Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Some Christmas Boxes

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas with family, presents, food and fun. We had a very wet Christmas Day this year and still haven't seen too much sun, although it was out for a bit today but not looking good now. My heart goes out to all of those people who are in the terrible flood zones.

After searching for something to post I came across some of the boxes that I had made for the markets and thought I would share them with you. The boxes were a huge hit and it is lovely to hear what some of the buyers were going to put in them.

So here we go:-

As you can tell I absolutely love this Fancy Favour Box die. I have made the box with Very Vanilla and stamped part of the big tree from Lovely as a Tree onto vanilla and then mounted it onto Old Olive. The little tag in the front is also made with the Big Shot and I have stamped part of the vine from Vintage Vogue onto the vanilla oval and stamped over that with the greeting. All finished off with a lovely piece of satin ribbon.

This next one is made using a piece of the Ski Slope DSP, wrapped with a ribbon and a tag made with the big shot in Chocolate Chip and then the lovely bauble stamped in Real Red. Very plain and simple.
This is also a quick and easy way to make a box just that extra special for someone. The ribbon is tied around the whole of the box and then tied up the top with a small piece of ribbon. The main box is made with Poppy Parade and a strip of Dashing DSP. The tag is made using the scallop circle in Very Vanilla, layered with a circle of Poppy Parade and the image stamped on Very Vanilla with Old Olive.

Hopefully I will get some stamping time soon so I can have something else to show you instead of Christmas bits.

Happy stamping,

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Showcasing Christmas Cards

I thought it was about time I showcased some of the Christmas cards I made for family and friends this year. I ended up making quite a few cards for my local market day and was very successful in selling them so I had to quickly make some more for me to use.

My first one was a card that I had cased from somewhere and unfortunately it didn't have a watermark so if it looks familiar to someone out there please know that I give credit for this idea.I have gone with Crumb Cake as the base and then my next layer is, of course, another piece of the very gorgeous Jolly Holiday DSP. The stamp I used is from Spotlight on Christmas which I coloured with markers.

This next one uses Old Olive as the background, embossed with the Polka Dot folder. I then stamped the image from the Gifted set and coloured in the little baubles with markers. I layered this onto a piece of Chocolate Chip. The ribbon is non-SU and the flowers have been made with the Boho Blossoms punch in Cherry Cobbler and Chocolate Chip.

For this one I tried to get the wreath thing happening with the Little Leaves die cut and when I look at it now I think it could have done with a bit of pruning!!! The base is Baja Breeze followed by a piece of Crumb Cake with a small strip of Real Red. I have also used a lovely strip of Ski Slope DSP. The flowers are also made using the Boho Blossoms punch, pressed down in the middle to give a nice effect.Now I just love the combination of Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla for Christmas cards. This card is using the same idea for the card you can find on a previous post here.

So there we have it, some Christmas cards (mind you I haven't sent them all out yet - my mission for today!!).

I will now take this opportunity to wish you all:

A Very Merry Christmas

And A Happy New Year

Happy stamping,

Friday, December 17, 2010

Inkspirations Christmas Blog Tour

I am so excited to be a part of the "Inkspirations Christmas Gift Blog Tour" and this is also a first for me!! There are 28 stops on this tour so make a cuppa and put your feet up.

You may have arrived here from Maureen's (Crazy Stamping Lady) blog, but if you are starting here, don't worry... you can make the complete tour just by following the links at the end of each post.

I am sharing with you some very lovely Gift Tags and their packaging, which I had made for my local markets. I was so happy with how they came together.

I have made them by using a small scrapbooking sleeve from my stash. The bottoms have been sealed to make a pouch. Each pouch contains 8 tags.

There are 3 in total so here they are:-
This first one is made using Old Olive and the very lovely Jolly Holiday DSP. The tags are made using Cranberry Crisp and Old Olive with teared pieces of the DSP. I have used the Gifted and Sparkly & Bright stamp sets.
Next up is this set made with Very Vanilla and Dashing DSP. I have used Old Olive and Real Red as the combo for the tags. The back of the tags have been stamped with a "to-from" image from the Gifted Set.
For the final tag pouch, I have used Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze teamed up with the Ski Slope DSP. I have also used the same stamp sets as the previous ones.

Well that's all from me and I hope you enjoy the rest of the Blog Tour. Now you're off to see the creations of Tracey (My Creative Side). Thanks for visiting!!

Happy stamping,

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Something Exciting!!!

I am super excited to be a part of this:-

Tomorrow (Friday 17th December) at 6 p.m. (Qld time) I am contributing to this Blog Tour and can't wait to show you all my Christmas goodies.

So while you are waiting here is a little Christmas box I made to tempt you with a little something so that you will come back and join the Blog Tour!!

I have used the Fancy Favour Box and have gone with the Elegant Eggplant and Very Vanilla (I love this combination). I have inked the baubles with Elegant Eggplant, Pear Pizzazz and Poppy Parade. For the tree I have used the edges of the lovely tree out of Lovely as a Tree set.

So don't forget to come back tomorrow night, make yourselves a cuppa and enjoy this amazing Blog Tour.

Happy stamping,

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Gift Card Pockets

Over the past few weeks I have been busy getting things together to do a market stall at my local markets which was held yesterday. I had an awesome day and sold most of my Christmas bits, but the one thing that I sold six out of seven were the Christmas Gift Card pockets.

