A New Challenge

I imagine I am not the only one who finds the Stampin’ Up! catalogue an ongoing source of ideas and inspiration, so when I found out about a new challenge that has just started up, called CASE-ing the Catty Challenges, I had to take part.  What a great idea!
This week’s challenge is to use the Gift and Packaging section (Pages 6 – 23) of the catalogue to find some inspiration, or even to copy something directly from the catalogue.  Well, if you can’t find some inspiration in that section there must be something wrong!  I didn’t know which idea to start with!
So I am going to show you two boxes that I have decorated, and also link you to a previous post where I have used the catalogue as inspiration for some boxes.

Firstly, I liked the weaved strands of ribbon on the long yellow box on Page 15, so I wanted to give that a try.

I have then added a star, gold embossed onto Night of Navy cardstock, with a white star layered underneath. The ribbon going lengthwise goes under the acetate layer, so that the box can still be opened easily.

And the second gift box was inspired by the ribbon on the square yellow box, also on Page 15.  I had fun with this one too, but in the end it’s not all that difficult. I have used some of the Chevron Ribbon (Page 207).

These Tag a Bag Gift Boxes are available to purchase (Page 201), include the box base and an acetate sleeve, and make for fabulous easy packaging ideas.
And if you missed some of the boxes that I posted up recently, you can have a look here.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Everyday Occasions

I have been having such fun with this new kit on Page 196 of the Catalogue, called the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, it has so much in it, and is so versatile.

The kit contains heaps of card bases and envelopes, buttons, clips, embellishments, stickers, inks, and a great stamp set which is getting a lot of use here!!  Plus you get a booklet with ideas for a heap of different gorgeous cards, all packaged together in a lovely gift box.
Here are a couple of cards I have made using the set, the first is a smaller sized gift card:

And this one is a full sized card.  As you can see, the card bases have been pre-printed and are in gorgeous colours.

This set is fantastic for beginner card makers and stampers, but it is also fantastic for those of us who want to be able to put together a card quickly and easily when we need to, without having to think about it for too long. :) Oh, and of course, it would make a wonderful gift for anyone!
You can contact me if you would like to buy the kit, or click here to start shopping online.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Cute Owls

It’s been quite a while since I have used my owl punch, with so many new goodies available it’s not really surprising, but I thought it was time I got it out and gave it another work out.  Today I have used it to make some thank you cards for a few of my customers.

The card base comes from the Hip Hip Hooray card kit, layered with some of the Lullaby patterned papers.

Keeping it short and sweet today.
Happy Stamping!
Chris

New Papers

New Designer Series Papers = more excuses to make stuff!  Right?
Well, ok, who needs excuses….. just had to make some cute little boxes to show off some of the gorgeous new papers!
These boxes use both the Envelope Punch Board, and the Scallop Tag Topper Punch.

This first one combines the Lullaby DSP with some Hello Honey coloured cardstock, some gold Baker’s twine and a tag made from the Occasions stamp set (part of the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit), and  the Artisan Label punch.
Here is the box when it is open….

And a close up of the tag.

And a second box, a little bigger, but made in the same way, this time using the absolutely stunning papers from the Gold Soiree DSP.  Wouldn’t this make a gorgeous box for a wedding gift?

This box has a layer of Vellum around it, and is tied with some of the gorgeous Gold Ribbon.
Having fun! Hope you are too. :)

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Be The Star

Such a useful, versatile and fun stamp set, Be The Star is my focus stamp set for this month, and therefore the stamp set you will receive if you are taking part in Stamps in Your Letterbox in July.  It’s a great stamp set for cardmaking and scrapbooking, for children of all ages, boys and girls, masculine cards, and definitely Christmas cards.

I have combined Be The Star stamp set with the Stars Framelit dies, the zigzag stamp out of  the Work of Art stamp set, splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, some of the great new black and white Baker’s Twine and some Washi Tape out of the Everyday Adventure Project Life kit, but you could just as easily use one of the other Washi tapes available (page 190 of the catalogue).  The colour combo I have used for this card is Basic Black, Whisper White and Bermuda Bay.

Happy Stamping!
Chris

Stamps in Your Letterbox!

The first month of Stamps in Your Letterbox is ready to go!
For those of you who have already signed up, yours are in the mail on the way to you, and I will be emailing a PDF to you in the next couple of days.  I am running a little behind this month, but be sure that you will still get heaps of ideas and inspiration for using your new stamps.
And for those of you who are wondering what I am talking about, you can get all the details here.

This months feature stamp set of Stamps in Your Letterbox is the “Be The Star” stamp set (Page 93 of the catalogue), and I am going to be showing you lots of ideas during the month to use this stamp set.

Today’s card uses the colours Crumb Cake (Kraft), Very Vanilla, Night of Navy and Pistachio Pudding.  The Pistachio Pudding layer has been stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp with Crumb Cake ink, then stamped with the little stars in Night of Navy ink.  The Happy Birthday stamp comes from the Everyday Occasions Cardmaking Kit, and I have inked it using markers in the two colours.  Then tie some Linen thread around the small panel before adhering it the front of the card. The stars have been hand cut and popped on with some dimensionals.

If you haven’t yet signed up for this months Stamps in Your Letterbox, there is still time to do so, just leave a message or comment and I will get back to you.
Happy stamping!
Chris

Stamping Fun!

Yesterday afternoon I held my first stamping get together since moving to Cooma, which was really exciting.  Not only did we have a lovely afternoon of stamping and chatting, but I met some lovely ladies who share my passion for crafting.

The ladies got to make two projects, and since we had some complete novices, I kept the projects fairly simple.
We started off making a tag (or bookmark), using the Scallop Tag Topper punch.

Then we made a card.  Both feature the fabulous new stamp set Work of Art and some of the gorgeous new In Colours and Stitched Satin Ribbons.

Special thanks to the ladies who shared the afternoon with me, I certainly had a lovely time!

Check back soon for more, as I have heaps of crafting to share with you! :)
Happy stamping!
Chris