Timeless Love in a hop

EurekaStampers new catalogue blog hop. Start at www.thepapercaper.com.au

Every year there is one set in the catalogue that I often overlook on the first perusal but then it grabs me and I can’t get it out of my head until I order it, it arrives in the big brown box and I have a play. This year’s set is Timeless Love. I just LOVE the vintage style of the flowers as well as the font and sentiments.

I knew that my first play would involve some watercolouring. I know, I’m getting predictable. I wanted to try a style I hadn’t before so I stamped very lightly in Pink Pirouette just to give a slight outline of the flowers. Then I gave each of them a rough watercolour wash and then went back and added more colour and shading. I did want to keep the rustic vibe happening though so it’s purposefully not quite perfect. I loved the result without an outline so I kept it. Perhaps next time I’ll stamp over the top again.

I then added a layer of vellum to soften it even more with a stamped sentiment on top. My blog followers will know that I’m not a sentiment person. I don’t know why but I usually don’t add them to my cards. This one however, I LOVE. I love the font, I love the words, I love the meaning. So if you receive a card from me this year, there’s a chance it’ll have this sentiment on it! I then added some of the new Everyday Chic washi tape to the edges – it’s also a sneaky way of attaching the vellum without adhesive showing through. Finally I added a Calypso Coral seam binding ribbon, mounted it and I was done. And I love it!

Timeless watercolour Love for EurekaStampers blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Calypso Coral seam binding, Everyday Chic washi tape, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks...Timeless watercolour Love for EurekaStampers blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Calypso Coral seam binding, Everyday Chic washi tape, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral inks...

I hope you like it too! See below for all the supplies I used. You can even click through to my store to buy straight away!

To see more inspiration from the new catalogue, continue along the EurekaStampers blog hop to our most divine, gorgeous and supportive leader, Simone Bartrum.

My Project 18-001Happy hopping,

Jess x

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A Whole Lot of Lovely sneak peek

Woohoo! Yesterday my new catalogue pre-order arrived and apart from a whole load of catalogues to give out, I also got some brand new products to inspire and excite you. Most of what I chose was actually FREE – the perks of being a demo! LOVE it.

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I was glad that my favourite new stamp set in the whole catalogue was avilable for pre-order so how could I resist? It’s called A Whole Lot of Lovely and yes it is! I have a feeling that I won’t be playing with anything else for quite some time. This set is actually a hostess set so while I could order it now (did I mention the perks?), you’ll actually need to be a hostess or place a qualifying order to get one. I know, it’s such a tease. But I’m sure when you see it, you’ll be only too glad to get together with some friends and stamp the night away to get one.

In addition to showing you my favourite new stamp, I’m also playing along again at TGIF Challenges where this week, it’s a sketch challenge – my favourite. Here’s the challenge…

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I love how they say ‘we welcome a broad interpretation of the sketch’. Excellent. I think that’s code for do whatever you like as long as some part sorta, kinda, a little bit resembles the sketch. Freedom!

So without further ado, here’s my entry…

Whole Lot of Lovely for #TGIFC02. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely hostess set, Typeset DSP, Kraft 12"x12", Black embossing power...

Just look at that stamp – swoon!

Whole Lot of Lovely for #TGIFC02. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely hostess set, Typeset DSP, Kraft 12"x12", Black embossing power...

Did you notice the little blooms stamped in VersaMark on the kraft? That’s an adorable little accessorising stamp. So cute. OK, I think you get it. I’m in love.

See this card on display at my Day of Creativi-tea. Drop in and get your craft on… plus a new catalogue… and prizes. Details here.

Jess x

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My (husband’s) Best Friend’s Wedding

I LOVE a wedding but there’s something SO scary about creating the perfect wedding card. And, as a cardmaker, you have to make it yourself because, a) you think handmade cards are better than store bought anyway, and b) you think the recipient will be offended if you didn’t put in the effort to make it. Maybe that’s just me. This wedding was a special one. My husband is a groomsman and has known the groom since high school, I worked with him for a time many years ago and he was one of our groomsmen. The pressure was on to make a pretty perfect card.

I took my inspiration from the wedding invite, because that’s just what you do right? Fortunately for me, it was just my style. The invite (and wedding) was a modern rustic theme (think beautiful flowers, lace, burlap, bunting and kraft) and was quite simple with black printing on kraft and some vanilla baker’s twine wrapped around it.

I wanted to imitate it a little and knew I wanted to use the gorgeous blooms from the Always & Forever invitation template on MDS (the one I used with Blendabilities in my last post). I cropped the particular blooms I liked and then exported them into Photoshop to enable me to mask and create a transparent background. I then arranged them how I wanted them and printed onto Kraft 12″ x 12″ cardstock (I think I may have an addiction to this product).

The Burlap Ribbon was perfect when paired with my favourite Venetian crochet trim and to make it a little more special, I used the Large Scallop Edgelit on the burlap. I wrapped this around my cardstock and finished it off with linen thread, a Very Vintage Designer Button and a little punched heart.

Rustic/vintage wedding card. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: kraft, MDS, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Very Vintage Designer Button, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Linen Thread

Because I made the card a unique size, I created a matching envelope for it using my Envelope Punch Board and obviously they were special friends because I used most of a sheet of my favourite Typeset DSP for an envelope liner!

Here are a few more snaps from the wedding…

Beautiful bouquets created by one of the bridesmaids

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The glorious vineyard where the ceremoney and reception were held

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My love and I…

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And in awesome news… I was so thrilled with how the card turned out that I’ve since whipped up several more (in a standard size) and have added them to my Etsy store for you to give to the special bride and groom (or engaged couple, or your love) in your life. If you’d prefer to recreate mine, you can just purchase the supplies from my Stampin’ Up! store.

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.

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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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