November 28, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #4

Posted in 12 Days of Christmas Projects tagged , at 8:35 am by bejewelledcreations

Christmas Project #4 Decorating your glass

candle-holders with rub-ons.

Holly & Jolly rub-ons

I love the Glade candles that you can buy at supermarkets to make the house smell all lovely – this one was possibly Apple & Cinnamon or even Vanilla (yum)… I just let the candle burn itself down and once it’s finished, I sit the glass jar in a bowl of really hot water to soften the remaining wax and then scoop it out. Most times the metal wick-holder comes out too – although I have one very persistent metal bit that is refusing to budge! (I’ll get it!)

Once the glass is clean and dry, you can apply your rub-ons. The best way to do this is to cut around your desired rub-ons first, then hold them in place as you rub them. I found I had to rub fairly firmly and check that every part of the rub-on had adhered to the glass. But really, it was quite quick and easy to do this and it looks so cute! I’ve put a tea light candle in the bottom of the glass ready to be lit for Christmas.

Holly & Jolly rub-ons

Tee Hee – I have quite a few of the scented candle glasses, so I guess we’ll be having a few of these decorated glasses around the house come Christmas – of course, they would make lovely GIFTS, too!

Christmas Rub-ons on glass

Thankyou for visiting, I hope you liked these Christmas candle-holders.


November 25, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #3

Posted in 12 Days of Christmas Projects, 3D items tagged , , , at 8:31 am by bejewelledcreations

Christmas Project #3Box in a Bag!

Christmas Box in a Bag. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

This will make your gift-giving so cute! These gift bags are perfect for bags of cookies, chocolates (I mention chocolate a fair bit, don’t I? LOL) or any other small gift.

I found the original project designed by a very creative lady – Diana Gibbs. All credit to her!

If you’d like to make the boxes as I have done today, here are the directions:

1) You will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Designer Series Paper
  • Round Tab Punch
  • Scallop Trim Punch
  • Bone Folder
  • Sticky Strip (or Tombow Glue)
  • Ribbons
  • Crop-a-dile (not pictured)
  • Jumbo Eyelets (not pictured)
  • Embellishments

Supplies for Box in a Bag Project.

2) Cut your cardstock to4 & 1/2″ x 4 & 1/2″.

  • Score 1″ all around the edges – all four sides.
  • Crease along all score lines
  • Snip inwards on two sides opposite each other

Cut and score cardstock.

3) Apply Sticky Strip or Tombow Glue to the “square” parts of box:

Box in a Bag Base

4) Assemble the box by folding in the square parts:

Assemble box

5) Cut your Designer Series Paper to 5″ x 11″ and apply Sticky Strip to the long edge and one short edge:

Designer Series Paper

6) Peel off the Sticky Strip from the long edge and start to ‘wrap’ the DSP around the base of the box:

Wrapping DSP around Box

7) Keep going until you get to the short edge. Peel the Sticky Strip from the short edge and gently press down:

Wrapping DSP around box

Box in a Bag

8) You will now need to cut some cardstock to 1″ x 11″ and use your Scallop Trim punch to punch a border. Apply Sticky Strip to the back of the punched out border:

Scallop Trim

Scallop Trim with Sticky Strip

9) Peel off the Sticky Strip and adhere the Scallop Trim border to the outside of the base of the Bag:

Scallop Trim on base

10) Use the Round Tab punch to punch out two tabs. Apply Sticky Strip to the inside of both sides and then adhere to the top of the bag:

Round Tab punch

Round Tabs

11) Use the Crop-a-dile to punch holes in each round tab. Carefully push a Jumbo Eyelet in each hole and affix with the Crop-a-dile:

Jumbo Eyelets

12) Thread ribbon of your choice through the Jumbo Eyelets to close the Bag and then decorate with a Christmas tag:

Box in a Bag with Ribbon

13) To make the Tag embellishment of the smaller Box in a Bag, punch out two Scallop Squares and cut the top and bottom thre scallops off the corner:

Tag embellishment

14) Cut the longer strips in half, (discard the top and bottom triangles) and attach around the circle tag at the “corners”:

Tag with Scallop corners

15) This is the view of the back of the Tag. To make it look neater simply punch out a circle and cover the ‘messy’ back:

Back View of tag.

