November 11, 2008

Ickle Baby cards

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 2:12 pm by bejewelledcreations

Aww, there’s something so sweet about baby cards. Obviously the soft colours are so pretty, but I just LOVE seeing and making baby cards – I think it’s the anticipation of seeing the new little someone (and hopefully having a little cuddle!) and the joy that surrounds the new baby… so adorable!

Here is a baby card that I made recently for my samples and also two mini cards that could be used as Gift tags/cards for baby gifts. I’ve used the Nursery Necessities stamp set.

Card by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Card by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Cardstock is Soft Subtles (the Barely Banana colour has completely washed-out in this photo – sorry!) ; Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and Barely Banana. I have coloured the rubber stamp with Markers prior to stamping with Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy and Real Red. I’ve used the VersaMark pad for the Jumbo wheel; Nursery Letters. Add some double stitched Grosgrain ribbon and you’re done!

Cards by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Cards by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

I’m really enjoying the Soft Subtles colour range of cardstock, inks and papers – I never really thought that I cared much for the range, but they’re so delicate and beautiful for feminine cards as well as the regular baby styles.

Cards by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Cards by Julia Emms. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

:o)

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November 6, 2008

Ohhh, a card from Roz!

Posted in Cards, Received Cards tagged at 2:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

Look what lovely surprise was waiting for me at the Post Office this week!

Card by Roz. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Card by Roz. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Thanks Roz!! This card is lovely – I ADORE this stamp set (how did you know?) *hugs*!! Thankyou very much.

I particularly liked the shaded edges of the circle and the saying… how did you do that Roz? It gives it a real 3D look!!! It’s such a shame that you can’t quite get the same impression from the photo as you can in real life – the circle that the bird is stamped on looks as though it’s slightly ’rounded’ or ‘puffy’, and the scallop shape is actually cut OUT of the Close to Cocoa cardstock so you can see the underneath colour of Creamy Caramel. (See Roz, I know my colours! :o) )

Thanks Roz!

 

Oh, and here’s another of Roz’s fabulous cards………………………

Pop up Card by Roz. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Pop up Card by Roz. Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

(Sorry my photo isn’t the best. >< )

A prospective Hostess actually found your Pop Up Christmas card on YouTube, Roz and sent me the link to see if I could demonstrate it at her Workshop! How coincidental is that? It’s “meant to be”. 

Thanks again for these two lovely cards. *hugs*

:o)

My “other” hobby…

Posted in Cards tagged at 12:04 pm by bejewelledcreations

I’ve always been a bit of a dabbler in many forms of craft over the years; cross-stitching, dried flower arranging, but my two biggest hobbies and passions are sewing and now, of course, stamping and card-making.

I’d like to share with you my two latest creations for the school play – “Peter Pan and the Magical World of Neverland”. I must say, that Captain Hook’s Jacket could quite possibly be my favourite costume that I have ever made, and I’ve made a FEW! I altered 3 patterns/designs to make his jacket; a ‘vintage’ (LOL) 1980’s child’s Hook costume pattern, an adult female costume pattern for Pirates of the Carribean and the jacket design worn by Dustin Hoffman in the film “Hook” (with Robin Williams and Julia Roberts.)

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

ALL the gold braid on the jacket and hat has been hand-sewn as machine stitching just wouldn’t have given me the control I needed for correct placement. There are hand-sewn gold glass bugle beads all down the front of the jacket on the gold braid, pearl sequins on the jabot (white ruffle), and even sequins on the white cuffs at the wrists (not that you can see them in the photos – but they looked GREAT on stage!) I enjoyed EVERY single moment (I’ve lost count of the hours!) of putting this together and to see it on stage was simply AMAZING!

It’s made of a medium weight drill to give it ‘body’, with black cotton down the front panels and Godots (pleats of contrasting plain black and red cotton) at the side and back. This gave the jacket a lovely silhouette and gave plenty of room for moving in. It also created ‘interest’ on the bottom of the jacket rather than being plain red all around. The front breast panels and jacket cuffs have interfacing for added strength and stability.

 

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

 

The young girl who played Captain Hook brought him to life! She did a BRILLIANT job and I had tears in my eyes watching her act.

 

Design  and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

There are 25 METAL buttons sewn onto this jacket. There are more layers to the white Jabot (neck ruffle) that simply don’t get seen as they’re hidden under the jacket, but it was needed for the complete look.

The jacket had a nice “fitted” look:

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

 

I also made Peter Pan and Tinkerbell’s costumes (I don’t have photos yet of Tink’s costume).

