Friday, September 29, 2017

Support Macmillan, Enjoy Halloween

Every year my boys' school is joining in raising funds for MacMillan. Every single class holds its own coffee (and cakes) morning, any leftovers are then brought to school and sold in the afternoon at pickup time.

I wish I could bake so have something to bring to these mornings. But baking is something that just doesn't come easily to me. I've tried, few times. Fair to say that four times out of five could be called, well, unsuccessful attempts. 

So since I can't offer a cake I thought of an alternative. I made these little boxes, filled them with treats and offered instead of the baked goodies. It is not Halloween just yet but there is no harm in being ready, right?

I followed a tutorial of Julie DiMatteo and used up all my Halloween sheets that I was holding onto for years. I think I put them to good use. What do you think? Don't be a stranger; drop a line in comments.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Dino-rrific Birthday Cards

I needed a birthday card for my nephew and when a friend asked for a card for her little girl I came up with this.
It's funny how sometimes I can work on something the whole day and have nothing by the end of it and sometimes I can make two beautiful cards in one evening.

I used some current, some retired colours. The stamp set has a selection of dinosaurs. I've chosen the brontosaurus because I always think of those as a friendly, smiley dinosaurs and also that shape was the easiest to cut out with my snips.

Sometimes it seems to me that a card is never done and there are tons of things what else can be done. Just like with these. The hats were originally stamped in green colour. It looked nice before I stamped the leaves but afterwards it blended too much into its background. I think that adding a tiny bit of more glimmer, in shape of a hat, was the perfect last touch. What do you think?

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September Class

For this month class, I dusted off, a very VERY old stamp set (it came out in 2000, believe it or not). I guess that just shows the quality of Stampin' Up! products as these stamps didn't start to peel off of the wooden blocks nor the images lost their sharpness. The set is called Long Stemmed and is long retired but I like the simplicity of the flowers as well as the size.

Not long time ago a friend was in a need of a sympathy card. I came up with a very simple card and thought it would be a good project for the class. First, I felt a bit uneasy to suggest to make a sympathy card. It's not like birthday cards that you stack up and can't wait to send to your friends. But even if someone wouldn't like to make this specific card, the stamps used are so versatile they could be used for pretty much any occasion. One could just change the colour scheme and the sentiment. I plan to make more cards showing just that later on. 

The second project I created uses the beautiful things from the new winter catalogue. 

I made an untraditional Xmas card. I someone had told me a few months ago I would be making a Christmas card using Early Espresso colour (very dark brown), I'd probably laugh out loud. And yet, there I was spreading the love amongst my fellow stampers.
The card was very easy to make. It was more or less an assembly of pretty elements together. The sentiment in the middle of the flake is not Stampin' Up! I could find a fitting saying that would fit the circle punch so I borrowed a stamp from a different maker. 

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