Birthday

A jar of flowers

Sunday, October 30, 2016

This card is a lot fiddlier than it would appear, but I think the fiddle was worth it and I can't wait to make some more cards with this pretty stamp set.


Fiona's notes: I love the way this stamp set layers up so that the flowers get a good dimension from the darker top layer.  It does make producing one flower a three step process - stamp, stamp, diecut - but I do think it's worth it.  I just won't be making 20 of these for anyone in a hurry!

Stamps: Jar of Love, Itty Bitty Banners  Inks: Dapper Denim, Night of Navy, Pool Party  Papers: Whisper White thick  Accessories: Jar of Love framelits

CASED from: Doro Engel - thanks so much!


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Box

Wedding box to die for

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Isn't this just one of the most stunning boxes you've ever seen?  I cannot take credit for the design (that goes to the amazingly talented UK Demo Valerie Moody of whom I am totally in awe), just the making up of it.  I love it so much I think I am going to give one at every wedding I go to from here on in!


Fiona's notes: The instructions for this came from its designer and were marked private.  However, if you sign up for Val's newsletter you can request a copy of them.

Papers: Night of Navy, Whisper White  Accessories: Detailed Floral thinlets, Silver satin ribbon, Fast Fuse

CASED from: Valerie Moody - thank you, thank you!



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Birthday

Circles of birthday happiness

Monday, October 24, 2016

A good many of my friends have children and so I wanted to increase my stocks of suitable birthday cards.  I took this base design and, as you can see, ran with it.  I created a lot more but these were my favourites.





Fiona's notes:  The first card is different from the others.  I stamped the background with Versamark rather than using Designer Series Paper.  Don't you just love how versatile this design is?

Stamps: Love You Lots, Pretty Kitty, Bella and Friends, Confetti Celebration  Inks: Basic Black, Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, various for colouring in  Papers: Whisper White thick, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Pool Party, Garden Green, Sweet 'Lil Thing DSP, Farmers Market DSP  Accessories: Layering Circles framelits, aqua painters, stampin dimensionals



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Christmas

My 2016 Christmas Range

Friday, October 21, 2016

As you've seen, I've been full throttle on Christmas lately, and now I'm ready to launch my Christmas range of cards and boxes for sale.  I've even included some cute little wrapped sweets.


I have created a page (click here to see it, but you can also see it as a tab on my blog page) which has individual photos of each item, dimensions of the boxes, and cost of each.

I also have two little "stocking fillers" or gifts which are perfect for work colleagues, your children's teachers, or neighbours. 

These cuts little notepads which have a magnet on the back:

 

And these little Ferrero Rocher treat boxes:





Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Christmas

Cherry Cobbler Mouse

Sunday, October 16, 2016

I am in cuteness overdrive!  Can you tell I love, love, love these little Christmas mice?  Here's another for you, and I am sure there will be more to come!  What do you think?  What's your favourite stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Christmas range?  You can see them all here.


Fiona's Notes: I don't place a lot of things on angles on my cards, but this is now the third in a row that I've done that.  I think I should do it more often to mix things up.  The Rose Red background layer is lightly embossed with an old embossing folder I had called Linen from Papertrey Ink.  You could swap this for any kind of embossing folder that takes your fancy.

Stamps: Merry Mice  Inks: Basic Black, Kraft White, various for colouring  Papers: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Rose Red  Accessories: White embossing powder, stampin dimensionals, Aqua painters.

CASED from: Debbie - thank you so much!



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Christmas

Holly Jolly Very Vanilla

Friday, October 14, 2016

Two days ago I posted a similar card to this (see blog post here) and asked you to help me out in choosing which one to make in bulk for the cards I'll write in and send to my 90 Christmas card friends.  Let me know which you prefer by leaving me a comment and help me pick which one to do!


Fiona's notes: As I mentioned in the last post, the key to a good Christmas card design when you have lots to make, as I do, is to choose one that is easy to produce in bulk.  This card has a few layers, as you can see, which doesn't take too much time if you get your cutting right.  The only slightly time consuming aspect to this card is the stamped holy image which I did with marker pens straight onto the stamp to get the green leaves and red berries.  This is then punched out and stuck on top of the main stamp.  But I think it's worth it and brings a nice dimension to the design.

