cards, Catalogues, Christmas, Classes, Stampin' Up!, Techniques

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #68 – FAREWELL LOVELY AS A TREE!

Today is a special Wednesday’s WOW!

Today we take a moment to remember the timeless Lovely As A Tree set.  It is so sad that this set is leaving us.  Each year we scour the catalogue to see if it has made it in.  This year though I think we were all saddened to see that it’s time had finally come. 

This set started in the Catalogue in the US back in 2001.  I believe it was designed by Shelli Gardner’s sister who started Stampin’ Up! with Shelli.  This set has been like a much loved family member so it is a sad occasion.  I bought this set in my first Demonstrator order after I joined back in 2008. This set has had so much use and I think every Christmas it gets pulled out.  It is such a classic stamp set.

So today for Wednesday’s WOW! #68 we look back at some of my projects with this stamp set.  I am sad that I couldn’t find photos of some cards I had made but let’s have a look back at these projects I have kept. I have to say it is also a look back at my stamping style too.  Perhaps that is a little embarrassing but … anyway. Enjoy the nostalgic journey.  Apologies in advance for lots of photos.

May 2011 – See the original Post -> HERE.

I don’t know what I was thinking with that button.

Even the inside of the card was stamped with the trees.

From a Stamp A Stack Christmas 2011 with another classic stamp Dasher.  What a great combination these stamps were.  See the original post -> HERE.

These cards were some I received for Christmas 2013.  It included a couple of cards using the Lovely As A Tree set.  I like how the tree is used on it’s side to give the effect of branches.  Very cute.

This Tunnel card was a favourite at a Christmas Card class in 2013.  You can see that post -> HERE and I included a Tutorial how to make the Tunnel card there too in that blog post.  Go and check it out.

This one below was a real WOW! at class back in 2011.  Everyone loved this card. This was a Sparkly Christmas card. You can see it in this post -> HERE and I have a tutorial how to make it in that post. You can use this technique with any stamp set.

Now this next card we actually made at a team meeting like nearly 2 years ago.  I didn’t quite finish it at the time.  So I put it aside on my desk to finish.  All it needed was to be stuck together and a sentiment added.  Well I actually finished it a month ago.  Or actually my daughter finished it for me.

On this card I masked a section of the card and sponged in the section.  Then with the group of trees I heat embossed in Silver Embossing Powder.

This card below was the most recent one from last Christmas.  I realised I hadn’t shared this card with you before. We used the Copper Shimmer Paint and swiped it over the card mat that had been embossed with the Tin Tile Embossing Folder.

Then for more shine we added the Shimmer Paint directly to the tree stamp and also on to the sentiment stamp.  To do this use the Dauber and pick some Shimmer Paint from inside the lid of the Shimmer Paint bottle then lightly dauber over the stamp.  Then stamp it on your card.  Against the Merry Merlot colour it is quite classy.

So sadly the Lovely As A Tree stamp set has sold out now.  I hope you managed to get hold of one.

A new replacement might just be the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  Have you added that one yet to your collection? This set has a number of stamps AND dies.  I think this will be a good alternative.  Hopefully I will get to play more with that one again soon.

Thanks everyone for your patience as we wander down memory lane.

Farewell Lovely As A Tree.  You have been a reliable stamp set for all those special projects and festive occasions. You will be missed.  But I won’t be able to part with you just yet.  Enjoy your retirement.

Jenny

 

 

 

 

 

3D projects, cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!, Techniques, Videos

BOTANICAL BUTTERFLIES WEEK BONUS – W CARD!

I have a bonus project to share with you today for Botanical Butterflies week.  It’s a ‘W’ card.  I have seen a few of them around and was wanting to try one.  We made this one at our team meeting on Wednesday night and I thought it was good timing. So you get a bonus project.

Don’t look closely.  It was made in a rush at the meeting.  There are lots of parts to this card but it will give you an idea.  And can’t beat those pretty butterflies from the gorgeous Botanical Butterflies paper.

