Sunday, December 22, 2013

Christmas Celebrations

Christmas Greetings to one and all,
Not long to go now before the big fat man in the bright red suit pays a visit!

Thought I would share a couple of photos from our weekend away last weekend.

Here we are about to board the Kookaburra Queen Paddle Steamer for dinner.
On board. Story Bridge in background.
I made Clem take his party hat off for the photo. hehe.
We cruised up and down the Brisbane River while being treated to a delicious smorgasboard dinner and live music.
It was a truly memorable evening.
Thought you would like to see a couple more cards I made for Christmas.
This first one was taken from Pinterest. I loved this design for its simplicity and elegance.
I made it in Crumbcake and in Soft Sky.

Vellum stamped and embossed with white Craft Ink in the lovely Poinsettia flower. A bit of ribbon and pearls and you are done.
This is another card I made using the Postcard Stamp and a retired stamp Beautiful Season.. I embossed with gold embossing powder round the edges and stamped with the Gorgeous Grunge set in white craft ink around the crumbcake cardstock for a snowy effect.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments. I really appreciate them. I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and I will be back in the New Year.
Best Wishes. Vx



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Friday, December 20, 2013

heARTstampers Happy Christmas

Hello Everyone, Today I wanted to share some things from my Downline Christmas get-together last week..
 I have a wonderful Downline Team. We really do support each other and love sharing our ideas. Not all my Team are "Business" Demonstrators either. Some of them are just "Hobby" Demonstrators. Some just do classes and some just share with friends. But we are all Stampin Up Demonstrators.
At Convention this year I saw a some great teams with very clever names and I felt compelled that our little group would have an appropriate moniker as well.
"heARTstampers" popped into my head and wouldn't go away. So that is our Team name. It is very appropriate I think. We stamp with heart. No doubt about it, and our love for our art is at the centre of it.

For our Christmas get-together this year I wanted to give my downlines little "heart" gifts.

This is what I made.

A special handmade heart ornament for each of them. The word is computer generated. I used the cardboard that comes with the designer paper to cut the hearts out and stuck a piece of very vanilla cardstock embossed with Beautifully Baroque Emboss Folder on top of that. Some of the the pieces stuck on the heart are retired stock from the Artisan Embellishment Kit in a previous mini catalogue.

 I just had to package them in mini muslin bags which I stamped with Serene Silhouettes Stamp Set.
Soft Suede, Real Red and Garden Green ink.
I guess I should have used a heart stamp. That would have been clever. But I had only just received Serene silhouettes that day and was itching to use it. LOL. Does that ever happen to you? Or is it just me?

Then as an added little something I also made them these little Post It note booklets.
See - hearts again! The designer paper is Gingham Garden. I have also used paper doilies and very vintage designer buttons. The heart is from More Amore Designer paper (retired).

Would you like to see the cards they made me?
(by Lorraine)
 Isn't this angel adorable! I love her hair!
(by Beth)
 Gorgeous red and gold poinsettia card from Beth.
(by Leanne)
 Beautiful vintage card from Leanne. Just love the background on this.

Thought I would finish today by showing you some special visitors we have been having lately at night time.
Wallabies in our front yard! I am surprised with all the Christmas lights on that they came up this far in the street. (we live at the top of a cul-de-sac). Maybe they thought our lighted reindeers on the front lawn were relatives of theirs? haha.

Not long now till Christmas. If you have a spare minute pop back again next week for a few last minute photos I will share with you.
Thanks for stopping by. Vx


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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Card in a Box Christmas

Have you seen the marvellous Card in a Box? I fell in love with it the moment I saw it and just had to make one for my final Christmas Class.
I have Cased mine from Monica. Who has a great video tutorial.
This is how it sits - folded flat so it is easy to post.

And then this is how it opens out.
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Isn't this lovely. My cardstock base is Chocolate Chip and I have used the Season of Style Designer Paper.
With all those lovely festive flurry snowflakes popping out of the box in cherry cobbler, brown sugar and champagne glimmer card.

