It’s a Z-Fold kind of Christmas

It’s not hard to believe that Spring is just around the corner living in Queensland this week.  It’s been so warm and lovely here this week!  Although I hope it’s not an indication of how hot it’s going to be in Summer!

Since I saw Bronwyn’s Carols of Christmas Labels Double Z-Fold Box tutorial, I’ve been wanting to have a play with it.  I love her version with the trees but I want to try something different.

My amazing up-up-line Simone Bartrum recently attended the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip to Thailand and she was asked to create some amazing projects using the Ready for Christmas stamp set and the matching Christmas Staircase thinlit dies.  You can check out some of her projects here.  This stamp set and die bundle will be available in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.  Well, Simone’s gorgeous projects inspired me to pre-order this bundle (Thanks for enabling me, Simone!!)

There is the most adorable dachshund in this stamp set (and happily, there is a matching thinlit, so no fussy cutting!!).

I was actually going to use the cute staircase which is featured in this set but it was a little wider than the largest Label die so I decided to go with the Christmas tree.  I have to say that this tree is amazing.  Firstly, you stamp the tree and cut it out with the thinlits.  Then there are two branch dies which are the same, but allow you to cut out two branches at once.  But then when I was layering the branches on the tree, they match the shape of the tree exactly!!  But then, would we expect anything less from Stampin’ Up! Oh I forgot to mention that I also put Wink of Stella over the branches of the tree to add a bit of sparkle like tinsel.

I used the Wood Textures DSP Stack for the base.  I thought it would look a bit like timber flooring at the base of a tree.  The cute ornaments are also from the set. Fortunately, the stamp and die have the three attached together so it’s much easier to cut out.  I just coloured these using the markers.

I wanted to put a sentiment on the front so I stamped the label in Garden Green.  Then for the fun part of adding the dog!!  He’s so cute but he’s a naughty boy as he is trying to get at the cookies on the plate!   This set is so fun, that it even includes a thinlit that cuts out the sign and cookies!  I did colour the table, biscuits and the dog using Early Espresso Ink and blender pens.

If you would like to get Bronwyn’s tutorial, just click here.  I’m so happy with how cute this card turned out!

Let me know what you think by leaving me a comment below.

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Colour Inkspiration 9

It’s amazing how quickly each Colour Inkspiration challenge comes around!!

This next challenge is gorgeous!!  Dapper Denim, Cherry Cobbler and Pool Party.

I wanted to play with the new stamp set that I received when I attended the recent Centrestage leadership event at Onstage in Sydney.  The Crafting Forever stamp set is the new Angel Policy stamp set but it’s perfect for crafters!!

I added in crumb cake as paint brushes and wooden pins need to be brownish and not red or blue!  I did a practice stamp on a piece of paper before committing to cardstock and I was happy with the layout.  I cut out one of the pins and popped it onto a dimensional for a bit of extra height.

I usually layer up my sentiments but I decided to stick with a whisper white circle to keep the focus on the brushes.

You don’t have to wait too much longer to get your hands on this stamp set.  It will be available from June 1 which is only 22 sleeps away!!

Next up on the hop is the gorgeous Nicole!!

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CTC123 – Easter

It’s been an exciting weekend for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators around the world.  We have just had Onstage 2017 which is a fun time for demonstrators to get together, all at the same time throughout the world, and we have just seen the next Annual Catalogue!  Yes, I have a copy in my hot little hands!!  But I’m not sharing it with you just yet.  You’ll have to wait until 1 June.

I also got to catch up with some of the CTC Crew in Sydney which was great!  Nothing like meeting up in person.  Here’s Liz Gross and I.  Bronwyn Eastley and I were shopping and ran into Liz!!

 

So back with the program!!  We are casing Easter projects this week.

I was flipping through the Annual Catalogue (gee, I should do that more often) and I came across this cute acorn thank card on page 36.

I decided to case the card at the top.  I used the same Sparkle embossing folder with a whisper white cardstock base.  Instead of using burlap ribbon, I decided to use a piece of Wild Wasabi cardstock and cut it with the fringe scissors to make some grass.  I just love the Basket Bunch stamp set and the matching Basket Builder framelits.  The bunnies are just so cute!!

I stamped the bunny, eggs, birds and flowers in memento ink and cut them out with the framelits.  I coloured them using the blender pens and So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Marina Mist, Pool Party and Calyspo Coral ink.

