Oct 28, 2010

Owl Christmas Treat

I thought this would be good for our class bonus project this week..(I don't think I will ever get sick of Mr Owl..) It is quite clear I am being ripped off when I buy smarties...I wanted to use only red and green, but lo and behold there were hardly any of those colours, so I had to settle for non Christmas colours...what is this world coming to!! I also added a mini candy cane which comes wrapped and with a hangy doodad which is rather handy..The owls hat is handcut from Cherry Cobbler cardstock though it looks black in this unfortunate night time photo...I have made so much mess in my craft room I couldn't find my white gel pen to add highlights to the eyeballs so I will add them later..

Engagement card

I had to make an engagement card but I don't have any sentiments for that occassion so I just went with a lovely dovely theme (so not me lol) I have used up some retired designer paper and punched two love birds with the XL bird punch. The sentiment is from Vintage Vogue.

Since I had a scrap of Cherry Cobbler cardstock left over I made a simple tag to tie to a candy cane. The cute koala is from the Happy Christmas Mate set..

Oct 27, 2010

Upsy Daisy Easel Card

Excuse the washed out photo, I forgot to get a picture today in natural light. This is just a very simple easel card using Upsy Daisy and the butterfly from Dreams du Jour. It's one of the cards we will be making in class this week...I am really struggling with ideas at the moment, my mojo up and left me..does that ever happen to you?

Oct 26, 2010

Happy Christmas Mate!

Since snowmen aren't likely on the Gold Coast this Christmas, I thought I should do and Aussie Christmas card. I don't own this set (Happy Christmas Mate) but a friend kindly loaned it to me so I could have a play..it's now officially on my wish list! I watercoloured the image with Soft Suede, Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler and added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds to some of the pressies..I have also coloured surfing Santa but have't made a card for him as yet..stay tuned!

Oct 24, 2010

Just Believe (in pink)

I really need to get a bit more imaginative when I am thinking of titles for my posts lol

I coloured the images with Pretty in Pink and Old Olive markers. I used a sketch for this one...makes it so much easier, I don't know why I don't do that more often...ok off to the real world of washing and cleaning..sigh

Oct 23, 2010

ESAD Christmas Blog Hop

EEKK!! Can you believe how fast Christmas is approaching?? Its time to get a wriggle on with all those Christmas projects...hopefully you will find lots of inspiration on our ESAD Blog Hop

What is ESAD?
ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

I hope you enjoyed your visit to Keryns Blog.
Have fun with the rest of the Hop!!!

For my first two projects I purchased tutorials here. 
 This is a hanging treat box I have made for my grand daughters to hang on the door for Santa. I have used the Tree Trimmings stamp set and Holly Jolly designer paper. I have also included a magic key for santa as they don't have a chimney.For the key  I traced an image onto cardstock from a colouring book and cut it out and embossed it with gold embossing powder...we usually include a poem about the magic key, but as Miss Emily pointed out, we tell him that every year, he should know by now!
 This is such a cute box and could be used for Easter as well. I have added window sheet to the front opening so you can see the yummy chocolates inside. 
 My gifts are getting smaller each year so I figure if it's packaged in a pretty bag it looks a little more special. I used Riding Hood Red cardstock with designer paper from Love Notes.. The flowers are from the Season Of Joy stamp set. A pretty satin ribbon handle finishes it off nicely. 
 For my kids cards I will be making these because lollies speak volumes! I used a treat cup on the front and lots of Little Leaves sizzlets to make the wreath. The greeting is from Heard From the Heart which I used to hold a candy cane ( a few glue dots help to hold the candy cane)

I am not a fan of gummy bears my self but all the kids I know love them!

My last project isa cute little gift I have made for my daughter....she loves making cocktails so when I saw these cocktail recipe cards at the reject shop for $2  I was very happy..they are the size of a deck of playing cards and each one has a christmas cocktail recipe...how cute!I took the measurements of the deck and made a slide cover with a lift up flap on the top so I could write a greeting on the inside.
The images on the cards reminded me of the Cheers to You stamp set so that is what I used to stamp on the front. I watercoloured the image and added some dazzling diamonds. The designer paper is Love notes again (love polka dots!) and I made some holly leaves with the large oval punch using the 1/2 inch punch to take "bites" out of the leaves .. the Old Olive satin ribbon finished it off.

That's all I have for you today, thanks so much for stopping by, you will now head off to see what  Jan McAnulty has in store for you
Just in case you get lost along the way here is a full list of Blog Hop participants

1. Sharlene Torres
3. Andrea Lowcock
4. Jo Weedon
5. Narelle Hodges
6. Leonie Schroder
7. Pauline Bennetts
8. Aly Adcock
9. Tanya Bell
10. Monique Fielder
11. Julie Fettes
12. Jane Norrish
13. Keryn Campbell
14. Bev Watt (YOU ARE HERE)
15.  Jan McAnulty

Oct 22, 2010

Silhouette Sentiments Waterfall Card

I love the dainty little stamps in the Silhouette Sentiments set. I have colored them with Marina mist and Old Olive markers.
 This is the waterfall opened out...Marina Mist is such a pretty blue don't you think...
Don't forget to check back tomorrow for another ESAD bloghop!

