Monday 27 October 2008

Dashingly Christmas gift folder

Well here I am again with a patterned paper gift card holder I made for Jane. I've made lots of these folders, but this was the first Christmas one....& you can guarantee it won't be the last.I tweaked Jane's colour theme a little by swapping in some old olive, as I wanted to use some of the spotty & stripy paper from the fun & funky 'Dashing' designer paper pack. Again, all the stamps are from 'Season of Joy'. I've added some bling to by using a small red rhinestone brad the star on the tree star & a large one to attach the real red ribbon.

On the inside, I included a card for a greeting & one with slits to hold a gift card. Alternatively, they'd be great with a photo or with a Christmas update letter.If you'd like to see more folders, you can find the original folder I found & made here & some yummy berry bliss paper folders here & here. If you'd like more information, just drop me an e-mail.

I'll have some more Christmas projects to show you from my last Christmas SAS soon, once I take some new pics. Until then, happy stamping everyone!

EDIT Sept 2021: See & download my No Cut Patterned Paper Tutorial in this post


Supplies: Stamps: Season of Joy Card: Dashing designer paper, real red, very vanilla Ink: old olive, real red Accessories: real red grosgrain ribbon, red rhinestone brad (fire pack)

Saturday 25 October 2008

Jane’s joyful make & take

I'm back again with the card everyone made at Jane's workshop.The layout of this card was inspired one I saw in 'Impressions', our monthly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator magazine. Again, in keeping with Jane's red & green Christmas theme, the colours are wild wasabi, garden green, real red & very vanilla. I've also used the 'Season of Joy' stamp set (which has got to be one of the most flexible Christmas sets don't you think?). I must confess that I am soooo not a real read & garden green Christmas girl, so the colours were a bit a challenge for me initially, but thanks to Jane, they have grown on me – especially with the real red ribbon (right Kellie? J).
Here's another version with a slightly different take on the layout. The girls chose which one they wanted to make at the workshop. Which one would you have chosen & why? Leave a comment to let me know.Anyhoo, it's time for bed for me. I'll be back next time with a dashingly cute gift card folder I made for Jane. Stay tuned & happy stamping in the meantime.
Di J
Make it Yourself
  1. Stamp wasabi base with swirl stamp & wild wasabi ink.
  2. Stamp strip of real red card with swirl stamp & real red ink & attach to vanilla card as shown.
  3. Stamp 3 flowers from large greeting stamp & punch out with ¼ inch circle punch. Position on red piece.
  4. Stamp very vanilla piece with tree using wild wasabi ink & summer sun marker.
    Stamp a second tree on a scrap of vanilla card, cut out & mount on top of first tree.
  5. Stamp greeting in real red ink on very vanilla piece.
  6. Mat vanilla piece onto garden green piece.
  7. Knot real red grosgrain ribbon, wrap around piece & secure at back.
  8. Mount completed piece on wild wasabi base.
Supplies:Stamps: Season of Joy
Card: Wild wasabi, garden green, real red, very vanilla
Ink: wild wasabi & real red classic ink, summer sun stampin' write marker
Accessories: real red grosgrain ribbon
Tools: ¼ inch circle punch

Friday 24 October 2008

Christmas triangle boxes

I'm back with the second project I made at Jane's workshop last Saturday. Jane & her friend Lorraine love boxes, so I decided to show them how to make one of my faves, the triangle box.For these ones, I used real red, wild wasabi & whisper white. I wheeled the box base with the 'So Swirly' wheel & real red ink. The snowflake stamp is from 'Season of Joy' & the spiky circle is made with the scallop circle punch.For this one, I used very vanilla card, stamped with the swirl & flower stamps from 'Season of Joy' in wild wasabi & real red ink.
I'll be back later with the card we all made at the workhop. Happy stamping!
Supplies:Stamps: Season of Joy, So Swirly Jumbo wheel
Card: real red, wild wasabi, whisper white, very vanilla
Ink: wild wasabi, real red
Accessories: real red & whisper white grosgrain ribbon
Tools, cropadile, punches: scallop circle, 1 ¼ inch circle

