Thinit Card Framelits Are Here!

by Joanne James22. October 2013 20:58

For my second post today, I am delighted to announce that the new Thinlit Card Dies are here and available in my online store NOW! If you've ever made a 'flip' card the long way, you will love these new framelit dies - they make making cards like this a breeze!

Here's one made by one of Stampin' Up!'s designers:

Label Card Thinlits Die

This is how it opens ...

The whole thing can be created in minutes by running your chosen cardstock through the Big Shot with the Thinlit layout of your choice - there is both a circle and label layout to choose from. Both sets come with a variety of additional pieces to add to your creativity, either on your flip cards or can be used separately with other cards and projects - this is what they look like:

Stampin' Up have produced a great video showing the Thinlits in action; take a look:

 

 

Aren't they great? I'm looking forward to sharing some of my creations with you in the coming days and weeks; if you can't wait and need to order either of the framelit sets now, then pop along to my online store or give me a call today - at only £29.95 they are great value and offer endless possibilities!

I'll be back tomorrow with a card to share; until then, happy stampin'!

 

 

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Birthday Box In A Jiffy!

by Joanne James21. October 2013 20:22

So following the excitement of yesterday's Christmas banner class, I'm back down to earth with a bump today with the first day of the half-term holiday for both James juniors and madness and mayhem about to ensue for the next two weeks! I will do my best to keep up with my blogging as there will be lots to share this week, not only in projects but also news: the 25th October is Stampin' Up's official 25th Anniversary day so there will be more announcements and special offers to share by way of celebration.

Today's project involves some stamping but is another 3D project - some clean and simple packaging for a birthday gift. As my regular blog readers know, I love the variety of packaging options that are available in the current annual and seasonal catalogues: bags and boxes in all shapes and sizes that turn gift-giving into an art form, but needn't take hours of time, effort or expertise to achieve. For my niece's birthday, I had a couple of awkward-shaped gifts that were just asking for a box to be wrapped in - the new extra-large gift boxes in the seasonal catalogue were just the thing. For the decoration, I took my inspiration from the seasonal catalogue and this is where I ended up:

Using my Melon Mambo marker pen and inkpad, I created a 'faux ribbon' by stamping one of the stamps from 'Really Good Greetings' directly onto the box, all the way around on four sides, then finished off with a double bow in some vintage Melon Mambo designer paper and a co-ordinating tag made using one of the Chalk Talk framelits and finished with a polka dot paper border.

 This box took no time at all to decorate, yet I love its simplicity. It seemed to hit the spot with its teenage recipient too - always a bonus! I'm linking today's post up with the team at CAS-ual Fridays where the challenge theme this week is 'Tags and Bags' CFC118, as this is about as CAS as packaging gets! Why don't you pop over to their sit and say 'hi' and look at the great projects that they are showcasing this week.

Lastly, today is the last day to take advantage of Stampin' Up's 'Join for £25' offer - you have until 10.50pm GMT this evening to sign up online if you would like to take advantage of this great deal and becoming a member of my growing team of Crafty Owls - I would love to welcome you to the parliament (that's the name for a collective group of owls, in case you didn't already know!) Just click the link from the 'Join My Team' section on the right hand side of the page.

Come back tomorrow for some very important news from Stampin' Up - I can't tell you what it is yet, but you are definitely going to want to hear it so be sure to call by for tomorrow's updates. It's going to be a busy Tuesday; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!Gift Bow Bigz L DieExtra-Large Gift BoxReally Good GreetingsMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadChalk Talk Framelits Dies

Melon Mambo Patterns Designer Series Paper -- Digital Download

 

Festive Flurry Merry Monday Challenge

by Joanne James18. October 2013 21:06

I know, you're probably thinking 'Merry Monday? It's only Friday!' I'm not wishing away my weekend, far from it. Rather today's card is another Christmas card made with the challenge over at Always Playing with Paper in mind. The challenge was to use blues, grey/silver and white and snowflakes:

I've been wanting to use a sketch layout I saw over at the Paper Pal Arts site a little while ago; here's the card I made:

I used Pool Party for the base of my card and layered with Island Indigo and Smoky Slate and some of the Winter Frost DSP for the top layer. My design is anchored with a lovely Festive Flurry layered snowflake , which is stamped Whisper White on Pool Party cardstock for the first layer, Island Indigo on Whisper White for the second layer and then Metallic Silver on Whisper White for the top layer, finished with a single Island Indigo candy dot - I love these! Here's a close up of the snowflake, with the shimmery metallic silver finish (that is very difficult to photograph!):

This photo shows the build of layers of the snowflake - this set is so good for this and the framelits make cutting out so easy:

I finished the inside by stamping this verse from the Christmas Messages set:

