Monday, 31 December 2012

Christmas 3D Box Frame

Hello there and welcome back to my blog. Christmas has passed by so fast again this year after so many hours of preparation and organisation!!  I hope you all had a very enjoyable time and are looking forward to 2013.

I am sharing a project which we made in a couple of classes in December. I have not shown it before as I completed a few more to give as christmas presents and didn't want to spoil the surprise.


The frames are similar to those we made earlier in the year. I had numerous requests to do one with a Christmas theme and this is what I designed using the Jolly Bingo Bits and Joyous Celebration Stamp sets using a combination of Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade colours and Festival of Prints DSP

All the ladies who came really enjoyed themselves and kept them busy for 3 hours.

I made this frame using the same stamps and punches but with a combination of Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip colours. The background papers are from the DSP Festival of Prints and DSP neutrals paper stack

Supplies Used: (All Stampin Up! Unless Otherwise Stated) 
1. Card – Gumball Green, Lucky Limeade, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White,  Soft suede, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla

 2. Papers –Festival of Prints DSP
 3. Stamps –Joyous Celebrations, Jolly Bingo Bits,
Ornament Keepsake 
 4. Embellishments –Rhinestones and Pearl Jewels, Dazzling Diamonds, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon
 5. Tools –Bird Builder Punch, Small Scallop Punch,Decorative Label punch, Square Punch, 3.5cm, 3.2cm 2.5 cm,  Boho Blossoms, Postage Stamp Punch, Ittby Bitty Punch, own snowflake punch, Holiday Ornament Framelits, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Timeless Type Alphabet (retired)

 6. Mediums – Cherry Cobbler ink, Lucky Limeade ink, Soft Suede ink, Crumb Cake ink,Chocolate Chip ink 6x6" wooden frame bought from a local shop

Monday, 24 December 2012

Four seasons of Christmas Cards

I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a creative and happy 2013.

 I have just a few more christmas cards to share with you. I apologise that the lighting isn't too good for the photographs

I would like to thank Anita for sharing the template for the above card. It is created from three layers of card  which have been scored down each side and stuck together to create a pleat effect. I love the design of this card and i am sure will be repeating it again.

Supplies Used:
1. Card –  Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Own supply Silver card
 2. Stamps –Four Seasons, For my Family, Snow Swirled, Seasons of Joy - retired
 4. 5. Tools – 2 3/8" scallop circle punch, 2 1/2" circle punch, large oval, scallop oval, Northern Flurry embossing folder, extra large oval, decorative label, organza ribbon, rhinestones
 6. Inks –  Versamark, Bashful Blue,

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Family Christmas Cards

I was beginning to lack inspiration when it came to making the family christmas cards but that was soon resolved when I visited my friend Tracey's shop Running with Scissors

 She designed some beautiful diorama cards for her card class and I took the basic idea from them and created my own using some of my stampin up products. Thank you Tracey.

Supplies Used:
1. Card – Whisper White, Gumball Green, Silver Mirror Card from own supply
 2. Stamps –Snow Swirled, Owl Occasions, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Scentsational Season
 4. 5. Tools – Circle originals, Large oval, scallop oval, framelits holiday collection, Word Window, Modern Label, Snow Flurry Embossing Folder, Boho Blossoms, whisper white organza ribbon, Retired grosgrain ribbon (holly die and window frame die on loan from Tracey, unsure of make)
 6. Medium –  Gumball Green, Versamark, Silver Embossing Powder, rhinestone jewels

Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Owl Occasions

I made these cute little christmas cards a while ago and had forgotten that I hadn't put them on my blog.

They are all created from the owl occasion stamp set which is featured in the autumn/winter catalogue. The stamp set is still available to order until the end of january.

Supplies Used:
1. Card – Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Early Expresso
 2. Papers – festival of prints designer series stack
 3. Stamps –Owl Occasions
 4. 5. Tools – Labels collection framelits
 6. Inks –  Cherry Cobbler ink and marker, Lucky Limeade,  Gumball Green , Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Pool party marker

Thursday, 20 December 2012

snowflake soiree cupcake boxes

My daughter made some fabulous cupcakes recently as gifts so I created these lovely cupcake boxes for them to go in

Colours used cherry cobbler and midnight muse.
Each box was made from an A4 sheet of card which was scored very easily using the scoring tool. They were  individually stamped in whisper white using snowflake soiree stamp set before being assembled.

The hole in the box and the gift tag were made using the 1 3/4" scallop circle punch.

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Scentsational Season gift card

Hi there, Its beginning to look a lot like Christmas in our house now, we finally got round to putting up the Christmas Tree and decorating the outside of the house with lights over the weekend. The presents are almost bought, I have just got the wrapping to do now.

Here are the cards we made in the last card class of 2012

The first card was created to hold a gift card inside. This is a simple design made from two pieces of card 16 x 14.8 cms and scored lengthways 
at 10.5cms.  The flaps on each piece are adhered together around three sides, leaving the centre open, to form the centre pounch.  I used a 1 3/8" circle punch for the gift card to be inserted more easily. 

Colours used cherry cobbler and crumb cake. The front of the card uses the scentsational season stamp set and holiday collection framelits for the christmas trees which were heat embossed with white embossing powder.

The snowflakes were stamped in whisper white using the snow swirled stamp set 

The inside was decorated with another christmas tree and two framelits from
the labels collection, one stamped with a sentiment from petite pairs and the other one left blank

The snow was made from some white card which was torn and glittered

The second smaller card can either be used as a christmas card or a gift tag.

