Sunday, December 15, 2013

Team Christmas Party Gift......

At our annual Steph's Stampers Team Christmas party, we always do a secret santa.  So here's what I made for this year.
A Stationary Set.
Firstly......4 pegs, to use as clips or to hold together important papers.  The embellishment is made using 3 scallop circles and a button ......all held together with Crystal Effects.

And from the side......

Next is a pencil pot.......

And finally, a box of note papers.  This is a photo of the top.....

And on the inside......

And yes, I stamped each of those sheets of paper!!  All 200 of them!!
And here's a close up of the bow on the pencil pot and note paper box.

Stamp Set: Happy Day
Ink: Crushed Curry
Card Stock: Smokey Slate
Other: Regals and Naturals buttons, Basic Grey Satin Ribbon (retired), White Bakers Twine
Happy Stamping.......Manda

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Card 4......

The last card from the Stamp-a-Stack uses some unconventional colours.....and stamps, but I like it!!
Stamp Sets: Lacy and Lovely, Joyful Christmas
Card stock: Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Elegant Eggplant
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Rose Red
Other: Basic Rhinestones, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Dimensionals
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Friday, December 13, 2013

Card 3......

This card came together really quickly......Simple and elegant.

Stamp Sets: Warmth and Wonder, Christmas Star (single stamp)
Ink: Midnight Muse and Soft Sky
Card stock: Midnight Muse, Soft Sky, Whisper White
Other: 2 way glue pen, large rhinestones, dazzling diamonds.
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Card 2.......

Second card features the Joyful Christmas Stamp Set. 
Notice the back ground stamping on the card base with the poinsettia stamp. 

Card stock: Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Very Vanilla
Ink: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set: Joyful Christmas
Other: Dimensions, pearls and paper snips for all that fussy cutting!!!
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

December Stamp-a-stack Card 1......

Here's what you missed on the I'm not rubbing it in!!  LOL.  ;-)
We used the new Circle Card Thinlits Die to make this awesome flip card.
In this next shot you can see the chevrons stamped on the right hand panel at the bottom.

And on the inside.....

Card Stock: Real Red, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Wild Wasabi, Illuminate, Basic Black
Stamp Sets: Pennant Parade, Oh Hello
Other: Read Red 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain ribbon, Modern Medley DSP, Circle punches and Dimensionals. 
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas SAS....

I've just realised, as I'm prepping for the SAS tomorrow, that I haven't posted the photos for the cards from the last SAS in November.
Here they are...... 

Not sure what's happened to the last photo......sorry ;-D
Happy Stamping.....Manda

And here's the packaged ones......

Thanks to my teaching next-door-neighbour, I now have a photo of the packaged tags......
Colours again are Primrose Petals and Pistashio Pudding.......
Petite Pairs for the sentiment.
Happy Stamping.......Manda

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Christmas procrastination????......

Work is crazy busy at the moment, with reporting and cleaning and finishing up the end of year.  So of course that would be the perfect time to make some Christmas tags for end of year gifts for my colleagues - wouldn't it????

I made 400 of these tags......40 of each design and then gift packaged them beautifully for the staff.....though I did forget to take a photo of the finished product! LOL!  It was nice to see that one was used at our Secret Santa party yesterday. Hopefully they will come in handy at Christmas time.
Colours: Pistachio Pudding, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar and Summer Starfruit.
Stamp Sets:  Lots!!!  Some retired sets but also some current......I've also tried to use non-Christmas sets in a different way.  (love a versatile set!!)
Happy Stamping.....Manda
P.S. Holidays in 2 more stay tuned for my annual updating of the blog. :-)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Flower Shop Thanks....

When the current catalogue came out last April, one of the sets that immediately found itself on my "Must Have" list was Flower Shop and the matching pansy punch.  I love co-ordinating sets - it makes creating so easy.  Anyway......I like to have some new thank you cards each term to give to my class parent helpers......and this is the set that I've made for this term. 
DSP is Polka Dot Parade. 
My favourite image from Flower Shop is the patchwork flower, below in Daffodil Delight.
Next favourite it the outline image that I've stamped in Real Red. 

Card stock: Whisper White, Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight.
Stamp Set: Flower Shop, Fabulous Phrases.
Inks: Real Red, Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight.
Happy Stamping.....Manda xx

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Card #10......

This card features a technique I taught at my last technique class.......a starburst (or sunburst) of DSP.  I've edged each piece of DSP in this card, as it only has contrasting patterns and I felt it needed a bit of a lift. I've used Lucky Limeade ribbon, but still current is the Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

Happy Stamping.....Manda xx

Friday, October 11, 2013

Card #9......