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

Design and Image Copywrite Julia Emms

 

So much fun! :o)

Pink and Chocolate

Posted in Cards tagged , at 11:45 am by bejewelledcreations

Hmmmm, anything with chocolate in it has got to be sweet, but this combination is a lovely pairing.

Here is a quick card that I’ve been using as my Make and Take for my Workshops lately.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Simply roll So Sirly twice on the card in Close to Cocoa ink. Use stamps from Happy Everything to create your saying in Pink Passion ink. Trim the cardstock and layer on Chocolate Chip cardstock. Trim again, and adhere on an angle to the pink card. Stamp the butterfly from Priceless in Pink Passion ink and cut around image. Adhere with Dimensionals and cover with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter (using the 2 way glue pen).

A lovely, feminine card that can be used for birthdays, celebrations or anything!

:o)

November 5, 2008

Anniversary Card for a friend.

Posted in Cards tagged , at 6:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

Here is a card that I made from my good friend Sonya. Her darling hubby popped around during the week prior to their anniversary and asked if I could make her a card and keep it ‘hush hush’. It was their 10th Wedding Anniversary and he wanted a personal card. (Altogether now: “Awwwwww”)

I don’t have any wedding-ish stamps so I decided to have their initials on the front and use Carte Postale. Sonya loves medieval-styled things (we made medieval costumes together for a while) and so I thought it would suit her perfectly.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

I adored the colour combination of Creamy Caramel and Chocolate Chip.  I added a card insert and decorated the inside too…

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Happy Anniversary Reuben and Sonya!!! Love Julia!

(PS – Sonya loved the card!!)

Quick Cards.

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 6:19 pm by bejewelledcreations

I’m sure you’ll agree that there never seems enough time in the day to get everything done that you *have* to get done, let alone what you’d *like* to do. Often, we push our own interests aside to get on with the housework and family and even working… I’ve also heard many people ask me where I find the time to stamp?

I *make* time.  Sometimes it’s enough to grab half an hour around lunch time and make a quick card, although I find I’m most creative right before preparing dinner! I can’t stop in the middle of my creative burst and so end up running back and forth checking on tea and stamping!! (I really need a Slow Cooker!)

In the hunt for finding time to stamp, take the time to research card designs in card-making and scrapbook magazines. They can be a brilliant source of inspiration, and you don’t need to copy the cards EXACTLY; you can use it to inspire you with colour combinations or simply use a similar layout. I’ll roughly sketch a design in pencil and scribble where the sayings go, or where the ribbon is; you don’t have to be very neat. I find that using my pencil sketches gives me so much inspiration because the colours aren’t there to confuse me.  I’ll sketch a couple of designs onto a sheet of A4 paper and then come back to the sketches later, and this inspires me try something new and just START! I make sure I find some time every couple of days to have a bit of a stamp-fest.  Sometimes, it can all come together after a few days pondering and sketching ideas and bringing out colour combinations (and putting them away again with a disgruntled sigh). Finally, when I seem to be onto an idea, it “happens”. But that’s not always the case, not by any means. I’ve been known to have all my supplies out, thinking that I “know” what I’m going to do…. and I end up only making one card and even then I’m not happy with it.

So, these two cards are for those of you who feel there isn’t enough time to create a card… take heart! Help is at hand! Not every card has to be full of layers of card and ribbon and embellishments, you can create a wonderful card very simply and very quickly…

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

This bright and funky card was made with one stamp, VersaMark, Wild Wasabi ink, a circle punch and a scallop punch! Very simple. :o)

I just LOVE these BRIGHT cards! They’re such a contrast to my usual style and I felt a little unsure of how to use the Bold Bright cardstock, but I think they work. (?!) The green and orange look great together, I think.

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

You can make this card in around five minutes! I’ve used VersaMark (as I love just the ‘hint’ of an image) for the background stamping, some tearing and some punches again.

Please try these simple layouts and you’ll soon find that you can be creative in a very short amount of time.

 

:o)

November 1, 2008

Altered Tins

Posted in 3D items, Beyond the Page tagged , , at 5:04 pm by bejewelledcreations

Thanks to some wonderful inspiration from Christine Rowland in our Stampin’ Up! Team, I have now created two altered tins of my own.

