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December 2009

Twas two days before Christmas . . .

Twas two days before Christmas, I'm still stuck at work,

My desk is in chaos, I'm going beserk.

The spirit of Christmas is severley diminished,

The presents aren't wrapped and the cards are not finished!

The rellies are arriving, the house is all messed,

Am I having a whinge? No, my life is SO blessed!

I have stamps and papers and ribbons and ink,

Friends that surround me and good health (I think!),

To those who are a part of this life of mine,

I hope that your Christmas is truly sublime!

May Santa be generous, your food be delicious,

Stay safe and happy, to all of you, "Best Wishes"!!

Season of Joy b

Season of Joy f

Season of Joy j 

I have made this years 70+ Christmas cards using Season of Joy stamp set and Old Olive and Riding Hood Red card stock, ink and ribbon from Stampin' Up! My card design (although not exactly the same) was inspired by one made by the talented Johanna Sherry which I received in a swap.

Hope you have a very safe and happy Christmas and New Year, and I look forward to catching up with many of you during Sale-a-bration!

Hugs, Kathryn


Mary had a little lamb . . .

The very clever ladies in the Art with Heart Stampin' Up! team have been experimenting with Punch Art.  When you have so many gorgeous and versatile punches to choose from, it's good to learn different ways of using them.  I have lots of punches, but normally use them for exactly what they were designed for. For example, a flower is a flower, a tag is a tag.  I have been very inspired to learn to look at them differently and to see a tag as a robot's body and a flower can become many things.

Here is what I finally created after lots of playing :

Punched sheep a

Punched sheep b

I have used the Five petal flower punch and everyone's favourite Scallop Circle Punch. I created some ATC's as well.

Punched sheep c
Punched sheep d

I also created a pink version of the first card.

Punched sheep h
Punched sheep i

How cute are those sheep! Mary sure is a lucky little shepherdess! You can learn how to make one of these cute sheep  - ask me how today. Email kathryn@katlodesigns.com   
  


 
 


Bold and bright birthday cards!

I had a play with the "Just Jawing" stamp set a few months ago and finally got around to finishing a pile of bright simple cards.  This is not a set I was thinking of buying for myself, but I am so excited about the finished cards - I had to share them with you. 

Just Jawing cards f

Maybe it's because I share a house with lots of teenagers who are always looking for last minute birthday cards - they seem to be quite fond of skulls and glitter and the like.  This lot should take care of lots of next year's birthday card requirements for us!


Just Jawing cards c
Just Jawing cards e

The "eyes" are done with Stampin' Up! Chunky Sprinkes and Fine Supernova glitter, glued with a glob of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive (also available from Stampin' Up!).  I borrowed the stamp set from the gorgeous and talented Ros Davidson, and now I might just have to add it to my own wish-list!

Ingredients:

Just Jawing stamp set $45.95 set of 6 stamps

StazOn Jet Black Ink Pad $14.95

Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive $7.95

Chunky Sprinkles glitter (4 x 28.4gm containers) $31.95 set of four

Fine Supernova Glitter (5 x 7.1gm containers) $26.95 set of five

Whisper White A4 card stock $13.95 Pack of 40 sheets

Bold Brights A4 card stock $14.40 pack of 36 sheets (3 ea of 12 colours)

Happy Birthday stamp is from the More Thoughts Simply Sent Card Kit.

All items can be ordered from me via phone or email and I am able to take credit card details over the phone.  Order now in time for Christmas! kathryn@katlodesigns.com


Tutorial : Scallop Circle Christmas Decoration

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a scallop punched circle or three!

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On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me, two rhinestone brads and a scallop punched circle or three!

 5 days of xmas a
On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me, one box of glue dots, two rhinestone brads and a scallop punched circle or three.

5 days of xmas b
On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, old olive ribbon, one box of glue dots, two rhinestone brads and a scallop punched circle or three.

5 days of xmas c
On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, red ca-ard stockkkkk, old olive ribbon, one box of glue dots, two rhinestone brads and a scallop punched circle or three.

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But what am I going to do with this stuff my true love??

Easy, start by cutting the three scallop circles in half.

Then fold each piece in half to find the halfway point.

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Next, place a glue dot on the back of the top petal and twist the whole semi-circle around your finger to form a neat cone, using the glue dot to secure it.

You will make 6 of these neat cones, then punch out a piece of red card stock using the brand new 4.4cm (1-3/4") circle punch from the summer mini catalogue and use more glue dots to start attaching the cones to the card circle one at a time.

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Now use your paper piercing tool to poke a hole right through the centre and then attach a gorgeous sparkling green rhinestone brad from Stampin' Up! through the hole.

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This finished product can be attached to the front of a card as a luxurious embellishment. Or if you'd like to take it a step further, repeat all the above steps to make an exact copy, then add a piece of old olive ribbon to the back of one piece using loads of double sided adhesive to hold it in place.

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Stick your two pieces together matching the "petals" and you have an adorable tree hanging ornament - or maybe a pair of earrings for the work Christmas-do!!

5 days of xmas q   5 days of xmas r

If you'd like to see a scallop circle embellishment on a card front, visit my gallery here.