This is the card closed.  Tied up with some of the lovely soft Lemon Lime Twist Organdy ribbon.  The sentiment is from Incredible Like You and the paper on the front is from the Gingham Gala Paper. 

This is the inside of the card with more pretty butterflies.

I won’t give you the details of how to make one as you can check it out for yourself.  The card was CASED from Jan B cards.  HERE is the link to her Youtube video.  It’s long one.  It goes for 47 minutes so be prepared with a drink in hand and take notes.  The card is very easy though once all the cutting is done and you can decorate it anyway you like.

What could you do inside? Some stamped and cut images, a baby card, maybe a 4 letter name. Endless ideas to work with.

Have fun with it.

I hope you like the Botanical Butterflies week.  The ideas I have shared could work with any paper.  This gorgeous paper is Free though.  Can’t beat that. 

This is a Sale-A-Bration choice for orders over $90.  You could choose the gorgeous Painted Seasons paper or any of the other choices.  You only have one week left so get on it.

In Australia? You can order in my store -> HERE.  

Have a great weekend,

Jenny

 

3D projects, cards, Classes, Stampin' Up!

BIRTHDAY CHEER EASEL CARD!

I held a Birthday Cheer class on the weekend.  It was showcasing the great Birthday Cheer Bundle from the Occasions Catalogue and making some fun cards with it.  I don’t often share my class cards with you but I thought I would share with you about this.

One of the cards I made was an Easel card.  This card was inspired by one I saw on Pinterest.

This first card was the card I made to share at the class. Everyone thought it was nice.  It was using the gorgeous Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheets from Sale-A-Bration. (On a side note did you know that this foil is nearly sold out?? You might want to grab this as your next free choice for Sale-A-Bration). It is so shiny.

The single cupcake is stamped in Stazon and watercoloured with the inkpads. There is a die to cut it too.

The Easel card is very easy to make.

To make one: Take a standard sheet of card. Cut it in half vertically. Take one of those halves and score it in half and then score one of those sections in half again.  Then fold up to create an easel.

With any type of Easel card you need something on the base as a stopper to hold up the Easel.  For this one I used the Oval sentiment piece.

While I made this card and used this for the class I had a different idea in my head but it wasn’t working before the class.

During the class when I was demonstrating this I played around with it and created this version below.  Everyone loved this idea even more and made this one instead for their card.  So I thought you might like to see it then.

I created the Easel card the same with the cutting and scoring.  This time though I rearranged the pieces.  So simple really but so much more effective.  Adhere your diecut cupcake border behind the Mint Marcaron card piece.  For the stopper on this I used the cupcake.

Doesn’t that create a bit more of a WOW??

Why not create your own.

Thanks for stopping by,

Jenny

cards, Christmas, Stampin' Up!

A YEAR OF STAMPING!

It’s the last day of 2018.  It has been an exciting year with Stampin’ Up!.   I have loved sharing my creations with you.  Lots of new things have happened on my blog with the introduction of Wednesday’s WOW! which has been hugely popular and the start of my Youtube channel.  (Baby steps there!!).  Thank you for joining me in this ride.

Today I am going to share a few of my favourites from this past year. If you click on the heading it will take you to the original post.

Peekaboo Panda 

Looking through the Cave  (this was totally out of the box but has been very popular).

Baby Wipe with Petal Palette

Baby Spinner Card

Delightful Gorgeous Grape

Sparkly Rainbow  (this was probably up there with one of my most favourites of the year.  I love the colour and sparkle)

Envelope Satchel (this was a popular gift bag tutorial.

Double Emboss your card (this continues to be a very popular Pinterest post)

Copper Shimmer Paint (another popular post)

Postcard Pals (I love these guys)

Pyramid Christmas (only recent but it has been popular)

It certainly has been a busy year.  2019 already is shaping up to be a busy and exciting one with the start of Sale-A-Bration and the Occasions Catalogue starting on the 3rd January.  So watch for new projects VERY SOON.

