A Simple Open Heart

Lately I’ve been making a big effort to simplify my workshop samples. I’m one who tends to love a more involved project but I’m conscious that many people find this a bit overwhelming, particularly if they’re just new to papercraft.

In the last edition of Stampin’ Up!’s demo magazine Impressions, there were some gorgeous samples featuring one of my favourite stamp sets An Open Heart. I think this set is so underrated and there aren’t that many samples around to inspire so I’m glad Stampin’ Up! featured this set.

I particularly liked this sample…

An Open Heart workshop sample. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: An Open Heart stamp set, Tip, Top Taupe ink and card, VersaMark, White embossing powder...

Emboss resist is such a WOW technique and whilst they suggested it just be a demo only card, I thought my next group of ladies would love to try it so I adjusted it a little to suit my needs and the supplies I had on hand. I chose to feature the new Tip Top Taupe and boy did it impress! I sold a TTT ink pad to almost half the attendees! I also wanted to change the sentiment to a punch as stamping on thin banners is a little daunting for beginners. I also swapped out the washi for a banner simply because I was still waiting on my new washi supplies to arrive. A butterfly embellishment made it a little more feminine.

Here’s our workshop creation…

An Open Heart workshop sample. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: An Open Heart stamp set, Tip, Top Taupe ink and card, VersaMark, White embossing powder...

It’s simple and sweet. Exactly what I was aiming for.

Jess x

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More “An Open Heart” projects…

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 buttonCASEing Connie Collins. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auSimple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...

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A Whole Lot of Lovely sneak peek

Woohoo! Yesterday my new catalogue pre-order arrived and apart from a whole load of catalogues to give out, I also got some brand new products to inspire and excite you. Most of what I chose was actually FREE – the perks of being a demo! LOVE it.

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I was glad that my favourite new stamp set in the whole catalogue was avilable for pre-order so how could I resist? It’s called A Whole Lot of Lovely and yes it is! I have a feeling that I won’t be playing with anything else for quite some time. This set is actually a hostess set so while I could order it now (did I mention the perks?), you’ll actually need to be a hostess or place a qualifying order to get one. I know, it’s such a tease. But I’m sure when you see it, you’ll be only too glad to get together with some friends and stamp the night away to get one.

In addition to showing you my favourite new stamp, I’m also playing along again at TGIF Challenges where this week, it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite. Here’s the challenge…

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I love how they say ‘we welcome a broad interpretation of the sketch’. Excellent. I think that’s code for do whatever you like as long as some part sorta, kinda, a little bit resembles the sketch. Freedom!

So without further ado, here’s my entry…

Whole Lot of Lovely for #TGIFC02. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely hostess set, Typeset DSP, Kraft 12"x12", Black embossing power...

Just look at that stamp – swoon!

Whole Lot of Lovely for #TGIFC02. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely hostess set, Typeset DSP, Kraft 12"x12", Black embossing power...

Did you notice the little blooms stamped in VersaMark on the kraft? That’s an adorable little accessorising stamp. So cute. OK, I think you get it. I’m in love.

See this card on display at my Day of Creativi-tea. Drop in and get your craft on… plus a new catalogue… and prizes. Details here.

Jess x

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Cards for Christmas… and CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty Challenges, the theme is ‘cards from the Holiday Catalogue’. Simply choose a favourite card project sample and copy! It was a no brainer for me to CASE this card as the Four Feathers stamp set and framelits were the very first thing I ordered from the catalogue. I love how this card showcases the feathers using different papers and techniques. First I used a striped designer series paper – the sample project used strips of washi tape but I didn’t have that particular tape so used what I had. The second uses glimmer paper – so sparkly. Lastly, the third feather is embossed with Pool Party embossing powder. Simply lay your feather along the edge of your Versamark pad, sprinkle with embossing powder and heat. You may need to repeat two or three times to get a super smooth, even coverage.

The other trick I used was to emboss my Vanilla button with Gold embossing powder. I didn’t have any gold buttons so again I improvised. Simply cover the button with Versamark ink, dunk your button into the gold powder and heat.

Four Feathers Catty CASE for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Enjoy CASEing your own card and don’t forget to pop by and join us at CASEing the Catty Challenges!

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DIY Weddings

Next weekend, my Stampin’ Up! team are manning the stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. It’s one of my favourite craft shows and I really look forward to spreading the SU love with some new fans! Generally we each create a board with card samples but this year I thought I’d feature wedding stationery. I’ve previously done a wedding stationery board and it was a great success so with a brand new catalogue coming out in two weeks – and how amazing is that wedding section! – I thought I’d create some brand new samples.

