Wednesday, 29 December 2021

Love & Happiness Book Fold Card - Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop


It's time to preview the new January to June Mini Catalogue and it has so many wonderful new products that it was hard to choose  just one.

I decided on the Love & Happiness bundle and the Bouquet of Love Hybrid Embossing folder - you can find these on page 11 of the catalogue.

 I combined this bundle with the Gold Shimmer Vellum from the July - December Mini as I was thinking this would be suitable for either Valentines Day or an Anniversary card.

Have you tried the Stampin' Up!® Hybrid Embossing Folders yet?  They are amazing as you can cut and emboss at the same time. This makes it easy to achieve a layered look. 

       Look at the pretty design from the Bouquet of Love Hybrid embossing folder.

When purchasing this you also get 9 coordinating dies. I've used 3 of them. One to die cut the heart, one for the flowers and one for the greeting.

 I raised the heart on dimensionals and cut a piece of white card stock to place behind the heart to give it strength and opacity. The little flowers were cut from Blushing Bride card stock and then sponged lightly with Blushing Bride ink.





Wednesday, 1 December 2021

It's in the Bag - Gingerbread & Peppermint - Freshly Brewed Projects

 Hello and a warm welcome to another Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop.

Today we are showing you some creative ways to use packaging available from Stampin' Up! or in my case, I'll show you a quick and easy little gift bag to create using Designer Series Papers.

I decided to use the very cute Gingerbread and Peppermint 6 x 6 inch DSP as it is already cut to the size I wanted and it has such a wonderful variety of patterns and designs. The really great news is if you live in Australia, and you are quick, you can get this set of papers for 30% discount from December 1, 2021.

You can see the lovely patterns and the images fit with some of the dies, making them quick and easy to use as decorations. 
This little bag folds flat for convenient storage too, so it is possible to make a few at a time so you have them ready for all occasions.
 I made the first bag very simply. 
Trim an A4 piece of card stock down to 11 x 8 inches. I used inches as that is how the DSP measures. Then cut another piece in the same colour - 6 x 21/2 inches.
Score this at 1/2 inch. See photo for all other measurements.

 Fold on all score lines.
Add DSP to the 1/2 inch scored area on the 6 x 2/12  piece, with the front of the DSP facing towards you. This forms the front of the bag plus the reinforced base of the bag. 
Check out this quick video to see the remainder of the construction. 


 I used the Gingerbread & Peppermint Memories & More Card Pack for the greeting and embellished it with a die cut from one of the DSP pieces. No stamping in this one!
Here are a couple of stepped up samples showing some different designs from the DSP.


These little bags are perfect for many occasions and have plenty of space to hold gifts. 
Making your own packaging is fun and rewarding and you can be sure it will be unique to your style. You can find a list of all the products I used below, but first you should take a look at what the other ladies have done for their packaging projects.

·       Narelle Fasulo

·       Ann Craig

·       Leonie Schroder

Remember we have a Last Chance sale starting on December 1. Check out the bargains and be ready to order quickly as many things will sell out fast.

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021

Traditional Christmas - Freshly Brewed Projects Blog Hop

What does traditional Christmas mean to you?

For me it is the colours red, green white and either gold or silver, images of holly or mistletoe, music - Christmas carols plus friends, family and food.

Today for the Freshly Brewed Projects blog hop we are treating you to some traditional Christmas cards and I've chosen to use images from the 

Happy Holly-Days stamp set 

Merry Melody Embossing folder

Seasonal Swirls dies


I wanted to keep the card quite simple and that usually means a lot of white, but I love texture and shape so I decided to layer up a few elements.

I coloured the bird with my Stampin' Blends after stamping the image in Memento Black. The Blends are great for quick colouring and give such beautiful coverage and shading in the images. I've listed the colours I used in the products list below.

The bird image was fussy cut and arranged over the front of gold foil and Mossy Meadow swirls from the Seasonal Swirls Dies. I often use the Color Lifter Blend to create highlights  and you can use it to create a visual texture too.

Layering of images is so much fun and gives you the option to rearrange elements until you find the perfect composition. 

HINT: Gently spritz the paper to be embossed, particularly if using a 3D embossing folder. For Christmas I add a little shimmer paint to the spritz for a lovely happy glow!

Here is the finished card. This simple layout can be used with so many different elements, so give it a try with some stamps you have, or if you want to recreate this card, you are welcome to purchase the products from the list below - just click on the image and it will take you to my on-line shop.

Let's take a look at what the other crew have for you today. Just follow along by selecting the name to see what Traditional Christmas means to each of us.

·       Narelle Fasulo

·       Michele Miller

·       Ann Craig

·       Jeanne Moss

·       Jessie Holton

·       Leonie Schroder

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Wednesday, 3 November 2021


 Christmas is not far off now and for the next few blog hops we will be focusing on giving you ideas for your cards. Today's Freshly Brewed Blog Hop will show you some Cute Christmas card ideas.

I've chosen to use a Beachy Christmas theme, as that is where I plan on spending my Christmas and Summer holidays. My grandchildren tell me they will be spending 4 - 6 weeks with me at our beach house, so that will be lots of fun. 

For my card today I've combined the cute Mermaid from Pirates & Mermaids stamp set on page 58 of the Annual Catalogue with some die cut starfish from Friends Are Like Seashells (p. 27 AC), holly and berries from Happy Holly-Days (p. 27 in the July - December Mini Catalogue) and Whimsy & Wonder Specialty Designer Series Paper ( p.25 in the July - December Mini Catalogue)

I had so much fun colouring the images using my Stampin' Blends. I like to use a variety of colours and for this card I used: Polished Pink (light & dark), Daffodil Delight (dark), Soft Suede (light), Soft Succulent (light & dark), Ivory, Petal Pink (dark) and Seaside Spray (light) 

Another technique I love to use is layering of the elements using dimensionals. Stampin' Up! has Dimensionals in 2 sizes and both sizes come in either Black or White

You can see that I've used 4 different stamp sets for this project. I like to combine different images to try to create something really unique. I hope you enjoy this card.

Now it is time to see some other wonderful ideas by following the list below:

·       Leonie Schroder

·       Michele Miller

·       Ann Craig

·       Jeanne Moss

·       Jessie Holton

If you'd like to purchase any of the products I used, and you live in Australia, you can purchase them via my on-line store by selecting the images below and you will be entered into the monthly bonus draw. 

Best Wishes and Happy Crafting

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