Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Day and Baby Cards.

I needed to make some pretty cards recently as a Welcome to my new Downlines and an extra one for a birthday card. (while I was on a roll! lol.)

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I used Blushing Bride and Very vanilla cardstock.
Rose Red and Pistachio Pudding Ink.
Oh Hello Stamp Set and Happy Day Stamp Set
Oval Framelits and the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder.
Some pearls top and bottom to add some elegance.
And some nice encouraging words inside.
Speaking of Downlines, my friend Leanne has just given birth to a beautiful baby boy. This is the card I made for her.
I used soft blue, yellow and white. Soft Sky, So Saffron and Whisper White.

I don't really own any baby stamps so I decided to use the Hearts a Flutter Stamp set with matching framelits.
I used embossing folders Delicate Designs and Perfect Polka Dots. See the pearls? I coloured them with a Sharpie pen.
The greeting is a retired SU stamp punched with the Modern Label Punch. For the bottom edge of the card I created a scallop using the Adorning Accents Edgelit.

Oh hope you are having a Happy Day too!
Thanks for stopping by. Next week I will show you cards from my Christmas Stamp a Stack.

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Happy 21st Birthday.

Today I want to share the card I made for our youngest son's 21st Birthday.
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This card isn't a Stampin Up only card.I used a lot of different elements from different sources in it.
I did use Retired Stamp Sets Daring Adventure and Word Play.
I wanted the card to represent Josh's passion for film and his desire to "make it" in his chosen field of profession.
Come and have a look inside the card.
This is a pop up card with several layers to it. I used Smokey Slate, Island Indigo, Brushed Silver, Silver Glimmer Card and Basic Black for my colours.
The cityscape is a big die I own. I used the balloons from the Sketched Birthday stamp set. Punched small stars also pop out from behind.
The footprints are stamped in silver.
Yes he did love it.

Thank you for stopping by. Come back again soon. Vx

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lots of Joyful Poinsettias

The lovely Joyful Christmas Stamp Set on page 27 of the Holiday Mini is such a great set to own.
You can make really quick and easy cards with it stamping just a one layer poinsettia flower onto cardstock like these.
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These two cards were inspired by Leena Girsa and Andrea Shields.
Here is a picture of the inside of the last one I showed you.

Of course this flower just calls out for it to be cut and layered into a 3D poinsettia like the one I showed in a previous post. Here

This is another one for you to see.
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 I have embossed the poinsettia in silver and cut out. The Pretty Print Emboss Folder I used behind the flower is sponged with the silver ink pad and embossed in silver too.

And finally a vellum flower layered up.  This flower was stamped in versamark and heat embossed with gold embossing powder. Then coloured from behind in Pool Party with a stampin marker.

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I have used the Stylish Stripes Emboss Folder for the background. The Ovals framelits to create a window and a champagne glimmer card frame around it.
The stamp in the centre is a retired SU set.
Greeting stamped in Brown Sugar is from the Warmth and Wonder Hostess Set in the Holiday Mini.

I hope you enjoyed seeing different ways to use this Christmas Stamp Set. If you would like to purchase one of your own you can click on the Shop Now Button on My Stampin Up Website.

Have a good weekend and I will see you again next week. We have our son's 21st this Saturday so there might just be a photo or two of that as well.
Until then. Happy Stamping.

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Monday, October 21, 2013

What to do with Journalling Tags?

Hello everyone,
Well it appears I didn't blog a post on this previously. I thought I had, but looking back it isn't there. So what I want to show you today is a couple of Gift boxes and gift card sets I have made with only one pack of Season of Style Journaling Tags(p.22) and the Decorative Window Boxes (p.36) from the Holiday Mini Catalogue.

I still had plenty of journalling tags left over from the last time I made some gift cards with them. So decided to put some more of them to good use again last week for another hostess gift.
I made another little gift card box with the Decorative Window Gift Box and the Season of Style Designer Journaling Tags.
Here is the how I decorated the box this time.
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 Isn't that little Santa sweet, peaking out from inside the box?! I just cut him out from one of those Journalling Tags I had and stuck him down inside with glue dots on his shoulders so you can't see them.

A bit of Real Red Stitched Grosgrain to tie around the box and a greeting from Christmas Messages p.34.
Couldn't be simpler!! Oh yes and some Season of Style Washi tape wrapped around the box as well p.25. Can you see it there? Love the Washi Tape - it is so easy to use.
Would you like to see the gift tags and gift cards I made with some of the Journalling Tags?
I made 4 gift cards using old olive, real red, white and crumbcake cardstock for the bases. 9.5cm square.
Some Season of Style Designer paper for the backgrounds. Then just cut the journalling tags to suit the size of the cards. I also used my two way glue pen and added some dazzling diamonds glitter to the cards to give them a bit of Bling.
And 4 gift tags. I used the little Merry Christmas Stamp from Teeny Tiny Sentiments p.44 of the main catalogue, and some cherry cobbler bakers twine.
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So there is my little gift. Made almost entirely from products from our Holiday Mini Catalogue.
Another easy gift card set for the Christmas Season.

And this is the set I made previously (still with the same pack of Journalling Tags - and I still have enough left over for some more!! what a great buy at only $8.95 AUD/ $10.95 NZD.
This time I used the snowflake from the Festive Flurries Stamp Set p.30 to decorate the outside of the box.
And a simple bow on the front. Washi tape wraps around it as well.
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This set contained 6 gift cards which were matted with some champagne glimmer card and Season of Style Designer Paper. And of course my Journalling Tags from the pack.