Back of Tag.

16) Here is the finished Box in a Bag! This is the smaller one which I made with the off-cut of Designer Series Paper from the first Box in a Bag! (Two for the price of one!! Woo hoo)

Finished (small) Box in a Bag

Here are the two finished projects for you:

Finished Box in a Bag project.

I hope you enjoyed this Tutorial and that you might even give it a go! These are super easy once you’ve made one – and they really do look lovely. You can make them in many sizes, just change the height of the Designer Series Paper to have a taller or shorter Box in a Bag!

Thankyou for Visiting and I hope you enjoyed your 3rd Christmas project. Stay tuned for Project 4!

November 22, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #2

Posted in 12 Days of Christmas Projects, 3D items tagged , at 9:00 am by bejewelledcreations

Christmas Project #2 Hanging Gift Boxes!

Christmas Hanging gift boxes. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

We have a Tradition in our family of having a Christmas Tree Present – My mum always had an extra, small gift hiding for us on the tree that was kind of a last-surprise gift after all the madness of un-wrapping had passed and we’d stuffed ourselves silly with dinner… They never had a name-tag on them – mum just “knew” whose was who’s and gave them out with much anticipation from us! The gifts were usually small and I’ve carried this Tradition on with our family. These small boxes will be ideal for small gifts or even chocolates (yum!!) that you can hang on your tree.

I cut 4″ x4″ squares from Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive cardstock and also from Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper (to be the lids). For the bases (Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock) I scored around all edges at 1&1/4″. For the lids of DSP I scored at just OVER 1 & 1/4″ so that the lids fitted nicely without being too tight! To assemble each section (base and lid) I cut along the score line of two opposite edges. (It’s a bit tricky to explain, so here is a picture of what to do)….

How to snip base of box.

Either use Tombow Glue (my new favourite method of gluing 3D projects!!) or apply Sticky Strip on the small “square” pieces that you just snipped… these will tuck inside the box as you fold it up to create the box. Assemble the base and DSP to create your two halves. I used a paper piercer to poke a hole in the corner of the lids and threaded some Linen Thread through the hole. Put the boxes together by matching a DSP lid with a contrasting colour of cardstock base. I then adhered the Linen Thread to the base of each box so that the thread came out of the corner of the lid (keeping the base and lid together).

To create the Christmas Flower on top of the DSP lid, I simply punched out flowers in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock with my Boho Blossoms punch – then layered them in any way I liked. Attach a Basic Rhinestone and it’s that quick!!!

Now you can fill your cute box with treats, jewellery or any small trinket and then all you need to do is hang it on the tree!

Thankyou for visiting – I hope you enjoyed this project. Please leave a comment if you found this helpful.

November 20, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #1

Posted in 12 Days of Christmas Projects, 3D items, Cards tagged , , , , at 9:47 am by bejewelledcreations

Where has the time gone? I can’t believe that we’ve just had Week 6 of school!! There are only 3 weeks of Term 4 left (GAH!!!). Did that scare you? Me too. I haven’t even started Christmas shopping yet and I’ll need to get my skates on because I’ll need to do most of it while the children are at school (don’t want them spying anything they shouldn’t!)

To help you get organised with cards and gift-giving this year, over the coming weeks until Christmas I’ll be posting 12 Christmas Projects to inspire and get you all ready for your Christmas Celebrations. I was going to call this the 12 Weeks of Christmas but considering that there are only FIVE (*gasps*) weeks left it would have been the condensed version LOL.

Each week until Christmas I will be sharing two Christmas projects with you until we have a total of 12 projects.

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of them!

Christmas Project #1 – Holly!

To kick things off, I’m sharing how you can make cute Holly leaves with your punches:

Holly. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

To recreate the Holly – simply punch out 3 ovals with the Oval-Extra-Large (2″x 1 3/8″) punch in Old Olive cardstock. Next, take your 1″ circle punch and punch out “bites” from around the edge of the oval shape. You’ll soon get the knack for getting a nice pointy end. To make the Holly leaves look more realisitc, sponge the edges with Old Olive ink using a Sponge Dauber (great for getting into those small curves).

