Sunday, August 20, 2017

Double Z-Fold Bunch of Blossoms


I love making fancy fold cards. This Double Z-fold Card is pretty simple, but still makes a 'wow' card. To make this card, cut your A4 cardstock to 29.7 x 14cm. Score 14.8cm from one end, and 7.4cm from the other. Then cut at 10.5cm high. You will use this narrow strip to go across the front of the card (flip it upside down so the score lines run the opposite way from the base card).

TIPS:
• Stamp/embellish all of your pieces before assembling your card.
• Change the look by attaching your strip along the top or across the middle
• By starting off with a wider piece for your base card (eg 29.7 x 16cm or 29.7 x 17.5), you can make your strip wider, or even place 2 strips across your card.
• Try attaching die-cut/fussy-cut stamped elements behind your strips (eg flowers attached from below, or balloons hanging from above)

I've used the gorgeous Bunch of Blossoms stamp set for this card, and my colour scheme is Soft Sky, Calypso Coral and Pear Pizzazz.


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Ribbon of Courage Candle


Aaaand we have reached the final Ribbon of Courage project from my April Stamping Presentation!This is a gift-boxed candle. It's another project that will hopefully make the recipient feel loved and cherished as they receive and use it.
The box is an exploding box. It’s extremely quick and easy to make, using just one sheet of DSP and a few score lines. Two cardstock 'lids’ hold the candle in place and keep the box shut. I’ve used the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP. This sheet is Blushing Bride on one side and gorgeous gold on the other. It’s lovely and sturdy too, as it's thicker than regular DSP, so it's perfect for boxes. For this sized candle, cut your DSP to a 24cm square and score 9cm on each side. For the 2 'lids', you will need two 9.9cm square pieces of cardstock, scored at 2cm on each side.

This was tricky to photograph, but hopefully these pics will give you an idea:
You can see one 'lid' holding the candle in place on the base of the box.
And here's a closer look at the Courage Candle:

And here's a top view of the exploding box:


I've punched out 4 sentiments, a different one for each side of the box.
So, that's all the Ribbon of Courage projects I have to show you...for now, anyway! I hope some of these ideas will help you next time you need to make a project for a friend or family member who is going through a difficult time.


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Friday, August 18, 2017

Upcoming Classes

Over the past couple of months, I've been rather busy with fun things like travel, the Craft Sale and my upcoming Stamp Camp, and also not-so-fun things like a bout of Thai Tummy and a walloping dose of the flu. As a result, I'm a bit behind on everything at the moment, but I've just updated my class dates for September. I'm working on getting Holiday Catalogues in the mail and my newsletter out too!

September Classes
Stamp-a-Stack Class
Come along and stamp a stack of cards, so you'll always have a card ready when you need one. We'll be using some of my favourite stamp sets from the Annual Catalogue. Ribbons, embellishments and envelopes are included in your class fee.
You'll make 8 cards for $20 (if you BYO Stampin' Up! adhesive and Dimensionals), or 8 cards for $25 (if you use my adhesive)
Tuesday 5th or Wednesday 6th 7pm for a 7:30 start
Wednesday 6th 9:30am for a 10am start

Christmas Stamp-a-Stack Class
It's Christmas in September! Get a head-start on your Christmas cards by coming along to a Christmas Stamp-a-Stack. This month we'll be using products from the Annual Catalogue and the new Holiday Catalogue. I'll be running these every month until November. There will be 2 new designs every month. Ribbons, embellishments and envelopes are included in your class fee.
You'll make 8 cards for $20 (if you BYO Stampin' Up! adhesive and Dimensionals) or 8 cards for $25 (if you use my adhesive)
Tuesday 12th or Wednesday 13th 7pm for a 7:30 start
Wednesday 13th 9:30am for a 10am start

Project Class
Come along and learn how to use punches and inks to turn regular cardstock into Gerbera flowers that look so realistic. You will be making a potted arrangement of flowers. This would make a lovely gift...or you might like to keep it for yourself!
Included in your class fee is a pot, artificial leaf sprigs and everything you need to complete this project
You will make one potted Gerbera arrangement - $25.
Wednesday 20th 7pm for a 7:30 start
Wednesday 20th 9:30am for a 10am start


As you can see, there are plenty to choose from! Let me know if you'd like to book in to any...I'd love to see you!


