Memory Keeping By Making a Personalised Calendar

Memory Keeping By Making a Personalised Calendar

I think my favourite craft project, both to create and to enjoy, is the personalised calendar I make for my mum every year.

Because my mum’s birthday is January 1, a calendar is a timely gift, and making a personalised calendar ensures I reflect on the year that has passed and ensure our family’s special memories can be enjoyed by my mum for the year to come.

You don’t need a fancy camera…in fact, most of these photos were taken on my iphone. I selected my 12 favourite images and scrapbooked them onto a blank 2018 calendar using matching DSP that picks up the main colour in the photos and sentiment stamps that have a real meaning for the image they’re paired with.

Add a few embellishments or washi tape (not too many as it makes the calendar bulky) and before you know it you have a very special family keepsake.

Here’s what 2018 looked like for our family.

January

This would have to be my favourite photo in the entire calendar, and the sentiment from Beautiful You stamp set sums up the moment perfectly!

February

Miss February shows that many Christmas papers (in this case the Merry Little Christmas DSP) can also be used for other occasions.

March

In terms of quality, this is the worse picture in the calendar but the only one I had of my dad and his beloved granddaughter. To hide the random photo bombers in the background I used the gorgeous new (and free!) Celebrate You thinlits dies from the new Sale-a-bration catalogue.

April

When I’m with my 3 beautiful boys (or should I say men?) …life is indeed a beautiful thing (sentiment and flowers stamped from Colourful Seasons stamp set).

May

This sentiment from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set sums up the beautiful parenting partnership these two have.

June

My baby boy was indeed looking sharp at his year 10 formal! Stamp and punch from the new truely tailored bundle in the Occasions catalogue.

July

Of course there was only one stamp set I could use for a selfie taken at our annual crafting weekend away…Crafting Forever!

August

What to do when there’s no paper to match your dress? Stamp your background to match using Blooms and Wishes and the beautiful sentiment from Paisleys & Posies.

September

My firstborn has indeed been chasing his dreams, having taken a gap year and travelled the world in 2017! Here he is in New Zealand.

October

Love, love, love this design from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP and the sentiment from the Baby Bear stamp set.

November

Moon Baby is just perfect for this photo of my mum and her granddaughter.

December

It seems appropriate to end the year with a photo of my birthday boy (who was due Christmas day but luckily came a few days earlier) having a coffee with my mum on his birthday!

I’m so glad I make this calendar each year and my only regret is that I didn’t start when my boys were younger. Making this calendar also reminds me how much I enjoy scrapbooking, so watch out for more posts on scrapbooking and memory keeping in 2018!

Until next time, happy crafting!

 

Celebrate the New Year With Free Stamps!

Celebrate the New Year With Free Stamps!

Is there any better way to start the new year than with free craft stuff?

Well, more time to craft is a personal new year’s resolution for me, but while I’m working on finding that extra time in my week, I’ll happily settle for free craft stuff!

Once a year, when Stampin’ Up! releases their Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Catalogue, for every $90 you spend on product (and it can be anything, from any catalogue or even the clearance rack!) you can chose a free product from the Sale-a-bration Catalogue.

If you’d like to take a look at either catalogue you can view or download the PDFs by clicking on the images below.

And if you’d like to purchase any of these products you can do so by visiting the Occasions Catalogue and Sale-a-bration Catalogue sections of my online store.

Want even more free stuff? Don’t forget to watch for another release of new Sale-a-bration items coming 16 February.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share with you some of the things I’ve made with exciting new products from both of these catalogues, but until then, happy crafting!

 

Art With Heart November Blog Hop Add Texture with Embossing

Art With Heart November Blog Hop Add Texture with Embossing

Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some creative projects by adding texture with embossing. Embossing can add a lovely dimension, and with our wonderful Stampin’ Up! products, we can create many different looks. These include heat embossing using embossing powder, dry embossing using our textured folders or by adding embossing paste!

