Lately I’ve been making a big effort to simplify my workshop samples. I’m one who tends to love a more involved project but I’m conscious that many people find this a bit overwhelming, particularly if they’re just new to papercraft.
In the last edition of Stampin’ Up!’s demo magazine Impressions, there were some gorgeous samples featuring one of my favourite stamp sets An Open Heart. I think this set is so underrated and there aren’t that many samples around to inspire so I’m glad Stampin’ Up! featured this set.
I particularly liked this sample…
Emboss resist is such a WOW technique and whilst they suggested it just be a demo only card, I thought my next group of ladies would love to try it so I adjusted it a little to suit my needs and the supplies I had on hand. I chose to feature the new Tip Top Taupe and boy did it impress! I sold a TTT ink pad to almost half the attendees! I also wanted to change the sentiment to a punch as stamping on thin banners is a little daunting for beginners. I also swapped out the washi for a banner simply because I was still waiting on my new washi supplies to arrive. A butterfly embellishment made it a little more feminine.
Here’s our workshop creation…
It’s simple and sweet. Exactly what I was aiming for.
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More “An Open Heart” projects…
My mojo had departed one evening and I was fresh out of ideas. I mentioned this to a couple of stampin’ friends and one gave me a challenge to create a card using Regarding Dahlias which is a set I love but find difficult to use. The challenge also included kraft and Crisp Cantaloupe. No problem there!
It was all I needed to get started and once I did, the pieces came together and I was quite happy with the result.
Sometimes all you need is a challenge to get you started!
This card is available now in my Etsy store. To recreate your own, click on the supplies listed below to add to your Stampin’ Up! store cart.
Welcome back to another year of CASEing the Catty! If you follow the CTC blog, you’ll know that it actually started back last week but this year, our design team has been split into two so I’ll be designing every other week, unless of course I get my act together and design a few extra projects on my off week.
This week’s theme is Sale-A-Bration papers or new papers from the Occasions catalogue. During Sale-A-Bration, purchases will earn you freebie products and there’s nothing better than free craft supplies. I’ve chosen to showcase the Irresistibly Yours Specialty Designer Series Paper, which I will henceforth refer to as magic paper – because it is! There are 6 different designs (and you get two sheets of each), each of which have a glossy design over a white matte base. This way, you can colour the paper in any colour you like to suit your project. You can use a variety of ways to colour them as well. Sponge on ink with sponges or daubers, spritz on ink, use a brayer or even Blendabilities. You can make them multicoloured or ombre or just a block of colour. It’s all up to your imagination. Here’s a great video on some of the ways Stampin’ Up! has created the Sale-A-Bration catalogue samples.
I’ve decided to use showcase the paper by CASEing the ‘You Made my Day’ card on page 5 of the Sale-A-Bration catalogue. Since it’s not too far from Valentine’s Day, I’ve chosen Cherry Cobbler for my card and have daubed my magic paper with Cherry Cobbler ink for an ombre, monochromatic look.
The rest of my palette is Crumb Cake and Whisper White. Notice the trim under the heart? It’s actually the reverse side of the Chevron Trim. I was mourning the retirement of the Natural Trim from last year when I had the brainwave to just flip the Chevron Trim. I’m sure it’s been done before but if there are any like me reading along… there’s a little tip for you. The sentiment is from the Hip Notes stamp set. One of my ‘go to’ sets. If you follow my blog, you’ll probably have noticed that my cards very rarely have sentiments but I make an exception for Hip Notes 🙂
Did you notice the envelope in the photo? I’m learning myself some modern calligraphy skills at the moment and have these envelopes, as well as the complete card, for sale in my Etsy store. So if you love the card, you can shop for supplies and make your own, or just buy the complete card and add a custom envelope with any pet name you like.
Make sure you check out the CASEing the Catty challenge and play along yourself!
It’s all about being thankful this week at CASEing the Catty Challenges. We’re CASEing projects from the Thanks section of the catalogue.
My project selection this week was a no brainer. You may have noticed that I love making boxes and packaging so it was a given that I’d choose this sweet box made from a Decorative Window Gift Box. You can find the original project on page 151 of the South Pacific Catalogue.
I added a strip of Kraft Cardstock (seriously can’t live without this product!) for the handle and secured it, along with the sentiment, with an Antique Brad on each side. The flower is made from White Creped Filter Paper and dangly ribbons are Lost Lagoon Satin ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim and Gold Baker’s Twine. The box itself is also stamped lightly with the I Love Lace background stamp for a subtle extra.
And surprise! There’s a little something stuck to the other side of the handle. Prettiness from every angle!
Hope you enjoyed my project this week. Make sure you browse the catalogue for inspiration and check out the Design Team samples at http://www.caseingthecatty.blogspot.com.au.
One of the first things that stood out in this year’s Stampin’ Up! catalogue was the amazing array of gorgeous projects to inspire us. I quickly found a favourite and topped up my supplies with the products I would need to complete it. Well… life got in the way for a while (ok, about 4 months) but I’ve finally got around to mounting my stamp set and CASEing this gorgeous card. My thanks to the artist at Stampin’ Up! who designed this one. I LOVE it!