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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Inspire Create SHARE

It’s Leadership Day of the South Pacific Inspire Create Share convention. Hundereds of SU demos across Australia and New Zealand have flocked to the Gold Coast to learn, create and catch up with friends. Sadly this year, I’m not one of them. Earlier this year I made the decision to quit my job and with school fees to pay, this is just not the year for me. Of course I’m sad but thanks to social media, I still get to be part of the fun and even better, Stampin’ Up! is actually taping and posting videos of this convention online for the first time ever.

Something I do get to be a part of is a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team girls. I posted my swaps to a friend who is at convention, she’ll distribute them for me and send some lovely happy mail back to me.

I had a few week’s notice about the swap and I had a great idea. I tried it out but then had to wait until the Retirement List was released. It only gave me a few days to complete them but I couldn’t really see the point in making something that couldn’t be used in the coming year.

I actually think these swaps are one of the best projects I’ve ever made. I guess that’s a good thing! I should be growing and improving my style right? I think these are totally me! And I should do more of this style. It’s so fun!

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Oh it makes my heart happy just looking at it. I cannot get enough of colour!

The stamp is on window sheet and stamped in White StazOn. This rests over the top of some watercolour paper which I splotched and spritzed with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, coloured ink and water. You have to do one colour at a time to avoid a big brown puddle so i used my heat tool because I’m impatient! When you spritz the next colour, it does revive the other colours a little so you do get just a little blending which is perfect.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. Add your favourite DSP strips and accessories. I jazzed mine up with some pinking shears – gotta stand out from the crowd! I also used just the gold strand from the Gold Baker’s Twine and it wouldn’t be right without some stitching. I used coloured thread for the first time on a card and I’m so glad I did. I think it’s perfect with the rest of the colour.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

I hope my recipients like them and I hope you do too!

You’ll find all the supplies listed below. Don’t forget to check the most discounted Retirement List ever. Stock is limited!

Jess x

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