Cartoon Creatures

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Birds and other animals
Stampin' Up! has so many cute bird and animal stamps. I thought I would showcase some of them this week. The first is a waterfall card using the 'Cheep Talk' stamp set. The second card is the bird stamp from the 'Pun Fun" stamp set. It is coloured in with the marker pens and mounted on the lovely autumn spice specialty paper. This designer paper is only available for a few more days. If you want to order some, let me know by Sunday, 31st of July. I have also used the framed tulips embossing folder on this card.


The following card is made with the 'Look who's turning...' stamp set as well as the Happy Birthday word stamp from the Afterthoughts' Hostess gift. It is a fun card when stamped with inks from the 'Brights collection.
The final photo is a real cute rabbit from 'The Nicest Things' stamp set. It is stamped on watercolour card and coloured in with inks and an aqua painter. It would make a lovely gift card just on its own but I have decided to use it as a topper for my gift sack. This little paper gift sack is made from an envelope. It is a quick, easy and economical gift bag. All you have to do is seal the envelope. Decorate if desired. Measure 2cm in from each side (with envelope in portrait position) and score along the 2cm lines. Also measure 2cm up from the bottom and score. Fold firmly along all the score lines. Cut a half cm off the top . Put your hand inside the envelope, where you have cut and open envelope out to form a sack shape. You will need to pinch the bottom corners into triangles and use tape to secure them underneath the gift sack.




Anyone for Coffee?

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Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Coffee Cards
The little gift card shown in the photo below was taught to me by the very bubbly Shona Edmonds, who is a Stampin' Up! demo on my team.
I love the fact that it just uses the 'Take a Sip' wheel stamp. It is a great card to teach to those people who are new to stamping.
The other card is a slider card that I made for my husband's birthday. He is a coffee addict, so it suited him to a tee.

When you pull up the tab on the slider card, it reveals hidden messages. If you want to know how to make these slider cards, please contact me and I will be only too happy to teach you. 

Another coffee card, this one in the shape of a mug...

Finally a coffee and tea wallet. This was made for me by my swap partner, Dee Sturgeon. It uses 3 different tea/coffee stamps: the 'Take a Sip' wheel stamp, the 'Morning Cup' stamp set and the 'Share a Cup' single stamp. It is a gorgeous wee gift and great to give to someone going away for a long weekend. Inside are tea sachets and tubes of cappuccino mix.

Have a happy day from Rhonda


So sparkly

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Friday, 15 July 2011

It is freezing cold here today. As I am sitting at the computer, my fingers have gone numb. I have had enough of the cold and rain... and winter has only just begun! Today I am posting some sparkly projects that may bring a touch of cheer to the cold winter days.

I made this luminaire as a gift for my swap partner last month. It has a battery operated tea light inside. When the light is turned on, it flickers and glows through the 'windows' just as a real candle would do. The window images are stamped onto vellum with staz on ink.
The bands of glitter around the top and bottom of the box are created by sprinkling dazzling diamonds over the exposed sticky strip tape. Very simple really but effective!

Amour Gift Sack
This gift bag is made using a brown paper lunch bag. Stampin' Up! has some available until the end of this month in the autumn and winter mini catalogue. They can be decorated very quickly by adding a front and back to the lunch sack.



Glitter Window
This gift card uses a technique called glitter window where glitter is sprinkled onto clear masking tape and then put in front of a stamped image. The image shines through the glitter. To learn how to do this technique, visit and click on tutorials.



Chocolate Treats

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Saturday, 09 July 2011

I recently purchased the Eat Chocolate stamp set and have enjoyed creating with it. I think it will become one of my favourites as chocolate is universally loved by everyone.

With love from Paris
This card has a pocket inside to hold a thin chocolate bar, such as the herseys kind. Most of the stamping on the front was done with clear embossing powder over coloured ink and then lightly sponged. The punched heart was coated with crystal effects.


I would give up Chocolate but...
The chocolate treat holder on the right of the photo above holds a chocolate kit kat and is very easy to make. There is step by step instructions for this under the tutorial menu.

Choc top ice cream card
This card was made for a friend who loves chocolate and ice cream so what better card to give than one that combined both! It features a bevelled window embellishment which highlights the cone nicely.  The cones inside the card were made using the chocolates from one of the stamps in the Eat Chocolate stamp set and a piece of left over rubber cut roughly into a cone shape and stamped using so saffron ink.

