Christmas Cards

Merry Mistletoe Gift Voucher Card

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And here’s one for those hard-to-buy-for teenagers or grandchildren or husband!  When you want to give a gift voucher, make it a little more personal with a handmade package.

The front of this is inspired by a card design by Allison Okamitsu and I just reformatted it to fit a gift voucher:

 

I love this fresh colour combination and the bold images in the Merry Mistletoe stamp set!  As many of you know, I don’t gravitate to the traditional bright green and red Christmas combination, but the Berry Burst with the Wild Wasabi feels fresh and fun – perfect for the summer Christmas we enjoy here in New Zealand.

Add that bit of Bermuda Bay for even more pop.

 

Open the card to reveal a simple sliding pocket for a gift voucher or a photo or anything flat.

The Tree Rings background adds a bit of whimsy, which is always fun when giving a gift!

 

This is one for the guys, too!

Thanks for stopping by! I’m looking forward to our big Auckland Christmas Extravaganza tomorrow and to the one in Nelson next Saturday (25th).  And guess what?  Next year we will have them in two new locations: Dunedin and Christchurch!

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Night in Bethlehem – November All Stars Blog Hop!

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Welcome to a new All Stars Blog Hop and Tutorial Bundle – this month is “All Christmas”!

 

To kick off the month, each designer will share a project using the same bundle she used in the exclusive tutorials, giving you several idea with the same tools.  My choice this month is the Night in Bethlehem stamp and die bundle:

 

First is a fairly straightforward version, the perfect sort of project if you have many Christmas cards to make or just very limited time.

I used the Copper Embossing Powder for the sentiment, Copper Foil for the star, and a whisp of the Copper Metallic Thread around the bow.  Copper and Night of Navy are a striking combination!

Version 2 is a little more stepped up, this time keeping all the stamping flat and cutting out a word with the Large Letters Dies.  This technique (the Eclipse technique) is the rage at the moment and is so easy to do!

First do all your stamping, then simply cut the letters our over the stamped images.  Replace back into place with Dimensionals.  Easy!

 

The Navy and Silver combination is traditional while still being a bit of a stand out among other Christmas cards!

Remember the exclusive 12 Tutorial Bundle for November is FREE with any $50NZD  order through me OR you can purchase below fr $20 NZD:

Thanks for stopping by Jacque Williams’ blog here in New Zealand. Next stop: Jenneke De Jong!

 




 

 

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Watercolour Christmas – Alaska Achiever’s Blog Hop

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Welcome to the first blog hop among the demonstrators around the world who have achieved the Alaska Cruise in 2018!  You’ve landed at Jacque Williams’s blog in New Zealand!

 

My share today is a striking, yet simple, card project for Christmas featuring the Boxwood Wreath Embellishments:

 

I love the texture and interest these cute wreaths give to projects – and not just for Christmas! Here I’ve shaped it into a circle, but these are a simple wire so can be shaped how you prefer.

 

The stamp set I’ve used, Watercolor Christmas, coordinate with an easy Christmas kit for some fast card projects, but don’t limit it to just that!  Use this versatile set with clean images for other imaginative projects, too.

 

Thanks for stopping by!  Supply list below – don’t forget you get a free 12 Tutorial bundle with any order of $50 NZD or more!

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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

Thanks for stopping by!


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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.

Thanks for stopping by!

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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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Hearts Come Home For Christmas Card

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Today’s share is the make and take I presented at a recent team get together here in Auckland. I wanted to showcase the Hearts Come Home bundle – one of my personal favorites and a very versatile (not just for Christmas) stamp set.

 

This is one that you, too, can make up in multiples without too terribly much time commitment.     The moon is a quick heat emboss with Clear Embossing Powder, and then the sky is washed over with Soft Sky ink and an Aqua Painter. (full supplies listed below).

These house and scenery dies are just amazing. They layer up so well with the different “hills” and heights.  Simply cut them out of various colours (or the same colour!) and layer with dimensionals.

 

LIke the Chocolate Bar gift I shared recently, I’ve kept this card very neutral and then added a pop of bright ribbon.   You may have remarked already that I adore the Crinkle Seam Binding, and especially in this colour here, Berry Burst. It’s just the right amount of vivid without being over the top.

Aren’t these dies great?

Thanks for stopping by!  Shopping/wish list and links below. Remember you get the September All Star Tutorial Bundle FREE with any $50 order this month!


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Wise Men From Afar Swap – Faux Patina

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A few weeks ago we had a big team day here in Auckland for my team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators.  Part of our gatherings usually includes a swap – we each make x number of cards and trade them around. Today’s share is what I made for my swap using the Wise Men from Afar stamp set:

 

I love how these turned out!   I’ve clear embossed the wise men here on Very Vanilla cardstock, and then inked over them with various shades of brown ink (Crumb Cake and Early Espresso used here).

And I’ve been using this Berry Burst Crinkle ribbon like crazy – it’s such a great pop of colour and ties so nicely!

 

One of the wise men got a little bit of Berry Burst accent on his robe, too.  I thought this was a nice, subtle way to tie the colours together.

 

The background is called Faux Patina.  Basically it’s “imperfect embossing with a metallic colour”.  And that’s pretty much it!  I’ve used gold here, but brushed the majority of it off so it’s only there in patches.  I like how this looks!  And it’s a perfect little technique for an ancient story involving gold!

 

And HERE is Custard helping me out with my swaps.  She’s such a good assistant.

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