#GDP002

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

Wow, wow, wow! What a huge response we had to the first Global Design Team challenge. Thank you all SO much for your wonderful ideas, projects and comments. We are so thrilled that so many of you could join in with us. If you missed out, here’s another opportunity to jump on in.

This week at GDP, we have a sketch challenge for you to try. I LOVE sketch challenges. They are my favourite and the easiest challenges I think. Just choose your stamps and colours and away you go.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica WilliamsHere is my version…

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I decided to replace the feature circle with a big stamp and it’s been a long time since I inked up Blended Bloom. I also love playing around with watercolour and all of Stampin’ Up!’s specialty papers. This week I decided to try watercolouring on filter paper. As it’s very absorbant, I heat embossed the image first in order to help the ink stop where I wanted it to. Then I used my smallest paintbrush and the very beautiful Blackberry Bliss ink (why do I always fall in love with the In Colors in the year that they will retire?) to watercolour each petal. It’s best if you go one at a time. I regularly sped up the process by using my heat tool so as to stop the colours running. It also helps stop accidental colour coming through from the scratch paper you’re working on top of because this WILL get colour on it that seeps through the filter paper.

Once finished, I went about putting together the rest of the elements from the sketch. I used the new wide Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes ribbon as my rectangle and used Gold Cording Trim and Gold 1/8″ Ribbon as my accents. The flower, once cut out was beautiful and delicate but I wanted it to stand out off the page so I made three more un-coloured versions, but still heat embossed in gold, and used them as a sort of petticoat.

#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams#GDP002 I Global Design Project I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I finished off by adding a simple Vanilla and Black insert on the inside to match the front.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Make sure you visit all the rest of the international design team for inspiration and then play along youself. Add a photo of your project on the GDP website to share your creativity with us.

Note: Did you know that you don’t need a blog to play? Last week we had entries that were linked to Pinterest and Splitcoast Stampers member galleries as well as blogs. So what are you waiting for?

 

Jess x

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Inspire Create SHARE

It’s Leadership Day of the South Pacific Inspire Create Share convention. Hundereds of SU demos across Australia and New Zealand have flocked to the Gold Coast to learn, create and catch up with friends. Sadly this year, I’m not one of them. Earlier this year I made the decision to quit my job and with school fees to pay, this is just not the year for me. Of course I’m sad but thanks to social media, I still get to be part of the fun and even better, Stampin’ Up! is actually taping and posting videos of this convention online for the first time ever.

Something I do get to be a part of is a swap with the CASEing the Catty design team girls. I posted my swaps to a friend who is at convention, she’ll distribute them for me and send some lovely happy mail back to me.

I had a few week’s notice about the swap and I had a great idea. I tried it out but then had to wait until the Retirement List was released. It only gave me a few days to complete them but I couldn’t really see the point in making something that couldn’t be used in the coming year.

I actually think these swaps are one of the best projects I’ve ever made. I guess that’s a good thing! I should be growing and improving my style right? I think these are totally me! And I should do more of this style. It’s so fun!

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Oh it makes my heart happy just looking at it. I cannot get enough of colour!

The stamp is on window sheet and stamped in White StazOn. This rests over the top of some watercolour paper which I splotched and spritzed with a stamp from Gorgeous Grunge, coloured ink and water. You have to do one colour at a time to avoid a big brown puddle so i used my heat tool because I’m impatient! When you spritz the next colour, it does revive the other colours a little so you do get just a little blending which is perfect.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

The rest of the card is pretty straight forward. Add your favourite DSP strips and accessories. I jazzed mine up with some pinking shears – gotta stand out from the crowd! I also used just the gold strand from the Gold Baker’s Twine and it wouldn’t be right without some stitching. I used coloured thread for the first time on a card and I’m so glad I did. I think it’s perfect with the rest of the colour.

Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...Amazing colourful Birthday swap. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Amazing Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge, White StazOn, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Blackberry Bliss, Melon Mambo inks...

I hope my recipients like them and I hope you do too!

You’ll find all the supplies listed below. Don’t forget to check the most discounted Retirement List ever. Stock is limited!

Jess x

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Blendabilities & Blooms… & CASEing the Catty

This week over at CASEing the Catty Challenges, we’re being inspired by the sample card on page 18 of the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) catalogue. It uses both framelits and Blendabilities and our challenge is to use both of those products to create our own card or project.

I have to admit that this one stumped me a little. Maybe it’s because there’s so much choice. At any rate, I knew which framelit I wanted to use because it’s my very, very favourite but I got stuck on the stamp set. The only ‘Blendabilties’ intended stamp set I have is Blended Bloom and I feel like I’ve done that too many times now. I wanted something fresh. I remembered that instead of using a stamp and ink, you can actually use Blendabilities with printer ink without it bleeding, opening up a whole world of new opportunity. I opened My Digital Studio (MDS) and browsed for flowers. This brings up all the flower stamps I have installed in my program. When I saw it, I knew what it was going to be. The lovely bloom from the Bouquet Toss stamp set. In MDS, I had the invitation version of this stamp set which is called ‘Always & Forever Invitation Template’.

Note: Did you know that MDS downloads are super cheap? My Always & Forever Invitation Template cost just $3.50 (less my demonstrator discount) and of course there are no shipping charges! Even if you don’t have the super cheap MDS program (@ $24.95 how can you go wrong?), you can use the download images and templates in any design program that can read .svg files. AWESOME!

