Sorry its taken me so long! I just had to come on and share some of our photos from our Christmas in July event - it was such a fun day - so many creative people in one room!
A huge thank you to everyone who came along - we hope you got to make the gift card tote, the self-closing box, the pop-up diamond card, the floral frames card, the three gift tags and the four cute birdie note cards - or at least take home all the pieces and instructions!
Also a massive thank you to all the members of the Aussie Inkpressionist Stampin' Up! team for making such wonderful displays, fantastic projects for the guests to make, clever demonstrations, delicious food and bringing along your team members, family, friends and guests to enjoy the wonderful day!
Firstly, apologies! I was going to share this card with you on the weekend, however by the time I got through all the preparations for the wedding, then attended the pre-wedding dinner, and the wedding itself, AND the post wedding breakfast . . . I kind of lost time to do any blogging over the weekend!
Now, since everyone loves a happy occasion, and everyone loves a radiant bride, I guess I better start with that! Here is the totally gorgeous bride, with her handsome new husband, the father-of-the-bride and the step-mother-of-the-bride (that would be me!).
The wedding of such a beautiful couple brought with it the challenge of a really unforgettable, special card and with a little inspiration (particularly for the bouquet and lace edge) from this Pin by Cecile Ortiz this is what I came up with . . .
I've used the beautiful Designer Series Paper - Something Borrowed, along with the Your Perfect Day and Butterfly Basics Stamp sets, all from our Occasions Mini Catalogue. The Blushing Bride Rosette Trim is from the Artisan Embellishment Kit also from the Occasions Catalogue.
The leaves of the fern stamp are all fussy cut - yes, that took me a very long time!
Because the card was so dimensional, I then had to find a way of keeping it safe without squashing it or tearing off any of the ferns, so the next thing was to make a cute little window sheet box to store it in.
The box is 1.5cm deep and rather than cut more ferns, I decided the leaves from the Two-Step Bird Builder Punch might be sturdier.
You can still get all of these products in our current Annual and Occasions Catalogues through until June.
If you'd like a copy of either, please let me know.
I'll be back in a day or two with the super cute thank you cards I made for the bridesmaids.
Did you manage to get in any creative time? I hope you had a chance to drop in on our blog hop yesterday? If not, scroll down to my next post and follow the links.
Today I've got more of the Black and White Mystery Box contents to show you. And since we are on the Easter theme already - this actually was last year's challenge for April - hence the retired Designer Series Paper - Modern Medley, and the retired stamp set Blessed Easter.
The challenge was to make a gift box and matching card - and when we sent the Mystery Box out at the end of the year, the idea was, the Easter gift box should be full of goodies. Given we had some very hot days around Dec / January when the Mystery Boxes were in the post, I hope they all made it safely with no melted chocolate accidents.
Over the weekend I've got something totally different to show you - a wedding card that took me close to seven hours to make! Yep, very special family wedding this weekend, so be sure to check back in and have a look at the card I slaved over - oh the hassles of being a perfectionist!
OR Part 2 of the Non-Standard cards - if you prefer!
I interpreted "Non-Standard cards" to mean something with fancy folds or a different shape to you average fold in half A5 card.
Easel cards fit into this category and what could be more elegant than black and white in an easel card? So lucky to have such a gorgeous range of stamps and papers that lend themselves beautifully to such!
If you follow my blog (if you don't - there's a subscribe button up the top left so whenever I post, it will come to your email inbox) you may remember from last year I did quite a few cards using Stippled Blossoms stamp set - I'm guessing it probably was my most used set last year.
Couldn't resist getting it out again to compliment Ex Libris Stamp Set (now retired) in this elegant easel card.
Quite a few different layers happening here - but nothing too difficult - just following the lines of the stamped image. Yummy!
My third card in the "non-standard" category was a gate fold with extra folds - so I used the full (long) width of the A4 card stock.
The Modern Medley Designer Series Paper (DSP) really comes into it's own on this card - so beautiful to work with! I've teamed it with Bordering Blooms Stamp set.
And it just has a minimal amount of colouring with the Blender Pens and Crumb Cake Ink.
Are you enjoying the Black and White projects? I loved making them - the Very Vanilla and Basic Black combo is just too elegant and it's such fun to see what little touch of other colour really works with the.
Stacks more projects to show you - so I'll be back again soon!
Back again to show you some more of my Black & White Projects that I made for the 2014 Mystery Box Swap.
We had to make three cards that were Non-Standard. I interpreted this to mean they weren't just an A5 card folded in half - in other words use a bit of fancy folding or some different shapes.
Love the challenge of this - and to bring in the elegance of Black and White - nice!!