As of today the James Juniors are on half term for two weeks. We have lots of homework to do, but I am relieved to be having a break from some of the challenges and routine of school life and looking forward to having fun with some pre-Christmas activities of our own. I'm also looking forward to another of my special project classes this weekend; I have a group of lovely ladies coming to make Christmas banners using the Build a Banner kit. Check out my Facebook page tomorrow if you would like a 'sneak peak'; otherwise I will be sharing the completed banners next week.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!Festive Flurry Clear-Mount BundleMagnetic PlatformChristmas Messages Clear-mount Stamp SetWinter Frost Designer Series Paper Stack

Island Indigo Classic Stampin' PadWhisper White Craft Stampin' Pad - by Stampin' Up!Silver Metallic Encore PadRegals Candy Dots

 

 

Sunshine and Rainbows - Retrosketches #85

by Joanne James17. October 2013 21:51

 

I managed to grab a quick hour of crafting today in between other jobs and as I debated with my self whether or not to brave the washing line or resort to the tumble dryer, the sun broke through the clouds and I had a sudden flash of crafting inspiration for this week's sketch at Retrosketches. So instead of my planned post, I thought I'd sneak this one in before the close. Here is the inspiration sketch:

Here is my interpretation of the sketch:

I have been so 'in the zone' with Christmas cards that I've been struggling to look at sketches and think about anything else. I think we can all agree that this card couldn't be further from Christmas if it tried! It cheered me up no end though - yellow is one of my favourite colours. I used some retired 'sunshine and sprinkles' DSP (eliminating the and a row of coloured overlapping circles to create a rainbow border in place of the scalloped edge. The perfect background for one of the 'Feel Goods' stamped sentiments, along with the sunny yellow of course.

Lastly, a quick reminder: only 4 more days to take advantage of Stampin' Up!'s incredible joining offer where you can sign up and receive all the benefits Stampin' Up! has to offer for just £25. Click here to read more details about this rarest of offers - I would love to welcome you to my team.

Back soon with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

 Feel Goods Clear-Mount Stamp SetMarina Mist 3/4 Chevron Ribbon

3/4 Inch Circle Punch - by Stampin' Up!White Bakers Twine - by Stampin' Up!Daffodil Delight Classic Stampin' Pad

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You're One In A Minion!

by Joanne James14. October 2013 20:28

Today I'm sharing another birthday card that I made last week, this time for my daughter to give to one of her school friends who celebrated his birthday yesterday. After much consultation, we decided that we would go with something fun. They've both seen the Dispicable Me movies, so I decided to have a go at creating my very own punch art minion. Here is the end result:

He was actually quite easy to make with the aid of a selection of circle punches and I'm very pleased with the result. I particularly like the striped embossing on his dungarees and the white stitching to add definition. The hair was made following a tip by Tanya Bell of StampingT.com.au by stripping some standard black ribbon into strands and threading through some holes. I've never been one for sewing, but as far as cards are concerned I think this is about as far as it gets! The only stamping on this card was on the inside - I don't have a photo, but I used my ABC 123 Sketch Alphabet to stamp 'You're One In A Minion!' A perfect sentiment to finish off this fun card.

Before I go, a quick reminder that we are 7 days in to the 14 day 'Join Stampin' Up! for £25'. This is a once in a lifetime offer to celebrate Stampin' Up's 25th anniversary and is unlikely to be repeated. You can find more information in my previous post here - if you're thinking of signing up, do give me a call to talk about the benefits that being a part of Stampin' Up and my team has to offer.

Back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing FolderBig Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!

1/2 Inch Circle Punch - by Stampin' Up!1-1/4 Inch Circle Punch - by Stampin' Up!1-3/4 Inch Circle Punch - by Stampin' Up!Uni-Ball Signo Gel Pen - by Stampin' Up!

Football Mad Boy's Birthday Card

by Joanne James13. October 2013 20:57

Well, the weather here has been dreadful here but yesterday our monster home-grown pumpkin was harvested during one of the day's few dry spells (photos to follow!) and today we went to the theatre to watch 'Dinosaur Zoo', so all in all not a bad weekend. Today I've a change from Christmas cards for you: I thought I would share a birthday card commission I made for someone whose birthday it is today. Another football-mad Chelsea fan, so here's what I came up with:

 I used my 'Great Sport' football stamp to decorate a background base panel, then created a central panel with some great football paraphanelia: a trophy, a shirt with the recipient's player number (not age, as one of my eagle-eyed offspring was quick to point out!) and a football and finished the panel with some co-ordinating bunting, Chelsea blue, of course.

If you're a stamper and wondering where I got the trophy stamp from, it's from one of the stamps in the 'Tag It' set. I've just covered the wording with a DSP 'ribbon' so that it fits with my football theme.

Hope you like the card; tomorrow I'll be sharing another birthday card; until then, happy stampin'!

 

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Basic Black Classic Stampin' PadPacific Point Classic Stampin' PadVersamark Pad - by Stampin' Up!White Stampin' Emboss Powder - by Stampin' Up!

