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Tuesday, 25 December 2012


YoHoHo!   It's December 25th at last!   Hehe - first here's wishing a Merry Christmas to one and all!Did you think I would leave you with only the picture above?  ..... It's CHRISTMAS!!! so there's more!  Read on, if you have time.

Here's the bigger picture!  At Convention, Stampin' Up! had this metal work card tree for sale.  It was too big to fit into my lighting studio, so I didn't put the left branch up.  I was saving displaying this tree for a special occasion, and I think Christmas fits into that category!    I stamped the Jolly Bingo Bits on several 1 1/2" square cards and used those as "decorations" for the tree.  The little wooden ornaments coordinate with the figures in the No Peeking stamp set, and as it's christmas day today, they've come to say "hello", and I've left out  a home-baked mince pie dusted with icing sugar as well!
Gift giving at christmas is so much fun.  You're probably wondering why I have opened the tin can from the opposite end of the pop top.  It is such a novel way of giving gifts.  I used a can opener to take out the base, leaving the pop top in tact.
I inserted my present inside, then used a hot glue gun to re-attach the base and seal it to the tin.  (A box of trinkets fits snugly into the tin. )  I punched out a 1 3/4" circle and cut out a piece so  that it would fit snugly under the pop top.  
 You can decorate the tins in pretty DSP - I used the Snow Festival DSP for these and added a scallop edge border on the one the penguin is standing on.  Easy Peesy! Only downside is that you have to eat alot of Baked Beans to get the cans! 
Well, that's all for today folks - enjoy the holidays and I'll be back shortly in the New Year!

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Deer

Hi everyone!  If there's anyone out there - Santa's reindeer are getting ready to travel the world making deliveries!   ;-)

I procrastinated for a long time over acquiring this set - I loved last year's "Dasher" so much I didn't think anything else could replace it.  My resolve broke, and he has been lovely to work with and I'm in love again!  The silhouette is very striking and I just love having all those itty bitty ornaments hanging and the bird perching on his antlers! 
Here's the inside and the recipe:

Stamps: Christmas Deer, Greetings of the Season, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Baja Breeze, Wild Wasabi
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Sponge dauber, stampa-majig, Apothecary Accent framelits

Sunday, 23 December 2012

No Peeking!

If you happen to find time to stop by, here are a few last minute "to do" ideas.

This "No Peeking" set didn't leap out at me initially, but having inked it, it's grown on me!  What's more they make great  name cards on a table setting!  It is tailor made for gift tags and it can also be used to make gift card holders!

Want a closer look?  Here's the front, I used markers to put different colours on the lettering.  Colour combos - Island Indigo, Real Red, Whisper White, Gumball Green.

 Inside the card, one portion has been folded over and the two edges adhered to create a pocket.  The end was embellished with Northern Flurry embossing folder.  The greeting is a Hostess stamp set called "Whacky Wishes".  When closed, the card fits into a C6 envelope.

As it's Sunday I'm posting a bonus project - this is an interactive card, the head, body parts swivel so it collapes over the largest circle.  My grandsons would just love to play with this snowman.  His face, hat and scarf are from Stylin' Snowfolk, and the present and mittens are from Jolly Bingo Bits.  For the head 1" circle punch, torso - 1 3/8" circle punch and the bottom - 1 3/4" circle punch.

To make the snowman stand up, I just folded a piece of scrap and adhere it with a glue dot on the middle circle.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this little breather from all the prep for christmas!

Saturday, 22 December 2012

Merry Minis

Christmas is fast approaching and I'm racing against time to get the last of the christmas card designs posted which I made for 2012.  I  used product mostly from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and they may not be transferring to the main catalogue next year.

Here's the inside and the recipe.

Stamps:  Creative Elements, Merry Minis, Border Banter, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories:  Merry Minis punch pack, Cherry Cobbler baker's twine, Festive Paper Piercing pack

Friday, 21 December 2012

Four Seasons

This set could be yours for free if you host a party!  Net sales of £150 and this set could be purchased with your free Hostess Pounds!  I tore strips of Whisper White card stock and ran a two-way glue pen over the torn edges then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.


