Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Season of Joy

My school teacher friends had another card class yesterday... more Christmas cards. Because my last class was so successful, I decided to stick with the same formular- one stamp set and one colour family. I chose Season of Joy and 2 of the In Colours- Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi.

This first card is a case from my friend Diane I just loved her card and only changed the colours and the ribbon. Thanks Di for the great inspiration! :)

The second card we made is a much simpler card.It is also a case from Scrappinandstampinqueen (Tracy) from SCS. We stamped the flower twice and mounted the top on with dimentionals.

The last card is also a case from Jnm6253 (Jean) from SCS. I changed the colours to Purely Pomegranate and Wild Wasabi but basically kept the card the same.
Thank you to Diane, Tracy and Jean for sharing your creativity!

Friday, 24 October 2008


Hi my name is Chrissie and I am obssessed with making chocolate gifts! I need help! LOL!!
It was a friend from work's birthday today so I decided that I would make her a gift using the Cadbury's Eight Moments chocolates. My upline and enabler Kim made this cute little box for the chocolates to fit in... so I just had to make one too!

Since I had a class on Sunday using Summer Picnic DSP and the Tart and Tangy set, I decided to use it to decorate my box. Kim's instructions were really easy to follow and I had it made in no time flat. My friend Kate loved her present and the other girls at work now want me to teach them how to make it! Thanks Kim for the great idea!!!

My next obssession is chocolate sliders. They are just so fast and easy to make and they are a crowd pleaser every time. Another teacher from work has finished her contract today. She is a great teacher and I will be sad to see her go. She is passionate about fair trade chocolate so I found some at the local supermarket and then covered it in DSP. I also made her a card that matched the paper I used on the slider!


Wednesday, 15 October 2008

Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate!

I have become obsessed with making little gifts lately... and what better gift is there but chocolate. So after eating nearly my body weight in chocolate and surfing though a million blogs... I made 2 little thank you gifts.

This first one I made for the individual Dove chocolates. I measured the size of the chocolates and then made the box to fit. I put a little tag on the top and stapled it shut. I have made another one that I closed with a ribbon. Cute eh?!

As I was travelling up the chocolate isle in the supermarket.. I found these mini chocolate bars in a packet and they just screamed chocolate slider to me. So I brought then home and made mini sliders.

Both of these projects took no time at all to make and I can't wait to give them away!

Sunday, 12 October 2008

Busy Sunday

Well today has been a very productive day... well for cardmaking that is.. the rest of the house looks like a bomb has gone off LOL... but I digress... I have spent most of the day cleaning up my table and organising some things. Last week my friend Rebecca issued a challenge to use the scraps from your table. I have a huge box of scraps because I hate to see anything go to waste and you never know... I might just need that bit one day. So today I have made 2 different projects using some of the many scraps from my desk.

Tart and Tangy
Last night I was organising myself for my next class on Sunday. We are making 8 cards and a purse using the Tart and Tangy set and the Summer Picnic DSP. (I will upload the pictures after the class so I don't spoil the suprise for the girls). So this morning when I found a pile of Old Olive DSP I thought I would use the same colours from the night before and make a set of cards and a wallet to put them in.

So I used Bashful Blue for the cardbases, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red and the Old Olive DSP. As you can see, they are all the same basic design... just changing the fruit and the positions of the mats. I even stamped on the envelopes to match each of the cards... something I quite often forget to do. I quite like it and I will probably be using it for Christmas gifts.

Rose Red DSP
I seem to have a lot of bits of DSP... so I made 4 cards exactly the same and I have put them in a cello bag with a matching topper.
Ealier in the year, at one of my classes, we made little containers with scallop circle tags. Well all I had left from this project was the small squares for the scallop and the layered circles. So I used these bits up in my card as well.

I used Pale Plum for the cardbase, Rose Red DSP downthe bottom and then a strip of Whisper White that I had run through the crimper.(If anyone has a trick to get the card to go through the crimper straight... let me know- I can't manage to do it!) I added the layered scallop circle and finished it off with one of the flowers from the In the Spotlight hostess set. I love these colours together and I am pleased with the end result.

