#GDP004

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

Welcome to #GDP004! Are you having fun? I have really been enjoying these challenges and this week is no exception. The task this week is to do a little CASEing!

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This gorgeous card by Louise offers so much inspiration. The layout, stamp set, colour combination. For me there was only one direction to go in.

My favourite stamp set, Timeless Love, just fits right in with this challenge so out it came. I first stamped a wreath using my stamp-a-majig for perfect placement in Jet Black StazOn ink. I used StazOn because I then used Hello Honey, Night of Navy and Mint Macaron inks to watercolour the wreath. I’ve been wanting to try a little abstract watercolouring for a while but haven’t had the opportunity until now. I feel like that style suits the Timeless Love stamps perfectly because they’re so rustic and vintage. To achieve this look, I first painted on some bold ink in an approximate area that I wanted coloured. I then lightened the ink a little by adding water and then filled in any remaining gaps. It didn’t matter that I went out of the lines on places. That’s all part of the look this time.

Once the wreath was finished, I cut a little heart from the centre using the small heart from the Baker’s Box thinlits set. Then I used my paper piercing tool and guide to pierce the holes for the thread. I backstitched some Metallic Gold Thread through the holes and secured into place. You could use a sewing machine instead of hand sewing, but I didn’t trust myself to get the machine stitching straight. I tied a little gold thread bow at the top of the wreath.

I decided to try a little experiment next. I really wanted some navy glimmer coming through the heart. I know that people have used alcohol markers to colour glimmer paper but I wasn’t sure if it would work to just use our water based stampin’ write markers. Guess what? It does. I did several layers of colour because it does lift off and fade a little but the end result looks great.

Lastly, I stamped a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes and mounted my card.

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On the inside I replicated the watercolour on a small strip and mounted it with my coordinating colours of Night of Navy and Very Vanilla.

Timeless Love Wreath I #GDP004 I Global Design Project I Stampin' Up! I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Be sure to visit the rest of the Global Design Project international team for inspiration. Which part of Louise’s beautiful card inspires you the most? I hope you’ll make time to play along with us this week. You’ll find all the details on the GDP site.

Jess x

 

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More Timeless Love projects here…

Timeless Love meets Christmas for CASEing the Catty. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auBaby girl card featuring PLxSU. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! Supplies: Moments Like This Project Life card collection, Timeless Love stamp set, Alphabet Rotary stamp, Blushing Bride cardstock...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...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...

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Lighthearted Trees

ESAD Blog Hop Header Holiday 2015

In every catalogue there’s a stamp set that at first doesn’t scream my name but usually by the time it comes to order, I think I need it, so I order it and then I can’t stop thinking about creating with it and it becomes a favourite. Lighthearted Leaves is that set for me in the Holiday Catalogue. I thought I liked it for a while and then I thought some more and I KNEW I liked it.

I like to make stamp sets and tools work hard for me. I like them to have more purpose than perhaps what they were originally designed for. So in today’s post, Lighthearted Leaves is going Christmassy.

Joyeux Noel I Lighthearted Leaves I ESAD Holiday Catalogue Blog Hop I www.thepapercaper.com.au by Jessica Williams

 

I started with a graduating wash of Mossy Meadow watercolour on Shimmery White cardstock. I then used the ‘leaf’ stamp that I think looks like a tree anyway in Mossy Meadow on top. Next I added some decorations but kept it simple and in the same style as the leaf/tree. I simply used my Real Red marker (fine tip end) and drew some small red decorations or perhaps they are berries? Next my Fine Tip Glue pen added some dimension and gloss, Crystal Effects style.

Anyone that follows my blog will know that I am NOT a sentiments type person. Most of my cards don’t even have one – I just like it better without. BUT, sometimes you need one and this was one of those times. Most of the sentiments that came with the sets I chose from this year’s catalogue referred to winter or snow etc, which just does not apply in this neck of the woods. My eye caught the Noel from Happy Scenes and I thought it would be cute with something. A quick Google tells me that Joyeux Noel means Merry Christmas in French, and everything is more classy in French, right?

I used my trusty Alphabet Rotary stamp for the ‘Joyeux’ and made them into little flags and paired them with a bright Real Red ribbon.

And then I made lots… for swaps… because it’s nice to share ideas.

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If you’re following along the ESAD blog hop, you’ll have arrrived from the amazing Delys Cram and next you’ll want to click on and visit Lou Kitzelman – enjoy!

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“What is ESAD?” – I hear you ask

ESAD stands for “Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators” and is a Facebook group just for Australian and New Zealand Independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.

We love what we do & love to share with our customers, friends and blog visitors. We also share what we love in our ESAD Demonstrator community, through swaps, challenges, sharing knowledge, ideas & friendship and we’re always there to help and support each other.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to leave me a comment with your email address then I’ll contact you with information on how to join our group.”

1. Libby Dyson
2. Paula Reid
3. Keryn Campbell
4. Carly Middleton
5. Rachael Lewsley
6. Narelle Fasulo
7. Emily Campbell
8. Emma Palonek
9. Jo Weedon
10. Rebecca Scurr
11. Andrea Buckland
12. Rochelle Blok
13. Kathryn Ruddick
14. Monique Fielder
15. Bernie Collins
16. Liv Ingle
17. Sally Williams
18. Ria Kaire
19. Delys Cram

20. Jessica Williams <– You are here

21. Lou Kitzelman
22. Barbara Williams
23. Kelly Kent
24.  Jenny Hayward

 

Jess x

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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...

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.

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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 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 🙂

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Jess x

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