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Melbourne Cup

November 17, 2018

For several years now, Ron and I have been joining my Mum and Dad at their Retirement Resort on Melbourne Cup Day.  This year was no exception.  However, it occurred to me that with my parents now in their 80’s I should take an occasional photograph and since we were all dressed up, what better time.  I have used this layout  for Memory Keeping on a number of occasions and have always loved the finished result.  This time I used the Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper which I cut into 2″ x 6″ strips to go across the top of a Whisper White page.  I cut Basic Black card using the Delicate Lace Edgelits Dies and attached it across the bottom of the Designer Series Paper.   I attached the photo of Mum and Dad and the one of Ron and I to Basic Black card before attaching to the page.  I cut the letters for the title from Basic Black card using the retired Little Letters Thinlit Dies.  I used the stamp from the Tabs for Everything stamp set to add the date.

Maybe not the best photos or the most elaborate layout but it brings to mind happy memories.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Christmas Ornament and Presentation Box

November 16, 2018

This is another project we created for the All Day Class at Beachmere and my November classes at home.  I found an online tutorial by Kim Oliver here which I used as the basis for my ornament.  The leaves are cut using the large and small leaf die and the large and small leaf embossing die from the Natures Roots Framelits Dies – 5 large Call Me Clover leaves, 5 large Lovely Lipstick leaves and 10 small Lovely Lipstick leaves.  It was a little time consuming getting all the pieces ready for the ladies to assemble their ornaments but totally worth it on the day.  Each lady only had to emboss one leaf to complete their ornament.  The ornament hangers were created using either Lovely Lipstick or Call Me Clover 1/8″ Grosgrain Ribbon.  We added a Whisper White circle on the back of the ornament to add either the date or write a message if gifting the ornament.

Because most of the ladies in my classes are a little older, they have most of the ornaments that they wish to use at Christmas so gifting is most common.  We created a pizza style presentation box using Lovely Lipstick card.  The Whisper White panel on the top is stamped using the swirl image from the Stylish Christmas stamp set and Call Me Clover ink.  We stamped one flower from the Stylish Christmas stamp set onto Whisper White card using Lovely Lipstick ink and cut it out using the Layering Oval Framelits Dies.  The panel is attached to a Call Me Clover scalloped oval and then the  top of the box.  We stamped another flower using Lovely Lipstick ink and two sets of holly leaves using Call Me Clover ink onto scrap Whisper White.  The images were cut out, leaves attached to the back of the flower and then the whole piece is attached over the stamped flower using dimensionals.  We added a few Basic Rhinestones to the centre of the flower to finish it off.

Because the ladies loved it so much and because it is fun to create gifts for your family and friends, please feel free to download the PDF tutorial.

I would love to know what you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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Fancy Fold Christmas

November 15, 2018

This card was created for my All Day Class at Beachmere and my November Class at home (the last one for the year).  We usually make a few special items that can be used either by the class attendees or be gifted to someone else.  I really love the fancy fold card that Julie Burt created and that I have shared with you previously.  So it was only natural that this fancy fold would feature in these class.  I cut the card base from Night of Navy and used the Star of Light stamp set and Starlight Thinlits Dies to decorate the card.  There are two small panels of Whisper White card which have been stamped with one of the images from the Star of Light stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  The panels are attached in the top left and bottom right hand corners of the card.  I cut two small stars from Silver Foil card and attached them to the centre of the stamped images.  I cut the centre from two small panels of Whisper White card using the second smallest star from the Starlight Thinlits Dies.  These panels are attached one at the top left and one at the bottom right of the card.  Once the panels were attached to the card base, I added two small stars cut from Silver Foil card. I stamped one small panel of Whisper White card with “the star of light” image from the Star of Light stamp set using Night of Navy ink and added a small star also using Night of Navy ink.  This panel is attached in the centre of the top of the card.  I stamped another Whisper White panel using “shine” and three stars using Night of Navy ink.  This panel is attached in the centre of the bottom of the card.  I stamped the larger starry image onto another small panel using Night of Navy ink and this is attached to the very centre of the card.  The large Whisper White panel on the right hand side of the card has been cut using the largest star framelit from the Starlight Thinlits Dies.  After it was attached to the card base, I cut the detailed star image from Silver Foil card and attached it inside the die cut shape.  The front panel of the small folded card has been stamped twice with the starry swirl from the Star of Light stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  The greeting is added using the same ink.  After the panel was attached to the card front, I cut Silver Foil card using the smaller detailed star image and attached it over the starry swirl.  Inside the card, I added three stars from the Star of Light stamp set using Night of Navy ink.  This is such a fun card to make.  I love how using just the images from the Star of Light stamp set, created such a beautiful card.  Of course, I am slightly biased as I do love Navy and White Christmas cards.

