Saturday, November 29, 2008

A4 Pouch Instructions...

As promised in my earlier post (Kristina Werner Challenge #32) here are the instructions to the A4 pouch that I created. Aaron from Stampin' Up!® demonstrated this at the Hobart Regionals session and I especially liked it as it was quick and easy, which I like! I have modified his measurements slightly to make them easier to remember and have included photos to help demonstrate the project step by step.

Step 1. Start with an A4 sheet of card stock and score the long side in at 6 cm. Do this on both long sides.

Step 2. Score the short side in at 12.5 cm. Do this on both short sides.

Step 3. Measure 5.5 cm from the score line on the long side and mark this point with a pencil. Do this twice on each of the long sides. Score from each point in to its closest intersection of the previously scored lines.

The picture below shows the score lines as light grey lines and shows the measurements for the 6 cm, 12.5 cm and 5.5 cm to get a visual of what is written in steps 1 to 3.


Step 4. Crease all lines by folding the card stock in toward the centre on all straight lines and folding the card stock out on the diagonal score lines. This will cause opposite peaks and valleys between your straight score lines and the diagonal ones.


Step 5. Stamp the outside of your pouch if you want to. I used Versamark and the Season of Joy stamp set which seems to becoming a favourite of mine at this time of the year.

Step 6. With the card stock flat, take one corner and fold in at the straight score line long side, and then fold closest diagonal line back (I hope you can see this clearly from my right hand in the photo below). Repeat with each corner. This should give you a small box-like base with two long sides and two short sides.


Step 7. Pinch the long sides together and seal using Hodgepodge Hardware or ribbon (or both as I have done!). I also decorated mine with an additional accent and greeting on the front panel of the pouch. I also added a rhinestone brad to highlight a spot on the christmas tree.


As you can see with my open pouch below it easily fits three or four delicious Lindt chocoloate balls or any other little Christmas gift you may like to give to someone.



I think this A4 pouch is so quick and easy to make and with different stamp sets and card stock it can be a popular one throughout the year to package small gifts and treats.

I hope you found these instructions clear and easy to follow and that the pictures help to understand the folding process. Feel free to post a comment with a link to your blog or website if you have a go at this easy A4 pouch and thanks again to Aaron for sharing this with us at Hobart Regionals.

Happy stamping!

Friday, November 28, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #32

It's that time of the week again where I have the day off my 'regular' job and so try to get in some creating time! Kristina has posted this week another Colour Inspiration #32 - this time using Robin Hood Red (which we don't have in Australia, so I have substituted this for Purely Pomegranate), Very Vanilla, Whisper White and Sahara Sand (or we can substitute a metallic and so I have used Silver).

I decided this week not make a card but to use the template that Aaron from Stampin' Up! used at the Hobart Regional session to demonstrate a quick and easy pouch using one sheet of A4 cardstock. I have modified his measurements slightly to make it easier to remember and will make my own template from this to use in the future. If you stop by my blog again later I will post the directions to making this pouch as I took photos as I went along, but do not have time now to post these as I need to take several teenagers up to town!

Anyway here is my entry into this week's challenge:


Thanks for dropping by. Don't forget to stop by again in a few days when I should have my step-by-step instructions and photos up so you too can make a simple pouch which would be great to give as a gift the Christmas filled with lollies etc.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

One Sheet Wonder No3

For those of you who have dropped by my blog before, you would have perhaps seen that I enjoy creating bulk cards using the One Sheet Wonder (OSW) technique. This is where you take one sheet of either A4 cardstock or 12x12 cardstock and stamp your own pattern all over it (less white/blank space is preferable as when cutting up the cardstock, as per the template, you may find too much blank space in some pieces) or you can use a sheet of Designer Series Paper (DSP) as I have done with this one. This is then the focus for basing your cards on to create a bulk number of cards, quickly but that are unique in themselves.

