CASE-ing The Catty Blog Hop - Make a Difference!

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Tonight the CASE-ing the Catty Crew are looking at the 'Sprinkles of Life' stamp set which is this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities stamp set. Stampin' Up! has been supporting this charity for more than 10 years and has contributed over $1,000,000.00. These funds support families who need to stay away from home for their children to receive medical treatment, including in Australia. For each purchase of this stamp set, Stampin' Up! donates $3 AUD to RMHC.  It's a great stamp set and a great cause, so I hope you will consider purchasing it and help make a difference!

You may have come from Rebecca's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can continue the journey by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post.

'Sprinkles of Life' is an incredibly versatile stamp set and unfortunately I only had time to make one card.  I've created a fun shaker birthday card featuring an apple tree and a bunch of apples that you need to get into the basket on the corner.  I saw this idea at Convention and have been wanting to try it out. I'm sure there is a name for these games that I remember from childhood. To add some extra interest you have to manoeuvre around the apples on the tree!

It was difficult to photograph the card due to the reflection off the window sheet, which you can see on the right hand side.

Stampin' Up! 'Sprinkles of Life' - Judy May, Just Judy Designs.

I created a taller tree by stamping a second tree at the first junction of branches. If you carefully wipe off the bottom edge of the tree after you have inked it, it meshes together quite well. 

Project Details
Stamps Sprinkles of Life, Sheltering Tree
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Soft Suede, Cherry on Top Stack
 Ink Early Espresso, Old Olive, Wild Wasabi, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Tangelo Twist, Soft Sky, Versamark
Accessories Brights Candy Dots, Pearls Basic Jewels
Tools     Squares Collection Framelits, Itty Bitty Banners Framelits, Big Shot, Tree Builder punch, Early Espresso Embossing powder (retired), Heat gun, Aquapainter, Stampin Write Markers, White Gel pen

Now it is time to move on to check out the inspiration on Elizabeth's blog. Click on the button below.


As always, you can see the full list of participants in today's blog hop and join in by linking up your creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty Blog.

Thanks for looking!

New Catalogue Blog Hop

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Today I'm participating in another blog hop with some of the lovely ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today our focus is on our new 2015-16 Annual Catalogue!

I would also like to mention the joining special for the month of June. Our group is one of the largest teams in Melbourne and offers support, fun and friendship to anyone who would like to join us; from hobby demonstrators to business demonstrators and anyone in between. For the month of June there is a bonus special, you receive two stamp sets of your choice (of any value) for FREE  along with your starter kit ($169). What are you waiting for, contact me today to find out more.

You may have come from blog of the lovely Tina Gillespie, but if not, you can start here and continue to the next blog by clicking on the button at the bottom of this post.

I going to show you some of the new designer series papers from the Annual Catalogue. The first card uses one of the 12 bright, fun designs from the 'Cherry On Top' paper stack. These smaller stacks are now 6" x 6" and contain 48 sheets - 4 sheets each of the 12 doubled sided designs. This is a simple but effective gate fold card, held closed with a magnetic catch. The candles on the stamped panel are from the new 'Build a Birthday' stamp set. The colours in this stack are Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder.


For the inside I have added a strip of the matching spotted washi tape and the sweet cake is from the new set 'Endless Birthday Wishes' and coloured with copic markers.


Project Details
Stamps Build a Birthday, Endless Birthday Wishes
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry
Accessories Rhinestones Basic Jewels, Cherry on Top Washi Tape, Magnets
Tools     Circles Collection Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Glue Dots


This  second card is a complete colour contrast. It uses the 12" x 12" 'Timeless Elegance' paper with the colours of Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand and Basic Black. I wanted to keep this card really simple to let the beautiful rose design take centre stage.  I added one of the new metallic gold doilies to mat the birthday sentiment from the new 'Circle of Spring' set.



Project Details
Stamps Circle of Spring
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Timeless Elegance DSP    
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Gold Metallic Doily, Pearls Basic Jewels    
Tools     Bitty Butterfly punch, 1 1/4" Circle punch, Dimensionals


Click on the button below to head to Kathryn's blog for more inspiration from the new Annual Catalogue.


