Pop up card

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Friday, 05 October 2012

I had someone email me a year ago and ask me to feature a pop up card. Well a year later, finally, I have made one. It features the new patio party paper which I have been using a lot lately and the elegant butterfly punch, as well as the butterfly from the beautiful wings embosslit. The butterflies are all stuck back to back on strips of a window sheet (acetate) and pop up nicely when the card is opened.

Rhonda

 

Catalogue 'CASE'

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Friday, 28 September 2012

The Stampin' Up! catalogues are great for inspirations when you get stuck for card ideas.
I have been making loads of wedding cards lately and wanted something fresh.
I made this card by CASE'ing (Copy And Share Everywhere) a layout in last year's catalogue.
You can check out the original on page 10 of the 2011- 21012 catalogue.

This next wedding card is taken from page 125 of the new/current catalogue.

I liked this simple layout and so used it again for a Christmas card and while I wouldn't normally use orange as a Christmas colour, I did like how it worked with the colours in the card shown in the catalogue, so I decided to keep with the same shades. What do you think? Does it work as a Christmas card? Please leave a comment ...

My final CASE is another Christmas card taken from page 14 of the current catalogue. I have kept it basically the same as the one in the catalogue. I did spritz the white card all over with Frost White Shimmer Paint and I must say it looks great! It doesn't show up well on the photo though. The snowflakes are embossed with the new Northern Flurry Embossing Folder and they have a touch of dazzling diamonds added.

Rhonda

 

Bookmark Cards

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Card with a gift
These cards with detachable bookmarks were popular when I taught them in class recently and are easy to make using the two tags die.
I have lots of photos to show how these cards and bookmarks were made.

Both cards feature the patio party designer series paper.
The flower card is stamped on the front with the Fabulous Florets stamp set to imitate the designer paper. The sentiments are a hostess set from last years catalogue.

Above photo shows the inside of the card with the bookmark still in place. And below the front of the card with the bookmark removed. Underside of bookmark (with magnet) showing.

The card for the bookmark is folded in half and placed on the tag die just below the top cutting line. This means you will have a piece that you can fold over a card or pages in a book. Punched out pieces of magnetic sheet hold it in place. Bookmark completely open and lying flat. You wouldn't ever use it like this but it just shows how it is made.

The next photo shows the outside of the cupcake card, with bookmark detached.

And finally inside of cupcake card. Bookmark still on...

Whew I told you there were a lot of photos this week!
From Rhonda

 

 

Trading Cards

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

This week I have some more Artist Trading Cards to show you.
They are from 3 different groups. The first is from the Creative Inkers team and the theme was "Crowns".

Lto R (and top to bottom) Artists are:Sally Williams, Rhonda Fawcett, Julia Leece, Nikki Spicer.

 

This next set is also from the Creative Inkers team and the theme was "Weddings".

Artists L) Lisa Bullock, R) top Nikki Spicer, R) bottom Narelle Hoggard.

Artists Top L) Julia Leece, Top R) Rhonda Fawcett, Bottom) Rhonda Fawcett. The bottom one was my original one but it didn't really like it and it was very fussy to do with all the little flowers so I changed it to the vintage heart one at the top right.

 

This last group is from the Crafters Annoymous NZ members and the theme was "Fairies & Angels"

Artists are (clockwise from top left): Julia Leece, Flo Hill-Rennie, Dee Sturgeon, Antionette Buckley, Rhonda Fawcett.

If Artists Trading cards are something that you are interested in or something you would like to have a go at, then drop me an email as next month I will be organising an ATC swap and competition for those in NZ who want to take part. Theme will be summer and it will be limited to 10 people.

From Rhonda

 

More Fancy Fold Cards

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Thursday, 06 September 2012

Something Old

This fancy fold card is called a tri shutter card. It is not hard to do but does take awhile to decorate. Some of the panels have my favourite designer series paper (it is the something old - retired autumn spice). The four smallest panels have 'more mustard' card which has been collaged stamped using the french foliage stamp set. The thing that takes the most time but is very rewarding is hand making the embellishments. The bird punch I use a lot and the acorns I originally designed over a year ago and have been featured on several of my cards.

