Hippity, Hoppity, a blog hop’s on its way

EurekaStampers Easter Blog Hippity-Hop. www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

Welcome to another EurekaStampers blog hop. We’re celebrating all things Easter – the real meaning as well as the fun. Have you hippity-hopped over from Lorinda’s blog? If not, get started here and you can follow the blog hop using the links below. But first… onto my projects.

When I signed up to this blog hop I knew straight away that one of my projects would be based on the Berry Basket Bigz Die because you can’t have Easter without a cute egg hunting basket right? I’ve made a few before using different colour cardstock etc and I know that you can stamp on them or emboss them to create some different looks. Well, I had another idea. Because I was the one who designed our blog hop banner, I thought I could also make use of it for my basket. I removed the banner and text so that I was left with just the Easter scene. I resized it to match the size of the Berry Basket die, added in some extra grass green for the bottom of the basket and some sky blue for the strip that adheres the basket together (you could also use this for a handle too). Then it was simply a matter of printing, cutting and gluing together and I had myself a custom Easter basket.

FREE printable Easter basket for Stampin' Up! Berry Basket Bigz Die. Details and download @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Do you like it? Want some of your own? Click this link -> Easter_basket_printable_thepapercaper.com.au to download and print your own. Need the die? Order it here.

Note: All the digital design and elements were completed on MDS (My Digital Studio) by Stampin’ Up! This program will retire on 31 May 2015 so if you need to download the program or any digital elements, make sure you do that before the end of May!

Here’s a little extra pic of my Mr 7’s creations for his classmates. This die is AWESOME!

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

Now on to my next project. Here in Australia, we don’t really do Easter cards but the ones I’ve made here could easily convert into a gift tag or similar for an easter gift. I’ve used the Circle Collection framelits and Flower Fair framelits to create a negative space bunny.

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Once you’ve cut out your bunny, simply pop some patterned paper behind to make him/her stand out.

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

You can even get a bit tricky with it and make a floppy ear by only cutting half way through the framelit and turning it.

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auOf course, you can use your cut out pieces to make a different kind of bunny, just like my Mr 7 did here for his classmates.

Stampin' Up! framelit Easter bunnies. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

There you have it. I hope you’ve been inspired to get busy on your own Easter projects or introduce the kids to the Big Shot and get them working on their own creative Easter class gifts.

Next on the hippity blog-hop, you’re off to view the wonderful creations at Cards by Carly.

Feeling lost? Here are all the members of today’s blog hop.

Rebecca Scurr

Rose Packer

Emma Palonek

Heather McCarthy

Tracy Penn

Simone Bartrum

Lorinda de Regt Penn

Jessica Williams <– that’s me

Carly Middleton

 

Enjoy,

Jess x

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

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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

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

CASEing the Catty… for babies

Welcome to another week of CASEing the Catty. This week we’re focusing on the Baby section. There were some very cute sample projects in the catalogue but I thought I’d feature Project Life by Stampin’ Up! Little Moments card collection. I actually don’t have the tangible cards as featured in the sample but rather have the digital version as that’s how I’ve found is the best way for me to keep up to date with my memory keeping.

My first picture shows an (almost) exact copy of the catty sample (page 76 South Pacific catalogue) using the digital images. It was SO easy to create as there’s a template just waiting in My Digital Studio to use. It’s really as simple as dragging and dropping in photos, backgrounds and digi PL cards. There are even digital versions of the stamps and accessories they’ve used to jazz up the page a little. And colour matching is a cinch with digital design.

Digi Little Moments catalogue CASE. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

This sample isn’t quite how I generally do my own Project Life pages, so I’ve created a second sample to show my own style. I’ve kept the photos the same and used the same template so that they’re easy to compare. Firstly, as a pre-Stampin’ Up! project lifer, I’m used to rounded corners so they’re the first thing to change. In My Digital Studio, rounding corners is as simple as right-clicking and selecting ’round corners’. You can choose which corners you want to round and the diameter of the ’roundness’ as well. I also tend not to use very many ‘word-y’ cards but I love plain background cards. Some of the designs in the collection are just SO cute. I couldn’t help but put the elephants in as well as some hip geometric patterns. You’ll notice that apart from one digi stamp, there’s no accessorising. Frankly I don’t have the time. I have 3 boys under 7, two jobs (one for the money and one for fun), am involved in school and kinder and there’s a husband that likes some attention occasionally as well. The important part for me is actually getting the photos in and I really don’t mind the simple style. Project Life is all about making memory keeping simple – and not putting pressure on yourself to have every page a masterpiece that took weeks to put together. The final touch for me is to insert some lines of stitching to break up the page and imitate the real life plastic pockets.

