CTC187 – Kids and Babies


I’m so excited for our hop this week!  We are casing the Kids & Babies section, pages 80-91, of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.


One of our former Crew members, Krissy, had twins last week after a long fertility journey.  The CTC Crew is so excited for her!  And the boys are just so adorable.  So, of course, this week, I had to make a baby boy card.

I don’t have much need these days for baby stamp sets, although I like to have at least one set on hand.  This year, I had to have the Little Elephant stamp set and Elephant Builder punch.  It’s just so cute! I am casing the pink elephant card on page 91.


But of course, it can’t be pink!!  I started off with a Night of Navy background and added a strip of Balmy Blue which I stamped with the hearts from the Little Elephant stamp set.

Now I don’t sew on cards.  I actually love cross stitch, embroidery and crocheting, but I don’t do it on cards.  I just can’t be bothered to get my sewing machine out just for a 10cm piece of cardstock.  So instead of stitching, I stamped the checks in Night of Navy across the bottom of the white piece.  I punched out two elephant in Balmy Blue and stamped the flowers using the 2018-2020 In-colour markers.

Now I don’t have any stamp sets for twins but to create my sentiment, I used the one from the Little Elephant.  Then I crossed out the one and added a 2 using the Make a Difference stamp set.  I think it’s cute!!


I love the elephants!!  Now, who else is having a baby?

Next up is the lovely Rachel.


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I love all the pretty paper

esad dsp headerI’m excited to be a part of the ESAD blog hop to showcase the amazing designer series papers of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.

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So there are 10 amazing designer series papers on sale this month.  When you buy 3 packs, you’ll get one for free!!  Check them out here.

To help you decide which papers you NEED, I’ve got a few cards to help you make up your mind.  I just received the Darling Label Punch Box which is stunning!  I love the tin in comes in.

My first card uses the Garden Impressions dsp.  I love how bright and cheerful the paper is.  I also used my new favourite embossing folder, Subtle.  You’ll be seeing it often!

esad-dsp-bec-1The Under the Mistletoe DSP is in my favourite Christmas colours of Real Red and Old Olive.  And again, there’s my favourite embossing folder!


The Petal Promenade DSP is absolutely gorgeous!!  I have to admit that this was a hard paper to cut.


Then I got a bit excited and forgot that the sale doesn’t include the specialty papers.  So here are a couple of extra cards using the Share What You Love Specialty DSP and Tea Room Specialty DSP.

Next up on the hop is the lovely Narelle, I can’t wait to see what she has made.

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1. Lou Kitzelman
2. Kelly Kent
3. Rochelle Blok
4. Fi Cobbin
5. Delys Cram
6. Sharon Dalton
7. Kim Oliver
8. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
9. Nicole Wilson
10. Peta Stephen
11. Jackie Aitken
12. Rebecca Scurr – That’s me!
13. Narelle Fasulo
14. Barbara Williams
15. Maree McIntosh
16. Libby Dyson
17. Cheryll Miller
18. Denise Butler
19. Mandy Depiazzi

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It’s always fun playing with colour at Colour Inkspiration!  This week, we are playing with the new Brights collection.


Aren’t they all lovely colours!  Now, don’t be like me and grab a colour that used to be in the brights to create your card!  At least I’m ahead for the Regals challenge in September!!

So our challenge this week is to create a card using 3 of these gorgeous colours.  You can add any of the basics as well. Oh and bling, if you want it.

I have been loving all the samples I’ve seen of the Postcard Pals set. I don’t normally go for such a detailed stamp but I just love those cute animals!

Now I did introduce a couple of neutrals to colour in the squirrel (whose name is George, btw) but I think you’ll forgive me. The base of the card is Coastal Cabana.  The next layer is Daffodil Delight which I’ve embossed using the Subtle embossing folder. I just love the gentle distressed look of this folder.

George is coloured with lots of Stampin blends.  For his body, I’ve used Crumb Cake, with Ivory for his cheeks.  His shirt is Bermuda Bay and the letter box is Soft Suede with a touch of Poppy Parade for the flower. Then a little bit of Granny Apple Green for the grass.

I created a frame in Bermuda Bay using my favourite Stitched Shape framelits and the layering square framelits.  The sentiment is from the Postcard Pals set as well.


Isn’t George cute!!

Next up is Nikki, I can’t wait to see what she has created.


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CTC186 – Birthday


I’ve been having a great weekend, playing with my new goodies!  I’ve finally caught up and even cleaned my craft desk!  Did you know that it’s actually white underneath everything!  lol

This week at Caseing the Catty, we are caseing the Birthday section, pages 66-79 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.


As always, there are so many lovely cards to choose from.  I decided to case the ice cream card on page 70, as I love the Birthday Posies stamp set  and I haven’t played with it yet.


