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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April 3, 2010

Razzleberry Birdie!

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

This card has an interesting history…….

Design by Julia. Stamped Images © Stampin’ Up!

I made it for some friends to let them know that I was thinking of them, however, I soon learnt that the reason for which I’d felt the need to make them a “thinking of you” card was not as dire as everyone had at first thought. (YAY!!!)

Now I had a dilema…. my friends had received good news (after worrying news), and therefore it wasn’t REALLY necessary to send them this card…. but I’d made it with them especially in mind, and it was soooo pretty and I knew that the recipients would appreciate the card – well, one in particular LOL!

Should I send it?

Tee Hee – I still sent it, but luckily I hadn’t written in it yet so I could thank them for creating an opportunity for me to make them a card – although I reckon they went a bit over the top just to get a card from me – they could have just asked!!!!! *snort*

I love the simplicity of this card. Clean and crisp.  I’ve sponged the edges of the Orchid Oppulence cardstock to make it look softer and the stamped saying is from the Sale-A-Bration set Whimsical Words.

Cardstock: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Oppulence and Old Olive.

Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Orchid Oppulence (sponging).

Other: Sizzix Big Shot, Top Note die, Extra Large Two Step Bird punch, Clear Rhinestones, Mat Pack, Stampin’ Sponges.

Please feel free to comment!

Julia xx

March 31, 2010

Male Birthday Card

Posted in Cards tagged , , , , , , , , , at 11:45 am by bejewelledcreations

It was my brother’s and nephew’s birthdays last week, so I thought I’d share with you the cards I made. This is the card for my brother:

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

I started with the patterned paper (Windsor Knot DSP) and pulled the colours from that to use for the cardstock and inks (Sage Shadow, Old Olive, So Saffron and Chocolate Chip).

The stamp is from the Sale-a-Bration set Happy Moments – which is very cute. This stack of birthday presents has come in very handy for masculine birthdays. I stamped the image a couple of times on co-ordinating patterned paper and cut out the presents I wanted, and glued them over the stamped image – this saved colouring in all the presents!

You can just about see the Polka Dots embossed cardstock – that’s made with the Sizzix Big Shot which is available as from tomorrow!!! WooHoo!!

This next card is a fun boy’s card. My nephew turned 12 during the week (gosh, getting so grown up!!), but I thought he’d still appreciate the fun of robots. Twelve is a tricky age – not quite old enough for being “really cool”, but too old for really childish cards. I’ve used a NEW stamp set here, Lots of Bots from the Autumn-Winter mini. Here’s my effort anyway.

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

Here’s a closer look.  I used the Polka Dots embossing folder and also die- cut the numbers with my Stampin’ Up! Medium Sizzlits “Timeless Type Junior Alphabet” die and my Big Shot. A quick turn of the handle and I had these PERFECT numbers! It couldn’t have been easier.

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

I stamped the inside too. The paperclip is to hold some money!

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

I think the Lots of Bots stamp set will get a fair bit of use…. it’s great for boy cards and also ‘fun’ cards. The colours for the robot card are; Pacific Point, Kiwi Kiss (both current In-Colors), and Tempting Turquoise (with a splash of Tangerine Tango for some of the robot detail.)

XX

January 8, 2009

More Sale-A-Bration cards

Posted in Cards, Stampin' Up! Promotions tagged , at 9:03 am by bejewelledcreations

I’m really enjoying playing with the Sale-A-Brations sets – I especially love the Botanical Blooms set as it’s great for creating pretty backgrounds. As you can see by the following cards, I’ve used the flowers to create an all-over background and then used it as a feature on the card.

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The colours and cardstock used are Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip and Wild Wasabi. I’ve used the Edge Scallop punch to create a lovely border on the Chocolate Chip cardstock and used three Old Olive brads in the top corner for interest. The stamp sets are: Botanical Blooms (available for free when you spend $100 as a customer), and Sincere Salutations (from the current 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue).

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I LOVE these earthy colours. I decided to try out the Kraft cardstock and I’m so glad that I did! It goes with almost everything and is very easy to match colours to – especially earthy tones.

For the above card, I used the Speckled Jumbo Wheel with VersaMark as a background and then layered some Afternoon Tea Designer Series Paper on Chocolate Chip cardstock and tied Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon around it. I randomly stamped the flower and leaf images from Botanical Blooms in Ruby Red and Wild Wasabi ink on Confetti White cardstock and then stamped the outline images over the top in Chocolate Chip and Always Artichoke. I then layered this on Ruby Red cardstock. I then  stamped the saying from Botanical Blooms onto Confetti White cardstock, and punched it out with the small oval punch. Before adhereing it to a large oval of Chocolate Chip cardstock, I gently inked the edges with Chocolate Chip ink by ‘scraping’ the ink spot around the cardstock.

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By keeping with the same colours, I’ve been able to create three or four cards that are all slightly different and yet keep a similar theme/feel to them. It’s also a great time saver if you make a couple of cards at the same time – you don’t need to make them all identical, be creative! Change a colour here, a background there… have fun!

For the above card, I’ve used the following inks; Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Always Artichoke (outline of leaves) and Chocolate Chip (for the saying). Cardstock; Kraft for the base card, Very Vanilla, Ruby Red and Chocolate Chip. I inked the edge of the Very Vanilla cardstock in a combination of Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa and Chocolate Chip to create depth of shading.

I mentioned the Stamp-a-ma-jig in a previous post, and I actucally used it here with these cards! It doesn’t look like it, but I wanted the outline image of the leaves to be slightly off-centre – but I wanted to control ‘how far’ off-centre they were. :o)

Also, don’t forget that when you’re using a Two-Step stamp set, it’s often very effective to “stamp off” some ink before you stamp the flower images. You’ll notice that some of the flowers appear darker than others and this is because I “stamped off” once onto scrap paper and then stamped onto my cardstock – this gives a fainter image. It’s a good idea to do this as it makes your completed card look more natural rather than having all the images exactly the same depth of colour. Experiment and try stamping off twice before stamping onto your cardstock.

Happy Stamping!

January 7, 2009

Sale-A-Bration sample cards

Posted in Cards, Stampin' Up! Promotions tagged at 5:32 pm by bejewelledcreations

There are four beautiful stamp sets that you can choose for free during Sale-A-Bration! For each  $100 spent as a customer and for $600 in sales as a Hostess you can choose one set. If your spend $200, choose two sets etc…

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I have used the Sale-A-Bration set “Polka Dot Punches” and used the co-ordinating 5 petal punch.  The base card is Kraft cardstock and I’ve also used Chocolate Chip and Ruby Red cardstock. Add some Chocolate Grosgrain ribbon, Always Artichoke and Ruby Red brads and a saying, and you have a completed card in a very short amount of time.

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This is a second card made with Polka Dot Punches except that this time, I’ve used custom-colorued felt flowers (Flower Fusion) from the current Summer mini catalogue in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive. The base cardstock is Always Artichoke with Chocolate Chip and Kraft cardstock as extra layers. All ink is Chocolate Chip, and I’ve pricked a feature of holes with the Matt Pack along the lower edge of the card. Brads are Always Artichoke and More Mustard. I’ll upload another card as soon as possible – I’ve been having computer “issues” whilst trying to upload these cards… our Hard Drive is full to bursting and I’m switching between CD-stored photos and the hard-drive to get everything saved and uploaded. *big sigh*.  *restrains self from shouting at computer as will need it to work nicely for me in future*

Happy Stamping!