One of the first things that stood out in this year’s Stampin’ Up! catalogue was the amazing array of gorgeous projects to inspire us. I quickly found a favourite and topped up my supplies with the products I would need to complete it. Well… life got in the way for a while (ok, about 4 months) but I’ve finally got around to mounting my stamp set and CASEing this gorgeous card. My thanks to the artist at Stampin’ Up! who designed this one. I LOVE it!
To celebrate Stampin’ Up!’s 25th anniversary, they’re giving you the opportunity to join the team for just $25! That’s a saving of $144! Incredible. This offer is limited and avilable only between 7th October 2013 and 21 October 2013.
You’ll enjoy the same perks as always, including a minimum of 20% off all stampin’ Up! products. Plus with Stampin’ Up!, there are NO requirements to run workshops/parties. You have the ability to run your business, your way, whether that be simply purchasing discounted product for yourself, selling to family and friends, quitting your day job and Stampin’ Up! full time or anything in between!
I love being a demonstrator for many reasons. I love the product. I love being able to fund my own hobby without needing the ‘family money’ and I love all the like-minded friends I’ve met.
To jump straight in, click here to join online or contact me with your questions and I’ll be happy to answer them and talk through your specific situation. I’ll be frank though, there is NOTHING to lose with this offer!
It’s been a while since I posted a blog entry and it’s not because I haven’t been creating. I have! I’ve been sharing some lovely Christmassy things on Facebook and they just haven’t made it to the blog somehow! So I wanted to share a project tonight that’s quite old, but hasn’t been shown off yet. Because I made it some time ago, a few of the products used are now retired but could easily be substituted for any of our delicious current products.
This was one of those times I wanted to create something that I hadn’t ever seen before. I created the bird bath from scratch and although it’s not quite perfect, I think it does the job. I placed a disc of blue card stock in the bird bath and covered it with Crystal Effects to create the water. The two little birds are made from a template which I’ve shared before and are so much fun to make, even if they take a little time and patience. The rose is my own creation, using the (now retired) Blossom Petal Builder Punch and wire. There you go… my something old.
Now for something new… A brand new blog and website! Yep, I’ve now got my own little place in the world wide web. You can visit me any time at www.thepapercaper.com.au. You can keep up with my Stampin’ Up! happenings including promotions, projects and classes etc. I’ll also continue to post on my Facebook page so make sure you’ve liked that as well. Have fun browsing around my site 🙂
I love showing how versatile Stampin’ Up! products are and how they can be used in very different applications. Most of the time, I make cards with the odd 3D project thrown in to keep things interesting. Recently I’ve been busy making samples of wedding stationery suites including invites, place cards, keep the date cards, bonbonierre packaging, menus and confetti/petal holders etc. You can make some gorgeous things for your special day or any special event you may have on the horizon.
All my samples will be on show at the upcoming Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, 25-28 July at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre. I’ll be on the Stampin’ Up! stand on Thursday and Sunday so if you’re going along be sure to pop by the stand and say hello, I’d love to meet you.
I imagine that many of you, like me, are time poor. We are so busy that sometimes it’s hard to find time to create. Often, even when I do have a moment, I don’t really feel like getting everything out because that means I’ve got to put it all away again.
Solution and my current hero: My Digital Studio!
It’s just so easy to drop into the computer chair, open the program and start playing. The best part is that it’s so easy and there are so many online video tutorials to help you get started. I’ve also joined a facebook group for MDS called Simply My Digital Studio. There are weekly video tutorials teaching you how to do a certain element within the program. It’s great to learn something new every week.
This week, they took a break from techniques and had a sketch challenge instead, making it so easy to create a project. Here is my creation.
I was desperate to play with some of the new Stampin’ Up! colours and this Autumn snap of my DS1 gave me the perfect opportunity. I literally made this page in about 45 minutes. I LOVE MDS!
If you’d like to play for yourself, you can download a FREE 30 day trial. Just pop over to my online store and puchase for $0.00! What have you got to lose?
Until next time, happy crafting!
Read on for instructions to make my rose using Stampin’ Up! Creped Filter Paper, as shown in the Demonstrator Theater at the South Pacific convention.
Note: Apparently my little old point and click Canon doesn’t really like to focus on filter paper so I apologise for the quality of some of the photos. Have popped in my request to hubby for an upgrade for my upcoming significant birthday!
You will need Creped Filter Paper, Floral Frames Collection Framelits & Big Shot, Paper Snips, Aqua Painter, Reinker in your choice of colour (I used Raspberry Ripple), wire, florist tape and a skewer or toothpick.
Cut one flower using the largest framelit die. Cut one and one half flowers using the second largest framelit die.
Using your paper snips, cut the half flower in half, then partially snip between petals (see picture below) to create joined petals. Repeat for remaining piece.
