Sunday, June 30, 2013

Co-ordinated Gifts for Tweens

Hi all.

For regular readers of my blog, you know I LOVE a good box and co-ordinated gift. Recently whilst blurfing (blog surfing) I stumbled across Sam from Pootles Papercraft in the UK. She make ALL kinds of boxes and gifts and even does DO's for the visual learners amongst us.

The original contact I had with Sam's blog involved today's project. Miss 9 had 3 friends (twins turning 11 and a bestie at school turning 10) that needed gifts. Sam's box here was the perfect opportunity to give these gorjus boxes a whirl. Here is the finished projects.......

For the twins......... (remember to  click on the photos if you wish to make them larger)

 The card was inspired by this one.

Aren't these boxes just delish???? The lids close on an angle as you can see here. Sam's box did not cover the sides in DSP, but I really liked the look of this.

 The pencils I found in the Reject Shop. Pack of 12 for $ bargain indeed. I popped them in a skinny cello bag and made a topper with the 2 3/8" and 1 1/4" Scallop Circle Punches and you get this....(the stamp set I used is an old retired SAB set).

 Now for Miss Turning 10....well it was the same idea, but just a different colour combination.....and it HAD to be PINK!!! (insert exasperated pink-ugh sigh!!)


The card was inspired by LeeAnn Greff. It was in her January Newsletter, but I cannot find a pic of it to share with you. The thing I loved about it was the seamless transition between the embossed CS and the ribbon. She (I think) must have used the simply scored, but I used the "x" emboss of the Needlepoint EF's.

Thanks for popping by. If you are in Sydney, I hope you are high and dry. The rain has been INSANE.....seriously...I think we are near 10 days straight now. I can't recall seeing rain this heavy and persistent for a long time.


Oops...I am such a bad Mumma!!! Miss 9 received some card making stamps and supplies for her birthday (early June) and was very keen to make the twins a card each. I helped with the corner is the Postage Stamp punch cut on the diagonal. Worked a treat!!! This is what she made......

Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Island Indigo, Pretty in Pink (retiring soon...sniff), Rose Red, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB '13) Island Oasis DSP (ret)
Ink: (SU) Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Summer Starfruit, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzaz, Rose Red
Stamps: (SU) Madison Avenue (SAB '13), Lovely Letters Alphabet,  Petite Pairs, Amy R - Birthday Sentiments
Punches and Dies: (SU) Labels Collection Framelits, Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Scallop Circles in 2 3/8", 1 1/4" and 7/8", Circles in sizes 3/4", 1" and 1 1/4", SU Needlepoint EF, Memory Box Numbers Die
Other bits: LOTS of dimensionals, Vintage Faceted Buttons, Double sided tape.

Lynda xx

Friday, June 21, 2013

Knew I had a couple more!!!

Hi all.

Whilst going through my stash of just-in-case cards, I found another couple of the cards that I made with the All Dressed Up Framelits.

These 2 cards are very close CASEs of the cards here and here. These are my versions of Cristena and Helen's cards.....

I love all the dots carried through on the Real Red and white card as well as the dry embossing on the Blushing Bride and Black card......

They really do make a WOW kind of card don't they??

Just a quick one today as I have been busy playing with some new goodies from the upcoming 2013-14 Catalogue.

Any questions about elements used, Please do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks for popping by.

Lynda xx

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Cheeky Monkey !!!

Morning all,

For those in Australia, I hope you all had a wonderful Queen's Birthday long weekend. I hope you all got a little inky and creative.

Last Monday (3rd June) My Miss 8 became Miss 9. We have (endured) her meticulously crossed off  30 day count down to her special day. She is growing into a very cheeky little one (of course totally unaware as to where she acquired that trait from!), hence the inspiration for this ensemble.

I also took a lot of inspiration from Di Barnes with her card here. This is the card I created for her.......

It is a centre step style card. I based it in a tutorial from SCS here but continued all the cuts to the back as well (hope that makes sense?) It stands so nicely.....

I coupled her card with a matching box made with the Fancy Favour Box Die (which I LOVE!!!)
The box was the same front and back and I used the flower motif on the sides to secure the handle.
Now I can hear you ask...."what is in the wee white bag??" Well, my Bestie Tracey, she makes children's jewellery. She has an Etsy shop here and you can also find her on Facebook under Berry-licious. Whilst the 2 of us were at Craft Camp this year I asked her to make a special set for Miss 9 and this is what she came up with.......
Here is the card and box together.......
Thanks so much for popping by. I am hoping my very first "pre-order" for the new 2013/14 catalogue arrives today or at the latest Thurs. There are SOOOOOOO many delicious things to see and share with you.
Stuff used:
CS: (SU) Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black, Whisper White, Purely Pomegranate (ret), Holiday Treasures DSP (ret), unknown SU Old Olive DSP
Stamps: NONE
Punches: As per Dawn Olchefske's tute here for the monkey - however I did not have the face punch so I used a Carla Craft CP21 Heart instead and a CP1 heart for the nose, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle,1" circle, 7/8" Scallop Circle, 1/2" Circle, Boho Blossoms Punch, Carla Craft CP1 Vinca B punch, Memory Box Numbers Die
Ink: (SU) Chocolate Chip SWM for the mouth.
Other Bits: LOTS of Dimensionals, SU Fancy Favour Box Die, Generic yellow Brads
Lynda xx

Friday, June 7, 2013

Punch Art Fun and Games......

