Thursday, 14 December 2017

I've been busy, plus sneak peek

I've been busy lately making a few projects and generally partaking in the Christmas rush.  Here are some of the projects I've been working on, which include some sneak peeks of exciting new products coming in January.

This is my Christmas countdown wheel.  The tabs on the sides enable you to turn the wheels inside to change the number of days counting down to Christmas.  I'm waiting for an order to come in that has the die I want to use for between the holly so I will update the photo once the die has arrived.  It is intended that there will be the word 'celebrate' in gold glimmer paper between the holly leaves.

You can see here how the numbers can change as you turn the wheel 

Next is a notepad that I taught to my group of seniors at Senior Moments.  They wanted to do something different from a Christmas card so we came up with the idea of covered notepads.  

They all enjoyed making this project and a few of them commented how useful they would be to pop into their handbags.

And here are some table gifts that I made recently as well. The tic tacs that I put in the tubes matched my Designer Series Paper and Berry Burst cardstock absolutely perfectly.   

Finally, I branched out and did a scrapbook page of our two (adorable in our eyes) kittens.  Although, they're not really kittens any more at just turned one year old.  They constantly keep us on our toes and provide amusement for us every day.

I used a few different techniques for these pages including tabs as embellishments, stamping directly on the photos, punch art and fussy cutting.  I brought it all together by using the same chosen colour for both sides (Island Indigo) which I chose to match the blanket that Patch is lying on in the photo on the first page.

Baby Card 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Soft Sky
Stamps: Sweet Little Something
Ink: Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Other: Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, Lemon Lime Twist Ombre ribbon, Basic Pearls, 

Christmas Card
Cardstock: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Stamps: Foxy Friends, Timeless Textures, Holly Berry Happiness, Tabs for Everything, Sheet Music
Ink: Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry 
Other: Metallic Sequins, Holly Embossing Folder, Triple Banner Punch,  

Birthday Card
Cardstock: Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Stamps: Bird Banter, Awesomely Artisic, Colorful Seasons, Fabulous Flamingo
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Old Olive, Early Espresso, Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede
Other: Stampin' Write Markers (assorted colours), Sponge, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies

Christmas Wheel
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White (regular & thick), Garden Green, backing cardstock from DSP packets
Paper: Merry Little Christmas DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper, 
Stamps: Number of Years, Sheet Music, Holly Berry Happiness
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Punches: Circle Tab, Everyday Label, Holly Berry Builder
Other: Window Sheet (hidden from picture), Cherry Cobbler ¼" Double-Stitched Ribbon, Brad/Paper Binder

Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Whisper White
Stamps: Labels to Love, Carols of Christmas
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Punches/Dies: Card Front Builder Dies, Everyday Label
Other: Holly Embossing Folder

Treat Tube Holder
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Whisper White, Naturally Eclectic DSP
Dies: Stitched Shapes (round & square), Rose Garden Thinlits Dies, 
Punch: 3/4" Circle punch, 
Other: Treat Tube

Scrapbook Pages
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Island Indigo
Stamps: Pretty Kitty, Sharing Sweet Thoughts, Tabs for Everything, Thoughtful Banners, Flirty Flamingo, Bunch of Banners,
Dies/Punches: Fox Builder Punch, Circle Tab Punch, Stitched Shapes Dies,
Memories and More Pocket Page

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Galaxy Birthday

A lot of my close family birthdays are in November, along with many others - 14 birthdays in fact, so I'm a bit behind in sharing the cards I made with you.

This was a card I made for my Husband for his birthday.  This technique is one that requires you to put it aside and leave for several hours (8 at the minimum), but I think it was worth it. 

The technique was discovered by accident by a demonstrator in Australia. She had been using the shaving cream technique for a class and forgotten to clean it up afterwards.  When she went back to her craft room she discovered it had gone all sparkly.  Deciding to put a piece of cardstock in it to see what happened, she discovered this cool galaxy effect.

I did use a few retired star sequins but they were the absolute perfect thing I needed when I got a bit stuck as to how to finish the card off.  And they were the perfect colour too.

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Foil
Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Ink: Island Indigo
Other: Sequins (retired), Reinkers - Island Indigo & Pool Party, Shaving Cream

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Star of Light Christmas

Yesterday I taught a group of seniors at Senior Moments in Red Beach.  They each made this Christmas card

They all did really well making their cards and they were impressed by the Big Shot - how it could emboss the falling snow onto the cardstock, and then how the same 'machine' as they called it, could be used to cut their star.  One dear lady was 95 and she participated just as much as anyone else. 

The design of the card started from this one on Pinterest and went from there. I changed the base to Smoky Slate to match my silver snowflake and I used the Softly Falling embossing folder.

 Next week the other group are making covered Christmas notepads.

Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White
Paper: Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper, Silver Glimmer Paper
Stamps: Seasonal Bells, Christmas Happiness (sentiment inside)
Dies: Bunch of Banners, Starlight Thinlits Dies
Other: Softly Falling Embossing folder

Monday, 20 November 2017

Auckland Extravaganza

On Saturday I taught at our Auckland Extravaganza Christmas Event.  Our team taught a triple panel card with Christmas Pinecones.

