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#GDP005 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsIt’s Monday and that means another fresh challenge from the Global Design Project. This week, it’s our second colour challenge.

12036666_10154281929042222_5634007566311607734_nI have to admit that colour challenges aren’t my favourite. It takes me a little bit of thought to get going but then I’m off and I’ve loved the (very different) results of the two GDP colour challenges I’ve done. This week’s card started out quite differently to my original plan but I love it all the same.

Endless Birthday Wishes to you I #GDP005 I Global Design Project colour challenge I Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz

It’s a little bit of crazy which I love. I started out stamping and embossing the geometric background using Dotty Angles. Then I tinted some white acrylic paint with drops of reinker, took the background outside and literally threw paint at it. The result is lots of random splotches of fun and colour. From there, I accessorised the card with cardstock and ribbons in the challenge colours. I used my pinking shears to create the fun tiny zigzag pieces and as I’m yet to invest in the little ‘White Perfect Accent’ dots, I grabbed a vanilla enamel dot (from the Holiday Catalogue) and embossed it with white embossing powder. I deliberately left the cake black and white so that it would stand out from the noisy background.

Endless Birthday Wishes to you I #GDP005 I Global Design Project colour challenge I Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz

I hope you like my fun, noisy, party card.

For loads more inspiration, be sure to visit the Global Design Project page where you can see more projects from the design team. Why not also create your own project and upload it to the main page, plus make sure you also add it to the Global Design Project Pinterest page. You’ll be sent an invitation to join as a collaborator once you’ve uploaded your challenge project.

Hope you’re a winner!

Jess x

P.S. Happy Birthday to you Emma ❤

 

 

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The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life

It’s an exciting day! A few weeks ago I woke to a lovely email inviting me to join The Stamp Review Crew blog hop design team. What an honour. Of course I said yes. So without further ado, here is my very first post for The Stamp Review Crew.

Sprinkles-of-Life-bannerThis blog hop features Sprinkles of Life, this year’s charity stamp set. For every set purchased, Stampin’ Up! donates $3 to Ronald McDonald House Charities. How fab. I know I’ve raved about the versatility of the set before, but honestly, nothing comes close especially when you throw in the coordinating Tree Builder punch!

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I’ve gone with the cupcake theme for my project and have made a little box with a cupcake on the front. Perfect for giving a birthday cupcake or filling with something else.

The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baker's Box thinlits, Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch, Sweet L'il Things DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper...

The box is made from Sweet L’il Things DSP using the Baker’s Box thinlits – my new ‘go to’ tool for cute little boxes. I then used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set to make the cupcake wrapper (base) and gave it a 3D effect by leaving some tabs on the side and adhering them to the box so that the wrapper itseld would be curved. I also made a sweet flag using a stamp from the set and adhering it to a toothpick.

The honeycomb style cupcake top is made from Cherry on Top Cotton Paper (Watermelon Wonder sheet). I punched out nine x ‘tops’ (it’s a good idea to use some scraps of paper behind the cotton paper as you punch) and then systematically adhered them with 1/4 of a mini glue dot. Yep – even the mini ones are too big. You can find a link to the honeycomb tutorial via this post.

The Baker’s Box thinlits come with various extras for closing the top of the box but today I’ve opted for a Mini Metallic silver peg, silver ribbon, silver thread and the crazy silver swirly stuff from the silver baker’s twine. Yes, I did use my entire arsenal of silver trims!

The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baker's Box thinlits, Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch, Sweet L'il Things DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper...The Stamp Review Crew features Sprinkles of Life. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au Stampin' Up! Supplies: Baker's Box thinlits, Sprinkles of Life stamp set, Tree Builder Punch, Sweet L'il Things DSP, Cherry on Top Cotton Paper...

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my first TSRC blog hop. Now you simply must hop on over to visit Ann Schach for more inspiration!

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Or if you started here, you may wish to backtrack to Mike Funcke.

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Other projects you might be interested in…

Sprinkles of Life tags for CASEing the Catty weekly blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auHoneycomb HeartsHoneycomb Heart gift box for caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au & www.facebook.com/papercaper

Birthdays are back… at CASEing the Catty

A new catalogue means new inspiration and we’re back around to featuring Birthdays again at CASEing the Catty. My new birthday stamp set is still on its way to me so I’ve used an oldie, but still an awesome goodie, Amazing Birthday.

I chose to CASE the card below but substitute in a different stamp set and colour combo.

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Have you ever chosen a colour combo simply because two of your inkpads were sitting next to each other and you thought they looked good together? That’s how this combo happened. I saw Cucumber Crush next to Blackberry Bliss and thought they were a perfect couple. I threw in some Pool Party as well to mellow things out.

Amazing Birthday for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday stamp set, Cucumber Crush, Pool Party & Blackberry Bliss inks and cardstock...

