Wedding bells and Catty CASEing

This week on the CASEing the Catty blog hop, we’re looking at the Wedding section of the Occasions Catalogue (pgs 42-44). There are some really beautiful products including stamps, paper and lace. I was chatting to some friends online whilst I was deciding which project to CASE and as I hadn’t purchased any of the stamp sets, my lovely friend Emma suggested I think outside the box and use the Christmas set Wondrous Wreath to CASE this card.

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Wondrous Wreath carried over from the Holiday Catalogue and is still available for purchase.

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I love to get lots of use out of all my products so it sounded like a great idea. In the end, I made two different versions using different elements of the wreath. One uses the scattered leaves wreath and the other, the holly berry dot wreath. Wondrous Wreath also has a flower in it so using it for CASEing the card was really very easy. I even used some of the sentiments by cropping the parts I wanted. Some gold embossing, washi tape, twine and sequins finished it all off.

Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...Hello wedding bells for CASEing the Catty blog hop. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Wondrous Wreath, Sweet Sadie washi, Baker's Twine, Gold sequins...

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed my samples and thanks for stopping by on the CASEing the Catty blog hop. Next you’re off to visit Monique Fielder or you can return to CASEing the Catty headquarters to find the links for any blogs you’ve missed.

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Jess x

P.S. Love the colours I’ve used? Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding are both retiring, boohoo. You should absolutely stock up on any ink, cardstock, and accessories before the retirement list is released in just 4 sleeps! They are always the first things to sell out!

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

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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

Shop Stampin' Up! supplies @ http://www3.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?dbwsdemoid=4003910Shop handcrafted cards @ https://www.etsy.com/shop/ThePaperCaperEtsy

 

Always & Forever

One of my favourite things about the new catalogue (6 sleeps to go) is the showcasing of MDS projects. I already love and use MDS but it’s a great way for non digital people to actually see what is on offer. For example, the Always & Forever wedding invitation template is fabulous. It costs only $6.50 and comes as a full template, plus also includes all the elements used to create it as digital stamps. So, you can actually create entirely new projects using just the flowers, or the text or the banners etc.

My samples below will be on show at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair (starting tomorrow) and I’ve tried to show some of the versatility of MDS. You can see the differences in colouring techniques. In the top image, the flowers are coloured in Strawberry Slush which takes just one click of the mouse. In the bottom image, I’ve used the colouring tool to colour the flowers in Island Indigo and Daffodil Delight to create a vibrant set. I’ve also used the digi elements to create brand new coordinating stationery, such as an order of service, bonbonierre packaging, menu and table numbers. There’s no limit to what you can create… for $6.50!

 

Always & Forever digital wedding invitation on My Digital Studio. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Always & Forever digital wedding invitation on My Digital Studio. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I hope I’ve inspired you to give digital a try! Yes? Click here to download the 30-day MDS trial for free!

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DIY Weddings

Next weekend, my Stampin’ Up! team are manning the stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair. It’s one of my favourite craft shows and I really look forward to spreading the SU love with some new fans! Generally we each create a board with card samples but this year I thought I’d feature wedding stationery. I’ve previously done a wedding stationery board and it was a great success so with a brand new catalogue coming out in two weeks – and how amazing is that wedding section! – I thought I’d create some brand new samples.

While we are still in pre-order for the new catalogue here in Australia, I was lucky enough to receive the I Love Lace background stamp at Manager’s Reception at the recent Inspire.Create.Share. event and it was the perfect stamp to start with for wedding stationery. However, none of the new wedding stamps were available to me yet… what to do? MDS to the rescue (again)! Stampin’ Up! recently released a digital version of the Cheers to Love stamp set which made my life so easy.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the entire suite, with more photos below of each item.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

I started with a Save the Date notice as is becoming the norm these days. It features embossed gold, lost lagoon ribbon (swoon) and digi stamps and text.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Next up is the formal invitation. Mine is a slide out invitation housed in a beautifully gold embossed sleeve with Vellum and Brushed Gold cardstock. I can’t decide whether I like it best vertical or horizontal.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