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 Colours used lucky limeade and cherry cobbler.  Stamp set is joyous celebrations and 2 strips of paper from the festival of prints designer series paper stack

I will be back soon as I have lots of things to share with you over the next few days

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Holiday ornament and keepsake decoration

Apologies for the delay in blogging. I have been really busy over the past three weeks, with classes every weekend and during the week since returning from our holiday.  Friday is my last class of 2012 and then I can officially start the Christmas countdown and finish the shopping. 

I have a few projects to show you but unfortunately they are christmas presents and the recipients read my blog so I don't want to spoil their surprise. However I can share the Christmas Ornament Decoration we made recently

There are lots of versions of the decoration on the website but this is my interpretation. I used Crumb Cake and Soft Suede colours. The snowflake was cut from Very vanilla cardstock using the Snow Flurry Bigz Die

Dazzling diamond glitter was added for that extra sparkle and the whole decoration was spritzed with champagne shimmer mist.

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Stamp-a-stack II with snow swirled, snowflake soiree and northern flurry

Hi there to you on this sunny Sunday morning. I am sharing the last three cards from our stamp-a-stack cards last weekend.

Colour combination pool party and not quite navy. Stamp set is Snow swirled.  The window effect is created by stamping the images onto one piece of card and then cutting it into four pieces and placing together like a jigsaw puzzle. The sentiment was stamped and punched out with the decorative label punch. 

The second card uses the northern flurry embossing folder and the sentiment is from the petite pairs stamp set.

A 1 1/4 inch circle punch was used to punch out the hole on the front. Tags til Christmas stamp set was used for the snowman image stamped with bashful blue on a separate piece of white card  and placed behind the hole before mounting it onto bashful blue card.

The third and final card of the stamp-a-stack class  uses a colour combination of marina mist and not quite navy

Stamp set used snowflake soiree from the autumn/winter catalogue and the Snow Flurry Bigz Die

Silver sparkle dazzling details was used on the snowflake with a rhinestone in the middle

Thursday, 29 November 2012

Stamp-a-stack with Owl occasions and holiday ornaments

Hello everyone, its almost the weekend again, I can't believe how quickly these days are passing.

As promised I am sharing a couple of the cards we made in last weekend's stamp-a-stack class.  The  classes have proved very popular this year and  everyone who attended all three sessions  have made a total of 30 christmas cards!

The first card uses Owl Occasions stamp set from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue. This is a very versatile stamp set and can be used for all occasions not just for Christmas.

Colours used pool party, so saffron, soft suede, chocolate chip and lucky limeade.

We first embossed the front of the pool party card with polka dots embossing folder. We then  cut out a shape from the apothecary accents framelits and stamped the images. We had great fun lining up the owl  and stocking with the stamp-a-majig!!

 For the second card we embossed some whisper white card with the holiday frame embossing folder and used the ornament keepsake stamp set and holiday ornaments framelit dies in cherry cobbler for the bauble. 

 We stamped and cut out three images and glued them together to make it 3D. We tied a bow in whisper white organza ribbon and added a few rhinestones.

 Senitment is from Joyous Celebrations

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Snow Swirled

Hello everyone I hope you are all well.  I am now back into the full swing of things after the holiday, all washing and ironing done and holiday things put away. I can now concentrate on organising things for the festive season.  I can't believe how quickly the time is passing, there is only 27 days to Christmas

I am sharing the cards we made in my classes last week

 Snow swirled is the stamp set used for both cards, this is my favourite christmas stamp set I have purchased this year.

The first card uses rich razzleberry and very vanilla colours with a strip of the beautiful new champagne  glimmer card down the edge for a bit of added sparkle

 The second card is a simple but very effective card and one which could be reproduced very quickly to make in a batch.  Colours used are cherry cobbler and very vanilla.  The strip at the top is from the Be of Good Cheer Designer series paper edged with scallop trim border and some very vanilla seam binding tied around

I am repeating this class at Running with Scissors in Grimsby this Thursday 1pm-3pm. If you like the look of the above cards and would like to make them yourself please let me know and I will reserve you a place

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Australia and New Zealand Cruise

Hi there, I have finally returned from my holiday around Southern Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand on an 18 day cruise on the Radiance of the Seas with Royal Caribbean to celebrate our 25th Wedding Anniversary

It was an experience we will never forget for a number of reasons. We met some lovely people, enjoyed fabulous food and saw some beautiful scenery and places. However, we and the ship weren't prepared for the cold, wet and windy weather we received with limited activities to suit all ages. In all the 24 days of being away, we only saw the sun on 3 days!!!

One of the highlights of the trip was visiting a wildlife park in Tasmania where you could get close to the koala bears and kangaroos. 

Our next stop was New Zealand, visiting the fjords in Milford Sound. These are the fantastic views we woke up to seeing outside our balcony at 7am 

 The ship was originally scheduled to stop at Christchurch, but because of the recent earthquake, the whole area is still devastated so we docked at a beautiful town called Akaroa 1 1/2 hours away. From here we took a small boat trip around the coast to see wild dolphins and penguins swimming in the sea and  fur seals


In the afternoon we visited a penguin sanctuary where we saw adult  penguins and their babies nesting


The last morning of our cruise,  5.30 am in the morning sailing past Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. What a spectacular view!