NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM CANDLE CLASS THIS WEEK!

I have a special class for you this week if you are a Wollongong local.  We are making a lovely Tent Card and a stamped candle using the Night in Bethlehem Bundle.  I am sure this would look lovely sitting on your shelf over the festive season.  This would be a special gift to give someone too.

Here are the details.

NIGHT IN BETHLEHEM CLASS

WHEN: This Friday 22nd 10am or Saturday 23rd 2pm.
Can’t make this time?? Let’s make another time to get together (or invite your friends along too).

COST: $20.  Please bring your own scissors and adhesives.

RSVP:  Wednesday 20th.
It’s important to RSVP early to be sure there is enough candles.

I hope you can make it.

Jenny

 

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AS PROMISED – MORE Z-FOLDS WITH COLORFUL SEASONS!

A few weeks back I shared some Z-fold cards using the Colorful Seasons bundle.  They have been HUGELY popular on my blog since.  You can see the original post HERE but these were the cards I shared then just to jog your memory.

I used the Color Theory Paper Stack that has 4 colours in the set; Crushed Curry, Berry Burst, Dapper Denim and Old Olive. At the time I said I would create 2 more with the other 2 colours. I finally have got around to creating these and wanted to share them with you.  Of course,  I made different matching bags for these too.  Each of the bags/boxes I made are created with one piece of the 6″x6″ paper stack.  I will give details of those individually in tomorrow’s post.

Firstly, the Old Olive version with a Mini box. It’s a great size box to add a Lip Balm or mini chocolate.  I just kept the wrapping simple with some Gold Taffeta Ribbon.

And for the Dapper Denim Version with a Pouch for the Treat Holder.

Now here are the 4 z-fold cards all together.  It’s a bit hard to capture them all in one photo but I hope you get the general idea. There is a different sentiment for each colour.

If you want to make your own Z-fold card I followed Amanda’s blog post HERE. (for Metric)  

If you are after Imperial measurements then I located a video by Dawn Griffith HERE.

For the box and the little Pouch I will post all the details tomorrow to make those, so stop on by.

I hope you like these new versions of Z-fold cards?? Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

 

 

A CUTE BAG WITH 6″x6″ PAPER!

Yesterday I showed you some my projects for the 2017 Catalogue Sneak Peek Bloghop. It was 2 Double Z-fold cards and mini bags, (If you missed the HOP head back to my last post to see).   Today there is a little more time and I can show you how to make the cute little Berry Burst bags.  They are so easy and only use 1 square of 6″x6″ Designer Series Paper.  There are a few different versions of cute little bags on the blogosphere but I will show you how I made these ones. Here is the cute bag to show you again.  I have used the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. 

MAKE YOUR OWN 6″x6″ BAG.

This bag would fit a couple of small chocolates or Lip Balm.

1. Take a piece of 15cm x 15cm (6″x6″) paper and you are going to score  your paper.  

Just a note first: If you are using the Color Theory DSP the colouring in the paper is an ombre effect ie going from dark to light.  You will want to think about how your paper will sit when you make it.  I have a turn-over edge on the bag at the top so you will want the colour running in a similar way for both sides.  So from dark to light.  Position your paper how you want it.  If the paper you are using is an all over pattern then you don’t need to worry too much how it runs.

Score your paper at 1.5cm (5/8″) and 6cm (2 1/4″).  Turn your paper 180′ and score the same on the other side at 1.5cm and 6cm (5/8″ and 2 1/4″)

Turn your paper 90′ to score the next sides.  Score at 3.2cm (1 1/4″).  Turn your paper 180′ and score 3.2cm again (1 1/4″).

Below is how it will look if you can see it OK.

2.  On the side score lines (widest score line) cut up on the 2 middle score lines up to the score line running down.  Fold on all of your score lines.

3. You will want to create your turn-over edge so turn your paper over to the other side.  Run your adhesive along the small tab on the top and bottom of your piece.  Then fold them over to adhere.

Place adhesive also on the centre tabs on the side which would be the pattern on the outside of your bag.

4. Fold up the centre tabs and adhere your side piece on to this.  Then place adhesive on the inside on the other tabs (as shown below) to fold up to form your box.  

<– Place adhesive on these lower tabs on the inside.

