Mini Milk Carton Gift Boxes

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Sunday, 17 February 2013

I made a couple of boxes this week to put on display at our craft extravaganza in Tauranga. They are very easy to make and use two die cuts from Stampin' Up's mini milk carton die.

"Sweet" Treats Box
Uses Rich Razzleberry card, Floral District DSP, Pretty Postage stamp, Extra large tag punch and Very Vanilla seambinding ribbon.

Oriental Gift Box
Uses Sycamore Street DSP, which you can get for free at the moment with a qualifying order. (Contact me if you want to know more.) It also uses the gold Stampin' Dazzle marker and Summer Starfruit ribbon.
I found out how to make these boxes in a great tutorial by Kerry Bunting. Her blogspot is called kbpapercraft.
This second box is made exactly the same way as the 'sweet' treats box with an addition of an extra piece of card.
I added my own touches to my box by embellishing it with punch art oriental dolls and a paper bead to tighten the ribbon with.

 Oriental Dolls Punch Art
I had a cheap plastic photo album with two asian figures on, just like these ones. Our punches were perfect to re-create them. I used the extra large oval punch for the body and hair and either the 3.5cm circle or the ornament punch for the faces.

Paper Bead
The paper for this bead is from the Patio Party DSP. I started with a 2.5cm wide strip of DSP (full 12" length) and cut it in half diagonally so that one end came to a point and the other end was still 2.5cm wide. I rolled it up tightly on a knitting needle (started rolling with the wide end) and coated it with crystal effects so it wouldn't unravel. I threaded both ribbon ends through the bead.
Now to open the box, I just move the bead down and to tighten the ribbon and close the box, I move the bead up.

Thanks for visiting from Rhonda


Single Layer Cards

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Friday, 08 February 2013

I was given a challenge this week to make a single layer card. No added DSP (designer series paper) or cardstock, no ribbons or other embellishments. Just completely flat.

I love adding extra bits to my cards so this was very hard. Here is what I came up with.

Be My Valentine
I delibrately kept this card simple. The 'Greeting Card Kids' girl is coloured in with the Stampin' Pastels, makers and a blender pen. Border is hand drawn. I didn't want perfect straight lines.

Flower Birthday
To add a layer of colour to this card without adding a piece of paper or card, I sponged on ink. To add some texture without adhering any embellishments, I dry embossed a couple of lines either side of the inked section. Once again, a very simple card.

Papaya Collage Card
I decided to make this card a bit busier and to give the impression of layers I used the masking technique, where the image that you want to appear in the foreground is stamped first and then a mask is made for it.
To make a mask, you need to stamp the exact same image on scrap paper and cut it out, then with repositional glue adhere it on top of first image. (In this case the bird and the rose were both masked.) Then stamp the background image (the leaves) all over. Remove the masks and the leaves that were covering the bird and rose are removed with the masks.

If you have some more ideas for making single layer cards, I would love to know them. Please leave a comment.


Panda Punch Art

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Thursday, 24 January 2013

Thank you Panda
At Christmas time I was making cards using my favourite (but now retired) stocking punch and the shape looked like bear arms so I decided to make a panda using Stampin' Up! punches and dies. It is based on a early 1960's world wildlife fund® logo.

The card size is 5 1/4" square.
The bamboo canes are handcut and inked using ink to paper technique that I explained recently (two posts ago.) It is the same as the palm tree in my srapbooking post. The bamboo leaves are from the bird punch and are cut and attached individually.