Stamps:  Greetings of the Season, Four Seasons (hostess set)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Riding Hood Red marker, Midnight Muse
Paper:  Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Accessories:  Two-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, 1 3/4" scallop circle punch, 3/4" circle punch

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Snow Flurry die

The next few posts will feature some of the cards I made for my customers this year.  I expect most of you would have finished yours and posted them all by now. 
A quick recipe:

Stamps: Four Seasons (Hostess set), More Merry Messages
Paper:   Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper
Ink:  Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Snow Flurry die, glimmer brads

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Altered Art

I am so proud of this.  It's been an age since I made one of my mini books - all altered from plain white gusseted lunch bags!    These books were my  signature creations before I became a SU demonstrator.  I still get orders for bespoke albums occasionally, and this one is my latest creation - an album for a first grandson.
My client's original brief was nude colours - but she left it to me for the rest.  The cover is in Crumb Cake  run through the Chevron EF.  The book binding and label background are the new Natural Composition Specialty DSPs.  They have a clear embossed image on the 12"x 12" sheets and are much heavier weight, so great for making boxes too.
For the most part, I used Crumb Cake and Whisper White for the pages but I injected some colour with Pool Party and Riding Hood Red to co-ordinate with the Storytime DSPs used for the pockets.  There was some stamping of course - Bundle of Love, Storybook Friends, Patterned Party, Create a Cupcake and Petite Pairs stamp sets.
I used a variety of mini punches for the card inserts - Little Labels punch pack and Itty Bitty shapes punch pack. 
My client was thrilled with it!

Sunday, 16 December 2012

More Stockings

Hello again!  Sunday already?  Two more weeks till christmas?  Yikes!  Must finish my christmas cards and get the rest of the shopping done!  Hubby off for a fortnight now and I've put the rest of my commissioned work to bed at last!  I digress.  Back to crafts.....
Yesterday I showed you my kitten boot - well this is the original shape of the stocking die.  It's listed in the Annual Catalogue on page 193 as Holiday Stocking Bigz L die.
At the end of the christmas term, I like to make a personal gift for my regular groups as a way of saying "thank you" for their support throughout the year.  This was my theme this year.
I used a variety of embossing folders to add texture to each stocking, Petals a Plenty, Vintage Wallpaper, Houndstooth,  Arglye,  and Elegant Lines.  I stamped and punched the circular "do not open til christmas" from More Merry Messages stamp set and mounted it on a scalloped circle punch for the cuff.
I chose Crumb Cake and Cherry Cobbler card stock so I could interchange the colours for the cuffs, heels and toes.  That lovely Cherry Cobbler sweater trim is only available in the Autumn/Winter catalogue which finishes on January 31, 2013.  If you haven't got any, get some - I love it.  Makes a change from using ribbon!
Inside each stocking there's a peppermint candy cane, a little gift wrapped in Festival Prints DSP, a tag with a lovely verse white embossed on cherry cobbler.  We have coloured embossing powder too, so I  embossed cherry cobbler on crumb cake too.
Everyone got a card too.  Here's one of the designs I made and the recipe.
Stamp sets: Christmas Lodge, Joyous Celebrations, Greetings of the Season
Ink:  Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, More Mustard marker
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories:  Framelits Labels Collection, Chevron Embossing Folder, Music Notes standard wheel, Rhinestones
I even decorated the envelope - inked the Music Notes wheel in versarmark and partially ran it on the corner of the envy, then used a sponge dauber and sponged some crumb cake on it and stamped "Noel" in Cherry Cobbler on top.
Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Kitten Boots

Some time ago, we did a shoe box swap at one of Amanda's events.   A group of us did a project each and prepped all the materials needed for it into a shoe box size container with enough supplies to do  10 Make & Takes.  This was my offering. 
Can you believe it started life as just a plain old sock?
I couldn't resist making it pretty, because the new Autumn/Winter catty had just been launched and we had tulle and sweater trim available, which was just what this boot needed!
The card stock was Poppy Parade (now retired), Crumb Cake and Whisper White.  Additional supplies were the Holiday Stocking L die, the Big Shot, Petals a Plenty EF, and a tiny circular greeting from the Delightful Decorations stamp set.
Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

12.12.12 at 12:12

To mark this momentous moment in time, here is a special shaker card I made.
I did pull out all the stops for this one - used no less than 3 stamp sets, gold embossing on the top of the "Noel" ornament, double layer of foam pads, window sheet, Framelits Labels collection to cut out the centre aperture.  The stamp sets used were Joyous Celebrations, Christmas Lodge and Jolly Jingo Bits.
For the 3D effect of fallen snow on the roofline, I applied Tombow liberally, sprinkled white embossing power on top of glue, then heat embossed till it "puffed" up.
To create the shaker - I stamped the christmas lodge on Very Vanilla card stock, added a double layer of stampin' dimensionals taking card not to leave and gaps, added the Dazzling Diamonds and mica then sealed it with the window sheet.  The shaker was then mounted with the Crumb Cake.
It is very pretty in real life, especially when you shake it!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Recycling ribbon scraps