Oct 21, 2010

Candy Cane Mouse

I know this idea isn't new...when my kids were little we would make these out of felt to hang on the Christmas tree...For this version I used a template to draw an oval and when I cut it out i trimmed one end to make it a bit pointier. Her ears are made with the butterfly punch, the nose is a 1/4 inch circle with some stands of linen thread for whiskers.I used the 1/4 inch circle to punch the hole to thread the candy cane...it was a tight fit so I snipped it a little bit to make the hole a smidge bigger.
It's finished off ribbon and a Jewellery tag. I think I will make these for my grand daughter to give to her mates at Christmas time..

Oct 20, 2010

Christmas Treat Box

Just a quick little project today using an el cheapo take away box,. I used Love Notes designer paper and embellished with punched stars and a punch art Santa
I used Heard From The Heart to stamp a little banner and finished it off with satin ribbon...Because the container is quite small it doesn't take a lot of chocolate so this is a good one to make if you have to give quite a few gifts...I call it recession giving lol

Oct 14, 2010

Reindeer Candy Cane Holder

I was just mucking around trying to come up with a little bonus project for this weeks class and this is what I came up with. I found these miniature individually wrapped candy canes at the Reject Shop...you get about 35 of them for $2! What a bargain!! I started out using the wide oval for the face but it was too small so I dragged out my colluzzle and cut two larger ovals...sorry I don't have a ruler handy to give measurements but they would be 50 percent larger than the wide oval. The nose is a 1 inch circle punch, eyes 3/4 circle punch, eyeballs 1/4 inch circles and the ears are small ovals. The antlers are made with a swirly sizzlet which was a gift from a friend.
Kinda hard to explain this bit but I cut a strip of cardstock slightly narrower than the ovals and scored it in the centre to make a u shape. A hole was punched in the middle scored section and I threaded the hanging part of the candy cane through the hole. This piece was sandwiched between the two ovals...clear as mud right?
I thought these would look cute hanging on the Christmas tree...they would last until my grand daughters walked through the door lol...would be kind of cute to hand out to classmates as well

Owl Birthday Card

I got my new woodgrain background stamp today...whoohoo! For this one I have used the XL owl punch (again) and the balloon from Crazy For Cupcakes (again). For the grass I just cut a strip of cardstock and cut really close snips all the way along..the balloon strings are linen thread...kinda cute I reckon!
This is the inside. I have given him some branches to perch on using the stem from the XL Bird punch...I am going back to my stamp room to play some more...see you soon!

Oct 12, 2010

Birthday Wishes

I have made this for my sisters birthday...she isn't into girly colours so I used Love Letters designer paper with Riding Hood Red, Basic Black and Very Vanilla..the stamps are from Crazy For Cupcakes...what a dreadful photo...I had to resort to taking it inside with a flash because I could be dead before this rotten rain eases up...I can't remember it ever being so wet!
And now I would like to wish my beautiful grand daughters a happy birthday....This is little Ella who was four yesterday xxxxx
And baby sister Sophie is one today...happy birthday "Soapy"!
It isn't big sister Emily's birthday but I will give her a mention too..mwah Emsy xx
This is the three of them a year ago...they sure do grow up fast!

Oct 10, 2010

Wedding Scrapbook pages

I was horrified when my husband informed me he had told his brother I would do their wedding album...d'oh! I am very much out of practice and not so keen...but I have managed a few 12 x 12 layouts today..I am sticking to the same colour scheme for the whole album using krumb cake,baja breeze and soft suede with Elegant Soiree designer paper...for this first one I pinched some ideas from the 6 x 6 layout we did at regionals and added a few of my own
and here is a double page...excuse the naff picture and the daggy tiles in the background lol...I added a hodgepodge bookplate, some sizzlet butterflies and some very vanilla ribbon.
 I have used a retired rub on in the bookplate and over stamped with a leaf from the just believe set.

 The hearts are from I Heart  Hearts..the ribbon is attached using sticky strip...that's enough scrapbooking for me for one day, I am over it!

Oct 6, 2010

Priceless bookmark

I am always trying to think of simple little "bonus" projects I can include in my stamp classes..one of my regular class ladies suggested a magnetic bookmark...cool!
This is a great way to use up those skinny scraps! This one measures 1 1/2 inches x 11...(do you do that??sometimes I work in inches, sometimes I work in cm...my dodgey eyes see better in inches lol...). Just fold in half, stamp the front and pierce around the edges

On the inside I have used sticky strip to attach some strips of rubber magnet to the bottom of the front and back..I have personally test driven this one and it's the best bookmark I have ever had because the magnets keep it firmly in place...even if you drop your book! I found a roll of the magnet at the junk shop for a dollar but you could always cut up those advertising magnets you get for free in your letterbox.

