Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Birthday Present and Card for Chloe

Today I would like to share with you the birthday card and headband that I created for my daughter's best friend for her 12th birthday today.  Happy birthday Chloe.

I used the 2 3/8" Scallop Punch to create the dress and the little bag was created using the Cupcake Builder Punch.

Added a bit of bling and some ribbon and lace and perfect for a young fashion conscious girl's birthday.

I didn't have any Stampin'Up! fabric that would match the pink and black theme so instead used some fabric that I had in my stash of goodies.  I am hoping that the black fabric I used to cover the headband will fray a little to give it a bit of a shabby chic look.  I also created the fabric flower using the Island Floral Die and covered a button with the pink fabric.

These little dresses created from the scallop punch have been around for quite some time and I think they are just perfect for a stylish young girl's card.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Pink Pirouette, Basic Black and Melon Mambo, Punches - Scallop Circle and Cupcake Builder, Stamp Set - Teeny Tiny Sentiments, Miscellaneous - Netting, Bling and Ribbon (all non SU)

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Just Add Ink Challenge #122

This week's challenge over a Just Add Ink is to check Delys Cram Blog to find something of hers that inspires you and then CASE her project.  She has so many gorgeous projects that it was hard to choose but I finally settled on her "You" scrapbook page. Here is Delys page

And now here is my CASE.  I had chosen this page because I thought it was a very simple layout but stunning. Little did I realise how, not exactly difficult - but more time consuming,  it would be to work out getting all those pieces put together.  Also, my original thoughts were to use the same sentiment stamp as Delys, however, as I have lent out this particular sentiment stamp to a good friend, I decided to change the sentiment to the lovely "You're in my thoughts, you're in my heart".   I am so glad I chose to CASE this layout because I am really pleased with the end result.  Thank you Just Add Ink and Delys Cram for your inspiration.

To create my "Always" banner along the bottom I punched out Confetti White Pennants with the Petite Pennants Builder Punch and attached them to each other at the corners with Vintage Trinkets Button Brads.  I punched out the plain pennants in the DSP and affixed these to the back.    I also added a couple of Mini Library Clips and Hemp Twine and some stamped hearts.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Confetti White and Early Espresso, DSP - Pocketful of Posies, Stamp Sets - Word Play and Tiny Tags, Punches - Petite Pennants Builder, Full Heart  and Jewellery Tag,  Dies - Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, Accessories - Glimmer Brads, Vintage Trinkets (Button Brads and Safety Pins), Mini Library Clips, Hemp Twine

I Was a Cut Above at The Paper Players

I was very excited to open a message yesterday to find that my entry into The Paper Players Colour Challenge #99 received a Cut Above Honourable Mention.   I am so loving these different challenges and now I'm off to have a go at their #100 challenge.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Reason to Smile

As I mentioned in my previous post I have been creating a couple of sample cards with the Reason to Smile "FREE" stamp set.  For my first card I decided to use some of the many ideas which Stampin'Up! provide on our Demonstrator Websites.   This card is based on the Dream 4" x 4" Card  which if you click on the link it will take you to the original sample along with many other samples provided by Stampin'Up!  

I made a couple of changes to the card by using Rich Razzleberry ink for the flower head and sentiment and as I didn't have the sentiment stamp set used in the sample I used one that I already had.  Also used Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine.

My next card I would like to show how with a few extra bits and pieces you  you can change your basic card.  So this card I created the same basic card and then added Crystal Effects to the stamped flowers on both the green and the flower head.  I also stamped an extra flower head and pop dotted this over the main image.  I changed my sentiment and stamped over the top of the stem and added gemstones.

So as you can see this card has now been given a different look just by a few small changes.

