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Ready for Christmas Series of Card Ideas!

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Happy Labour Weekend!  Although it’s Spring, I’m cozied up by the fire with the cat tonight.  I want to share with you a few samples I made earlier this season for some demonstrator training events using the Ready for Christmas Bundle. These cards were meant to be quick, easy to do, and something just to try out the new products:

 

One of the neat things about the Christmas Staircase (part of the Ready for Christmas bundle) dies is it comes with multiples of the same die.  It was quick to cut out these branches when I have several of the dies!

I’ve simple created a wreath here, simple stamping at the bottom, and a big bow with the Year of Cheer Embellishments.  Crumb Cake, Black and, Old Olive are just a classic “always a winner” combination.

This one is a full sized card, now using that awesome staircase die.  I’ve placed the same boughs used in the first card here, now wrapping the Mini Sequin Trim throughout to mimic garland.

 

There are just so many fun possibilities with this one.

 

And this one is very quick to do, but effective and fresh.  Simply mat two pieces of the Merry Music Designer Series Paper, add Jute Twice, and add a sentiment of your choice on a stitched shape.

Make more Christmas cards this week:

Papakura 7:30pm wednesday 25 October $15

Birkenhead 10am Thursday 26 October $15

Takanini 7pm Thursday 26 October $15

Birkenhead 10am Saturday 28 October 12 Cards $35

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Hamilton Extravaganza Project Parade

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Wow time flies sometimes!  It’s almost time for our Christmas Extravaganzas, and today’s share are a few of the projects from the Hamilton Extravaganza in July:

 

 

 

Rayleen Baker and Irene Wardlaw presented this very fun and cute Flag Card project featuring both Lemon Lime Twist and the  This Little Piggy stamp set.  Such an easy idea and so effective!

Kristine McNickle shared this lovely box with the group, using both metallics and the Happy Birthday, Gorgeous stamp set.  A nice box for an upcoming birthday!

 

 

Kay Syminton and Jenny Sutton taught this double pull-up project, using the ever popular Colorful Seasons suite.   Who doesn’t just adore this little deck chair?!

Now – our Christmas Extravaganzas are closing in for the final count; please book in now or asap.  You can read more about these amazing events here:

Christmas Extravaganzas

Tauranga – 4 November

Hamilton 5 November

Auckland 18 November

Nelson 25 November

 

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Coffee Break – Masculine Scrapbooking Layout with Embossing Paste

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I hope you’ve had a great weekend! Today’s share is the scrapbooking page I taught during the month of September, and this one features my husband.  Wow was he touched to have a page about him!

It’s a nice photo of my unshaven husband.

The papers I used are from the Coffee Break Designer Series Papers. As you can see, not all the prints have a coffee theme, which I didn’t really want for this project; they are actually just quite neutral prints perfect for the guys.

 

One of the many, many things I love about crafting and Stampin’ Up! in particular, is the EASY ability to create simple embellishments that coordinate with the rest of the project!  I’ve simply taken two scraps in the coordinating cardstock and die cut them.  They blend in perfectly and cost almost nothing.

 

That awesome brick background is created with Embossing Paste, one of my new best friends.  I have simply coloured it with Early Espresso (again easy to match when the cardstock and inks are designed to coordinate perfectly) and used the Brick Mask.

Next I sprinkled a bit of Copper Embossing powder over top and heated.  Oh I could eat that copper powder for breakfast – LOOOOOVE it!   The bubbly, patchy look here is interesting and great with this layout.

 

I won this stamp set, Just Add Text, free at one of our recent Stampin’ Up! gatherings (OnStage), and I’ve used it so much. It’s a great one for scrapbookers!

 

Thanks for stopping by – I have a few classes this week:

Monday 16 Oct Pakuranga 7pm Cards $15

Wednesday 18 Oct Titirangi 7pm Scrapbooking Or Cards $15

Thursday 18 Oct Otahuhu 7:30pm Scrapbooking Or Cards $15

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Merry Patterns in a Double Opening Card

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Today’s share is another double opening or double front card. This time I have remade some leftover card kits from the Hamilton Quilt and Craft show, so some of you may recognize the inspiration here:

 

These candles are remarkably easy to line up and I love how the “fill” stamps come separately so it’s easy to add in different colours.  Here I’ve used Soft Sky and Rich Razzleberry.   The ribbon is Fresh Fig, but I felt the Fresh Fig ink was too close to the Basic Black outline, so I’ve used her daughter, Rich Razzleberry.

Open the card once for a happy greeting.  The pine boughs are stamped in Always Artichoke, a colour that is making a personal comeback. I like it’s “dullness” against these other, brighter colours.

