CELEBRATE WORLD CARDMAKING DAY!!!

Come along and celebrate

“World Cardmaking Day”

World Cardmaking Day is a day to celebrate the giving of cards. In today’s society it is so easy to text or email. The art of creating and giving cards is being lost.

Come along and join in the fun!  We will create this mini gift box and 4 love note cards.   This would make a great gift for someone special or for you to keep yourself.

WHEN: Saturday October 2nd at 2pm.

WHERE: My studio, East Corrimal

COST: $15. To be paid on booking.

 Includes materials and a Yummy Afternoon Tea.

RSVP: Monday September, 27th on 42844574 or email jghayward@yahoo.com

 PLUS: Grab some bargains! My retired stamps, card, ink etc will be for sale. (cash only on the day)

Don’t miss out.  Seats are limited.

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SOME SCRAPPING!!!

I realised I had a few scrap pages that I hadn’t shown you.  So in between projects I thought I would pop some of these on.  These pages are ones I have done at workshops over the last few months (or more!).  I am not a scrapper and I have a lot to learn.  So, they are very simple pages but show how Stampin’ Up! products can be used on your pages.  I won’t go into detail with all these pages.

This one is going back a while ago.  This is a 12×12 page using ‘Always’.

It is a bit hard to see so here is a close up.

This is another old one  using ‘Great Friend’.  (Had to throw that one in Lynda! – It’s been a while since I have used this set).

This is a 6″x6″ page. It’s a bit hard to see but the base is Chocolate Chip.  I just realised this has lost it’s butterfly.  Mmmm, do I dust that set off to stamp another one?????

I have a few more pages to show you but  that will be for another day.  I must run now.  I have new toys to play with!!!!!  Oh, What fun! 

Happy Stamping 🙂

“A GREAT FRIEND” BOX!

I had mentioned in a previous post of the great time some of our team had stamping together last weekend.  I still laugh when I think of some of the silly things we got up to!  I haven’t had much time this week to finish off some of the projects we did.  But, I thought I would show you these little boxes I had made.  I made 2 as Thank You’s, one for Leonie Schroder who came down from Sydney and one for Leonie Newman whose place we stayed at. 

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These are little pizza boxes and I have made a number of these over the last few months.  They are so quick to make.  I got the pattern from splitcoast stampers.  For these ones I adjusted the size a little so it would fit the small boxes of chocolates.  On the front I used a small square of Urban Garden DSP.  One was in Certainly Celery matted on Certainly Celery Cardstock and the other in Baja Breeze, matted in Baja Breeze.  I stamped up the frame from “Great Friend” in Chocolate Chip on the Whisper White and added the “For You” greeting.  I cut it out on the inside line of the frame.  I stamped up the frame again in Chocolate Chip card and cut that out on the outside line. The butterfly was inked up in the celery or Baja Breeze  and then rock and rolled in Chocolate Chip.  This was cut out, and I added some Dazzling Diamonds with the 2 way Glue pen.  I added some Chocolate Chip Grosgrain ribbon to finish it off.

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Here is a close up of the dazzling butterfly. 

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Don’t you just love this butterfly!!!!

On the weekend we talked a bit about setting up a blog.  Now 2 of the girls have just started up their blogs.  I would love you to pop on over and say hello to them and encourage them.  It is very overwhelming getting one started so go and see their beautiful creations.

We have Leonie Newman and Jennifer Gray.  Way to go girls!!!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope to be back soon.  It is hard with school holidays to get time to pop by, but I will try to very soon.

Happy Stamping!!

WHAT A WEEKEND!!!

I have just had the bestest weekend.  A group of girls from our team got together for a fun time of stamping.  I don’t know if there was a lot of stamping going on but there were lots of laughs, lots of chocolate, lots more chocolate.  I don’t think I have laughed that much in ages!!  It was a great time.  The very talented and lovely Leonie Shroder came along.  I learnt so much from her.  I have a lot of unfinished projects.  Probably too much laughing and chocolate breaks! So I will have to finish those up and show you.  Leonie showed us these little bags.  They are little sack purses. They are so gorgeous.  She set them as a challenge on the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator’s forum ESAD a while ago.  I did make one that I showed you here.  I think this one is so much better.  Isn’t the papers just gorgeous?? This is the Parisian Breeze Specialty Designer Series Paper.  It is slightly thicker than the regular paper and is textured.   It is just beautiful. And of course, using ‘A Great Friend’.