While we are still in pre-order for the new catalogue here in Australia, I was lucky enough to receive the I Love Lace background stamp at Manager’s Reception at the recent Inspire.Create.Share. event and it was the perfect stamp to start with for wedding stationery. However, none of the new wedding stamps were available to me yet… what to do? MDS to the rescue (again)! Stampin’ Up! recently released a digital version of the Cheers to Love stamp set which made my life so easy.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the entire suite, with more photos below of each item.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I started with a Save the Date notice as is becoming the norm these days. It features embossed gold, lost lagoon ribbon (swoon) and digi stamps and text.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Next up is the formal invitation. Mine is a slide out invitation housed in a beautifully gold embossed sleeve with Vellum and Brushed Gold cardstock. I can’t decide whether I like it best vertical or horizontal.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Place cards at a wedding are essential and I just love the Mr & Mrs stamps that are part of the Cheers to Love stamp set.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And then I went a little crazy on the bonbonierre packaging! They could also be used as gifts for attendants and/or other people who helped out on your special day. These first two feature acetate sleeves. Remember my roomie gifts where I resized the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes? These are the ‘scraps’. I used White StazOn ink to print lace on the acetate and then decorated. I’m sure you can tell by my collection (and recent blog posts if you’re a follower) that I can’t get enough Gold Sequin Trim or Creped Filter Paper.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

The last box is a little different as I just decorated an existing box. The Decorative Window Gift Boxes are so cute, they (almost) don’t need any decoration. They come with a cute acetate window and the cute white stamp printed around the window. They’re also food safe so you can pop your wedding cake pieces straight in! Stampin’ Up! = making life easy! Again, I used White StazOn ink to stamp on the lace design and finished it with ribbon, a white embossed butterfly and a gold Mini Metallic Clothespin. Too cute!

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And just when you thought I was done, surprise, I’ve got one more item. This is a large print which the guests can sign instead of a traditional guest book. It can be hung in the newlyweds home to remind them of those who shared their special day. It was SO easy to do in MDS. I enlarged the stamp as big as I could print and then used the colouring tool to colour it in my chosen colours. Then I printed and mounted it on some cardstock. This was then mounted into the frame. Make sure you remove the glass so that people can write on it!

My very favourite part is the flower embellishment and I thought it deserved its own photo so enjoy.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

There you have it, my gorgeous wedding collection created with new products from the 2014-15 catalogue. Of course the beauty of creating is that you can make anything you like. If you’ve got a special day coming up, contact me about having some stationery comissioned or even better, do-it-yourself and wow your guests!

Don’t forget to drop by our Stampin’ Up! stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, 26-29 June, stand E21. I’ll be there Thursday and Saturday. Make sure you grab the brand new catalogue while you’re there!

 

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P.S. I’ll be back soon with some more DIY wedding stationery and this time it’s all digital. Simply design and print!

I {heart} chevron

Have I told you chevron is my thing? I just LOVE it! You know how in every new catalogue there’s a stamp that you just cannot live without and no matter what happens, you’re ordering it on day 1? For me, that stamp was Positively Chevron – my must have. It’s such a fun stamp and so useful. These first cards were a batch of thank you cards I made using tinted spritzers and watercolour paper. Just drop a couple of drops of re-inker into a spritzer and spray directly onto the stamp. Repeat with the desired amount of colour. You can get your wood mount stamp nice and stained with this technique! Ah the horror. I can hear some people falling off their chairs right now! You could protect your wood mount block with washi tape if you wanted to. Then simply stamp onto watercolour paper. You can see from my cards that some areas have bled a bit where there was more ink and in some areas, there is no ink at all. I love this effect. There is no right or wrong and they turn out differently every time. Thanks to Shannon West for demonstrating this at convention last year.

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This next project was the first card I made with Positively Chevron. Yes, it has taken me a long while to post it up. I’ve since made quite a few using this technique. I embossed the chevron using white or clear embossing powder and then sponged colour on. This way you can achieve the ever popular ombre effect or blend as many colours as you like. Why wouldn’t you finish it off with some chevron ribbon to match?

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Millie Moo

Thought I’d share a couple of projects that I’ve made for my little niece Millie. The first was a scrap page. As you know, I’m not a scrapbooker and I have three boys of my own so I’m not practised in the art of a girly scrap page. Solution: Pinterest! I found an amazing page here. Unfortunately, it hasn’t really been pinned properly and I’m yet to discover exactly who to credit.

Anyway, I had a great time making all the embellishments and just generally making something with pink in it.

 

 

Isn’t she just the cutest??

 

The second project was a card for her 1st birthday. I’m just a sucker for embossed white on crumb cake (kraft) at the moment and these little “Storybook Friends” animals are almost my favourite stamp set in the whole SU catalogue. I’m so pleased at the way they all tied in nicely together!

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed this girly break in my normally little boy themed blog…

 

Happy crafting,

Jess x

With a Cherry on Top

Thought I’d share this super easy, but oh so cute cherry card in bright spring colours. You’ll have to take my word for it, but the best part is that it smalls like cherry too! I’ve used Stampin’ Up!’s scented embossing powder in cherry for another dimension. Now you can send smelly greetings!

Here is a set of 3 notecards we made at a workshop recently. One features the embossing powder, another features super pretty red glimmer paper and the last features those cute, cute, cute buttons! LOVE!

The gingham paper is actually cardstock put through the big shot using an inked up Stripes Embossing Folder. Too cute!

 

Stampin’ Up! has had Cherry, Vanilla & Melon scented embossing powders for quite a few months now but have you seen the new Christmas editions? Sugar & Spice and Peppermint scented powders! Now you don’t even have to bake to get your home smelling all gingerbread-y. Contact me if you NEED some for yourself!

 

Happy crafting!

Jess