Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A Treat Bag and Wallet

A good friend brought me a gift from the US, the Greeting Card Kids stamp set from Stampin' Up! It is such a cute set, I love it. I was then inspired by this creation by Angie Kennedy Juda and really wanted to case it.

Instead of a box I chose a bag, which was also one of Angie's creations (see instructions here, she does fantastic video tutorials). The paper I used is Elegant Soiree by Stampin' Up (I love this paper) and the covers for the bag is Crumb Cake (the 'old' Kraft), which I have sponged around the edges. I coloured the image directly with markers and added some dazzling diamonds on her coat (but it is a bit hard to see in the photo). The bag closes with a velcro dot.

My second project is a little treat wallet which was also a creation by Angie (see here). I used the same colour layout as the Treat Bag. Inside the wallet I used the top of the brown paper bag, so you could put a chocolate, gift card or money inside. Kinda cute for Christmas.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Melbourne Regionals - Swap 2

Here is my second swap that I created for the Stampin' Up Melbourne Regionals (this one seemed to be the most popular). Well this is not actually the swap, this is the card I used for the swap (I just left out the button on the swaps).

Now there is a story behind this design. I had started by embossing the Cherry Cobbler cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder, then I used my brayer to add some Cherry Cobbler ink to one side to give a two tone effect. To fit nicely on a card I had to trim the embossed cardstock, but in my haste I tore the corner, well I was so disappointed as I really liked the effect and I didn't want to throw it out, so after staring at it for a few days I decided to try some Designer Series Paper from the Patterns Stack to the corner and loved how it looked. I think it looks like wallpaper that has been torn to reveal some more wallpaper underneath.

I used the Welcome Christmas and the Tiny Tags stamp sets and the Jewelry Tag Punch for the little Merry tag.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Melbourne Regionals - Swap 1

Well this past weekend was the Stampin' Up Melbourne Regionals. It was a fantastic day, catching up with fellow team members, meeting lots of other demonstrators, and learning so many fantastic new tricks.

I made two different cards for my swaps, this is the first one. I used the Morning Cup stamp set and the Take a Sip Wheel. The colours I used were Pear Pizazz, Blushing Bride, Early Espresso and Kraft and the card was sponged with Soft Suede. I watercoloured the image with my Aqua Painter (these are brilliant and so easy to use).

Here they all are bagged and ready to be swapped, hopefully those that received them liked them.

I will be back with the other one on my next post.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

The Wallpaper Effect

I love the Wallpaper effect, and I wanted to try out inking up my Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, I used my brayer to ink up one side of the embossing folder with Crumb Cake, put your paper in and run it through the Big Shot (love my Big Shot) and voila, a beautiful two tone wallpaper effect. I had this piece done and sitting on my desk for so long just waiting to be used. When I finally got my Welcome Christmas stamp set, I thought it would go perfectly together.

I added a cheats bow to the card by using a strip of ribbon and a separate bow made by tying linen thread and a button around some ribbon. I just added the image stamped in Crumb Cake onto Very Vanilla cardstock and sponged the edges.

On the inside I added a panel with the same image in the corner, sponged edges and a Christmas sentiment.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A bit of Joy

I loved the simplicity of Andrea Walford's creation (see here) and just had to CASE it.

I decided to do a standard C6 size card and used some retired Soft Suede grosgrain ribbon instead. I think the diamantes on the snowflakes just makes it pop.

I used some Soft Suede cardstock and white cardstock for the inside too.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Love the Flock

One of the things I loved about the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper was the "flock".

This was a super easy and quick little set to put together, using the gorgeous Christmas Cocoa flocked paper. The card is a 3" x 3" card in Whisper White with a 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" piece of flock paper, satin bow and sentiment strip.

The gift bag uses the Fancy Favor Die by Stampin' Up!, a satin bow and sentiment strip.

Oh so simple!!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Just Add Ink - #42

Since I am finally under some sort of control with house chores, and classes etc, I decided to give this week's Just Add Ink Challenge a go. I just got a cute new set that is coming out in the new Mini Catalogue (to be released 1st December) and thought I would use it for this challenge, and give you a sneak peak.

This week's challenge was a sketch challenge, and it made it so easy to put my card together.

I love these flowers, they are so easy using the scallop circle punch, I have used the Elegant Soiree DSP (love that paper) for the flower and added a Vintage Brad. The base card uses Early Espresso (although it looks darker in the photo than it is IRL), and I added some Early Espresso Satin Ribbon.

On the inside I added my Happy Birthday and a little birdie in the corner.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Welcome Christmas

I loved the Welcome Christmas stamp set when it came out in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue and at the moment it is even better with the current special where you can get it and the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper for $69.90 (wood block style) or $59.90 (clear block style) and get a free spool of ribbon. I was inspired by the fantastic Kimberley Van Diepen (see here creation in her post here).

This was actually a very simple card. I used Crumb Cake as the base card with Early Espresso and the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Paper. Add some Early Espresso Taffeta Ribbon and stamp in Early Espresso and White Craft ink.

To do the centre image I created a mask for the tag (from the Lots of Tags Sizzlet set by Stampin' Up) so that I could stamp the image without getting it around the edge of the tag, then sponged the edges with Early Espresso.

On the inside I added the greeting and some more snowflakes using the small snowflake from the Snow Swirled stamp set.

Yeah, its the weekend so enjoy.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Holiday Line Up Set

The Holiday Lineup stamp set by Stampin' Up! is sooo cute. These guys always make me smile and are perfect for not just Christmas Cards but also some Christmas gifts. This will be a class coming up later in November and consists of 3 cards and 3 treat pouches.

The cards have been CASE'd from my dear friend Debbie (who held a class on these guys last year). I have used some retired Ski Slope DSP and Holiday Treasures DSP and retired In Colour ribbon from 2009/10.

I loved making these treats last year - Snowman Soup, Reindeer Poop and Rudolph's Red Nose Repair Kit. Now there are lots of these around on blogs and you can find lots of poems to go along with them if you do a search. I have put the Snowman Soup poem on the back of the Top Note.

The Snowman Soup pack consists of Hot Chocolate mix, Candy Cane, Marshmallows, and a Chocolate (Santa) - all the things you could possibly need to make a yummy Hot Chocolate.