We taught the guests how to mask the Pinecones to get the effect of the leaves behind in the background with the Pinecones in the foreground.

Extravaganza is such a fun day for all.  Not only do you come away with five beautiful projects but you learn tips and tricks like this (the masking) throughout the day. 

Inside of the card
Decorating the envelope makes a difference too

The Year of Cheer Embellishments come in a pack of both silver and gold.  The guests either made a silver or gold version with the sequin trim to match.

There are lots of displays set up for you to get ideas and inspiration from and you are welcome to take photos of these. 

I'll share the other team's projects with you in a couple of days, including the one that my daughter thought was perfect for her teddy bear.

Supplies for our project:
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Old Olive, Merry Music Speciality DSP
Inks: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Stamps: Christmas Happiness, Labels to Love
Other: Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Everyday Label Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine
Embellishments: Mini Sequin Trim - (Silver or Gold), Year of Cheer Embellishments (Silver or Gold)

Stampin' Up! Online Sale

Stampin' Up! at Discounted Prices

Yes, it's an Online Extravaganza.  Selected products at discounted prices today and then other selected products on sale from Tuesday til Sunday 

Click on the link to go to the Stampin' Up! website to see what's on special and grab yourself a bargain. 

Online Extravaganza Sale
Feel free to contact me for a PDF list (no pictures) or for more details.

Friday, 3 November 2017

Unicorn Birthday

My daughter was invited to a birthday party this afternoon.  Her friend is very keen on Unicorns.  I found this card on Pinterest which we decided we'd follow.

My daughter and I worked on making it together and here is our version which is very similar.  We've used a few retired items to make this one, but it was worth it.

For the inside we used the Birthday Delivery stamp set and stamped the cake which Emma coloured in, and added the sentiment which worked perfectly for her friend.

We also found a unicorn gift to go with it so I'm sure the birthday girl will like it.  

Stamps: Work of Art, Fairy Celebration, Kinda Eclectic (retired)
Inks: Real Red, Tangelo Twist (retired), Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point, Perfect Plum
Cardstock: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Powder Pink
Punches: Fox Builder, Owl Builder (retired), Party Punch Pack (candle for horn - retired), Confetti Stars Border (retired), Bitty Butterfly punch (retired)

Thursday, 19 October 2017

What is a basic kit?

For my classes and Extravaganzas, I often tell you to bring along your basic kit. So what do I mean by basic kit?  In your kit are the things that you use every time you craft and is often kept in some sort of case or holdall for you to transport easily.  Things that I suggest for your basic kit are:

Bone Folder - For burnishing* your cardstock to give a nice crisp fold and a professional look.

Paper Snips - A good quality pair of Paper Snips like the Stampin' Up! ones is well worth the investment.  If you use ribbon, reserve a pair of scissors for this and don't use them on paper as it may dull the blades.  I also like to keep an old pair on hand solely for cutting adhesives (such as cutting dimensionals in half) as the adhesive will build up on the blades.  To clean the blades, I use some eucalyptus oil on a cotton pad and rub the blades.  Then rinse and dry thoroughly.

Paper Piercing Tool - Pierce tiny holes in paper or cardstock. You can also use it to remove small or stuck pieces from Big Shot dies or die-cut shapes.  Also useful for picking up and adhering glue dots.

Ruler - I like to use a metal ruler and then I can use a knife to tidy up any edges that are uneven or not straight.

Pencil & Eraser - always useful to have on hand.

Sticky Note Strips - these are a useful little addition to your kit.  Useful for marking pages in your catalogue, writing yourself a note if you need to, or for holding cardstock when you are using a punch and the cardstock isn't quite long/wide enough to hold.

Tombow Multipurpose Adhesive - this is my main go to adhesive for most things.  It has a strong bond and dries clear.  It can also be used two-way, as a temporary adhesive if you let it dry clear before you adhere anything to it. 

Tear & Tape Adhesive - another highly recommended adhesive.  Very easy to use with it's tear-able paper backing.  Also a very strong bond, perfect for making 3D items and boxes.

Stampin' Dimensionals -  these add depth and dimension to your project.  Sometimes popping things up just adds that extra touch that finishes things off perfectly.  I wouldn't be without my dimensionals in my kit.

Glue Dots - Good for holding heavier embellishments or sticking down errant ribbon.  Also useful for poking into gaps when you have already stuck something down but have an errant spot that not's sticking.

As you build on your supplies I also highly recommend the Stampin' Trimmer.  This makes cutting cardstock a breeze with its built in measurements and ease of use.  It also has the ability to score cardstock which is essential for getting a crisp, professional look to your projects.  You will not be without it.  

If you are using a lot of Photopolyer stamps, then a Stampin' Pierce mat is recommended.  Using a mat gives you even pressure and ink coverage with detailed or background stamps

 *Burnish - 1. to make smooth or glossy by rubbing; polish. 2. To rub with a tool that serves especially to smooth or polish. 3. To improve or make more impressive -

Some of the above Images (C) Stampin' Up! (R)