CASE-ing the Catty - Mother's Day


Hi there

It's Sunday night and the CTC Crew have lots of inspiring Mother's Day projects for you this week. 

You may have come from looking at the lovely project on Julia's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can start your journey here and continue by clicking on the buttons at the bottom of the post.


This week,  I have taken my inspiration from the gift bag shown on the right in the photo above, from page 42 of the Occasions Catalogue.  It uses the 'Special Reason' stamp set and coordinating 'Stylish Stems' Framelits dies and I've translated the layout to a soft and feminine card. I'm sad that these products are retiring at the end of May, but the bundle is still available to purchase, at the moment.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

I started with a Very Vanilla card base, using some of the new thick Very Vanilla card stock that will be available in the 2017-18 Annual Catalogue. A layer of the bokeh design from the 'Falling in Love' designer series paper forms the backdrop for the layers of embellishments.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

The'Petal Burst' embossing folder used on the banner works well with the floral elements and I have offset it to the right. The stamped and die cut flowers were layered over the banner with the greeting label sitting on top. The large flower was inked in Blushing Bride and a sponge dauber was used to add some extra colour around the centre, before stamping. The open flower was die cut from Blushing Bride Glimmer paper. 

    Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

This closeup shows the detail in the stamped and die cut leaves and the pearl embellishment on the glimmer flower and greeting label. The greeting comes from the 'Circle of Spring' stamp set, which is also retiring. It has a great set of small-ish greetings that work well with circles and small label die cuts. The leaves were stamped in Crumb Cake and the open die cut leaf is in Soft Suede.

  Stampin' Up! Special Reason for Mother's Day - Judy May, Just Judy Designs for CASE-ing the Catty

For the inside, I printed (from my computer) a verse on the writing panel in Soft Suede colour first (you can find my chart for printing Stampin' Up! colours here) and then added the strip of Copper washi at the bottom. The small flower and leaves in the bottom corner  finish it off.

Project Detailsou
Stamps Special Reason, Circle of Spring
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla (thick), Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Falling in Love DSP, Blushing Bride Glimmer paper
 Ink Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette
Accessories Pearls Basic Jewels, Affectionately Yours Washi set, 
Tools     Petal Burst TIEF, Stylish Stems Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Triple punch, Sponge daubers, Dimensionals, Computer & printer

The 'Special Reason' clear mount bundle is still available to purchase and you can find it in my Online Store.

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the lovely project Monique has for you today.  

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We would love you to join in with your Mother's Day CASE of any project from the Occasions or Annual Catalogues using our Facebook group. Click on this link or the image below to go there. The first time you will need to click on the 'Join Group' button at the top. Once you have been added to the group, you can go ahead and post your creation and you do not need to have a blog.


You can see the full list of the CTC Crew participating this week over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Mother's Day Blog Hop - Pretty in Pastels



Today I bring you another Blog Hop with some of the lovely ladies in the Art With Heart Stampin’ Up! Team. Today our focus is on Mother's Day!

You may have come to my blog from the lovely Genna Gifford, but if not, you can join the hop here and continue to the remaining participants.

Mother's Day is coming soon and today I have a little gift set that would be lovely for Mum. I always use soft colours for Mother's Day and this year I have chosen Sahara Sand and Pink Pirouette with Blushing Bride for the accent and the lovely Something Borrowed designer paper. I have chosen to make a 13.5cm (5 1/4") square card for a change, which suits my layout better. 


For the inside, I printed a verse on my computer in Early Espresso colour, to soften it a bit and then added the spray of flowers from Painted Petals. Whisper White goes through the printer without a problem and I put a custom sized piece such as this through the manual feeed tray.


I have made a little set of 3" x 3" note cards in the cute Berry Basket in matching colours. In order to fit the envelopes in the basket with the cards, I increased the base size by scoring a further 1/8" on each side from the original score line. It doesn't affect the top rim of the basket, just marginally reducing the height. I lined the base and one half of the basket with the Something Borrowed DSP and embellished the other half with the doilies from the Artisan Embellishment kit, which are the perfect size.

The handle has been sandwiched between the two layers of top rim for a neat finish. I used Pink Pirouette on the inside rim and Something Borrowed DSP on the outside.  This makes the basket really sturdy. I used Tombow glue for the rim as I didn't want to see staples.


 Here is a picture of the basket with the envelopes and note cards. You can make 8 of these note cards from a 12 x 12 sheet of card stock and you can purchase the envelopes from the Annual Catalogue - you get 40 in a pack. The basket would easily holds 12 envelopes and cards if you wanted. 