A good friend of mine, Jodyann and I often get together to be 'crafty' as I put it, where we either scrapbook, create cards, try new techniques, design projects etc. As our menfolk were away this weekend either working or watching cars racing around the track at Symmons Plains we decided to get together for a craft session.

I felt some of the cards in my last OSW were not quite to the style or standard I like and so Jodyann and I decided to re-use the same template, using one sheet of DSP - Ginger Blossom (from the upcoming new Summer Mini Catalogue) - and we picked a sheet and matching cardstock - Very Vanilla, River Rock, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava and Cameo Coral (the Cameo Coral is not a colour we use often and this combination was definately not a favourite of ours, but we decided to put ourselves outside of our comfort zone and see what we could produce!). We deciding by re-using the same template, together perhaps we could modify the template or card designs to better effect -- and I must say we were pleased with the results! I modified my template slightly, in particular card design Nos 7, 10, 13 and 14, and we added some background stamping to some of the card bases, as well as adding some additional layers to others!

Here is a photo of all 15 cards and the modified templates we used. You can click on the video link below to view the cards individually and let me know what you think of our results. Feel free to use the template to create your own suite of cards and if you do, then leave a comment here on my blog with a link to your creations as I would love to see what you do with the templates.





Happy stamping!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #31

It's that time of the week again for another Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration and I think I should be just in time to get my card linked onto her blog with the other ones, although much later than many of them! I decided not to look at the other entries until I had created mine as I did not want to be influenced by their designs and wanted to see what the colours and image inspired from me and here it is:

Stamps: Infinite Goodness (Level 2 Hostess gift), Seasons of Joy (for the words)
Cardstock: So Saffron, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Inks: Close to Cocoa (to stamp the image several times to create the wreath), Elegant Eggplant (words)
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers (So Saffron, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie), gold thread, paper piercer, Crystal Effects, Grosgrain Ribbon (Elegant Eggplant), snail adhesive and mini glue dots for the bow

If you look closely you will notice that I weaved some gold thread through the wreath. By clicking on the card image above it will enlarge it so you can see more of the detail including the gold thread weaved through and some of the berries have been covered with crystal effects to shine more - I need to practice with my photoshop program to highlight parts of my image to show the detail in close-up!

These were the colours Kristina gave us and as you can see I was also inspired by her image.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my design and I will now go and check out the others to see how they were inspired. Thanks again to Kristina for the challenge!

Happy stamping!

Another Carousel Note Creation

I seem to be fascinated with using the Carousel Notes that will soon be available for customer purchase in the new Summer Mini Catalogue, which starts on 1 December 2008 and goes through until 31 March 2009 [watch this space and I will put up a link to the mini catalogue as soon as it is available on our demonstrator website - so you can see for yourselves the lovely items on offer!].

Here is another card that I created for a work colleague who is leaving today to take up a new job in Canberra -- best of luck Simona!

Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Soft Sky), Designer Series Paper (Afternoon Tea) (Summer Mini Catalogue), Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
Inks: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky
Accessories: Double Stitched Ribbon (Groovy Guava), Hodgepodge Hardwar (Styled Silver), snail adhesive, Paper Piercer

Simona likes my cards so much that she is buying some from me. If anyone likes a card in particular that they see on my blog and want to commission me to make one especially for them then simply email me and list the ones you want me to make - price will depend upon the design (time taken to create, embelishments used etc) and postage required to get them to you.

Thanks for dropping by my blog!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

OK, so I am addicted to my craft and my blog!

Hi again,

Below is the card that I created for my daughter to give to her friend - I altered it from the first one I did using the Carousel Notes for my niece Holly - which Emily requested I do another for her. Emily especially liked the card design using two Carousel Notes although I would not do this all the time as they increase the expense of the card. The next one I do I will try using the die-cut on a card front as a feature rather than a card itself.

I also want to acknowledge Margaret Raburn whose card I cased from Splitcoast Stamper's. I especially liked her colour combination and use of the designer series paper Afternoon Tea (which will soon be available from the Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009).