5. Once your box is assembled, push in on the ends to fold in.  Pinch on the folds to crease a little.

6. Add your handles as you like.  For this one I placed adhesive on each end of some ribbon and adhered to both ends of the bag.  To make the clasp, I punched out a strip of card with the Classic Label Punch and adhered this on to the bag with glue dots.  The flower is from the new ‘Seasonal Layers Thinlits’.  I added a Rhinestone to the centre. 

TIP: Colour your Rhinestones to match your project with a Sharpie.

Here is your finished bag.

Here are the 2 bags together.  Which is your favourite finish? I think I like the one with the snazzy clasp.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful and you could follow it OK?? I did make a video to show how to make this but between low flying planes and dogs barking and my bumbling along it wasn’t getting anywhere fast.  Let me know though if you would find a video helpful. 

Thanks for visiting,

Jenny

 

ESAD 2017 ANNUAL CATALOGUE SNEAK PEEK!

Welcome to the ESAD 2017/2018 Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek Blog Hop.  Today you can hop along to 26 Demonstrators showcasing some of the exciting new products coming out VERY SOON!! I hope you have a cuppa in hand while you take your journey – and be ready for lots of inspiration!  You might have come from Kristel’s blog or just starting out here.  You can join in anywhere along the way.  So let’s get going!

Today I am sharing some projects from the Colorful Seasons bundle – the Colorful Seasons stamps and the Seasonal Layers Thinlits as well as the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack. I have lots of photos but I know you want to get on your way with the rest of the Bloghop so come back tomorrow and I will share a tutorial with you. for the cute little bag below.

I have two Double Z-fold cards for you and little matching bags.

These bags just use 1 square of 6″x 6″ Designer Series Paper. So cute!!

I love the new Berry Burst Incolor.  What am I saying? I love all the new Incolors!

The card folds flat to your standard size card so it is easy to put in an envelope.

You can find the Tutorial to make the Z-fold Card HERE on Amanda’s Craft Spa Blog.  This is in Metric.  If you would like the Imperial Measurements then you can find the Youtube by Dawn’s Stamping Thoughts HERE. 

Now for the bag.  This will fit 2 small chocolates inside or perhaps a Lip Balm. This would make a lovely little gift for a friend to cheer them up or to add to their birthday gift.  Check the Rhinestones! I coloured the Adhesive Rhinestones to match using Sharpie markers.

This version of Z-fold card below is using the Crushed Curry paper in the stack.  This card is with a different style of bag.  I am planning on making the card and different bags with each of the colours in the stack.  I will share those with you soon.

I love the patterns in this Color Theory paper stack.  You have crackle look and a marble look, the Ombre effect and paint chip style strips.  It’s really fun!  I have used 2 different types of the paper. One for the front and back and another one inside the card.

A close up of the larger leaves.  I inked the solid leaf in the stamp set in Crushed Curry ink then sponged some Tangerine Tango ink to add a little colour variation.  Then I stamped over with the “lined” leaf stamp in Tangerine Tango before cutting it out with the co-ordinating Thinlit.

This little cute bag stands about 7.5cm tall (3″).  You can find the tutorial for this on Pootles blog HERE.  You could add a tag or a different closure?? I just kept it simple for this project and tied it up with some Thick White Baker’s Twine. 

Be sure to pop back tomorrow and I will share the tutorial for the cute bag.

Now you can be on your way to Carly’s blog.  Head HERE

Thanks for stopping by today,

Jenny

 

 

 

A SPECIAL FLOWER BOX TO GIVE TO MUM – OR ANYONE!

If you are in Wollongong you can come and create this special project just in time for Mother’s Day this weekend.  It would even  be lovely to give to a friend – or keep yourself. 🙂

It’s a Flower Pop Up Box that won’t die.  You get to make a matching card too.  Choose your own colour combination.

Here are the details but you have to let me know ASAP as places are filling very fast.

Friday 12th May at 10am

OR 

Saturday 13th May at 2pm.

COST: $15 (plus an extra $5 to use my adhesives).

BYO: Scissors and Adhesives.

PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday 10th (earlier if you want to be sure of a seat)

I look forward to sharing these projects with you.

Jenny

 

 

CLEAR BUNNY BOX FOR EASTER!

Easter is this weekend. Are you all sorted?? I had these little Lindt chocolate bunnies left over from class last week and wanted to make a special box for them.  I will show you what I created and I have the tutorial below to make your own.

