Thursday, September 29, 2011

I Love Tiny

I love Tiny - and tiny tags with the Mocha Morning DSP really hit the spot.

A lot of houses have a colour theme for their Christmas decorations - mine are gold, bronze, pearl and a touch of lime green, and whilst I have come to really like the Letters to Santa DSP, I love the metallic gold look of the Mocha Morning DSP.

This set of 4 tiny cards and 4 tags where made with Early Espresso and Very Vanilla cardstock, Mocha Morning DSP, Tags til Christmas Stamp Set, Seam Binding and the new Stocking Punch (look out for more details of this great new punch in October).

The tags are all made from Early Espresso cardstock cut at 4 x 3" and scored at 2". A Very Vanilla mat and the Mocha Morning DSP.

I used the Decorative Label Punch, the Stocking Punch and the Ornament Punch. The cute little bows are made with the new Seam Binding.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Simply Soft Set in new In Colours

I loved the Simply Soft Hostess set when I saw it in the new catalogue and the great thing about the new Hostess Benefits, is that you get to choose what you want to put your free dollars towards. You can choose one or more of the great Hostess sets (which are such great value) or anything else from the catalogue.

I used a Crumb Cake base card and stamped the outline image and sponged the edged in Whisper White Craft Ink.

For the image I stamped the outline in Staz On onto Whisper White cardstock, and then stamped the petals in Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Pool Party. The stems are just coloured in with an Old Olive marker.

I added some of the new In Colour ruffled ribbon.

The images were mounted onto Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral or Pool Party and added to the card base with dimensionals.

The box is made in a similar style to the cards and use some magnetic tape to close it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Morning Mocha CASE

I came across this gorgeous card by Tessa Wise using the Flirtatious DSP (see here) and loved the simplicity of it.

I decided to create a similar one using the Morning Mocha DSP. I have also used some Soft Suede and Crumb Cake Patterned DSP to complement it. The tiny scallop border is made with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

To create the 'flower', I punched squares from the DSP and rounded the corners on opposite sides. The top layer is popped up on dimensionals and the edges curled with my bone folder. I added a black button with the Linen Thread for the centre.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

I have been starting to get my Christmas Card Classes ready, and now that we have the new catalogue, I have lots of new goodies to play with.

I have seen these cards in a number of places, but I originally got the idea from Angie from Chic n Scratch (see here), and knew that I wanted to use the idea for some Christmas cards.

This set uses the new Letters from Santa DSP and the new Tags Til Christmas Stamp Set. I have used a 3 7/8" x 7 3/4" card (scored at 3 7/8") in Whisper White on top of the Early Espresso Scallop Square. The DSP is cut at 3 3/4" x 3 3/4".

I added some Old Olive Satin Ribbon or the wonderful new Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (love this stuff).

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

A New Baby Gift

I needed a quick card and packaging for a friend who had just had a baby girl. I was inspired by Michelle Last (see her blog post here) I have had the Every Little Bit Stamp Set for a while, so it was good to finally get it out for a bit of a play.

I used a Crumb Cake base card and embossed it with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder. Then simply added the image mounted onto a scallop square punched from Pretty in Pink with a Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon Bow and a Neutrals button. I also added the same image on the inside of the card and mounted some Whisper White onto some Pretty in Pink cardstock.

The package was wrapped in some kraft wrapping paper and I used some of the retired Nursery Suite Specialty DSP and a Pretty in Pink bow and matching Every Little Bit image from the card.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A new toy - Lace Ribbon Border

Recently I went away for a Stamp Camp with some lovely and talented fellow stampers - for us stampers this is heaven.

We all make a Shoe Box Swap for others to create - essentially cut everything for everyone to make one and put everything you need in a shoe box - voila. This one was mine.

I stuck some DSP (this was the retired Newsprint DSP) onto a Black Mat and ran it through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder for some texture. This was added to the front of a Very Vanilla base card.

I used the new Lace Ribbon Border punch to make the cool lace strip and topped it off with a Fancy Flower punched from Melon Mambo, a 5-Petal Flower punched from some more of the DSP and a 1/2" circle in black.


Monday, September 5, 2011

A Fathers Day Gift

My Dad is now 84 and unfortunately age has been starting to catch up with him. We are not sure if it is Alzheimers or Dementia but either way it's hard to see your dad change in the way this type of illness does. But one thing is for sure my dad is very easy to buy for at Father's Day, there are three things I get for him each year - Razors, Darrell Lea Licorice and Chocolate Ginger and he loves it.

Sunday was Father's Day in Australia so I collected my usual goodies but as I always do I left the packaging to the last minute - I love that putting together a co-ordinating package is so easy with Stampin' Up!

For the bag I grabbed a plain Kraft bag, added a strip of Always Artichoke which had an Early Espresso mat and stamped the leaf from the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set in Versamark - simple.

I used the gorgeous tree from the same stamp set and coloured it with inks and a blender pen for the card, which was a similar design as the bag. The sentiment was simply the Modern Label punch in Early Espresso and the Word punch in Very Vanilla with the sentiment from the Teeny Tiny Sentiments Stamp Set, topped off with some Metallic Brads.

I bought some Newmans Chocolate Ginger by weight so I used a Medium Cello Bag to put them in, 'topped' off with a Top Note Die stamped again with the leaf in Versamark.

I added the same sentiment as the card but I used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp it in 3 layers to fit the 1 1/4" circle punch which I had stamped with the same leaf stamp. I then layered it onto an Always Artichoke 1 3/8" circle and a scallop circle punched from Early Espresso. I made 2 of these and used the other one on the bag.

Familiarity is good for someone like my Dad so these gifts fit the bill perfectly and he couldn't wait to dig into his chocolates.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

New Catalogue Day

Well today is the day that the new 2011/2012 Idea Book & Catalogue by Stampin' Up! is available to customers - YEAH. I love this time of year and getting to pour over a new catalogue. There are some exiting new products available including stamps, dies and papers.

This is a gift set I made for one of my BFF's. She was turning the big "4 0". I had bought her a special Pandora charm so of course needed a gift bag to put it in. I used the new Beau Chateau DSP (which is beautiful) to make this gift bag and card set.

The bag was made with a kraft paper lunch bag (not SU) with a back (with flap) and front from Soft Suede Cardstock - you just need to cut to fit your bag size with a 1/8" overlap. I used a Very Vanilla mat and then used this beautiful Marina Mist DSP from the Beau Chateau DSP pack.

The flower on the front is made from a new die called Fun Flowers (this is going to be a favorite of mine) and the Five Petal Flower punch. I added a Very Vanilla button to the middle of the flower and attached it to the front flap by tying it on with Linen Thread.

The card is made in a similar fashion to the bag. I have added a border on the inside and outside using the new Lace Ribbon Border punch.

To create the 40 in the frame, I used another new product Designer Frames Embossing Folders in Very Vanilla cardstock and then adding more of the DSP to the centre.

All of the edges are lightly sponged in Soft Suede.