Christmas Tags and… CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re scoping out all the gift tags in the Holiday Catalogue. There are loads in there so that should make it easy to choose one right? Well, not so in my case. There are so many cute tags to choose from and in the end I changed my mind several times before settling on the most unconventional one.

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I was late to the party with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Christmas Greetings thinlits but I kept seeing such lovely creations that I treated myself to the bundle recently. I love the samples for this bundle and I am quite a fan of the crafty/rustic star tag.

So I grabbed a nice stick and my trusty Gold Metallic Thread and went about creating my star structure. It was actually quite easy and I didn’t even secure my thread, just wrapped it enough times and in different directions to prevent it from unravelling.

I decided to recreate the sample so used vellum, Gold Foil, Gold Glitter ribbon and stars to embellish the star. Here’s my finished rustic star tag.

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I just love how it turned out. So pretty!

Next I decided to change it up a little and create a similar tag in traditional Christmas colours.

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OK, so I’m a massive fan of gold at Christmas but this project has got me thinking about a red and green Christmas this year. So gorgeous!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tags. Want more inspiration? Make your way around all the CASEing the Catty blog hop participants, starting with Julia Quinn, or click here to see a full list of blog hoppers.

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Jess x

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Even more #GDP004

I loved CASEing Louise’s card so much for the Global Design Project design team, I decided to do it again when I made some tags for orders yesterday. I always attach a personalised tag to customer’s order bags from workshops and this week, the orders arrived from my Create Your Christmas event.

I decided that Louise’s original wreath was pretty perfect so I went about copying most of her ideas but changed up the colour combo. I used the same stamp set, Wondrous Wreath and the colours, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Real Red for a Christmas colour combo. I added gold glitter to the tags as well just like Louise did in her original card. After all the stamping, I added some Real Red berries using my Stampin’ Write Marker. There is a stamp with berries on it but I decided I wanted mine to be super fine and delicate – just a tiny pop of red against the blue.

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I mounted the wreath on a tag cut from Whispaer White cardstock using the Lots of Labels framelits and added a sweet Real Red heart to the centre. Some Gold Cording Trim (guess who will be going through about 50 rolls of this stuff this festive season – I ADORE it!) finishes off the tag.

Here they are all ready to deliver.

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I hope you’ve already had the opportunity to join in on the GDP fun this week. Perhaps you’ve already done it twice like I have. Here’s a reminder of the challenge this week. You can also click on the picture for more details and inspiration!

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Jess x

 

 

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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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Christmas Stars and… CASEing the Catty

If you’ve got your hands on the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, you’ll recognise my project today. This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re featuring all the brand new papers in the catalogue. I’ve always been a fan of papers. Different colours, textures, weights, patterns. I thought there was no better project in the catalogue to showcase papers than the Christmas stars featured on page 22.

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This catalogue was ‘unveiled’ at Stampin’ Up!’s US convention a few months ago and one of the wonderful staff demonstrated how to create the stars. It’s really very simple.

I started with two 6″x6″ pieces of paper. Fold each of them half (to make a rectangle), unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half again. Unfold. Fold in half diagonally as well from corner to corner, and then repeat for the other corners.

Then cut a small slit 3cm (or 1 1/4″) up each of the four straight edge folds (NOT the diagonal folds). Fold from the slit into the centre of the diagonal fold and repeat for the other side, making a kite shape at each corner. Repeat for all corners. Now apply some glue to one half of the ‘kite’. Overlap the second half kite and adhere to the top. Once you’ve done this for all four corners, you’ll have made one half of the star.

Simply repeat this process for the second sheet of paper and adhere them together.

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I decided to make three stars in different types of paper.

The first uses the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. I love vellum and I love the plaid look the overlapped pieces add to the star as well. Vellum can be difficult to adhere because you can often see the adhesive through it but I find the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen works really well.

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The next star features traditional weight designer series paper. I used the retro/vintage Home for Christmas DSP. Let me tell you, this pack is just gorgeous. It was SO hard to decide which sheet to use.

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Finally I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to use the lighter weight envelope paper. It has a beautiful texture and I love the way it turned out.

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I’ve really only just scratched the surface with these stars of mine. You could try all sorts of papers! A gold one for the top of your tree? Baby size stars as tree ornaments? Use embossing folders or scoreboard to add texture to plain paper. The possibilities are just about endless. I’d love to see these start popping up all over the place. Don’t forget to try them out and join in with the CASEing the Catty Crew. If you Instagram, let me know you’ve had a go at creating them and tag @thepapercaper!

Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful Alison Barclay. If you’ve missed someone and need to go back, visit Monique Fielder or head to HQ for a full list of blog hoppers.

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Jess x

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Lighthearted Trees

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In every catalogue there’s a stamp set that at first doesn’t scream my name but usually by the time it comes to order, I think I need it, so I order it and then I can’t stop thinking about creating with it and it becomes a favourite. Lighthearted Leaves is that set for me in the Holiday Catalogue. I thought I liked it for a while and then I thought some more and I KNEW I liked it.

I like to make stamp sets and tools work hard for me. I like them to have more purpose than perhaps what they were originally designed for. So in today’s post, Lighthearted Leaves is going Christmassy.

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I started with a graduating wash of Mossy Meadow watercolour on Shimmery White cardstock. I then used the ‘leaf’ stamp that I think looks like a tree anyway in Mossy Meadow on top. Next I added some decorations but kept it simple and in the same style as the leaf/tree. I simply used my Real Red marker (fine tip end) and drew some small red decorations or perhaps they are berries? Next my Fine Tip Glue pen added some dimension and gloss, Crystal Effects style.

Anyone that follows my blog will know that I am NOT a sentiments type person. Most of my cards don’t even have one – I just like it better without. BUT, sometimes you need one and this was one of those times. Most of the sentiments that came with the sets I chose from this year’s catalogue referred to winter or snow etc, which just does not apply in this neck of the woods. My eye caught the Noel from Happy Scenes and I thought it would be cute with something. A quick Google tells me that Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas in French, and everything is more classy in French, right?

I used my trusty Alphabet Rotary stamp for the ‘Joyeux’ and made them into little flags and paired them with a bright Real Red ribbon.

And then I made lots… for swaps… because it’s nice to share ideas.

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If you’re following along the ESAD blog hop, you’ll have arrrived from the amazing Delys Cram and next you’ll want to click on and visit Lou Kitzelman – enjoy!

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“What is ESAD?” – I hear you ask

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Libby Dyson
2. Paula Reid
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Carly Middleton
5. Rachael Lewsley
6. Narelle Fasulo
7. Emily Campbell
8. Emma Palonek
9. Jo Weedon
10. Rebecca Scurr
11. Andrea Buckland
12. Rochelle Blok
13. Kathryn Ruddick
14. Monique Fielder
15. Bernie Collins
16. Liv Ingle
17. Sally Williams
18. Ria Kaire
19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams <– You are here

21. Lou Kitzelman
22. Barbara Williams
23. Kelly Kent
24.  Jenny Hayward

 

Jess x

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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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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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Note: Holiday Catalogue supplies are available to order from 1 September 2015

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