Sunday, 29 November 2015

Fun Fold card

I based this card off the ones that our guests made at Extravaganza a couple of weeks ago.  Whereas the one they made was a Christmas card, this one is a birthday card.

I have used the Awesomely Artistic stamp set which is available in either wood-mount or clear-mount and I changed the colours from Black and Silver to Mint Macaron and Watermelon Wonder.  You may just be able to see it in the photo but I've also added some pearls to the centres of some of the flowers to give it a bit of bling.

On the inside of the card I have stamped the dragonfly and the sentiment from Butterfly Basics

The style of this card is called a Z fold card and if you look at the next picture which looks down on top of the card you'll see why its called what it is.

I was quite pleased with how this one turned out.  What do you think?  Do you like the colours?

Cardstock: Whisper White, Mint Macaron
Stamps: Awesomely Artistic, Endless Birthday Wishes, Butterfly Basics
Ink: Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder
Other: Decorative Dots embossing folder, Basic Pearls

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Window thinlet die part 2

Here are the other projects that I made for our display at Extravaganza.

This one is my favourite and I have to thank Ingrid for her idea.

The brick wall embossing folder made the background very easy to do.  You can just see a peep of the Mint Macaron Dotty Lace Trim as the curtain in the window.

One trick - when you don't have the right dsp as was my problem when I came to make this card - stamp your own.  Can you see where I might have stamped my own dsp?

I like the way this card below uses two windows.  By scoring them you can use them as an open window.  I've added a couple of tiny pearls to them to make it look like handles. 

My cat is hand cut but to make life easier the Festive Fireside Framelits does come with a cute little cat so you don't have to cut your own like I did. Sigrid takes the credit for this design.

This was one I found on YouTube if you want to case this card.  She explains how to make all the little herbs in the pots.  Not a card that can be done in record time but it looks great if you have the time to make.  On the inside I've added the little plant and watering can as she did.

My Mum helped out here with this one.  She has doubled the size of the window by using this trick and has stamped a tree from the Sheltering Tree set.  A cute little card for any occasion with its 'Just for You' sentiment from Watercolor Wings.
Now for the final project.  A cute little lantern.  It has its very own light courtesy of a battery operated tea light candle.  There are quite a few of these lanterns around now and there are various tutorials around on how to make them different ways.  I added a small holder on the inside base of mine to hold the candle as otherwise I felt it would slide around a lot.  The red of the poinsettia looks brilliant against the black lantern and I'm very pleased with how it came out.   

If you would like to know how to make any of these projects please let me know and we can set up a class to do so.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

Window thinlet die

Here are some projects I made for our display at Extravaganza a couple of weeks ago using the Window thinlet die from the Hearth & Home thinlets dies

My daughter helped me make this first one and we had lots of fun cutting Santa out from the Home for Christmas dsp and placing him in the Window. 

Next up, this one uses the Sleigh Ride Edgelits dies and our White Gel pen to add the snow to the sky.  
A simple wreath on the window is made easy with the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and framelit dies.  This set comes in a bundle to save you 15%

Buy the Hearth & Home set as a bundle with the Happy Scenes stamp set and you can save 15% (bundle available while stocks last)

I hope you like these Christmas cards using the Window die.  Stayed tuned for some non-Christmas cards using the Window die in a couple of days.

Card #1
Cardstock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Happy Scenes
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Home for Christmas
Big Shot: Hearth & Home thinlets, Snow falling embossing folder
Other: Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, White Jute Ribbon, Tags and Framelits dies

Card #2
Cardstock: Whisper White, Real Red, Night of Navy
Stamps: Happy Scenes
Ink: Real Red
Big Shot: Hearth & Home thinlets, Sleigh Ride Edgelit dies, Tags & Framelits dies, Snow falling embossing folder 
Other: White gel pen

Card #3
Cardstock: Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Cucumber Crush
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Cucumber Crush, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler
Big Shot: Wondrous Wreath dies, Snow falling embossing folder

Thank you to Stamp A Little Longer, this person, and Heather for their ideas for these cards.

Friday, 20 November 2015

Pretty Petals is Masculine

To start with I want to tell you about the Pretty Petals dsp stack.  The name sounds feminine and floral right?  But actually I've been having a play with this stack and I've found a lot of its papers are perfect for masculine cards. 

How many of you have skipped over this set when it comes to masculine cards or because you're not a floral person?  The colours in this stack are Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Old Olive, Pacific Point and Very Vanilla.

Here are some cards that I've made this week for my Dad's and Father-in-Law's birthdays using the Pretty Petals stack:
This one is a corner flip card.  They are quite easy to do, despite looking complicated and the Very Vanilla makes a nice change from Whisper White. 

I have stamped the car in Old Olive to co-ordinate with the dsp and I've used Old Olive cardstock as a layer to bring it all together.  This Guy Greetings stamp set is available in Wood-mount, Clear-mount and Photopolymer. 

This is the second card I made, this time using Pacific Point as the main colour.

Thanks to Julie Kettlewell for the idea.  When you pull the ribbon the tag slides out and it looks like the car is driving along - my youngest daughter had fun with this one:

Then when the tag is pulled out far enough you see the hidden message.  In this case I have added the word 'Dad' so the card reads 'Happy Birthday Dad' when the tag is out:

The Pretty Petals stack also has a co-ordinating cardstock pack you can buy to go with it.  You get 8 sheets each of Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron and Old Olive.  The base colour is Very Vanilla so be sure to grab a pack of that as well. 

