Treasure Chests

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Saturday, 03 November 2012

This week I have a couple of cool boxes to show you.
The first is this pretty treasure box that I made in my early days as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. It was a hit with my school holiday class. (They were all girls.)

The second is perfect for the boys. I wanted something more like a traditional treasure chest (rather than adapting the one above) so that I could use for a pirate themed program that we are helping to run in the Christmas holidays.
I was pleased to find a basic pattern in a old UK magazine from 2001. I glad I haven't thrown any of those old craft magazines out yet!

I made the key hold from the small oval punch and the tag punch (trimmed at the bottom). I have embellished the edges with small trinket brads, which are just perfect for this project.

And of course no treasure chest is complete without treasure inside!

Thanks for visiting, from Rhonda


All About Christmas

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

I have been away for a weeks holiday at Hanmer Springs in the South Island. It was so relaxing and I feel very blessed that my husband and I were able to take some much needed time away by ourselves. We even experienced a light falling of snow on the day we arrived. Very special for a north islander like me... So that's why I didn't post any pictures last week.

This week I have some Christmas things to inspire you. The first is some treats I made for my customers who came to the Tauranga Christmas Extravaganza. The reindeer sweet treats are made with a variety of our Stampin' Up! punches and the new long and narrow cellophane bags. Stampin' Up! sells them for NZ$5.50 for a packet of 50. Another favourite Stampin' Up! product is the glimmer paper, which is a light weight glitterly cardboard. I used the red glimmer paper to make the reindeer noses.

Centre Step Card
This card features the Glimmer Paper in silver. It is also available in Champagne (a bronze colour). This centre step card is a big square card and is designed to fit in the large square envelopes that Stampin' Up! sells.

Card inside; you can see the "steps" which give the card its name. The greeting inside works well with the Merry Christmas and Happy New Year stamps on the outside and is from the new stamp set,  More Merry Messages.



Something New

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Monday, 15 October 2012

Christmas Deer
I am featuring some new stamp sets today in order to take part in Just Add Ink's weekly challenge (JAI 139) - Just Add Something New!

This narrow pocket card was the one I taught at the Tauranga extravaganza last weekend. It was inspired by a swap I received a couple of years back from Debbie Airey. The one I recieved from Debbie had a coffee sachet in the pocket, but you could put in vouchers, money or other sachets of goodies. For the extravaganza we made gift tags to go inside the pocket.

Inside of the card, decorated with some of the stamps from Delightful decorations stamp set.

A close up of the tags using delightful decorations and the new stamp set - Chock Full of Cheer.
The sentiment on the front of the pocket card is also from the Chock full of Cheer set.
Other new products are the Mitten Builder punch, Gumball Green ink, Gumball Green card and the Dazzling Details glitter glue which you have to look closely to see on the photo but you can make out a hint of the glitter on the mitten.

Finally, I like to buy stamp sets that I know I can use for more than one occassion and the Christmas Deer is also able to be used for masculine cards like this one below. The antlers are drawn in with a marker pen.

From Rhonda


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.



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.



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.




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