Heavenly Everleigh

I mentioned in my last post that you should stay tuned for more Timeless Love and here it is… already!

Last week, my brother and sister in law welcomed a sweet tiny pink bundle, Everleigh Jane. She is such a doll and weighed in at just 5lb 8oz. Holding her feels like you’re only holding the blankets! How blessed we are to have another happy, healthy family member.

Of course this calls for a card. I thought her name was super pretty but a little bit vintage so I wanted the card to reflect that. I was also a little short on time so I flicked through my Project Life cards to find a starting point. I chose a black and white background card that I thought would suit perfectly. I added a spray of watercoloured flowers from Timeless Love and a sweet little banner. To keep with the vintage theme and to personalise, I used my brand new Alphabet Rotary stamp (why did I wait so long to get that??).

Of course I matched the inside of the card as well which was very easy as I had to crop the PLxSU card to fit the front. This meant I had a cute little black and white strip to use on the inside. I stamped some Blushing Bride cradstock with the Timeless Love stamp to match.

Of course it’s nowhere near as perfect as tiny Everleigh is but I think it does the job!

Jess x

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More Timeless Love projects…

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 Love & Sympathy for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, StazOn and VersaMark inks...

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Love & Sympathy

This week at CASEing the Catty, we’re looking at the Love and Sympathy section. Cards we love to make and cards that are not so fun but still touch others and show we care. Of course, just because a sample card is featured in this section, it doesn’t mean it has to be for love or sympathy. Simply change up a stamp set and it’s a Happy Birthday card instead!

As I’ve mentioned, one of my new favourite sets is Timeless Love. It’s just beautiful and I jumped at the chance to showcase it again this week. Despite loving all the catalogue samples featuring the set, I’ve opted to adapt a different card instead. The sample project is featured on page 29 and looks like this…

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Two words. Pink stripes. I’m sold.

I also love the colour combo on this card and had an idea to combine the Timeless Love wreath with the doily. Once I got started, I found the Melon Mambo ink was a little too candy for my liking so I changed to Rose Red. I watercoloured all the flowers in the wreath in varying shades using this one ink colour. I took the Mint Macaron from the sample and used it for the wreath leaves and because I knew I’d be using the Sahara Sand Lace Trim, I used Sahara Sand ink for the flower centres. Initially I watercoloured the stripes in Rose Red but it was just too much so I opted for Sahara Sand instead. Clearly I cheated a bit and made my own background but you could use the English Garden DSP featured in the sample.

In the end my finished card was quite different but I think the sketch remains in tact.

Timeless Love & Sympathy for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Timeless Love stamp set, Rose Red, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, StazOn and VersaMark inks...

Yep. I can’t get enough of this stamp set. You’d better stay tuned for more Timeless Love in the future!

Need more Love & Sympathy inspiration? Keep hopping along the blog hop to Stasia Sloma or head back to CASEing the Catty HQ to see a full list of participants.

11393133_10203757988465113_4816079528003034501_nHappy stamping (and sharing love),

Jess x

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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 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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Simple Sympathy

I’ve got a big week ahead, including a funeral, a wedding and receiving 5 boxes of brand new Stampin’ Up! goodies. They’re not all for me but I love delivering the love!

First though, we’ll be farewelling my husband’s aunt. She passed away last week after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. So whilst it’s sad, it’s also somewhat eased by knowing she is at last free of her earthly broken body. I wanted to create some simple sympathy cards for members of our family just to remind them that they are definitely in our thoughts.

Simple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...

Generally I turn straight to An Open Heart for my sympathy cards but I wanted a flower for her daughter. I didn’t have anything I liked, so a quick google later, I had found some abstract flowers that I attempted to CASE. I had already chosen the Calypso Coral seam binding so I began my first flower in Calypso Coral ink. It’s so easy to watercolour with inks and you know for sure that it will match your embellishments. I then painted two more flowers in Night of Navy for some male family members. I added the ribbon and twine and then decided they needed another little something, so I added one of my favourite sentiments, “So much my heart would like to say”. I love this sentiment because I love to make cards but I’m often terrible at writing in them, yet my heart has much to say!

Simple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...Simple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...Simple Sympathy hand painted watercolour flowers. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Calypso Coral, Night of Navy & Cucumber Crush inks, Crumb Cake notecards, Watercolor paper...

I know from experience that nothing I write can take away the ache but I hope they will be comforted knowing we are here to walk with them.

