Christmas cards – Miriam Thomas
 

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Back to the Christmas cards again ūüėČ ¬†This was another card that participants made at a cardmaking night prior to Christmas.

I love the simple effective techniques. ¬†People new to stamping just love the good old favourite stamping techniques such as using the Stampin’ Up! markers directly on the stamp. ¬†I love how such a simple technique gives such an effective result- This multi-coloured image has been stamped using the single stamp called “Something for Christmas” ¬†You will find it in the A la Carte section of the catalogue on page 14.

If you would like to give stamping a go I can show you and your friends this technique plus others at a workshop. ¬† (Of course I can show you with a stamp set that isn’t Christmas related!) In a couple of days Sale-a-bration will begin and this is an awesome time to host a workshop because not only does the hostess receive FREE items- all guests receive FREE items for every $100 spent on merchandise! ¬†If you’d like to book a workshop then please get in touch to book your date- ¬†miriamthomas@westnet.com.au ¬†OR 0419 947 047

Cheers!

Miriam

2011 Christmas card

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I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I always love the weeks and days before Christmas as the excitement builds. ¬†It tends to get a bit chaotic- but I still love it! ¬† Despite encouraging my lovely customers and friends to make an early start on Christmas cards I never seem to take my own advice. ¬†So with only about a week before Christmas I commenced my cards and managed to get them posted or hand delivered before Christmas! Phew! ¬† I didn’t make as many as I had hoped but I gave it my best shot and here it is…….

When I sat down to design my card I realised I didn’t have enough of the traditional Christmas colours I would normally use. ¬† I had planned to convert the photo to black and white and use some of the lovely Cherry Cobbler I love so much. ¬† As I didn’t have enough time to order some more cardstock I decided to print the photo in colour and use the colours in the photos as the inspiration for my Christmas card. ¬† Therefore the main colours were Old olive, Rose red and Baja breeze.

Given that my daughter was wearing pink it was a great opportunity to whip out my Melon Mambo Stampin’ emboss powder and emboss directly onto the old olive cardstock. ¬†I even mixed in a bit of iridescent ice for a bit of sparkle. ¬†You can find the iridescent ice and melon mambo Stampin emboss powder on page 15 of the the summer mini catalogue.

Also I added a bit of sparkle with some rhinestone jewels and the gorgeous Glimmer paper which is the no-mess way to add glitter to your scrapbook pages and cards! (Glimmer paper is on page 13 of the summer mini catalogue)

I am determined to make a start on my Christmas cards a little earlier this year ūüôā ¬†Hmm I think I said that after Christmas 2010 too!

STAMP SETS: Creative elements, Jolly Bingo Bits, Snow swirled, Four the Holidays

PUNCHES: Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch, lace ribbon border punch

Before my little break from blogging over Christmas and New Year I didn’t get a chance to share with you the Christmas cards I made.¬† Normally I try to make and share my Christmas cards with lots of people but 2010¬†was such a chaotic year for me that I simply ran out of time and didn’t get a chance to make as many as I has hoped.¬†With not a lot of time available-¬†I kept the design super simple and let the photos of my 4 little ones be the main feature.

PATTERNED PAPER: Christmas cocoa speciality designer series paper (Special Promotion paper- no longer available)

CARDSTOCK: whisper white, cherry cobbler, early espresso, crumb cake

STAMP SETS: Occasional Greetings (pg 19)

OTHER: Clear rhinestones, scallop trim border punch (pg148)  Big Shot and Sizzlets (lots of tags) (pg 152) Square lattice Textured impressions embossing folder (pg 17 of Summer Mini)

Between now and the end of November Stampin’ Up have a great Christmas promotion where you can receive FREE ribbon.¬† I love the look of ribbons on cards but it is also great to use the ribbon to¬†create beautiful packaging to fit any Christmas gift!

So how can you receive your FREE ribbon!?