That’s probably not the best word to use, and certainly not technical  . . .  but you know what I mean . . .

 

Open the card a second time for a little greeting and a place to add your own writing and maybe a family photo.

 

You may have noticed that Rich Razzleberry pearl on the front of the card.  So here’s a sneak peek – YES those awesome alcohol markers are coming back. New and improved!!

We don’t have a release date yet for customers; the only way to get them right now is to Join My Team before 15 October!

What a happy colour combination.

 

Now how to get this awesome, limited edition stamp set:   Host a workshop with me before the end of October, place a large order of $500 or more yourself,  or call a few friends and put your orders together to equal $500 or more. Not only will you get$50 to spend in hostess money, but you will receive this stamp set FREE on top!

I’m also having a Stamp A Stack (12 Christmas cards for $35) 28 October where you can use and qualify for this set, too!  Register HERE.

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Hearts Come Home – in Sugarplum and Gold

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I hope you all had an awesome weekend!  I did – we had a fun card making and scrapbooking class in Hamilton on Saturday, and I just really enjoyed the afternoon.   And I love the school holidays!

Today’s share is another card using the Hearts Come Home Bundle, but this time I’ve used the tag die twice to create a little label:

 

This die set also has a little “reverse” die that cuts out dots and stars for a peek-a-book effect.  I also chose to emboss the Sweet Sugarplum cardstock with the Holly Embossing Folder after cutting the stars.

 

The houses in the Hearts Come Home stamp set and so cute!  Use these year round for non-Christmas projects, too!

 

And these tags use the same tag die I’ve used in the card above, but this time in a more traditional way.   These little dies can certainly be used for non-Christmas projects, too!

Thanks for stopping by. Shopping list below and don’t forget tomorrow is the last day of the World Card making Day Special!

 

 

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Seasonal Layers Black and White Card

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I shared a blue version of this project some weeks back, but I had a few leftover kits so I made up a little set with complimenting colours using the Seasonal Layers Thinlit Dies:

I intend to bundle these together using the Acetate Card Boxes, and gift these to someone special for an upcoming birthday.

The Acetate Card Boxes are GREAT to have on hand for a useful, universal gift.  Just about anyone could use a few birthday cards, and it’s something made from the heart.  These boxes just package them up so professionally.

 

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Would you like a stash of Christmas cards ready to go?  Join me at my annual Christmas Stamp-A-Stack 28 October!  Drop in between 10-4pm and spend a few hours making 12 Christmas cards for the holiday season.  $35 includes 12 card kits, drinks, and a prize draw for anyone placing an order on the day!   Register via email.

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October All Stars Blog Hop – Quilted Christmas

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Welcome to October, Welcome to New Zealand, and Welcome to another All Stars Blog Hop!

This month we decided to feature the Holiday Catalogue again; you’ll see a variety of Christmas and non-Christmas projects both on this hop AND in the 12 tutorial bundle offered below.

Both of my projects focus on the Quilted Christmas Bundle.  This bundle is so much more than Christmas:

 

I had great fun making this home decor piece!   I plan to make another one in a different colour scheme, too.   We do a draw for names in my husband’s family . . .  . well I guess I hope I get the name of someone who will enjoy this!

 

Each square on this wall art features the Quilt Top Embossing Folder and some element from the Quilted Christmas stamp set or die set or both.  Here, I’ve used the star pattern stamps along with the stitching dies.

 

And isn’t this needle die just soooo adorable!   Such a cute, cute touch to the embellishments.

 

The Quilted Christmas die set also has these fun daisy-type flowers as a compliment to the quilted stars.  I also think the little cross stitching stamp is very useful!

If you don’t wish to make home decor, consider taking each of these squares and making a square notecard!  Or do both!

Remember the 12 designers on this hop have also created an exclusive tutorial bundle for October – yours free with any $50 order with me (Jacque Williams) or you can purchase below for $20 NZD.

 




I hope you’ve enjoyed your stop here.  Next stop: Jenneke De Jong!

 

Please visit the All Star Tutorial Designers:

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Birthday Card Club – Beautiful Bouquet Quick Birthday Card Video Tutorial

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We all need birthday cards, and we often needs them fast!  Or even better, make up four or six and have them on hand.

Beautiful Bouquet is a versatile stamp set (bundle with dies if you wish), but today I’ll be just using the stamps to create this very quick birthday card:

 

Above version is created with Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, and Island Indigo.    I’ve also made up this version in the Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry, and Sweet Sugarplums:

 

And I’ve created this step-by-step video tutorial so you too can make this with full confidence.  Enjoy!

Shopping list below.  Remember you get a free 12 Tutorial Bundle from designers around the world with any order of $50 or more during October!

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