Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Contempo Christmas Ornament Bauble Time

I think that the Contempo Christmas set is one of my favourites this year and so versatile in what you can make with it.  I've got such a stash of Christmas papers, some SU and many not so I wanted to show that you can use the Stampin' Up! cardstock and inks to match with other products you may already have like me. It does seem pointless buying more stock when you've got a stash of perfectly good papers!

I worked out which papers I wanted to use firstly and then matched the ink colours with them. For the four cards I made I used Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler which matched perfectly.

All the card bases are the same dimensions as are the papers and the Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler middle sections. I did this so I could minimize the amount of time I spent measuring and cutting!  The sentiments on all four cards are also stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

The papers are from a company called Dovecraft, which is an English craft company and I am yet to find a stockist in Australia.  At present I do have some papers available on Ebay of all places - this is to lessen the stash I have and make the DH a little happier!!, and you can find them by searching for Dovecraft and looking for me 'n-bellish.'  I don't have many sets though so once they're gone, they're gone. 

The bauble ornaments are stamped in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler and then punched out with the ornament punch. I attached the papers, then some ribbon before attaching the middle sections and the baubles on three of the cards. This card just above uses all SU product - Old Olive dsp and ribbon - though the ribbon is retired. It is made in a similar way though I used the scallop border punch for the bottom edge.

I added some rhinestones for the bling and to add a little more dimension to the baubles and sentiments. The silver hanging loops are made from silver thread which I grabbed at a local craft store.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Contempo Christmas
Inks: Cherry Cobbler
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive dsp, Dovecraft Christmas papers
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, scallop border punch, ornament punch, ribbon, rhinestones.

JAI #93 Colour Challenge - Season of Joy Christmas

This weeks Just Add Ink challenge is a colour challenge using these colours.

When I looked at the colours I loved them and thought there was no reason I couldn't make a non traditional Christmas card using them. So here it is.

I started with the stamping this time around so I could then work out which colours I wanted to make the mountings and bases.  Using the large stamp from the  Season of Joy set (IB&C p25) I coloured different parts using the Pool Party, Certainly Celery and Melon Mambo markers. 

Then came the mounting, first onto some Pool Party cardstock which I used the scallop border punch to edge, then onto the Whisper White.  I felt I needed a little more Certainly Celery so added a strip of the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon turning over only one end.

The Melon Mambo cardstock I ran through the Big Shot machine in the Petals-a-Plenty embossing folder (IB&C p157) before mounting the stamped image portion on with dimensionals to raise it off the page.

Whisper White is the card base and of course everything was stuck on using my snail adhesive.  I added  couple of rhinestones to various parts of the image for a little bling.

All in all I'm really happy with this challenge card as I like doing a few cards that aren't so traditional in colour and it was surprisingly quick to pull together.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Season of Joy
Inks: Pool Party, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, scallop border punch, ribbon, rhinestones, Big Shot machine, Petals-a-plenty embossing folder.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Welcome Christmas

Here's a quick post on my card for the day. Made using the Welcome Christmas set (IB&C p22). I can't take the creative credit for this card as I cased my upline managers card as I loved it so much!

The image was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Chocolate Chip ink and then I used the large square punch to make four separate pieces - a little like a puzzle.  The edges were wiped over with ink and then all four were stuck onto a larger piece of Chocolate Chip and Old Olive cardstock.

The card base is Cherry Cobbler and the dsp is called Jolly Holiday. A strip of Cherry Cobbler cardstock edged using the Scallop Trim Border punch (IB&C p151) was stuck on after the image.

Finishing touches were the sentiment which comes from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (IB&C p105) which was stamped in Old Olive ink on Whisper White cardstock before being punched out using the Window punch and layered onto a Modern Label punch (IB&C p 150).  The ribbon bow is made from Chocolate Chip stripped ribbon which unfortunately is retired now and secured using a glue dot.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Welcome Christmas, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Jolly Holiday dsp
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, glue dots, dimensionals, paper snips, 1 3/8" square punch, window punch,  modern label punch, ribbon.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Boho blossoms punch Christmas wreath

Here's a Christmas wreath card that I am hoping to make with the children at my son's preschool.  I think it'll be simple enough and if the children are as excited about punching things out as Noah is then I'm on the right track.

It's simply made using the Boho blossoms punch (IB&C p152) and some Garden Green cardstock. I found it easiest to draw with pencil a circle before adding the flowers as the shape worked out better for me when finished.  The effect is achieved by layering the different sizes flowers. 

A little bit of crystal effects and some glitter added some sparkle and it was finished off with a ribbon bow.

Enjoy - Julie

Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Sparkly and Bright Christmas filmstrip card

Here's another quick and easy card to add to my Christmas stash. It again uses the Sparkly and Bright set which is now retired but could easily be adapted to many of the other Christmas set, especially the Jolly Bingo Bits (IB&C p24).

I stamped the images onto Whisper White cardstock in Real Red,  More Mustard, Chocolate Chip and Garden Green.  Using the 1 3/8" square punch I punched them all out before attaching them to the 'filmstrip' which I made using Basic Black cardstock and the spiral punch. All were attached using the snail adhesive.

The card base is Garden Green and I again stamped a Christmas snowflake from Punch Pals onto the card with VersaMark before finally attaching the filmstrip.

To add a little bling which all Christmas cards need I used some rhinestones.  

Friday, November 11, 2011

Contempo Christmas and Owl Punch Reindeer Fun

I've started my own 12 days of Christmas card making to ensure I actually get my Christmas cards made this year. For some reason even though I have officially more spare time this year I just haven't gotten them made.

