Using the ornament punch

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Friday, 21 October 2011

Ornament Punch - Candles
It has been awhile since I last used this punch. I got it out only a couple of weeks ago to make Christmas cards for a class I was teaching. I wanted to show the class how versitile it was and so made up a few samples of how it could be used. I cased some ideas of the internet such as this candle card below. (The original was made by Lynda, from the USA. You can visit her website at She had a great punch to make the oozing wax effect but I have used crystal effects instead. I have also used the bird wing (from the bird builder punch) to create the inner flame and I have made holly leaves using the large oval punch which I then inserted into the square scallop punch to create the indents in the leaves. The holly berries have also been given a shine with the crystal effects.

Vase of Daisies
A lot of people have made the ornament punch into a vase. I chose to fill my vase with daisies made from the smallest petal of the blossom petal builder punch. 

Perfume Bottles
This was the swap I made for the Fiji incentive trip. I was really pleased with how it turned out. I have instructions in how to make this awning card and the bottles on my tutorials.

Thanks for stopping by from Rhonda 




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Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Incentive trip
I was so blessed to be the lucky person chosen as a guest on the Stampin' Up! Incentive trip to Fiji. Patrice (my upline) achieved this trip and took me along. It was incredible, meeting wonderful people from the Stampin' Up! family and being throughly spoilt as well as being taken out of our comfort zones. One day we went on a 5 hour white water rafting trip. Our raft hit a rock and popped. We were rescued by another raft and continued our way down the river. It was huge drama for me at the time but I am very glad I completed the trip. Another day we got taken to an outer island for snorkling.

Every night Patrice received a wonderful gift from Stampin' Up! She didn't want me to feel left out and so made little gifts to put on my pillow also. This is what she made for me the first night. I loved the card and how she made it fit in with the Fiji theme and feel of the place. The gift was lip balm wrapped with hand stamped paper.


I love how Patrice did the wrapping paper. She has used the packaging that comes in all our Stampin' Up! parcles. Very clever I thought!
I am heading back to bed, the trip and busy days before-hand have all caught up with me. I will post again in a few days time.


More Artist Trading Cards

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Sunday, 09 October 2011

Earlier in the year, I show cased some Artist Trading Cards (ATC’s) and I have some more to show this week.
The first are themed “birthdays with balloons”
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Lisa Bullock, Bev Poultney, Narelle Hoggard, Vicky-Lee Mueller and Sharna Russell
Sharna’s card in the bottom right corner had a surprise inside when you opened it up.


This second set of ATC’s has a masculine theme.
Artists are L) to R) Rhonda Fawcett, Bev Poultney, CarolMcCready, Lisa Bullock and Katrina Bongers.


 Artists are (top to bottom) Nikki Spicer, Sharna Russell and Narelle Hoggard.

 NB Not all ATC's feature images and products from Stampin' Up!


Pinking Hearts Corner Punch

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Saturday, 01 October 2011

Pansy Card
I made this card for a friend's 70th birthday, using the new in colour - wisteria wonder. The pansy is made from two butterfly punches that have been sponged with ink to give nice subtle shadings.  (I only discovered when I posted this that the pansy is upside down haha!) The circle background is yet another using the wet wipe technique. The border around the circle is made with the pinking heart corner punch which is this week's featured product!

The leaves have been made using the new blossom petals builder punch. I punched out the largest petal and attached a post it note to give me something to hold as I reinserted the petal piece to take a slice off the edge and make a smaller leaf shape. I then drew in lines with a marker pen to create the veins of the leaf. I was pleased with how it turned out as I have a minature pansy growing on my window sill and I think the finished leaf looked very similar. Check out the photo below to see what I mean.

The following card I made a while ago using the pinking heart corner punch and the pinking heart border punch to create an interesting frame. It is a little tricky to line up the punches hearts correctly and I didn't get it 100% on this card but as it was my first attempt I am not too worried.

