Wheel Stamps

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Monday, 06 August 2012

Back in May, I was asked to showcase wheel stamps at the product playground at our Stampin' Up! convention in Australia.
I love using the wheels as they are so affordable and you can do so much with them. Today I am going to show you some of what I did for the convention.

Jumbo Wheels
With this simple layout, you can whip up card in under 10 minutes. It uses the Wedding Words jumbo wheel stamp and the soon to be retired heart to heart punch.

The Wedding Words has so much possibility, just check out these embellishments made by selecting portions of the stamp to colour and use.

Standard Wheels
Two very different cards made with the soon to be retired Funky Forest standard wheel stamp. The card on the left has some of the trees stamped in regal rose and fussy cut to make a flower.

Builder Wheels
Bulder wheels, as with all the wheel stamps can be fitted with an ink cartridge for endless stamping. Wheels are wonderful for making your own wrapping paper. You can make a card to match and in this case I picked out some letters from the Happy B'Day builder wheel to spell PARTY. The other stamps used in this card are from the Happiest Birthday Wishes which are only available to Hostesses until the end of the month.

Island Cafe Card
This card is made using the take a sip std wheel, awning builder wheel and pennant builder wheel. I used the swiss dots and stripes embossing folders and some punches but the only stamps used were wheel stamps!

Rhonda

 

Playing with Punches

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

My favourite thing to do when making cards is a bit of punch art.
I love it when the little pieces come together to create something new. Such fun!

Wow Dog Card
So I have been playing with my punches this past week and came up with this little dog. It is meant to be a Westie as that is the dog that I hope to have one day. Please leave a comment if you like this card.

New Zealand Fantail
This card I created for my daughter who is currently in Canada. I wanted her to have a taste of home and used green and blue and a wintery feel to it. We miss her but she really is too busy working at a summer camp (and enjoying the great weather) to have time to miss us... Even though we have a few fantails regularly visit our garden, I had to look up photos of this bird to see it's exact colouring.

Golliwog Shopping List
I made this covered notepad with a magnetic back to go on the fridge. This one is for my Mum, who has a couple of  golliwogs and hand made teddy bears on her bookshelf. My son didn't know what it was. Shows your age doesn't it! I stamped 'Remember' on as it is for notes to remember to buy etc but it also takes you down memory lane... Who else remembers Enid Blyton "Noddy" books?

I used a 4.4cm scallop circle for the golliwogs head and inserted it inside a 4.4cm circle to remove some of the scallops. Body is a white extra large oval, vest is a daffodil delight full heart, arms are word windows, pants are hand cut as is the jacket but I did trace around the arms and body so I had a shape to base my jacket on. Feet are from the heart to heart punch. The bow tie is the heart from the owl punch and the circles used are either from the owl punch or cup cake punch.
the mouth is a 1.9cm circle double punched and then rounded at the sides.
Below is the back view of the golliwog (before I adhered it to the card) and you can see the punches I have used as the base.


Thanks for looking from Rhonda

 

 

On Board Journals

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Monday, 23 July 2012

Dream Journal:
I was recently at a Stampin Up! team training day where we had an entertaining and informative speaker, Jo Donson.
She encouraged us to get a pin board and start collecting and displaying things that we like and things that inspire us. It can be your dreams, it can be your favourite colours etc but basically it is all about you and it is a tool for discovering who you are and what makes you tick. I decided to put my collection (of things about me) in a journal so here is the one I created using the On Board Journal book from Stampin' Up!

Maltese Cross Journal
This journal I created for the Woman's Weekly craft book which was published last Christmas. I am showing it here with permission. It is a simple punch art made with punches from the blossom petal builder punch and a circle punch.

The black punched shapes are laid out in a cross shape and then strips of metallic silver card are laid over top. The flower is made from 8 petals glued onto a 3/4" circle shape with an antique brad inserted in the middle. Super quick and easy with a modern feel to it.

To create a nice smooth cover that fits around the holes of the spiral binding, I placed my cardstock next to the journal cover and put pencil marks where the holes needed to be punched. (You also need to measure how far in each hole needs to be punched and if you are using the hole punch on a crop-o-dile, set the depth guide to this measurement). I then made one cut from the edge of the card up to the hole. I used a bamboo skewer to help push the card into place as I glued each piece down around the spirals. When it was smoothed flat and adhered firmly, it was very hard to even see the cut lines.
My dream journal, however, was done with the retired spiral punch and the holes aren't as tidy.

