Monday, September 30, 2013

Country Christmas

Every year I like to do a Country Christmas style card at least once in my class. A while ago I came across a picture on Pinterest that captured my attention.
It was a scrapbook page that had used a paper quilting technique I hadn't seen before. I searched for more info and ideas using it and couldn't seem to find very much.
But I didn't let that stop me from creating a card using the quilting idea! Oh No! After a few false starts figuring out how it was done I came up with my design.
Come and see what you think of it.
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This is great for using up scraps of cardstock and designer paper. Plus do you notice what I have embellished the tree with?
Buttons! Yep. No more hoarding all the pretty buttons. Time to release them onto a card and share them around. Yay.
Here is a closer look for you. Each little square is made using a 1 1/4 inch circle and a 2cm square. Place the square in the centre of the circle and fold in the edges. Simple as that. Then arrange squares in a pleasing pattern. I opted for a Christmas Tree design.
I considered a piece of patterned paper along the burlap ribbon or even some cherry cobbler or old olive ribbon. But nothing looked right. That's when I decided to make my own patterned border. I stamped the greeting and surrounded it with some old olive snowflakes(?). I think it looks -"just right".
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Hope you liked my Country Christmas Card. I have another design to show you next time using this same quilting idea. Something entirely different....hmmm... have I got you wondering now??? hehe.
Thanks for stopping by. Love hearing from you. Vx

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Joyful Christmas

Hello everyone.
Today I want to share with you a card we did in class a couple of weeks ago.
One of my ladies had asked if we could use some acetate on a card.
A full sheet of acetate can be a little tricky to use so I came up with a card using just a strip of acetate.
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We stamped the piece of acetate in versamark with the poinsettia flower from the Joyful Christmas Stamp Set and then used gold embossing powder and heated it (carefully) with a heat gun.

I stamped the Poinsettia flower in Cherry Cobbler onto Raspberry Ripple Cardstock twice and then cut out the flower to create a 3D flower.
The strips of designer paper are from Season of Style and hide the edges where the acetate overlaps the crumbcake cardstock.

It turned out rather nice and the ladies were very happy with it. I am thinking I might do another acetate card before too long. This one was fun and easy to do.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend  and I will be back again next week. Vx

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Happy Birthday. Happy Anniversary.

I have had both a special birthday and Anniversary card to make in the past few weeks. Come and see what I made.
I started with making some paper flowers using the Floral Fusion Sizzlit.( I so hope they never discontinue this sizzlit!!!)
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A Smoky Slate and a Cherry Cobbler flower.
 Flower Recipe: Floral Fusion Sizzlit - 3 flowers of varying sizes.
Spritz the three flowers first with some water then scrunch them up and curl them inwards. Dry with heat gun if impatient. Layer them on top of each other with a glue dot and add a diamante for good measure.

I embossed the Crisp Cantaloupe cardstock with the Beautiful Baroque Embossing Folder and then lightly ran my white ink pad over the top. The bottom piece is the Delicate Designs Emboss Folder.
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I used the new Deco Labels Framelit too which I absolutely love by the way.

Seeing as I had made two extra flowers that weren't used I thought they would look pretty on the birthday card I was making.

This card had a vintage feel to it. Using the retired Tea Shoppe Stamp set and a doily for the background.
I stamped the tea cup twice. Once in Primrose Petals ink which I cut out in full and once in Cherry Cobbler ink. I then cut the flowers from the Cherry Cobbler tea cup and glued them onto the Primrose Petals cup.
All finished off with a Pistachio Pudding Embossed background and Smoky Slate Cardstock. These cards did take some time to make but I am really pleased with the way they turned out.
Thanks for dropping by and for leaving such nice comments too. I love hearing from you.
Until next time. Vx

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seeing Double.

Do you ever like a card design so much you feel the need to copy it?
I did just that last week.
I was still playing with my hexagon punch and stamp set bundle when I came up with this card.
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I used another Bundle Set with this card - the Flower Shop Bundle which includes a matching punch. (told you I love the Stampin Up Bundles. hehe.)
I stamped one image directly onto the card and another onto cardstock and punched it out to give a 3D effect.

I even impressed myself by stamping the greeting directly onto the card - Straight! What a feat!

I really liked this layout and decided I needed to make another in different colours.
So after consulting with my trusty Colour Coach,  p.139 of the Catalogue,
I decided to try Crisp Cantaloupe, Brown Sugar and Bermuda Bay.
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This time I added even a more bling with diamantes.
And see more Straight Stamping!! Amazing! haha.

