cards

CHRISTMAS CARDS FOR US!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas Day.  Hard to believe after all the craziness leading up to it, it is now all done for another year.  Why does it get so crazy!!! We had a lovely Christmas Day though.  Church Christmas Eve and time with the family for Christmas Lunch.  It was nice and relaxing.

Today I thought I would share some special hand-made cards we received for Christmas.  They are all so gorgeous and it is always great to see new ideas.  I won’t go in to too much details of the cards.  If you want to know more about them or a closer look just let me know.

This first group is from my close Demonstrator friends.  How lucky am I!

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These 2 are from some special blog readers who have now become good friends.  The one on the left is from Lynda.  Thanks Lynda for your continued loyalty and encouraging comments.  Isn’t this a clever way of using ‘Lovely as a Tree’.  That set is so versatile.  The one on the right is from my lovely Blog friend Patti from the the US.  How cute is that snowman???  It has been lovely to get to know Patti over this past year.  Thanks for always stopping by Patti and encouraging me along the way. 🙂

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This next group is from some of my friends.  Some of them are from customers that I can now call lovely friends.  Aren’t they all so gorgeous??

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I hope you might feel inspired by this lovely mix.  I love looking at them and touching them.  They bring a smile to my face.

Thanks for stopping by.  Come and visit again soon,

Jenny x

cards, Techniques

A NEW TECHNIQUE PERHAPS???

I was stamping one of the ornaments from Delightful Decorations a few weeks back and found it came out really strange.  I thought at the time it was my inkpad that desperately needed re-inking.  I really liked the pattern though.  Check it out –

Isn’t it a groovy pattern???  I thought it would make a great tag or something and so I just put it aside to look at later.  I pulled it out again this week and had a closer look.   It was a scrap piece of card that I used and had previously ran some adhesive over the card to stick it down to something.  It was just the glue stick variety adhesive.  I didn’t end up using the card then.  Where I had glued was where the lighter part of the image was.  The adhesive resisted the ink slightly.

I call this my “Adhesive Resist” technique!  LOL  So, do you think it will catch on!!! Maybe I will have to try it again sometime?? I thought it would be a fun thing to show you.

I hope your Christmas preparations are going ok?  Mine are VERY slow going?  I still have presents to wrap, but we put some lights up on our house today.  That was a first!

Happy Christmas to you all,

Jenny x

Classes

“MUM AND ME CHRISTMAS”

Ok, Mum’s (and Grandma’s) It is time to do some Christmas creating with your young one.  Come along to my “Mum and Me Christmas Class”.  Check out what we will be making.

You will make a Stand-up Photo Frame, a matching card and 4 tags.  All the hard work is done for you, all you have to do is stamp and stick.  Too easy!!!!!  It is a lot of fun working together, plus you have a great gift to give someone special at Christmas time.

WHEN IS IT:  Saturday Nov 26th at 2pm.

WHERE:         My place in East Corrimal – I will let you know the address.

COST:              $15 for the pair of you (ie Mum and daughter).

$7 for extra child.

RSVP:               Wednesday Nov 23rd.  Email me at jghayward@yahoo.com

Book in early as places are limited.  I would love to see you there!!!!

Jenny

3D projects, Tutorials, Uncategorized

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS BAG!

Here is another Gift bag I have been making recently.  This bag was inspired by one in our monthly Demonstrator magazine recently.  I set about to recreate it.  I will give you the instructions below.

I have used the Jolly Holiday DSP and then used the Delightful Decorations stamp set and the punch to decorate it.  I added some Rhinestones in the middle of the ornaments.  To seal the bag I punched out a scallop oval from Old Olive and an oval from Cherry Cobbler.  I adhered these together and attached them to the bag.  You can use a velcro dot to the front so it is easy to open and close to get the goodies out!!!

I had made another one previously to this Christmas bag using the DSP Lap of Luxury.  I punched 2 butterflies, one from the DSP and another stamped from the Hostess set ‘Punch Potpourri’.  These were adhered to the front and a Rhinestone added to the centre.  To close this bag I punched out a piece with the small Oval punch from Pretty in Pink and used a glue dot for this one. I just changed this yesterday and  added a bow with the Pretty in Pink Satin ribbon.  I also added some tags with the Tiny Tags.  One from the DSP and one stamped on Pretty in Pink.  These were punched out and tied on with Hemp Twine.  I really liked how this turned out!

 

You can decorate these any way you like.  It is better to use DSP for them though as they bend easier than card.

Here are the instructions to create these cute bags:

Cut DSP to 28cmx14cm.  Score on the 14cm side at 5cm.  Turn and score on the 28cm side at 8cm, 13cm, 21cm, 26cm.

Cut on the score lines along the long side up to the 5cm score line.  You can cut off the small tab at the end.  Add adhesive to the bottom tabs (on the right side of the 2 small tabs and on 1 of the large tabs), and to the narrow side tab (on the wrong side).  Does that make sense?  Assemble the bag together.  Pinch the sides in.  To seal you can use a velcro dot.  Decorate as desired.