  • Get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!
  • Get¬†an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you host a $550 workshop!

Choose from these bundles:

Description Wood-Mount Item/Price Clear-Mount Item/Price
Gifted Bundle
Gifted Set and Jolly Holiday Designer Series Paper
124041; $66.90 124042; $56.90
Welcome Christmas Bundle
Welcome Christmas Set and Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Paper
124045; $69.90 124046; $59.90
Season of Joy Bundle
Season of Joy Set and So Swirly Stampin’ Around Wheel
124043; $67.90
Delightful Decorations Bundle
Delightful Decorations Set and Ornament Punch
124044; $72.90

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose from the following limited-time ribbons when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle or host a qualifying workshop:

Item Description Retail Value Cost with qualifying purchase/workshop
116792 Mistletoe Ribbon Originals $21.95 FREE
116795 Sleigh Bells Ribbon $15.95 FREE
113099 Riding Hood Red 1-1/4″ Striped Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE
115608 Real Red 3/4″ Polka-Dot Grosgrain Ribbon $19.95 FREE

The Bundles and ribbons are available only while supplies last.¬† Please be sure to get in touch with¬† me to book your workshop or to place your order for a “christmas bundle” and receive your free ribbon!

I hope you’re not all “Christmassed out” because I have a few more Christmassy things to share with you.¬† Yesterday I finally finished packing up my Christmas tree and got it out of the house for another 11 months.¬† I have packed away the Chrissy cards….but before boxing everything away I snapped a few photos of some handmade cards that I received at Christmas time.

The first card was made by Liisa- It was the first handmade card to hit my letterbox and I was so chuffed that she had gone to so much trouble….¬† Liisa has used the Christmas stamp from the¬†¬†“Cute¬†and Curly” Stamp set¬†punch and the matching curly label punch.¬† I think the Riding hood red striped grosgrain ribbon really finishes the card off- don’t you agree?

 

The second card was made by one of my best customers (and she also happens to be my sister ūüôā )¬† Linda has used the “Season of Joy Stamp” set and a selection of some of my favourite prints from the “Holiday Treasures” and “Ski Slope” Designer series paper packs.¬†¬† I love layered cards- and think she has done a wonderful job!

The third card was made by Gail. I just love the use of the “Snow Swirled” stamp set to create these adorable baubles.¬† Gail created a trim with the Eyelet border punch and each ‘bauble’ was punched out using the scallop circle punch.

Gail also made this adorable box filled with little Santa chocolates and a lovely Christmas decoration.¬† This was a little gift that Gail had made for a little present exchange game at Playgroup.¬† The game involved making the choice between selecting a pressie from under the tree OR being able to “steal” a pressie from anyone else who had already made a selection.¬† Lucky ol’ me was last to have a turn so I was able to select any present I liked.¬† I am sure you will agree that it was worth “Stooping to stealing” just to be able to bring this home with me!

I’m sure you will agree that I am very lucky to be surrounded by such creative people!

With the Summer holidays bringing a change of pace to our little household I managed to find some time for some scrapbooking.¬† I have snapped a few photos to share with you…so please be sure to come back tomorrow.

Cheers!

Miriam

 

My Christmas cards

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Ahhhhh! – I hope everyone enjoyed a lovely Christmas yesterday and relaxing Boxing day today.¬† One of the kids asked me why it was called Boxing day and I told them it was because our house was filled with lots of boxes.¬†¬† (It¬†is only a¬†white lie because the origins of “boxing day” does involve boxes-¬†just not the mountains of boxes in our house!) ¬†¬†We still have lots of packaging around the house…and even gifts still inside the packaging and LOADS of toys and gifts that don’t have a home yet….I’m really not sure where I am going to put it all.¬† Next we are hoping that we will be celebrating Christmas in our new house (that we are building just up the road from here) Keep your fingers crossed for us!

