Christmas

Christmas Curvy Keepsake Boxes

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

A little bit exhausted from my mammoth effort with Christmas cards I took a break from cards and shifted to making little Christmas boxes using the oh so much fun Curvy Keepsake die.

I am filling them with chocolates and giving them as gifts to my friends and neighbours.  They are so addictive to make.  People had warned me that this would be the case but I didn't quite understand the addictiveness until I started making them for myself!  

I've picked out just two to show you here.


 

For this one I die cut Night of Navy, stamped the smallest snowflake from the Endless Wishes set onto the longer sides using Versamark.  On the two "inner sides," as I call them, I cut and stuck on DSP from Santa & Co paper pack. 


The die set comes with three different shaped tags.  Onto the same DSP I stamped a sentiment also from the Endless Wishes set in Night of Navy and Versamark ink over the top to make it glisten a little.  It's tied on with Whisper White Baker's Twine.



The second one uses the reindeer patterned paper from the same DSP pack.  I coupled it here with Hello Honey cardstock onto which I stamped some stars in Versamark.  I tied it up with some spare ribbon I had lying around the house.

For those of you who celebrate Christmas, I hope it is full of merriment and as much chocolate as these little boxes!


Christmas

Triple Reindeer

Monday, December 22, 2014

The last of my Christmas cards are this series of three reindeers.   I've already told you how much I love Dasher and here he is again.  Although this stamp set is sadly retired you might be lucky enough to pick one up on eBay or a swap site.  

 Today I've used him in three different colours with coordinating cardstock and Designer Series Paper.

First up is Dasher in Baked Brown Sugar with matching DSP.  I stamped the sentiment from the For the Birds set in Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green.  Using my Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped over the images in Versamark and clear embossed both the reindeer and the sentiment.  To finish off I coloured up some mini rhinestones on the antlers using my marker pens.


Cherry Cobbler and matching DSP.

Night of Navy and matching DSP.

Don't forget, all the links in my blog are straight to my shop to make it easy for you to make a list of what you need to buy for these.  If you ever have any questions, drop me a line at anytime through my Contact Me page. 

Thanks so much for stopping in today!


Christmas

Christmas Greetings Bauble

Saturday, December 20, 2014

I write about 100 cards to send to family and friends each Christmas and so I try and come up with three designs each year to mix things up a little bit.  This is design #2.



Although you might think grey isn't the best pick for Christmas I like it here to allow the Christmas colours to stand out.  I combined Garden Green and Whisper White card stocks with 


I tied off the bauble with Whisper White baker's twine, popped the ornament up with stampin' dimensionals, and finished it off with a rhinestone.  The sentiment is from the Endless Wishes stamp set and the bauble is from the Contempo Christmas set. Although this last set is now retired, you could use one of the baubles from the Cheerful Christmas set which is still current and would look just as good.

With special thanks to Debby for the design inspiration.



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Thanks so much for visiting today!




Christmas

Nordic Noel Snowflakes

Thursday, December 18, 2014

My lovely "upline" (the person I signed up to Stampin' Up! under) gave me some pretty paper packs when I promoted to a new level a few months ago.  I've used a (albeit small!) strip of some of on my next Christmas card.  So this card is dedicated to you, Kate!  Thanks for your wonderful inspiration, encouragement, support, and cheer!

 

I know we don't get snow in Australia at Christmas and I tend to draw the line at designs with snowmen, but I do love the gentleness of snowflakes and feel them still rather fitting for the occasion.  So here I've used the Endless Wishes stamp set inked up with Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, and Night of Navy.  I layered the Nordic Noel DSP onto a strip of Smoky Slate cardstock and finished the card with some rhinestonesSimple, elegant, Christmas fun!

Big thanks to Dara for the design idea.

Thanks so much for popping past today.  I hope all your Christmas projects are coming along nicely!



Christmas

Kraft Reindeer

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

This Reindeer stamp was my introduction to Stampin' Up! so it is very dear to my heart (no pun intended!).  As soon as I saw him feature on Christmas cards when I was looking through images for inspiration I just had to have him.  Sadly he's retired now, but I think he will be a feature of my Christmas cards for a few years to come.

 

I used Cherry Cobbler cardstock and inkKraft cardstock onto which I stamped an Inkadoo stamp in Versamark; Very Vanilla cardstock; rhinestones coloured with my Daffodil Delight marker; and finally, some Baker's twine.

Have you heard about Stampin' Up!'s Sale-a-bration?  It's the MOST fun time of the year with LOTS of freebies.  I can send you a free catalogue if you'd like to check out all the new items that will be on offer and a special catalogue just for the freebies.  Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/-6p35.


