Monday, September 29, 2014

Warning Inspiration Overload!

Hello Happy Stampers
Do you ever get Inspiration Overload?
Where you just have too many ideas in your head and you can't sleep until you create something?

Well that is what happened to me late last week. I had been collecting heaps of ideas for my son's birthday card. He is a film maker.
And suddenly at 10 pm on Thursday night...instead of going to bed...I headed to the craft table to get a start on his card. 1.30AM! I was exhausted and finished!
Next morning when I came down and took another look at what I created I was gobsmacked! A little over the top (even for me) hehe. and so much packed into one only explanation was Inspiration Overload!!! 
Clean and Simple Crafters Look Away Now!

So now I guess I have peaked your interest enough...come and have a look at this...
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The original idea I started with was to create a Box Brownie Style Easel Card...and then like Topsy it just seemed to grow from there into this! haha.
Let me give you a tour of my card. I started with a 14.5 x 14.5 Basic Black Easel Card.
Nearly all of it is Stampin Up except for a couple of stamps. The film numbers around the edges is a non SU stamp on Very Vanilla card stock. 
Layered on this is three squares of basic Black card edged with Silver Encore Ink. The Candy Dots in the corner are Very Vanilla.

Next I layered Silver Foil Card, Smoky Slate and Basic Black circles using the Circle Framelits.
I also used a Shaker Frame and some Acetate for the front Lens. It holds a Happy Birthday Greeting from Label Love in Cajun Craze ink and some little gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim.

On the right side of the Camera Lens I added a Cajun Craze Modern Label Punched piece with a small strip of black and on top of that the curvy piece is from the Owl Builder Punch, edged in silver with a Very Vanilla Candy Dot.
I thought at the time it would be clever to have the Lens circle going off centre to create the illusion of the 3D Lens. Not sure if it worked or not though?

On the right side I also added a Film Strip I made with a Retired Stampin Up Spiral Edge Punch. Then I punched some squares into the centre with the 1 inch Square Punch. I stamped some images from Sketched Birthday and Hello Honeycomb onto Very Vanilla and adhered it to the back. A bit of colouring with my Cajun Craze and Daffodil Delight Stampin Write Markers and some Gold Sequins.

On the left to balance it out I made a Punch Art Film Camera using various Circle Punches the triangle from Petite Pennants Punch and a rectangle shape I cut myself. Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Cajun Craze Cardstock, Silver Encore Ink and Gold Sequins.

Now you have seen the outside... here is the inside....

Non SU Stamps on the inside. Several circles for the raised greeting, to hold the Easel in place.

And now we are finished!!! THE END.
I bet you thought that was never going to end. LOL!

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(He loved the card by the way.)

Thanks for making it to the end of the post. Pop back again later in the week I have a few more Cards on the Table at the moment. Vx

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Stair Step Card in Strawberry.

I saw quite a few of these Stair Step Cards or Block Cards on Pinterest when the new Stampin Up Catalogue came out in July but never got round to making one until now. I used the information from Deb Valder's great video tutorial to make my card. Just click here.
I made the card with Strawberry Slush Cardstock 4 1/2 inches x 12 inches. (If you use the A4 card stock be sure to add a bit extra on to your hinge at the bottom, because A4 is on 11 3/4 inches in length).
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I made this card for a special friend's birthday. She just loves the I Love Lace Stamp nearly as much as I do. So I wanted to incorporate that into my card.

I stamped the I Love Lace Stamp in Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry ink and cut it into squares to fit on my block.
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I used the retired Delicate Doilys Sizzlits in Strawberry Slush Cardstock.
Flowers stamped in Strawberry Slush ink from Flowershop and Petite Petals stamp sets and matching punches.
The leaves are from the Bird Builder Punch in Mossy Meadow card stock.

The little banners were made using the Banner Punch and the words from Honeycomb Hello p.134.
I like the doily pattern in the Round Array Stamp set so I used this stamped in Strawberry Slush and Crushed Curry on some of the squares and doily.

Here is the back view. The greeting is non-SU.
And are you wondering where you can write on this card? Well this is what I did.
Yep. I added some white card stock and wrote on the bottom.

The beauty of this card is that it folds flat for postage

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I also made a cute tag to go with the gift I gave her.
I punched out a tag using the Tag Punch and ran it through the Bigshot with my Lovely Lace Embossing Folder.
Added a greeting on top and some Crushed Curry flowers with a sprinkle of Strawberry Slush Itty Bitty punched flowers. The leaves are the wings from the Bird Builder Punch in Mossy Meadow.