 

Gold Metallic Encore PadWhite Bakers Twine - by Stampin' Up!Tag ItGreat Sport Clear-Mount Stamp SetPacific Point Patterns Designer Series Paper -- Digital Download

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Have Yourself a Merry Christmas - Spots

by Joanne James12. October 2013 20:27

It's the weekend and today I have the last of the cards from this week's class to share with you. This time another Merry Little Christmas, but with spots instead of stripes:

 

This time I used two of the stamps in the Merry Little Christmas set, and stamped the 'Merry' part of the main stamp again in Gumball Green and cut out with paper snips into a little banner to add some dimension. I also embossed the background piece of Cherry Cobbler with the Stylish Stripes embossing folder to add texture. Another simple yet effective design.

All the ladies at this month's classes were very pleased with their makes and we are already looking forward to next month when we will be adding to our Christmas card collection. If you would like to join us, please contact me for more details.

Back tomorrow with a birthday card; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing FolderBig Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!Season Of Style Designer Series Paper StackGumball Green Classic Stampin' PadStamp-A-Ma-Jig - by Stampin' Up!

Cherry Cobbler Classic Stampin' Pad

Bermuda Bay Festive Flurry Card

by Joanne James11. October 2013 19:53

Today I'm sharing another of this week's class cards using the Festive Flurry stamp set and framelits bundle. Another simple layout featuring the Winter Frost paper stack. Here's the card we made:

This time we layered the snowflakes and overstamped on the top one (the snowflake was stamped in Smoky Slate, having been stamped off once first onto scrap paper to give a softer background). Bermuda Bay cardstock adds a real striking background and gives this colourway quite a modern feel. Some silver Dazzling Details on the tips of the snowflake adds a little finishing sparkle.

We used both of the seasonal colourways in our class, and I'm really undecided as to which one I prefer most. Which one do you like the most?

Back with another card tomorrow; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Festive Flurry Clear-Mount BundleWinter Frost Designer Series Paper StackBermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadMagnetic PlatformBig Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!Christmas Messages Clear-mount Stamp Set

Smoky Slate Classic Stampin' PadSilver Sparkle Dazzling Details

 

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas - Stripes

by Joanne James10. October 2013 20:29

Today I'm sharing another of this week's class Christmas cards. This one uses the 'Merry Little Christmas' stamp and some of the papers in the Season of Style paper stack:

I love that the designer series paper stacks in the seasonal catalogue enable you to make some great cards with minimal stamping as the paper does a lot of the work for you in terms of colour and pattern; at £6.25 a stack they are great value for cardmakers too, and each stack has 4 different paper designs to choose from. For this card we stamped a simple flag and layered on some DSP edged with Chocolate Chip and created a couple of smaller flags made from offcuts from other projects. Did you notice the little button beneath the twine bow on the card? We were aiming to keep all of our cards post-friendly and largely flat in design, so instead of adding a real button we instead used a cardstock button made with the Sweet Buttons Embosslits to allow for added detail but without the bulk.

I had my second class of the week last night with a great bunch of ladies, who made me laugh so much my eyes watered! I was also delighted to see some of the great cards they've been making with My Digital Studio having downloaded their 30 day free trial. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera with me, so couldn't take any pictures but will be sure to get some next time to share with you. I was particularly pleased to hear them say how easy they found it to use, with no prior knowledge or experience. If you haven't downloaded your copy yet, I urge you to go to my online store and download your free trial version today. Equally, if you would like to join one of my monthly card classes, do get in touch for more details.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Stamps: Merry Little Christmas

Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Cherry Cobbler, Season of Style DSP

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Cherry Cobbler

Tools: Sweet Buttons Embosslits, Big Shot, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Finishing Touches: Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine

Festive Flurry Card and New MDS Downloads

by Joanne James8. October 2013 15:40

A quick post from me today as I'm out again this evening preparing for our school annual bonfire and fireworks display. I promised to share a card with you today, so thought I'd share this lovely festive flurry card that we made in my card class yesterday:

This is a case of a Mary Fish card (you can see her original card here) minus the frosted finish embellishment. Whilst I love the embellishment and you will see them on future blog cards, our class cards are all intended to be post-friendly, so the frosted embellishment on this card had to go! We replaced with a large rhinestone instead to give a little sparkle but not add too much bulk. I love the Winter Frost colours of this card - they have a real fresh and modern feel.

Lastly, it's Tuesday, also known as Digital Download Day. Click on the link below to see all of the new digital downloads available in the online store this week:

October 8, 2013 - Digital Downloads

There are some great new downloads this week, including calendar and photobook templates that would make lovely Christmas presents. Why not have a click and take a look?

Back tomorrow with another card; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

Festive Flurry Clear-Mount BundleWinter Frost Designer Series Paper StackSilver 1/8 RibbonStylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' PadBasic Rhinestones Jewel Accents - by Stampin' Up!Magnetic PlatformBig Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!

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