Monday, August 30, 2010

A Little Set of Notebooks

These are some more of those little notebooks, but this time I used the new Greenhouse Gala DSP (which will be available from Wednesday 1st September). I covered each notebook with DSP and added a belly band and the new Friends Never Fade stamp set.

The belly bands could even be mixed and matched depending on your colour preferences. I think they turned out rather sweet.

Apologies for the photo quality - its a problem getting good light in the middle of winter! I have had enough of the cold and dark, I say bring on Spring !!!

I have been busy getting ready for Christmas Card Classes, preparing for my New Catalogue Launch Party and getting some Birthday Cards done, but I can't wait till Wednesday 1st September (its a bit like Christmas but 4 months early!).

Back soon.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Contempo Christmas

I have been getting some Christmas Card classes ready so that my customers can get ready for Christmas early (don't we all need to do that!). This is a new stamp set that will be available from 1st September, I have teamed it with the current DSP Holiday Treasures.

The stamp set has great sentiment stamps that makes it a perfect set for Christmas.

This set comprises 4 cards, 2 using the Christmas Ornament and 2 using the Christmas Tree. On the inside of the cards I have layered the cardstock (the same as the front of the card) and added the sentiment and an ornament or tree in the corner.

The tags follow the same colours and style of the cards, but are perfect to add to a present when you don't really need a card.

Friday, August 20, 2010

A Wee Little Newsprint Notebook

I found some cute little notebooks in a bookstore, and just new they would be so cute covered with DSP. They are only 6.5cm x 10.5cm but would be perfect to keep in your handbag for those times when you need to take a note of something.

This one I covered in the new Newsprint DSP, but of course it needed something else. I thought if I was going to keep it in my bag I needed something to keep it closed so that it wouldn't get wrecked, so came up with a belly band.

I used the new Artistic Etchings stamp set for the Belly Band on Very Vanilla Cardstock and punched using the Curly Label punch. I added another Curly Label in black using the Magnetic Movers & Shapers Die from Stampin Up which is the perfect size to layer.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vintage Notebook

As soon as I saw this paper, I knew I wanted to use it for a notebook, so I created my own. This is the new DSP Newsprint and new stamp set called Artistic Etchings (available from 1st September). The front and back cover is just Basic Black cardstock, and I stamped the Newsprint paper with the elements from the stamp set in Basic Black and Riding Hood Red ink. I gave the front panel with the Eiffel Tower the suede effect which gave it more of a worn look. The letters were cut using the Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlets and the Big Shot (my favorite tool).

I also decided to make a matching pencil, by covering it in the same DSP. Unfortunately I had forgotten to stamp the element in Riding Hood Red, so I used the Color Spritzer Tool to add some red colour to it.

Back with more soon.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Apple Blossoms

This little set was inspired by this one by Heather Summers. I used the new Apple Blossom stamp set (which is a Level 2 Hostess set, available from 1st September), my favorite Kraft cardstock with White Craft Ink and Versamark. I also got to use up some old buttons. The little apple is in Riding Hood Red.

I also created a little box to store them (this is a little different to Heather's).

I can't wait till 1st September.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Newsprint Card

This is a little 3 x 3 inch card using the new DSP called Newsprint.

The flower is made using the Scallop Circle Punch and the new Fancy Flower Punch. I decided to try the Suede effect (effectively pulling apart the cardstock). The centre brad uses the Build a Brads and the Newsprint DSP.

On the inside I added a strip of Newsprint DSP behind a torn piece of Very Vanilla, and added another suede flower, this time using the Trio Flower punch (retiring).

Back with more soon.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Shoe Box Swap with Something New

We had a team day recently and we all participated in a Shoe Box Swap, and this was my card. I used some of the new things that will be coming in the 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue (YEAH - it's so exciting).

I used the new embossing folder called Vintage Wallpaper, new DSP called Greenhouse Gala and the new stamp set called Friends Never Fade.

Not long now.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Some Christmas Tags

I had a couple of spare notecards left over from my stint at the wallpaper effect, so I decided to mix is up with something new. New you may say - yes a sneak peek at something that is coming in the new 2010/2011 Idea Book & Catalogue from Stampin' Up!.

This set uses a new set called Perfect Punches and I love it as all the stamps fit 'perfectly' with the Stampin' Up! punches. I wanted to position the scallop sentiment so that it just pokes out above the card. The ribbon is the Riding Hood Red Taffeta ribbon, which is on the Last Chance List as it will no longer be available after 31st August.

I thought these little tags would be perfect to go with those Christmas presents that you just need to know who gets them.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

A Birthday Card

This is a Birthday Card I made for the very talented (and great team leader) Yvonne.

As you probably know by now - I have a thing for the wallpaper effect and white craft ink at the moment. This time I teamed it with Close to Cocoa (retiring colour - I will miss this one) and Pink Pirouette (In Colour that is staying).

The background is made with the stamp from Friends 24-7 set, and I used the En Francais background stamp for the smaller panel. Some white taffeta ribbon and a SU button finished off the panel. The sentiment is from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Love Little

I love anything little, travel size toiletries, little boxes, little cards - as they say good things come in small packages (when you are only 5ft 1in I heard this saying a lot growing up).

The scallop envelope die is such a cute die and when you put two together it makes the cutest little box that can house 2 x 3 inch notecards - I learnt this from my friend Kylie, she made one for a shoebox swap for our team.

I used 2 scallop envelopes from kraft cardstock, then using one of the images from the Tiny Tags stamp set I created a wallpaper effect in White craft ink. Added some DSP in Baja Breeze and stuck down the front of one of the envelopes. Punch a handle in the other envelope flap and some Whisper White taffeta ribbon tied in a bow at the front and voila instant teeny little box.

As I said these boxes fit notecards 2 x 3 inches perfectly (cut cardstock 4 x 3 inches and score at 2 inches). I used the same design as the box on the notecards.

How cute.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Cupcakes for morning tea

I caught up with a couple of lovely and talented friends (Chris and Debbie) who had celebrated their birthdays recently. We went to the "Where a Girl Goes" store/cafe for cupcakes and coffee. It has beautiful stationery, homemade chocolates, cupcakes and gorgeous teas.

I made them both a gift set that consisted of a fancy favor bag with hand cream and soap and a collapsible box with some lindt chocolates.

On the outside of both I used the En Francais background stamp, sponged the edges and added a watercoloured butterfly using the All a Flutter single stamp set (very similar to the cards in my previous post - see here). You can't see it, but I added crystal effects to the edges of the butterfly.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

I'm Back Again

I know it has been such a long time. I think I lost my mojo for a little while, I'm not too sure if it is back yet, but I do have some things to show you this week.

First up - it was my dad's 83rd birthday in July, and I couldn't bring myself to buy an "off the shelf" card and packaging, so came up with my own. (It's the curse of a card maker - you can never go back to pre-made - lol.)

The circle circus stamp set is so versatile, just mix up the colours and it can suit anyone. I used Sahara Sand, Close to Cocoa (retiring colour), Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip.

I added some more circles to the inside of the card, and decorated a plain kraft bag with the same pattern to match the card and voila a masculine card and packaging.

The sentiment is a sneak peek of a new set coming soon in the new 2010/2011 Idea Catalogue to be released on 1st September.

Will be back with more soon.