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

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