July 31, 2009

Double Pocket Bags

Posted in 3D items, Cards, Events/Fundraisers tagged , , at 8:36 am by bejewelledcreations

Here are more goodies that I made for the Gawler Soccer Club’s Fundraiser night; Double Pocket Bags! So easy and they only use ONE sheet of 12 x 12 designer series paper or cardstock.

Aaron Scott from Stampin’ Up! showed us this wee little bag at the Adelaide Regional training seminar and I’ve only just used the template (Gosh! Why didn’t I make them sooner!!! They’re so gorgeous!) As you’ll see, I made matching 10 x 10 cards for a couple of the bags, but all the other bags were empty so that guests could fill them with their own choice of goodies later.

These are a great idea for gift bags, lolly bags for children’s parties, bags complete with handmade cards as a gift for someone, or just because they’re so darn cute!! (My darling little Miss 8 keeps asking if she can have them.)

Double Pocket Bag set.

Double Pocket Bag set.

As my friend Ju and I were going to sell these (and other) items on our stall as well as have catalogues and order forms ready for current-stock orders,  we thought we’d use up some of our retired papers and stock. Much to my joy, I realised that I had a pack of Die Cut flowers from last years Spring Mini (which conveniently are ALSO in our current catalgoue!) that match the Designer Series Papers I wanted to use. I adhered the Die Cut blooms onto the cards and bags and also added some bling!

Double Pocket Bags

Double Pocket Bags

 Here is a better look at the small cards that fit inside the bags:

Double Pocket Bag set

Double Pocket Bag set

Double Pocket Bag Set

Double Pocket Bag Set

I love these bright funky colours. I can totally see myself buying the Die Cut Blooms again as they were so much fun to work with. In the current catalogue you can buy the Die Cuts Blooms in a set of Real Red, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Bashful Blue, as well as the NEW In Color option of Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla, Close to Cocoa and Kiwi Kiss. You’ll be surprised just how many blooms you get in the pack – there are HEAPS!!!!

July 30, 2009

More Glitter Cards.

Posted in Cards tagged , at 9:10 am by bejewelledcreations

I made these small 10 x 10cm cards for a Fundraiser that me and my awesome buddy, Ju, went to last Friday night. We had one week’s notice and during that ONE week we madly prepared, cut, made, folded, stuck and glittered approximately 50 cards and 3D projects between us!  *phew*. We had a lovely evening and enjoyed the company of the Gawler Soccer Club ladies. “Hello to anyone we met that night!!!”

These are some of the cards that I made for sale on the night…

I wanted a very simple layout and also wanted to see if I could use all the stamps in the Fun and Fast Notes set. (I used every image except the Christmas tree – although not all are photographed here).

Glitter Cards Fun & Fast Notes

Glitter Cards Fun & Fast Notes

I used the Sprinkles set as a random background for the cards in the same ink as the base cardstock (or in the case of the light blue and yellow cards, I used  a slightly darker shade of  ink.)

Glitter Card. Get Well

Glitter Card. Get Well

Glitter Card. Cake!

Glitter Card. Cake!

Glitter Card. Forever.

Glitter Card. Forever.

Glitter Card. New Baby

Glitter Card. New Baby

Glitter Card. Thanks

Glitter Card. Thanks

As you can see, making 10 x 10cm cards is easy and a great way to use up all the images in a stamp set. I chose nice bright colours for this set and I really like how they’ve turned out. This is definately a style I’d do again and may even try this design on a more traditional sized card to see how it looks (perhaps with a little embellishment if needed.)

If you’d like to learn more about this technique or see this made as a demonstration card at a workshop, please contact me and I can arrange this!

July 29, 2009

Funny Face

Posted in Cards tagged at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

*chuckles*

I just love this little guy:

Pick a Petal Funny Face

Pick a Petal Funny Face

There are tonnes of face-cards on the net using Pick a Petal but I haven’t seen many Happy Faces – they’re mostly the sad faces with the “smile” petal used as “Get Well Cards”.

Darling Daughter needed a card for a friend’s birthday and as the young boy was turning seven, he was a little old for the truck and animal sets in the catalogue and I thought a funny face would suit his personality perfectly!

My colours are Tangerine Tango, Bashful Blue and Not Quite Navy. I’ve stamped the Polka Dot background stamp onto the Tangerine Tango card to match the dotty nose and punched the Spiral punch along the edge of the Not Quit Navy cardstock for interest. I stamped the Happy Birthday saying from Family Phrases and punched it out with the Word Window Punch and adhered it to the card with dimensionals.

So much fun! These funny faces are just too cute!

July 28, 2009

Christmas in July!

