Happy Hearth & Home… and CASEing the Catty

Surprise! The CASEing the Catty blog hop has now moved to Sunday nights. We hope that gives you a more relaxed time of hopping through the inspiration from the design team. As always though, we would love you to join in. All you need to do is CASE (Copy And Share Everything) a project sample from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, share it on your blog/Pinterest etc and post your URL in the comments here. We’ll then add you in to the official hop!

This week, we’re focusing on the Home for Christmas suite through to page 21 of the Holiday Catalogue. One of my favourite catalogue samples is part of this section so it wasn’t hard to choose what to CASE this week.

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So pretty. I just love this colour combo for Christmas. It’s also a shaker card, containing Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the snow!

I kept mine very similar but did change the image for the even more wintery one from the Happy Scenes stamp set. There’s a sentiment in that set that says ‘Happy Winter’. I’m sure there must be some out there that love winter but I am not one of them. In fact, I struggle with winter. I struggle with the grey, the constant drizzle, the lack of sunlight and the cold. Oh, the cold!

So, I decided that this week I’m dedicating my card to all of you winter strugglers in the Northern Hemisphere. While I’m beginning to enjoy the glorious spring sunshine, I know you’re heading into winter time and some of you are dreading it. I know how you feel. I’m with you!

So instead of making a true Christmas card, mine says, Thinking of You. Because I am.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my version of the catalogue sample. For more inspiration, head on over to visit Elizabeth Gross or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

P.S. If you’re a winter struggler and you need an extra pick up, check out this quote by Hal Borland I prettied up. There’s even a free printable version for you 🙂

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A Simple Open Heart

Lately I’ve been making a big effort to simplify my workshop samples. I’m one who tends to love a more involved project but I’m conscious that many people find this a bit overwhelming, particularly if they’re just new to papercraft.

In the last edition of Stampin’ Up!’s demo magazine Impressions, there were some gorgeous samples featuring one of my favourite stamp sets An Open Heart. I think this set is so underrated and there aren’t that many samples around to inspire so I’m glad Stampin’ Up! featured this set.

I particularly liked this sample…

An Open Heart workshop sample. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: An Open Heart stamp set, Tip, Top Taupe ink and card, VersaMark, White embossing powder...

Emboss resist is such a WOW technique and whilst they suggested it just be a demo only card, I thought my next group of ladies would love to try it so I adjusted it a little to suit my needs and the supplies I had on hand. I chose to feature the new Tip Top Taupe and boy did it impress! I sold a TTT ink pad to almost half the attendees! I also wanted to change the sentiment to a punch as stamping on thin banners is a little daunting for beginners. I also swapped out the washi for a banner simply because I was still waiting on my new washi supplies to arrive. A butterfly embellishment made it a little more feminine.

Here’s our workshop creation…

An Open Heart workshop sample. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: An Open Heart stamp set, Tip, Top Taupe ink and card, VersaMark, White embossing powder...

It’s simple and sweet. Exactly what I was aiming for.

Jess x

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More “An Open Heart” projects…

A kraft-y Open Heart. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Kraft 12" x 12", An Open Heart stamp set, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Typeset DSP, Sweet Sadie washi, Very Vintage buttonCASEing Connie Collins. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auSimple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...

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.

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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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. 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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays! Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

Cards for Christmas… and CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty Challenges, the theme is ‘cards from the Holiday Catalogue’. Simply choose a favourite card project sample and copy! It was a no brainer for me to CASE this card as the Four Feathers stamp set and framelits were the very first thing I ordered from the catalogue. I love how this card showcases the feathers using different papers and techniques. First I used a striped designer series paper – the sample project used strips of washi tape but I didn’t have that particular tape so used what I had. The second uses glimmer paper – so sparkly. Lastly, the third feather is embossed with Pool Party embossing powder. Simply lay your feather along the edge of your Versamark pad, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. You may need to repeat two or three times to get a super smooth, even coverage.

The other trick I used was to emboss my Vanilla button with Gold embossing powder. I didn’t have any gold buttons so again I improvised. Simply cover the button with Versamark ink, dunk your button into the gold powder and heat.

Four Feathers Catty CASE for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Enjoy CASEing your own card and don’t forget to pop by and join us at CASEing the Catty Challenges!

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Creating for Friends… while I’m CASEing the Catty

After a small hiatus, I’m back for another week of CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. This week, we’re CASEing the Card Giving section which is just huge with so many samples to choose from. This week my projects were also used at a recent workshop which was based around the Little Letters Framelits. I wanted to showcase their versatility so ended up making four cards, each with a different twist on the original sample.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

The closest to the catty sample (page 125 South Pacific Catalogue) is the card on the bottom left. It features window sheets and confetti, making it a shaker card. I then made some similar cards using the ‘confetti’ designer series paper sheet from the Gold Soiree pack (top left) and also some strips of coordinating washi tape from the Sweet Sadie and Watercolour Wonder packs (bottom right). The card on the top right was inspired by fellow demo Rachel van Rij who demonstrated this technique at our annual convention in May. I’d been dying to try it ever since. The rest of the card was cased from page 124 of the catty. Do I get double points??

Now when one has a coordinating collection of cards, one has to make a coordinating gift box, right? My gift box was inspired by Teneale Williams and used one of the Tag a Bag gift boxes. A bit of slicing and dicing the acetate sleeve results in a ‘lid’ for the cards. Too cute.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

I had a happy accident (love those) while making this where the letters didn’t actually fall out of the thicker kraft box like they do with cardstock so I left them in for another different technique with the Little Letters Framelits.

And here they all are together..

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaperNow to find the perfect friend to gift them to – the best part!

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