Hope you try this too.
Thanks for stopping by. Love hearing from you.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Christmas Card Box

Hello again,
The other day I showed you all the cards I made with the Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit.
So today I thought you might like to see how I packaged them up for my hostess.
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This neat little card box can hold 5 cards and envelopes.  Here is a close up of the white embossed poinsettia flowers and the belly band.
I have used one sheet of A4 Real Red Cardstock to make my box.
Old Olive and some Season of Style dsp.
Old Olive ribbon and an embossed poinsettia cut down with a Frosted finish embellishment in the centre.
You slip the belly band off to open it.
Here is an aerial view.
Then we open it to reveal the cards and envelopes inside.
Can you see how there is a flap at both ends to hold the cards and envelopes in place.Would you like the easy peasey measurements?

Here is a picture of what it looks like ready to be put together.
I used an A4 piece of cardstock.
For Australian standard size cards and envelopes.
Score across the full length at 1cm, 2cm, 14cm, 15.5cm, 27.5cm, 28.5cm.

Then turn and score at 16.5 cm, 18cm
Now cut out the bits as indicated and fold up. The two outside edges fold under the bottom flap. I used sticky strip to hold it together.

For the Simply Created Card kit I shortened the length as the US have a slightly different card size to us.
So instead of 16.5cm, 18cm
I scored 15cm, 16.5cm.

I hope you liked this easy card box, They would make great gift ideas for Christmas. Which is fast approaching by the way!!!

I have another decorated box to show you next week so be sure to pop in.
Until then. Vx

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Merry Little Christmas.

Have you seen the Merry Little Christmas Simply Created Card Kit? Page 27 in the Holiday Mini. This is a picture of the card you can make using the Bundle (which includes the Stamp). You get enough product to make 8 cards and matching envelopes with liners.
I decided to have a play with this set and see what else I could come up with with just a minimum of extra supplies.
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Here I have embossed the cardstock with the new Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder p.22.
I added a little bit of old olive and red glimmer cardstock to the centre pieces. The stamp has been inked in red and green with stampin up markers. Real Red and Old Olive. and cut out with the big  2 1/2 inch circle punch.
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This time I embossed the white tag with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and add some snowflakes in Silver glimmer card and coastal cabana inked on white.
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I didn't use the white tag this time. Instead I used a pretty paper doiley. The words are punched out with the large scallop 2 3/8 inch circle punch. I had the idea that the red button looked a bit like a holly berry so made some holly leaves with old olive cardstock punched out with a 1/2 inch circle punch along the edges. Sponge old olive ink around edges for depth and add a thin line down the middle of each leaf.
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I have embossed the white tag with the Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder. Added a small strip of red glimmer card down the edge and stamped in green at the bottom of the greeting with one of the other stamps in the set.
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Do you see the red and white polka dot paper behind the greeting? That is some of the envelope liner from the card kit. By cutting off a portion I still didn't compromise my pretty envelope liners. They just didn't go all the way to the bottom of the envelope. I have placed the white tag in front of real red cardstock. The red button has a diamante in the centre of it.
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I couldn't resist making another holly piece I used the chalk talk framelits largest frame to cut out the white tag and then embossed with Petals-a-Plenty. A real red banner runs down the back of it.
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And here they all are with some of the envelopes as well. A great idea for quick Christmas cards really and as I have just shown they can be jazzed up a little to take away from the generic look without too much effort.
And that is what we all like as it gets closer and closer to Christmas! hehe.
 If you would like to purchase a card kit you do so through my online store.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these. Please leave a comment if you like. I love hearing from you.
Next time I want to show you the Card Box I made to put them in so make sure you pop back soon.
Until then, Happy Stamping Vx

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Snowflake quilting

Hello again Happy Stampers.
I have been having another play with the quilting technique.
I think the technique is a Japanese quilt fold? But I'm not too sure having not found too many examples of it.
You can find my first card here .
This time I decided to make a Snowflake shape with my little squares. Using the new Winter Frost Specialty Designer Paper.
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Once again I used a 1 1/4 inch circle punch and placed 2cm squares inside. Folding up all the corners to give this effect. This time I did decide to use slightly smaller circles and squares for the bermuda blue ones. I used 1 inch circle punch for these four and 1 1/2 cm squares.
I also used a 2 1/2 inch circle punch to cut out a piece of silver glimmer card to put behind it. A silver glimmer brad in the centre and lots of sparkly diamantes to finish it off.
I didn't want my sentiment to take away from the snowflake, so stamped in Bermuda Bay in the bottom corner of the card.
I love how this snowflake turned out don't you?

Labour Day
It has been super hot here the last few days including today, with temperatures up to 35 degrees.
We decided we would like to go for a very late afternoon walk back down at Wynnum/Manly and a Fish and Chip Dinner afterwards.
Would you like to come too???
It is already very windy down here again. But the cooling breeze is very welcome from the hot humid weather.
The tide is quite a way out too.
A quick detour along the jetty to see the windsurfer.
That is sooo cool!
These silver little fish are the only ones you are going to see today I think. They are scattered all the way along the jetty.
Keep walking we have to get to the end you know.
6pm and the lights are coming on. Must be time for dinner!
Pelican's Nest looks good to me. How about you?
Fish and chips. Calamari and Greek Salad. Mmmmm. Dig in!

Hope you had a great day and thank you for visiting.
Love hearing from you. Come again soon. Vx

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