Posted in Cards tagged at 5:41 pm by bejewelledcreations

I had a workshop recently where the Hostess requested all Christmas cards – what a fabulous idea!! I think we all agree that Christmas always comes around far too quickly, so I thought this was a wonderful way to start to get prepared with ideas.

Here are a couple of my Christmas cards that I made in preparation to have on display as well as the cards I demonstrated and had as a Make ‘n’ Take card.

Punch Pals Snowman

Punch Pals Snowman

This is using my new-favourite technique! I call this my “Glitter Card”. I was going to add Dazzling Diamonds Glitter with my glue pen over parts of the snowman and the snow around his “feet” (bottom snowball LOL!), but then had a brilliant idea to cover the entire cardstock with glitter by using Heat ‘n’ Stick powder! I stamped and coloured my snowman using Blender Pens and chalk, and then simply pressed the white cardstock onto my VersaMark pad until it was completely inked. I sprinkled Heat ‘n’ Stick powder over the top, heated with the Heat Tool and then quickly threw on the Glitter. (Heat to set). Such a dazzling card and it looks great over the snowman! I’ve used Brocade Blue ribbon and cardstock to match.

 

Holiday Lineup Glitter Card.

Holiday Lineup Glitter Card.

Again, using my Glitter Card technique, I’ve made this fun card using the Holiday Lineup set. I LOVE the images in this set – so much fun! The colours I’ve used are Baja Breeze (cardstock, DSP, ribbon) and Not Quite Navy (cardstock, brads). I also discovered that Taken with Teal chalk is an almost-perfect match to Baja Breeze when you want to match chalks with Baja Breeze cardstock. If you look at the coloured snowmen in the above card, you will see that the middle and second-from-right snowmen are a great match to the BB c/s. I coloured them with varying amounts of Taken with Teal chalk!

Holiday LineUp snowmen.

Holiday LineUp snowmen.

I then made a second card but rotated and tweaked the layout and switched the stamp set:

Punch Pals snowman on Baja Breeze

Punch Pals snowman on Baja Breeze

 

So Swirly Baubles

So Swirly Baubles

I’ve seen this idea on the internet last year and thought I’d have a go. I wheeled Brocade Blue ink onto Whisper White c/s with my So Swirly jumbo wheel. I punched a circle out of plain scrap paper and used it as a template over the So Swirly image. I used my Sponge Daubers with Brocade Blue ink and gently dabbed around the edges of the circle until I was happy with the shading. I then punched out the cardstock over my shaded areas. I added highlights with a white gel pen and a streak of glitter with my glue pen. You can see how I layered the ‘baubles’ and used metallic silver cardstock as the “ribbons” and also as a matt (layering) under the white cardstock.

This next card is a CASE of a brilliant card I saw on SplitCoast Stampers by a lady named Allison Frandle ( http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1073279?cat=500&ppuser=162234 )  I added some Riding Hood Red ribbon and Chocolate Chip layering, but otherwise the layout/design is from Allison.

Holly Jolly Christmas

Holly Jolly Christmas

My colours are Riding Hood Red cardstock, RHR taffeta ribbon, RHR Designer Series Paper, RHR ink and Chocolate Chip cardstock.

This last card was our Make ‘n’ Take card at the workshop.

Holiday LineUp Reindeer.

Holiday LineUp Reindeer.

The colours are Close to Cocoa, Riding Hood Red and Candy Lane Designer Series Paper. We coloured the cute reindeer with Blender Pens and the Stampin’ Up! chalks. Tee Hee – I can’t believe that I’ve managed to get a flash of glitter sparkling from the flash of my camera on Rudolf’s nose when I took this photo! It’s just like the flash of teeth on a toothpaste advert “CHING!!”

I know that I have some cool designs and fun ideas now for my Christmas cards for this coming Christmas and I hope you get some inspiration for your own – it’s never too early to be prepared!!!

If you live in the Barossa Valley area and would like to book your own workshop (perhaps have your own Christmas themed workshop) please don’t hesitate to contact me via the links on this site. As a Hostess, don’t forget that you can earn a free stamp set and earn free products depending on sales – you also get to keep everything that I demonstrate, not to mention get to hang out for a couple of hours with your friends (and me!!) and have an AWESOME time!

July 20, 2009

Pick a Petal… any petal…

Posted in Cards at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

I’ve had the Pick a Petal set for quite some time (I redeemed it as part of my Sale-a-Bration rewards in April), but haven’t used it for quite a while so felt that I’d best dust it off…

This design seems to be quite a popular way to use this set, so for starters I made a simple card along those lines.

