Wednesday, June 30, 2010

All In One Box

When I saw this tutorial I had to make one of these boxes (or two, or three or.... you get the idea LOL).  After making a 'few' of them I decided I would try and make them to custome sizes and my cunning plan worked!  This gorgeous pink box is 7cm square and takes a full sheet of A4 Cardstock.

I just LOVE how this turned out and I am not inclined to use very girly shades of pink, I think I need to play more with them because this is just so darn sweet.

In case you haven't seen one of these open, here is another photo, they are not your average box!  You get access to the inside from the top of the box, very clever but a real pain to try and photograph!

I then decided I wanted to be able to get two out of a sheet of Designer Paper and this one came along, it is a cute 2 inches square.

Now here is a shot of them together.

I can see me making a lot more of these as Hostess Gifts and Door Prizes as well as for gift wrapping small presents, these will make something little so much more special and they are FUN to make. 

Pink Box
  • Stamps: Vintage Vogue
  • Cardstock: Regal Rose A4, Regal Rose DP
  • Ink: Regal Rose

  • Accessories: Pretty in Pink Tafetta Ribbon (Sponged with Regal Rose Ink), Scallop Border Punch, Half Pearl from Pretties Kit,
Blue Box
  • Stamps: None
  • Cardstock: Urban Garden DP, Not Quite Navy
  • Ink: None

  • Accessories: Kiwi Kiss /Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon, Button Bouquet Designer Buttons, Scallop Border Punch

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Deals of the week - Week 4

Here are the deals for the final ‘Deals of the week’ promotion that Stampin’ Up! has had running, what a fantastic opportunity this has been to get some great items at awesome prices. This week is no exception with Sparkly Brads and Ribbon featuring.

These deals run from 23 June to 30 June. As in the past I would appreciate it if you could get your order and payment to me by midday on Tuesday the 29th so I can make sure that your order is in in time.

• Page 149, Square Ice Brads (109113) were $23.50 now $14.10

• Page 149, Circle Ice Brads (109111) were $23.50 now $14.10

• Page 149, Square Fire (109112) were $23.50 now $14.10

You don’t just get a couple of brads in these packs you get an awesome 80 Sparkly Rhinestone Brads in 4 colours and 3 sizes for the circles and 4 colours in 2 sizes for the squares, enough to bling up a whole lot of projects.

• Page 150, Bashful Blue 1” Ribbon (111848) was $23.50 now $12.93

• Page 151 Certainly Celery 5/8” Ribbon (109050) was $17.95 now $10.77

The Bashful Blue ribbon comes in a 9.1m roll and the Certainly Celery in a 10.9m roll. If you don’t think you can use that much consider splitting the rolls with a friend and getting some of each.

To take advantage of these specials e-mail me at or call me on (06) 368 4332.

Have a great day

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Another Waistcoat

I couldn't help myself, I had to make another waistcoat card, this time I used the Fabulous Very Vintage Wheel for my waistcoat.  Scroll down for the tutorial, it is in the next post :-)

Actually, this is pretty much a limited supplies card given the small number of materials I used but it has real impact, don't you just love it when that happens.

Stamps: Very Vintage Wheel
Card: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Sponge, Black Stampin' Write Marker, Dimensionals, Cropodile

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Waistcoat Card Tutorial

To make the waistcoat card you first need to print the template on a piece of A4 cardstock as shown and cut out each of the elements - please note that the full waistcoat front is a single unit, do not cut on the line that shows the overlap.  This is designed to exactly fit a piece of A5 cardstock folded in half (this is the colour of the shirt) if you do not use A5 cardstock the measurements are 5 13/16" x8 1/4"
With this in mind, cut out each of the elements.

The template in PDF form is here, ensure that you have scaling set to none and that the printer is printing in landscape mode.  Do not use the image below for printing, it is just a picture of what you will get.

This is what you should have when you have cut all the elements out:

On the shirt template there is a + between the collar pieces, using a piercing tool pierce the centre.  Fold your piece of A5 Cardstock in half (this is your shirt), place the shirt template on the front of the card and secure with clips, carefully cut away the top of the card using the template as a guide, using a pencil through the hole mark the centre point on the collar.

Open up and trim the collar off the back of the card.

Fold the top points of the collar down to the pencil mark and score the fold, the shirt should now look like this:

Next you need to trace the complete waistcoat, the hexagon and the tie bottom onto your chosen Designer Papers, sponge all the edges in a co-ordinating ink and add pen stitching using a Stampin' Write Marker, you should end up with this:

Now take the half waistcoat template and use it to draw in the overlap and as a mask to sponge some colour onto the overlap, add pen stitching.