The first used to be a Milo Tin, but I much prefer it now. :o)

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

I’ve wrapped the spotty paper from Jersey Shore Designer Series paper around the tin and adhered it with Snail Adhesive. I’ve stamped images from Wild About You in Tempting Turquoise, Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie onto Whisper White cardstock and trimmed carefully around them. Use Dimensionals to adhere randomly on the tin. I’ve tied a strip of Old Olive Grosgrain ribbon around the upper area of the tin. Stamp the saying from Wild About You onto white cardstock and layer over Pumpkin Pie cardstock.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

I love the bright colours of this tin and I use it for my pens for my Stampin’ Up! Workshops. My guests are always amazed to see how versatile Stampin’ Up! products are! You could easily use this to tidy up a child’s desk or have a collection of them for various bits and bobs in a child’s room.

 

This next tin was made from an Instant Gravy tin. LOL!!! Same process but with different colours. :o)

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

I love the sparkly of the Glitter on this tin! So Christmassy and pretty. You can use this for your Christmas goodies on the dining table at Christmas, or like I have done, for your Candy Canes.

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

These altered tins are *SO* easy to make and very, very quick. I have used the 2 way glue pen to draw the swirls and then cover with glitter – it’s the simplest way to add BLING!

Why not have a go yourself and see what you can come up with?

:o)

Snow Happy!

Posted in Cards tagged , at 4:15 pm by bejewelledcreations

I am simply LOVING making my Christmas cards!

My children just adore this stamp set (Festive Favourites $45.95) and I’ve had to stamp images onto plain paper for them to colour with their own pencils and textas. My favourite is this SnowMan image!

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

I’ve used the stamp set Festive Favourites, Ballet Blue, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Whisper White cardstock, Black and Tempting Turquoise ink pads, WaterColour Wonder Crayons (Bold Brights) and Blender Pens for colouring the snowmen, and a dash of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter!
Such a happy card.
Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

The JOY of Christmas cards

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 3:38 pm by bejewelledcreations

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

This is the first year that I will be making my own Christmas Cards! Previous years I’ve bought the box sets of cards with a few good designs but ultimately, the majority of  the designs in the pack are pretty old-fashioned. These are the cards that you leave to the last and send to those very distant relatives… (sorry!) I usually dread writing Christmas cards; it feels very much like a chore and I don’t really feel the spirit of Christmas whilst doing it.

HOWEVER!

This year is different! (HURRAY!) I’m thrilled to be able to make my own cards this year! Thanks to Stampin’ Up!, I have all the tools and supplies I need to get creative and send hand-made cards to the people I love and care about. 

I’ve started early so that I feel organised, and I can guarantee that there aren’t going to be any of those ‘cringe-worthy-cards-that-get-used-up-last-because-they’re-so-awful!’  LOL. My friend Kim organised a night at the local town hall’s kitchen where a group of our mutual friends met for a craft night. I took along my Christmas card supplies and made around 8 cards. I felt very organised! (YAYNESS!) This is a sample of those cards and some others that I’ve made with a few basic items.

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

To make these cards, I’ve used a combination of the following products:

Season of Joy Stamp set   $51.95

Wild Wasabi and Purely Pomegranate ink pads $9.95 each

Wild Wasabi, Purely Pomegranate, River Rock and Garden Green Cardstock $10.50 per pack of each colour

Whisper White cardstock $13.50 per pack

Holiday Harmony Designer Series Paper $11.95 from Spring Mini catalogue

2way Glue pen $6.50

Dazzling Diamonds Glitter $8.50

VersaMark ink pad $13.95

White Gel pen $7.50

Double Stitched Ribbon Wild Wasabi and Purely pomegranate $16.95 each

(On some cards I did use Clear embossing powder with the Heat Tool, but you don’t need to do this. VersaMark ink would still be pretty enough.)

The designs are very easy to replicate using different colours and I plan on making multiple cards of some of these designs for my Christmas cards. It’s a much more pleasant way to do my Christmas cards and I’ll enjoy sending them off this time.

If you’d like to purchase any products listed so that you can make your own Christmas cards, please don’t hesitate to contact me! I hope I’ve inspired you to get creative and enjoy some card-making this Holiday Season. I know that I can’t wait until our next Crafty Mum’s get togther so that I can add to my stash of Chrissy cards!!!

 

:o)

Time Well Spent…

Posted in Cards tagged , at 3:01 pm by bejewelledcreations

In the previous post I said that I’ve had a lot of fun playing with my Time Well Spent set, and thought I’d share some of the sample cards that I made. I loved adding the Dazzling Diamonds Glitter too! (I love Bling!!)

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

 

For these cards I’ve used Stampin’ Pastels with Blender Pens to colour the butterflies,  Black and Pink Passion ink, VersMark, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla cardstock and the Bery Bliss Designer Paper Series. Oh, yes, and plenty of Dazzling Diamonds Glitter applied very simply with the 2-way glue pen (an absolute favourite!!!).

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