Saturday 22 December 2012

12 Weeks Of Christmas - LAST WEEK Candlelight Christmas Gift Card Holders

Week 12 - Phew, we made it - Yay!  How fun was that?  The best thing for me is I have all my Christmas cards, all my boxes, bags, gifts made for Christmas day.  Wow, Christmas day is only 3 more sleeps as my kids would say.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for visiting my blog throughout the year & to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

My last post for this series is a gift card holder.   It is based on the design of one I did in this post.  I changed the DSP but the design is exactly the same.  I used Candlelight Christmas DSP on these and also the very cute Mixed Medley Hostess stamp set  & 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch which are all from the Holiday Catalogue which is ending January 31st.  I know I will definitely get a few packs of this DSP to put away for a rainy day ;)  See that ribbon - that is the 7/8" Cotton ribbon stamped with the Border Banter stamp set.  Yes, this is in the Holiday mini also.  I like to fray the edges, however you can see in the 1st photo I have a little No Peeking Reindeer one without the fraying.

Candlelight Christmas Gift Card Holders

No Peeking Gift Card Holder

Inside the gift card holder

Mixed Medley & Daydream Medallions Gift Card Holder 

Stamp Sets: Mixed Medley, Daydream Medallions, No Peeking, Border Banter, Wacky Wishes (Hostess main catty).
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Candlelight Christmas DSP.  
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red, Lucky Limeade.
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle punch, 1 1/4 Scallop Circle punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle punch, Sticky Strip, Word Window punch, Circles #2 Sizzix Die, Big shot ( for no peeking card), 7/8" Cotton Ribbon.

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Thursday 20 December 2012

12 Weeks Of Christmas WEEK 12: A Gift Ensemble

This is my last week if the 12 weeks of Christmas Promotion :(  I have had so much fun creating for it I have decided to do a Saleabration version in the new year.

Here is a little ensemble my Stamp club girls made last week.  With Christmas upon us I thought we could look at ways to present gifts using our stamps, DSP & inks. I focused on Early Espresso, Very Vanilla & the Candlelight Christmas DSP.  The bag was easy. A quick roll across the front with the builder wheel, a snowflake and a bow made of tulle.  The card was even quicker.  I knocked 15 of these off in one go!  I just lined them up and wheeled away.  The kraft box was a little more difficult and required lining up but looked great.  **A word of warning when using wheels with words.  Stamp a sample 1st on a bit of scratch paper to check that the words are the right way up.

Gift Giving Ensemble
 We give a lot of wine as gifts so a bottle tag was needed to finish off the ensemble.  The one I made was given away so this is another of my creations based on that original version.  I used the Champagne glimmer paper on this one, unlike the original that only used Very Vanilla & Early Espresso.
Bottle Tag
I have had fun trying out some of the wheels this month.  I had previously overlooked wheels, however when faced with making 50 Christmas cards/tags/bags I decided they might be worth a try.  I must say it was well worth the investment of only $7.95 each.  Next time you are looking for a quick decorating stamp try the wheels as they are perfect for this job.

Stamp Sets: Choc Full Of Cheer, Snowflake Party Builder Wheel, Good Cheer Builder Wheel. 
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Champagne Glimmer paper, Candlelight Christmas DSP.  
Ink:  Early Espresso.
Cool Tools: Bigshot, Builder Wheels, Snow Flurry Bigz Die, Silver Brads, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Naturals Wooden Buttons, 1/4" Early Espresso Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue dots, Stapler,  1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle Punch, 3 1/2" Early Espresso Tulle.

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Monday 17 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 11 Island Indigo Christmas Lodge Tree

Well, I guess we are coming to an end of these posts since Christmas is only days away.  Yes DAYS away people!   I have one last Christmas card to share with you and it is one of my favourites.  The photo is a bit on the dodgy side and it doesn't show all the glitter sorry.

I know,  I have a slight addiction to the Christmas Lodge stamp set and also to flags & Island Indigo so I thought - Why not put them all together!  This is one of my Christmas cards I'm sending out to family & friends.   I used Island Indigo on the card and then "thumped" the stamp with a midnight muse marker before stamping, giving the image a 3D effect.  I then added Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  It sparkles at night & is so pretty but unfortunately the camera did not capture that.

