Triangles and Trees

penns_hopWelcome to the Pennsationals team blog hop. As a team, we’ve started to do a monthly blog hop with a different theme each time. This month is a colour challenge.

penns_hop_colourchallenge#1We can create any type of project using Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and either gold or silver. I love these colours so I was looking forward to the challenge! We can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Kraft/Crumb Cake and Basic Black as neutrals to complement the main colours.

My inspiration came from an unlikely place this month. I’ve been seeing Jamberry Nails designs everywhere since they launched in Australia a couple of weeks ago. One of their designs is a very geometric design with a splash of silver, so I went about recreating that look, but with our colours, into a Christmas card.

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It’s loud and proud and I love it!

I used the Tree Punch to punch out the triangles and just cut off the trunk. To create the negative space tree, I simply reversed the process and cut a trunk out of the base of one triangle. I adhered all the triangles to a piece of scrap paper and got the background right before I sewed around the edges and tree.

The sentiment is from the Happy Scenes stamp set. I also used an adorable wooden Snowflake Element, Silver Cording Trim and sequins to finish it off.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. The next step on the hop is the very lovely Emma of Vintage Graffiti.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

 

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Lighthearted Trees

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In every catalogue there’s a stamp set that at first doesn’t scream my name but usually by the time it comes to order, I think I need it, so I order it and then I can’t stop thinking about creating with it and it becomes a favourite. Lighthearted Leaves is that set for me in the Holiday Catalogue. I thought I liked it for a while and then I thought some more and I KNEW I liked it.

I like to make stamp sets and tools work hard for me. I like them to have more purpose than perhaps what they were originally designed for. So in today’s post, Lighthearted Leaves is going Christmassy.

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I started with a graduating wash of Mossy Meadow watercolour on Shimmery White cardstock. I then used the ‘leaf’ stamp that I think looks like a tree anyway in Mossy Meadow on top. Next I added some decorations but kept it simple and in the same style as the leaf/tree. I simply used my Real Red marker (fine tip end) and drew some small red decorations or perhaps they are berries? Next my Fine Tip Glue pen added some dimension and gloss, Crystal Effects style.

Anyone that follows my blog will know that I am NOT a sentiments type person. Most of my cards don’t even have one – I just like it better without. BUT, sometimes you need one and this was one of those times. Most of the sentiments that came with the sets I chose from this year’s catalogue referred to winter or snow etc, which just does not apply in this neck of the woods. My eye caught the Noel from Happy Scenes and I thought it would be cute with something. A quick Google tells me that Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas in French, and everything is more classy in French, right?

I used my trusty Alphabet Rotary stamp for the ‘Joyeux’ and made them into little flags and paired them with a bright Real Red ribbon.

And then I made lots… for swaps… because it’s nice to share ideas.

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If you’re following along the ESAD blog hop, you’ll have arrrived from the amazing Delys Cram and next you’ll want to click on and visit Lou Kitzelman – enjoy!

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“What is ESAD?” – I hear you ask

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Libby Dyson
2. Paula Reid
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Carly Middleton
5. Rachael Lewsley
6. Narelle Fasulo
7. Emily Campbell
8. Emma Palonek
9. Jo Weedon
10. Rebecca Scurr
11. Andrea Buckland
12. Rochelle Blok
13. Kathryn Ruddick
14. Monique Fielder
15. Bernie Collins
16. Liv Ingle
17. Sally Williams
18. Ria Kaire
19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams <– You are here

21. Lou Kitzelman
22. Barbara Williams
23. Kelly Kent
24.  Jenny Hayward

 

Jess x

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Silent Night

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Welcome to the next stop on the inaugural Pennsationals team blog hop. We’re so excited to be showcasing projects and products from the brand new Holiday Catalogue. This has been my favourite catalogue in years so it was a challenge to decide on just the one project.

One of my must haves from this catalogue are the Sleigh Ride Edgelit Dies. They are so much fun and I also fell in love with the catalogue samples. A few weeks ago I was asked to teach a card making class and we made a Bendi card. While I was making the samples for this class, I knew that these edgelits would be just PERFECT for a Bendi card so I quickly whipped up a teaser sample for the class.

