Monday, 31 December 2007

As promised....

Here are a couple of cards I made from one of the Sale-a-Brate stamp sets available to you over the months of January and February if you spend $100 on SU! Products.

This set is called 'Merci' and is so pretty and cute. This first card was another card where my creative juices just weren't flowing and I struggled with it but as is often the case I was happy with the final outcome.

I used watercolour paper to stamp the image on and then applied the Stampin' Write Markers directly to the paper. This is the only time you can do this as the watercolour paper allows you to work and blend the ink without already have soaked in. If you tried this on standard card stock it WOULD NOT work! You can still achieve the same water colour effect on standard card stock by using the watercolour pencil or crayons, you just need to be aware not to use too much water as the card will break down.

I used Barely Banana cared for the main body of the card, I have never used this colour before and I was not happy last night but than this morning I have looked at in in a different light and I love it!
I finally managed to work out how to get the cut curved corners made with a simple circle punch and they are all the same size and shape!

For those that would like my hot tip, here it is!

  1. Put the corner of the card into a corner of your grid paper and mark of 1cm on both sides of the corner (this distance you can alter depending on how big you want your curve)
  2. Repeat this on all four corners
  3. Turn your circle punch upside down (I used the 1 3/8" one, but using different sizes will give you a different depth to the curve) and place the corner of your card in to it.
  4. Adjust the card so that the 2 pencil lines you have made are touching the outside edge of the circle.
  5. Punch and then repeat on the remaining 3 corners!

Yes I know some of you are probably thinking "That is sooooo obvious" but it wasn't to me - until now....hehe...
The second card I made for my Auntie Pam who is ill in hospital over in the UK, this again is using the Merci set with the text coming from Sincere Salutations.

I randomly stamped the butterfly and flower on to Whisper White card stock pre-folded in to a card and then used the SU! Water colour pencils and the Aqua Painters to colour them in. I then stamped two more butterflies on some scrap card, coloured them in and cut them out. I then covered these in Crystal Effects which gives them a gloss like finish (you do need to let this dry for an hour or so before handling), it doesn't show up too much on the picture but it does in real life! As I couldn't be bothered to cut around the antennae I actually cut them off and with some thin gauge silver wire I made some more and stuck them on.

The final stage was to bend the wings up slightly on my two butterflies, apply a Stampin' Dimensional pad (cut in half and placed length ways) to the bodies of the butterflies. Of course I then placed these on top of two butterfly images on the card itself. I am really pleased with this card, it is very effective and very simple and very economic on card stock!

Busy busy busy!

Well over the last couple of days I have grabbed the odd moment here and there and managed to come up with a couple of new cards.

This first one is using a set from the new Summer mini catalogue (which is great by the way!), this set is called Mon Amie and as my step mother lives with my dad in France I thought what better set to use to make her birthday card this month! I hope she likes it but of course I have to get it in the post before she even has a chance of seeing it, and that is something that defies me more often than not!

It was a bit of an experiment, the central square was cased from the actual front copy of the catalogue! You can't see it so much here, but it is actually built up of layers which have been cut and decoupaged.

The next card is a new baby card for a friend of mine who had her baby in November! I have already seen the beautiful little girl and given a present but never found the time to make the card which is a rather poor show!!

I really suffered from creative block on this one, nothing seemed to be quite right and although I am not 100% happy with it, it has turned out a lot better than I envisaged it would half way through the project! So welcome to the world Lavanya (I think this is Indian for 'Grace')

The final card for this post is one I based on a card from the display board at the SU! Regional Seminar. It was so simple to make and I really like it.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Get ready to Sale-a-Brate!

Well 2008 is just around the corner and to celebrate Stampin' Up! is giving away freebies for TWO entire months, January and February!

For every $100 dollars spent on merchandise you can chose one of four beautiful stamp sets absolutely free! (lets face it, it is not hard to spend a $100 on SU! products!!)

This means, if you spend $200 you get two stamp sets, if you spend $300 you get three stamp sets etc... There is no maximum amount you can get, you could get more than one of your favourite set and give one away as a gift!

If you would like more details on this or you would like a brochure sent out, contact me

Otherwise come back here 1st January to see what you could get! In the mean time I shall see if I can whip up some cards made with some of these great sets to tempt you in to parting with your money!

and here they are...

As a special New Year gesture from myself I will also offer FREE postage on any orders made through this website for the month of January 2008!

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Simple Lidded Boxes

Merry Christmas to you all! I hope you had a great time and are still enjoying all the festivities!

We had a great time here, the children seemed very happy with their lot, I was totally exhausted as I suffered from a nasty sickness bug just before the weekend which knocked me out for two days and it took a lot of work and late nights to catch up!

Hobart is a fantastic place to be at this time of year, tomorrow we expect the first Sydney-Hobart yachts in so, we can see them come past our window which is very exciting. The whole of the harbour area comes to life and this excitement is closely followed by the Taste of Tasmania festival which has a fantastic atmosphere!

