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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Easter is almost here. Celebrate, and… CASE the Catty!

It’s time for another CASE the Catty Challenge and what other theme could we do at this time of year other than Easter? We’re looking at the Easter section in the Occasions catalogue. You’ll know from my last few posts that my Berry Basket die has had quite a workout and why stop now?

One of the Easter catalogue projects features a Berry Basket with some scrunched grass and jelly beans hidden amongst which gave me the idea of a tiny faux-garden Easter egg hunt. We’re fortunate to have a large backyard here in suburbia but what if you’ve got an apartment or the snow hasn’t quite melted yet? My answer is the gift of an individual garden egg hunt.

Individual faux-garden Easter egg hunt for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Berry Basket Bigz Die, Window Sheets, Island Indigo cotton ribbon, Flower Fair framelits, Filter paper and cardstock for daffodils...

 

I borrowed an idea from one of my team leaders, Simone, who featured an acetate berry basket in our recent team blog hop. This makes the ‘dirt’ visible from the outside and also shows little peeps of sparkly egg wrappers hidden in there. I didn’t use the connecting pieces from the die, instead I adhered four pieces of ribbon (one to each side) using glue dots, and tied the basket together. I also cut a piece of Garden Green cardstock and slipped it between the two base layers of acetate.

Individual faux-garden Easter egg hunt for CASEing the Catty Challenges. Details @ www.thepapercaper.com.au. Stampin' Up! supplies: Berry Basket Bigz Die, Window Sheets, Island Indigo cotton ribbon, Flower Fair framelits, Filter paper and cardstock for daffodils...

 

I ‘planted’ some cardstock daffodils made from cardstock and dyed filter paper. The shapes were cut using the Flower Fair framelits. I think I can get away with them only having five petals even though in real life they have six, right?

Lastly I cut thin strips of ‘dirt’ brown and ‘grass’ green cardstock and scrunched them to fill the basket. I hid some solid eggs in my basket to complete the hunt.

Make sure you check out the challenge page for more Easter inspiration!

Jess x

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