This card I paired Wild Wasabi with Primrose Petals.....which is a slight deviation from the colour scheme, but it needed something lighter than Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is borrowed from a friend. Primrose Petals ribbon is still available. 

Happy Stamping.....Manda xx

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Card #8.....

More of the gorgeous tulle ribbon on this one, and Ornamental Keepsakes and Mixed Melody. 

Love the giant rhinestones too.......what's not to love about bling!!! 
Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Card #7..........

Stamp set this time is Ornamental Keepsakes and matching Framelit set.   Also has Petite Pairs hiding down the bottom right. 

Happy Stamping.....Manda  xx

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Card #6...........

When you make a collection of cards, I always seem to have one or two that I prefer over the others.  Card #2 and this one are my favourites from this set.  Maybe because they are more detailed? tis.....   Uses the Warmth and Wonder stamp set. 

Happy Stamping....Manda xx

Monday, October 7, 2013

Card #5.....

Candlelight Christmas DSP (retired) had a gorgeous flocked pattern window sheet as part of the collection.  This card highlights this paper.
It also uses the frame from Welcome Christmas stamp set (retired).

Happy Stamping......Manda xx

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Card #4........

Lots of pearls and lush vanilla ribbon,  Stamp set is retired Wacky Wishes.
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Card #3.....

This card uses the retired  stamp set Heart of Christmas. Also uses the Apothecary Accents Framelits.

The ribbon is retired tulle ......but it's gorgeous to work with. :-)
Happy Stamping.....Manda

Friday, October 4, 2013

Card #2......

This card uses stamps from the current hostess set "Warmth and Wonder" in the Holiday Seasonal Catalogue. 

Happy Stamping......Manda

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Card #1.....

Here is card number 1.  This card uses Welcome Christmas (retired) stamp set and Apothecary Accents Framelits.

Happy Stamping.....Manda

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

A Christmas Surprise.....

So what is inside?
Over the coming 10 posts, I'm going to show you what I've created (times 4) on the first few days of my holidays.  I have really enjoyed some crafting time, and am looking forward to some more before I have to put my nose back to the grindstone. 
For this and the next 10 posts in the series, supplies are:
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Inks: Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Lucky Limeade
Stamp Sets: a variety of Christmas sets, both current and retired, and a couple of borrowed sets from other companies.
Embellishments: Candlelight Christmas DSP (retired, but I didn't have my current Christmas order when I started the project), pearls, rhinestones, various ribbons, punches and framelits.
Happy Stamping......Manda

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Request for Blue.....

I have had a request for another A5 card......this time for a blue lover.  I chose a set of retired DSP called Blueberry Crisp, and tried out a new technique.  I like it!!!
I tied all the DSP strips together by clear embossing the matching stamped image over the top of the DSP.  I hope you can see it in the close up image at the top of this post. 
Stamp Set: Express Yourself
Ink: Pacific Point, Crumb Cake
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Other: Antique Brads, DSP and ribbon (retired), various punches
Happy Stamping......Manda

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Baby on the way......

No not me.....but one of the teachers at the school where I work.  This is a long awaited addition to the family, and we are all looking forward to meeting the new little lady when she arrives in late October. 
Anyway, this is a card that is A5, so there is lots of room for all the staff to sign.  I've borrowed the Ark stamp and sentiment from a friend, but the rest is all SU!
Card Stock: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White.
Ink: Versamark
Other: Melon Mambo embossing powder, Gingham Garden DSP, Daffodil Delight satin ribbon (retired), various punches and Big Shot dies. 
Happy Stamping......Manda 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

A long time between posts.......

Being a teacher is very rewarding and a wonderful career.....but doesn't leave much time for oneself after looking after my own family as well.  Stamping, sadly, often comes last on the list.
This project was one of those times where I had to combine family and stamping.....YEAH!! 
DD 1 wanted a birthday gift for a friend, and found the present, but wanted Mum to make a gift box.  So 9.45pm on Friday night, Mum sat down and whipped up this little number. 
And on the inside.......

Yes, purple and pink were the colours of the evening!!  A little bit of retired ribbon, but the rest is all current......except the Rimmel nail polish.....which is actually really good and doesn't chip.  Hehe....not that I bought any for myself :-)
Stamp Set: Lacy and Lovely, Label Love
Card stock: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Other:  Retired ribbon and brad, Artisan Label punch
Happy Stamping.....Manda