Friday, October 30, 2015

First Walk in the Woodlands - JAI#286

The Woodlands Embossing Folder was love at first sight for me!
One of the first things on my order I couldn't wait to use it.
Such a versatile little embossing folder for every occasion but as Christmas is getting closer now, so
here is a Christmas Card I made.

I have just seen that the girls over at Just-add-ink.  have a Challenge running at the moment and it is just add "W". (Please click on link above to see what others have come up with.)
So I think I am in with this one.


It is quite hard to photograph but I tried to catch the light on it so you could see some of the sparkle from the gold embossing, sequins, diamantes and the dazzling diamond glimmer cards stock.

I used Smoky Slate for the card base.
The Woodlands Embossing folder was brayered with Crumbcake ink, then I placed my white cardstock in and ran it through the Bigshot.
Hey Presto! Crumbcake background!
I stamped leaves from Lovely as a Tree Stamp and spots from Gorgeous Grunge Stamp Set, in gold ink and heat embossed with gold embossing powder.

At the bottom of the card I added a whisper white piece hand torn and some dazzling diamond glimmer cardstock cut to look like snow. Well that is what it is supposed to represent anyway. LOL.
Finished with Merry Christmas embossed with white embossing powder from Versatile Christmas Stamp set.

Really loved this card and how it turned out. Brayering the embossing folder is a fun easy technique to apply colour. Why not give it a try yourself. and don't forget to pop over to Just add Ink there is still time to play along too.

Thanks for stopping by. Come back soon. Vx

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Who is Looking through the Window?

Hohoho! I see Santa saying "Hello"!
This cute card was inspired by someone on Pinterest. I just went back though and couldn't find the card! So sorry I can't credit them personally.
I cut the Santa from the Home For Christmas Designer paper p.9
 The Merry Christmas is from Lots of Joy Stamp Set in the Main Catalogue p.69
and those lovely white dots are Home For Christmas Enamel Dots p. 9.
My wood style background is the Hardwood Background Stamp stamped in White onto Crumbcake Card stock.
 And isn't the background pretty? It is just a piece of whisper white card stock sponged lightly with Marina Mist, Blushing Bride and Soft Sky. Then the trees from the Happy Scenes Stamp set stamped in Mossy Meadow.

Super cute and easy card.

We have been away for a few weeks holiday at Carnarvon Gorge which is inland 700kms west from Brisbane, Queensland. Here are a few pics for you.Loved every minute.

Now it is back to real life and stamping of course! Plenty of cards to make and show.
Happy Stamping Vx

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Saturday, October 10, 2015

Snowflakes are falling. PCCCS#165

Well hello again!
Today's card is going to be for the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge no. 165.
Click on the link here PCCCS165  and here is the Sketch we have to use.

Using some gorgeous products from the Holiday Catalogue, I started with Soft Sky Card stock for my card base.

Click on photo to enlarge
Added some lovely music designer paper from Home for Christmas p.9 (curl the edges with the end of a small paint brush).
Hearth and Home Window thinlits and the trees and words from Happy Scenes in Night of Navy. p.10

A beautiful wooden snowflake inked in white craft ink and topped with iced rhinestone embellishment. I also added extra glitter to the snowflake and the front of the card.
Mossy Meadow leaves from the bird builder punch and little white flowers .

But it is what is inside that makes this card so special. Come and have a look....
Aaaahhhh... Isn't that pretty?!

3 little wooden snowflakes suspended with thin silver metallic thread from a centre piece.

I couldn't resist adding a sleigh ride edgelit to the inside of the card.

Here is a top view so you can see how it is done. Make a square - mine is scored at 3.5cm.
I used the new tear and tape adhesive on the inside of the square to hold the metallic thread. Then covered it with some designer paper.

Looking at it now I am thinking I could have stamped some snowflakes or stars across the top white piece of card stock as well. Oh well, maybe next time.

The most fiddly part of this whole card was threading the metallic thread through the wooden snowflakes, but once that was done it was pretty smooth sailing.

I am thinking this style of card could be adapted to various other styles of cards. I can see flowers or butterflies or BOTH hanging from the inside! Hmmmm.....