Island Indigo Christmas Lodge Tree Card

Stamp Sets: Christmas Lodge, Greetings Of The Season
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Midnight Muse, Festival of Prints DSP Stack  
Ink:   Island Indigo, Midnight Muse
Cool Tools: 1" Square punch, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, 

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Saturday 15 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 11: For the Birds Christmas Cards

Whilst away on holiday last week, I spent a few hours of each day creating my Christmas Cards.  It was so nice to create without distractions of everyday life.  Some of my family & friends will be receiving one of these very soon.

I love the For the Birds stamp set and had set my mind on using this set for my Christmas cards this year.  Here are a few of the many cards I made using this stamp set.

For all these cards I used the Festival Of Prints Designer Series Stack which is such great value & it has so many pretty patterns.  For the cardstock I used Very Vanilla, Island Indigo & Cherry Cobbler.

Stamp Sets: For The Birds.
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler.   
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake.
Cool Tools: Bigshot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Window Framelits, Snail, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, 1" Square punch.

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Wednesday 12 December 2012

12 Weeks of Christmas WEEK 10 Candle gifts

Having just returned from a nice little pre-christmas holiday I am ready to get back into the swing of creating again.  I feel like I have lost my mojo after that little break, so the answer is to lock myself in my stamp room and to see if anything comes back.  Stay tuned for those results!

Wow! We only have a few weeks left of my 12 weeks of Christmas promotion.  How quick has that just gone by!  Well, as we come to a close I thought I would share a few quick gift giving ideas instead of a cards for a bit of a change.  I recently held a candle stamping class where we all stamped our favourite images onto church candles. It was hard to choose my favourite but here are a few.

Christmas Deer & Beautiful Season
Christmas Deer & Snowflake Soiree all wrapped up ready to be gifted.

Christmas candles are very easy to make once you get the hang of the melting process. I had so many options of stamp sets to use but these were my 3 favourite designs.

Stamp Sets: Christmas Deer, Snowflake Soiree, Beautiful Season, More Merry Messages.
Paper:  Non-SU Tissue paper & wax paper  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Early Espresso, Midnight Muse, Real Red, Pacific Point, Marina Mist, 
Cool Tools: Rhinestones, Stitched Satin Ribbon, Seam binding ribbon, glitter, 2 way glue pen, heat tool. 

Saturday 1 December 2012

A 60th Birthday Card - Female VS Male

As a nice change to all these Christmas projects I have made two different birthday cards.  My husband came home yesterday and requested two cards.  One female, one male - both needed for 60th birthdays next week.

I had an idea to use Everything Eleanor but when I sat down to make it it came out very different than intended & I ended up using Apothecary Art stamp set & Label Framelits instead.  Do you have this happen to you?

I really love Primrose Petals which is surprising as I was not that keen on it when it first came out.  I am an In Colour girl all the way and tend to reach for those before the usual colour families.

60th Female Card - Close Up

60th Female Card 
Then, to make the male version I wanted something a bit less "fluffy" if you know what I mean.  I haven't used the paper piercing mats before so I thought I would try using them on this card to add something different to the design.
60th Male Card Close Up
60th Male Card
For the male version I used some retired DSP called Elegant Soiree.  The Apothecary Framelits were a bit to rounded so I trimmed the top & bottom to give it a more masculine feel.


Stamp Set: Memorable Moments, Apothecary Art, Kindness Matters.
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Old Olive & Very Vanilla.  
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Primrose Petals, Old Olive
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Labels Collection, 1" Square Punch,Dimensionals, Pearls, Champagne Shimmer paint (on butterflies), Blender Pen

Stamp Set: Memorable Moments.
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Soft Suede & Very Vanilla, Elegant Soiree DSP (retired). 
Ink:   Black Stayzon, Baja Breeze.
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Framelits - Apothecary Accents, 1" Square Punch, Dimensionals, Festive Paper Piercing Pack, Metallic Brads.  

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