Sunday, November 17, 2019

Berenice's Journal

Hello Everyone!  For years I have made journals as end of year teacher gifts and today I have a new one for you.  This one is for an extra special teacher!  For five years Ms Furlong has been the year level co-ordinator for my son's grade and this week as the cohort celebrated their graduation - the overwhelming love for this amazing woman echoed around the auditorium.  The school captain spoke a wonderful tribute and there was a standing ovation and I just don't think I could do it justice, but she has been a Mum, a Friend, a Teacher, Family, and such a huge part in the lives and development of these young people and everyone - including us - absolutely ADORE her.  For our very first year at High School four years ago, I made a small notebook with just a "B" on it - imagine my shock when I gave her a new journal - and she told me she STILL has it because it was too pretty to use!  You can find that notebook HERE!

So as a little thank you for all the years of love and support she has shown, I thought I would make her a journal.  As you can see, her name is not one you would normally find on any store bought gifts, so I thought I would make sure her name featured!

I've taken a Spirax Notebook, cut a piece of Maja Designs paper to size and then punched the edge with a spiral border punch and then glued it down.  I've die cut some pink card with 5x7 Elegant Labels Four and glued it into place. Next I took the reverse of the same paper (including the edge) and cut it to size to allow for the letters and matted with pink card trimmed with a lace border punch.  I've cut the letters of her name using pink card and Long and Lean Letters Dies and glued then into place.  When the Abundant Petals stamps came out, I have been fiddling around stamping them before my dies had arrived and I found this image in a pile of uncoloured images and thought it would be perfect for the journal cover colouring it with Copics and coloured pencils.  I then decided to fussy cut it - so in hindsight it would have been better to just stamp the images again and use the matching dies, but there you go...  To finish I've accented with a couple of pearl flourishes and accented with a few tiny pearls as well.

Stamps - Abundant Petals (Power Poppy)
Ink - Black
Paper - Maja Designs, Pink, X-press It Blending Card
Accessories - Copics, Prismacolor Pencils, Divinity Designs Long and Lean Letters Dies, Fiskars Border Punch, Stampin' Up Spiral Border Punch, Spellbinders 5x7 Elegant Labels Four Dies, Pearl Flourishes, Kaisercraft Pearls, X-press It High Tack Double Sided Tape, X-press It Foam Tape, X-press It Clear Gel Glue (for covering the inside)

Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you've enjoyed my project and that you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Friday, November 15, 2019

Graduation......and Christmas!

Hello Everyone!!  Oh my goodness - today is a big day in the Jones household!  Our eldest child, Zac, graduates from High School!  All over Australia, the Grade 12 cohort completed their last day of High School and venturing off onto the next stage of their lives.  I am so proud, so happy and totally crying all at the same time!!

 So with that theme in my head, I decided to make a Graduation card using the new Four Panel Card with Layers to cut the black base and then used the laying dies to cut the Menswear Material Paper.
I decided to add a little extra layering and measured and cut extra gold and blue layers around the patterned paper.  I've then used gold card and the Grad Dies, Large Numbers Dies and Sparkling Stars dies to cut all the accent pieces.  I've stamped three sentiments from Dream Big Stamps to embellish the inside and belly band.  'The Congratulations' was cut with Pennant Flags and the 'Proud of You' cut with Pierced Circles.  I've also used the Pennant Flags to cut an extra blue flag.  The Grad Cap is cut with black and gold using the Grad Dies and I've layered it and the stars on a panel of white cut with Pierced Ovals.  Finally I've used the Belly Band Dies to cut the black base and blue layers, used  Circles Dies to cut the sentiment and matted that with black cut with Pierced Circles and framed with a gold star.

Stamps - Dream Big (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Black
Paper - DD Menswear Material Paper Pad, Blue, White, Gold, Black
Accessories - DD Dies: Four Panel Card with Layers, Sparkling Stars, Circles, Pierced Circles, Belly Band, Pierced Ovals, Large Numbers and Pennant Flags; Glue

For my second project, I've created a Christmas card, because that is surely coming up fast!