I also used my Bone Folder to create a vein down the centre of each Holly leaf. What I love about making these is that each leaf will be different because you’ll never punch out the “bites” in exactly the same way twice – this adds to the natural look of your Holly. I punched out three circles with my 1/2″ circle punch in Cherry Cobler cardstock (my FAVOURITE Christmas red!!!). If you have time, add a layer of Crystal Effects over the ‘berries’ and let them dry overnight.

To create the band along the length of the card, I took some Cherry Cobbler cardstock and adhered it to a strip of Jolly Holiday DSP (slightly longer than my card length). I then put the two strips through my Crimper. Pretty! The greeting is from the stamp set called Curly Cute and is indeed very cute (and curly LOL).

You can make different sizes of Holly simply by using smaller oval and circle punches:

How to make Holly. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

Here are some other projects that I’ve made using my punched Holly leaves:

Holly Gift Boxes. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I hope this inspires you to make your own Holly leaves and be creative with them!

Thankyou for visiting!

November 17, 2010

Can’t get enough of my friends.

Posted in Cards tagged , at 8:42 am by bejewelledcreations

I am just loving watercolouring at the moment! This image is the cutest ever and is a really lovely size to spend a decent amount of time perfecting my watercolouring skills.

Friendship Card. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

Again, this is a very simple design with little ‘fuss’ or ‘bling’ but I think it’s just right. I’m also LOVING the wide striped ribbons – they’re softer than you’d imagine and are really nice on cards. The simple knot doesn’t overpower the card, whereas I think if I’d tied a bow or fake knot (with loose ends etc), that it’d be a bit too much, don’t you think?

The cardstock is So Saffron,  with watercolour paper (with a Scallop Trim edge). The ribbon is Marina Mist and I’ve added Marina Mist and So Saffron buttons – so cute!

Thankyou for visiting!

November 15, 2010

Just hanging around!

Posted in 6 x 6 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , , , at 6:20 pm by bejewelledcreations

It’s been so long since I completed a scrap page – I have LOTS of un-completed pages and I can’t even count how many ‘stacks’ of photos, papers and embellishments that are simply lying on my scrap desk waiting for me to do something with them. LOL. However, here is one that I DID complete and it was super quick.

Life is a Matter of Moments. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I’ve used the very bright and funky Melon Mambo as my base page, with a Pink Pirouette Top Note shape (gently sponged with Melon Mambo around the edges). I’ve used Early Espresso as a feature strip with a scallop Trim border and then finished it off witha layered paper daisy that has been embossed in the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. The leaves are from Stampin’ Up! also. The stamped saying is from the Elements of Style stamp set, punched out with the Modern Label punch.

I was telling my friend Maria a little while ago that I was just going to “do it” and start scrapping…. sorry Maria, I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Why is it so hard to get on with scrapbooking? Does anyone have any tricks to get things moving along a little bit quicker and easier? Will it always be so hard to dedicate time to scrapping?

Thanks for visiting.

The Nicest things…

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 6:05 pm by bejewelledcreations

It was “Grandparents and Special Friends” Day at our children’s school today. My mum and dad were able to come up and visit the children and listen to them explaining their school work and showing them their special pieces of art. It was so lovely. Little Master 7 showed Poppa all his maths work and took great pride in explaining each page – he always says he’s a “Reading Machine” and now he’s a “Math’s Machine” (he must get his maths ‘genes’ from his dad ‘cos he sure doesn’t get them from me!!!LOL.) Little Miss 9 made a pottery pencil holder with Gran and showed her all around the computers and they played some maths challenge games together. My dear friend Linda surprised Little Miss 9 by arriving at 10.30am… Little Miss 9 had invited our friend Linda but as she lives in Bridgewater, I thought it would be a real stretch for her to make it (and so had prepared Little Miss 9 so as to avoid disappointment)… but I had secretly been TEXTing with Linda and knew she could make it afterall!! YAY!!!!!

