Hello! It’s been a wonderful break but I’m excited to be back to sharing on my blog and Instagram again. I’m going to continue to do most of my sharing via Insta – so jump over there to follow for all the cards I share!
It’s fitting that my first blog post back after my break is a Just Add Ink challenge – they are my favourite inspiration! Today it’s a sketch – a great weekend crafty adventure!
I made my first Christmas card of the season using my favourite suite – Whimsy & Wonder.
How cute are those trees! “‘Tis the season” is from the Christmas to Remember stamp set.
Sending a very Merry Christmas to you and your favourite people.
Just a quick share today….
Using some retired favourites and some products soon to join them on the retirement list, this card coordinated well with some gifts I made for family & friends this year.
Warm Hugs stamp set – used here for the heart and Christmas tree – is already sold out. If there’s anything from the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue on your wishlist that you haven’t yet added to your shopping cart, it might be time for a little Christmas retail therapy today!
Sending lots of positive Christmas vibes your way today for a day that is filled with amazing company, great food and cold drinks!
Cheers to a wonderful Christmas – with love from Papercraft HQ xxx
Happy Christmas Eve! We made it to the day before!!!
If Paper Pumpkin won Christmas for me this year, the Peace & Joy bundle stole my heart!
From the layering stamps and dies to those amazing teeny tiny little block words, this stamp set was the perfect sentiment option for the bright & bold this Christmas!
It also had accessory stamps such as the cute holly I’ve used to dress up this card.
If you need cards in a hurry today, this banner layout using stripes of 1″, 1-1/2″ and 2″ DSP (I used Heartwarming Hugs) and the Triple Banner Punch. Add your favourite – or closest to hand – Christmas stamps and you’ll have a set of cards ready to share in no time at all!
If you celebrate Christmas tonight, I hope your celebrations are wonderful. If you have toys to construct, presents to wrap, food to cook or a house to clean, I wish you patience and hope there’s some frivolity & joy in your preparations.
If you’ve seen my other Christmas posts, you’ll see that my Christmas style is varied and although there’s some red & green in there, my favourite Christmas creations are usually of the non-traditional colour combination kind.
Here’s some of the colourful fun of Christmas 2020….
Today I’m adding this sweet card with pastel tones to the collection.
It uses a combination of products you’ll find in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue including
Tree Angle stamp set
Wrapped in Christmas stamp set
Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folders
You’ll also find some Annual Catalgoue items
Stitched Triangles Dies
Stitched Stars Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Classic Label Punch
Whisper White Cardstock
Coloured cardstock: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride
Inks: Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Night of Navy
This design could be changed up and made in Christmas traditionals – or any of your favourite colours! You could also swap out the stamps and use whatever you have in your collection to create your trees and a favourite Christmas sentiment.
You are most welcome to copy any of my designs in their exact form. Or, start with this and see where the creative journey takes you!
Two more sleeps! Are you still making Christmas cards & gifts or are you all done? My Christmas crafting has been never ending cycle of thinking I’m done and then having another idea for something I “have to make”!
We were lucky to run Social Stamping for a large part of 2020 – with a break in the middle while we responded to the pandemic situation. 2020 saw Mandy Depiazzi and Narelle Simm share the hosting duties, which meant we were able to run more regular sessions at the Taste of Dalyellup.
We loved hanging out at Taste of Dalyellup this year. If you need a last minute Christmas idea (in the Bunbury area), then a gift card for this amazing cafe is perfect! With a choice of $15 or $50, it comes in a handcrafted gift card holder – another one of my projects this year!
The other project I’m sharing with you today is a card we made at Social Stamping, but I haven’t yet shared. The cards in these classes are a great balance of simple enough for any level of crafter, but interesting enough for any level of crafter!
This card uses the Curvy Christmas stamp set and Curvy Dies. The Curvy Dies will continue to be available in the upcoming Jan-June 2021 Mini Catalogue, but the limited edition Christmas stamp set is only available until 4th Jan 2021 (or until stocks run out!). If you’d like this set for your Christmas crafting in years to come, then you’ll want to order it soon! Click here to see it in my online store – add the host code XN43CDU4 to receive a little extra something from me after Christmas.
The curve of the stamps in this set coordinate with the dies to create a pretty Christmas scene. Even the sentiments follow the curvy pattern!
We can’t wait to stamp with you again next year. We post all the details on Facebook, so if you want to make sure you don’t miss the details, then follow me over there. Click here to jump over to FB.
See you tomorrow on the blog for another Christmas card to inspire your last minute stamping creations!
The Paper Pumpkin Kit absolutely stole the show for me this Christmas. This box of gorgeousness is just $37 and included the most amazing stamp set, materials to make 8 cards (including envelopes) and an ink spot to keep in your collection.
