Winter Wonderland

I’m getting my craft on with this week’s TGIF Challenge!

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I’m on vacation with my family in Breckenridge and the view out of our window is almost like this beautiful card.  It feels wintery and peaceful and captures the beauty of the season perfectly!

I chose to build a wintery scene in the circle “windows” of my card with trees from the Happy Scenes stamp set, the car from White Christmas and little camper from the Project Life Let’s Get Away stamp set.  This was so fun to put together, simple and pretty.  I hope it evokes memories of picking the perfect little tree out to take home for the season.

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends 🙂

 

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Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza!

Online Extravaganza!

Woot!  The big Online Extravaganza Sale is here!  This sale starts on 11/23 and runs until 11/30 with two days of 24-hour flash sales.  The first flash sale is Monday, 11/23, only and features buy 3, get 1 free select Designer Series Paper packs!  This is a great deal and a great time to stock up!  The Envelope and Gift Box Punch Boards are 30% during this first flash sale too.

The complete list of sale items can be found HERE.  Why go out and fight the crazy shopping crowds this week when you can shop from the convenience of your computer anytime you want?  No parking, no lines and no headaches!  Click HERE to shop now!

Lots of other goodies are on sale and today I am featuring an adorable card made with one of the stamp sets that is 30% off throughout the sale.  It is a great set to use with Project Life too, when you are documenting your vacation travels.

I used the Map it Out Photopolymer set.  It is found online only and is not in the catalog.  You can find all of the online only photopolymer sets HERE.

I just spent the last week and a half in Florida with my bestie and yesterday, alas, it was time to come home.  This card expresses how I was feeling about leaving.  We had soooooo much fun, laughed till we cried.  And till our sides hurt.  We get in plenty of ab work when we are together just laughing!

The main image from the set is white embossed on watercolor paper.  Next random color was added with an aqua painter.  A tiny banner was added to the top left corner and a simple sentiment banner was white embossed on vellum and stretched across the US image at an angle.  That amazing sentiment is a sneak peak of a new set that is coming in the Occasions Catalog January 5th.  I just know it is going to see a lot of ink in my stamp room…LOVE this new set!  The airplane came out of the Greetings From photopolymer set.  It’s on sale for 30% off too and is another great Project Life set!  It was stamped with Stazon ink on Silver Foil and cut out.

Map it Out Stampin' Up

Map it Out Stampin’ Up

Map it Out Stampin' Up

Map it Out Stampin’ Up

Don’t miss these super cute sets!  I know I have to have them for my memory keeping!  Thanks for visiting today, I hope you are inspired to make something pretty 🙂

 

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Party Wishes…

I have a cute and easy project for you today using an upcoming set from the Occasions Catalog:  Party Wishes.  I think I have trouble with super simple lol!  I just didn’t love this card as I was making it, it felt naked or something.  The struggle is real!  I’ve fallen for it now that it’s complete and I’m sharing it with you 🙂

I used the Party Wishes stamp set and the It’s My Party Designer Series Paper Stack.  The solid cake was stamped in Mint Macaron and then cut out.  The sentiment was stamped on a piece of vellum and cut to the same size as my DSP.  I then lined the cake up under the vellum and adhered it to the DSP using dimensionals.   The vellum was stapled on top, slightly offset.  A piece of Melon Mambo was added along with small banners at the top.  A few other touches and voila…a cute birthday card for someone!  Embellishing with staples is a great way to not only secure your card elements but add dimension to it as well.  They have become one of my favorite accessories and you will see them often in my creations.  They are a “must have” item in my book!

Party Wishes Stampin' Up

Party Wishes Stampin’ Up

Party Wishes Stampin' Up

Party Wishes Stampin’ Up

I am still in Pensacola at Kimberly’s which means I am getting to use her super cute photo backdrop.  Love, love, love!  We are working on something big right now…stay tuned for more info!  I promise you won’t be disappointed 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I’ve inspired you to create something pretty today.

P. S. Again, the stamp set and DSP are not part of the product showcase below since they are not yet available for order.  They will be available on January 5, 2016 or for pre-order for demonstrators only on December 3, 2015.

 

Birthday Blooms!

I am soooo excited about the new Occasions Catalog that is being released by Stampin’ Up in January!  I am still enjoying every second of the Holiday Catalog but I cannot lie, I do love new goodies 🙂  This new catalog features lots of fun new stamps and coordinating dies and some really fun new accessories….what’s not to get excited about I ask?

