Versatile Vellum

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Sunday, 30 March 2014

You can treat Stampin' Up's vellum card just like ordinary cardstock. You can dry emboss it, heat emboss, stamp on it, sponge it and colour it with markers. The only thing that you need to remember is that ink takes a little longer to dry on vellum.

Easter Card
The vellum flowers give a nice soft touch to this card, which could easily be turned into a wedding, sympathy or baptism card, by just changing up the words.

Wedding Invitation
This is a simple card to make, yet the vellum gives it an elegant touch which makes it suitable for a wedding invite.
You can see more vellum ideas on my post from the 18th November 201.


Thanks for visiting from Rhonda

 

Final Days of Sale-A-Bration

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Friday, 21 March 2014

Petal Parade
I love this stamp set. It is one of the 'free bees' that you can choose, when you spend NZ$110 on Stampin' Up! product. This special finishes at the end of March. Contact me to find out more about the free product offers.
Extravaganza
I was recently teaching at a big craft day in Tauranga and used the petal parade stamps to make tags for my customer's goodie bags. (The button is made from simply pressed clay.The background chervon pattern is made by inking up the chervon embossing folder and pressing it onto the card.)

And again on their sweet treat boxes...

The word stamps on both the above photos are from the "Oh Goodie" stamp set.
Rhonda

 

Spiral Flowers

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Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Highlights from Stamp Camp
A couple of weekends ago I was able to have a blissful weekend away, with my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrators, at Stamp Camp.
It was such a lot of fun and so nice being the pupil instead of the teacher.

We got very spoilt with wonderful projects and some awesome welcome gifts. One was on my pillow when I arrived and was made by Julia Leece. (It contained chocolate, yum!)
The other was at my crafting table and was made by Jacque Williams. It was a mini milkbottle filled with milkshake lollies. You may have seen it on Jacque's website but if not... here it is


The dark pink rose is made with the new spiral flower die.


Trio of Roses
Here is a gorgeous swap I received recently from Karen Williamson in Tauranga, which features more flowers made from this die.

I do not have the spiral flower die yet but it is on order. The flowers are so quick and easy to make.

Word Gap Card
I used scallop circle punches instead to make the roses on my next card.
This card is called a word gap card and I first saw the idea sometime ago made by the talented Julia Leece.

My card uses the flower shop stamp set and retired Stampin' Up! alphabet dies. There are still alphabet dies available now but just in a different font.


 From Rhonda

 

Art for the Wall

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Friday, 28 February 2014

As promised my knight instructions are below.
I have been doing artwork for childrens bedrooms featuring my punch art knight. The first framed picture is finished and I am happy to show it to you. The second picture is a knight and a dragon and is still work in progress...

Close up of princess and castle -

Close up of knight and horse -

Instructions for punch art knight -

Rhonda

 

 

6 x 6 scrapbooking

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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Thanks for your comments on my knight punch art. I will post more of him plus instructions next time.
Lately I have been updating my kids photo albums and putting the spare photos in brown paper albums that I have made.
Today I have a couple of pages to show you...

Celebrate Page
Featuring my children at my son's wedding last year.
I have used dry embossing on the border and the flowers. The rhinestones are coloured black with a permanent marker.

Each one of us... scrapbook page
This is me with my two sisters and brother. It is a special photo to me because we are not all together very often as my brother lives in Australia.
Stamp sets used are 'Trust God' and 'Hello, Lovely'.

Also I have a few photos to show you from my brown paper albums.
I make these albums up to sell at the markets (empty of course) and some are sold as kits with 6 x 6 paper included. Contact me if you are interested in buying the brown paper albums or paper album kits.


You will notice that they all have pockets for you to insert extra pages and memorabilia.


Here is the cover of the Christmas album. It features retired Stampin' Up! product but I did make it a couple of years ago.


Inside Christmas album...



That's all for today.
Thanks for visiting from Rhonda

 

More Kids Cards

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Sunday, 09 February 2014

I'm back!
I have had a lovely break over summer and have hardly spent anytime in my craft room at all but instead have put time into family. My daughter was visiting from Ireland and my neice and nephrew from Australia. Anyway my youngest leaves home today to go and study in Hamilton so more changes are in store for me.

Here are a couple of cards to inspire you today-
Ballerina
I made this for my young niece who does ballet. The stamp set is called Stylin' Girl and is very cute.

Young Knight
We had a five year old's birthday to go to this weekend and his theme was knights and castles.
(He had a giant bouncy castle complete with a blow up dragon.) Of course I had to try and make him a card with a knight on.
I was very happy with how this guy turned out...

If you would like instructions for making this guy or you would like to see other creations with him in, then please leave me a comment.
Thanks from Rhonda

 

Baby Punch Art

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Friday, 06 December 2013

My cards this posting come from some well known inspirations...

Gumnut Babies
You may have to be as old as me to recognise Sugglepot & Cuddlepie, the gumnut babies that were in children's storybooks, written and illustrated by May Gibbs.
Ever since I first saw the Owl Builder Punch, I was reminded of the Australian gumnuts. I have made a koala card with a gumnut on (back in May this year) but I really wanted to make the gumnut babies. And finally I have...

Flowerpot Baby
This card was inspired by award winning photographer, Anne Geddes, who is famous for her whimiscal baby photos.
Stamps used are from the 'Creative Elements' stamp set.


Rhonda

 

Simply Pressed Clay

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Sunday, 24 November 2013

The simply pressed clay from Stampin' Up! is a lot of fun and will take you back to your childhood when you use it. Shape it, stamp it, colour it or press it into a mould and let you imagination take over.

This is air drying clay and so it is the ideal kids class activity. Here are some samples from my classes:

The earrings are made using the Stampin' Up! moulds. There are two moulds in the set, one for making buttons and one for making flowers...

You can use any other moulds that you may have, like the ones behind the chocolate advent calenders or play dough moulds such as this rooster one here...

After the white clay dried, it was coloured using marker pens and sealed using Crystal Effects. Then a magnet was glued on the back and voila...

You could also turn this into a brooch by adding a jewellery fitting on the back instead of a magnet.
I hope this inspires some school holiday activites!
From Rhonda

 

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