 

When it comes to embossing I have a confession to make…I regularly heat emboss my cards but I almost never use my embossing folders! Don’t get me wrong, I really adore embossed paper, I guess it’s more because of the way I design my cards. I usually begin with a stamp set, coloured card stock or Designer Series Paper as my starting point and I simply forget about embossing my cards.
So for this blog hop I decided it was time to really challenge my self and make a card that had no heat embossing, stamping or designer series paper…a card that really showcased the beautiful texture of the Stampin’ Up! embossing folders. And what better way to show case as many embossing folders as possible than a sampler card!
This sample card features 8 embossing folders…one of which is a sneak preview from the forthcoming Occasions catalogue. Can you guess which one it is? If you look to the middle lefthand side of the card you’ll see it. It’s such a gorgeous pattern and it comes in a twin pack, called Petal Pair Textured embossing folder. Here’s a larger sneak peek of this stunning pair!
The complete list of embossing folders are as follows, clockwise from the top left of the card: Winter Wonder; Woodland; Holly; Quilt Top; Petal Burst; Cable Knit; Softly Falling; and the new Petal Pair.
This is such a quick and versatile card design because it works with any coloured card stock; it’s fast to mass produce; and you can quickly and easily cut out the squares of embossed card stock with your trimmer, square framelits, or even a square punch, And this design can be used for any occasion, and for either male or female cards.
If you would like to add a sentiment to the front of the card simply replace the middle square with your sentiment of choice stamped onto any shape card stock. Here I’ve used 2 of the stitched frame lit ovals and heat embossed the sentiment with the gorgeous copper embossing powder.

Which version of my embossed sampler card do you like best? I actually can’t chose and I’m planning on a mass production this weekend to stock up my card supplies as I have a lot of birthday and Christmas cards to send out in November and December!

 

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwaring.

 

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Heart of Christmas Week 26

Heart of Christmas Week 26

Welcome back to another week of Christmas Inspiration with the Art With Heart team.

I began this project this time last year, when I was inspired by a biscuit tin that perfectly matched a stamp set from last year’s holiday catalogue…totally trees. The colour scheme also matched our Stampin’ Up! colours (night of navy, pool party, Bermuda bay and whisper white) and I planned to make a card topper to attach to the middle of the lid, covering the words ‘Time for biscuits’.

I ate all the biscuits from the tin (the things we do for crafting!), washed it out, worked out all the measurements, and cut and punched 24 squares of card stock to make the 24 boxes.

Can you guess what happened next? Well, let’s just put it this way, maths never was my best subject! I realised I’d calculated incorrectly…only 15 of my 24 advent boxes fitted into the tin and the whole ‘advent calendar in a tin’ idea was a total flop!

For the past year my mistake has haunted me every time I opened my craft cupboard. I wanted to throw it into the bin but didn’t want to waste all that cardstock. So yesterday I decided it was time to work out how I could save this project.

Just because my boxes don’t fit into the biscuit tin they were designed to fit into doesn’t mean I couldn’t still use them as an advent calendar. I just had to think outside the square. For starters, I could display them on my cake stands.

These little boxes can be displayed either horizontally or vertically.

And they also look great all lined up on my square cake stand.

Heres’ the view from the side…it highlights the cute washi tape and the ribbon

I also popped them into a the lid of a white box I had and layered a sheet of window sheeting over the top, then tied it all up with a bow.

This project is a great way to use a variety of washi tapes, ribbons, silver thread, die cuts and embellishments. I think the more you mix it up, the better it looks.

So how do you make the little boxes? Trust me, you don’t want to follow my measurements, but there’s a great online tool called the ‘box buster’ that lets you type in the finished measurements you want for your box. It then gives you the measurements you need to make that size box. These photos below will give you an idea of how I constructed my boxes using my envelope punch board, paper snips and tear and tape.

Once you’ve constructed your boxes it’s simply a matter of folding and assembling them, filling them with sweets, toys or a little note, wrapping each box with washi tape or ribbon, decorating with all your coordinating embellishments, and numbering 1-24.