Using the template from the mat pack and the 1/8" holes work out the placement for your buttons and use the template to draw the button circles onto the waistcoat, it should now look like this:

Using a Cropodile punch 3 3/8" circles from co-ordinating cardstock adhere over the circles you have drawn and add buttonholes using a Stampin' Write marker, it should now look like this:

Now it is time to assemble the card.  Place a Stampin' Dimentional on the back of the hexagon and adhere under the collar just covering the pencil mark you made earlier on the shirt, add the body of the tie, sliding it under the hexagon and centering it down the front of the card.  Adhere the waistcoat body over the top of the tie.

To finish off place a dimentional on each half of the collar and fold over the tie, you should now have something that looks like this:

I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial, believe it or not it has taken me all weekend to put it together! 

This tutorial is my gift to you as a fellow cardmaker, however, if you teach classes or sell your cards using this please consider using the tip jar on the template page to help motivate me to write more.  I will even e-mail you a PDF file of this tutorial if you do :-)

Have a great day

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Fun With Vintage Vogue

I have just received the new Vintge Vogue stamp set and I am loving it, this is the first card I have made but it definitly won't be the last!

Stamps: Vintage Vogue
Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Soft Suede, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Sizzlits Lots of Tags, Manhattan Flower Embossing Folder, Soft Suede Ribbon, Stampin' Dimentionals

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Deals of the Week - Week 3

This week we have stamps sets up to 50% off!

  • Page 34, A Happy Heart was $49.95 now $24.98
  • Page 57, Greetings Eight was $58.95 now $29.48
  • Page 78, Bella's Bloom was $28.95 now $17.37
  • Page 97, Enjoy Every Moment, was $62.95 now $31.48
  • Page 105, All Scallops was $66.95 now $33.48
So if any of these sets are on your Wish List now is the time to get them. 

Please call me on (06) 368 4332 or e-mail me at .  The order needs to be placed on Tuesday the 22nd of June so please get your order and payment to me by midday to ensure that you don't miss out on this weeks great special.

Have a great day

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Deals Of The Week #2

Woohoo, it's time for Deals Of The Week again - this week Stampin' Up! has given us a great deal on Designer Paper, so if you were hesitating to use your paper for envelopes etc stock up now because at this price there is no excuse for not using it.  They can all be found on pages 132 and 133 of the Main Idea Book and Catalogue.

  • Haiku Designer Series Paper - was $19.95 now $11.97
  • Pink Flamingo Designer Series Paper - was $19.95 now $12.97
  • Tea Party Designer Series Paper - was $19.95 now $11.97
  • Raspberry Tart Designer Series Paper - was $19.95 now $12.97
  • Sweet Slumber Speciality Designer Series Paper - was $27.95 now $18.17
The Sweet Slumber Designer Series Paper is not your ordinary paper, it is the weight of Card Stock and is textured, so if you have been wanting to try it now is the time.  Great for making boxes and other 3D items that need the strength of cardstock.

If you would like to order any of the above please feel free to call me on (06) 368 4332 or e-mail me at as with last week I will be placing an order for these next Tuesday the 15th of June, so I will need your order and payment by lunchtime.

Have a great day

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Stampin' Up! Specials Week 1

Every Wednesday in June Stampin' Up! is going to release a special that goes through to the following Tuesday. I will have no idea what is coming until the Wednesday so I will be posting the specials on Wednesdays for the following week.

This week they are offering 30% off the following punches:

• 112081 - Scallop Square Punch

• 109183 - Trio Flower Punch

• 110711 - Boho Blossoms Punch

• 114889 - Scallop Oval Punch

The regular price for these punches is $35.95, but until next Tuesday they are only $23.37!

The Boho Blossoms punch works perfectly with the group of three flowers in the One Of A Kind stamp set on page 95 ($41.95) of the main catalogue, the images all line up so all you have to do is stamp and punch to get great looking punched flowers.

Although the Scallop Oval punch doesn’t appear in the main catalogue it works brilliantly with the Large Oval Punch (punch 11 on page 152), the scalloped edge peeks out from behind the Large oval punch forming a lovely frame. I use it a lot by stamping words then punching them out using the Large Oval Punch them matting them on the Scallop Oval.

