Saturday, December 27, 2008

Christmas Boxes

For Christmas, I always like to make some sort of hand-made goodies - things like baileys balls, or caramel fudge or coconut ice. I have always made an attempt to wrap them somewhat nicely and Christmassy, but this year I had a distinct advantage because I have discovered Stampin' Up and SplitCoastStampers!

This year I was intent on making shortbread. I absolutely love shortbread, but I have never found a recipe that was just right. A couple of weeks before Christmas I typed "traditional scottish shortbread" into google, and this recipe came up. It is perfect! It's just the type of shortbread I was looking for! It doesn't use any rice flour, or any icing sugar, so it's not too soft and it has that grainy, traditional feel to it. This is now my go-to shortbread recipe. But I digress....this is a stamping blog after all!

I made a test batch of the shortbread with my favourite Christmas tree cutter, then I measured up 6 or 7 trees together and created the template for the box, based on this one from splitcoast. I ended up making about 10 of them for family and friends and I used a variety of ribbon and paper. The one in the picture uses Holiday Harmony DSP, Old olive cardstock, and purely pomegranate ds ribbon. The stamp on the tag is from one of the new Sale-a-bration sets which are coming up in January. Woohoo! Have a workshop and get free stuff!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Another Blue Christmas!

This time with a splash of pink! Cased from here:

In one of my DSP buying frenzies I picked up quite a bit of pink paper with snowflakes. It's not SU!, but it matches the rose red ribbon in the current mini really well. I once again used the scallop-edge punch. It's definitely the punch of the moment. I will be very surprised if it doesn't make its way into the main catalogue next year.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Blue Christmas

I love blue Christmas cards. Makes a nice change from the traditional red, green and gold.

I was a on a mission to use the all scallops stamp set because I haven't used it much. On a skim-through of the catalogue, looking for inspiration, I noticed a card using the Round Up Simply Scrappin' kit. I don't have the kit, but some of the die cuts can be created with the stamps I already have, one of which is all scallops! (with a little help from the trusty stamp-a-ma-jig!)
I love looking through the catalogue, over and over again. I always seem to find something new that I haven't noticed before. The problem with this, of course, is that then I feel like there are new things that I just HAVE to get! Oh well! There are worse problems to have.
Cardstock: Ballet blue, night of navy, whisper white, silver (non SU)
Stamps: Season of joy, all scallops, hero arts sentiment
Ink: Ballet blue, night of navy
Embellishments: silver brad, snowflake
Scallop circle punch, scallop edge punch, circle punches

Monday, December 8, 2008

Further to my previous post about being harassed about creating cards from scratch, this is another attempt that seemed to go down well!

I started off with the In The Stars set and the (non-SU!) ribbon, and I just mucked around from there. The star in the circle is from Occasionally, and I stamped it with glue from the Tsukineko glue pad (LOVE IT!) then just sprinkled over some fine glitter I got at the craft show. I love glitter! Aside from the mess of course! No matter how careful I am, I still end up with glitter everywhere. I have found that baby wipes are great for getting all the last little bits off your hands, and your glitter tray and your work space. I think there is a reason that a lot of people take up stamping after they have babies. It's because you need to have LOTS of baby wipes already in the house!

Cardstock: real red, whisper white, silver (from Fantasia)
Ink: real red
Stamps: Occasionally, In the Stars
Other: Star ribbon from Spotlight, Glue pad, red glitter

Sunday, December 7, 2008

The Lemon-Lime Baby!

We have a baby shower coming up in a few weeks, and we don't know the gender of the baby. This leaves me no choice but to go with the standard gender-neutral colours, lemon and lime. I was also a bit excited to use the In The Stars set from the new summer mini.

It's fairly simple, but I like it! It's a pretty versatile design as it could easily be changed to two tones of pink or two tones of blue for a girl or a boy.

