Lighthearted Trees

ESAD Blog Hop Header Holiday 2015

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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Kits and CASEing… the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re delving into the wonderful world of kits. It’s great to Stampin’ Up! continue to provide kit options in all shapes and sizes. There are card kits, gift box kits, tag kits and of course kits for Christmas – hooray. Kits just make life easy. You don’t need to worry about whether or not you’ve got all the individual products, it’s all there in the one place!

There’s something I LOVE about two of this year’s kits in particular. The Sweet Stack Project Kit and All Boxed Up Kit have coordinating framelits so that you can simply cut your own extras. Perfect if you need only one or two extras to complete your project.

Today my project is based on the All Boxed Up Kit. It comes with all the supplies you need to make and accessorize 10 little boxes. If you have the Baker’s Box thinlit (like I do), you can create extra boxes just like I did.

My first sample is based on the decorations from the kit on page 154 of the Annual Catalogue. I added some embossing to give my box base an extra little something, but then used Baker’s Twine, a small DSP banner, Pom Pom Trim and peg just like the kit. I used a sentiment from the Happy Scenes stamp set and instead of using it straight, I curved the stamp when I mounted it on my block. Just another fab feature of photopolymer stamps!

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It was cute but then I decided to create my own Baker’s Box with some of the new Holiday Catalogue Accessories.

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I love that there are so many possibilities with this little treat box!

If you’re following the CASEing the Catty blog hop, you’ve likely come from our newest team member, the super duper amazing Simone Bartrum. Your next stop is the delightful, delicious Emma Palonek, otherwise you can pop back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of blog hop participants.


Happy hopping,

Jess x

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#GDP001 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

A huge welcome to you and thanks for joining me for the very first Global Design Project challenge. It is such a thrill to be working with such amazing international designers. In fact one of my new team mates is my all time Stampin’ Up! hero – now THAT is a thrill indeed!

Have you seen the challenge? It’s a colour challenge featuring very sweet colours.

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Cute right? I cannot wait to see what you all create with this inspiration!

Here’s my project…

#GDP001 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

I’m a massive fan of ‘pretty’ and I think these colours work so well for a soft, feminine card. I love making my own backgrounds with ink so for this card, I used a very watered down Smoky Slate and painted stripes on some Whisper White cardstock.

Is it wrong to admit that I didn’t have any So Saffron cardstock in the house? So that was out. What to do? I decided that my card needed stitching but I had no yellow thread. Problem solved with some Baker’s Twine and So Saffron ink. I carefully pulled a single thread out of the twine and coloured it with the ink. Dried it with my heat tool, because I’m impatient and then backstitched it onto the card. Hint: Use your paper piercing tool and straight line guide to pierce the holes before you stitch.

But my very favourite thing is the ribbon. I had this idea during some brainstorming for this card and knew I had to use it. I love the seam binding ribbon and it’s so easy to colour. Because I wanted a two tone ribbon, I dyed mine with markers but you can just dunk it in some dye if you want a flat colour. I must remember to do this more often because I think it turned out beautifully.

#GDP001 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

#GDP001 I Global Design Project I by Jessica Williams

And there’s the inside of the card. I decided that since I was on a design team with the amazing Teneale Williams, I just had to do the inside as well. She always does and she’s right when she says it just gives that extra something. Here’s hoping I can keep it up!

Now it’s your turn to create! Your mission is to visit the Global Design Team page for more design team inspiration. Then pop over to your craft desk and create a project using the colours above. Link it up to the challenge blog and you could be our weekly winner. Be sure to use the hashtag #GDP001 when you share your creation on social media. I’m so excited to see what you create!

Jess x

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Ribbons and wreaths and… CASEing the Catty

Welcome to the last spot on this week’s CASEing the Catty blog hop. You’ve probably gathered by now (unless you’re starting here, in which case you’ll find links to keep hopping at the bottom) that we’re featuring cards from the Christmas section of the catalogue. This week has been a bit exciting for us Stampin’ Up! demos as we’ve all just seen the brand new Holiday catalogue which will be available to order from in September.

Spoiler alert – If you want to find some sneaky peeks, I suggest searching #inspirecreateshare2015 and you just might stumble across some exciting pics from the recent US convention where it was all unveiled. BUT, you should do that after you’ve finished our hop. Don’t get too excited and leave me 😦

It’s a bit crazy thinking about Christmas now, unless you’re doing a Christmas in July event, but time does tend to fly so why not start thinking about your Christmas cards in advance. If you make them early, it’ll remove a little bit of stress from the busy end of the year.