Here is a sneaky peak of a tag I made with a new stamp set and Designer Series Paper that will be available on January 5, 2016.  Happy, happy new year to us 🙂

I am sure you have not noticed that I am obsessed with watercolor, the big flower image in the Birthday Blooms set is absolutely PERFECT for watercoloring.  I white embossed the image on watercolor paper and then used Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Mossy Meadow re-inkers to watercolor.  It is lovely!  Super easy to pop on the sentiment embossed on vellum and staple everything to a tag cut out of the Birthday Bouquet Designer Paper.

Do you want these beauties right now???  As a demonstrator, we can pre-order the Occasions Catalog items on December 3rd!!  Contact me for more information.

Stampin' Up Holiday Occasions - Birthday Blooms

Stampin’ Up Holiday Occasions – Birthday Blooms

 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I’ve inspired you to create something beautiful today!

P.S.  I couldn’t include the new catalog items in the product showcase since they are not available for purchase yet ….

 

On Stage 2015

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Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 56

Hello friends! Welcome back to the Monday Montage Blog Hop! You may have gotten here from the amazing Bree Renwick’s blog, make sure you select the “next” button below and that will take you to the next stop on the hop, the fabulous Dani Dziama’s blog.  I am sure we have some super cute goodies for you today!

I just got “home” from Onstage 2015 in Tampa.  I’m actually in Florida for another week, so home is my bestie’s in Pensacola, it’s going to be an amazing week of crafting and talking and laughing and crying 🙂

My project today is a card I posted at the event.  It’s a beauty featuring the Wonderland stamp set, I just love the trees in this set and the antlers….oh those antlers!  Love, love, love!

I stamped the trees in Mossy Meadow and Old Olive, stamping each color three times randomly so they got lighter and lighter.  I gold embossed the sentiment and the cute antlers on vellum.  I added the gold foil star die cut from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, a button and gold thread.  This made a beautiful and elegant card that came together really quickly and easily.

On Stage 2015, Wonderland stamp set, Stampin' Up!

On Stage 2015, Wonderland stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Onstage 2015 was really fun!  We, of course, talked and talked and talked and talked and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed.  We got into crazy shenanigans with the rest of the Stampin’ by the Sea girls at the event and then at dinner in Ybor City…on Saturday night…uh, this was very adventurous!  lol

The absolute highlight of the day was Kimberly’s selection to the 2015-2016 Artisan Design Team for Stampin’ Up!  I could not be more excited for her!!!  She is the most creative and talented stamper I know and I can’t wait to see what she creates this year for Stampin’ Up!

On Stage 2015, Wonderland stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Our girls at Onstage!  Photo Op 🙂

On Stage 2015, Wonderland stamp set, Stampin' Up!

Heading home on Sunday afternoon…still smiling after all our weekend adventures!

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for letting me share, have a great week filled with inspiration and beauty!

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Sweet trees….

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Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 55

Hello friends! Welcome back to the Monday Montage Blog Hop! You may have gotten here from the amazing Bree Renwick’s blog, make sure you select the “next” button below and that will take you to the next stop on the hop, the fabulous Dani Dziama’s blog.  I know we have some super cute goodies for you today!

I know it’s November now but I have to share the pretties I handed out to my team at work on Friday.  So first a Halloween project, super easy with the Mini Treat Bag die and the Sweet Hauntings stamp set.  I just love this cute set, so fun 🙂

 

Halloween Treat Bags

Halloween Treat Bags

My projects for this week are two versions of practically the same card.  I did it in Pink Pirouette and immediately knew I had to do it in Soft Sky next!  I used Peaceful Pines and the Perfect Pines Framelits.  So easy!  I embossed the tree image on the card stock in white and then stamped in the coordinating ink on whisper white.  I added some snowy hills to each card and a simple sentiment.  I used watercolor paper and Soft Sky reindeer for the hills on the Soft Sky card, this looks so amazing!  So sweet and soft.  I also added random glitter splatters with my fine tip glue!  I love that you can control the splats this way 🙂

Peaceful Pines

Peaceful Pines

 

 

Peaceful Pines - Pink Pirouette

Peaceful Pines – Pink Pirouette

 

 

Peaceful Pines - Soft Sky

Peaceful Pines – Soft Sky

Peaceful Pines - Soft Sky

Peaceful Pines – Soft Sky

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for letting me share, have a great week filled with inspiration and beauty!

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Flurries!

