Wednesday, 21 November 2018

#onstage2018 Needlepoint Nook samples #6

Well I think this may be nearing the end of my stage samples - but I have created quite a few more and will have some to post to my Pinterest board soon.

This final set is a great way to showcase the gorgeous DSP. It's a set of 6 notecards using Sahara Sand as the base colour and each of the paper designs and this was the final project I presented at Onstage.
One of my favourite things about papercrafting is the willingness of others to share their designs and tutorials and this gorgeous box is CASEd from another designer in the UK but I first saw it when one of my good stamping friends from Central Qld shared it at a team day. (We are different teams but in regional areas sharing and connecting is vital and I love her creative energy- thanks Sharon).

I think it showed up well on the big screen too.

It's not difficult to create, but do the stamping on the base pieces before folding the score lines and assembling. The belly band simply holds it closed.
This box fits the smaller 31/2" x 5' notecards and envelopes
you will get the two lid pieces from one sheet of A4

Project details:
Base piece:
cut one piece 20cm x 24 cm
stamp the side areas first then score
score at 2cm and 5 cm on all four sides
cut flaps down to create box
Hinged Lid Pieces
cut 2 pieces 16cm x 14cm
score along short (14cm sides) at 3 cm
score along one side (16cm side) at 3cm and 6 cm
cut away excess to create flaps for construction of box

and here's a video for the visual construction, but if you google Split Top Box you'll find lots of variations if you are looking for different sizes.

Thanks so much for stopping by, You can see the other samples I've made using this set by clicking the following links:
samples #1 beginner, casual and avid samples and tips for using DitINKtive photopolymer
samples #2 green tones including 2 masculine cards
samples #3 pink and watercolour cards including embossed foil and a shaker
samples #4 a 3D frame
samples #5 the foldout Ferrero box

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Dynamic Seasonal Wreath for Global Design Project#165

I have been busy making Christmas Cards and love this beautiful wreath embossing folder. It looks so lovey sponged with White Shimmer Paint.
This is a fairly simple attachment of punched embellishments, a loop of the lovely Merry Merlot and Copper ribbon stapled on with some twine strands. I threaded the (retired) silver embellishment through before tying a bow. The wooden word is sponged lightly with the Merry Merlot inkpad.
Super quick in the end. This could be my go to card for 2018!
I think it also qualifies for JAI#434 if I'm published in time!

For the inside I ended up cutting up one of the fabulous foil edged cards after I smudged ink on the reverse. But no matter it hasn't gone to waste. The sentiment is from the retired Musical set from 2107, I still love the simplicity of this message.

I'm quite happy with this one. How's your Christmas preparation coming along?
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I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"
cheers, Liz

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Needlepoint Nook and Just Add Ink #434

Hello again. Still having fun with the Needlepoint Nook suite today. I have a stash of  flowers cut and ready to add to any project. The scrabble letters caught my eye as I was looking for something else so I set myself a little challenge to use them today. The woodgrain tag was part of the same set and the real red ribbon has just been asking to be used. I am in love with the foil edged cards- they make any task just so easy.
At this end of the school year there are so many amazing young adults about to embark on their next phase of life. Cards like this can be very helpful to say congratulations.

I think it fits for the challenge at Just Add Ink this week. #434

a few little details popped in among the blossoms!

Back to work on finishing some Christmas cards but this was fun.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Monday, 19 November 2018

#onstage2018 Needlepoint Nook samples #5, fold out Ferrero Box

I do love 3D projects, especially when the DSP is so lovely, and the Ferrero fold out boxes show off the lovely papers so easily.
I first saw this box at Onstage in Sydney this year when a fellow demo had made one for her teammate at our table. Sharing ideas and inspiration is one of the best things about Onstage. I will post the link to the original video at the end of this post. You can see my original posts here and here.

You can see the two boxes on the bottom left of the layout below with the pink one ope. I didn't get too many pictures on the day!

Here's my originals:

Project Measurements:

DSP 4 3/4" x 4 3/4
Punch and Score on all 4 sides at 1 3/8" and 3 3/8"
On EACH side cut one slit down to the corner of the square which will form the base of the box, make this slit a small wedge.
Fold the flaps in and glue to form a little box big enough to hold one Ferrero

Border strip for outside case
CARDSTOCK 11/2" x 12"
Score at 27/8", 53/4", 75/8", 111/2"
Apply Fast Fuse or strong glue just to one side of each of the score lines.
Adhere one little box next to each score line

Ribbon - approx 55cm, apply glue tape (approx 1-2") to the centre of the piece of ribbon. Adhere  underneath the box when folded, pull each end up to the top and tie in a bow.

