I've been doing my best to re-use all my 'baby containers' lately. Baby food jars have become tealight holders, baby food tins have been re-covered and stuffed with Hershies Kisses, and Formula Tins (the ones that don't make as storage tins in Matt's shed) get re-covered and filled with baking.
This tin is covered with Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper. I have also decorated it using my Scallop Trim Border & Corner Punches. I've also sponged a frame and used Gold embossing powder to make it a little more 'Christmassy' .
Sign up for my Techniques Class in January to learn how to punch squares and rectangles using the Scallop Trim Punches.
Here is another of this year's christmas cards - this time from my Techniques class, where we covered how to use the embossing folders with the Big Shot, but leave a smooth section in the middle.
For this card I used the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and Vintage Vogue set, which looks quite festive when teamed up with Pear Pizzazz and Real Red. I finished it off with a greeting from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.
This is a technique we recently covered during my Techniques class - we used the Big Shot and ran the Whisper White cardstock through the 'Vintage Wallpaper' embossing folder, then heat embossed it using silver embossing powder.
I made up this card as an example of how this technique can be used on a project. I'm pretty happy with the result so will probably give this card away nearer chirstmas.... I've also added it to the 'Just Add Ink' challange this week.
Here's another Christmas card we made at a recent Quick Cards class. Over the last few classes I've been playing around and using stamp sets that are not necessarily Christmas sets to make Christmas cards (see pervious post using Lovely As A Tree).
For this card I used me 'So Swirly' Jumbo Wheel, the flower image from 'Priceless' and the greeting from 'Seasons of Joy'.
I also used the Scallop Oval and Large Oval punches, with a little bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to top it all off. Colours are Always Artichoke and Ridinghood Red.
These are cute little cards that I made last year for the kids I work with, but they are suitable for anyone young at heart! They are quick and simple to make - you just have to make sure all the Santas end up in the cards, not your tummy!
I used: Seasons of Joy, Real Red Ink, StazOn White Ink, Real Red, Old Olive and Whisper White Cardstock, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch.
This layout uses the 'Loads of Love' stamp set - one of the first sets I ever purchased and I still love it. It's great for male cards and even christmas cards (we'll be doing that in a quick cards class so I'll post an example of one soon...) but as you can see, it also looks great on a 12x12 layout!.
I have had this stamp set - 'Lovely as a Tree' -on my wishlist for a long time. I finally bought it a couple of months ago and love it - there are just so many uses for it - so I'm really pleased that it's still in the new catalogue.
Here's just one idea... a Father's Day card ready for this Sunday.
I loved the 'Choo Choo' stamp set ($36.95, Pg 62) and 'Right on Track' wheel ($14.50, Pg 62) when it was first released earlier in the year. I'm so pleased it made it back into the new 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue!
For this card I also used 'Trendy Trees' ($38.95, Pg 68).
For the next few months I will be including a 'male-inspired' card in my Quick Cards classes. Hopefully this will give you some ideas and a stock of 'male' cards for your collection.
This card uses the Curly Label Punch Bundle (inc. punch and stamp set - see below). The colours are Basic Grey, Brocade Blue and Night Of Navy. I've also used co-ordinating ribbon, brads and the crimper to embellish.
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These three little bags are made using paper lunch bags and are great for just about any gift! I decorated them using the new Manhattan Flower embossing folder with my Big Shot.
I wondered how many different looks I could achieve, so I had a little play around. For the pink bag I used sponges to gradually ink up the reverse of the embossed image, leaving ink on the raised petals.
The embossing folders are great value at just $18.95 - they are a good size too, with each folder measuring 11.4cm x 14.6cm
This is a great project for Mothers Day. I have used this Flower Pot on scrapbook pages in the past (see previous posts), but this mini version of the Flower Pot is also great for cards.
It has a pull-up section so you can add a message / greeting (see below).
I used my "One of a Kind' Stamp set and Boho Blossome Punch to punch out the flowers. I also used the 5 Petal Flower punch to make some leaves.
Cardstock is Chocolate Chip, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette and Certainly Celery.The DSP is Candy Lane.
If you would like to see a tutorial for a full size flower pot click here for Andrea Watford's Blog - she has a downloadable template for the flower pot, which I used but reduced in size to suit my project.
