CASE-ing A CASE with Julia Quinn


Hello everyone and thank you for joining us with CASE-ing The Catty this week. Our last blog hop for the year and we have something super special in store for you!

This week we are CASE-ing each other on the CASE-ing The Catty Crew Members and you may have come here from Rebecca’s blog or I may be your starting point. Either way, enjoy the beautiful projects on your blog hop journey.

I have the privilege of choosing one of the talented Julia Quinn’s CASEd projects from this year to pick from! All of her projects have been so lovely throughout the year and it has made a difficult decision for me to pick. I went through and scrolled her blog and picked Julia’s stunning card from ‘Artistic Expression’ week. It is truly lovely.

For my project I have given you a sneak peak of some fabulous new products soon-to-be released next year. Can you spot them? The sneak peak products that I have chosen are a few of my favourites from the up coming catty and as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I was lucky enough to be able to enjoy and to be able to order a selection of products before their release date, to enjoy and have a play with. This is definitely one of the benefits I love so much… Who doesn’t love new goodies?

Be sure to join us when we start back up next year on  for more amazing projects but before then, make sure you go on over to Julia’s blog and see her stunning CASE of a Jackie Noble project. Enjoy hopping everyone!

From your favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,
Emma xo

Vintage Graffiti | Balloon Builder

Can I get anymore excited with my gift from Stampin’ Up!? I think not!

I didn’t think much of the Balloon Builder stamp set when I first saw it in our OnStage gift bag. I thought “what am I going to do with this set?” It all just seemed too hard. Then we received an early copy of the up and coming Occasions catalogue where the stamp set is featured.

In the catalogues, as you know, are always fabulous samples and examples of tags, cards, boxes, bag and many marvellous creations using almost all of the stamp sets featured in the catalogue. The samples for the Balloon Builder set were no different. They are so cute! With adorable animals from all walks of life shown on cards and tags, these little peaks of loveliness got my mojo flowing and thus, piqued my interest in the stamp set and tempted me to create my own samples and examples.

Here is my very first creation using the set.  

A clean and simple card just using the largest balloon shape as, well, a balloon and a cute little greeting stamped on a Watermelon Wonder banner with some soft clouds stamped behind.

Seeing a few samples being made with this set already, I think it’s going to be a popular one!

Happy stamping,

From you favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,

Emma xo

CTC #57 | Season Of Cheer

Wow, it’s been a few weeks since I’ve played along with CASE-ing that Catty but it didn’t feel like 5 weeks. I am sorry guys but I am very happy to have joined back in this week. I hope you enjoy my card and hopping along!

You may have hopped on over to me from Rebecca’s page, The Paper and Stamp Addict or I may be your starting point. Either way, please make the time to go past everyone’s blogs and take a look at the amazing Christmas projects that they have created for you this week! PS. We love comments!

My CASE was inspired by the card on the left of this picture which is on page 34 of the Stampin’ Up! Handmade For The Holidays Occasions catalogue. Changing the background DSP to a festive holly sheet of DSP and the addition of gold sequins instead of silver, I think my design keeps the original inspiration and layout for the card, but changing it up enough to make it my own. I also added some gold heat embossing to the banner and some gold thread behind the banner. Not sure if you can see it peaking out there in the picture.

I created this card, had typed up my blog and scheduled it to go live but you know when you are lying in bed, trying to go to sleep and all those ideas and things you need to do, pop into your head? Well, after I had created my first card, I started to think that I could adapt the CASE a little bit more to be more ‘me’! Always inspired by my fellow CASE-ing The Catty DT member, amazing friend and now a 2015/16 Stampin’ Up! Artisan (Congratulations Jess! What an amazing achievement. We are all so proud of you!!! x), Jessica over at The Paper Caper, water colouring was on my mind. Jessica does the most incredible wter coloured cards and I thought I’d give this beautiful technique on this CASE. Get rid of the over-powering DSP background and make the simplicity of the greeting (which is what first drew my eye to the original card – I love these Thinlits) the main element.

My first thought for Christmas was the more traditional colours on the card as seen above. The Real Red, Mossy Meadow and Kraft, but again, while I was trying to sleep, my brain was saying to me, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay with a hint of silver what make a fun Christmas card too, so I had to give that colour combination a try as well. Not resisting a little addition of Blackberry Bliss thrown into the mix.

Now, that is my three takes on the original design. Hopefully now that they are out of my head and down on paper, I can sleep tonight. But with three designs to choose from, I’m finding it hard to pick a favourite. I would love to hear which one you like best and why?!

Next on your CASE-ing The Catty Season Of Cheer blog hop journey is the ever lovely Rachel over on her Stampin’ Pals page. Thanks for visiting and happy hopping everyone!

Happy stamping,
From your favourite Vintage Graffiti Artist,
Emma xo

Vintage Graffiti | Monkey Business

Wow, oh wow, oh weeeee.

