July 2, 2012

Ronan’s 9th Birthday LEGO card!

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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 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 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.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

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

June 14, 2012

Oh so Elegant Bird.

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Ahhh, I am LOVING this bird die from Stampin’ Up! *sigh*. No really – it’s so cute and super easy to use and make into a card. (There seems to be a theme happening for my recent posts – easy cards!) YAY!

I thoroughly enjoyed making this card; I felt a real sense of peace and satisfaction as it all came together. What I like about this card is that I haven’t used a sentiment – it can be used for any occassion. Great to have on hand for that forgotten birthday or event that crept up on you.

I’ve taken the colour scheme from the Twitterpated Designer Series Paper – I was too lazy to come up with my own combination so I stole Stmapin’ Up!’s LOL. The colours that co-ordinate with Twitterpated DSP are; Pear Pizzzaz, Basic Grey, Island Indigo, Riding Hood Red, Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Whisper White. I simply reduced my combo to basically Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

Stamps: Fresh Vintage (SAB – retired now) you could use any fancy stamp to replace it though.

Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red

Inks: Basic Grey, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red

Other: Twitterpated Designer Series Paper, Big Shot, Elegant Bird BIGZ die,

Doily Triple Layer Punch, Very Vanilla Binding ribbon, Spritzer tool, Neutrals brads, Designer Buttons, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Snail adhesive.

Thanks for visiting.

XX Julia.

June 8, 2012

Keep the Faith

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This card is made with a beautiful set called “Faith in Nature”. It’s available to Hostesses only in the current 2011-2012 Catalogue. I really love the line art and it’s a joy to colour. The pear is stamped on watercolour paper with black Staz-On and coloured with an Aqua Painter and ink from an inkpad. I don’t think you’ll be able to see it in the photo, but I also used my Aqua Painter to pick up some Shimmer Paint (Champagne Mist) and painted it over the coloured area. You’ll love the effect if you do it yourself.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin’ Up! ®

To get the scallop oval border I simply cut a strip of cardstock and punched it with the scallop edge border punch, then ran it through the Crimper. It was then easy to push it into a curve and glue it behind the oval. (I hid the messy join behind the rolled flowers.)

The sentiment that comes with the set is significant and appropriate to me right now. It’s a timely reminder to be strong and know that things will get better.

Keep your faith in beautiful things;

in the

sun when it is hidden, in the spring

when it is gone.

~ ROY R. GILSON

Stamps:  Faith in Nature, French Foliage

Cardstock: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Watercolour Paper

Inks: Black Staz-On, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede

Other:  Big Shot, Oval Original Die, Scallop Edge Border Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle punch, 1″ Circle punch,

Antique Brad, Chantilly Crochet Trim, Spritzer

Thankyou for visiting.

XX Julia.

June 5, 2012

Owl Punch Celebration.

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Thankyou for your patience as I slowly return to posting cards and projects on my blog after losing dad. I think I really mustn’t have been as ready as I thought as it’s taken quite a bit longer than I expected. I need to take it step by step and not feel guilty if I don’t live up to expectations, after all – I’ve never gone through this before.

My first card will be a Celebration!

I made this card to congratulate my friend Kim on completing her Teacher’s study course and for gaining a job at a primary school as a Reception teacher at the start of this year. She’s awesome and worked so hard to complete her training and study. I think she’s an inspiration and I’m so proud of her. Go Kim!!

This card was made with the Owl Punch (too cute!) and papers and cardstock from this year’s Sale-a-Bration. I also used the Word Window punch to make the “books” and “pencil holder”. White Staz-On was used on the “chalkboard” to look like chalk.

Thankyou for visiting.

XX Julia.

December 21, 2010

12 Days of Christmas Projects – Project #11

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Christmas Project #11 – Christmas Puddings!!

 

Julia's Christmas Puddings!!

These make me smile! The idea just came to me one day and I thought – “I could make a pudding!!!!”

Well, considering that there’s NO WAY that I’d make a REAL Christmas pudding – baking just isn’t my thing…. LOL – I thought at least I can make a fake one. TEE HEE!!!

To make your Christmas Pudding you will need:

  • Circle punch (I used my 1&3/4 punch)
  • Small oval punch (for the Holly – see my previous Christmas Project for a tutorial for how to make Holly)
  • 3/4″ circle punch
  • Crop-a-dile (for Berries and Raisins)
  • Scissors
  • Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White and Poppy Parade cardstock.

Punch out the following shapes:

  • circle in Soft Suede
  • circle in Whisper White,
  • 3 x Wild Wasabi ovals
  • 4 x Chocolate chip tiny circles
  • 3 x Poppy Parade tiny circles

Christmas Pudding Punch Art

 

Then using very sharp scissors, cut the Whisper White circle into an “icing” shape. It’s hard to explain, so here’s a picutre for you:

Christmas Pudding Punch Art

You will see that you can actually use both sides of the ‘icing’ – so you will get two puddings from this one Whisper White circle – just flip one over.

Christmas Pudding Punch Art

 

Christmas Pudding Punch Art

 

Now you want to make your Holly – see my previous post about making Holly – well, you can see how easy it is by checking out the picture! 🙂

 

Christmas Pudding Punch Art - Holly

 

You don’t need a photo of the teeny tiny Chocolate Chip and Poppy Parade circles for the Raisins and Berries – but you get the idea… assemble your Christmas Pudding parts and glue them down with Tombow Glue or your Two Way Glue Pen. It’s super easy and even the children can get involved with this one to help you make them!

 

Christmas Pudding Punch Art by Julia.

 

Here are my finished Christmas Puddings ready to go on cards, candles and drinking straws for the children at Christmas!

 

Children's Christmas Table-Setting.

You can’t see the glitter that I added to the edge of the icing. So cute!

 

Thankyou for visiting!

X Julia.

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