A bye bye blog hop

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Today’s blog hop is brought to you by the annual Stampin’ Up! retirement list. It’s a beauty this year. There are literally loads of stamp sets, tools and accessories at 50%. I can’t remember a more discounted list than this one which is great news for you! To view retiring stamp sets, click here. To view retiring tools and accessories, click here.

A few of my teammates and I thought we should share with you some of our favourite products that we’re sad to see retire… and hopefully convince you that you should give them a forever home.

My first project uses no fewer than 5 stamp sets! I know – I even impressed myself. As sometimes happens, I had a crazy idea and then had to make it happen. So here it is…

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...

Cute, right? When I started the projects for this blog hop I was staring at a pile of stamp sets I’d put aside that were retiring. There were so many I wanted to use, especially the Make Note Rotary stamp which I think is so underrated! I love the little row of ‘nerd’ glasses and had the sudden thought to put them on something. My eye caught the little bunny in Baby We’ve Grown and that was that. A quick Google gave me a suitable ‘nerd quote’ and I was off. Dictionary was the perfect background stamp for this one and I used Hip Notes and the Simply Serif Alphabet for the text. Many of these items are discounted so check out the images and links below to take advantage.

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...

 

Retiring Products

 

My next projects are very different. I wanted to showcase another underrated product – Canvas Creations. I haven’t seen many projects made with it but I love it! Watercolouring and dipped projects are so trendy so I wanted to create something along those lines. I cut some canvas and mixed myself some water and Strawberry Slush re-inker in a small bucket. Then it was just a case of dipping the bottom of my canvas tag into the dyed water. I took it out, dried it with my heat tool to speed up the drying process and then repeated several times until I had the desired effect.

I added some gold ink (can you believe that’s retiring??) spots with a sponge dauber and then stamped on my ‘hello’ sentiment with versamark. I then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heated it. It didn’t work brilliantly I’ll admit, but it does have a small amount of sparkle.

To finish, I attached it to a large kraft box with cotton ribbon (the one you can stamp on). Pretty!

Strawberry Slush dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hi There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Cotton ribbon...

Well that turned out well so I repeated with Coastal Cabana dye. I dipped using the same process as above but this time I flipped the tag over and noticed that the coated side was more vibrant so I decided to feature that side this time. I used the divine Hello There hostess stamp set for the sentiment and the little flower from the set for the spots. This time, the gold ink really shone in contrast to the fabric side I’d used above. This stuff is so versatile and it’s 50% off! Yahoo! At less than $3.50 per pack, you really should get yourself some!!!

This time around I used it on a smaller kraft gift box, along with some Lost Lagoon ribbon.

Coastal Cabana dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hello There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Lost Lagoon ribbon...

Here they are solo…

Dipped Canvas Creation tags. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...Dipped Canvas Creation tags. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...

And it doesn’t stop here! You can also use Canvas Creations on cards! Here’s the same tag turned into a card…

Dipped canvas tag card. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...Dipped canvas tag card. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...

Have I convinced you yet? I think I’ve convinced myself to buy about 10 packets!

Here are the supply links for these projects. Note: Coastal Cabana re-inker has already sold out. Try Pool Party for a similar result.

Retiring Products

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration! Don’t stop here though. Click here to hop over to the lovely Simone who no doubt has something amazing to inspire as well.

Happy hopping (and bargain shopping)!

Jess x

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New Beginnings – Part 1

Hold on to your hats – it’s a new blog post!

It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from blogging while working through some mind health issues as well as the usual craziness of the end of the year. Happy to be back on board and sharing some creations again.

Today’s blog post has been more than nine months in the making. My eldest cousin told us several months ago that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in late November. Very exciting news. She is the only one of her 7 brothers and sisters to live in Melbourne. The next closest live in Brisbane (two states away) and the remainder live even farther north in Rockhampton. Undurprisingly, my auntie decided to visit in mid-November to help her prepare and welcome her sweet babe. A short-notice baby shower was organised for the weekend after my aunt arrived. Then the plans all went out the window when Miss Charlotte arrived two weeks early. My baby shower card then turned into a congratulations card.

The idea for this card was taken from a project on Pinterest. Sadly I can’t find the original owner as the links go nowhere but it’s a great concept.

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I don’t have any old books around and I probably couldn’t bring myself to draw on them anyway so I had another brainwave… Stampin’ Up!’s Typeset paper. I LOVE this paper. It’s lightweight just like newsprint and it has 6 different double sided designs to use. A couple of them look just like old books or newspaper columns. Perfect for my project and I didn’t have to ‘ruin’ any books.