Here is my pattern:

Punches and Dies
2½” circle punch – punch 2, one black and 1 white
Stocking punch – punch 3, black stockings and 1 black heel piece
Small oval punch - punch 2, black
Blossom petal builder punch - punch 1 second smallest petal, white
Cupcake builder punch – punch 2 cherries, white and 2 dots black
Bird builder punch – punch 2 bird wings, black
Corner Punch
Window frame framelits Die – Cut 1 using the second smallest die, white

Tombow glue
Black marker pen
Paper snips


  1. Dauber all pieces with black ink
  2. Trim 2 of the corners of the framelit die so that you have two soft rounded pieces, rather than points. You will need to make sure you have the die at the right orientation.
  3. Dab glue on the remaining 2 points of the framelit die and glue on the small ovals for ears.
  4. Glue on blossom petal shape for muzzle, then glue on heel piece from stocking punch for the nose. Draw in mouth detail.
  5. Cut the tip off the bird wing pieces and glue either side of blossom petal piece for the eyes. Tip: put the two pieces together and cut both at the same time to get uniform shape.
  6. Cut stalks off the punched cherries; follow the natural curve. Glue onto bird wing eye pieces.  Glue the cupcake dots on top for pupils.
  7. Glue completed head onto large black circle leaving a ¼ to a ½” crescent of black showing beneath the head.
  8. Glue on 2 stocking legs to the back of the large black circle piece, pointing toes inwards.
  9. Glue large white circle in place for the body.
  10. Cut the toe off the 3rd stocking and use the corner punch to trim corners of the stocking shape. You will be trimming the top end (opposite to the toe end). Glue behind the white circle. Use the picture as a guide.

Enjoy from Rhonda



Wedding Season

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Saturday, 19 January 2013

We have been to a few weddings recently and have more coming up. If you like weddings, as much as I do, then you will enjoy the photos this week.

These first two photos belong to Ethan's wedding. My son, André, was a groomsman for Ethan.

Then a month later, Ethan, returned the favour and became a groomsman for my son.
André and Holly were married last weekend...

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator was handy when it came to making the invites and the two families banded together to form a production line to get them all made in good time.

Order of service and table favours, (filled with heart shaped chocolates).

Finally because I am such a proud mum and this is my first child to get married, here is one more photo of the happy couple.



Simple Scrapbooking

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Wednesday, 09 January 2013

I have scrapbooked albums for my kids for many years but I am not very creative when it comes to scrapbooking. My style is very simple and I didn't think people would be interested in it so I have not taught scrapbooking classes but recently I have had people ask me for tips in getting started and so decided to share a couple here.

Wish Big 6 x 6 Page
This page uses the Pennant Parade stamps, Pennant wheel stamp, Pennant builder punch, Polka dots embossing folder and coloured baker's twine. My tip is even if you don't have much else on a page, matt your photo and add an embellishment.
I balanced the flags at the top of the page with subtle embossed dots at the bottom of the page.

Twenty Five Years 12 x 12 Page
This layout was taught to me by a fellow demonstrator, Dianne Millar. It uses flower folds bigz die, buttons sizzlits and embosslits.
It is a great page to teach in a class as it uses a variety of papers and a variety of border punches, yet it is still very easy.

Samoa 12 x 12 Page
This last page is a great layout for the beginner scrapbooker. You need a 12 x 12 sheet of card, (I used old olive) and a 12 x 12 sheet of designer paper, (I used a piece from the neutrals paper stack).

Cut a strip off the side and bottom of designer paper so that it measures 10” x 10” and adhere it to the centre of the old olive 12” x 12” card. Take the longest strip of left over designer paper and cut it a slice off the long length so that it measures 12” x 1 ½”. Then adhere it with the opposite side showing, across the middle of the old olive card.

Adhere the photos. The vertical photo will cover the strip of patterned paper. Leave one section free for journalling.

Make the palm tree embellishment by hand cutting a trunk out of chocolate chip card. Punch 3 x coconuts out of river rock card using the small oval punch. Die cut leaves using the Leaves#2 die and big shot machine out of garden green and old olive card. Snip into the leaves with scissors.

Make lines on the tree trunk with the ink to paper technique.
Hold the ink pad upside down in one hand and the tree trunk in the other hand and gently tap the edge of the ink pad onto the card. If you drag it slightly you will get wider lines.


Sponge the top edges of the leaves, the tree trunk edges and the edges of the coconut with chocolate chip ink. Adhere the trunk first, then the leaves and finally the coconuts. Place the coconuts to cover any joins in the leaves.

