Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Autumn leaves, birthdays and butterflies

The following 3 projects are ones we did in our CardART club autumn class. I love doing seasonal projects and these all definitely have an autumnal feel to them! The above picture shows a few others I made along the same lines. Below are the 3 projects with how tos included. All products are from stampin'up.

First one is 'autumn leaves'. Here's how to make it:

Die cut 2 leaves from 'autumn accents' bigz die using watercolour paper. 'Draw' veins with stylus. Spritz with water and crush up the paper (don't be scared!). Open out and using an aqua painter paint leaves with so saffron, pumpkin pie, riding hood red, and cherry cobbler. Using sponge dauber, go around edges with cherry cobbler. This really makes it pop.
Cut base card out of riding hood red (the size of the above card fits our crumb cake envelopes).

Mount uses so saffron cs. Stamp with background stamp  (I used "sanded" (ret.)) using so saffron ink and pumpkin pie to give it some interest, sponge with so saffron, pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, crumb cake and soft suede to create an afternoon light effect, then run through big shot using square lattice folder. Then attach one of the 'labels collection' framelits to the cardstock to create the window.
For sentiment, stamp frame from "memorable moments" in riding hood red, stamp sentiment from "thoughts and prayers" in tangerine tango, die cut "labels collection" on to naturals white cs. Adhere to mount with dimensional. Wrap ribbon around mount. Adhere to cardbase.

When leaves are dry, spritz with a mixture of shimmer paint and alcohol – or paint with crystal effects. Using Cajun craze marker go around the outside of stem to define. Attach a linen thread bow with a mini glue dot.


The second card is a papillon potpourri thank you card. Here's how to:
Cut a 9.9cm by 9.9 cm card in riding hood red. Spray with shimmer paint and isopropyl alcohol. Background stamp with solid small butterfly from 'papillon potpourri'.

Stamp the 2 different sized butterflies onto vellum and punch out with coordinating punches. Colour with yellows and oranges using sponge daubers, then use sponge dauber to paint champagne mist shimmer paint over the top. This really makes the butterfly pop. Punch two more butterflies out of pumpkin pie cardstock and layer with mini glue dot. Punch each butterfly in the mount - which is the leftover label diecut in so saffron from previous card.

Stamp sentiment from 'itty bitty banners' in pumpkin pie on naturals cs and die cut with matching dies. Sponge edges. Adhere with dimensional

Attach ribbon using snail along bottom of card.

Lastly, we have the medallion. For the class, we actually attached a toothpick so that the medallions could be used as cupcake toppers. For the card above I attached the medallion to a labels collection mount and put it on the front of a card for a 70th birthday.

The medallion consists of the rosette, then the scallop circle piece that has the number stamped circle on it. To make the rosette which is 2” this is a great video:

Or simply take a sheet of 'more than mustard dsp' paper stack 12x12.
Score at 1/2” then flip paper over and score at ¼ and 3/4” and then cut down to 1” strips. Fan fold. (This will give you 12 rosettes)

Join the two ends together with sticky strip – making sure you keep the mountain valley fold consistent on the wrong side. And press down to make the rosette with ws facing up. Then deftly place a cut out circle (1 3/8") covered in strong glue to hold it in place (for the back). Or

To make the decoration that goes on the front of the rosette  – stamp number or symbol in cajun craze onto naturals white cs. Punch out with the 1 3/8” circle punch.
Punch glittering gold cs with scallop circle punch. Adhere the number circle onto the gold scallop cut out using tombow.
Cut a small piece of ribbon, fold in middle and diagonally snip ends. Adhere to back of medallion using sticky strip

Adhere prepared medallion onto front of the rosette with strong adhesive and you're done! 

Hope you enjoyed these projects. Winter solstice is coming up on the 22nd so not long to go before Autumn is officially over - so time to get crafting if you'd like to make some autumnal cards!

Renee MB

Friday, February 15, 2013

Love is in the Air on Sycamore Street cards

Hey there
Here are the 4 love-ly cards inspired by the Sycamore St dsp from this year's sale-a-bration catalogues that were canvassed in this post.

First up is 'Artistic Amour'. I just love this stamp set! Paris being the city of love and the Eiffel tower being the symbol of Paris, you couldn't get anything more apt.

