CTC221 – Needlepoint Nook


Welcome, to another week of Casing the Catty hop, where we are focussing on the Needlepoint Nook suite – pages 38 – 41 of the Occassions catalogue. You may be starting here with me, or you may have hopped over from Kelly – either way, welcome!


So today is kind of a special day… 17 years ago today, I married my main man. So I wanted to see how I could make the Florentine Filigree bundle, on page 40, work for a guy. It’s always a challenge to make cards for our male folk, isn’t it? I love the two samples in the Occasions catalogue, particularly the one used as a stencil for embossing paste – I must try this. However, my inspiration came differently this time.

Next to the images showing stamp designs are two pieces of information explaining how they come and what you can do with them. The paper piecing technique came to mind. This is how my card turned out:

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Florentine Filigree, Well Said, Guy cards

The colours and paper you choose always helps to define male or female oriented cards too. Here I opted for a Basic Black card base and used the awesome Champagne foil. I punched the Filigree die from a piece of the foil. The size of the die is a little shorter for our card sizes, so I just trimmed everything shorter. The width works fine.

I really like the Black and Champagne together but I wanted add some more colour. I decided on an ombre-ish colour scheme and went with Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana. But then wanted a pop of colour and went with Cherry Cobbler.

I love how this set works and has been designed to work perfectly with the Stamparatus, using the hinge technique, as shown briefly on page 40. I used that technique, here is how I lined them up:

I cut my piece of Whisper White for stamping the same size as my die cut frame – 135mm x 105mm. This allowed me to line up the White behind the die cut, then I placed them down together on the stamparatus, using a layer of small grid paper underneath. I was able to use the grid as marker if I needed. I placed my stamps over the top of the die cut, fitting them into the grooves. I closed the plate over to pick up the stamp and specifically used the one with the vertical hinge, so I could stamp down the cardstock. I carefully removed the die cut element layer, leaving the Whisper White carstock and stamped two rows in both blue colours.

I repeated the aligned process with the “plus” shaped stamps, and stamped down the whole cardstock in black ink. Using the stamparatus this way, allowed the images to stamp in the correct positions to line up with the die, so I could punch them all out in one pass of the Big Shot. Yay!!

I repeated the alignment process and stamped some rows in Cherry Cobbler on another piece of Whisper White cardstock.

Once I had all my tiny die cut pieces in piles on my desk, the hard part in creating this card, was deciding which stamped pieces in which colour to piece in to the die cut frame and where!! The combinations are endless!

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up!, Florentine Filigree, Well Said, Guy cards

I settled on this arrangement. To finish, I stamped the large coordinating circle stamp in Cherry Cobbler, punched with a layering Circle framelit. I cut this in half, as it’s quite large and I wanted the paper piecing elements to stand out more on this card this time. Punching my sentiment from the Well Said bundle, I layered them over some of that gorgeous satin black ribbon. I finished off the card with some of those tiny Black rhinestones from the Facet Dots embellishement pack!

Next up on the hop is Sandra Collett.


After you’ve enjoyed the awesome hop with the team, I’m looking forward to seeing your CASE over in our challenge group. Be sure to load up your creation by 6pm next Sunday night, March 31.


Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Sketch Challenge – CYCI#151

Over at Can You Case It? #151 this week is another great sketch created by our amazing Eva. Check it out.


Here is the card I made using this layout. Again, I rotated the layout to make it work with a landscape card.

Rose Packer, Creative Roses, Stampin' Up! Number of Years

This special occasion card I made for my hubby. We celebrated our 15th Wedding anniversary this weekend.

I choose black and copper for the colours as they are very masculine plus they just suit a special occasion like this.

My card base is Basic Black and over the top I used a piece of Urban Underground Designer Series Paper. The main element is a square piece of copper foil from which I punched out the 15 using my Large Number framelits.


Behind them is some black glimmer paper which I had left over in my supplies. It can be a little tricky sticking to the front glittery side of glimmer paper, but it can be done. I use the Fine Tip Glue pen, the glue in that is very strong, and normally you don’t need alot, but when using it on the front of glimmer paper I use a bit more and then I apply pressure to it and hold that pressure for maybe 3 to 5 minutes – a looooong time. This gives me success each time. Then I adhered this on to my card base with dimensionals for extra height.

I finished off this card with heat embossing the sentiment in copper powder and topped off with a couple of those gorgeous wooden elements in the Sending Love embellishment pack.

I can’t wait to see what you create with this sketch. Head over to our Facebook group and look for the post with this Challenge sketch image. Our Design team inspiration will be posted in the comments, so be sure to soak up their inspiration. When you make your creation, upload it in the comments to play along.

Last entries are Midday, Saturday 1st April (AEDT). Top picks and next challenges are announced on the Facebook fan page too.

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

What I used to make this:

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

Number Of Years Photopolymer Bundle

The Number of Years is 20

I can’t believe I have friends celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary. Am I really that old? Even though they did get married young, I’m still finding it hard to convince myself we are entering that age bracket. I’m proud though, we’ve been friends for longer and shared so many special times together, so this is just another special moment together.



It’s also a great reason to make a card and for this special occasion. I have used the Sketch Challenge over at Can You Case it? [CYCI#108] as my design base.



I have been waiting patiently to use the rest of the stamps and framelits in the Number of Years bundle. (You know I’ve used that frame to death already!). I like how it’s not just numbers that come in that stamp set. There are a whole series of floral stamps which you can create gorgeous scenes with.


The numbers themselves don’t stamp solid. They have a watercolour look giving your project a lovely textured appearance, which is great for when you want more than just the solid look the punched numbers framelits will provide you.

I really love how the background scene turned out and didn’t want to cover it up. Vellum really helps with show-through. So it was perfect to keep the look of my background just visable, without taking over.


Here, I punched out a circle from vellum and inked it directly with my ink pad, then I used a sponge to smooth out the bubbly ink. I also used vellum for my numbers. When stamping/ inking vellum, you need to allow extra time for them to dry completely. Being a plastic material, they do take a little longer to dry.

The word “years” comes from one of the longer sentiment stamps within that set also. I simply inked up that word only, using my Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker.

I love how it turned out and hope my friends enjoy their card too. I have another 20 Year anniversary coming up in a few months, so look out for that creation!

Until next time… Stamp Creatively,

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Update – 29 February: I’m excited that my card was a top pick again over at Can You Case it? Challenge #108. Here is what Chloe has to say “It’s so bright and colourful and I love the idea of colouring the vellum.”

Thanks heaps CYCI team.


What I used to make this: