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#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.

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And why yes, it IS a challenge if all your baby stamp sets retired with the last catalogue and you haven’t replenished yet. Time to think outside the square!

Despite having one particular idea for a while, I changed my mind at the moment of creating and went with something totally different.

I decided to make a gift box of sorts featuring the Tiny Treat Box. The twist was that it would become the basket of a hot air balloon. So sweet!

Honeycomb hot air balloon I Global Design Project I #GDP003 I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I started making the honeycomb balloon using White Filter Paper circles. Am I the only one who only uses the rectangles and has loads of circles laying around? In this case it was great because I used 18. I had 17 on hand but just cut the last one from a rectangle. I made my ball using glue dots strategically placed to create the honeycomb, then tied some Silver Cording Trim for the string. I loaded up a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and some Pool Party reinker and spritzed away until I was happy with the colour.

To create the box, I took apart the Tiny Treat Box and glued it flat to my gorgeous cloud DSP (from Sweet Li’l Things). Could DSP be more perfect for the project? I just cut around the box and glued it back together. I pierced small holes in each corner and threaded through some Silver Cording Trim. Then I tied the cord to the balloon and to the treat box basket.

The finishing touch was the little flag on top. Again, I had no baby stamps so I ended up using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. I used a marker to ink the ‘it’s a’ part of the stamp ‘hope it’s an’ and there was a ‘boy’ stamp for me to use as well. Happy days.

I just love how it turned out. Now I just need someone to pop out a beautiful bundle of blue so I can gift it!

Honeycomb hot air balloon I Global Design Project I #GDP003 I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Ready for more baby inspiration? Visit the rest of the international design team at the Global Design Team site.

Make sure you play along with us. I can’t wait to see the wonderful creations our amazing supporters and fellow crafters come up with!

Jess x

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More hot air balloon projects here…

Hot Air Balloon featuring Typeset DSP and Berry Basket die for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

 

 

More honeycomb projects here…

The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baker's Box thinlits, Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch, Sweet L'il Things DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper...Honeycomb Heart gift box for caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

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Kits and CASEing… the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re delving into the wonderful world of kits. It’s great to Stampin’ Up! continue to provide kit options in all shapes and sizes. There are card kits, gift box kits, tag kits and of course kits for Christmas – hooray. Kits just make life easy. You don’t need to worry about whether or not you’ve got all the individual products, it’s all there in the one place!

There’s something I LOVE about two of this year’s kits in particular. The Sweet Stack Project Kit and All Boxed Up Kit have coordinating framelits so that you can simply cut your own extras. Perfect if you need only one or two extras to complete your project.

Today my project is based on the All Boxed Up Kit. It comes with all the supplies you need to make and accessorize 10 little boxes. If you have the Baker’s Box thinlit (like I do), you can create extra boxes just like I did.

My first sample is based on the decorations from the kit on page 154 of the Annual Catalogue. I added some embossing to give my box base an extra little something, but then used Baker’s Twine, a small DSP banner, Pom Pom Trim and peg just like the kit. I used a sentiment from the Happy Scenes stamp set and instead of using it straight, I curved the stamp when I mounted it on my block. Just another fab feature of photopolymer stamps!

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It was cute but then I decided to create my own Baker’s Box with some of the new Holiday Catalogue Accessories.

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I love that there are so many possibilities with this little treat box!

If you’re following the CASEing the Catty blog hop, you’ve likely come from our newest team member, the super duper amazing Simone Bartrum. Your next stop is the delightful, delicious Emma Palonek, otherwise you can pop back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of blog hop participants.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

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Lovely Benefits… and CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re checking out the Stampin’ Benefits section of the catalogue. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t inked up A Whole Lot of Lovely for a whole lot of time because I was crazy for it when I first got it. I think I’ve just been distracted by other new, shiny things. It’s great to have a reason to get back on the wagon.

Well, there really wasn’t a lot of choice when choosing a project to CASE as there was only one sample featured. I did want to make it a little different though so I decided to use the same concept but make a gift box instead. Here’s the sample…

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I stayed mostly true to the sample but added in a filter paper flower in the same colours used for the box background stamps. I have to say that these colours are a little too ‘primary’ for me as a combo but I’m pleasantly surprised with the project as a whole.

Now hop along to the wonderful Liz Gross for more inspiration or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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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.

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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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. 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 @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Filter Paper, Typeset DSP, A WHole Lot of Lovely stamp set, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss and So Saffron inks...

Pretty!

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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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.

Coastal Cabana dipped canvas tag. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper/.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Canvas Creations, Hello There stamp set, Gold Encore Ink pad, Lost Lagoon ribbon...

Here they are solo…

Dipped Canvas Creation tags. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...Dipped Canvas Creation tags. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...

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

Dipped canvas tag card. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...Dipped canvas tag card. Retiring list blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies...

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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Joyful Gifts

I love giving gifts and I love creating the packaging almost as much as the giving.

The Tag a Bag gift boxes are great for gifts. They come flat packed and all you need to do is pop the box base together and slide over the acetate cover. You could easily leave it at that but I like to decorate! On today’s project, I’ve added a Lost Lagoon coloured insert to add some base colour and then stamped some snowflakes (from the Endless Wishes stamp set) on the acetate cover with White StazOn ink (it needs to be permanent).

I then added a belly band of Burlap Ribbon over a Tea Lace Doily and tied that in place with a Real Red cotton ribbon. Lastly a die cut ‘joy’ (from the Wonderful Wreaths framelit set) finished it off.

A joyous gift box! Details  www.thepapercaper.com.au

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Honeycomb Heart Happy Mail

Today’s blog project may seem familiar to you if you’re a follower of my blog or Facebook page. I’ve re-created a project that I made in August for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Our larger Stampin’ Up! team regularly run mail swaps where you can sign up, create the same project for swap participants and then send them off. In return, you receive lots of happy mail, a project from each swap participant. It’s a lot of fun and much nicer than just receiving bills all the time!

The swap theme for October was CASEing the Annual Catalogue (fancy that) so we were to select a favourite project from the catalogue samples and recreate it. I chose one of my favourites because I loved how it turned out for the challenge and I wanted to create some for the other girls. This time, rather than changing the project sample from a card to a box, I kept it as a card. Cheaper and easier to post and just as much WOW (I hope)!

Honeycomb Hearts <3 Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And here they are! It was a little bit of work (you may recall it involved cutting mini glue dots into quarters) but I think it will be worth it when they open their mail. Because they are 3D, I dad have to send them with the hearts closed and some little instructions but as they’re all fellow demos, I think they can handle it.

Click here to view my original gift box blog post for a link to the tutorial I used.

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P.S. Wanna join the swapping fun plus get a FREE paper pack every month for 6 months? Click here to find out more 🙂