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If you haven’t stopped by Leonie’s blog yet, you must do.  She has some gorgeous creations.

So just a quick one today.  Hope you have time for stamping today!

BAROQUE BUTTERFLIES…

I have missed Keesh’s Inkspiration Challenges the last few weeks, so since I had a “little” bit of time I wanted to have a play.  Keesh set a sketch challenge this week and this is it.

I teamed my 2 most favourite Stampin’ Up! stamp sets together.  How could you go too wrong!  I have seen a few versions of ‘Baroque Motifs’ and ‘Great Friend’ together recently.  Here is my card.

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Just a close up of the butterfly bling!!

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I stamped the Baroque swirl on Whisper White in Baja Breeze ink.  I then stamped the swirl again on the small squares of Whisper White in So Saffron.  I matted these small squares on So Saffron squares.  I sponged around the edges of each too. I adhered a piece of Urban Garden DSP onto Baja Breeze card base and then adhered all the Baroque squares onto this.  To create the 3 butterflies I stamped the butterfly from ‘Great Friend’ first in So Saffron and the Rock and Rolled in Baja Breeze.  I cut them out and then added some 2 way glue and Dazzling Diamonds.  I cut 2 strips of card, 1 each in So Saffron and Baja Breeze and adhered them across the bottom. I stamped the greeting from ‘Great Friend’ in So Saffron and then punched it out with the Large oval punch.  I sponged around the edge, added a staple and mounting it with mounting tape.  I was pleased how it turned out. 

I’m glad I managed to get the challenge done this week.  Now onto the next task!

Thanks for looking!

IT’S A MATCHBOX!!

As I had said in my previous post I wanted to show you how to make these little matchboxes.  They are so cute and soooo easy to make!

When I went looking on the internet, a number of sites had tutorials to make them but they were a little more involved.  The instructions for this originally came from the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website.  The measurements were in inches so I converted them to metric.  I made the first one up and took the photos for this tutorial.  I found there was a lot of leftover cardstock though and because I had to make so many I wanted to be a bit more economical with the cardstock.  So I adjusted the measurements to get more out of 1 sheet.  So here goes!  These measurements will allow you to get 4 boxes out of 1 sheet of cardstock.  You will get a number of outside cases from 1 sheet of the paper.

MATCHBOX GIFT BOXES

1 piece of cardstock – 10.5cmx10.5cm

1 strip of Designer Series Paper – 21cmx5.5

Score the square of cardstock at 2.8cm on each side.  Cut up to the score lines on two opposite sides.

Score the DSP strip at 5.2cm, 8.2cm, 13.4cm and 16.4cm.

Fold and crease on all the score lines.  This is how it should look like.

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Adhere the 2 flaps on each end and fold together to form a box.

Fold up the strip.  Place adhesive on one end and adhere to the other end overlapping the ends.  (I hope that makes sense!!)

The box should fit snuggly into the outside cover like this.

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You can decorate the top as you like.  This is the one that I had made.

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While I was blurfing around I came across this clever idea by Rachel.  She put a number of these little matchboxes together to create  great little storage drawers.  Now I just went with one side.  Of course, mine doesn’t look as exquisite as Rachel’s but what a clever idea!

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Make up the boxes as the instructions then adhere the 3 together using Sticky Strip.  I have added some Pretty in Pink Designer Flower Brads.
Aren’t these so cute though?? Any little girl would love to put her trinkets in one of these.  Or, maybe put a chocolate or a small gift in each drawer  for someone.  The possibilities!!!!!

I would love to see your creations.  Make one up and send me a link or a photo and I can show them here.

FOR MY HOSTESSES!!

Saturday was my Hostess Appreciation Day.  I wanted a special day to say Thanks to all my lovely hostesses who have held workshops for me.  A number of them couldn’t come for various reasons, which is a shame so I will be catching up with them very soon 🙂

I wanted to make a special project for them.  Many of them have eyed off the shoe that I have, so I thought that would be special.  What girls don’t like bags and shoes!!!  This is what they all got to make.

