Archive for September, 2010


I like to make things in advance for Christmas and when I was on Julie Buhler’s website I came across a tutorial for a really sweet treat box.  I just had to make it and I thought I would use the new Jolly Holiday DSP.  For the treat boxes, I followed Julie’s instructions, but because I don’t have a Stampin Up cozzule I used the Fiskars Oval template to make the oval cut out on the dsp and the card stock.  I also decided to use the Scallop Trim border for the lid of the box and I made an acetate window with the Sizzix Oval die.  To finish off the Old Olive treat box I used the Contempo Christmas ornament and Old Olive ribbon.  For the Early Espresso box I made a Christmas Owl Elf, by making an Elf hat using the butterfly punch and dressing him in a combination of Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive.  The pom-pom on the hat is one of the eyes that was cut out from the Very Vanilla Owl that I punched.  I finished off the box with Early Espresso ribbon.


Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Paper: Old Olive, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler 
Accessories:  Fiskars Oval template, Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Acetate, Sizzix Ovals die.



Paper: Early Espresso, Jolly Holiday DSP
Accessories:   Fiskars Oval template, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Acetate, Sizzix Ovals die, Owl Punch, Butterfly Punch, Scallop Oval Punch 





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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week. For this sketch I decided to turn the sketch on its’ side.  I started with a base card made from Marina Mist cardstock.  I then cut a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock that I drew a border on using the Fiskars Frames template.  I cut the border out by hand and then stamped the cardstock with  Baja Breeze ink using the snowflakes stamp from the Stitched Snowman set.  Using a two-way glue pen I went over some of the snowflakes and then sprinkled with dazzling diamonds to add a little shimmer to some of the flakes.  I adhered the stamped cardstock to the base card.  I then trimmed a piece of Marina Mist cardstock that I punched with the Trim Scallop Border punch and adhered it to the top of the Very Vanilla cardstock.  Using the Snowflake die I cut out two snowflakes, one in Marina Mist and the other in Very Vanilla cardstock.  I used the two-way glue pen on the Very Vanilla snowflake and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.  I joined the two snowflakes together using a light blue brad and adhered the snowflakes to the base card with a foam pad.  I then stamped the sentiment from the Contempo Christmas stamp set on to a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and backed it with a piece of Marina Mist cardstock, which was punched with the Scallop Trim border.  To finish the card off I added a small Marina Mist snowflake that I sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds.

Stamps: Stitched Snowman, Contempo Christmas
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist
Ink:  Baja Breeze 
Accessories:   Snowflake Die, Blue Brad, Scallop Trim Border, Fiskars Frames template, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds.

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Just Add Ink #36

Just Add Ink has a new sketch challenge this week.  For this challenge I decided to make a Get Well card for my daughter Alexandra as she has a bit of a cold at the moment and she needs a little cheering.  I started with a base card made from Whisper White cardstock ,which I embossed the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I then cut a 2 inch strip of Jolly Holiday DSP which I adhered to the left hand side of the card.  For the ribbon I adhered some Early Espresso 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, in which I tied a flat bow.  I then punched out an Owl using Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso and Whisper White cardstock.  For the cross on the nurse’s hat I used the Double Rectangle punch.  I finished off the card with the Get Well sentiment from the Sincere Salutation stamp set. 


Stamps: Sincere Salutations
Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Jolly Holiday DSP
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy 
Accessories:   Owl Punch, Early Espresso 5/8″ Satin Ribbon, Double Rectangle Punch

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 Stampin’ Royalty have a new challenge this week and they are asking for Anything But a Card.  I have been meaning to start making some small Christmas gifts for friends and thought this was an opportune time to start making some desk calendars.  For the calendar I made, I decided to add some sliding pictures so that the recipient can change the theme of the calendar as the months pass.  When the panels are not in use they can go neatly into the small sliding drawer.  I have only highlighted three panels in the photos.  “To you from me” will be the initial panel that I will be using when giving the calendars, I used hearts for the month of February and flowers for Spring. 

Sorry the photos are not clearer.  I am not used to using my husband’s camera and its a bit of trial and error at the moment :(.  He took the camera that I normally use. 