Print your chosen journaling from your computer and cut into strips. Cut old olive cut slightly bigger than your journaling strips and mat the words on top of the card. Adhere the journaling to your page and you are complete!

TIP: To save card, you can cut an 8” x 8” square out of the middle of your old olive card before you start the project. Take care not to cut into the edges of the card. The hole that is left will be covered by the 10” x 10” patterned paper. The old olive card that is cut out can then be used to make the leaves and to mat your words on to.



Circle Journal

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Thursday, 27 December 2012

The Crafters Anonymous group that I belong to, hosted a circle journal swap this year. This is where each member of the group created a 6 x 6 journal / scrapbook with their chosen theme and the first pages completed, then they sent their journal to the next swap member who completed some more pages. The journal kept going around all the members until it made a full circle back the original owner, all finished and full of creativity!

My theme was birdhouses with quotes about life. I decided to do this after I had received a lovely card from an Australian Stampin' Up! demonstrator with a birdhouse on it.

Here is the front of my circle journal:
The blackbird is made from a small oval punch with a piece punched out of the top and then made into a wing.

One of my pages, with the main birdhouse cased from a card by Cathy Pinchbeck.

A further page, using stickers from my stash and retired Stampin' Up! papers. The roofs of the two smaller birdhouses are made from the retired photo corner punch.


I don't have room here to showcase all the work from the other ladies but here is a couple of them...
Another trio of bird houses created by Dee Sturgeon.

A blue birdhouse with mother and baby bird by Flo Hill-Rennie.

Maybe you could form your own group to make your own circle journals. Our subjects were so varied and the journal themselves were all so very different. We gave ourselves a month to complete our pages and then pass on to the next person.

From Rhonda


Re visiting Retired Products

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Friday, 14 December 2012

This Christmas holiday period Stampin Up! is bringing some products out of retirement and are selling them super cheap for a limited time only. Check out the specials and promotions page for more details.

I decided to use some of my retired products for this weeks blog...

Baby Girl Card
Uses retired designer series paper and a retired flower punch (for the baby bird's tail). I took my punch art ideas from the birds in the paper. Just love their different tails and so gave the male bird the bigger more impressive tail and the females more sedate tails.

Teacher Farewell
This uses retired stamps, (alphabet, apple and ruler) and retired spiral punch. The scissors and pencil punch art are from Cristy Butzen, although I changed the handles on my scissors a little.

Twenty First Birthday
This last card uses retired cardstock, blush blossom. I think the colour looks great. It is soft and pretty and will suit my daughter's friend very well. I used dazzling details glitter glue on the numbers, (numbers die is also retired).

I have one more thing to show you and it is not a Stampin' Up! product.
It is a clever Christmas treat that I was given by one of my customers.
A melting snowman biscuit-

Just use a round wine biscuit for the base, use runny icing to add a marshmellow and then add on the details with coloured icing pens.
Here is a side view.

Enjoy your Christmas Holidays

Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season

From Rhonda



Builder Wheel Stamps

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Friday, 30 November 2012

Hello and thanks for visiting this week. I have to let those of you who visit my site regularly know that I am going to be very busy over the next two months. My eldest child is getting married and I have overseas visitors coming and going. So I will only be adding a post to my website every fortnight instead of every week.

Simple and Clean Christmas Card
This Christmas card is made with the snowflake party builder wheel but instead of using the handle, I just wheeled it freehand to get the curves I wanted.

You do have a lot of control with the narrow builder wheel stamps if you still put the wheel stamp on the spindle with a spacer at each end. Just hold the spacers and the wheel will roll freely and you can direct it where ever you want.

This next card was made for a friend who is a wonderful dressmaker. (She is sewing my daughter's bridesmaid dress.) I used the measuring stick builder stamp, curved it, then coloured it with stampin' pastels. The other stamps come from a retired stamp set, with the exception of the clockworks stamp which I tried to turn into an embroidery hoop only to discover afterwards that Stampin Up! actually sells a proper embroidery hoop stamp in the "Hoop La La" stamp set. LOL



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