Stamps: Live Your Dream (Summer Mini Catalogue), Warmest Regards (retired set)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Soft Sky), Designer Series Paper (Afternoon Tea) (Summer Mini Catalogue)
Inks: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Paper Piercer, Satin Ribbon (Chocolate Chip), sticky strip, snail adhesive

Happy stamping!

Birthday cards for November --- the start of them!

My parents were visiting this weekend from Devonport, which is in the North of the State of Tasmania (3 1/2 hour drive away from us - for those not familiar with this beautiful part of the world) and as it was my father's birthday this week I thought I should take the opportunity to make and give him a card personally.

This is the one I made for him:
Stamps: For Father (from Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009, begins 1 December)
Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Inks: Basic Grey, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Watercolour Paper, Stampin' Write Markers, aqua painter, brads, Twill tape, sponge daubers (to ink the edges), snail adhesive

My niece Holly was also having a birthday this week, she turns 5 tomorrow and so this is the card I made for her:
Stamps: Live Your Dream (from Summer Mini Catalogue 2008-2009, begins 1 December)
Cardstock: Carousel Notes (Groovy Guava) (from Summer Mini also), Whisper White
Inks: Old Olive, Purely Pomegranate
Accessories: Flower Fusion felt flowers (from Summer Mini also), soft subtle brads, Purely Pomegranate double-stitched ribbon, Stampin' dimensionals, paper piercer, snail adhesive

The Carousel Notes are die-cut, scalloped circles and come in three colours: Groovy Guava, Soft Sky, and Wild Wasabi and they come with Chocolate Chip envelopes. To get the nice circular pierced holes I used a Creative Memories Circle Cutter to guide my circle and I guessed the spacing between the holes, I don't think it turned out too bad. I scored down the left-hand side of the front piece and adhered it to the back one to create a folded card.

My daughter like this card so much that she has commissioned me to make another for one of her friends who is celebrating their birthday this week. I then have to make another couple of birthday cards for family/friends celebrating birthdays the week after and I think there is another one or two at the end of the month -- so many to keep track of when you come from a big family!

Thanks for looking and have a great week!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Reminder of promotions ending 30 November

Hi everyone, thanks for dropping by my blog. For existing local customers (or new customers within Australia) I just wanted to remind you that several promotions are closing on 30 November 2008 so if you have anything on your wishlist that falls within these promotions it would be a great idea to contact me today so you don't miss out! They also make great Christmas gifts!

Promotions closing are:
Feel free to keep dropping by my blog and to see what I am creating (I have two birthdays card to make tonight for family members) and I also want to create some new projects using items I was able to preorder from the Summer Mini Catalogue which starts in December!

I know the ladies today at the Christmas Stamp-a-stack workshop enjoyed browsing through my early copy of the Summer Mini Catalogue and we will be sure to be getting together in the new year (when I will get to meet the new addition to the group as Claire would have had her baby by then!). Enjoy passing out those lovely Christmas Cards - Kate, Claire, Laura, Jade and Ruth - always fun to stamp with!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Madness or dedication to my craft???

I don't know if you would call it madness or dedication to one's craft but staying up late (it is now 11:25pm) to post a card that I created to get in time for Kristina's colour inspiration does question one's commitment when you have to work all day tomorrow!

I had intended to create a card earlier this evening but I had an unexpected visitor and when friend's get together it is easy to let the time run away with you.

The colours Kristina gave us to work with this time were: Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Sahara Sand and Whisper White. As our new Summer Mini Catalogue is about to start in December and my pre-order arrived yesterday I thought I should use some of them to get some samples together for a workshop I have coming up this Saturday and here is my first creation with some of these items:

Stamps: Embrace Life, Warm Words
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
Inks: Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Accessories: Hodgepodge Hardware - Styled Silver, Flower Fusion, Spring Flower Bouquet Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain ribbon and brads, paper piercer, sponge dauber

I had better go and link this on Kristina's blog now and then head to bed --- leaving my craft table a mess yet again!

