Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.
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!
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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I mentioned in my last post that you should stay tuned for more Timeless Love and here it is… already!
Last week, my brother and sister in law welcomed a sweet tiny pink bundle, Everleigh Jane. She is such a doll and weighed in at just 5lb 8oz. Holding her feels like you’re only holding the blankets! How blessed we are to have another happy, healthy family member.
Of course this calls for a card. I thought her name was super pretty but a little bit vintage so I wanted the card to reflect that. I was also a little short on time so I flicked through my Project Life cards to find a starting point. I chose a black and white background card that I thought would suit perfectly. I added a spray of watercoloured flowers from Timeless Love and a sweet little banner. To keep with the vintage theme and to personalise, I used my brand new Alphabet Rotary stamp (why did I wait so long to get that??).
Of course I matched the inside of the card as well which was very easy as I had to crop the PLxSU card to fit the front. This meant I had a cute little black and white strip to use on the inside. I stamped some Blushing Bride cradstock with the Timeless Love stamp to match.
Of course it’s nowhere near as perfect as tiny Everleigh is but I think it does the job!
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More Timeless Love projects…
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.
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.
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.
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Welcome to another week of CASEing the Catty. This week we’re focusing on the Baby section. There were some very cute sample projects in the catalogue but I thought I’d feature Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Little Moments card collection. I actually don’t have the tangible cards as featured in the sample but rather have the digital version as that’s how I’ve found is the best way for me to keep up to date with my memory keeping.
My first picture shows an (almost) exact copy of the catty sample (page 76 South Pacific catalogue) using the digital images. It was SO easy to create as there’s a template just waiting in My Digital Studio to use. It’s really as simple as dragging and dropping in photos, backgrounds and digi PL cards. There are even digital versions of the stamps and accessories they’ve used to jazz up the page a little. And colour matching is a cinch with digital design.
This sample isn’t quite how I generally do my own Project Life pages, so I’ve created a second sample to show my own style. I’ve kept the photos the same and used the same template so that they’re easy to compare. Firstly, as a pre-Stampin’ Up! project lifer, I’m used to rounded corners so they’re the first thing to change. In My Digital Studio, rounding corners is as simple as right-clicking and selecting ’round corners’. You can choose which corners you want to round and the diameter of the ’roundness’ as well. I also tend not to use very many ‘word-y’ cards but I love plain background cards. Some of the designs in the collection are just SO cute. I couldn’t help but put the elephants in as well as some hip geometric patterns. You’ll notice that apart from one digi stamp, there’s no accessorising. Frankly I don’t have the time. I have 3 boys under 7, two jobs (one for the money and one for fun), am involved in school and kinder and there’s a husband that likes some attention occasionally as well. The important part for me is actually getting the photos in and I really don’t mind the simple style. Project Life is all about making memory keeping simple – and not putting pressure on yourself to have every page a masterpiece that took weeks to put together. The final touch for me is to insert some lines of stitching to break up the page and imitate the real life plastic pockets.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a couple of different designs but most of all I hope you’ve seen how simple and easy it can be to scrap your photos and still have great looking pages.
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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.
Just can’t wait for Charis cuddles!
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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.
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.
I’m just visualising a beachscape and the countryside right now.
Until next time…
It must seem that I am in the midst of a family baby boom! Last week we welcomed my first nephew, Joshua Mark, to the big wide world. My three boys are so excited to have their first boy cousin.
Despite some pregnancy and birth complications, he arrived safe and healthy and weighed in at a robust 10lb!
Awwwww, isn’t he just precious?
Obviously the occasion called for a special card. I trawled the Internet for ideas and came across a few on the Stampin’ Up! demonstrator forum website. My card turned out to be a bit of a mish mash of ideas.
I thought the little overalls were so darling! They are made from the Owl Builder punch and I cut some extra little pockets for a couple of the overalls. Some tiny cardstock pegs attach them to the Baker’s Twine clothesline. I’ve used a retired alphabet set called Rough Type for Joshua’s name and punched them out with the always handy Jewelry Tag punch. I’ve also drawn on some little stitching marks although they are a little hard to make out in the photo.
Until next time,
Happy crafting x