Baptism Curvy Keepsake Boxes

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Two friends of mine are transitional deacons in the Catholic Church (this means they are one step before priesthood and have the ability to perform Baptisms, amongst other liturgical actions) and they
asked me to design and make boxes for them to take home to their sisters in the Philippines.  Both women have recently given birth (one to a girl and the other had a boy) and wanted little boxes to give to guests attending their babies' baptisms.  I was really honoured to have been asked for such a special commission.  Here's what I created for them. 

And here is a picture of the 50 pink boxes laid flat, ready for the journey over to the Philippines.  

Fiona's notes:
  • To save time, I die cut two sides at a time and embossed the sides three at a time.  With 150 sides to make that really helped cut down on the time it took to make them all.
  • The little cross is something I printed on the computer and then coloured with my Stampin Write Markers
Stamps: Something to Say  Inks: Blushing Bride, Strawberry Slush, Pink Pirouette, Sky Blue, Coastal Cabana, Marina Mist  Papers: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Coastal Cabana  Accessories: Curvy Keepsake Thinlets, Petite Petals Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon, Pink Pirouette Seam Binding Ribbon, Rhinestones, Multipurpose liquid glue.

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Chevron Banner Baby

Sunday, July 26, 2015

 I am so excited to have found a blog challenge which speaks to me: Clean and Simple!  It's my design brief every time.  So a very big thanks to Addicted to CAS.  Here's my entry for the code word "chevron."  

Fiona's notes: The three banners give just enough detail to this CAS card while keeping the over all theme of clean and simple.

Stamps: Zoo Babies Inks: Whisper White Craft  Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White thick, Crisp Cantalope, Lullaby DSP

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Inspiration from: Jennifer Frost - thanks so much!

Thank you

Three Cheerful Feathers

Thursday, July 23, 2015

It's good to have a thank you card on hand that can be pumped out in bulk.  I really love the simplicity of this card.  In saying that, it still took me quite a while to die cut each feather individually.  I didn't mind though, I was with another craft friend and we just chatted away while we both worked on our projects.

Fiona's notes: You can see that the Sahara Sand was a bit inky when I stamped it, but I think it adds to the feather effect.  Sometimes perfection isn't a good thing!

Stamps: Four Feathers, Good Greetings Inks: Sahara Sand, Soft Sky Paper: Whisper White Accessories: Linen thread, Stampin Dimensionals, Feathers Framelit dies
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Inspiration from: Stefanie Pletscher. Thanks so much! 



Get Better Soon Tissue Box

Sunday, July 19, 2015

It's that time of year when coughs and colds seem to affect most people.  I wanted to make something to cheer my friends up a little bit while they weren't feeling so great.  These cute boxes hold a pocket packets of tissues.

Fiona's notes: This is the tutorial I used for making my box, it's very easy, I pumped out a whole stack of them which got snapped up before I had a chance to take photos of them all to show you.

Paper: Colour Me Autumn DSP, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, Marina Mist  Accessories:  Envelope Punch Board, Owl Punch, Snail Tape, Multipurpose glue, chocolate chip ribbon

Inspiration from: Sarah Poulton.  Thanks so much!


Zoo Babies Birthday

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Zoo babies, aren't they just the most adorable stamp set?  I love how they resemble patterned paper in this card.  I will get a lot of mileage out of this design sending it to the young children of all my friends.


Fiona's notes
  • I cute the little banner pieces by hand.  Remember my golden rule: do the best with what you have to hand!
  • I taped up my stamp from the Itty Bitty Banners set after I inked it to ensure I only stamped the words and dots.  Works a treat.

Stamps: Zoo Babies, Itty Bitty Banners, Kinda Eclectic, Be the Star  Papers: Smoky Slate, Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Whisper White  Inks: Marina Mist, Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate  Accessories: Neutrals buttons, Crushed Curry twine, Honeycomb embossing folder, Paper snips

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Inspiration from: Amy Koenders - thanks so much!

Just because

Loving Life

Friday, July 10, 2015

Sometimes we all need a little encouragement to remember to "love life" don't we?  I am on uni holidays just now and so I've made a pact with myself to make sure every day of the holidays contains something that makes me "love life"!  Today it was having the heater on all day (it's winter in Melbourne!).  Indulgent I know but the fact that I am able to do so made me "love life."  So many people don't have that luxury and I really do know how fortunate I am.  What has been your "love life" moment for today?

Fiona's notes:
  • To stamp an image multiple times so that the first stamped imaged doesn't get stamped over by  subsequent stamping, stamp the image onto a postit note and fussy cut it out, then stick this down over the first image.  Then when you stamp the second it stamps everywhere except the area over the first image.  Perfect!
  • To balance up the card I made a border along the bottom with my ruler and black marker pen finished off with a candy dot.
Stamps: A Happy Thing  Inks: Memento black  Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black  Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, Brights Candy Dots

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Inspiration from: Deb Valder.  Thanks so much!


Thinking of you square

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

I love the pansy punch and coordinating stamp set so much that I'm bringing you another card featuring them today.   And don't they just go perfectly with the Petite Petals?

Fiona's notes:

  • Who says flowers have to be bright colours all the time?  The tones I've used here make this card fitting for a number of occasions that you might want to tell someone that you are thinking of them. 
  • The background leaves were stamped off first to create a softer effect.  They were too dark and overpowering when stamped straight after inking and I wanted the star of the show to be the flowers not the leaves.
Stamps: Flower Shop, Petite Petals, Kinda Eclectic  Inks: Baked Brown Sugar  Papers: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip  Accessories: Pansy Punch, Petite Petals Punch, Neutrals Candy Dots, Stampin Dimensionals

Inspiration from: Becky - thanks so much!


Birthday Wreath

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A pretty card for a pretty lady!  This card makes me think of how much girls love flowers in their hair, and which one of us hasn't at some point in our lives, wanted to wear a wreath of them on our heads?

Fiona's Notes: The extra little flower at the bottom left doesn't detract from the main focus of the card but rather gives it a boost.
Stamps: Petite Petals, Something to Say  Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette  Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White  Accessories: Petite Petals Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Cherry Cobbler Stampin' Write marker, rhinestones.

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