Sunday, 28 August 2016

Just Add.......Project Life JAI #326

Do you ever need to make cards in a hurry but want them to look like they've taken ages to make? Using some of the Stampin' Up! Project Life card collections might just be your answer. These are not just for memory keeping/scrapbooking. Each set works beautifully for cards and tags as well. Of course they are all colour coordinated so all you have to do is look in the catalogue to find out the colours used in the collection, grab your cardstock and ink and you are good to go. I go through the cards in the card collection like I am dealing blackjack to choose which ones to use!

I needed to make 3 sympathy cards and also wanted to join one challenge this week so when I saw the challenge at Just Add Ink ..... Just Add....Project Life I knew I was set. I have used the Hello Lovely collection and Thoughtful Branches and Rose Garden bundles to create 4 different sympathy cards without needing to get out too many supplies. (Sometimes I get too bogged down with too many ideas and run out of time to actually make the cards!) I know I said I needed 3 but as you get 2 cards bases from each A4 I decided to make 4! Such is life that you always need sympathy cards unfortunately.

I love that the card collections have 3 different size cards in them so you can layer them for a quick yet effective layouts.

And yes.....I am still addicted to my stapler. My friend commented to me recently how disparaging I was of her love of her stapler. But I completely take it absolutely NEED one! No taping ribbons and trim. Just staple away.

The inside of each card uses offcuts from the front mats.

This one just may be my favourite of the 4. I admit it is simple but sometimes.... less is more!

And while the stapler is out why not add some of this beautiful burlap ribbon? This card started out one way and ended up another...hence the cut up bits at the bottom. Let's just say that the flower and I had creative didn't fit where or how I wanted it to!

Don't have the Thoughtful Branches bundle yet? Well you only have a few days left to purchase this limited edition set. Order by August 31st to make sure you get this beautiful, versatile set.

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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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