Before I leave you today I will take a minute for a little “commercial Plug”. I am sorry for the shameless advertising. I just want you to be sure that you are up to speed in all that is happening on my blog and with Stampin’ Up! so you don’t miss out on anything.

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OK.  Thanks for the indulgence of reflecting on the past year of creating – and a little advertising. 🙂

Happy New Year to you.  Thanks for sharing with me on this journey. Onwards to a creative 2019!

Jenny

3D projects, cards, Catalogues, Christmas, Stampin' Up!, Tutorials, Videos

WEDNESDAY’S WOW! #50 – CREATING A PYRAMID CARD (AND MAYBE A GIVEAWAY!)

Here we are Wednesday’s WOW! #50.  I really didn’t even consider I would get to that number when I first started just this year.  How fun it has been sharing fun projects and videos with you.  Have you enjoyed them??  Today for #50 I have a special project that I have been sitting on for a few weeks waiting to share with you – and Today is the day! And since it is such a big milestone I thought I would have a little giveaway on my blog.  It’s been a while since I have done that so be sure to read all the details below.

So today’s project is … A Pyramid Card.  Have you made one of these before.  I thought it would be fun to make one and share it with you.

This is the front view.

This is the back view.

I have put together a video for you and have some photos too below.

Apologies in advance for the video quality.  I am working on that. 😉

CREATE YOUR OWN PYRAMID CARD

The Pyramid card can be made to any size.  The principles to make them are the same.  Work out the approximate height you would like and the size of the card squares will be approximately three-quarters of that height.

Tutorial and measurements for the Pyramid card above.

Cut 3 squares of card to 10.5 cm (Just over 4”).

Cut 2 squares of Designer Series Paper (DSP) slightly smaller than is 4mm or 1/8”.  Squares for this one would be 10.1cm or 4”).

1) Score each card piece diagonally once.  Fold on the scored line.

2) Cut both squares of DSP in half diagonally.  Flip one triangle over to use the opposite pattern.  You may choose to use a completely different piece of DSP for a different pattern choice.  You may choose to have each piece the same. Adhere the DSP triangles onto one panel of each card

3) (NB: In these photos I didn’t adhere the Designer Series Paper before assembling). Position one of the squares behind another square underneath the other square.  Before applying adhesive, check the position so you only apply adhesive to where it is needed.  Repeat this for each card piece.

Be careful where you place the adhesive as you won’t want to place it all over your card.

4) You can choose to adhere the third square to the first square to assemble it permanently or you can add a Velcro dot to the edge piece, or add ribbon to tie it together so it can come apart to lay flat for posting.

– Decorate your Pyramid card as you like.

BLOG GIVEAWAY

OK, now for the prize.  Since it’s the 50th Wednesday’s WOW! I have a Blog Giveaway of … some BLING! We all love bling and let’s face it we can use it to cover up a multitude of mistakes.  Who does that?? 🙂

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO

I will pick a winner at random.   To enter please leave a comment on where you are from and what you love seeing when you come to visit my blog.  I will close the entries on Friday midday. AEST  The bling giveaway is only for Australian residents only sorry.  BUT if you are an international visitor please leave a comment and I will send a handmade card off to you.  I am allowed to do that. 🙂

So enter away.  And thanks for visiting me.

Jenny

 

3D projects, cards, Catalogues, Christmas

FOLD FLAT CHRISTMAS CARD WITH DETAILED DEER!

Today’s card is one we made at our Team Stamp Day a few weeks back.  I am just getting to show you now.  This card has a few different names but I call it the Fold Flat card.

This is the front view.

Fold Flat _ Front view

This is it side on.  It can fold flat to be able to send it in an envelope.

Fold Front _ side view

With the paper, the check pattern one on the front is from the Festive Farmhouse Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalogue.  The “bauble” one is from the Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper from the Annual Catalogue.  The Detailed Deer Thinlits are cut from the Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold Foil and Sparkle Glimmer Paper. The sentiment is from the Flourish Filigree.