I have used Sahara Sand for the base of the note cards and then stamped onto a 2 3/4" square of Whisper White.  I was running out of daylight, so I have kept the note cards really simple with images from the 'Painted Petals' stamp set. I added an accent of Soft Suede on the cards, but not really sure I like it.


Finally, here is the set together.


If you would like any further information, please contact me.  I would love to hear what you think, so please leave me a comment!

Project Details
Stamps Painted Petals, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Something Borrowed DSP, Champagne Glimmer paper, 
 Ink Sahara Sand, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Accessories Flowers and doilies from Artisan Embellishment kit, Pearls Basic Jewels, White Seaming Binding ribbon, Mini square envelopes
Tools     Berry Basket BigzL Die, Big Shot, Bitty Butterfly punch, Bird Builder punch, Bow Builder punch, Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Glue dots, Tombow glue

Click on the heart below to hop over to see what the lovely Kate Morgan has to inspire you.


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

1. Ros Davidson
2. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
3. Rachel Woollard
4. Genna Gifford
5. Judy May
6. Kate Morgan
7. Nikki Sadler


Thanks for looking!

Fresh Tulips

Hi there

It has been a very busy week with events and work, so this is the first chance I have had to show you this card made with the new 'Blessed Easter' stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue.

I have chosen to use the lovely outline tulip image without the Easter greeting, opting instead for something a bit more flexible, but it could still be used for Easter as well as many other occasions.  This is a wood mount only stamp, so I have separated the greeting from the tulips which are mounted on the wood block and the sentiment I can use on as a clear mount stamp. I think it makes the stamp more flexible to have them separated.

I have coloured the tulips with Copics using a bright spring yellow and then paired it with Tempting Turquoise and a dash of silver. I think it is a really fresh combination. The greeting is from the 'A Round Array' stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.


I have also decorated the inside, with the same DSP, some embossing a hint of silver.



Project Details
Stamps Blessed Easter, A Round Array    
Card stock & Papers     Tempting Turquoise, Whisper WhiteBazzill Textured White, Silver Foil, Brights DSP Patterns, Blending Card
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Basic Gray, 
Accessories Silver Taffeta Ribbon, 
Tools     Needlepoint Border Embossing folder, Big Shot, 7/8" Scallop Circle punch, 1" Circle punch, 1 1//8" Circle punch (not SU), Dimensionals, Copics

Thanks for visiting today!

Another Flip Card

Hi there

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to try another 'flip' card, this time using the Labels Framelits to cut the shape.  I used this Youtube video to learn how to do it, and like most things, it is so easy when you know how.  Give this a try, as you definitely don't need to purchase specific dies to create flip cards. 

I've created another Mother's Day card, this time using the 'Twitterpated' DSP and coordinating colours.  The 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush from MDS was put to use again. This time I increased the size of the sentiments and printed them in Island Indigo and punched them out with the wide oval punch. Here is the card closed.

Here is the card open, showing the centre label.


Finally, this one shows the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother (Digital), Stippled Blossoms
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Island Indigo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Twitterpated DSP
 Ink Pretty in Pink, Riding Hood Red, Island Indigo
Accessories Baja Breeze Taffeta ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Ovals Originals Die (retired), Swiss Dots embossing folder,  Designer Frames Embossing folder, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Stampamajig, 

Thanks for looking. 

Mother's Day Flip Card

Hi there

Mother's Day is coming soon, but there is still time to make a special card for your Mum.  Today I have a 'Flip' card  for you (also called a 'Flip Flop' card), which adds some extra interest to this special occasion card.  

There are a number of templates around on the Internet and now cutting dies are also available. However, you can easily make this basic shaped card with your standard papercraft tools (trimmer or ruler and craft knife). I wanted a square card and a wider border on the left, so I used the basic principle to create a template for a 14cm x 14cm square card. I always test my measurements on some scrap card first and usually need to adjust it a bit before making the 'real' one.  I used my Stampin' Trimmer to make the cuts as I find it easier and more accurate than a craft knife. 

I have used the blue and yellow floral print from the 'Print Poetry' Designer Series Paper Stack and paired it with the Summer Starfruit pattern from the 'Birds of a Feather' DSP on a base of Marina Mist card stock. This is the card flat.


This is how the card looks when it stands up and you can see that the centre panel is actually rectangular. 

