Saturday 27 October 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 4 - Snow Festival Card Set & Bag

I have a special little project to share with you for Week 4.  Remember my Halloween post recently where I made a cute handbag out of 12 x 12 paper?  It can be seen HERE. I did say I would be back with a Christmas version SO here it is!

Handbag & Card set

I found the directions to make the 12 x 12 bag on Stamp & Scrap With Frenchie and thought I could use it for Halloween to hold lots of treats.  I have since made this Christmas version with a card set inside.  I used the Owl Occasions stamp set on the bag which is made out of 1 sheet of 12 x 12 Be of good Cheer DSP.
Inside the bag is this set of six cards all wrapped up in the gorgeous Gumball Green Ribbon. With the current Spool Time Promotion this could be yours free when you spend $60 before the end of October! (Time is running out so give me a call or email me with your order).

For the cards I used Snow Festival DSP. Two of the sheets of this DSP have pre-printed squares for cute tags so I decided to use some of those to make a quick cute card set to go inside my bag.   

Snow Festival Card Set

Snow Festival card set & Owl Occasions Bag

For those of you who would like to make one of these bags, here is Frenchie's Youtube video on how to create the 12 x 12 bag.

Stamp Set: Owl Occasions. 
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Snow Festival DSP (flag behind framelit), Be of Good Cheer DSP (main bag). 
Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler & Gumball Green Marker Pens.
Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Boho Blossoms Punch. Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Dimensionals, 3/8" Basic Glimmer Brads,  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon.

Stamp Set & Ink: none
Paper: Snow Festival DSP, Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die, Dimensionals. Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon (tied around cards).

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Friend To Friend Swap 2

As promised I am back with some details of my projects for the Friend To Friend Swap.  I sent Sue 4 items but lots & lots of Chocolate!

The card & glassine goodie bag can be seen in an earlier post HERE & HERE.  My next project was to wrap some of our Tim Tams.  I created a little halloween wrapper using the Howlstooth & Scaringbone DSP and the Googly Ghouls stamp set.

My last project was stuffed full of lots of things including a Cherry Ripe, Little AFL footballs, Crunchie Bar, Picnic bar, Geelong Cats Football coins and more!  It is a large Witches handbag to lure all those chocolate loving kiddies into her scary house and is made out of 1 sheet of 12 x 12 card stock.  No cutting just folding involved here.  It opens with a little velcro closure.  Once again I used the Googly Ghouls stamp set....this time I found my Googly eyes!

Witches Handbag
Here they are all together

Googly Ghouls Ensemble made by me for Sue.  

I will be back later to show you a Christmas version of this cute handbag in my 12 Weeks of Christmas promotion.

Thanks For Looking,

Monday 22 October 2012

Friend To Friend Swap

Hi Again.  I recently participated in a Friend To Friend Swap between USA, France & Australian Stampin' Up! Demonstrators with a Halloween/Fall theme.  You might have seen some of my earlier projects that were sent off to my swap recipient Sue.  Well, I just received my swap from Sue in USA and here is my haul!

Friend To Friend Swap by Sue Armstrong
Wasn't I spoilt rotten!  I have to admit some of those candy corns never made the photo as they accidentally on purpose fell into my mouth before they could be photographed!  They are full of sugar but are caramel in flavour and so easy to eat ;)

I realised after I saw this photo I had the Frightening Feline card upside down - silly me!  So here is a close up of it on it's own.

Frightening Feline by Sue Armstrong
How cute is that cat!  He is heat embossed and looks amazing in real life.  Thanks so much to Sue for all your hard work and for joining the swap.  I hope Sue enjoys all her goodies I sent her too!

Come back later to see what I sent Sue.   I will also be showing another of my 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects in the next few days. 

Thanks For Looking,


Friday 19 October 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 3 - No Peeking Reindeer Card


Sorry it has been a while between posts.  I am having a few computer troubles involving a 4 yr old boy and a smashed laptop screen and have had to do a lot via my phone while my precious computer gets fixed.

Here is the Week 3 card for my 12 weeks of Christmas promotion.  Please excuse the photo :(
How cute is the little reindeer in the No Peeking Stamp Set. He is popped up on dimensionals and cut out using one of the window frames collection framelits.