Ok, it's been quite a while since I blogged, and this card has been waiting to be posted here for quite some time! Here it is - Vintage Vogue again but still my favourite set. I used Always Artichoke and Rich Razzleberry, which matched beautifully with the Cottage Garden DSP I used.
This is a great way to embellish your cards and use up those scraps of DPS - the 2-Way glue pen is an ideal adhesive for these small pieces - no mess!
I have this set in the new 'clear mount' style, wich is great for me as it makes storage so much easier. Click here to read more about clear mount stamps or e-mail me to place your order - firstname.lastname@example.org
The launch of the NEW Stampin' Up! Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue is just days away....
As it's packed with so many new products I've decided to hold a launch party. This is a FREE event where you can see the new products in the flesh and even try them out with free Make & Takes. There will also be lots of samples on display, drinks & nibbles and prizes to win!
FREE shipping for any orders placed at the Launch Party
It will be very informal so pop along any time between 9am - 11am
Friday 2nd April
I made these little Easter Egg Bag Toppers last year for the ladies at work - they were all very happy with them so I thought I'd share them with you for this year.
You will need:
Chocolate Chip, Whisper White & So Saffron Cardstock (pg. 128)
Small Cellophane Bags (pg.130)
Tag Punch and Small Tag Punch (pg.152)
Greetings Eight Stamp Set (pg. 57)
Basic Black Ink (pg. 127)Stampin' Pastels (pg. 127)
Blender Pens (pg. 156)
Always Artichoke 1/4" Grossrain Ribbon (pg. 151)
Fold a square of chocolate chip cardstock in half and attach to the top of the bag of eggs.
Wrap Always Artichoke Ribbon around the card, securing it at the front. Stamp the Bunny image onto Whisper White cardstock and layer it onto So Saffron Cardstock - use the Tag punches to punch them out adn layer them together. Attach to the bag topper covering the join of the ribbon. Colour the image using a Blender Pen with Pastels. Add a button to embellish and stamp a greeting using White Stazon if desired.
I love these slider cards. They are actually surprisingly easy to make and are great for any occasion.
For this one I used my "Wild About You" set, with lovely bold colours - Kiwi Kiss, Baja Breeze, Pumpkin Pie & So Saffron, but I've also recently made one using the Level 1 Hostess Set "Live Like You Mean It" - I'll post that one another day....
If you would like to make similar 'fancy' cards, please contact me to register for my Fancy Folds classes, which run every month and cost just $15.
I couldn't resist taking a quick snap of these 'rose buds' as I think they look great as a bunch. I held two stamping classes on Sunday so each of my customers has a little 'rose bud' gift. I hope everyone managed to get past the packaging as there's a Hershies Kiss inside!
I was taught how to make these just the other night by a very talented Demo from West Auckland Called Janine Pierce - go check out her blog for her other great ideas...
In the days before Stampin' Up! (and a number of other hobbies...) I used to make and sell jewellery, so when I saw this idea I couldn't resist!
It just so happens that last month I finally brought Hodgepodge Hardware, which had been on my 'wishlist' for months, so I had everything I needed...
You will need:
RubOns, Crystal Effects, 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Cardstock scraps and Craft & Rubber Scissors (or similar to trim the metal tags)
What to do:
Cut scraps of cardstock to fit inside your chosen Hodgepodge Tag (I cut two as mine is double sided)
Embellish the scraps with your chosen RubOns.
Carefully adhere cardstock to the Hodgepodge Tag using Crystal Effects (Use 2 tags if you are making a double sided pendent like mine). Allow to dry.
Trim one end off the tag using Craft & Rubber Scissors
If yours is double sided, adhere the 2 tags back to back using Crystal Effects
Once dry, apply a layer of Crystal Effects to the surface on each side to protect your images and make them nice and glossy. Allow several hours to dry.
Thread ribbon through the hole and secure using the buckle from Hodgepodge Hardware set.
I think this would make a great pendent for a necklace, but am planning to give this one away as a bookmark.
I would love to see your versions of this project - e-mail me your photos and I'll publish them on my blog. There's also some 'blog candy' up for grabs for my favourite entry before the end of February...