Thursday 23 October 2008

Workshop joy in red & green

Oh my goodness, I can't believe it's been 3 weeks since my last post. I had a bit of a back incident earlier in the month, which I'm happy to say is much better now, but as a result, I've been pretty behind on just about everything since then. Anyway, I'm happy to be back... & for a little while at least, I'll be all about Christmas.
To start, I'm sharing the projects I made at fun Christmas themed workshop I ran last weekend for the lovely Jane (*waving* hi Jane!). As Jane's favourite Christmas colours are 'traditional' reds & greens, I used these in all the projects. I also chose to use the 'Season of Joy' set as I love the images & there's so much you can do with them. This was the first project. It's a very simple layout & it would be really quick to make multiples of.I'll be back tomorrow with the another project from the workshop, as I'm too tired to type any more tonight.
Happy stamping!
Make it yourself
Stamp a strip of very vanilla card with the poinsettia image in real red ink & the tiny flower in wild wasabi ink.
Wrap some knotted real red grosgrain ribbon around it & secure at back.
Attach to a wild wasabi base.
Stamp 'Merry Christmas' in wild wasabi ink on very vanilla card. Punch out with large oval punch.
Mount greeting with dimensionals onto another punched vanilla oval.
Supplies:Stamps: Season of Joy
Card: Wild Wasabi, very vanilla
Ink: real red, wild wasabi
Accessories: real red grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Large oval punch

Thursday 2 October 2008

One layout – three ways

While having a peek at the new UK Stampin' Up!® catalogue (you have to love a new catty – even if it's not an Aussie one), this layout caught my eye (& not just because it was celery!), so, I decided to have a play with it. Here's what I've come up with so far:For this card, I wanted to get a feel for the layout, so I just changed some of the colours & paper & used circles to create a scalloped edge instead of a spiral punch edge. The butterfly is rock & rolled in pretty in pink & rose red ink & raised on dimensionals. The paper is from the Petals & Paisley pack. I liked how it turned out so then I made this one.I clear embossed the polka dot background on the top of a barely banana base & layered strips of pretty in pink & celery card with white grosgrain tied knotted around them. I rock & rolled the large flower from 'Bodacious Bouquet (a set that I struggle with for some reason, even though I've seen lots of fab cards with it) in almost amethyst & lovely lilac ink & added some pretty in pink brads to the centre. I stamped the greeting in lovely lilac, punched it out with the word window punch & layered it on 3 more word windows.This last card came together a little backwards, but I was really happy with the end result. I decided to use 'Always' as it has such beautiful images. I stamped birdie in pomegranate ink, cut him out & stuck him onto some stamped pretty in pink & cocoa card. Then I made some faux flower brads by stamping some little flowers, punching them out with the ¼ inch circle, layered them up on 2 more circle layers & made them shiny, by clear embossing them. That made birdie a little unhappy that he wasn't shiny too, and so I inked him up with my versamark pen & clear embossed him too! This was the first time I've tried this & I was really happy with how it turned out...but you'll just have to trust me that it's shiny as my pic is not showing it! Finally, I tied some pomegranate ribbon around the front & used a yummy 'Cherished Memories' rub-on to finish it off.

So, have a look through your catty & see what catches your eye, or try making a card using this layout. You might be surprised where it takes you.