These are very quick to make.  So you have no excuse not to make any of these to put little treats in!

 

cards, Challenges

NOW FOR SOME CARDS!!

I can now show you some of the cards I did on our wonderful stamping weekend.  I have shown you the other girl’s make and takes we did and I will get to mine at the end of this post.  First, I will show you the challenge cards we did.

This was my first challenge card.

STAMPS: Fifth Avenue Floral, Elements of Style

The next one I decided to do a Christmas Card.  This was for the “Clean and Simple’ Challenge (CAS78).

This was using some Early Espresso DSP from the Patterns Stack.  I stamped the “En Francais” stamp in Crumb Cake onto the Very Vanilla and sponged Crumb Cake around the edge.  The Old Olive strip was run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder.  I stamped an Ornament from Delightful Decorations and punched it out.  How good is it that you don’t have to cut this out, you can use the corresponding punch!!!  Which by the way, is one of the great Christmas Bundles on offer at the moment where you can get a roll of exclusive ribbon for FREE when you purchase any of the bundles.

Back to the card: I added a Self-Adhesive Rhinestone to the centre of the ornament.  I still wasn’t happy with it though.  Then when I got home I added some Linen thread which seemed to finish it off

For the next one.  Now, it was getting very late (or early depending on how you look at it!) by this time.  I slapped this card together quickly.

It’s not a great photo.  This was a ‘Clean and Simple’ challenge (CAS76).  I think I will do a faux metal crown for the top right square rather than the stamped and raised crown.  That will look a bit better – maybe!!

The next day we did another challenge.  It took me so long to do this card that I only had time to do one.  But, I was very happy with this one. 

This is with my new favourite set “Elements of Style”.  I have been looking at this set on US blogs for months.  I was so pleased to see it in the new catalogue.  I stamped the flowers in Crumb Cake and coloured it in with Pretty In Pink and Regal Rose ink and Blender pens.  I coloured the leaves in Old Olive ink.  I need a bit of work on my colouring.  It took so long to colour.  The bird was stamped in Pretty in Pink and Crumb Cake sponged aorund the edges.  The ribbon is retired Kraft Taffeta ribbon (Thanks Leonie!), but I think it matched nicely with this.

I stamped the inside too.

Now for my Make and Take.

This card was inspired by one I saw in our Demonstrator magazine we receive monthly.   The Rose Red Card measures 21cmx10.5cm and scored at 10.5cm.  I cut a circle out using the Circle scissors then ran the front through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder. 

This is the inside:

The Very Vanilla card was 10.1cmx10.1cm.  I sponged the edges in Rose Red ink and stamped the flourish from “Elements of Style”.  The heart is from the hostess set “Punch Potpourri” stamped in Rose Red and the flowers coloured with Pretty in Pink.  I punched this out and mounted this with mounting tape and a Rhinestone added to finish.  I tied a bow around the front with the Organza ribbon. 

Ok. That’s me done!!! You are probably sick of hearing about this weekend so I will leave it at that!  You have probably had enough of these marathon posts too.  I hope you have enjoyed our creations as much as we had making them. 

I’m off now to catch my breath.  I will see you soon with some more creations. 

cards, Tutorials

ORNAMENT TAGS!

I have been having fun creating this week.  I can’t show you everything yet.  That will have to wait until next week.  What I can show you are these little tags I have been making.  They are so quick to make.  You can whip up a number of these in no time ready to adorn your gifts this Christmas.  I have put together a simple tutorial to show you how they are done.

These are little tags using the set “Delightful Decorations” and the matching ornament punch.  It is so great there is a matching punch for this set.  I don’t think I could be bothered cutting them out!

  What you will need:

Stamps: Delightful Decorations (121502)

 Ornament Extra Large Punch (119847)

Whisper White Cardstock                          

Real Red Ink

Adhesive Rhinestones (119246)

 1/8” (3.2mm) Real Red Taffeta Ribbon

 1. Cut Cardstock 10cmx6cm. Score on long side at 5cm and fold on score lines.

2. Ink Ornament Stamp from Delightful Decorations in Real Red ink. Line stamp up over piece of card so tip of ornament hangs just over the edge of the folded card. Stamp image.

3. Place card into ornament punch. Line up image in the window. Have the top of the punch just off the edge of the folded edge of the card. See Photo 1 to assist you. Punch out the ornament.

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4. Tie a bow with the Real Red Taffeta ribbon and adhere to the top of the punch with a glue dot. Add an adhesive Rhinestone to the centre of the ornament. See Photo 2

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5. Now you have a tiny tag for Christmas that opens out for you to write inside.

Why not try other variation and different colours??? See Photo 3

Here I have used a different stamp in the set. The Old Olive Tag is simply stamped and punch out on a single layer of card and tied with gold cord at the top.

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 Enjoy making these.  I have a fun weekend ahead with some stamping buddies.  I can’t wait!  I will have lots of stories to tell.  (Although, there will be some things that can’t be shared!!!!) LOL