Thursday, December 31, 2015

My Favourites for 2015

Wow!  It's that time of the year again where I do a little pictorial round up of my favourite projects for 2015.  

This year was an exciting one with me joining The Stamp Review Crew Blog Hops as well as posting The Colour Tree inspirational posts every Sunday night. I'm looking forward to hosting TCT as a colour challenge site next year and the first one kicks off on Sunday, 10th January, 2016. Even more exciting news is that I am rejoining CASEing the Catty Sunday Night Blog Hops on that night as well.  Woo hoo!

Thanks for stopping by ...

My Favourite Projects for 2015











Happy New Year! 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

An Oriental Themed Card in a Box for My Sister's Birthday

Hi there.  Welcome to my blog.  Today I'm entering a challenge over at Seize the Birthday. They always have an 'anything goes' challenge for birthdays in general or you can choose to go along with a 'topping', which this week is to use the colours, red and white.

I've spent a few sessions over the last 3 days putting this card together for my sister's birthday which is on January 1st.  I always think it's pretty cool that every year the whole world waits up for her birthday to happen!

My sister's town house has an oriental theme and all her decor is in red, white, black and silver.  She doesn't understand why I spend so long making cards as they only get 'thrown away' (gasp!) and she always tells me I should put my energy into making home decor pieces or practical items that last.  Well, I have made sure this one won't end up in the bin (I hope) as I have made a card/home decor piece/gift card holder all in one!

Stampin' Up! enthusiasts might be interested in knowing that the card is actually constructed from the Gift Card Envelope Die and there's a couple of sneak peeks to some brand new items heading our way on the 5th January - Botanical Gardens Designer Vellum Stack (Free SAB item) and Cups and Kettle Framelits Dies (Occasions Catty 2016).  I will provide more details in another post when my tutorial is complete.
Folds flat for posting. 
Red and White

This is the first time that I have played along at Seize the Birthday!

I'm also linking up at Just Add Ink as they have a Gift Card Theme for challenge #293; the back of my card in the box has a Gift Card Envelope attached as my sister is getting a gift card for one of her favourite clothing stores.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Stamp Review Crew - Festival of Trees

Welcome to the Festival of Trees Stamp Review Blog Hop.  We are a group of international Stampin' Up! demonstrators that showcase a different stamp set every 1st and 3rd Monday of the month.  One stamp set ... so many ideas!

It's been a while since I joined in with the crew as I don't buy a lot of Christmas stamps but the Festival of Trees set is in the annual catalogue and I had it in my stash from last year. Bonus!  I'm really looking forward to hopping along this round to see the variety of ideas for such a cute holiday stamp set.

If you get lost along the hop, just click on the banner below to see the order of participants for this round -

I only have one card to share with you today as it's that crazy time of the year and the weather has been incredibly HOT.  I made a flying easel card for a good friend who recently invited a few of us around for Christmas celebrations at her place.  I popped in a Village Cinemas Gift Card inside the vellum envelope (not pictured) so we could meet up over the summer for a Girl's Night Out.

A Flying Easel with Gift Card Holder




Thanks for hopping by!  Next up is the talented Betty Traciak -

... or back to the lovely Linda Callahan ...

... or stick around a bit longer to view a mini photo tutorial on how I made this Flying Easel Card -


Mini Photo Tutorial

2nd largest star framelit

Cut 2 stars using the largest and second largest star framelits.
Glue the two stars back to back and attach some gold thread in between the top point.
Stamp four trees, fold each one in half and glue together.  Place the thread in the last fold and glue down.

Past 'Festival of Trees' Projects


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CASEing Six-Sided Sampler for The Colour Tree

Hi there.  I hope you have found some great colour inspiration at The Colour Tree every Sunday night.  Here's a round up of the Christmas combos I have posted over the last few weeks.

I needed to make a few thank you cards to accompany some appreciation gifts for our volunteers at work to give out at Presentation Night last week. The Stampin' Up! Catalogue has some great design ideas and I chose to CASE the beautiful sample on page 105 of the current annual catty.







On the 10th of January 2016, The Colour Tree will return with a new look and I will be hosting a weekly colour challenge where you can ... Ink Up ... Link Up for a chance to be in TCTC Top 3 Picks! See you then.

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