Thursday, 26 November 2015

Stampin Up Achievers Blog Hop - Typeset for Christmas - Seeing 3D

Hi and welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers November Blog Hop - Seeing 3 D. 
 Talk about leaving this to the last minute! So sorry about the rushed post but I do want to participate in the hop this month. 

I have been making these awesome snowflakes and selling lots of them at our local Craft Market, so I thought I'd share my latest version with you. I saw a picture of a similar snowflake and thought "I can do that" so here it is.
Supplies I used help this project to be quite quick and easy to construct. You do need to add some pegs or bulldog clips to hold each of the modules together before using hot glue to attach them all to a central core.

Detail of the centre part of the snowflake - this hides all the hot glue, and any uneven ends on each of the modules.

You can see that the snowflake is double sided so it can hang freely. 
Each module is made up of 5 (or for larger snowflakes -7) strips of paper, and it is really easy to change the size by shortening or lengthening the strips of paper.

And here is the finished product. It measures approximately 22cm across.
I really love those Snowflake Elements for creating a gorgeous centre.

And here is a more traditional white snowflake where I've used the Spider Web doily covered in Dazzling Diamonds as part of the central motif.

Thanks for looking, now it is time to move on to the next awesome project. Just follow the links below and continue through the hop to see gorgeous ideas from many talented demonstrators from around the world. Have fun!

Friday, 16 October 2015

Delicate Ornament Christmas Cards

I love Christmas and always look forward to the Seasonal Catalogues from Stampin' Up! that feature the Christmas stamps, embellishments and tools. I make Christmas cards all through the year at my monthly Christmas Stamp A Stack classes, so we all have a nice stack when the busy time of the year comes around. 

This month we used the "To You & Yours" Shaker Kit by Stampin' Up! and that was both quite easy and lots of fun. This is a wonderful kit if you have never made shaker cards, and the bonus is that there are plenty of left overs to complete other cards.

This is what I made using the left over dimensional tape and star sequins.
I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest by Judy May.

The Delicate Ornament Thinlit dies  cut beautifully using the new Precision Plate. I cut them in Silver foil and put some wax paper between the die and the paper. Don't forget to put the waxy side against the die!

The ornament on the left is made by punching a 1 and 3/4 inch circle (which doubles as the backing for the delicate silver bauble) then selecting the next size up framelit from the Circles Framelits pack. It makes a beautiful thin outline. I'm so happy that we have so many circle options when combining all our punches and framelits. 

Window sheet is behind the front card. 

I also used the Softly Falling Embossing Folder on the front of the card and added a few dots of glue using the Fine Tip Glue Pen then sprinkling it with Silver Glitter (Stampin' Up! glitter  of course!)
Colours are Soft Sky, Pool Party, White and Silver Foil on one card and Pool Party, Island Indigo, Silver Foil and White on the other card. 

Below you can see a list of the products I used, and when you decide you must have them,  you can order via my on-line store for delivery direct to you. (Australian residents only) 

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Friday, 9 October 2015

Hand Made Photo Album Keepsakes

Today I have some photos of a variety of Albums I've been making using Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers and card stock.
I've had a lot of requests to teach this method at classes and have been busy doing this for the last couple of weeks, as I have a limit of 4 participants in each class. We need plenty of room to spread out so I think one table each is enough!

Here are some photos of the different types of Album you can make.

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Your class fee covers:
1 full pack of Designer Series Paper
1 full pack of coordinating colour A4 cardstock
1 Multipurpose Glue
Additional embellishments
Additional neutral card stock for stamping and matting
Use of my stamp collection
Written instructions to take home.

If you would like to organise a group to complete one of these albums you can contact me

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Guy Greetings for My Classic

Today's card was made for my husband who celebrated his birthday this week. I've been trying to make more cards for men and boys as my customers often request ideas for the men in their lives. 

Guy Greetings stamp set by Stampin' Up! is versatile and fun to use as it has quite a few different images and some great word stamps too. 

Here is the card I made.

I combined papers from the Go Wild Designer Series Paper Stack the stamps and the card base is made from the new Thick Whisper White.

The image is stamped in Memento Black ink and coloured with an Aqua Painter and Tip top Taupe ink. 

I love the effect of torn paper and my all time favourite Brads have to be the Antique Brads. 

Below, I've added a list of the items used to create this card.

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Versatile Christmas Cuties

I love colouring and when I saw the new Stampin' Up! stamp set "Christmas cuties" I knew it would work in a number of ways. I have the cutest little grand daughter (I know - all grandparents think their grandies are the best) and she has recently celebrated her 4th birthday. I used the little angel in this set to make a birthday tag for her when I remembered an hour before her birthday dinner that I'd forgotten to wrap her gift and make a card. Bad Grandma!