All wrapped and ready to go.
This card wasn't as hard as it looks. Probably the hardest part was deciding on how to decorate it! Maybe you will feel inspired to give it a go too.

I have a really busy weekend ...working... blah! Still hoping I will find some time to make a card for my son before his birthday on Monday! Drop by next week and see how I do.
Thanks so much for stopping by. Vx

Just a quick mention before I go...
If I haven't said it before, I love the Honeycomb Hello Stamp Set on page. 134 AUS Clear$28.95 or Wood$37.95.
Such a great collection of words that I would use all the time and some cute extra images as well. The biggest bonus being that you can use it with the little Banner Punch p.223 AUS$18.95  and lots of other punches too.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Circle Card Framelit GOAL!

Hello Happy Stampers.
I have been playing a little Soccer with my Circle Card Framelit.
Come and have a look at what I made for my Soccer mad 13 year old nephew.

I made the card in Green and Yellow for the Socceroos colours.
I used retired Gumball Green card stock and Daffodil Yellow.
The strip of yellow in the centre is actually on the inside of the card. I will show you that in a minute.
But first the outside. I used the Hexagon Hive Framelit and the All Abloom dsp as a background on my card.
The soccer ball is whisper white card stock cut with the 2 1/2 inch circle punch. I had run the piece of card stock through the Bigshot with the Honeycomb embossing folder before I punched the circle shape. That way I was able to centre the hexagons in the circle. I then ran a piece of black card stock through with the Honeycomb EF and cut out some of the black hexagons. These I stuck onto my circle as shown above.
The Wish Big hand is from a retired SU Birthday set.
The arrow was made using the three small black arrow shapes from the Circle Card Framelit. I layered these on top of a white piece and black piece of card stock that I cut out in arrow shapes.
Daffodil Yellow Candy Dots were placed on top of the arrows for added effect.
Here is the inside. Once again I have extended my card to create the extra fold at the end.

Score the end of your card piece you are cutting out at 5cm. Fold this under and place the Circle Card Framelit on top - just beyond your fold - so it doesn't cut into that part of your card stock.

A card fit for any Soccer Enthusiast I think!
Happy Birthday Jakob!

I know he will have a great birthday as his team won the grand final on Sunday and they also won the Premiership title for the year. We were there to see all the action and cheer them on to victory.

Have a great day everyone and I will see you later in the week with a special fold birthday card. Vx

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Mystery of the Circle Framelit Birthday Card.

It was hubby's birthday this week and I have been wanting to use the Moustache Framelit p.230and the Circle Card Framelit p.228 - so why not put them together?!

I decided the circle part was perfect for a face.
 I am a huge Agatha Christie Fan - read the books, seen the movies, got the dvd's. Plus we had just been to see The Confessional starring the brilliant David Suchet (who plays Hercule Poirot on TV).
Hercule Poirot is extremely proud of his moustache so who better to place on the front of the card!!

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I used Basic Grey for the base of my card.
Hercule's face is the large 2 1/2 inch circle punch in Calypso Coral. His bowler hat is just rectangles with the corners rounded. Eyes and nose are circle punches. Not a lot to him really.
I used the Just Sayin' stamp set and matching Word Bubble Framelits. 
At the bottom half of the card I used some retired striped designer paper as Hercule often wears pin-striped trousers. I thought he needed a magnifying glass to highlight his "Detective status". This was done with two circle punches and the Word Window Punch. I printed the words on my Computer.
When you open the card this is on the other side of Hercule's face. Using the Label Love Stamp Set and matching Label Bracket Punch. With a circle of Real Red card stock behind to highlight the words.
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This is the whole card open. I have extended the card for more room to write.
I do this by scoring at 5cm and then folding that piece under. When I cut out the framelit. I place the framelit just outside this fold (so it doesn't cut through it.)
The words on the other side are from the hostess set only available for a limited time.

I had fun using the Circle Card Framelit, it was so easy. Pop back again next week and I will show you another card made with this. Until then happy stamping. Vx

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Creative Blog Hop - All is Calm

I have been honoured to be invited to join in a Creative Blog Hop by my good Stampin Up Buddy Carolyn Lindenmayer. I have known this lovely lady for several years now and have even had the privilege of visiting her a her lovely home. Carolyn is incredibly talented and is the Easel Card Queen!

