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

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Happy Stamping!

Jess x

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

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Welcome Joshua Mark!

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

(Un)convention Wrap Up… (Includes Spoilers and Sneak Peeks)

A couple of weekends ago in chilly Canberra, a group of about 450 mad-for-Stampin’ Up! demonstrators gathered together for the annual Stampin’ Up! convention. Convention is 3 days of Stampin’ Up! heaven and combines demonstrations, workshops, make & takes (stamping), meeting other demos (some who you’ve ‘met’ during the year online), swapping cards and ideas, awards, scoring free Stampin’ Up! product and much more!

Sadly, I wasn’t able to be there this year. My youngest cherub is still feeding but a little too old to be satisfied by watching me stamp from his pram. Thus, I participated in my first Unconvention. It was run online by a team of demonstrators who also couldn’t make it to the real deal. They made the weekend so much fun. They ran crafting challenges and together we waited on the secrets filtering through from Canberra.

My first little snippit of excitement is the following card. You may notice that it has some designer series paper that you haven’t seen before. Yes, it’s brand new and coming in the new annual catalogue. If you look closely, you’ll also notice 4 brand new colours; Raspberry Ripple, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit & Midnight Muse. They, along with Gumball Green make up the 2012-2014 In Colors and they are just a little bit divine!

I entered this card into an unconvention challenge which was to use a brand new product or one that we hadn’t used for a long time. It was also dual purpose in that we created it again at the first ever Paper Caper team meeting last Tuesday night! Yes, we do have fun doing what we love at team meetings!

The second card I made was actually a challenge winner! My first ever win… very exciting. It may be a little familiar as it’s a little similar to the card from my last blog post. This challenge was a sketch challenge and I thought a little clothesline of baby dresses would suit the sketch perfectly. Without further ado…

Notice in both cards the little banners? Another little sneak peek of an upcoming stamp set!

So to finish (this lengthy blog post), I want to spill a little about the upcoming Annual Catalogue…

  • It will launch on 1 September
  • it will be 38 pages longer than our last catalogue – wooooop!
  • it will be closer than ever to the US catalogue in terms of product offering
  • it will only be valid for 10 months, because..
… in 2013, our catalogue will be launching in July! Only 1 month after the US catalogue!
Plus, there will also be a Holiday Catalogue launched at the start of September. It will be larger than our current mini catalogues and will have some super exciting new products. I know this because I’ve seen a little sneeky peek of the US Holiday Catalogue and it is SOOOOO luscious!
The best part is that as a demonstrator, I get a free copy and the ability to purchase selected products from both catalogues in August! And I get all my products for a minimum of 20% off! If you want in on this action (and why wouldn’t you?), just choose ANY Stampin’ Up! products to the value of $235 and pay only $169 for them by signing up on my website OR contact me for more info and I’ll likely chew your ear off about how fantastic being part of the SU family really is!
Seriously, don’t miss it – it’s going to be a fun-filled few months!
Jess x