Triangles and Trees

penns_hopWelcome to the Pennsationals team blog hop. As a team, we’ve started to do a monthly blog hop with a different theme each time. This month is a colour challenge.

penns_hop_colourchallenge#1We can create any type of project using Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss and either gold or silver. I love these colours so I was looking forward to the challenge! We can also use Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Kraft/Crumb Cake and Basic Black as neutrals to complement the main colours.

My inspiration came from an unlikely place this month. I’ve been seeing Jamberry Nails designs everywhere since they launched in Australia a couple of weeks ago. One of their designs is a very geometric design with a splash of silver, so I went about recreating that look, but with our colours, into a Christmas card.

Stampin' Up! Tree Punch I Triangles/Geometric I Pennsationals Blog Hop Colour Challenge I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

It’s loud and proud and I love it!

I used the Tree Punch to punch out the triangles and just cut off the trunk. To create the negative space tree, I simply reversed the process and cut a trunk out of the base of one triangle. I adhered all the triangles to a piece of scrap paper and got the background right before I sewed around the edges and tree.

The sentiment is from the Happy Scenes stamp set. I also used an adorable wooden Snowflake Element, Silver Cording Trim and sequins to finish it off.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. The next step on the hop is the very lovely Emma of Vintage Graffiti.

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Happy hopping,

Jess x

 

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Here we are at Monday again! I’ve gotta say, I am LOVING all the inspiration from all those who participate in the Global Design Project each week. If you haven’t been part of it yet, check it out by clicking the image below…

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsThis week, GDP features a sketch challenge. My favourite!

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The challenge coincided with a special occasion in my family, my Mum and Dad’s 35th wedding anniversary, so I used the sketch for my card design.

Wedding Anniversary card I Stampin' Up! Timeless Love I Coral Anniversary I Global Design Project #GDP006 I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

My starting point was looking up what the traditional and modern gifts are for this anniversary. I was hoping to incorporate it somehow into the card. I was delighted to find that the traditional gift is coral so I used Calypso Coral as the main colour feature for my card. One of my favourite colour combinations is Calypso Coral and Pool Party so that was a given for my accent colour. Although Stampin’ Up! has had Pool Party seam binding in the past, they no longer carry it so I just dyed my own.

My favourite part of the card are the two little silver punched hearts. I wanted them to represent my Mum and Dad so while they are both silver, I punched one from foil and one from glimmer paper so that they are different. Some sequins from the Project Life Moments Like These Accessory Pack finished it off perfectly.

Wedding Anniversary card I Stampin' Up! Timeless Love I Coral Anniversary I Global Design Project #GDP006 I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Now it’s your turn! Create your own project using the GDP sketch and enter it here. You could be one of this week’s winners!

Jess x

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Welcome to Baby week at the Global Design Project challenge.

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And why yes, it IS a challenge if all your baby stamp sets retired with the last catalogue and you haven’t replenished yet. Time to think outside the square!

Despite having one particular idea for a while, I changed my mind at the moment of creating and went with something totally different.

I decided to make a gift box of sorts featuring the Tiny Treat Box. The twist was that it would become the basket of a hot air balloon. So sweet!

Honeycomb hot air balloon I Global Design Project I #GDP003 I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I started making the honeycomb balloon using White Filter Paper circles. Am I the only one who only uses the rectangles and has loads of circles laying around? In this case it was great because I used 18. I had 17 on hand but just cut the last one from a rectangle. I made my ball using glue dots strategically placed to create the honeycomb, then tied some Silver Cording Trim for the string. I loaded up a Stampin’ Spritzer with rubbing alcohol and some Pool Party reinker and spritzed away until I was happy with the colour.

To create the box, I took apart the Tiny Treat Box and glued it flat to my gorgeous cloud DSP (from Sweet Li’l Things). Could DSP be more perfect for the project? I just cut around the box and glued it back together. I pierced small holes in each corner and threaded through some Silver Cording Trim. Then I tied the cord to the balloon and to the treat box basket.

The finishing touch was the little flag on top. Again, I had no baby stamps so I ended up using the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set. I used a marker to ink the ‘it’s a’ part of the stamp ‘hope it’s an’ and there was a ‘boy’ stamp for me to use as well. Happy days.

I just love how it turned out. Now I just need someone to pop out a beautiful bundle of blue so I can gift it!

Honeycomb hot air balloon I Global Design Project I #GDP003 I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Ready for more baby inspiration? Visit the rest of the international design team at the Global Design Team site.

Make sure you play along with us. I can’t wait to see the wonderful creations our amazing supporters and fellow crafters come up with!

