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CTC 151 Season of Whimsy Mini Pizza Box

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Welcome back to the CASEing the Catty blog hop. This week the crew are looking at the front covers of our Stampin’ Up! catalogues for inspiration, and also the exclusive host sets. What a fun theme!

 

 

Season of Whimsy

I chose the host set on page 3 the current Holiday catalogue, called Season of Whimsy, and in particular that card in the top right corner (see below).

Season of Whimsy

 

Except, I turned it into the cover of a Mini Pizza Box!

 

Stampin’ Blends Alcohol Markers

The ornaments were coloured using the brand new Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, which will be available to customers from November 1. They are a dream to colour with.

And as you can see, they even colour our adhesive-backed rhinestones and pearls! I’m in heaven.

Colour Rhinestones with Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. www.simonebartrum.com

 

I finished the box with the lovely Cherry Cobbler double-stitched ribbon tied around the box, and finished with a bow at the front.

 

Adding colour to the Mini Pizza Boxes

The boxes come white, but they are sooooo easy to change to any colour at all.

Simply add a few drops of ink refill to a Stampin’ Spritzer filled with Isocol alcohol (I used Old Olive ink), then spray until you get the desired depth of colour. It lightens as it dries, so you might find you need to add a few ‘coats’. Make sure the box is flat (i.e. unassembled) when you spritz it.

My box took a few minutes to be fully covered, and then another 5 minutes or so to completely dry.

 

 

Your turn to CASE the Catty

Will you join in the challenge this week? Click the link below to join our challenge group on Facebook.

 

 

And continue on the blog hop this week by visiting Angela here.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Stampin’ Up! Crafting Forever

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Recently I hosted a creative challenge and invited members to share a project using their BIGGEST stamp. As you can imagine, we had a lot of large background stamps, large flowers (Rose Wonder), trees (Lovely as a Tree) and big greetings, resulting in a delightful variety of interpretations.

My contribution to the challenge featured the large background stamp called “Watercolour Wash“.

Do something creative every day

 

Watercolour Wash

The large Stampin’ Up! ink pads were the perfect means to apply different shades of blue (Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party) onto the Watercolour Wash stamp. The lines looked a little ‘hard’ but a few wipes with a sponge wedge soon smoothed them out. The sponge also contributed to the mottled effect and a smoother ombre effect which I love.

 

Watercolor Wash background stamp by Stampin' Up!

 

A similar effect could be achieved by lightly spritzing the inked stamp with water.

The fun Crafting Forever stamp set was still out on my desk from the previous challenge, but I actually thought it wash the perfect fit for this background anyway. The pot of paint brushes were lightly watercoloured with Wink of Stella dipped into ink. Sharp scissors were the order of the day when it came time to fussy cut the image, but I adore how it looks when popped up on Stampin’ Dimensionals on the card. Well worth the few minutes of time to snip it all out.

The Night of Navy banner at the back was embellished with a heat embossed sentiment in white, and a strip of thin shimmery washi tape.

 

paintbrushes: Crafting Forever stamp set by Stampin' Up!

 

What a wonderful rule to live by: Do something creative every day.

Of course there are so many ways to be creative… in cooking, gardening, sewing, painting and of course in stamping and cardmaking. Some of us do a bit of everything! What sort of creative things have you done today? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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Check out another Crafting Forever card here:

Crafting Forever by Simone Bartrum

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Stampin’ Up!’s Crafting Forever set & 10 Day Sale

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Crafting Forever Housework Whenever by Simone Bartrum

*               Crafting Forever by Stampin’ Up!                *

 

 

October is here and I have so much to share with you I almost don’t know where to start!

First of all, how about we start with a card.

 

Crafting Forever

 

Crafting Forever by Simone Bartrum

 

 

I’m hosting a creative Inspiration Challenge in my team forum and online Customer VIP group this week, which is proving to be a lot of fun. We’re doing one challenge per day in the lead up to World Card Making Day, concluding on the 7th of October. Our first challenge was to find an uninked stamp in our collection and give it some love. I had used the Crafting Forever stamp set a few times (oh, those pens!), however hadn’t managed to stamp the peg spool image. Challenge accepted!

