see my wedding cake inspired cascade of food items down the tiers, just as I have done with flowers in the past.

It started raining a little so please excuse the little shiny drops of water. Sugar-crafted food doesn’t like rain very much!


The party bags were a little something extra to take home and I wanted them to fit the theme too. Of course after TVHC had his fill of food, he turned into a beautiful butterfly. So I made a basic toddler craft, paper towel butterflies with a peg centre which obviously not only suited the theme but could hold the bag closed as well.


I wanted the party bags to contain fun as opposed to just another handful of sugar, so I included a DIY playdough TVHC kit (also inspired by Kayla Danelle). I was so happy when I found out that my little neices had spent the rest of the day making little caterpillars!


Last but definitely not least is probably my favourite party thing of all. I had been itching to use these little skinny treat bags from Stampin’ Up! and was thinking of doing something for Christmas but didn’t want to do the usual old thing. Solution: turn them into caterpillars for the party. Being Christmas, I was lucky to get a giant tub of perfectly coloured red and green m&m’s and went to work. The googly eyes are self adhesive and are from Stampin’ Up! and look to retire at the end of Jan 😦 I’ve already stocked up on a few packets ‘cos they are oh so handy!

Too gosh darn cute for words!


If you’ve read this far, I salute you! I hope you’ve been inspired and are already planning the fun caterpillar-y things you’ll create for your little one’s special day!


Happy crafting,

Jess x

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