Digi catalogue CASE. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing a couple of different designs but most of all I hope you’ve seen how simple and easy it can be to scrap your photos and still have great looking pages.

Digi catalogue CASE. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

Visit http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au to be inspired by other baby projects and have a play along with us too!

jess_X

 

 

 

LOVE Memory Keeping… while I’m CASEing the Catty

Is there a better theme for papercraft than memory keeping? I actually think not. It’s about making memories accessible to others. It’s about bringing photos, whether stashed away in a box or on a hard drive, out into the real world. Quite often, our memories are tucked away in our own minds and no one else can access them. I love that the art of memory keeping, in whichever way you choose, allows others to look, learn and access their own memories too. Plus, with the help of some colour, cardstock and accessories, these memories are made extra beautiful.

This week at the CASEing the Catty challenge we’re focusing on the Memory Keeping section of the catalogue. My project today is based on the banner on 32 (South Pacific catalogue). I was fortunate to craft with photos of my little family this week, which made things even more fun than usual. Photos of my boys just make me smile. I decided to use MDS to help me out this week as while I have the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet, I’m just not patient enough to use the Stamp-a-majig with them and I wouldn’t have been happy unless the text was as perfect as in the catalogue. I needed to print the photos in polaroid style anyway so just inserted a few text boxes at the same time. I love that MDS allows you to match Stampin’ Up! colours exactly, so I coloured the text with Island Indigo and it’s a perfect match with my cardstock.

I changed up the colour scheme to fit my own home decor which is grey and teal with a splash of orange. Our interior is also a little more modern than the catalogue sample so I swapped the Dictionary stamp for Postively Chevron (one of my all time faves). I wanted just an accent on the Island Indigo cardstock so used VersaMark ink on the chevron stamp and embossed with clear powder. A crisp Whisper White heart (LOVE that new shape) was layered on top and then banners of Tangelo Twist ribbon and a little LOVE. A few sequins topped it all off (Yes sequins, I know! But this time it was totally legit and I HAD to use them because the catalogue sample had some).

 

Designed for CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auDesigned for CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

I hope you enjoyed my take on the catalogue sample. I hope you’re also inspired to make some of your memories accessible! My preferred method of memory keeping is Project Life and my VERY favourite thing about it is that my boys (currently aged 2-6), love taking down the albums off the shelf and flipping through them. They love to see and remember the fun we had last summer, the cakes they had on their birthdays, the costumes they wore to school dress up days and the list goes on. Their little faces light up… and that warms my heart.

 

Designed for CASEingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I hope you come and play along with us at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. I’d love to see your take on one of the gorgeous projects during Memory Keeping week!

Happy making and keeping memories ♥

jess_X

 

 

Always & Forever

One of my favourite things about the new catalogue (6 sleeps to go) is the showcasing of MDS projects. I already love and use MDS but it’s a great way for non digital people to actually see what is on offer. For example, the Always & Forever wedding invitation template is fabulous. It costs only $6.50 and comes as a full template, plus also includes all the elements used to create it as digital stamps. So, you can actually create entirely new projects using just the flowers, or the text or the banners etc.

My samples below will be on show at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair (starting tomorrow) and I’ve tried to show some of the versatility of MDS. You can see the differences in colouring techniques. In the top image, the flowers are coloured in Strawberry Slush which takes just one click of the mouse. In the bottom image, I’ve used the colouring tool to colour the flowers in Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight to create a vibrant set. I’ve also used the digi elements to create brand new coordinating stationery, such as an order of service, bonbonierre packaging, menu and table numbers. There’s no limit to what you can create… for $6.50!

