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.

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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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#GDP004

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Welcome to #GDP004! Are you having fun? I have really been enjoying these challenges and this week is no exception. The task this week is to do a little CASEing!

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This gorgeous card by Louise offers so much inspiration. The layout, stamp set, colour combination. For me there was only one direction to go in.

My favourite stamp set, Timeless Love, just fits right in with this challenge so out it came. I first stamped a wreath using my stamp-a-majig for perfect placement in Jet Black StazOn ink. I used StazOn because I then used Hello Honey, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron inks to watercolour the wreath. I’ve been wanting to try a little abstract watercolouring for a while but haven’t had the opportunity until now. I feel like that style suits the Timeless Love stamps perfectly because they’re so rustic and vintage. To achieve this look, I first painted on some bold ink in an approximate area that I wanted coloured. I then lightened the ink a little by adding water and then filled in any remaining gaps. It didn’t matter that I went out of the lines on places. That’s all part of the look this time.

Once the wreath was finished, I cut a little heart from the centre using the small heart from the Baker’s Box thinlits set. Then I used my paper piercing tool and guide to pierce the holes for the thread. I backstitched some Metallic Gold Thread through the holes and secured into place. You could use a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, but I didn’t trust myself to get the machine stitching straight. I tied a little gold thread bow at the top of the wreath.

I decided to try a little experiment next. I really wanted some navy glimmer coming through the heart. I know that people have used alcohol markers to colour glimmer paper but I wasn’t sure if it would work to just use our water based stampin’ write markers. Guess what? It does. I did several layers of colour because it does lift off and fade a little but the end result looks great.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes and mounted my card.

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On the inside I replicated the watercolour on a small strip and mounted it with my coordinating colours of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Be sure to visit the rest of the Global Design Project international team for inspiration. Which part of Louise’s beautiful card inspires you the most? I hope you’ll make time to play along with us this week. You’ll find all the details on the GDP site.

Jess x

 

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More Timeless Love projects here…

Timeless Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auBaby girl card featuring PLxSU. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Moments Like This Project Life card collection, Timeless Love stamp set, Alphabet Rotary stamp, Blushing Bride cardstock...Timeless Love & Sympathy for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, StazOn and VersaMark inks...Timeless watercolour Love for EurekaStampers blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Calypso Coral seam binding, Everyday Chic washi tape, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks...

Happy Hearth & Home… and CASEing the Catty

Surprise! The CASEing the Catty blog hop has now moved to Sunday nights. We hope that gives you a more relaxed time of hopping through the inspiration from the design team. As always though, we would love you to join in. All you need to do is CASE (Copy And Share Everything) a project sample from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, share it on your blog/Pinterest etc and post your URL in the comments here. We’ll then add you in to the official hop!

This week, we’re focusing on the Home for Christmas suite through to page 21 of the Holiday Catalogue. One of my favourite catalogue samples is part of this section so it wasn’t hard to choose what to CASE this week.

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So pretty. I just love this colour combo for Christmas. It’s also a shaker card, containing Dazzling Diamonds glitter for the snow!

I kept mine very similar but did change the image for the even more wintery one from the Happy Scenes stamp set. There’s a sentiment in that set that says ‘Happy Winter’. I’m sure there must be some out there that love winter but I am not one of them. In fact, I struggle with winter. I struggle with the grey, the constant drizzle, the lack of sunlight and the cold. Oh, the cold!

So, I decided that this week I’m dedicating my card to all of you winter strugglers in the Northern Hemisphere. While I’m beginning to enjoy the glorious spring sunshine, I know you’re heading into winter time and some of you are dreading it. I know how you feel. I’m with you!

So instead of making a true Christmas card, mine says, Thinking of You. Because I am.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my version of the catalogue sample. For more inspiration, head on over to visit Elizabeth Gross or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

P.S. If you’re a winter struggler and you need an extra pick up, check out this quote by Hal Borland I prettied up. There’s even a free printable version for you 🙂

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#GDP003

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.