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

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Bold, Bright & Fun!

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Life has been a tad hectic in my household in the last few weeks with lots of visitors and activities going on. There have also been a couple of milestone birthdays (you know, the ones that end in zero!) in the family.

This card is for our niece Aisha, who turned 10 recently.  I wanted something fun and bright, so I created some fringed layers for this card. The Stampin' Up! fringe scissors make quick work of the process, so it didn't take long for this to come together. The white lace tape makes a bold contrast to the bright colours.

I can imagine this as a dress, if it had some armholes  - 1930's meets 1960's? 

Project Details
Stamps Happiest Birthday Wishes (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Glimmer paper, Brights DSP Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories Basic Rhinestones, Lace Tape
Tools     Timeless Type Sizzlits (retired), Big Shot, Fringe scissors, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/2" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

CAS Kids Birthday Card

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I got caught on the hop last week, needing to (literally) whip up a 7th birthday card for my husband's niece, before heading to work.  Her Dad was visiting and there was the opportunity for him take her birthday parcel home,  instead of posting it.

No time to agonise, so I kept the layout very simple  and let the 'Birthday Basics' DSP do the heavy ifting on this card. It is a fabulous paper for birthday cards.  Just as I was albout to adhere a very 'blingy' number 8 onto the card, he said she was only 7 this birthday!  Oops, a very bad Aunty faux pas that would have been.  Silver Glitter paper and the Typeset Alphabet Bigz die to the rescue to cut out the number 7.  Thankfully, there is always next year for the number 8! After all that, here it is.



Project Details
Stamps Sassy Salutations (inside)
Card stock & Papers     Bazzill White, Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple, Birthday Basics DSP, Glitter Paper
 Ink Basic Black (inside)
Accessories Strawberry Slush Ruffle Stretch Trim, Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Oval Nestabilities, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thanks for looking!

Birthday Girl

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Life has been super busy in the past week preparing for the 17th birthday of the Rotary Exchange student we are hosting.  He and 8 friends are spending 3 days on a house boat next week, wakeboarding, water skiing and generally having a fun time.  I've been cooking and freezing heaps of food for them, preparing lists, packing supplies etc as I won't be there to assist.  

Today, I woke up to the sound of a rooster crowing (I don't want to think what time that was!), sun shining and the sound of birds and crows and no traffic.  I'm in country Western Australia staying with my lovely friend Fiona for a few days before going on to visit with my Mum. 

I haven't had much time to create as a result of the activities above, but I did manage this card for our niece Aisha who is turning 9 tomorrow.  This is an image I stamped a ages ago while at a stamping day with friends.  The shape was a bit tricky, so I've kept it all quite simple.  The '9' is die cut from the Timeless Type sizzlits and I covered it with rhinestones as every girl loves a bit of bling!


Project Details
Stamps Nora on a Swing (not SU), Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess, retired)
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Sunshine & Sprinkles DSP, Xpress-IT Blending card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories Basic Rhinestones
Tools     Timeless Type Sizzlits (Retired), Big Shot, Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" & 1 3/8" Circle punches,  Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for looking.

Welcome Back Sunshine!


It is wonderful to see some sunshine today, after almost 4 days of continuous rain.  My back garden is totally waterlogged and the cats try hard not to walk on it by taking great leaping bounds to the next dry spot.  I've got some photos at the end of the post to show how they are enjoying the sunshine.

Before getting on to today's card, I would like to thank the lovely people who left a comment on my Blog Hop post.  Your support is really appreciated.  Also, thank you to all the visitors from Paper Punch Addiction  and to Kim for selecting my post to feature on 29 September. 

Recently, I decided to try out colouring with Copics and now I'm hooked.  I have avoided doing this  for ages, specifically because of the cost of getting involved in another craftt  product (so much for good intentions!).  I am very much at the beginning of the learning process and look forward to  improving with practice.  Today's card uses the first image I have coloured with Copics.  This is 'Marci' Ballerina and reminds me of the 'fairy' outfit I bought for my husband's niece a couple of years ago, that she loved.  It is her 5th birthday shortly (where have the years gone?) so I hope she will like it.  