The Creative Blog Hop asks us to answer 4 questions about ourselves and is a way of introducing you to somebody else and learning a bit more about each of us.

I am currently working on several projects. I have several "special" birthday cards to create in the next couple of weeks. A 40th, a 50th, a 1st, my son's birthday card and another friend's birthday card. So many birthdays!! LOL! I have just finished my first Christmas card with my new goodies from the Holiday Catalogue and I am also keen to start using these new products that are on my craft table tempting me.

I think this should be What is my Creative Style? 
I love collage work the most. Just stamping away and creating something lovely with lots of elements is very satisfying (when I can pull it off! haha!) I also love punch art and often turn to this style when wanting to create an image that I don't have a stamp for. I never say no to a bit of sparkle on a card either! One thing I really like is creating cards that look good with minimum effort. Something that anyone can re create for themselves.

I love art in many forms. I find it very satisfying to create something beautiful and unique for someone. It is a very personal and intimate process, where I am thinking as I create, of that person. Each piece has a little bit of myself in it and is an expression of my thoughts for them. I have made many friends through my crafting. Some I have never met in person, but it is wonderful to share with these like-minded people, who understand my need to create!

Usually I am thinking of a particular person when I am making a card so I try to pull things together that remind me of them. Essentially my card or craft item may start with colour/s or style or images that reminds me of the recipient. I use Pinterest a lot for inspiration and ideas. I also like incorporating new techniques or products when I can.

Now I have the pleasure of introducing you to two other fellow Stampin Up Demonstrators.
Both these ladies have great style and enthusiasm for their craft and are always positive and helpful.
I am glad to have had the opportunity to "meet" them online.

Jan McQueen has a wonderful style and blog. She is always up for a Challenge and has always encouraged me.

Hi my name is Jan. I have lived in Melbourne, Australia almost long enough to lose my New Zealand accent - except for friendly sporting rivalry of course :-)
I have always enjoyed being creative  and was the family card maker as a teen but it wasn't until a friend introduced me to SU that I took it up again.  I love to make cards and gifts for family and friends that can be as unique as they are.
I became a Demonstrator in January 2009 and have made some wonderful friends along the way  - including online through our SU site which is how I met Vicki :-)

Susan Hurley-Luke is another lovely caring person I have met through the Stampin Up Demonstrator Website.  She also enjoys sharing her great work, especially her 3D projects.

A big thank you to Vicki for wanting me to join in on The Creative Bloghop! I am honoured. When I started papercrafting in 2006 I had no idea it would become such an important and permanent part of my life. I just knew I wanted some beautiful rubber stamps to play with. When Stampin' Up! started in Australua I was over the moon. I became a demonstrator right away. The stamps were gorgeous and I loved being able to colour coordinate everything so easily. Who could resist? Cardmaking became one of my favourite pastimes, and soon a friend persuaded me to try scrapbooking which also 'stuck' with me. The world of papercrafting has since led me to many delightful new friendships and has enabled me to have a lovely creative element in my life. It even made me the webmaster of, caused me to become a blogger and a craft teacher! I plan to keep papercrafting firmly in my life for the foreseeable future and look forward to even more unexpected adventures because of this wonderful and fun hobby.

Make sure you visit these two ladies blogs next Monday. I am sure they will have some interesting things to share with you all.

Now onto a card for today! Photographing this was really difficult for some reason. So it looks a little darker than it is.
I received some great new products from the New Holiday Catalogue and just had to make a card with them. My focus was the All is Calm Specialty Designer Series Paper and matching washi tape p.22. I combined them with the Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set. p.25 and the matching Star Framelits p.231(main catalogue).
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 I used Bermuda Bay card stock and ink.

 Plus some pretty silver glimmer card stock and diamantes for a bit of sparkle.

To make the star I got a piece of white card stock and placed strips of washi diagonally across it.
Then I used my star framelit to cut out a star shape.

My first Christmas card for the year - All is Calm - should be titled Stay Calm! maybe? Haha. Apparently it is only 14 weekends till Christmas. (not that I am counting or anything. lol.)

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out Jan and Susan's blogs
and I will see you all later in the week with a fun card using the Circle Card Framelit set.Vx
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