Stamps: Holly Jolly Layers  Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry  Papers: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, This is Christmas Specialty DSP  Accessories: Circle Layering thinlets, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin Write Markers



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Christmas

Holly Jolly Garden Green

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Decisions decisions!  I made two Christmas cards, same same but different, and I just cannot decide which one I like best and which to make to send to all my friends.  So help me out!  Let me know in the comments which you prefer.  Here's the first one.  I'll blog the second in three days so don't forget to check back in and leave me a message which you like best.


Fiona's notes: The key to a good Christmas card design when you have 90 people to write to, as I do, is to choose one that isn't taxing to produce in bulk.  This card has a few layers, as you can see, which doesn't take too much time if you get your cutting right.  The only slightly time consuming aspect to this card is the stamped holy image which I did with marker pens straight onto the stamp to get the green leaves and red berries.  This is then punched out and stuck on top of the main stamp.  But I think it's worth it and brings a nice dimension to the design.

Stamps: Holly Jolly Layers  Inks: Cherry Cobbler  Papers: Garden Green, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, This is Christmas Specialty DSP  Accessories: Circle Layering thinlets, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Stampin Write Markers



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Christmas

Christmas Joy

Saturday, October 08, 2016

I think joy is such a beautiful sentiment for Christmas wishes.  It's so appropriate to be filled with joy at all that Christmas means and signifies.  So I love that this stamp set makes it all about the joy!

I will be selling packs of these cards in my Christmas range this year.  Look out for a post in the coming weeks listing all the details.


Fiona's notes: This design is going to be really easy to produce in bulk when it comes time for my Christmas card production line.  Just stamp stamp stamp stamp, punch, stick stick stick and done!

Stamps: Joyful Nativity  Inks: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Basic Grey  Papers: Marina Mist, Whisper White  Accessories: rhinestones, stampin dimensionals



Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Engagement

Lots of Lovely Flowers

Wednesday, October 05, 2016

Flowers and white and sparkles sure do make up the perfect wedding recipe.  My card today has all three and I like it!


Fiona's notes: Each little flower is two of the flower punch from the Itty Bitty Punches stuck together before I used glue dots to stick them all in place in a heart shape.  Doesn't it come up well?

Stamps: Timeless Love  Inks: Basic Grey  Papers: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Silver foil  Accessories: Itty Bitty Punches, Rhinestones, glue dots, scoreboard

Inspired by: Linda Parker - thank you so much!


Thanks so much for stopping by today,
Fiona

Blog hop

World Card Making Day Blog Hop

Saturday, October 01, 2016


Today is World Card Making Day.  Who knew, right?  But I'm not complaining, I am all for spreading the card making love.  

My team are honouring the day with a special blog hop involving a whole host of both Australian and international demonstrators.  You can see their work by clicking the links at the end of this blog post.

My contribution is one of my Merry Mice inspired Christmas cards.  My friends are all complaining about the amount of Christmas products in the shops already, but I always start making my cards around this time of year because I have hundreds to send out and sell so if I don't knock some off before the start of November I have to stay up way too late every night making Christmas cards and the fun tends to wear off.



Fiona's notes: I can't believe I am about to say this, but...I chopped up my stamp!!!!  I've heard countless demonstrators do this but I have never had the courage to go through with, until this card.  I was sick of masking over the mice I didn't want to stamp (there are three little mice on this particular stamp) so I decided to cut them into individual stamps and, wow, I am SO glad I did! Makes stamping them so much quicker and easier.  Don't be afraid to do it!  Just make sure you are SURE before you go for the chop because once it's done, there's no going back.

For that bit of Christmas magic I inked up the little stars over the sentiment with my Wink of Stella Clear pen (it's so perfect for using on Christmas cards.)

Stamps: Merry Mice  Ink: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, various for colouring  Papers: Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White  Accessories: Wink of Stella clear

Blog hop line up:



Thanks so much for joining in the World Card Making Day fun with us,
Fiona