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.

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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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#GDP002 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

Wow, wow, wow! What a huge response we had to the first Global Design Team challenge. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful ideas, projects and comments. We are so thrilled that so many of you could join in with us. If you missed out, here’s another opportunity to jump on in.

This week at GDP, we have a sketch challenge for you to try. I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favourite and the easiest challenges I think. Just choose your stamps and colours and away you go.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I by Jessica WilliamsHere is my version…

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

I decided to replace the feature circle with a big stamp and it’s been a long time since I inked up Blended Bloom. I also love playing around with watercolour and all of Stampin’ Up!’s specialty papers. This week I decided to try watercolouring on filter paper. As it’s very absorbant, I heat embossed the image first in order to help the ink stop where I wanted it to. Then I used my smallest paintbrush and the very beautiful Blackberry Bliss ink (why do I always fall in love with the In Colors in the year that they will retire?) to watercolour each petal. It’s best if you go one at a time. I regularly sped up the process by using my heat tool so as to stop the colours running. It also helps stop accidental colour coming through from the scratch paper you’re working on top of because this WILL get colour on it that seeps through the filter paper.

Once finished, I went about putting together the rest of the elements from the sketch. I used the new wide Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes ribbon as my rectangle and used Gold Cording Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon as my accents. The flower, once cut out was beautiful and delicate but I wanted it to stand out off the page so I made three more un-coloured versions, but still heat embossed in gold, and used them as a sort of petticoat.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams#GDP002 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

I finished off by adding a simple Vanilla and Black insert on the inside to match the front.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Make sure you visit all the rest of the international design team for inspiration and then play along youself. Add a photo of your project on the GDP website to share your creativity with us.

Note: Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play? Last week we had entries that were linked to Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers member galleries as well as blogs. So what are you waiting for?


Jess x

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Artistic Expression… while I’m CASEing the Catty

I’ve loved the notebook Flower Patch project on page 155 (South Pacific catalogue) since I first saw it. The project inspired me to make a gift for a friend that included a block of chocolate. I used my wonderful envelope punch board to create a custom size box and then set out to decorate.

Not having the strip[ey mask at the time of creating my project, I improvised with a sponge dauber and white craft ink. They give a not-so-perfect touch hich is a little more my style anyway.

Having done that, I just CASEd the rest of the project fairly closely and just swapped the LOVE letters over for my friend’s name.

I just love the way it turned out.




I decided that I needed a matching gift card and CASEd a card from Chloe Evans using the Flower Patch set. Pictures to come!

I hope she liked it as much as I did.