Friday, 22 September 2017

Merry Music

This year Stampin' Up have released some gorgeous new papers in the 2017 Holiday Catalogue.
One I thought I probably wouldn't use is the Merry Music Specialty Pack.

However, I came across a beautiful set of cards made with this paper by Lollypop Paper and

So of course I had to CASE them.

These cards also are made with a favourite paper...Merry Little Christmas.
There is something about this colour combination, I don't know what it is but it really grabs me.

I broke out the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies again....they seem to just have a permanent place on my crafting desk now!

I have finished these off with a little bit of bling using the new Black Rhinestones. I can see me buying more of those.
These cards fall in the "no fuss" category and are quite simple to put together.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my projects.
A full list of items used to make these cards features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle x

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Thursday, 21 September 2017

Card Overlays

Whilst scrolling through the internet recently, I came across a gorgeous card made by Netherlands Stampin' Up! Demo Janneke De Jong. (whom I'm a big fan of).

The card was stunning and featured flourishes in white on a piece of Acetate which to me looked like a pre designed Overlay.
As Stampin' Up! sell these, I thought they were the ones Janneke used, so I broke out mine to discover that in fact, they weren't the same ones at all.
Perplexed by which ones she had used, because I couldn't find them anywhere in the catalogue, I set about CASE-ing the card and I made this.

Now, this card was made on a day when I wasn't really in the mood to create.
I don't know what was wrong but I just didn't have it. I thought for sure, if I sat with a card to CASE, my mojo would reappear. It never did.

So this card obviously turned out nothing like Jannekes and I'm not entirely happy with it.
The part of the card I was most interested in CASE-ing was the Acetate Overlay...
The Overlays I thought she used, when opening them, had nothing christmas themed in the pack at all.
Had I have researched my products, I would have realised she never used a pre designed overlay at all but she actually made her own.

It's also a little plain AND I cant believe I've used a now retired punch!
I have also used the Stampin' Up! stapler which is also retired, to attach the acetate overlay to the card but you could use any office stapler.
So as you can see, the day I made this my mind was elsewhere.

It goes to show that not every time you sit and make a card, its going to turn out the way you imagine or even hoped.
But I look at the card now and think...hey, for a beginner, someone just starting out in card making, its perfect.
Its simple, uncomplicated and even someone who has never made a card before could make this. It has a bit of everything...Stamping, Embossing, Punching and Layering.
So whilst some will say its is understated but it does work.
Its still handmade and I think still ok to send out.
Put it this way...I cant bring myself to throw it in the bin! lol

We are our harshest critics...just because I don't like it, doesn't mean someone else won't.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project today
A full list of items used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle x

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Winter Wonder

Todays card is actually one of my own designs this time rather than a CASE.

This card came about after I saw some small Christmas decorations on the shelf in my local supermarket. They were 3 different size stars with sheer ribbon attached that you could hang on the wall or the front door or even on a window. The starts were glittery so it gave me this idea.

I didn't want the stars to be too big and I didn't want to hang them all either otherwise the card would be too cluttered. After all, a card front is a small canvas to work with.
So I just hung the big star and I embossed that with the Softly falling embossing folder just for something different so it wasn't too plain.
I couldn't believe it when I realized (after I made the card of course) that the star punch is now retired! (slaps head)
However you could use any type of star punch.
I used dimensionals to pop it up.

The smaller stars are die cuts from the Starlight Thinlits Dies set and I have die cut those with the Silver Glimmer paper and one different one with the Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper just to break it up so it wasn't all silver.

I deliberately left the background plain so I could emboss just half of the card with the new Winter Wonderland Embossing Folder. I think if I had of embossed the whole background, it would have been too busy. Plus the elements wouldn't have adhered to the card properly with a raised background.

Finished off with a small silver embossed sentiment and punched out with the label punch and then raised with dimensionals.

Even though we don't get a lot of snow in Australia and definitely not at Christmas time, I'm still happy with this card and it will be one I send out this year.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project.
A full list of the items used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle x

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

From our family to yours

At the moment, I am absolutely LOVING some particular cards that Mary Fish from Stampin' Pretty in the U.S. has made.
These card highlight the gorgeous foil card stock that Stampin' Up! sell and when they are paired with basic colors, they are stunning. These foils seem to be extremely popular for Christmas cards which is a nice change from the traditional red and greens. Not that there is anything wrong with those colors as I still use those for my cards.

Based on another card I have CASE'd (Copy and Selectively Edit) of Marys..this card came about

The foils are to die for and when punched out and mixed together.....oh my goodness!
So this card came to mind after I CASE'd the infamous Wreath Card made with the new Leaf Punch that Mary made only recently.
So I thought well, this time I wont do a wreath and I'll use a different leaf.
I liked the affect that this arrangement was simply along a wall.

Then I just stamped a really simple sentiment as to not take the focus of the foil leaves and the end result was this.

Then about half an hr after finishing this card I decided to add the Black Rhinestones.
It's the smallest introduction of another color but it seems to work.

I love how this card turned out. Its not too busy but pretty and I think it makes a lovely Christmas card.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project.
A full list of items used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle x

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Season of Cheer

I'm on a bit of a roll with the Christmas cards at the moment. With this new Holiday Catalogue, there is so much inspiration!

Plus, my style I seem to gravitate to, is a clean, simple, no fuss card. I really don't want to be spending hours on one card. I like to get it made and move on to the next one as I like each card to be different. 
I think the inspiration for this one came from Pinterest where I saw some cards made with this paper. You also don't need alot of designer paper to make a lovely card.

I just LOVE this paper, its so stylish and I am also loving this colour sharp is it?

I have been using the stitched shapes alot lately too, nearly on every card, so no secret there that they are a favourite item! lol.

So this card demonstrates that you don't need alot of elements on the card to make it look nice. I'm a firm believer of less is more.
Please note, the little star is from a punch that is now retired but you could use any small punch of your choice.

Thank you for stopping by to check out my project today.
A full list of items used to make this card features below.

Until next time
Happy Stamping! (tap tap tap)
Michelle x

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