Why not try this next time you create a card.  Also check out some of the projects that Stampin'Up! have provided for inspiration by going to Tracey's Stampin'Up! Website Project Ideas

Basic Supplies used:  Cardstock - Whisper White and Wild Wasabi, Inkpads - Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry, Stamp Sets - Reason to Smile and Field Flowers, Lucky Limeade Bakers Twine, Punch - Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border
Extra supplies used on second card:  Crystal Effects, Gemstones

Paper Players Colour Challenge #99

Today I am sharing with you a card I created for The Paper Players Colour Challenge #99.  This challenge required a project to be completed using the colours Lucky Limeade, Melon Mambo and Basic Gray.

I thought these would be really lovely colours together and really enjoyed playing around with them. As I also wanted to make some quick and easy sample cards with the Reason to Smile Stamp Set I decided to create one of my sample cards using this challenge as inspiration.  This stamp set is exclusive for one month only and can be purchased for $35.95 wood mount or $28.95 clear mount or you can receive this stamp set FREE if you place an order during June for $125 (excluding postage & handling).

I stamped the flowers in the various colours with some overlapping and off the edge.  I also stamped the butterfly and frame from one of my other very favourite stamp sets - Creative Elements, cut them out and pop dotted them.  The sentiment is from the Field Flowers.
Supplies used:  Cardstock - Basic Gray, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Inkpads - Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade and Basic Gray, Stamp Sets - Reason to Smile, Creative Elements, Field Flowers, Punch - Scallop Trim Border, Gemstones

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

We {Heart} Our Hostesses

Would you like to get FREE products from Stampin'Up! to the total value of $190 and one item at 50% discount.  Hold a workshop or place an order totalling $650 with me during June and you can.  For further details please check my Stampin'Up! Website or contact me by telephone or email.  But hurry this offer is only available for the month of June.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012


 I decided to have a go at this week's challenge at Just Add Ink.  Their challenge was inspired by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and something that she might wear - pearls.  So we had to create a project with pearls and this is what I decided on.

I used a stamp set which my Mum just got in her latest stamp club order (it is so great having a crafty Mum and we share) and decided to go with yellow as the colour of my flowers as I have seen the Queen wear many outfits that have been yellow.

I have added numerous pearls to the centres of my flowers and a couple of pearls to my sentiment tag.

I created the tag for the sentiment by using my Decorative Label punch and then re-punching a couple of times to get a new smaller label.  Love that we can use our punches in so many different ways.

Supplies used:  Cardstock - Whisper White, Old Olive, Daffodil Yellow, Inkpads - Daffodil Yellow, Old Olive, Soft Suede for sponging and centres of flowers,  Punches - Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim Border, Decorative Label, Pearls

Instructions for How I created the Flowers

This is such a pretty stamp set and as I had never used this set before I was unsure of the best way to stamp the images so I had to do a bit of experimenting first to see what worked and looked best to me.  So, here is what I did:

  1. Stamped the stem in Old Olive on my white base cardstock.
  2. Stamped the flower heads in Daffodil Yellow at the top of the stems on the white base cardstock.
  3. Stamped the more solid flower heads twice in Daffodil Yellow on a separate piece of cardstock (I actually inked up my stamp, stamped off once and then stamped my image on the white so that the image was lighter).
  4. Stamped the more detailed flower head in Daffodil Yellow over the top of the more solid flower heads you have already stamped (Don't stamp off this time as you want the outlines to come through more solidly).
  5. Stamped the centre with Soft Suede by inking up and stamping off first and then stamping over the top of the flower (Gives it a softer look).
  6. I then cut both my flower heads out and pop dotted them over the top of the flower heads I had stamped on top of the stems.
  7. Lastly I added the pearls to the centre of the flowers.
Hope this makes some sense to you all and is helpful for using this stamp set.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Fancy Folds Card Class

Sharing with you today a couple of cards we created in last month's Fancy Folds Class.

Our first card was created using the new Framelits Dies available in the Autumn-Winter Catalogue.

We also used the gorgeous Apothecary Art stamp set which is so beautiful and has been getting well used in my household.

I used Rose Red to stamp the main image and then used the blender pen to drag the colour into the flowers as well as adding a little Pear Pizzazz to the leaves.