I created a stage for 'Marci' with the Top Note die and added lots of dimension and texture. The top scalloped 'curtain' was cut with the Tasteful Trim die and then put through the crimper and the stage 'skirt' has been pleated. The floorboards are textured cardstock coloured with Copics and a Chocolate Chip ink pad swiped over the top. I've finished it with clear rhinestones to add some bling. This was a fun card to make.

Project Details
Stamps 'Marci' Ballerina
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla (Textured), Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo & Marina Mist Patterns Stack
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Chocolate Chip
Accessories Pink Rhinstone brade, 1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, Basic Rhinestones
Tools Top Note Die, Tasteful Trim Die, Timeless Type die, Big Shot, Circle punches, Dimensionals, Crimper, Copics

I also have a  'mini-card' to show you, using the 'Two Tags' die.  I have used the tag hole to add the flower embellishment, which makes it more of a 'mini-card' than a tag. Some friends came over to stamp last weekend, so I took the opportunity to stamp out a few images from the 'Easy Events' stamp set.  These small images are quick and easy to colour and perfect for mini-cards.

The next photo shows you the inside of the card.  There is still plenty of space to write (unless you have large handwriting!).  I love that it fits into the new mini square envelopes, which are lovely and smooth for stamping as well.


Project Details
Stamps Easy Events
Card stock & Papers Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Melon Mambo & Pear Pizzazz Patterns Stack
Ink Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories Mini silver brad
Tools Two Tags Die, Big Shot, Boho Blossoms punch, Itty Bitty Flower punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Copics

Finally, here are a couple of photos of Artie & Crafty enoying the sunshine today. Artie decided that the washing basket on the deck was the place to be.  It is pretty impressive that he managed to get himself tucked into the base of the basket, because he is a very large cat.

The next one is of Crafty, who decided that my rose pot was the place to be.  I'm not sure this rose is going to have a long life. What goes on in their heads?


Well, this has been a bit of a long post, so if you made it to this point, thanks for your patience!

Happy crafting!


Birthday Cupcakes

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October is a big birthday month for family and friends and this is the final card for our niece Amelia who turns 4 next week. I’ve inked the ‘Crazy for Cupcakes’ stamp set for the first time to make this card and I really enjoyed colouring the cupcakes on the cake stand. I mixed a few drops of Shimmer Paint with a few drops of Pink Pirouette re-inker to create the icing for the cupcakes, although the shimmer doesn't show much in the photo. Markers and the Aqua painter were used to colour the rest of the cakes.

The Top Note die was perfect to create the blind and curtains for the windows of the cake shop and I used both the frame and the die cut. The double sided DSP pattern stacks are fabulous for this purpose as both sides work so well together.  For the awning, I rolled the scalloped edge over a pencil to give a rounded edge and then used some dimensionals to keep it in place. This was a really fun card to make and I was pretty happy with the result.


I also decorated the inside of the card for some added interest for Amelia.


Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Perfect Punches, Party Here
Cardstock & Papers: Pink Pirouette (textured), Close to Cocoa (retired), Whisper White, Rose Red Patterns Stack, Rose Red DSP (retired), Watercolour paper
Ink: Stazon Black, Shimmer Paint, Daffodil Yellow, Rose Red, Regal Rose
Accessories: Scallop Border Punch, Scallop Trim Punch, Rose Red button, Stranded Cotton (for blind tassel), Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon
Tools: Top Note Die, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, Big Shot, Stampin’ Write Markers (Chocolate Chip, Rose Red), Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Aqua painter

Enjoy your week.


Waxing Lyrical

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You will have to pardon the pun in the title of this post, but I couldn't help myself! Yesterday I had a great time stamping with some of the girls from the Art with Heart team (waving to Claire, Erica, Fiona, Rachel, Ros and Di) and learning a couple of new techniques.  The cards I have to share with you were designed by Claire and incorporate the 'Wax Paper Resist' and 'Baby Wipe' techniques. I'm happy to say both are really easy and produce great results. 

