Thursday, 3 September 2015

O Come All Ye Faitful

Hi there

As mentioned in yesterday's post I had some 'bits' sitting on my desk and have managed to recreate yesterday's card.

I'm not quite sure if you can see in the photo but 'Mary and Joseph' have been heat embossed - my favourite technique.  A Stamp-A-Ma-Jig comes in handy when stamping a sentiment.  I used my markers for inking this sentiment as they're great when you're only wanting part of a stamp inked.

This is a clean and simple style and will lend itself to all sort of stamps and embossing folders.  I hope this inspires you to create a card of your own in this style.

Stamp - All Ye Faithful
Card Stock - Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Very Vanilla
Ink - Elegant Eggplant, Momento Black, VersaMark
Markers - Elegant Eggplant
Other - Silver Foil, Oval Framelits, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Dimensionals, Stamp-A-Ma-Jig

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

2015 Holiday Catalogue has arrived

Hi there

It's finally here :)  The new 2015 Holiday Catalogue is now available and filled with great products and project ideas.

The first stamp set to make it to my wish list was "All Ye Faithful" on page 20.  I'll have some samples to show you on Sunday (after my workshop) but in the meantime here's a card we made at last month's team training.

This card features two new stamp sets - Holly Jolly Greetings (although I didn't end up using the greetings!) and Embellished Ornaments.  Did you notice the new embossing folder - Softly Falling - which comes in the new larger size of 15.2cm x 15.2cm.  This card design can be easily recreated (as I sit here typing I've seen some supplies on my desk that I can use to recreate this card with another image - so watch this space).

The card base is Soft Sky (10.5cm x 29.7cm scored in half) which was run through the Softly Falling embossing folder (front only).  The next layer is Lost Lagoon (7cm x 14.8cm) then Very Vanilla (6.5cm x 14.8cm).  The image and sentiment is stamped in Blackberry Bliss.  The banner is created using the Banner Triple punch  - Lost Lagoon (3cm x 9cm) and Very Vanilla (2.5 cm x 9.3cm).

If you would like a copy of the new Holiday Catalogue please drop me an email and I'll get one sent out to you.

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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Sprinkles of Life - Happy Birthday

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Stampin' Up! donates time and money to support Ronald McDonald House Charities.  This year the chosen RMHC set is Sprinkles of Life.  Every time somebody purchases this set in NZ, Stampin' Up! donate NZ$3.50 to RMHC.  So if you would like to help support this amazing organisation and purchase a great stamp set - let me know.

Here's a card I made a couple of months ago using the 'ice cream' stamps within the set.  I love it when a stamp set has a coordinating punch - the new Tree Builder Punch - which punches out the 'ice cream' stamps along with 5 other shapes.  I've also used the new Banner Triple punch for the sentiment.

Stamps - Sprinkles of Life, Butterfly Basics
Card Stock - Tip Top Taupe, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
DSP - Cherry on Top Paper Stack
Ink - Tip Top Taupe, Pink Pirouette, Mint Macaron, Chocolate Chip
Other - Banner Triple Punch, Tree Builder Punch

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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

CASEing the catalogue - Christmas cards

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Last week I held a class for a group of ladies wanting to make a start on their Christmas cards.  Where better to look for inspiration than the catalogue.  I'm really glad that the annual catalogue has a Christmas section again with sets that have carried over from the last Holiday catalogue.

I decided to use Wondrous Wreath and Festival of Trees sets for my cards.  Here's the card designs from the catalogue that I used for my inspiration:

I didn't have all the supplies they had used so with a few tweaks here is what I came up with:

I changed the Corrugated Paper to Silver Vellum and the Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine to the Metallic Silver Baker's Twine.  I also added the Cherry Cobbler mat to a card base to allow the Baker's Twine to not be seen from the inside of the card.

The measurements for my card were:
Whisper White card base (A5 size)
Cherry Cobbler card stock - 14.3cm x 10cm
Whisper White square - 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" (inches worked better than centimetres)
Vellum cut using the largest Banner Die
Whisper White senitment banner - 6" x 1 1/4" (score 1 3/8" and 1 5/8" from each end then using the  Triple Banner Punch, punch each end)

Inks used were Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow and Pear Pizzazz.  The sentiment is done with Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder.

