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Triangles and Trees

penns_hopWelcome to the Pennsationals team blog hop. As a team, we’ve started to do a monthly blog hop with a different theme each time. This month is a colour challenge.

penns_hop_colourchallenge#1We can create any type of project using Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and either gold or silver. I love these colours so I was looking forward to the challenge! We can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Kraft/Crumb Cake and Basic Black as neutrals to complement the main colours.

My inspiration came from an unlikely place this month. I’ve been seeing Jamberry Nails designs everywhere since they launched in Australia a couple of weeks ago. One of their designs is a very geometric design with a splash of silver, so I went about recreating that look, but with our colours, into a Christmas card.

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It’s loud and proud and I love it!

I used the Tree Punch to punch out the triangles and just cut off the trunk. To create the negative space tree, I simply reversed the process and cut a trunk out of the base of one triangle. I adhered all the triangles to a piece of scrap paper and got the background right before I sewed around the edges and tree.

The sentiment is from the Happy Scenes stamp set. I also used an adorable wooden Snowflake Element, Silver Cording Trim and sequins to finish it off.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. The next step on the hop is the very lovely Emma of Vintage Graffiti.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

 

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#GDP006

Here we are at Monday again! I’ve gotta say, I am LOVING all the inspiration from all those who participate in the Global Design Project each week. If you haven’t been part of it yet, check it out by clicking the image below…

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsThis week, GDP features a sketch challenge. My favourite!

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The challenge coincided with a special occasion in my family, my Mum and Dad’s 35th wedding anniversary, so I used the sketch for my card design.

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My starting point was looking up what the traditional and modern gifts are for this anniversary. I was hoping to incorporate it somehow into the card. I was delighted to find that the traditional gift is coral so I used Calypso Coral as the main colour feature for my card. One of my favourite colour combinations is Calypso Coral and Pool Party so that was a given for my accent colour. Although Stampin’ Up! has had Pool Party seam binding in the past, they no longer carry it so I just dyed my own.

My favourite part of the card are the two little silver punched hearts. I wanted them to represent my Mum and Dad so while they are both silver, I punched one from foil and one from glimmer paper so that they are different. Some sequins from the Project Life Moments Like These Accessory Pack finished it off perfectly.

Wedding Anniversary card I Stampin' Up! Timeless Love I Coral Anniversary I Global Design Project #GDP006 I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Now it’s your turn! Create your own project using the GDP sketch and enter it here. You could be one of this week’s winners!

Jess x

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#GDP005

#GDP005 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsIt’s Monday and that means another fresh challenge from the Global Design Project. This week, it’s our second colour challenge.

12036666_10154281929042222_5634007566311607734_nI have to admit that colour challenges aren’t my favourite. It takes me a little bit of thought to get going but then I’m off and I’ve loved the (very different) results of the two GDP colour challenges I’ve done. This week’s card started out quite differently to my original plan but I love it all the same.

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It’s a little bit of crazy which I love. I started out stamping and embossing the geometric background using Dotty Angles. Then I tinted some white acrylic paint with drops of reinker, took the background outside and literally threw paint at it. The result is lots of random splotches of fun and colour. From there, I accessorised the card with cardstock and ribbons in the challenge colours. I used my pinking shears to create the fun tiny zigzag pieces and as I’m yet to invest in the little ‘White Perfect Accent’ dots, I grabbed a vanilla enamel dot (from the Holiday Catalogue) and embossed it with white embossing powder. I deliberately left the cake black and white so that it would stand out from the noisy background.

Endless Birthday Wishes to you I #GDP005 I Global Design Project colour challenge I Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz

I hope you like my fun, noisy, party card.

For loads more inspiration, be sure to visit the Global Design Project page where you can see more projects from the design team. Why not also create your own project and upload it to the main page, plus make sure you also add it to the Global Design Project Pinterest page. You’ll be sent an invitation to join as a collaborator once you’ve uploaded your challenge project.

Hope you’re a winner!

