SECRET SANTA!!

Last night we had the last team meeting for the year.  It has been such a fun year, filled with lots of inspiration.  As part of our end of year activities we had a Secret Santa.  That was fun!  I can show you now what I made for my Secret Santa gift.  I have seen these on blog land and have wanted to have a go for a while.  I picked up this glass jar from a discount shop and silver embossed the metal lid.

This is how it turned out.

I used the pattern from Baroque Motifs.  To emboss, make sure you use the embossing buddy over the top of the lid.  Ink up the stamp with versamark and stamp on the lid.  Then sprinkle over the silver embossing powder and tip off  the excess. It seems to create a lot of static and has lots of stray powder so use a fine paintbrush to brush off the excess.  Heat the image as you normally do for embossing.  Just a word of warning!  The lid gets very hot so be careful.  Leave it on the table to heat and let it cool slightly.  (Don’t ask how I know that LOL).

I added a Rhinestone brad to the centre with Sticky Strip.  I pulled apart the arms of the brad and lifted off the back to remove the rhinestone.  I wrapped around some Double Stitched Grosgrain around the lid and filled it with choccies and Voila! – Instant Gift.  Here is the finished result.  It was very hard getting a decent photo as there was so much reflection from the lid and the glass.

I added a cellophane bag with some ribbon samples and was quite pleased with the result.  I think I will be heading off to my discount shop to buy a few more of these jars.  They make such quick gifts. 

Having trouble coming up with some Christmas Gifts still, why not give one of these a go!!  (Don’t forget to test the chocolates before filling!!!!)

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DAY 2 OF CHRISTMAS CARD BUFFET!!

As promised here are the other cards from my Christmas Card Buffet.

Card 3.

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This was the most popular card of the day. The baubles were stamped first on the card in More Mustard and then on scrap Whisper White card in Ruby Red.  These ones were cut out and mounted over the More Mustard baubles.  I added some 2 way glue on the intersecting points on the baubles and sprinkled over some Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  Gotta love bling for Christmas!!!!

Card 4

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I added the 2 way glue and dazzling diamonds on the stars on top of the trees but you just can’t see that in the photo.

Card 5

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This one I stamped the “Jingle all the Way” on the Whisper White in Real Red and then again on scrap Whisper White.  I cut the bell out and mounted it on with mounting tape, adding some more bling.  It’s a shame you can’t see the sparkle on these cards!!! 

Here is the recipes for them all:

  All measurements are in centimetres.

  CARD 1 CARD 2 CARD 3 CARD 4 CARD 5
CARDSTOCK:          
BASE Night of Navy Night of Navy Ruby Red Ruby Red Kraft
OTHER Baja Breeze 8×10.5Rose Red 10.5×6.2+ scrap piece

W/White 10.1×5.8

Baja Breeze 8×10.5  Rose Red 10.5×3.1+10.5×1 +scrap

+ W/White scrap

Old Olive 14.4×10.1W/White 14×9.7+ large scrap piece Old Olive 14.4×10.1W/White 14×8.2 Real Red 10×7.5W/White 7×5.5+ scrap
INK Baja BreezeNight of Navy

Rose Red

Night of NavyRose Red Old OliveMore Mustard

Ruby Red

Old OliveMore Mustard

Ruby Red

Creamy CaramelReal Red
STAMPS Schoolbook Serif AlphabetSeeing Spots

So Swirly wheel

Tree TrimmingsBest Yet Baroque MotifsShort and Sweet

Christmas Classics (bauble)

Christmas Classics (tree and Greeting) Christmas Classics(Jingle all the Way, holly leaf)
OTHER 1 1/4” circle punchmounting tape

sponge

Nt of Navy Grosgrain ribbon

Scallop Border PunchWide Oval punch

Scallop Circle Punch

 White Gel Pen

 Mounting Tape

 2 way Glue Pen

 Dazzling Diamonds.

Mounting Tape

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2 way Glue Pen

Dazzling Diamonds

Eyelet Border Punch2 way Glue Pen

Dazzling Diamonds

Spiral PunchCorner Rounder Punch

Striped Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon 

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 mounting tape

2 way Glue Pen

 Dazzling Diamonds

So, Card 3 was the most popular.  Nearly everyone preferred the traditional red and green.  So, what do you think?  Leave a comment as to which one you think is the best.  I’d be interested to know.

I’ll be back soon with some more creating!! In the meantime, Happy Stamping!!!!

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!