For the second card I changed the DSP to an embossed background using the Lucky Stars Embossing folder and the Festival of Trees set instead of Lots of Joy.  My sentiment is from Petite Pairs.  The great thing with CASEing is that it gives you an idea and you just use the supplies you have or you can CASE it 100%.

Stamp Set - Festival of Trees, Petite Pairs
Card Stock - Whisper White, Pacific Point, Old Olive (13cm x 2.5cm)
Ink - Old Olive, Pacific Point
Other - Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Accents - Star Punch, Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Extra-Large Oval, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Foil, Glimmer Paper, Dimensionals, Rhinestones

Well I hope you have a go at CASEing the catalogue - it's a great resource.

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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Fathers Day Cards - August Card Class

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It's been a great indoors day today - I finally managed to create a card for our team swaps next weekend using products from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue (due out 1 September).

With Fathers Day the first Sunday of September we decided to make our Fathers Day card this month.  Both cards have a masculine theme that can also be used for birthdays with a quick change of sentiment.

The first one uses DSP rather than stamps - I didn't have anything that was really suitable so used the new Envelope Paper (Pg 149 AC).

I got the template from Cambria Turnbow's blog - it's really easy to follow - thanks Cambria.  Instead of adding a tie I used the 1/8" mini brads as buttons.

Stamp - Crazy About You
Card Stock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink - Momento Black
Other - Watermelon Wonder Envelope Paper, 1/8" Mini Brads, Arrows Embossing Folder

For our second card the ladies had to make a choice :)  There were three options to choose from using our Decorative Masks (Pg 157 AC).  I've used two from the Happy Patterns set and one from the Hearts & Stars set.  With a change of colour and sentiment this layout could be used for any occasion.

The measurements for this card are:
Card base - 14.8cm x 10.5cm
Layer One (Whisper White) - 12.8cm x 8.5cm
Layer Two (Coloured card of your choice) - 12.3cm x 8cm
Layer Three (Whisper White) - 11.8cm x 7.5cm

Stamp set - Crazy About You
Other - Decorative Masks, Hello You Thinlits, Silver Foil, Washi Label Punch, Dimensionals

Card One - Ink - Soft Sky, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Island Indigo.  Card Stock - Island Indigo
Card Two - Ink - Night of Navy, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate.  Card Stock - Night of Navy, Cajun Craze
Card Three - Ink - Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie.  Card Stock - Island Indigo, Pumpkin Pie

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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Celebrate Today Ballons - CASEing cards

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Thought I'd get a post in now before we head to our neighbours for fish and chips :)

For last months Extravaganza I needed to make some cards for my display board so I had a look through our bi-monthly demonstrator magazine - Impressions - for some ideas.  My mojo was running a bit flat by this time!  CASEing (Copy And Share Everything) is great - why reinvent the wheel when somebody has already done it for you.  I changed the colours a bit on this but otherwise it's a CASE.

This card was super easy to put together - photopolymer stamps are great when you have a two step set.  It's really easy to align your second stamp.  The other great thing is matching framelits - love this.

Stamp set - Celebrate Today
Card Stock - Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight
Other - Balloon Framelits, Dimensionals

I'll be back later in the week some more CASEd cards :)

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Thursday, 6 August 2015

Butterfly Basics Sympathy Card

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It's never easy creating a sympathy card but I found this design by Margaret - it's so lovely the only think I changed was the colour combo.

Here's a tip I found out (the hard way) over the weekend.  For any die that is horizontal feed it through the Big Shot vertically as in the picture on the right.  This way the pressure of the rollers is evenly distributed as it runs through :).  The picture on the left was feed through horizontally and didn't cut the whole image out.

Stamp Set - Butterfly Basics, Thoughts and Prayers
Card Stock - Marina Mist, Very Vanilla
Ink/Markers - Marina Mist, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso
Other - Butterflies Thinlits, Basic Pearls

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