Friday, 26 August 2016

Reindeer Random Act of Kindness

It's time for another of Kylie Bertucci's blog highlights. The theme this month is Random acts of kindness and encouragement. Make sure you check out all of the entries and vote for your favourites. Will I be one of them?

Now what has my Christmas Reindeer frame got to do with Random Acts of Kindness you might be asking  yourself. So ...... it may be a stretch but I think that Christmas can be a really lonely time for lots of people. Having a lovely little frame that can stand up in pride of place is sure to put a smile on anyone's face! I have someone in mind that I am going to post this to who I know will love it and maybe will think of me each time they pass by and feel loved.

Now next Thursday will be a great day - you will be able to order from the new 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. You will love this Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set that comes with a coordinating punch Cookie Cutter builder punch. This set also has a bear, Santa, gingerbread man/girl and an eskimo. It has lovely sentiments in a great font. I have also used some of the new Kraft Rope trim and Warmth & Cheer Designer series paper stack. Bring on Thursday!

For the instructions to make this frame you can pop over to my previous post. This frame is made in exactly the same way but I started with a  piece of cardstock 21 x 21 cm. There is even a card attached to the back with room for a personal message.

I also made up this reindeer using a cork. He was so cute, standing proud, unbent and along came my trusty assistant.........

...............and ........well the reindeer is under all that fur ......somewhere! On the floor are half eaten gingerbread men. Millie, my creative director, decided that gingerbread men look great without heads and that reindeers look better bent up. There was also a huge paws up for the new Kraft Rope trim.

I will  make another unbent one when time permits. Maybe during cat nap time!

Who will you make something for as a random act of kindness?

Make sure to click on over to Kylie's blog to vote for your favourites.

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

International Blog Hop highlighting Stampin' Up! products

Welcome to our International Blog Hop. We are a group of demonstrators from around the world that want to show you ideas and inspiration using the latest Stampin' Up!® products. You may just be starting the blog hop here at my blog - With a Bow on Top - or may have come from the person previous to me in the list. If you get off track at any time, the full line up below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects. At the moment you are visiting Lou Kitzelman from Australia. This blog hop is for the top 10 winners from Kylie Bertucci's international blog highlights in July. This is the card I entered.

There are so many great products in the new 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalogue. You can order from it from next Thursday, September 1st. That's 8 sleeps away. One of my favourite stamp sets is called Jar of Cheer and coordinates with the Everyday Jar Framelits from the Annual Catalogue.

I have so many projects planned using this set - from shaker cards to spinner cards and everything in between! But today I have just one idea to show you - a tea light tent card.

It is really easy to make, folds flat to fit into a standard C6 envelope and when it stands up it really puts on a show. The perfect Christmas decoration/card to post or to give to someone really special.

I have used Copper Embossing Powder to define the jar, lid and sentiment. Embossing looks great on vellum and designs can easily be coloured using Stampin' Write Markers as I have done here.

You also might have spotted 2 other new products - Holly Berry Happiness stamp set and the coordinating punch, Holly Berry Builder punch. They come as a bundle which means a great saving.

Here’s what you need to make it:
Base – 12 x 29.7 cm
Front top mat - 9 x 11 cm
Front 2nd mat - 9.5 x 11.5 cm
Inside top mat - 9 x 11 cm
Inside 2nd mat - 9.5 x 11.5 cm
Vellum window – 6 x 7.5 cm

Basic card construction:
1. Score your base piece along the long side at 10 and 20 cm. See diagram 1.
2. Because the cardstock is not quite 30 cm long the bottom section will be a few millimetres shorter than the other 2 sections. This will help the card to close better. Fold up the bottom section first, then fold the top third over that.
3. While the card is closed place a little cross with a pencil on the top flap. This will help with placement. If all else fails fold your card up again to determine where you should be placing items.
4. Unfold the card, turn over and flip end for end. Now you will have the top section with the cross on it at the bottom and all of the folds will be mountain folds. See Diagram 2.
5.  Tack the mats for the front of the card together using repositionable tape or a 2-way glue pen. Note: 2-way glue pens have a permanent bond if adhered straight away but is repositionable if left to dry first. The repositionable property is what we will use for the Tea light tent cards. It will tack the layers in place while we die cut the trees. Die cutting the 3 layers together will ensure that all layers line up later. Place a small dab on the top and bottom of the back of each layer. Allow to dry. It will start off blue and will be clear and shiny when dry. This may take a few minutes. Place the layers together, making sure to centre them.
6. Centre the mats on the card front (bottom third of Diagram 2).
7. Position your framelit on the card front. Die cut. The shape should come out of the top 2 layers. Carefully remove the mats and fit the framelit into the partially die cut shape on the card base and run it through the Bigshot again. You will have 3 shapes to use on this card or for another project.
8. Separate the layers and die cut pieces. So that you don’t bend the layers when separating, use a pin pricking tool or ruler to separate the layers. Lay the tool or ruler flat and gently move between the layers. Sometimes layers can get a bit too attached when you run them through the Bigshot. Find your front 2nd mat and lay on the table right side up. Place glue around the outline of the die cut shape hole and lay the vellum over the top. Make sure the vellum is also right side up. Place double sided tape on the back of front top mat and place over top 2nd mat that has the vellum attached. Make sure you line up the cut out and edges properly. This mat and vellum sandwich can be adhered to the card front next, lining everything up carefully.
9. Decorate your card front as desired.
10. The easiest way to find the inside of the card is to fold your card up again and then open as if you would to read it. The place to put the inside panel is the bottom third. The back of the front should be showing in the top third section.
11. Adhere the 2 mats to the inside of the card. Stamp a sentiment inside and decorate as much or as little as you like. (I like to leave room for a personal message).

