Wednesday, April 27, 2016

50th Card in the Box Crate

I came across this brilliant idea by Bronwyn Eastley to make a card in the box in the design of a wooden crate.
So I just had to give it a go myself. "I did it My Way!" as the song goes and just cut some Crumbcake cardstock 7cm x 30cm. Score at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm.
Stamp the wood design using the Hardwood Background stamp in Soft Suede ink.
Fold up into shape of box.

 Then I cut 4 pieces of crumbcake cardstock, 3cm x 10cm and stamped them with the Hardwood Background Stamp.
I scored them all down the centre at 1.5cm and attached them to each corner of the box.

I also did 3 insert pieces 9cm x 6cm. I scored them at 1cm and 8cm and attached them inside the box to hold my various flowers and leaves from the Botanical Builders framelits set.

I used Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Yellow and Pool Party for the flowers. Old Olive and Mossy Meadow for the leaves and various gold touches amongst the garden.
The words were all from the Retired Saleabration Set Party Pants.

 At the back I also attached a large circle for some extra height and added a piece of white cardstock to write my greeting.

The card went down well with the birthday girl. Especially as her favourite colour is orange.

 Have a great day and pop back again soon. Vx

Last weekend was ANZAC Day in Australia. A day we remember and pay tribute to the many men and women who have fought and died for our country and those that serve today.

Thought I would post a few picks from Anzac Day this year in Brisbane City.

The Eternal Flame Memorial in Anzac Square the night before Anzac Day.

Anzac Day Parade.

                                                                  WW1 Historical Unit.

                                          Just one of the many older veterans . We thank you.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Pink and Pretty Presents for Mother's Day or Any Day!

Remember you can click on any photos to enlarge them

Hello Happy Stampers, Looking for ideas for Mother's Day? It is just around the corner you know!
How about this idea?....

This month I decided to make a pretty little bag in the box with some beautiful designer paper from Birthday Bouquet (Occasions Catalogue p.9).
Once I started down the Pink and Pretty Path I just couldn't seem to stop! LOL! Mother's Day is just around the corner and who wouldn't love something pretty and feminine, like this, any time for a gift?

I tucked some pretty pink tissue paper inside 

and added a flowery pen (I cut the top off the original packaging and added my own "flowery" punch topper. 
(Flower topper is Blushing Bride cardstock scallop circle punch, sponged with Watermelon Wonder ink. Birthday Bouquet dsp scallop circle punch. Mint Macaron Pansy Punch, Pink Pirouette Scallop circle and a little white su flower punch(retired). 
The pen also came with a matching pack of circle shaped sticky notes. So I added a Blushing Bride circle and doily to the back of them just to make them that bit more "special".

 I needed some more pink in the bag so I added a chocolate which I had to decorate too, with a strip of designer paper and a Chocolate Topper? (is there even such a thing???) hehe.-
 using Blushing Bride Glimmer card heart punch, a doily (the doily is stuck into a pink straw and the heart holds them together with glue dots.

Would you like the bag measurements? There are heaps of Bag in the Box Tutorials out there in Blogland, Youtube and Pinterest, if you are looking for one, they have been around for quite a number of years.

Designer paper - 10cm x 30cm
Base Box - 13.5cm x 8cm - score all way round 2cm  - create box.
Stick Designer paper around box base.
Cardstock for top and bottom of back - 2cm x 29cm (this goes on the outside of the designer paper bag top and bottom.)
Cardstock for handles - 1.5cm x 29cm

So of course this pretty little bag needed a card....

 This card in Pink Pirouette cardstock is called a Cascade Card and I got my idea for it with the embossing in the centre piece from Olga Cavanaugh from Crafts Bouquet Blog.

I know Saleabration is over but I couldn't resist using the Botanicals Just for You Saleabration stamp set to make the wreath of flowers. So pretty in Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder and Mint Macaron don't you think? Just draw a circle in pencil around a punched out circle shape and stamp around it.

A pink Blushing Bride Glimmer butterfly finishes off the front nicely.

 For the middle section I ran it through the Bigshot with the Lovely Lace Embossing folder and placed some white cardstock inside for writing on.
The final section is done using some more Birthday Bouquet dsp a non-SU greeting punched out with the circle punch and more of those pretty flowers stamped around.
Two little butterflies in Mint Macaron and Pink Pirouette flutter around the top of the page.

Here is the card open.

 Measurements for the card.
I used an A4 piece of cardstock. I scored it at 10cm and 20cm along the 29.5cm length.
Then on the short end(21cm) I marked it at 8cm on the top and at the bottom marked 13cm.
I placed these two marks on my cutting groove and cut diagonally along. This gives you two cards.