Eat Chocolate today! From Rhonda


Butterfly party

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Sunday, 03 July 2011

Butterfly gift cards
These quick and easy gift cards were designed by Bronwyn Eastley, a designer for one of my favourite websites, Just-Add-Ink. Bronwyn has step by step instructions on her own website to make these lovely gift cards. So check it out:
I added bodies and antennae to the butterfly cards that I made with some simple punching as shown in the second photo below


Butterfly place names
These easel gift cards also make wonderful place names. I did these using watercolour paper and splodges of ink. If done in different colours, I think they would make fantastic place names at a wedding too. Do you agree?

The place names use the two complete butterflies from the 'beautiful butterflies' bigz die. The antennae is from the two step bird punch and the body is from the modern label punch. The name is printed on the computer and then punched out with the word window punch.
The butterfly on the straw (see photo below) is from the same die, but has been put through the embossing folder and had a bit of glitter added also. The cupcake topper is the largest butterfly from the 'beautiful wings' embosslit die.

Butterfly present
Finally, using a selection of the butterflies mentioned above, I decorated a wrapped gift. I used plain white wrapping paper which I stamped in sahara sand ink to match the colour of the gift card.

I hope you are as inspired as I was, when I first saw these cute butterfly cards.
From Rhonda


Shimmer Paint

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Sunday, 26 June 2011

Sponge it
This versatile product can be used in so many different ways as shown by some of the cards featured here.
The background of the two year old's birthday card used platinum shimmer paint which had been splogged on glossy white card with a scrunched up piece of plastic food wrap. When the paint dried, old olive ink was sponged over top. The shimmer paint resists the ink and allows the silver to shine through.

Stamp it
You can use a sponge dauber to apply the shimmer paint directly to your stamps and then stamp on the card. Great if you want to use metallic ink on your stamped images.

Colour with it
Use the shimmer paint to highlight certain parts of your stamped images such as the tools on the card below. Colour in the stamped image with the deisred colour ink and add highlights of silver using the platinum paint and a blender pen.

Spray it
You can also mix shimmer paint with isopropyl alcohol in a spray bottle and spritz a light sparkle all over your card stock. The full effect is hard to see in these photos but when the card is moved around in the light, the light catches the silver paint and gives off a nice glitter and shine.

There is still more you can do with the shimmer paint, including coating your embossing folders so that the raised portion of the card comes out with a metallic shine. You can paint with it and dauber the edges of your card stock with it. I am sure that there is a lot more great ideas out there. I hope this will inspire you to try this product out. I would love to see what you come up with. Please email me with your ideas and photos!

Cheers from Rhonda


Country Gals Punch Art

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Country Gals Punch Art
I guess you can tell by now that I love punch art. I designed these girls when boredom took over during the summer holidays. Everyone else was at the beach and I was playing around with paper and punches. Is that an addiction or what!
I am getting slacker in my posts, my only excuse is that July is a very busy month. I am off to the big papercraft expo, SENZ, on friday to help with the Stampin' Up! stall.



Vintage look

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Friday, 03 June 2011

Love grows over time
The card today is my submission for this week's Just-Add-Ink challenge. It was a sketch challenge featuring a big circle. I have put a lot of layers on this card to achieve the look I wanted. The clock image is done using a technique called faux linen. The base is glossy white card which has been stamped with background images, then sanded both horizontally and vertically. It is lightly sponged with pink pirouette ink and once again sanded. The finished look is more matte than glossy but with a depth and richness to it that normal white or cream card doesn't have. I have also used the platium shimmer paint all over the card. Some of the paint has been stamped on, some sprayed on and some sponged on.

This is a quick and easy gift box to make. The pattern is from the Stampin' Up! pattern library and I have taught variations of it in my classes before. The flower medallion is made from one long strip of designer series paper which is folded in a concentina style and then the two ends are joined together to make a circle. The circle is then flattened to make the flower medallion.

Vintage Vogue Stamp Set
For a quick and easy vintage style card, use the Vintage Vogue stamp set, which features 8 stamps and costs NZ$39.95 for the clear mount set. Also used on this card is the spritzer tool and a marker pen to spritz on dots of colour, linen thread, eyelet border punch and the jewellery tag punch.



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