I can’t remember now who shared this card for our Shoebox Swap at the Team Stamp Day.  I am not sure where she got the tutorial to make this one but I have made them before and shared the tutorial for it on my blog some time ago.

Fold Flat Card Tutorial in Large and standard size: Head -> HERE.

I hope you like them.  They have been popular on my blog since I orginally posted it so now you have another version.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great weekend,

Jenny

3D projects, cards, swaps, Techniques

TEAM SHOEBOX SWAP – DAY 4!

OK, Today is my last sharing from our recent Team stamp day with Shoebox Swap cards.  I have a few various ones for you.

This one below is using that gorgeous Delightfully Detailed Laser Cut paper.  I have shown lots of cards using this paper recently.  For this card you don’t need much more than backing a section of the paper on to a strip of black card and adhering it to your white base card.  It makes it look so elegant don’t you think??  I think from memory the sentiment banner is a strip of white card and using the small circle punch to notch out each corner.

This next one is a fun fold.  Adhere a strip of the lovely paper, this one is the Nature’s Poem DSP, down the left hand side of the front of your card.  Punch a slit using the Classic Label Punch on the side of the card front.  You need to punch it twice to be sure that the dragonfly fits through. Punch it once near the top, then slide it down a little bit and line it up with the previous punch and punch it again.  A dragonfly from the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits was cut from Vellum and also from Cajun Craze.

This is the inside of the card.  The sentiments are from Better Together set.  It’s a cool card.

This card uses the lovely Love What You Do set, the Share What You Love paper and the Lovely Floral Embossing Folder.

This is a cute little treat bag below.  It is very quick to make up.  This is based on Pootles bag -> HERE.

I hope you have so enjoyed these little projects from our team day.  We are getting ready for another get together in the next few weeks.  Hopefully I don’t take as long to share those with you. 😉

Hope your weekend is going awesomely.

Jenny

Blog Hops, cards, Stampin' Up!

KELLY’S STAMPING FRIENDS BIRTHDAY BLOGHOP!

Today we have a very special Blog Hop celebrating the lovely Kelly Kent’s Birthday.  She wanted to get some stamping friends together and share our creations with you.  How exciting! I have to say though it is a little overwhelming.  What to create …  It had to be a birthday card of course.

You would either be starting here on your hop or you have just come from Siobhan’s blog -> HERE.  So come and join the Birthday Hop.

Today I am sharing with you a Fun Fold card,  It’s a Pop Out Swing Card. I have made a few versions of this card (see one HERE), but this one is a teeny tiny version.  So cute!  It stand about 10cm (4″) high.  I have used the gorgeous new set available early this month, the Love What You Do stamp set and the Share What You Love Designer Series Paper.

Don’t forget a matching envelope for this card too.  Made easy with the Envelope Punch Board.

The beautiful paper and colours makes this a gorgeous project without too much to it.  That Rich Razzleberry Velvet ribbon is just so soft and gorgeous too.

The Frame on the front of the card is made with the Layering Squares Framelits.  The sentiment inside is from the Southern Serenade set.  The leaf stem on the inside is cut from Mossy Meadow cardstock using the Flourish Thinlits.

You can continue on the Birthday Blog Hop now and pop back again later to get the instructions link.  You will find the instructions for this card on Amanda’s blog -> HERE.

 -> -> ->To continue on the Hop. Click on the ‘NEXT’ image, or you can Head on over to Kathryn’s Blog by clicking-> HERE.

