|Posted on December 9, 2011 at 2:40 AM||comments (1)|
Well 2011 has been quite a year!
Not only have we increased the number of members to almost 300 at the time of writing but we have launched lots of new downloadable card and chipboard templates, provided heaps of new freebies to members and added lots of items to the webstore.
It really has been an exhausting year, made worthwhile by those few people who really support the site with their contributions, comments and uploads. A big and special thank you to those people and they know who they are!
To everyone who has visited, added a guestbook comment, provided a testimonial, uploaded photos, designed, bought items, commented on the blog, a huge thank you.
Taking the time to add a quick comment, to show your appreciation is very important in providing the inspiration to continue with adding new projects and products. We hope to be back in the new year with lots more projects and ideas for you. Until then, we wish you a very happy and peaceful Christmas and New Year.
|Posted on December 6, 2011 at 12:35 AM||comments (3)|
Better late than never, a series of photo instructions for the Chipboard Sleigh project!
Firstly cut out your pieces using the template. I've actually chosen to use a white pasteboard for this example, just to make it stand out a bit clearer in the photos.You will need two side pieces, two runners, a base piece, 4 runner supports and a front and back piece.
I've run the side pieces through a Cuttlebug Embossing Folder to get a textured look as I was planning to paint my sleigh afterwards but you can easily use papers by using the pieces as templates to draw around and papering them before assembly..
Now glue your base piece to one of the side pieces and hold until it is firmly fixed. Make sure you are using your good quality solvent based craft glue!
Glue the other side piece in place.
Now glue the front and back pieces in place. The back piece is slightly taller than the front piece.
Hold the pieces in place firmly until they are fixed.
Put your sleigh on one side and glue the runner supports in place.
Glue the runner in place, making sure that you glue it to the inside, so that the ends of the supports don't show on the outside of your sleigh
Now turn the sleigh over and repeat on the other side.
Your sleigh is ready for decoration!
|Posted on December 5, 2011 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
The final challenge closing date is approaching quickly, so if you are considering entering a card or project on the Christmas theme, please do get your entries in before Thursday. Up for grabs is the usual $10 download voucher which you can swap for a mystery prize pack filled with items from the webstore, up to the value of $10 less shipping. So, get your thinking caps on and post up a photo on the Wall of Fame!
|Posted on December 3, 2011 at 7:00 PM||comments (1)|
I thought I would very quickly post up these two cards I have just made for smaller members of my family. Both are using die cut shapes, with the addition of chalking to add shading and bring them to life.
This has given me the idea to do a blog tutorial on chalking for die-cuts in the new year, so keep a look out for that if you like using die cuts and you are interested.
The teddy peeking out of the basket has been made simply from the basket and peekaboo teddy die-cuts available in the webstore and the Sizzix doll fairy is simply made using the doll shape, with the fairy dress in red, decorated with glitter glues and pearlescent glue.
|Posted on December 1, 2011 at 6:00 PM||comments (1)|
Not to be outdone by her sister with her crackers/bon bons, daughter number 1 has been busy churning out mini clipboards for her friends.Well.....to be more precise, I've been busy making them!
Strange how it starts as just making one or two for close friends, to 'I have to make something for everyone in the class'....Still, they are very cute, fun and addictive to make, so I can't really blame her!
She has been busy with cards too as you can see below, so maybe I have a future designer in the family. I can see some familiar designs in there too, so she much have been looking at what I have been making for the site.
Not bad for a 12 year old really.
You can get the mini clipboards from the webstore and they make nice little gifts anytime of the year!
|Posted on December 1, 2011 at 7:50 AM||comments (1)|
Here is another distressed ink card, which is actually very simple to make but pretty effective and is actually one of my most popular designs for card packs.
To make this card, I've simply stamped this very basic tree design (the stamp is from Stamp It) onto a piece of card and torn around the edges.
I've then added my mix of all the green distressed inks I could lay my hands on, incuding Bundled Sage, Olive and Forest Green and built up the colour gradually.
Some stickles glitter glue on the baubles and a final brush with Perfect Pearls (Gold) powder, creates a wonderful shimmer effect that you can't see very well in the photo but catches the light beautifully.
Mounted onto a clean white card blank, you get a really nice contrast between the green and the plain background. I've decided that this will be my chosen design for my own cards that I am sending this year, so I'll be setting up the production line soon!
|Posted on November 29, 2011 at 7:40 PM||comments (2)|
I don't know about you but I love to make all kinds of cards at Christmas, ranging from cute, to contemporary and traditional. If you like the traditional or even vintage look, how about these two cards, both made with the help of some distressed inks. The first, uses a Christmas Carol stamp and the second is a Christmas Wording Stamp from Kasazz.
Both have been stamped and heat embossed in gold, mounted onto co-ordinating textured cardstock and then brushed with distressed inks. I've cut around them with some deckled scissors before going to town with the inks. The red one, uses the new Tim Holtz Limited Edition Festive Berries and the green one, uses a mixture of Forest Moss, Bundled Sage and Crushed Olive, with a little Tea Dye thrown in on both.
These inks really give any stamped project such depth, I am such a fan of them. My hubby says that he is going to bury my collection along with me, when I die. I'm not sure how to think about that!
Finally, I've wrapped some gold cord around both cards and stuck some little stars and a greeting on the carol card, to complete them. If you can't bothered to make them, both are available as sets of two in the webstore!
|Posted on November 29, 2011 at 6:15 PM||comments (1)|
Wow! I can see that the site almost has 290 members and subscribers. Will we make the 300 by Christmas? I guess, we'll just have to wait and see.