Dragonfly Card

Other uses for the pinking hearts corner punch are to make fancy photo corners for your scrapbooking pages. I have used the punch mostly for this up until now and it is easy to do if you have the old (now retired) photo corner punch to layer the pinking hearts corner onto. However I really like the lacy border on my pansy circle in the first photo. It is made with 13 pinking heart corners. See photo below, which shows how I cut the white punched corners in order to glue them behind the circle.

World cardmaking day is at the beginning of October, so I hope you are inspired to make some more cards!
Happy creating,
from Rhonda 


Wet Wipe Technique

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Brown Butterflies
Here is another two cards to show off the wet wipe technique that I talked about in my last post.
First is the Brown Butterflies card using the 'Every Moments' stamp set. To make this card, I swiped the glossy circle with my inked wetwipe, then stamped the images and lastly used the Stampin' Markers to colour the images in. The scallop edging around the circle was taught to us at the National Training day and uses one long strip of cardstock that has been punched with the scallop border punch. Frequent snips are made with scissors along this strip so that it can be curved.It is adhered to the back of the circle a few scallops at a time. You almost have to pleat it as you go.

Totally Tools
This is another favourite stamp set of mine. This time the wet wipe technique is used to just provide a subtle background border for the main focus of the card, which is the three squares of tools.



At the beach

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Last week I talked about starting my on Christmas cards, well to me Christmas is synonymous with the beach, so this week I am showing some beach inspired cards.
Surf's Up: Do you like my surf's up card copied from page 61 of the new catalogue. I have made three small changes only. Can you spot what is different?

Seagull: I decided to make this card after I heard that someone had used the bird punch to make a seagull. I chose to add a bit of colour to my bird and was very happy with the result. The bird punch also makes great tui's and parrots and Christmas Cardinals. So versatile!

Sailboat: This card shows the wetwipe technique (which is also on the surfs up card).This technique uses reinkers on a folded wet wipe which is then dragged across glossy white card to leave a nice smear of colour. The sailboat is stamped over the top of this swiped background. Quick and easy and it gives a really nice effect.

When I showed this card to my husband, he said he didn't like it! :( But only because I used a seaworthty stamp again. So my challenge for next week is to make some more cards using the wet wipes technique but NOT a stamp from the seaworthy stamp set!
Check in next week to see what I come up with...
from Rhonda



Step cards

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Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Side Step Card
Well it's that time of year when I start to think about making Christmas cards. I came across this side step one that I made last year. It is a "partridge in a pear tree". The pear and branch stamp are from the now discontinued cheep talk stamp set. The greeting is printed from my computer. I do like the bird stamp though and decided to make another step card, using the same bird.

Centre Step Card
So here is my latest card, it is a centre step and uses the stamps from curly cute (happy birthday) and autumn days.
The leaf is a Stampin' Up! die cut that has been sponged and daubered. Some of you may have seen the father's day card  I made using a few of these leaves and also some punch art acorns.

Another centre step card
This one uses the Cute as a Cupcake stamp set, the little cupcake from the short and sweet stamp set and the wide striped grosgrain ribbon. Also the new in-colour from Stampin' Up! - Lucky Limeade.
Do you like it? It is one of five new colours that came out this month.

From Rhonda


For the Ladies

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Tuesday, 06 September 2011

Rock Chick
This card was made with the music notes wheel, grunge rock stamp set and the two step bird punch.

Iris Folding
This is my first attempt at iris folding and was taught to me by the talented Bev Poultney. It was easier to do than I expected but that may have been due to the good teacher, aye Bev! All the ladies in our group that made this card agreed that this technique was fun and therapeutic. Leave me a comment if you will like to see this technique taught in one of my classes.

Gift Box
I had one of my customers ask me to design her a gift box that she could use to put in a selection of cards to give as a gift to her mother. This is what I came up with. It holds between 20 to 25 cards and envelopes, depending on how much embellishments are used on the cards. (ie how thick the cards are)

The lid is made from one sheet of A4 card and the base is made from one sheet of 12 x 12 card. It is stamped with stamps from the popular vintage vogue stamp set and the design was inspired by Shona Edmonds. Both Bev and Shona are demos on my team. 




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