If you would like to purchase any of these Bundles or have any questions contact me.
I love hearing from you so feel free to leave a comment too.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time. Vx

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

hexagon heaven

I recently purchased the hexagon punch and matching stamp set, Six-sided Sampler. (I just love the Stampin Up Bundles that save me 15%)
Would you like to see some of the cards I have been making with it?
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This card was inspired by one I saw by Debbie Henderson.
I have used some daffodil yellow candy dots in the centres of the Strawberry Slush flowers.
I am not that keen on Strawberry Slush but I really love how this card turned out. The colour really pops against the black doesn't it?
While I had the Strawberry Slush out anyway - thought I would try another card with it.

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This time I ran my Strawberry Slush ink pad across the raised up side of my honeycomb embossing folder.
I placed the white sheet of cardstock inside and pressed down with my hands. Voila - a perfectly transferred honeycomb image!
This is a great idea to use for backgrounds when you just can't find the right colour in your designer paper stack.

I teamed the Strawberry Slush with Smoky Slate and Pisatchio Pudding.

Finally I would like to leave you with a fantastic statement. We should all carry an Inspirational Statement of the Heart within us. I have a couple really, but this is my latest one:- 

What do you think? Would you like to share this one with me.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments. Love hearing from you anytime.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

More Santa.

Hello Happy Stampers,
As promised I have a couple more Santa's List cards to show you today.
This first one has Santa stamped in Smoky Slate. You can't see really well in the photo but I added some dazzling diamonds to his suit.
I have used some Winter Frost dsp and the new Stylish Stripes Emboss Folder in the background. Some silver glimmer brads (oooh I love Glimmer Brads!!) help draw your eye to the words.
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With the next Santa card I chose traditional Real Red for Santa. Doesn't he look jolly?
I have stamped him onto the background Stamp "Post Card" p.102 of the main catalogue. I think this background stamp could prove very useful.
I have added a greeting from "Christmas Messages" p.34 of the Seasonal Catalogue, which I coloured with markers to get the two tone effect.
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Some Glimmer Card around the borders to add some bling (hey, always need extra bling at Christmas!! hehe.) The base card and Post Card Stamp are Early Expresso. Card matt is Bermuda Bay.

Verdict: This Santa set makes nice quick and easy cards so I recommend you give him a try yourself.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

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Monday, September 9, 2013

He's makin a list and checkin it twice!

Yes you guessed it! I have been playing with the new "Santas List: Stamp Set in the Seasonal Catalogue p.31.
I stamped Santa in Soft Suede and inked around with a sponge dauber in Soft Sky.
I have also used the new Script Embossing Folder for the Deco Label behind Santa.
I layered the greeting from the Hostess Stamp Set "Perfectly You" onto two of the lovely snowflakes from the "Festive Flurry" Bundle. These are stamped in Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.
And here is the completed card. I used some designer paper from the Season of Style pack and Brown Sugar Cardstock layered onto the Cherry Cobbler Card for the background.

This Santa stamp is good value for money and easy to use. If you would like to purchase him please contact me.
Come back again on Thursday and I will show you a few more Santa Cards I have made.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Monday, September 2, 2013

The Wedding Package.

As some of you may know my son Josh has his own film business.
Josh just completed a Wedding DVD for a customer. When I saw the DVD case I was inspired to give it some pretty packaging (as you do! LOL!)
The couple had vintage inspired Wedding Theme so I decided to create a box and Thankyou tag along the same lines.
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It only took about 10 minutes to make but I think it just finished it off nicely. I used Brown Sugar cardstock and the Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder. Some vanilla seam binding ribbon. Twine and some non. SU designer paper (have to use it up somehow???) for a small scalloped envelope to hold the Thankyou card.
Here is the little thankyou card that sits inside the Scallop Envelope (retired SU bigz die).
Simple but sweet.
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And the DVD that slides out of the box. The front of the DVD has a photo from the Wedding. Awww. Isn't that nice.
So apparently everyone was blown away with the packaging!!! Would you believe that?! And Josh wants me to make personalized packaging for all his Wedding DVDs now. Goodness what have I let myself in for?

It has been such lovely weather lately. I thought you might like to come for a walk with me along the Bridge at Redcliffe.
Redcliffe is a bayside town on the outskirts of Brisbane City.
Are you ready? 

First we have to walk to the bridge.
Good view from up there?
Time to start walking across the bridge now. Walkers on the left. Bikes on the right.
Still a bit of a way to go.
This is a fishing jetty they have built off to the side of the bridge.
Plenty of people down here fishing.
You can see how far we have come looking back at the bridge.
Would you like to head back now for a well deserved cuppa?
This is a good place to stop.
All the locals flock here. hahaha.
I hope you enjoyed your walk with me today.
Come back again soon as I have some cards I want to show you and I promise I won't make you do any exercise next time! LOL.


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