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It’s getting to be flurry time in Colorado!  The leaves are turning and we could get our first snowfall anytime, usually before Halloween!  This is an over the top card that was really pretty simple to make using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  I stamped snowflake images on Whisper White in Island Indigo, Smoky Slate and Pool Party.  Next I layered a piece of vellum over the whole top of the card and splattered Silver Glitter mixed with green glue and water over the vellum.  I also Silver Embossed snowflake images on vellum and punched them out.  The final embellies were Silver Thread and a silver foil “Joy” stapled on top.  I love the richness of this card and it was actually very quick to make!

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Flurry of Wishes Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Flurry of Wishes Stampin' Up

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for letting me share, have a great week filled with inspiration and beauty!

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8th Annual Stampin’ for a Cure!

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Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 53

Hello friends! Welcome back to the Monday Montage Blog Hop! You may have gotten here from the amazing Bree Renwick’s blog, make sure you select the “next” button below and that will take you to the next stop on the hop, the fabulous Dani Dziama’s blog.  I know we have some super cute goodies for you today!

Yesterday we held our 8th Annual Stampin’ for a Cure fundraiser for World Cardmaking Day!  We raised about $4,000 for our local Susan G. Komen Affiliate.  It was so much work and so much fun and sooooooo inspiring!  I co-designed two projects for the event this year and I want to share them with you today 🙂

On this first card, I used the Cozy Christmas stamp set and the Home for Christmas DSP.  I just love the sweet, vintage images in this paper!  Pretty simple, dimple card 🙂

Cozy Christmas

 

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Cozy Christmas Stampin' Up

I used Embellished Ornaments for the second card.  Oh my, do I love these images and framelits!!  So lovely!

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Embellished Ornaments Stampin' Up

Here are some pics from our day yesterday…

Lot’s of pink and busy stampers:Lot's of pink and busy stampers :)

Part of my display:
Part of my display at our event.

A toast to our success!

A toast to our success!

A great bunch of hardworking ladies, dinner after our long day:Celebration Dinner!

I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for letting me share, have a great week filled with inspiration and beauty!

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in love with Project Life “Love Story”

I’m single and there is no lovey dovey stuff going on in my life but I wanted to use the “Love Story” PL kit anyway!  My double layout features my little doggie and my daughter and her doggie.  This layout was soooooo easy peasy to put together and has lots of wow factor!  The kit is white, black, gray and silver.  I added one color:  Mint Macaroon.  I think the layouts are gorge with just the pop of color to set off the cards and embellishments included and the final result is that your photos take center stage!

Don’t miss this kit even if you don’t have a wedding you want to capture, the cards and embellishments work for anything or anyone that you love.  And you can use the wedding specific elements to make your next wedding card fast and easy!

I struggle with photographing pocket pages, the shiny and cameras just don’t mix!   I think these pics show how cute these pages are despite the inherent issues with taking pics of pocket pages!  I hope you enjoy as much as I do!  Here are the two layouts….

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Here are some close ups of some of the details:

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

Cathy Casey, Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator www.sugarshackdes... Project Life "Love Story" Stampin' Up

All these pages need now are some sweet journaling and they are done!  I just love the new “You’re So Sweet” set and how the heart in that set worked perfectly with this kit & layout.

Happy memory keeping!

 

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sad goodbye to coastal cabana…

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Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 43

Hello friends! Welcome back to the Monday Montage Blog Hop! You may have gotten here from the amazing Bree Renwick’s blog, make sure you select the “next” button below and that will take you to the next stop on the hop, the fabulous Dani Dziama’s blog.  I know we have some super cute goodies for you today!

As always this time of year I am super excited about a new catalog and new goodies but I also seem to have a few faves I struggle to let go of!  This year, in particular, I am so so sad to say goodbye to the retiring In Colors.  I have loved and used them all to pieces and will especially have trouble losing Coastal Cabana and Crisp Cantaloupe from my repertoire.  My stamp club Friday night was a memorial to these two lovely colors and I am sharing those pretties here today.

Two super easy cards.  The Coastal Cabana card features the bokeh technique.  This is soooo easy to do and is such a huge wow factor!  I just love the finished card.  Coastal is prominent from the bokeh background to the lovely twine and arrow.  I also love, love, love the Adventure Awaits set and will be sad to bid it farewell too!

The second card features the Smooches & Snuggles set and the Hi There set.  Hi There is retiring too and I have loved it often during the past year!

Lots of embossing this week….but that’s a good thing right?

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I hope you enjoy!

Thanks for letting me share, have a great week filled with inspiration and beauty!

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