Craft on Fifth Avenue

I have been having so much fun borrowing my friend’s Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set – I thought I could do without this one but it is now firmly on my wish list! I had a vision of creating my own DSP with it and using that to make a wee purse – so my first step was to print my template onto Whisper White Cardstock, cut it out and begin stamping…

The colours I chose were Baja Breeze, Soft Suede and Pacific Point – Gosh these look great together! I stamped my random slightly overlaying pattern first, and then assembled the body of the purse. 

For the flap of my purse, I cut a topnote using my Bigshot out of Whisper White and then stamped that too, placing the great sentiment at the bottom right so that it would be perfectly visible when the flap was fastened.

After stamping, I scored a folding crease 1.5cm either side of the middle points and then ran the topnote through my Bigshot with the Polkadot embossing folder.

I attached on one side of the topnote with sticky strip and then secured with velcro dots on the other, adding a Polkadot grosgrain ribbon handle.  The finishing touch was my glitter glue which I added to the centre of some flowers and the stamin on others.  And of course a matching card is a must!

 

And here is the card to match:

And now for another colour way – this purse and card is for a dear friend of mine whose birthday is coming up in a few days:

 

and the matching card:

Cameo Coral, Pretty In Pink, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede have been used for this set and I think they are perfect for my friend who shall remain nameless to at least keep her guessing for a few days!!!

Gosh did I mention I love Fifth Avenue Floral stampset from SU?

Make sure you check back soon as I have a few packaged pressies and cards and yes another Candle Wrap to Show you tomorrow!

Big Kiss,

Jan x

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So Many New Things!

Hi Girls!

I have so many new things to show you that I am resulting to bullet point to organise this blog!!!! I haven’t blogged for a while so I’ve built up quite a little backlog of projects I’d like to share with you!

  • More Autumn Harvest Cards, Candle Wraps and Scrapbooking
  • Dazzle You with Razzleberry
  • Lots of Bots Party Cards, Gift Box or Birthday Favour Box

So to get started… Here is my favourite of the Autumn Harvest Candle Wraps I have created…

    

and I am hoping My Mum doesn’t check out this post – here is the Mother’s Day card I have made for her…

 

 And another Autumn Harvest Card:

And a Scrapbook Page:

  

I love the layering effect of all of these fabulous coordinating papers… Am I ever going to tire of this colour palette? I just love it so much!

General Project Recipe

Autumn Harvest DSP, Soft Suede and Eggplant Card with other Earth Elements Colours, Ink – Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Elegant Eggplant, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Kiwi Kiss, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie (Watercoloured Images), Stampsets- Embrace Life, Autumn Flair Hostess Sets, Wonderful Favourites, Big Shot – Polkadot Embossing Folder, Buttons Sizzlit, Timeless Junior Alphabet, Ribbon and Embellishments – Soft Suede Polkadot Grosgrain, Linen Thread

And Now for those of you who haven’t been introduced to the dazzling properties of our Rich Razzleberry Colour…

      

This basket is so easy to make and is adapted from a basic one square favour box I have used for the Lots of Bots Party Favour coming up so keep scrolling if you are interested to find out the details…

Isn’t this THANKS Embosslit just gorgeous? Again using my baby Big Shot…

 

This card features the beautiful new Very Vintage Stampin Around Wheel from the AWM – I’ve rolled onto Opulent Orchid in Razzleberry Ink.  For the flower I have rolled onto Kraft and one layer of Opulent Orchid to create the coordinated feel.  Then I have stamped the large bloom from the Embrace Life stamp set to make the Kraft “DSP”.  Don’t these colours look great together?

And using my Embrace Life Stamp set (I find this goes really well with the vintage feel):

For this one, my friend sentiment is from the Simply Said stampset and I find it SOOOOOO true… I also really lovel the whimsical font of this sentiment…

And now for our beautiful new MELON MAMBO:

Combined here with the Pony Party  stampset – HOW CUTE IS THIS??? Oh to have given birth to some pink ones…(sigh)

This stamp set gives you the ability to build your own scene – a party pony, unicorn etc and it has lovely little accent stamps like the grass, flowers, butterflies, clouds, stars etc – it really is great fun and a must for birthday cards for little girls!!!  Ive created a really simple favour box here for a birthday party – a basic grid with each corner square cut out – if you are interested, just let me know and I can post the template for you.

The button you can see and the base card colour is our beautiful new Melon Mambo – it woul dlook even cuter with the matching melon polkadot but i had to settle with the Rich Razzleberry – still looks great though!