Fast forward a few weeks and we’ve just completed some team swaps showcasing our favourites from the Holiday Catalogue. I loved my Bendi card so much that I re-created it for our team swap and I’m sharing it with you today.

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I CASEd the sponged background from one of the catalogue samples and used Shimmery White cardstock as my base so that it would also be all sparkly (better photo on that feature below). I toyed around with adding extras to the sky but in the end, I loved the calmness and stillness that the plain-ness brings. It really is a silent night. I used both Whisper White Thick cardstock for a sturdy base and regular Whisper White for the bendi elements of the card.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. You can click here to find a Bendi Card tutorial, but first you should check out more inspiration from the divine Emma Palonek.

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(If you’re hopping in reverse, You’ll find the lovely Mel Pagano here).

Jess x

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The Stamp Review Crew features Awesomely Artistic

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It’s never fun to admit defeat, especially to a stamp set but I have to admit, I came close on this one. This week The Stamp Review Crew features Awesomely Artistic. I guess I’m not awesomely artistic because this week was really challenging for me. This stamp set is not my style and I actually found myself just staring at the images for quite some time trying to come up with a unique idea. I purposefully didn’t search for other ideas and samples because I wanted to give this ‘not my style’ set, some of my style. In the end, I liked my project but I am really keen to do the hop this week to see other wonderful uses for the set and fall in love with it… as so often happens.

I decided to use the best stamp in the set, the dragonfly. Am I right? I do love the dragonfly and so I wanted to feature him. I started off with plans to do a very neutral sort of card, perhaps stamped on the scientific text dsp from the Typeset papers but I couldn’t get that to look quite right. Next I decided I wanted to try the cracked glass technique. I’ve never done it before but thought it would look quite science-y and vintage which is what I was aiming for.

I first did a watercolour wash in Pool Party and then stamped the scientific name for a dragonfly randomly using my Alphabet Rotary Stamp. Then I followed the steps in this cracked glass technique tutorial from http://www.splitcoaststampers.com. The card turned into a home decor piece and ended up looking like this…

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So it didn’t really end up anything like I thought it would when I started out but I made it and I like it. So take that Awesomely Artistic! Now I’m off to check out the other ideas because I sure need them. Care to come with me? Let’s visit my fellow Aussie, the wonderfully creative Rochelle Blok.

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If you need to go backwards, you’ll find the amazing Nikki Spencer or you can head back to The Stamp Review Crew HQ to see the full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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Sneaky Sprinkles & Catty CASEing

Happy (almost) New Catalogue! At CASEing the Catty this week, we’re counting down until the official release of the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue by giving you a sneak peek of some of our new favourite products.

I’ve used the stamp set which I predict will be the biggest seller this year. Big call? Maybe, but this set is special. The set is called Sprinkles of Life and is this year’s Ronald McDonald House Charities set. Each year, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 from the purchase of a particular stamp set to RMHC. Sprinkles of Life is THE most versatile stamp set ever. Plus there’s also a coordinating punch to make things even easier.

Here are some of the samples I’ve made so far. And I’ve only stopped because I need to get this blog post up but I could keep going for days. There are that many possibilities. So enjoy!

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What do you think? It is a WINNER of a stamp set. I predict you’ll have one in your collection by next month 😉

To get your fill of some more sneaky peeky inspiration, head over to the lovely Alison Barclay’s blog, or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a complete list of bloggers in this hop.

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Jess x

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A bye bye blog hop

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Today’s blog hop is brought to you by the annual Stampin’ Up! retirement list. It’s a beauty this year. There are literally loads of stamp sets, tools and accessories at 50%. I can’t remember a more discounted list than this one which is great news for you! To view retiring stamp sets, click here. To view retiring tools and accessories, click here.

A few of my teammates and I thought we should share with you some of our favourite products that we’re sad to see retire… and hopefully convince you that you should give them a forever home.

My first project uses no fewer than 5 stamp sets! I know – I even impressed myself. As sometimes happens, I had a crazy idea and then had to make it happen. So here it is…

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...

