A krafty Open Heart sketch

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.

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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.

A kraft-y Open Heart. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Kraft 12" x 12", An Open Heart stamp set, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Typeset DSP, Sweet Sadie washi, Very Vintage buttonJust 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.

A kraft-y Open Heart. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Kraft 12" x 12", An Open Heart stamp set, Very Vanilla satin ribbon, Typeset DSP, Sweet Sadie washi, Very Vintage button

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…

Jess x

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Something Old, Something Brand New

It’s been a while since I posted a blog entry and it’s not because I haven’t been creating. I have! I’ve been sharing some lovely Christmassy things on Facebook and they just haven’t made it to the blog somehow! So I wanted to share a project tonight that’s quite old, but hasn’t been shown off yet. Because I made it some time ago, a few of the products used are now retired but could easily be substituted for any of our delicious current products.

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This was one of those times I wanted to create something that I hadn’t ever seen before. I created the bird bath from scratch and although it’s not quite perfect, I think it does the job. I placed a disc of blue card stock in the bird bath and covered it with Crystal Effects to create the water. The two little birds are made from a template which I’ve shared before and are so much fun to make, even if they take a little time and patience. The rose is my own creation, using the (now retired) Blossom Petal Builder Punch and wire. There you go… my something old.

 

Now for something new… A brand new blog and website! Yep, I’ve now got my own little place in the world wide web. You can visit me any time at www.thepapercaper.com.au. You can keep up with my Stampin’ Up! happenings including promotions, projects and classes etc. I’ll also continue to post on my Facebook page so make sure you’ve liked that as well. Have fun browsing around my site 🙂