Crafting Forever peg spools

 

 

1. How to make the peg spool

 

2. How to make the Made With Love stamp with ‘glossy label’

  • Use Versamark clear ink to stamp the image on a sheet of wood-pattern paper from the Wood Texture paper stack
  • While the Versamark is still wet, sprinkle with clear embossing powder then heat set. Fussy cut.
  • Stamp the image again, but this time in black ink.
  • Cover the surface with the clear, glossy glue from the Fine Tip Glue pen, ensuring that the Made With Love ‘label’ part of the image is well covered.
  • Once it is completely dry, fussy cut out the label part and adhere it to the top of the ‘stamp’ image. It will end up looking like the glossy stickers that we adhere to the wood-mount stamps. Love it!

 

3. How to make the scissors with silver blades

  • Stamp the scissor image in clear Versamark ink on both Whisper White cardstock and silver foil sheet.
  • While the ink is still wet, sprinkle with black embossing powder and heat set.
  • Colour the handles black on the white sheet, then fussy cut the handles.
  • On the silver foil image, fussy cut the scissors. Adhere the black handles over the silver ones.

 

Images from Crafting Forever

 


Do you have an uninked stamp in your collection? Maybe you could dig it out today, then see what you can make with it. Leave a comment below to let me know how you go. xxx

 

World Card Making Day Specials

 

I’ve got some SUPER exciting news today. As part of the World Card Making Day celebrations, Stampin’ Up!® are knocking 15% off some of our favourite products for 10 days only. So if your motto is “Crafting forever – housework whenever” too, then this sale will definitely be of interest.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER

World Cardmaking Day specials - page 1. Shop Stampin' Up! Australia at http://bit.ly/BuySU

World Cardmaking Day specials - page 2. Shop Stampin' Up! Australia at http://bit.ly/BuySUCLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLYER

 

 

Patterned Paper Special

 

In addition to the WCMD (World Card Making Day) specials, there is a great Buy 3-Get 1 Free patterned paper sale on now too. Open the flyer here.

I go through stacks of patterned paper so couldn’t wait to get my order in. However, if you don’t use a lot you might want to think about splitting a few packs with a friend. You would both get 1 sheet of each double-sided design in the pack, so that could be a fun way to get even more variety.

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Crafting Forever Housework Whenever by Simone Bartrum

 

 

October Host Code

 

You can shop for Stampin’ Up! products anytime from anywhere in Australia by clicking on the Shop Now button below. If you’re ordering online make sure you use this month’s host code:

R3XPCVSG

Tracy C used last month’s host code and is the lucky recipient of the limited edition Merry Patterns stamp set as an extra gift from me. Congrats Tracy! Your stamp set will arrive in the mail next week, along with your hand stamped card.

 

 

 

 

Crafting Forever Housework Whenever by Simone Bartrum

 

 

With World Card Making Day coming up on Sunday, I hope you will join me in making a card or two this week. If you’re anything like me, our lives are so busy and often filled with competing interests, but it’s important to take time out for creative pursuits. Most of all, it *means something* to share your creation by writing a sincere message inside the card so make sure you pop it in the post too. I know that’s what I’ll be doing this week.

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

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CTC147: Season to Sparkle

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Season to Sparkle stamp set, by Stampin' Up!. From www.simonebartrum.com

 

 

It’s time for our Sunday evening blog hop, inspired by the gorgeous projects in the Stampin’ Up! catalogues.

 

This time the CASEing the Catty design team look at pages 28-35 of the Holiday Catalogue, which also includes the fabulous Watercolour Christmas Project Kit on page 33. I’ve made all the cards in the kit (in fact, it was one of our class projects at the Paperific Papercraft Expo recently), and often thought they would make a great layout for an alternative card.

So that’s exactly what I did this week.

I used the layout from this card on page 33…

Watercolor Christmas Project Kit, from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue page 33

…flipped it on its side, and turned it into this:

 

CASEing The Catty project: Season to Sparkle stamp set, by Stampin' Up!. From www.simonebartrum.com

 

Season to Sparkle card by Simone Bartrum

 

It was fun to create with the Season to Sparkle stamp set.

Basic Grey, Soft Sky and silver was the order of the day, with some extra bling in the form of rhinestones for even more sparkle.

Season to Sparkle stamp set, by Stampin' Up!. From www.simonebartrum.com

 

For the chandelier I used a combination of stamping and then heat embossing. I can’t remember the last time I did that so it was fun to try it again. Usually I do stamping OR heat embossing – not both in the one image.

I hope you enjoyed my card today! Will you play along in this week’s CASEing the Catty challenge? Join us in the Facebook group here.

