Saturday, 23 September 2017

Year of Cheer Anniversary Cards

Remember this card... well here are a couple of alternatives made by friends...

They were so happy to get some anniversary cards made when they were expecting all Christmas makes!  Especially Heidi whose 26th Anniversary was that day!! Phew...
Click here for more details on the card including the links to the Tutorials for the Card Fold... 

Friday, 22 September 2017

Bath with Champagne... Sunken Bench Fold Card!!

Can't believe I didn't share this card with you ages ago....  This is the alternative card I came up with for Karen's 50th birthday as another of our friends, Andrea had already made the Red Aga (Kitchen Range!) card for her.... click here for that card and the back story...

So I have more to tell you about Karen today.... not only is she a master baker... but she is rather partial to a glass of Champagne (or Prosecco when needs must!)
Hence the add of the champagne flute to both the Aga and the Bath card....

And yes this card does "sink down" so you get the bottom of the bath at the bottom of the card.... fun!
And then I had so much fun.... and went a bit mad... care of images I came upon on the Internet... a true one off in decoration!

As Karen likes a spot of Limoncello with her Prosecco...
But her first love from the bar is actually Bacardi and Coke!!
And she loves here Jo Malone... so on it all went... too much fun on my part....
Needless to say Karen loved her bespoke card... and the Bath Card and the Red Aga Card took pride of place at Karen's 50th Birthday party... though I am not sure all the other party goers understood the excitement over them!! But they did all learn a bit more about Karen!!! LOL...

I haven't completed the tutorial for the details of this version yet... but the tutorial for the Bench Fold Card Series ONE set of Aga, BBQ and Tool Bench can be yours by clicking here... it is the same card/fold...

Stamps used are Mixed Drinks for the glasses and Milestone Moments... Tap & shower spray care of the Adirondack Chair in the Seasonal Layers dies... unfortunately no close up photo taken at the time...

And yes it does all fold flat to fit in an envelope...

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Alternative Watercolor Christmas Kit

Subtle difference... but one that adds a real pop as it "anchors" all the gold sequin trim...

Just the use of gold embossing for the greetings... compared to the black ink as recommended and as can be seen by clicking here.... have to admit that there was a real queue for the heat gun once one was embossed...
All the details for the cards here too...
And some more close ups of the embossed versions for you... made by friends... 




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Card Front Builder dies meet Lovely as a Tree

A further little play with one of my favourite cards made so far this year.... click here for the original card details... 

After demoing at a lot of my classes.... I had quite a few of the misty panels made up and ready to go... so I thought I would try something different... so the Card Front Builder dies came out and the Lovely as A Tree stamps went away... 
So Tranquil Tide for the trees duo die cut... Silver Glimmer for the die cut little deer.... and a punched Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer circle to finish...

Tranquil Tide greeting from Half Full... which happened to be out at the time...

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Half Full Thank You

Another card made with the Half Full stamp set... proving it's all year round appeal and value....

These are actually some of the Thank You cards I sent out for some of my early September orders... as I was on a bit of a role with this card format...
More details about this card shared here with the Christmas version.... just the colours being different... with Sahara Sand for the wine in the glass... and Dapper Denim for the bottle cap, mat and greeting...
Although the eagle eyed amongst you may spot that I used Tranquil Tide for some of the mats! Both work...

Monday, 18 September 2017

Lift Me Up & Away - Happy Birthday to me...

And the last of my birthday card shares... I did get quite a few more!...but most were not handmade... and the other handmade ones were retired SU! or not SU!! Shock horror...

And so now we have the lovely Uma Kathirgamanathan's card... using Lift Me Up (available in wood and clear mount) and the co-ordinating Up & Away dies... which I haven't used in a while ... so I thought I should share this lovely card with you....

Click here for Uma's blog... she has been busy making and sharing projects with the new colour combinations provided by Stampin' Up! when the new in-colors were launched back in June...or just click here for the details on this card...
Love the colour combination Uma has used... Soft Sky, Sahara Sand, Fresh Fig & Basic Black... work really well together... and the large balloon at the front really pops off the card in the flesh...

And 2 special facts about the lovely Uma...

(1) She shares her birthday with me
(2) I still can't pronounce her surname!!

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Eastern Beauty... Happy Birthday to me again....

