Thursday, 27 November 2014

12 weeks of Christmas - Week 9

Did you know it is less than 30 days till Christmas ? Hasn't that time gone fast. We are up to Week 9 already of our 12 Weeks of Christmas.

This week we have Virginia Hampson with some lovely treats for you using the gorgeous Curvy Keepsakes Framelits Dies, along with a few other Stampin' Up! supplies.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

This versatile little Framelits set creates the sweetest gift box in a shape that can be hung on a Christmas tree, used as holders for party favours or bonbonniere boxes for weddings/engagements/christenings etc. They can even be used with Vellum for a table decoration by putting a little battery operated tea light inside to make it glow.

Her first samples are  gift boxes that show you how you can use both sides of patterned papers to create a unique customised Keepsake boxes. You do not have to have larger sheets of pattterned paper or cardstock either. You can see how much they will hold by these photos below as well. Two standard tea light candles, or one Votive candle. She photographed them so you get an idea of what space you have when you get around to filling them with goodies.

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Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

In Virginia's tutorial , she will show you exactly where to place your sheets of paper/card on your Big Shot machine' magnetic platform so that you make the most of smaller pieces, or, like she has done in her samples, use two different patterned sheets from the Trim The Tree Double Sided Patterned paper stack (page 7 of the Holiday catalogue).
Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Her 2nd samples, she has used translucent Vellum sheets (page 193 of the annual catalogue). You can cut out both pieces from an A4 sheet as well as stamp the little baubles from the Cheerful Christmas Stamp set (page 15 of the Holiday Catalogue).

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For the Christmas one, she used Cherry Cobbler and stamped her pieces before gluing them together. She put them together so that the stamping is on the inside of the closed box. Doing this gives a more subtle look. If you put a little battery operated tealight inside, it's gives a beautiful effect as you can see.
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The 2nd Vellum sample she is showing uses stamps from the Stippled Blossom stamp set, Whisper White and Blackberry Bliss ink pad. Isn't it pretty!

And she did the third some time back so she is reposting it as a reminder. Those Four Feathers stamps and matching Framelits are brilliant for this.

 Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator   Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

FYI the battery operated tea lights she has used in her samples can be picked up at local discount stores. At this time of year, these are quite popular.

 Tip 1: Remember, you can cut your A4 sheets of vellum in half and cut the two pieces you need at the same time as the Vellum is quite fine and you can do two sheets at once. Don't do this with cardstock and thicker papers as Framelits are quite thin so you may not get a clean cut right through.

Tip 2: As ink can take a little longer to dry on Vellum, give it a blast with your heat tool to dry it.

This weeks bundle deal is as follows;

White Vellum, A4 cardstock $10.95
Trim the Tree Paper Stack $11.95
Linen Thread $7.95
Gold Sequin Trim $8.95

 Retail value is $39.80, however, if you order them bundled from me, it will be $35.00 and you will
also receive a free bottle of Tombow Multipurpose glue!
If you want either the tutorial for this, or to order the bundle, make sure to email me -

I hope you have enjoyed another installment of 12 Weeks of Christmas. Make sure you come back next week as I will have a delightful Christmas Table Centrepiece to share with you.

Thanks for dropping by.

Have a great day.

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Quick and Simple

Last week was my daughters 10th birthday and because I had my parents staying which equates to no crafting time, I needed a quick and simple card I could whip up in around 5 minutes.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

I already had the Papillon Potpourri stamps out on my desk, so that's what I used. I also added some of the Blushing Bride Bakers Twine that arrived that morning. 5 minutes flat and it was done. Quick and Simple !!

To get the different colour purples I stamped the first butterfly in Blackberry Bliss and then just kept stamping without reinking. And of course it is purple as that is my daughters favourite colour.

And here is the Birthday Girl.

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Thursday, 20 November 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 8


This week’s project is brought to you by Libby Dyson. She’s made a bag with a shaker frame on the front, a Star Gift and two cards to pop inside the bag. This would make a lovely gift to give someone before Christmas.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator


Here’s a closer look at the bag:


Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The shaker frame is made using the Stars Framelit Dies, Many Merry Stars Photopolymer stamp set, Confetti Stars punch with Red Glimmer paper and frosted Sequins

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The bag itself is made using the Under the Tree Speciality Designer Series paper from the Holiday Catalogue.

The Star Gift has a small Kit Kat Chocolate inside it and would be great as stocking filler or a teacher gift, teamed with a bottle of wine or a coffee voucher etc.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The two cards also use the Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Star Framelit Dies with the Big Shot

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

This card uses layering of stars and Dimensionals to give depth and dimension.

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

The last card uses the nesting of the Star Framelit Dies again to make a frame of Gold Glimmer Paper which adds some sparkle to this card along with the Frosted Sequins.

If you would like the full instructions for this set of projects, email me at

There’s a full list of the products used at the end of the post.


Now you can only order this bundle through me, it is not available in my online store.

For $65 you will get :-

Many Merry Stars Photopolymer Stamp Set

Confetti Star Punch

Here are the supplies used for these projects


I hope you have loved looking at Libby's projects as much as I have. The shaker bag is just stunning.