Some of the numbers I created using the large numbers die cuts and some were stamped using the labeller stamp set.

Well that’s another project I’m glad I didn’t throw into the bin when it didn’t work out the way I originally intended it to!

To see what the rest of our lovely Art With Heart Team have made hop on over to Claire’s blog.

I’ll be back with some embossing inspiration tomorrow night and them the following week is our last Heart of Christmas blog hop for the year!

Happy crafting!

 

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Online Extravaganza is back!

Online Extravaganza is back!

Online Extravaganza is an annual sale offering up to 40% off your crafting supplies for 1 week only. You can see all of the sale items or place an order by clicking on the image below.

Don’t miss out, because these stamps are all 20% off RRP for today only.
ITEM # DESCRIPTION RETAIL PRICE DISCOUNT PRICE
139891 Remarkable You Wood $63.00 AUD/$75.00 NZD $50.40 AUD/$60.00 NZD
139894 Remarkable You Clear $45.00 AUD/$54.00 NZD $36.00 AUD/$43.20 NZD
140643 Bloomin Love $30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD $24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
143775 Celebrate You Wood $43.00 AUD/$52.00 NZD $34.40 AUD/$41.60 NZD
143778 Celebrate You Clear $31.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $24.80 AUD/$45.60 NZD
142982 Cool Treats $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
138682 You’re so Sweet Wood $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
139440 You’re so Sweet Clear $33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD $26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
143949 Garden Girl Wood $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
143952 Garden Girl Clear $33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD $26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
143740 Good Vibes Wood $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
145080 Good Vibes Clear $33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD $26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
142871 Super Duper Wood $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
142874 Super Duper Clear $33.00 AUD/$40.00 NZD $26.40 AUD/$32.00 NZD
138764 Heartfelt Sympathy $30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD $24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
144865 Every Good Wish $31.00 AUD/$38.00 NZD $24.80 AUD/$30.40 NZD
144862 Every Good Wish $44.00 AUD/$53.00 NZD $35.20 AUD/$42.40 NZD
144870 Good Tidings $37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD $29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
142954 Milestone Moments $37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD $29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
143689 More than Chocolate $30.00 AUD/$36.00 NZD $24.00 AUD/$28.80 NZD
140653 Number of Years $47.00 AUD/$57.00 NZD $37.60 AUD/$45.60 NZD
140386 Oh What Fun $37.00 AUD/$44.00 NZD $29.60 AUD/$35.20 NZD
141934 Touches of Texture Wood $78.00 AUD/$94.50 NZD $62.40 AUD/$75.60 NZD
143251 Touches of Texture Clear $57.00 AUD/$69.00 NZD $45.60 AUD/$55.20 NZD
I’ll be back later this week with some more Christmas inspiration in the Heart of Christmas blog hop, as well as an Art with Heart Blog Hop on using embossing to add texture to your cards.
If you have any questions about any of the stamps on special, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Until then, happy crafting!

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Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 25

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 25

Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration with the Art with Heart team.

This week I’m playing with holly: holly paper, holly embossing folder, holly embellishments, and holly stamps, including a stamp set I hadn’t inked up yet.

I was really attracted to the Every Good Wish stamp set because I’ve got a soft spot for holly. It’s just so classic and timeless…and so very Christmassy.

Here’s my first card. I’ve used real red and garden green for all of my holly cards…it’s such a great colour combination, at once both classic and crisp.

Don’t you just love the texture the Holly textured impressions embossing folder gives to this card?

I love all of the stamps in the Every Good Wish stamp set and the inside sentiments are as lovely as the main images. I don’t usually ink up the inside of my cards but I just had to use these lovely sentiments to decorate the inside of my holly cards.

For my second card I made a variation of my first card, altering the colours and the orientation of the first card, and I also stamped a greeting on the inside of this one too. The gorgeous Quilted Christmas ribbon makes the perfect embellishment for this colour combination.

I was on a roll with my holly theme so I made 2 more cards…and I actually think these are my favourites! I used the same little holly stamp to make a wreath, this time mounting it onto holly DSP from the Quilted Christmas DSP.

