A Friendly Challenge

My mojo had departed one evening and I was fresh out of ideas. I mentioned this to a couple of stampin’ friends and one gave me a challenge to create a card using Regarding Dahlias which is a set I love but find difficult to use. The challenge also included kraft and Crisp Cantaloupe. No problem there!

It was all I needed to get started and once I did, the pieces came together and I was quite happy with the result.

A Friendly Challenge. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Kraft, Gold Soiree Specialty DSP, Regarding Dahlias stamp set, White Jute Ribbon, Sweet Sadie Washi, Crisp Cantaloupe...

A Friendly Challenge. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Kraft, Gold Soiree Specialty DSP, Regarding Dahlias stamp set, White Jute Ribbon, Sweet Sadie Washi, Crisp Cantaloupe...

Sometimes all you need is a challenge to get you started!

This card is available now in my Etsy store. To recreate your own, click on the supplies listed below to add to your Stampin’ Up! store cart.

Jess x

 

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A Sweet Sketch and CASEing the Catty

Why yes I am the only person out there in craft land who doesn’t own the new Butterflies Thinlits Dies. When I found out that this week’s challenge was going to feature them, I had to put on my thinking cap. This week we’re CASEing the card from page 17 of the SAB catalogue. I know that when you’re CASEing a sketch you can mix things up a bit but to me the butterfly seemed kind of essential. My brilliant idea was to downsize the card and make mini notecards. This way, I could use my butterfly punches instead of framelits.

I decided to use Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding because we’ll be saying goodbye to them in just a matter of months. Of course the beautiful Gold Soiree DSP features those colours so now I had the basics sorted. The DSP also features gold and I wanted to highlight that so I also used some Gold 1/8″ Ribbon to give them some sparkle.

Here are my cute A7 sized notecards.

Butterfly notecards for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Elegant Butterfly punch, Small Butterfly punch, Metallic mini clothespeg, Gold Soiree DSP, Sweet Sadie washi.

And of course because they’re a set, they had to be packaged up like a set as well…

Butterfly notecards for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Elegant Butterfly punch, Small Butterfly punch, Metallic mini clothespeg, Gold Soiree DSP, Sweet Sadie washi.

Oh, they’re so sweet!

Now for a surprise guest blogging moment. My little Master 3 likes to craft with mum so it wasn’t really a surprise when he asked to make what I was making. My Stampin’ Up! supplies aren’t as precious to me as nurturing creativity and receiving beautiful creations, so I let my boys have free reign over my supplies (except for my markers – who knows what they would do to those – eek). So I folded him a card and off he went. Stamping the spots, glueing on DSP and punching butterflies. The results were so beautiful that I asked him if I could take a photo. So here are his creations…

Butterfly notecards for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Elegant Butterfly punch, Small Butterfly punch, Metallic mini clothespeg, Gold Soiree DSP, Sweet Sadie washi.

My favourite is his card in Soft Sky. Partly because he made it backwards and partly because even though he didn’t use the ‘official coordinating colours’, I think it is still an awesome colour combo… and I might borrow it for one of my projects!

Ready for the best news? The Elegant Butterfly Punch is featured as one of this week’s Weekly Deals – woohoo. It’s 25% off, so you get to save $7. Hooray! Supplies are listed below so just click on them and you’ll go straight to the store to add them to your shopping cart.

Don’t forget to pop by the CASEing the Catty Challenges blog and submit your own version 🙂

Jess x

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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 🙂

Honeycomb Hearts… and Caseing the Catty

This week at caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au we’re CASEing the weddings section of the catalogue. I chose to CASE the card on page 67 (South Pacific catalogue) but I don’t own the Flower Shop stamp set or Pansy punch. Instead I decided to use the brand new Sweetheart punch with Gold Soiree designer series paper as the colours in that are similar to the project, except the Soft Sky. I had an idea for the centre feature heart and that was to create a honeycomb heart. Honeycomb balls are everywhere in decorating and I figured there must be a way to DIY. Thanks to my good friend Google, I came across this blog post which showed how to do it for a Christmas ornament. I just adapted the instructions to my much smaller heart. This did involve cutting glue dots into quarters – yep, I’m committed to the cause!

I decided to change the card to a box just for something different and decided to put the base colour underneath the acetate sleeve. This way you can change the base colour to anything you like! The top features are stuck to the acetate sleeve and will slide off when the recipient opens the gift box.

Honeycomb Heart gift box for caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

Did you notice that i did NOT use sequins?? Although I was very tempted, the sample used candy dots so I thought I’d do the same. I coloured in Very Vanilla dots with my Gold Stampin’ Dazzle Marker to match the rest of the gold.

Honeycomb Heart gift box for caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

 

Hope you’ve enjoyed my ‘weddings’ gift box. Make sure you check out the other inspiration at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au and maybe even play along with us!

jess_X

 

 

 

A Hello and a Hop

Welcome to Eureka Stampers first ever blog hop! We’re so excited to share with you some of our favourite projects from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Our team is based predominantly in Victoria, but we have many lovely demonstrators all across Australia. And… to be frank, it’s the best SU team in the whole wide world.

 

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One of my favourite products in the new catalogue is Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve been looking forward to having it in my hot little hands since I saw some beautiful projects from various US demos. Every sheet uses gold metallic ink on one side and it’s just so luxurious. I knew straight away that I would feature it in my blog hop projects.

 

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My gift box was created with the Envelope Punch Board which is SO useful for things other than just envelopes. I then created a belly band with the Gold Soiree DSP, the gorgeous Gold Satin Ribbon and 1/8″ Gold Ribbon. I’ve also added a cute flower made from Creped Filter Paper, spritzed with matching Crisp Cataloupe ink. Finally a tag featuring the Hi There stamp set finishes it off.

I based my card on a design that was  included in last year’s catalogue. I thought it would be the perfect way to feature multiple designs from the Gold Soiree DSP. I’ve also included in some trim made from Gold Foil Sheets, and have threaded the new Venetian Crochet Trim with some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon to make a unique combination trim. Again the ‘hello’ stamp finishes off the card.

 

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I love this set and am featuring them in a class next month. Click here to see the details.

On with the blog hop. Next, you should visit Mel’s blog to see what wonderful inspiration she’s posted.

Here is the complete list of participants, in case you missed some 🙂

1. Rebecca Scurr

2. Simone Bartrum

3. Carly Middleton

4. Jessica Williams <– You are here

5. Mel Pagano

6. Fiona D’Elboux

7. Rose Packer

8. Tricia Raineri

9. Heather McCarthy

10. Tracy Penn

11. Maureen Crameri

12. Lorinda de Regt-Penn

13. Linda Whalley

14. Janine Rawlins

 

Happy hopping!

jess_X