The Draft Wedding Invitation

Lately I've been playing around with different invitation ideas. I'm not really a traditional person and I like to gift people things that they can keep forever so I've been researching card ideas that I can transform into wedding invitations.

Here's the first in a long line of ideas. Please excuse the fact that it is a bit messy and says happy birthday, it was a rough draft with old stamp sets and card stock just to play around with different ideas.


I love that it's got three sections and the possibility for more sections to write all the information down. I could use one section for general details, another for accommodation details and the front can have our initials on.


I absolutely love this colour combination and it's quite similar to the colours I'm thinking about using for my wedding. The extra 3D pop out flowers really add an extra dimension to this card that really gives it a bit of oomph!


I hope you like my first draft and looking forward to the more polished finish.

Speak soon,
Jess




Pootler Design Team - Bookcase Builder Week 3


Awwwww! I am so sad that it's the final week of the Pootle's Design team for Feb, but I have had so much fun being a part of it, and I really hope to be part of another one in the future.
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So my final project is dedicated to all my friends who have little babies. I decided to make it for a baby boy as most of my projects are quite feminine and I really enjoyed taking this one in a different direction. I didn't even use blue to represent the masculinity, I used a green-y colour (who says boys and girls are determined by pink and blue) Bermuda Bay to be exact.



I love the colour combination and the simplicity of it. The basic black really pops against the Bermuda Bay and I love how the stripy background gives the project extra oomph.

I used a fair few dimensional's with this project (who doesn't love dimensional's??) to really give the project..... well....... dimension hah! I didn't just use it on the main picture too, I stamped the sentiment twice. Once on Whisper White and once on Bermuda Bay, after which I cut out the "memories" and "moments" text and elevated them to really make the sentiment stand out as I think it is super duper adorable.



I also liked limiting myself to using just Bermuda Bay ink. To get the gradient of colour under the cutsie little teddy bears and alphabet blocks I simply dabbed ink onto my stamp and stamped three times moving across the paper slightly each time to create the effect. (I used the wishy washy stamp from the perpetual birthday stamp set :))

Well I absolutely loved using this stamp set. I must admit I had my fears about using it when I first realised which one we would be showcasing and I was trying to think how I could use it without showcasing the obvious before it even arrived. But once I received it and I started playing around with all the different stamps the ideas just kept flowing. Even now I'm still playing and coming up with ideas.

I hope you've loved February's design team. I certainly have!

Speak to you soon,
Jessica xoxo

Pootler Design Team - Bookcase Builder Week 2

Welcome back to week 2 everyone. I hope you are enjoying the amazing projects that have been showcased so far. I'm still a giddy kipper about showcasing my own projects and still find it completely unbelievable that I was chosen to be part of the Pootler's Design Team.

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So this week I decided to do some thing a little bit different. But I'm really glad I did as I have a new found love of homemade cards. I'm normally one of those that enjoys figuring out a 3D project, but I absolutely loved creating this card.




I liked the simple colours. Whisper White and Night of Navy.... so elegant. And with a pop of Real Red to add a bit of dimension.

Even if I do say so myself, I really think I stretched the boundaries of this stamp set by using it this way. I love tailoring projects to events that have. or are happening in my life. As I mentioned in my last Design Team blog, I have just become a homeowner with my fiancee. Our next step is to get married, and being the typical girly girl I have already decided on my wedding colours ( I may have even already decided on these before he proposed *ahem*).

Our wedding is going to be Navy and Silver with a hint of Pink, so I made this card as close to those colours as possible. Night of Navy, Whisper White and Real Red.

I love the sentiment "I didn't know we were making memories, I just thought we were having fun" It really spoke to me when I was designing the card as Tom proposed to me while we were on holiday for my birthday. I really didn't expect it at all, I just thought we were on holiday and I love how it m arks another chapter in our lives.
The globes are symbolic for the fact we were abroad when it happened, but that we carried that love back home.

I loved creating this card and I hope you love it too.
Speak to you soon,
Jessica xoxo

Pootler Design Team - Bookcase Builder Week 1


I am absolutely delighted to be part of the Pootler's Design Team. I was soooo excited to be chosen and even more excited when I found out that the stamp was the bookcase builder. It's definitely one of those stamp sets where you have to think outside of the box to make different looking projects, but that's what I enjoy. I enjoy a challenge :)

So this is the stamp set we were challenged to use:
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So here is my first project. I have recently just moved into my own apartment with my fiancee. We are officially homeowners yeyyyyy!  So this was the perfect stamp set to show him how much I love this new adventure we are having.

I thought the sentiment I used was appropriate to the occasion, and the decor items completed the project.

I liked incorporating in the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack with this too. It may be past valentine's day, but that doesn't mean I want to stop sending love to people :) (I'm getting quite soppy now......this is not normally how I behave haha) I knew as soon as I chose the sentiment that I would use the Sending Love paper and I think it's a great choice.

I used the Real Red ink pad as this is the colour reflected in the paper, but I also chose to use the Rich Razzleberry as I thought it really complimented the Real Red ink.



To complete the project I rounded off the corners on the whisper white paper with the sentiment to make it appear softer and closed the box with linen thread. I doubled this up, wrapped it around the top of the box and pushed the sides in. I chose the linen thread as this, in my mind, represented our move away from the city to the countryside :)

I hope you enjoyed my first project. I'm excited to show you the next ones :)

Speak to you soon,
Jessica xoxo


DIY Milk Carton Candle Box | Stampin' Up! Tutorial


This week I have an absolutely gorgeous Milk Carton box for you. I absolutely love these boxes. They are so easy to make, extremely easy to pretty-fy and you can make them all look so different. I love them that much that I actually use them in my own candle business. I make them a little bit differently to how I have shown you in the tutorial but I have modified mine to stand out at craft fairs etc. 