I bought a tutorial some time back to help raise funds for a little boy called "Hudson". You can read more about this amazing little boy and the hardships his family has endured by checking out their blog here. Anyway, in this bundle I received were some terrific ideas, one of them being a Gift Card pocket by Monique Fielder.

Here are the ones I made:-

The top pick is the pocket all closed up with a belly band and the bottom one is opened up with a gift card inside and a space to write a greeting.

A lovely Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip and Baja Breeze version.

This one is made using Very Vanilla and a spotty Christmas DSP.

One with Rose Red cardstock and the very lovely Jolly Holiday DSP.

The very cheeky reindeer from Holiday Lineup complimented this one.

This next one is made with Kiwi Kiss and a lovely stripey DSP.

And last, but not least, this lovely Baja Breeze and the cute snowmen.

Wow, this was a long post. Hope you didn't mind scrolling down. I had so much fun making these and they are just perfect for Christmas gift cards for the "hard to buy for" person.

Happy staming,

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Teachers' Christmas Gifts Part 2

Here is the second post for the day with my son's Teachers' Christmas gifts. As he has two teachers I made two sets so here is the second set. After having my little argument with blogger I needed to do this in two posts. You can scroll down to see the first post.

Without further ado here is the second set:-
I have used Cherry Cobbler as the base for this set and also used some of the gorgeous Jolly Holiday papers. It is all so very pretty!!! The poinsettia flowers are made using the 5 petal punch.

I have just raced them up to the school to give to the Teachers this morning and they just loved the packaging. One of the teachers said she still has the little box I made for them at Easter!!!

Anyway I am off to do some "Learner" driving this morning with my daughter so that should be fun :)

Happy stamping,

Teachers' Christmas Gifts Part 1

As promised I am back with something Chrissmasy!!! I finally managed to get my camera back which ended up having a holiday with one of my daughter's friends after her school camp :(

Now I am having a bit of a fight with blogger at the moment and am having so much trouble trying to move my pics around so am going to do this post in two parts.

I have made my son's Teachers' Christmas gifts this year and decided not to go with the usual chocolates instead I am giving them Christmas ornaments as well as the choccies.
For this set I have gone with Very Vanilla as the base followed by the very gorgeous Jolly Holiday DSP. Now I can tell you that I had sooo much trouble cutting into these absolutely lovely papers, they are just too nice to chop up!!!

The box is the very lovely Tucked Away design which you can find on Lauren Meader's Timeless Templates blog found here.

Now off to do my second post.

Happy stamping,

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Couple of Quick Cards

As the title suggests the following two cards were made in about 10 minutes. I absolutely love plain and simple and sometimes that's all a card needs to be.

Here they are:-
The colours I have gone with were Pink Passion, Green Galore, Real Red and Tangerine Tango. I coloured "the more candles the bigger the wish!" in various markers. I thought they ended up really nice indeed.

I have been working on lots of Christmas gift boxes and cards at the moment but haven't been able to photograph anything at the moment, compliments of my lovely daughter taking my camera to her school camp!!!

So stay tuned and I should be all Christmasy (is that a word!!) soon.

Happy stamping,

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Couple of Bugs!!

While I was going through my stash of cards I realised that I didn't have many kid's cards so I started working on some to add to my collection. I just love the cute bugs from Bugs & Kisses so decided to do a couple with this set.

The first one is a boy's version:-

I have always wanted to do one of these cute magnifying glass and my inspiration from this one came from my very lovely friend, Karen, and you can find her card here. I have added a piece of acetate to make the little magnifying window.

My next card is a girly version of the bugs:-

I loved how this one turned out. Now my inspiration for this card came while doing a bit of blog surfing and you can find that card in the post here. I loved the inspiration card so much that I only managed to change the colours.

Hopefully over the weekend I am able to work on some Christmas items so I can make my blog look all Christmasy.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A Beautiful Lily Box

I have been making so many boxes of late and just wanted to share this one with you. The box is made using the Big Shot Scallop Envelope Die. I can't remember exactly where I found the tutorial but it's quite easy. It uses 4 Scallop Envelopes which are then all attached together to form a box.
Here it is:-
I have used Melon Mambo as the base and have teamed it up with Certainly Celery for the scallop lid. You will also need to cut another 4 envelopes if you wanted to make the scallops a contrasting colour and attach them to the inside of the lid.

Now for the wow factor take a look at the gorgeous lily flowers!!! Aren't they fantastic. Now I came across Valita's Designs & Fresh Folds where she has a tutorial on how to make these flowers. You can find the post for it here.

Here is a close up of the lillies:-

I think these lillies are perfect to use on tops of boxes, they just give it that extra lift. So stay tuned and I will endeavour to add some more boxes made with this die.

Happy stamping,

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

The Final Instalment

Here is the final instalment to my All Boxed Up project, the 3in x 3in mini cards and tags that can be tied to gifts. If you have missed the first post just scroll down a couple of posts and you will see what I am referring to.
These ended up being quite simple as well. I really had no idea what I was going to put together, they just sort of happened!!! I so loved this project, might even be adventurous and make some more, one day soon :) (or should I say one or two weeks).

Good luck to all the horsey punters out there who are having a flutter on the Melbourne Cup today. It's quite funny that this is the one and only horse race that I actually watch, but I guess I am not the only one!!!!

Happy stamping,