Jess x

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Christmas Stars and… CASEing the Catty

If you’ve got your hands on the 2015 Stampin’ Up! Holiday Catalogue, you’ll recognise my project today. This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re featuring all the brand new papers in the catalogue. I’ve always been a fan of papers. Different colours, textures, weights, patterns. I thought there was no better project in the catalogue to showcase papers than the Christmas stars featured on page 22.

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This catalogue was ‘unveiled’ at Stampin’ Up!’s US convention a few months ago and one of the wonderful staff demonstrated how to create the stars. It’s really very simple.

I started with two 6″x6″ pieces of paper. Fold each of them half (to make a rectangle), unfold. Turn 90 degrees and fold in half again. Unfold. Fold in half diagonally as well from corner to corner, and then repeat for the other corners.

Then cut a small slit 3cm (or 1 1/4″) up each of the four straight edge folds (NOT the diagonal folds). Fold from the slit into the centre of the diagonal fold and repeat for the other side, making a kite shape at each corner. Repeat for all corners. Now apply some glue to one half of the ‘kite’. Overlap the second half kite and adhere to the top. Once you’ve done this for all four corners, you’ll have made one half of the star.

Simply repeat this process for the second sheet of paper and adhere them together.

Christmas stars featuring Stampin' Up! Holiday papers I CASEing the Catty blog hops I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I decided to make three stars in different types of paper.

The first uses the Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. I love vellum and I love the plaid look the overlapped pieces add to the star as well. Vellum can be difficult to adhere because you can often see the adhesive through it but I find the new Fine-Tip Glue Pen works really well.

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The next star features traditional weight designer series paper. I used the retro/vintage Home for Christmas DSP. Let me tell you, this pack is just gorgeous. It was SO hard to decide which sheet to use.

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Finally I wanted to try something a little different. I decided to use the lighter weight envelope paper. It has a beautiful texture and I love the way it turned out.

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I’ve really only just scratched the surface with these stars of mine. You could try all sorts of papers! A gold one for the top of your tree? Baby size stars as tree ornaments? Use embossing folders or scoreboard to add texture to plain paper. The possibilities are just about endless. I’d love to see these start popping up all over the place. Don’t forget to try them out and join in with the CASEing the Catty Crew. If you Instagram, let me know you’ve had a go at creating them and tag @thepapercaper!

Next up on the blog hop is the wonderful Alison Barclay. If you’ve missed someone and need to go back, visit Monique Fielder or head to HQ for a full list of blog hoppers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Jess x

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Boxes, Butterflies, Bling & Boards

On Sunday I was invited around to Amanda’s house to run a Stampin’ Up! workshop. At a previous workshop I had demonstrated the Envelope Punch Board (EPB) and Amanda was keen for me to show her friends just how versatile this tool really is.

Yeah, yeah – it can make envelopes and has measurements for 66 sizes! Yep, 66! But still, that’s a little predictable.

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Here are some file tabs I made for my son’s teacher with the EPB…

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Want more? How about my favourite use? Christmas Crackers…

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Not sold yet? Here’s Amanda’s favourite. The humble gift box.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

You can make them in all sorts of shapes and sizes depending on the size card you start with. We started with a 21cm x 21cm piece of card which is simply just a piece of A4 cut into a square. You can find loads of YouTube tutorials on making these boxes simply by Googling something like “envelope punch board box”.

After using the EPB to create our box shape we used a Dotty Angles stamp to add some confetti type dots to the sides of the box in VersaMark ink. Then we used SNAIL to adhere our box together. Next we made a belly band, simply by wrapping a piece of 1 1/2″ x 12″ piece of Fancy Foil Silver Vellum around the box, creasing it at the corners and adhering it back on itself where it meets at the top. Then, to hide the ends of the belly band, adhere a decorative piece of card across the top. We used a die cut from Lots of Labels Framelits in Sahara Sand.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

We then stamped and coloured a butterfly from the Papillon Potpourri stamp set using black StazOn ink and Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Sahara Sand markers. Tip: You’ll want to use permanent ink to ensure that the water based markers don’t make the ink run and bleed.

We punched out the coloured butterfly and layered it on top of two more layers of vellum butterflies just to make him a bit more ‘fluttery’.

Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...Amanda's Gift Box. Workshop make & take. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Envelope Punch Board, Elegant Eggplant & Sahara Sand cardstock, Papillon Potpourri stamp set, Elegant Butterfly punch...

I had a fabulous time teaching Amanda and her friends how to make this beauty. It’s simple when you know how and totally re-creatable at home. In fact more than half of the attendees bought an EPB to use at home. I think that means they liked it!

At just $32, including 2 x punches and a scoring tool/bone folder, you can’t beat the value for something so versatile. Questions? Email me at jess_williams@optusnet.com.au. Sold? Buy one here for delivery to your door!

Jess x

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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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