CASE-ing the Catty - Party Animal


Hi there

Happy New Year!  It is great to be back for a new year with the CTC Crew, bringing you creative inspiration from the brand new Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogues.  You can now purchase products from the Occasions catalogue and for every $90 you spend (before shipping) you get to choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue. It's the very best time of the Stampin' Up! year when YOU get the presents!

You may have come from 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 we are looking at the 'Party Animal' section of the Occasions Catalogue on pages 4 - 7.  As the title suggests, this section is all about birthdays.  I've taken my inspiration from the group of tags at the bottom of page 4 and in particular the striped tag (3rd from the left) and turned it into a card.


I went looking for this lovely striped paper in the 'Party Animal' DSP pack and couldn't find it. I looked again and then it suddenly twigged that the striped paper in the pack had been 'enhanced' by placing the narrow Tangerine Tango washi tape between alternate coloured stripes. Doesn't it look great? The colours in this designer paper are vibrant and punchy, making it perfect for male birthdays in particular.  However, I wanted to make a girly card, so this is what I came up with.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Adventures & Party Animal for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

I started with a thick Whisper White base and then added the Pacific Point designer paper from the 'Party Animal' pack and layered on a strip of the 'enhanced' striped paper down the centre. I've used the same greeting as the tag, inking up the top and bottom words with the Pacific Point ink pad and using the Tangerine Tango Stampin' Write marker for the centre. This was die cut with my favourite Stitched Shapes Framelits and popped onto a scalloped square from the Layering Squares Framelits. The little bow at the top is from the new 'Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits' dies.  This is a fabulous set and I'm looking forward to have more of a play with them.


I've added some bling to finish and one of the cute party hat trinkets from the 'Party Animal Embellishments' pack, which you can see better in this close-up.

Stampin' Up! Balloon Adventures & Party Animal for CASE-ing the Catty - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have added strips from 3 of the Party Animal washi tapes at the bottom, which forms the base for the popped up number. I embossed the number with (retired) Irridescent Ice embossing powder for a bit more bling. The balloon has 2 layers; the bottom being the spotted washi tape cut out with the Balloon Bouquet punch (it is a perfect match) and topped with a die cut from the Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits. I love how all of these elements coordinate so easily! 

Project Details
Stamps Balloon Adventures
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Pacific Point, Party Animal DSP
 Ink Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Accessories White Baker's twine, Party Animal Embellishments, Party Animal Washi set, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Tools     Balloon Pop-Up Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Glue Dots, Tombow Glue

Now it's time to click on the Next button below to hop over to see the fabulous project that Bronwyn has to inspire you today. 


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We would love you to join in with your CASE of the Party Animal section of the Occasions Catalogue. To make it super easy for you, we now have a FB page where you can post your creation, so you don't need to have a blog to join in the fun. Click on this link or the image below.


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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CASEing the Catty - For Birthdays


Hi there

I'm pleased to be back tonight with the CTC Crew to provide more inspiration from the 'Birthdays' section of the 2016-17 Annual Catalogue.  It has been a busy few weeks for me, having been away for a week of sunshine in New Caledonia and then taking on a commission to make 230 party favour boxes as soon as I returned and a class this afternoon. I hope that life will slow down a little bit now, so I can get back to my craft desk and enjoy being creative.

You may have come from 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 is the Stampin' Up! sample from the bottom right corner of page 10 that I have used for my inspiration. I have taken the basic layout from the sample card and added some extra layers. I've also used the colours from the 'Festive Birthday' DSP, changing it up a bit from the sample.


For the focal image, I have inked up the 'Sweet Cupcake' stamp set for the first time to create a yummy looking cupcake. I have never succumbed to any of the cupcake cake stamps/punches up to now. This stamp set with the coordinating 'Cupcake Cutouts' Framelits is such a great combination. I love that the cupcake is so realistic and there are lots of greetings to go with it. There are lots of great extras in the framelits in addition to the cup cake top, base and candle. There is the lovely script words 'sweet' and 'wish', a 3D banner and the 'loopy line'.