 

Always & Forever digital wedding invitation on My Digital Studio. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Always & Forever digital wedding invitation on My Digital Studio. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I hope I’ve inspired you to give digital a try! Yes? Click here to download the 30-day MDS trial for free!

jess_X

 

Winter-spiration

I confess. I HATE winter. It’s grey, it’s dreary, it’s cold and it has never ending drizzle! Here in Australia, we don’t even have Christmas to look forward to in winter. So, being very early June, I needed to give myself a ‘winter is here’ pep talk. My trusty pal Google found this quote which I quite love. It’s true. It won’t be here forever. Soon enough, my fingers and toes will thaw out, little blossoms will appear and spring smells will fill the air.

The first thing I did was to create the quote in MDS using various fonts. I embellished with some flourishes, chevron and snowflakes (the search tool is SO handy for that). When I was happy, I printed it onto Crumb Cake cardstock. I then took my scalpel and cut out the chevron shapes and the centre of the winter and spring letters (yes, an e-cutter is on my birthday wishlist).

Some Dazzling Diamonds glitter adorns my snowflakes, which was the easiest part of decorating. The hardest part was choosing the designer series paper to peek through my cut outs. Fortunately, Stampin’ Up! seemed to have the perfect answers! I love the Polka Dot Parade in Marina Mist for winter – it just looks like tiny snowballs – and there was just no going past Gingham Garden for a beautful, floral spring. The chevron shapes feature various cardstock colours and designer series papers and the idea was that they would graduate from a deep blue winter through to a bright spring. Lastly, a bright butterfly with rhinestones adds the finishing touch.

 

Hybrid winter quote. Free printable and details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Does it take your fancy? If so, go ahead and download my free printable below. You can use the same ideas and techniques as I did or create your own work of art. I’d love to see what you make. Be sure to upload a picture on my Facebook page!

jess_X

 

FREE winter quote printable @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Ideas for Easter

I don’t think I have ever decorated for Easter before but I had such a great time creating lovely things at Christmas that I thought I would have a play day and see what I could come up with for Easter.

I definitely wanted to decorate some eggs but I didn’t really want to use real eggs. My eldest son had a play date so there was no going to the shops either. Brainwave! I’d create some myself using salt dough (see here for my Christmas salt dough tags blog post) and my trusty egg mould. I even happened upon some info that if you didn’t want to wait 3 days for your salt dough to air dry (definitely me) or even 3-4 hours for them to slow cook in the oven (me again), you could zap them in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I need to stress here, they only need a couple of minutes! Ask me how I know!! Once dry, I set about decorating them. One egg was coated in Tombow and rolled in the fabulous Champagne Glass Glitter and finished with white Baker’s Twine. Another was wrapped in gold Sequin Trim. This one was so easy. Just poke a pin through the centre of a few sequins to hold them in place. Lastly, I papier machè-d the third egg using Creped Filter Paper and finished it with gold Baker’s Twine. They are nestled amongst strips of Stampin’ Up!’s brown packing paper.

To decorate my jar, I wanted a very simple tag (as the eggs are the star of the show) and simply created a tag using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. I then printed a cute bunny from MDS (it’s a stamp from the Little Additions stamp brush set) and cut it out with a scalpel.

Lastly, whilst browsing for Easter ideas, I came across these oh so adorable bunny ear napkin rings. These are so easy and all you need is some 1 1/4″ Burlap Ribbon, a cardboard tube, a hot glue gun and some scissors. Cut some pieces of burlap ribbon about 2″ long and shape one end to look like ears. Then scrunch the bottom end and glue so the ‘scrunch’ holds. Repeat for second ear. Cut the cardboard tube into a couple of approximately 1″ pieces. Wrap the ribbon around and secure with hot glue. Squeeze some glue onto the end of one bunny ear and press down onto your burlap ring. Repeat for second ear and you’re done. Super easy. I followed a tutorial from the Dreaming In Color blog here. Just remember that as the Stampin’ Up! ribbon is finished so nicely on the edges, there’s no need to follow her step about wrapping the cardboard ring on the sides.

Easter display. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I hope you’ve enjoyed my Easter projects. I’m definitely on a roll now though so I think tomorrow may perhaps just be another day to play and create!

Jess x