I have simplified the process for you. So what you'll need is:

Card stock size: Standard A4 (11.75" x 8.25")

Score on the length: 2 3/4" / 6 1/4"  then flip the card over and score at 7 3/4" (This ensures a perfectly flush top)

The panels are:
4 DSP at 2 1/2" x 3 1/4"
2 DSP at 2 1/2 x 1 1/4"

Now I had to trim down my very vanilla and basic black after I finished my project as I clumsily didn't get my stamp centred. UH - OH. So I can't give you the measurements for that. However, as you may be using a different stamp set to me just use your best judgement for the Very Vanilla piece, or even batter, stamp onto very vanilla first and then cut the sentiment out :). Hindsight is amazing isn't it haha! Don't forget to give yourself a nice hint of a border for the Basic Black as it definitely adds a pop to the project.

To see the full tutorial click below:
 

I really enjoyed making this for you all. I was first inspired by Sam from Pootles and I am so happy that I was able to share this with you myself as I have had so much luck with this design at my craft fairs.

To buy the supplies for this project just click HERE

If you're interested in my candle collections then just click HERE

If you want a box made for a specific item please do let me know. I will be more than happy to design something for you and send you a tutorial and/or prototype. :)

Speak to you soon.

Much Love,
Jessica xoxo

DIY Boutique Bag | Stampin' Up! Tutorial


Hi Everyone. I hope you are well!

And HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It's been a while since I last posted, so I thought I'd kick everything off with a brand new Stampin' Up! tutorial for you.



This is an easy peasy one. Super duper simple, but super duper elegant.

I have used a couple of sale-a-bration items in this tutorial. Now if you don't know about sale-a-bration with Stampin' Up! then it is an amazing offer where you get to choose a FREE product for every £45 that you spend. This offer is cumulative too so if you spend £90 that's 2 free products. If you want to have a look at the sale-a-bration catalogue then simply click HERE.



Here are the dimensions:

Card size: 12" x 7.5"

Scoring on the long side: 3.25" / 5.75" / 9" / 11.5"
Scoring on the short side: 2.5"

What did I say.....easy peasy.

Click on the tutorial below to see the full process.




I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know what you think, and if you give this a try then I would love to see your creations.

Bye for now,
Jessica xoxo




Goodbye Winter, Hello Spring!


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It seems really odd to be saying hello to Spring already when we are only 4 days into January, but January is most definitely a month to start saying Hello to new things.

I am a crafter by nature. I own my own candle business and I enjoy being part of the Stampin' Up! community and I am so excited that their Spring/Summer catalogue has been released today as has their Sale-A-Bration catalogue which will be coinciding with some Jessica Louise Creations Valentines packaging. (Check out the online Spring/Summer Catalogue here.)

Sale-A-Bration is an amazing opprtunity to take advantage of some amazing free products. For every £45/€60 you spend in the annual catalogue or Spring/Summer catalogue you are eligible for one free Sal-A-Bration product. Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I have taken full advantage of this and purchased all the products I wanted from both the annual and Spring/Summer catalogue and selected for myself many amazing Sal-A-Bration products. (Check out the online Sale-A-Bration catalogue here.)

There are some absolutely amazing products in the Spring/Summer catalogue. I'm a big bundle of love at the moment so I was immediately drawn to the Sending Love Suite, in particular the designer series paper which immediately blew my mind with ideas for my upcoming Valentine Candle Collection. (More on this coming on Friday). I was also really drawn to the Urban Underground Suite, the use of Delightful Dijon and Basic Black really stood out to me and I can't wait to use this product. I'm currently trying to think of ways that use this that doesn't make it seem so manly. I mean, I know a lot of crafting products end up being quite feminine and men often get forgotten, but I like to make my products look suitable for both Male and Females, So..... challenge accepted.

What are your favourite products from the new catalogues? Or, what are your faves from the annual catalogue? I still think that this year's annual catalogue is absolutely amazing and I am still grabbing myself loads of supplies from this one (View this here.)

If you want to purchase any products from any of the catalogues Click HERE. Don't forget to use the hostess code on my home page under the About Me section. The hostess code allows you to benefit from more free products from myself at end of the month. (Please do not use my hostess code if you spend £150+ in one order as you are eligible for your own awards). Please make sure that you haven’t clicked 'no contact' because by law, I won’t be able to send you your reward.

Out With The Old and In With The New Year | Hello 2017



Well, that's it.! 2016 is over and done with and we have finally welcomed in the new year.
How did you welcome in 2017? I spent the day with my boyfriend at my best friends house to celebrate. We also celebrated her birthday as she's a New Year's baby :)

I thought I'd do a 'what I'm happy about' post today. I always, without fail, say that I can't wait for the new year because something has happened during the previous year that has stuck in my head and dragged it down. Sometimes we forget about all the nice things that have happened throughout the year. So here we go:



  • 2016 was the year I got engaged to my boyfriend
  • The proposal was absolutely adorable, on a boat sailing round to old Ibiza Town
  • I started my business Jessica Louise Creations which I am super proud of
  • I (with my boyfriend) have purchased a property. (Goodbye renting)
  • I managed to travel LOADS last year including going skiing and visiting Nice, France
  • I've read a lot of lovely books this year
  • I attempted a red slope during my skiing holiday and landed a jump (though the jump was accidental hah)
  • I attended my very first craft fair and absolutely smashed it :)
These are just a few points, but it has really put a smile on my face even just writing these few down. It has made me forget about the negatives of the year and focus on the things that have made me incredibly happy. What made you happy this year?

Speak soon,
Jessica xoxo




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