Week 10 -  No Peeking Window Framelit card

Stamp Set: No Peeking,Greetings of the Season.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Red Glimmer Paper ( nose), Candelight Christmas Specialty DSP. 
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dots EF,  Window Frames Collection Framelits, Standard Hole Punch,  Paper Piercer, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals.

nks For Looking,

Tuesday 16 October 2012

Core'dinations Cardstock Creations

Stampin' Up! have released some lovely products in their Holiday Catalogue and one I had originally overlooked was the Core'dinations Cardstock on page 6.  It comes in 3 different colours: Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler & Early Espresso.  There is a Stampin' Sanding System that includes a sanding block with 4 sheets of sandpaper in 2 grits to use with it.  The Core'dinations Dust Buddy is a great little tacky cloth that picks up the debris from sanding and is great for cleaning up all that mess! 

The Core'dinations cardstock is textured on one side and flat on the other & comes in 12 x 12 size. You can tear, distress or do what I did and run it through an embossing folder and the bigshot and then sand back the impressions.  One tip I have is to sand VERY lightly as this cardstock is thin and tears easily. The best way I have found is to go over it a few times in a light circular sanding motion.  

I was thinking up ideas for my stamp club girls and decided we would try this cardstock out for our cards.  Here are the two cards we made in stamp club.

Everything Eleanor & Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations Card
For the 1st card we used the new Fancy Fan Embossing Folder with the Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations card stock.  This was lightly distressed with the Sanding System.  The Cherry Cobbler & Gumball Green Core'dination card stock do not sand back to a different colour - just slightly lighter.  Whereas the Early Espresso has a Crumb Cake coloured core and creates a striking difference. 

Papaya Collage & Early Espresso Core'dinations Card.

I was lucky enough to make this card at a team day recently with Tracy Penn, and decided it would be perfect to display the Early Espresso Core'dination Cardstock.  For this card we ran the cardstock through the Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder (also in the Holiday Catalogue) and sanded it lightly with the Sanding System.  We also used the large fancy framelit from the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I love those new Brushed Bronze Buttons in the Holiday Catalogue (p. 32) too!  

Stamp Set: Everything Eleanor, Bring on The Cake.
Paper:  Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations Cardstock. 
Ink:  Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (sponging)
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Fancy Fan EF,  Window Frames Collection Framelits, Paper Snips, Pearls, paper Piercer, Sponge Dauber, 2 Step Bird Punch, Dimensionals, Victoria Crochet Trim, Stampin' Sanding System.

Stamp Set: Papaya Collage, French Foliage.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso Core'dinations Cardstock. 
Ink:  Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Calypso Coral.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Lacy Brocade EF,  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dimensionals, Early Espresso Bakers Twine, Brushed Bronze Designer Buttons, Stampin' Sanding System.

Thanks For Looking,



Thursday 11 October 2012

Bitty Banner Butterfly Birthday

Say that 5 times fast and see how you go!  I have been really good and held off buying everything new in the catalogues (I know what self control I have!) but this last order I just had to get myself the lovely new Butterfly Punch.  It is much finer and more dainty than the old butterfly punch, but just as versatile.

One of my customers is having a birthday this week and I made her this card to brighten her day.  Happy Birthday Tracy - hope you had a wonderful day!  I have used lots & lots of new products because I just couldn't help myself :)

Stamp Set: Itty Bitty Banners. 
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Whisper White, Patio Party DSP 
Ink:  Primrose Petals & Pool Party Markers
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Fancy Fan EF, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Rhinestones, Bitty Banners Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, dimensionals. 

Thanks For Looking,

Wednesday 10 October 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 2- Santa & Rudolph Boxes

The Top Note Die is seriously one of the most versatile dies Stampin' Up! sell.  It comes into it's own around Christmas time in my home where it gets a total work out!  I use it for lots of things from gift bag toppers, money and gift card holders to these cute little boxes.

Top Note Santa & Rudolph gift boxes
You need to get a bit crafty with your punches to make these but they are well worth the effort.  In between each Top Note Die is a Fancy Favour box.  You can fill these with a bag of lollies, chocolate, anything that you can find that fits in the box.  For Santa I have used the new Lacy Brocade embossing folder. ( I did warn you I would be going crazy with this folder!)  I have included what you need to create these guys, but if you would like a detailed tutorial, let me know & I can email you one.

TO MAKE RUDOLPH you will need: Cut 2 x Chocolate Chip Top Note dies(face and back)Cut 1 x  Chocolate Chip Fancy Favour Box Punch 2 x White  Large Ovals (eyes)Punch 2 x Crumb Cake Large Ovals  (inner ears)Punch 1 x Chocolate Chip Large Oval (cut in half for eyelids)Punch 2 x  Extra Large Chocolate Chip Ovals (outer ears)Punch 2 x Basic Black Small Ovals (eyes with white gel pen stripe)Punch 1 x Crumb cake 1 3/8" Circle (face)Punch 1 x Red Glimmer Paper 3/4" Circle (nose)Antlers are made with Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit ( now retired) but can be made with 2 x prongs from the largest snowflake in Snow Flurry die. 

