Monday, 18 December 2017

Stamp Review Crew - Christmas Quilt

Welcome back to another Stamp Review Crew blog hop. I can't believe this is our last hop for 2017! The Stamp Review Crew is a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators from around the world that get together on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month for a blog hop. Each hop we will showcase one stamp set and show you just how much you can do with it.

For this hop we are featuring Christmas Quilt. It has been one of my favourites! It comes with the coordinating Quilt Builder framelits. Did I say how much I love this set?

I love that this set can be used for any occasion. It brings back memories of quilting with my Nana. I can tell you this is a much easier and quicker way to quilt! Last week I made this pizza box. It was one of those projects that I was quite chuffed with (and yes I was giving myself high fives).

I loved it so much I decided to CASE myself and turn the design into a card .....

 ..... or 2!

When I am short of time I often make 2 similar cards. By simply changing the colour scheme and maybe the shape of an element you get another original card without thinking up a new design. Who has time to think at this time of year!

I love the stitched elements in the framelits and the coordinating Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing folder. They add such lovely details without adding bulk - perfect for Christmas postage!

I kept the inside fairly simple.

And while I was on a roll (and to use up the die cuts I had strewn around my craft desk) I whipped up these 2 too. Embossing the card base gave extra dimension without having to add a mat. Another time saver!

Here a few other cards that I have made over the last few months with this set. This stamp set is still available so why not buy yourself a little treat for Christmas?

Make sure you hop around to see what all the crew have done with this gorgeous stamp set. Next up is the super creative Debra Burgin.


Friday, 15 December 2017

Just Add Ink #390 - Just Add a Sketch

How is all of your Christmas preparation going? I hope that it's all in hand and that you are all set for a relaxing festive season (and if you are I want to know your secret!). Narelle has set us a great challenge this week - Just Add a Sketch. Perfect for whipping up quick Christmas cards.
Sketches are a great way to get your creative juices flowing - especially at this time of year where I always seem to be short on time and creativity. This sketch was a great way for me to make some special cards quickly.

I was able to cut all the cardstock and DSP up at once and make 2 different versions.

I added some stitching as the back strip. I was hemming some shorts and decided to multitask!

I love the detail that the stitching gives.

The sentiment banner is made using one of the framelits from the Bunch of Banners set. I love using it. It cuts out the 2 banners so I simply swapped the outsides over to get the  contrast banner. I also love pushing it through a touch so that the tail peeks out. Just adds a bit of a design element and interest.

I had some 'help' with these cards. Millie loves sewing and makes the perfect paperweight - sorry to who ever is the lucky one to get the 'Millie fold' card. Who needs a bone folder? I have more pics of her at the end of this post - just because! Look at that face! Lucky she is so beautiful as she is so naughty!

Make sure you pop on over to the Just Add Ink page to see how all the other Design Team members used this great sketch. Why not enter your own creation? We always love seeing them!


If you got this far - thanks for looking at my fur baby!

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Colour INKspiration Challenge #24 Blog Hop

Can you believe it? This is our last Colour INKspiration for 2017. Before I get on to the challenge I just wanted to thank you all for your participation and support this year. The CI Crew love seeing your creations!

So onto the colours for this challenge.

Aren't they gorgeous Christmas colours? I used them to make some special cards to send overseas to some special friends. I have used the Bike Ride Shadow Box Card tutorial from Bronwyn Eastley at Addinktive Designs to make this. I love that it folds flat to post - always a good thing for overseas postage - but stands up for display. Simply reform the box ....... 

.... and pop in a battery tea light candle. I promise it is really pretty! It is just really hard to photograph because of the flickering candle.

I have stamped the lanterns from the Colour Me Happy stamp set in Versamark, embossed in gold and coloured the back with Pool Party and Blushing Bride markers.

I added a lantern inside thinking that it would glow through but it didn't really work out. Well at least there is something to look at from the top!

This is a really simple design. I have had to keep the embellishments to a minimum so I can post them but I think they do the job!

The back has room for a message.

I mentioned earlier that these cards fold flat. Somewhere under Millie my (not so helpful) helper is the card. Why put out tinsel if you don't me to play with it Lou?

This is what they looked like after I unearthed them from the furry mound. I made 2 versions to save time. I ran the tree and reindeer through the Big Shot at the same time to get it done in half the time.

INKspired to join the challenge? It's so easy. Firstly, get some INKspiration by hopping around to see what all of the Colour INKspiration Crew have to show you. Then you have 12 days from today to make and upload your creation to the Facebook Colour INKspiration Group. You don't have to have a blog to participate but if you do you can link back to your post. Make sure you use all of the challenge colours. Not a member of the Facebook group yet? Just click here and ask to join Colour INKspiration, add the group to your favourites and share it with your crafty friends so they can join in the fun too. We can't wait to see what you create with these gorgeous colours.

Next up we have the super talented Tanya Bell. Make sure you check out her take on this colour combination. You will love it! You have until December 25 to add your entry. After that the CI Crew will be taking a well-earned break and will be back with our first challenge for 2018 on January 10th.


Monday, 11 December 2017

What Will You Stamp? - #146 - Christmas Quilt

Welcome to this week's challenge at What Will You Stamp? Each week we feature a different stamp set and start off the challenge by sharing our ideas for using it and then it is over to you. So check out all of the Design Team projects and if you are up for the challenge you can add your projects too. You might even be chosen as our next Guest Designer!

This week we are showcasing Christmas Quilt.

This is one of my favourite sets and I love the coordinating Quilt Builder Framelits too. You can see other projects I have made with this bundle here. This set can be used for so much more than Christmas. In fact I recently helped a friend make invitations for her Mum's 70th birthday party with this set. For some reason we forgot to take photos.

Today I have decorated a cute Mini Pizza Box and made some quick Christmas note cards.

The Mini Pizza boxes look great embossed. Here I have used the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder. I just love the texture it adds.

I kept the box front pretty simple. I love the Christmas Tree image. It is a 2 step process and I have added some quilting thanks to the Quilt Builder Framelits. All I needed to do then was add in some ribbon and a Year of Cheer embellishment and I was done. Don't you love quick and easy, yet gorgeous, projects at this time of year?

The note cards are pretty simple too. You need to keep the layers to a minimum so they can fit into the 3" envelopes. I decorated the envelopes as well but had already given them with the cards in them to the girls in my class before I realised I didn't have a pic! They were great!

A Glitter Enamel Dot in the centre of each flower finishes off the design. I love this die cut flower with the stitching. Makes it really quick to make up your designs. 

Make sure you check out all of the other projects from the other Design Team members and enter your project. We'd love to see what you create.

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