Hope you like my creations,

Saturday, 11 October 2008

The Snowflake Spot

I have a group of ladies a work who are very new to stamping but are really keen. This Tuesday, they are having their second card making class with me. They want Christmas cards for this class and I wanted to show them that they don't need everything (yet LOL)to make trully beautiful cards. So I decided that we would make 3 cards that use the same stamp set (The Snowflake Spot) and the same colour family (Rich Regals).

For this card, I made a circle mask out of vellum. I sponged the edges of the circle in Brocade Blue and then stamped one of the smaller snow flakes in the same colour. I then stamped the big snowflake in Night of Navy. I made a bow out of Navy ribbon and added a greeting the Short and Sweet set.

For this card, I started our with my favourite sketch. This style of card works so well with almost any set. I choose Elegant Eggplant, Regal Rose and So Saffron and just ramdonly stamped the different snow flakes. I added some Eggplant ribbon and the greetinf from the same set in Eggplant too.

For this last card, I got the idea from SCS. There were many cards in the gallery using this idea and I jut loved them all. I used Always Artichoke and Handsome Hunter to stamp the middle sized snow flake in a circle and then added Rose Red spots for the berries. I added a bow of Artichoke ribbon and finished it off with the greeting from Warm Words.

I love all of these cards. None of them are too fancy but, in my opinion, are pretty and elegant. I hope they like them at school and have fun making them.

Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Yearbook Photos

I was visiting my friend Susan's blog and saw this very fun idea of seeing what I would have looked like in yester-year. Go and have a try for yourself.. it is just great. Here is the link.

The first one is from the 1950's, the second one is from the 60's, the third one is from the 70's and the last one is from the 80's. Sadly.. I have a photo just like the one from the 80's in one of my photo albums!
Thanks Susan!

Monday, 6 October 2008

World Cardmaking Day

On Saturday, I went to a World Cardmaking Day event hosted by my upline Kim. It was so much fun to be a participant instead of the teacher. I was able to enjoy all the fun that the day had to offer. We started off the day with a Stamp-a-stack. We made 4 of 3 card designs.

We had a fabulous lunch and then there were 5 more projects after lunch.

The 5th project I haven't finished yet... I still have some colouring to do. I will upload it as soon as I have.
Everyone who attended had a great day. It was lots of fun! Thnaks Kim!!

Friday, 3 October 2008

Tree Change

So after making 10 flower cards...I was a bit sick of them! So I dragged out my LOvely as a Tree set and then hit the gallery at SCS. I just love that place and I wish I wrote down whose idea I stole....err cased but I am not that organised! So if a card looks familiar...please let me know and I will shout it from the rafters! Thanks to all those people who share their creations!!

For this card... I used masks gallore! I stamped the single pine in Night of Navy and then cut a mask for the right side of the tree. I cut out a circle from scrap cardstock and then stamped the row of trees in Going Grey. I sponged the edges and then removed both masks. I added a bit of Navy Ribbon and it was complete. A bit fiddly... but worth it I think!

This time... I just used the single pine. I stamped all three trees in Always Artichoke... stamping off the 2 on outer edges. I then got my Aqua painter and "coloured" the centre pine. I then stamped the centre pine in Handsome Hunter while the card was still wet. I sponged the edge of the card with Hansome Hunter. A very simple card but it has a lot of impact!

Even More Flowers

Here are even more flower cards that I have made... are you sick of them yet? I must say... I love flowers... so pretty... so girly.... so me! :)

Here is another card using the Bloomin'with Beauty set. For this card... I got my Rose Red and Always Artichoke markers and coloured the rubber... and then I got my aqua painter out and added more colour. I then added lots of layers, ribbons and brads. I really like the finished product.

This one is cased directly from SCS but I can't remember who-Sorry:( This is the set we got at the Brisbane Field training called Live Your Dreams. I used Chocolate Chip and Soft Sky. I used the Wheel from the Spring Solitude Bundle (Hostess Level 2) and my white craft ink.