Cardstock: Barely Banana, Gable Green, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White, Barely Banana
Stamp sets: In the Stars
Punches: 1" inch circle, 1 1/4" circle, scallop circle
Ribbon: white grosgrain

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Place card Box

When we have big family dinners, my mum always likes to have place cards. In a previous life, I think I wrote some for her when I was going through my calligraphy phase. They were pretty good, but we've added five children and some husbands and wives since then, so we needed an update!

I stuffed around with different papers and colours for a while, before I realised I should always just go back to Purely Pomegranate! I also used the Holiday Harmony DSP. I cut out a sheet into A4 size, and then ran it through the printer to print out the names. I was a bit concerned that it might get jammed because it is so much thicker than normal paper, but my printer has an option for "thick normal paper" so I just chose that and it ran through beautifully.

The gold stars are actually brads. I put one of them through the ribbon to test it out, but it made a thread run. So I made all sorts of promises to my husband and he agreed to cut off the backs and flatten them out. I then just glued them on.

As you can see, the box is a bit too long for the cards. That's because of nothing other than sheer stupidity! I drew up a diagram for the box base, measured it all out compared to the cards - all great, should be a beautiful fit. Then when I cut and scored the cardstock, for some reason my brain just decided to measure an entirely different number! So the digram was right in front of me, but I still managed to stuff it up!

Doesn't matter! I think my mum will still like them. She has also asked for a non-Christmas set, so I will take that opportunity to make the box properly!

Monday, December 1, 2008


There are a lot of different card challenges out there on the net, and I have never participated in one before. This card was an attempt to do this sketch challenge and this colour challenge all in one!
I quite like the layout, but I think it's probably too many colours on one card for me. Or maybe I just have cameo coral and old olive issues. Never mind the fact that the entire rest of the world just loves old olive. Oh well. I'm just uncool!
Cardstock: So Saffron, Close to cocoa, Bravo Burgundy, Cameo Coral, Old Olive, Whisper White
Paper: Berry Bliss
Ribbon: Very Vanilla
Ink: Old Olive, Bravo Burgundy
Stamps: Seeing Spots

Saturday, November 29, 2008

New Mini!!!

In another life, I would be blogging about the shortbread Christmas trees I just made, which turned out exactly how I wanted them to, but this is a whole new life! And we have a whole new mini!

Some "friends" of mine seem to think that I have no ability at all to create a card from scratch, that all I can do is copy other works of art out there in the stamping world. There is actually a little bit of truth to that, so armed with my new mini, and my new favourite stamp set, I worked hard to come up with my own creation.

I started off with Eastern Blooms and I picked out one of the beatiful ribbons I found at the craft show at Canterbury last month. I decided I didn't care what else happened with the card, but I had to use those two things. The colours that matched the ribbon best were Rose Red, Blush Blossom and Perfect Plum. I think I really like this combo! It's quite pink, which I really like because my cards so far haven't used much pink. I'm also excited because I am about to order the Rose Red ribbon in the mini, so now I will have one less combo to think about.

So what do you think dear friends? Does this meet with your expectations?!?!

Cardstock: Blush Blossom, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Whisper White
Stamp Set: Eastern Blooms, Hero Arts sentiment
Ink: Blush Blossom, Perfect Plum, Rose Red
Ribbon: from Craft Queen

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

My first attempt at embossing

Sometimes I worry, because every time I sit down to write one of these posts, I want to rave about how much I love that particular colour, or stamp set, or punch or whatever. I'm thinking I have just a wee little addiction problem happening here! (blistex anyone?!) I love Season of Joy! Love it, love it, love it! And I also love Snowflake Spot! Love it, love it, love it! Hmmmmm, yes, I have a problem.

I also have a problem with embossing. The problem here though, is that I haven't quite got the hang of it yet. Maybe I have tried to do it with stamps that are too detailed, but I am not getting it clear enough. The sentiment on that card says Very Merry, but it's really not that easy to read. Once again, it's probably just a case of practice makes perfect, so see you later! I'm off to practice!

