Lighthearted Trees

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In every catalogue there’s a stamp set that at first doesn’t scream my name but usually by the time it comes to order, I think I need it, so I order it and then I can’t stop thinking about creating with it and it becomes a favourite. Lighthearted Leaves is that set for me in the Holiday Catalogue. I thought I liked it for a while and then I thought some more and I KNEW I liked it.

I like to make stamp sets and tools work hard for me. I like them to have more purpose than perhaps what they were originally designed for. So in today’s post, Lighthearted Leaves is going Christmassy.

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I started with a graduating wash of Mossy Meadow watercolour on Shimmery White cardstock. I then used the ‘leaf’ stamp that I think looks like a tree anyway in Mossy Meadow on top. Next I added some decorations but kept it simple and in the same style as the leaf/tree. I simply used my Real Red marker (fine tip end) and drew some small red decorations or perhaps they are berries? Next my Fine Tip Glue pen added some dimension and gloss, Crystal Effects style.

Anyone that follows my blog will know that I am NOT a sentiments type person. Most of my cards don’t even have one – I just like it better without. BUT, sometimes you need one and this was one of those times. Most of the sentiments that came with the sets I chose from this year’s catalogue referred to winter or snow etc, which just does not apply in this neck of the woods. My eye caught the Noel from Happy Scenes and I thought it would be cute with something. A quick Google tells me that Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas in French, and everything is more classy in French, right?

I used my trusty Alphabet Rotary stamp for the ‘Joyeux’ and made them into little flags and paired them with a bright Real Red ribbon.

And then I made lots… for swaps… because it’s nice to share ideas.

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If you’re following along the ESAD blog hop, you’ll have arrrived from the amazing Delys Cram and next you’ll want to click on and visit Lou Kitzelman – enjoy!

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“What is ESAD?” – I hear you ask

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Libby Dyson
2. Paula Reid
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Carly Middleton
5. Rachael Lewsley
6. Narelle Fasulo
7. Emily Campbell
8. Emma Palonek
9. Jo Weedon
10. Rebecca Scurr
11. Andrea Buckland
12. Rochelle Blok
13. Kathryn Ruddick
14. Monique Fielder
15. Bernie Collins
16. Liv Ingle
17. Sally Williams
18. Ria Kaire
19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams <– You are here

21. Lou Kitzelman
22. Barbara Williams
23. Kelly Kent
24.  Jenny Hayward

 

Jess x

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Lighthearted Leaves

I’ve learnt a lot of new skills over the past year but one of the more important ones has been practising mindfulness. According to Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap (you should read it), mindfulness is “consciously bringing awareness to your here-and-now experience, with openness, interest and receptiveness”. Practising mindfulness can enhance psychological health and I can vouch for its success as I use several techniques to help me deal with feelings of anxiety.

One of the big on-trend products at the moment are adult colouring books. Many people find these releaxing and they can actually help people practise mindfulness as well as they focus on the task at hand, or the here-and-now. As soon as I saw the new Lighthearted Leaves stamp set from Stampin’ Up! (available 1 September), it made me think of colouring for adults. I decided that I wanted to create a card to give to people who could do with some time out.

I used Jet Black StazOn ink to stamp my design so that the recipient could use felt tipped pens without the ink bleeding. I kept the card base black so as not to detract from the simple outlines of the stamps and also so as not to dictate the colours needed by choosing a coloured card base.

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Once I had the front colouring page sorted, I decided to create an insert inside the card to hold a tea bag. My tea of choice is caffeine-free, peppermint tea. I find it very calming and I hope that the recipient of my card can have a 10 minute time out while they sip and colour.

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The tea bag does make the card a little bulky and it won’t stay closed by itself so I whipped up a quick belly band to slip over it from Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock, lush Wild Wasabi seam binding and of course I can have any sentiment I want to with the Alphabet Rotary Stamp.

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The final thing to note is that because of the colouring page on the front, I decided to put the tea bag holder where the message would normally go, and I put the message on the other side. This is so that when colouring, the card can open out and lay flat and there won’t be any bumps from the tea bag holder to navigate.

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Who do you know with a lot on their mind and needs some mindful time out?

Jess x

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