Colour palette – tangerine tango, island indigo, whisper white, sahara sand
Card base – tangerine tango cs, 14cm x 20cm and score at 10cm,  background stamp the medallion from ‘Artistic Etchings’ in either t.tango ink or versa mark. This size card base will fit SU’s crumb cake envelopes.
Mount – cut a piece of pool party card stock to 11.5cm x 6.5cm, cut an upside down V, run through bigshot using the vintage wallpaper embossing folder. Attach to card base using sticky trip

Focal image – cut piece of whisper white cs to 8.5cm x 5.5cm and cut off top to edges 1 cm in to create tag. Stamp the medallion from Artistic Etchings in tangerine tango ink (stamp off first so not so saturated), rub cs with embossing buddy, stamp Eiffel tower from same SS in versa mark ink and heat emboss with silver embossing powder. Punch a circle from pool party cs with ¾” circle punch, score down centre and fold over top middle of tag. Punch a hole and thread some pool party ribbon through and tie.

Sentiment – cut piece of sahara sand cs to 6cm x 1.2 cm and hand cut upside down V, stamp amour from Artistic etchings in tangerine tango ink, adhere with some sticky strip and then a staple. Attach whole tag to mount using dimensionals.

Next up is 'Ton of love'. I made this for Koala. He's only 14 months old but it was lovely to write to him of 3 things that I love about him! It will go into his 'happy box' as a record and for him to read when he's older.

Colour palette – Island indigo, pool party, calypso coral, rich razzleberry, summer starfruit
Card base – whisper white

Embellishments – strip of Sycamore Street dsp (SAB) – 3cm x 10.5cm
Focal image – On sahara sand cs cut to 8cm by 10.5 cm and mounted with dimensionals, elephant image from Patterned Occasions (SAB) stamped and hand cut with extra ear mounted on dimensional. Hearts cut from same dsp using Heart to Heart punch. Strings hand drawn with white gel pen.

When we made this card on Wednesday night, Stef came up with another version with one of the heart balloons flying off into the heavens. Here's my take on that idea -

Our 3rd make'n'take for the evening was 'Love on the line'. In my previous post, I showed it in bravo burgundy. It looks just as sweet in island indigo -

Colour palette – Island indigo, pool party, calypso coral, rich razzleberry, summer starfruit
Card base – Rich razzleberry cs, run through big shot using vine street (SAB) embossing folder

Embellishments – String (non su) tied around cb twice, Heart and Heart to Heart punches on Sycamore Street dsp (SAB), mounted onto contrasting cs and hand cut to create border, attached with mini pegs (non su).

Sentiment – from Tiny tags SS, cut with Jewellery tag punch, and mounted with mini glue dots

The 4th card from the Love is in the Air on Sycamore St collection is 'Who loves who'. This is a really sweet and simple card. I used the simple letters alphabet dies which is now retired, but it would work just as well with the current 'typeset alphabet bigz' on page 192 of annual cattie.

Colour palette – sahara sand, whisper white, island indigo, pool party
Card base – sahara sand, landscape, hand draw stitching lines with white gel pen.

Focal image – mount is whisper white cut at 6.7cm x 11.7. For letters,  cut strip island indigo cs to 2cm x 6.5 cm and 4.7 x 4.7. Using low tack masking tape, tape down the cs over the letter I and U and roll through big shot using alphabet die. Punch heart from Sycamore Street dsp using full Heart punch. Adhere letters with snail and heart with dimensional.
Embellishments – Tie some pool party ribbon around mount and attach a pool party button to heart with mini glue dot (both from ribbon and button pack SAB).

Well I hope you enjoyed these cards. If you have any questions or would like to order any of these products to make your own creations, please email me via my email on my profile page.
Have a great weekend!
Renée M-B

Love is in the air on Sycamore St

We had our first session of our CardART club on Wednesday night. It was great fun. Especially the wine and cheese for supper. As it was the eve of Valentine's Day, the theme just had to be love :-)
I'd conceived 6 projects all inspired by the Sycamore St dsp (one of the freebies in the sale-a-bration cattie). Pictured above is the bunting I made for the occasion. It spells 'create' (hard to decipher in the photo).
I also made up a paper mailbox that my family and I have dubbed our 'love note box'. It's going to sit on our kitchen bench and whenever we want to write love-ly things to each other, we can post them in our box. The munchkins love the love heart flag.

