Tuesday 27 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 9: Christmas Lodge Revisited

The Christmas Lodge stamp set is such a lovely set, I could not go through the 12 weeks of Christmas and post only one card made with this set.  Today I made a card using colours I would not normally associate with Christmas.  Ridinghood Red & Bashful Blue.  I pulled these colours from the DSP I was using from the Festival Of Prints DSP stack.  I have seen a similar card on Pinterest too using a similiar layout.

Christmas Lodge Banner Card
I used the Framelits Window collection and the 2 1/2" Circle punch.  I sponged the edges of the lodge circle in Bashful Blue ink and added a bit of snow by using a white gel pen and a bit of Dazzling Details.  The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge, Petite Pairs.
Paper:  RidingHood Red, Bashful Blue, Festival Of Prints DSP Stack.  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Bashful Blue, White Gel Pen
Cool Tools: Big Shot,Perfect Polka Dots EF, Framelits - Windows Collection, 1" Square Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/8" Circle Punch,  Dimensionals, Pearls, Dazzling Details. 

nks For Looking,

Friday 23 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 8: Christmas Handbags

How cute is the Sizzix Petite Purse?  When Stampin' Up released this die in their new catalogue I was really looking forward to making them.  I got to have a little play with it at Paperific this year and decided it would have to be mine & soon! The Bigz Petite Purse die is a great size for the big shot & although SU suggest you use the extended cutting & crease pads, I have found I can use just the standard cutting pads and get an excellent result.

I am making little Christmas handbags with some surprises inside for my class participants this month.  They would be lovely as table gifts on Christmas day or even little party favours.  Here are a few I have made recently using the Snow Festival DSP and Be of Good Cheer DSP.

Christmas Petite Purses

Snow Festival DSP purses

Left - Snow Festival DSP & Right - Be of Good Cheer DSP.
Stamp Set: None!
Paper: Be of Good Cheer DSP, Snow Festival DSP, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, 
Ink:  Real Red, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Bigz Petite Purse Die, Boho Blossoms Punch, Merry Mini's Punch Pack, 1/8" Mini Brads, Dimensionals, Rhinestones.

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Wednesday 21 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 8: Flocked Acetate Twisted Easel Card

When I first opened the Candlelight Christmas DSP I was a bit puzzled by what I could use the acetate flocked sheet for.  I let it sit there while I quietly worked my way through the rest of the pack, then this morning while cleaning my windows I had an idea.  I wasn't sure if it would work but thought it was worth a try!

I have seen a few of these twisted easel cards and have always wanted to try one.  I also had the Watercolour Winter stamp set I was dying to try out too.  So with all that in mind I got busy creating and here is what I came up with.

Twisted Easel Flocked Acetate Card 

Close up of the window effect
The little candle is a battery operated candle and flickers just like a real one.  It looks so lovely flickering at night.

Stamp Set: Watercolour Winter, Snowflake Soiree.
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Candlelight Christmas DSP.
Ink:  Real Red, Always Artichoke, Soft Suede.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Framelits Window Collection, Dimensionals, Real Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Apothecary Accents Framelits.

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Stamp-A-Stack 2012

We had a lovely time this weekend making all our Christmas cards for the holiday season.  Not only did we manage to make 12 cards in 4hrs but we had a lot of fun doing it.   Here are the other cards we made.

Holiday Collection Framelits Cards
Jolly Bingo Bits Joy Card
Holiday Colleciton Framelits Cards

There are a lot of different products used in these cards so I wont go into details.  The Holiday Collection Framelits Cards use the versatile Festival Of Prints DSP Stack which is such great value.  I have made 2 different versions in Cherry Cobbler & the other in Crumb Cake.

The Jolly Bingo Bits Card has been cased from the many I have seen on the internet.  I am not sure who originally designed this card so can't give them credit sorry.  It is a fun card using the Jolly Bingo Bits stamp set & circle punches. 

We also made the Midnight Muse Ornament & the Polar Party cards from the previous posts as I wanted a different colour selection to the usual red & green.  

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Friday 16 November 2012

Stamp-A-Stack Christmas 2012

I am running 2 Stamp-a-Stack classes this week for those of you who need lots of cards without the hassle of having to think up ideas and make them all at home.

There are 3 designs and you make 4 each of these cards.  Here is a sample of one of the cards you could be making this weekend!  There are still a few spots left in my Sunday 1-4pm and Monday 7-10pm classes.  If you would like to join us then email me at ftaraineri@bigpond.com or phone me on 0411113530 to book your place.  I hope to see you there.