When we hit 300, there will be another giveaway to mark the occasion. This might not happen until the New Year but watch out for the announcement!
|Posted on November 28, 2011 at 2:55 AM||comments (1)|
We had an enquiry about the little Santa suit that you can see hanging in the wardrobe card at the top of the blog. This is actually cut using a Cricut cartridge and is quite fiddly to make. If they hadn't been so fiddly, you would have seen them in the webstore already!
However, if you are interested in creating a card like this one, there are some die cut Santa suits coming soon to the webstore (see photo above), so check back in a week. That still leaves just enough time to get your order in before the site closes on 8th December and plenty of time to make these lovely unique cards!
|Posted on November 28, 2011 at 2:45 AM||comments (1)|
Thought you might like to see how the cracker/bon bon box template has come in very handy as part of our Christmas preparations. This expanding pile of crackers/bon bons has been made for school friends and each contains chocolates and other treats. The problem is that there is always 'one more' friend to make one for!
Luckily, these boxes are super simple to make, simply print the smallest template directly to red and green card, cut them out and glue them. These were made up and then passed over to the junior member of the house for glittering and bow tying. The large silver box featured in an earlier blog post has been filled with better quality chocolates for the teacher. Another job to cross of the list!
|Posted on November 26, 2011 at 12:15 AM||comments (0)|
Meet Kasey, a cute little koala in a stocking. You can find her on the freebies pages. Merry Christmas to our current and prospective members from Mementoes In Time!
|Posted on November 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
We are looking for people who are used to working with digital images, to do some designing for the site, using our digital stamp ranges. If you are interested, please contact us using the 'Contact Us' page. We don't pay for design work currently but you do get to use the digitals for free and promote your own blog too!
We are also looking for people to design with our products for use on scrapbook pages. If this is your area of expertise and you would like to be involved, please get in contact too.
|Posted on November 25, 2011 at 5:55 AM||comments (1)|
I hope you don't mind Marion but I had to show off your lovely little chipboard clipboards. I usually go for pastels as I'm not really brave enough for bright colours but these cute clipboards are absolutely adorable. Check out these and the other projects Marion has uploaded in the Wall of Fame Album. Thanks so much for taking the time to upload them Marion. I can tell you had lots of fun making them!
|Posted on November 24, 2011 at 9:40 PM||comments (0)|
Unfortunately, we are having to reduce the membership discount on webstore orders to 5% of the total order before shipping. Our webstore prices remain very competitive and with increasing costs attached to the running of the website, including processing fees, we are no longer able to offer the higher discount.
Any orders currently being processed will be discounted at the 10%. If you wish to place an order and take advantage of the member discount, please remember to contact us first, so that we can send you an adjusted invoice, otherwise it has to be sent as a refund and this often gets overlooked. With almost 300 members on the site, we do need to be reminded if you are a member!
|Posted on November 23, 2011 at 8:15 AM||comments (1)|
The gingerbread man backing papers and Christmas Cooking printables, mentioned in an earlier blog post are available on the free stuff pages now. Happy Christmas!
|Posted on November 20, 2011 at 10:35 PM||comments (0)|
Just an update, the closing date for the last Challenge has been changed to Thursday 8th December, to allow enough time for judging and prizes before the site 'closes' on Saturday 10th December. There will be a prize pack up for grabs, including mystery bag of items from the webstore to the value of $10 (less shipping), or you can use your voucher against downloads if you win. Good luck! Read more about the Challenge here.
|Posted on November 20, 2011 at 10:30 PM||comments (1)|
Well done to Cookie, who wins the Christmas Tree Chipboard Template. Sorry for the slight delay in announcing the results but Christmas orders have been piling up! Thank you to those who entered!
|Posted on November 15, 2011 at 9:40 PM||comments (1)|
Following hard on the heels of our new card template, here is another new template for you, a super versatile cracker/bon bon box template in three sizes, plus instructions.This is our first box template, which is designed to be made from card (not chipboard), which should please some who are not happy working with chipboard!
I've personally sweated blood and tears over this template, testing it and revising it and finally got it finished and I have to say that I am really really pleased with it, as it has turned out so well. Every now and again, you make something that you are very happy with and this is definitely that kind of project!
The smallest box is absolutely perfect for small gifts to put on the Christmas dinner table. You could put one in front of each person, filled with chocolates or other small gifts. I'm actually planning to make quite a few of these and fill them with chocolates and put them on the Christmas Tree. I'll also make some for the kids to fill for their friends.
If you print this template directly to card (one A4 sheet per small and medium cracker and two sheets for the largest one), they are really easy to cut and put together. Just make sure you fold them so that the lines are on the inside. Any questions or comments, please post below!
|Posted on November 13, 2011 at 10:05 PM||comments (2)|
There is something especially 'Christmassy' about crackers or, if you prefer, bon bons. I am used to calling these crackers but I know that they go by other names around the world!
Anyway, our new card template 'Christmas Cracker' will allow you to create lovely cards in no time at all, so if you have left your cardmaking to the last minute, or want to get the kids involved in a simple idea, this is the perfect template.
The file is a PDF and includes four different sizes, presented as both a single template which you can draw around or foldable ones, which you can print directly to card.
Our cracker has scallop edges, which give it a nice refined look and you can simply embellish it with some Christmas scrapbook papers, pretty ribbon, a simple sticker greeting and a few dabs of glitter glue.
Visit the card template pages for more information!
|Posted on November 13, 2011 at 6:50 PM||comments (0)|
If you want to be included in the free template giveaway, to make this lovely chipboard tree decoration, then make sure you add your name to the bottom of this blog post. The winner will be picked by random selection on Friday. Read all about making this project here.