 
Another day... and another beautiful card sent to me for my birthday... from the lovely Kate Martin who refers to herself as our Silver Surfer... but I am somewhat more silver haired... and she is far too young in heart (and energy!) for that title!!
Kate has used the Eastern Beauty bundle... in Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay & Silver Foil... stamps available in photopolymer with co-ordinating dies, Eastern Medallions...
Eastern Beauty Photopolymer Bundle
Which is another one I don't possess (yet!)...

This card is a shiny feast to the eyes... though unfortunately I couldn't get the necessary shiny shot showing it in all its glory... but everyone seeing this is in the flesh have been well WOWed!

Gorgeous Kate... thanks again... another expensive birthday card for me I think!! Click here for Kate's details on the card...
And the sentiment made me laugh!!! As I know that I do cause my fellow Jems a laugh from time to time!! Usually at my expense... and Kate has a good way of making me smile & laugh lots too!! Nice one Kate!

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Oh So Eclectic... Happy Birthday to me...

So Tuesday was my birthday... and I was a very lucky girl to receive some beautiful hand made cards from my fellow demos, teamies and friends!

So I am going to share a few... as they are using sets and bundles I haven't got... or have not really used.... so sounds like a great excuse for a few Annual Catalogue bundle introductions and a few non-christmassy shares too for a change!

One thing I will point out in advance from my beautiful display of handmade birthday cards.... everyone used blues!! They know me so well!
First up... is this beautiful card from my lovely friend Julie Wade... who is our team colour combo queen...

I really love this Soft Sky, Tranquil Tide & Night of Navy & Whisper White combination... perfect! Click here for more details from Julie on her card... and one in another colour combo which is gorgeous too...

And here is Julie's photo of the card with its co-ordinating envelope...
Julie used the Oh so Eclectic bundle... Oh So Eclectic stamps (in wood or clear mount)... plus the Eclectic Layers dies...
Oh So Eclectic Clear-Mount Bundle
All of which I am now sold on!! Rather expensive these birthday cards I receive!! Though I do have to ask... is it only me that sees the doughnut!!! There is a challenge for you Julie...

And the fabulous new Leaf Punch from the Painted Harvest Bundle... more on this one from me in the future...
Painted Harvest Photopolymer Bundle



Friday, 15 September 2017

Mini Pizza Boxes anyone?

Just in case you have missed them in the new Autumn Winter catalogue... here is a very quick project made with the fantastic new white Mini Pizza Boxes...

Designed to clothe and present very small square cards with the matching new 3" Square Whisper White Envelopes as a gift... or to pop a cookie in (or something) as they have a protective coating and are food safe...
But before I start on the details... a question for you! I have found a new editing function to "enhance" my photos... I am not sure which is best so this is a test post... so which do you prefer...?

The enhanced version... brighter & sharper but a bit "brasher" to my eye...
Or the non enhanced version... better shows the more subtle gold foiled finish of the snowflake... but looks hazy in comparison!?
Back to the project.... so this decoration was quick and simple... when armed with a few wonderful new products!!

Year of Cheer Washi Tape wrapped round the sides...

Quilt Top embossed Thick Whisper White card square on the lid... plus a gold Foil Snowflake...

Then a 1 3/8" punched snowflake from the Year of Cheer papers... and a Gold Faceted Gemstone at the centre...

Finished off with a gold embossed greeting from the Tabs for Everything set die cut with the smallest die in the Lots of Labels set...plus a small 1/8" Gold Ribbon bow as the very final touch...

Here they are in the blank...
And here are a few more projects to give you some more ideas...

Really love these... and I have quite a few ideas running around in my head using these boxes... just need to find some more hours in the day to create them.... maybe in October!

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Half Full for Christmas....

Back to the Half Full set... and a different christmas version.... with a few of my favourite colours!

A three layer card this time... set on a small square Sahara Sand card blank... (10.5cm square for A4 card -with 10cm Tranquil Tide mat & 9.5cm Glossy White Card stamped panel...or 4 1/4" Square if using US Letter -with 4" Tranquil Tide mat and 3 3/4" Glossy White stamped panel)
With a Pool Party sponged aperture...  sponged Crumb Cake bottle label... aquapainted Tranquil Tide bottle... Cherry Cobbler red wine & foil bottle top... with the glass lightly water coloured in Soft Sky ... and all over Wink of Stella ... and a stamped and hand cut sprig of holly to finish...

Like an even simpler card... check out the previous one layer and two layer versions shared earlier by clicking here...