Friday, May 31, 2013

Exploding Butterflies!!!

Well I bet that title has you wondering! hehe.
I promised more photos from Convention and today I want to show you the early birthday gifts I received from my friend the Delicious Deb Blake from Darwin. Here she is.

This extremely talented lady made me not one but TWO gifts.
Come and have a look.
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 This is the beautiful box she made.
 A closer look at the top.
 Then we start to open it and the sides fall away.
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An exploding box of BUTTERFLIES!!!
How amazing is that!
A close up of all those beautiful butterflies floating around in layered circles.
But that's not all she gave me!
Oh No... she also made me this...

Isn't this wonderful!
A close up of this gorgeous glittery butterfly.
And look at the layers of Vellum (all stamped as well) underneath.
And all these butterflies hand cut too!
So this of course has created huge problems for me.
Why? I hear you ask.
Because her birthday is only in a few weeks time! Oh dear Oh dear.(wringing hands).

And one more photo today from Convention. This is Memento Mall where we get to do some special Stampin Up shopping. Can you see that long long line of demonstrators waiting to be served at the checkouts? Well I am standing taking this photo at the very END of this line!!!! yep! I was one of the last. (too busy talking and meeting people. haha.). Lucky it moved fairly quickly.

Tomorrow is my Birthday. hip hip hooray to me.
Come back and see what I get for my birthday won't you?

If you love that big butterfly stamp it is in the Mini Seasonal Catalogue which finishes at the end of June. If you would like to order it please let me know.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Baby card and Convention.

A baby card is always a handy addition to any emergency card stash don't you think?
And a nice generic boy/girl one is even better.

 I Cased these cute little animals from a brilliant card by Doris Denman on Pinterest. Unfortunately she doesn't appear to have a blog you can visit. I did change it ever so slightly  but not much.

I tried yellow ribbon at the bottom of the card but it just didn't look right. Then I tried some Very Vanilla cardstock embossed with the Delicate Designs Emboss Folder. It still didn't look right.
Then I had the brilliant idea to brayer the emboss folder with some daffodil yellow ink and add a little glitter. I think it is perfect!

I have been missing for a few days I know. That is because we had our Stampin Up Convention here in Brisbane last weekend.
I have always said that if Convention came to Brisbane I would go and so I did!
It was an amazing experience and my head is still spinning with all the information and inspiration.
I was fortunate to be able to meet up with some very special friends as well.
I will show a few photos over the next few posts.
But this is a priceless photo.
Me with Stampin Up CEO Shelli Gardner and her husband Sterling. My friend Deb and I ambushed the poor couple after Convention was finished. Not a brilliant photo of me (where on earth was I looking!!)hehe.
I think I am in shock about getting so close to them.
Here's me with my Darlin' Darwin Buddy Deb Blake. See what I am holding? Want a better look? You will have to come back next time to be amazed at the special gifts Deb made for me!
Stay tuned for more photos from Convention and my swap card.

 Thanks for visiting! Vx

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Dress Gift Card Holder

I was inspired recently by a really cool card I saw on Pinterest by Kelly Acheson that I just had to try.
This fun fold card folds into three and the little dress form is poking up through a punched circle like this.

Here is the card closed.
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You open the flap that is tucked under the "A gift for you" sentiment. And you see the whole dress and a little sentiment above that says "spoil yourself today".

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 Here is a closeup of the dress form for you to see.
 Then you open the next fold and you have your greeting and....
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 A gift card for the recipient tucked into the card!
Isn't that just nifty!
Product used:
2-1/2" circle punch
2-3/8" scallop circle punch
1-3/4" circle punch
dress up framelits
Scallop edge punch,
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
All greetings from "Bring on the Cake" Stamp Set
Island Indigo cardstock, Comfort Cafe and Twitterpated Designer Paper.
Measurements for card base:
10.5cm x 30cm (cut a full piece of A4 cardstock in half lengthways)
Score at 11cm and 22cm. The smaller fold at the end is your front piece. (approx. 8cm)

Wouldn't this be a great card to receive with a gift card for your favourite dress shop inside!

Hope you enjoyed this card. Come back soon. Vx

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Step Card Measurements

Greetings Happy Stampers!
As promised I have finally put down the measurements for last week's Step Cards.
I admit to being a bit hurried and when I messed up I just stuck a piece of white card over my mistake. Hence the bits of white card glued haphazardly on the templates.hehe. Please try and ignore them.
First Measurements for the Side Step Card.
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Take your card 15cm x 21cm (half a piece of A4 cardstock) and fold in half.
Measure 8.5cm along folded edge. Then draw a line in pencil 8cm down.
Cut on this line.
Now for the scoring. I have shown the measurements between each score line.
On the shorter piece.
Score where the cut starts. This is 2.5cm from the bottom of the card.
Then Score another 2.5cm line.
Then Score 8cm from this score line.

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For the folding of the Score lines:
First fold - Mountain (up)
Second fold - Valley(down)
Third Fold - Mountain

The score line where the card is folded in half is covered up with pretty designer paper or cardstock.