If you would like to take advantage of this special feel free to e-mail me at . I will need to have your order and payment by midday on Tuesday the 8th of June to give me time to process the order before it disappears and a new special takes its place.
Have a great day


Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Inspired by Nature AND Michelle Zindorf

I have finally managed a reasonable brayered card.  I am so inspired by Michelle Zindorf and her brayered cards - what I wouldn't give to go to one of her classes!  If you haven't seen Michelle's awesome cards check them out here.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Card: Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy and Basic Black
Ink: Black Staz On, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Accessories: Two Step Bird Punch, Word Window Punch

Monday, April 12, 2010

Rosebud Tutorial

As promised, here is the tutorial for making the rosebud using the Two Step Bird Punch from the latest mini catalogue:

Step 1 - Cut a strip of green cardstock (old Olive used here) about 3 cm (1 1/4") wide, this will save your cardstock and make rotating the 'hole' possible.

Step 2 - Insert the strip of cardstock from the right hand side of the punch and punch as shown above - you need the hole the end of the tail leaves.

Step 3 - Turn the cardstock over and insert fron the left hand side of the punch with the 'tail hole' in the window for the wing as shown above.

Step 4 - Punch a wing only from red cardstock (Real Red used here) and adhere the green wing with the hole in it over the red wing to form the calex of the rose.

Step 5 - Punch a leaf from the green strip and  adhere just the top leaf over the rose as shown above - et voila, you have a rosebud.

To see the rosebud used on a card go to this post.

I hope you enjoy making your rosebuds and as always, comments motivate me to write tutorials :-)

Have a great day

Pun Fun

Oh no - I left Asian Artistry at my downlines house, I will be picking it up today but in the meantime I had borrowed Pun Fun from her so decided to use that to create a card today, since I had red and black out and don't intend putting them away until I have had some more fun with my new favourite set I added a bit of Pumpkin Pie and here's the result.

Stamps: Pun Fun
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Black Staz On, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and Baja Breeze
Accessories: Water Pen, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Asian Artistry Again

WooHoo - two posts in one day!  I can't seem to stop playing with this set.  I used the 1 3/8" circle punch to make the pot and I love the look with this stamp. 

I can see me using the Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel on a lot of projects too.

Stamps: Asian Artistry, Very Vintage Jumbo Wheel
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Kraft
Ink: Old Olive Marker, Real Red Marker, Basic Brown  and Black Staz On Pads
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, 1 38" Circle Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds

Asian Artistry

I have been playing with the new Level 2 hostess set Asian Artistry, I love everything about this set!  I think the dragonfly is the most beautiful dragonfly stamp I have ever seen, and take it from me I own a lot of dragonfly stamps LOL.  I have added Dazzling diamonds to the wings but they don't really show up in the photo.

Stamps: Asian Artistry (Level 2 Hostess set)
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Basic Brown
Card: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Dazzling Diamonds, Stampin Dimentionals, Water Pen

Friday, March 26, 2010

Two Step Bird Punch

I LOVE the new two step bird punch - I created the rose using it as well.  It is so versatile and easy to use I am really liking the way it works with the Top Note Die and one of the new designer papers on this card.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Another New Toy

I love the new Manhattan Flower embossing folder, it is just so elegant.  I have coloured it on the reverse side with my Pastels and the look is so soft and beautiful.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Guy Card At Last!

I finally made a guy card, I got my inspiration from the web but I am proud to say the design is all mine.

I used some of the new designer paper and card that will be available on the first of April.  The shirt is Certainly Celery and the buttons are punched using the large side of my cropodile.  I am going to have some fun with this, black and white formal is next on my list.

Have a great day :-)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Wedding Anniversary and Sneak Peak

Hi everyone, I know, long time no post :-)  Life has been incredibly busy but I am hoping to get more posting done as things settle down in my life.

Today is a very special day, my husband and I are celebrating our 26th Wedding Anniversary - Oh my gosh where does the time go?  Yesterday I received my pre order for the new mini catalogue that goes live on the first of April so I had to play, this card gives you a sneak peak at some of the great stuff coming our way.

I have used Bravo Burgundy (our bridesmaids wore burgundy), Whisper White, Basic Black and a tiny shot of Real Red card stock, I love the way it has turned out and hope Trevor enjoys it too.  I am taking him out to dinner tonight to celebrate, he gave me a gorgeous pair of gold heart studs this morning, what a fabulous day!

Stay tuned - I promise you will hear from me again shortly :-)