June 28, 2012

Catalogue Inspired

Posted in Cards, Inspired by... tagged , , , , at 8:43 am by bejewelledcreations

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.

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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 14, 2012

Shabby Chic card with scroll.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , at 10:00 am by bejewelledcreations

I sat up late last night as my husband was out at a  fire-call and I made this card – which is unusual for me to make anything at night! Normally I prefer to do my making during the day when the wee ones are at school, and even when hubby is at his training Wednesday nights I still don’t feel in the mood for creativity. I just don’t feel the Mojo at night for card-making! However, this is what I created and I was quite pleased with the result. I really love the scroll sentiment; it just works, you know?!

I cheated a little bit last night as I’d already stamped and watercoloured the flowers a few days ago – it was just sitting there waiting to be made into something wonderful (we all have thoughts of grandeur, don’t we?)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

I don’t normally go for girly-girl cards, but I rather do like this one. I stamped the floral image from Apothecary Art with black Staz-On and watercoloured it with my Aqua painter and ink from Old Olive, Pretty in Pink and Regal Rose ink pads. If you like the embossed background, I used the Brayer to cover the embossing folder with Crumb Cake ink before embossing the cardstock. It gives it that little bit more depth.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Stamps: Apothecary Art

Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Confetti Cream, Watercolour Paper

Inks: Staz-On (black), Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Crumb Cake

Other: Big Shot, Finial Press embossing folder, Brayer, Framelits labels collection, First Edition Specialty Paper, Pretty in Pink Satin Ribbon, Basic Jewels Pearls, Aqua Painter,  Stampin’ Dimensionals,  Sponges.

June 9, 2012

Dare to Dream

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 8:59 am by bejewelledcreations

This is a new stamp set from the Autum/Winter Mini which is current till the end of July. This card uses a stamp from the set called Apothecary Art and is beautifully simple to use. What I just LOVE about it is that it has a co-ordinating die from Stampin’ Up that can be used in your Big Shot or Die Cutting machine.

Stamp the image first, then position the image on your Big Shot machine (facing up) on your cutting pad. Place the Framelit die  – cutting edge down – over the top of your stamped image (it’s easy to line up!) and then cover with your top cutting pad. Easy Peasy!! And it looks professional too.  ;o)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

The sentiment (Dare to Dream) comes from the stamp set, “Loving Thoughts” which fits nicely with Apothecary Art.

I’ve made three other cards at the same time as this one as it was quite easy to make four in one go. They’re all using the same colour scheme and basic design, but all slightly different – I’ll post them later at some time.

Stamps: Apothecary Art, Loving Thoughts

Cardstock: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla

Inks: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery

Other: Big Shot, Framelits (Labels Collection), Finial Press

embossing folder, Rhinestones.

Thanks for visiting.

XX Julia.

June 7, 2012

Simple Robot.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 9:35 am by bejewelledcreations

This is a card I made for a friends little boy recently. The stamp set is retired, but I just love this set and so I *HAD* to use it.

The photo is a bit blury – sorry for that. I blame the poor photography on being an Uber busy mum (see section below for further details).

I wanted it to be clean and simple so I chose to emboss a piece of cardstock covered with basic kitchen foil – fancy that!! So easy.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Another reason why I love this card is that it was super quick to make. I was very pressed for time (translates to: “I left it to the last minute!” *rollseyes*) so it was the perfect design for a time-challenged-mum.

Stamp Set: Lots of Bots (retired)

Cardstock: Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White.

Ink: Not Quite Navy.

Others: kitchen foil (awesome product!! LOL), Big Shot, Square Lattice embossing folder, Anywhere Gluestick.

Thanks for visiting.

XX Julia

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.

Enjoy.

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.

Enjoy.

Keep posted for more samples.

April 8, 2010

Birthday card for a bloke.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 8:17 am by bejewelledcreations

I made this card at the same time as the very similar card for my brother, last week. This one is for my brother-in-law. They’re not going to cross paths and I really doubt they follow my blog *snort* so it was safe to make the same card for them both!!

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I really like the look of these colours together (Sage Shadow, Old Olive, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip.) I was a bit unsure about using yellow on a masculine card, but I think it works! So Saffron is such a soft tone of yellow that it doesn’t look out of place.

A bit of metal hardware and smal piece of ribbon really finished it off.

Julia xx

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