This is one of the techniques we did at my monthly clubs last month.  The "Merry Christmas" is from Christmas Lodge.  The Scentsational Season images were stamped in Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Gumball Green on a piece of Whisper White cardstock, then cut out with the Holiday Framelits collection.  I ran the snail along the contours of each image on the back and used colour co-ordinated ribbon to fill in the apertures.  This was then adhered to my card base.  I used a red marker, journaling end, to create an outline (dot.dash) round each image.

We didn't discard the images, but put it to good use on the inside with a pop-out mechanism.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

More Open Sleigh

For my Sunday share, here are the rest of the cards using the Open Sleigh stamp set.  I stuck to the Riding Hood Red colour palette, used the stamp off technique to make the stockings on either side of the middle appear much lighter.  The centre stocking was stamped on a piece of Very Vanilla card stock  then cut out by hand before adhering  it to the Apothecary Accents framelits.

I stamped the motif top and bottom to "frame" the greeting.

For this card, I tried to think outside the box!  We have a new Ticket Duo Builder punch - page 182 in the Annual Catalogue.  I punched lots of "bricks" with the teeny tiny ticket part of the punch and "brick  laid" them for the chimney.  Santa's just landed on the roof and is making his way down the chimney!  I punched 2 hearts with the Full Heart punch, and after a few snips, transformed them into Santa's boots.  For the trim  above his boots, I used the word window punch.  Santa is obviously filling the stocking - but as he's stuck in the chimney, he's left the stocking behind!   ;-)

The insides are clean and simple.  If you're making alot, the cards have to be quick and easy!

Off to an all day Christmas crop today.  What are you doing?  Christmas shopping perhaps?
Well, whatever it is, have a good one!!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Open Sleigh

As we count down to Christmas,  here are more christmas cards using the Open Sleigh stamp set in the Annual Catalogue - page 12.  My colour combo is Gumball Green, Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla card stock.  I've used the Framed Tulips embossing folder to frame the sleigh which was stamped in Riding Hood Red on Very Vanilla card stock then die cut with the Framelits Labels Collection.  I ran a two-way glue pen and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds for the "snow" on the ground.  The Riding Hood Red layer was adhered directly to the card base, but the Framelit Label was raised on dimensionals so that the Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon could slide through underneath.
I used the stamping off technique for the inside of the card.  By inking the stamp then stamping it on a piece of scratch paper, the freshly stamped image will appear more vibrant.  If you stamp more frequently without re-inking the stamp, then each subsequent stamping of the image will become more and more pale.  This is called stamping off.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Open Sleigh

This stamp set includes 5 stamps, the stocking, the curly motif which was perfect for the mantelpiece, a greeting for the outside of the card, another for the inside and also a sleigh which I will feature next time.  For the grate, I punched a label with the Extra Large Tag punch in Soft Suede and sponged all the edges the same colour too.  I stepped up the card embossing it with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder then spritzing with Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spray.  It looks much better IRL.  On the hanging above the mantelpiece I stamped "Merry Christmas" on Very Vanilla cardstock before cutting it with the Big Shot and Apothecary Accent Framelits.  The card base is Riding Hood Red and accent colours were Crumb Cake and Softe Suede.

The spray stamped on the bottom of the "wall hanging" is from Christmas Lodge.

The inside was kept clean and simple.  I eyeballed aligning everything, but those of you who like it centred perfectly you could use the Stampamajig.

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

A Cherry on the Top

This is a birthday card I made for a special lady.  She makes the most beautiful cards and I'm in awe of her talent, so I couldn't just do the run of the mill card and this is what I came up with.   It was her birthday yesterday, so I think I'm safe to post this now.  The stamp set is "A Cherry on the Top" which is a Hostess set.

There are pockets both in the front and inside of the card to hold all the "Keep Calm" tags.

The Keep Calm stamps are from my personal collection and I've picked out the colours to co-ordinate with the Comfort Cafe DSP.

The cake dome was stamped in Whisper White craft ink on a window sheet and cut out by hand.  I cut super thin strips of dimensionals and hid them along the stamped line at the bottom of the cake dome and used an extra large pearl at the top to hide the dimensional underneath.

Hope she liked it!

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