I resized the flower to the size I wanted (another bonus of digital design) and then printed onto Whisper White cardstock. Then I set about colouring them with Blendabilities. I couldn’t decide which colour set to use so I did several versions. Two were smaller and one was quite large because I wanted it to be a big, over-the-top feature.

I used the ever reliable Typsest DSP (can you even make a bad card with this stuff?), vellum and because it’s something I’ve made, it of course uses Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock and stitching 🙂

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I love the kraft, Basic Black and Very Vanilla combo so I used the same combination for the next card. Just changed things up a little…

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And then, because I wanted to mix things up a little more, I used a Petite Cafe Gift Bag (swoon) to create a gift with my larger bloom.

Blendabilities & Blooms for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auI’ve made a pact with myself to no longer store or hoard 3D projects and gift bags and boxes so it’s already been filled up with choccies and gifted to a special friend.

So what do you think? Get out your Blendies and start colouring some digi images. Seriously, even if you don’t get MDS (which you should), you can find a million images by just Googling and printing! Don’t have Blendies? Did you know that you can earn them for FREE until the end of March? Click on the Sale-A-Bration catalogue link on the right –> to find out the details.

Short on time? You can purchase the red bloom card from my Etsy store and have it shipped anywhere in the world!

Oh, and… make sure you don’t forget to drop by our challenge blog and check out the rest of the design team inspiration and play along.

Jess x

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Birthdays and Balloons… and I’m CASEing the Catty

It’s birthday week at CASEing the Catty Challenges this week. We’re looking at all the lovely samples in the birthday section of the Occasions catalogue (check out the sidebar on the right for the link). This week my project is a little outside the box but it just goes to show that you can still be inspired by something and have the project you create turn out a little different. I’ve definitely put my own style into this one.

Here’s the project I was inspired by (along with its stamp set).

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I just love pink (Crisp Cantaloupe) and gold and I can’t get enough of the Typeset Designer Series Paper. I used this colour combo for my project. The idea for my project came to me when I first saw the new Berry Basket Bigz Die. What else could it be apart from a…. hot air balloon basket??

Hot Air Balloon featuring Typeset DSP and Berry Basket die for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Isn’t it just sweet? I papier mache-d the Typeset DSP onto a balloon and then popped it and removed it once dry. The Berry Basket is made from my most favourite cardstock, Kraft 12×12 (I cannot get enough). I used the divine Crisp Cantaloupe washi tape from the Sweet Sadie set for trimming on the basket and wee little flags on the balloon. The sticks are skewers wrapped in Gold washi tape. A few bows in Linen Thread and Gold Bakers Twine add some sweet details.

Hot Air Balloon featuring Typeset DSP and Berry Basket die for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

 

I can just see this as a centerpiece at a baby shower or vintage themed wedding. The berry basket is a great size for filling with chocolates or different favours.

I hope you enjoyed my project this week. Be sure to visit CASEing the Catty Challenges for more inspiration and to play along with us!

Jess x

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New Beginnings – Part 1

Hold on to your hats – it’s a new blog post!

It’s been a couple of months since my last post. I’ve had quite a bit of downtime from blogging while working through some mind health issues as well as the usual craziness of the end of the year. Happy to be back on board and sharing some creations again.

Today’s blog post has been more than nine months in the making. My eldest cousin told us several months ago that she and her husband were expecting their first baby in late November. Very exciting news. She is the only one of her 7 brothers and sisters to live in Melbourne. The next closest live in Brisbane (two states away) and the remainder live even farther north in Rockhampton. Undurprisingly, my auntie decided to visit in mid-November to help her prepare and welcome her sweet babe. A short-notice baby shower was organised for the weekend after my aunt arrived. Then the plans all went out the window when Miss Charlotte arrived two weeks early. My baby shower card then turned into a congratulations card.

The idea for this card was taken from a project on Pinterest. Sadly I can’t find the original owner as the links go nowhere but it’s a great concept.

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I don’t have any old books around and I probably couldn’t bring myself to draw on them anyway so I had another brainwave… Stampin’ Up!’s Typeset paper. I LOVE this paper. It’s lightweight just like newsprint and it has 6 different double sided designs to use. A couple of them look just like old books or newspaper columns. Perfect for my project and I didn’t have to ‘ruin’ any books.

I used the Baby We’ve Grown stamp set which is my current favourite for all things baby. I stamped the image onto the paper and then used my white gel pen to do a scribbly thick outline around the image. I also used the gel pen to colour in the owl’s eyes to make them pop. I then used several markers in ‘baby colours’ to subtly colour the owl’s clothes. Then it was a case of finishing off the card by sewing around it and embellishing with ribbons and a button.

Baby We've Grown on SU Typeset DSP. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

The card stands on my gift which is wrapped in kraft paper but stuck with Sweet Sadie washi tape. I’m generally not a fan of visible sticky tape on presents but it seemed to suit the style of this card perfectly.

Baby We've Grown on SU Typeset DSP. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Love this card? For the first time, I’m making custom designed versions available through my Etsy store. Click here to check it out and get it sent straight to you or to the recipient.

Love this card but want to make it yourself? Find all the supplies at my Stampin’ Up! store or click any of the images below.

Happy Stamping!

Jess x

P.S. Come back soon for New Beginnings – Part 2

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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.

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

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

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