I still (heart) Hardwood

It’s been almost exactly one year since I first posted my Hardwood paper and ink combinations chart. Since then I’ve had many lovely comments and I’m so pleased it has been a great reference tool for so many people. With the release of another ‘wood’ colour in Tip Top Taupe, I thought I’d add another row to the chart so that it’s even more helpful in the two years while Tip Top Taupe is an In Color.

So without further ado, here is the new and improved, updated Hardwood colour chart. Enjoy!

New & improved, UPDATED for Stampin' Up!'s TIP TOP TAUPE, Hardwood colour reference chart from www.thepapercaper.com.auNow I couldn’t go and publish a blog post without a new project right? He-aaaaargh’s a little something I whipped up for the occasion.

Treasure Chest celebrating the improved and updated for Tip Top Taupe, Hardwood colour reference chart from www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Kraft 12"x12", Tag a Bag gift boxes, Hardwood background stamp, Tip Top Taupe ink...

Cute right? Can’t you see it filled with treasure as a favour box at a pirate party? To recreate this project, take a Tag a Bag gift box and alter the size following this video tutorial from Stampin’ Up!. I cut mine down to 3 1/2″ in length. Stamp your box with the Hardwood background stamp in your choice of ink. I used Tip Top Taupe because this post is all about that brand, spankin’ new colour. Stamp a piece of kraft 12″x12″ with matching ink and score along the board lines so that the lid will curve. Score both sides of the lid and cut notches so that you can attach 2 x 2 1/4″ semi circles, for each of the lid sides. Adhere to the back of the chest. Decorate with strapping, locks and hinges. Fill with treasure!

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Happy crafting!

Jess x

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Grad parties and Catty CASEing

OK, I lie. There are no grad parties. This is one of those occasions (like Halloween) that we just don’t celebrate as much as our US family. Which means our CASEing the Catty topic and #TGIF03 theme were quite a challenge this week! I somewhat entirely departed from a traditional CASE but totally kept the grad theme.

I have seen loads of grad party invites lately on Instagram and Pinterest (<– shameless ‘follow me on social media’ plug) so I figure that they must be a big deal in the states. And what’s a party without decorations and favours? So the little cogs in my brain started turning over and I came up with a cute mortarboard favour box featuring the ever adorable tiny treat box.

Mortarboard grad party favor box for CASEing the Catty and #TGIF03. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Basic Black cardstock, tiny treat box, Antique brads, black embossing power & baker's twine

The best part is, they’re super easy to make. Cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock 2″ x approx 8 1/2″. Score at 1/2″. This will be your tab at the back of the box. Holding the tab on one corner, fold the remainder of the strip around the treat box until you’re at the back again. Next, press your creases firmly with a bone folder. Take a 2″ Circle Punch and punch a semi circle from the bottom of each ‘side’ of the strip. Adhere the strip to your treat box. Next take the smallest Antique Brad and coat it in VersaMark then dip in black embossing powder and heat. Repeat once or twice if necessary. Pierce the centre of a piece of 4″ x 4″ Basic Black cardstock and the centre of the treat box lid. Attach the Basic Black cardstock to the treat box lid using the brad. Create a tassel using your desired Baker’s Twine colour, or make it from white/cream twine and then dye to match your qualification colour. To create my tassel, I separated the individual threads to give it more volume. Then simply wind your tassel around the brad until it’s the correct length.

Mortarboard grad party favor box for CASEing the Catty and #TGIF03. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Basic Black cardstock, tiny treat box, Antique brads, black embossing power & baker's twine

Happy graduation grads!

Make sure you travel on to the lovely Monique who has another grad themed project to inspire you to Case the Catty or head back to home base.

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You can play along by adding your blog post URL in the comments and you’ll be added into the hop!

Why not also play along at TGIF Challenges? Two birds, one stone…

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Happily, none of the items I used for this project are retiring – yay! But have you checked out what is? LOADS of products are 50% off right now in the online store.

Jess x

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Being Thankful… while I’m CASEing the Catty

It’s all about being thankful this week at CASEing the Catty Challenges. We’re CASEing projects from the Thanks section of the catalogue.