I used the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set which is my current favourite for all things baby. I stamped the image onto the paper and then used my white gel pen to do a scribbly thick outline around the image. I also used the gel pen to colour in the owl’s eyes to make them pop. I then used several markers in ‘baby colours’ to subtly colour the owl’s clothes. Then it was a case of finishing off the card by sewing around it and embellishing with ribbons and a button.

Baby We've Grown on SU Typeset DSP. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

The card stands on my gift which is wrapped in kraft paper but stuck with Sweet Sadie washi tape. I’m generally not a fan of visible sticky tape on presents but it seemed to suit the style of this card perfectly.

Baby We've Grown on SU Typeset DSP. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Love this card? For the first time, I’m making custom designed versions available through my Etsy store. Click here to check it out and get it sent straight to you or to the recipient.

Love this card but want to make it yourself? Find all the supplies at my Stampin’ Up! store or click any of the images below.

Happy Stamping!

Jess x

P.S. Come back soon for New Beginnings – Part 2

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I Love Lace… and perfect pink bundles

Upon my return from convention, I heard the delightful news that some friends had (finally) had their baby girl. Sweet Charis was ‘only’ two weeks late, so a much anticipated arrival. What a perfect card to use my brand new Manager’s Reception gift, the I Love Lace background stamp. It is just SO gorgeous and delicate.

To create the background, I embossed the stamp with clear embossing powder and then sponged with Pink Pirouette creating an ombre effect. A touch of Rose Red in the top corners gave it a little bit of extra oomph. The bunny was stamped and then masked to protect it from the sponged background. A vellum banner made a subtle greeting.

 

I Love Lace... and perfect pink bundles. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

Just can’t wait for Charis cuddles!

jess_X

 

P.S. Need a card for a special occasion? Did you know that you can comission me to make one for you? Or even better, host a workshop and I’ll come around to your place armed with supplies and I’ll teach you and your friends to make your own! Contact me for more information.

Projects for The Babes

I blogged last year about my involvement with The Babes Project, a local organisation that provides care and support to women facing unexpected and crisis pregnancies. I have the pleasure of creating cards for them to pass on once the babies are born. I really love all that they stand for and I also really love that I can help out in a practical way even though it’s a very small way. I’m trying to live out Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart.

I try to keep up with demand and often create several of one design with different colour variations that hopefully suit the personalities of the women they care for. For example, I know some don’t like pink for girls, some don’t like pastels etc. so I try my best to cater for them all!

My next lot of cards will be sent over in the next day or two so I thought I’d share a peek. This bunch features the little bunny from Baby We’ve Grown which is possibly the cutest stamp in the catalogue! I also wanted to make these cards a little more bold than traditional baby colours so I’ve watercoloured on Canvas Creations to create a background and then die cut letters with the Big Shot. I love how they’ve turned and and how each one is different.

Baby We've Grown watercolour canvas. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Did you notice I even got creative and did a diagonal watercolour background on the rainbow card?

Isn’t it great when unexpected things happen during the crafting process? For me, the surprise was how much some of the backgrounds looked like landscapes. Watch this space for further exploration in this area! Here’s a picture without the lettering so you can see what I mean.

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I’m just visualising a beachscape and the countryside right now.

Until next time…

jess_X

 

 

 

I {heart} Hardwood

OK, so you know how there are always stamps in the catalogue that aren’t immediate must-haves. You try and be good and then those creative types (i.e. SU demos and customers) go and post their creations online and then you fall in love… hard! The next thing I knew, the Hardwood background stamp was on its way to me in a big brown box.

I had an idea for a workshop that involved everyone’s current favourite – the Hardwood fence – combined with a stepper box (sometimes called a fantasy box). Where to start? What colours to use? I googled away thinking there must be someone who has come up with the perfect colour combinations, but I couldn’t find any. I pulled out all my neutrals and got stamping. Yep, I’ve done the hard work for you! You can see my results below.

Colour combinations for Stampin' Up!'s Hardwood background stamp. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auNow I have a quick reference, I can create projects a little faster. On with the stepper box. My Baked Brown Sugar on Baked Brown Sugar fence wrapped around my Pool Party box to mimic a fence and sky. How else to decorate than adding some flowers and butterflies and what better paper than the Gingham Garden designer series paper. It’s so bright and cheery. Here is my finished stepper box.

Stampin' Up! Hardwood fence stepper box. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

Now I was on a roll. I had the cutest idea using another one of my ‘cannot resist’ stamp sets, Baby We’ve Grown. Those owls are A-DOR-A-BLE! Here it is in all its cute simplicity.

Stampin' Up! Hardwood meets Baby You've Grown stepper box. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Oh bless!

Hope you’ve been inspired to try some stepper boxes (I used this tutorial) as well as the amazing Hardwood stamp!

jess_X