My final card uses the holly embossing folder again, this time with a stamp from the Oh, What Fun stamp set, embellished with a holly stitched felt embellishment.

And here’s all my cards together! Which is your favourite?

To see what the rest of the team have made hop back to Claire’s blog and I’ll be back with some more Christmas inspiration next week.

 

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Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 23

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 23

Welcome to another week of Christmas inspiration with the Art with Heart team.

This week I’m playing with the new Stampin Blends and matching stamp set, Color Me Happy, which are available for sale from today. Instead of making one of the designs in the Colour Me Happy Kit (which by the way are all so beautiful) I decided to make a Christmas card using one of the bird stamps from the Colour Me Happy Stamp set.

I used four of the Stampin Blends pens: dark cherry cobbler, light cherry cobbler, dark pumpkin pie, and the colour lifter pen to shade my little Christmas bird. The colour lifter pen allows you to remove colour, giving your shading extra depth. Here’s a close-up of my little bird so you can see the shading.

I then cut out my stamped image with a square stitched shapes die and mounted it onto a scalloped square of cherry cobbler, die cut using the layering squares dies. The background DSP is from the wood textures DSP stack, mounted onto a card base made from crumb cake card stock.

Texture was added with some burlap ribbon, touches of nature elements and a sweet little bow made with linen thread. The sentiment is from the Santa’s Sleigh stamp set, punched out with the classic label punch.

To see what the rest of the team have made hop back to Claire’s blog and I’ll be back with some more Christmas inspiration next week.

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 22

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 22

Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.

This week I was lucky enough to borrow and have a play with 2 sets I don’t own from the Holiday catalogue: Beachy Little Christmas and Wise Men from Afar. I was inspired by the graphic palm tree in the Wide Men from Afar set to make some Aussie Christmas cards, but I actually ended up using a a whole lot of stamp sets to make 3 quite different cards.

My first card uses the beach hut from Beachy Little Christmas…a perfect card for my family as we live at the beach and all my boys surf. I mounted it to the card with some Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I paired my fussy cut beach hut (coloured in with the new Stampin Blends pens which are available in November) with the palm tree from Wise Men from Afar, and used my envelope punch board to make a matching envelope out of the Merry Little Christmas DSP.

My second card features the palm tree again, this time stamped with the High Tide set to create a beach scene.

The Adirondack chair is a super cute die from the seasonal layer thinlets and the little ornaments and present are cut using the Christmas Staircase thinlets.

The beautiful “enjoy the warmth of the season” sentiment is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set…just perfect for a summer Christmas!

Because I used a whisper white notecard to make this card the matching envelope was already made, so I simply decorated it with Washi tape and a label made using the Labels to Love stamp set and Everyday label punch.

My final card uses the tree stamp from “Beach Little Christmas” coloured in with my blender pens and the “enjoy the warmth of the season” sentiment from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. I love the colours of pool party and real red together so I’ve mounted my tree onto both pool party and real red card stock, with the final layer some of the gorgeous Naturally Eclectic DSP.

I took most of these photos in my garden as it seemed only right for these cards…so many of our Christmas celebrations occur outdoors in the glorious Sydney summer.

But my reindeers insisted on an indoor photo as well, although I think they might just be upstaged by my darling little chairs…such a bargain at 10 cents each at my local op shop!

You can go back to Claire’s blog to see what the rest of our team have made this week.

And I’ll be back next week with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration.

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Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 21

Art With Heart, Heart of Christmas Week 21

Welcome back to the Heart of Christmas weekly blog.

This week I had such a short window of time to make my cards and luckily Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack came to the rescue. That’s right, Memories and More Cards are not just for scrapbooking…they also make very quick and easy cards.

I’m almost embarrassed to say how easy it was to make these cards. You see there’s no stamping, colouring, punching or die cutting, which is exactly what I needed when I was so short on time. In fact they were so easy too make I ended up making 4 cards in under 1/2 hour…here they are!