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The shoe template is originally from Ness. The bag template is from the Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator website. I cut the flap off this (because it wouldn’t fit on the size card!) and then I added it separately. The small and large flower on the shoe and bag are from ‘Baroque Motifs’. I stamped these in versamark and heat embossed in silver embossing powder. I think they make a nice set. I just need to make a 2nd shoe to make a matching pair!!

Card: Baja Breeze, Whisper White.
Ink: Baja Breeze, Versamark.
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, So Swirly Wheel.
Other: Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Adhesive, Dimensionals.

As a Thank You I made this little gift for them.

From the Top:

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Side View:

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These are little Matchbox Gift Boxes. They are so cute and so quick to make!! I am making up a tutorial for you and will show you in the next post.
Stamps: A Great Friend.
Card:     Rose Red, Cameo Coral, Whisper White, Raspberry Tart DSP.
Other:   Adhesive, Bone Folder, Dazzling Diamonds.

Not sure if you can see the bling on the butterfly very well. It is very sparkly!! In the boxes I had some Choc Chip double stitched ribbon and some designer flower brads for them.

If you want any more information about the bag and shoe just let me know. If you want to come along to my ‘Hostess Day’ next year then contact me about having a workshop.

I’ll be back soon with these little matchbox tutorials.

Have a good day 🙂

SEPTEMBER STAMP A STACK

I had a request from a customer to have a Stamp A Stack using the Spring Mini stamps.  As the group is very new to stamping I wanted the designs to be very simple.  I wanted a masculine design too.  These are the cards I came up with. Sorry not the best photo, the light wasn’t too good!

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Do you want to make these cards?  I’m running another Stamp A Stack class on the 23rd September at 10am.  Check my ‘Class’ Page for details.  Contact me if you would like to come along.

Hope you have a good day and have time to stamp yourself  🙂

TEAM SPRING MINI SWAP!!

I’ve been trying to play catch up all week but I still don’t think I’ve got CLOSE to catching up! Anyway, I wanted to stop by quickly and show you this card. Our team swap this last month was using something from the Spring Mini. Of course, the stamp set ‘Great Friend’ was very popular. I’m not going to show you all the swaps at the moment. I know some of the other team members have posted their cards on their blog so you can check them out at Andrea’s and Ness’ (who used her Incentive trip swap – that was special!). For my swap I used the ‘Great Friend’. I was inspired by this card by Claire. I just changed it around a little.  Our swaps we do are to be very simple, something we might be able to do as a Make and Take.  I haven’t done anything fancy.  I stamped the butterfly on white scrap cardstock and cut it out and mounted it.

Spring mini swap

Stamps:  Great Friend.

Card: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Certain Celery, Whisper White.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink, Certain Celery.

Other: White Grosgrain ribbon, Adhesive.

Thanks for Looking!  Must dash, jobs to do before the kiddies get home!!!

A GREAT FRIEND CARD AND A SEVENS BOX!!

Thought I would pop in quickly to share with you what we did at my Spring Mini Open House on Saturday. I had a lovely group of ladies (and I forgot to take a photo!! I’m sure they will be pleased with that!). This is the card they got to make as their Make and Take, using of course, a “Great Friend”. I have used this set sooo much lately!!  It’s a very simple card and the variations of this looked great.  Some chose to use Choc Chip instead of the Celery, or stamped the Regal Rose leaves instead of Celery.  The little butterfly was stamped on scrap white card and raised up.  I think everyone liked it!!

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Card: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Whisper White.

Ink: Baja Breeze, Regal Rose, Certain Celery.

Other: Scallop Edge Border Punch.

This is a little box I had made up.  It is a sevens Box and you can see how to make one here on Marelle’s blog.  It is very easy and so cute.  I stamped the butterfly in Baja Breeze over the box and on the inside, I have a cellophane bag which I stamped the butterfly  in White Stazon.  I filled the bag with some of the new Designer Flower Brads and some ribbon. This was the Lucky Door Prize for the day.  I’m going to have to make another one though, because now I have given it away!!

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This is from the top:

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While I was at it with the White Stazon I stamped on this clear take away container with the Baroque Motifs flower.  I picked up a pack of these little containers from a discount shop.  They would be great filled with choccies!!

It was a fun time.  Any excuse for stamping together!

Have a good day and Thanks for visiting.  I hope you visit again soon 🙂