Thursday, June 21, 2012

Oliver's telescopic thank you cards

Well as per always, I can't do anything in a simple manner so as I embarked on Oliver's Christening thank you cards I quickly found something I'd never made before and had more layers than I first imagined! They're called telescopic cards as then fan out when you pull the ribbon embellishment at the top. Nonetheless, they're made, written on and will be posted later this week, and I couldn't be happier with them.

I've made them out of Ballet Blue, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla card stock.  The first two colours are retired stock but as I had three packs of each colour I decided I'd best start using it up.  You could easily substitute any colour range to coordinate with the final product you need.

The item that made this project quick once I decided on size were the Big Shot machine, large scallop circle Bigz die and the circle original dies (IB&C ps 1155-161). Without these it would simply take too long to make and the circles would never be the perfect shape or size. I did after all have 65 to make! In total you need one large scallop circle, five circles in four different sizes, the smaller scallop and then whatever embellishment you like at the very front. Here I attached some stickers I ordered online as they matched the stickers attached to the little thank you gifts I made to give out at the morning tea.

Once you've die cut all the circles it is a matter of layering them all and adding any papers, stamped images or embellishments you like. I put it altogether lay it out flat the way you want it to end up looking once it's telescoped out, then place the middle circle on top of the bottom scalloped one and using your paper piercing tool make a small hole and add a brad to secure it. Do the same with the smaller circle and then using a piece of ribbon or string and another brad make the top bit which will be the part pulled on to open the finished card. Oh I hope that makes sense!

The middle green circle is retired dsp called walk in the part (available for sale at my Facebook store - N-bellish Handmade) and I added a photo of Oliver onto this part. I then hand wrote each of my messages on the white circle before closing them up.  I'm super thrilled with how they turned out and hope that the recipients are as excited about them as I am.

Enjoy - Julie

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sympathy thoughts using Word Play and Pearls

I hate having to make cards that are in between sympathy and thinking of you.  One of my dear friends lost her little angel baby in utero last week and although she is handling it so well I wanted her to know that I am thinking about her. It's one of those times when just acknowledging what's happened is important, or I know it was when we lost Addison. I know that it can be tricky for people to know what to say but saying something rather than nothing I can assure you is better. There is nothing worse than not having your little person acknowledged.

Anyhow I wanted a card that was bright and cheery and it didn't seem right to use a sympathy sentiment. Looking through my many sets I came across this wording from the word play (IB&C p 104) set which I must admit hasn't seen much of the light of day.  It perfectly sums up what I'm thinking.  Heading over to see what was happening at one of my favourite challenge sites Just Add Ink I also discovered that this week it's all about pearls - PERFECT!  There are some amazing cards over there and they've also started scrap challenges so if you haven't yet checked them out use the link and head over.

Putting the card together was easy and I can't take credit for all of the design. The amazing Mary Fish did a similar card which I have changed a little to make it my own. The card stock is all from the brights range and is called Regal Rose. The card base made as normal and then I ran a smaller sheet of the same card stock through the Big Shot using the Vintage Wallpaper embossing die. This piece I attached a piece of crochet lace to before attaching it to the card base with the snail adhesive. 

The sentiment is stamped in the Regal Rose and on Very Vanilla card stock as I am finding the Whisper White a little to stark and bright at the moment. To add a little more effect the sentiment in attached to the little rectangle of cardstock with dimensionals and then added again with dimensionals. It just makes it a little more prominent I think.

To make sure I covered the pearls challenge for JAI I added tiny little pearls to the flowers on the embossed image and then three more on the sentiment. I love the colour of these pearls.  The flowers were an after thought but I think they make the card.

Enjoy - Julie

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Here's your reason to smile

Need a reason to smile? Stampin' Up!'s got it during June with a brand-new stamp set!

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1. Get it for FREE with a $125 purchase!*
2. Purchase it at the regular retail price-no additional purchase necessary!
Wood-Mount (130823) $35.95
Clear-Mount  (130828) $28.95

*Only one free set per customer

This is a limited release and is only available during the month of June, so don't miss out. To order all you have to do is send me an email and I can have it sent straight to you! 

Back to it!

Well it has certainly been manic around our house hold for a few weeks. We had Oliver's Christening last weekend in Canberra and it was a lovely occasion. So many wonderful family and friends attended to help us make it a monumental event and our little man was so well behaved (the big one was too of course).  So now I'm onto the thank you cards. Like always I'm way to over ambitious but alas they're looking soooo good so far. I'll hopefully post the photos of the finished project later this week.