What with Christmas and illness I have not been able to devote much time to crafting, but today I allowed myself the luxury of a little play!

I have some of the Christmas double sided paper left over so I thought I would play about with that and create some boxes. A friend asked me if I would have any tutorials on here, as I haven't got any yet I thought this would be a perfect place to start.

How to make a Lidded Box

Lidded boxes are incredibly easy to make, you only need to have a very basic equipment list.

This is what you will need:

  • Card stock or design series paper
  • A bone folder
  • A ruler
  • A cutting system of some kind
  • Double sided tape
The actual principal of measuring is very simple. The first thing you need to decide on is what size box you want, it can be square or rectangular. Once you have decided on the dimensions of your box you need to do a simple sum to get the measurements
A square box

size of card/paper to cut to get base of box = width + (2 x depth)

For example, I am making a small square box with a base of 4cm x 4cm and a depth of 4cm, the size of card I have to cut is a 12cm square.

A rectangular box is slightly more complicated, but not a lot!

width + (2 x depth) = overall width of card to cut length + (2 x depth) = overall length of card to cut

You may want the lid of the box to be the same depth as the base or you may want it to be shorter. The width must stay the same as the base but the depth can vary but must be the same or smaller than that of the base.

size of card/paper to cut to get lid = width + (2 x depth) + 2mm

don't forget if you are making a rectangular box you need to work out the second equation too to get the length and add 2mm!

In my example the lid piece is a 12.2cm square.

Once you have done this, use a ruler and bone folder to score the depth distance around all four sides of the base card and the lid card, fold, flatten and open out again. In my case I have scored 4cm all the way round.

The next step is very simple, simply cut into the corners and remove a small triangle. The thing to remember here is to make sure the 'straight' cut is always on both sides of one section. If you look at the picture I have posted you will see what I mean.

You then apply glue or double sided tape to the 'angled' corner bit and simply assemble the base and the lid. If you use glue you may need to use paper clips to hold it in place until the glue dries. I find the snail adhesive is not really strong enough for this.

As the lid is the same depth as the base it can be quite tricky to get the lid off so on opposite sides using a circle punch I have cut out a semi-circle so the box is easier to open.

I have also made a second box to the same dimensions, except this time I made it so the lid is not as deep as the box, the dimensions I cut for this was an 8.2cm square.

4cm width + (2x 2cm depth) + 2mm = 8.2cm

This box is easy to open as it stands but you can see I added a ribbon loop, more for aesthetics than anything else.

Double sided DSP is fantastic for this as the inside of the box is patterned as well. You can use these basic equations to make boxes for special cards you have made, it really is very simple and makes such a statement.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Teachers pets....

I cannot believe it has been so long since my last post. Life is totally hectic at the moment as it always is at this time of the year, made worse by the fact that my husband has been away for12 days and is away for another 9! I am playing catch up ALL the time and not feeling as if any one job is ever complete.

I have to admit to having felt quite virtuous on Thursday though as I managed to catch up on all the washing, all the ironing, tidy the older boys' bedrooms amongst a few other little, but significant jobs. Of course it is now Saturday and I am already behind again!

I have been making my Christmas cards and even got most of them sent, I only made 40 this year as I really didn't have the time or energy to make more and of those I still have a few left to send. I won't post what I made as it will ruin the surprise for some people!!!

I have also been busy making the boys' teachers a present. I decided to make a card wallet for each of them, which contains 6 co-ordinating cards in them, 2 each of three designs. They can use these to send to friends and family throughout the year.

One I made totally nautical as this teacher sails, I do have the Stampin' Up! Set Sail set but I didn't use these, I used some other stamps I had which suited the theme I was looking for a little more.

For the other teacher I chose a much more feminine look, using the Certain Celery and Rose Red combination accented on same cards with More Mustard and Very Vanilla as the neutral. The stamp set I chose to use was Natural Beauty - oh I do like that set!

This first picture is of the closed wallet, it is A5 size.

The second picture is of the wallet open, I used a 12 x 12 sheet in Certain Celery for the main wallet.

The next three pictures are the three designs I used, I changed the text on the other set and two remain blank. You may recognise 2 of the designs from previous cards I have made, one is a complete copy and the other is a copy but with a different colour scheme. I used the Spritzer tool on the Very Vanilla one, just to give it a subtle confetti look. it is the first time I have used it on a card and I really liked the effect. I am not sure if you will see it on here.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Summer Mini Catalogue is now out!

Don't forget to check out Stampin' Up!'s new mini catalgue. it is jammed packed with some must have stamp sets!

If you would like your own catalgue then please contact me and I will endeavour to send you one (Australian addresses only).

Don't forget if you would like to order anything then please contact me, I can take payment by direct bank transfer, PayPal, Card Payments (via Paypal) ot cheques.