Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sale-a-bration's simple Outlined Ocassions card

Here's a super quick post today. I needed to make a birthday card in a hurry! Having a newborn baby is making getting a card or two made a lot more of a challenge especially when I've got a little one who doesn't really like to sleep in the day.

I used a piece of floral paper that I had already as the recipient is a keen gardener. The stamp set is one of the Sale-a-bration sets called Outlined Occasions. The green - Sage Shadow is retired but the other is Rose Red but is current.

The ribbon is also from the Sale-a-bration catalogue and comes as a bundle of two rolls, one in Lucky Limeade and one Calypso Coral, plus you get 30 printed designer brads.

I stamped the celebrate onto Whisper Whote cardstock which I then cut out to have individual letters - very time consuming, but I am happy with the result. I used the snail to attach them all as I find this is the easiest way with small parts. The 'it's your day' is stamped in the Lucky Limeade directly onto the paper.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Outlined Ocassions
Inks: Calypso Coral
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Sage Shadown, Rose Red, printed floral paper
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, ribbon.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Happy Valentines Day - Love Defined

Wishing everyone a very happy Valentines Day 2012.

Pete and I decided not to do the retail frenzy and buy overpriced flowers and chocolates this year but rather to wait until life has settled down a little and we will go out for lunch or dinner with our boys.

Noah wasn't so sure about this so I decided to pull out my sweet treat bags and make some little gifts for him and his teachers. I searched and searched everywhere for the heart shaped lollies that have the little messages on them but could only find round ones that were similar. I'm convinced next time I go shopping I'll find the ones I was after as I don't need them now!

The toppers as so fast and easy to make. You just need three punches - the scallop circle, 1 3/8" circle and three heart punch. The scallop is punched in Real Red, the circle in Whispher White and the hearts are in Real Red and Melon Mambo. Simply the put together with snail adhesive. Being me I decided they needed a little something more so using me Signo Gel Pen I outlined the hearts and popped dots on the scallop edges.

The lollies were thankfully easy to put into the bags and the toppers were then attached with a mini glue dot.

Now for the card. Last year in the summer mini catalogue they released a stamp set called Love Defined which I simply loved and decided to use to make my cards again this year. I actually saw a card similar to this one which is where I got my inspiration but can't find it now to link to.

The base is Whisper White and using Pear Pizzazz I stamped the heart flowers for the background. To get a slightly lighter effect I inked my stamp and then stamped it once onto scrap paper before stamping it onto the card base. Using the same stamp I used the Pear Pizzazz, Real Red and Melon Mambo markers to colour individual parts of the stamp which I then stamped on more Whisper White cardstock. I used my scallop circle and 1 3/8" circle punches to punch out this image before sticking it together.

The next part was punching the edge of a piece of Whisper White cardstock using the Pinking Hearts border punch and adding some grosgrain ribbon to the top edge.

To put it altogether I cut and attached some Pear Pizazz dsp to the bottom of the card, added the bordered piece and then using mini glue dots attached the scalloped part. Last but not least was a bow made out of the same ribbon.

Simply and easy for a change!

I hope you had a lovely Valentines Day.

Enjoy - Julie

Stamp Set/s: Love Defined
Inks: Pear Pizzazz, Real Red, Melon Mambo
Cardstock and Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz (In Colour) DSP
Tools & Embellishments: Paper cutter, bone folder, snail adhesive, paper snips, mini glue dots, clear block D, scallop punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, pinking hearts punch, grosgrain ribbon, Signo gel pen, 1x8" sweet bags (available from me).

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Baby Oliver thank you mini accordion albums

We feel we have such a wonderful group of friends and family. Even though we don't get to see them often now that we are living in Newcastle, they were all thoughtful and lovely enough to help us celebrate the arrival of our beautiful Oliver by sending a card or gift.

It's been strange this time around being away from friends as I obviously didn't get to introduce Oliver to many people either in hospital or soon after his birth. Very big hugs and kisses to some very special people who were able to pop in to visit and to my other friends who were able to meet Oliver when they came to visit for Noah's 5th birthday. It certainly makes you realize who your true friends are when you move!

As we were so far away I wanted to make thank you cards that firstly were different from any I'd seen before and that I could use to showcase some photos of Oliver and Noah. I did a bit of googling and decided finally on mini accordion albums.

Thankfully I started this project back in October as there is no possible way I would have been able to get them made after Oliver arrived!

And here they are. This is the front of the album when it's tied closed with the ribbon.

To start with I cut a 12x12 sheet of cardstock into three even pieces (there was a little left over) and then folded and scored each in half and then half again making four even sized sections. This formed the inside part which eventually had the photos attached to it. Using a coordinating cardstock I measured and cut two larger pieces for the front and back covers. The inside papers were cut slightly smaller than the area they were to fit in to. All were attached using the snail adhesive.

The front covers were completed using a piece of patterned paper which again I cut slightly smaller than the area they were to fit on to. I then stamped the alphabet background from the I'm Here stamp set in Certainly Celery and the hand in Bashful Blue. All was done on Whispher White cardstock. The ribbon was the trickiest part and I did have to experiment several times to get it to work and close the way I wanted it to.

Finally after our beautiful boy arrived I was able to print out the photos which I did at home and then cut them to suitable sizes before adding them. I haven't shown you the back but in the middle two sections I again added patterned paper and this was the spot where I hand wrote each persons thank you. If you would like to see it just leave me a comment below and I'll upload a picture.

I just couldn't resist this last photo of my beautiful boy lying beside some of his thank yous before I tied all the ribbons.

Enjoy - Julie