Happy creating from Rhonda

 

Pretty Paper Bags

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pretty Packaging
Brown paper bags are a great way to enclose a gift that may be an unusual shape. We were shown some different wrappings and packaging ideas at convention and so today I am going to share a couple with you.

Fan Fold Top
Start with a tall brown paper bag and concentina fold to about half way down the bag. Then bring the right and left sides together so that they meet in the middle and form a fan. Attach in place with a little glue.

Acetate Window
I used the framelit labels dies to cut a window through just one layer of the paper bag. I inserted a narrow clear plate inside the bag and my framelit and standard clear plate went on top of the bag and then it was all put through the big shot to cut out just the front of the paper bag. Decorate as desired.
NB If you don't have a narrow clear plate, a glass and joinery place can easily cut one of your regular ones in half for you.

The top of the paper bag is also cut with the framelits label die. The acetate window has been stamped with black Staz On ink.

I hope this inspires you to give brown paper bags a second look!

From Rhonda

 

Class projects

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Friday, 29 June 2012

At my class last week we made some projects that incorporated a variety of techniques. The first was a card I taught recently to other demonstrators at our team training in Auckland. It focuses on using your punched card as a stencil to sponge through. It also has a ribbon feature at the top which was shown to us at the Convention in Australia. This is a great way to use up small scraps of ribbon. Take a 20cm length of ribbon and lay all your short pieces of scraps across this longer piece. Bring the two ends of the longer piece together and tie a knot around the scrap pieces. Then adhere the ends of the longer piece to your card. All the scrap pieces will hang down from the know in the middle. On my card below the black satin ribbon is the 20cm piece.

This second card uses a double embossing technique. First I made a cardboard template to go on top of my swiss dots embossing folder so that when I embossed the card, the middle section of the card would not have any dots. Then I used my framelits labels die upside down so instead of cutting a shape it embossed a shape into the card.

 

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Rhonda

 

Card Case

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Just Add Ink challenge # 122
I have decided that it was high time I entered another Just Add Ink challenge and this week the challenge was to have a look at the blog of the very talented designer Delys Cram and case (Copy And Share Everywhere) one of her projects. Delys is famous for her scrapbooking layouts and scrapbooking is not one of my strengths so I decided to Case one of her beautiful cards instead. Here is her original card:

And here is my interpretation:
I have used the blossom punch to make a 3D flower and the sentiment is a sneak peek of a new stamp set that will be released in September.

Here is a close up look of the bottom of the card, where I used my simply scored plate to add texture by scoring lines.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda

 

Technique Tuesday

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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

You may think by the title that I am going to be offering new techniques each tuesdays but alas no, I just have a couple of techniques to share with you today. Both are simple cards and will be very easy to recreate.

Pear Card
This card has a tri colour background that is super easy to create. Just take an acrylic stampin block and ink it up with your choice of colours. The size of the block will determine the size of the stamped background. I used a Stampin' Up! D size block. I inked just one third of the block in so saffron ink by pressing the block into the ink pad. I inked the rest of the block in bashful blue ink and finally the top third in marina mist ink. Some of the bashful blue ink was covered by marina mist but being a darker colour it worked well. The ink may not always transfer evenly but that is all part of the look.
You can then stamp straight over top (make sure you use a dark ink) or add a fussy cut image like I have done with the pear, or add some punch art. The pear and the words underneath come from a hostess stamp set called Faith in Nature. You can recieve this for free by hosting a qualifying workshop. Contact me to find out more.

Baby Card
The gingham background for this card is created with the stripes embossing folder. I used a brayer to roll ink on the inside cover of my embossing folder, then I put the white card inside and rolled it through the big shot. The raised stripes come out coloured... Another quick and easy technique! I turned the card around to emboss again with the stripes going in the other direction and I reinked the stripes folder in a different colour.

Rhonda

 

I Love Stampin' Up!

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Off to Convention!
I am heading off to Canberra for the Australasian Stampin' Up! Convention. I am so excited but nervous too as I am teaching there, doing a product showcase. I was finishing all my samples for the display today. I would love to show them to you but it will have to wait. Instead I can show this lovely invitation card that I received from the Head Office to attend the Manager's reception dinner.

 

I am always inspired by the many creative people who are part of the Stampin' Up! family. As demonstrators we get to share with each other and swap ideas. We also have a magazine that features new projects each month. I loved May's workshop idea of the matchbook post note holder. I taught it to my class changing only the colours. If you are a fellow demonstrator you will recognize it. If you are not a demonstrator but would like to join up, I would throughly recommend it. Being part of the Stampin' Up! family is a lot of fun and you do get tons of support too.

 

 

 

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