I decided to CASE a card from page 72 but even though I love Wondrous Wreath, after seeing all the new goodies, it seems so ‘last year’! I decided to change up my wreath and use a non-Chrsitmas set. Yep, it’s back again – Timeless Love. I do recall saying it would feature heavily on my blog this year. It is totally adorbs. So I stamped the spray twice making a wreath, lining it up with my trusty stamp-a-majig. Then I coloured. Red and Green of course, or more accurately, Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke. It reminded me a little more of Australian native flowers than the holly and ivy that says ‘traditional Christmas’. Instead of the chalkboard centre featured in the sample, I went with burlap to add to the native, Aussie bush feel. A sentiment stamped on veluum went over the top of the burlap and a sparkling, festive silver ribbon finished it off.

Timeless Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @ Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @

Happy counting down until Christmas! 146 days to go!

Click here to continue on the blog hop and visit the lovely Judy May or click here to head to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of participants.


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.


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 @ 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 @ 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 Hello and a Hop

Welcome to Eureka Stampers first ever blog hop! We’re so excited to share with you some of our favourite projects from the brand new Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Our team is based predominantly in Victoria, but we have many lovely demonstrators all across Australia. And… to be frank, it’s the best SU team in the whole wide world.




One of my favourite products in the new catalogue is Gold Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper. I’ve been looking forward to having it in my hot little hands since I saw some beautiful projects from various US demos. Every sheet uses gold metallic ink on one side and it’s just so luxurious. I knew straight away that I would feature it in my blog hop projects.




My gift box was created with the Envelope Punch Board which is SO useful for things other than just envelopes. I then created a belly band with the Gold Soiree DSP, the gorgeous Gold Satin Ribbon and 1/8″ Gold Ribbon. I’ve also added a cute flower made from Creped Filter Paper, spritzed with matching Crisp Cataloupe ink. Finally a tag featuring the Hi There stamp set finishes it off.

I based my card on a design that was  included in last year’s catalogue. I thought it would be the perfect way to feature multiple designs from the Gold Soiree DSP. I’ve also included in some trim made from Gold Foil Sheets, and have threaded the new Venetian Crochet Trim with some 1/8″ Gold Ribbon to make a unique combination trim. Again the ‘hello’ stamp finishes off the card.




I love this set and am featuring them in a class next month. Click here to see the details.

On with the blog hop. Next, you should visit Mel’s blog to see what wonderful inspiration she’s posted.

Here is the complete list of participants, in case you missed some 🙂

1. Rebecca Scurr

2. Simone Bartrum

3. Carly Middleton

4. Jessica Williams <– You are here

5. Mel Pagano

6. Fiona D’Elboux

7. Rose Packer

8. Tricia Raineri

9. Heather McCarthy

10. Tracy Penn

11. Maureen Crameri

12. Lorinda de Regt-Penn

13. Linda Whalley

14. Janine Rawlins


Happy hopping!




Card-in-a-box Crazy! – part one

If you have a Pinterest account or follow any papercraft blogs, then you’ve probably seen the card-in-a-box doing the rounds. I’ve made several of them now from an 80’s theme to a 1st birthday to a giant Angry Birds version. I’m going to share the latter two in these next couple of blog posts. The card-in-a-box is so awesome in that it’s a box with 3D embellishments poking out but can also be folded flat for easy posting. It is defintely a WOW for the recipient. I’ve seen quite a few tutorials now but the one I’ve used is from Tanya Bell as she tweaked the measurements to fit a standard Australia sized C6 envelope. You can find her blog post and video tutorial here.

My first project was made for my very favourite 1st cousin once removed. Little Mr Q turned one yesterday and I wanted a bright, party type card to mark the occasion. I went straight for the Birthday Basics designer series paper coupled with the Sketched Birthday stamp set. I added in some Silver Glimmer Paper for a bit of sparkle and even some corked ribbons for the finishing touch. I love that I could still have these teeny, tiny, thin balloon strings by stamping onto acetate with black StazOn. The acetate also allows you to place objects higher out of the box for extra effect.


I’m officially addicted to making card-in-a-boxes! See below for the products I used to create this version (and click through to purchase) and make sure you check back tomorrow to see my Angry Birds mega card-in-a-box. It was definitely a labour of love for my own little treasure.