Blendabilities & Blooms… & CASEing the Catty

This week over at CASEing the Catty Challenges, we’re being inspired by the sample card on page 18 of the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue. It uses both framelits and Blendabilities and our challenge is to use both of those products to create our own card or project.

I have to admit that this one stumped me a little. Maybe it’s because there’s so much choice. At any rate, I knew which framelit I wanted to use because it’s my very, very favourite but I got stuck on the stamp set. The only ‘Blendabilties’ intended stamp set I have is Blended Bloom and I feel like I’ve done that too many times now. I wanted something fresh. I remembered that instead of using a stamp and ink, you can actually use Blendabilities with printer ink without it bleeding, opening up a whole world of new opportunity. I opened My Digital Studio (MDS) and browsed for flowers. This brings up all the flower stamps I have installed in my program. When I saw it, I knew what it was going to be. The lovely bloom from the Bouquet Toss stamp set. In MDS, I had the invitation version of this stamp set which is called ‘Always & Forever Invitation Template’.

Note: Did you know that MDS downloads are super cheap? My Always & Forever Invitation Template cost just $3.50 (less my demonstrator discount) and of course there are no shipping charges! Even if you don’t have the super cheap MDS program (@ $24.95 how can you go wrong?), you can use the download images and templates in any design program that can read .svg files. AWESOME!

I resized the flower to the size I wanted (another bonus of digital design) and then printed onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I set about colouring them with Blendabilities. I couldn’t decide which colour set to use so I did several versions. Two were smaller and one was quite large because I wanted it to be a big, over-the-top feature.

I used the ever reliable Typsest DSP (can you even make a bad card with this stuff?), vellum and because it’s something I’ve made, it of course uses Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock and stitching 🙂

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I love the kraft, Basic Black and Very Vanilla combo so I used the same combination for the next card. Just changed things up a little…

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And then, because I wanted to mix things up a little more, I used a Petite Cafe Gift Bag (swoon) to create a gift with my larger bloom.

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auI’ve made a pact with myself to no longer store or hoard 3D projects and gift bags and boxes so it’s already been filled up with choccies and gifted to a special friend.

So what do you think? Get out your Blendies and start colouring some digi images. Seriously, even if you don’t get MDS (which you should), you can find a million images by just Googling and printing! Don’t have Blendies? Did you know that you can earn them for FREE until the end of March? Click on the Sale-A-Bration catalogue link on the right –> to find out the details.

Short on time? You can purchase the red bloom card from my Etsy store and have it shipped anywhere in the world!

Oh, and… make sure you don’t forget to drop by our challenge blog and check out the rest of the design team inspiration and play along.

Jess x

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Love and a Hot Glue Gun

Missed out on winning the Valentine’s Day card I gave away on my Facebook page over the weekend? Never fear. Today I’m back with instructions on how to make your own.

Love and a Hot Glue Gun @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

You may remember my Fa La La card from last Christmas using hot glue words coloured with Blendabilties. This card uses the same technique. Simply heat up your hot glue gun and then ‘write’ love (or whatever word you like) onto your silicone mat. The silicone mat is essential so that you can later peel it off once it has cooled. Once cooled, choose your favourite Blendabilities colour and just colour the glue. You may have to do a couple of coats or go to a darker shade if you want more depth of colour. In the example above, I used the darkest shade of Cherry Cobbler and coloured both the top and the underside.

This card also features some watercoloured vellum with a Crumb Cake heart showing through. Then it is simply accessorised with a variety of ribbons and the (normally) Very Vanilla Vintage buttons which I also coloured with my blendies to match. Are those blendies versatile or what? And even better, they’re free with a $90 order until the end of March – woohoo!

Click below to find supplies to make your own or shop for Valentine’s cards in my Etsy store ❤

 

Jess x

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

 

Valentine’s Card Giveaway

Want to win a one-of-a-kind card to give to your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? I’m running a quick giveaway over on my Facebook page. Make sure you enter before midday AEDT Monday 9 February 2015 to be in the running!

ENTER HERE ❤

Valentine's Day giveaway @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Winner will be drawn midday AEDT Monday 9 Feb. Open to Australian residents only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Prize will be posted by 6pm 9/2/15 or ASAP after winner has supplied postal address.

Good luck ❤

Jess x

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

Fa La La and a (temporary) Farewell

I’m back for the final instalment of the CASEing the Catty challenge for 2014. It’s been great fun and to finish it all off, we’re not really CASEing at all! This fortnight’s challenge is a colour challenge based on the Santa & Co. Designer Washi Tape in the holiday catalogue. The colours to use are Basic Black, Marina Mist, Old Olive and Real Red. Hmmm, not really my favourite collection of colours for Christmas. Time to think outside the box…

fa la la la la colour challenge for CTC. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

… yep, not so much stamping.

I love mixing things up and ever since I saw Jane Lee create some hot glue words on one of last year’s Artisan blog hops, I knew I had to try it someday. So here they are. Just heat up your glue gun and start writing straight onto your Silicone Craft Sheet. Once the glue has set and cooled, they’ll just peel straight off the silicone. Now they’re ready to colour. I used Cherry Cobbler blendabilities. OK, I know the challenge uses Real Red but because there are 3 shades of Cherry blendies, you can choose the lighter shades to pull off a Real Red. WIN!

In the end, I actually did CASE a card layout from the holiday catalogue (the Christmas Cheer card on page 14 for those playing along).

I hope you play along with us one last time in 2014. Check out the inspiration at www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. I can’t wait to see what the rest of the design team came up with in these colours.

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Brand new Blendabilities

Have you noticed the Stampin’ Blendabilities page in the catalogue but skipped past because you just don’t know what to do with them? In short, Bendabilities are alcohol markers and are the best for blending colours and shades. They’re very similar to Copic markers but Stampin’ Up! have made a much easier system. Blendabilities come in packs of 3 markers. A light, medium and dark shade of the same colour. And because they’re from Stampin’ Up!, they come in Stampin’ Up! colours so you know they’re going to exactly match all your cardstock, ribbons and inks etc.

I’m new to alcohol markers but wanted to give them a go and create a class to teach other beginners. I watched some tutorial videos from Stampin’ Up! and then it was simply a matter of playing. Here are the cards I made and they are the same cards we’ll be making in my Blendabilities class on Wednesday 27 August.

Blendabilities class cards. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

These cards were CASEd and/or inspired by Sharon Burkert and Carolina Evans.

Blendabilities class cards. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auBlendabilities class cards. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Check out all the information for this class (and others) here. I’d love to see you there.

jess_X