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:

From the Top:

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 🙂

CHRISTMAS TEAM SWAPS

I’ve had these cards sitting around to post for sooo long!  It’s so terrible.  I’ve got so behind.  Last month our team (Led by the wonderful Ness) had a Christmas in July card swap.  I wanted to show you them.  We have some very clever people in our team.  There are some very creative cards and some great ideas.

First off:  This one is the card I did.  Not that I’m saying this one is clever.  I cased this from last year’s Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue on page 98.  It’s not called an Idea Book for nothing!  I loved the layout of it, and of course using my favourite “Baroque Motifs”.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds onto the flower and on the text strip, but that’s a bit hard to see!

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It’s a bit to capture them all closely.  But, there are some good ideas.  What do you think?

Thanks for looking.  Have a good day 🙂

BAROQUE TIME!!!

Sorry I have been MIA in the last week. It has been such a busy week, but I have something to show you!!!!
I had a workshop on Saturday. My lovely hostess wanted me to use the Baroque set. Since she had seen a number of different ways I needed to come up with something else that she hadn’t seen yet. I agonised over the card for the make N take (as I do all of them might I add!!). This is what I showed.

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It was similar card to one I had shown in an earlier post with the Baroque Gift box and cards.  I turned this one the other way and changed the colours.  It was a simple card really but everyone liked it.  The flower was Rock and Rolled in Certain Celery and then Choc Chip on scrap cardstock.  It was cut out and then raised on dimensionals.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Short and Sweet.

Card: Choc Chip, Certain Celery, Very Vanilla.

Ink: Choc Chip, Certain Celery.

Other: Dimensionals, Scallop Border Punch.

On your blog hopping you might have read about Stepping Up your cards.  I took this card and stepped it up.  I added some Dazzling Diamonds in the centre of the Rock and Rolled flower (although you probably can’t see that!!).  I added some Choc Chip Grosgrain ribbon and stamped the greeting on scrap card. Then I punched it out with the word window punch. 

I then made the card again in a different colour combo.  This time in Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie.  So what do you think?  Which colour do you like best?

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In my creating last week I made another card using the Baroque Motifs set. 

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 This is a small 10cmx10cm card.  I stamped the swirls, the small flower and the word ‘cherish’ in versamark  and then did some Poppin’ Pastels with the sponge daubers and pastels.  I love this technique.  It has to be one of my favourites I think.  It reminds me of the magic picture books you had and you rubbed over them and the picture appears.  It is such a WOW technique! 

On scrap card I stamped the small flower in versamark again and added some pastels.  I cut it out and mounted it with dimensionals.  The centre is a rhinestone.  I discovered you could pull apart the brad and take out the rhinestone when I was visiting Andrea’s blog the other day.   

So there you have it.  Am I forgiven now for not posting all week!!! I hope to have some more creations to show you soon.  Why not try a card and then step it up, or try the poppin’ pastels.  Email me your creations and I can post some here. 

Thanks for looking!! Stop by again soon.

A HEART FOR BELLA!

This is for all you die-hard Twilight fans.  (I probably shouldn’t use that term!!).  I just made this card today.  Funny how inspiration comes to you.  I was out walking my dog this morning and I passed by a car that had a crystal hanging from the rear view mirror.  As I am reading Eclipse at the moment (the 3rd in the series) it got me thinking about the crystal heart that Edward gave Bella (and we all go AAHHHH!!).  Anyway, I was thinking about it on a card and came up with this.  Last week our team challenge was to use red and embossing.  Since I hadn’t got around to doing it yet I thought that would work well with this card.

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Here is a close-up of the heart so you can see the sparkle.

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I stamped the Baroque Motifs swirl in Versamark and Basic Black and clear embossed them on Real Red card.  I did the same with the word ‘cherish’.  I stamped the heart from ‘Best Wishes and More’ in versamark onto vellum.  I sprinkled over heat and stick powder and heated it with the heating tool.  I then sprinkled over dazzling diamonds and heated it again slightly.  You need to heat the vellum gently so it doesn’t burn.  I cut it out and adhered it to the card.  I sponged around the edges with basic black.  I then adhered this to black card and then to real red base.  There you have it.- Bella’s crystal heart!!  TFL.

A PAGE HAS STYLE!!!

A couple of weeks ago I ran a Scrapbooking 101 class. I talked about
different scrapbooking styles. We looked at 4 styles: Heritage, Classic, Pop and Shabby Chic. I made a 6×6 page for each of the 4 styles. This first one shows the Heritage style. This style generally depicts historical or vintage memorabilia,and uses earthy tones.  Journalling is usually more detailed and personal.  I hadn’t put any journalling on this page because of the size of the page, but I don’t think it needs to say a lot either.