Something New

This next card is a wiper card. It has a little pop up piece that acts like a car windscreen wiper and goes up and down when the card is 'open' or 'closed'. The card doesn't open in the traditional sense so you would have to write your greeting on the back but it is a fun card that if you pull the sides, it 'opens' to reveal more (including the wiper bit).
The something new featured here is a stamp set from the new catalogue called Papaya Collage. It includes all the stamps you see on this card as well as a big frame stamp, not shown. (The FOR YOU stamps is from a separate set called itty bitty banners). Papaya Collage is a gorgeous set. The clear mount set costs NZ$53.95 + shipping.
The designer series paper is also new and is called floral district.

Rhonda

 

 

Triple Layer Cards

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

I have two cards to show you the triple layer technique that I learnt from Karen Williamson, a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator based in Tauranga, NZ. It is so fast and the results speak for themselves.
For the sample below, I layered 3 pieces of whisper white card, centering the smallest on top of the middle and the middle on top of the largest. I used repositionable adhesive to hold them in place and then stamped randomly over the layers. I took the layers apart and matted them onto basic black card. The bottom (largest) layer goes directly onto your folded A5 card.

This next card I made for Father's Day. The tag with "DAD" on it, is made by colouring in the last letters of the Happy Father's Day stamp from the teeny tiny sentiments stamp set.  I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to position the last D next to the DA.

Since I made these cards a couple of weeks ago, I have seen this simple technique popping up everywhere. I hope you will be inspired to try it out if you haven't already!
Happy Crafting from Rhonda

 

 

White Craft Ink

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Using white ink:
Mostly when I want to use white on a card, I will use white embossing powder and heat emboss my image but sometimes I do use the whisper white craft ink. It does show up nicely on dark card. It is quick and easy to do, however the main thing is that you need to leave it for ages to dry before you touch it, otherwise it smudges. I made a lot of these reindeer cards last Christmas (and the one before) and I left them to dry for two days!

This next card is made by my wonderful and talented downline Bev Poultney. She has used the whisper white craft ink and sponged it through some paper doilies to create this stunning look of lace. The tea cup also looks great when you see it for real (not just in a photo) as it is stamped on glossy cardstock.

Stampin' Up!'s Whisper White craft ink is a pigment ink not a dye-based ink (like the other stamp pads) and that is why it dries differently. It is also permanent when it is completely dry, unlike the other inks which can smear and run if they get wet. I have also used the white craft ink on fabric with good result but it is something to experiement with as some fabrics it shows up better than others.
If you don't have the patience to use this ink and let it dry, then maybe you could invest in a spray on sealer, (which you can buy from a craft store). I have used a sealer before on cards made with white craft ink and it means you can use your card instantly.

From Rhonda

 

More Ideas with the Owl Builder Punch

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

I was promoting builder punches (and in particular the owl punch) at the SENZ show last month. I am going to show you some of the projects this week.
Folded Flower - You can use the body of the owl to create a big flower. It is very simple. 1.) You need to punch 7 owls for the petals using double sided paper. 2.) Fold owl body in half and cut off feet. Then cut down, following the line of the ears to the centre fold line. See pen mark for where to cut on example 2a. in photo. You are just cutting a small wedge out of the top. 3.) Unfold and then fold the sides in. 4.) Fold in from the rounded bottom edge. start the fold at the centre line and take it on an angle about half way up the punched shape. Do the same on the opposite side. Adhere 7 of these folded shapes onto a circle and your flower is complete.

Get Well Chick - You may remember seeing this cute little chick on my website before. I saw an umbrella card similar to this online (and can't find it again to acknowledge the orginal designer) but it had a penguin made with the owl punch. I decided to use a chicken as unlike ducks and penguins, chickens don't generally like the water. I wrote a greeting inside that reads, "heard you were a little under the weather - hope you feel better soon."

Animal Notepads - These were some of the projects that Rachael and I had either taught or had on display at SENZ including the animal notepads which both use the owl punch. For the sheep, it is the face and for the frog, it is the body. The tall box to the right has a rose on top created with the owl punch for it's petals.

3D Rose - A close up of the rose on top of my box. I learnt how to make this from a demonstrator called Valita. There is a video link on her website valitasfreshfolds.blogspot.com

Birthday Girl - The girl in this card has her hair made from the body of owl punch and the lacy swing top is made from the "vest" of the owl punch. I designed this card is for my niece's 13th birthday next weekend.

Rhonda

 

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