Jess x

P.S. Happy Birthday to you Emma ❤

 

 

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The Stamp Review Crew features Happy Scenes

SRC-Happy-Scenes-bannerThis week, The Stamp Review Crew is showcasing the stamp set, Happy Scenes. This was one of the first sets I bought from the Holiday Catalogue. It’s very versatile with a few different seasonal scenes along with all sorts of different sentiments and extra elements. It also goes hand in hand with the gorgeous Hearth & Home window shaped thinlit.

I had an idea this week to make a sort of viewfinder project, similar to the card Yapha made in the last hop. My viewfinder project is actually a calendar with changeable images depending on the season or occasion. Here’s what I mean…

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One of the great things about this project is that it’s also suitable for both northern and southern hemispheres. The winter image above suits a northern hemisphere January, but I would have mine set to the summer scene just by moving the dial at the back.

In between the cardstock base and dial (with seasonal scenes), I’ve added an acetate dial as well with various ‘occasion’ extras. Here’s a sample…

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My autumn scene on the top left has plain acetate in front, the top right scene has a spiderweb in the corner for Halloween and the scene on the left has pumpkins for Thanksgiving.

There are loads of different options with this stamp set!

 

 

 

 

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new with Happy Scenes. Why not hop along to Shana Gaff to see some more inspiration?

SRC-Happy-Scenes-nextIf you’re heading backwards along the hop, you’ll want to visit Betty Traciak, or click here to return to the SRC blog for a full list of participants.

SRC-Happy-Scenes-prevJess x

 

 

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Christmas Tags and… CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re scoping out all the gift tags in the Holiday Catalogue. There are loads in there so that should make it easy to choose one right? Well, not so in my case. There are so many cute tags to choose from and in the end I changed my mind several times before settling on the most unconventional one.

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I was late to the party with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Christmas Greetings thinlits but I kept seeing such lovely creations that I treated myself to the bundle recently. I love the samples for this bundle and I am quite a fan of the crafty/rustic star tag.

So I grabbed a nice stick and my trusty Gold Metallic Thread and went about creating my star structure. It was actually quite easy and I didn’t even secure my thread, just wrapped it enough times and in different directions to prevent it from unravelling.

I decided to recreate the sample so used vellum, Gold Foil, Gold Glitter ribbon and stars to embellish the star. Here’s my finished rustic star tag.

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I just love how it turned out. So pretty!

Next I decided to change it up a little and create a similar tag in traditional Christmas colours.

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OK, so I’m a massive fan of gold at Christmas but this project has got me thinking about a red and green Christmas this year. So gorgeous!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my tags. Want more inspiration? Make your way around all the CASEing the Catty blog hop participants, starting with Julia Quinn, or click here to see a full list of blog hoppers.

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Jess x

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Even more #GDP004

I loved CASEing Louise’s card so much for the Global Design Project design team, I decided to do it again when I made some tags for orders yesterday. I always attach a personalised tag to customer’s order bags from workshops and this week, the orders arrived from my Create Your Christmas event.

I decided that Louise’s original wreath was pretty perfect so I went about copying most of her ideas but changed up the colour combo. I used the same stamp set, Wondrous Wreath and the colours, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Real Red for a Christmas colour combo. I added gold glitter to the tags as well just like Louise did in her original card. After all the stamping, I added some Real Red berries using my Stampin’ Write Marker. There is a stamp with berries on it but I decided I wanted mine to be super fine and delicate – just a tiny pop of red against the blue.

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I mounted the wreath on a tag cut from Whispaer White cardstock using the Lots of Labels framelits and added a sweet Real Red heart to the centre. Some Gold Cording Trim (guess who will be going through about 50 rolls of this stuff this festive season – I ADORE it!) finishes off the tag.

Here they are all ready to deliver.

Wondrous Wreath gift tag I #GDP004 I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I hope you’ve already had the opportunity to join in on the GDP fun this week. Perhaps you’ve already done it twice like I have. Here’s a reminder of the challenge this week. You can also click on the picture for more details and inspiration!

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Jess x

 

 

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