My project selection this week was a no brainer. You may have noticed that I love making boxes and packaging so it was a given that I’d choose this sweet box made from a Decorative Window Gift Box. You can find the original project on page 151 of the South Pacific Catalogue.

Thank You box for CASEing the Catty CHallenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au or www.facebook.com/papercaper

I added a strip of Kraft Cardstock (seriously can’t live without this product!) for the handle and secured it, along with the sentiment, with an Antique Brad on each side. The flower is made from White Creped Filter Paper and dangly ribbons are Lost Lagoon Satin ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Baker’s Twine. The box itself is also stamped lightly with the I Love Lace background stamp for a subtle extra.

Thank You box for CASEing the Catty CHallenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au or www.facebook.com/papercaperAnd surprise! There’s a little something stuck to the other side of the handle. Prettiness from every angle!

Thank You box for CASEing the Catty CHallenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au or www.facebook.com/papercaper

Hope you enjoyed my project this week. Make sure you browse the catalogue for inspiration and check out the Design Team samples at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au.

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Creating for Friends… while I’m CASEing the Catty

After a small hiatus, I’m back for another week of CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. This week, we’re CASEing the Card Giving section which is just huge with so many samples to choose from. This week my projects were also used at a recent workshop which was based around the Little Letters Framelits. I wanted to showcase their versatility so ended up making four cards, each with a different twist on the original sample.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

The closest to the catty sample (page 125 South Pacific Catalogue) is the card on the bottom left. It features window sheets and confetti, making it a shaker card. I then made some similar cards using the ‘confetti’ designer series paper sheet from the Gold Soiree pack (top left) and also some strips of coordinating washi tape from the Sweet Sadie and Watercolour Wonder packs (bottom right). The card on the top right was inspired by fellow demo Rachel van Rij who demonstrated this technique at our annual convention in May. I’d been dying to try it ever since. The rest of the card was cased from page 124 of the catty. Do I get double points??

Now when one has a coordinating collection of cards, one has to make a coordinating gift box, right? My gift box was inspired by Teneale Williams and used one of the Tag a Bag gift boxes. A bit of slicing and dicing the acetate sleeve results in a ‘lid’ for the cards. Too cute.

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

I had a happy accident (love those) while making this where the letters didn’t actually fall out of the thicker kraft box like they do with cardstock so I left them in for another different technique with the Little Letters Framelits.

And here they all are together..

Little Letter FRIEND Framelits for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaperNow to find the perfect friend to gift them to – the best part!

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A CASE of Connie

Connie Collins is one of my Stampin’ Up! heroes! I love her style and practically everything she creates. This year she’s been serving on the Artisan Design Team so I’ve been lucky to see at least one project of hers every week. One of the projects that I knew I would CASE (Copy And Share Everything) was this kraft gift box. It is just stunning.

Recently while I was in the middle of placing my very first order from the new catalogue, I happened across the stamp set An Open Heart. I had noticed it before but this time it was love. I used a freebie stamp set redemption and got it for free (thanks SU!) and then spent the next week dreaming about it. When it arrived, I knew that it was the perfect stamp to use on my Connie CASE. It always makes things interesting when you’re CASEing when you don’t have the same products as the original creator but it’s also nice that your turns out a little differently.

In my case, I used different stamp sets for both the main stamp and the sentiment. I had no black buttons so used a Very Vanilla Very Vintage (what a mouthful) button instead and reversed Connie’s colour scheme. That meant I needed black twine. Whilst SU doesn’t offer black twine, they do offer white twine and black re-inker so I went a dyein’. Perhaps the most major thing that’s different is the lack of kraft gift box. As it turns out, I didn’t have any so I turned to my trusty Envelope Punch Board and the new 12″x12″ Kraft cardstock and whipped one up. In doing so, I discovered that one of the benefits of doing it this way was that I could stamp out my whole flat sheet first whereas Connie explained that she had to disasemble her box and the creases made some gaps in the stamping.

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I hope you like my take on Connie’s kraft box.

CASEing Connie Collins. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

Happy stamping!

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