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And why yes, it IS a challenge if all your baby stamp sets retired with the last catalogue and you haven’t replenished yet. Time to think outside the square!

Despite having one particular idea for a while, I changed my mind at the moment of creating and went with something totally different.

I decided to make a gift box of sorts featuring the Tiny Treat Box. The twist was that it would become the basket of a hot air balloon. So sweet!

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I started making the honeycomb balloon using White Filter Paper circles. Am I the only one who only uses the rectangles and has loads of circles laying around? In this case it was great because I used 18. I had 17 on hand but just cut the last one from a rectangle. I made my ball using glue dots strategically placed to create the honeycomb, then tied some Silver Cording Trim for the string. I loaded up a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and some Pool Party reinker and spritzed away until I was happy with the colour.

To create the box, I took apart the Tiny Treat Box and glued it flat to my gorgeous cloud DSP (from Sweet Li’l Things). Could DSP be more perfect for the project? I just cut around the box and glued it back together. I pierced small holes in each corner and threaded through some Silver Cording Trim. Then I tied the cord to the balloon and to the treat box basket.

The finishing touch was the little flag on top. Again, I had no baby stamps so I ended up using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. I used a marker to ink the ‘it’s a’ part of the stamp ‘hope it’s an’ and there was a ‘boy’ stamp for me to use as well. Happy days.

I just love how it turned out. Now I just need someone to pop out a beautiful bundle of blue so I can gift it!

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Ready for more baby inspiration? Visit the rest of the international design team at the Global Design Team site.

Make sure you play along with us. I can’t wait to see the wonderful creations our amazing supporters and fellow crafters come up with!

Jess x

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More hot air balloon projects here…

Hot Air Balloon featuring Typeset DSP and Berry Basket die for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

 

 

More honeycomb projects here…

The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baker's Box thinlits, Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch, Sweet L'il Things DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper...Honeycomb Heart gift box for caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

The Stamp Review Crew features No Bones About It

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When I bought the No Bones About It stamp set, it was really just for my boys to stamp with. They love to make cards and I didn’t really expect to use it much. Today, The Stamp Review Crew are showcasing No Bones About It so I had to put my thinking cap on and come up with an idea.

Recently there’s been a bit of a craze for shaker cards and I thought it would be really cool to create a dinosaur scene with a volcano, errupting with bits and pieces. So I set about making it.

I went for a torn paper look for my background. I wanted to keep it simple for the little boys in my life. One of them makes quite a few torn paper collages so I thought I’d take some inspiration from him. I added my volcano and a couple of other distant mountains. There wasn’t much room for dinosaurs in the end but I chose a stegosaurus. I think they’re my favourite. I wanted to include some foliage but wasn’t sure how until I decided to make a frame for the scene.

Once the design was done, I added some foam strips to the back. I’ve rigged it so that the shaker bits will come out of the volcano and there’s a little foam path for them to fall to the bottom and go back into the volcano. My Mr 7 then helped me punch some tiny Red Foil and Red Glimmer Paper circles (from the Owl Builder Punch) and we loaded our volcano.

The last step was to mount it onto the card and give it a whirl. My three little misters love it.

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I’m not sure that the torn paper primitive look is very ‘me’, but this was a fun one to make!

Make sure you visit Tanya Boser to see more No Bones About It inspiration!

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Need to go back? Visit Yapha Mason if you’re hopping in reverse!

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Jess x

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See more dinosaur projects here…

No Bones About It for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auStampin' Up! supplies: No Bones About It stamp set, Cucumber Crush, Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist & Crushed Curry ink pads, Cucumber Crush & Whisper White cardstock...No Bones About It for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auStampin' Up! supplies: No Bones About It stamp set, Marina Mist, Tangelo Twist, VersaMark and StazOn inks, Whisper White and Tip Top Taupe cardstock...