Cute, right? When I started the projects for this blog hop I was staring at a pile of stamp sets I’d put aside that were retiring. There were so many I wanted to use, especially the Make Note Rotary stamp which I think is so underrated! I love the little row of ‘nerd’ glasses and had the sudden thought to put them on something. My eye caught the little bunny in Baby We’ve Grown and that was that. A quick Google gave me a suitable ‘nerd quote’ and I was off. Dictionary was the perfect background stamp for this one and I used Hip Notes and the Simply Serif Alphabet for the text. Many of these items are discounted so check out the images and links below to take advantage.

you are aDORKable bunny card. Retiring list blog hop. Details@ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Baby We've Grown stamp set, Make Note Rotary stamp, Dictionary background stamp, Hip Notes stamp set, Sweet Sadie washi tape...

 

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My next projects are very different. I wanted to showcase another underrated product – Canvas Creations. I haven’t seen many projects made with it but I love it! Watercolouring and dipped projects are so trendy so I wanted to create something along those lines. I cut some canvas and mixed myself some water and Strawberry Slush re-inker in a small bucket. Then it was just a case of dipping the bottom of my canvas tag into the dyed water. I took it out, dried it with my heat tool to speed up the drying process and then repeated several times until I had the desired effect.

I added some gold ink (can you believe that’s retiring??) spots with a sponge dauber and then stamped on my ‘hello’ sentiment with versamark. I then sprinkled on some gold embossing powder and heated it. It didn’t work brilliantly I’ll admit, but it does have a small amount of sparkle.

To finish, I attached it to a large kraft box with cotton ribbon (the one you can stamp on). Pretty!

Strawberry Slush dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hi There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Cotton ribbon...

Well that turned out well so I repeated with Coastal Cabana dye. I dipped using the same process as above but this time I flipped the tag over and noticed that the coated side was more vibrant so I decided to feature that side this time. I used the divine Hello There hostess stamp set for the sentiment and the little flower from the set for the spots. This time, the gold ink really shone in contrast to the fabric side I’d used above. This stuff is so versatile and it’s 50% off! Yahoo! At less than $3.50 per pack, you really should get yourself some!!!

This time around I used it on a smaller kraft gift box, along with some Lost Lagoon ribbon.

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Here they are solo…

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And it doesn’t stop here! You can also use Canvas Creations on cards! Here’s the same tag turned into a card…

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Have I convinced you yet? I think I’ve convinced myself to buy about 10 packets!

Here are the supply links for these projects. Note: Coastal Cabana re-inker has already sold out. Try Pool Party for a similar result.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects and have found some inspiration! Don’t stop here though. Click here to hop over to the lovely Simone who no doubt has something amazing to inspire as well.

Happy hopping (and bargain shopping)!

Jess x

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Wedding bells and Catty CASEing

This week on the CASEing the Catty blog hop, we’re looking at the Wedding section of the Occasions Catalogue (pgs 42-44). There are some really beautiful products including stamps, paper and lace. I was chatting to some friends online whilst I was deciding which project to CASE and as I hadn’t purchased any of the stamp sets, my lovely friend Emma suggested I think outside the box and use the Christmas set Wondrous Wreath to CASE this card.

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Wondrous Wreath carried over from the Holiday Catalogue and is still available for purchase.

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I love to get lots of use out of all my products so it sounded like a great idea. In the end, I made two different versions using different elements of the wreath. One uses the scattered leaves wreath and the other, the holly berry dot wreath. Wondrous Wreath also has a flower in it so using it for CASEing the card was really very easy. I even used some of the sentiments by cropping the parts I wanted. Some gold embossing, washi tape, twine and sequins finished it all off.

Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my samples and thanks for stopping by on the CASEing the Catty blog hop. Next you’re off to visit Monique Fielder or you can return to CASEing the Catty headquarters to find the links for any blogs you’ve missed.

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Jess x

P.S. Love the colours I’ve used? Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are both retiring, boohoo. You should absolutely stock up on any ink, cardstock, and accessories before the retirement list is released in just 4 sleeps! They are always the first things to sell out!

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