I've used white card cut with Center Step with Layers and cut the layers using Christmas Collection 2019.  I wanted to use the 'O Holy Night' sentiment with lots of stars and imagined them hanging, so I've cut lots of stars using silver glitter card and Sparkling Stars Dies.  I've stamped the sentiment from Silent Night Stamps and die cut it with Ovals and matted with glitter card cut with Pierced Ovals. I've 'hung' most of the stars with silver cord and the larger ones I've popped up on foam tape.

Stamps - Silent Night (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Black
Paper - DD Christmas Collection 2019,  White, Silver Glitter Paper
Accessories - DD Dies: Center Step with Layers, Sparkling Stars, Ovals, Pierced Ovals; Silver Cord, X-press It Foam Tape

You can check out all the latest from the design team over on the Divinity Designs Blog!  Thanks for popping by, have an awesome day and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Happy 50th!

It's a big week in the Jones house and it began with my hubby's 50th Birthday!  Well such a big milestone deserves a big blingy card, just in case he forgot which milestone it is!!  LOL!!

I've used the Center Step and Layers dies to cut the cream card base and the Maja Designs paper (front and back) for the layers.  I've then used the Large Numbers and Happy Birthday Script dies to cut gold card and glued the diecuts into place and finished by cutting some brown cut with Sparkling Stars for a little accenting on the side.

Stamps - NONE
Ink - NONE
Paper - Cream, Gold, Brown, Maja Designs
Accessories - DD Dies: Center Step and Layers, Large Numbers, Happy Birthday Script, Sparkling Stars; Glue

That's all for now, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!!  :)

Friday, November 1, 2019

Let the Fun Begin!

Hello Everyone!!!  Oh boy, do I have some fun things to show you this month!!  Divinity Designs have some A-MAZ-ING dies that you will love!!!  Today I've been using lots of new products and I have to say I am totally addicted already, so hang on because I've got LOTS to show you!  :)

My first project is a Milk Carton Holder and Milk Cartons!  OMGOSH how CUTE are these!!!  So I found some blue bazzill to create my holder and followed the instructions inside the packaging to put it together using Christmas Collection 2019 paper for the layers.  Heads Up - to make sure the handle layer matches the base card would be easier with a magnetic plate.  I've always thought - who needs a magnetic plate? - so I don't own one and have changed my mind on its value.  Doesn't mean you can't do this without it - hey I managed!  :)  Line it all up using the instructions, but to keep the dies in place I've used several pieces of removable tape and it worked just fine!  Also - you will need a larger sized die machine for the width of this die!  Then I got cracking on the milk cartons, cutting them out of white card and layering with the Christmas Collection 2019 paper.  (You can get all the layers out of one 6x6 piece of paper!). Once I've glued those down, I've embellished with stars cut using Sparkling Stars dies and a mix of silver and white card.  I've also cut the 'Christmas' out of silver card using Christmas Greetings dies.  Finally I've cut the tag using Treat Tags Dies and secured the tops of the cartons with mini white pegs!

Stamps: NONE
Paper:  DD Christmas 2019, Blue, White, Silver Glitter
Custom Dies:  DD Dies: Milk Carton Holder, Milk Carton with Layers, Sparkling Stars, Treat Tags, Christmas Greetings; X-press It Foam Tape, Glue, White Mini Pegs

My second project is a Four Fold Card!!  I loved the finished effect, even if it was a little tricky to photograph!  The sentiment is actually ONE LARGE sentiment (see below), that I *carefully* inked and stamped in versamark ink and then embossed in silver detail embossing powder over three separate pages.  The silver is actually light and shimmery but it is so hard to photograph!  Also, a heads up on this Four Fold Die set - you will need to have the facility to cut LONG dies as this die is about 12inches long.