Pick a Petal

Pick a Petal

Colours and supplies used: Pick a Petal set, Stem Sayings set, Pink Pirouette, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss inks and cardstock, Kiwi Kiss satin ribbon, mini glue dots. Fire rhinestone. I can really see me enjoying many cards with this set…

July 19, 2009

Chipboard cutie

Posted in Cards, Inspired by... at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

I made this card for my dear friend Kim some time ago. She’s amazing and *so* inspirational. Kim inspires me in so many ways – she’s my gym buddy, stampin’ buddy, parenting-advice buddy and all-around great friend! When I feel like I’m failing in any of the afformentioned areas she’ll lift me up and make me feel a heap better. *hugs*.

I loved making this birdie and so far it’s the only one I’ve made (note to self: make more cards with chipboard pieces!!).

Chipboard birdie

Chipboard birdie

I covered the body, tail and beak with textured cardstock and DSP and because the birdie legs are so thin (and only slightly tricky to cover in cardstcok or DSP) I sponged Chocolate Chip ink over the top with Sponge Daubers – which I was pleasantly surprised to see that it gave EXCELENT coverage!

chipboard birdie detail

chipboard birdie detail

The original design inspiration came from the current Stampin’ Up! Idea Book & Catalogue Page 116. If you look at the example card next to the Curvy Verses set, you’ll see a small square cut card with a small chipboard birdie… I just tweaked it a little and chose my own colours; I wanted to use Tangerine Tango from the current In Color range because it was a colour that I was not using frequently… and so this is the card I came up with. 🙂

Enjoy.

July 18, 2009

Embrace the “Random”!

Posted in Cards at 11:52 am by bejewelledcreations

Tee hee… the title makes me chuckle just a little bit. I have a few customers and friends who struggle with Random stamping: I LOVE it! Let me explain why…

  1. You can create your own background or patterned paper by randomly stamping an entire sheet of cardstock.
  2. You don’t have to think too hard about co-ordinating colours to a specific design of paper – you’ve made your own instead!
  3. It’s FAST! Random means speed in my world.
  4.  You don’t need to be precise. Almost right is right enough!
  5. It hides your wonky stamping!!!! This is possibly THE most important benefit of random stamping. If (like me, on occassion) you tend to stamp wonky and slightly off-kilter (could also refer to my emotional state whilst stamping. LOL), then Random stamping is perfect for you. If you worry that you’re not going to align something just so, then give Random a go!
  6. It gives a casual appearance to your cards. Sometimes you want a relaxed feel to your cards – random stamping will tone it down for you (think of clothing… random stamping is the “smart casual” equivalent).
  7.  Random stamping is particularly good for male cards – especially those of the male species that *may* (disclaimer note – not all males) go so far as to overwhelm you with a “that’s nice” comment. (See #3 above!!!) Tee Hee. 
  8. It’s pretty! You’re more likely to use a flower or butterfly image, or some such other pretty stamp to be your randomly stamped pattern, so random stamping is pretty!
  9. It’s liberating! Unleash your inner Random Goddess

Throw caution to the wind and give Random a go!

Here are some examples of how to use Random stamping on your cards:

Watercolour Spritz

Watercolour Spritz

This is a card we made at my card class and we randomly stamped the flower image from Flower Fancy onto watercolor paper with StazOn ink. We coloured the image with Markers (quite messily), and then spritzed water over the entire piece of watercolor paper from a water bottle. The colour from the markers ‘bled’ beautifully, and once the paper was a little drier, we added a little more colour on the flowers. Of course, Dazzling Diamonds glitter finished it off. 🙂

Botanical Blooms

Botanical Blooms

This card shows how your random stamping can become the main feature of a card. You can see how easy it would be to change the colours to suit the mood or personality of the recipient.

Heartfelt Thanks

Heartfelt Thanks

Randomly stamp the base card for a pretty background. OR…

Heartfelt Thanks

Heartfelt Thanks

Randomly stamp an entire piece of Whisper White cardstock and then trim and layer as needed for multiple cards. This is how you can create your own Designer Series Paper!

Scribble This

Scribble This

‘Scribble This’ is perfect for random stamping! It’s as if it were designed for it. 🙂 The beauty of this set is that it’s just like a doodle and very freehand looking and, due to it’s design, looks wonderful when stamped randomly over cardstock. You’ll find that the more ‘relaxed’ or natural an image is (less elegant or classic), the more it will look fabulous as a randomly stamped image. I saw a card very similar to the one I made (above) on the net, but have lost the link… apologies. This card was inspired by it.
Petal Prints

Petal Prints

Here, the background stamping has become the main feature of the card. I’ve used VersaMark ink for the bold flowers and Rose Red for the outline images. (This set is now retired.) 