It’s a little shallow box with a clear Acetate lid on top.  I realised one of the bunnies was a bit squashed but hey! I went with it still!! 🙂

TO MAKE YOUR OWN CLEAR BUNNY BOX

I have included Metric and Imperial but please check the Imperial measurements first. 🙂

Base:

15.4cm x 5.4cm. (6 1/8″ x 2 1/8).

Score at 1.2cm (1/2″) on all 4 sides.

Cut up on the small score lines on opposite ends.  Fold on all the scored lines. Add adhesive.  I used Fast Fuse.  Assemble your box.

Lid: 

*For Imperial measurements please test them first.

17cm x 14cm (6 3/4″ x 5 1/2″)

On the 17cm (6 3/4″) side score at 2cm and 15cm (1 3/16″and 5 7/8″)

On the 14cm side (5 1/2″) side score at  5.5cm and 8.5cm (2 3/16″ and 3 3/8″).

*Apologies for the photo quality.  It is a bit hard with the lighting and the shiny acetate.

Cut up on the small score lines on each side.  Fold on the score lines.  The acetate is hard to fold over but run along the folded line with your bone folder to press it down. Add your adhesive to the small tab at the side and down one of the side tabs.  Adhere together to form a box.

Hope that is clear?? Decorate as you like.

I wrapped around some Sweet Sugarplum Ruched ribbon, then decorated it with the diecut flower with the Stylish Stems Framelits.  The sentiment is from the Little Cuties set, cut with the Stitches Shapes Framelits and a small Layering Ovals Framelits.  I actually had these little “bits” on my desk from a project I didn’t end up using so that worked well.

I hope you like the cute box?? There is just enough time to make your own.

Jenny

EASTER GIFT CLASS THIS FRIDAY!

Easter is less than 2 weeks.   Yikes! Better get some gift packaging ready.

Class this Friday will help you get some sorted.  Come along if you are in the Wollongong area.

We will be making a gift box ready to fill, a treat holder which includes a mini Lindt bunny and also 2 tags that you can add to your own store-bought Easter treats.

Here are the details.

Come and join us.
When:
Friday 7th April 10am or 7pm
Cost: $20.  Includes all materials and mini Lindt Bunny.
Please RSVP: Thursday 6th April.

Let me know ASAP to reserve your seat.

Jenny

TEAM CHRISTMAS PARTY!

Wednesday night was the last Team meeting of the year with a Christmas Party.  This is the larger Inky Fingers Team I am in with Vanessa Webb.  We are a funny bunch! 😉

Each month we get to share swaps although not everyone gets around to it.  (I know I don’t!) I think being the last meeting and our Christmas party most people made a special effort.

These are the tags I made for a swap.  I was pressed for time for anything too complicated. They are based on some tags I made recently and shared here.  These use the ‘Holly Jolly Greetings’ set and some scraps of the Candy Cane Lane DSP.  So quick to make. 🙂

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These are most of the swaps I received in return.

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What a fantastic selection of cards and little treat holders. (Oops! I forgot your gift bag Katie!). Look at that gorgeous Dragonfly card given to me by Vanessa.  That’s a beautiful stamps and dies set coming out soon. 😉

Here are some of the crazy Inky Fingers Team.  It is a very creative bunch of people.

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I have to show you the little make and take we made.  I have been wanting to make one of these for ages but haven’t had a chance to.  Barbara surprised us all in getting us to make it.  So cute! Just the size for a little Ferrero Chocolate or a Lindt ball.  Something nice to add to a table setting or as a simple gift.

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Thanks for visiting.  How are your Christmas celebrations going?  It has been a little crazy this end.  I think we are now at the end of the end of year activities and presentations, classes have finished and cards have been sent out.  Still to put up the tree and finish shopping.  I feel it is never going to end!  Never mind.  We still have a week.  🙂

Have a wonderful day and stay sane,

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HOME SWEET HOME EXTENSION!

I showed you the little beach house yesterday. I have to show you this house though. When I started making these houses I thought they were cute but it would be good to be a little bigger. So the house underwent an extension.

Here is my extended version. I will explain the “how-to” below.

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On this house I cut the house in Thick Whisper White and stamped the Hardwood Background stamp in Smoky Slate.  The roof is Mint Macaron and the windows and door frames are in Basic Gray.