Stamp-A-Stack:  Christmas Blessings Ornament Card

Stamp Set: Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages.
Paper: Whisper White, Midnight Muse.
Ink:  Midnight Muse.
Cool Tools: Big Shot,  Delicate Designs Folders, Dimensionals, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Midnight Muse Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, Rhinestones. 

nks For Looking,

Wednesday 14 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 7: Polar Party Peekaboo Card

After my last post I decided to make a simple card using another of my much longed for stamp sets - Polar Party.   I have loved this stamp set since the 1st time I saw it in a USA catalogue and was crossing everything we got it here in our catalogue.   I was so happy to see it made it!

For this card I used the cute little polar bear from the Polar Party stamp set and the sentiment is from More Merry messages.  I used my favourite embossing folder Lacy Brocade and cut out a little Label framelit and raised it on dimensionals.  Yes, I am the banner queen and I could not help myself from adding these under the sentiment made from the Snow Festival DSP and the Subtles Designer Series Paper Stack.

Polar Party Peekaboo Framelit Card
Stamp Set: Polar Party, More Merry Messages.
Paper:  Real Red, Whisper White, Marina Mist, Snow Festival DSP, Subtles DSP Stack.  
Ink:  Marina Mist, Real Red, Black Stayzon, 
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Lacy Brocade EF, Framelits - Labels Collection, 1" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Marina Mist 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon.  

nks For Looking,

Wednesday 7 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 6 : A Christmas Lodge

Well look at that we are halfway there!  Are you still here?? Can you believe Christmas is only 6 weeks away? I have not even thought about Christmas shopping so I think I had better start soon.

I saw a card like this on Youtube and thought "I think I could make something a bit like that."  It was made by Amy Celona,  and you know what I did manage to recreate it in my own way!  Youtube is a great resource for getting ideas for Stampin' Up! stamp sets - just type in the name of the set or style of card and up come lots of videos.

I have been desperately waiting for this stamp set to come here to Australia since it was released in the USA.  I love its huge tree and cute little snow covered lodge.  Ok, so we don't get snow here at Christmas but it is lovely just the same.This card is a sidestep (fancy fold) card.  My stamp club girls were wanting to make a few fancy fold cards and this one came to mind immediately.  I hope they like their versions of it as much as I did.  It is so much prettier in real life.

Hope you like bling because this card really sparkles and shines! There are quite a few different elements here.  I used the silver glimmer paper for the snowy ground cover & snowflake, Gumball Green for the ribbon and leaves of the branch.  It is so much prettier in real life as the camera just doesn't pick up all those sparkles.   

Christmas Lodge Side Step Card

Christmas Lodge Side Step card in Early Espresso.

Close up of all the bling
Stamp Set: Christmas Lodge.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Silver Glimmer Paper, Candelight Christmas Specialty DSP. 
Ink:  Early Espresso, Gumball Green, Crumb Cake, Champagne Shimmer Paint.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Delicate Design Folders,  3/16" Metallic Brads,  Paper Piercer, Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Glue Dots, 2 way Glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds.

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Monday 5 November 2012

A Quick Thank You Card and Tag

We went on a short holiday last week and I had a friend mind my dog while we were away.  I needed a card and tag to decorate her bottle and here is what I came up with.  Mind you I only had 10 minutes to make it to take to her!

 Tracy loves lime green and orange so that is why I have used those colours.  It was way out of my comfort zone as I don't usually use either of those colours.  How cute it that little dog.  Funny thing was when I went to pick up my dog she ran off just like in the photo and we all had to try to catch her.

Stamp Set: Storybook Friends, 14 Phrases (demo stamp set)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade
Ink:  Crumb Cake & Pumpkin Pie Markers, Basic Black ink.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Two Tags Die, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz Die, Pear Pizazz 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch.

nks For Looking,

Sunday 4 November 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 5 - Diamond Fold Snowflake Sioree

Wow can you believe it - 7 weeks till Christmas.  I have not even started to think about shopping for Christmas yet either.  Best get started soon or else it will be here and I will be empty handed!

Here is my week 5 post - Diamond fold Snowflake Soiree card.  This is quite an easy fun fold card to create and can be done without a score tool if you don't have one, although it is much quicker if you do.

I played around with different ways of inking up the snowlfakes from craft white ink to illuminate ink  but my best result was with my own concoction. The snowflakes were stamped in Versermark & then I used my own special recipe of embossing powder.  2 teaspoons of white embossing powder and 1/4 teaspoon of Dazzling Diamonds. Boy does it sparkle!  It's very hard to capture in photos but the last one does capture some of it.

Diamond Fold Snowflake Soiree Card

Sparkly Sparkles!
Stamp Set: Snowflake Soiree (Holiday Catalogue)
Paper:  12 x 12 Pool Party (textured retired),Whisper White, Silver Glimmer paper, Not Quite Navy
Ink: Versermark, White embossing powder, Dazzling Diamonds.
Cool Tools:  Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Rhinestones.