Place cards at a wedding are essential and I just love the Mr & Mrs stamps that are part of the Cheers to Love stamp set.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And then I went a little crazy on the bonbonierre packaging! They could also be used as gifts for attendants and/or other people who helped out on your special day. These first two feature acetate sleeves. Remember my roomie gifts where I resized the Tag a Bag Gift Boxes? These are the ‘scraps’. I used White StazOn ink to print lace on the acetate and then decorated. I’m sure you can tell by my collection (and recent blog posts if you’re a follower) that I can’t get enough Gold Sequin Trim or Creped Filter Paper.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

The last box is a little different as I just decorated an existing box. The Decorative Window Gift Boxes are so cute, they (almost) don’t need any decoration. They come with a cute acetate window and the cute white stamp printed around the window. They’re also food safe so you can pop your wedding cake pieces straight in! Stampin’ Up! = making life easy! Again, I used White StazOn ink to stamp on the lace design and finished it with ribbon, a white embossed butterfly and a gold Mini Metallic Clothespin. Too cute!

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

And just when you thought I was done, surprise, I’ve got one more item. This is a large print which the guests can sign instead of a traditional guest book. It can be hung in the newlyweds home to remind them of those who shared their special day. It was SO easy to do in MDS. I enlarged the stamp as big as I could print and then used the colouring tool to colour it in my chosen colours. Then I printed and mounted it on some cardstock. This was then mounted into the frame. Make sure you remove the glass so that people can write on it!

My very favourite part is the flower embellishment and I thought it deserved its own photo so enjoy.

Cheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.auCheers to I Love Lace wedding collection. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au

There you have it, my gorgeous wedding collection created with new products from the 2014-15 catalogue. Of course the beauty of creating is that you can make anything you like. If you’ve got a special day coming up, contact me about having some stationery comissioned or even better, do-it-yourself and wow your guests!

Don’t forget to drop by our Stampin’ Up! stand at the Melbourne Craft and Quilt Fair, 26-29 June, stand E21. I’ll be there Thursday and Saturday. Make sure you grab the brand new catalogue while you’re there!

 

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P.S. I’ll be back soon with some more DIY wedding stationery and this time it’s all digital. Simply design and print!

Dessert Decos

My sister in law ties the knot on Saturday and last night was our final family dinner before the big day. I thought it called for a little something festive so I quickly whipped up some little flags in My Digital Studio (MDS). I actually printed them off onto labels so adhering them to the skewer was a cinch. The finishing touch was a piece of Calypso Coral baker’s twine. One of my favourite things about MDS is that the colours I design with digitally will match the physical Stampin’ Up! products with no need to worry about clashing shades of colours. These were so quick I actually put them together in between dinner and dessert!

We wanted to celebrate the lovely couple so made the bride’s favourite dinner and the groom’s favourite dessert. YUM, New York cheesecake with some festive flair!

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Have you downloaded MDS yet? If you’re not ready to take the plunge, make sure you check out the FREE 30-day trial version. It has loads of content ready for you to have a play around. Surprise your guests with a little something special at your next dinner party!

Jess x

 

Hilarious, hideous hen’s

Saturday night saw me frocked up to the nines in a hot pink, ankle length, puffy sleeved, dropped waist taffeta gown. It was truly divine. The occasion? A bad-taste bridesmaids hen’s night for my sister-in-law. About ten of us made a grand entrance at our local bowling alley for a couple of hilarious games. It took quite a while to get through the games as were kept being distracted by our glamorous selves and the many different poses we could pull off. After bowling we headed to the maid of honour’s home for dinner and the usual hen’s party games and shenanigans.

Once home, I couldn’t help but digi scrap this snap of me after a strike. It was a proud moment – I don’t get that many! MDS to the rescue… again. I just love how easy it is to use and how quickly a page can come together. I love how I could colour match the block of colour to my dress, but most of all, I love the sequins! How could this page not have sequins?

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Jess x