I have recently just come home from a Stampin’ Up! On Stage event that was held last weekend in different places simultaneously across the globe. Along with thousands of other demonstrators around the world, we were inspired, we got to create and share our love of stamping an in perfect Stampin’ Up! style, we were very spoilt and walked away with many new and gorgeous products. Some not even released yet like the Balloon Builder photopolymer set that I used to create my latest card.

I have already had so much fun experimenting with all the shapes and designs using all the elements from the set to see where my imagination took me. My favourite shape so far though has to be this little monkey that I cam up with. So adorable with his back turned to us, looking out onto the horizon, holding his birthday balloon with not a care in the world.

I really can’t wait to see what everyone else creates using this adorable stamp set… The possibilities are endless.

Happy stamping,
From your favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,
Emma xo

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Vintage Graffiti | Rustic Love



Ping… My Facebook page beeps and there is one new message. It’s from a lovely and loyal customer of mine who regularly orders one-of-a-kind cards for special occasions. This was one of those times.

The design brief was that she’d like the card to be pink and brown tones with a rustic and vintagey feel and to have the newlyweds initials if I could fit them. Perfect. Just the type of card I like to create.

I started by selecting my colours and you can’t get anymore rustic than our Kraft cardstock combined with some Blushing Bride and  splash of gold. The doilies added to the overall feel of the card. My Hardwood background stamp was also a perfect addition to my project. Subtly stamped in Crumb Cake on some Very Vanilla it created the backdrop for my card.

I love layers. And as most of you would know, most, if not all of my cards usually have two, three or even more layers built up onto it’s base and this card was no exception. From the lace layered on top of the burlap, to the two doilies placed over of each other and then the lucky couples initials placed as the final layer as the finishing piece of the card, there are plenty of visual aspects to look at, creating a beautifully rustic feel.

Once again, I just couldn’t stop at decorating the outside of the card. With a special event like a wedding, I had to do some simple stamping on the inside but leave plenty of room for my customer to write. The pearls add that special finishing touch in completing the whole card.

Happy stamping,
From your favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,
Emma xo

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TGIFC #24 | Everything Eleanor 

I am just scraping in to enter the TGIF Sketch Challenge this week by the skin of my teeth but I saw the sketch, loved it and knew that I had to create something.

My colour combination of Pool Party and Watermelon Wonder was inspired by my friend and fellow Stampin’ Up! team mate, Jessica Williams – The Paper Caper and her latest creation, although I substituted her use of Calypso Coral with Watermelon Wonder. I love how these colours go so elegantly together, set off by the Basic Black and Whisper White backdrop. I added some silver and bling to tie it all together.

I am not sure if I can actually create a card without fussy cutting on it. I seem to do it on most things I create and this card is no exception. The label, flower and teeny bird are all fussy cut and popped up onto dimensionals for this card.

My friend Mel – My Paper Oasis made a comment to me today that I do “the most amazing layering” on my cards and give them so much dimension. I’d never really taken much notice, but now that I think about it, I do love my layers and can rarely pull of a CAS (clean and simple) card. A style that I truly love but just can’t recreate. Thank you Mel for your lovely comment. You all inspire me everyday to be the best that I can be at all I do, so thank you.

I am truly blessed that I get to do and share what I love everyday! Thanks for visiting my blog.

Happy stamping,
From your favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,
Emma xo

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A Pennsationals Blog Hop | Colour Challenge

pennsationalsWelcome everybody to the very first and start of the Pennsationals Monthly Blog Hop!

What is a ‘Pennsationals’ you may ask? It is the three levels of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators under our fabulous upline Tracy Penn who is a friend, mentor and inspiration to us all. And as we have many talented ladies in our team who blog and have blogs, we have gathered together to present for you a monthly blog hop to share with you our creations. It is fun and fabulous and helps us come together, create, share and grow closer even more as a team.

Our stunning colours this week are the combination of Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, either gold or silver (who can resist a bit of shiny lol) and of course, your neutrals consisting of either one or all of Basic Black, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Kraft and Crumb Cake.

pennsationals colour challengeWhile I love all these colours separately, I rarely use them together so it was nice to create and do a combination that is a little different for me.


Next on the hop is my friend, team mate and always amazing, Rebecca Scurr – The Paper and Stamp Addict.pennsationals next blog

If you get lost upon your way on your Pennsationals Blog Hop, here is a list of participants to get you back on track. Enjoy the journey!

Emma Palonek – Vintage Graffiti    <— You are here
Rebecca Scurr – The Paper and Stamp Addict
Tracy Penn – Pennsationals
Mel Pagano – My Paper Oasis
Jessica Williams – The Paper Caper

Thanks for visiting and happy stamping,
From your favourite Vintage Graffiti artist,
Emma xo

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