CTC230 – Favourite retiring big shot project

I have had the week off work (woohoo) and had one of my stamping friends come to visit. I have made so many wonderful friends through Stampin’ Up!. I also had my catalogue launch yesterday and Emma was a great help with setting up and packing it all up. The ladies loved the new catalogue and all the new goodies that are coming out.

We are still saying goodbye to lots of favourites and this week, we are staying farewell to our favourite big shot items.

I love everything Big Shot and especially embossing folders. I just love how simple they are to use but they can make such a great impact to your project. The Lovely Floral embossing folder is part of the Share What you Love suite and I’m really sad to see it retire.

I embossed a piece of Tranquil Tide cardstock and then added a piece of Share What you love DSP onto a Rich Razzleberry cardstock. I then used the new Stitched Nested labels dies and stamped the sentiment from the Love What you do stamp set.

Next up is the lovely Julia.

We would love to see your creations over on at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping!!

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CTC229 – Favourite Retiring Punch

Welcome to another fun week at Caseing the Catty!! We are casing our favourite retiring punch this week. I love all the punches so I’m sad to see any go.

I like all banner punches so I’m sad to see the Duet Banner punch retire. This great punch allows you to punch out two different styles of banner.

I am casing the card on page 56.

I used the retiring Gingham Gala DSP as the background. I love this DSP!! I then stamped lots of the inspiring words from the Thoughtful Banners stamp set in rows and then punched out the bottom with the Triple Banner punch.

I used the new Story Label punch for the So Saffron piece and then stamped the banner twice. Once on Highland Heather cardstock and then on Whisper White cardstock. I punched them out then snipped off the flags of the white one and layered it on top of the Highland Heather one.

I added some twine behind the sentiment (I’m not confessing how long it took to make it look half way decent) and voila!!

Make sure you check out the rest of the hop to see what other great punches are retiring and if there are any that you must have, make sure you grab them before they run out!!

Next up is the lovely Tina.

We would love if you share your favourite retiring punch project with us on our Facebook group.

Happy stamping (or punching as it may be!!)

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CTC228 – Favourite Retiring Stamp Set

I hope you are enjoying see all of our favourite retiring stamp sets this week! It is so nice to be remind of old favourite. I sometimes get so excited about new goodies that I neglect the old ones.

I’m sad to see the Petal Palette bundle retire. It includes the Petal Palette stamp set and the Petals & More thinlits.

I cased these cards from page 119. I took elements from each one. I created my own background by stamping the flowers in Coastal Cabana. I coloured the flowers using watercolour pencils. I added a bit of bling by adding a silver foil piece using the thinlits.

Next up is the lovely Julia.

Make sure you join in over on at our Facebook group. We’d love to see your favourites.

Happy Stamping

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Blender Pens


It’s been a few weeks since I joined into a Colour Inkspiraton Challenge. The trouble with holidays and then getting back into work left me without much time to create! I always forget how much I enjoy playing with SU colours until I do a CI challenge.

This week, we are playing with Coastal Cabana, Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Grapefruit Grove and Rich Razzleberry. You can choose at least 3 colours to create with.

I have gone with Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate and Lemon Lime Twist. Now I have to confess that Lemon Lime Twist was not my favourite of the 2017-2019 In colours however it seems to be the colour I have used the most!

I have used the Crackle stamp set in Smoky Slate ink on the Smoky Slate background for a bit of texture. I also stamped the two elephants from the Little Elephants stamp set in Smoky Slate and then punched them out using the Elephant builder punch. I added a border using the Decorative Ribbon border punch in Lemon Lime Twist. I then stamped the sentiment in Flirty Flamingo and punched out using 1.5″ circle punch. I then punched out a 1 3/8″ circle in Flirty Flamingo.

I’m so glad that the Little elephant stamp set and the Elephant builder punch are staying on for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue!

Next up is the lovely Nicole.

Make sure you share your creation with us over at our Facebook group, here.

Happy Stamping

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CTC227 – Favourite Retiring Bundle

Can you believe that we are in May already? We will be getting ready for Christmas before we know it!! One exciting thing about May in the Stampin’ Up! world, is that demonstrators get to place their pre-orders for the 2019-2020 Annual Catalogue. I am anxiously stalking the postie!!

