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Sunday, 27 December 2015

Sunday sharing, Boxed gift set using Lighthearted Leaves

Welcome to a Sunday Night Share. The regular CTC challenges are on a little break now, so we are in relaxed mode just sharing a few projects. This is a set of cards I made for my daughter just to have on hand for those occasions when you need to say thanks, although most are blank all purpose cards.

I have used the beautiful Lighthearted Leaves set, and my blender pens and/or aqua painter to get the multicolours. I love the leaf images because they are so versatile for male or female card givers.
I went with a versatile colour scheme too of Navy, Crushed Curry, delightful Dijon and Mint macaron. They are all slightly different with minimal use of sentiments and embelishments.


 



  I used my trusty Envelope Punch Board to make a box from Kraft card to match, and tied it up with some chevron ribbon. The ribbon is anchored to the box at one point only on the rear flap.


thanks for looking, hope you enjoy the relaxed season after the rush of Christmas.
seasons Greetings, Liz


Sunday, 20 December 2015

Last of the Christmas Cards for tgifc34 Holly Jolly

Happy Christmas to you. I hope you are enjoying the festive season. 



Is is the last of my cards, have made and posted or delivered more than 40 now. ( and made and sold about 100 more) but I still love making them. It's a fairly simple design and uses a water colour panel and mossy meadow tree. The dots are white dots from Stampin' Up! which I have coloured with a blendabilities pen. They look very shiny.


Hope your Christmas is lovely,
Thanks for looking, Liz


Christmas Gift Card for JAI#293


Christmas is the perfect time to give gift cards and Card making is the perfect way to dress them up. I have made the envelope cards before (you can find more details and instructions here) and this one is adapted from a previous card for an order for a lady who didn't want anything too fussy as it was for her boss.  The card is in the envelope and the gift card is in a mini envelope inside which is held in the hinge so it folds over to write on the card.



The striped flap of the envelope is held in place by the silver foil circle.




thanks for looking, Liz




Sunday, 13 December 2015

CTC#60 Final Case for 2015

Welcome back to the CASEing the Catty bloghop for our last Hop for 2015 where we are CASEing each other!!! That's a bit of a thrill since there are so many amazing projects when you start looking back.
It has been a wonderful experience to be part of the design team and I have learnt so much from so many talented crafters. Our lineup will change a little next year. but for this week we are each CASEing one of the design team members. I am CASEing Rebecca Scurr which is a challenge itself as she has created so many wonderful things over the year. I have had a lovely time going back over her posts and tossed around a few designs which I really loved. In the end I have combined two - some people say I have trouble making a decision......

Rebecca's post from July 24 "Oh how I love a Good Box" for the Gift Wrap and Packaging had 2 beautiful projects and I love both but the flower caught my attention,so I thought I would have a go at that. She described using white envelope paper. Since I don't have any I thought I would try the Typeset DSP paper as it is a similar weight.

It was a little bland so I spritzed it with some alcohol and melon mambo ink. But Ithink I prefer the plain white. Also once I made it up I realised her flower is made using the smaller petals whithout the scalloped edges. So guess what, I tried again!
I also wanted to CASE Rebacca's stunning cards from the Lighthearted Leaves project from November 8

So I addad a little tag to the gift. ( I did toy with sponging and stamping the whole box like some of the girls did in one of the recent Christmas editions, but time was against me...)
Rebecca was right it is hard to photograph the box!!
and just to show you the size comparison 

I think I prefer the smaller flower and the whisper White cardstock wasn't too hard to use but I suspect you would need a fair bit of water spritzed onto regular cardstock. 
So Thankyou Rebecca for encouraging me to play some more with this very under-utilised die.

As it turns out we ended up with a gap in the bloghop link so I have had the pleasure of CASEing a second designer - Alison Barclay from Gothdove Designs. Alison also has lots of amazing projects but I settled on August 14 where she showcased some gorgeous DSP- this gave me the chance to play with my new Beautiful Birthday pack from the coming catalogue.

So this is a Sneak Peek for you.
It's a beautiful pack of paper, and I love the fresh graphics and colours. I also used the coming watermelon wonder satin ribbon- but I didn't quite read the description (must have been too excited reading the catty) and it's not actually narrow, this is folded in half and glued together!

This is a super quick layout and such a great way to use DSP that I'll definitely use it again.

So a big thankyou to all of you who have supported our Bloghop this year, I wish you and your family a beautiful Christmas and a relaxing holiday. I hope you get plenty of time to be creative- it's so good for the soul. We look forward to sharing lots of creative inspiration with you in 2016..... Just wait till you see the next catalogue, it is amazing.


The next step on the blog today is Rebecca, I'm looking forward to seeing what she chose to CASE and create.