The frosting on the cupcake uses 3 shades of Melon Mambo to coordinate with the background that has been dry embossed with the 'Festive' embossing folder. I started with the solid image (#3) stamped off twice, the next most solid (#2) stamped off once and the highlight image (#1) in full strength Melon Mambo. I added some extra subtle sparkle with Wink of Stella over the top. For the base of the cupcake I used the same order of stamps in Crumb Cake (#3), Soft Suede (#2) and Early Espresso (#1). The 'sweet' has been die cut from the coordinating set of 'Cupcake Cutouts' framelits in silver glimmer and the other words are from the 'Thoughtful Banners' stamp set. 

  Stampin' Up! Festive TIEF, Sweet Cupcake & Cupcake Cutouts Framelits for CTC91 - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


For the inside I have added a fun touch with the 'loopy line' I mentioned previously, at the bottom with a little bling on each end.

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I really like this simple layout and I'm sure I will be using it again in the future. 

Project Details
Stamps Sweet Cupcake, Thoughtful Banners
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Festive Birthday DSP, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Melon Mambo, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Early Espresso,Wink of Stella
Accessories White Baker's Twine, Rhinestones Basic Jewels
Tools     Festive TIEF, Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Big Shot, Owl Builder punch, Dimensionals, Xyron

Now it's time to click on the Next button to hop over to Rachel's blog to see what she has to inspire you this week.


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We would love you to link up your CASE of this section of the catty by clicking on the button below to add your project.


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

Thanks for visiting today!

A Marquee Message

Hi there

Today I'm sharing one of the cards we made in class on the weekend. We used the new 'Marquee Messages' stamp set that is fabulous for masculine, teen and kids cards for a starter. However, it is certainly not limited to these and would also make a super birthday or thank you card for either gender. It has a funky retro look that gives it wide appeal. This set has a number of messages, but I went with the birthday option for my card and a couple of ladies in the class made the 'awesome' option. I love the extra greetings that you can pair with your marquee message, too.

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I have made the new In Colours Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim a focus for my card, along with the yummy new copper embossing powder. This powder gives a really thick, rich finish and a realistic metallic look. The arrow was stamped on Dapper Denim, fussy cut and popped up on the shadow. I used a white gel pen for the 'lights' on it.  The numbers were pressed into the Versamark ink pad and dipped into the copper embossing powder twice to give a bold finish. Stampin' Write markers were used to colour the spiral, shadow and message in the centre. The finished panel was matted on Real Red and popped up on the Emerald Envy base card.

I'm sure you can see lots of combinations for colouring and paper piecing the various elements on the the main image. I'm looking forward to making a girly version next.

Stampin' Up! Marquee Messages - Judy May, Just Judy Designs


For the inside, I've kept it quite simple, with more of the lovely Emerald Envy striped washi tape (from the Playful Palette set) and a single Dapper Denim balloon.



Project Details
Stamps Marquee Messages
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Real Red, Dapper Denim, Basic Black, Whisper White, 2016-18 In Colour Stack
 Ink Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Accessories Playful Palette Washi set
Tools     Little Letters Framelits (retired), Big Shot, 1 1/8" Circle punch (not SU), 1 1/4" Circle punch (retired), Balloon Bouquet punch, Copper Embossing powder, Heat gun, Stampin' Write markers - Real Red, Soft Sky, Dimensionals, White gel pen, Xyron

Thanks for looking!

CASE-ing the Catty - More Saleabration!


Hi crafters!

This week the CASE-ing the Catty crew are looking at the Saleabration catalogue and in particular I'm looking at the new items available in the Second Release brochure.

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

This week I wanted to get my balloon on! I've used the Saleabration second release 'Party Pants' stamp set and the coordinating Balloon Bouquet punch from the Occasions Catalogue.  These were the samples from the second release brochure that caught my eye.


I have to admit when I first saw the 'Party Pants' set, I thought 'do I really need another birthday stamp set?'. Well the answer is a resounding YES! The 'Balloon Celebration' stamp set from the Occasions catty didn't do it for me, but I love the Balloon Bouquet punch and now 'Party Pants' gives me lots of cute sentiments that fit into the balloons, plus a balloon stamp, string and accessories and best of all, you can get it FREE with a $90 order like I did. Don't forget you only have until 31 March 2016 to take advantage of the FREE Saleabration products.

Party Pants Stamp Set

I have taken the opportunity to make a card for my husband's niece who has a birthday coming up shortly. I've used the fabulous 'It's My Party' designer paper and taken the colour cues from it. I really like this layout with the 'Large Numbers' dies, which would fit the bill for any child or teen birthday card - lots of dimension, texture and colour.

