Saturday, 31 October 2015

Christmas stamp-a-stack

Hi all, we are still in the middle of the Atlantic heading for New York. We've been to see a 2 hr spectacular of the west end show, 'we will rock you', with one of the lead roles being played by 'Curly Watts' for those people that remember him from coronation street. We've been on the dodgems, seen more shows and unfortunately eaten/drank too much....inevitable. Paul is fascinated by the electronics and robotics the ship has to offer, Robotic bars, robot shows etc.

Anyway back to the purpose of the blog, today I am showing Part 1 of the Christmas Stamp-a- stack completed over the last few weeks, making 12 cards of 6 different designs, as below.

Everyone received Goodie bags containing all the supplies plus extras needed to complete the projects. Everyone had a choice of either the cozy stamp set, festive flower builder punch or both included in their kit along with half a pack of home for Christmas designer series paper. 

Tables all set up with equipment, papers and instruction sheets

Over the two sessions 18 ladies participated in the stamp-a-stack

I will be back soon with the first two cards we made

Thursday, 29 October 2015

2 4 1 sleigh ride framelits and cozy christmas aperture card

Over the next few days I will be posting several blogs from the last few weeks. I have been that busy doing the usual card classes, two Christmas stamp-a-stack etc. that life is only just catching up with me. 

We are now on the final holiday of the year organised by Paul, so finally have time to sit and think... We are currently in the middle of crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a cruise to New York, which is far from relaxing, with too much to see, do and eat, believe it or not, even some sunbathing this morning! I'm told there were some scholes of dolphins early in the day, but we missed them and even breakfast.

Anyway enough of today, a couple to weeks ago, the ladies who attended the card classes encountered more than they were expecting; creating three cards instead of the usual two!


These cards were created by cutting out the houses, using one of the 'sleigh ride' edgelits from one piece of white card and rather than wasting the cut out, we used it to create the second card I.e. They are a silhouette of each other. Both cards were then finished off by layering onto some island indigo card, a snow-flake and sentiment. Very simple 2 colour design, but extremely effective.

The next card is also a simple and quick card to create by stamping the snow scene on the main card and  then punching a circle from a separate front white piece, embossing it with snowflakes and placing on 3D pads over the image.

 I am just waiting for another show to start, So I had better sign off now but will be back soon with another post 

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Cozy christmas and hearth and home window frame

Changing the style from the previous weeks, last weeks card were 2 completely different themes.

The first card was created with the Happy Scenes stamp set and hearth and home framelits dies which are available together in a bundle at 15% off.
The sleigh and reindeer stamp is from the cozy Christmas stamp set. This is such a fun Christmas card and brings back childhood memories of waiting to see a glimpse of Santa!  

 The main feature of the next card is the beautiful red poinsettia in the bottom left

corner which was created with the festive flower builder punch. This poinsettia is so pretty and very easy to  assemble. With the three different sized petals on the punch you can make a variety of flowers, from small, medium and large. The one on the card uses the medium sized petals. The punch can be ordered as a bundle with the coordinating stamp set reason for the season.  

This punch is great for making decorations of all types and the flowers even look great featured in an all year round picture for your wall, which can be made in any colour, to complement any decor.
A great edition to any crafters tool kit.....

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

Lovely as a tree meets sleigh ride edgelits

Hello everyone, I'm so engrossed in making cards for the festive season, that I am along way behind in my posts. These are two cards we made in the classes a couple of weeks ago, but it seems a distant memory. We have made new cards every week since and I am now putting the final touches to the Christmas stamp-a-stack sessions.

This card uses the sleigh ride framelits, which are one of my favourite items from the seasonal catalogue. They just add that finishing touch to any snow theme. If you have spotted it, the sleigh is actually being pulled by a horse, which makes these framelits a little special and can be utilised for all seasons.

I teamed these up with the lovely as a tree stamp set to create this card. Half of the trees were carefully heat embossed with silver and the other half with white to create the snow scene. I make no excuses for using this stamp set regularly, it is so versatile.

A separate tree was embossed in white and fussy cut around and decoupaged with 3D foam pads. It is not very clear from the photo but the trees have also been glittered

We used the acrylic block technique for the background on the second card. The acrylic block was coloured randomly with two different coloured marker pens in rich razzleberry and tempting turquoise and spritzed with water before stamping onto a piece of card to create fabulous unique background. We dried the artwork with a heat tool before placing it behind a square aperture with one of the sleigh ride framelits. 

A simple but effective card which can be made very quickly 

Now back to stamp-a-stack preparations, the first class is later this afternoon. This class is extremely popular and spaces filled up very quickly so I added an extra date for next Saturday 24th at 1pm. Due to a cancellation there are two spaces remaining, please contact me as soon as possible if anyone would like to join us for a fun afternoon of crafting 

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Thursday, 15 October 2015

Butterfly basics bendi birthday card

As promised in my last post, here is the birthday card I made for our eldest daughter at the end of September. I had seen quite a few of these bendi cards on Pinterest and decided to try and recreate one myself

The inspiration for the decoration and colour combination came from the two box frames I had already made for her as a gift in blackberry bliss and baked brown sugar to match her kitchen

The white 6 x 6 inch shadow box frames were bought from the local Range store



The butterfly basics stamp set was used to stamp randomly over a whole sheet of a4 White card

This sheet was then cut up and layered onto the different sized pieces of blackberry bliss card to make the three layers and decorated with the butterflies

Side view showing the three layers

I was surprised at how easy the card came together, so much so I have created two more birthday cards for friends and a christmas card, which we will be making next week, so watch this space for more photos....

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

large flower shop birthday card

Today I am sharing a card I made for my youngest daughter's birthday way back in August which I have just realised I haven't shown yet

I  mixed some of my Stampin Up goodies with other products I have in my craftroom to create this fabulous 8"x8"card.

The flowers were made by stamping several of the flowers from one of the Flower Shop stamps and punching them out with the pansy punch. One of the petals from each of the flowers were removed and flower stuck back together. These were layered and curled to form 3d flowers.

My eldest daughter also celebrated her birthday last week and I will share the card I made for her along with recent class cards over the next couple of days

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Thursday, 1 October 2015

Painted petals mini book

In a previous post I mentioned I had made a mini book for my nephews wedding.
 which complemented the invitations I made.  I had shown this to several people and was asked if I would run a class to make one and obviously I said yes. You can view the original one HERE.

Mini Book in Pool Party
Mini Book in Blackberry Bliss

The class was run in early September and we had a fun filled 6hrs + of crafting. What a great way to spend a Saturday. The book is intended to hold mementos, photographs etc. and creates somewhere safe to keep those treasured memories.

Can you believe they were all made from 6 envelopes, mount board and card? Plus lots of various dies and punches

 We spent the whole morning making the book and the afternoon was filled with stamping, cutting, sticking and decorating it.... Great fun


The patterned paper  on the various pages was created by stamping a whole sheet of A4 white card with the retired painted petals stamp set in pool party, pear pizzazz and soft sky colours and then cut up in various sizes

It took longer to complete the project than planned but all the ladies went home happy with their creations

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