Of course the end result is quite different but you can still see the sketch. And, you’ll never guess where those dots came from! I thought my card was a bit plain and needed some more ‘festive’. I was thinking confetti and searched for an appropriate stamp. The answer? The decorations/lights/dots stamp from Festival of Trees. Who says Christmas sets are only for Christmas?

Thanks for following along on the CASEing the Catty blog hop. Click here to visit the ever lovely Alison Barclay for more birthday inspiration or here to return to CTC headquarters.

Jess x

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More Amazing Birthday projects…

amazing_colourful_birthdayFaux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...Birthdays, birthdays, birthdays! Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au and www.facebook.com/papercaper

Grad parties and Catty CASEing

OK, I lie. There are no grad parties. This is one of those occasions (like Halloween) that we just don’t celebrate as much as our US family. Which means our CASEing the Catty topic and #TGIF03 theme were quite a challenge this week! I somewhat entirely departed from a traditional CASE but totally kept the grad theme.

I have seen loads of grad party invites lately on Instagram and Pinterest (<– shameless ‘follow me on social media’ plug) so I figure that they must be a big deal in the states. And what’s a party without decorations and favours? So the little cogs in my brain started turning over and I came up with a cute mortarboard favour box featuring the ever adorable tiny treat box.

Mortarboard grad party favor box for CASEing the Catty and #TGIF03. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Basic Black cardstock, tiny treat box, Antique brads, black embossing power & baker's twine

The best part is, they’re super easy to make. Cut a strip of Basic Black cardstock 2″ x approx 8 1/2″. Score at 1/2″. This will be your tab at the back of the box. Holding the tab on one corner, fold the remainder of the strip around the treat box until you’re at the back again. Next, press your creases firmly with a bone folder. Take a 2″ Circle Punch and punch a semi circle from the bottom of each ‘side’ of the strip. Adhere the strip to your treat box. Next take the smallest Antique Brad and coat it in VersaMark then dip in black embossing powder and heat. Repeat once or twice if necessary. Pierce the centre of a piece of 4″ x 4″ Basic Black cardstock and the centre of the treat box lid. Attach the Basic Black cardstock to the treat box lid using the brad. Create a tassel using your desired Baker’s Twine colour, or make it from white/cream twine and then dye to match your qualification colour. To create my tassel, I separated the individual threads to give it more volume. Then simply wind your tassel around the brad until it’s the correct length.

Mortarboard grad party favor box for CASEing the Catty and #TGIF03. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Basic Black cardstock, tiny treat box, Antique brads, black embossing power & baker's twine

Happy graduation grads!

Make sure you travel on to the lovely Monique who has another grad themed project to inspire you to Case the Catty or head back to home base.

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You can play along by adding your blog post URL in the comments and you’ll be added into the hop!

Why not also play along at TGIF Challenges? Two birds, one stone…

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Happily, none of the items I used for this project are retiring – yay! But have you checked out what is? LOADS of products are 50% off right now in the online store.

Jess x

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Hip Hip Hooray for TGIF Challenges

There’s a new challenge in town and I was excited to join in for challenge number 1. The team is basically comprised of Artisan design team members, past and present, so the inspiration is pretty spectacular. The first challenge (#tgifc01) was very much a challenge for me! A colour challenge comprising of Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Crushed Curry. Calypso Coral and Pool Party are part of my favourite colour combo but throw in yellow and I’m, well a bit challenged. To me, the almost primary colours say party so I ran with that.

Lately I’ve been loving creating my own inky, messy backgrounds so for this challenge I used the faux watercolour backgrounds technique. It’s so easy and you get a great outcome every time. Check out a great video from Stampin’ Up! on this technique here.

Next I added in some fun party elements like a banner and balloons. To make the crazy, curly balloon strings, I tied on some cotton thread, wet it and then curled it around a paintbrush. Then I dried it with my heat tool and once dry, it stays curly. I didn’t adhere them to the card so as you can seee in the pictures, they’re all over the place from the wind. I love it!

Some sequins and a sentiment (I know… gasp) finished it off.

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

Then I had to create an envelope to match!

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

Faux watercolour fun for #tgifc01. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crushed Curry ink, Amazing Birthday and Sketched Birthday stamp sets, Hip Notes...

It says party to me – I hope you agree!

Don’t forget that many of the products I’ve used (and heaps more) are 50% off on the retiring list! Only while stocks last!

Jess x

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Dessert Decos

My sister in law ties the knot on Saturday and last night was our final family dinner before the big day. I thought it called for a little something festive so I quickly whipped up some little flags in My Digital Studio (MDS). I actually printed them off onto labels so adhering them to the skewer was a cinch. The finishing touch was a piece of Calypso Coral baker’s twine. One of my favourite things about MDS is that the colours I design with digitally will match the physical Stampin’ Up! products with no need to worry about clashing shades of colours. These were so quick I actually put them together in between dinner and dessert!

We wanted to celebrate the lovely couple so made the bride’s favourite dinner and the groom’s favourite dessert. YUM, New York cheesecake with some festive flair!