Snip smaller full flower in half, then snip off one petal completely. Partial snip between three remaining petals. Repeat for second half. Snip full large flower into two pieces, one having three petals, the other, five petals. Partial snip between petals. You should now have 2 x small single petals, 2 x small double petals, 2 x small triple petals, 1 x large triple petal and 1 x large group of five petals.
To make flower, start with single petal and lay wire on top.
Note: I used 28 guage wire doubled because that’s what I had. If you used a stronger wire, a single piece would suffice.
Fold over wire and roll creating centre or rose.
Tape in place with florist tape, remembering to stretch tape to release tack.
Continue to wrap petals around wire, filling in gaps and taping at base after each layer. Start with single petals, then doubles, triples etc. until you have wrapped the final five petal piece around the entire flower.
You should end up with something that looks like this…
Now for the fun part! Colour your flower with your tinted aqua painter (simply fill with water and add desired amount of reinker). Don’t be too careful, just splash it on and try to cover all of the white creped filter paper. Once dry, you can repeat with a second colour to create a dual coloured rose.
Once your rose is dry, it will look like this.
To shape rose, pull back petals until you can access the centre petals. Using your skewer or toothpick, curl sides of each petal toward the outside/underside of the rose. Repeat for each petal.
To finish, be sure to wrap the rest of the stem with florist tape, add calyx and some leaves. Now step back and admire your handiwork!
I hope you enjoyed making your Creped Filter Paper rose! Why not make some more and display them in your home or give them as a gift to someone special. I gifted one to each member of my team at convention. Here they are, all ready to go…
A few months ago, I had an AWESOME phone call from the lovely Sophie at the Stampin’ Up! Sydney office asking if I would be interested in presenting at the 2013 Stampin’ Up! convention. Let me think for a millisecond… um, YES!!! This was actually a huge goal for me and not something I thought I would be doing within 3 years of becoming a demo.
My task was to create some projects to help with finding new customers. My amazing and inspiring upline Tracy suggested projects to show at a catalogue launch. I thought it through and agreed. I could come up with something along those lines. I was off and running!
The next couple of months were filled with thinking, planning and creating and it all came to fruitiion yesterday on the main stage at the ‘Be the Difference’ convention. Here are some piccies of me in the bright lights…
I know some of you are waiting for a tutorial or two for recreating my projects but you’ll just have to be patient a little longer! I’ll post them in a few days but for now, I’m looking after my pearls, my little misters 5, 3 & 1 who have suffered a little bit of crafty mummy neglect lately.
One of my favourite things about papercraft is turning a flat sheet of paper into something not so flat. My imagination went a little crazy when I saw the new Creped Filter Paper in the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. You get 4 rectangles and 8 circles in a pack and they are described as having the look of tissue paper with the strength of cardstock.
Before I go on, I need to share about a fabulous group of demonstrators I belong to called Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators or ESAD for short. It’s so great to share our excitement and ideas about Stampin’ Up! Here’s a little more about ESAD…
What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and it is an on-line group just for Australian and New Zealand Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.
We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors, but we share our love for what we do with each other as demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know-how, and cyberstamps, and we are always there to help and support each other when it is needed.
So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand, then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.
If you’ve arrived here on your own, surprise, you’re in the middle of a blog hop, showcasing many of the wonderful new products available in the Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. So, without further ado, my creations using the Creped Filter Paper…
The first, is a phalaenopsis or moth orchid. These are one of my favourite flowers and turned out beautifully on the wire stem.
My second creation reminds me of the old tissue carnations we used to make in art class at primary school. And if memory serves me correctly, the process is almost the same. I used the rectangle pieces for this bloom. Concertina folded them and tied a wire around the centre. Then simply pulled each layer until it puffed up to create a flower. These tissue paper creations are all the rage at the moment and you may come across giant versions as decorations at weddings or other events hanging from the ceiling.
Lastly, I made a daffodil. I must confess, they are not my favourite flower but it’s nice to have something so cheery as we start heading into another winter.
There you have it. Of course there are many other things you can do with the Creped Filter Paper. You can colour it as I have done, stamp on it, cut it with framelits or dies etc. At only $4.95 per pack, it’s great value too. You can order it right here in my online store.
Enjoy and happy crafting!
Thought I’d share a couple of projects that I’ve made for my little niece Millie. The first was a scrap page. As you know, I’m not a scrapbooker and I have three boys of my own so I’m not practised in the art of a girly scrap page. Solution: Pinterest! I found an amazing page here. Unfortunately, it hasn’t really been pinned properly and I’m yet to discover exactly who to credit.
Anyway, I had a great time making all the embellishments and just generally making something with pink in it.
Isn’t she just the cutest??
The second project was a card for her 1st birthday. I’m just a sucker for embossed white on crumb cake (kraft) at the moment and these little “Storybook Friends” animals are almost my favourite stamp set in the whole SU catalogue. I’m so pleased at the way they all tied in nicely together!