Thanks for looking and happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Kristina Werner Colour Inspiration #29

I seem to be a regular visitor to Kristina's blog and so get inspired to participate in her colour inspirations, and so here is another one...

I am also a regular visitor to Michelle Zindorf's blog as I enjoy trying her tutorials to try and improve my brayer techniques. I followed her Summer's End- Tutorial #113 but used the colours set by Kristina -- Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and as I did not have Pacific Point I substituted this with Blue Lagoon from my ColorBox chalk inks as I didn't feel that any of the Stampin' Up! blue colours I had were close enough.

I coloured in the boy with my Stampin' Write Markers -- Pumpkin Pie and Taken with Teal and then went over the sandcastle, starfish and boy with a Versamark Pen. I then used my clear embossing powder and heat gun to set this.

I then brayered some Blue Lagoon ink over the top edge of my Whisper White cardstock and then brayered Pumpkin Pie over the bottom edge. I sponged some Blue Lagoon between the two colours to bring them closer together. I then masked the top edge of my card and sponged Taken with Teal from the mask's edge down closer to the Pumpkin Pie colour. I used Pumpkin Pie to sponge the edge of my picture. I used my white gel pen to add the effect of foam at the water edge.

I mounted this on picture on Elegant Eggplant cardstock and added my Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon and a few black brads. This was then mounted on a piece of Taken with Teal cardstock that I split apart, sponged the edges with Taken with Teal ink and also made a line of holes with my paper piercer and mat pack. I then mounted the whole design onto a card made from Elegant Eggplant cardstock.

My husband actually helped inspire me with this card as he said the colours in Kristina's challenge reminded him of beaches, water, fishes or something along that line -- mainly the blue and teal colours.

Looking at the close-up shot of the little boy makes me realise that I will have to be little more exact when using my Versamark pen as the embossing powder has set outside of some of the smaller areas and therefore the brayered ink does not colour as close in to the edges of the image. Oh what a shame I will have to practice some more and play some more with my stamps, brayer and other crafting tools that I have!

Anyway thanks for looking and I hope you continue to get inspiration from what you seen when "surfing" other blogs like mine.

Happy stamping!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Rub-ons Promotion

When browsing Stampin' Up!'s demonstrator website today, I noticed they had another promotion on at the same time as the Single Stampin' Write Markers promotion -- this one is 20% off all Rub-Ons when you spend $20 on any Stampin' Up!® products. Regularly $19.95 but with a $20 order you can buy them for only $15.96 per pack -- great to use on cards, scrapbook pages and other craft projects!

This offer is only available 10-30 November 2008, so contact me today!


ItemPage #

Description

110285141

Urban West Rub-Ons

110281141

Cherised Memories Rub-Ons

110282141

Anchored Rub-Ons

1102846*

Eastern Elegance Rub-Ons

11127711*

A Perfect Day Rub-Ons


*From the Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue

Don't forget that the Spring 2008 Mini Catalogue ends on 30 November 2008. So check it out from the link on the left-hand side of my blog and if there is anything you want from it contact me today!

As demonstrators our pre-order period has begun for the Summer 2008 Mini Catalogue and so keep checking back to my blog over the next few weeks as I begin to create some lovely projects using what is to become available from 1 December 2008.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Stampin' Up!® Markers - Single Purchase Available in November

Hi all

I have just got back from a few days in Adelaide with my husband, in celebration of my birthday last week - Adelaide is a place I had never been to before! It was such a nice break in which we had no set schedules and no-one but ourselves to think about.

Anyway now that I am back I need to get a few things in my Stampin' Up! world organised - a couple of upcoming workshops and of course the November special --- Single Purchase of Stampin' Write Markers!

From 10-30 November you can purchase single Stampin' Write Markers for only $4.95. If you would like to take advantage of this great offer email me and get your favourite Stampin' Up! colour in a marker (which has dual tips -- one fine for writing and one brush tip for wider colour application) which are great to use on your projects and adding detail colour to your stamps.


Happy stamping!

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