That teeny tiny photo of the stamp set at the bottom there doesn’t do justice to just how pretty it stamps! I haven’t actually made any of the cards from the kit, but I did cut up the card bases and made lots of this variation…
This style of card is from the Double Wonder layout I shared earlier in the year. See the post here. It’s a great way to add a bit of fancy to a card without doing too much to it. The Cherry Cobbler DSP is from another out of catalogue limited edition product – Classic Christmas DSP as part of the Curvy Celebrations release.
The centrepiece for this card uses the beautiful stamps from the set. I’ve also used them in the middle of the card. The fonts and the styling are so pretty! This could go in the middle of all your Christmas cards!
The Classic Christmas DSP also has Shaded Spruce version of each pattern, so I made a green version too!
The strips of DSP and Paper Pumpkin card base are 1″ wide with the card base scored at 1-1/8″ and folded over. One card base will get you 4 alternates in this design – simply add Crumb Cake card bases, Whisper White, coordinating cardstock and DSP and you can turn one Paper Pumpkin card into 4!
If you order this kit today, you won’t receive it in time to make this year’s Christmas cards, but it will give you plenty of time to make for Christmas 2021 and be ahead of the silly season!!!
Hello! It’s been a very quiet blogging month for me. Behind the scenes I’ve been spending almost every night crafting up a storm, which has left very little time to share those projects with you. Blogging is a delicate balance – too much time spent photographing, editing, watermarking, uploading and writing posts means too little time spent making!!!
The balance is important here at Papercraft HQ. My time is always a juggle between mummy duties, paid work (I’m a paediatric Speech Pathologist) and having a social life of my own! I don’t think I always got it right in 2020, but on reflection, its been a year full of lots of amazing, so I can’t complain!
To catch up on what I’ve been up to, I’m aiming to share a project a day with you for the rest of 2020. The week it’s all about Christmas. If you’re a deadline crafter like me, then you may still have some cards to make in the lead up to Christmas. If you’re all done and dusted on Christmas crafting for 2020, then make sure to save your favourites to Pinterest for next year’s creative endeavours!
Today’s project to share is my team gifts for 2020. This year our team celebrated twice – a lunch in Mandurah (the half way point between our Perth & Bunbury teamies) and a lunch and team class in Bunbury.
The concept for the jars started as a ‘motivation pot’. I wanted the team to have something on their desk that they could dip into when they were feeling a little low on crafty mojo. What better way to inspire creativity than a little sugar?
I also stamped and added some positive sayings from a beautiful Uniquely Creative set I was gifted by a friend. If sugar doesn’t do the trick, then hopefully some words of affirmation help to get those creative juices flowing again!
The jars for the project were from Kmart. The rainbow was the inspiration for the accompanying tag – and has become my motif for this Christmas. It was drawn freehand with the brush end of Stampin’ Blends, which means I can create it in any colour and match it to the project or wrapping. The stamps are from the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set (a little christmas wish), Ridiculously Awesome stamp set (heart) and my name is from a personalised stamp I own. I’ve been using Night of Navy and other dark inks lots this festive season an an alternative to black. They stamp so nice and bold!
The saying on the top resonated with me and I hope with the team too. I’m a big believer in the philosophy of our actions and reactions being a choice. I choose kind as my action and positive as my reaction and outlook. I’m looking forward to reading a book recommended by Stampin’ Up! CEO Sara Douglass called Adversity is the Way by Ryan Holiday (some good “holiday” reading – pun intended!!!).
Lucky for me our team is wonderful and so supportive of each other in both our creative endeavours and everyday life.
Hello! This is my last Stamp Review Crew hop for 2020. There’s another hop in a couple of weeks, but it’s not a stamp set I added to my collection in time.
Today we’re sharing projects made using the Gnome for the Holidays stamp set – found in the Aug-Dec 2020 Mini Catalogue. You can see the main blog post for this hop by clicking here.
This stamp set was love at first sight when I saw it in the catalogue! It’s been fun to add those sweet little gnomes to holiday cards. The sentiments from this set work well with other stamp sets too, making it a versatile option for all your Christmas crafting needs.
Vellum on its own isn’t strong enough as a card base, so this design uses Heartwarming Hugs DSP on the back layer and part of a piece of cardstock on the front, so a cute peek-a-boo effect.
The Gnome for the Holidays stamp set is great for creating a scene. I stamped the treehouse and then cut it out using a die from the Hippo & Friends Dies. The gnomes were stamped on Whisper White and fussy cut. All of the pretty pictures were brought to life with Stampin’ Blends. How vibrant are those colours!!!
The embossing for this card is Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder cut at an angle.
Is this a card style that you’ve tried? Feel like it might work for some of your festive crafting?