 

Petal Print squares

Petal Print squares

Here I’ve used a combination of randomly stamping the base card as well as using some random stamping on an entire pice of cardstock to make my card. Use VersaMark to randomly stamp an image on your base card, then use the same image (for continuity) and randomly cover a piece of Whisper White cardstock using a selection of harmonious colours. Punch squares out of the stamped c/s using the 1&1/4″ square punch and then mount on Chocolate Chip squares (punched with the 1&3/8″ square).

I hope that this has given you some inspiration to break free! Try random stamping – it’s fun!

Simply Said… so simple!

Posted in Cards tagged , at 9:30 am by bejewelledcreations

Here’s another card I made at our craft night. As you can see I’ve used the exact same colours as the card with the Kindness Wheel (Tangerine Tango, Riding Hood Red, Summer Sun, Whisper White).

Simply Said

Simply Said

I randomly stamped the flowered heart from Simply Said in Riding Hood Red ink and them stamped the tiny flower in Tangerine Tango in between the large hearts. Mount the Whisper White cardstock onto RHR and then onto a large piece of Summer Sun. I tied a length of Whisper White tafetta ribbon around the Summer Sun c/s and then I stamped a saying from Curvy Verses (Love that set!!) underneath that. To add texture to the card, I tore off the bottom of the SUmmer Sun c/s. Again, just like the previous card, I’ve sponged the edges of the Summer Sun and Tangerine Tango c/s to give a soft finish. Simply adhere the Summer Sun piece to the Tangerine Tango card and you’re done! Oh, but don’t forget to add glitter!!

Another Quick Card that can be used for many different occassions, depending on the saying you use.

July 17, 2009

Rolling Along…

Posted in Cards tagged , at 6:15 pm by bejewelledcreations

Well it’s been a while – I know. But to get things rolling along again, I thought I’d share a card I made at the last craft get-together I had with my Stampin’ Buddies Ju and Kelly… Let me set the scene: I’d had a bit of a hiatus from all forms of stamping and took a good break from doing workshops during all of June and this created a certain Lack of Creativity! WOW… I never imagined that I could lose my Mojo so quickly – but maybe, just maybe it was perfect timing to have a break!? It’s kind of like the Chicken and the Egg… Which came first??? Well, what came first for me? Did I lose my Mojo and co-incidentally I’d already decided to have a break from stamping? OR… Did the break from stamping CAUSE my  Mojo to go AWOL? Either way, my Mojo is back now!!! *HURRAY!!!*

But Seriously! It was well and truly gone! My sweet little boy (not so little) turned 6 during June and I struggled to make his card. I had a lot of trouble designing the layout and couldn’t decide on colours and accessories (ARGH!) for ages. I finally made something I was happy with, although I kind of feel that I ripped him off and should make him another one with my full faculties LOL!

Thanks to my buddies, though (*hugs*) I created 4 cards during our stampin’ night, and I’ll share this one with you. 🙂

When making cards and deciding on which stamps to use, don’t overlook the Stampin’ Up! roller wheels (Jumbo and regular). Roller wheels can be the feature or main image of your card and take just moments to make!

Kindness Jumbo Wheel

Kindness Jumbo Wheel

I’ve used a base card of Summer Sun and wheeled the Kindness Jumbo Wheel onto Whisper White c/s in Riding Hood Red. I’ve mounted that onto a strip of Riding Hood Red (quite a mouthful – now known as RHR!) I’ve used my Eyelet Border Punch to create a very pretty scalloped edge on Tangerine Tango c/s and then mounted the RHR section onto that! To create a soft look to the card, I’ve sponged the edges in the same ink as the cardstock… so for example, the Summer Sun card has been sponged with Summer ink and the Tangerine Tango c/s sponged with Tangerine Tango ink etc…

I’ve used the saying from Simply Said as that set matches the Kindness wheel so beautifully! To finish it off, I’ve coloured the tiny flowers with ink to match the cardstock by using my Blender Pens.

This card was very quick to make, and by simply exchanging another Jumbo Wheel for the Kindness wheel you can just imagine the possibilities!

On a side note, I’m glad the school hoilidays are nearly over – not because I’m sick of the children, but because they’ve been sick! LOL. Darling daughter’s asthma flared up after a minor viral infection last weekend and we’ve been pretty much in-doors for the week. It’s been cold outside, and the cold air just makes her cough worse so we’ve been watching many DVD’s and doing indoor activities (*much love to Gran and Poppa for the children’s painting books – what a life-saver!!!*) I also look forward to getting back to the gym once the children are back at school! YAY for routines! Can’t wait to get back into the swing of things.

Enjoy