This photo shows the reverse side of the centre panel where you write your message. I didn't have the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp set, so I purchased and downloaded the 'Wonderful Mother' stamp brush for MDS in a couple of minutes and then printed it out and cut the panel to size. This is a great example of a hybrid project. You can use the MDS stamp brushes in other software such as Photoshop Elements if you just want do something quick and simple like this. It is also cheaper than buying the stamp set!

There are some Youtube videos showing how to make the Flip card using framelits to cut a shaped centre panel.  I will give this a try next.


Project Details
Stamps Wonderful Mother, Delightful Dozen, Oh, Hello
Card stock & Papers     Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla, Print Poetry Designer Series Paper Stack, Birds of a Feather DSP, Subtles Pattern Stack
 Ink Midnight Muse, So Saffron, Wild Wasabi
Accessories 5/8" Vanilla Flower Trim, Marina Mist Taffeta ribbon (retired), Basic Pearls
Tools     Labels Framelits, Little Leaves Sizzlit, Big Shot, Itty Bitty Sahpes Punch Pack,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Copic B12 (to colour pearls)

Enjoy your weekend!

Dynamic Duos #45


Hi there

I couldn't go past the Dynamic Duos #45 combination this week as it features Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose and pink is one of my favourite colours. Having said that, it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be.

I have made a very CAS card which could be for Mother's Day or as a 'just because' card for Mum. I've added touches of Crumb Cake for contrast and dressed it with pearls.



Project Details
Stamps Delightful Dozen, Everything Eleanor
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Textured,  Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Regal Rose, Subtles (Pretty in Pink) Pattern Stacks
 Ink Regal Rose
Accessories Basic Pearls
Tools     Apothecary Accents, Big Shot, Dimensionals, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Tombow Glue

Thanks for looking.

Freshly Made #30

Hi there

In complete contrast to last weekend's wintry weather, we have a gorgeous, sunny weekend in Melbourne.  I have been out sweeping today as the leaves are well and truly coming down. My roses are enjoying their last hurrah for the season and I have a photo of one of my favourites at the end of the post.

Today, the card I have for you is based on this week's Freshly Made Sketch #30, shown below.

I have been wanting to use this doily stamp called 'Hello, Doily' (not currently available in Australia) and this sketch is a great opportunity.  I have white embossed it on Island Indigo card stock and then matched it will the Pool Party floral from the 'Domestic Goddess' DSP because it is so fresh and sweet. The centre of the doily is a Calypso Coral flower (in the Joanne Leddy style) with a pearl centre, sprayed with some Champage shimmer mist. The gingham panel has been stamped with the PTI 'Background Basics: Gingham' stamp.  I have made this into a Mother's Day card for my lovely mother-in-law Betty.



Project Details
Stamps Hello, Doily (NAH), Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Background Basics: Gingham (PTI)
Card stock & Papers Bazzill White Linen, Island Indigo, Calyspo Coral, Domestic Goddess DSP, Whisper White
 Ink Versamark, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Accessories Pearl brad (not SU), Basic Pearls, White Seam Binding ribbon (not SU)
Tools     Beautiful Wings Sizzlit, Big Shot, Modern Label punch,  Word Window punch, Fancy Flower punch, 5-Petal flower punch, Boho Blossoms punch, Dimensionals, Glue dots, Champagne Shimmer paint (to make shimmer mist), White embossing powder, Heat gun

Almost forgot, here is a photo of one of my roses that is lovely at the moment.  Lots of blooms to cut and bring inside. They start off as a pink/apricot and become more yellow as they age. They last really well in a vase.

Thanks for stopping by.


Thank you to the DT at Freshly Made Sketches for this award!

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Soft & Sweet - For Mum

Hi there

It has been a real sunshine and showers Autumn day on this Easter Monday in Melbourne.  There has been a really chilly wind that says winter is on the way.  My lovely white Japonica Camelia is already flowering and I had my first thoughts of warming soup. I whipped up some creamy cauliflower and potato soup with bacon for lunch as I had the items on hand and it was really yummy. I'm sure it will be even better for lunch tomorrow.

Although colour challenges aren't my strong point, I thought the lovely colour combo at Just Add Ink this week was something I could manage.  Here it is:

Untitled-1Mother's Day is on the horizon, so I have taken the opportunity to get an early start on this occasion with a soft and 'girly' card for my Mum. I inked up the lovely 'Bordering on Romance' stamp set from the new Autumn/Winter Mini for the first time and it is lovely to colour. I rarely colour on Very Vanilla card stock, but I like the resulting soft effect with these colours.  I've also used lots of other goodies from the new Mini - there is a lot to love in this one!  I've popped up both layers of labels and the group of 3 flowers in the spray.  This card has lots of layers and texture and definitely doesn't qualify as 'clean and simple', but I'm happy with the end result.