Thanks so much for stopping by here,
Merry Christmas



Liz


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Saturday, 12 December 2015

Sneak Peak "Number of Years" and some new paper

Well you've gotta love a Saturday Postal Delivery!!! Some customer orders and some new toys for me arrived this morning. Thankyou to all the hard working postal staff at Australia Post. I'm sure this time of year is crazy for them.  I'm supposed to be finishing the Christmas cards but seem to have been sidetracked temporarily.....
One of the fabulous new sets in the coming Occasions Catalogue is called Number of Years and it has beautiful numbers, some flowers which are a lot like Painted Petals with their watercolour look, both birthday and anniversary (hooray) sentiments, and it even comes with matching framelits. Lots of fun.

The pile of new catalogues arrived in the order also along with the Sale-a-bration brochures. There are so many gorgeous new lovely stamps, ribbons, paper and goodies.  You are definitely going to want some of these. Don't forget I do GIFT VOUCHERS for any amount. If you would like one for 
Christmas please get your family to get in touch with me and I can arrange a beautiful gift card with the voucher enclosed.



I hope you can see that amazing shimmer -it's from a product new to Stampin Up! Called Wink of Stella. This is the clear pen and it adds a delicious sparkle to everything. It also comes in gold.

Of course I had to make an envelope to match 

Thanks for looking, 
Liz



Thursday, 10 December 2015

Sneak peak going global again

Just a quick Thankyou using the new set Going Global and some bits and pieces that were lying on my desk. The new set of DSP is a 6x6 paper pad of gorgeous papers on the Going Global suite. It will
be available after january 6 so if you would like a catalogue when they become available please get in touch with me.

Thanks for looking, Liz

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

GDP#14 and a Sneak Peak from Going Global

I am thrilled to be able to join in again this week at The Global Design Project challenge. This week it is a great sketch. If you haven't been following GDP you should check it out - there are really some amazing designers involved
I am also thrilled to create a card because I have some new products to play with from the new occasions catalogue which will launch January 5. 
The Going Global set has some great images,
 and the going places coordinating paper pad has lots of brilliant papers. 
These will be really easy to use for masculine cards. 

The pad contains lots of marbled pages, lots of maps, some constellations pages and is in a fabulous colour palettes. I have used only 2 designs for this card.
This card is a shaker card with little gold stars and clear beads.

Liz


Thanks for looking, 

Liz







Sunday, 6 December 2015

CTC #58 Christmas Trees for everyone!

Welcome to the Bloghop for CTC this week where we look at Christmas trees!. You may have come from Stasia's blog or you may be starting here. Either way you are welcome. Be sure to cruise all the way around the hop to see everyone's projects. If you get lost you can find the full list of participants at the CASEing the Catty webpage. 

Well it's time to put the tree UP!
In the past it's been hard to balance Christmas and birthday in our house because my daughter's birthday is the 11th so we used to wait until after her birthday and not make much fuss about Christmas in the early part of December.
However,  now that it's just the two of us left at home we can put it up earlier which is lovely. This weekend is the one!

Our 3 children have all left home, and the problem with living in a regional area is that they are all minimum 7 hours drive away. We will have to travel to them to spend time with them all over Christmas. They are all busy and I know they won't make much fuss about decorating their own homes so until we get down there I think my children need a little bit of Christmas in their own respective homes and maybe a little touch of handmade decor - and maybe a little bit of Mum.... Therefore I am sending them little a Christmas tree each, and that's where the catalogue comes in handy for ideas.

I loved the wreath on page 6 the first time I saw it, but I never did buy it. I do still love the little garland of trees and that inspired my gifts. 


This year our family colour scheme is green (cucumber crush), white, silver and a touch of turquoise..

I attempted to make the garland of trees but couldn't quite get them to hang properly. So I opted instead for individual tags which worked much better. 
The gorgeous Festival of Trees and matching punch is still a favourite and worked well since the are 5 of us and I needed 5 trees.
I stamped onto Shimmery White cardstock to add to the festive feel, and the plain tree is clear embossed onto Cucumber Crush Cardstock. The tags were cut to 9cm before punching, and I used Glimmer Paper for the hearts and stars. I cut the love using the retired Expressions framelits, but Peace or merry would also have worked in the silver foil. The good thing about being a bit of a hoarder is that I found other bits and pieces which were perfect- the little mini jingle bells, different ribbons and string, and I bought some clear and white Christmas Decorations to add into it. They are all slightly different, and I have one too so we are all the connected just a little.





The three garlands for the kids.
Remember the cute boxes from last week's post which are only 0.60c each? they have worked perfectly for me to post these.

The Decorative Window Box is also from the Clearance Rack
132146 food safe Kraft
$3.59 for a pack of 6 (down from $8.95) , that's only 0.60c each.

10.2 x 10.2 x 3.8cm  (4 x 4 x 1 1/2") 
Parcelled up and ready to go!


Next on the bloghop circle is Rebecca. I know she has something lovely for us this week.



mine hanging in the hallway at home.
Thanks for looking, 

Liz




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Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Same layout -two artistically different awesome looks

This is the same layout and materials, just a slightly different assembly, but how different are these two. I will have this card at my card buffet tomorrow night so people can choose which occasion they would like to use the card for. The birthday option is stamped in Wild Wasabi, and then clear embossed directly over the first image, with a tiny bit of sponging in the Wasabi.  The third colour is Rich Razzleberry.


