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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Wednesday, 01 June 2011

Gifts for winter
The crafters anonymous group that I belong to, had a fun swap for the start of winter. Each day for the first 12 days of June, we made something different for our swap partner. We had guidelines to work to. Day 2 was "something altered" so I took an old tin which I covered and decorated. I put some embellishments inside that could be used for cardmaking or scrapbooking. It was the first time I had made an altered item and I really enjoyed doing it. The pansy on top is easy to make and many cardmarkers have done them the same way by using ink, watercolour paper and two punched out butterflies, (using the Stampin' Up! butterfly punch).

Here is a photo of some of the embellishments. All are using Stampin' Up! products except for the copper / green flower which is from my own stash. My favourite is the acorn and oak leaf. I made that using the leaf big shot die, which I scrunched and coloured in the veins using a blender pen and chocolate chip ink. The leaf was also daubered. The acorn is punched from a small oval punch and the acorn cap is made from the large square scallop die, that has been put through the square lattice embossing folder, then sponged with autumn colours and finally punched with a larger oval punch. The stalk is hand cut. It sounds like a lot of work but if you are making several at once it is actually very quick.

Day 4 of our winter swap called for "something smelly" ... the nice kind of smelly! I made a cake box with homemade soap inside and also this lavender sachet. It is made by putting material through the big shot, using the top note die. I stamped the front with basic black ink as basic black is good on fabric and can be washed. I used the small indentations made by the die as a guide for my stitching. The sachet has dried lavender from my own garden. (Not the flowers pictured, just in case you thought I was a little confused.) Makes me feel a bit like a Proverbs 31 woman! Haha.
Oh! Talking about the fabric and the Big Shot, I have some breaking news for you! Stampin' Up! is bringing out designer series fabric in September. Wahoo!

Paige, was also making winter gifts for a friend's birthday and this is what she came up with. The sheep's body is of course punched from a scallop circle but the rest Paige hand cut. The tissue box holder is from a design made by Rachael Knight.

Warm winter wishes from Rhonda


Simple two colour cards

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Sunday, 08 May 2011

Quick and Easy Cards
If you are reading this on the 13th of May, I will be attending my second day of the Melbourne Stampin' Up! Conference. So very exciting. I hope to learn lots to share with you in future posts but for now I want to show you two wonderful easel cards that were designed by my 13 year old daughter.
They are so cost effective as they use only white and one other colour. I loved the simple and clean design. I copied this first one using old olive instead of the now retired brilliant blue colour.



The second easel card that Paige made, I ended up teaching in my kids school holiday class. The real red is the perfect colour choice for this fun birthday card. The ribbon and hardware are both from Stampin' Up! but are now retired products. I thought it was great how Paige tied in the dotty ribbon with the embossed dots background.

Finally using Paige's design, I made a male themed card.

Great cards don't always have to be busy and expensive. So thanks Paige for the reminder of getting back to the basics.



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