Thursday, 29 May 2008
At last weekend's class, we made these very cute gift bags that very clever Kellie showed me how to make & a very simple matching gift card. The bag's dimensions are approx 10cm x 13cm x 4.75cm & you'll need a 30.5cm x 20cm piece of patterned paper to make it. This size gives a nicely proportioned bag, but even better, it leaves you with a card width of paper to make a matching card. I used 5/8 inch grosgrain ribbon for the handles, which gives the bag a really elegant look.
The matching gift card is so simple to make too. The card front is a 6.5cm square & I added a strip of matching paper & a strip of card stamped with 'thank you' from the brilliant 'Short & Sweet' set.
Once I'd made one bag, I had to make more, so then I made this one with some olive Prints paper.
Instead of handles, I punched a centred hole with the horizontal slot punch, fed through some olive grosgrain ribbon & tied a bow. Then I made a quickie matching card with the remaining paper, olive & vanilla card, always artichoke ink & vanilla grosgrain ribbon.
At the class, each person used some Prints patterned paper in either close to cocoa, old olive or certainly celery to make their bag. I made this celery Prints one & used celery grosgrain for the handles.
Berry bliss baby
For this one, I used paper from the yummy 'Berry Bliss' pack & pink taffeta ribbon for the handles. The bag was saying 'baby' to me, so I made a matching baby gift card.
The pretty in pink card front is 8cm square overlaid with more paper, ribbon & pretty in pink strip stamped with 'welcome baby' (again from 'Short & Sweet'). Then I stamped, coloured & punched out a cute little baby from ''All in the Family' & matted her with dimensionals on a close to cocoa circle.
Did you know?The secret to a great looking bag is just accurate measuring, clear scoring & crisp folds using your trusty bone folder. If you haven't got one already, you just have to get one!
'Short & Sweet' is my absolute favourite greeting stamp set at the moment, as it works well with so many occasions, works well on cards on its own or with the oval & word window punches, has matching image stamps for quick backgrounds & best of all it's only $29.95! If you don't believe me, check out lots of my recent projects!
If you'd like more information on how to make the bags, just let me know.
Tuesday, 27 May 2008
The card is a case of one I saw in a US Stampin' Up!® magazine & I used 'Office Accoutrements' & 'It's Your Birthday' stamp sets to make it. The base is kraft card with some 'Fall Flowers' paper added (& punched with the spiral punch). I stamped the 'Office' memo stamp in old olive onto whisper white card, added the birthday greeting & then punched the top with the spiral punch. I stamped the large 'Office' flower (& the smaller stamped flower piece) with soft sky ink & card, cut it out and added a jumbo pewter eyelet to the centre (with my trusty cropadile). Finally, I attached a stamped Fall Flowers paper tab (tab punch) to the front, so that it lined up with the inside edge.
You may have noticed some clippie bookmarks in the first pic too, but here's a bigger pic of them. I saw these clippies on the very talented Karen Thomas' blog & decided to try making some too. They're super easy to make & very cute, especially if you have as many punches as I have!
Stay tuned for one more Fall Flowers project from last weekend's class!
Monday, 26 May 2008
I saw a tutorial for this treat box on Splitcoast ages ago & added it to the list of things to try sometime, but only just got around to making one now for Kellie & I's display at the fundraiser this Saturday.
For this box, I used a sheet of old olive cardstock, 3 different sheets of gorgeous Fall Flowers designer series paper, white grosgrain ribbon & some pewter jumbo eyelets set with my new cropadile (love it!).
You'll be seeing lots more projects using 'Fall Flowers', as it's my current favourite out of all the new designer series papers, so watch out for it again.
I've gone a bit patterned paper mad, so you'll be seeing lots of it over the next week, starting with this cute little (& I mean little) triangle box.I saw a template for the box in Paper Crafts Magazine & decided to make a little one using some Always Amethyst 6x6 Designer Prints paper from the special Palette of Prints sampler pad.
Once I made up the box, I added a white band, trimmed it with celery grosgrain & made a circle motif. To make the motif, I punched white & amethyst circles (1 ¼ inch & 1 inch) & a celery flower (spring bouquet punch). Then, I stamped thank you in amethyst ink (from the level 2 hostess set, 'In the Spotlight) & punched it out with the ¾ inch circle punch. Can you tell I love my punches? It's hard to see but both the flower & greeting circle are mounted on dimensionals to pop them out. I mounted the motif near the top of the box, as I thought it made it look like a flower head attached to a celery ribbon stem.
I think this little box would be very cute as a place card at a party or wedding (with maybe some almonds inside), or for giving small jewellery items. Of course, you could make a larger one with some 12 x 12 paper too, but in this case, I think small is very cute!
Update: Stampin' Up!® have said they're rapidly running out of the Palette of Prints sampler pack, so if you'd like some & haven't ordered it yet, please e-mail me ASAP.
Ta ta for now. I'll be back with more later.
Friday, 16 May 2008
I do like the way it turned out. Hope you like it too.
Instructions:Adhere striped so saffron paper from 'Palette of Prints' paper pad to old olive base. (This paper is only available in May. See this post for more info).
Add a strip of turquoise card, stamped with 'happy' (Polka Dots & Paisley). Add pumpkin pie brackets (made with the round tab punch).