Thanks for looking,

 Liz


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Tuesday, 1 December 2015

GDP #13 a Challenging colour Challenge

It's been so long since I was able to participate in a challenge but I have really enjoyed looking at all the entries each week in the Global Design Project. The design team are amazing and I have learnt quite a lot from the sidelines. But this week I'm just jumping in while I can.

It's a colour challenge with old olive so a real Challenge for me as it's my least favourite green!
 I have gone with some simple sponging and a random pattern using the large dots stencil sheet and a sponge dauber. The little flowers are stamped on vellum in real red, and the ink is on the reverse,  and the sentiment is from the Sheltering Tree set. I watched a You tube clip recently on making your own enamel dots from paper. (found the link, it was the Frugal crafter), its' so easy and it worked! punch out small circles of paper, burnish them with your scoring tool into a dome then heat emboss them with 2 layers of clear embossing powder, bingo! Not sure if you can see the shimmering edges to the olive circles?



I played with white edges to the bouncing balls but  ended up highlighting them with Wink of Stella - I love, love, love this product and it's coming in the new catalogue hooray.

Thanks for looking,

Liz



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Sunday, 29 November 2015

CTC#58 Christmas Decor and Gift wrapping.

Welcome back to CTC for this week's entry - to be inspired by a 3D item or giftwrap and packaging from the Occasions Catalogue.You may have arrived here from Helen's great blog, or you may be starting here, but wherever you have arrived from you are very welcome, and I hope you enjoy linking to each blog in the hop for some great ideas.

I have some boxes for you today.

It's always so nice to give a beautifully wrapped present - both for the giver and for the recipient. Stampin' Up! have some great options to make it easy with a big range of tag options, gorgeous ribbons and boxes and bags....
Since Christmas is also a time when budgets are stretched it's a great opportunity to take advantage of the hugely discounted items in the Clearance rack. Have you been and had a look lately? I have decided to showcase some of the great gift wrap options for you.

Here are some great Gift Boxes which come flat and are super easy to assemble


The gift tag is 2 pieces of card cut to 2" x 5" and punched with the Tag Topper Punch. the lower piece is gold foil and the upper piece of Kraft has the word cut with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Die(139659). Super quick and easy, tied together with some Thin Gold Ribbon (134583). The box is wrapped with a belly band made from 2x 12" strips of DSP from the Season of Cheer paper cut 2" wide and joined together under the tag. I have wrapped the box with 3 layers of the Gold Cording Trim(139618). I'm really sad this is not continuing after January so make sure you stock up on it - at $8.75 for 22.9 m (0.38c/m) it's pretty good value, but even better it ties so well and the texture of the cord means that it stays tied and doesn't slip on itself. The silver is also gorgeous. The tag is decorated with some gold embossed snowflakes made with the Festive Flurries set and the matching punch.

Extra Large Gift Box is from the Clearance Rack
132147
Food safe Kraft Card
$3.95 for pack of 3 - only 0.92ceach (were $6.95)
15.2 x 15.2 x 11.1cm  (6 x 6 x 4 3/8) They are a good size, and easy to decorate. Of course you can stamp directly onto the box prior to assembly.

This shows the large box underneath and the smaller window box on top.
The Decorative Window Box is also from the Clearance Rack
132146 food safe Kraft
$3.59 for a pack of 6 (down from $8.95) , that's only 0.60c each.
10.2 x 10.2 x 3.8cm  (4 x 4 x 1 1/2")

These are a good size for a set of 3x3notecards and envelopes. This is a little set I have made with Lighthearted Leaves and Black Glimmer Paper - two more items on the retiring list from the Occasions Catalogue and not available after January 4 or if sold out sooner. I have been playing a lot with this set and you can see some more samples in earlier posts here.



There are also some amazing ribbons on the Clearance Rack
Seam Binding  is beautiful and soft and ties easily into lovely soft bows as shown above. At $4.79 per roll of 9.1m (down from $11.96)  it's 0.53c/m which is great value. I have used soft sky here , but pool party is also available and looks great with the traditional colours of Red and Green.

Chevron Ribbon is a great weight and ties wonderful bows and is available in a range of colours. At $6.39 per roll of 9.1m it's a great saving from the original $15.95. 
Christmas Colour schemes could be
131151 Island Indigo with silver and white
130016 Marina Mist with silver and white or Silver and Green
130019 Crushed Curry with gold and burlap and/or lace

There are other great ribbons on the clearance rack which would also work well for Christmas- Mossy Meadow and Gumball Green stitched satin ribbon.

For all these great products you can find them through the Shop Now button on the right hand side of the page here, or at my Stampin' Up! homepage,  or you can contact me directly through commenting  here, or my facebook page or email and I will happily help you order your Christmas Gift Wrapping supplies.

For more wonderful ideas you can check out the rest of the design team at CASEing the Catty.
Next on the hop is Julia, check out her gorgeous project.



Thanks for looking, 

Liz