Monday, October 29, 2012

The Double gate fold card Tutorial

The double gate fold card is a fairly new fold circulating around card-making sites.
Here is what you need:
A double sided patterned paper measuring 5 6/8" x 12" (14.6 x 30.5cm)
White cardstock (1/2 A4 sheet)
Simply Scored tool with scoring stylus.
Bone folder.
Stampin' Trimmer or Tabletop cutter.
Anywhere Glue stick
Big shot and Apothecary accents dies
Butterfly punch
Stampsets: Friendly Phrases and Papillon Potpouri
Ink and sponges.
Step 1. Score your patterned paper at 2", 4", 8" and 10".
Tip: Using the Simply Scored Tool set the place markers at the measurements on the ruler along the top.  
Simply pull your scoring Stylus down towards you along the grooved lines. 
Step 2. Turn your paper and make a small mark at the 2 7/8" point
(or just pinch the piece in half at the top).
Step 3. Trim off the two corners.
Using your paper trimmer, just line up the pinch fold mark with the 4" fold diagonally.
 It will look something like this:
 Step 4. Fold the 4" score line over to the 8" score line. Repeat on the other side.
 Step 5. Then fold the flaps, at the 2" score, back to the outer edge to make the double gate.
 Looking a bit like this:
Step 6. Now, Take the triangle that you cut off the right hand side and glue it down onto the left hand panel.
Step 7.   Fold creases flat with your bone folder.
Now you are ready to embellish your double gate fold card.
 Step 8. Stamp one of the die cut shapes from the Apothecary Accents framelits
 with a sentiment for your card and sponge the edges in a coordinating ink colour.
I have used Raspberry Ripple to match my in-colour Foral District papers.
 Step 9.  For the insert you could cut a piece of whisper white cardstock to fit the inside panel.
(approx 5 1/2" x 3 3/4")
You can die cut the largest framelit shape from the Apothecary Accent Dies in your Big shot machine.
Step 10.  Adhere the sponged panels to your card.
Note: the front sentiment is only adhered by one dimensional on the left hand side.
I have stamped my inner panel with butterflies from Papillon Potpouri (in summer starfruit ink).
And sponged  the edges with midnight muse ink.
Step 11. You can punch or cut a butterfly shape and stick it on the right hand side panel to help with holding the card closed. The larger the butterfly the better the closure.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Crafters anonymous Christmas tree decorations

Over at Crafters Anonymous we have just completed the annual Christmas tree decorations swap.
We each made 6 Christmas decorations and posted them to each other earlier this month.
And these are the gorgeous decorations I received to hang on my tree.
From top Left: Tia Routledge, Nerida C, Annette (
Kerryn Suthers and Daryl Clapham.
Aren't they so pretty - Is it too early to get out the tree?

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Floral framelits feeling a little bit blue

 Midnight muse stitched satin ribbon is so easy to tie bows with...
I just had to show you this floral framelit card I made in Baja Breeze and Midnight muse colours.
 Soft and simple with stamped Daydream medallions and held together with a single silver brad in the centre this one was really simple to make.
Card recipe:
Stamp set: Daydream Medallions
Ink: Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze
Cardstock: Baja breeze, Midnight muse, Island Indigo
Tools: Big shot,
Foral Frames framelit dies
Accessories: Midnight muse stitched satin ribbon
silver brad.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A morning cup is Tea-rific!

 Today 's card is quick and fun to make.
All it took was a wheel of the Tea cups along a white strip of card.
Stamping the back ground with random cups and teabags.
A tea pot stamped and punched with my circle punch.
Then out with the Stampin' Write markers to colour in the cup designs.
 As you can see I wasn't particularly neat with my colouring ... just watercoloured with the aquapainter pen, leaving lots of white space.
Some people might think that watercolouring is difficult but if you use the fine end of the markers for details and keep to colouring small areas its a breeze.
I just added the "Tea"rific and Happy Birthday senitment and the card was done.
Here's another card I  made awhile ago, with the same stampset, wheel and some embossing for texture.
It is my stampset that I go to for morning teas, Kitchen teas, Tea parties, High-teas, invitations for tea...
You can't go past a good cup of well brewed tea at any time of day.
A little bit on the strong side, with milk.
You can design your own colours for your teapot cups and mugs.
By the way this set comes with a coffee pot stamp too.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

New Floral Frames Framelits

 I have a new Big shot die.
Well actually 5 new framelit dies!!!
Five floral frames that fit inside each other and create the most gorgeous flower cards.
Is this a Chistmas card... do you think - reminds me a little of a pointsettia, perhaps?
I have layered the dies, stamped them with the Daydream Medallion stampset that I received at Convention and did a little distressing of the upper most flowers.
Topping it off with a Vintage facetted button with a Rhinestone on top of that!
The framelits work well with a single sheet of cardstock and have no difficulty what so ever cutting through two pieces of cardstock.
Which means you can make a folded edge card and tie it on the fold with a piece of stitched satin ribbon.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Scentsational Season

 Here's to wishing you Peace on Earth and a Scent-sational season!
This one started as a CASE of the Peace on Earth card on page 8 of the Holiday catalogue.
I liked the Banner / Flag shape of the stamped panel and I was going to put the Peace on Earth circle in the middle of the Glimmer Paper scallop, but decided I just had to use the gingerbread man which relegated the peace on earth to the bottom right hand side.
 Just loving this Designer Series patterned paper - Snow Festival - with the neighbourhood houses, trees and snow flakes from page 10.
It looks really lush layered on top of the Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations paper that I have crumpled and distressed.
 My second card is a paired back version using the Christmas tree image within the scalloped circle and a piece of Snow Festival Paper on top of gumball green cardstock.
The background is stamped with Sahara Sand ink on Sahara Sand Cardstock.
I have stamped the Daydream Medallions randomly so they look a tiny bit like snowflakes.
 I think the sahara sand cardstock works well with the blues and greens, while the crumb cake card goes better with Cherry Cobbler and reds. What do you think?
Greetings of the Season $21.95
Scentsational Seasons $25.95
Snow Festival DSP $18.95
Glimmer paper $8.95

Two months till Christmas!!!

