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.


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.


Jess x

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Watercolour Lovely

I’ve cheated a little in today’s post. I haven’t done too much crafting in the last week as I’ve been putting things back in order after the craftermath of my big open house event A Day of Creativi-tea. It was fab but has taken a few days to recover!

I’d been itching a little to get back to creating and the other night I needed to make a quick encouragement card for a lovely friend. I decided to CASE myself and create something similar to the cards I’d made for the Creativi-tea make & take. I’m still on the watercolour wagon though and wanted to get a bit inky and artsy with it. I used my acylic block and markers to create the background and mounted my background on a Crumb Cake notecard. Love those little guys for super quick cards and envelopes.

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Purty! I then prettied up the envelope with some hand lettering and oh-so trendy hand drawn laurel wreath pieces.

And what do you know? The good folk over at TGIF Challenges have a watercolour challenge this week. You should have a go and enter too 🙂

tgifc06Happy creating, and giving, and encouraging!

Jess x


Sneaky Sprinkles & Catty CASEing

Happy (almost) New Catalogue! At CASEing the Catty this week, we’re counting down until the official release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue by giving you a sneak peek of some of our new favourite products.

I’ve used the stamp set which I predict will be the biggest seller this year. Big call? Maybe, but this set is special. The set is called Sprinkles of Life and is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 from the purchase of a particular stamp set to RMHC. Sprinkles of Life is THE most versatile stamp set ever. Plus there’s also a coordinating punch to make things even easier.

Here are some of the samples I’ve made so far. And I’ve only stopped because I need to get this blog post up but I could keep going for days. There are that many possibilities. So enjoy!

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What do you think? It is a WINNER of a stamp set. I predict you’ll have one in your collection by next month 😉

To get your fill of some more sneaky peeky inspiration, head over to the lovely Alison Barclay’s blog, or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a complete list of bloggers in this hop.


Jess x

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A bye bye blog hop


Today’s blog hop is brought to you by the annual Stampin’ Up! retirement list. It’s a beauty this year. There are literally loads of stamp sets, tools and accessories at 50%. I can’t remember a more discounted list than this one which is great news for you! To view retiring stamp sets, click here. To view retiring tools and accessories, click here.

A few of my teammates and I thought we should share with you some of our favourite products that we’re sad to see retire… and hopefully convince you that you should give them a forever home.

My first project uses no fewer than 5 stamp sets! I know – I even impressed myself. As sometimes happens, I had a crazy idea and then had to make it happen. So here it is…

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...

Cute, right? When I started the projects for this blog hop I was staring at a pile of stamp sets I’d put aside that were retiring. There were so many I wanted to use, especially the Make Note Rotary stamp which I think is so underrated! I love the little row of ‘nerd’ glasses and had the sudden thought to put them on something. My eye caught the little bunny in Baby We’ve Grown and that was that. A quick Google gave me a suitable ‘nerd quote’ and I was off. Dictionary was the perfect background stamp for this one and I used Hip Notes and the Simply Serif Alphabet for the text. Many of these items are discounted so check out the images and links below to take advantage.

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...


Retiring Products


My next projects are very different. I wanted to showcase another underrated product – Canvas Creations. I haven’t seen many projects made with it but I love it! Watercolouring and dipped projects are so trendy so I wanted to create something along those lines. I cut some canvas and mixed myself some water and Strawberry Slush re-inker in a small bucket. Then it was just a case of dipping the bottom of my canvas tag into the dyed water. I took it out, dried it with my heat tool to speed up the drying process and then repeated several times until I had the desired effect.

I added some gold ink (can you believe that’s retiring??) spots with a sponge dauber and then stamped on my ‘hello’ sentiment with versamark. I then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heated it. It didn’t work brilliantly I’ll admit, but it does have a small amount of sparkle.

To finish, I attached it to a large kraft box with cotton ribbon (the one you can stamp on). Pretty!

Strawberry Slush dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/ Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hi There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Cotton ribbon...

Well that turned out well so I repeated with Coastal Cabana dye. I dipped using the same process as above but this time I flipped the tag over and noticed that the coated side was more vibrant so I decided to feature that side this time. I used the divine Hello There hostess stamp set for the sentiment and the little flower from the set for the spots. This time, the gold ink really shone in contrast to the fabric side I’d used above. This stuff is so versatile and it’s 50% off! Yahoo! At less than $3.50 per pack, you really should get yourself some!!!

This time around I used it on a smaller kraft gift box, along with some Lost Lagoon ribbon.

Coastal Cabana dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/ Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hello There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Lost Lagoon ribbon...

Here they are solo…

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And it doesn’t stop here! You can also use Canvas Creations on cards! Here’s the same tag turned into a card…

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Have I convinced you yet? I think I’ve convinced myself to buy about 10 packets!

