Friday, August 15, 2014

CASE-ing the Catty Challenge #5 - Baby

Hello there. It's been a fortnight since I last shared a project for CASE-ing the CattyLast week was just plain crazy but it's good to be back to show you a card that I CASED from page 78 of the Baby Section of the Stampin' Up! ® catalogue.

I kept the layout, used the same stamp set but changed the look dramatically by switching the DSP to Confetti Celebration and matching ink, then added a little flag banner, used ribbon instead of twine and popped a rhinestone on the elephant's trunk.  So happy with the end result.

Here's a little run down on what CTC Challenges is all about -

Each week we will feature a certain section of the catalogue and find a project to use as our inspiration.
You can directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, just to name a few examples, as a springboard for your own creations. It doesn't even have to have the same theme that is featured for the week.   For example, this week we are challenging you to find something from the Baby Section to CASE but you may want to make a birthday or sympathy card.  The possibilities are endless!  It's all about looking at the catty for inspiration and believe me, there's loads of it.  Hope you can join us.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

SUO 103 - Geometrical Shapes

Wowee! Life has been hectic lately but I'm so pleased that I managed to get this project completed in time for SUO 103.  This fortnight we are challenging you to make a project using Geometric Shapes and to 'move away' from the usual rectangles and squares that tend to feature in many paper craft projects.

I went with a Hexagon Theme with my 3D download, DSP, die, stamp, punch and tag! 


I just love the Cool Like That Giftable Templates and have waited to share the six sided box with lid so I could feature if for this challenge. I'm pretty chuffed with how it turned out. As many of you know, I am passionate about using MDS downloads with my e-cutter. It's fun and the possibilities are endless.

I hope I have inspired you to play along with our Geometric Shapes Challenge over at SUO.

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Stacey Ailes

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Project Recipe:
Card Stock and Matching Ink:  Whisper White, Basic Grey, Crushed Curry, Pistachio Pudding, Tangelo Twist
(Retired Basic Grey ribbon)

Monday, August 11, 2014

Choose Happiness

I've just spent a lovely weekend away on a Women's Retreat for church. We stayed at Camp Clayton in Ulverstone.  Of course I just had to take some of my stamping stash to play with.

I really love one of my new stamp sets, 'Choose Happiness' and seeing "the beach is my happy place", I combined the two and found some beautiful, smooth rocks to stamp the images on.

My friend, Nadia, took these photos for me and I love how they turned out.



The feather image is a little sneak peek from a new, soon to be released stamp set called Four Feathers (available 28th August).

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A Sneak Peek at All is Calm Party Ensemble - Cracker

Did you know that Stampin' Up! ® is releasing a new Holiday Catalogue on the 28th August?  I'm patiently waiting for my pre-order goodies to arrive but in the meantime, I decided to play with my new digital kit from MDS called All is Calm Party Ensemble.

I used some retired DSP, a bit of Silver Ribbon, a punched butterfly and my trusty Silhouette Cameo (e-cutter) to make the Christmas Cracker. One great thing about digital downloads is that they are instant, so I get to play with some pre-order products straight away!

I'm looking forward to making these with the new, All is Calm Specialty DSP!

Thanks for taking a peek.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CASE-ing the Catty Challenge #3 - Birthday

It's week 3 at CASE-ing the Catty Challenges and we're up to the Birthday Section of the Stampin' Up! ® Catalogue.  The idea at CTC this week is to browse through pages 42 - 59 and find a project that you would like to re-create.
You can directly CASE (Copy and Share Everything) or use a sketch/layout, colour combo, embellishment, just to name a few examples, as a springboard for your own creations.

The inspiration for my card is from page 56 (Happiest Birthday Card).  I used the sketch and most of the colour palette but substituted Apothecary Art with one of my new stamp sets, 'Choose Happiness'.

The flower image was stamped on Island Indigo card stock and scrunched several times to loosen the fibres. I love the vintage look it creates. 
It's fun looking through the pages of the catty for inspiration, discovering something new each time and thinking of ways to put my own 'twist' on the projects. I hope you will join us at CASE-ing the Catty this week as we CASE our way through the Birthday section.

Tag a Bag Gift Box

Oh look what we made at Stamp Class last night!  Yes ... it's CASED from the Catty, page 14 to be precise.  I had not taken much notice of these Tag a Bag Gift Boxes until 3 designers from CTC Challenges made their own version of the catalogue project for our very first challenge.

Needless to say, I just had to buy a couple of packets of these gift boxes for our ladies to 'test drive' at class.  It was a great project, especially for beginners and everyone enjoyed the evening.  They also went home with a scrap page courtesy of De Arn and a card from the Hip, Hip Hooray Card Kit.


I'm already looking forward to the next stamp class!  We will be doing a Project Life Page with De Arn and a card and 3D item with me.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SUO 102 - Favourite New Toys!

Hi there!  There's a brand new challenge posted at SUO Challenges and it's all about using something 'new' from your ever growing Stampin' Up! ® stash.  Some items from my last order hadn't made their way out of the big brown box, so I had a nice little selection of  'favourite' new toys to choose from. 

I made a simple black and white card with the stamp set, 'A Happy Hooray' and some paper beads with the matching DSP, 'Back to Black'.  Can't wait to use this funky stamp set again - love all the images! 

SUO 102

There are 6 products from the brand new SU Catalogue that I have used on this card.  Can you spot them?  They're the first six I have listed on the Stampin' Buddy below.

I hope I have inspired you to play along with your Favourite New Toys over at SUO.

Design Team Blogs -

Stacey Ailes

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