Triangles and Trees

penns_hopWelcome to the Pennsationals team blog hop. As a team, we’ve started to do a monthly blog hop with a different theme each time. This month is a colour challenge.

penns_hop_colourchallenge#1We can create any type of project using Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and either gold or silver. I love these colours so I was looking forward to the challenge! We can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Kraft/Crumb Cake and Basic Black as neutrals to complement the main colours.

My inspiration came from an unlikely place this month. I’ve been seeing Jamberry Nails designs everywhere since they launched in Australia a couple of weeks ago. One of their designs is a very geometric design with a splash of silver, so I went about recreating that look, but with our colours, into a Christmas card.

Stampin' Up! Tree Punch I Triangles/Geometric I Pennsationals Blog Hop Colour Challenge I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

It’s loud and proud and I love it!

I used the Tree Punch to punch out the triangles and just cut off the trunk. To create the negative space tree, I simply reversed the process and cut a trunk out of the base of one triangle. I adhered all the triangles to a piece of scrap paper and got the background right before I sewed around the edges and tree.

The sentiment is from the Happy Scenes stamp set. I also used an adorable wooden Snowflake Element, Silver Cording Trim and sequins to finish it off.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. The next step on the hop is the very lovely Emma of Vintage Graffiti.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

 

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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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A krafty Open Heart sketch

Sometimes when I’m just not sure where to start, I search for card sketches to get me started. I came across this sketch on Google which I thought was quite cute.

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I already knew that I wanted to use my favourite stamp set An Open Heart because I just don’t use it enough. I also wanted to do a kraft with black card. As it happened, our supremely awesome Aussie Artisan team member Teneale Williams had just created a beautiful card using the same stamp set, so I popped on over to her blog for some inspiration. Well, after I got lost in her blog for far too long, I returned to my crafting with loads of inspiration. I guess you could say that I got my Teneale on!

Out came my trusty Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (come on you knew it was coming!) for the base. I wanted to feature the amazing bird stamp. It’s so beautiful that I didn’t do anything else to it except daub a little VersaMark underneath it for a shadow. I stamped the ‘leaves’ in VersaMark at the base for a little texture and added some strips of washi tape and DSP. Then I added some Very Vanilla satin ribbon with a Teneale bow – of course, and a Very Vintage button.

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 buttonJust when I thought I was finished, I was reminded that I needed to do the inside. Something that Teneale is famous for. OK, I might have directly borrowed the Typeset DSP strip idea from her but how can you not. It looks SO good. I simply mounted it along with some Very Vanilla cardstock and stamped kraft cardstock and there you go, a jazzed up inside. I love it.

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 button

Thus ends my tribute to Teneale which really only started with a quick visit to her blog. But you can’t come away without being inspired!

I love this one so much that I’m truly undecided about putting it in my Etsy store. I guess you’ll have to convince me if you want to buy it 😉 Just comment below to persuade me…

Jess x

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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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My (husband’s) Best Friend’s Wedding

I LOVE a wedding but there’s something SO scary about creating the perfect wedding card. And, as a cardmaker, you have to make it yourself because, a) you think handmade cards are better than store bought anyway, and b) you think the recipient will be offended if you didn’t put in the effort to make it. Maybe that’s just me. This wedding was a special one. My husband is a groomsman and has known the groom since high school, I worked with him for a time many years ago and he was one of our groomsmen. The pressure was on to make a pretty perfect card.

I took my inspiration from the wedding invite, because that’s just what you do right? Fortunately for me, it was just my style. The invite (and wedding) was a modern rustic theme (think beautiful flowers, lace, burlap, bunting and kraft) and was quite simple with black printing on kraft and some vanilla baker’s twine wrapped around it.

I wanted to imitate it a little and knew I wanted to use the gorgeous blooms from the Always & Forever invitation template on MDS (the one I used with Blendabilities in my last post). I cropped the particular blooms I liked and then exported them into Photoshop to enable me to mask and create a transparent background. I then arranged them how I wanted them and printed onto Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I think I may have an addiction to this product).

The Burlap Ribbon was perfect when paired with my favourite Venetian crochet trim and to make it a little more special, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit on the burlap. I wrapped this around my cardstock and finished it off with linen thread, a Very Vintage Designer Button and a little punched heart.

Rustic/vintage wedding card. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: kraft, MDS, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Very Vintage Designer Button, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Linen Thread

Because I made the card a unique size, I created a matching envelope for it using my Envelope Punch Board and obviously they were special friends because I used most of a sheet of my favourite Typeset DSP for an envelope liner!

Here are a few more snaps from the wedding…

Beautiful bouquets created by one of the bridesmaids

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The glorious vineyard where the ceremoney and reception were held

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My love and I…

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And in awesome news… I was so thrilled with how the card turned out that I’ve since whipped up several more (in a standard size) and have added them to my Etsy store for you to give to the special bride and groom (or engaged couple, or your love) in your life. If you’d prefer to recreate mine, you can just purchase the supplies from my Stampin’ Up! store.

Jess x

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Oh Snap!

Welcome to the first of many posts on Christmas projects for 2014. Yes, it’s my favourite time of year for many reasons including the best time of year to create. My Christmas creating started early this year when I put together some projects to display at my annual Christmas open house event. First up is a Christmas cracker. Did you know that you can create crackers with the Envelope Punch Board? Well now you do. That tool is seriously one of the most versatile tools around and for just $31.95, it’s probably the best value – I digress, but I just think everyone should have one!

I’ve used one of my favourite colour combos on this one – Kraft, Whisper White, Pool Party and Real Red. Too cute! I used the new 12″ x 12″ Kraft cardstock for the base and wrapped Pool Party cardstock around the belly and ends. The Pool Party is stamped and embossed with white snowflakes from the Endless Wishes stamp set. The tiny scallops on the ends of the cracker are from the Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch. I love using only the very edge of that punch for the cutest scallops around! It is embellished with the startburst wooden element and a little Oh Snap! banner, created with Pool Party embossing powder for extra shine and pop. Some Real Red cotton ribbon bows finish it all off.

Oh Snap! I 'crack-er' myself up! Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

This project is truly a combination of some of my favourite things. I hope I’ve inspired you to create your own beautiful, personalised crackers this Christmas.

See you back soon for more Christmas inspiration. Click any of the images below to buy supplies 🙂

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