July 4, 2012

Scallop Square Easel Card

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I really enjoy the bright yellow of this card – all summery and fresh (if only we had the same weather!!!) I love the crispness of the white & yellow ribbon and crocheted flower – so cute.

I wanted to use my Scallop square Stampin’ Up! die for an easel  card and so I planned around it with this card. I’ve used the Crayon Resist technique again on Glossy White cardstock and used the brayer to ink Blushing Bride over the top. (The white areas are where I coloured with the wax crayon.)

I haven’t bothered with a sentiment again – this card is now useful for any ocassion!

Stamps: Bordering on Romance

Inks: Black Staz-On, Blushing Bride

Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Glossy White, Whisper White

Others: Brayer, wax crayon, Big Shot, Large Scallop Square Bigz Clear Die, Fleurettes II, Glimmer Brads, 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain ribbon, Rhinestone jewels.

 ~Thanks for visiting~

XX Julia.

July 2, 2012

Ronan’s 9th Birthday LEGO card!

Posted in Cards, Family, Inspired by... tagged , , , , , , at 1:22 pm by bejewelledcreations

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Crikey! Our little boy turned nine last week!!!

He’s shot up recently too – but he still has his little boy cute cheeks. (I think we’re all cursed blessed with chubby cheeks – theirs look cuter than mine though – LOL.)

This is the card I made for him.

 

Poor Ronan has been sick recently – he’s had a bad run of tonsilitis, then a week later he had an upper respiratory chest infection and then just before he finished the antibiotics for the infection (and two days before his birthday), he suddenly came out in Hives!! All over. Litterally as I was watching, they were appearing. And so, hubby had to put our Pizza (Friday night Pizza and Movie Night!!)  back in the oven so we could rush off to the local late night GP clinic. After a dose of Phenergan and Predmix, we came home, but within an hour he was asleep and missed the movie. He still had quite bad hives on his birthday and just wasn’t quite himself, but he was such a trooper about it and did the best he could. We had Gran and Nan over for lunch and cake during the afternoon and it was nice to spend the time together. He still came out in Hives yesterday quite badly but Phenergan works well.

Because of how much he’s been unwell, I’d totally forgotten left it to the last minute to make his card. His birthday crept up on us!! He’s had two weeks off school due to illness and I just didn’t plan. SO…. at the last minute, and because he LOVES LEGO so much, I did a quick search for Lego card ideas… the inspiration for my card comes from Marelle Taylor‘s wonderful Lego card.

Ronan just LOVED his LEGO card, he thought it was super cool. (Thanks Marelle! – you saved me!)

To make up for his not-feeling-so-great-birthday, we took him and two friends to see Ice Age 4 yesterday which was good fun!

Stamps: Happiest Birthday Wishes (Hostess only)

Inks: Black Staz-On

Cardstock: Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Real Red,

Others: Brights DSP paper pack, Crimper, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Sponge Daubers, retired Sticky Cuts (number 9), Fine Supernova Glitter (Aqua)

~ Thanks for visiting ~

XX Julia.

June 28, 2012

Catalogue Inspired

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I used the Stampin’ Up! current Idea Book & Catalogue as inspiration for this card.

Check out page 72 and you’ll see a card in the top left that uses a different stamp set (Every Moment), but I quite liked the design and layout of the card and just tweaked it somewhat.

I love the combination of the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder with the antique feel of the stamps.

This little set is so cute. I love the butterflies – and they’re not that hard to cut around. The 3 butterflies are the on the one stamp so it’s easy to get them in a straight line if that’s what you want. The sentiments are practical too.

Page 72 of the ID&C looks like this:

Stamps: Kindness Matters, French Foliage

Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive, Very Vanilla

Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive

Other: Big Shot, Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch, Lots of Tags Sizzlits die set, Extra Large Oval punch, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Vintage Trinkets (safety pin), Stamping Sponges, general shipping tag.

Thanks for visiting.

Have you stamped today?

X Julia.

June 26, 2012

An Oak for a Bloke.

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This is a card I made after a school-mum friend asked if I had any masculine birthday cards in my “stash” that she could buy to give to her husband… I really don’t make many masculine cards – I tend to make them as I need them. I don’t know about you but I struggle with masculine cards. Lovely as a Tree is a set that I don’t pull out that often but I enjoyed having a play around with it to create this card.