A very pretty and feminine card.
Supplies used for Framelit Card:
Stamp Set - Apothecary Art, Cardstock - Confetti White & Rose Red, Inks - Rose Red and Pear Pizzazz
Dies - Labels Framelits, Embossing Folder - Petals a Plenty, Miscellaneous - Blender Pens, Sponges, Gemstones

Our next card is a Z fold card.  A pretty clean and simple card.   To add a bit of extra interest I used the colour spritzer tool to spritz the white background.  To create the flower I used the Blossom punch (again available in the new Autumn-Winter Catalogue)  and snipped in with scissors.  Just another way to use this very versatile punch to give it a different look.
Supplies use for Z Card:
Stamp Set - Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess Set), Cardstock - Whisper White, Riding Hood Red, Pacific Point
DSP - Twitterpated and Red Glimmer Paper, Ink - Riding Hood Red, Punch - Blossom and 3/4" Circle, Spritzer Tool
 And here they are showing how they look when open.

If you missed out on this class and would like to know how to create your own special cards, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Creative Scrappers Creating With Sketches #211 Challenge

Sharing with you today my layout which I have created for the Creative Scrappers #211 June Challenge.  I had just received my Attic Boutique Designer Series Paper and really wanted to use it for this challenge.  I have fussy cut the edging out of the DSP and stamped and cut out different designs.  I have also created all the flowers/rosettes  using lace and seam binding.  The large flower I created using white satin and netting and then I have used Gold Glow Smooch Spritz on it.

I have incorporated quite a lot of stamping on this page which is very difficult to see in the photo.  I have stamped Elizabeth in a number of places including just the edge of the stamp (the tip of the flourish) along the right hand side of the layout.

Hope you like my page.

Supplies used:
Cardstock - Soft Suede and Very Vanilla
Inkpads - Soft Suede for stamping and sponging
Stamp Sets - Elizabeth, Creative Elements, Bring on the Cake,
DSP - Attic Boutique
Chantilly and Victoria Lace, Crumb Cake and Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Antique Brads, Distressing Tool
(Letter stickers non SU)

Some Photos from our Market Stall

I took a couple of photos of our stall although they haven't come out very well seeing as the door was open in the background.  I was going to take some more once the door was able to be closed for the day but never actually remembered to do so.

Here is my lovely team mate Heidi preparing our Free Make N Take table.

We also had created lots of handmade cards and gifts as well as items created from the gorgeous Stampin'Up! fabric including headbands, bookmarks, ribbon rosettes, tissue holders, hairclips.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

The Upper Market

Well I had a lovely morning meeting lots of other lovely stallholders at the markets together with the market goers who braved the wet weather.  Unfortunately as it was still a wet and rainy day I think it probably kept quite a few people away, however, it was still a lovely day with lots of very inspiring and creative people there.  Looking forward to the next markets in August.

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Reason to Smile Promotion

Click this Reason to Smile link to check out Stampin'Up!'s latest promotion for June.

Place an order for $125 and you will receive this exclusive Reason to Smile stamp set absolutely free.

Stampin'Up! have advised that this stamp set will only be available for the month of June so hurry and contact me to place your order today.

Sneak Peak of Market Goodies

 Just a few of the goodies I have created for the markets.

Owl and Bird Peg Fridge magnets

Mini Purses which open to contain a surprise (chocolate of course)

The ever popular Post It Note pads

Gift Coffee Mug (created from paper of course) with some goodies inside

Novelty Gift Card Holders

So much fun making these items.  Hope the market goers love them as much as I do.  Of course, I also have a basketful of cards and regular gift card/cash wallets.  Wish me luck.

Fabric Buttons & Ribbon Rosettes

 Just wanted to share with you today some of the rosettes and buttons I have been creating with Stampin'Up! fabric and ribbons.   The first ones have been created with Rose Red Seam Binding.  The second with Blushing Bride Pleated Satin Ribbon and the last ones have been created be covering self cover buttons with Twitterpated fabric.

I will be taking these to The Upper Market tomorrow.  Fingers crossed that the rain stops at least for the morning.
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