Monday, 31 August 2015

Wine Bottle Gift Tag Santas

Last year I made a few of these wine bottle gift tags in traditional colours to go with  Christmas Gifts, and to sell at Craft stalls. They were very popular so this year I wanted to extend my stock and cater more for the ladies who like a little bubbly! 

This is what I came up with.

I've used the lovely colours, Coastal Cabana (so sad to see this one leave us) and Blushing Bride, plus the gorgeous Silver Glimmer Paper, Whisper White card and Sahara Sand card (for Santa's face). The Gift Bow Bigz L die makes the bits for Santa's whiskers and I've used a variety of punches for all the other bits. This makes it easy to make lots of these in one go as most of the items can be punched or die cut in multiples.

As these gift tags are more "girly" I used the eyes with lashes.

I am gearing up for our stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets, so there will be lots of Christmassy items on my blog for a while. I hope you enjoy the ideas and feel free to contact me for further information.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Remarkable You - Stylish Simplicity

If you want simplicity & strength of design then the Stampin Up stamp set "Remarkable You" fits the bill perfectly. This stamp set caught my eye when I first flipped through the Stampin Up Annual Catalogue and I knew it would be perfect for making quick stylish cards. 

I created the coloured central strip, by masking each edge with a piece of card stock and sponging between the masks with Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight classic ink.

This is a one layer card, so I used the new Thick Whisper White card stock. It is great to stamp on but has the additional strength to stand up well as a card base.

The leaf image from Remarkable You is stamped using Memento Black, and the greeting is from the Cottage Greetings stamp set that is designed to compliment the Cottage Greetings Card Kit. As you can see it is versatile and has some lovely scripts that work with different cards.
There are four large linear images in the Remarkable You stamp set that are perfect for this style of card, giving you plenty of variety within the set.

You can purchase any of these products via my on-line store or feel free to contact me for further information.

Here is the list of products used in this project...

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Thursday, 27 August 2015

Stampin' Up! Achievers Blog Hop - Holiday Catalogue Sneak Peek

Hello and welcome to the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for August.
I'm so excited to be doing this hop for a couple of reasons:
1. I just last week achieved the next Grand Vacation - the Mediterranean Cruise - a dream come true for me - yippee!!
2. We get to give you a sneak peek of some of the gorgeous items that are in the new Holiday Catalogue.

Today was the first day I've had to play with my box of goodies from Demonstrator Pre-Order - it has been a frantically busy month with me and one of my team members participating in the 4 day Canberra Craft and Quilt Fair, and that involves a huge amount of work and preparation. Couple that with regular classes and events, and I've been battling a bug for about 6 weeks. However all is good now and I hope you love what I have prepared for you.

Christmas is a delightful time of the year, full of family gatherings, good food and lots of fun.  Funnily enough, even though it is summer here in Australia, I still love the concept of snowflakes and traditional Northern Hemisphere celebrations.

For my project I have made a non-traditional colour snowflake gift tag. Perhaps it is a little over the top for a gift tag, but it will be for a very special person.

I used the rich Black and White paper from "Winter Wonderland" DSP  and scored 2 strips @ 2 and 1/2 inches using my score board. Isn't that just the most gorgeous set of papers? After folding and joining the 2 strips, I hot glued them to a circle of black card to make the rosette.

I wanted to try every item in the Holiday Catalogue but did limit myself to about 7 or 8 different products!

Next I took one of the Spider Web Doilies, turned it over to the white side and embossed with heat and stick powder and silver glitter - stunning!

I couldn't go past using the "Sleigh Ride" Edgelits Dies, and chose the cute little houses. I have a "thing" about houses. I was surprised and pleased at how easily these pop out after running them through the Big Shot.
To make the tag a little more interesting and individual, I chose a greeting from the "Versatile Christmas" stamp set and heat embossed the words with White Embossing Powder.

There seemed to be a few blank spaces in my composition so I added some stamped snowflakes from the "Flurry of Wishes" stamp set, and punched them with the coordinating punch - Snow Flurry. You'll be able to get these 2 items as a bundle when ordering starts September 1st, so keep an eye out for savings like that in the new Holiday Catalogue. I wanted a bit of variety in these snowflakes and even though they come in 2 sizes I decided to emboss some with white onto Black Card and Silver Glitter onto black card.

I arranged them on Dimensionals, added some of the new Silver Cording Trim and Iced Rhinestone Embellishments and my tag was complete. I love to make eclectic items and this one sure has a lot of different heights, shapes and products in it, but it just goes to show what masters the designers at Stampin' Up! are - to be able to give us all these beautiful products that coordinate so well.

You should now take a look at the next blog in the line up below and enjoy all the wonderful ideas. Don't miss a single blog because they all have great ideas for using your new products from the Holiday Catalogue

You will be sure to want so many of these items when they are released on September 1st. They will be available on-line through my store or you may contact me if you want further help.

Have fun following along the Blog Hop and be inspired by all the super examples!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Stampin Up Weekly Deals

The Weekly Deals from Stampin Up are a great way to build your supplies at a saving for you.

This weeks deals center around Embossing Folders - I believe to be an essential item for card making. Love my embossing folders! 

You can purchase these products at my on-line store or send me an email and I'll order for you. But remember they are only available for one week from August 26th - September 1st inclusive.

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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Wild About Flowers & Bokeh

It has been such a busy month and now it is almost over, so it is way past time to show you some of the cards I've been making for classes this month. 

I hope many of you took the time to check out all the great inspiration in the latest Stampin Up Achiever's Blog Hop.  Demonstrators from around the world take part in this blog hop and there are some great ideas to try.

Today I'm showing you some cards using the gorgeous new set " Wild About Flowers". It is a beautiful set of 12 photopolymer stamps that includes 2-step stamping. I was teaching the Bokeh technique for backgrounds at one of my classes and used this set to finish the card.

I simply punched a variety of different size circles in Whisper White card and used that as a mask. Then I randomly sponged Whisper White Craft ink over the sponged background. I found it better to use a sponge rather than a dauber as the dauber transferred more colour back onto the ink pad, and who wants a white ink pad with different colours all over it?

This card uses some of the new In Colors in the background and has some Tip Top Taupe images stamped behind the black images. Watermelon Wonder. Mint Macaron and Delightful Dijon make up the background colours.

Notice how the overlapping of the white circles makes them more opaque in sections. I think this adds to the charm of the technique.

I used some of the colours from the Brights colour family on the next card.  Can you pick which ones I used?
A simple, thin black mat and some Black Stitched Satin Ribbon  tie the composition together. I didn't add a greeting to this card as I like it just how it is, and I can always add a greeting if a specific occasion suits the card.

Here is a list of the products I used for the cards. You are welcome to use my On-Line Store for any purchase if you are an Australian resident. While you are there, don't forget to take a peek at the Weekly specials and the Clearance Rack. there are some wonderful bargains to be had!

Thanks for looking

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