TO MAKE SANTA you will need:Cut 1 x Pink Pirouette Top NoteCut 2 x Real Red Top Note ( 1 for back and 1 cut in half for hat)Cut 1 x Real Red Fancy Favour BoxCut 1 x Whisper White Top Note ( emboss with lacy Brocade EF & Cut down)Punch 2 x Whisper White 3/4" Circles ( eyes)Punch 2 x Basic Black 1/2" Circles (eyes with white gel pen stripe)Punch 1 x Pink Pirouette 3/4" Circle s (cut in half for eyelids)Punch 1 x Real Red 3/4" Circle (cut in half for mouth)Punch 3 x Whisper White Scallop Ovals (embossed with Lacy Brocade EF for hat trim) Punch 1 x 1/2" Circle (for nose)Crumb Cake ink & sponge for beard & hatBlushing Bride ink & sponge for face & nose

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday 9 October 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 1 - A Simply Scored Merry Christmas

Welcome to the first of my 12 Weeks of Christmas Posts. Today's project is a card I designed to demonstrate the Simply Scored Tool and its many many uses.  I started with making a rosette in Be of Good Cheer DSP on the base plate of the Simply Scored tool (inches).  Then I scored a border around a piece if Very Vanilla using the metric plate.  Then using the Diagonal Score Tool I made a matching envelope using Very Vanilla & Snow Swirled stamp set in Cherry Cobbler.  It is a simple looking card but quite elegant I think.  

Simply Scored Merry Christmas
Stay tuned later in the week for another Christmas Project!

Stamp Set: Snow Swirled, More Merry Messages.
Paper:  Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Be Of Good Cheer DSP 
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler. 
Cool Tools:   1" Square Punch, Simply Scored Tool ,Diagonal Score Plate & Metric Score Plate, Glue Gun, Silicone Craft Sheet.

Thanks For Looking,

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Affection Collection Island Love

I must say I am loving all the Holiday Catalogue stamp sets at the moment.  I just discovered Affection Collection and it is really growing on me.  I am participating in another swap (yes I know, I am a swap addict) that calls for a Holiday Catalogue card, using only stamps from this catalogue. I tried to use only things from the this catalogue but had to dip into the main catty for the crochet trim and rhinestones.    I have been itching to try out the Affection Collection stamp set with all it's intricate swirls and fonts.

For my card I have used Island Indigo (an old favourite of mine) and Cherry Cobbler with a dash of Very Vanilla.  I based the colours on the DSP I was using from the Festival of Prints Designer Series Paper stack. There are so many gorgeous designs in this stack and it is only $11.95!

I based the design of the card on this card by Sherri but mixed it up a bit.  Did you notice the cotton ribbon? It is the new 7/8" Cotton ribbon in the Holiday Catalogue, which is so easy to stamp on.  I used the Border Banter stamp set for the diamond pattern and then trimmed off the edges and frayed them.  The Lacy Brocade Embossing folder is in the Holiday Catalogue too! Isn't it lush?  I can see lots of cards being made with this little folder very soon.

Stamp Set: Affection Collection, Border Banter.
Paper:  Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Festival Of Prints DSP 
Ink:  Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler. 
Cool Tools:  Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, Big Shot,  Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1" Square Punch, Rhinestones, 7/8" Cotton Ribbon, Victoria Crochet Trim

Thanks For Looking,

Monday 1 October 2012

Holiday Catalogue Ornament

Ok, so I am jumping on the ornament bandwagon.  How could I not?  It looks so lovely sitting there on the front cover of the Holiday Catalogue...I just had to give it a go right? I went to visit my stamping buddy Leonie and we had a lovely afternoon making our very own ornaments.

Well lets just say I came out of it with less burns than last time which is always nice.  To make this you need a hot glue gun (hence the burns - we are still not good friends) and the new silicone mat for starters, then of course the stamp set and matching framelits come in handy also.  It wasn't too hard, just time consuming stamping and cutting all the pieces.  Like anything if you break it up into stages it is easy.

SO what do you think?

If you would like to make your own ornament plus a few others I am running a Holiday Ornament Class on Thursday 25th of October here at my house in Leopold.  Places are limited (otherwise we will be there all night!) so if you would like to come along please do contact me on 0411113530 or email me at to book your place.