Inspiration for #TGIFC04

This week I’m hanging with the who’s who of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators over at TGIF Challenges. How exciting is that?

This week features an inspiration challenge. Not my favourite type of challenge but this one’s a beauty. I love this image.

#TGIFC04 Inspiration Challenge

To me, it just says ‘pretty’ and ‘floral’ and kinda ‘modern country’. So that’s what I went for.

Firstly I made a self closing box out of Vary Vanilla cardstock and the grid sheet from Typeset DSP (wonder how many others will use that – it’s SO perfect). I’ve wanted to try making one of these since they’ve started popping up all over the place. I think the original comes from here. I used my favourite new stamp set A Whole Lot of Lovely to stamp little flowers all over the DSP in So Saffron.

To decorate, I made a rose out of filter paper. I first came up with this idea about two years ago and it occurred to me that I hadn’t made one since. Probably because I made 50 of them for swaps. I presented this at the South Pacific convention and then made a tutorial which you can find here. Instead of colouring the rose all one colour, I painted different petals with Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Blackberry Bliss inks in aquapainters to stay true to the inspiration picture. If you do the same, just be sure to dry each colour with your heat tool or it may bleed onto the next petal. All I needed now were some leaves which I cut with the largest leaf shape from the Flower Fair framelits set. I nicked the edges with my paper snips and then distressed them a little to give them the look of rose petals. Then I assembled.

Filter paper rose and box for #TGIFC04. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Filter Paper, Typeset DSP, A WHole Lot of Lovely stamp set, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss and So Saffron inks...Filter paper rose and box for #TGIFC04. Details @ Stampin' Up! supplies: Filter Paper, Typeset DSP, A WHole Lot of Lovely stamp set, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss and So Saffron inks...


I hope you’ll play along with the TGIF Inspiration Challenge this week. I’ve had a great time being the Guest Star and can’t wait to see what you make!

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 @ or

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 @ or 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 @ or

Hope you enjoyed my project this week. Make sure you browse the catalogue for inspiration and check out the Design Team samples at





Lest We Forget

I wanted to commemorate ANZAC Day with something special this year so I thought some poppies would be just the thing. I love to make flowers from Creped Filter Paper, wire and florist tape and these are no exception. I had a look through my punches and framelits to find a suitable shape and settled on the Mosaic Punch – bet you didn’t see that coming. I simply trimmed off the point from one end and it became a rounded petal. I had some black stamen in my stash from a wedding cake I had made featuring poppies (feel free to check that out here) so they got a new lease on life as paper poppies. I then taped the petals to the wire, painted them with an Aqua Painter filled with water and reinker and then dried with my heat tool. Perfect poppies for ANZAC Day. Thought they would be best displayed with The Ode.


ANZAC tribute. Details @

The best part about creating this was that it sparked the interest of my son and we got to have a little chat about what ANZAC Day means and the sacrifices made for our freedom. Lest We Forget.

Jess x


P.S. If you liked the poppy, you can find more of my Creped Filter Paper flowers here and a Creped Filter Paper rose tutorial here.




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

Happy Birthday Nicole!

WOW, two days of blogging in a row? It MUST be a record!

I’m excited to wish my sister-in-law Nicole a very happy 30th birthday today! We celebrated with a family dinner on the weekend and so I’m finally able to show you the card I made for her. Unusually for me, I was very organised with this one and I had it made weeks ago. I’ve been sitting on it impatiently ever since and can only post it now as she sometimes reads my blog.

I decided I would make something a bit special but to be honest, it had slipped my mind that it was an extra special birthday this year. Boy, am I glad about the decision to make an extra nice one! I had a sample of the delicious Attic Boutique designer series paper, gifted to me by my always generous upline Tracy. As it’s SO beautiful, I decided to use each piece sparingly and just use strips from each piece. While I was being a bit frugal, it did allow me to use many of the different designs on the one project. I like it so much, I’m sure I’ll do this again someday.

Again, I’ve used the new Framelits to cut out the shape and the ever useful paper piercing tool to give it a little extra interest. Then I decided to try out heated satin ribbon flowers which I’d seen on YouTube. I’ve been wanting to have a go for a while so off I went. I loved it but it was a little white for my project so I just dunked it in some coffee – an easy fix! I then tried to copy the technique using seam binding but here’s a heads up… it doesn’t work! I did get some lovely vintage ‘burnt’ colour though. I think it still looks good though as a different type of flower.

Slap on a sentiment and away we go…

I also prettied up the inside of the card with some matching strips…

So there you have it!

Don’t forget that during May you get get a free pack of designer series paper when you buy three! Or even better, join my team and get a free pack of designer series paper every month for the rest of the year! Umm… yes please!

Happy crafting,
Jess x