So I've started this project cutting a piece of white card using the largest Four Fold Card Die.  (You should use 12inch paper for it to fit, but Aussies, if you are using our standard A4 Cardstock which is about 11 3/4inches, the flap at the end will cut a little short, but you can still get away with using it as the layering paper will cover that it's short.)  I've also cut the front panel out of white and then used the layering dies and the Christmas Collection 2019 paper for the decorative paper panels.  (I LOVE THIS PAPER!)  Before I've attached the layers, I've masked and stamped the sentiment from Silent Night in pieces to spread throughout the card with versamark ink and embossed with silver embossing powder.  I've cut the Dove and lots of the snowflakes from Christmas Dove out of white and then used a clear spica to add shimmer to the snowflakes (once again hard to photograph but they look pretty!).  The Dove is matted with the light blue paper from Christmas Collection 2019 and cut with the matching die.  On the last panel I've diecut the Christmas Greetings out of Silver Glitter paper and attached with glue.  To finish I've added some Silver Glitter Deco Tape, White Sequins and a couple of clear rhinestones (front panel only).

Stamp Set: Silent Night (Divinity Designs)
Ink: Versamark
Paper: DD Christmas Collection 2019, White, Silver Glitter
Custom Dies: Four Panel Card with Layers, Christmas Dove, Christmas Greetings; X-press It Silver Glitter Deco Tape, White Sequins, Silver Embossing Powder, Clear Rhinestones, Glue, Heat Gun, Spica Pen

If you thought that was the end, I still have ONE MORE project for you today!!  For my last project, once again I have used the Milk Carton Holder but filled it with 4oz Coffee Cups decorated with the brand new Mini Coffee Cup Wrapper and Layer dies!!  I love that you can use the holder with either the Milk Cartons or the 4oz Coffee Cups!!

 I've followed the same procedure as able for constructing the holder but made it out of cream card and Follow the Son paper.

You can purchase these white 4oz Coffee Cups along with the Mini Coffee Cup Wrapper and Layer Dies at Divinity Designs!  I've made the wrapper out of Follow the Son paper.  Over the join I've made the circle panel using Circles Dies, Double Stitched Circles Dies and Pretty Posies Dies.  For a bit of fun, I've tied up the cups with some grosgrain ribbon and attached a button to the bow.

Stamps - NONE
Ink - NONE
Paper - DD Follow the Son Paper, Cream
Accessories - DD Dies: Milk Carton Holder, Mini Coffee Cup Wrapper and Layer, Circles, Double Stitched Circles, Pretty Posies; Grosgrain Ribbon, Brown Buttons

Did you make it all the way to the end of this ginormous post???  WOW, thanks for hanging in all the way to the end!  I hope you love this new offering from Divinity Designs as much as I do and if you are looking for even more inspiration, you can check out Divinity Designs Blog, FacebookPinterest and Instagram. Thanks for visiting today and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Oct Colour Combo

Hello Everyone!  Today the Divinity Divas have been given a new Colour Combo to challenge ourselves - using the colours Moss, Kiwi and Brick Red.  These colours are found in the Divinity Designs Retro Christmas Paper Pad to make things a little easier!  ;-)

I saw this birdie paper and I knew a bird loving, red and green loving, friend of mine would love it - especially paired up with some Kraft card!

I've cut the bag using the Card Caddy and Gift Bag dies and kraft card.  The front panel, I've cut the moss green panel using paper from Retro Christmas and the Snowflake Sky Dies.  I've cut the Brick Red paper from the same paper pad to layer and then used Pierced Rectangles to cut the bird paper.  To finish I've stamped the sentiment from Deer Ornament, die cut with Treat Tags Die and popped it up on foam tape.

Stamps - Deer Ornament SDD (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Icing on the Cake
Paper - DD Retro Christmas Paper Pad, Kraft
Accessories - DD Dies: Card Caddy and Gift Bag, Snowflake Sky, Pierced Rectangles, Treat Tags; Glue, X-press It Foam Tape

Want to see what the other Divas have been creating using this combo??  Check out the Divinity Designs Blogs for all the details!  Thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :) 

Friday, October 25, 2019

Tartan Tote

Hello Everyone!  Today I have a fun Tote Bag to share with you using some of the new goodies from Divinity Designs!  As soon as I saw this fabby tartan (plaid) paper I just *knew* I had to create a Tote out of it!!

I've used the Timeless Tote and Layers Dies to cut Kraft card and the tartan paper from Rustic Christmas Paper Pad.  I've also used some gold card for the buckle.  I've used the Pinecones and Pine Branches Dies to cut some green paper from the same paper pad and kraft card for the pinecone.  Finally I've stamped the sentiment from Deer Ornament onto kraft card and die cut with Treat Tags Die.