I did cut the door out but I think next time I won’t worry about this.  It tends not to stay shut but then you could sneak one of those Hershey Kisses out! This size actually fits 24 Kisses in.

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Side View

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Back View.

HOW TO EXTEND YOUR HOME SWEET HOME HOUSE:

1. Cut 2 house pieces from the Home Sweet Home Thinlits.  To save card you will only need to cut the front/back of the house section so the one with the peak leaving a small tab around each side. With the same colour card you will need 2 pieces cut at 10cm x 6cm (4″x 2 3/8″).  Score at 1cm and 7cm (Score at 3/8″ and 2 3/4″)

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2. Stamp or decorate your pieces as you like before assembling.  Also, cut your door and windows. TIP: Before cutting your windows, mark a line in pencil across the card piece then line up the bottom edge of your window Framelit on the pencil line to be sure that the pieces are level.

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3. Fold on all the score lines and assemble together. Consider where you want to be able to open your house to get the treats.  On mine although I had the door cut I had the bottom open.  I just used Glue dots to stick it together temporarily.

To assemble add your adhesive on the side tabs of the front and back of the house. I used Fast Fuse but you can use Tear and Tape or other adhesive. Adhere one side wall piece to the tab on the front of the house piece and one side wall to the other tab on the front of the house. Do this by lining up the top score line of the side of the house to the top of the tab piece if that makes sense. The bottom score line should line up with the bottom of the front tab.

Adhere the back of the house to the other wall piece.  If you wish to have the back opening then just add adhesive to only one tab.

4.  For the roof: Cut your card to 7 cm x 9cm.  Score 4.5cm. (2 3/4″x 3 1/2″ Score at 1 3/4″)

Emboss your piece with the Brick Embossing Folder checking that the “bricks” line up the right way on your card.  That is that they run across.  Line up the score line of the card with an edge of the brick wall.

Place adhesive to the top tabs of the front/back house piece and also on the top tab on the side walls.  Line up the “roof” piece with the top of the house and adhere together.

5.  Now decorate to your little hearts content.  🙂  The options are endless really.  With this size you can fit so many treats.  As I had mentioned I was able to fit 24 Hershey Kisses. Unfortunately I didn’t have any Ferrero Rochers on hand.  That would be interesting to see how many can fit.  That’s for another day. 🙂

Have you been making Tiny Houses?  I would love to see them.  Why not drop me a comment with a link for us all to check out.

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great weekend.  It’s a long weekend here so I am not sure what is in store.

Jenny

 

CHRISTMAS TREAT BOX!

In a post or 2 back I showed you a cute little Christmas Treat Box and I said then that I would show you how I made it.  I thought I would tell you about it today. It is so quick to make and seriously you can make up a number of these in no time.

Here is the box if you forgot – and to save you going back a couple of posts.  You can go back if you like to though. 🙂 You can see all the other fun projects I shared from my Holiday Catalogue Review too while you are there.

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These are so Christmas-y.  These are called “SEVENS” boxes.  WHY? Well it is all in the measurements.  I have made a number of these over the years.  I like how quick they are to make and you can fit a fair amount of treats inside.

I  will tell you the measurements and then give you a link to the original creator for the assembly of the box.  On that blog post it doesn’t have Imperial measurements so I have put created one for you my lovely friends if you use Imperial Measurements. 🙂

SEVENS BOX (Metric)

Using a full sheet of A4 card, score your card.  On the short side score at 7cm and 14cm. On the long side score at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm.

Rather than relay the cutting and assembling of the box you can refer to the original blog post which you can find HERE at Marelle’s blog.

2 AND A HALFER BOX (Imperial)

It doesn’t really have the same ring to it as a “SEVENS” box does it but it would be a bit odd to call it that!).

NB: Please try this on scrap paper first before creating it on card to see that the measurements are correct.  This will be a slightly smaller box that the “SEVENS” box but still a good size.

Cut your card to 10 3/4″ x 7 1/2″.  On the short side score at 2 1/2″ and 5″.  On the long side score at 2 1/2″, 5″, 7 1/2″ and 10″. Cut and Assemble the box as in the link in the Metric measurements above.

Once you have made one I don’t think you will stop.

Enjoy. 🙂

Jenny