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Have you downloaded MDS yet? If you’re not ready to take the plunge, make sure you check out the FREE 30-day trial version. It has loads of content ready for you to have a play around. Surprise your guests with a little something special at your next dinner party!

Jess x

 

Kip’s Caterpillar Party

Happy New Year blog lovers!

I have some fabulous things to share in this post but firstly be warned… there are lots of photos. I’ve read so many posts where the author apologises for pictures but I’m not going to. After all, they say a thousand words and who wants to read all of those?

My eldest son turned 5 a week before Christmas and I had SOOOOO many ideas for an awesome party. It all started with this…

He learnt all about The Very Hungry Caterpillar (TVHC) in term 2 at kinder and for the remainder of the year, he insisted on completing a TVHC colouring in picture every day. I happened upon the same image on Pinterest so luckily for him, we can print it out at home whenever he feels like a kinder flashback.

So, I had my theme. I also had my menu. If you’re not familiar with the book (you must live in a cave and I suggest you run to the nearest bookstore and read it), TVHC eats different foods each day of the week prior to making himself a cocoon and (SPOILER ALERT) becoming a butterfly.

As one does these days, I scoured Pinterest many times to check out what others had come up with for the ultimate TVHC party. My party boy loved looking at all the ideas with me and would often crawl onto my lap and ask if we could look at things to do for his party.

 

The first thing to do was create some invitations. Pinterest had a range of invites but I decided to do my own thing. I designed a leaf shaped card base and insert with all the particulars and then we used a hot glue gun, pom poms and felt to create our own little TVHC to sit on top of each one.

 

Setting the Scene

I wanted to copy the candy buffet craze so travelled down that path in terms of table and food layout. Here are a few pics of the end result.

 

I got loads of my inspiration from Kayla Danelle’s blog, which I found via Pinterest. If you visit her blog, you’ll notice that I virtually copied her Happy Birthday banner exactly because it was so darn cute! As a Stampin’ Up! demo, I fortunately have heaps of cardstock laying around in different colours. I also used the Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies, Autumn Accents Bigz die (for the little leaves), adhesives and hemp twine (retired). I found the images for the food labels here at Make It Cozee and there are loads more printables there as well. The font didn’t quite suit my scheme so I re-made them a little. I used the Windows framelits from Stampin’ Up! to cut out the label and background dots. They are either adhered to glass jars or I adhered toothpicks to them and made little label picks.

I fell in love with the little glass jars (Kayla Danelle) and after a big search for similar glass or plastic jars, settled on these from The Little Big Company here in Melbourne. I also purchased the straws, lollipops and bamboo forks from there. You may not be able to see the printing on the forks. I stamped the handles with “but he was still hungry” using some more trusty Stampin’ Up! products.

 

OK, so here’s where people think I went a little crazy. I had a brilliant idea to make my boys TVHC t-shirts, each with their age matching food on them. So here are my little misters, DS5, DS2 & DS1 in their 5 oranges, 2 pears and 1 apple t-shirts.

Aww, aren’t they just the cutest??

 

Next up was cake time. I had such fun making this cake. It was inspired by 2 different cakes on Pinterest – neither of which I could find the original source so apologies creators, I can’t link to you 😦

I changed it a little because neither Pinterest cake (or any I could find for that matter) had all the caterpillar’s food included and once I was on a roll, I just couldn’t stop until I had made it all. The cake was a bit of a challenge because I normally make wedding cakes with roll-out fondant but what 5 year old wants to eat that?? So, I went the buttercream route and wasn’t quite perfect to say the least. I love that you can see my wedding cake inspired cascade of food items down the tiers, just as I have done with flowers in the past.

It started raining a little so please excuse the little shiny drops of water. Sugar-crafted food doesn’t like rain very much!

 

The party bags were a little something extra to take home and I wanted them to fit the theme too. Of course after TVHC had his fill of food, he turned into a beautiful butterfly. So I made a basic toddler craft, paper towel butterflies with a peg centre which obviously not only suited the theme but could hold the bag closed as well.

 

I wanted the party bags to contain fun as opposed to just another handful of sugar, so I included a DIY playdough TVHC kit (also inspired by Kayla Danelle). I was so happy when I found out that my little neices had spent the rest of the day making little caterpillars!

 

Last but definitely not least is probably my favourite party thing of all. I had been itching to use these little skinny treat bags from Stampin’ Up! and was thinking of doing something for Christmas but didn’t want to do the usual old thing. Solution: turn them into caterpillars for the party. Being Christmas, I was lucky to get a giant tub of perfectly coloured red and green m&m’s and went to work. The googly eyes are self adhesive and are from Stampin’ Up! and look to retire at the end of Jan 😦 I’ve already stocked up on a few packets ‘cos they are oh so handy!

Too gosh darn cute for words!

 

If you’ve read this far, I salute you! I hope you’ve been inspired and are already planning the fun caterpillar-y things you’ll create for your little one’s special day!

 

Happy crafting,

Jess x

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