Now for the Middle Step Card.
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Card 15cm x 21cm (half a piece of A4 cardstock). Fold in half.
Measure 4cm in from both edges of your folded cardstock.
Draw a line down in pencil 8cm from these marks. Cut the two lines.
Open out card.
Now score between the two cut lines.
First score is where the cut lines begin (this should be 2.5cm from edge)
Then measure 2.5cm and score -  X 3 times.
Measure 5.5cm from last score line and score.

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I have added larger piece of cardstock to the two back folds.
The middle fold has a piece of summer starfruit cardstock matted with white. It is 5.5cm wide x 5cm high.
The back fold has a piece of midnight muse cardstock (matted with summer starfruit and print poetry dsp)
This is 6.5cm wide x 10cm high.

The butterflies are on thin strips of acetate and attached to the back of the middle piece.

And after all that math first thing in the morning! Phew! A quick pic of some Thankyou cards for my Stampin Up Customers this month.
I think these turned out really well. So soft and dreamy. (or is that my photography! haha.)
I used the Stamp Set Fine Feathers (p.79 of the main catalogue). Stamped in Pool Party.
And the Words are from a favourite Stamp Set of mine :- Loving Thoughts p.137. Stamped in Baja Breeze.

Here's a little tip for you too.
I like to punch out circles from Sticky Notes and stick them to the inside for writing on. Then the person who receives the card can take off the note and re use the card for themselves. Recycling at it's best! and an extra little pressie!
Have a great weekend and I will catch up with you all next week. We are making some really cool cards in class tomorrow and I can't wait to show you!

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Retro birthday

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It is my cousin's birthday party next weekend and I wanted to make a Retro birthday card for him. I think the Pac Man will bring back some memories of our youth.
I use these wooden numbers a lot for special "number" birthday cards. I like to ink them first (I used silver this time) then add a glitter glue in the same colour on top like Stampin Up's Dazzling Details. If I have a matching marker I also go round all the exposed edges but I couldn't find my silver marker this time.
Originally I did my Pac Man and "ghost?/monster?/can't remember what these were called!" on plain black cardstock background. But it looked a bit boring so I added some punched squares with the 1" square punch to make a grid pattern. Then I decided to add a few birthday words and the numbers to give some added interest.

Pac Man is just 1-3/8" circle punch with a slice cut out. Smaller circles are from the Itty Bitty Punch Set.
Ghost/Monster is the Extra large Oval Punch with some jagged edges cut at bottom. (And the the all important googlie eyes!)
Oh yes and I will show you what I stamped on the inside too:
I think that says it all!
Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by.
Come back again soon as I will be giving you some measurements for the Step Cards I showed you last week.

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Monday, May 13, 2013

"Lattice" show you a Quilt to keep you warm.

Well a paper Quilt to warm your heart anyways... using the Lattice Bigz Die and the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.
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This is a card I have been wanting to do for a while now. It was so easy and if you like tessellations (making patterns with shapes) then you would enjoy this too.
Just cut out a lattice shape with your lattice bigz die. Then cut two more lattice shapes using patterned paper. Using all the little shapes in the die that you would discard to fill in your lattice design.
I stuck mine to a piece of 8.5cm x 8.5cm square card and then ran it through the lattice embossing folder.
I added a little button and bakers twine to the centre.

Products used:
Lattice Bigz Die
 Lattice Stampin' Up! Bigz Die - by Stampin' Up!
Square Lattice Textured Emboss Folder
 Square Lattice Textured Impressions Embossing Folder Die - by Stampin' Up!
Baja Breeze, Red Riding Hood, Bashful Blue, whisper white
Designer Paper: Twitterpated

 Hope you give quilting a try. It is the easiest quilt you will ever make!hehe!

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Friday, May 10, 2013

Blue mother's day

Happy Mother's Day to Everyone out there celebrating this Sunday.
Hope you have a lovely day.
I have already made my suggestions to the family:-
Full Breakfast please
Car cleaned inside and out
Bedrooms tidied (not mine - theirs! haha.)
and a chest of drawers for my craft room (from IKEA) made up for me.
Quite a list I know... let's see how I do.

Now back to the cards....I have another blue Mother's Day card to show you.
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 I used the Field Flowers stamp set in this card. This is a stamp I really need to use more often.
I sponged some pretty in pink, wisteria wonder and bashful blue in the centre. Looking at it now I wish I had done something more. Maybe add some background stamping with words or music notes? But it looks okay. Do you ever get like that? See a card you made and want to change something about it?
I was trying to go for a more clean look after the last two Step Cards I made which had a lot of decoration on them. I guess I achieved that.

cardstock: bashful blue, whisper white, lucky limeade, marina mist
ink: Marina Mist. Lucky Limeade, Pacific Point
Fancy Fan Emboss Folder, lattice Emboss Folder, Ovals framelits, Bird Builder Punch (leaves), Scribble Scroll Sizzlit (retired). Organza Ribbon

Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Come back next time to see what else I have been making at the craft table. Remember I love hearing from you so please leave a comment.

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