And more Melon Mambo for a cut Baby Card using my Two Step Bird Punch:

I’ve used the sentiment from the Best Yet Hostess Stampset – I rarely stamp without it these days!

OK – next my favourite Boys stamp of the moment – Lots of Bots:

I have created a Birthday card and Gift Box, as well as a smaller Party favour Box – I plan on using this for Laurenz’s 6th birthdya coming up and my invitation will feature the Robot stamp too – just need to order the Please come  invite stamp set so keep your eyes out for that post!

Entire Set

My colour scheme is Yoyo Yellow, Tangerine tango and Taken with Teal.  I have used Stampin Pastels and Blender Pens to colour my images.

Gift Box – this uses an entire piece of 12×12 card

Smaller Party Favour Box – this is created from a 21cm x 21cm square (cut from A4)

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Birthday Card 1

Square Gift Card

Now did I mention that these are my first foray into Clear Mount Stamps? I only needed 4 small acrylic block sizes for this stampset and beauty is that every stamp set I purchase from now on will cost less as I have already invested in these acrylic blocks!

The little nuts and bolts are a small stamp which I have repeat stamped turning slightly each time and it looks like a wheel doesnt it? I love it!

Now are you ready to see how easy it is to make these boxes?

This is not a printable template – just an indication for measurements and cut lines.  One you have scored your grid and cut along the 4 cutlines, you can fold it all the way up for a square box, or fold it to your desired angle and secure with a staple for an angled favour box like I have made.  A great tip for quick results with the least “fuss” is to angle the sides and place your handle on the inside – securing all with one staple per side – yes just one staple holds each side and the handle together!!!!

I am going to be conducting a workshop for birthday favours in May at my lovely friend Trishy’s house.  If you and your friends would like to learn how to make these favour boxes, why not book your own workshop? Just email stampingelegance@live.com.

Gosh that was quite a parade of projects wasn’t it? I will be back next week with a feature on the Fox and Friends Clear Mount stampset – so be sure to pop back then!

Happy Anzac Day Long Weekend!

Jan xxx

Just Add Ink Challenge #11

This week over at JAI the challenge is… Just Add Ink! Make ANYTHING you like with ANYTHING you like!  I have had a project in mind for awhile and decided this challenge would be the perfect opportunity…

A few years ago I scribbled a positive affirmation on a blank canvas “Live LIFE to the full”… I hid it away after a while (from myself I suppose), because it wasn’t ringing true to me.  SO now it does! I am living life to the full and want to dispaly such a fab affirmation in my Craft Room to remind me everyday…

And now introducing Rich Razzleberry – one of the new In Colours in the AWM catalogue.  It is so nice combined with Soft Suede like this.  I have also used a healthy dose of White Craft Ink  – first rolled with the new Vintage Wheel from the AWM all over the canvas, and the sponged over my embossed topnote to give it an aged feel.  The flowers are soft paper ones that I have dyed and then pressed into my Rich Razzleberry inkpad to transfer some colour.  Can you spot the circle scallop flower in the corner? 

The large heart is cut using my friends Fiskar giant heart template (thanks Jo) and then embossed with polkadots. The alphabets are cut using my Timeless Junior Alphabet and Big Shot.

I love this vintage look and feel and can’t wait to find the perfect place to hang it…

Check out all of the other interesting projects on show over at Just Add Ink and have a great Easter!

Jan xxx

SU Autumn Winter Mini is Here!

Hey there!

You might notice a few subtle changes to my Blog – yes the new mini catalogue for Autumn-Winter is finally here, and I couldn’t help but warm up my blog a little with some Autumn Colour!

Boy do I have some exciting products to show you all!  There is so much packed into this Mini (that actually isn’t so Mini – it is quite thick!), that you NEED to browse through yourself (see my link to the right – just click on the pic of the AWM catalogue and you can browse on line…)

I am going to share a few of the projects I have been making with my AWM products, and then list the project recipe for each to help you locate the products you fancy in the catalogue…

Project One – Two-Step Bird – Just Because I Care

Base Card – AWM In Colour Soft Suede (gorgeous isn’t it?)

DSP – AWM Autumn Traditions $16.95

Other Card – Creamy Caramel, Elegant Eggplant

Punches – AWM Two Step Bird Punch $30.95

Isn’t this bird punch adorable? The three elements of the Bird, Feather and Branch are on one punch – so all you need to do is get punch happy on a few different card stock colours and DSP sheets, and mix and match for a really lovely effect.

Ink – Elegant Eggplant

Ribbon – AWM Polka-Dot Grosgrain 1.3cm Soft Suede (this is plain on the reverse side – so versatile!)