Hope you’ve enjoyed this girly break in my normally little boy themed blog…
Happy New Year blog lovers!
I have some fabulous things to share in this post but firstly be warned… there are lots of photos. I’ve read so many posts where the author apologises for pictures but I’m not going to. After all, they say a thousand words and who wants to read all of those?
My eldest son turned 5 a week before Christmas and I had SOOOOO many ideas for an awesome party. It all started with this…
He learnt all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar (TVHC) in term 2 at kinder and for the remainder of the year, he insisted on completing a TVHC colouring in picture every day. I happened upon the same image on Pinterest so luckily for him, we can print it out at home whenever he feels like a kinder flashback.
So, I had my theme. I also had my menu. If you’re not familiar with the book (you must live in a cave and I suggest you run to the nearest bookstore and read it), TVHC eats different foods each day of the week prior to making himself a cocoon and (SPOILER ALERT) becoming a butterfly.
As one does these days, I scoured Pinterest many times to check out what others had come up with for the ultimate TVHC party. My party boy loved looking at all the ideas with me and would often crawl onto my lap and ask if we could look at things to do for his party.
The first thing to do was create some invitations. Pinterest had a range of invites but I decided to do my own thing. I designed a leaf shaped card base and insert with all the particulars and then we used a hot glue gun, pom poms and felt to create our own little TVHC to sit on top of each one.
Setting the Scene
I wanted to copy the candy buffet craze so travelled down that path in terms of table and food layout. Here are a few pics of the end result.
I got loads of my inspiration from Kayla Danelle’s blog, which I found via Pinterest. If you visit her blog, you’ll notice that I virtually copied her Happy Birthday banner exactly because it was so darn cute! As a Stampin’ Up! demo, I fortunately have heaps of cardstock laying around in different colours. I also used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Autumn Accents Bigz die (for the little leaves), adhesives and hemp twine (retired). I found the images for the food labels here at Make It Cozee and there are loads more printables there as well. The font didn’t quite suit my scheme so I re-made them a little. I used the Windows framelits from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the label and background dots. They are either adhered to glass jars or I adhered toothpicks to them and made little label picks.
I fell in love with the little glass jars (Kayla Danelle) and after a big search for similar glass or plastic jars, settled on these from The Little Big Company here in Melbourne. I also purchased the straws, lollipops and bamboo forks from there. You may not be able to see the printing on the forks. I stamped the handles with “but he was still hungry” using some more trusty Stampin’ Up! products.
OK, so here’s where people think I went a little crazy. I had a brilliant idea to make my boys TVHC t-shirts, each with their age matching food on them. So here are my little misters, DS5, DS2 & DS1 in their 5 oranges, 2 pears and 1 apple t-shirts.
Aww, aren’t they just the cutest??
Next up was cake time. I had such fun making this cake. It was inspired by 2 different cakes on Pinterest – neither of which I could find the original source so apologies creators, I can’t link to you 🙁
I changed it a little because neither Pinterest cake (or any I could find for that matter) had all the caterpillar’s food included and once I was on a roll, I just couldn’t stop until I had made it all. The cake was a bit of a challenge because I normally make wedding cakes with roll-out fondant but what 5 year old wants to eat that?? So, I went the buttercream route and wasn’t quite perfect to say the least. I love that you can see my wedding cake inspired cascade of food items down the tiers, just as I have done with flowers in the past.
It started raining a little so please excuse the little shiny drops of water. Sugar-crafted food doesn’t like rain very much!
The party bags were a little something extra to take home and I wanted them to fit the theme too. Of course after TVHC had his fill of food, he turned into a beautiful butterfly. So I made a basic toddler craft, paper towel butterflies with a peg centre which obviously not only suited the theme but could hold the bag closed as well.
I wanted the party bags to contain fun as opposed to just another handful of sugar, so I included a DIY playdough TVHC kit (also inspired by Kayla Danelle). I was so happy when I found out that my little neices had spent the rest of the day making little caterpillars!
Last but definitely not least is probably my favourite party thing of all. I had been itching to use these little skinny treat bags from Stampin’ Up! and was thinking of doing something for Christmas but didn’t want to do the usual old thing. Solution: turn them into caterpillars for the party. Being Christmas, I was lucky to get a giant tub of perfectly coloured red and green m&m’s and went to work. The googly eyes are self adhesive and are from Stampin’ Up! and look to retire at the end of Jan 🙁 I’ve already stocked up on a few packets ‘cos they are oh so handy!
Too gosh darn cute for words!
If you’ve read this far, I salute you! I hope you’ve been inspired and are already planning the fun caterpillar-y things you’ll create for your little one’s special day!
P.S. You can order any of the Stampin’ Up! items through me if something has taken your fancy, or why not just join my team and have discounted products at your fingertips?