12. To prop the card open you can use rhinestones or an element raised with Stampin' Dimensionals. Place them about 3 cm in from the bottom and side edges. When you open the card, you stand the card front behind them and place the battery operated tea light candle under the tent.
13. Turn the lights off and sit back and admire your work!

On September 1st make sure you look out for these great products - Jar of Cheer 142161, Holly Berry Happiness 142061 and the coordinating punch, Holly Berry Builder punch 141843.

You are currently visiting Australia.  If you are from this area I would love to assist you with purchasing and using Stampin' Up!® products. You might also like to join my team. Why not join now and get great discounts on all of your Christmas crafting products?

Thanks for taking part in our blog hop, there are so many amazing ideas and inspiration you don't want to miss. Remember that currently visiting Lou Kitzelman, so check the blog hop line up list to see who is next in the list.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Some exciting news!

Did you see the Caravan Shadow Box card that I made last week for the challenge at the Global Design Project? Well ..... exciting news......I won! That means that I have a spot as guest designer on their next colour challenge. In case you are as disbelieving as me, this is what the announcement looked like!

Have you every considered joining Stampin' Up!? There are so many advantages and benefits and now is the perfect time to join. Stock up on all of your Christmas Crafting goodies and receive a 20%+ discount! You don't need to place big orders - the only minimum you need is a low $440 AUD per quarter. And.... if you join Stampin’ Up! in August or September you have until the 31st of December 2016 to reach your first quarterly minimum.

To join you order a kit with products of your choosing. You get $235 worth of products for just $169, no shipping and includes a free business kit. It really is a great opportunity. No risk. You can simply start off by ordering products for yourself, receive a great discount, and maybe progress to demonstrating for others. And, if you decide it is not for you, you simply stop being a demonstrator, no penalties. There is no minimum joining time. Win-win!

So if you are considering buying products for Christmas or just in general you should consider joining my Stampin' Up! team and take advantage of the demonstrator discount. Joining now also means that you can attend the 2 1/2 day OnStage event in November where you will see that latest products and techniques before anyone else in the world!

You don't need to live near me to be on my team. You just need to live in Australia. Social media makes it so easy to communicate now!

I have all the great makings of a team leader - good ideas, a willingness to share and a genuine love of Stampin' Up! and all things crafty. I am just missing one thing ....... a team! Perhaps I should leave that out but I am a bit lonely in my team of one and would love to start building a team of demonstrators that can share ideas, fun and lots of laughter! The first person to join my team will receive a bribe lovely present to help build your stamping supplies.

You can join up here or feel free to contact me with any questions. I'd love to have you on my team.


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Home is where you park it!

You really have to get your hands on a copy of the 2016 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalogue. If you live in Australia contact me if you would like one. There are so many beautiful products in there that you can order from September the 1st. As a bonus lots of the products can be used for lots of different occasions. Always helps when justifying a purchase I think!

One of my favourite products is a stamp set called Glamper Greetings (142202). The stamps are photopolymer which makes it super easy to create scenes. This set has you covered for birthdays, Christmas, Halloween and much much more. Today I have made another shadow box card (you might have seen my hydrangea one last week). This is for someone taking off on a great adventure on the open road. This little shadow box will be easy to transport and will add a homey touch to the 'glamper'!

I have been itching to ink up this set so what better way than for a challenge or 2!!!

This shadow box is made from a piece of A4 cardstock scored at 1/2" increments. I know I usually use metric but the 1/2" measurement works really well. Making them is so easy and the best video to watch is by Jan Brown. She has some great tips for constructing this card so that you get perfect corners all meeting. Pay particular attention to her tips on folding and adhering the sides and using tape backing under the mitre section. I completely forgot to do this in my first attempt and my lovely husband marked my mitred corners at 7/10. Rude!

I just started stamping on watercolour paper and then used an aqua painter and ink from the lid of my inkpads in the challenge colours. It is a simple design - wait until you see my Christmas version next week!

I've added a card to the back which forms a stand and has a place to write well wishes.

I've kept the inside simple.... lots of space for a message.

The scene in the frame is raised on foam adhesive strips.

Because I was limited to 3 colours I have used different strengths of each colour. To make the lights and door window look glass-like, I have added a coat of glue from a Fine Tip Glue Pen.

It dries in no time and is perfect for this bunting as well.

Don't forget to contact me if you would like a copy of this catalogue.
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