Big Shot Dies – Polka-Dot embossing Folder, Lots of Tags (both exclusive to SU)

Now is a great time to introduce my new baby – it’s called the Bigshot Die Cut machine from Sizzix and SU and is featured in the AWM catalogue:

I have used the polka-dot embossing folder to create the polkadot impressions on my cared above, first on the Soft Suede, and then again on my Creamy Caramel Strip of Card. For my sentiment I have used the SU Lots of Tags (Set of 4) Dies to make the shaped tag, and then stamped my choice of phrase from the hostess set Best Yet

Project Two – Coffee Cup Hello

Base Card – AWM In Colour Soft Suede

DSP – AWM Autumn Traditions $16.95

Other Card – Whisper White, Garden Green

Punches – Word Window

Ink – Soft Suede, Kiwi Kiss, Garden Green

Ribbon – AWM Polka-Dot Grosgrain 1.3cm Soft Suede (this is plain on the reverse side – so versatile!) and Hemp Twine

Stamp Sets – AWM Share a Cup $11.95 and Hostess Set Autumn Flair

Isn’t this polka-dot coffee cup stamped in Soft Suede cute as? Share a cup is one of the a la carte single stamps available in the AWM and the “hello” sentiment on my card above is featured underneath the coffee cup image – I have just chosen to punch it with a word window and cut out the coffee cup for a little hanging feature on my ribbon…

Big Shot Dies – Top Note (SU Exclusive), Lots of Tags

The top note is the shape I have cut out in the gorgeous Autumn Traditions DSP for this card. You will see it again in the next project…

Project Three – Top Note Halved

Base Card – AWM In Colour Soft Suede

DSP – AWM Autumn Traditions $16.95

Other Card – Whisper White, Garden Green, More Mustard, Printed Font (from my scrap paper pile!!!!)

Punches – AWM Two-Step Bird Punch, Word Window

Ink – Soft Suede, Whisper White Craft Ink

Ribbon – AWM Polka-Dot Grosgrain 1.3cm Soft Suede (this is plain on the reverse side – so versatile!) and Hemp Twine

Other Accessories – Large Brad from HodgePodge Hardware

Stamp Sets – AWM Share a Cup $11.95 and Hostess Set Autumn Flair

Big Shot Dies – Top Note (SU Exclusive), Lots of Tags

I am so excited everytime I even catch a glance of the Autumn Harvest DSP – and add it to my 12×12 assorted pack of Earth Elements and I am in Autumn Heaven!!!

Now if this has given you a taste to see or hear more about these great new products, I am holding an open house Product Launch on Tuesday the 13th of April between 9am and 11am in Charlottes Vineyard Ellenbrook – if you would like to drop by and have a browse through the products and projects I have created so far, give me a call on 0400220177 and I will give you my address – it should be great fun!

Hope to see you there!

Jan xxx

Candle Wraps and a Last Butterfly Play

Hey there!

Yes just one more day left of the Summer Mini Catalogue, and although many of us will be very sad to see the Butterfly Prints Stamp set and matching punch go, HELLO Autumn Winter Mini! But more on that on Thursday!

I created these projects for a workshop I held on Saturday, to show the girls (waving to Cara-Leigh) just how cute these soon to be unavailable products can be…

Starting with an Ikea candle, I added a wide strip of Embossed Baja Breeze Card (Alert – preview from Upcoming Autumn Winter Mini!!!). I first stamped three butterflies in White Craft Ink on Pacific Point Card, and punched them out with the coordinating butterfly punch (did I mention it is soon to disappear???)

I popped them on dimensionals and added a half pearl as the centre – I bent the wings forward for some added dimension.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stampset with Pacific Point and punched with my Wide Oval Punch.

My Baja Breeze Grosgrain Stripe Ribbon tied in a big bow and trimmed with half pearls finishes the sentiment off beautifully.  And now for the piece de resistance (is that spelt correctly???!?!?!?!?)…

This is my first attempt at the paper flower that I first saw on Dawn McVey’s Blog – and I am hooked! Check out Dawn’s blog here for a tutorial on how to make this little beauty but in short all you need is the Circle Scallop Punch, some offcuts of pattern DSP (or plain if that tickles your fancy) and a brad – thats it! Punch five scallops, secure in the middle with a brad and start scrunching one layer at a time into towards the brad.  tease back out into shape and voila! (there is that French again!!!) Dawn has a video tutorial – well worth checking out!

I loved my candle wrap so much I had to make another one!