After doing some internet hopping I pulled out my two-step owl and bird punches and set to making some little reindeers that I just thought were super cute.

They are so incredibly easy and fast to make which has a high level of appeal to me.

The owl body is punched out in Creamy Caramel which is retired but could easily be substituted with either Crumb Cake or Sahara Sand (I'm just trying to use up excess stocks!), and the antlers are punched out using the branch from the bird punch in Soft Suede.

After that it's as simple as running your adhesive across the back of the head and attaching the antlers, and then either punching out some circle from the owl punch to create eyes or doing as I did and using goggle eyes. A 8mm red brad is used as his nose, though again a punched circle and some crystal effects would be fine.

All the card bases are Very Vanilla as the Whisper White just didn't look right, and I layered Real Red cardstock and the designer series papers on top before attaching the finished reindeer with dimensionals. On some of the cards I also used the snowflake stamp from the Punch Pals (IB&C p26) with VersaMark ink to create a little depth.

The sentiment is from the Contempo Christmas (IB&C p25) set and either stamped in Real Red or on some I embossed them using a VersaMark and silver embossing powder.

I experimented with ribbon on some cards, others I left plain and added additional strips of cardstock. 

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Contempo Christmas, Punch Pals
Inks: Real Red, VersaMark
Cardstock and Paper: Very Vanilla, , Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Real Red, Real Red (Brights) DSP
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, paper snips, Two-Step owl and bird punches, silver embossing powder, ribbon, goggle eyes, brads.

Little Angel Memory Boxes Christmas Card Auction

Little Angel Memory Boxes (LAMB) are holding their last auction for the year and I figured I could get another set of cards made for them.  As you know this cause is close to my heart after loosing our little princess Addison who would this year be celebrating her first Christmas with us but isn't.  They are such an amazing charity who provide so many different things for families. 

This time around I decided to go with a set of 20 Christmas cards as it seemed the perfect theme for the up coming season.

I did grab some inspiration for two of the cards from Deb my up line manager when she did a Christmas stamp-a-stack for the Christmas cards for the Troops.  I just loved them so much I had to order the two stamp sets I didn't own to make them.  At least I know they're being used for a super amazing cause.

All the cards are hand made by me and are blank inside so that you can add your own messages and come with envelopes.  My favourite has to be the reindeer which is actually made using the two-step owl and bird punches. It was surprisingly fast to make and even Noah was able to help pop him together.

I would love if you had a chance to make a bid on these cards. To do so head over to Facebook and look for Little Angel Memory Boxes November Auction.  It starts tonight and ends on Sunday.

If you would like additional information about any of the cards, techniques or products used to create them please feel free to email me.  Don't forget that any of the SU products can be ordered directly through my blog and they will be sent directly from the warehouse to your front door!

Enjoy - Julie

Hip-Hippo Ray it's a Pun Fun birthday

On the weekend just gone we braved going out into the 35 degree heat so that Noah could attend a friend Ella's 5th birthday party. 

It was held at a park that should it not have been so crazy hot would have been fantastic. I just can't for the life of me understand how parks in Newcastle can't have shade shelters over them.

In any case Noah decided that it would be good to use the Hippo stamp from the Pun Fun set which unfortunately is now retired.  It's a great stamp as it can be used for any age group.

The hippo was stamped onto Whisper White cardstock in Basic Grey.  As I wanted the balloon and the bow different colours I used the marker to colour the hippo. I then used the Pear Pizzazz and the Poppy Parade markers to outline and colour in the other parts.

The base card is the lovely Concord Crush which I added a strip of Pear Pizzazz designer series papers to. For a little more decoration I scalloped the edge of the before attaching it.  The ribbon is the poly stitch Pear Pizzazz which is so easy to use as it's a lovely soft ribbon making bows easier to make and attach!

Each hippo was attached using dimensionals as I wanted them raised off the card base for a little more depth.  The sentiment that is actually on the stamp says Hip-Hippo-Ray, and I stamped this in Pear Pizzazz ink and used the Window Punch to punch it out before adding it to the inside of the card (which I forgot to take a photo of before we gave the card away!).

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Pun Fun
Inks: Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Concord Crush, Pear Pizzazz dsp
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, dimensionals, glue dots, paper snips, window punch, poly stitch ribbon.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Ta-dah! Christmas cards for the Troops done.

As you would know I've been involved in the Christmas cards for the Troops this year and what a blast it was. I loved working with Tracey - she's so much fun and had such enthusiasm - and it was also a nice change to be working with a group of people who were like minded in crafting.

The last box was sent off this week and a total of 3213 cards were made either at events of by wonderfully kind people around Australia. 

I was only talking to three neighbours over the weekend who all have husbands serving in either Iraq or Afghanistan and they all were so thrilled to hear about the cards and can't wait to get a card from their loved ones.

So for those of you who are now nearly finished their Christmas cards - I set you the next challenge - Cards for Mother's Day from the Troops! I'm coordinating the collection at the Newcastle end this time around (2012) so feel free to get them started and to me whenever you can!  It officially kicks off on January 1st 2012 and cut off for collection is March 31st 2012.

Feel free to send me an email if you have any questions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Exclusive November Big Shot Die Sale.

During the month of November, get 10% off selected Big Shot dies and embossing folders, but be quick as stocks are limited and once the quota is sold they will revert back to normal retail prices.
All items ordered come straight from the warehouse to your door so delivery anywhere in Australia is easy!  To place your order for these dies or any other Stampin' Up! products simply send me an email.