Thursday, 24 October 2013

Nathan's 8th Birthday

It really is birthday month in the Pepper extended family. This time, it's my Nathan's 8th birthday, and the fact that he asked me if I have made his card yet warms my heart. I mean, doesn't that tell you that my boys look forward to receiving a hand made card from me? Well, I had such warm and fuzzies that I just wanted to make him a special card. So here's the effort, combining the last two birthday cards. A flip flop card AND a treat cup card with a trap door. And of course, it had to be Lego minifigure in the cup, for a boy who only had Lego on his wish list.

The fruity DSP is retired, but I just had to use it for this boy who loves fruit. Strawberries...hmmm...and it just so happen to be strawberries season now too. Yeah!

These interactive cards are truly fun and if you didn't want to figure out the tricky way to make it, it is easy to make with one of the Thinlits Card Dies recently released by Stampin Up!

Monday, 21 October 2013

Cupcake Toppers Sweet Flowers

Fat free, and sugar free; need I say more?

My lovely sister-in-law made all the cupcakes for her 1 year old's birthday celebration, and I supplied these toppers - what a team we make :-)

I made these exactly as I made the one here, I just got real good at it now, after making (and supervising the making of, thanks Dream Hub Women) 30 of these beauties.

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Jamie's 4th Birthday

I love using the Circle Treat Cups for a fun and novelty card. Lego, chocolate candy and money... all that a 4 year old really wants right? Hope so! I actually had a Gruffalo book ordered but it hasn't arrived in time, so that will have to be Christmas present :-) The coins are $1 coin and there are four of them, one for each year of age. That's a tradition we do in our family, now I'm just extending it to the extended family :-)

I actually made quite a few major mistakes in the process of making this card, but all is well that ends well. Hence the inside panel uses a DSP that doesn't coordinate with the DSP panel on the front of the card. See the tabs? You pull those to reveal the trap door to access the contents in the treat cups. Clever huh? Novel, surely! I had such a lot of space left at the top of the front panel too, so I search and search through my stamp sets and you know what? I don't have a big enough, one line, birthday greeting! So now I'm looking through the catalogue for the perfect birthday greeting for children's cards. In the end, this banner idea took a lot longer to do than I had thought, however, I think it turned out great. A lot of work for a 4 year old boy's birthday card? He's worth it :-)

Friday, 18 October 2013

Grace's 1st Birthday

Known by a variety of names, mainly swing and flip flop, these interactive cards are back in popularity. Now with Stampin' Up!'s new Thinlit card dies, these cards can be made quickly and easily.

Confession: I made today's feature card the conventional way as I haven't got these new products yet, and I knew I wouldn't get it before Grace's birthday. There are many youtube videos out there showing how to make these, but this one I found the most efficient, short and sweet :-)

So, here it is, a precious little card for my precious little niece:

My own added feature to the interactive card is the square tag with the cupcake image. Inside is where I will be able to write a birthday message to Grace.

Circle Card Thinlits Die (133480) $67.95                                                            Label Card Thinlits Die (133479) $67.95

Now, here is a video to show you how much easier it is now to make this kind of card with the new Thinlits Die.

Snowflake Ornaments

Ever since I laid my eyes on the Holly Jolly tags on page 13 of the Holiday Catalogue, I have been looking forward to make these beauties, only I wanted to make ornaments for the Christmas tree!
Well, indeed-y, you can use these as a most elaborate gift topper or tag that will also double up as an ornament for your recipient's tree this Christmas. Now, isn't that fantastic!

You will notice on the catalogue that these tags are quite dimensional and bless Stampin' Up! Training staff Carrie has kindly shared a video tutorial on how to create the dimensional look.

Tip #1: I tried to attempt the folds without scoring, and that was not easy at all, breaking a tip or two of the snowflake. The Simply Score Tool makes the scoring, and then the folding, a breeze.

Tip #2: The silver metallic ink is very slow to dry, especially on the clear window sheet, so I decided to heat with the Clear Embossing Powder after stamping. That worked beautifully.

Tip #3: You will need a hot glue gun for this project.

Below, you'll see that I have made another with one less layer:

Which look do you prefer? I cannot decide! 

I am having so much fun with these, so guess what? We'll be playing with the Festive Flurry Bundle set  to make these ornaments (or tags or cards) at my next Class on October 9th. (Haha, I wrote this post before the scheduled class, but forgot to publish it! Oh well, I can report that this project went down a treat with the class attendees. For those who missed out, no problem, you have the option of making this in November's class.)

Of course, you might prefer to buy the stamp set and the framelits (you don't really want to hand cut each layer do you?), so the good news is that you can purchase them together for a 15% savings.

Festive Flurry Wood 131778, Festive Flurry Clear 131781, Festive Flurry Framelits 132193
Festive Flurry Bundle Wood 133284, Festive Flurry Bundle Clear 133285

Now, doesn't it make the gift of a bottle of wine even more special?
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