This candle wrap consists of a Perfectly Plum base, Pirouhette Pink Accents with Pretty in Pink and Elegant Eggplant stamped butterflies and sentiment, and the ribbon is white grosgrain.  My gorgeous paper flower is made from the soon to be unavailable Kaliedescope DSP that ended up being so much more versatile than I orginally expected.

This candle is taking pride of place in my display unit – I LOVE IT!

Today is your last chance to order any of these featured products from the Summer Mini so be sure to contact quick smart if you don’t want to miss out on these gorgeous little butterfly images and punchies, and of course the kaliedescope DSP stampingelegance@live.com

Have a great day all and keep an eye on my blog for the Autumn Winter Mini Launch tomorrow!

Jan x

Enthusiastic New Stampers!

I just have to share with you my JOY when I hold a workshop and unearth an enthusiastic stamper (or two) who have never been introduced to SU products (this their first time) and just can’t believe their eyes!

I had one such workshop this morning, and want to say “a big thanks” to my stunner of a hostess Kylie (or Linksy as some of us are coming to know her ), for introducing me to such a great bunch of girls! I am looking forward to seeing some of them again at Kim’s workshop in June!

So what projects did we make that created such enthusiasm you may be wondering?

Firstly I showed the girls a cute Lolly Box using my fave birthday set Party Hearty:

And my large tag punch creates are great name tag if you are using them as the lolly bag for a birthday party..

And a then demonstrated a Birthday Card using the same colours and stampset:

I’ve started with a card base of Kiwi Kiss, added some Pacific Point DSP, and stamped my cupcake from Party Hearty, first in Pacific Point and then in Riding Hood Red, Cutting out the Red icing and popping it up on dimensionals.  My candles are also cut out and arranged on dimensionals in the shape of my chosen number (7 works really well but I dare you to try a 3 or 8!)…

I have used my trusty FREE sale-a-bration stamp set Vintage Labels for the Happy Birthday Scalloped Circle (4 of the girls at the WS earned their FREE SAB set by spending $100 or more)…

The ribbon for my bow is Riding Hood Red Taffeta Ribbon and I have tied it on to a white paperclip.

Cute for boys or girls eh?

For my next project I made a sweet card using Raspberry Tart DSP patterned paper and the Large Bloom for the Embrace Life stampset.  I’ve repeat stamped first using Kiwi Kiss and then Riding Hood Red.  I love the effect this makes! I also showed the girls the scoring technique cased over at www.SarahKlass.com on a white strip of card and then sponged it with Kiwi Kiss, allowing the ink to pick up and highlight the scored lines.  Again my label is from SAB Vintage Labels and the sentiment is from the great Hostess level 1 set Best Yet

And for the make and take project:

I just love this colour combo of Kraft, Baja Breeze and Close to Cocoa Card.  I snuck a little Kaleidescope DSP in there and finished the look with Baja Breeze Striped Grograin.

And of course following my theory that it should look even better as a scrapbook Layout:

This sweet little 8×8 layout was one of the many hostess gifts I left with Kylie for “inspiration” while she plays with her new SU products.

If you’d like to know more about the hostess benefits available when you hold a workshop, drop me an email at stampingelegance@live.com OR call me on 0400220177.

Have a great weekend- and if you are one of the enthusiastic new stampers I met today – THANKS!

Jan x

Just Add Easter – Pillow Boxes for School Friends

I couldnt resist playing along with the challenge over at Just Add Ink this week for Challenge #8:

JUST ADD EASTER

I’ve made these adorable little Happy Easter Pillow Boxes for my Son Laurenz to give his school friends:

You are getting a wee sneak peek at an upcoming product in the Autumn Winter SU Mini… (Keep checking in for more sneak peeks leading up to the catalogue release on the 1st of April!

I’ve made little embossed pillow boxes from Baja Breeze Card, tied my gorgeous Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in the same colour around the box, and punched first a Certainly Celery Egg, and then a Whisper White Egg using my Wide Oval Punch. I’ve used the stampset A Good Egg to decorate my eggs, with a combination of pattern stamps from the set, and watercolouring with my Aqua Painter (Summer Sun, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze and Creamy Caramel).

I’ve then added the Happy Easter Sentiment in Baja Breeze, embossed and punched with the Word Window Punch – Cute Eh? Ive tried to keep the colour palette Unisex so that Laurenz can give these to his little friends without worrying about girl or boy colours…

Now I just have to shop for little Freddo Frog type – Easter Bunnies to pop inside!