Stampin' Up! 2016 Saleabration Party Pants, Large Numbers & It's My Party DSP - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I used a strip of the designer paper on the bottom and a small balloon stamped with another of the 'Party Pants' sentiments. 



Project Details
Stamps Party Pants (2016 Saleabration 2nd Release)
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP Stack, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Basic Black Archival
Accessories White Baker's twine, Basic Jewels Rhinestones
Tools     Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, 2.5" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Balloon Bouquet punch, Dimensionals

 Now it is time to head over to Rebecca's blog to see her inspiring project. Click on the Next button below to continue the journey.


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Why not join us this week and link up your Saleabration creation over at the CASE-ing the Catty blog. You can also see the full list of this week's participants.

Thanks for visiting today!

CASE-ing the Catty - It's My Party


Hi there

It is Sunday again so that means it is time to CASE the Catty. Can you believe how quickly this first month of the year is going? This week the CTC Crew are taking inspiration from the 'It's a Party' section of the new Occasions Catalogue. There is a great range of papers, stamps and embellishments in this suite, which features lots of bright colours.

You may have come from Simone's blog, but if you are visiting me, you can join the trail using the buttons at the bottom of the post.

I have 2 cards for you today and the first one is inspired by this card on page 3 of the Occasions Catalogue. I like the layout of this card as it is clean and simple and very versatile. 


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I don't have the 'Party Wishes' stamp set that is used on this card, so I have substituted the Sale-a-bration set 'Perfect Pairings', which I think works really well. I used the Melon Mambo design from the coordinating set of washi tape down the sides of the base card and then selected 3 of the colours from the I'ts My Party suite - Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Mint Macaron. I love these colours together. I've stamped the happy birthday trio onto a separate panel of thick Whisper White as I find it works much better when you pop it up on dimensionals.  I've added a little banner on the right for balance and then scattered some of the cute coordinating enamel dots.  The fabulous colour coordination of Stampin' Up! products makes it so easy to create!

Stampin' Up! 2016 Saleabration Perfect Pairings - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have used the balloon design from the washi set at the bottom and paper pieced the balloon from the Sale-a-bration 'Honeycomb Happiness' stamp set to finish it.


Project Details
Stamps Perfect Pairings, Honeycomb Happiness
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White (thick), Melon Mambo
 Ink Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron
Accessories It's My Party Washi and Enamel Dots, white Bakers Twine
Tools     Stamp-a-ma-jig, Dimensionals, Banners Framelits, Big Shot

This card from page 6 of the Occasions Catalogue with the bright balloon design caught my eye, so I decide to CASE it as well.

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I started my card with a Mint Macaron base and added a layer of the black balloon DSP from the It's My Party DSP Stack.  On the banner I have used the 'Endless Birthday Wishes' stamp set. I have coloured the cute little cake with markers and then constructed my greeting from the great selection of words in this set. I've added a couple of little banners at the top and some white Baker's twine wrapped around it all. The pink banner uses the Melon Mambo washi on white card stock, which I die cut with the Banners framelits.

Stampin' Up! It's My Party Suite and Endless Birthday Wishes - Judy May, Just Judy Designs

For the inside, I have used some of the Melon Mambo washi at the bottom and then punched out a small balloon using the new Balloon Bouquet punch. I've drawn in a string on the balloon to mirror the DSP.


Project Details
Stamps Endless Birthday Wishes
Card stock & Papers     Mint Macaron, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP Stack
 Ink Crushed Curry, Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories White Baker's Twine, 2mm Rhinestones (not SU)
Tools     Banner's Framelits, Big Shot, Banner Punch, Copic Markers, Balloon Bouquet punch

I'm at the end of the line this week, so clicking on the Next button will take you to the CASE-ing the Catty blog where you can see all the participants and start at the beginning. Alternatively click on the Previous button and check out Simone's lovely creation and do the circuit in reverse. 

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Don't forget that you can join us and link up your creation at the CTC Blog.

Thanks for visiting today!

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

Hi there

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

Hi there


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:

Thanks for looking!

Bold, Bright & Fun!

Hi there

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

Hi there

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.