If you get lost, then you can follow the list below.  Thanks for hopping along.  See below the list too for the link for a second round of Birthday Blog Hops happening at same time.  So many wanted to share in the Birthday love that 2 groups were needed. 🙂

  1. Kelly Kent
  2. Lou Kitzelman
  3. Jenny Hall
  4. Denita Wright-Smee
  5. Jackie Aitken
  6. Narelle Simm
  7. Sandra Collett
  8. Monique Fielder
  9. Nicole Wilson
  10. Siobhan Fitzsimmons
  11. Jenny Hayward
  12. Kathryn Mangelsdorf
  13. Josie Dean
  14. Peta Stephen
  15. Kristel Rimmer
  16. Kim Oliver
  17. Denise Buetler
  18. Jacqui Crouch
  19. Tina Gillespie
  20. Jan McQueen

 

***For Group B of the Birthday Blog Hop you can go to a different post on Kelly’s Blog -> HERE to follow along. 

cards, Catalogues, Stampin' Up!, swaps

PEACEFUL REFLECTION Z-FOLD!

Last weekend our larger team had a stamp day together.  We had a Shoebox Swap.  Have you ever tried one of those?  Each person made a card and then made up kits for each person to make that card.  The kits and inks and everything needed was put in a box/container.  Then we passed the boxes around the table to complete each card.  I have to say it was a frenzy at times.  We made 13 cards in 4 hours.  We had about 20 minutes for each card.  It was a fun way to make some cards up in a short time though.

I will show you the cards over the next days and weeks.  Many were with exciting new products which was great.  Today I thought I would show you my card for the Shoebox Swap.

I received the Peaceful Reflection set at Onstage last month as Prize Patrol.  I have to say I was at a bit of a loss with it but I have played with it a bit over the last couple of weeks.  If you are on my Facebook page you might have seen a little sneak of them.  (Head over to ‘Like’ my page if you haven’t already.  The link is in the right hand side bar).

This is my card.

This is a version of the Z-fold cards.  It is very easy to do.  Cut your card base to your standard card size.  Then score halfway on the front panel.  Fold back on the score line.  Easy as!! 🙂

I used Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Berry Burst and used a number of different stamps to create the image.  If you haven’t seen this set yet I think you will like it.  So fun to make up your images with different flowers, dragonfly and ripples.  There are so many other ways to use it too which I will show you over the next couple of weeks.

The Pool Party strip is embossed with one of the folders in the Petal Pair Embossing Folder pack.

I stamped the inside with 2 dragonflies.  Also this set is a 2-step stamp set so you have the outline of the dragonfly and then the solid shape to fill in it’s wings.  The sentiment is from Petal Palette.

You can’t tell in the photo but I used the Wink Of Stella clear brush to add a little sparkle to the Dragonfly wings on the front and inside.

Stay tuned for some more cards from our team stamp day.

Jenny

cards, Challenges, Techniques, Tutorials

SWEET SOIREE COLLAR CARD!

I have another card to share with you today using the gorgeous Sweet Soiree Specialty Designer Series Paper.  One more way that you can #usethatpaper  I am on a mission to use up my paper instead of storing it and hoping to help you in using your stash. There are some lovely, gorgeous paper to come in the new catalogue, so you need to use this paper.

I have to admit one of the dilemmas of using the gorgeous Stampin’ Up! paper is – which side do you use?? Usually there is gorgeous prints on both sides and you don’t want to cover one to show the other side.  SO, I think this fold is great as you can see both sides at once.

This card is a Collar card.  I was reminded of this card when I went looking through some older blog posts. You can see that one I made -> HERE.

I liked both sides of this piece of Sweet Soiree paper so it was nice to see both of them.

To create a Collar Card

Cut your white card slightly smaller than your card base – 4mm (1/4″ ) smaller. Cut your piece of Designer Series Paper 4mm (1/4″) smaller than the white card mat.

On your piece of Designer Series Paper, at the half way point on the right hand side, which is approximately 4.8cm.  Cut in from this point 5cm (2″).  Fold back each section from the end of the cut to the corner of the piece of paper.

Adhere this piece on to your white card and then on to the card base.  Adhere under each flap to hold them down.

Stamp the sentiment on the white section. This one is from the Waterfront set. I cut a flower from the Flourish Thinlits from Silver Foil.

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Now you can see both side. 🙂

Have a great day,

Jenny