This card is 6″ square when folded and so we created an envelope from Whisper White card using the Envelope Punch Board and added the starry swirl image to the lower left hand corner.

Since the ladies loved this so much, I thought you might like to create it yourself, so click on the link below to download a PDF file.

Download the PDF

I’d love to hear what you think.

Bye for now,

Kris

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All Day Class

November 13, 2018

Yesterday I held the annual All Day Class with the ladies who attend my classes at Beachmere.  Over the course of the day we create five projects – a piece of framed art, a fancy fold card, an ornament with presentation box, a set of four cards and a set of five tags.  The cards and tags were created using the kits which are available in the Holiday Catalogue.  It takes me a while to prepare and set up for this class.  I try to make it as fun as possible for the ladies by packaging each project individually and by doing a fair amount of the die cutting.  This year our class was held at the Beach House.  So that the ladies could keep all their projects in one place, I decorated a gift bag for each of them.  I stamped the pen image from the Crafting Forever stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   I coloured the images using the Dark Night of Navy, Dark Bermuda Bay and Dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends.  I used the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch to cut Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay and Old Olive card and attached the punched strips along the edge of the stamped and coloured Whisper White card.  The stamped panels are attached to the front of the gift bag.  I stamped the Statement of My Heart stamp set (a limited release stamp now unavailable) onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut them out using the largest plain oval from the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The stamped panel is attached to a scalloped oval cut using the same dies from Night of Navy or Bermuda Bay or Old Olive card.  The Statement of My Heart panel is attached to the centre of the stamped border.  So that the ladies would be able to recognize their own bag, I printed their names onto Whisper White card using my computer.  I punched one end using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and then over stamped the tag using the floral border image from the Touches of Texture stamp set.  Some are stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink, some with Merry Merlot ink and some with Rich Razzleberry ink.  The tags are tied to the bag with retired ribbon.

I’ll pop back over the next few days and share the projects we created with you.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Take 2 – You’ve Got Style

November 12, 2018

Since I had the left-over piece of the Buffalo Check Background that I created for the card I shared with you last week, I decided to make another card using the You’ve Got Style stamp set.  I cut a piece of Basic Black card using one of the dies from the Delicate Lace Edgelit Dies and attached it behind the Buffalo Check stamped piece.  The panel is attached to the top of Whisper White card and then scored and folded Basic Black card.  I stamped the image from the You’ve Got Style stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the image using Poppy Parade, Ivory, Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Blends.  The image is cut out using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  I attached the image to a Basic Black scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The whole panel is attached to the card front using dimensionals.  Just to add a little more dimension I added small Basic Pearls to one of the necklaces.

To decorate the inside of the card, I stamped one of the greetings from the You’ve Got Style stamp set onto Whisper White card.

What a great image this is, it certainly screams fabulous, don’t you think?

If you didn’t see my last post, here is a quick run down on how to add some extra dimension to the Buffalo Check Background stamp.  Stamp the image onto whatever colour card you wish, using whatever colour ink you wish.  Then you simply take a Stampin’ Write Marker in any colour you wish and draw lines across the whitish part of the design.  You can add lines in more than one colour for even more dimension.  This is a fun technique being shared by many Demonstrators across the internet.