Well- now that Christmas Day is over and (hopefully) everyone has received their cards then I can finally post my Christmas cards here.¬† This year’s design happened quite by accident.¬† You see I like to incorporate a photo of my kids on the front of the card.¬† This year I had 4 separate photos that¬†I arranged in two rows of two photos¬†(like a¬†window with 4 window panes)¬† I had seventy images printed off¬†but¬†when I went to make my card I realised it was too large to fit¬†on my card¬†front nicely (and still be able to add¬†a bit of embellishment)¬† I decided to make an¬†INTERACTIVE card instead.¬† I cut each photo out individually and added them to a strip.¬† When you¬†pull on the bottom tab¬†the photos flip over one by one.

Here are some images to show you what I mean.¬† Heres is the front of the card…

 

Pull gently on the tab and the photo starts to flip up and over

Keep pulling down on the tab and the second photo is revealed…….

Up goes the second photo…..

……and the third¬†photo is revealed

Keep pulling and the fourth and final photo is revealed.  The Christmas message on the tab has also been revealed.

Here are just some of my cards waiting for me to add my Christmas messages and address the envelopes! I hope everyone who received a card was able to work out how to flip the photos over.  (Jason- my helpful husband thought I should include operating instructions on the inside!) 

 

 

The truth is that it wasn’t that tricky.¬† I would be more than happy to show you how! I have quite a few spots available for January.¬† If you book a workshop I would be happy to show you and your friends how to make a variation of this card.¬† January is also a great time to book a workshop because there are loads of stamps sets drastically reduced until the 24th of January!¬† Check out the savings to be made!!!¬† If you aren’t able to host or attend a workshop in January and would like to take advantage of these great specials, please feel free to give me a call or send me an E-mail.¬† I would be more than happy to process an order for you and I can have it shipped to you anywhere in Australia!¬†¬† miriamthomas@westnet.com.au OR (08) 90917655 or 0419 947 047.

Before signing off- here is a photo of my 4 cherubs with Santa!¬† Those with 4 children can appreciate just how tricky it is to get a photo with all 4 kids looking in the general direction of the camera.¬† Aren’t they cute?

Christmas in July

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I have heard people say on more than one occasion “Gee- If were to make my Christmas cards by hand I would have to start in July”……..Well what’s wrong with that?

Why not come along to my “Christmas in July” session at my place¬†on the 31st of July¬†and make a start on your Christmas¬†cards?

WHAT? Christmas in July Cardmaking session

WHEN?  Friday 31st July

TIME? 7pm

LOCATION? My home

I will prepare the materials, all you need to bring is yourself and your class fee of $15.  I will supply tea,coffee and a few nibblies (Feel free to bring a few drinks if you are keen)

Due to popular demand I am also happy to offer the opportunity for people to order at least $90 worth of Stampin’ Up! products from me on the night and I will waive the class fee.¬†

As a special gift from me I will offer a 10% discount on all Christmas themed Stamp sets and/or Christmas patterned paper  that you order from me on the night.   What better excuse do you need to get started on those Christmas cards?

To allow for preparation of materials and to ensure that there is enough space for all participants- it is ESSENTIAL that you book your spot by Wednesday 29th July.

To get you in the Christmas spirit- here is a Christmas card I completed recently using the stamp set “Snow Swirled”¬† The moment I saw this stamp set in the catalogue I knew it was one I just had to have!

The cardstock base is Kraft and I have used some traditional Christmas colours that include Old Olive, Handsome Hunter, Garden green teamed with the lovely Real Red.  The Kraft base has a row of snowflakes embossed with clear embossing powder.  The Christmas tree has been embossed using black embossing powder and the sentiment and baubles have been embossed using gold embossing powder.   My versamark ink and heat tool definitely got a work out that day!

I look forward to hearing from you when you get in touch to book your spot!   Feel free to send an E-mail miriamthomas@westnet.com.au or call me on (08) 90917655 or call/sms me on 0419 947 047

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