Thursday, 14 December 2017

Occasions Catalogue - Sneak Peek!

Hi crafting friends, I have just popped on today to share a quick little show & tell.

The products I've used are from a gorgeous suite in the brand new Occasions Catalogue that begins on January 3rd and ends on May 31st. The suite is called Sweet Soiree and has some fantastic coordinating products.

I purchased these clip boards with note-pads from a local discount shop, they were really inexpensive, but with the addition of some gorgeous DSP and matching ribbon, I think they make a very sweet little gift.

You can see in the photo above just how plain they look before I decorated them.

I think this suite of products is going to be very popular. 

In conjunction with the start of the Occasions Catalogue is Sale-a-bration!

What is Sale-a-bration?
It's Stampin' Up!'s BIGGEST sale of the year!
With a qualifying order, customers can earn FREE products!

For every $90 (AUSTRALIAN) spent before postage and handling, you can choose a FREE product from the Sale-a-bration brochure.
Spend $180 and earn even bigger rewards!

Get in touch with me if you would like any of the catalogues, I'd be happy to post them out to you.

That's it for today friends.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Merry Mistletoe Dome Christmas Card.

I took my inspiration for today's card from UK demonstrator, Angelina Clark of Intatwyne Designs, Mother's Day card; so thank you Angelina. You can see her post here.

Here is my version:

I love this card! It's luxurious and gorgeous and special and certainly has the WOW! factor happening, more especially when placed inside its presentation box that you will see below.

For me, there was no question as to what DSP I was going to use for the card. The beautiful Year of Cheer Specialty DSP from the Holiday Catalogue is a perfect choice for this card design, and this pattern in particular.
For the focal image I couldn't go past the gorgeous reindeer from the (Merry Mistletoe) stamp set, and from this set I also stamped the inside sentiment and greeting on the front of the box.

From above.

 A special card deserves a special box to present it in. This card and box is a gift in itself in my opinion.

The full list of products I used is below.

I'll be back again soon so stay tuned, as I am about to embark on creating my first video tutorial for YouTube.
Wish me luck.

Until next time.....
Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

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Friday, 8 December 2017

Picture tutorial for purse or mini bag.

Hello crafting friends, today I'm sharing a picture tutorial with you.

This little bag is called a fold flat bag, when folded it creates a box inside to hold a gift.

I was asked for directions on how I made this, so here it is. It's really quite simple to put together and there's no cutting required!

You'll need a piece of cardstock that measure 8 1/4" x 11".
Score along the 11" side @ 3/4", 4 1/2", 6 1/2" and 10 1/4".
Make small indents @ 2 5/8", 5 1/2" and 8 3/8".
Hopefully you can see these small marks in the photo above. 

Along the 8 1/4" side score @ 1 7/8" and 6 3/8".

In the photo above you can see where I have scored from those small indents, towards the centre score lines.
Fold and burnish all of your score lines, except the angled centre ones, as these just need a little gentle encouragement with your fingers along the crease lines to form the sides of your bag. 

See photo below.

Next, adhere your DSP panels to the front and back, making sure that if your pattern is a directional print, you have it facing the right way up for when the bag is closed. I have chosen a pattern from the Petal Garden 6" x 6" DSP stack and embossed with the Garden Trellis TIEF.

Apply strong adhesive to the areas shown - I have used Tear & Tape.
Remove all the backing tape and stick in place.

Your bag should look like this when it's stuck together. 

For the handles I cut two strips measuring 1/2" x 10" and scored each end @ 1/2".
Run a bone folder under the strips to encourage them to round and gently bend your scored ends.

Attach the handles 1/2" in on each side of the bag. I used Tombow liquid glue.
Have the handles, at the scored tab, fold away from the bag. 
Punch out two Circle Tabs, one for the front and back, and glue in place. Again I used liquid glue.
On the black bag (here) I used magnets that I attached inside each of the tabs to keep the bag closed, but I have used clear velcro dots for this bag. I purchased mine from Officeworks.

The finished bag ready for gift giving along with the matching card I made. (here)

I've really enjoyed making my first picture tutorial and I hope you have found it easy to follow.
Please let me know if there are any steps you're not sure of and I will be happy to help sort those out for you.

I ended up changing the original flower from the (Flower Shop) stamp set, stamping it onto Sweet Sugarplum with Rich Razzleberry ink. I am happier with this one than the white.
Other embellishments are metallic enamel shapes, glitter enamel dots and a Fresh Fig tassel.

You can see the full list of products below.

That's where I will leave you today.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.

Until next time.....

Stay happy & stay crafty! 😘

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