Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Wondrous Wreath with Flowers

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I love it when a stamp set can be used for more than one theme.  Wondrous Wreath doesn't have to be just for Christmas.  Last week I taught the following card to my card class and they loved it.  I must admit it's not my own creation - I CASED it from Carol after seeing her version on Pintrest - thanks Carol.

Carol's card was a square one but I wanted our standard A6 size.  To fill the front I used the Stylish Stripes embossing folder.  Embossing folders add great texture to blank card stock.  The flowers are from the Boho Blossom punch with the centers cut using the smaller 'eyes' from the Owl Builder punch.  My flowers are So Saffron and Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe, Perfect Plum and Elegant Eggplant.

Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath, Itty Bitty Banners
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White
Ink - Pear Pizzaz, Old Olive, Elegant Eggplant
Other - Boho Blossom Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Bitty Banner Framelits, Wonderful Wreath Framelit, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals

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Monday, 20 October 2014

Wondrous Wreath - Circle Card Thinlits

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I hope you all enjoyed the Creative Inkers Blog Hop last night.  If you missed it check out my post here - it will take you to 15 other blog sites all showcasing Christmas cards and gifts.

Today my card uses the Circle Card Thinlits die in an extended format (the Label Card Thinlits die is on the Weekly Specials list this week at only $50.96 - normally $67.95).  You can get two of these cards from one A4 sheet of card stock :)

Here it is closed

and now open

As the wreath is slightly bigger than the 'circle' I adhered the front section shut which means it won't swivel like the one I made here.  I stamped the little flowers (on the front of the card) with Cherry Cobbler ink but they looked a bit dull so I covered them with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  I love using Dazzling Details - you get the glitter effect without having glitter all over you and your craft space!

Don't forget if you would like to purchase the Label Card Thinlits die while it's on special email me now as I'm placing an order on Tuesday (21st October) evening.

Stamp Set - Wondrous Wreath, Bright & Beautiful
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Foil
Ink - Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
DSP - Trim the Tree Paper Stack
Other - Circle Card Thinlits Die, Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Basic Pearls

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Holiday Supplement Catalogue

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The Holiday Catalogue has been a hit so far, but we're thinking that it really isn't possible to have too much of a good thing!  So this year Stampin' Up! are giving us some additional Christmas themed products in the Merry & Bright Extra Special Christmas Supplement - check it out here.

I will be placing an order tomorrow night (Tuesday 21st October) so if you want to order anything just send me an email or you can place an order on line.

Check back later tonight for some more creations using products from the Holiday Catalogue.

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Creative Inkers Christmas Blog Hop

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It's time for another Creative Inkers Blog Hop.  The theme this time is Christmas.

If you've been following the blog hop you will have come from Lisa Bullock's blog.  If you've just joined my blog sit back and enjoy a feast of Christmas creations.  At the bottom of this post is a list of all the blogs - just in case you get lost.  Now on with my project.

The products I'm using are from the Holiday Catalogue - Gift Box Punch Board, Filigree Frame Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Bright & Beautiful stamp set.

I decided to go with a more 'regal' look rather than the traditional 'red and green'.

The design of this embossing folder fits more for the US card size than our A6 size.  To overcome this I cut a piece of Naturals White card stock 10.3cm x 13.5cm and the image will then fully imprint on your card stock - thanks Sara for your tips. By cutting your card stock to this size you end up with a 'gap' on the card front.  To fill the gap I used the lovely Gold Satin Ribbon, wrapped it around the card front and tied a knot - mission accomplished :).  It's also nice seeing the strip of gold ribbon from the inside.  The sentiment is heat embossed with gold directly onto the card base.  Using the Deco Label Framelits (it's the only one the fitted the sentiment in perfectly) I cut a 'hole' in the Naturals White overlay.  To create the gold frame I placed two Deco Labels inside each other and cut at the one time - this creates a perfect frame.  The images on the inside of the card are also heat embossed with gold.

To finish off the gift I made two boxes using the new Gift Box Punch Board.  I started with the same size card stock - 8" x 8" - but scored then at different measurements.

Stamp Set - Bright & Beautiful
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss, Brushed Gold, Naturals White
Other - Gold Embossing Powder, Filigree Frame Embossing Folder, Gift Box Punch Board, Deco Labels Framelits, Gold Satin Ribbon

I hope you've enjoyed this post - now it's time to head over to Heather Stewart's blog to see what she's created.

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Thursday, 16 October 2014

Lovely as a Tree - Sympathy

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I recently needed to make a quick sympathy card for a guy I used to work with.  My 'go to' stamp set in cases like this is Lovely as a Tree and here's what I created.

I've heat embossed the image in Early Espresso then using a Blender Pen applied ink to colour the trees and grass.  I really love this effect - the trees end up looking 3 dimensional.

Sorry there's no picture of the inside - I realised after I'd written in it that I hadn't taken the photo!

Stamp set - Lovely as a Tree, Thoughts and Prayers (for sentiment that was on the inside!)
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
Other - Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Blender Pens

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Tape It - World Card Making Day project

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I've finally found time to post the card I made on Saturday for World Card Making Day.

Often we (or is it only me) forget to use stamp sets we've had for a while.  So I set myself a challenge in creating a card last Saturday - use a set that hasn't seen ink for some time.  And the winner was 'Tape It'.  The original plan was to have the images stamped directly onto the card front but as I started stamping some of the images didn't end up being the same distance apart - so a quick change of plan was needed.  I finished stamping the images then cut them out and arranged them on the card front with dimensionals.

There were a couple of images that weren't the full length so they got adhered to the inside of the card.

It's great when a card comes together nicely after a slight hiccup :)

Stamp Set - Tape It, Four You
Card Stock - Real Red, Naturals White
Ink - Real Red, Momento Black, Wild Wasabi, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso
Other - Dimensionals

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

Festival of Trees and Wondrous Wreath Tutorial

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I've had a number of requests for the measurements and instructions for my Festival of Tress and Wondrous Wreath cards I blogged recently.  I have finally got round to writing up some instructions so you can recreate these cards.  Check out my 'Tutorial' page.  The first version uses centimeters for A4 card stock and the second version uses inches for 8 1/2" x 11"card stock.

I will hopefully post more tutorials here as time permits.

A big 'thank you' to my brother for helping me work out how to embed a pdf. document into a blog post :)


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