Quick and simple cards

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Use a card kit:
To make cards quickly, purchase a card kit - like the Everyday Occassions Card Kit on page 23 and page 196 of the catalogue.
Everything is included to make 20 cards, even the stamps and ink.
This is one that I made:

Make a banner:
Adhere a wide banner shape to your folded A4 card and decorate it with punched pieces. Tie a ribbon along the top. My navy circle is made using MDS (My Digital Studio) and an electronic cutter. You can see it featured in the catalogue at the bottom of page 10.

Add some punched shapes:
For this card, below, I added a framed sentiment and a scattering of punched stars. So quick and easy!

To make a wider frame for the stamped oval I cut two frames from the Apocathecary Accents framelits and trimmed a bit off each one.

Then I glued them together so that the small scallop at each end of the shape overlapped.

Next I glued on a strip of card to cover the join...

Lastly I glued my oval on top and voila! You have a nice frame for your punched oval shape.

From Rhonda


Flexi Fold Fruit Card

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

This was the card that Bev Poultney and I taught at the Hamilton extravaganza recently.
I love the interesting folds that make this card stand up, unsupported. The folds pull out and lie flat so it can be easily put into an evelope for posting. Write your greetings on the inside folds (arms) of the card or on the back.

A close up of the fruit. A lot of the ladies at our craft day struggled with the shading. I don't feel like this is something that can be taught in one afternoon rather it is something that developes over time as you practice. The main problem was that people were too heavy handed. It is important to add colour on lightly at first as you can always add more colour but you can't take away what you already have.

This shows the two arms that fold over to create the bends that support the card when standing. The wide arm on the left folds over first and the tab on the end of the arm (not shown in photo) inserts into a small slit made on the base-card front. The narrow arm on the right folds over next and the tab on the end inserts into a slit made on the wide arm.

The fruit are all punched from circles; 1 3/4" circles for the apples and orange and 3/4" circles for the grapes. The banana is hand cut. Stamps used were kinda eclectic stamp set for the leaves and sentiment, the sketched lines stamp from gorgeous grunge was used on the apples and of course the ever popular hardwood stamp for the background. The base card is Lost Lagoon (a new in-colour).

If you would like to make this style of card. See my tutorials and copy and paste the instructions from there.



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Sunday, 03 August 2014

Blossom Punch Party Favours
These chocolate treat holders were made for my guests, who came to our Tauranga extravaganza on the weekend.
They are made to hold the new wrapped Arnott's TimTam Chocolicious bites that are available in Australia and NZ.
To make this little treat holder take a strip of card measuring 4.5cm x 16cm and score it at 2cm, 7cm, 9cm and 14cm. Fold along all the score lines.
Then insert one end in the blossom punch from the top of the punch (not from the side as you would normally do). You need to wriggle it quite a bit to get it in the right spot. Line up the score line exactly with the points on the sides of two adjoining petals. It is not lined up exactly in the photo as the points on the left and right hand side should be touching the score line. Punch out the 2 petals and then repeat with the other end.
At one end, cut along the score line, the length of one petal. Repeat on the other end except this time, cut from the opposite side.
You can bring the two ends together to make a holder for your chocolate and the petals will interlock and hold everything in place. No glueing needed! (Decorate the front as you wish).
Another little treat for my guests was a magnetic bookmark made using My Digital Studio (MDS). You can try MDS for free for 30 days by visiting the Stampin' Up website and searching My Digital Studio. A lot of the old favourite stamps and papers are still available as digital images and creating projects on your computer is quick and fun alternative to working with actual ink and cardstock.


New Product

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

If you love Stampin' Up! products, then you will know that a new catalogue was launched in New Zealand and Australia at the beginning of this month.
I have been so busy with classes, training and preparing for two big all day craft extravaganzas that I have not posted any of the new products yet. So here are three cards that I have made recently featuring some new products.
The theme throughout is Blendabilities. They are alcohol based marker pens, which make colouring in so easy.

Giggle Greetings:
The stamps are not new but everything else is - Lost Laggon card, Moonlight paper stack, Tiny triangles embossing folder and little pieces embosslit.

For You Card:
Another card made to show the ease of using the blendability markers. The Hello Honey coloured centre of the large flowers is made using a stamp from the new Beautiful Bunch stamp set. The stamp set contains some large flower images which match a new Fun Flower Punch.

Life is an Adventure:
New stamp set - So Very Happy, new in colour sequins, new ribbon in Hello Honey colour, little pieces embosslit and blendability markers to colour in the owl and flag.
The life is an adventure is a pre diecut card from the Project Life Card Collection.




Artist Trading Cards Selection

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Thursday, 03 July 2014

It has been ages since I have posted any Artist Trading Cards(ATC's) so I have taken a small selection from my collection to show you today.