Stamps: Best Yet
Paper: Elegant Soirée, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Scallop Trim border punch, Antique Brads, small calendar






 Stamps: Fifth Avenue
Paper: Elegant Soirée, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Scallop Trim border punch, Antique Brads, small calendar







Stamps: I {Heart} Hearts
Paper: Elegant Soirée, Very Vanilla, Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze
Accessories:  Victoria Embossing folder, Scallop Trim border punch, Antique Brads, small calendar






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I don’t usually combine my challenges, but this week I have combined the sketch from Clean and Simple  and the theme Challenge from Just Add Ink as I thought they went well together.  I started by creating a base card using the Sizzix bigz Scallop die.  I then cut out three circle using the Circle Scissor Plus.  One 10cm circle in Chocolate Chip cardstock and two 8 1/2 cm circles, one in Whisper White cardstock and the other in Blushing Bride cardstock.   With the Blushing Bride circle I trimmed a 1″ strip and punched the edges using the Scallop Trim border punch.  Using the ink colours Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand and Blushing Bride, I stamped one of the flowers from the 5th Avenue Floral all over the Whisper White circle.  I then adhered a strip of Whisper White to the Blushing Bride scallop trim.  I then stamped the ‘thinking of you’ from the Trendy Trees stamp set using Chocolate Chip ink.  I adhered the circles to the scallop card and finished off the card by attaching a Chocolate Chip flower that I has stamped and trimmed.

Stamps: Trendy Trees, Fifth Avenue Floral
Paper: Blushing Bride, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand
Accessories:  Large Scallop Circle die, Scallop Trim border punch,Circle Scissor Plus

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This week Stampin’ Royalty’s challenge  is a theme Challenge, and the theme is stitching madness.  For this challenge I made a base card using Cherry Cobbler cardstock that is 5″ x 5″.  Using the Sizzix Scallop Circle die, I cut out a large scallop circle using Whisper White cardstock.  I then used a paper piercer and paper piercing template , to pierce 5 holes in each scallop.  I used 2 threads of DMC floss 221 to embroider the pierced holes and in the centre of each stitched diamond, I stitched a silver bead.  Then with a piece of Old Olive cardstock, I cut out a series of leaves using the Sizzlits little leaves die.  I cut the leaves and layered them to form a wreath, which I adhered onto the scallop circle.  To finish off the wreath I placed 8 Cherry Cobbler flowers that had rhinestone in the centre around the wreath.  I adhered the scallop circle to the centre of the card and then added punched corners of Whisper White Cardstock to the 4 corners of the card.  I finished off the card by stamping the sentiment from the Contempo Christmas stampset and punching the sentiment out with the Scallop Oval Punch. I also added dazzling diamonds around the edge of scallop oval.  I adhered the sentiment to the card with foam pads.


Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Old Olive
Ink:  Bravo Burgundy
Accessories:  Large Scallop Circle die, Sizzlits Little Leaves, Scallop Trim border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Silver beads, Rhinestones, DMC floss, Needle, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Template, Dazzling Diamonds


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Clean and Simple have a new sketch this week. For this sketch I started with a base card made from Poppy Parade cardstock.  I then trimmed some pieces of Whisper White, Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz cardstock.  I embossed the Whisper White and Pear Pizzazz with the Snowflake embossing folder.  I then embossed the Poppy Parade strip with the Swiss Dot embossing folder.  I adhered the Whisper White and Poppy Parade embossed cardstock to the base card and stamped the Christmas Tree from the Contempo Christmas stamp set using Pear Pizzazz Ink on to a strip of Whisper White Cardstock.  I then adhered the two pear pizzazz strips to either side of the Christmas tree.  I finished off the tree by adhering small green glass beads and rhinestones.  The idea for the beads on the Christmas tree comes from Ros Davidson, who designed a Christmas card earlier in the week that I thought was stunning and I wanted to have ago at trying the beads myself.  I then stamped one of the sentiments from the Contempo Christmas set using Pear Pizzazz ink, on to one of the tags from the  Lots of Tags die.  I then used a glue pen to adhered some Dazzling Diamonds around the outer edge of the tag and attached the tag to the card with foam pads.  I finished off the card by punching some Pear Pizzazz snowflakes and randomly adhering them to the embossed snowflakes.  I am not sure how much of this card is simple, but it was fun to make.  I also hope that Ros does not mind that I used her idea for the beads as I thought it was a really great idea.  If you have time you should visit her sight as she has lots of other great ideas.


 Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Paper: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz
Accessories:  Embossing Folders Swiss Dot and Snowflake, Lots of Tags die, Scallop border punch, snowflake punch, green glass beads, Rhinestones

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