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…

Annual15_p179_b And here’s my finished project…

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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.


Jess x

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Love & Sympathy

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re looking at the Love and Sympathy section. Cards we love to make and cards that are not so fun but still touch others and show we care. Of course, just because a sample card is featured in this section, it doesn’t mean it has to be for love or sympathy. Simply change up a stamp set and it’s a Happy Birthday card instead!

As I’ve mentioned, one of my new favourite sets is Timeless Love. It’s just beautiful and I jumped at the chance to showcase it again this week. Despite loving all the catalogue samples featuring the set, I’ve opted to adapt a different card instead. The sample project is featured on page 29 and looks like this…


Two words. Pink stripes. I’m sold.

I also love the colour combo on this card and had an idea to combine the Timeless Love wreath with the doily. Once I got started, I found the Melon Mambo ink was a little too candy for my liking so I changed to Rose Red. I watercoloured all the flowers in the wreath in varying shades using this one ink colour. I took the Mint Macaron from the sample and used it for the wreath leaves and because I knew I’d be using the Sahara Sand Lace Trim, I used Sahara Sand ink for the flower centres. Initially I watercoloured the stripes in Rose Red but it was just too much so I opted for Sahara Sand instead. Clearly I cheated a bit and made my own background but you could use the English Garden DSP featured in the sample.

In the end my finished card was quite different but I think the sketch remains in tact.

Timeless Love & Sympathy for CASEing the Catty. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, StazOn and VersaMark inks...

Yep. I can’t get enough of this stamp set. You’d better stay tuned for more Timeless Love in the future!

Need more Love & Sympathy inspiration? Keep hopping along the blog hop to Stasia Sloma or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of participants.

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Jess x

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More Timeless Love projects…

Timeless watercolour Love for EurekaStampers blog hop. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Calypso Coral seam binding, Everyday Chic washi tape, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks...

My (husband’s) Best Friend’s Wedding

I LOVE a wedding but there’s something SO scary about creating the perfect wedding card. And, as a cardmaker, you have to make it yourself because, a) you think handmade cards are better than store bought anyway, and b) you think the recipient will be offended if you didn’t put in the effort to make it. Maybe that’s just me. This wedding was a special one. My husband is a groomsman and has known the groom since high school, I worked with him for a time many years ago and he was one of our groomsmen. The pressure was on to make a pretty perfect card.

I took my inspiration from the wedding invite, because that’s just what you do right? Fortunately for me, it was just my style. The invite (and wedding) was a modern rustic theme (think beautiful flowers, lace, burlap, bunting and kraft) and was quite simple with black printing on kraft and some vanilla baker’s twine wrapped around it.

I wanted to imitate it a little and knew I wanted to use the gorgeous blooms from the Always & Forever invitation template on MDS (the one I used with Blendabilities in my last post). I cropped the particular blooms I liked and then exported them into Photoshop to enable me to mask and create a transparent background. I then arranged them how I wanted them and printed onto Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I think I may have an addiction to this product).

The Burlap Ribbon was perfect when paired with my favourite Venetian crochet trim and to make it a little more special, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit on the burlap. I wrapped this around my cardstock and finished it off with linen thread, a Very Vintage Designer Button and a little punched heart.

Rustic/vintage wedding card. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: kraft, MDS, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Very Vintage Designer Button, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Linen Thread

Because I made the card a unique size, I created a matching envelope for it using my Envelope Punch Board and obviously they were special friends because I used most of a sheet of my favourite Typeset DSP for an envelope liner!

Here are a few more snaps from the wedding…

Beautiful bouquets created by one of the bridesmaids


The glorious vineyard where the ceremoney and reception were held


My love and I…



And in awesome news… I was so thrilled with how the card turned out that I’ve since whipped up several more (in a standard size) and have added them to my Etsy store for you to give to the special bride and groom (or engaged couple, or your love) in your life. If you’d prefer to recreate mine, you can just purchase the supplies from my Stampin’ Up! store.

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 🙂

Honeycomb Hearts… and Caseing the Catty

This week at we’re CASEing the weddings section of the catalogue. I chose to CASE the card on page 67 (South Pacific catalogue) but I don’t own the Flower Shop stamp set or Pansy punch. Instead I decided to use the brand new Sweetheart punch with Gold Soiree designer series paper as the colours in that are similar to the project, except the Soft Sky. I had an idea for the centre feature heart and that was to create a honeycomb heart. Honeycomb balls are everywhere in decorating and I figured there must be a way to DIY. Thanks to my good friend Google, I came across this blog post which showed how to do it for a Christmas ornament. I just adapted the instructions to my much smaller heart. This did involve cutting glue dots into quarters – yep, I’m committed to the cause!

I decided to change the card to a box just for something different and decided to put the base colour underneath the acetate sleeve. This way you can change the base colour to anything you like! The top features are stuck to the acetate sleeve and will slide off when the recipient opens the gift box.

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Did you notice that i did NOT use sequins?? Although I was very tempted, the sample used candy dots so I thought I’d do the same. I coloured in Very Vanilla dots with my Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker to match the rest of the gold.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘weddings’ gift box. Make sure you check out the other inspiration at and maybe even play along with us!