Wednesday, 24 August 2016

One Sheet Wonder Christmas Special - Holly Berry Happiness

Finally after many years of going to do it, I did it! Yep I finally got around to making up a bunch of One Sheet Wonder cards and to make them even more awesome, I used all new goodies from the upcoming Holiday Catalogue too.

As you can see I actually ended up making 8 cards and I do still have a few scraps of paper left over. It's really amazing what you can do with one sheet of 12"x12" DSP and a few sheets of cardstock.

I used a piece of DSP from the new Christmas paper called Candy Cane Lane and paired that up with the stamps from our new set called Holly Berry Happiness. The colours in the paper are Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso and Whisper White. I also incorporated red and gold glimmer cardstock and a few of the new twines and embellishments from the Holiday catalogue.

Ok so I'm warning you in advance that this is about to get pretty picture heavy and your wishlist is about to grow!!

Phew and there we have them. I don't actually think I can pick a favorite because every time I finished a pair, they then become my best ones.

I pretty much kept the basic layout of each pair of cards the same and just changed them up by using the reverse side of the DSP and swapping between Real Red, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso cardstock.

Here is a copy of my one sheet wonder instruction sheet. Sorry it's a little rough, but I just wote it up as I made them. Hopefully you get the idea!!

I thought you might like a closer looks at a some of the cute little trinkets and twine we have in the new catalogue.

On this card you can see our little bell trinket. This is from Christmas Trinkets and the set comes with two other designs, a gingerbread man and a holly leaf. You get 8 of each, 24 in total.
It's a bit hard to see in this photo, but I have also added a touch of red metallic thread to my doily. The thread comes in both red and green and is just as beautiful as our other metallic threads.

On this next card I have used some of new, red foil and white bakers twine and then attached a few little jingly bells to the end. You can just see the bells in the top right corner above the holly branch. I was so excited to see the bells in the catty, as I think they are such a beautiful finishing touch. They come in silver and matte red and there are 60 in a pot. Oh, yes they do tinkle!!

I'm absolutely over the moon to have finally got my first One Sheet Wonder under my belt and I'm pretty sure I'll be having another go at it again very soon. I'm also super excited that I now have 8 more Christmas cards to put in my "To Go" pile and I love the sentiment in this new stamp set. All my family lives overseas, so I was thrilled to see an 'Across the Miles' sentiment this year. I'm pretty sure it's going to get a lot of mileage!!

Happy Crafting,

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Sunday, 21 August 2016

Can You Case It #134 Theme Challenge

Welcome to Sunday and another challenge from the fantastic designers at CYCI. This week we have a theme challenge and it's all about your pets.
When I came to sit down and make this card, I had a bit of trouble as it turns out I have no animal stamps at all... unless you class the dinosaurs!! But I used a little bit of out the box thinking and this is what I came up with.
It's a pretty simple card this week, but it's actually heading over to my neighbour who recently lost his dog, of 14years, Sammy. It's like losing one of the family and the kids are also pretty upset by it all. I just wanted them to know we are thinking of them.

Now the punch art paw print isn't something new, but I have always had it in the back of my mind to try it out and thought this this weeks challenge was perfect timing.

I used the sweetheart punch for the main paw print and then four little 3/4" circle punches for each pad. The background is a wash of Emerald Envy on some Shimmery white.

So now it's over to you guys. Hop over to the blog and check out the DT's inspirational designs and then take a little craft time to take part yourself. We always love to see what you come us with!!

Happy Crafting,

Friday, 19 August 2016

TGIF Theme Challenge #69 - Thoughtful Branches Teacher Thank You

Hooray for the weekend and hooray for a turn to warmer weather!! I just love Friday's and I love them even more when the weather is warm and sunny. It reminds me that Winter is almost over and Summer is just around the corner!!

And another hooray for being my week for designing over at TGIF and this week we have a theme challenge which I really enjoyed.
Now usually I would have thought, OMG what do I do for this, but my daughter just so happened to came home with her NAPLAN results (an exam that all year 3's and 5's do in Australia) and her results were absolutely fantastic. We were all so worried for her and it turns out we really didn't need to. Her school and especially her teacher are absolutely amazing and so caring and dedicated that I decided to send her teacher a Thank You card and of course, tie it in with our challenge today:

Isn't it a fab idea for a card!! I'm just loving the Thoughtful Branches Bundle and find it so versatile. I first saw the idea of turning the top half of the tree into a fruit when Kim Jolley from Stampin Artfully made her's into a pumpkin. I just thought that it was an amazing idea, but knew I would never need a pumpkin however it would be a perfect idea for an apple.

I used the tree trunk from Thoughtful Branches to make a stem (I just cut it down a little) and of course stamped a couple of leaves.

The blackboard effect was made by wiping our embossing buddy all over some Basic Black cardstock and I used a white gel pen for the outline. It's hard to see in the photo, but I also stamped our Hardwood background stamp onto the Kraft card base, just to give it more texture and make it feel like blackboard.

I'm so thrilled with how well this card came out that I have decided to make another one for my son's teacher too. I'm a big sender of Thank You cards and I think it's always nice to let people know that they are appreciated!!

I hope you guys get time to join in with us this week and make sure you pop over to the blog and check out what the other gorgeous DT's have come up with!!

Happy Crafting,

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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Only 2 weeks left!!

Wow, are you guys loving the new Thoughtful Branches bundle?? I've been busy making cards for this months class with this set and it really is fantastic. Pinterest and Google have so many cards to CASE that you really wont have any problems coming up with inspiration!!

And talking about inspiration, here is my card:
Out of all the gorgeous framelits in this set, I really loved the intricate leaf die. It's such a beautiful shape and I knew it would look fantastic in our new copper foil (which is coming up in the Holiday Catalogue).

I decided to pair the copper with Sweet Sugarplum and Crumb Cake. Those colours together are simply gorgeous and I was excited to use yet another new product from the Holiday Catalogue and that was the new Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon.

Now you might be wondering where it is on my card... well do you see all those little
strands sticking out behind the sentiment?? That is the glitter ribbon! I cut through the middle of the ribbon lengthwise and the ribbon separated into individual strands. I then just round them around  my finger and secured them together with a glue dot.

Well, I better get back to my class prep!! The Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue will be available to order from on the 1st Sept. If you would like to get your own copy in advance and don't already have a demonstrator, click HERE and send me email with your name and address and I'll pop one in the mail to you.

Happy Crafting,

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