Bye for now,

Kris

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Not Memory Keeping

November 10, 2018

Today being Saturday I would normally post a Memory Keeping page, today I am doing something a little different because today I am attending Onstage Local in Brisbane.  This is a demonstrator only event where we get to meet up with our fellow demonstrators and learn lots of great things from Stampin’ Up!.  We also get to see product from the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration catalogues to be released in January.  I am lucky enough to be attending this with three of my team members and I know we are going to have a great time.  It is customary to give a gift to your traveling companions when you attend these events so here is what I gave to Jenny, Joyce and Elizabeth.  I love the Snowflake Trinkets which are part of the Snowflake Showcase Product Suite and thought how pretty they would look as earrings.  So I made a set of earrings for each of the ladies and of course a pair for me as well.   They did turn out rather well and not so difficult to make.  Of course you can’t just give a present without packaging them Stampin’ Up! style, so I created a little pizza box from Cherry Cobbler card and made an insert to hold the earrings from Whisper White card.  Once I added the earrings, I closed the box, wrapped it with Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon and tied a knot.  I stamped the outline image from the Label Me Pretty stamp set in Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto Whisper White card.  I stamped “for you” from the Graceful Garden stamp set using Black ink.  I used my Crop-a-dile to punch a hole in the end.  The tag is attached to the Gold 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon using  Linen Thread.  They look kind of pretty don’t they?

I wanted to make the girls something practical as well, so I used the Full Wide Stamp Cases and added handles which I bought at Bunnings.  They are all decorated using the beautiful Frosted Floral Specialty Designer Series Paper.  These little cases are designed to hold your essential crafting supplies – scissors, adhesive, dimensionals and the like – when you are travelling to an event (like Onstage), but to gift them I filled them with chocolate.  Chocolate and a Stampin’ Up! event – a match made in heaven!   I created a tag for each bag using Whisper White card which I punched using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and I rounded the corners at the bottom using the Envelope Punch Board.  I stamped the tall straight leaf from the First Frost stamp set using Mint Macaron ink.  I stamped the larger leafy image from the same stamp set using Mossy Meadow ink.  I added everyone’s names using the Stamparatus, the Labeler Alphabet and Merry Merlot Ink.  The tags are attached using Silver 3/8″ Metallic Edge Ribbon and a hinged ring.   I think these are a great idea and I am sure will be very useful.

I am going to try and add photos to my Facebook Page today (I’m not very tech savvy so we will see), so if you want to see what’s coming in the New Year, stop by and have a look.

One of the best things about attending these events is getting to catch up with friends you have probably only talked to online.  I also get to catch up with other members of the Stampin’ Up! team I belong to – Steph’s Stampers, including my lovely upline Stephanie Pike.

Have a wonderful Saturday, I know that I will.

Bye for now,

Kris

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You’ve Got Style

November 9, 2018

This You’ve Got Style stamp set was also part of the one day sale, which enabled me to buy it relatively guilt free.  I just love the gorgeous ladies in this set and since most of my customers and I are not so young any more, I thought it would have lots of appeal.  Today’s card also features a little technique that has been shared by many Demonstrators online for stepping up the Buffalo Check Background stamp.  To do this, you stamp the background image as you normally would using whatever colour you wish.  Then you take a Stampin’ Write Marker in the colour of your choice and add some lines into the “whitish” sections of the stamped image.  To create my background, I stamped in Granny Apple Green and then added lines using my Basic Black Stampin’ Write Marker.   I actually stamped a 10cm x 14.3cm piece of Whisper White and then cut it down to the size I required.  I cut a piece of Basic Black card using one of the Delicate Lace Edgelit Dies and attached it behind the top of the stamped card.  The panel is attached to Whisper White card and then scored and folded Basic Black card.  I stamped the image from the You’ve Got Style stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I coloured the image using Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Ivory Stampin’ Blends.  The image is cut using the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies.  The image panel is attached to a Basic Black scalloped oval cut using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies and then the card front using dimensionals.  I stamped the greeting from the Half Full stamp set onto Whisper White card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and cut it out using the Layering Ovals Framelits Dies.  The greeting is attached to a Basic Black scalloped oval cut using the same dies and then the card front.  Lastly I added a Basic Red Rhinestone to the each of the earrings.

To decorate the inside of the card, I added another of the greetings from the Half Full stamp set onto Whisper White card.

I love this card, I think this lady makes a great image for Christmas cards and I love the saying from Half Full, I know several people for whom this one is appropriate (maybe including me).  I really would love to know what you think?

Bye for now,

Kris

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