Thanks so much for visiting today!



Christmas

Christmas cards in bulk

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I have been a very busy little crafter this year making 250 Christmas cards to sell to my family and friends.  I wanted designs that were easy to mass produce and decided on these two.

Both sets use the Endless Wishes stamp set, isn't it just gorgeous?

For this first design I've stamped in Stawberry Slush, Soft Sky, and Lost Lagoon.  


 This second design was stamped with Lost Lagoon again, as well as Night of Navy, and Smoky Slate.

The rhinestones give the obligatory Christmas "bling" and the coordinating envelopes give a touch of Christmas cheer to all the postal workers!

Big thanks to Kim and Dawn for their inspiring designs.

Thanks for stopping by.




Birthday

Crazy Crafter's December Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

Sunday, December 07, 2014


Welcome to the December Crazy Crafters' Blog Hop showcasing Designer Series Paper.  My card this month was also used in a card kit giveaway via my Facebook page.  If you haven't "liked" it yet, head on over and click like now.  I can help you keep up to date with the lastest from Stampin' Up! and you can see my new cards as and when I blog them.  


Easy, quick and snazzy!  Don't you just love cards like that?
 The layered cardstock of Crisp Cantaloupe and Whisper White are adhered to the 


The flags are punched from the In color 2013-2015 Background DSP using the Petite Pennants Builder Punch then popped up with stampin dimensionals.  In between the flags I've stuck a pearl and on either end are ribbons tied with Basic Grey ribbon (now retired sadly) and adhered with glue dots


To finish off I stamped the sentiment in Crisp Cantaloupe using a sentiment from the Good Greetings hostess set and layered matching DSP onto the envelope.


I also made the same card with a more elegant or masculine colour set.  (Sorry about the dark photo, my camera didn't want to play ball with my lighting that day.)  This is more similar to Maureen's card which I've cased this week.  Thanks Maureen!

Here I have used:  Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White cardstocks, the same pearl, Basic Black Taffeta ribbon, and black memento ink

Enjoy "hopping" through the rest of the blog hop.  The girls (and I!) love comments so leave as each a wee note as you go through the blogs.




Thanks so much for stopping by!


Friendship

Miss You Birdie

Friday, November 28, 2014

Every now and then I make a card that just steals my heart.  I absolutely adore this "missing you" card.  I almost wish I had more people to send one to so that I could make more!  A friend of mine is leaving town soon and I am going to miss him terribly, so making this cheered me up.


 

This card is easy to make but I will give you step by step instructions with dimensions so that you can just get your supplies together and go for it!

1) Use an A5 piece of Smoky Slate card stock, scored in half.

2) Cut a piece of  Basic Black card stock 1cm smaller (13.8x9.5 cm), a piece of Whisper White card stock at 4.5x13.1 cm, and a piece of Pistachio Pudding Background Design Series Paper also at 4.5x13.1 cm.

3) Stick the two small strips together on the back before sticking them onto the black cardstock to make sure they are the same height and to make sure are stuck down with an even border onto the backing.

4) Cut a piece of ribbon (I have used Basic Grey Grosgrain Stitched which is retired now.  You might like to use this Silver ribbon instead.) and put a little bit of glue or tape onto the back at intervals just to keep it in place when you stick it down over the join of the two small strips which are already stuck onto the black cardstock.  Tuck the ends over the back and stick in place with glue or tape.  Stick onto the Smokey Slate cardstock.

5) Cut another piece of Whisper White cardstock at 5x9 cm and stamp it with the miss you stamp from the For the Birds set.  At the same time, stamp the image onto the Pistachio Pudding Background DSP.

6) "Fussy cut" (that means cut by hand - I LOVE my paper snips for this kind of work, they are so sharp and make cutting a breeze) the mail box out and stick straight on top of the image you already stamped on the Whisper White.

7) Colour the little bird in with a Pistachio Pudding marker.

6) Next stick that whole piece down onto the uncut Basic Black cardstock and then cut around it.  It's fiddly to get it placed evenly if you have already cut your backing piece so when I only want a very thin border this is how I do it.

7) Stick that down onto your project, slightly towards the bottom (as you can see in the photo).

8) Finally, make a small bow to adhere to the ribbon at the top of the stamped up piece of card.  I attached mine with a glue dot.


I know that was a very detailed step by step, but I love the card so much, I wanted you to be able to CASE it as best as possible.  Big shout out and thanks to Joan for the inspiration in the first place. 

You might prefer to use a different colour set.  I'd love to see your own creations.  Refer back to this post in your blog if you do and leave me a comment or send me an email so that I can take a look.

Happy crafting!