Cardstock: Glorious Green, Whisper White
Stamp sets: Season of Joy, Short and Sweet, Snowflake Spot
Ink: Glorious Green, Versamark
Other: Gold embossing powder, gold star brad

Winterbright Kit

With Christmas fast approaching, now is the time to get cracking and finish off your Christmas cards. The Winterbright kit makes it all easy with die cuts and borders and sentiments all ready for you to just whack on a card! I also used the Festive Favourites stamp set and dressed it up with the Real Red and Summer Sun markers.

And look! Not a drop of Purely Pomegranate in sight!

Cardstock: Real red, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Ink: Wild wasabi
Paper: Winterbright kit
Stamps: Festive Favourites
Other: Markers, gold star brad

One of a Kind/Boho Blossoms

This is a great card for any occasion. I have put a birthday sentiment on there, but it could easily be a Thankyou card, or a Hello card, or a Mothers' Day card. I'd probably stick with a female recipient though, with all those flowers and all that pink!
I just love the fact that the boho blossoms punch co-ordinates with the One of Kind stamp set. I am so bad at cutting out little detailed flowers and the like, so having the two together makes my life so much easier! I would tell you that this is one of my favourite sets, but I think I may have already said that on every other post I have made! How many favourites am I allowed to have? ALL OF THEM!
Did you notice? Once again, I have managed to incorporate Purely Pomegranate into this card. I'll try to break out something new next time so you don't get bored!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, dodgy non-SU leftover pink
Stamp sets: One of a kind, Birthday Whimsy
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, and once again a collection of pinks that I can't remember (I'll get better at this, I promise!)
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip grosgrain, Very Vanilla grosgrain
I cased this card from a friend, just with different colours. I went with the in colours because I just love Purely Pomegranate! I have a hard time not including it in every single card I make. I am going to be very sad when it leaves us next year. I might have to get 100 packs of cardstock and 10 reinkers which will hopefully be so much I'll eventually get over it!

Cardstock: Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky (and there's two other pinks in there, but I can't remember which ones I used!)
Stamp Sets: Short and Sweet, Seeing Spots
Ribbon: Purely Pomegranate double stitched

Pink and Blue Baby Cards

I needed to make a card for a friend's birthday shower which is coming up soon. I love Nice and Narrow (which is retired) and I teamed it up with Simple Somethings from the current catalogue. I also used the chalks to colour in a little. I'm not sure about them so far - I think they probably require a bit too much artiness for me! Or maybe I just need more practice.... what a good excuse to make more cards!!! After I made these cards I realised I should actually have something more gender neutral so keep your eye out..

Cardstock: Almost Amethyst, Ballet Blue, Other Offcuts
Stamps: Nice and Narrow, Simple Somethings, Short and Sweet
Ink: Black, Ballet Blue, Perfect Plum
Other: Chalks, White Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty in Pink Ribbon

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Big Bold Boy's Birthday

It's always more challenging to come up with masculine cards, but blue is a boy's colour and this card is definitely blue! This one was cased from here I love what daycaremom1999 did with the party horn thingies with the versamark.
Cardstock: Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Blue Bayou, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Blue Bayou, Versamark
Stamps: Big Bold Birthday
Other: Stamp-a-ma-jig

Little gift boxes

How gorgeous are these?! I saw them here.. and I just couldn't resist!
Top box:
Paper: Holiday Harmony DSP
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate
Ink: Purely Pomegranate
Stamp sets: Sprinkles, Short and Sweet
Ribbon: Very vanilla grosgrain
Bottom Box:
Paper: Berry bliss
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Purely Pomegranate
Stamp Sets: One of a kind
Ink: Purely Pomegranate, Creamy Caramel
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip Grosgrain

Friday, November 14, 2008

Loud Happy Birthday!

This is a seriously bright Happy Birthday card I cased from here..

I am a big fan of bold brights. But then again, I am also a big fan of soft subtles, and earth elements, and rich regals.......! (and don't even get me started on in colours!)