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Monday, 24 November 2008

Boxes, Bags, Baubles & Bows

These are some of the projects I will be showing you how to make if you come along to my Boxes, Bags, Baubles & Bows class on Saturday morning - send me an email if you are planning on coming along -

Now for any overseas visitors who may not know what a 'sausage sizzle' is - it's just a sausage sandwich, usually cooked on a barbeque, hence the 'sizzle'. Quite an Aussie thing, especially in the summer - although I'm not too sure if it technically is a sandwich, as it usually only involves one piece of bread with a snag (sausage) that has been cooked on the barbie (barbeque, BBQ) slapped in the middle, with a good helping of tomato sauce (ketchup - we never use this word :-))

Fabulous Angels

Aren't these the cutest little Angels?? As soon as I saw this one, I had to make it straight away. They are made using the large flower from the Fabulous Flowers stampset.

Once I started I couldn't stop, so made afew colour variations. I can see there will be afew of these on my tree this year.

I was trying to use only Stampin' Up! producst, however I had to used some contraband silver cord. The beads are from the Pretties Kit & the halo is a ribbon slide from the Styled Silver Hodgepodge.

I added some glitter to this one & love how it turned out.
I can't believe there are only 4.5 weeks til Christmas & I have not posted a Christmas card on my blog yet!!! I hope the rectify this soon. In the mean time check out my kids with Santa. We went to our first Christmas party yesterday at the Cuttabri Wine Shanty & had a great time. Santa delivered presents that were kindly donated by the Salvo's & they also put on a free sausage sizzle.
Not sure what Santa is telling Sam here - I hope it was to behave!

This one of Josie cracks me up! She lent in for a cuddle & got abit excited - Santa doesn't look too impressed though.

Friday, 21 November 2008

Cyberstamp & Summer Mini Sneak Peak

Last week the INKlings had our monthly cyberstamp & it was my turn to set the challenges. I was going to try & resist using products from the upcoming Summer Mini as they aren't available to customers yet, but I couldn't help myself.

First up was a colour challenge inspired by my new favourite papers Bali Breeze - Rose Red, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise & Pumpkin Pie. Above I have covered some Stampin' Store containers with the gorgeous new double sided papers.
I thought I'd also make a card for the colour challenge & above is my sample using a new stampset Live Your Dream. How do you like the ribbon? It is the new 1" Double-Stitched Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon & is just gorgeous. It also comes in Chocolate Chip & I have a feeling you will be seeing alot more of it in the future (I've almost used up my preorder roll already)
Next challenge was to make a scrapbook page using a card sketch from Beate Johns. Above is a 6x6 page, once again using the new Bali Breeze papers & if you look in the bottom right hand corner you will see another new product - Flower Fusion felt flowers, they are lots of fun!

The above page uses the same sketch, however it is 12x12. I have used Live Your Dream stampset again & this time teamed it with the co-ordinating Afternoon Tea Double Sided Papers. The beautiful big scallop circle is another new product - Carousel Note.
I hope you enjoyed looking at my cyberstamp efforts, along with abit of a sneak peak at some of the new products that will be in the Summer Mini - available from 1st December 2008.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Christmas Tags & Pouch Tutorial

I thought a tutorial was way overdue, so here is one for a quick, easy & inexpensive gift. I am going to give out afew as early Christmas presents, but they could easily be made up with birthday tags to be used throughout the year.Materials required:
6x6 page protector
8.25" x 6.5" cardstock (I've used Purely Pomegranite)
3.5" x 3" cardstock for tag base
Designer Series Papers (DSP - I've used Holiday Harmony)
Extra cardstock for matting (I've used River Rock, Purely Pomegranite & Always Artichoke)
Word Window Punch
Vintage Brads
Length of ribbon (I've used River Rock Double Stitched Grosgrain)
Stamps (Season of Joy & Tags for All)
Ink (Always Artichoke & Purely Pomegranite)

1st step is to cut the binding holes off the 6x6 page protector.Be careful to cut between the two seams on the side - you can see this clearer in the pic below. You will be left with a clear pouch that is open at the top & has 3 closed sides.

Lay the trimmed page protector onto your 8.25" x 6.5" cardstock as above, lining the bottom edges up. The open end of your pouch should be at the top, with an overhang of cardstock above it

Fold the extra cardstock over the top of the page protector. If you wanted to score this first the measurement is 1.75". At this point you can stamp on the front of the folded cardstock, you may also like to place a 6x6 piece of DSP into the page protector.

Place the page protector back into the folded cardstock, making sure that the open end is under the fold. Using the large hole of the crop-a-dile, punch a hole about 0.5" from the top. Push the crop-a-dile all the way in, on the side of the cardstock. Do this on the other side also.

Thread some ribbon through the holes & tie a bow at the front. Your tag pouch is now finished - on to making the tags to go inside.

For each tag you will need:
3.5" x 3" piece of cardstock
3.5" x 3' piece of DSP torn in half
stamped image from Tags for All
cardstock mat for your stamped image
1 x brad
piece of cardstock punch using the word window punch.

Adhere the layers in the following order - 3.5" x 3" cardstock, torn DSP, cardstock mat, stamped image. Fold the word window punchout in half over the edge of the tag & use the mat pack & paper piercer to pierce a hole through all the layers. Insert your brad through the hole.

Your pouch will easily hold all the above tags & more.

When putting your tags into the pouch, there is no need to unthread the ribbon. The holes will be far enough apart that you can undo the bow, lift the flap & slide the tags in.

I used Stampin' Up! Dashing DSP to make this Christmas Card Pouch, I had also made a sample using Wintergreen DSP, but gave it away before I took a photo of it, so will have to make another one.
HOpe you have enjoyed & understood this tutorial :-)