Anyway, I didn’t have anything suitable and although she said not to make one especially, I just *had* to. LOL. And besides, it was a good challenge.

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This isn’t her exact card (I didn’t get to photograph it in time), but it’s similar to this – on hers I used some retired Earth Elements buttons in More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive to tie in with the inks used on the tree, and I also used a retired Rub-on sentiment, but otherwise this card has the same colours, general design, stamp image (the Oak tree) and technique to colour the image. This one has the ribbon and bow whereas on her card I used the buttons instead of the ribbon as en embellishment.

You’ll notice that I haven’t put a sentiment on this card – I didn’t forget it; I left it off on purpose – now it can be used for almost anything masculine-y. (Is that even a word???) It could be a thankyou card for a bloke, a birthday card, or thinking of you card. See, I’m not totally useless – now I’m “prepared for anything!!” If I really wanted, I could stamp a sentiment and use the Modern Label or Word Window punches to cut out the sentiment and the adhere it in the bottom right corner.

Ta Da! -instant card; ready for anything.

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Old Olive

Markers/Inks: Early Espresso, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive

Other:  Neutrals Designer Series Paper Stack (Sahara Sand sheet), Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Designer Buttons Neutrals collection, Linen Thread, Stamping Sponges

Thanks for visiting.

Have you stamped today?

X Julia

June 24, 2012

A little bit of a Twist.

Posted in 3D items, Cards tagged , , , , , at 8:39 am by bejewelledcreations

A very quick post today.

Using my much loved Apothecary Art stamp set and matching Big Shot Framelits – Labels Collection, here is a Twisted Easel card.

I’ve kept the colour palette to a minimum here – Marina Mist and Certainly Celery with Very Vanilla. (I really love the shine that the satin ribbon gives off.)

I hope it has a clean and fresh feel to it, at least I *think* it does anyway.

Here is the whole set for Apothecary Art – it’s really versatile, and while it’s PERFECT when you match it with the Framelits Labels Collection die, you can easily cut these images out by hand.

This is the Loving Thoughts set. I used the “Wonderful You” sentiment for my Twisted Easel Card, above.

Stamps: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts (both in the Autumn-Winter mini catalogue – out now!)

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Certainly Celery

Inks: Marina Mist

Other: Big Shot, Framelits- Labels Collection, Finial Press embossing folder, Certainly Celery Satin Ribbon, Boho Blossom punch, Basi Jewels Rhinestones, Snail, Dimensionals, Sticky Strip.

Thanks for visiting – have you stamped today?

XX Julia.

June 22, 2012

Lovely as a Tree – Crayon Resist Technique

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Here’s a card that I made with a fabulous technique called, “Crayon Resist”.

I demonstrated this technique (not this exact card) at a recent Workshop and it’s really fun to play around with different images to see how they end up. I’ll post the card that I demonstrated with the same technique at later date.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

You’ll need to use Glossy White cardstock, Black Staz-On ink, a normal wax crayon (raid the kiddies pencil case for that!), a tissue, a brayer or sponge and of course the  inks of your choice.

Start by stamping your chosen image onto Glossy White cardstock with Staz-On ink (be careful not to push too hard or you’ll be skating all over the cardstock as it’s quite slippery!!) I set this aside to dry a little and you can use this time to complete the rest of your card while the Staz-On is setting. Once the Staz-On is dry, you can use the wax crayon to colour-in the areas that you wish to remain white (in this case, it’s the tree trunk and leaves). I used my brayer to roll ink over the image, starting at the bottom with the lightest colour first. Continue with the next colour and the next. Once this is done, (I let my ink “settle” for a little bit too) you can use a normal tissue to gently rub over the stamped image and rub off the crayon – leaving a pretty effect on your cardstock.

If you don’t have a brayer you can use a sponge cut into wedges to rub (in circles) over the cardstock until you get the depth of colour you’re happy with.

Here’s another card I made at the same time with the Lovely as a Tree set.

I don’t even mind that the white areas are a bit “chunky”; I like to think it adds to the rustic feel. *laughs*.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

I made a gift tag to go with the card too, quick and easy!

Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Loving Thoughts (Autumn-Winter mini)

Cardstock: Cajun Craze, Basic Black, Glossy White

Inks: So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Black Staz-On

Other: Brayer, Wax Crayon, So Saffron Taffeta ribbon, Designer Buttons (Brights), Pink Hearts edgepunch, Linen Thread.

Thanks for Visiting

X Julia.

June 20, 2012

Bordering on Romance – Bordering on Beautiful.

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This set is so pretty. *sigh*. And it’s so enjoyable to colour in too. Here, I’ve used Blender Pens and ink pulled form the lids of the ink pads.

Now it’s not just the children who can enjoy their colouring-in – you can too! I believe that even though the Blender Pens are used, that this is also called Watercolouring (which is weird ‘cos we’re not actually using water. LOL) I think it’s to do with the finished effect. Don’t quote me on it though or sue me, okay?

Don’t forget that you can use the VersaMark ink pad to use as a background colour on your cardstocks. You’ll notice the faint flowers on the Baja Breeze cardstock – that’s done with a VersaMark Pad.

Stamps: Bordering on Romance

Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Whisper White

Inks: Baja Breeze, Ruby Red, Basic Grey, Old Olive

Other: Ruby Red Seam Binding, Blender Pens, Designer Buttons (Twitterpated) – Autumn-Winter mini, Linen Thread, Basic Jewels~Pearls

Thanks for visiting

X Julia.

June 18, 2012

Owl Cutie-Pie

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This is a little gift card that I made with the Owl Punch – isn’t he a cutie-pie?

You could make a whole stack of these in one night and use different sayings for different occassions and be prepared for anything!

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

The awesome saying is from Word Play which has a massive 12 different sayings or sentiments covering themes such as weddings, birthdays, thankyous, Christmas, memories etc…

Also, can you see the faint woodgrain pattern on the background – it”s made with the Woodgrain background stamp which I’ve stamped in Crumb Cake ink onto the Crumb Cake cardstock to create a tone-on-tone effect. Very nice.

Stamps: Word Play, Woodgrain

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Whisper White, Old Olive

Inks: Basic Black, Crumb Cake

Other: Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder punch (tree branch)

Thanks for visiting

X Julia.

June 17, 2012

Delicate Wings

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Here is a card that the guests at one of my recent workshops made. Have I said that I love the Elegant Bird die? I’m sure I have… but I *really* do love it.

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I love how easy it is to create different styles of cards with the one bird. The options are endless.

Stamps: Loving Thoughts (Autumn-Winter mini), Well Worn background stamp,

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive,

Inks: Crumb Cake, Marina Mist

Other: Big Shot, Elegant Bird Bigz die, Little Leaves Sizzlits die, Lots of Tags Sizzlits die set, Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer punch, Beau Chateau DSP, Vellum Paper, Basic Jewels Rhinestones, Glimmer Brad

Thanks for visiting.

X Julia

June 16, 2012

Totally Wicked Boots!

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These boots are wicked!

I made this card especially for mum – “Just Because” (she’s wonderful!). She loves boots of all kinds and has a particularly wicked pair of Victorian style boots which made me think of her when I saw this image.

Would you believe it if I told you that this is another Napkin card? Yes! *I Know!!!!* Totally awesome.

Wicked Boots!

This design of napkin was given to me by a craft friend, Jenni to try out. I’m loving them!! This one has four boot/shoe designs on the ONE napkin so you can get four different cards from the ONE napkin!!! *I know!!!*

Again, the napkin is separated down to the thinnest top layer, glued onto thin cardstock and then made into a card. I used a second napkin of the same design and cut around the boot to raise it on Dimensionals. I added embellishments of a puffy flower, Trinket Key and Crown, Ribbon and some Designer Series Paper (Newsprint from last year).

Wicked Boot, puffy flower.

My daughter (11) was horrified that I was using such pretty trinkets (the key and crown) on a card! She thought they were too special to give away – hhhmmmmm, sounds like me a little bit. I do have a bad habit of not wanting to give away the special embellishments (because they’re just so damn CUTE!!!), but I’m getting better at letting them go. *sniff*.

The puffy flower is made by punching and layering 6 scallop circles on top of each other, securing with a brad and then scrunching five of the scallops tightly. Gently open up a few layers until you’re happy with the result.

Thanks for visiting.

X Julia

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