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!


January 31, 2009

12 x 12 double layout – water-logged

Posted in 12 x 12 Scrapbook layouts tagged , , at 10:51 am by bejewelledcreations

Here’s the layout that I was working on when we had the power failure the other night.


And a closer look at each individual page:


I’ve used Spring Break Designer Series Paper (DSP)  as a starting point for my colour combinations (Not Quite Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Sky and Old Olive), and added the following embellishments; Soft Sly double stitched ribbon, pewter jumbo eyelets, pumpkin pie & not quite navy brads and I just love the Crystal Effects used as water droplets to mimic the droplets on Ronan’s face!


(The title stamps and metallic feature that is threaded onto the soft sky ribbon are non-Stampin’ Up!)

I just LOVE this pack of DS Paper – it’s so… boyish, yet because it has flower images all over it, it’s very cute too. It really lends itself to being used on ‘little boy’ layouts.  The other thing I LOVE about this particular sheet of paper, is that it matches (to my mind, anyway LOL), the stamp set called Live Your Dream. So, I’ve coloured the small flower stamp from Live Your Dream with Markers (Not Quite Navy, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie), and stamped it onto the Very Vanilla Cardstock to create an all-over background image.


I’ve coloured and stamped the main flower from Live Your Dream and used it as a feature on the page. I stamped it again on a separate piece of paper and cut out the flowers and leaves to adhere with pop up foam pads.

This set of photos makes me laugh – Ronan was absolutely SOAKED! He couldn’t have got any wetter. LOL. He was having a blast spraying his dad with his soaker gun but in return was getting drenched! It was so funny. He thought it was hilarious to ‘sneak’ up on dad, trying to get as close as possible to squirt him, only to be saturated with the hose. Oh happy days!

I think I’ve used too much Crystal Effects for the water droplets… but it was fun making them. I’m still learning ‘when to stop’ in regards to embellishments, so bear with me. :o)

Thanks for looking! (Please don’t be shy about commenting and saying “hi!”)

January 22, 2009

Another CASE of my own card…

Posted in Cards tagged , at 12:00 pm by bejewelledcreations

There’s something very pleasing about using a loved design or layout and experimenting with different colour combinations. (It also saves the headache of trying to think up a new design – LOL!) I’ve copied my own card again, (the original is here ) and used darker, more mellow colours – I’ve been using these colours for a couple of days now.


I love this combo of Bravo Burgandy (such a great colour!) and Always Artichoke – in fact any green goes beautifully with Bravo Burgandy. I’ve used some Brocade Background DSP down the left hand side, and covered the edge with Bravo Burgandy Grossgrain ribbon. I’ve randomly stamped the small butterfly from Live Your Dream in VersaMark on the right hand side.

I added some Crystal Effects to the petals of the flowers; here’s a close up picture for you to see how it looks when dry.


It looks as if there’s dew on the flowers; such a cool effect. I find I need to leave the Crystal Effects to dry overnight at least, so give yourself plenty of time to let it dry before you send it to anyone. :-).