I have been involved with a few different ATC groups in the past but the cards I am showing you today are all swaps from the Crop 'n' Shop group which is based in Tauranga, New Zealand.

These ones below are just a few from the "In the Garden" swap.
Garden seat by Yvonne Coulte and Brown bird by Rhonda Fawcett. (I actually don't know who made the I dig you ATC as there was no name on the back).

This next lot is a few selected from the"Under the Sea" swap.
Green fish by Rhonda Fawcett, Mermaid by Tasha Westbury and Red Fish by Sue Hewat.

Below is some of the swaps from the "England" theme ATC swap.
London bus by Beth Laugesen, Map by Yvonne Coulter, Postage Stamp by Bev McKay and Telephone box by Rhonda Fawcett

The last lot are a mix of cards.
Two are from a "Vintage Celebration" swap and one is from another group - Crafters Anonymous and it was a "Travel" swap.
Hot Air Balloon was the first card I made for the vintage celebration swap but I never ended up using it and designed a completely different ATC instead. Bicycle is a vintage celebration swap by Sue Hewat. Airplane is a travel swap by Rhonda Fawcett.
If you are interested in being part of a swap group and you live in New Zealand, please contact me and I will give you more information and tell you how you can join up.
Happy creating from Rhonda


Mini Animals

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Sunday, 22 June 2014

Little Fox
My daughter loved this card I made featuring a fox punch art (designed by Avery Murphy). She requested a gift card holder to go with it; to give to her friend for her birthday. She wanted a mini fox, to look the same as the original fox created by Avery. It was a challenge but I worked it out using some retired Stampin' Up! punches...

Gift Card Holder
I made a mini envelope using whisper white card and the wonderful envelope maker that Stampin' Up! sells. The measurements I found that worked were, a 5" x 5" square card to start with - put it in the envelope maker at the 2" mark to begin making your envelope. I decorated the front and secured the sides of envelope but not the flap. To hold the envelope closed, I made a belly band. This way the gift card holder can be used again and again.

I had fun creating this little guy from our punches.
Head: small oval
Muzzle: bird wing
Nose: cupcake builder
Ears & Tongue: heart from owl punch
Eyes: owl punch
Body: large oval
Arms: owl punch (double punch the side of the owl body)
Hands: circle from owl punch and claws are feet from owl punch
Feet: word window and claws from owl punch
Tail: word window

Happy creating from Rhonda



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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

I have only just discovered that this sort of doodling is actually a recognised art form called Zentangle. True Zentangles are done in black ink on white card, usually on a 3.5" square tile. They are a meditative and focused, building up patterns within the "strings" or curved lines.
It is good fun and works well with our Stampin' Up! products.

Perfect Blend Coffee Card
Use stamps with blank spaces to create your zentangle patterns inside, like the coffee cups from the Perfect Blend stamp set:

Happy Birthday Birds
Use punches, like these birds, to create your zentangle patterns on OR make your own freehand shapes and designs, like I have done with the green leaves. You may even find stamps that have a zentangle element to them, like the patterned pansy stamp from the Flower Shop stamp set:

Maple Leaf Kindness Card
Use the negative image from a die cut as a stencil to draw your outline image and fill it with a zentangle designs:

You may notice a sneak peek of a new stamp set coming out next month. The stamp "A little kindness goes a long way" comes from the new set called "Kinda Eclectic".
Keep checking in every couple of weeks to see some more new stamps and products.
From Rhonda


Natural Composition Paper

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Saturday, 31 May 2014

I love this Natural Composition Paper by Stampin' Up! I used it in our card making class last month and my customers loved it too.
Almost half of each class purchased a packet for themselves. It is now on the retiring list though, so if you like it, then order it asap.

The paper is already embossed with nice shiny patterns and images so when you sponge ink over them, it highlights the embossed areas and gives a very classy, almost regal look to your cards.
Here is the card we made in class -

The layout for this card was inspired by a card made by Amy Storrie ( a US demonstrator). I really loved the way she used the label shape and butterfly together and so I incorporated it on my card also. I added banners to my card to balance out what was above the ribbon with what was below. Both the papers used on this card are from the Natural Composition Paper pack but the one above the ribbon has been left untouched, while the one below has been sponged with night of navy ink.

Using the same layout and different papers from the Natural Composition pack, I made a masculine card -

Here is a card I made using the floral embossed paper (as shown on the top section of the first card) but this time I have coloured the flowers in using markers.

There are twelve sheets of 12 x 12 paper in the Natural Compositon pack (2 of each of the 6 different designs) Four of the designs are featured on the first two cards. The fifth design is music notes, like sheet music and the 6th design is a wood grain pattern. When I went to use the woodgrain in my next card, it reminded me of a sandy beach with shimmery wet sand and so I ended up making a black backed gull on the water's edge -



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