Lovely Benefits… and CASEing the Catty

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re checking out the Stampin’ Benefits section of the catalogue. It’s hard to believe that I haven’t inked up A Whole Lot of Lovely for a whole lot of time because I was crazy for it when I first got it. I think I’ve just been distracted by other new, shiny things. It’s great to have a reason to get back on the wagon.

Well, there really wasn’t a lot of choice when choosing a project to CASE as there was only one sample featured. I did want to make it a little different though so I decided to use the same concept but make a gift box instead. Here’s the sample…

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I stayed mostly true to the sample but added in a filter paper flower in the same colours used for the box background stamps. I have to say that these colours are a little too ‘primary’ for me as a combo but I’m pleasantly surprised with the project as a whole.

Now hop along to the wonderful Liz Gross for more inspiration or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ for a full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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Gettin’ Artsy while I’m… CASEing the Catty

Today the CASEing the Catty crew is looking at samples from the Artistic Expression section of the catalogue. I think that may have been a nice way to say ‘miscellaneous’. They are some great stamp sets and samples in this section and I guess they’re here because they don’t particularly fit into another category. It’s another BIG section and at first glance, I thought today’s post might feature at least seven different cards because I was having trouble choosing what to CASE. In the end, I chose two different cards to CASE.

The first is this splatter-y one below. My favourite style of cards are a bit artsy and splattery and inky. I love ending up with inky fingers!

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I decided to make a few changes to the card. I wanted the splatters to be the hero so I decided to use bright colours with only black and white cardstock and embellishments. Here’s my first sample..

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

Ooh, there’s my favourite washi again! Next up, I went with a more ‘me’ colour palette and added in some coloured twine.

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

I love baker’s twine, but sometimes it’s too thick. I took my strands apart and used single strands instead. Lastly, I needed to make a birthday card for my brother in law this weekend so I went with some ‘man’ colours and changed up the greeting.

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

See that washi? It’s from the Sweet ‘lil Things washi tape set, aka, the baby set. Doesn’t look too baby here does it?

Gorgeous grunge splatter card for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

 

The next card I wanted to CASE was this one below…

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I was drawn to it because of the DIY quote. Obviously no one company is going to be able to cater 100% to all your quote needs so I love this idea of stamping your own with the Alphabet Rotary stamp. It took me a year to get this tool and now I wonder how I ever did without it!

Quotes are funny things these days. There are just SO many floating around social media and the Internet in general and you really have to question whether or not the person they’re attributed to actually said them. I digress. I had some fun googling quotes but in the end, I couldn’t go past a great one from Dr Seuss. When I read it, it reminded me that one of his books in particular has some really awesome advice! My quote is from ‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go’. It is a fabulous book. The last few lines are “… you’re off to great places. Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So… get on your way!” WORD!

DIY quote card featuring Dr Seuss for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I think this card would be perfect for a grad or maybe for a ‘just because’ card or pick me up. Did you spot the sneaky peek product? I couldn’t help but use it, it just had to be used on a Dr Seuss inspired card!

DIY quote card featuring Dr Seuss for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects. If you’ve started the hop from my page, you can continue on to Stasia Sloma for more inspiration. Otherwise you’ve reached the end of the hop. You can head back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see the full list of blog hop participants.

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Jess x

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Brand new Blendabilities

Have you noticed the Stampin’ Blendabilities page in the catalogue but skipped past because you just don’t know what to do with them? In short, Bendabilities are alcohol markers and are the best for blending colours and shades. They’re very similar to Copic markers but Stampin’ Up! have made a much easier system. Blendabilities come in packs of 3 markers. A light, medium and dark shade of the same colour. And because they’re from Stampin’ Up!, they come in Stampin’ Up! colours so you know they’re going to exactly match all your cardstock, ribbons and inks etc.

I’m new to alcohol markers but wanted to give them a go and create a class to teach other beginners. I watched some tutorial videos from Stampin’ Up! and then it was simply a matter of playing. Here are the cards I made and they are the same cards we’ll be making in my Blendabilities class on Wednesday 27 August.

Blendabilities class cards. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

These cards were CASEd and/or inspired by Sharon Burkert and Carolina Evans.

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Check out all the information for this class (and others) here. I’d love to see you there.

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You Sparkle… and I’m CASE-ing the Catty

I’ve got some exciting news! As of today, I’m part of the design team for a brand new challenge blog called CASE-ing the Catty. The Stampin’ Up! catalogue is choc full of brilliant ideas and inspiration to get your creative juices flowing and this new challenge was created to encourage you to use this amazing resource to a greater potential. I love to CASE (both the catalogue and other paper-crafters) and I also love that not only is this ok in the world of paper-craft, but it’s encouraged. It’s fabulous to create and share with others – it’s what it’s all about!

Our very first challenge is to CASE a project from the Gift & Packaging section of the catalogue. How awesome that we begin with my favourite section! It was quite difficult to narrow down which project to choose so in the end I chose two and merged them together to make a hybrid ‘baby’ – lol. My chosen projects were the ‘Love You’ confetti bag on page 10 (South Pacific catalogue) and the Gold Sequin Trim on Calypso Coral gift box on page 15. I’m certain regular readers of my blog could have picked the sequin trim project!

Here’s my baby…

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CASE-ing the Catty Challenges #1. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Hope you come and play along with us at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogpot.com 🙂

jess_X

 

 

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.

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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.

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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!

Hey There faux watercolour

I’ve been enjoying seeing watercolour projects everywhere lately. There are some beautiful stamp sets in the Occasions Catalogue, not to mention the Watercolour Wonder DSP, but what if that’s still on your wishlist? Stampin’ Up! recently published a video tutorial on Creating Watercolour Backgrounds Using Your Clear Block which was so easy, I immediately had to have a go. In short, you colour a clear block with whatever colour markers your little heart desires, spritz with water and then stamp it down onto some cardstock. I used Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Marina Mist markers on Whisper White cardstock. The results are always different and I love that!

This technique became the background of my latest workshop which also featured a couple of alternative uses for the Scallop Tag Topper Punch. The punch was used as a closure for the card and a cute little box which we filled with speckled Easter eggs. I got a little bit artsy with my card elements and just took them all along with a few different stamp sets. The result was that everyone had different ideas and put theirs together differently. I love when people let their creativity flow and don’t feel they need to copy the sample exactly.

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Jess x

 

Hilarious, hideous hen’s

Saturday night saw me frocked up to the nines in a hot pink, ankle length, puffy sleeved, dropped waist taffeta gown. It was truly divine. The occasion? A bad-taste bridesmaids hen’s night for my sister-in-law. About ten of us made a grand entrance at our local bowling alley for a couple of hilarious games. It took quite a while to get through the games as were kept being distracted by our glamorous selves and the many different poses we could pull off. After bowling we headed to the maid of honour’s home for dinner and the usual hen’s party games and shenanigans.

Once home, I couldn’t help but digi scrap this snap of me after a strike. It was a proud moment – I don’t get that many! MDS to the rescue… again. I just love how easy it is to use and how quickly a page can come together. I love how I could colour match the block of colour to my dress, but most of all, I love the sequins! How could this page not have sequins?

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Jess x