Create sentiment piece.
Apply dimensionals  to only one of the Ferrero boxes.
Position the sentiment and adhere in that corner - this will then allow the box to open freely.


I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Saturday, 17 November 2018

#onstage2018 Needlepoint Nook samples #4

I have always loved a 3D frame and try to create a sampler each time there is a new catalogue. The Needlepoint Nook suite lent itself to this quite easily.
A friend gave me a stash of goodies from a well loved sewing room which included these gorgeous thread wheels and lots of tiny timber spools of cotton, I have had some in a jar as part of my kitchen decor but moved them to this new home. Included in the stash was a beautiful button which inspired the handmade birdsnest in both frames I have made using the Cathedral Window style.
There are a few squares using the embroidery panel from the thinlits, some fussy cut floral embroidered flowers, and a few things I love.

It is based on the Cathedral Window quilt pattern and the circles of DSP are all Mossy Meadow, punched using a 2" punch, the squares are 1 3/8" and they are all raised on either a single or double layer of dimensionals or thick card.
I've used all the Needlepoint Nook buttons, lots of coordinating ribbon, the old olive linen thread, copper stickers, copper ribbon, and just a general stash of lovelies.

It was quite difficult to hang straight!! as part of my display board.

The little copper sticker butterfly is popped up on some wire.

A bit fiddly but very satisfying.
  This is quite similar to the last frame I did which you can see here.

But most importantly, I hope you take inspiration from the central message and go post a handmade paper hug to someone you love today. 

I still have a few more projects to post to add to my Needlepoint Nook Pinterest board, so be sure to subscribe to my follow me by email link

recent posts this week include
Needlepoint Nook samples#1, samples #2, samples#3, samples#5 - the fold out Ferrero Box.

I hope you have a creative week and remember, 
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Colour INKspiration #45 A Birthday Mini Album

Firstly, just a little sneak peak - I was blown away when I was asked to be a presenter at Onstage and was given the gorgeous Needlepoint Nook suite to present.
Here is one of my cards which does meet this week's challenge- it uses Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst and the beautiful Needle and Thread stamp set. I am posting the other samples each day this week, and you'll find them all on my Pinterest board too.

But you can see more of that in another post. (I have been writing up all my Needlepoint Nook projects this week so you can check the Pinterest board etc)

   Because that's not the project I made for this week's blog......

 It's my birthday this week and would you believe I have actually made a mini album with some special photos from my birthday 4 years ago!!! (Not getting any faster as time ticks on!)
It was lovely to reminisce. A very close friend and I did a little road trip. One of those beautiful friends who instantly makes you feel special, so the photos instantly make me laugh and remember the conversations and adventures we shared.
Top left is the Album closed and tied with some wide organza ribbon.
I'm actually hopeless at even choosing which photos to feature, and I did print these some time ago, so its' been a steady process.....
I have created a mini album on the same style and dimensions as one I did recently. I'll add the link to the tutorial at the end of this post.
It's super easy and I used only one In Colour- Lemon Lime Twist, with black and white.
I have used predominantly cards from various Memories and More packs.
I have quite a few packs since I always have good intentions of making up the albums, but never quite get to the finish line. So I went through and selected all the cards with just lemon lime twist or black and white, and added in some scraps of DSP in the same colours.
I had printed the photos in a multi frame format so most of them were 2 x 3 inches- a great size for this album.

Some great things about this mini album:
  • quick and easy to put together
  • allows you to use up M&M cards for the journalling pages
  • great idea for a farewell or thankyou card when there are a large number of people to sign the card
  • terrific as a Christmas card - journal recipes, christmas traditions, countdown, advent etc
  • great for a graduation card - photos of school journey, can journal positive messages for a bright future.
  • looks complicated when it's not
  • everyone loves a mini-album
  • can add as many pages as you need.
This mini album might be just the ticket to get me going with my other photos - or with all those M&M cards!!
In fact I have made several (and will have them at the Christmas markets), check back later this week for some more pictures.

Here's the first one I made as a farewell card. You can find the measurements and instructions on this page

Thanks so much for hopping along today, be sure and check the other inspiration pics from the rest of the design team, and don't be shy- show us a photo of what you have made using these colours. Jump onto our Facebook page.
Next on the hop this week is Nicole. I had such a lovely time at ONSTAGE catching up with so many demonstrators, maybe that should be my next mini album????

I hope you have a creative week and remember,
"don't just post online,
 post something pretty!"

cheers, Liz