Check out the absolutely cute- as Easter Projects on show at Just Add Ink as part of this challenge – and if you like what you see, be sure to leave some comment love (hey I wouldn’t mind hearing from you either!!!).

Have a great day, and I will be back next week with some more cute Easter projects that we made in my recent Easter Classes – be sure to stop by!

Jan 🙂

I’ve Discovered Doodling and I’m in Love! JAI #7

We had a bit of a foiled camping weekend that ended up with Laurenz and I spending nearly 4 delightful hours at the Swan Emergency Dept. having a “laceration to his head” cleaned and glued! I got to say a big “I TOLD YOU SO” as I had indeed told him not to run into the Jayco until it was fully erected BUT NO apparently he knew better than me and scraped his noggin on an exposed bracket! Poor wee soul!

So the Card Making Magazine I had planned to sit by Lake Leschnaultia with, was read at home with a glass of vino instead!

Anywho what does all this have to do with my Just Add Ink Project for Colour Challenge #7? As I devoured my magazine (I don’t splurge on these very often at $9.95 a bundle), I couldn’t get past a gorgeous layout with a group of cards featuring doodling as accents – and I JUST HAD TO TRY IT!

 So I pulled out all the necessary colours for this weeks colour challenge at one of my favourite Challenge Blogs- Just Add Ink and grabbed my Happy Moments sale-a-bration FREE stampset, and got to colouring with my Stampin’ Pastels and Blender Pens. 

Then I grabbed my Stampin’ Write marker in Basic Black and got to doodling! First I doodled frames around my stamped images, then coloured in bits and pieces and added rows of dots here and there with my basic black stampin’ write marker and white gel pen. 

     

Then I punched a few Whisper White hearts with my Full Heart Punch and had a few failed attempts at creating some doodled accents – before I came up with the final ones shown here…

I had seen another article about cutting out your images freehand instead of nice neat squares or rectangles so I had a go at that too and I think it resulted in quite a quirky look…

Everything you see on these cards except for stamped present and bouquet from Happy Moments has been doodles, coloured by hand and cut out – including the little flower accents and all borders and frames.

Why not have a go at this technique yourself the next time you sit down to create? And while you are at it, stop over at Just Add Ink and have a look at the other gorgeous subsmissions – so much talent – so little time to create!!!

Have Fun!

Jan x

Happy Moments – Just Add Ink Sketch Challenge #6

Gotta play along with the fantastic sketch challenge over at Just Add Ink This Week

I created this card for my beloved boss Joan, who had her 64th Birthday last Friday:

I grabbed the fab idea of white embossing the gifts from over at Sarah Klass’s wonderful blog and coloured them in a little with my Stampin’ Pastels and Blenda Pens Using Blush Blossom and Mellow Moss.  The card I have used is Kraft as a base, then Blush Blossom followed by Kiwi Kiss DSP from the Raspberry Tart Collection – Blends beautifully doesn’t it?  I’ve added another easy tie bow with buttons (thanks to the tute over at JAI – see my previous post for link).

My Pressies are stamped on Blush Blossom too. 

I’ve only just broken out the first ever Soft Subtle Pack so experimenting with these beautiful and soft colours is SOOOO MUCHHH   FUUUNNN!

Doesn’t my happy birthday punchy from the FREE SAB Vintage Labels set look great as the final accent?

Be sure to head on over to Just Add Ink, view the gorgeous design team creations and send some comment love eh?

Jan x

A Cupcake Happy Birthday

Hey Girls!

I’ve played along with Karen Giron’s Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge 58 today for my friend’s little one’s 4th birthday..

Here is the sketch:

and Lachlan’s card:

I began with Brilliant Blue Cardstock, Tangerine Tango and Whisper White.  I punched scallop circles in each colour and created a base for my three cupcakes, stacking them up on dimensionals.  My cupcakes are from Party Hearty – stamped in Kiwi Kiss and Pacific Point.  The four candles are stamped in Only Orange.  Each cupcake is cut out and popped up on even more dimensionals for some serious height!

My ribbon is Riding Hood Red Taffeta (so versatile!), and I’ve trimmed my bow with a clear button tied on with Hemp twine.  Try out this tutorial over at Just Add Ink for this cute easy bow with button

My really sweet Happy Birthday sentiment is from the FREE sale-a-bration set Happy Moments and I have punched it out with my word window punch and popped it onto dimensionals.

I just don’t use this stamp set enough – I love the way this card turned out – clean and simple. 

Now scoot on over to Karen’s blog and check out her gorgeous design and the other great challenge entries! click “here”

Jan x