I am having a week's break from cards but will be back again next week so be sure to pop back as I have plenty more cards to show you.

And don't forget to pop over the the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge and check them out! Vx

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Personal Christmas Folder - a must have record-keeping tool!

Today I am entering this 3D Christmas Project in the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge no.36.
You can find the Challenge by clicking HERE WW36.
There really is no limit, as long as the project is 3-D.

What is a Christmas Folder???? They are my personal folders for Christmas Record Keeping.
You know...Christmas Card Lists, Present Lists/ideas, Food lists, Decorations, Parties, and best of all a place to file all the receipts!
 I have been making these little beauties for classes and personal use for over 6 years now and just love them (obviously!) hehe.

What I love is that they are easy and quick to make. You can personalise them to suit.
AND best and most important of all....
They have a place where you can keep all your receipts of Christmas present purchases so when something breaks or doesn't fit and needs know just where that receipt is!.
And I should know...I still have the receipts stuck in all my folders from all those years! haha.
Another bonus is that I have a file of all the gifts I have given over the past 6 no double ups from me!
This shows the pocket inside for receipts. I have stuck some pieces of stamped cardstock in so you can see it.

You start with an A4 Envelope.And this is all it truly is. A decorated, pretty A4 Envelope! Now the secret is out!

 Fold it in half like this. The Flap will be to your right and side flap should fold over the front. Don't remove that sticky strip until you are ready to stick down a piece of cardstock over it. You don't want it sticking down to anything else. Cover the flap with a piece of card stock to give it durability on both the inside and outside. I used real red cardstock.
I covered the outside of my folder with card stock then some designer paper. Because the length is a bit more than a 12 x 12 piece I left a gap 3.5cm near the end where it opens and covered this with a different piece of co ordinating dsp, as you can see below.

The outside of the flap is covered in designer paper too.
You can decorate this folder any way you would like to. I usually use current Christmas Designer Paper and stamps to show of our Stampin Up products.

Here it is laid flat so you can see the outside pieces.

On the inside I cover the two pieces with cardstock slightly smaller than the envelope.

I have a pocket on one side that I decorate and keep pieces of card stock in.
These pieces of card become my Christmas card list, my present lists, my Christmas Day food list etc. etc.

 I haven't decorated the other side but I will probably add a small cheap notepad to make notes and ideas for food and gifts etc. Just haven't got any notepads in the house at the moment so will have to add that later.

Or you could add another pocket to the other side as well.

These Christmas Folders where decorated with Merry Moments Designer paper and stamps from Lots of Joy p.69 main catalogue. Some retired washi tape. Real Red and Smoky Slate Cardstock.

Hope you found this useful and maybe give it a go yourself. They are lots of fun and Oh So Handy Dandy to have at Christmas!!!
Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Friday, October 2, 2015

Window on Christmas

Well it has finally arrived!! The time to start sharing with you all the wonderful things I have been making with the new products from the Holiday Catalogue! Seriously good stuff!!
I want to start with the Hearth and Home Thinlits dies - or as I call it...the "window die".(p.11)

I have wanted a window die for years and when I saw this one it was first on my order! Including the Happy Scenes Stamp Set  because "who doesn't love a Bundle!"and the chance to save 15%!

Windows are sooooo practical and versatile. The kind of die you can use all year round.
So before we jump into the Christmas show and is a pretty window card I made for a birthday.

Do you love the lace curtains made from a Stampin Up Doily?
 Pretty Petals Designer Paper stack paper, Brick Embossing Folder, and some little punch flowers. Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral.

Now for a Christmas Card...
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These stamps are from Cozy Christmas p.9 and Jingle All the Way p. 12 
I used the Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder on Whisper White. Put it in the Bigshot and run through once then turn it over and run through again to get a subtle Tartan look to your cardstock.
 And that Wooden Snowflake from Snowflake Elements p.23!! Oh My Goodness!
I hand cut the banner in a curve to match to sentiment. Designer Paper is Merry Moments from the main catalogue.

Thanks for stopping by.

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