December 4, 2008 – Miriam Thomas

Day: December 4, 2008

Crazy for Christmas

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One of the stamp sets that is on special this month is a set known as “Crazy for Christmas”  It features 4 long stamps- one is a row of Christmas trees, a row of presents, a row of baubles and a Christmas sentiment that reads “Merry and bright-Ho Ho Ho! -’tis the season-joy- deck the halls”. 

What I like about this set is that you can create different cards using a simple design and just varying the colours used.  It is a great set to use when you have lots of Christmas cards to make but you don’t want to ‘re-invent’ the wheel and come up with a totally different design for each card.  Just minor variations- make for a unique card.

During December, if you spend $20 on regular merchandise you can select “Crazy for Christmas” for 20% off- making it only $35.96.

This afternoon I made a few Christmas cards using this stamp set- Each card uses a piece of ribbon, a scrap of patterned paper and at least one scrap of cardstock.  I just varied the design slightly for each card to make them all a little different.


For the first card- I used the Wintergreen patterned paper (with the colours Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow and Soft Sky)  I used the mat pack to add the row of holes along the cardstock to tie it in with the pattern on the paper.  The image is stamped in Stazon Black ink and coloured using markers and blender pens.

The second card also uses paper from the Wintergreen Patterned paper pack– but it looks very different to the first card- don’t you think?  On this card I stamped the image in Sage shadow onto Soft Sky cardstock.  The main feature of this card is the addition of dazzling diamonds glitter to the baubles and the snowflake design on the patterned paper.  It is hard to see in the photo- but looks quite effective

I also used glitter on the third card- where I have used the Holiday Harmony Patterned paper and a snow flake stamp from “Season of Joy” (both of which were in the SPRING Mini Catalogue so they are no longer available) and I stamped the image in Always Artichoke and added the sentiment across to the top.

The fourth card also makes use of the Holiday Harmony patterned paper. The colours in this card are Always Artichoke, Purely Pomegranate and River Rock.  I mounted the coloured image using dimensionals but also inked around the edges in River Rock using a SU sponge– to give it added dimension.

The final two cards are made with paper from the Dashing Patterned Paper Pack.  I love the colour combination of Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock and Very Vanilla.  On the final card I used the Cutter Kit which has a seven sided distressing tool to distress the edges of the old olive cardstock (The Cutter kit also has a cutting blade, a scorer and a perforator- all on a key chain- quite a nifty little collection of tools that can fit in the palm of your hand)

The other neat thing about the “Crazy for Christmas” Stamp set is that it is very versatile! You can use the row of presents on a Birthday card, even the baubles could become balloons or lollipops if stamped upside down!  

If you would like to order “Crazy for Christmas” or some of the other December specials- or ANY other SU products please let me know!  If you would like to make some Christmas cards- I am more than happy to help you select some products.  Please just get in touch with me!

Don’t you hate in when you see a great idea somewhere surfing the internet- but you forget to bookmark it and then can’t remember how to find it!? Well that has happened to me! I saw a great idea for turning the Carousel Notes (page 5 of Summer Mini Catalogue) into a “Bag-a-lope” (for the uninitiated- a “Bag-a-lope” is a little bag made from an envelope)

Fortunately I had committed enough to memory to create my own- I think the ones I saw were made by either a US or Canadian stamper and the ones I made were inspired by hers- but I don’t think mine were as ‘detailed’.   

I thought they would make great little gifts for my kids’ teachers.  Erin and Adam are in the same class- but they have one Teacher, two Education Assistants as well as Adam’s “specials needs” assistant.  Fortunately Jared only has one teacher- but then I realised at the last minute that he has a student teacher in his classroom at the moment so I whipped one up for her too!

Before assembling the bag-a-lope I used chocolate chip ink to stamp images from the “Live your dream“stamp set onto the chocolate chip envelopes. I then scored and folded to create the bag-a-lope.  (If anyone is interested in learning how to make a bag-a-lope- then I would be more than happy to show you how in a workshop setting!!)  I used the soft sky, wild wasabi and groovy guava carousel notes to create the top of the bag-a-lope.  I added a large circle of paper cut out from the Afternoon Tea Designer series papers onto the caraousel notes before scoring and folding them and securing them in place.  (By the way the Afternoon Tea paper work beautifully with the “Live your dream” stamp set.) On the front of the bag-a-lope I used several circle punches as well as the scallop circle punch and a stamp from the “Friendly flowers” set.  The “thanks” sentiment is also from the “Live your dream” stamp set. 

To create the little label on which the sentiment  sits- I used my square scallop punch and then trimmed off two edges.  (Again this would be something I could show you in a workshop setting!)  The Bag-a-lope was finished off with a piece of chocolate chip ribbon.

If my my memory serves me correctly the other stamper used her bag-a-lope to hold some co-ordinating cards.   I wanted to include some chocolates in mine.  As I hadn’t made the bag-a-lope to fit the chocolates I had to make the chocolates work with the bag-a-lope.  I ended up covering the “Cadbury moments” in the matching patterned paper and then securing each piece to some cardstock and tying some ribbon so that they would stay in place.  There was enough room in each bag-a-lope for the chocolates and a special magnet and keyring for the teachers.  The children gave each teacher and assistant a bag-a-lope containing their goodies as well as a gold star shaped Christmas tree decoration in a star-shaped mini platter with a gold edge.  I hope they liked their gifts!


Summer mini goodies

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The other day I got a chance to have a play with some of the goodies from the Summer Mini Catalogue.  I really love the Designer Series papers in this catalogue and used some lovely rose red patterned paper from the Bali Breeze set to create a nice bright card for my daughter’s little friend for her birthday party on Tuesday.  It was a great match for the wrapping paper I had used to wrap her gift.

I also got a chance to use my two new punches- the scallop edge punch and the scallop square punch.  The scallop square punch has a co-ordinating stamp set.  I used one of the stamps from this “Say it with Scallops” set, however the greeting on the stamp says “I just can’t thank you enough”  but I wanted it to say ‘Happy Birthday”  I simply used a marker to colour directly on to the stamp and made sure I didn’t colour the sentiment.  I later added “Happy Birthday” from another stamp set (Birthday Best) and lined it up inside the square using my Stamp-a-ma-jig.

The SU chipboard brackets are from a SU card-making kit.  I simply coated them in ink and then two way glue and dipped them into glitter- dazzling diamonds.  In the photo- the glue hadn’t had time to dry properly….but I love how sparkly and girly the glitter came up!

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