March 25, 2010

Happy Birthday, dear Friend!

Posted in 3D items, Beyond the Page, Cards, Journals/Notebooks tagged , , , at 4:06 pm by bejewelledcreations

A very BIG HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!! to my friend, Maria!!!!

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I love celebrating other people’s birthdays… especially if I know that the Birthday Girl will appreciate a hand-made gift because I can make a gift that “gives twice!”

Here’s the gift I made for Maria: 

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

It’s a Stampin’ Up! 5 X 5 On Board Art Journal that I’ve covered with Bella Rose Designer Series Paper and then decorated with a combination of stamps: Baroque Motifs, Vintage Vogue (Autumn-Winter Mini catalogue, available from 1st April), and Friends 24-7, and cardstock: Chocolate Chip. Close to Cocoa and Very Vanilla. The inks that I’ve used are, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard and Close to Cocoa. I’ve also sponged around the edges to soften the cardstock.

The reason these gifts “Give Twice” is that I get immense joy from making them, and then (hopefully), Maria will get some joy in using them. 🙂  See, it makes two people happy! *smiles*.

It’s also the first time that I’ve attempted to decorate a candle. I wheeled the Jumbo Wheel, Friendly Words in Riding Hood Red ink onto white tissue paper and trimmed it down to wrap around the candle comfortably. I held the stamped tissue paper on the candle and used my Heat Tool to gently melt the surface of the wax. As the wax melts, the tissue paper will blend into the candle and (hopefully) hide all evidence of the tissue paper.  Fun.

I hope you enjoy your special Day, Maria!!! Your friendship has been a blessing in my life and I’m thrilled to have been able to share the laughs and happy moments of the past year with you, and hopefully many more to come. *hugs*

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Decorated Journal.

Posted in 3D items, Journals/Notebooks tagged , , , at 9:16 am by bejewelledcreations

I love decorating journals – and it’s even more fun when it’s for a gift!

Here’s one I made for a friend (for Linda because she moved away… *sobs*)

Designed by Julia. Stamped Images Copyright © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2010

I loved the colours Summer Sun and Pacific Point – so Bright – like Linda! The saying is “Everything: All things that are meaningful to you. All that you know; the whole world.” I wanted her to be able to use this journal in any way that was important to her, whether to record family memories, anecdotes, wishes, messages or whatever… and that saying said it all.

I adore the chipboard birdies and branches! The chipboard is  so easy to cover in cardstock or you could even ink them in your favourite colours. Very versatile! I’ve also added a couple of felt flowers from the Flower Fusion tin to the branch and bottom corner of the journal – very cute.

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