This is how it looks from inside, upside down. You can see the two attached cardstock pieces that the festive flurries are attached to.
You may be wondering where you can write on a card like this?
Well turn it round and on the back is plenty of space to write a heartfelt greeting.

The other project  for our final class was an elf bag which I modified slightly from a design originally by Kirsteen Gill. She is so clever.

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Products used to make elf:
Hat: Apothecary framelit cut in half and folded over on angle in gumball green.
Real Red and Silver glimmer circles for bauble.
Chocolate Chip strip of cardstock cut for top of hat
Oval from Oval framelits for face in Calypso Coral.
1/2 inch punch for black eyes and calypso coral nose.
1 inch circle punch for whites of eyes.
Gloves in gumball green - bird wing from Bird builder punch
Legs - two strips of cardstock crossed
Feet - Topnote die
Red trim on shoes from Tasteful Trim Bigz die
I just had to make a matching tag for him.
Isn't that cute! This one is all my design.

Can you see I have used another shape from the Apothecary Framelits this time to make his hat, body and shoes.
Arms are the word window punch.
Face - Extra Large Oval Punch.
Owl Punch for black eyes and calypso coral nose.
1/2inch circle punch for whites of eyes.

Well that is all for today. Thank you so much for stopping by. I love to hear from you if you would like to leave a comment. Come back again soon. Vx


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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dressed for Christmas

Hello everyone, how is the Christmas shopping going? Do you have all your presents sorted yet?
I still have the main presents to get but all the small handmade ones are done. Phew.
I had quite a few little gifts and thankyous to make this year and I couldn't go past the lovely dress up framelits to help me along.
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What do you think of my Mrs. Claus  dress?
 The scallops are made using the Scallop oval Punch. Punch once then punch a second time close to the original to get a little scalloped edge piece like this. I cut one in half for the collar. White scallops on the bottom of the dress are from the other dress framelit.
And here is the greeting I stuck into the little box attached to the back of the dress. I just used a wooden skewer cut down. The postage stamp punch and a computer generated greeting on whisper white.
The back view.  I have attached the skewer with some washi tape. Gotta love that stuff.
What did I put in the little box - Lip gloss of course!!!
The little box measurements are:
7.5 cm x 8.5cm
Along the 7.5cm (which is the width i.e. horizontal)
Score 1.5cm; 3cm; 4.5cm; 6cm
Along the 8.5cm (which is the length i.e. vertical)
Score 1.5cm
Cut into the score lines  along the 7.5cm  width up to the 1.5cm score line.
Crease all score lines and fold together. Join with glue.
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I ended up with nearly 20 of these.

Another gift I made was this little Snowman holder using the Purse Bigz Die.
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I saw this idea on Pinterest. Here is the side view for you.

 I have just cut off the top part of the purse and left it open to place my gifts in.

Everyone got a cotton carry bag in various colours. So I could remember, which present had which colour bag in it, I made my gift tags using the Warmth and Wonder Christmas Tree Stamp. I stamped different coloured "lights" on each tree to match the bag inside.
Lastly today I want to show you these cute little snowman 'bread tags" that was an idea from Dee Slater.
They are made with the Chalk Talk Framelit and are so quick and easy.
Happy Christmas Crafting.
Thanks for dropping by. Come back soon, I have heaps more to share before Christmas!
Vx


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Thursday, December 12, 2013

A Very Orange and Purple Christmas and other unusual cards.


