Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Creative Uses of Stampin' Up!® Designer Series Papers - Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop

We all love pretty paper and I think Stampin' Up!® has the best quality and beautiful original designs in their papers. I hoard my most favourite of those papers, so have a huge variety of past and present designs to choose from.


 Today I'm going to show you a couple of gorgeous Christmas decorations that I make annually for a Craft Fair  where my friend Lorraine and I sell our creations each year. 

I'm also participating in the Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop - Fun With Patterned Papers.

 The first project is one I adapted many years ago, from the front cover of a Stampin' Up!® Catalogue from 2012. I've always loved these decorations and this year I have decided to make lots of them. Simply choose 2 complimentary papers (often you can use the front and back of one design as Stampin' Up!® coordinates the papers so well). I have the dies for this project but you can make smaller versions by using punches. Here are 2 examples - one is made with traditional Christmas colours,

And this one in softer pinks and greens.


Another of the decorations I've been making lots of, are these pieced balls. They look beautiful with glittered edges, and are very popular at Christmas fairs. I love these so much I've just made up over 200 kits, plus a variety of samples to showcase the different effects that can be obtained by mixing and matching the Designer Series Papers. 

One idea is to use a colour family of the patterned papers.


The ornaments look great hanging from a tree and the light catches the glittered edges.


I usually choose a light and a dark pattern and alternate them to create a visual contrast when the ball spins

So much variety can be created depending on the Designer Series Papers you choose. If the pattern is really strong I do  not choose a contrasting colour but simply punch out 20 circles of the one pattern.

The building process is easy and can be done in front of the TV. All you need are the paper circles, a bone folder, some small pegs  and some Multipurpose Glue - I vary the punched circle sizes from 1 3/4 inches to 2 1/4 inches. Just make sure you use the same size circle for the 20 pieces for each ornamentđŸ˜€
Fold each circle in half and glue back to back with Multipurpose glue.  This will form a shape like the one bottom left of the photo below.

Then you glue and peg alternate top and bottoms to form the honeycomb effect. Hot glue a circle or flower shape to the top and bottom, first piercing the top shape and thread it with metallic twine.
Now if you don't have much Designer Series Paper and you would like to give these decorations a try, you can go to the Designer Series Paper Sale that Stampin' Up! has until August 2. 2021 and grab yourselves a bargain. 
I've included my July Host Code in this link. 

It is important to use good quality paper for these ornaments as poor quality paper will not hold its shape with the amount of glue needed. You can find video instructions on my Youtube Channel
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I don't do thousands of videos! But I do plan on doing a few more this year.  
There are so many uses for Stampin' Up!® Designer Series Papers - see the full range from the Annual Catalogue here
  While none of my samples use current Designer Series Papers, there are a lot of designs available to you in both the Annual Catalogue, and the July - December Catalogue.

And now let's see what the other designers have created with their choices of Designer Series Paper. You will be inspired to try some of these projects, so just follow the list of participants and enjoy some creative inspiration. 

·       Leonie Schroder

·       Ann Craig

·       Michele Miller

·       Jeanne Moss

·       Jessie Holton 

 Best Wishes


1 comment:

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you found something to inspire your creativity. Let me know you have visited by leaving a comment. I would love to hear what you think about my craft projects.
Live in Australia? You can purchase Stampin' Up! products via my On-Line Store?
Best wishes, Ann.