I hope you've enjoyed seeing these cards and please let me know if you'd like to see some more of these papers from the Pretty Petals stack.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Ink: Old Olive, Early Espresso
Stamps: Guy Greetings
Punches: Scallop Tag Topper, Triple Banner, Word Window
Other: Pacific Point ribbon

Monday, 16 November 2015

20% off Stamps

Wow Stampin' Up! has 17 stamp sets on sale at 20% off for just a few days.  This rarely happens, so check it out here and get your stamps ordered! 

See the stamps here (click the link or see below):

This is an awesome deal so be in quick.  Stampin' Up! have even created a Pinterest board with ideas on ways you can use these fabulous stamps check it out....
There are so many exciting ideas here I'll be using a few of them myself.
Here are a few cards I've either made or been given using some of these sets:

This card combines 2 of the sets - Gorgeous Grunge and Celebrate Today

Right is a sample of Gorgeous Grunge
and below are some simple samples using Festival of Trees and our Notecards and Envelopes.

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Extravaganza projects

Earlier in the week I mentioned the project I taught last weekend at Extravaganza.  Today I'd like to share with you the projects that the other teams taught. 

First we have a gift card wallet.  This was a lovely wallet with its gold, glitter and soft white velum.  They used the Reason for the Season stamp set and co-ordinating Festive Flower Builder punch.  Buy these two together as a bundle and you save 15%. 

Inside the wallet a pop of real red, gives a nice surprise when you open it and gives a lovely Christmas feel to it. 

And here you see the wallet without its belly band as it is opening up.  

Next was a Picnic Hamper.  There's so many things you could put in these wonderful little boxes - perhaps a packet of homemade Christmas cookies?
This group too used the Festive Flower builder punch although they have used it on its own and sponged the edges of the flower with black ink - isn't it effective?

Here's the basket side on so you can see how it opens up and below a view from the top.  Its very difficult to tell from my photos but they have also used the Woodland Embossing folder on the white panels. 

Then the guests made a pillow box using the Pillow Box die.  This group chose to use the Softly Falling embossing folder, Winter Wonderland Designer Series Paper, and Silver or Gold Foil (my photo shows the silver version).

Can you see the embossing here in a close up shot?

and here you can see a close up of the Snowflake in the middle from the Flurry of Wishes set and the silver embossing on the sentiment.

You can get creative on what you put inside this little box too - a few small chocolates perhaps?

Lastly a very different way to fold a card this Z Fold card was a appreciated among the guests.  It uses the Softly Falling embossing folder too and our wooden Snowflake Elements on the front.  The silver 'Merry' has been cut from Silver Glimmer paper using the Christmas Greetings dies which looks very effective with the simple black and white of this card.

Here you can see a little how the card folds

but here in this shot from above you get the idea as to why its called a 'Z fold'.
I hope you've enjoyed seeing these projects we made.  If you'd like to join us for our next Extravanganza in March please let me know - its a lot of fun.  All the details will be available on my Events page after February.




Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Pohutukawa Sliding card

On Saturday I taught at our Christmas Extravaganza.  Each guest created five projects to take home and some were lucky enough to win a door prize to take home too.

Here is the project that my team Angela, Kylie and I taught.  We wanted a NZ themed Christmas card so we created this slider card.

On the outside you look through the window which is cut using the Hearth & Home Thinlet dies to a Pohutukawa Tree and the sun.  The edge is embossed with the Boughs & Berries embossing folder and we added a sentiment that says 'Thinking of you at Christmas'. 

If you're not familiar with New Zealand, it is Summertime at Christmas here.  We have lots of Pohutukawa Trees which flower a brilliant red during December and January and it's commonly referred to as our New Zealand Christmas Tree.  Here is a picture of one:
To create our Pohutukawa we stamped one of the Trees from the all time favourite set Lovely As A Tree and then we stamped the sprinkles from Sprinkles of Life all over it to give it the red Pohutukawa look. 
The Pohutukawa image slides up and you're then looking through the window to another scene - this time the inside of the house.  We stamped the background with the lines from the Gorgeous Grunge set to look like wallpaper.   Then we stamped another tree from Lovely As A Tree set over the top and decorated it with a gold star and red glimmer circles.
When my Dad saw this he suggested stamping a person next to the tree.   There's lots of ways you could decorate your 'inside scene' or add to it how you wanted. 
Finally you see the card opens like a normal card so there's plenty of room to write your Christmas message.  We opted to leave this blank and not add a sentiment as our guests were working to a time limit and we didn't want them to have too much to do.  It would be easy to add your own Christmas sentiment inside with your message.
Do let me know if you try this card.  I'd love to see your creations.  Also stay tuned to see the other four projects that were made on Saturday.  I'll be posting photos of those soon.

Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer, Red Glimmer
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree, Kinda Eclectic, Sprinkles of Life, Embellished Ornaments, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Soft Sky
Punches: Star (Itty Bitty Accents punch pack), 1/8" circle, 1/16" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle
Big Shot: Hearth & Home Thinlet dies, Boughs & Berries EF
Other: Window Sheet, Mini Silver Brads, Striped Ribbon