Thursday, 30 October 2014

Festival of trees christmas stamp a stack part II

Here is the second set of cards made at last weeks 'Christmas Stamp a Stack' classes. All 15 cards were made in 5 designs, 3 cards of each. The first 2 designs were featured in the previous post...

I'm sure lots of people will receive them or a similar design this Christmas, featuring the tree design from the 'Festival of Trees' set. 

A simple design of a single tree decoupaged onto an embossed strip with a couple of rhinestones and silver star. The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes stamp set

Four strips of washi tape with a stamped tree placed on top with dimensionals, again a couple of rhinestones and a silver star.

The 'Festival of Tree' stamp set has been so popular that the last couple of orders have been on a back-order basis only.

Believe it or not, we still have 1 or 2 of the fabulous cup-cakes left from the classes, but these won't last long I'm sure.....

Paul made the mistake on the second class of washing cars and as always, made the offer to wash others. At the end of the session, he had washed and polished 4 cars, whilst we chatted and joked (with the odd mistake/ 'happy accident'!) at making the cards.

I still have several classes left before Christmas, so please check my blog regularly for new dates. I will be posting details of an advent calendar class coming up in November.

Anyway, this weekend is a weekend off, due to Leanne's graduation.
 Look-out over the next few days on my blog for the card I made.......

Linda x

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

christmas stamp-a-stack 1

The time of year has come around for another Christmas Stamp-a-Stack session. Over the last 3 days, I have run 2 classes of 6 people in each at my home and over the 4 hour period, we made a bumper 15 cards each. 

The 15 cards were made in 5 different designs, the first 2 of which are shared below. The cards were produced using the Festival of Trees sets and a colour combination of Lost Lagoon and Pear Pizzazz. The class could either include a set of all the stamps and matching punch and a pack of 5 rolls of All is Calm washi tape or just the 15 cards themselves. As expected, almost everyone bought the class with the bundle so they could then make lots more themselves at home. 

If you are lucky enough to receive one of these cards/designs, please think of the time and thought that has gone into making them.....

The first set of 3 cards used the new confetti stars punch as a border along the bottom, showing the co-ordinating pear pizzazz underneath
 The second set of 3 cards used a more intricate technique of punching a tree first  from pear pizzazz card, punching out a circle around it and then running it through the lucky stars embossing folder. The flowered tree was stamped directly to the whisper white in lost lagoon and the circle decoupaged on top. A couple of strips of washi tape were placed down the side and a few silver stars scattered around are the waste from the confetti stars punch.

 Above is the layout of the table before everyone arrived. To ensure everyone kept their things together, I packaged them all up in a bag which was decorated with a tag to match the theme of the day.

Why spend a fortune on Christmas gift bags or wrapping paper, when you can decorate an existing bag or even that left over from a chinese (if it is clean). 

Have you spotted the little snowman in the front of the bags. This is made using the neat curvy keepsake box die. This is a fabulous little die and is ideal for making little gifts containing chocolates or just favours for the christmas table. 

I have made lots of snowmen, Santas and Penguins and will post photos of these later. There are lots of different ideas on Pinterest for these boxes

As a special treat, my daughter Leanne made everyone cupcakes, filled with a variety of delicious centres: lemon-curd and strawberry jam.

 To help to distinguish which was which, they had different toppers. The cheeky snowman was filled with strawberry jam. 

I will be back soon sharing the rest of the cards.

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Something For Baby Box Frames

Today I am sharing a 'baby' theme of the box frame that we made in a recent class. The principle of a box frame is very versatile and can be used to showcase delicate items or 3D decoupage, which is then protected by the glass. 

The first one I made  coincided with the requirement to make a small gift for a newborn baby girl, back in July, which was also the time of the new catalogue and my annual launch party. The need for a baby theme, enabled me to promote the 'something for baby' stamp and framelit set. 
It created lots of discussion at the event and I had numerous requests to plan a future class. It should be noted, that the frames can be painted in any colour or alternative frames purchased in natural wood, from local retailers, to match any existing decoration in your home or to make an even more unique gift (in this example, the frame was plain white).

The 'something for baby' stamp set has all the basic requirements, which can be used for both girls and boys or even a neutral gift in lemon and green ....

I made a similar design in blue/green colour combination for a baby boy

Gifts like this can also be made in any size to match existing or new frames. So if you have an old box frame, why not give it a 'face-lift' with a new internal design
and go for the Christmas combination, as per a previous post.

I must sign off now, I have some last minute preparations to do for the Christmas stamp-a-stack classes on Saturday and Monday