Here are the supply links for these projects. Note: Coastal Cabana re-inker has already sold out. Try Pool Party for a similar result.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration! Don’t stop here though. Click here to hop over to the lovely Simone who no doubt has something amazing to inspire as well.

Happy hopping (and bargain shopping)!

Jess x

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Blendabilities & Blooms… & CASEing the Catty

This week over at CASEing the Catty Challenges, we’re being inspired by the sample card on page 18 of the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue. It uses both framelits and Blendabilities and our challenge is to use both of those products to create our own card or project.

I have to admit that this one stumped me a little. Maybe it’s because there’s so much choice. At any rate, I knew which framelit I wanted to use because it’s my very, very favourite but I got stuck on the stamp set. The only ‘Blendabilties’ intended stamp set I have is Blended Bloom and I feel like I’ve done that too many times now. I wanted something fresh. I remembered that instead of using a stamp and ink, you can actually use Blendabilities with printer ink without it bleeding, opening up a whole world of new opportunity. I opened My Digital Studio (MDS) and browsed for flowers. This brings up all the flower stamps I have installed in my program. When I saw it, I knew what it was going to be. The lovely bloom from the Bouquet Toss stamp set. In MDS, I had the invitation version of this stamp set which is called ‘Always & Forever Invitation Template’.

Note: Did you know that MDS downloads are super cheap? My Always & Forever Invitation Template cost just $3.50 (less my demonstrator discount) and of course there are no shipping charges! Even if you don’t have the super cheap MDS program (@ $24.95 how can you go wrong?), you can use the download images and templates in any design program that can read .svg files. AWESOME!

I resized the flower to the size I wanted (another bonus of digital design) and then printed onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I set about colouring them with Blendabilities. I couldn’t decide which colour set to use so I did several versions. Two were smaller and one was quite large because I wanted it to be a big, over-the-top feature.

I used the ever reliable Typsest DSP (can you even make a bad card with this stuff?), vellum and because it’s something I’ve made, it of course uses Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock and stitching 🙂

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I love the kraft, Basic Black and Very Vanilla combo so I used the same combination for the next card. Just changed things up a little…

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And then, because I wanted to mix things up a little more, I used a Petite Cafe Gift Bag (swoon) to create a gift with my larger bloom.

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @’ve made a pact with myself to no longer store or hoard 3D projects and gift bags and boxes so it’s already been filled up with choccies and gifted to a special friend.

So what do you think? Get out your Blendies and start colouring some digi images. Seriously, even if you don’t get MDS (which you should), you can find a million images by just Googling and printing! Don’t have Blendies? Did you know that you can earn them for FREE until the end of March? Click on the Sale-A-Bration catalogue link on the right –> to find out the details.

Short on time? You can purchase the red bloom card from my Etsy store and have it shipped anywhere in the world!

Oh, and… make sure you don’t forget to drop by our challenge blog and check out the rest of the design team inspiration and play along.

Jess x

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Honeycomb Heart Happy Mail

Today’s blog project may seem familiar to you if you’re a follower of my blog or Facebook page. I’ve re-created a project that I made in August for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Our larger Stampin’ Up! team regularly run mail swaps where you can sign up, create the same project for swap participants and then send them off. In return, you receive lots of happy mail, a project from each swap participant. It’s a lot of fun and much nicer than just receiving bills all the time!

The swap theme for October was CASEing the Annual Catalogue (fancy that) so we were to select a favourite project from the catalogue samples and recreate it. I chose one of my favourites because I loved how it turned out for the challenge and I wanted to create some for the other girls. This time, rather than changing the project sample from a card to a box, I kept it as a card. Cheaper and easier to post and just as much WOW (I hope)!

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And here they are! It was a little bit of work (you may recall it involved cutting mini glue dots into quarters) but I think it will be worth it when they open their mail. Because they are 3D, I dad have to send them with the hearts closed and some little instructions but as they’re all fellow demos, I think they can handle it.

Click here to view my original gift box blog post for a link to the tutorial I used.






P.S. Wanna join the swapping fun plus get a FREE paper pack every month for 6 months? Click here to find out more 🙂

Artistic Expression… while I’m CASEing the Catty

I’ve loved the notebook Flower Patch project on page 155 (South Pacific catalogue) since I first saw it. The project inspired me to make a gift for a friend that included a block of chocolate. I used my wonderful envelope punch board to create a custom size box and then set out to decorate.

Not having the strip[ey mask at the time of creating my project, I improvised with a sponge dauber and white craft ink. They give a not-so-perfect touch hich is a little more my style anyway.

Having done that, I just CASEd the rest of the project fairly closely and just swapped the LOVE letters over for my friend’s name.

I just love the way it turned out.




I decided that I needed a matching gift card and CASEd a card from Chloe Evans using the Flower Patch set. Pictures to come!

I hope she liked it as much as I did.