This stamp set has so much to offer and so many different styles you can use. One of my favourite cards this year was made using this set –
There’s plenty more inspiration on this hop. Next up is Mike Funke in the US with a great gnomey project….
Hello! Welcome to a hop with my ESAD friends. ESAD is an online community of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who live in Australia & New Zealand. It’s a pleasure to hang out with them online today!
The theme for today’s hop is “Goodbye Mini Catalogue”. The holiday catalogue started in August will run through until 4th January (or until stocks last). If there’s anything on your list that you haven’t yet ordered, you’ll want to contact your demonstrator ASAP to get it done, or you may not get the chance!
Now, let us add a few more things to your list that you didn’t know you needed!
I’m sharing a couple of projects I’ve made using Festive Felt. You might have overlooked this on page 29 of the catalogue, hiding in the top corner but let me show you how awesome it is! Thin enough to cut with dies but durable enough to create a cute embellishment for your projects, this is a great way to add texture.
The felt comes in 4 colours – Early Espresso, Just Jade, Real Red & Whisper White.
For the first card, I used the felt to make circles that are slightly larger than 1″ using a die from the Layering Circles Dies set. I arranged these on a Crumb Cake mat, layered with Whisper White cardstock and then on a Crumb Cake base.
The felt is so amazing to use. It cuts through dies beautifully – including the intricate reindeer die from the Snow Globe Scenes Dies set. I’ve left this card sentiment free to let the felt be the focus!
The second card uses the felt and the Stitched Stars Dies.
The styling of this card is very similar to the first one but has a sentiment from the Wrapped in Christmas stamp set – another gorgeous find in the mini catalogue. I stamped and then embossed with the Subtle Embossing Folder.
The felt retained the pieces from the detailed die which made for a pretty effect! You can also see the stitching on the red & white dies. The final touch is some Basic Pearl Jewels.
If you can cut it with a die, then you can make your own felt embellishments! The felt doesn’t work with punches, but you can cut with scissors or a guillotine style trimmer.
Ready for more projects? Keep hopping and visit another WA demo – the lovely Odette Kermode…
Thanks for joining us! The full list of participants is below – make sure to visit as many as you can!
Hello December! Have things starting Jingle Bell-ing at your house yet? For the first time ever, we put our tree up early this year, before the traditional 1st December. It’s one of my most hated jobs, so I tasked Mr Papercraft & the Minis with tree construction & decoration and took off to my Stampin’ Up! team Christmas party! Win-win!!! They did a great job!
The theme for this week’s Just Add Ink challenge isn’t specifically Christmas, but the colours do lend themselves to a classic Christmas theme, so I know we’re going to see a lot of festive crafting. We’d love for you to join the challenge – click here to visit the main JAI blog and add your project to our gallery.
My creation for this challenge uses the stamp set from the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit. You won’t find this is in the catalogue – it’s a special purchase available exclusively to Stampin’ Up! customers while stocks last. You get materials to make 8 fabulous Christmas cards, but also a stamp set and Just Jade ink spot. The stamp set is what drew me in – a beautiful font and pretty theme!
Although clean and simple (CAS) in the design with lots of white to complete the challenge colours, there’s a bit of fussy cutting in this card for the wreath and flower. Perhaps not ideal for mass production, but a great way to pass some time while watching a favourite TV show.
I’ve coloured the images for the card using a combination of Stampin’ Blends and Stampin’ Write Markers. Though I don’t generally colour large spaces with Stampin’ Write Markers, they are a great option for smaller spaces when there’s not a Blend available in the colour you want (for this card it was Pear Pizzazz for the leaves).
The embossing folder is one of the mini style (Greenery – from the Annual Catalogue). I have exciting mini news to share with you!!! The Mini Stamp and Cut Embossing Machine is available now as a pre-order for demonstrators and in January for customers. That means you can buy it during Sale-A-Bration (which starts 5th Jan 2021) and get a free Sale-A-Bration item!!!
If you can’t wait til then – my advice is to join my Paper Adventures team and add it to your Starter Kit. You’ll get to choose the Mini S&CEM plus another $131 of products and you’ll only pay $169 with free shipping and a 20% discount on everything you buy while you are an active demonstrator. Plus, you’ll join our amazing team (well, I think we’re amazing!). Click here to visit the join page or message me for more information (Facebook, Instagram, email).
Since this stamp set has such a beautiful font and a verse that’s perfect for the inside of the card, I embellished the middle to. My stamping straight in the middle of a card tip is to stamp on a smaller piece, cut it out with a cute framelit (I’ve used the Stitched Rectangle Dies) and then adhere it to your card middle. No more wonky stamping or wasted card stock. You could also use your Stamparatus to line it up.
I’ve had a look at the design team cards for this week – and it seems that the Joy to the World stamp set is popuar with a few of us! Click here to see all the design team cards and to enter one of your projects for the challenge.