11 December 2012

My Christmas Cards!

These little babies have recently been sent out to my nearest and dearest so I hope that they enjoy them because they were a labour of love!

I have a "thing" for the Pool Party colour and knew I wanted to use the new tulle ribbon, champagne glimmer paper and Heart of Christmas stamp so the design just grew from there.

I'm still not sure if I like the Early Espresso or Crumb Cake tulle better ...

... or the background trees stamped in Crumb Cake spritzed with Pool Party or stamped in Pool Party spritzed with Crumb Cake - these are difficult choices!
I have to show you the difference that the new Stampin' Spritzer tool makes too.  It's definately different to the Color Spritzer Tool which attaches to a marker.  The new tool actually holds water and a few drops of whatever coloured ink you like (in this case Early Espresso) then sprays it on!  How cool is that?  Better yet, it's only $NZ5.95 for 2!
While I was playing with designs I had my first go at a step card which I thought I'd share too:
Stamps: Heart of Christmas, Lovely As A Tree, Woodgrain Background, God's Blessings
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Ink: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Big Shot, Adorning Accents Embossing Folder, Labels Collection Framelits, Jewelry Tag Punch, Sponge Daubers, Color Spritzer Tool, Stampin' Spritzer, Pearl Basic Jewels, Linen Thread, Crumb Cake/Early Espresso 3 1/2" Scalloped Tulle Ribbon

19 November 2012

Birthday Banner

I decided to make a Happy Birthday Banner to display during the week of any birthdays occuring in our household so I whipped this baby up in no time at all using the Perfect Pennants Die!

A project like this is also a great way to use up scraps from retired designer series paper and cardstock.  It looks lovely up, I might just have to try a Merry Christmas one too!

Cardstock: Pool Party, Peach Parfait, Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Bigz L Die, Calypso Coral Ribbon

26 October 2012

JAI Scrap Challenge #10 - Just Add Bright Colours

A real quick post to pop this on today as I have to rush back to school soon for Pet Day after being there for most of the morning for the Flower Day part.
Stamps: Lovely Letters Alphabet, Inspired by Nature
Cardstock: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Big Shot, Lattice Die, Scallop Square/Oval Punches, Ribbon, Designer Frames Embossing Folders Set, Rhinestone Brad

21 October 2012

Wedding Invitation Samples

I have been asked by a good friend to make invitations for her son's upcoming wedding.  I created some samples using their chosen colours of pale orange, black, white and silver.  The main colour I used for the orange was Peach Parfait which is now retired.  We will have to find a suitable alternative once we've confirmed the layout.
This one is clean and simple:
 Same card with the white insert removed:
 An embossed vellum butterfly:
 A little punch art:
 A thank you card for after the wedding:
 An invitation in the same style as these ones I did:
 A tri-fold card with heart to hold it closed:
 A simple heat-embossed card:
 A framelit easel card:
(I sponged the heart with Peach Parfait to make it orange.)
 A Bride and Groom card:
 A cute scallop circle die card:
 Which unfolds like this:
I won't list all the stamp sets or punches etc I've used as some are retired now but I hope you enjoyed what I created!

03 October 2012

It's Spool Time!

During October, get a FREE spool of 3/8" (1 cm) Stitched Satin Ribbon with every $70 purchase. Choose from any of our 2012-2014 In Colors—or earn all five!  See here for details.

28 September 2012

JAI Scrap #9 Sketch Challenge

Sick of rainbows yet?  I'm not : )

Here's a scrapbooking take on the card I made for the Heartfelt Inspiration Board (see post here).
Stamps: French Foliage, Word Play
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, So Saffron
Ink: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Big Shot, Paper Doily Sizzlit L, Labels Collection Framelits, Perfect Pennants Bigz L, 1/2" Crumb Cake Seam Binding Ribbon, Crumb Cake Buttons, White Bakers Twine, Various Punches, Sponge Dauber, Spritzer Tool

27 September 2012

Heartfelt Make & Takes

Further to my post from yesterday, at the Heartfelt Event I attended we were given 4 make and takes to create at our leisure during the day.

An 8x8 Above & Beyond scrapbook page which I promptly converted into 12x12:
 One in a Million notebook:
 Two Tags Box with 5 note cards:
 And Clockworks note cards with 4 cards and envelopes with a vellum case:
 All the projects made great use of the Simply Scored Tool!