Attach 3 read red brads to a strip of pumpkin pie card & adhere. Colour flower & extra centre from 'Time Well Spent' with real red, pumpkin pie & so saffron markers. Add a turquoise rhinestone brad to the centre. Mount flower pieces on dimensionals & attach to base. Done!!!
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
I had hoped to complete another of Kristina's colour challenges last week but it didn't quite work out that way. Even though the challenge has finished, I thought I'd still show you what I made. This was the challenge picture & colour combination:And this is my card:
While I found this combination a bit more challenging than I expected & don't expect that pumpkin pie will replace celery any time soon, I'm glad I persevered with it. So, my challenge to you is to try this combination yourself or pick a colour you normally wouldn't use & see what you come up with!
Saturday, 3 May 2008
To our beautiful Cara, I just want to tell you again how much daddy & I love you and we are very proud of you. Wish big & try hard and you'll achieve what you set your heart on.
Hope you have a wonderful birthday & a fabulous fun party with your friends tomorrow. Love you heaps. Mummy & Daddy xoxo
For any friends & family out there, Cara would love if you leave a birthday message for her.
Here's the card I made for her.
I wanted it to be a fun & girly card & "all about Cara" & am really happy with the final result (although it took its own good time – much like Cara actually!)
Again I've reached for in-colours, this time choosing pomegranate, groovy guava & soft sky card. I couldn't resist using some more spotty & floral rose red Prints papers. Cara' is stamped with the 'Big Deal' alphabet & pomegranate ink onto spotty paper, outlined with the white gel pen & glittered with dazzling diamonds glitter. I added a scalloped mat using the corner rounder. The hearts from 'In the Spotlight' (a new level 2 hostess set) are glittered & mounted on dimensionals. The wish big greeting is from 'Short & Sweet'.
Have a lovely weekend everyone :o)
Friday, 2 May 2008
Instructions:Attach rose red card & rose red prints paper to card. Attach a horizontal strip of rose red across card & tie wide vanilla grosgrain ribbon around card & knot. Secure knot to card with glue dot.
Flower: Stamp the outline in basic brown & the detail in versamark ink (use a stamp-a-ma-jig to line them up perfectly!).Use sponge daubers & Stampin' Pastels® to dab on colour. Sponge around edge with pretty in pink ink & mount with dimensionals.
And another version...
This time, I changed the Prints paper to always amethyst spots, left out the second card layer & coloured the flower amethyst. Everything else is the same, but the look is quite different I think.
Want some Prints paper?
If you already love using patterned paper in your cards & layouts, or you've never used patterned paper before & would like to try it, check out this great offer. During the month of May only, get a 6 inch x 6 inch pad of double-sided Prints Designer Series paper for only $12.95 (plus s&h) when you spend $35 on any Stampin' Up! products.
This one-time offer gives you 48 double-sided sheets in Certainly Celery, Rose Red, So Saffron, Almost Amethyst in a size that's perfect for cards & 6 x 6 inch scrapbooks. Each pad holds twelve sheets of each colour-two sheets of each pattern in each colour.
So Saffron & Almost Amethyst Prints are ONLY available in this pack, so if you love these colours, get them now!
Single colour packs of 12 inch x 12 inch Prints Designer Series paper are also available in packs of 12 double-sided sheets for just $11.95 packs (plus S&h) – Brilliant Blue, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie & Rose Red.
You can find out more about this offer here, or just contact me.
Thursday, 1 May 2008
I decided to play along, so I created this card using my brand spanking new 'Baroque Motifs' set. I've coveted this set for ages, so it was at the top of my new Idea Book & Catalogue order list.The colours are a totally yummy combination of close to cocoa, chocolate chip, soft sky & very vanilla. The card took a little while to come together, as I usually have a layout in mind before I pick colours, so it was interesting to do this in reverse. I am happy with the end result though. So what do you think - did I meet the challenge?
Base – Cut close to cocoa base (front is 10.5 cm x 10.5 cm). Stamp cocoa greeting onto vanilla card & attach to base. Stamp swirl & a few small flowers on soft sky card with soft sky ink. Punch out scallop edge using the new smaller corner rounder (guard removed). Wrap chocolate grosgrain ribbon (retired) around the front & attach card to base. Stamp 4 small flowers in soft sky with cocoa centres (using cocoa marker for centre). Cut out flowers & position around swirl with dimensionals.
Motif: Stamp 2 large flowers (1 in soft sky, 1 in cocoa) & cut out. Stamp 1 small cocoa flower & cut out. Attach with dimensionals & a pretty 'ice' rhinestone brad. Punch out 2 choc chip 5 petal flowers & attach under flowers. Attach whole motif onto base with dimensionals.
Instructions On very vanilla card, stamp the large flower, small flower & leaf outlines randomly in versamark ink & heat emboss with clear embossing powder using a heat tool.
Use sponge daubers to colour the flowers with guava, pomegranate & river rock ink. The embossed images will resist the ink, so you can still see the outlines.
Attach some pierced & torn pomegranate card, torn vellum & groovy guava double stitched ribbon to a river rock card base & mount the stamped vanilla piece on top.
Stamp the 'Short & Sweet' greeting in pomegranate ink.
To Teresa, thanks so much Teresa for sharing such great projects with us all. Hope you get your own site going soon so everyone can see your wonderful work!