Friday, January 31, 2014

Stampin' Up! Calendar Gifts 2014

Each year I like to give my Stampin' Up! customers a special gift, and this year (inspired from last year), it was a gift of a calendar and sticky note pad presented in an easel fashion.  This year I changed the design a little, so I could place a pen behind the calendar.

I love Tea for Two, and it is on the clearance rack, so if you like it let me know or go online to shop.
Tea for Two
Love Stampin' Up! Island Indigo...
DSP Gingham Garden

I love Tea for Two, and it is currently on the Stampin' Up! clearance rack.
Tea for Two

Hopefully these pictures will help you understand how it was constructed
The layout utilises a piece of card 12 x 6", scored at 1/2",  3 1/4"  and  6". 
Place sticky Strip along the length of the 1/2" score line closest to the end of the card.

Cut two pieces of Designer Series Paper 5 7/8" x 3 1/2" and 5 7/8" x 2 3/4" - the calendar mounts on the smaller section and the Sticky Notes on the larger piece as show above and below...

These are so easy to make and if you want more detail on how to, please let me know.
Happy crafting.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board - Gift bag

The Stampin' Up! envelope punch board is fantastic for making gift bags.  I love hand made gift bags and once again Sherenne showed a small group of us how to make this little bag...

This bag is made from a 12x12" piece of DSP and for details view the You tube video by UK demonstrator Sam Donald HERE... This is Sherenne's beautiful creation.

To make this bag is a little difficult to explain because you cannot score a full 12x12" piece of DSP and it is much easier to show you than explain with words.  This bag also involves punching and scoring at 1.5" along one edge, then 3" on the next, 1.5" and then 3" again.  This is not so difficult but then the page is flipped and the punching and scoring repeated to allow for the score lines to join.  To ensure you have orientated the page correctly watch the You tube video.

I made this one in a class the other day, and really enjoyed demonstrating and making this one. 
The butterfly was inspired by Colleen.  Hugs and kisses to you :-)

This is a great gift bag so watch the video, grab a 12x12" piece of DSP and make this little bag - you will be surprised how easy it is to make.

Happy crafting

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! "Santa's List" 5

Stampin' Up! have excelled with the release of "Santa's List" a wonderfully versatile image of Santa with two greetings.  Santa is stamped on Very Vanilla, matted with Early Expresso and then mounted on a bed of Cherry Cobbler, embossed with Poetry Print and Very Vanilla embossed with Perfect Polka Dots.  The two cards display the same layout but are embellished and finished very differently.

I coloured Santa very lightly with Real Red marker and he felt so Jolly that it seemed only appropriate I finish him off with the greeting from "No Peeking"...

I chose not to colour Santa this time and let the stamp's detail speak for itself...

Greeting Very Merry is from "Very Merry Tags" WM 130393 / CM 130402 and the Christmas is from the set "A Banner Christmas" WM130252 / CM 130255.  Both are punched out and raised on a Dimensional...I used twine to add a little interest to the presentation of the greeting...

So for now Santa is going to bed, but if you want to use him next Christmas, be sure to let me know before the end of the month of January 2014, as the catalogue he features in comes to an end.

Happy crafting

Friday, January 24, 2014

Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! "Santa's List" 4

The versatility of Stampin' Up! "Santa's List" continues with these layouts...a little bolder than the last post, but wow...  On these cards I incorporated Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper to back and highlight Santa.

I stamped Santa on Whisper White Card stock to demonstrate the effectiveness of colouring just by directional strokes of the marker (in this case Real Red).  To add a little bling to Santa I matted his image on Red Glimmer Paper...nice...
The greeting is from the set "A Banner Christmas"  WM 130252 / CM 130255
This card sees Santa's image matted with Gumball Green not only to pick up the Green in the DSP but I wanted to feature the 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon...
The Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon is simply looped and adhered in place using Sticky Strip...
The greeting is from the wonderful set "Joyous Celebrations"

A bit of distressing around the greeting to match the matting; the colours all tie together and ta da
If you don't have Santa's List and you are falling for him, please let me know so I can order this set in for you - only a couple of days left before the holiday catalogue comes to an end.

Happy crafting

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Christmas Card - Stampin' Up! "Santa's List" 3

Santa's List by Stampin' Up! is most definitely most favourite Christmas stamp this season and as you can see, today I went a little bit vintage.  I feel like I am looking through a key hole, watching Santa check his list...

On a Cherry Cobbler base card, I added the Very Vanilla background which has been embossed with the Pretty Print embossing folder 132175 and then sponged with Early Espresso. The Die cuts are from Apothecary Accents 127003 with Window Frames 129021 stacked on top.  Santa was stamped in Early Espresso, coloured on water colour paper and sponged over to age the picture.

The Greeting is from the set That's the Ticket WM 131946 / CM 128075
The layered ribbon is a highlight of Cherry Cobler 1" Stitched Edge Grosgrain Ribbon and 1 1/4" Burlap Ribbon which I cut down and frayed.  A little closer... 
A similar layout but in this case I stamped Santa in Soft Sued and did not colour him, but sponged over the project.  Instead of Burlap I used the beautiful Crochet Trim...
The greeting is from the versatile set of "A Banner Christmas" WM 130252 / CM 130255.
A little closer...wish I had time to powder emboss the greeting; the shine would have lifted the card nicely I think!...
Love that Crochet Trim...
Hope you are loving Stampin' Up! Santa's List as much as I do!

Happy crafting,

Monday, January 20, 2014

Stampin' Up! Envelope Punch Board - Gift Boxes

These cute little gift boxes were made on the Stampin' Up! punch board .  Pootles Papercraft was the inspiring site and You Tube video link used in this post.

These boxes measure 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" and are  1 1/2" in height
My dear friend Sherenne Poulton showed me this beautiful box and I just had to make some too

This is such an easy box to make, so grab your Envelope Punch Board and...
Score and punch at 2", and slide over to 4" score and punch. 
Repeat this on all 4 sides.
Round corners with other end of punch.
Fold all score lines.
On one side cut the fold lines as per You Tube video HERE
Add adhesive
and assemble the box

There are a couple of ideas for DSP and a cut down label for the front...

The bow as demonstrated on the video
A closer look at the layering of the label
The other box has a different method to close the top - a slit on opposite sides of the opposite flaps allows one to lock them together to obtain a very flat finish.

And this is Sherenne's beautiful box.

This such a great tool and I cannot explain how easy it is to use.  So if you don't already have one, please let me know so I can get one in for you.

Happy crafting ...

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Dressing up Stampin' Up! Kraft Gift Boxes

Stampin' Up! has these gorgeous Kraft gift boxes that measure 9x9x4.5cm.  These can be decorated as you please, stamping, sponging or covering with Designer Series Paper (DSP). 

Today I want to showcase a project I completed sometime ago, where I sponged White Craft Ink on the edges, dried it and then sponged over with Rich Razzleberry on the left and Marina Mist on the right.  

The Gift boxes were topped and coordinating ribbon wrapped around the circumference.  I sponged a paper doily and sat that on the inside of each box.  The ribbon was adhered with Stampin' Up! Sticky strip and glue dots used to fasted the buttons and bow.

The boxes were topped with flowers made by stamping Daydream Medallions on Whisper White card stock, lightly spraying them with water and then layering the flowers, largest to smallest and then scrunching them in my hand. 

The bundle was tied by a brad (above) or glue dots/sticky strip and a button and large rhinestone added as a centre piece.
Such a lovely idea if you want to give a gift of chocolates, jewellery or perhaps an ornament or small item of clothing.  These boxes are versatile and so much fun to dress up!
Happy crafting