Thursday, 27 December 2012

Fabric Paper Snips Holder

Hello Everyone

Today's project is one that I totally CASED from a sample I saw at Stampin' Up! leadership training. I am a total clutz when it comes to sewing, so always love to see a fabric project I can make without using a needle and thread!

This is a perfect holder for my Stampin' Up! Paper Snips, made with the Petal Cone Die.

I used multipurpose adhesive sheets to attache the fabric to the carstock before cutting with the die. I decorated with ribbon and Basic Rhinestones.

Why not have a go making a fabric project yourself this week?

Love Elizabeth X

Monday, 24 December 2012

Festive Trio

Hello Everyone

Three more Christmas Class projects for you today.

The first two are simple cards we made at my Christmas Stamp a Stack - simple designs, but effective. The top one could easily be changed up to make a card for any occasion. The papers are from the fabby Festival of Prints stack - also perfect for any time of year.


The gift box is a classic design made from a single sheet of A4 cardstock. I used the red Glimmer paper to give some sparkle and finished with a bow and Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine.

Wishing a Happy Christmas to each and every one of you.

Love Elizabeth X

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Merry Medley Votive

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Today's project looks even more pretty in the dark! It is a votive made for a battery candle - don't use a real one or the health-and-safety police will be knocking on my door. LOL

I made it using an empty pot that contained Stampin' Up! brads. I took some Vellum cardstock and stamped using the Merry Medley hostess stamp set with snowflakes and Christmas greetings. I think rolled the Vellum so it fitted inside the bottom of the brad pot and secures with a dot or two of Tombow adhesive.

The lid went on the top to hold the Vellum secure.

I decorated using punched circles and a Basic Pearl for the top and the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch to go around the pots. You could also use ribbon for this element.

I hope this has given you an idea for your leftover pots!

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Merry Mini Christmas

Hello Everyone

Have you got the Merry Mini Punch Pack from the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue? I love punches and had to have this cute little trio. A star is useful all year around and the bauble can make petals to form a tiny flower - but they come into their own at Christmas time.

My first sample for you is a CASE from the catalogue. I love the sparkle from the Red and Champagne Glimmer paper.

Here is another example, which we made at a recent Christmas stamp a stack. It was a quick and easy card to make - which is good when you are making lots for the festive season. The white layer here is cut with one of the Window Frames Collection dies.

Hope you like today's punchy projects.

Love Elizabeth X

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

VIDEO Trimmer and Gift Card Holder

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So excited! My new trimmer from Stampin' Up! arrived today so I had to show it to you...

So many of us give gift cards at this time of year, that I always try to design a new one for my class ladies. We made this one during our November classes.

This is how it looks from the outside. We used Riding Hood Red for our outer holder and stamped using images from Polar Party. The greeting is from Itty Bitty Banners.

As you pull out the inner holder, you can see more of the Polar Party trees. We stamped them in Stazon, coloured with markers and did the stars using the fabby Gold Stampin' Dazzle marker from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. The tab is made using the Decorative Label punch.

As you open the Very Vanilla holder inside, it reveals a little holder for your gift card or money.

I have used this sort of design for invitations before, but I think it works well as a gift card holder - what do you think?

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 8 December 2012

VIDEO - De-mounting Stamps & More Petite Purses

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Two things today - first I have a tutorial video, a special from my SIL Sally and also my Class 2 ladies. They wanted to see how to de-mount wheels and wooden stamps and make them into Clear-mount stamps - their wish is my command...

You know I have been enjoying using the Petite Purse die - and these project show how much fun I have been having!

The first is a mock croc effect, done with Versamark and clear embossing powder and finished with a beautiful Antique Brad. The handle is covered in Raspberry Ripple Ribbon for a luxury touch.

The middle project is a school back-pack. I am so proud of the little pencils I made to go in the side pocket. It would be a great little teacher gift filled with chocolates or stationery bits and pieces.

But the last one is my personal favourite - let me show you a close cute is this little handbag?!

I started with some of the stunning embossed Natural Composition Speciality Paper - it is like a cardstock it is so heavy-duty. After die cutting I sponged over the paper with Soft Suede ink the rubbed over with a tissue. The embossed areas resisted the ink giving a stunning effect.

I used the tiny Scallop Circle punch to make the front decoration and used a Neutrals button tied with Bakers Twine for the closure. The corners were made with a circle punch, snipped and folded around to fit.

I stamped some text on Very Vanilla carstock, punched with the Jewellery Tag punch and daubed with more Soft Suede ink.

The handles are attached with brads from the Vintage Trinkets collection - you can't see in this photo, but they are like tiny buttons. And I even coloured four Basic Pearls with a sharpie marker to make little feet.

Making this was a labour of love - and I am delighted with the outcome. Hope you like it too.

Love Elizabeth X

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

VIDEO Altered Clothes Pegs and Petite Purse with Viola's Lace

Hello Everyone

Today I am sharing two things. A cute handbag project and my first ever YouTube video. The video features a project I showed a week or so ago - altered clothes pegs. I would REALLY like your feedback on this one. Would you like me to include more tutorial videos on my blog? Do you have any comments, requests or suggestions? Any feedback positive or negative very welcome.

So here it is....

One of my favorite new dies from the new Stampin' Up! Catalogue is the Petite Purse. It easily makes a sweet little handbag, just the right size for a mini gift or a couple of chocolates.

I made these recently as swaps at my upline's team training event. They are made using Naturals White cardstock - and the buttons are also die-cut card - made with the Sweet Buttons Embosslit die. The thread is drawn in with a White Gel Pen.

 However, my favouite part of this project is the looks so real you want to reach out and touch - but actually it is a Stampin' Up! wheel called Viola's Lace.

I de-mounted the wheel image so I could use it with a clear mount block, (love the fact that Stampin' Up! in Europe now carry the Clear Mount Cling Foam). I even stamped the handle with the lace stamp too!

I really enjoyed using this die, and will be back with some more samples using it in a few days. In fact I also plan to make some in the Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper to use on my Christmas table!

Back soon with more for you...

Love Elizabeth X

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Christmas Lodge Step Card

Hello Everyone

December is here already - where did the year go? But December means Christmas so a good time to share a card I taught at class last month.

This is a step card, which we have done before, but I couldn't wait to make on with the beautiful Christmas Lodge stamp set.

We used the thumping technique to create the Christmas tree - love the effect of the Garden Green on Always Artichoke - then we stamped the Lodge in Early Espresso and used a Blender Pen to drag some ink and colour the lodge everywhere where snow hadn't settled.

We added some sparkly snow with Dazzling Diamonds.

At the class I showed a different design, using the Polar Party stamp set.

So which one do you prefer?

Love Elizabeth X