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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Sneaky Sprinkles & Catty CASEing

Happy (almost) New Catalogue! At CASEing the Catty this week, we’re counting down until the official release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue by giving you a sneak peek of some of our new favourite products.

I’ve used the stamp set which I predict will be the biggest seller this year. Big call? Maybe, but this set is special. The set is called Sprinkles of Life and is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 from the purchase of a particular stamp set to RMHC. Sprinkles of Life is THE most versatile stamp set ever. Plus there’s also a coordinating punch to make things even easier.

Here are some of the samples I’ve made so far. And I’ve only stopped because I need to get this blog post up but I could keep going for days. There are that many possibilities. So enjoy!

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What do you think? It is a WINNER of a stamp set. I predict you’ll have one in your collection by next month 😉

To get your fill of some more sneaky peeky inspiration, head over to the lovely Alison Barclay’s blog, or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a complete list of bloggers in this hop.


Jess x

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Loving the holidays… while I’m CASEing the Catty

We’re enjoying school holidays in my corner of the globe and I love having my little Mr.’s around all day. I’m also enjoying the new Holiday Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! and dreaming of all the lovely things I can create for Christmas this year. The theme this week at CASEing the Catty Challenges is so CASE a tag from the Holiday Catalogue. The concept artists at Stampin’ Up! have given us a large array of samples to choose from, and most are super simple that you could whip up in a minute or two. Very handy for occasions where we give multiple gifts!

I chose a couple of different tags to CASE. The first was based on the black tag from page 28 of the catalogue, but I swapped the stamp set. I’ve also attached it to the new petite cafe gift bags which I just LOVE. They are so cute and I have big plans for some homemade Christmas gifts. Even better, they are totally food safe. Yay!

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My second tag is an almost exact CASE of the Holiday Home tag on page 16. It’s featured on a box made with the gorgeous Under the Tree specialty DSP and the new Gift Box Punch Board.

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Both tags are actually very similar but I was inspired by different projects. I hope you’ve enjoyed them and been inspired to do some creating for yourself. Check out the PDF of the Holiday Catalogue over there –> in the sidebar and don’t forget to visit CASEing the Catty Challenges for more inspiration and to join in!







It’s my birthday and I’ll… CASE the Catty if I want to

Welcome to birthday week at It makes the Type A in me thrilled that challenge Birthday week lined up with my own birthday! Now that you know that little tidbit, you’ll understand why I chose the projects I did to CASE this week.

Am I the only one that LOVES creating party decorations? I don’t think so. These days, most kids are celebrating every birthday with some type of party, be it big or small. I love that Stampin’ Up! makes it so easy to create party essentials so easily that any mum can be a star. There are supplies for making banners, cupcake picks, gorgeous gift wrapping ideas and my personal favourite – lolly bags! Hooray!

This week I was inspired by the lolly bags on page 44 of the (South Pacific) catalogue. I love how Stampin’ Up! have used a creative idea to make their sample bags – inking an embossing folder and stamping with that. I decided to use a similar idea but instead of stamping with an embossing folder, I used the eraser on the end of a pencil. My design was inspired by the stamp set Dotty Angles which is still on my wish list. Not to worry, you can create a similar effect with the pencil eraser. Simply ink it up and dot onto cello bags. To create the same effect, you’ll need to do lots of dots at the bottom of the bag and gradually spread them out. Of course, you could also create fun polka dot designs using the same ink and eraser method.



I then filled the bags with lollies and tied them up with various ribbons, some of which I korked in the oven (wind ribbon around a dowel, secure with pegs and bake in a VERY slow oven for about 30 mins). The Amazing Birthday stamp set supplied me with cute tags which I tied on with Baker’s Twine. I just love the suggested colour combo on page 45 for birthdays so I didn’t change a thing.

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I was also inspired by the Mason jars on page 42 and made some different lolly ‘bags’. I was lucky enough to grab these tiny Mason jars from a school stall selling homemade relish (yes I bought 5 or 6 just for the jars). I used the banner stamp from Amazing Birthday and cut out the words and mounted them with foam Stampin’ Dimensionals. Yep, still lovin’ that colour combo – it just says HAPPY! The little lolly jar is actually a spice jar from IKEA. They are called RAJTAN Spice jars and come in a pack of 4 for just $2.49! I grabbed a box last time I was there not knowing what I would use them for but I think they suit this project perfectly! I used some Sweet Sadie washi tape around the lid and then stamped, punched and cut elements and layered for the outside of the lid. Did you notice I also stamped the jar with my eraser/ink method? When you use StazOn (white), you can stamp on just about anything!


Well, thanks for stopping by. Make sure you visit for more birthday inspiration and maybe even play along! I’m off to eat my lollies… because it’s my birthday… and I can!




P.S. Jess’s changing the world postscript: You may not have noticed but the lollies I’ve used for my bags are free from harmful chemical additives. We’re a low to no additive family because I’ve seen the difference additives make to my kids’ behaviour. They’re just regular kids but certain ‘numbers’ make them lose control of their behaviour, become hyperactive and fight more with each other, and who wants that?? We’re on a family journey (and we’re nowhere near food perfect) because it’s better for us all. If you’re interested in learning more about what is in the food we eat and what additives have been shown to cause, do a little Internet research. I started here, and here 🙂 Look, you can still have lollies!