Sunday, 30 December 2012

Mums Christmas Card

Hi there, I'm back with another post - and it's my first one using my new iPad! Hopefully this will work ok...
Here is a photo of my Mums Christmas card. As those of you who know my Mum will be fully aware of, she is a bit of a fan of glitter - and has been known to sprinkle it in her hair during classes when she thought I wasn't looking!!!




I used Garden Green card stock to make an A5 card blank and cut strips of Garden Green DSP, adhering them down the centre.
The tree image and the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Lodge stamp set were stamped onto Whisper White card with Garden Green ink. Then I cut into some Silver Glimmer Paper (I know, I actually cut into it!) and ran it through the big shot with the Oval Accent Bigz die and the Apothecary Accents Frameilts dies.
The stamped images were adhered using Dimensionals and voila, a really quick card guaranteed Mum would love 'cos there's some glitter involved!
Well, if I don't get a chance to post on here before Tuesday, I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year!
Jan x
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Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas Wreath

Hi everyone!!  I really hope you had a lovely Christmas.  I have been trying to update my blog, but have had some 'technical issues'.

Anyway, enough of that, Santa was very good to me this year and I got lots of goodies to play with - plus some money so I can buy some of the brand new products Stampin' Up! will let us buy from the Spring Summer Catalogue next week.  As demonstrators we get to see the new catalogues (and buy some of them) before customers see them - it'll be like Christmas all over again when they are delivered!

Anyway here is a wreath I've been itching to make for ages but I couldn't get a base the size I wanted.


But thanks to Andrea at Home Farm Crafts, she sorted the base out for me, thanks Andrea!!!  Its really simple to make and took about 7 12x12" sheets of First Edition Designer Series Paper - I want to be able to see it all year round so didn't make it Christmassy.

Hope to be back soon with some photos of more projects (technology permitting...).

Jan
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Sunday, 23 December 2012

Christmas Card

Hi there.  Hope you are ready for the Big Man coming on Tuesday? I cant wait..

Here is a quick post to show you some cards I made using the Glimmer Paper and the Holiday Ornaments Framelits.

The card blank is Real Red and I trimmed a Very Vanilla mat of card to fit slightly smaller than the card front.  I used the Festive Paper Piercing Pack to pierce tiny holes around where the bauble was going to be.

I cut out a bauble in Real Red Glimmer Paper, punched a scalloped circle from Champagne Glimmer Paper and mounted this to the centre of the bauble.  I made a bow from Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon and used glimmer brads to secure it at the top of the bauble.

The Sentiment is from a lovely set called Christmas Lodge and was stamped onto the Very Vanilla card in Real Red ink.  I attached the Very Vanilla card mat onto the Real Read card blank then added a thin strip of Champagne Glimmer Paper close to one edge.

The bauble was mounted on Dimentionals to the area pierced with the bauble shape and to finish off I stamped the round image from the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set, punched it out using the 1" circle punch and added it to the centre of the scalloped circle in the centre of the bauble.

Well, I do hope you have a super Christmas.

Bye for now

Jan
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Friday, 14 December 2012

Swaps from Team Training

Hi there!
As promised, here are some photos of the swaps I made for our team training last Sunday.

Here is the same card, but using different colours.
I am so proud I managed to use some of my Designer Series Papers too - I normally just sit and stroke it - but I managed to die cut the flowers using my new Folded Flowers Bigz XL die.  There are actually four different sizes of flowers on the die, but the largest one was too big to fit on the 4" square card!

To make the card blank I cut the card to 4" x 12" and scored at 4" and 8" using my Simply Scored Board.  Then I put the Diagonal Board on top of the simply scored board and scored diagonally from the top corner down to the first 4" scoreline and then at the 8" mark, down to the bottom point of the 12" card blank.

Here is a photo of the card with the ribbon undone.
And another looking directly from the top of the card.
If you would like me to give you some more instructions, please let me know by leaving a comment.

The Designer Series Paper I used is called Twitterpated and it is definately one of my favourates. 

Have you worked out how I made the centre of the flowers?  They are bottle tops that I flattened by running through the Big Shot and then I pressed them into some Versamark and sprinkled white embossing powder on top.  The bottle tops were then heated using a heat tool which melts the embossing powder and is a great way of changing the colour of any embellishment (metal, card or even chipboard) and the finish is lovely and shiny. 

The stamped image inside the center of the bottle top is stamped using one of the flower images from the Mixed Bunch stamp set and then punched out with a 1" circle punch.

Have you got any plans for the weekend?  I have to do all my christmas shopping and put the tree and trimmings up so it will be a busy one for me.

Hope you have a great weekend
Jan

Sunday, 9 December 2012

I'm Still Here, Honest!

I know, I have been very quiet on here again, haven't I?  But I have been busy crafting and with work - honest!

The trouble is all the items I have been making have been for people who access my blog, so I darnt post things until I know the cards have definitely been received.

Last weekend I found a big pack of nice papers and die cut toppers, I have no idea where they came from but I decided to get them used up, thinking that as all the papers and toppers matched I would have some quick cards ready in not time.  How wrong could I be?  It took HOURS to make a few cards as none of the ribbons and accessories I have in my non Stampin' Up! stash matched in colour or looked 'right'.  In the end I threw everything in a big box - no doubt I will find them next year and try again, but what a total waste of time and energy!!!

Anyway, I did have some success with using up some of the Card Candy I made for Convention in Germany.  Here are three of the cards I made to cheer myself up after wasting so much time with the 'kit' last weekend.

 
Quite simple designs for all three but after using up so much energy it was nice not to have to think too much.
 
Here's another one using the card candy
 
Here is a photo of the packaged Card Candy so you can see the general idea.



Basically, the idea is to make a number of toppers and package them similarly to how you would see in a shop.  Here is a link to the original post, with a list of the items I used.

OK, I'm off to chill out now as its been another busy weekend.  I will post photos of the swaps from our team training in a day or two, I promise!!!

Jan
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