Project Details
Stamps Bordering on Romance, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Crumb Cake (Textured & Smooth), Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette (Textured & Smooth)
Ink Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake
Accessories Vanilla Seam Binding ribbon, Basic Pearls
Tools     Swiss Dots, Finial Press, Designer Frames & Adorning Accents Embossing Folders, Framelits Labels, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Big Shot, Wide Oval punch, Dimensionals, Sponge dauber, SU matched Copic markers (RV11, E43), Fray Stoppa

Enjoy the rest of your week.


Many thanks to the DT at Just Add Ink for choosing my card this week!


Pearls and Lace


Welcome to a new week in another new month.  The year is disappearing so quickly, it will be time to make Christmas cards again soon (sorry for that reminder!).  Sunday is Mother's Day and I have made this card for my Mum, who is a pearls and lace kind of lady. 

I have kept the design really simple, given the bold embellishments I have used. The DSP is the lovely Springtime Vintage that was available in the US in their last mini.  I've matched it with Rich Razzleberry to give it some 'pop' and lovely lace that I've had for ages (lace being top of mind after 'that' wedding). I made another of the gorgeous Joanne Leddy cardstock flowers in textured Very Vanilla, as the centrepiece.  This time I used a 5/16" brad and a larger flower punch for the centre which is a good platform for the large flat back pearl in the centre.

Here is a close-up of the flower.  I think the textured cardstock adds something as well.


Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Very Vanilla (Textured & Smooth), Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Rich Razzleberry, Always Artichoke
Accessories Wide Lace (not SU), Basic Pearls, Pretties Kit (Retired), String of Pearls (not SU), 5/16" brad
Tools Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Sponge Dauber, Dimensionals, Champagne Shimmer Paint (Mist), Fancy Flower punch, 5 Petal Flower punch, Small 5 petal flower punch (not SU)

Not long now until the Stampin' Up! Convention, which is in Melbourne this year - woohoo!  I've been busy in the background making swaps, so I will show you those soon.

Have a good week.

This and that...

Hi there

It was a gorgeous Autumn weekend in Melbourne and I enjoyed a spot of gardening, planting some cute purple violas and a new Gardenia that I struck from cuttings. Speaking of plants, I had to take a photo of my first Camellia of the season. This is a beautiful symmetrical white Japonica, called 'Early Pearly'. I have espaliered  two of these between the metal frame of my clothes line.  Sounds weird when you say it like that, but it does disguise this rather boring but necessary piece of equipment!


 If you are like me, you are always looking for new options for your craft storage.  I have tried a few different storage options for my sponge daubers as my collection has grown over the last few years, none of which have been entirely satisfactory . Finally, I came across this acrylic box that is specifically made for daubers and it is fantastic. It holds 40 daubers, which covers all of the main Stampin' Up! colour collections. It is easy to get them in and out of the box and they can't fall over, which sometimes caused the colours to be transferred. I made up a template for  the colour collections, that I've covered in contact as the daubers come in contact with the top of the box.


Of course, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to decorate the outward facing side with some of the retired Cottage Wall DSP and matching Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive cardstock.


Finally, I also have a card for you based on the Clean and Simple 135 sketch, which is shown below.


With Mother's Day coming soon, I have taken the opportunity to make this card for my MIL (she doesn't look at the Internet, so no chance she will get to see it).  I have used the lovely 'Strength and Hope' stamp set which raises funds for Cancer research.  This is very appropriate as she is also a breast cancer survivor.  The base card is my favourite Marina Mist with the lovely floral from 'Springtime Vintage' DSP.  I've sprayed this with Champagne shimmer mist before adding the embellishments. I love the sentiments expressed in the text behind the butterfly.  I hope she likes it.


Project Details
Stamps Strength & Hope, Well Scripted
Card stock & Papers Marina Mist, Very Vanilla, Springtime Vintage DSP
Ink Marina Mist
Accessories Basic Pearls, Blue craft wire (antennae)
Tools Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, 2 3/8" Scallop Cirlce Punch,  Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber, Champagne Shimmer Paint, stampamajig

Enjoy your week.