Morning all.

Firstly, thank you all so much for your blog love and encouragement on my return to blogging. It was overwhelming.

Today, I am again combining a couple of projects done over the past couple of months that have a common theme. Today - Punch Art.

As most of you are aware, I was an avid punch artist before I discovered stamping, now I get to combine the two and make some fun creations.

Recently my DH's niece turned 2. I had seen this card on Andi Potler's blog and fell in love with it immediately. I had to do it for Pippa!! This is my version......

It went up so quickly and it is basically circles!!! It sits up nicely on dimensionals.....and the only Whisper White to be seen is the eyes!!!

Next two cards were done for a customer. They wanted a "girly robot" card for their niece and a "Russian" themed birthday card as they would be in Russia for the wife's birthday!!! God bless Google!!! This is what I found......

Girly Robot......again seen here on Andi Potler's blog.....

I did change a couple of things on Andi's punch list, but the majority are the same. The background of the robot is a FAB embossing folder by Cuttlebug called "Clockworks and was so perfect for this card. I also created a small "button" on the melon Mambo strip for a bit of fun. Each layer is separated by a dimensional so it is really squishy to push on.

Something I very rarely (and probably should do more of) is stamp the inside of my cards. The SU Clockworks set provided a good continuing theme for this card.
Lastly...the Babushka's were inspired by a Deb Fearns card seen here. This is my version of her card....
I used the punches that Deb listed, with the exception of the hair dos and the lips. The hair was achieved with (fm L - R) The mid portion of the old butterfly punch, the scallop border punch and the base of the heart punch. Here they are close up...
Now the mouth....I like to use everything.....and this is no exception. The mouth is the punch out scrap from the SU Pinking Heart Border Punch. It was PERFECT!!!
Thanks again for popping by and tolerating all the photos!! Two posts in a week is a good start to my new regime. It is all baby steps.
I am not going to list ALL the supplies used in these cards, but please, if you have any questions, please leave it in the comments and I will answer it for you.
Lynda xx

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Month, New Goals

Hi all!

Please do not adjust your blog readers, yes it is me after nearly a month off the air. Sadly I found that life somewhat overwhelmed me and as usual I took on WAY too much....and finally my body gave way.

I am trying to get use to this whole new Demo thing, manage my family, work, create, play my sport, attended my yearly craft camp and put out all the wee spot fires that us as mothers do!!! My diabetes at the beginning of may did NOT like the way I was living my life and gave me a nasty ultimatum. I had to take notice and as a result I have been slowly getting things back up on track!!

Now....what to share....there is sooooooooooo much....I kid you not!!! I am also hoping to place my first PRE order for the new SU I will have a lot more inky fun to share with you too!!!

One of the things I got onto a little late was the whole All Dressed Up Framelits. Not being the biggest girly girl...the thought of playing with paper dresses and mannequins was not an up there ambition for me....but I have been proven totally WRONG!!!! I LOVE them and there is sooo much you can do with them!!!

I will share a mix of projects done, although sadly I have not photographed all of the fun!

The first card was based on a card I found on Stampin' Connection. I don't work with yellow much but found this a lot of fun.

On one dress I used the embossed side and on the other I used the debossed side.
The next one is based on a card I saw by Cristena Bagne here. I actually did it in red first, but did not photograph it. This one is in Marina Mist. Sorry about the dark picture as Sydney had some VERY dodgy weather around this time.
The next one just uses the mannequin from the set and was my very first use with the Natural Composition DSP. Lordy, I do love this paper!! I based it on a card by Niki Toll seen here.
Last but no means least....I got my co-ordinated card/gift thing on and made a little lip balm/lipstick holder for Nicole Derendorf (to say thanks) and Angela Sargeant (for her birthday). Again, the pictures are dodgy and are taken at my workplace, hence the "clinical" backgrounds!!!
The little holders were from a tutorial by Brenda Quintana here.
They are seriously so easy, have a beautiful WOW factor and go up in a flash.
Thanks so much for popping by and also for all you patience in my absence. I am going to endeavour to try and get 1-2 posts a week up and also keep you informed as to all the stuff going on in the world of SU.
Stuff Used:
CS: (SU) Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight,, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Island Indigo, Pool Party, Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango
Ink: SU Stazon, Marina Mist, Crumb Cake, Island Indigo, Tangerine Tango
DSP's: (SU) Polka Dot DSP, Natural Composition DSP, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB 13)
Stamps: (SU) Loving Thoughts, Itty Bitty Banners, En Francais BGS, Whimsical Words (SAB '10)
Dies/Embossing Folders: (SU) All dressed up Framelits, Banner Framelits, Oval Framelits, Tulip Frame EF, Holiday Oval EF, Delicate Designs Folders EF, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots EF
Other Bits: SU Flower Trim, Sycamore Street Ribbon (SAB '13), Carla Craft Corner Rounder Punch
Lynda xx