Sunday, 29 September 2019

CTC#248 switching up a layout for Christmas

Here we are again for another round and this week we are taking a layout from the annual catalogue and recreating it with Christmas products.

I wasn't sure about the Toile Tidings paper although I do love the colours, but it looks very different once it is made up into projects, and I quite like the simplicity of monotone projects.
 The Northern European snowy woods images don't really match our drought stricken region but I do love the page covered with leaves and berries, so I made a card using a layout that was capable of showing off the gorgeous print.

I have CASEd the layout from page 86 and rotated it to landscape. Instead of stamping the plain card layer I used the piece of DSP.
My Christmas Card class yesterday - "creative relief#2" raising money for drought relief - focused on projects using the Pine Tree Punch and the Delightful Tag Topper Punch. 
This was one of the samples showing how versatile the tag punch is to create labels as well as tags. Having holes on both ends is the perfect opportunity to use ribbon to wrap around the base. 
The little timber heart is retired but suited it perfectly and matched the layout.
The stamp set has a bright large font, although I confess I did cut the "in the New Year" from the bottom of the stamp. I can easily place it on the block if I want the sentiment but I liked if better plain. The inside uses the "from our home to yours" stamp from the same set. It's a great set to use when you want the paper to be the star of the show.
I also made the reverse green  in an alternate layout and it looks quite different.

It's good to use the catalogue for inspiration all year around. 
Share your creations with us on our Facebook Group.

Next this week is the very creative Julia

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

cheers, Liz
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Saturday, 28 September 2019

Pine tree punch Christmas Decoration - CASEing myself!

I like to make a Christmas decoration each year for my 3 kids - none of whom live close by. It's just something little and I make one for us too so that we all have a little bit of the same in our separate locations, kind of trying to send them a little bit of home.
Usually I choose a different colour scheme each year and in 2015 it was turquoise, cucumber green, white and silver. There's no way I can make that kind of decision for 2019 at this point but I had fun playing with the gorgeous Peacock blue/green for this project.

A few years ago I made a hanging to go over a window or door or mirror  using the tree punch and stamp. It was light and easy to post and the new Pine Tree Punch is just perfect to recreate them.
This is 2019

and this is 2015

You can see more detail of this here with lots more (better) pictures of the 3 different ones.
This year's project was a good way to showcase what else you can do with your tree punch. Here's a few more closeup shots.
  1. punched fancy DSP on plain card
  2. punched champagne foil and embossing folder
  3. four tree shapes folded from tip to middle of base, glued back to back with a loop piece of twine adhered in the middle
  4. Sentiment tag with a wooden heart
  5. window tag - ie shape punched out and left open
  6. stamped tree punched out and raised
Thread onto a length of jute string long enough to stretch across a doorway with extra length to tie to anchor points.
....that's it. 

I love the hanging tree, so cute and easy.

Sending you a little bit of love wherever you are - we don't need a season for that!
I'll have more projects to post from my Christmas craft day soon.

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

cheers, Liz

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

CI#64 Purple Posy challenge

Welcome back for another round of CI.
First up, purple is not my colour- but green certainly is, but guess what, my project ended up being mostly purple!!
The shape and lushness of the posy in the photo made me think I'd try a Christmas Ornament using the Ornament punches, and I'm happy it came together reasonably easily.

you need:
Long ornament 15 punched from DSP, 5 punched from Cardstock
Smaller ornament 15 punched from DSP, 5 punched from Cardstock
2 circles of cardstock 2" for the base of each layer
1 glitter circle 13/4" for front.
ribbon to hang and decorate.

Fold each DSP ornament in half longways, adhere 3 together and then adhere this group a cardstock ornament so you have 4 shapes glued to make one unit.

If you have a 5 point star I would use this as a guide for where to place your ornaments so that they are in an even circle when you adhere them to the base.
Arrange the ornaments and adhere to your base.

Repeat for the next layer.

I used (fought with) my hot glue gun to layer them together. ( which is why you won't see any detailed side shots!)
For a first attempt it's passable but Im sure it's easier the more you do.

You can't really see it but I did spritz the whole thing with Shimmer paint in Alcohol before I assembled them so it is a little bit sparkly.
I love the holly image from the matching stamp set and I may have gone a little off task with some Gorgeous Grape thrown in but it does give it a lift.
Although these coloured bells are not SU I do love a jingle at Christmas

I hope you are game to give this a try.
I'm glad I did.

Be sure and hop around to see what others have made using these colours. Next this week is the beautiful Julia

Don't forget we also love to be inspired by what you create with these colours, so please share a photo of your creation on our Facebook page.

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

Sunday, 22 September 2019

CTC#247 Punching Pine trees all over the place!

Hello and welcome to the blog hop this week CASEing a PUNCH project.
It's so nice to be able to participate again, squeezing some craft time into our busy lives can be a real challenge, so I've really enjoyed this opportunity.

Who doesn't love a punch- they are fast, versatile, flexible, portable, durable and affordable. I'm in love with the Pine Tree Punch and have been preparing projects for next week's fundraiser as the punch is part of the kit.
Today I am CASEing one of the tags on page 12 using the Brightly Gleaming DSP and very little stamping.

If you look closely at the tag on page 12 you can see the stitching- instantly knew I had to try this!

The pine tree shape is not symmetrical which was a surprise. It's a great feature though because when you place 2 trees back to front you get a little more texture than if they were identical.
My tags are 3 punched trees randomly selected and stitched to a vanilla strip- I do 3 at a time on a 12" strip 2" wide then trim them down to 4" before punching the tag top. I added a second plain tag behind to be able to write the message.
A little piece of twine and a copper star and you're done.
Definite Wow factor and super easy.

I have used a mix of star embellishments for the tree tops. Of course I love the new copper stars but I still have quite a few enamel shapes which are a bit smaller but still lovely.
I think I've found this year's tag!

Of course I could have gone crazy with all the gorgeous papers but I only had time for one more - this is using some scraps from pieces of the Feels Like Frost DSP.

I loved the effect and added one to a Card too.

I also CASED myself from a project I made a few years ago and I have another home decor project using the tags but I'll share that after my workshop next weekend.

Don't forget we love to see what you create too using the catalogue as inspiration for your project - There's lots of samples of cards using punched shapes. Which one inspires you? Take a photo and share it with us on our Facebook Page.
 Before me this week is Shannon  and Next on the blog hop this week is Julia and her gorgeous 3D card - also using the tree punch. Love all the ideas that I can share for inspiration in this group.

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

cheers, Liz
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Tuesday, 17 September 2019

creative relief#2 fundraiser for drought relief Sept 28

Would you like to come along for a full day of crafting?
Get a head start on your Christmas crafting - and help me raise funds for Drought Relief in Qld?
I would love it if you joined me on Saturday September 28th for a full day
Your ticket price includes a punch to use on the day and take home for some more Christmas crafting, as well as all materials to create 12 Christmas cards and a set of Christmas tags as well as a sweet little Christmas decoration.
Morning and Afternoon tea provided and you will get 3 tickets in the Multidraw raffle with the option to purchase more tickets on the day.

You will get your copy of the Christmas Catalogue and see some samples of projects I've made using the new - beautiful - products.
Please email me straight away to reserve your place- limited seats.

IN other amazing Stampin'Up! news the Clearance Rack has just been updated with lots of gorgeous goodies- at up to 60% discount they won't last long, be sure and place an order through my online store just click on the rainbow SHOP NOW button at the side of this page.

This month the hostess code is QPBBQVR6, please add that if your order is less than $250

And don't forget the brilliant DSP special on at the moment

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

cheers, Liz