Hello Happy Stampers. Do you make special cards for your friends?
I have two good friends- one loves purple and one loves orange. How to incorporate these colours into  Christmas Cards? (speaking as a very Traditional Red and Green Christmas Girl).
I think I have cracked the problem!
I saw this idea on Pinterest where a clever lady used circles to make a Christmas Tree. I can do that!!!
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Isn't this great! I used Real red as my contrast colour with Tangerine Tango and Pumpkin Pie. Card base is Early Expresso.
Here is the Purple card.
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This time the colours used were Perfect Plum and Wisteria Wonder with Real Red again.
Card base is Elegant Eggplant.
I used the Sweets for the Sweet Stamp set p. 18 of the main catalogue. Plus some champagne glimmer card and diamantes in red and purple and red and orange, coloured with a Sharpie.
I loved the way these cards turned out and hope the special recipients did too.

Now for something completely different but I love it just the same.
Another Stampin Up buddy of mine has a particular fondness for these little fellows so I just had to make her a Christmas Card featuring one of them. Come and have a look.

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Isn't he the cutest!!! hehe.
A little minion with a Santa Hat. I used the Pennant Punch for that plus the Itty Bitty Shapes Punches for the pompom and flower.

Hope you got some ideas for any quirky Christmas Cards you might need to whip up. These are all fairly quick to put together too.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask me. I am always happy to help out if I can.
Thanks so much for visiting. I'll be back soon. We are off this weekend to a special weekend Christmas Party in Brisbane City. Can't wait. I am hoping to get a bit of Christmas Shopping in while we are there. Still have a few more gifts to buy.
Vx

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Envelope Punch Board Ideas

This is the second installment of last weekend's Workshop.
At the workshop I showcased the Festive Flurry Stamp Set and Framelits (which I showed you in the previous post) and the Envelope Punch Board.

This is the card everyone made using the Envelope Punch Board.
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This is a File Folder Card. You make the tab on the card and round the corners with the Envelope Punch Board. The section in the middle pops out and you can write your greeting on it. I also suggested you could place money or a gift card inside as well.
 Products: Smoky Slate, Cool Cabana, Whisper White Cardstock
Designer Paper: Winter Frost, Silver Glimmer Card
Ink: Smoky Slate and Bermuda Bay.
Stamps: Festive Flurry and Christmas Messages
Silver ribbon

Here is another File Folder Card I showed everyone.
This time made as regular card.
See I have made tabs on the front and back of the card this time.
Products:
Crumbcake, Whisper White, Real Red, Brown Sugar cardstock. Season of Style DSP and washi tape
Ink: Real Red
Framelits: Circle, Deco Labels. Chalk Talk
Emboss Folder: Stylish Stripes
Stamps: Tag It, Teeny Tiny Sentiments

Besides a myriad of different size and shape envelopes the Envelope Punch Board can also make lots of different size and shape boxes. There are tons of examples and videos on the Net. Just type in Youtube Envelope Punch Board and see if I am not right.
 Here are some I showed them.
This small box holds 3 inch x 3 inch cards. I made the box with Whisper white cardstock and then ran it through the Pretty Print Embossing folder just to see what it looked like. Some DSP wrapped around for a belly band with an Old Olive snowflake from Festive Flurry and the greeting is from Perfectly You Hostess Set on page 39 of the Holiday Mini.
Some quick little cards to pop inside.

Here is another box - a bit bigger this time, made with Winter Frost Designer Paper. 4inch x 4inch
This time the flap is just tucked in under the others.
What? It doesn't look like that to you???
Ha! You caught me out! OK... I photographed the box upside down! hehe. So if you stand on your head you will see that the flap is tucked inside. haha.

Here are the10cm x 10cm cards I put inside. Aren't they pretty.
I just have to show you them closeup. The are so sparkly with the champagne glimmer card on Cool Cabana.
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I also showed a mini bon bon box and another little carry box.
See the bow on the front of the carry box?
That is also made with the fabulous Envelope Punch Board! Quickest bow EVER.
Here is a link and another link  and another link to the videos  I used for these two.

Hope you got some ideas for the Envelope Punch Board. There are lots of videos and free tutorials out there but if you are having trouble finding them please let me know and I will be happy to help you.

Thanks for stopping by and I will see you again on Friday. I want to show you what I made for my Downlines for Christmas.
Vx


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