This next card isn't mine but made by kerry who is one of my regular class ladies...I thought it was so clever the way she used the tree from Pendant Park for peacock feathers. The body is the pheasant stamp from..err..name escapes me but it's in the current catalogue...she just chopped off his tail...way to go Kerry, very innovative!

Another birthday card

My beautiful middle daughter Jodie is turning 27 this week and I wanted to make her a birthday card using Early Expresso because I luuurve that colour! I have used the elegant lines embossing folder and the stamp sets are Great Friend and Notably Ornate. I have also used a bookplate from the hodgepodge hardware (you have to be special to get one of those!) , some pearls and Early Expresso satin ribbon..Hope she doesnt read my blog before tomorrow..haha

Oct 5, 2010

Party This Way

October is a busy month for birthdays at my place...My two youngest grand daughters are turning one and four and will be having a Sesame Street themed party on the weekend. I wanted to make them an Elmo card each but my attempt at trying to make original punch art looked naff (don't give up my day job, right?) so I decided to do paper piecing instead..for those of you who have never done paper piecing before it's actually quite easy... I found a free colouring page website (there are dozens, just google it) and downloaded the images I wanted..because they were too large I reduced the size on my copier. I then traced the image onto some vellum cardstock with a 2B pencil. You need to trace each piece seperately eg elmos body, his eyes and his mouth. You then place the vellum pencil side down onto your selected colours of cardstock and gently scibble all over the pencil lines to transfer your pattern. You then just just out your pieces and stick each piece onto black cardstock and trim them again with a fine border of black, then using your picture as a guide assemble all the pieces..your character will be a mirror image if done this way...had I had some dotto (D'OH) it's even simpler...cut each piece from your vellum and use dotto to attach it to your cardstock and cut along the lines. Matting them on the black gives a nice 3D appearance but if you can't be bothered you could always just outline the pieces with a fine tip pen.  For this first card I added some balloons from Party This Way and the strings are from the balloon in Crazy For Cupcakes
For the second card I used the greeting from Heard from the Heart and the sign from Party This way...I think Ella and Sophie will love these, they are huge Elmo fans...check back tomorrow, I have to make a card for my daughter Jodie...but she is too old for Elmo!

Oct 4, 2010

Take a Sip

This is a very simplified version of a teabag holder.( this is my protype, excuse the flaws) .it was an extra little project I threw in for one of my stamp classes..the belly band is made with the Take a Sip wheel which is very cute!
And this is it opened up...nothing fancy, just a quick project for fun..I had intended on sharing a bookmark we made this week but I dont know what I was thinking when I took the photo...white bookmark on white background...didn't work! Will share that one tomorrow

** I have had several people email me and ask for the measurements for this so here goes..you will have to adapt it if you use a different sized tea bag...
my tea bag measures 2 5/8 x 3. The holder is 3 1/2 inches wide x 9 inches scored at 3 1/2 and 7. The short end gets folded up with sticky strip on the sides....and the top flap is edged with the scallop trim punch. The belly band is 1 1/2 inches wide by 8 and is wrapped around the holder and sticky strip applied where it over laps. Hope that helps??

Oct 3, 2010

Season of Joy Card

It's Dasher again! This is another of my stamp a stack cards (they are all simple) The background is stamped with the snow flake from Snow Swirled. More Holly Jolly paper and dasher is stamped in Cherry Cobbler which is my FAVE red ink.
And this is my final stamp a stack card using the poinsettia stamp from Season of Joy...all easy, no fuss cards but they are my favourite kind. I hope my class ladies like them!

Oct 2, 2010

Tree Trimmings Card

Hi all, I have just spent most of the day cutting up for my upcoming stamp a stack classes...enough for 270 cards...sheesh!! Thankfully one of my lovely class ladies came to lend me a hand...thankyou Christine. This is one of the cards we will be making. I have used Holly Jolly designer paper and the stamp sets are Tree Trimmings (great set for just $24.95!) , sentiment from contempo Christmas and the swirl from Boroque Motifs...which is my most used stamp of all time. Will share the other two when my camera battery is charged.

Oct 1, 2010

Just Believe

I love love love Early Expresso! For this card I teamed it with Sahara Sand. The background is embossed with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder...another quick and simple one...seems it's all I do!

This is a case of one of my favourite swaps I received at Brisbane Regionals...The original creator was Genelle Little...I changed the colours and added some ribbon but the rest is pure case..thanks for the inspiration Genelle, I love cards with clean lines.

I loved the make and takes we did at regionals..this is a knock off of one of the cards we made..I have used different colours but it's pretty much the same. Three posts in three days, I am on a roll!