Here is the tag I made

I stamped and coloured with Early Espresso Classic Ink. One of my favourite discoveries with this colour ink is that it turns a gorgeous musky pink when diluted with water. This is easily done using an Aqua Painter. I did highlight some areas with blushing Bride, but you can see the pink that is derived from the brown on the detail photo.

 Such a sweet little image.

You may recognise the wrapping paper. A few pink sequins dotted around on this Christmas paper changes it to suit birthday celebrations.

A list of currently available products is below. If you would like to purchase these items you can do so through my online store
You can also contact me via my Demonstrator Business Website

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Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Woodland Cars: Embossing Folder - Male Card

My customers often ask for card ideas for the Males in their lives so tonight I decided to give it a try. As we make 6 cards in the class I wanted to keep it fairly simple, but of course it had to be eye-catching too. 

One of my favourite folders is the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing folder - gorgeous in its own right, but I wanted something different. We were also using the Guy Greetings stamp set with some of the other cards so I worked out how to get the vintage car image behind the trees.

Here is the complete card.

So how do you get the image behind the trees? It really is quite simple.

First you swipe the folder with ink. I used Soft Suede and Night of Navy. Swipe across the folder so you get a random coverage and also get those gorgeous lines on the trees. Remember to swipe behind the side that has the "Sizzix" label on it (top Left corner) so you get the tree trunks as a positive (raised up) image. Just be careful not to put too much ink where you are planning to stamp. Also start with the lighter colour (Soft Suede) leaving clean spaces to add the Night of Navy ink. This is also swiped on randomly using the ink pad directly onto the embossing folder.

 The embossing folder is open with the fold join at the bottom of the photo.

Next you will stamp the car images directly onto the same part of the embossing folder in the position you want them to be. I used Memento Jet Black for this. Be careful to stamp straight down and up or you may smudge the image. I found a better image was achieved by holding the stamp in position for a couple of seconds giving time for the ink to transfer to the embossing folder.

Position the desired card size into the folder. Holding the folder firmly closed, you can check what your image will look like.  Make your sandwich, use the Multipurpose Platform open to Tab 1 and pass through the Big Shot
Voila! A really interesting image for you. It's always a bit serendipitous as to the outcome, but that is one of the joys of this technique. 

And yes the images print in mirror image so your cars will be heading a different direction.

I wanted to highlight the cars a little more so used an Aqua Painter and the Night of Navy ink to colour sections of the car, and some Soft Suede on the ground.

To add more definition to the image I sponged both Soft Suede and Night of Navy around the edges of the card before matting onto a Thick White cardstock base.

I have so many ideas of how to use this technique now, and cannot wait to try them. It really is easy and quite quick to achieve great results. I've taught this in 2 classes now, and it works in a group 0f 8 quite comfortably!

I hope you have enjoyed  this very rushed blog post, and that it helps you to give the technique a try.

Until Next Time

Happy Crafting

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Wonderland Christmas

If you are looking for a classic stamp that will be useful for years to come, you cannot go past WONDERLAND by Stampin' Up!
I started playing with this stamp the other day and just kept playing!

I was inspired by a video technique tutorial by Tami White
Take a look for great instructions on how to do this technique. 

Here is my first card.

I brayered the background, using a Post It Note circle as a mask. The ink colour is  Island Indigo.
I have done lots of these cards in different colours, with  Island Indigo being one of my favourites.

The Wonderland image is stamped in Memento Jet Black ink and the greeting is heat embossed with White Embossing Powder and Versa Mark. 

I used the technique described in the video above to apply the Silver Glitter and just love how it brings life to the card. It's also a great way to use up all those last little bits of Multi Purpose Glue - you know the ones where the container has become sticky and not much fun to handle!!!

The next card is just a variation of the first one, with the addition of more trees from the Wonderland stamp, and I have  re-positioned  the "moon" to the other side of the card.
I used Silver Foil Sheets for the mat - this adds elegance to the finished product. The card base is Thick White A4 card.
The detail photo shows the gorgeous effect of the Stampin' Up! silver glitter when sprinkled over the spattered glue. Don't you just love the silhouette of the tree tops against the moon? So pretty!

I will post some other colours and designs using this technique in the next few days,

Until then .... Happy Stamping

Here is a list of products used for these cards. You can purchase them via my on-line store
or contact me  for further assistance
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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.