I made card bases using whisper white and then it was simply a case of layering up the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Cards with ribbons, embelishments and wash tape…super easy!

The joy card is embellished with the gorgeous Cherry Cobbler 1/4″ Double-Stitched Ribbon and a clear facetted gem.

Merry and Bright uses silver foil, Merry Music Specialty DSP, Pick A Pattern Washi Tape, and Basic Black 3/8″ Shimmer Ribbon.

Ho Ho Ho features gold foil, burlap ribbon, and Gold 1/8″ (3.2 Mm) Ribbon and jute twine tied together into a bow.

And Holly Jolly is mounted on some lemon lime twist card stock and decorated with Lemon Lime Twist 1/4″ Ombre Ribbon tied into a little bow, and the matching stickers that come in the Merry Little Christmas Memories & More Card Pack (mounted with a Stampin’ Dimensional!).

The Holiday catalogue really doesn’t do this set justice, you get so many cards in the set! And there are some gorgeous acetate cards with silver that I will use in a later blog to show you just hoe beautiful they are. Of course some of the cards are really only suitable for scrapbooking or bullet journaling, but many of them are also perfect for cards.

I’m going to make a stack more cards with this set because they are so quick and easy to make.

You can go back to Claire’s blog to see what the rest of our team have made this week.

And I’ll be back next week with some more Heart of Christmas inspiration.

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Art With Heart Designer Series Paper Blog hop

Art With Heart Designer Series Paper Blog hop

 
Tonight the Art with Heart team girls are sharing some wonderful ideas to inspire you with our Designer Series Papers. This month is the start of the new Stampin’ Up! year and we have a special promotion on our Designer Series Paper, buy 3 get 1 FREE for the month of October and there is no limit! I’m using one of the gorgeous papers available in this sale: “Be Merry Designer Series Paper”.
Have you ever made your own bunting? If you haven’t now’s the time to give it a go while the paper is on sale. I decided to make some Christmas bunting using the beautiful “Be Merry Designer Series Paper” and here it is hanging on my mantelpiece.
This is such a quick and easy project to make and you can use any of the gorgeous DSPs for this project. For my bunting I used less than half a packet of DSP…and that still left me with 7 full 12 x 12 inch sheets (one of each design and one spare sheet) and plenty of scraps to use for card making or other projects.
To make your bunting you simply use your paper trimmer to cut your paper in half lengthways (from top to bottom, ensuring any pattern is facing the right way up). Once you’ve cut your paper in half, take one piece and fold it in half so you now have a folded square that measures 6 x 6 inches. Mark the middle point (3 inches from either side) on the side opposite the fold, and then cut on the diagonal from your middle mark to the edges of the folded side, as shown in the diagram below.
Save the offcuts to cut out your letters and repeat with the other half of your paper, this time folding it in the opposite direction so the other side of the patterned paper is used. I used 5 sheets of DSP for this project, making 10 bunting flags in total. To work out the order of bunting and space it apart I laid it all out on my kitchen bench so I could see how it looked.

I threaded whisper white bakers twine through the folded side of the flags and used a glue dot at either end of the fold to adhere the flag to the twine and close up the flag. I also used a glue dot at the bottom point of the flag. You can see in the picture below how nicely they hang…I left about 1 inch gap between the flags.

The finishing touch was to decorate the bunting with letters made from the DSP offcuts using the large letters framelits and a Christmas tree using a die from the Santa’s Sleigh die to break up the words “Merry” and “Xmas”.

The season of glitz mini gift bows are just the perfect size to add a little dimension (they come with their own adhesive backing), coupled with the green sprigs that I attached to the bunting with a bow of whisper white bakers twine.

You could make this bunting any length you wanted…I made mine to fit my mantelpiece…and you could leave your paper flags plain or decorate them with other punched or die cut shapes or words, such as “Peace, joy, love” or “ho, ho, ho”…it’s really up to you how you want to personalise your bunting.

Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Caroline Manwaring

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