This week, we are casing our Favourite retiring bundle from either of the catalogues. Now it’s kinda like trying to pick your favourite child but I love the Time for Tea bundle which includes the Time for Tea stamp set and the Spot of Tea framelits dies.

I used the Tea Room Specialty DSP and based my colours from that. I love the Stitched Rectangle dies and I’m so glad they are staying on. I cut out two rectangles and added a piece of lace trim. I then cut out the sentiment from the dies and used Crushed Curry cardstock and ink.

If you need this bundle, make sure you order it before 3 June otherwise it will be gone forever!! Click here to go to my online store.

Next up is the lovely Rachel.

Make sure you share your creation with us at our Facebook group.

Happy Stamping

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CTC226 – Case a Layout

Welcome to another fun week at Caseing the Catty. We are casing a layout from the 2019 Occasions Catalogue.

There are so many great layouts to case but I decided to go case the layout of the card on page 18 which showcases the Piece of cake bundle.

I love the background of the card so I decided to re-create it using the Butterfly Gala stamp set and the Butterfly Duet punch. Balmy Blue is one of those colours that I love but I don’t use very often. I’m on a bit of a floating frame roll at the moment so I decided to layer the butterflies on the card with dimensionals and trimmed the edges of the card.

For the sentiment, I used the Butterfly Gala stamp set and cut it out using the Stitched Shape dies. I added a bit of white twine behind the sentiment.

The Butterfly Gala stamp set and the Butterfly Duet punch will be carrying onto the new catalogue however they will not be offered as a bundle. So make sure you order now to get a 10% discount.

Next up is my lovely friend, Kelly.

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Happy Stamping

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So long, old friends

Welcome to the ESAD So Long Favourites Blog Hop! You may have come from Rochelle or be starting here with me.

It’s always sad when the retirement lists come out and some of my favourite sets of the year are now leaving us! I’m usually pretty ruthless when it comes to selling off my retired stamps but this year, I’ve got a few keepers!!

I was sad to see that the Climbing Roses bundle with the Climbing Roses stamp set and Rose Trellis thinlits is not carrying through to the new catalogue. This is such a lovely set for colouring.

My stamp class was yesterday and I always like to focus on retiring products so I decided to kill two birds with one stone and share one of our projects with you.

When I was in Auckland at Onstage recently, everyone was buying Press N Seal to be able to create Floating Frame cards. So I didn’t buy any, but I decided to try and re-create one without it. Here is a link to the original video by Jennifer McGuire which explains how to create a floating frame card using press and seal.

I stamped the large floral stamp from the Climbing Roses set 4 times on a piece of Thick Whisper White. I also stamped a few of the tiny rose as well. I then coloured with Old Olive blends on two cards and Granny Apple Green blends on another. (I make three samples for my classes so that everyone can see what we are making). I then coloured the flowers in Calyspo Coral, Mango Melody and Highland Heather.

Once I cut them out using the dies, I laid them onto a card front and played with the layout. I then just stuck each one down with dimensionals and trimmed the edges of the card front with scissors. I then used one of the Stitched Rectangle dies and ran it through my die cutting machine a few times. I ended up using a craft knife to cut all the way through the cardstock.

I attached the large frame to a card and then stamped a sentiment from the Incredible Like You stamp set. I then attached the insert onto a piece of Old Olive or Granny Apple Green and added a sentiment piece using the Rose Trellis dies.

If you need the Climbing Roses bundle, click here to go to my online store.

Next up is the lovely Mandy.

Happy Hopping

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Blog hop participant list:

1. Bronwyn Eastley

2. Libby Dyson

3. Katrina Duffell

4. Lou Kitzelman

5. Shannon Kissane

6. Nicole Wilson

7. Delys Cram

8. Lauren Meiklejohn

9. Cathy Pinchbeck

10. Sandra Mastello

11. Richelle Fletcher

12. Rose Packer

13. Siobhan Fitzsimmons

14. Jo Weedon

15. Peta Stephen

16. Lisa Whitehead

17. Rochelle Laird-Smith

18. Rebecca Scurr This is me!!

19. Mandy Depiazzi

20. Denise Buetler

21. Monique Fielder

22. Kelly Kent

23. Sharon Dalton

24. Rebekah Crisp

25. Maree McIntosh