Christmas Stars and… CASEing the Catty

If you’ve got your hands on the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, you’ll recognise my project today. This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re featuring all the brand new papers in the catalogue. I’ve always been a fan of papers. Different colours, textures, weights, patterns. I thought there was no better project in the catalogue to showcase papers than the Christmas stars featured on page 22.

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This catalogue was ‘unveiled’ at Stampin’ Up!’s US convention a few months ago and one of the wonderful staff demonstrated how to create the stars. It’s really very simple.

I started with two 6″x6″ pieces of paper. Fold each of them half (to make a rectangle), unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half again. Unfold. Fold in half diagonally as well from corner to corner, and then repeat for the other corners.

Then cut a small slit 3cm (or 1 1/4″) up each of the four straight edge folds (NOT the diagonal folds). Fold from the slit into the centre of the diagonal fold and repeat for the other side, making a kite shape at each corner. Repeat for all corners. Now apply some glue to one half of the ‘kite’. Overlap the second half kite and adhere to the top. Once you’ve done this for all four corners, you’ll have made one half of the star.

Simply repeat this process for the second sheet of paper and adhere them together.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I decided to make three stars in different types of paper.

The first uses the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. I love vellum and I love the plaid look the overlapped pieces add to the star as well. Vellum can be difficult to adhere because you can often see the adhesive through it but I find the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen works really well.

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The next star features traditional weight designer series paper. I used the retro/vintage Home for Christmas DSP. Let me tell you, this pack is just gorgeous. It was SO hard to decide which sheet to use.

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Finally I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to use the lighter weight envelope paper. It has a beautiful texture and I love the way it turned out.

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I’ve really only just scratched the surface with these stars of mine. You could try all sorts of papers! A gold one for the top of your tree? Baby size stars as tree ornaments? Use embossing folders or scoreboard to add texture to plain paper. The possibilities are just about endless. I’d love to see these start popping up all over the place. Don’t forget to try them out and join in with the CASEing the Catty Crew. If you Instagram, let me know you’ve had a go at creating them and tag @thepapercaper!

Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful Alison Barclay. If you’ve missed someone and need to go back, visit Monique Fielder or head to HQ for a full list of blog hoppers.

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Jess x

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#GDP002

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Wow, wow, wow! What a huge response we had to the first Global Design Team challenge. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful ideas, projects and comments. We are so thrilled that so many of you could join in with us. If you missed out, here’s another opportunity to jump on in.

This week at GDP, we have a sketch challenge for you to try. I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favourite and the easiest challenges I think. Just choose your stamps and colours and away you go.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsHere is my version…

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I decided to replace the feature circle with a big stamp and it’s been a long time since I inked up Blended Bloom. I also love playing around with watercolour and all of Stampin’ Up!’s specialty papers. This week I decided to try watercolouring on filter paper. As it’s very absorbant, I heat embossed the image first in order to help the ink stop where I wanted it to. Then I used my smallest paintbrush and the very beautiful Blackberry Bliss ink (why do I always fall in love with the In Colors in the year that they will retire?) to watercolour each petal. It’s best if you go one at a time. I regularly sped up the process by using my heat tool so as to stop the colours running. It also helps stop accidental colour coming through from the scratch paper you’re working on top of because this WILL get colour on it that seeps through the filter paper.

Once finished, I went about putting together the rest of the elements from the sketch. I used the new wide Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes ribbon as my rectangle and used Gold Cording Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon as my accents. The flower, once cut out was beautiful and delicate but I wanted it to stand out off the page so I made three more un-coloured versions, but still heat embossed in gold, and used them as a sort of petticoat.

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I finished off by adding a simple Vanilla and Black insert on the inside to match the front.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Make sure you visit all the rest of the international design team for inspiration and then play along youself. Add a photo of your project on the GDP website to share your creativity with us.

Note: Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play? Last week we had entries that were linked to Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers member galleries as well as blogs. So what are you waiting for?

 

Jess x

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