Whilst I do have the Delightfully Detailed Specialty Paper which has been used on the background, I used the new tufted embossing folder.  Whenever I emboss, it always give me a little thrill and this folder does not disappoint!!

I actually started this card by stamping the floral ice-cream and colouring with my new Stampin’ Blends.  I got all the of the new colours in my order this week, and I’m so excited to use them.  I watched a great video about the blends by Patty Bennett (click here to check it out) and she talked about mixing and matching the colours, like using different colours to blend together.  I’ve never thought about that before, and I really like the freedom it gives you to create different combinations!

I love that there are more options in the blends for green.  We now have Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover and even Soft Sea Foam.  I used Granny Apple Green and then Pineapple Punch for a touch of yellow.  I’ve put all my blends into Rainbow order (shock, horror!!) to make it easier to find the right colour.  I grabbed out the pinks, Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick and Calypso Coral and coloured all the flowers.

To colour the ice-cream, I used Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink and Ivory.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!  Then I stamped the Birthday banner in Flirty Flamingo and cut it out.  A bow in Shaded Spruce from the metallic ribbon combo pack and all done!


Next up is the lovely Julia.


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Botanical Bliss U Fold Card


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One of the things I love about Bronwyn’s tutorial’s at Addinktive Designs, is that they are great to use at my classes!!  I wanted to show case the gorgeous Botanical Tags thinlits to my stamp class ladies and Bronwyn’s Botanical Bridge and U-Fold card tutorial is perfect!

I did all the cutting and scoring prior to the class so it wouldn’t take too long.  I had a big class of 14 so I did do the big shot work as well.  That was a fun hour of my life!!

I used the lovely Share What You Love Specialty DSP and co-ordinating cardstock in Blackberry Bliss and Pear Pizzazz.




I like to make about 3 samples when the group is that large so that everyone can see how the card is meant to look.  I think it looks lovely with each paper!  I can’t decide which one is my favourite!

I also used my stamparatus to stamp the sentiments on each piece.  Gee, it is quickly becoming my favourite tool!  It makes life so much easier in a class as everyone gets a great result when stamping.

You can certainly add the stamparatus and the Botanical Bliss bundle to your starter kit when you take advantage of this month’s amazing special to become a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  You can choose up to $235 worth of stamping products for only $169 and received 10 ink pads from a colour family of your choice worth $117.   That’s $352 worth of product for only $169.  If you would like to take advantage of this offer, click on the image.

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I hope you enjoy my card today!  Let me know in the comments.

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CTC185 – Best Route


As I write this post, it’s just started to rain!  YAY!!  We have had a fun week with water.  Last weekend, our water tanks ran dry and we had to get a delivery of water.  After drinking tank water for 11 years, I can really tell the difference!!  Blerk!!

Can you believe that we have only had the new catalogue for a month?  Doesn’t it seem like it came out ages ago?  Maybe it’s just me, but it feels like this year is just zooming past.

We are casing the Best Route section, pages 52-65 of the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue.  I love the Best Route DSP and all the gorgeous accessories that go with it, like the enamel shapes, washi tape and the Maps Etc embossing folder.


I chose to case one of the cards on page 65 (but not the kitty one!).  I went with the pink one at the back. 


The Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut Specialty DSP is simply stunning.  You can do so much with this paper.  There are 6 distinct patterns which can be used on with the Delightfully Detailed Note cards and envelopes.  And then there are full sheets which can be cut out, which I have done for this card.  I coloured it using markers with Powder Pink and Soft Sea Foam.

I wanted to use a new colour, so I went with Highland Heather as the background which I stamped using the little crosses from the Stitched All Around stamp set.

I then sponged the back of the cut out with Multi purpose glue and carefully placed it onto the background.

I cut out a scallop circle from the Layering Circle framelits in Soft Sea Foam and the circle from the Stitched Labels framelits in Powder Pink.  I stamped the thank you stamp from Stitched All Around stamp set twice, once in Powder Pink and in Highland Heather and then cut out the thank you and layered it over the pink.

I added a piece of the polka dot tulle ribbon behind the circle which has a nice little bit of sparkle in it.


Next up is the lovely Julia.


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I want all the DSP!!

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Have you had a look at all the lovely designer series papers in the 2018-2019 Annual Catalogue?

As always, Stampin’ Up! have done an amazing job.  There are so many great designs this year.  July is a great month to stock up on your papers as you can get one pack for free when you buy 3 packs.

I love Petal Promenade DSP!  One side is a photographic floral design and a lovely marble or textured appearance on the other side.

But I also love Best Route, Animal Expedition and Tropical Escape. Oh look, just found my 4!!

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If you would like to be a part of a paper share, let me know and I’ll work out the details for you.

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