To create the sentiment, I used a combination of stamp sets.  Happy is from Endless Birthday Wishes and Easter is from Crazy about You stamp set.

 

I’m hoping my nieces’ like the card as their Easter present will be inside!!  Not chocolate but tickets to a concert!!  Best.Auntie.Ever

Enjoy our hop this weekend!!  And Happy Easter!!

Next up is the gorgeous Kelly Kent!!

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CTC110 – Party Animal

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Welcome back to another year of Caseing the Catty!!  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a fabulous New Year.  I’m coming to the end of holidays and back at work tomorrow.  I’ve had a lovely time pottering around at home and tidying up my craft room and doing some crafting.

The 2017 Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration catalogue started this week and wow, Stampin’ Up! have created two fabulous catalogues!

We are excited to case the Occasions Catalogue this week and the Party Animal section on pages 4-7.

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I decided to case the card at the top of page 6 using the Big on Birthdays stamp set.  I just love this set!

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I also love the Falling in Love DSP so I decided to combine the two.  To create the scallop edge, I used the Layering Squares framelits and cut out strips and joined them together.  I stamped the sentiment and flowers in Soft Suede and coloured in with Blushing Bridge and Old Olive using the blender pens.  Of course, you need a bit of bling, so I layered the new Very Vanilla satin ribbon and blushing bride sequins.

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I hope you have enjoyed my card!  Next on our hop is my lovely friend, Simone Bartrum.

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We are trying something new this year and instead of using a link up to join in with our monthly challenge, we have decided to create a Facebook group where you can add your entry. We would love to have you pop in and join us!!!

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CTC84 – Love and Sympathy

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This week, we are caseing the Love & Sympathy section of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue.  There are so many lovely projects and gorgeous new stamp sets in this section.

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I have decided to case the popcorn box on page 51.  This box really makes me want to buy the popcorn box thinlits, although I haven’t yet.

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So the only box die I had was the baker’s box die.  I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and coloured it with blender pens on the flowers and leaves and an aqua painter for the background.  It was quick and easy to create!!  I think the longest part was working out the folds at the bottom of the box!!  Oh, and I did put a Wink of Stella on it too, of course!

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I used one of the dies in the set to make the tag, which I stamped with the sentiment from the You’ve Got This stamp set. And, a box isn’t complete without some sequins to finish it off.

I hope you like my box.  I’d love you to leave a comment below.

Next on the hop is the talented Judy May.

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CTC81 – Birthdays

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This week sees the start of the 2016-2017 Annual Catalogue!! How exciting!!  And we are already starting on our journey through the new catalogue here at CTC and are starting with the Birthday section between pages 10-25.
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As I flicked through this section trying to decide which card to case, I had trouble choosing as there are so many great projects.  I haven’t received my new catalogue order yet (but it’s on it’s way!!) so I went with a set that carried over.  Although apparently this set is still new to me as I haven’t actually inked it up yet!

I was inspired by the cake card on page 22 of the catalogue.

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I don’t have many male cards in my stash so I decided to change the colours to Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim.  I also used Peekaboo Peach for my third cake.  To add the ribbon, I cut a small slit down the seam of the card and tucked the ribbon through it.  I then used a bit of tape on the inside of the card to hold it down.

The Endless Birthday wishes stamp set has so many great sentiments to choose from and I love how you can mix and match them.

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Next on the Hop is the lovely Judy, so make sure you check out her gorgeous project.

 

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Comforting Friends

I don’t know about you but I like to have a variety of cards on hand in my stash to cover most occasions. I found recently that I didn’t have any suitable sympathy cards and decided to make a couple for stamp club recently.

I really like the Corner Garden stamp set so I decided to colour this set with my blender pens and again with the markers for a different look. I also used the Thoughts & Prayers stamp set for the sentiments.

This is the first time that I’ve used the new Thick Whisper White cardstock and it’s lovely!! We also cracked out the new Archival basic black ink pad, which will be available from 1 September, and it does a nice crisp image.

I let the ladies at stamp club choose what they wanted to use, markers or blender pens and ink pads, and creativity reigned!! We also choose the coloured backing on the day to suit the colours that they used.

So here is my card using blender pens and the subtles ink pads.

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At stamp club, I went with blender pens and the brights ink pads.

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For my last sample, I went with the Regals markers.

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In order to get the sentiments straight, I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to help line it all up. Seeing as there is so much work in colouring, you don’t want to mess it up on the last step!!

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