In the meantime, hope you have a happy Friday.
Di J

Garden Whimsy
Stamps: Garden Whimsy
Card: Certainly celery, whisper white, pretty in pink, petals & paisley designer paper
Ink: pretty in pink, rose red, old olive
Tools: Mat pack (piercing mat & template), piercing tool, ½ inch circle punch

Bodacious Flower
Stamps: Bodacious Bouquet, Fun & Fast Notes
Card: Barely banana, pretty in pink, certainly celery, whisper white
Ink: almost amethyst, lovely lilac
Accessories, pretty in pink brads, white grosgrain ribbon
Tools: spiral punch, word window punch

Always Birdie
Stamps: Always
Card: pretty in pink, rose red, close to cocoa, whisper white
Ink: purely pomegranate, pretty in pink, versamark pen
Accessories, Cherished Memories rub ons, purely pomegranate double stitched ribbon, clear embossing powder
Tools: ¼ inch circle punch, heat tool

KW’s Colour Challenge 24 – Always

Wow, I can't believe I've finally managed to complete one of Kristina's colour challenges. The timing has not been good for me for the last....too many. Anyway, you know the drill. Here's the inspiration pic & colours for this week:and here's my card.
The set I've used is 'Always' from the Spring Mini. I really love it, but I haven't gotten to use it much yet (ahh so many stamps, so little time!). I've substituted old olive in place of kiwi kiss too, since we don't have it in Aus yet.
The heart is clear embossed on very vanilla & sponged with pumpkin pie ink & the olive background stems have been stamped off first. The greeting has been inked separately & punched out with the word window punch. It's hard to see in the pic, but I glued 3 word windows together, so that it would pop more. I think the rest is pretty self explanatory.
I was pretty pleased with how it came out, especially since the little olive piece was pretty much my last scrap, until my next order arrives. Anyway, hope you like it.
Happy stamping!
Stamps: Always
Card: choc chip, very vanilla, old olive,
Ink: old olive, pumpkin pie versamark
Accessories: choc chip taffeta ribbon, clear embossing powder
Tools: word window punch, heat tool

Wednesday 1 October 2008

Ballet Birthday Best

This is a little card I put together today with the 'Birthday Best' set. I chose this set in my Demonstrator starter kit, as it's such a flexible set & used it lots, but it hasn't been getting much attention lately. So, when I saw it was one of the 20th birthday sets at 20% off this month, I thought it was about time we had a play together again. Here's how to make your own version:
  1. Stamp the cute little cupcake on whisper white card with black stayz on ink & colour it with ballet blue & so saffron ink, taken from the lid with an aquapainter. Cover the icing & flame with Crystal Effects® to make it glossy. Leave aside to dry, then cut out.
  2. Score & fold ballet blue base. Punch a spiral edge on one edge of a barely banana piece using the spiral punch. Attach to base.
  3. Stamp bashful blue piece with 'polka dot' background in ballet blue ink & sponge around the edges.
  4. Stamp birthday greeting in ballet blue ink on ballet blue card, punch out with the round tab punch & attach to bashful blue piece.
  5. Make a plate with the small & large oval punches: Punch a small oval, align the large oval punch over the hole & punch again. Then, glue it to another large oval. Glue 2 more small ovals on the back to raise it more. Attach to bashful blue piece.
  6. Attach cupcake with dimensionals.
Hope you like this little project. Happy stamping!
Stamps: Birthday Best, Polka Dot background
Card: Ballet blue, barely banana, bashful blue, whisper white
Ink: Ballet blue, so saffron
Accessories: Crystal Effects®
Tools: punches: large & small ovals, round tab, spiral

Happy 20th Birthday Stampin' Up!

This month, you can celebrate Stampin' Up!®'s 20th birthday with us & save on some great birthday/celebration sets.
Just spend $20 on catalogue goodies between 1-30 October & you can purchase the sets listed below at 20% off their normal price.
Item....Page..Stamp Set...........Regular Price*..20% off Price*112594..37.....Big Bold Birthday...$53.95............$43.16
108894..38.....Pretty Princess......$45.95............$36.76
108753..51.....Birthday Best........$25.95............$20.76
110246..55.....Crab & Company....$52.95............$42.36
112318..118....Short & Sweet......$29.95............$23.96

* Plus shipping & handling
My favourite & probably most used greeting set of the year, 'Short & Sweet' is included, so don't miss out on this great value set at an even better price. You can see lots of projects using it here. Contact me for more information or if you would like to place an order.