Wednesday 25 December 2013

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 12 Merry Christmas!

The day has arrived, presents are all unwrapped & bellies are full.  We are all having a rest until the family arrive for Christmas dinner & I thought I would share with you my Christmas card I sent out to many of my friends.
There are two versions of the same design because you only get one sheet of each of that gorgeous silver foil DSP in the pack.  I wish you got 2 of each don't you!

I have used the very versatile single stamp called Be Merry & for only $16 it is a great stamp to use on both cards & for your Christmas tags.   I masked off the to & from on the stamp to get this effect.  I used the retired Bigz die for the snowflake & Island Indigo as my base colour.   These single stamps have been so handy for my Christmas preparation for cards & gifts & I even gave some of the actual stamps as gifts.

Stamp Sets:  Be Merry (132739)
Paper:   Island Indigo (124390), Coastal Cabana (131302), Bermuda Bay (131286), Winter Frost Specialty DSP (132341).
Ink:  Island Indigo (126986), Bermuda Bay (131171) 
Cool Tools: Bigshot (113439),  Snow Flurry Bigz Die (Retired), 1/8" Mini Silver brads (122941), Basic Rhinestones (119246), SIlver 1/8" Ribbon (132137). 

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Thursday 19 December 2013

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 12 Last Minute Gifts - Apothecary Jars

I have thrown in a double whammy this week as I know you are all busy preparing for Christmas.  It is only 6 days away (eek!), so I figured you might need some more ideas.  I have a lot of teachers & family friends to buy for at Christmas & often find they get lumped into the chocolates or biscuit category.  This year I decided to spruce up their gifts with some little apothecary jars filled with chocolates.  I even made a coordinating card.  I made 5 of each colour scheme & liked both, but did prefer the Crumb Cake version.   Which colour do you like best?  I have just entered these little last minute gifts in the SUO only challenges #86 - Its Almost The Last Minute Challenge!  Why not pop on over & check out the other entries.

The first one uses Crumb Cake & Cherry Cobbler with the Season Of Style Paper Stack.

The second is my Pool Party version. This one has white embossing onto Pool Party with Smokey Slate & uses the Winter Frost Paper Stack.

Stamp Set:  Festive Flurry  (131778), Merry Little Christmas (131829).
Paper:  Whisper White (106549), Cherry Cobbler (121681), Old Olive (106576), Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885) Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), Pool Party (124391), Season of Style Paper stack (132181), Winter Frost Paper Stack (13183)
Ink:  Crumb Cake (126975), Cherry Cobbler (126966), VersaMark (102283), Pool Party (126982), Island Indigo (126986)
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits (132193), Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine (123125), SIlver 1/8" Ribbon (132137), Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246), Merry Minis Punch Pack (126882), Sticky Strip ( 104294), White Embossing Powder (109132), Heat Tool (129056)

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Wednesday 18 December 2013

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 11 Merry & Joyful Christmas Take 2

In Week 7 I made this card in a Cherry Cobbler version, but had always intended to make this version.   It was just that I was distracted by the Season Of style DSP & totally forgot to make it. When I first saw the Joyful Christmas stamp set this was exactly what I had in mind. I think I prefer this version.  How about you? I love that the vellum really shows off on this version & the pure white & gold gives this card a much more elegant look.

Stamp Set:  Joyful Christmas (131805).
Paper:  Whisper White (106549), Pear Pizazz (131290) Gold Foil Sheets (132622), Vellum Cardstock (106584). 
Ink:  VersaMark (102283).
Cool Tools: Big Shot, Gold Embossing Powder (109129), Pearls (119247), Petals A Plenty embossing folder (116824), Expression Thinlit Dies (132171), Dimensionals(104430).

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Saturday 14 December 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas Week 11: Daydream Medallions Ornaments

I decided this year I would make my own ornaments for my tree.  While looking for ideas I came across I gorgeous creation by Margaret Raburn on Pinterest.  My fellow demonstrator Nicole Clare (& partner in crime for the market recently), made one & it was so nice I just had to try one for myself.  Here is my 1st one based on Nicole's colours of Always Artichoke, Whisper White,  Cherry Cobbler & Champagne Glimmer paper.

And here is my version hanging on my tree.  I chose Island Indigo, Whisper White & Smokey Slate for my colour scheme. It is pretty obvious to all that know me that Island Indigo is my favourite colour.

And here is my tree all decorated.  

Stamp Sets:  Daydream Medallions (126467)
Paper:   Island Indigo (124390), Smokey Slate (131291), Whisper White (106549)
Ink:  Craft White (101731), Island Indigo (126986)
Cool Tools: Bigshot (113439),  Magnetic Platform (130658), Floral Frames Collection (127012), Delicate Doilies Sizzlits L (126999), Dimensionals (104430), Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137)

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Monday 9 December 2013

12 Weeks of Christmas: Week 10 Calm Christmas Card

Oops I forgot to post this card last week in all the rush.  Those of you that get my newsletter will recognise this card as it is featured there.  I love using Island Indigo at the moment.  One look at my Christmas tree will tell you that! We made this card in one of my Christmas card classes a month or two back & I really liked how it turned out.

I have used Smokey Slate as the base & silver embossing powder for the dove.   The Winter Frost Specialty DSP was used as contrasting background.  I will be sad to see this DSP go as it is one of my favourites.

Stamp Sets:  Calm Christmas (132739)
Paper:   Island Indigo (124390), Smokey Slate (131291), Winter Frost Specialty DSP (132341).
Ink:  VersaMark (102283) 
Cool Tools: Bigshot (113439),  Magnetic Platform (130658), Deco Labels Collection Framelits (130102), Silver Embossing Powder (109131), Frosted Finishes Embellishments (132150), Island Indigo 3/4" Chevron Ribbon (131151), Basic Rhinestones (119246). 

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Wednesday 4 December 2013

12 Weeks Of Christmas: Week 9 Santa Candle

This week I held a little class on stamping on candles.  I run this class every year & every year I see some amazing creations.  I had forgotten all about it until some customers commented on a few I had displayed in my studio.  All the ladies made beautiful candles ( yes, even you Lesley!).  I wish I had taken a photo of their creations :(

Here is a sample of one I made earlier. I used Santa's List & More Merry Messages.

I made another using Polar Party (retired)

The last one is made using the cute hostess set called Warmth & Wonder.  

Stamp Sets:  Warmth & Wonder  (131883), Polar Party (retired), Santa's List (131811)
Paper:  Tissue Paper 
Ink:  Various inks & markers
Cool Tools: Heat Tool (129056), Real Red Ribbon (126875), Pool Party Seam Binding Ribbon (125582).  

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