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Thursday, August 17, 2017

CCMC471 Merry Mistletoe


It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at www.createwithconnienadmary.com.
This week is a colour challenge, and these are the colours we had to work with:  
I love these colours together and I thought they might work for a Christmas card. It's always nice to break away from the traditional red and green
  • I've used the Merry Mistletoe stamp set. You can find this one in the Annual Catalogue
  • I've also used the Marbled Background stamp, stamped in Bermuda Bay ink on Bermuda Bay cardstock
  • The Silver Mini Sequin Trim makes a cute embellishment. I've just looped it behind my main panel.
  • I couldn't resist adding a tiny rhinestone to the reindeer's nose. Too cute!
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ribbon of Courage Colouring Kit


Today I have another Ribbon of Courage project to show you. This was also part of my Stamping Presentation back in April.

For this project, I decided to make a set of notecards to give as a gift. Rather than fully completing these cards, I’ve made this a DIY Kit. This set fits inside one of our Cellophane Bags, so that they can be popped into a handbag and taken anywhere. The backing material from our Specialty DSP packs makes a nice sturdy board (cut to 5”x7”) and I’ve used some elastic to hold everything in place. I’ve just stamped the notecards in black ink and included a few mini coloured pencils. As we all know, colouring is great therapy. After the cards have been coloured, they can be given away, perhaps as a thank you for a meal that was provided or a ‘thinking of you’ for a friend going through a difficult time. I’ve decorated the topper to hold the bag closed.

TIP: I’ve applied Tear & Tape to the back, to hold the topper in place. For the front, I’ve applied 3 dots of Multipurpose Glue and let them dry for a few hours. This means that the bag can be opened and re-sealed without having to rip off the topper.



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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sending Love and Hugs


In my Ribbon of Courage stamping presentation, I wanted to showcase the versatility of the stamp set by making some cards without the ribbon on them. I've used the pretty heart and flower images on these cards, and the "sending love and hugs to you" sentiment. These designs would work for any time you need to send a general thinking of you or get well card.
My colour scheme is Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Whisper White and silver.


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

CCMC470 Happiest of Days


It's Thursday, and that means it's Challenge time again over at www.createwithconnienadmary.com.
This week is a sketch challenge, and this is the sketch we had to work with:  
This was a fun sketch to work with. I kept it pretty clean and simple for this one.
  • I've used the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper, and taken my colour scheme from that
  • The whimsical present image and sentiment are from the Happiest of Days stamp set
  • I coloured the images using Stampin' Write markers and then applied Fine Tip glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the top.
I hope you like my card. Check out what the other talented stampers have come up with HERE. Don't forget you can play along over on the facebook page!


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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Ribbon of Courage in Pinks


It was a while ago now, and I'm way behind in blogging about it, but I had the honour of doing a Stamping Presentation at the Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Event back in April. I was asked to make some projects using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set. This set was designed in collaboration with Patty Bennett, as part of her 1 Million Career Sales Achievement.
This card would be perfect to give to someone who is going through a cancer diagnosis or treatment, to lift their spirits and let them know you are thinking of them. I’ve gone pink for Breast Cancer, but you could choose the ribbon colour that’s appropriate for your recipient.
I've embossed the ribbon image on vellum, using white embossing powder. To add some colour I've used the stained glass technique. To get this effect, simply colour with markers on the reverse side of the image. I've used 3 different shades of pink - Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette. To adhere the vellum without the adhesive showing, sponge a light coating of multipurpose glue onto the vellum.
I've made my own background pattern by stamping the sentiments in the set in different shades of pink.
I have more projects to show using this gorgeous stamp set, so stay tuned for those!


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