When I had finished the card in the previous post using Petal Prints... I then immediately made this one. I used River Rock and Soft Sky with Stem Silhouettes. I added River Rock double stitched ribbon and a few embossed lines under the ribbon.

This is my least favourite card of all the ones I have made. The bouquet just doesn't do it for me! But it is not all about me (well just where these cards are concerned anyway LOL) I stamped the image in Basic Brown (did you know that Basic Brown is waterproof and doesn't run when you watercolour it?) and then coloured it in using my Watercolour Crayons. I finished it off with Pale Plum and Barely Banana cardstock and put it on Close to Cocoa card base.
Well that is all the flower cards for now... I have made some more cards for my friend but I have used trees in these card... what a rebel!!! LOL

Thursday, 2 October 2008

More Flowers

Ok... as promised... here are some more of my flower creations.

So for this one I went super simple. I used Petal Prints (my all time-favourite) in Creamy Caramel. I stamped it once and then stamped off on the side. I added some Caramel Gingham ribbon and scored a couple of lines under the ribbon.

For this card, I used the Artfully Asian set. I also used, for the first time, Going Grey cardstock. I coloured the flowers in Eggplant and Celery and added some Celery ribbon.

This last card uses a set that I only got last week out of the Spring Mini... Bloomin'with Beauty. I stamped the flower on watercolour paper and coloured the flower using More Mustard and Old Olive. I matted it in Mustard and Olive and distressed the edges. I added some thick Olive Ribbon and tied a simple knot in it.

More cards tomorrow! have a great night!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008


Yeah I know... 2 posts in one day!!!

My best friend has asked me to make her some cards and the only thing she said she wanted was flowers! No colours- just flowers!

So I have made 12 so far!! I will put them up on my blog over the next few days.

My first card uses the retired set Stem Silhouettes. I loooovvve this set and was very sad when it retired. I stamped the background stamp from Oh So Lovely hostess set in Bashful Blue on Bashful cardstock. I then stamped the "flower" image in Night of Navy. I stamped the Barely Banana cardstock using the Canvas background stamp. I finished off the card with Bashful Blue taffeta ribbon.

I was on a roll with Bashful Blue so this card was also made with that colour. I stamped the stems from Artfully Asian set (my newest favourite set) in black stazon and then coloured the image in using my Aqua painters and inkpads- Brocade Blue and Always Artichoke. I then sponged the edges in Brocade. I added a loop of wide Brocade ribbon and secured it with a brad. The background cardstock is Artichoke and Certainly Celery.

My last card for tonight also uses colours from the Soft Subtle family- Pretty in Pink and Sage Shadow. I cased this card from SCS but I cannot remember who (sorry... let me know if if looks familiar). I have used the Season of Joy set which is in the Spring Mini Catalogue. I stamped the swirly stamp in River Rock and added Pink and Sage mini flowers. I then Stamped the bigger flower in Pink and Sage, cut them out and put a silver brad in the centres.

I love all three of these cards. There are no sentiments yet because I am not sure what my friend wants on them.
Stay tuned for more in the next few days!

Happy 20th Birthday Stampin' Up!

This month is the 20th birthday of Stampin' Up! To celebrate, Stampin' Up has a great offer for the whole month of October.

To join in the fun, just spend $20 on regular Stampin' Up products and then you can choose from 5 preselected birthday/celebration stamp sets at 20% off the regular catalogue price!

You can choose from:
Page 37 - Big Bold Birthday
Page 38 - Pretty Princess
Page 51- Birthday Best
Page 55 - Crab And Company
Page 118 - Short And Sweet

Here is a card I made ages ago using the Crab and Company set!

I have used Mellow Moss and Real Red on this spinner card. I coloured the crab using the pastels and blender pens. The little circle with the Santa hat on it spins around and has a present on the other side. I put pewter brads from the hodgepodge hardware set.

Contact me if you'd to purchase one or more of these sets or for more details. Deliveries can be made right ot your door, Australia wide.
Happy 20th Birthday Stampin' Up!