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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More “An Open Heart” projects…
There’s a new challenge in town and I was excited to join in for challenge number 1. The team is basically comprised of Artisan design team members, past and present, so the inspiration is pretty spectacular. The first challenge (#tgifc01) was very much a challenge for me! A colour challenge comprising of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. Calypso Coral and Pool Party are part of my favourite colour combo but throw in yellow and I’m, well a bit challenged. To me, the almost primary colours say party so I ran with that.
Lately I’ve been loving creating my own inky, messy backgrounds so for this challenge I used the faux watercolour backgrounds technique. It’s so easy and you get a great outcome every time. Check out a great video from Stampin’ Up! on this technique here.
Next I added in some fun party elements like a banner and balloons. To make the crazy, curly balloon strings, I tied on some cotton thread, wet it and then curled it around a paintbrush. Then I dried it with my heat tool and once dry, it stays curly. I didn’t adhere them to the card so as you can seee in the pictures, they’re all over the place from the wind. I love it!
Some sequins and a sentiment (I know… gasp) finished it off.
Then I had to create an envelope to match!
It says party to me – I hope you agree!
Don’t forget that many of the products I’ve used (and heaps more) are 50% off on the retiring list! Only while stocks last!
Is there a better theme for papercraft than memory keeping? I actually think not. It’s about making memories accessible to others. It’s about bringing photos, whether stashed away in a box or on a hard drive, out into the real world. Quite often, our memories are tucked away in our own minds and no one else can access them. I love that the art of memory keeping, in whichever way you choose, allows others to look, learn and access their own memories too. Plus, with the help of some colour, cardstock and accessories, these memories are made extra beautiful.
This week at the CASEing the Catty challenge we’re focusing on the Memory Keeping section of the catalogue. My project today is based on the banner on 32 (South Pacific catalogue). I was fortunate to craft with photos of my little family this week, which made things even more fun than usual. Photos of my boys just make me smile. I decided to use MDS to help me out this week as while I have the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet, I’m just not patient enough to use the Stamp-a-majig with them and I wouldn’t have been happy unless the text was as perfect as in the catalogue. I needed to print the photos in polaroid style anyway so just inserted a few text boxes at the same time. I love that MDS allows you to match Stampin’ Up! colours exactly, so I coloured the text with Island Indigo and it’s a perfect match with my cardstock.
I changed up the colour scheme to fit my own home decor which is grey and teal with a splash of orange. Our interior is also a little more modern than the catalogue sample so I swapped the Dictionary stamp for Postively Chevron (one of my all time faves). I wanted just an accent on the Island Indigo cardstock so used VersaMark ink on the chevron stamp and embossed with clear powder. A crisp Whisper White heart (LOVE that new shape) was layered on top and then banners of Tangelo Twist ribbon and a little LOVE. A few sequins topped it all off (Yes sequins, I know! But this time it was totally legit and I HAD to use them because the catalogue sample had some).
I hope you enjoyed my take on the catalogue sample. I hope you’re also inspired to make some of your memories accessible! My preferred method of memory keeping is Project Life and my VERY favourite thing about it is that my boys (currently aged 2-6), love taking down the albums off the shelf and flipping through them. They love to see and remember the fun we had last summer, the cakes they had on their birthdays, the costumes they wore to school dress up days and the list goes on. Their little faces light up… and that warms my heart.
I hope you come and play along with us at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. I’d love to see your take on one of the gorgeous projects during Memory Keeping week!
Happy making and keeping memories ♥