June 26, 2012

An Oak for a Bloke.

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , at 9:11 am by bejewelledcreations

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 22, 2012

Lovely as a Tree – Crayon Resist Technique

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:50 am by bejewelledcreations


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.

April 20, 2010

Hello Human

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , at 8:30 am by bejewelledcreations

Isn’t this robot the cutest? This set is called Lots of Bots and is available from the Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue.

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I KNOW I’ve said it before, but I LOVE colouring in stamped images – I find it very relaxing and will often sit and stamp out a whole sheet of cardstock and then colour in the images while watching/listening to the telly when hubby is out on a Wednesday evening. I LUUUURVE *MY* Wednesday nights!!!! – Not ‘cos hubby is OUT but ‘cos of the stampin’-time – thought I’d clarify that! LOL.

Lots of Bots has this cute little stamp that has 3 nuts and bolts on it and I’ve randomly and repeatedly stamped that image over the Tangerine Tango cardstock to create a stamped background. If you look REALLY carefully  you can just see it. I’ve also gone for texture, hardware and staples on this card as it adds to the whole technology/robotty theme.

Stamps: Lots of Bots

Cardstock: Kiwi Kiss, Tangerine Tango, Pacigic Point, Whisper White.

Inks: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Kiwi Kiss, Pacific Point

Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon, Blender Pens, Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-o-dile, staples, Big Shot, Polka Dot embossing folder, Corner Rounder Punch.

Julia XX

March 23, 2010

Oh My Gosh! I’m still here!

Posted in Cards tagged , , , at 11:19 am by bejewelledcreations

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last update! *GASP* There has been plenty happening in my neck of the words but I haven’t stopped crafting.

Sometimes life just gets so busy and full that it seems a little overwhelming to set aside the time to update and post pictures – I do apologise, but please know that I am still creating cards and I guess my long break simply means I have LOTS to share with you. LOL.

Hmmm… where to start? I’ll start with a card that I had reason to make recently for my husband. He eventually saw the funny side. LOL.

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

The story behind this particular card is that he got a nasty bite from an Alsatian dog whilst attending someone’s property to give a quote. Not a nice experience AT ALL!  We can see the amusing side now – however he needed stitches and now has two nasty scars on his forearm. He’s a “dog person” and is not afraid of dogs and can usually win them around if they’re a bit funny… but this particualr dog was not fenced in, not chained, and gave no warning to the attack…

ANYWAY – I’m so glad my darling husband gave me the opportunity to make up my own punch art dog (thanks darlin’ – so considerate of you!) Tee Hee.


Cardstock: Black, Whisper White, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa, Real Red and Creamy Caramel.

Inks: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel.

Accessories: White Gel Pen, 5 Petal flower punch, 1&3/8″ circle punch, 1″ circle punch, horizontal slot punch, 3/4″ circle punch, 1/2″ circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Crystal Effects, Sponges.

November 1, 2008

Overdue Update…

Posted in Cards tagged , , at 2:51 pm by bejewelledcreations

Woah, it’s been a long time since my last update (my bad), so I thought I’d get back into it. Of course it doesn’t help when the computer disk space is nearly full and it won’t download my photos from the camera! GRR.

What have I been up to lately? Well, going to the gym more regularly again (YAY me!) and that easily can take up the morning by the time I get home. I’m planning on going earlier in the morning right after the school drop-off but that all depends on how organised I’ve been in getting everyone ready in the first place. Why is it so difficult to get the children up and ready? You’d think it would be easier with them both off to school now – but no… every morning I feel like I’m chasing my tail and fighting a losing battle just to get out the door on time. *sigh*

I’ve made costumes for the school play (Peter Pan) and have a couple of costumes for my daughter’s ballet troupe to make within the next few weeks.

It doesn’t sound like much, but with working from home for our business too, it hasn’t left a great deal of time for posting on my blog *pets pretty blog*.

I’d like to share some cards that I’ve made over the last month or so:

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


This is the card I made for my dear friend, Kim *waves to Kim*  “Happy Birthday!” I’m so lucky to have Kim in my life and she’s always there if I need her. LOL she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer when it comes to the gym! And I love her for it!

For those of you who don’t know it, this stamp set is a Level 3 Hostess set and it’s GORGEOUS!!! I’ve had so much fun with this set, making similar cards using the butterflies and sayings. It’s a beautiful set – really!


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


This card’s inspiration was from the Start Simply “Sending Happy Thoughts” Kit. I LOVE Kits!!! I got this kit during the 20% discount Promotion and after I made the first cards, I fell in love with the Kits! It was really nice to sit at the coffee table and make three or four cards quickly and not have to sit at the dining table with all my supplies. I thoroughly enjoyed making these cards and this particular card uses the flower and butterfly stamps from the Perfect Princess set. I gently coloured the flower with Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens and added Glitter to the butterflies and centre of the flower. This design was very adaptable and I could see the same layout being used with multiple stamp sets.


Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008

Images © Stampin’ Up! 1990-2008


My Brother-in-Law had his birthday  last month, and I struggled with a card. I don’t have many images that could be used for masculine cards (and I know many of us find it tricky to get that perfect look), but I figured I’d try my Classic Stars Jumbo wheel. I used VersaMark ink on the Chocolate Chip and then used the wheel on Creamy Caramel with Close to Cocoa ink. I cut out a star image on Very Vanilla and adhered it with Dimensionals to the upper area of the card. Adding the Real Red as matting on the star and the saying finished the card off. What do you think? Does it pass for an adult male birthday card? I think this card would better suit a younger male, but it’s all I could do at the time. LOL.

I can see that I’ll have to make more male cards so that I get the hang of masculine cards. They can certainly be tricky. I don’t think I have a problem with little boy cards, just the grown up variety!