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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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!


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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Fa La La and a (temporary) Farewell

I’m back for the final instalment of the CASEing the Catty challenge for 2014. It’s been great fun and to finish it all off, we’re not really CASEing at all! This fortnight’s challenge is a colour challenge based on the Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape in the holiday catalogue. The colours to use are Basic Black, Marina Mist, Old Olive and Real Red. Hmmm, not really my favourite collection of colours for Christmas. Time to think outside the box…

fa la la la la colour challenge for CTC. Details @

… yep, not so much stamping.

I love mixing things up and ever since I saw Jane Lee create some hot glue words on one of last year’s Artisan blog hops, I knew I had to try it someday. So here they are. Just heat up your glue gun and start writing straight onto your Silicone Craft Sheet. Once the glue has set and cooled, they’ll just peel straight off the silicone. Now they’re ready to colour. I used Cherry Cobbler blendabilities. OK, I know the challenge uses Real Red but because there are 3 shades of Cherry blendies, you can choose the lighter shades to pull off a Real Red. WIN!

In the end, I actually did CASE a card layout from the holiday catalogue (the Christmas Cheer card on page 14 for those playing along).

I hope you play along with us one last time in 2014. Check out the inspiration at I can’t wait to see what the rest of the design team came up with in these colours.








Card-in-a-box Crazy! – part two

Welcome to part two of my card-in-a-box blog. I’m so excited to share my Angry Birds card-in-a-box which I made for my now Mr 4’s birthday. He has a love of all things Angry Birds and I knew he would just love a special card for his birthday. I began the process by making some punch art Angry Birds. I visited a couple of different blogs for inspiration (Niki Toll & Ros Davidson) but had to make a few tweaks as my little Angry Bird lovers insist that they have the correct amount of crest and tail feathers etc. (how do they even know??). I even created my own Stella bird as I couldn’t find one and was very impressed with myself because I am NOT a punch artist!

After the birds and pigs were created, I could get an idea of what size my box needed to be. It’s quite large. I used two A4 sheets for this card and it’s about 14cm (5.5″) square. I then got to creating a background and built a ‘level’ of blocks for the piggies. These blocks were adhered to a window sheet which gave it some strength and allowed it to stand upright without having to be attached to the backing piece. After that it was just a matter of adhering the birds and slingshot and deciding that one of the blues would be mid air (thanks to a piece of window sheet). In fact, the hardest part of the whole process was deciding on which designer series paper would suit the card best for the box flaps. I was so pleased that the best fit were papers from the I Am Me pack which is my favourite in this year’s catalogue.


I’m pleased to report that he loved it. Phew!

Jess x