Next on the blog hop is my lovely friend Julia Quinn – you can check out her card here.

Happy stamping,

 

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CI 17: Super Duper Colour Combination

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Colour INKspiration #17 Blog Hop - card from www.simonebartrum.com

Our colour palette this week for the Colour INKspiration challenge is a fabulously bright and happy combination, inspired by this fun variation of a garden shed.

 

Colour INKspiration #17

 

In Stampin’ Up! colours, we’re calling them Pool Party, Lemon Lime Twist, Tempting Turquoise and Flirty Flamingo. You would have to be a brave soul to paint your garden furniture Lemon Lime Twist – but this really works. Love it.

So after pulling out my colours, and studying my stamp sets, I came up with this….

 

Colour INKspiration #17 Blog Hop - card from www.simonebartrum.com

 

The stamp set used is called, appropriately, Super Duper. It includes an awesome variety of stamps, but I particularly love the balloons and those fabulous sentiments.

 

Super Duper stamp set

 

Super Duper stamp set by Stampin' Up!

 

For this card I stamped the main Super Duper sentiment twice: Once in Lemon Lime Twist and once in Tempting Turquoise. I cut the separate banner elements apart, and reunited them in different colours using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Colour INKspiration #17 Blog Hop - card from www.simonebartrum.com

 

Our colour combo this fortnight called for Flirty Flamingo too, so I tucked a little cardstock banner strip behind the main sentiment, and added a few tiny dots with the tip of a Flirty Flamingo Stampin’ Write Marker.

An effective birthday card for the young or young-at-heart.

Colour INKspiration #17 Blog Hop - card from www.simonebartrum.com

Are you enjoying this colour combination?

Continue on around the blog hop to see what else the Colour INKspiration Crew has created. Next is the lovely Jackie Noble from New Zealand.

Next blog on the Colour INKspiration blog hop

 

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

 

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CTC 144: Stampin’ Up! Quilted Christmas

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Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas

Welcome back to the CASEing The Catty blog hop. This week we jump in to the brand new Holiday Catalogue – to pages 4-9. This section features the Quilted Christmas suite, the Ready For Christmas bundle (which I’ve already shared a fair bit of in recent weeks), plus three other lovely watercolour-y stamp sets.

 

Quilted Christmas Suite

I loved the featured picture on page 4 (as above) with the lovely Christmas Quilt stamp set, Quilt Builder Framelits dies and all the other delicious embellishments that coordinate so beautifully.

These were the three projects I created:

 

Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas. Projects created by Simone Bartrum.

 

Quilt Builder Framelits dies

 

The Quilt Builder Framelits dies includes 15 dies but I think my favourite is this adorable ribbon spool which is just perfect for wrapping a little twine around it.

 

Stampin' Up!'s Quilted Christmas. Project created by Simone Bartrum.

 

Mini Pizza Boxes

 

The Mini Pizza Boxes in the new holiday catalogue have quickly become a favourite.

My project is very much inspired by the one on page 4.

Mini Pizza Boxes by Stampin' Up!. Decorated with products from the Quilted Christmas suite.

 

Mini Treat Bag

 

The cardstock bag on page 4 was the inspiration for the next project, although at first glance they don’t look like they have much in common.

 

 

Mini Treat Bag by Stampin' Up. Decorated with products from the Quilted Christmas suite.

 

The Mini Treat Bag thinlits dies and Quilted Christmas Designer Series Paper proved to be a great combination for a gift bag.

This paper stack comes in a very handy 6″x6″ size, so it’s perfect for die cutting through the Big Shot.

 

 

The Quilt Top embossing folder is lovely addition to the suite.

 

I embossed a panel of Designer Series Paper and also a piece of Vellum cardstock which adds interest to the front panel.

I LOVE embossing vellum!

This is such a cool technique.

 

 

Quilted Christmas suite - projects created by Simone Bartrum.

So there you go. I hope you enjoyed my Quilted Christmas projects this week, but you will find even more of it to inspire you over at Liz’s blog.

 

We’d also love you to join in! Create a project inspired by this same section of the 2017 Stampin’ Up!® Holiday Catalogue, and share it over on our CASEing The Catty Facebook Group. It’s heaps of fun. I’m sure you’ll find plenty there to inspire you because the projects shared in the group are absolutely gorgeous. See you there!

Happy stamping,

Simone Bartrum, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Australia, Victoria

 

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