Watercolour Lovely

I’ve cheated a little in today’s post. I haven’t done too much crafting in the last week as I’ve been putting things back in order after the craftermath of my big open house event A Day of Creativi-tea. It was fab but has taken a few days to recover!

I’d been itching a little to get back to creating and the other night I needed to make a quick encouragement card for a lovely friend. I decided to CASE myself and create something similar to the cards I’d made for the Creativi-tea make & take. I’m still on the watercolour wagon though and wanted to get a bit inky and artsy with it. I used my acylic block and markers to create the background and mounted my background on a Crumb Cake notecard. Love those little guys for super quick cards and envelopes.

A Whole Lot of Watercolour Lovely. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake & Sahara Sand inks...

Purty! I then prettied up the envelope with some hand lettering and oh-so trendy hand drawn laurel wreath pieces.

And what do you know? The good folk over at TGIF Challenges have a watercolour challenge this week. You should have a go and enter too 🙂

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Jess x

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Creating Gifts… While I’m CASEing the Catty

Welcome back to the second ‘Holiday Catalogue’ edition of CASEing the Catty Challenges. This week, we’re focusing on gift bags and boxes – my favourite! There are loads of examples in the catalogue because it features the new Gift Box Punch Board as well as several new ‘ready-to-go’ packaging options. There are Tiny Treat Boxes which are so cute at just 2″ x 2″ x 2″ and a bargain at 25 for just 11.95. There are also Petite Cafe Gift Bags which I adore but this week’s project features the new Takeout Box. It comes flat packed and pre-scored, ready to fold into shape.

I used the project on page 10 for my inspiration. My project features the Christmas tree stamp from the Holiday Home stamp set inked with Whisper White craft ink. Yes, they are all individually stamped but with photopolymer (clear) stamps, it’s so easy to get it right – not a Stamp-a-majig in sight! After folding the box together, I’ve tied it with a beautiful Lost Lagoon 3/8″ (1cm) Silky Taffeta Ribbon and stamped a little tag using the Endless Wishes stamp set and Hearts a Flutter framelits.

 

Christmas Takeout box for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details at www.thepapercaper.com.au

Be sure to visit CASEing the Catty Challenges to see the rest of the inspiration from the design team and perhaps play along yourself!

Until next time, happy stamping!

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DIY Weddings

Next weekend, my Stampin’ Up! team are manning the stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. It’s one of my favourite craft shows and I really look forward to spreading the SU love with some new fans! Generally we each create a board with card samples but this year I thought I’d feature wedding stationery. I’ve previously done a wedding stationery board and it was a great success so with a brand new catalogue coming out in two weeks – and how amazing is that wedding section! – I thought I’d create some brand new samples.

While we are still in pre-order for the new catalogue here in Australia, I was lucky enough to receive the I Love Lace background stamp at Manager’s Reception at the recent Inspire.Create.Share. event and it was the perfect stamp to start with for wedding stationery. However, none of the new wedding stamps were available to me yet… what to do? MDS to the rescue (again)! Stampin’ Up! recently released a digital version of the Cheers to Love stamp set which made my life so easy.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the entire suite, with more photos below of each item.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I started with a Save the Date notice as is becoming the norm these days. It features embossed gold, lost lagoon ribbon (swoon) and digi stamps and text.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Next up is the formal invitation. Mine is a slide out invitation housed in a beautifully gold embossed sleeve with Vellum and Brushed Gold cardstock. I can’t decide whether I like it best vertical or horizontal.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Place cards at a wedding are essential and I just love the Mr & Mrs stamps that are part of the Cheers to Love stamp set.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And then I went a little crazy on the bonbonierre packaging! They could also be used as gifts for attendants and/or other people who helped out on your special day. These first two feature acetate sleeves. Remember my roomie gifts where I resized the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes? These are the ‘scraps’. I used White StazOn ink to print lace on the acetate and then decorated. I’m sure you can tell by my collection (and recent blog posts if you’re a follower) that I can’t get enough Gold Sequin Trim or Creped Filter Paper.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

The last box is a little different as I just decorated an existing box. The Decorative Window Gift Boxes are so cute, they (almost) don’t need any decoration. They come with a cute acetate window and the cute white stamp printed around the window. They’re also food safe so you can pop your wedding cake pieces straight in! Stampin’ Up! = making life easy! Again, I used White StazOn ink to stamp on the lace design and finished it with ribbon, a white embossed butterfly and a gold Mini Metallic Clothespin. Too cute!

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And just when you thought I was done, surprise, I’ve got one more item. This is a large print which the guests can sign instead of a traditional guest book. It can be hung in the newlyweds home to remind them of those who shared their special day. It was SO easy to do in MDS. I enlarged the stamp as big as I could print and then used the colouring tool to colour it in my chosen colours. Then I printed and mounted it on some cardstock. This was then mounted into the frame. Make sure you remove the glass so that people can write on it!

My very favourite part is the flower embellishment and I thought it deserved its own photo so enjoy.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

There you have it, my gorgeous wedding collection created with new products from the 2014-15 catalogue. Of course the beauty of creating is that you can make anything you like. If you’ve got a special day coming up, contact me about having some stationery comissioned or even better, do-it-yourself and wow your guests!

Don’t forget to drop by our Stampin’ Up! stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, 26-29 June, stand E21. I’ll be there Thursday and Saturday. Make sure you grab the brand new catalogue while you’re there!

 

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P.S. I’ll be back soon with some more DIY wedding stationery and this time it’s all digital. Simply design and print!