Christmas Stars and… CASEing the Catty

If you’ve got your hands on the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, you’ll recognise my project today. This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re featuring all the brand new papers in the catalogue. I’ve always been a fan of papers. Different colours, textures, weights, patterns. I thought there was no better project in the catalogue to showcase papers than the Christmas stars featured on page 22.


This catalogue was ‘unveiled’ at Stampin’ Up!’s US convention a few months ago and one of the wonderful staff demonstrated how to create the stars. It’s really very simple.

I started with two 6″x6″ pieces of paper. Fold each of them half (to make a rectangle), unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half again. Unfold. Fold in half diagonally as well from corner to corner, and then repeat for the other corners.

Then cut a small slit 3cm (or 1 1/4″) up each of the four straight edge folds (NOT the diagonal folds). Fold from the slit into the centre of the diagonal fold and repeat for the other side, making a kite shape at each corner. Repeat for all corners. Now apply some glue to one half of the ‘kite’. Overlap the second half kite and adhere to the top. Once you’ve done this for all four corners, you’ll have made one half of the star.

Simply repeat this process for the second sheet of paper and adhere them together.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I by Jessica Williams

I decided to make three stars in different types of paper.

The first uses the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. I love vellum and I love the plaid look the overlapped pieces add to the star as well. Vellum can be difficult to adhere because you can often see the adhesive through it but I find the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen works really well.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I by Jessica Williams

The next star features traditional weight designer series paper. I used the retro/vintage Home for Christmas DSP. Let me tell you, this pack is just gorgeous. It was SO hard to decide which sheet to use.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I by Jessica Williams

Finally I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to use the lighter weight envelope paper. It has a beautiful texture and I love the way it turned out.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I by Jessica Williams

I’ve really only just scratched the surface with these stars of mine. You could try all sorts of papers! A gold one for the top of your tree? Baby size stars as tree ornaments? Use embossing folders or scoreboard to add texture to plain paper. The possibilities are just about endless. I’d love to see these start popping up all over the place. Don’t forget to try them out and join in with the CASEing the Catty Crew. If you Instagram, let me know you’ve had a go at creating them and tag @thepapercaper!

Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful Alison Barclay. If you’ve missed someone and need to go back, visit Monique Fielder or head to HQ for a full list of blog hoppers.


Jess x

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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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