Lately I’ve been making a big effort to simplify my workshop samples. I’m one who tends to love a more involved project but I’m conscious that many people find this a bit overwhelming, particularly if they’re just new to papercraft.
In the last edition of Stampin’ Up!’s demo magazine Impressions, there were some gorgeous samples featuring one of my favourite stamp sets An Open Heart. I think this set is so underrated and there aren’t that many samples around to inspire so I’m glad Stampin’ Up! featured this set.
I particularly liked this sample…
Emboss resist is such a WOW technique and whilst they suggested it just be a demo only card, I thought my next group of ladies would love to try it so I adjusted it a little to suit my needs and the supplies I had on hand. I chose to feature the new Tip Top Taupe and boy did it impress! I sold a TTT ink pad to almost half the attendees! I also wanted to change the sentiment to a punch as stamping on thin banners is a little daunting for beginners. I also swapped out the washi for a banner simply because I was still waiting on my new washi supplies to arrive. A butterfly embellishment made it a little more feminine.
Here’s our workshop creation…
It’s simple and sweet. Exactly what I was aiming for.
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I’ve got a big week ahead, including a funeral, a wedding and receiving 5 boxes of brand new Stampin’ Up! goodies. They’re not all for me but I love delivering the love!
First though, we’ll be farewelling my husband’s aunt. She passed away last week after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. So whilst it’s sad, it’s also somewhat eased by knowing she is at last free of her earthly broken body. I wanted to create some simple sympathy cards for members of our family just to remind them that they are definitely in our thoughts.
Generally I turn straight to An Open Heart for my sympathy cards but I wanted a flower for her daughter. I didn’t have anything I liked, so a quick google later, I had found some abstract flowers that I attempted to CASE. I had already chosen the Calypso Coral seam binding so I began my first flower in Calypso Coral ink. It’s so easy to watercolour with inks and you know for sure that it will match your embellishments. I then painted two more flowers in Night of Navy for some male family members. I added the ribbon and twine and then decided they needed another little something, so I added one of my favourite sentiments, “So much my heart would like to say”. I love this sentiment because I love to make cards but I’m often terrible at writing in them, yet my heart has much to say!
I know from experience that nothing I write can take away the ache but I hope they will be comforted knowing we are here to walk with them.
Be kind to yourself!
Sometimes when I’m just not sure where to start, I search for card sketches to get me started. I came across this sketch on Google which I thought was quite cute.
I already knew that I wanted to use my favourite stamp set An Open Heart because I just don’t use it enough. I also wanted to do a kraft with black card. As it happened, our supremely awesome Aussie Artisan team member Teneale Williams had just created a beautiful card using the same stamp set, so I popped on over to her blog for some inspiration. Well, after I got lost in her blog for far too long, I returned to my crafting with loads of inspiration. I guess you could say that I got my Teneale on!
Out came my trusty Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (come on you knew it was coming!) for the base. I wanted to feature the amazing bird stamp. It’s so beautiful that I didn’t do anything else to it except daub a little VersaMark underneath it for a shadow. I stamped the ‘leaves’ in VersaMark at the base for a little texture and added some strips of washi tape and DSP. Then I added some Very Vanilla satin ribbon with a Teneale bow – of course, and a Very Vintage button.
Just when I thought I was finished, I was reminded that I needed to do the inside. Something that Teneale is famous for. OK, I might have directly borrowed the Typeset DSP strip idea from her but how can you not. It looks SO good. I simply mounted it along with some Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped kraft cardstock and there you go, a jazzed up inside. I love it.
Thus ends my tribute to Teneale which really only started with a quick visit to her blog. But you can’t come away without being inspired!
I love this one so much that I’m truly undecided about putting it in my Etsy store. I guess you’ll have to convince me if you want to buy it 😉 Just comment below to persuade me…