Having a friend like Linda is such a special gift and I’m so thankful for knowing her… this card is in honour of friendships, even if distance keeps us apart, we are not apart in our hearts.

The Nicest Things. Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

The stamped image is from the set “The Nicest Things”, and I’ve watercoloured the image on Stampin’ Up! watercolour paper. This is a lovely simple design and very quick to put together. I ran a Stampin’ Up! paper daisy through my Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder which I had inked with Marina Mist ink. It’s a pretty effect, yes? I also punched a border with the Scallop Trim border and corner punches – I just adore these punches!!! (SPOILER ALERT….. You wait until the December Summer mini….. there is another GORGEOUS punch design – corner and matching edge-  coming out!!!! OHhhhhhhh, soooo pretty!) But you’ll just have to wait, tee hee.

Thankyou for visiting.

November 9, 2010

Oh so delicate.

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 2:07 pm by bejewelledcreations

Here’s another sample card of one of my Demonstrations at the Regional Training Day . This one is of my Window Sheet Butterflies. I just LOVE this technique.

Delicate Butterflies

I used a Stampin’ Up! Window Sheet and ran it though the Big Shot on my Beautiful Butterflies die. The Window Sheets cut beautifully and have a very crisp edge. I then placed the larger butterfly in my Elegant Bouquet embossing folder and embossed it in the Big Shot. I felt that the butterflies needed a bit more definition (especially if you’re putting them on a light-coloured background), so I gently sponged the edges of the window sheet with my White StazOn ink. The StazOn will also help camoflage the mini glue dots that you’ll need to use to adhere the butterfly to your projects.  You’ll find that the butterflies stand out better on darker coloured cardstock, but experiment and see how it looks on other colours! I then layered the smaller butterfly on the top of the larger one and finished them off with Basic Pearls. *sigh*

I’ve used Elegant Eggplant textured cardstock and embossed the corner of it with the same embossing folder (Elegant Bouquet).  Oh, if you like the size of this card, it’s one of Stampin’ Up!’s Note Cards which is SOOOO cute. They are 8.9cm x 12.7cm and come with matching envelopes too.

I created a few more samples using this technique so stay tuned for more examples.


Hello little Blog…

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 1:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

Oh my goodness me, I do apologise for such a long break between posts…. (you know what it’s like…. life *sigh*)  but anyway,  let’s get right back into things, shall we?

Last Saturday was the Adelaide Regional Seminar (training day) and I was lucky enough (hah! I drew the short straw I think!!!) to be asked to present a demonstration up on stage (oh the terror!). I had such a fun day meeting up with other Demonstrators (*waves to fellow demos I met on the day*), learning lots of fun techniques, playing with our stamp set for the FOUR Make & Takes and sitting with such a great bunch of friends. If you’d like to join me next year, contact me about how you can do it too!

Anyway, back to the fun stuff…. As many of you who know me, know…. I LOVE my Big Shot and so I decided to demonstrate some cute embellishments that you can create to adorn your cards and scrap pages. Here’s a sneak peek at what I demonstrated:

This technique is called “Ink to Embossing Folder” (or something similar. LOL.)

Bashful Blue Butterflies

The photo is a little bit fuzzy, but you can see the beautiful deep embossed areas. Want to know how I did it? It’s super easy and so much fun!

  • Cut out your chosen shape (in this case, I used my Big Shot to cut out the butterflies with the Beuatiful Butterflies Bigz die)
  • Choose an embossing folder (mine was Vintage Wallpaper)
  • Choose a complimentary ink colour to your cardstock (mine is Marina Mist ink on Bashful Blue cardstock)
  • Use a brayer to roll ink onto one side of your embossing folder (or you could just use an ink pad to swipe over the folder)
  • Position your butterfly on the folder and run it through the Big Shot.
  • Ta Daaaa! Oooh pretty.
  • To clean, simply run your embossing folder under running water as Stampin’ Up!’s inks are water-based, they make cleaning up super dooper easy.

I love ths simplicity of this card design and there’s almost no stamping! I like to sponge the edges of my butterflies to give them some definition – it just “finishes them off” I think.


Keep posted for more samples.