Thursday, 14 November 2013

Inspiration comes from the Strangest of Places - Get Well Soon

Something a little different today. This card isn't a Christmas card and I haven't used my Envelope Punch Board. I know, it's a shock lol

This is actually one of the cards my ladies having been making at class this month. We decided that we would make three cards that you don't always use (thankfully). One is a Sympathy, one is for a Wedding and the other is the card I'm sharing today which is a Get Well card.

These cards are the ones that might sit in your card box for ages, but when you need it, you need it straight away.

Gorgeous isn't it. I just LOVE these colours together. The actual card design is a case from a card that I've had booked mark for quite a while now. It's by the very lovely Sandy Mathis and you can see her gorgeous card right HERE!!. Sandy actually used different stamps and different colours, but the design and theme are the same. Why change such a gorgeous original I say!!

But the inspiration for the colour combo comes from a completely different place. In fact, it came from the most boring chore in the world. Bringing in the washing. Yep, i was taking a pair of Miss N's undies off the line and they where these exact same colours. I thought, wow, what a great combination, I wonder if I could turn it into a card... Honestly it's amazing where the the inspiration finds us sometimes.

Have fun,

Stamps: Flowering Flourishes, Papillon Potpourri and Delightful Dozen
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum, Early Espresso and Stazon Black
Cardstock: Bermuda Bay, Perfect Plum, Early Espresso and Whisper White
Other: Window Sheets, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Artisan Label Punch, Hexagon EF, Rhinestones and Sponge Daubers.

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Homemade Christmas Crackers or Bonbons.... depends on where you are!!

So today's post is another brilliant idea using the Envelope Punch Board, God I love that thing!! These Crackers were a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from a pin I found on Pinterest. The clever crafter is Dianne from Art of Craft and you can find her original video tutorial HERE.

So over here in Australia we call these little guys Bonbons where in the UK, where I grow up, we called them Crackers. Either way, I always thought they where the best part of Christmas dinner. Oh and don't forget everyone has to wear the silly hat and laugh at the humorous joke!!

Well after making this little guy, I had it sitting on my desk when my very lovely Norwex Consultant popped by with my latest order. Now if you don't know what Norwex is, you really should pop over to Sheree's page and check it out. Best Micro fibre cloths ever. Honestly makes cleaning a breeze... Anyway, she saw the cracker and asked if I would be able to make her a dozen for her Norwex Christmas party?

So a few hours after she had gone, this is what I came up with. These are the red and green ones:

And these are the Blue ones:

They really didn't take long to make at all, especially with the help of the Envelope Punch Board. It really is such a versatile little thing. I also managed to use up lots of my retired paper and ribbon as well which is always handy. Means I've made room for new goodies lol.

Now if there is anything that you see that you would like to buy, please pop on over to my store. You can find the Shop Now button in the top left hand corner!!

Have Fun,


Stamps: Oh Goodie
Ink: Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
Cardstock: Very Vanilla Whisper White, Champagne and Silver Glimmer
DSP: Holly Jolly (R), Be Merry (R) and Winter Frost
Other: Old Olive Taffeta, In-colour Ruffled (R), SAB Ribbon (R) and Circle Thinlits (For the banner shape)

Monday, 11 November 2013

Have a Merry Little Christmas

Today's Christmas card kind of just, well, happened lol. I was playing around with the new stamp set Merry Little Christmas and then I found this piece of Hexagon embossed Cherry Cobbler CS and well here it is...

I had some of the Tulle left over from last years catty and thought I'd put that on too. Even though it's a bit thrown together, I actually really love this card. Funny how that works sometimes. Oh and who doesn't love a bit of glitter at Christmas? I have gone through so much Glimmer Paper, but lucky for me it's such good value!!

Have Fun,

Ink: Cherry Cobbler,
Stamps: Merry Little Christmas
Cardstock: Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White
Other: Hexagon Embossing Folder, Chalk Talk Framelits, Tulle (R), Champagne Glimmer paper, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon and Rhinestones

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Not just for Envelopes - Notecard Gift Box

I have been having a little play with my Envelope Punch Board over the last few days and wow there is so much more you can use it for. In fact, today's share is what I'm going to use as my Teachers Gifts this year.