Stamps: Clockworks, One in a Million
Cardstock: Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Basic Gray, More Mustard, Whisper White, Very Vanilla,First Edition Specialty DSP, Vellum
Ink: Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, Basic Gray, More Mustard
Accessories: Simply Scored, Diagonal Plate, Fancy Flower Punch, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Neutrals Designer Buttons (Basic Gray), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Circle Punches

 And here are a few more ideas from the Inspiration Boards:
 Love the sanding on this one:
 A very cool Christmas card idea using glimmer paper:
And a gorgeous wreath which is a smaller version of the one we saw made by Sophie Zadeh in her presentation:

26 September 2012

Heartfelt Inspiration

I recently attended the fabulous Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Event in Auckland.  I was blown away by the Inspiration Boards that Demonstrators could contribute to for all to see (and take photos of : )  ).

This card was my offering to the board.  I call it my "Subtles Rainbow Iris-Fold Inspired" card!  (Me and my rainbows again...)

For the sentiment I scored a diecut from the new Window Frames Collection Framelits in the Holiday catalogue then adhered it to the card so that it popped up.

Can you also see the scoring I did with my Simply Scored?  It's called Diamondswirl and is a paving brick pattern.  I was doing a little surfing around and found this:
 ...and thought I'd have a try with one or two on my Simply Scored and Diagonal Plate.

Stamps: French Foliage, Word Play
Cardstock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron
Ink:  Certainly Celery, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, So Saffron, Basic Black
Accessories: Big Shot, Window Frames Collection Framelit Dies, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate, Sponge Dauber

Here are some scrapbooking samples from the Inspiration Boards that I loved:

04 September 2012

A Tasteful Rainbow

I've got a thing for rainbows at the moment.  Perhaps it's because my daughter loves to draw them and screams out the window everytime she sees one!  Perhaps it's because I just love the colours!

Anyway, I came up with an idea how to incorporate rainbow colours into a layout and was very happy with the result.

I started with a 12"x6" piece of Basic Black cardstock, and rubbed my glue stick all over it.  I then stuck on 6"x1" strips of cardstock.   Then ran it through the Big Shot with the Tasteful Trim die.  Voila!

This is a technique I will use again and have lots of other combinations I'd like to try, i.e. Designer Series Paper, Monotones, Subtles on Whisper White, Regals on Very Vanilla, different dies, etc, etc.  It's also great for using up scraps.

Stamps: Word Play, God's Blessings, Calendar Alphabet & Numbers
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories: Big Shot, Tasteful Trim Bigz XL Die, Labels Framelit Die, Designer Buttons (Brights), Jewelry Tag Punch

02 September 2012

A Father's Day Tractor Foot!

I hope that every father you know of had a wonderful Father's Day today!

I have been so enjoying Pinterest!  I got the idea for this card from there.  I actually made 3 of them, one for my hubby, my own Dad and my FIL.  They all loved them!  I choose red because we currently have Case tractors on the farm and my father used to have a red Massey Ferguson.

The original idea can be found here and I used this one to help with the punch art.  My 2 year old son's foot became a self-inking stamp which only just fitted on the card front  :)

For the "cab" I used a small tag punch, punched out with a large tag punch, then one side was cut off.  Easy!

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Stamps: I Dig You
Cardstock: Real Red, Whisper White, Basic Black, Basic Grey
Ink: Real Red, Basic Grey
Accessories: Punches (Large Tag, Small Tag, Word Window, 1/2" Circle, 1 1/4" Circle, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle)

01 September 2012

New Catalogues! New Products!

Not one but two catalogues have started today!
2012 Annual Catalogue
 Firstly the annual catalogue is packed with new products, stamps, tools, designer paper and more and runs until 30 June 2013.

Then, the other catalogue also starting today is the newly named "Holiday" catalogue.  It too is packed with new stamps etc, but concentrates on the upcoming holidays, namely Halloween and CHRISTMAS!  Products are available until 31 January 2013.
2012 Holiday Catalogue
Both catalogues can be viewed online by clicking on the link under the pictures.  To order your copy or make an order, contact me!