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This is my MIL and FIL taken a LITTLE while ago.  My FIL passed away 7 years ago so this is a very special photo.  I have clear embossed the ‘a’, and how can you go wrong with Baroque Motifs?  This set works really well with heritage pages.

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Always

Inks: Sage Shadow, Choc Chip.    Markers:  Choc Chip, Creamy Caramel.

Card: Sage Shadow, Choc Chip, Very Vanilla.

Others: Clear EP, Heat Tool, Dimensionals. 1 1/4″ and 1 3/8″ circle Punch.

 

The next page shows a Classic Style.  This is typically very simple,  pages are uncluttered and generally with square or rectangular shapes.  Journalling is in a simple font and embellishments are used sparingly.

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This is my DD taken at California Adventures when we went to the US last year.  I have kept it simple.  I have just realised I haven’t put dates on either of these photos, so I will have to amend that.

Stamps:  Simple Serif Mini Alphabet, Art by Design, short and Sweet.

Inks: Baja Breeze, Close to Cocoa.

Card: Urban Garden DSP, Close to Cocoa and Not Quite Navy, Whisper White, Dimensionals, 2 way glue pen, dazzling diamonds.

In the next couple of days I will show you my 2 other pages showing the other 2 styles – Pop and Shabby Chic.

I am running the Scrapbooking 101 class in June again if you missed out.  For those who came along to the first one or who would like to learn more about layouts and sketches then come along to Part 2 (see my class page for details.

Don’t forget you only have a few days left of the Designer Series Paper special.  See here for details.  Also, why don’t you get a 20% discount on all your Stampin’ Up purchases by joining Stampin’ Up!  The great offer of joining for $150 will end on the 31st May.  Email me for more details.

NON-CONVENTION CARD CHALLENGE!

Many SU Demos have been in Chilly Canberra this weekend for the annual Stampin’ Up! Convention.  Unfortunately I couldn’t make it.  A forum I am on had a non-convention goers card challenge, among many other fun challenges.  Thanks Tanya for organising this!!

This is the sketch that we had to create a card.  I like this sketch.  It is very simple.  I might be using it for some upcoming workshops! 

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This is the card I created.   I was inspired by this card by Claire.  I loved how she used the Baroque Motif swirls on the background.

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I have used the faux silk technique for the rose.  First I stamped the rose image from Embrace Life in stazon on white tissue paper.  Then I watercoloured the rose with the stamp pads and aquapainter.  Leave it to dry for a short time and then scrunch up the tissue into a ball.  Carefully unwrap the ball.  Adhere the tissue to white cardstock.  For the card I stamped the Baroque Motifs swirl with choc chip ink onto choc chip cardstock.  I scalloped the edge of Ruby Red card and adhered a piece of the Raspberry Tart DSP onto this before adhering both to the choc chip card.  I used mounting tape to mount the faux silk image.  The greeting is from the Level 1 hostess set, Best Yet.  I inked up the words with markers and used the Large oval and the new Wide oval punch.  I was really pleased how this turned out. There are so many other projects Tanya has set for us, but I think I will be trying these over the next couple of weeks. This week is turning out to be very busy.

WISH BIG!!

I thought I should show you some scrapbooking.  Now I’m just starting out on this scrapbooking venture and I have a lot to learn.  I liked how this page turned out though.  It is a 6″x6″ page.  This is of my DD Carlie.   This photo was taken 18 months ago when she was 7.  She loves dressing up.  Although, she told me the other day that she is getting too old to dress up!  We even packed up her baby doll clothes and her dress up clothes.  It was a very sad day (for me anyway!!)

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I picked out the colours in the photo to use.  The base is Tempting Turquoise.  I have matted the photo in Ruby Red and used a Chocolate Chip card strip.  I didn’t have any alphabet stamps at the time so I used the Ruby Red marker to ink up the letters from my Sincere Salutations set.  It does say BIG.  I know it is not too clear!!  The word wish is from the Short and Sweet set.  I don’t seem to make a card or anything without using this set.  Of course, I have used Baroque Motifs set as well.   The flower embellishment is from Seeing Spots.  I inked the flower in versamark and stamped it on Ruby Red cardstock.  I applied heat and stick powder, heat embossed it then added the Dazzling Diamonds.  I heated it again to let it set.  I cut the circle out.  I didn’t have any turquoise brads, so I punched a circle out with a small circle punch and adhered it to the centre.  It was very fiddly, but with some perseverance (and a little force LOL) – it stuck.  I added some crystal effects to the centre to make it shiny – and you can see that of course!  I used dimensionals to add it the page.  Page done!  I have a few other pages lined up to finish,  so I will have to get a move on.