Stamps - Deer Ornament Stamp Die Duo (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Icing on the Cake
Paper - DD Rustic Christmas Paper Pad, Kraft, Gold
Accessories - DD Dies: Timeless Tote and Layers, Pinecones and Pine Branches, Treat Tags; Glue

That's all from me today although you can find more inspiration over on the Divinity Designs Blog!  Thanks for visiting and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Deers Galore!

Hello Everyone!!  The Divinity Divas are showcasing the October Release stamps and Dies today and I have a couple of Deer Themed projects to share!

My first I've created a black and white card using the brand new Rustic Christmas Paper for the background and Deer Ornament stamps and dies to create the feature image.  You can't really tell from this photo but the ink is a black shimmer by Delicata to give it a pretty glow!  I've framed it up using Rectangles Dies, Pierced Rectangles and Scalloped Rectangles.

Stamps - Deer Ornament SDD (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Delicata Black Shimmer
Paper - DD Rustic Christmas Paper Pad, White, Black, Silver
Accessories - DD Dies: Deer Ornament, Rectangles, Pierced Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles; Silver Cord

For my second deer themed project, I've created a Center Step Card!  I've aimed for a more rustic/earthy feel for this one with lots of greens and browns.  I've used kraft card for the Center Step Card base and then cut the layers using Rustic Christmas Paper.  I've then used the bottom layer die to cut a piece of white card and then cut it in half using Curvy Slopes die and attached as shown.  I've then created the scene at the bottom using Trees and Deer Dies and the Rustic Christmas Paper.  Next I've stamped the sentiment from Deer Ornament onto kraft card and die cut with Treat Tags Die.  I've also cut another piece of kraft with Large Banners and Deer Silhouette.  I've airbrushed the deer with E27 Copic while still in the die and layered it with the banner and a piece of green paper die cut with Pierced Ovals and topping it with the die cut sentiment.

Stamps - Deer Ornament Stamp Die Duo (Divinity Designs)
Ink - Icing on the Cake
Paper - DD Rustic Christmas Paper Pad, Kraft, White
Accessories - DD Dies: Center Step Card and Layers, Deer Silhouette, Trees and Deer, Large Banners, Pierced Ovals, Treat Tags, Curvy Slopes; Glue, Copic E27 and Airbrush

That's all from me today, but you can find even more inspiration on the Divinity Designs Blog!!  Thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp!  :)

Friday, October 11, 2019

Deer Gift Bag

Hello Everyone!  Today I have a gift bag created with some of the New October Release stamps and dies from Divinity Designs!  Someone said to me the other day that there was 11wks until Christmas.... CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT???  Time to get cracking on this season's cards and gift goodies!!

With that in mind, I've made a Christmas Gift Bag by using the Card Caddy and Gift Bag Dies to cut red cardstock.  I've glued the bag together and then used the Gift Bag Handles and Topper Dies to cut a piece of Rustic Christmas Paper for the decorative topper.  I've used the round die from Deer Ornament Stamp/Die Duo to cut a circle of Rustic Christmas Paper and then stamped the sentiment from the same set onto some kraft card.  I've die cut the sentiment with Pennant Flags and also cut a piece of brown paper from Rustic Christmas Paper.  From the same paper, I've die cut the deer from Deer Silhouette Die as well the bottom shape of the Pinecone.  I've then die cut the decorative pinecone out of brown card and the branches out of Rustic Christmas Paper using the new Pinecones and Pine Branches Dies.  I think you'll be seeing a lot of those pinecones and branches because they'll be super useful!

Stamps - Deer Ornament SDD (Divinity Designs)
Paper - DD Rustic Christmas Paper Pad, Red, Kraft, Brown
Ink - Icing on the Cake
Accessories - DD Dies: Deer Silhouette, Pinecones and Pine Branches, Deer Ornament, Pennant Flags, Card Caddy and Gift Bag, Gift Bag Handles and Topper

You can visit the Divinity Designs Blog for more inspiration, thanks for popping by and hope you are inspired to stamp! 


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