Did I hear you gasp?
Can't be that soon, can it?
 Have you started your Christmas card list and checked it twice?
Well how about a wish list for you ...
You can send your wish list to me (let your relatives and friends know that I have it) and I can make sure you get something YOU WANT under the tree this year.
Here are a few suggestions - MY Stampin' Up wish list:
Glimmer paper (Red, silver or champagne) $8.95
Vintage facetted buttons $9.95
Greetings of the season stampset (clear mount) $21.95
Scentsational season stampset (clear mount) $25.95
Owl Occasions stampset $37.95
Big Z die - Snow Flurry $37.95
Embossing folder - lacy brocade $13.95
Snow festival DS Paper $18.95
You can Email your list direct to me, friends and family, with a link to my email
and you're done.
I can also do gift card certificates
 or a Specially wrapped gift to give to your stamping crafter friends too.
What will be under your tree?

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

CASEing the catalogue for ideas

My card today is inspired by two images in the Holiday catalogue on page 7.
It is so easy to flip through for ideas - the hard part is deciding what to make.
When I first saw the gift bag with a christmas tree made out of punched scallop shapes it caught my eye.
 And I bought the Textured embossing folder: Holiday Frame
 intending to make the card on this page as well.
 So what's a girl to do?
But combine both ideas in one card, of course.
 I punched out five Gumball Green scallop circle punches.
And, one in Raspberry Ripple.
It is 3.2 cm wide (that's 1 1/4 inches) and fits lots of our other small punches inside.
Like the Small heart punch (in Silver Glimmer paper!!!!)
The star punch
(or star framelit die from scentsational season)
The Boho blossoms punch and 1.9cm circle punch too.
Embellishing each little scallop circle is the fun part.
You can use glimmer papers, baker's twine, rhinestone jewels, crumpled circles, buttons or brads.
Then, I tied it with a piece of stitched satin ribbon to finish off the card.
 Remember till the end of October -
you can get free Ribbon
 with every $60 you spend -
why not bundle up a punch at $27.95,
some cardstock (Gumball green) at $11.95
and a sentiment stamp (Greetings of the season) $21.95 
You can Email me with your order to:

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Bright Red Butterfly Birthday...

Got a birthday coming up very soon?
Need a vibrant, bright card and preferably with butterflies on it?
Here is what I came up with recently with friends on a recent card making session.
Red and white Flowers and butterflies.
Card Recipe:
Stampsets: Papillon Potpouri, p.115 AC,  $25.95 (Clear mounted)
 Mixed Bunch p.94,  $38.95 (Clear mounted)
Itty Bitty Banners p.134 $21.95 (clear mounted).
Ink: Poppy Parade
Cardstock- Poppy parade, whisper white, basic black.
Tools: Butterfly punch, p.184 Annual catalogue $27.95
Small scallop circle punch p.7 Holiday catalogue $27.95
Blossom Punch p.185 AC.
Big shot and  Apothecary Accents Framelits die, p.191 AC.
Dazzling Details p.158 AC Comes in silver, cherry and clear. 
Rhinestone brad, Paper snip scissors.
Paper Piercing tool, mat and Essentials paper-piercing pack p.181 AC.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Simple Christmas tree

 Hi All, I have a card today that was inspired by the monthly stampin' Up! magazine I recieve in my mail box called "impressions".
Every month (just for being a demonstrator) I get a magazine with card and scrapping ideas showcasing Stampin' Up! products and a new technique or two.
I modified mine a bit to make a christmas tree out of 8 strips of patterned paper.
I love this Designer Series paper because it has everything from Owls, and houses, snowflakes and Christmas trees on it.
This little tree is so easy to create with some paper, scissors and a glue stick.
The star at the top is made out of Glimmer paper... just loving this for everything this year.
And the Merry Christmas sentiment is from "Greetings of the Season" $21.95 (clear mounted).

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Black and white Wedding

 Recent card making session challenge:
Congratulations, Wedding , in black and white.
 Black and white says wedding like nothing else.
It takes some fancy layering though to make a white on white card pop out and say: Special!
 I came up with this design starting with the Mixed Bunch flower in stazon black, stamped, punched then layered onto basic black card.
Thanking you Teresa for the donation of a glittery silver brad for the centre of our flower.
We sponged the edges and layered white on white cardstock to announce our "Itty Bitty" congratulations.
For detail I added the paper-pierced Essentials, a piece of black spotted scallop ribbon and
glimmer paper punched hearts!!!!
Glimmer paper now comes in Silver, Champagne and Red see it on page 160 of the Annual catalogue.
$8.95 for 2 sheets of 12x12 inch paper.
Worth every glimmery square centimetre!