You can find the Wax Paper Resist technique described here and there are a few video tutorials on the Web as well. We used a variation on what is shown in the tutorial by brayering a light colour (Baja Breeze) onto the glossy white card stock first and then ironing on the wax paper and brayering the darker colour (Not Quite Navy) over the top.  If you are using wax paper that is waxy on both sides, you can create 2 pieces of background at the same time by sandwiching the wax paper between 2 pieces of glossy card stock. 

I love the resulting effect on the Top Note background on the first card below. We used the Ocean Commotion stamp set for the images and I went for a 'Nemo' style colouring on the fish created using the 'Baby Wipe' technique.  This is really a custom ink pad created on a folded baby wipe using a few drops of your desired reinker colours. You will get the best effect from the colouring using stamps with a fairly solid pattern and you can stamp quite a few images from your temporary ink pad to get value out it. The fish were cut out and then matted on Basic Black for definition and then cut out again - a bit fiddly, but worth it I think. The seaweed has been white embossed and provides a great contrast to the blue background.  This is a bright fun card and would be great for a childs birthday. The details of the colours used are below.



Card Details


Ocean Commotion, Family Phrases

Cardstock & Papers

Tangerine Tango, Glossy White, Whisper White, Basic Black


Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Tangerine Tango, Versamark



Reinkers (Only Orange, Summer Sun, Ruby Red), Baby Wipe, Top Note Die, Big Shot, Word Window Punch, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Wax Paper

The second card uses the same techniques and the colouring is much more my normal style. I love the green background under the butterflies using Certainly Celery and Always Artichoke with the Wax Paper Resist. The matting on the Curly Label Punch is created by turning the matting label sideways as it is rectangular rather than square - really simple, but effective. Thanks for that tip Claire!


Card Details


Flight of the Butterfly, Heard from the Heart

Cardstock & Papers

Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Glossy White


Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Versamark, Stazon Black


Pretty in Pink Taffeta ribbon


Reinkers (Rich Razzleberry, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink), Baby Wipe, Curly label Punch, Butterfly Punch, White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Wax Paper

I hope I've inspired you to give these techniques a go.

Sweet Cupcake

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Well, I have had a fun weekend away with friends creating, stamping and even putting a toe into the scrapbooking water (pretty scary when surrounded by fabulous scrapbookers). Well, everyone has to start somewhere don't they. I still have to finish the page, but might share that with you in the future.

Today the card I have for you is based on this week's Mojo Monday Sketch #95 (I finally get to link one on time). This is the first time I have used the Sweet Always Designer Series Paper which really lends itself to the sweet girly look. The card will be for my neice Amelia, who will be having her 3rd birthday soon. I have used the Party Hearty stamp set for the first time as well and know that it will become a favourite. The main image was stamped with Versamark and then white embossed. I have done the same for the centre flower in Close to Cocoa, punched it out and popped it up on a dimensional. The cupcake was coloured with Stampin' Write markers, cut out and Crystal Effects added for a raised shiny topping. I have popped up the top of the cake as well and put some Dazzling Diamonds glitter on the flame. I used my crimper for the first time and really love the soft corrugated effect that mirrors the base of real cupcakes. Keeping the cardstock straight while crimping is a bit of a challenge which Leanne can attest to! Here it is and the details are below.


Card Details


Party Hearty

Cardstock & Papers

Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie


Versamark, Chocolate Chip,


Pretty in Pink Taffeta Ribbon, Kaiser Rhinestones, Dazzling Diamonds glitter


White embossing powder, Tag punches, Scallop Circle punch, Ticket punch (NAH), ¾” Circle punch, Scallop edge punch, Crimper, Dimensionals, Heat gun

I am starting my new contract tomorrow, but I will be back during the week with a peak at some of the lovely new products from the Spring Mini Catalogue that commences on 1 August.

Have a great week.