Be kind to yourself!

Jess x

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Watercolour Lovely

I’ve cheated a little in today’s post. I haven’t done too much crafting in the last week as I’ve been putting things back in order after the craftermath of my big open house event A Day of Creativi-tea. It was fab but has taken a few days to recover!

I’d been itching a little to get back to creating and the other night I needed to make a quick encouragement card for a lovely friend. I decided to CASE myself and create something similar to the cards I’d made for the Creativi-tea make & take. I’m still on the watercolour wagon though and wanted to get a bit inky and artsy with it. I used my acylic block and markers to create the background and mounted my background on a Crumb Cake notecard. Love those little guys for super quick cards and envelopes.

A Whole Lot of Watercolour Lovely. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: A Whole Lot of Lovely stamp set, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake & Sahara Sand inks...

Purty! I then prettied up the envelope with some hand lettering and oh-so trendy hand drawn laurel wreath pieces.

And what do you know? The good folk over at TGIF Challenges have a watercolour challenge this week. You should have a go and enter too 🙂

tgifc06Happy creating, and giving, and encouraging!

Jess x

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Beautiful Bec’s Birthday

I have this friend who is a little bit awesome! She is so encouraging and supportive and I just love her. We met through Stampin’ Up! and just hit it off. Although we live two states away, we chat nearly every day, see each other at SU events and have been roomies a couple of times as well. Recently she celebrated a birthday… and I missed it. Oops. Well I didn’t really miss it. I knew it was her birthday because she shares it with one of my sons. This year we hosted a 5th birthday party for him and I was busy. Apparently too busy to get a card in the mail. Eeeek. So I had some making up to do.

I wanted to do a beautiful belated birthday card and as I’m currently infatuated with watercolour, I thought I’d start there with a background. I decided to watercolour onto vellum. I’d recently seen a few stunning projects on Pinterest but there weren’t really many tips or instructions. So I just had a play and used the ol’ trial and error system. In the end, I used Isocol (rubbing alcohol) mixed with a drop or two of my desired ink refill colours. In this case it was Strawberry Slush and Daffodil Delight. Then I just used a paintbrush and painted and blended away. I’m a bit impatient so I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process. You can always add more colour at this point and then dry again.

I loved the result and the only problems with using vellum were that it curled up during the watercolour process and you can see almost all adhesive through the vellum. So I needed to get creative. Well not too creative as I simply resorted to one of my favourite things… sewing on cards. A simple running stitch around the edge of the vellum and some Whisper White cardstock did the trick. The Whisper White makes the colours pop and now I could use whatever adhesive I liked to adhere the white card to the base.

I used the Kraft 12″x12″ cardstock (swoon) as my base and then simply accessorised the front. The sentiment is not a stamp, rather hand lettered, borrowing the Cantoni font (my most favourite).

Stampin' Up! watercolour on vellum. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Hope you like it. I’m just a little bit in love with it. Obviously, this one’s not available in my Etsy store but there are some other beauties, plus, I imagine you’ll see some similar cards popping in there soon 😉

Jess x

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Projects for The Babes

I blogged last year about my involvement with The Babes Project, a local organisation that provides care and support to women facing unexpected and crisis pregnancies. I have the pleasure of creating cards for them to pass on once the babies are born. I really love all that they stand for and I also really love that I can help out in a practical way even though it’s a very small way. I’m trying to live out Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart.

I try to keep up with demand and often create several of one design with different colour variations that hopefully suit the personalities of the women they care for. For example, I know some don’t like pink for girls, some don’t like pastels etc. so I try my best to cater for them all!

My next lot of cards will be sent over in the next day or two so I thought I’d share a peek. This bunch features the little bunny from Baby We’ve Grown which is possibly the cutest stamp in the catalogue! I also wanted to make these cards a little more bold than traditional baby colours so I’ve watercoloured on Canvas Creations to create a background and then die cut letters with the Big Shot. I love how they’ve turned and and how each one is different.

Baby We've Grown watercolour canvas. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Did you notice I even got creative and did a diagonal watercolour background on the rainbow card?

Isn’t it great when unexpected things happen during the crafting process? For me, the surprise was how much some of the backgrounds looked like landscapes. Watch this space for further exploration in this area! Here’s a picture without the lettering so you can see what I mean.

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I’m just visualising a beachscape and the countryside right now.

Until next time…

jess_X