Thursday, 27 November 2014

Nature's Peace

Hello again!

Today I'm sharing another Holiday card with you! Christmas is not creeping  up anymore, it is upon us!

For this card (a shaker card) I used the lovely Nature's Peace stamp set (135119 -clear). Although this project features my other hidden talent - cardstock stitching (LOL!) - yes that is as far as it goes, it is still a very quick and fun card to make!

I started by stamping the snowflake image from the same stamp set in Melon Mambo (126948) and some in Daffodil Delight (126944) ink . Then I used the tiny snowflake from the Endless Wishes Photopolymer stamp set (136829) to stamp some snowflakes with Old Olive (126953) and some with Bermuda Bay (131171) ink to fill the spaces in between. I stamped on  water colour paper (any brand will do) for some extra texture. Next I heat embossed the Peace on Earth image with  Pool Party Embossing Powder (129398) - I used VersaMark  ink (102283) with my embossing powder and I stamped on White Vellum Cardstock (106584). I placed about 15 or so sequins ( all colours, shapes and sizes) on top of my snowflake image ( in the middle of the snowflake stamped cardstock) and placed my vellum over this. To keep it all together, I used  strips of painters tape,and stitched it together. Be aware of where the stitching will go and where your strips of painters tape will go - you don't want to stitch over the tape! For my card base I used Naturals Ivory A4 cardstock ( I love this stuff!). I used rhinestones to add a bit of shine to my card.

There you have it! I think it turned out pretty well!

Mel xx

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Wondrous Wreath - Joy


This week my projects featured the lovely Wondrous Wreath Photopolymer stamp set (135047) as well as the coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies (135851). Remember if you bundle you save!

Products used for this card:
133674 Kraft Cardstock (Card base)
106578 Real Red A4 Cardstock (Layering)
135825 Under the Tree DSP (Dotted Layer)
106549 Whisper White A4 Cardstock 
127885 Champagne Glimmer Paper (Joy die, I cut 3 extra from scrap cardstock to layer for a thicker, more substantial finish)
100425 2 - Way Glue pen ( perfect for when you need a tiny bit of wiggle time - in this case to layer the Joy sentiment)
131180 Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad (first layer of leaves)
126953 Old Olive Classic Stampin' Pad (second layer of leaves)
126949 Real Red Classic Stampin' Pad (berries)
132141 Metallic Encore Ink Gold (stamped sentiment inside)
130911 Circles Collection Framelits (to cut window through top layers, I used the 4th circle from the centre)
135840 Real Red 3/8"  Satin Woven Ribbon (This ribbon is soooo beautiful and easy to work)!

I think I will be making a few more of these for my daughter's class! 

I hope you like it!

Mel xx

Friday, 7 November 2014

Under the tree - Precious little box

Hello again!

As promised my little box! I used the Gift Box Punch Board (135863) to make this adoring little box - inside I put a little votive candle (bought a pack of 12 from Big W recently).

To decorate the candle I used one of the snowflake stamps from the Many Merry Stars Photopolymer stamp set (138105). This stamp set is from the Merry & Bright Exstra Special Christmas flyer and all products from this flyer is only available as long as stock lasts!!! Hurry, you don't want to miss out! The snowflake image was stamped onto white tissue paper with Gold Metallic Encore ink (132141). I used one of the Circles Collection Framelits to die cut the image and then punched a tiny hole in the middle of the snowflake circle to fit easily over the candle wick and lastly used my Heat Tool to melt the tissue paper into the candle wax. I should mention that the little votive can get very hot, so be careful! Also keep in mind that this makes the candle only a decoration - not for burning! If you want the candle to be lit, leave these steps!

Next up the little box! This box is not only easy but also very fast to make, because of Stampin'Up!'s Gift Box Punch Board! To make my it possible to fit a loose lid over the box, I needed to make a few modifications to my Gift Punch Board Box. My box was made by following the instructions ( already printed on the Gift Box Punch Board - how fantastic is that!) for the smallest box.  I used a 6"x 6" (15cm x 15cm) piece of my DSP, this way you can get 4 similar size boxes from one piece of 12" x 12" DSP or Card stock! If you prefer a bigger box you follow the same steps as shown in my photos to form your box. It is really super easy! For the bottom of my box I used Stampin'Up!'fantastic NEW Kraft Cardstock (133674), perfect for 3D items and also for stamping and card making!

Follow these steps to form the bottom of the box:
This is what the box looks like when you follow normal instructions printed on the Gift Box Punch Board
Cut off all 4 the "pointy bits".

Cut to the first score line on all 4 sides by rotating the box once after each cut.

I also cut away on the diagonal lines, this makes the box look nice and tidy once adhered.

And last but not least, Sticky Strip (104294) of course! Adhere to form your box.

For the lid I used a 4"x 4" of Under the Tree DSP (135825) and scored at 1" (2.5 cm)on all 4 sides. I die cut a small star from the centre panel of the lid, using the Stars Framelits (133723). Keep the tiny star you cut from this. Cut the 4 tabs same as in the photo above, apply Sticky Strip and adhere.

To decorate the lid I used the smallest and second smallest star from the Star Framelits to die cut a frame from a Gold Foil Sheet (132622) and used this to frame the star on my lid.

Finally I used the 2 tiny stars to tie around my box with some Linen Thread (104199). Use a piercing tool to push a tiny hole through the stars - I used a needle to thread the linen through the stars.

I love the finished product! I hope you like it too!

Mel xx

Monday, 3 November 2014

Christmas Wishes

And so it begins... All things Christmas!

This is by far my favourite time of the year! I love shopping for gifts, I love wrapping them and I truly love making Christmas cards and tags to go with the gifts! In the coming weeks I will hopefully fill this page with something for everyone!

Today's card is super easy and ideal for mass production.

I started off with the lovely Under the Tree DSP (135825) as inspiration and from this card I used the Cherry Cobbler and Kraft paper. For the card base I used Cherry Cobbler A4 Cardstock (121681).

Next I heat embossed the biggest star from the Many Merry Stars Photopolymer stamp set (138105, p8, Merry 7 Bright Extra Special Christmas Catalogue) in Gold Embossing powder (109129) onto Garden Green A4 Cardstock (108605). I also die cut the star using the Stars Framelits Dies (133723).

Next I die cut a smaller star from Champagne Glimmer Paper (127885) and scored and folded it as pictured.

With the beautiful Cherry Cobbler Pattern not much more was needed - I heat embossed my greeting with Gold embossing powder (I used a stamp from the retired Joy to the World stamp set) but any medium sized greeting will work perfectly! I especially love the "Christmas Wishes"greeting from the Ornamental Pine stamp set (Wood 135104, Clear 135107, p 27, Holiday Catalogue).

I used the beautiful (understatement of the year!)  Satin Ribbon in Gold (134547) for a bow. 

A truly festive card in no time!

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Well over and out for now! In the next day or so a precious little gift box!

Mel xx

NS A very special thanks to the ladies for letting me photograph during class!