I hope you liked my Pretty in Pink Mother's Day (or any Day really!) little set.

Have a beautiful day! Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

the number game.

A small note about Number of Years Bundle.
I have to be honest and say that when I first saw Number of Years Stamp set and Large Number Framelits p.10 and 11 of the All Occasions Catalogue - I thought they were a bit pricey for me. But on further reflection of what the word "pricey" means, I concluded that they were actually good value.
A "pricey" item reflects not what you pay for it. But how useful and well used the item is to you.
In this case I decided that a good number set was well worth the price tag for me.

The numbers are large enough to make a great statement alone. So very little extra work needed unless you want to.
 A birthday number requires no thinking about a "theme". And numbers work for other occasions as well. Anniversaries, Grades, Teams, Music, etc. etc. endless possibilites.
The stamp set works beautifully with the framelits.
Want some humour added? Use the "Look who's turning"   and "(again)" stamps.
 Want to share the love? Use "the number of years the world has been a better place because you're in it" Stamp.

And so after that little spiel I will unveil my latest number creations for you. (Expect to see number cards popping up frequently on my blog!) Just love them!

First off a 21st birthday card for my Pianist nephew.
How easy was this card to make!

 The numbers in Silver foil card.
I did use a non SU music note I had and some retired Stampin Up music paper dsp on the inside.
 A black card base. I just hand cut the curve. It starts at 7cm up on the right hand side and finishes at 3.5cm on the top of the card.
Then added a strip of gold glimmer card and 10cm x 5cm white cardstock for the keyboard.
I used a ruler and drew some lines 1cm apart.
The black keys were cut from cardstock 0.7cm wide x 3.5cm long. They are raised with dimensionals.
 Inside I added some punched balloons using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The stamped words are non-SU.

I also did an 18th Birthday card for a nieces upcoming birthday.
This card is a very "generic" style and you could use it with various colours and for a lot of different ages as well.

This time I used a thick white cardstock base for my card.
I stamped in Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay and Wisteria Wonder Using the Timeless Textures Stamp set.

It needed a bit more razzle dazzle so I stamped an image from Timeless Textures, in silver ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder, top and bottom.
I also added cute balloons from the Bouquet Balloon Punch in silver glimmer card with silver cord.

 At the bottom I used the Number of Years Stamp set for the words and banner to finish it off.

And here are some random photos I took on the weekend with Rosie down at a local beach area (moreton bay). It was a perfect sunny day for a picnic lunch and walk. Lots of sailboats out on the water.

Until next time. Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Anniversary Kermit!

So what do you make for your 32nd Wedding Anniversary???
Looking for something that truly expresses 32 years of marriage?
Look no further...
I have the answer!!!
In the true manner of a passionate love affair that stands the test of time.

Who else but....

 The beautiful Miss Piggy and the dashing Kermit the frog.
Wah Wah Wah Wah.

I found the idea for the two characters on Pinterest and just went from there, playing around with different punches etc.
Miss Piggy was mainly the 1 3/4 in circle, 1/2 inch circle, the owl builder punch for eyes, Bird builder punch for ears. 2 3/8 Scallop circle for hair. I used the melon mambo and black stampin write markers for details.
 Kermit was the Retired Ornament Punch and the Retired flower punch and 1/2 inch circle for eyes, Small heart punch for tongue.

As you can see I used my new Number of Years and Number Framelits set. Red Glimmer card for the number 32 and I stamped the word Anniversary in black across the white heart for a background. Then I stamped Happy Happy Anniversary on the Red heart below.
 I love Photopolymer for easy placement when stamping!
The word bubbles are part of another Retired stamp set and framelits bundle. (I actually had them lying in a drawer and decided they would work very nicely on the card, so out they came. )

The hardest part of designing this card was the fact that there was so much going on and such a great mix of colours, I felt the background had to be kept very simple and, well, in the background, so to speak! So I kept it basic Black and Whisper White.
But how to fit the large heart with the numbers on??? That is when I came up with this idea.
I cut a large circle using a circle framelit out of the centre of the card.
Because the card already had the Black background stuck to it, I then had a black and white circle. Nice!
I lowered the circle slightly to attach it with glue to the card.
And stuck my Anniversary No.32 Heart on to it.

So you can see the 32 from the outside of the card.

But when you open is still showing! Cool hey!

And here is a Collage I made of our Anniversary Breakfast we had at a local Garden Centre Cafe. 
A beautiful cafe set in a garden setting, 

Have a great day. Thanks for stopping by. Vx 

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