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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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.

Thinking of you in Winter I Stampin' Up! Hapy Scenes, Hearth & Home window thinlits I CASEing the Catty I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsThinking of you in Winter I Stampin' Up! Hapy Scenes, Hearth & Home window thinlits I CASEing the Catty I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

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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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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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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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..

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

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!

DIY quote card featuring Dr Seuss for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

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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Ribbons and wreaths and… CASEing the Catty

Welcome to the last spot on this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop. You’ve probably gathered by now (unless you’re starting here, in which case you’ll find links to keep hopping at the bottom) that we’re featuring cards from the Christmas section of the catalogue. This week has been a bit exciting for us Stampin’ Up! demos as we’ve all just seen the brand new Holiday catalogue which will be available to order from in September.

Spoiler alert – If you want to find some sneaky peeks, I suggest searching #inspirecreateshare2015 and you just might stumble across some exciting pics from the recent US convention where it was all unveiled. BUT, you should do that after you’ve finished our hop. Don’t get too excited and leave me 😦

It’s a bit crazy thinking about Christmas now, unless you’re doing a Christmas in July event, but time does tend to fly so why not start thinking about your Christmas cards in advance. If you make them early, it’ll remove a little bit of stress from the busy end of the year.

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I decided to CASE a card from page 72 but even though I love Wondrous Wreath, after seeing all the new goodies, it seems so ‘last year’! I decided to change up my wreath and use a non-Chrsitmas set. Yep, it’s back again – Timeless Love. I do recall saying it would feature heavily on my blog this year. It is totally adorbs. So I stamped the spray twice making a wreath, lining it up with my trusty stamp-a-majig. Then I coloured. Red and Green of course, or more accurately, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke. It reminded me a little more of Australian native flowers than the holly and ivy that says ‘traditional Christmas’. Instead of the chalkboard centre featured in the sample, I went with burlap to add to the native, Aussie bush feel. A sentiment stamped on veluum went over the top of the burlap and a sparkling, festive silver ribbon finished it off.

Timeless Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auTimeless Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Happy counting down until Christmas! 146 days to go!

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Jess x

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