This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re scoping out all the gift tags in the Holiday Catalogue. There are loads in there so that should make it easy to choose one right? Well, not so in my case. There are so many cute tags to choose from and in the end I changed my mind several times before settling on the most unconventional one.
I was late to the party with the Holly Jolly Greetings stamp set and Christmas Greetings thinlits but I kept seeing such lovely creations that I treated myself to the bundle recently. I love the samples for this bundle and I am quite a fan of the crafty/rustic star tag.
So I grabbed a nice stick and my trusty Gold Metallic Thread and went about creating my star structure. It was actually quite easy and I didn’t even secure my thread, just wrapped it enough times and in different directions to prevent it from unravelling.
I decided to recreate the sample so used vellum, Gold Foil, Gold Glitter ribbon and stars to embellish the star. Here’s my finished rustic star tag.
I just love how it turned out. So pretty!
Next I decided to change it up a little and create a similar tag in traditional Christmas colours.
OK, so I’m a massive fan of gold at Christmas but this project has got me thinking about a red and green Christmas this year. So gorgeous!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my tags. Want more inspiration? Make your way around all the CASEing the Catty blog hop participants, starting with Julia Quinn, or click here to see a full list of blog hoppers.
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I loved CASEing Louise’s card so much for the Global Design Project design team, I decided to do it again when I made some tags for orders yesterday. I always attach a personalised tag to customer’s order bags from workshops and this week, the orders arrived from my Create Your Christmas event.
I decided that Louise’s original wreath was pretty perfect so I went about copying most of her ideas but changed up the colour combo. I used the same stamp set, Wondrous Wreath and the colours, Marina Mist, Night of Navy and Real Red for a Christmas colour combo. I added gold glitter to the tags as well just like Louise did in her original card. After all the stamping, I added some Real Red berries using my Stampin’ Write Marker. There is a stamp with berries on it but I decided I wanted mine to be super fine and delicate – just a tiny pop of red against the blue.
I mounted the wreath on a tag cut from Whispaer White cardstock using the Lots of Labels framelits and added a sweet Real Red heart to the centre. Some Gold Cording Trim (guess who will be going through about 50 rolls of this stuff this festive season – I ADORE it!) finishes off the tag.
Here they are all ready to deliver.
I hope you’ve already had the opportunity to join in on the GDP fun this week. Perhaps you’ve already done it twice like I have. Here’s a reminder of the challenge this week. You can also click on the picture for more details and inspiration!
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Wow, wow, wow! What a huge response we had to the first Global Design Team challenge. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful ideas, projects and comments. We are so thrilled that so many of you could join in with us. If you missed out, here’s another opportunity to jump on in.
This week at GDP, we have a sketch challenge for you to try. I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favourite and the easiest challenges I think. Just choose your stamps and colours and away you go.
Here is my version…
I decided to replace the feature circle with a big stamp and it’s been a long time since I inked up Blended Bloom. I also love playing around with watercolour and all of Stampin’ Up!’s specialty papers. This week I decided to try watercolouring on filter paper. As it’s very absorbant, I heat embossed the image first in order to help the ink stop where I wanted it to. Then I used my smallest paintbrush and the very beautiful Blackberry Bliss ink (why do I always fall in love with the In Colors in the year that they will retire?) to watercolour each petal. It’s best if you go one at a time. I regularly sped up the process by using my heat tool so as to stop the colours running. It also helps stop accidental colour coming through from the scratch paper you’re working on top of because this WILL get colour on it that seeps through the filter paper.
Once finished, I went about putting together the rest of the elements from the sketch. I used the new wide Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes ribbon as my rectangle and used Gold Cording Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon as my accents. The flower, once cut out was beautiful and delicate but I wanted it to stand out off the page so I made three more un-coloured versions, but still heat embossed in gold, and used them as a sort of petticoat.
I finished off by adding a simple Vanilla and Black insert on the inside to match the front.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Make sure you visit all the rest of the international design team for inspiration and then play along youself. Add a photo of your project on the GDP website to share your creativity with us.
Note: Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play? Last week we had entries that were linked to Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers member galleries as well as blogs. So what are you waiting for?
Last week my Stampin’ Up! team organised a sneak peek swap featuring products from the new catalogue. It’s been great receiving lots of happy mail and the best part is that I can show off all my lovely new card samples to you at A Day of Creativi-tea!
My swap featured both my new favourite colour and my new favourite stamp set. How lovely of Stampin’ Up! to include them both in the pre-order!
I LOVE how they turned out. They are just ‘me’ on a card. A little bit of pretty, a little bit of sweet, a little bit of bold, a little bit of glimmer and a little bit of crazy!
I hope each of my team members loved them too.
Want to know a little secret? Guests that come to A Day of Creativi-tea will be taking home something very similar – hooray!
Want to find out more about getting pre-order products? Click here for the inside scoop.
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.
Enjoy CASEing your own card and don’t forget to pop by and join us at CASEing the Catty Challenges!
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.
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.
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.
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
I’ve got some exciting news! As of today, I’m part of the design team for a brand new challenge blog called CASE-ing the Catty. The Stampin’ Up! catalogue is choc full of brilliant ideas and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and this new challenge was created to encourage you to use this amazing resource to a greater potential. I love to CASE (both the catalogue and other paper-crafters) and I also love that not only is this ok in the world of paper-craft, but it’s encouraged. It’s fabulous to create and share with others – it’s what it’s all about!
Our very first challenge is to CASE a project from the Gift & Packaging section of the catalogue. How awesome that we begin with my favourite section! It was quite difficult to narrow down which project to choose so in the end I chose two and merged them together to make a hybrid ‘baby’ – lol. My chosen projects were the ‘Love You’ confetti bag on page 10 (South Pacific catalogue) and the Gold Sequin Trim on Calypso Coral gift box on page 15. I’m certain regular readers of my blog could have picked the sequin trim project!
Here’s my baby…
Hope you come and play along with us at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogpot.com 🙂