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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Creating for Friends… while I’m CASEing the Catty

After a small hiatus, I’m back for another week of CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. This week, we’re CASEing the Card Giving section which is just huge with so many samples to choose from. This week my projects were also used at a recent workshop which was based around the Little Letters Framelits. I wanted to showcase their versatility so ended up making four cards, each with a different twist on the original sample.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

The closest to the catty sample (page 125 South Pacific Catalogue) is the card on the bottom left. It features window sheets and confetti, making it a shaker card. I then made some similar cards using the ‘confetti’ designer series paper sheet from the Gold Soiree pack (top left) and also some strips of coordinating washi tape from the Sweet Sadie and Watercolour Wonder packs (bottom right). The card on the top right was inspired by fellow demo Rachel van Rij who demonstrated this technique at our annual convention in May. I’d been dying to try it ever since. The rest of the card was cased from page 124 of the catty. Do I get double points??

Now when one has a coordinating collection of cards, one has to make a coordinating gift box, right? My gift box was inspired by Teneale Williams and used one of the Tag a Bag gift boxes. A bit of slicing and dicing the acetate sleeve results in a ‘lid’ for the cards. Too cute.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

I had a happy accident (love those) while making this where the letters didn’t actually fall out of the thicker kraft box like they do with cardstock so I left them in for another different technique with the Little Letters Framelits.

And here they all are together..

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaperNow to find the perfect friend to gift them to – the best part!

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You Sparkle… and I’m CASE-ing the Catty

I’ve got some exciting news! As of today, I’m part of the design team for a brand new challenge blog called CASE-ing the Catty. The Stampin’ Up! catalogue is choc full of brilliant ideas and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and this new challenge was created to encourage you to use this amazing resource to a greater potential. I love to CASE (both the catalogue and other paper-crafters) and I also love that not only is this ok in the world of paper-craft, but it’s encouraged. It’s fabulous to create and share with others – it’s what it’s all about!

Our very first challenge is to CASE a project from the Gift & Packaging section of the catalogue. How awesome that we begin with my favourite section! It was quite difficult to narrow down which project to choose so in the end I chose two and merged them together to make a hybrid ‘baby’ – lol. My chosen projects were the ‘Love You’ confetti bag on page 10 (South Pacific catalogue) and the Gold Sequin Trim on Calypso Coral gift box on page 15. I’m certain regular readers of my blog could have picked the sequin trim project!

Here’s my baby…

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CASE-ing the Catty Challenges #1. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Hope you come and play along with us at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogpot.com 🙂

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