I found the template for the box  on Tiffany Bird's fantastic blog. But as it was sized for tiny love notes, I enlarged the template by 130% and added some extra length in the centre in order to fit standard sized cards. For extra reinforcement along the bottom and sides, I cut a piece of pool party dsp to 7 3/4” x 6 7/8” and scored it at 1 3/4” and 6”. I also resized the tab to 3”x7/8" and scored at ½” and 1 1/2”. 
Here's the front -
And here are all the cards -
I designed 4 cards for the 4 much loved members of my little family, 3 of which were the make'n'takes for the club session. It's really nice to reflect on and communicate what it is that you love about your loved ones. Valentine's Day is one of my favourite festivals. Anyway, here's the collection -
In my next post, I'll go through each card in detail. So stay tuned!
Renee M-B

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

CardART club 2013

Hi there!
I have some information for you on the JoieDeVivre House CardART club for 2013. Our first session is on Wednesday, 13th February from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, with a repeat daytime session from 9:30am to 11:30am on Thursday, 7th February. These sessions are obligation free. So if you are new to cardmaking or papercraft, you can give it a test run :-)
How the CardART Club works
The club is a group of up to 5 people who like to make beautiful things out of paper and other art and craft materials!
We meet every two months: February, April, June, August, October, and then in November, (as December gets way too busy!) at my place in Bulimba.  You can also join as an 'online' member if you can't make it to classes - you receive the same benefits and I will send you the diy kits to make up your session projects at home.
We make 2 to 3 paper/craft items each time (e.g. a card, a gift bag, etc). All Stampin’Up craft materials and instruction are provided. You just bring along your tool kit (adhesives and scissors). I usually charge $20 for these types of classes, but if you become part of the CardART club, they are free.
Each member takes a turn at ‘hosting’ – so bringing along something yummy to eat (I'll provide the wine for the night session and coffee/tea for the day session)
Each member commits to placing a $50 minimum Stampin’Up order at each session (6 sessions in all). This ensures each hostess qualifies for the hostess benefits when it’s her turn. 
Each member on their hosting month will receive the Stampin Up hostess benefits ($50 of free product of your choice, free postage and a free gift).

What you will gain from it:
      ·         Enjoy some creative and enriching time out for yourself!
·         Learn new skills and paper/craft techniques.
·         Make beautiful handmade projects for your family, friends, or yourself.
·         Build up your stash of paper art/craft supplies. bit by bit, over time.
·         Obtain 15% off general tools and adhesives for every order as an extra bonus.
·         Receive free Stampin Up catalogues for the duration of the club (valued at over $15).
·         Earn guaranteed hostess benefits of $50 of free products of your choice.
How to join
Please contact me if you would like to be a part of the CardART club or would like more information. Phone 0407 562 535 or email jdvhouse@gmail.com.  

Looking forward to crafting with you soon!
Renée M-B

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Peace with friends

Quick post!  Just loved the colours in this week's play date cafe challenge. So I created this card. The photos don't do it justice. Much prettier in real life :-) I'm also linking it to just add ink's just add Christmas.
Used 'little friends' and 'greetings of the season'. It's the perfect little image for a summery, Australian Christmas. And it's a timely message.

Friday, December 14, 2012

star tree trilogy

Here are 3 cards made with the 'star tree' stamp and the greeting is from 'curly cute'. I've done the tree in 3 different ways to show you how versatile it can be! The common colours are elegant eggplant, garden green and whisper white.

Here, I've stamped it tone on tone with garden green and embellished it with rhinestones, and cut it out.

In this second card, I've stamped the tree onto white, and then added some dazzling diamonds to the 'tinsel'.

For the third card, I've stamped the tree again on white, but using a masking stencil, I've sponged over the top in garden green ink.

Hope you've enjoyed this post!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

sweet and simple sugar plum favours

I whipped these up today just in time to give out at school to the school mums, admin staff etc. I've been really struggling to find the time to do my usual handmade Christmas gifts and cards. Koala, child no. 3, does not like me sitting at my craft table! So rather than give up altogether, I've had to come up with really quick, simple but sweet designs.
So for the 10cm x 10cm gift card, I just stamped and punched 2 of the baubles from 'delightful decorations', hand-drew the ribbon from the piece of embossed soft suede cardstock. I wrote inside using the soft suede marker. And it ended up looking quite stylish!
To package the sugar plums, I use the large tag punch and the star punch from the 'merry minis' punch pack.