The first card I settled on for this was a step-fold card.
Lucky me! - I hold team nights once a month for those ladies who have joined my team, and often one of two of the girls bring along some Show & Tell or even a project for everyone to make. Lovely Heidi Bell shared step fold cards AND curling petal flowers with us one night - so I did mine in Modern Medley Designer Series Paper with a black base so I could include it in my Mystery Box.
When I published this screen card on Facebook the other day, it got more LIKES and COMMENTS than anything else I have ever posted, - pretty exciting for little ol' not very tech savvy me!
So many people asked how did I make the houses look so 3 Dimensional?
So, I decided to try a quick video to show you what I did. Unfortunately, colouring those houses is not a quick task, so even though I worked faster and less carefully than I normally would, it's still a pretty long video . . . apologies for that! I hope you think it's worth the 14+ minutes to watch, and I'd love to know what you think!
Ohhh and p.s. I don't work with a script, so there's a couple of bloopers in there! Hilarious - if you're in Australia and you are the first to reply with what the two really obvious errors are, I'll send you some pre-coloured houses, so please comment below, and please feel share.
Hope you are having a great time working on gorgeous Christmas projects too.
For my Stamp Club girls last week, we worked on a special project - and the timing was perfect as it meant my finished sample could also be used on my team's display at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo.
It was a little late for Valentines Day, but we decided this project would make a great gift anytime - especially if it's filled with chocolate!
To create this box, you need the Stampin' Up! Hearts Collection Framelits. You will cut two large scallop hearts from stiff card, then two of the largest plain hearts in stiff card and also in patterned paper.
You also need strips of card two inches wide for the sides of the box and lid.
For this project I used Naturals White Card stock, Pistachio Pudding Card Stock and the patterned paper comes from the Sweet Sorbet Sale-a-bration Designer Series Paper pack.
The Chalk Talk Stamp Set & Framelit bundle also came into action with this gift box, and some stamping with Wild Wasabi ink, together with some scraps of Wild Wasabi card.
To draw your eye to the Spiral Flower on the lid - created using the new Spiral Flower Originals Die, I added a tiny bit of Dazzling Details to some of the petals - you've just got to have that extra bit of bling!
I just love how the finished project looks and I can't wait to make some more of these - I've already got the next one all cut out ready to go, using Island Indigo card and the Watercolour Wonder DSP.
The Chalk Talk Bundle tag on this box is one of my most used stamps and framelits at the moment, so I will be back again soon to show you what else I have created using that bundle. It's a really super cute project and I know you're going to love it!
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I promised I would show off some of the bits and pieces from our beautiful Stampin' Up! stand at the Melbourne Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo last week.
At the Expo, I demonstrated our new Spiral Flower Originals Die which is on page 32 of the Celebrate the Everyday Occasions Catalogue.
This die allows you to make the cutest flowers! One of my kind team members made a couple of sample projects and half a dozen spare flowers for our Create, Care & Share event earlier this month and it inspired me to make a few more samples and to take the die to the show to teach others what it can do.
This card was inspired by a wall frame decor piece I saw online, created by Cindy Hall at Prettyimpact.com.
I've stamped the Swallowtail Butterfly stamp twice, lining it up on the reverse of the same piece of card, and colouring it with our fabulous Stampin' Write markers.
The butterflies antennas are drawn onto the card base with the black Stampin' Write marker, and one wing is attached lying flat on the card.
The Little Leaves Sizzlet creates the leaves to compliment the Strawberry Slush flower made using the Spiral Flower Originals Die.
I'll be back over the weekend to give you some more closeups of some of the show projects - in particular the heart box which has a Spiral Flower on the lid.
Wow, what an exciting day for papercrafters! Lots of new cardmaking and scrapbooking ideas with Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions Catalogue arriving!
I love some of the stamp sets in the new catalogue and have been having a play with one called So Very Grateful.
It's a lovely stamp set for watercolouring and if you're a bit like me and don't mind a bit of fussy cutting, you can get a bit carried away with the lovely floral designs!
I've created this Card-in-a-box with a base of Smoky Slate Card, mat layers of Calypso Coral and the very gorgeous Watercolour Wonder Designer Series Paper that is also in the Occasions Catalogue.
The rear panel of the box has the space to write your greeting on, with Whisper White card being used.
I need to acknowledge Rachel Woollard as the inspiration for these lovely Card-in-a-box projects which have been popping up everywhere. Rachel shared her creations at a team stamping day last November and since then they have become very popular.
You can see lots of projects like this including many new products from Sale-a-bration and the new Occasions Catalogue at our Create, Care & Share Cardmaking event on February 9th.