Isn't it cute. The box holds four little 4"x4" cards, plus four little envelopes to match (made on the punch board of course!!)

I have seen heaps of tutorials on how to make these cute little note card boxes but I think my favourite has to be THIS ONE by Kelly Gettelfinger at Always Stampin'.

I can't believe how easy they are to make and such a gorgeous gift for anyone. These ones are what I made to share with my Downline at our recent Friday Share Team Night. The girls loved them and I think we'll all be making a lot of these over the next coming weeks!!

The envelope punch board is available now and I think it's a steal at only $31.95.

Here is a close up picture of the box and the belly band I made to go around it. You could also keep it closed with a magnet or a Velcro dot, but I love making belly bands it's kind of like the icing on the cake!!

Have Fun,

Ink: Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party and Crumb Cake
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Whisper White and Crumb Cake
Stamps: Workshop Words Too and Chalk talk
DSP: Epic Day
Other: Envelope Punch Board, Bakers Twine and Chalk Talk Framelits.

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Envelope Punch Board

OH. MY. GOODNESS... I complete forgot to tell you about this AMAZING new tool that Stampin' Up! have just released. It's called the Envelope Punch board and it's AWESOME!!!

This amazing little tool, can make 66, yep that's the right number, not a typo. 66 different size envelopes and the best bit is it's so easy, fast and simple to do.

I don't know if your like me, but when it comes to our gorgeous DSP I can sometimes be a bit of a hoarder. Yes, ok I'm a HUGE hoarder lol. I have so much retired paper that I never know what to do with it.... UNTIL now that is!!!

Our DSP is perfect for making gorgeous, matching envelopes to put our beautifully created cards in. And with all the instructions, measurements, score tool and even it's own punch, all fitted on this little baby, you can score as you go!!

Oh and guess what and this is the clincher.... It doesn't just make envelopes!!! I know, exciting stuff right. But that's enough for now. More on what else this little baby can do another time.

Have fun,

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Christmas is coming...

So I was told that we have 7 weeks until Christmas... Wow, is it me or has this year really flown by. In fact just these last few months seem to have disappeared without a trace. Well I say without a trace but I guess I've been so busy with all my Christmas Classes, that I haven't really had much time to notice how quickly the big day is approaching.

Anyway, I thought it was about time that I started actually sharing with all of you, some of the Christmas cards my lovely girls have been getting to make.

So to kick it all off, I am going to share TWO cards with you. Well it's one design but two colour options.

I have got to say, these two are probably one of my favorite designs out of all the cards I have been making and I love it in both colours. I have used the absolutely gorgeous stamp set called Joyful Christmas and the Poinsettia stamp is stunning. Here in Australia, we find it hard to send Christmas cards that are snowy in theme, so this set is perfect for us, as all our Poinsettia are flowering this time of the year.

Here is a close up of the Cherry Cobbler one:

Anyone who knows me, knows I'm really not a huge fan of red and green. Though I really love how this card came out. I have also used the very shiny, Silver Encore ink which you can find in our Seasonal Catty. Did I mention it comes in gold too!!!

I always thought of Island Indigo to be a beachy, summer colour, until I saw it used in our new Winter Frost DSP (LOVE that paper too!!) But I have just fallen in love with it this Christmas and you will see it pop up again and again over the next few weeks. Oh and do you notice our new silver ribbon. It's so shiny and bright in real life. So gotta get me more of that!!!

Have Fun,


Ink: Island Indigo, Cherry Cobbler and Silver Encore
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Island Indigo, Always Artichoke, Whisper White, Silver and Champagne Glimmer
Stamps: Joyful Christmas and Oh, Goodie.
Other: Faceted Buttons, Rhinestones, Old Olive Taffeta and Silver Ribbon

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Best of...

Beginning of the month again, which means a new 'Best of' stamp set and this time it Best of Sale-a-Bration!!

I really like this set and I'm surprised how many of them I remember for Sale-a-Brations over the years!!

All this talk of Sale-a-Bration is getting me excited for our next one, which I can reveal will be 28th Jan - 31st March '14. So start booking those workshops now!!

Have Fun,