It felt really good making and giving these out today. In this age of emailed or texted greetings, I am consciously making the effort and finding the time to connect with my community in a more personal, meaningful and tangible way.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Road to Happiness Bro's Birthday

Whipped up this clean and simple card for my brother's 36th birthday - he loves the beach, surfing and plays guitar so this stamp set - 'road to happiness' - was a perfect choice! Really like this stamp set. Thought you could use the presents in the car for a 'season's greetings' card too. The groovy sketch is from 'freshly made sketches no.64' and the gorgeous colours are from 'playdate cafe challenge 160'. In stampin'up language, they're bashful blue, baja breeze, marina mist, midnight muse, whisper white and sahara sand. Dsp from 'festival of prints' - loving that pad of papers! And of course the numbers (embossed in white) are from 'memorable moments'.
If you'd like to order any of these projects, or this card ready made, please contact me!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

bunny rabbit party invites

My little Koala turned 1 not long ago and we had a wonderful bunny rabbit themed party for him. I made a bunch of invites using the gorgeous bunny stamp from 'The Nicest Things' (ret.).

The text I did in word and printed onto naturals ivory cardstock and mounted it onto pumpkin pie, after distressing edges and using the corner rounder punch. The flowers are made with a combo of the fancy flower punch and the scallop circle in garden green, old olive and certainly celery. I spritzed the flowers with water and scrunched them up to make them look a bit like cabbage or lettuce leaves.

To colour the bunny, I used blender pens in the colours listed above. I also used champagne shimmer paint and coloured pencils on the ears. On the back, I used adhesive magnets so the recipients could stick them on their fridge :-)

Renée M-B


confirmation card with boho blossoms

I'm doing a bit of a catch up of cardartistry posts so will have a few cards to share with you over the next few weeks.This one is a confirmation card I made way back in May! Anyway, it features two symbols of confirmation - the white flowers and the green leaves. Flowers are made with boho blossoms punch and leaves are the wings from teh bird punch. Nice and simple and sweet.
Renée M-B

Saturday, October 20, 2012

thank you hearts

Really cute sketch over at retrosketches this week, no.33. I've stuck pretty close to the sketch because I just love the dangly hearts. Nice way to show off SU 2012-2014 in colours that just arrived in the mail. That gumball green is a really beautiful, bright green!
Renee M-B


Friday, October 19, 2012

uncle's curly cute happy birthday

whipped this card up today for a special uncle's birthday. used the sketch from ppa  145 and the colours are from the paper players 117.
was fun putting together cajun craze, bravo burgundy, night of navy and very vanilla. nice graphic sketch too to play with.

ingredients (all products from stampin up unless otherwise specified)
sentiment: curly cute
colours: as per challenge
dsp: regals dsp pack
tools: corner rounder, big shot and vintage wallpaper embossing folder, heart punch, paper piercing pack
embellies: vintage button, white gel pen

renée m-b


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

birthday bakery gift card holder and card in one!

I'm pretty excited to share this creation with you :-) It's a birthday card for my son's school teacher with a gift card holder attached to the front. The colours are from the colour throwdown challange 207. However, I ran out of time to enter due to the time zone differences with the US, it seems!

Anyway, I used rose red (melon mambo), peach parfait, so saffron (barely banana) and wild wasabi (gable green). Ss is birthday bakery - a retired hostess set that I love and have never used, so it was nice to finally have a play.
Now the really cool thing about this card is the front top note part, which is actually gift card holder!

I used a large flower brad to keep it closed. The inside sentiment says 'hope your day is the sweetest ever' from 'crazy for cupcakes' ss. Here is the link on how to make the top note gift card holder. I adapted it a little and I also made an actual card for it to be attached to - as I always like to write a fairly long message in my cards.

Hope you like it!



Monday, September 3, 2012

new catalogues are here!

Click on pic to view new annual catalogue for 2012 to 2013

Click on pic to view new Holiday catalogue!

To celebrate their arrival, Card ARTistry is offering 15% off all Christmas related products for the month of September! Please email me to place your order!


Friday, July 6, 2012

just a note

have this little cutie to share with you today. it's for a very special friend. she knows who she is! Used quite a few different elements here:
mini envelope die, polka dot and lattice embossing folders
extra large bird punch
mozart sheet music (non su)
pearls and grey satin ribbon
white gel pen for the 'stitches'
colours are b.black and b.grey with orchid opulence (which is unfortunately a retired su colour)
hope you're having a great day!
x renée