Thanks for popping by today.

Have a great day.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 7

This week the gorgeous projects are brought to you by Jenny Hayward.

 I am excited to share this project with you.  Today Jenny has made some Christmas Ornaments that you can make to hang on your Christmas Tree this year, or to give as a gift to someone special.

Aren't they just gorgeous. Could you imagine these scattered all over your Christmas Tree, and then watch them sparkle when you turn the fairy lights on. I love these !

Here are Jenny's instructions for making your own.


1. On a piece of Acetate draw a circle in NON-PERMANENT MARKER. (This is really important so you can wipe this off afterwards).  Add a little square tab piece at the top.  The size of your circle will depend on the size of your ornament.  These ornaments were about 7cm (just a little less than 3 inches).  The circle I drew was about 6cm (just over 2 inches).  To draw your circle you can trace around a circular object or a circle die.  I used the base of a container.

2. Once you have drawn your circle you can cut it out and then wipe off the marked circle with a tissue.
3. Stamp your image in Staz On on the acetate circle.  This image is from ‘Get your Santa On’.   Now you can’t colour this on this surface with the Blendabilities as it reacts with the Staz On.  Turn over your circle and colour your image from the back with your Blendabilities.  You might be able to see too on my image I added some dots of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details on the wreath circle and hanging wreath on the chimney to add some sparkle.  This was added on the front of the circle.

For the snowflake Ornament I stamped the image in White Staz On.  This snowflake is from the stamp set ‘December Wonder’ from the Holiday Supplement.  (It is marked as a Project Life set but don’t just dismiss these if you don’t do Project Life.  There can still be some great images in these sets).
4. To insert the acetate piece in to your Ornament you need to roll up the piece in to a tight roll and squeeze it in through the top.  Be sure to have the tab piece at the top and hold that as it gets further in to the ornament.  This piece will sit in the top of the ornament to keep the piece in place.  As the circle unrolls you many need to give it a little spin around or you may have to get a pen or the Paper piercer down to jiggle it around in place.

You can add some little embellishments in the Ornament as well.  For the Santa one I punched some stars with the Confetti Stars punch from Real Red and Gold cardstock.  For the Snowflake one I added some sequins (snowflakes and silver sequins) from the Frosted Sequins Embellishment pack in the Holiday Catalogue (p 22).  I also added some Dazzling Diamonds Glitter and shook that around in the ornament.  This stuck to the sides of the Ornaments giving it a “snowy” effect I guess.  Then you can replace the cap and tie some ribbon around the top and a ribbon loop for them to hang off your tree.
Now if you are giving this as a gift to someone it would be nice to dress it up a little, so I have a Gift Box for you.  This is using the Kraft Gift Boxes in the Annual Catalogue (p 200).  These Ornaments fit just nicely in them.  You would need to check the size of the Ornaments you are using though.

I decorated the sides and top with Designer Series Paper. This is from the Nordic Noel DSP pack from the Holiday Catalogue.

Finish this off with some Red Satin Ribbon and a tag.  This makes a nice gift to give someone.

Here is a close-up of the tag.  I used ‘December Wonder’ stamp set again.  The JOY is punched with the oval punch on Real Red.  I cut a label in Garden Green cardstock from the Chalk Talk Dies and then ran that through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Then I layered these together. I finished it off with a Frosted Sequin snowflake and a Rhinestone.

I hope you like these and can get hold of some ornaments to create your own. The clear ornaments are stocked in most craft stores, so you  should be able to find them easily.  

Now as with our other projects we have put together a Bundle for you. (Not available to order as a Bundle through my Online Store).
This weeks Bundle includes: 
December Wonder Stamp set (Photopolymer)        136562      $27.95
Kraft Gift Boxes                 124106       $5.95
Confetti Stars Punch        135861        $37.95
Frosted Sequins                135835        $8.95

Total  $80.80.  Receive just over 10%  off = $70.00

If you would like this bundle make sure you contact me via email ( and let me know.

I hope you have been inspired by this lovely project. Christmas is only 6 weeks away today. Wow, that's getting close.

Thanks for dropping by today.

Have a great day.

Sunday, 9 November 2014

A Sketch Interpretation

Did you see the sketch I posted a few days ago ? It was for a scrap page and I did a Christmas layout using it.

Well did you know that it is so easy to use these sketches for making cards as well ?

Narelle Fasulo - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Does the design of this look familiar ?

I used that layout sketch and made a card based around it. When interpreting a sketch you can be as literal as the sketch is and copy it exactly. You can leave bits out and add bits in. You can even just incorporate one element and do a very loose interpretation. That's the beauty of sketches, they are as adaptable as you want them to be.

Next time you see a layout sketch and just skip past it, I want you to stop and really look at it. Can you design a card around it. If you find that hard to do, grab some paper and a pencil and draw a card front on it. Then element by element, draw what you see on the layout sketch. You can leave elements out, you don't have to do it exactly the same. You can even rotate it. There are lots of ways you can change it up, you just have to look beyond what you see in front of you.

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I  hope next time you see a sketch you stop and actually look at it. 

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