Crazy Crafters' Melbourne Workshop

Thursday, November 20, 2014

One of the best things about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is the wonderful group that I am a part of through my "upline" (the demonstrator I signed up with), the Crazy Crafters.  

They are from all over Australia and last weekend a few of the Melbourne ones met up for a workshop day which was so much fun.  Here's a couple of others with me, totally ensconced in colouring in for Take home #2!



We made five projects and I tried different techniques as well as products that I have never used before.  I took snaps of the three projects I got to take home.

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Take home 1:  The background and the butterflies are all stamped here in Blackberry Bliss.  They are "stamped off" which means that they are stamped over and again without reinking creating the lightening of the colour the more you stamp.  So rather than needing four or five inks to make this card, I only used one.


Take home 2: Would you believe that the background on this is black and white Design Series Paper?  I coloured it in with Blendability pens.  Such a great idea!  This way you can make the DSP to match the colours of your project.  So versatile.



Take home 3: I've never used a die that constructs boxes or anything so I was excited to use the Hamburger Box Die for the first time.  Here it has been decorated with a flower die that I stuck together after ink sponging the edges.  This was so much fun to make!




I love the support and the fun that the group gives.  I learnt so much and was able to give some of my own tips to other crafters.  Being a demonstrator is about so much more than the 20% discount it gives you off product! 

If you'd like to be part of the Crazy Crafters team send me email to ask me how fionalouisebradley@hotmail.com or if you're all set to go you can click here to join up now!

Thanks for stopping by!


Baptism

Cross on Floral

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Just a quick post for you today because I have been very consumed with my university studies this week being the last of the semester.   (Have I told you I'm a student?  Yep, I sure am!  I returned to university four years ago and it's been a hard slog but a wonderful one.  I'll tell you some more about it in time, I'm sure, becuase I still have another year to go before I graduate.  Card making has been one thing which has kept me sane during this time.  Thank goodness for creative outlets that are so much fun!)



Today I have highlighted patterned paper which isn't something I use a lot of.  I wanted to make a card that I could have on hand for a number of occasions, baptism, praying for you, etc. etc.


The cross is from Papertrey Ink's Everyday Blessing set and I stamped it in SU Blackberry Bliss before restamping with Versmark and clear embossing to make is shine against the patterned paper background.  I hand cut it out and popped it up on some stampin dimensionals.  After laying the paper on some Blackberry Bliss cardstock I finished it off with a thin ribbon.

Blessings to all those uni and school students sitting exams this week.


Engagement

Congratulation hearts

Thursday, November 06, 2014

From time to time I get requests for cards for occasions I haven't got around to designing for.  Recently a friend asked for an engagement card for his sister and I was so excited to be able to set about designing this card just for him.  I get the most enjoyment out of card making when I have the recipient in mind (or in this case, the client).  It means I can think of them while I cut and stamp and I feel the card turns out better with that little pinch of love!




This a 5.5" x 5.5" card made from Whisper White card stock.  The three hearts are stamped from a random stamp I have in my box in Cherry Cobbler and then hand cut out.  I LOVE my paper snips for this kind of work, they are so sharp and allow for quick and intricate cutting out.
They are then popped up using Stampin Dimensionals


 

I punched out the two smaller hearts from Cherry Cobbler card stock using the heart punch in the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack and added rhinestones for sparkle.  These are stuck straight onto the card.


  And finally (well actually I did this first...always do your stamping first up) the congratulations stamp in Cherry Cobbler from the A Word For You set (sadly retired).  Now for this I only inked up half of the stamp because I just wanted "Congratuations."  It's hard to see in the photo but it is actually embossed with Versamark and clear embossing powder just to make it contrast better.  I finished it off with a tiny rhinestone for that final touch of bling.

Thanks so much for stopping by today,


Thank you

Crazy Crafters' November Blog Hop - Favourite Stamp Set

Sunday, November 02, 2014



Sets of matching cards make such a lovely gift, don't you think?  Here's a bunch I've made using my current "favourite" stamp set and coordinating punch from Stampin' Up! 


They are super easy and great to do in a production line.  Just cut all your cardstock, stamp and punch all your images, then get to sticking them all together.  I did it in front of the TV for a lazy night at home and loved it.  

You can choose any colour combination you like, or just make them all the same colour.  Here I have chosen the 2013-2015 In Color Collection.

TIP: Lightly roll the punched out flower around a pen to curve it slightly before popping on a 
stampin dimensional.
 

I love this stamp on the envelope so I made matching ones to go with the cards. Big thanks to  
Schell Fabian for the design.  I've made a note of all the materials I used below. 

Click on the big button blow to take you to the next awesome blog in the hop for more
"favourite stamp set" fun!


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