Archive for September, 2011

Do you reconise This Card?




How many of you said yes, well your right its the card on the front page of the new 2011 – 2012 Catalogue. Isn’t it just stunning, and you wouldn’t believe how many techniques and bits are on it. First there is basic stamping on cardstock, then there is embossing but before this we stamped on the card with two stamps randomly and tore around the oval. To get the best results for tearing try wetting the edges you would like to tear first. For the butterfly we stamped the main image on Whisper white and stamped over it with a sentiment, the edges are then sponged on both the oval and the butterfly. We cut out two butterflies and layered them with dimensionals. The flower on the butterfly has a Faux Suede effect by rubbing the cardstock to make the edges peel apart. Both pieces of the DSP have been torn also. The ribbon has a brad over the top to hold it in place, and all this with only one stamp set, yes that’s right it’s called Creative Elements.



For the second card, we made this stunning Christmas card designed by the lovely Bron Heslop. This stamp set is so versatile and can be used for many occasions. I have used the embossing folder Petals a plenty, and the ribbon is the new Scallop Dots Ribbon. Keep Pennant Parade in mind if you want a real versatile stamp set.


A big thanks to Jacque for teaching us both of these cards.

Stunning Masculine cards

Good afternoon, I am sitting here watching last nights Formula one’s race, and so far what a race it has been. I figured that I could also put together a quick post at the same time. I know I should be in my craft room creating but I figured I can do that tonight. I am still making my two secret sister swaps, one for ESAD and one for Crafters Anonymous, It’s amazing just how much time it takes to create a full project to send to someone. I know it’s a secret but I will post them once they are sent, and take the risk of them finding out who sent them, only because they do take a long time and I really like the finished product.

Now for today’s cards I have two masculine cards to share with you, well actually its four but two designs. The first card we made at Jacques house and the second one I re-created for my husbands fathers day card.

As you can see we have used the new stamp set called Best Dad Ever. We have then stamped on Basic Grey cardstock with Basic Black and cut them out and placed them back over the tie on the backing card. We have also stamped one out in Real Red and popped that out with dimensionals. We also got to play with the new embossing folder Stripes.


For the second card I have basically done the same card but a few changes due to not having the same stamp set and embossing folders. I have chosen not to put a sentiment on the front to keep it clean.


For the third card we also made this at class. This has a great technique on it. first you stamp in Versa Mark then in clear or white embossing powder. You then very lightly sponge around the image to bring the image off the page. We also stamped on Very Vanilla with Basic Black and cut out the sails and stuck them down on dimensionals. As you can see this is a tri-fold card, and very effect.  We have used a small piece of the Striped Grosgrain Ribbon behind the image. The stamp on this one is from Seaworthy.



For the fourth card I have once again cased this card but with different stamps. I have used the retired stamp called Sail away. I am gutted this one has gone as I love using it. I also do not have any of that ribbon so I have used DSP instead.  Rather than using DSP inside I have stamped the same image and left room to write a sentiment. This card I made for my father for Father’s Day.



Christmas Acetate Cards

Good afternoon, well it has been a very wet day here in Auckland. We had a beautiful day yesterday nothing but sun shine and today is the complete opposite, I am glad we got the lawns mowed and the gardens started.

For today’s cards I have the two acetate cards we made at Jacques last month for our techniques class. The first one is  basic stamping on acetate. We also stamped on the card stock behind the acetate to give a 2-D effect. The snow flake on the front is using heat and stick powder, then SU’s glitter.



And the inside:


For the second card which is my favourite, we have used acetate, but we have placed Crystal Effects on the back and placed a few drops of re-inker and smeared it around, then sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. On the front we have stamped in black Staz On. I’m not sure if you can get the full effect of this one in a photo but it is stunning, it really looks like it is snowing.



If you would like to learn how to make either of these cards, please feel free to contact me.

Delicate Doilies Christmas Card

Good morning, today I have my swap to share with you that I made for last weekends big day out. I accidentally gave them all away but remembered I took a photo of all the swaps on the swap board that SU put up. As we make quite a few of the same card I decided to keep it simple with an added touch.

Here is my Swap:


I knew a few people would use this stamp so I wanted to make something different and that’s why I chose a Christmas Card.

For the background I have used Delicate Doilies in Three different colours, Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade and Pool Party, as I wanted to use some of the new in-colours. For the Decoration I have used the stamp set Delightful Decorations and punched out three of them to create a 3-D image. Instead of adding a sentiment to the card I have used the saying on the Ornament to do that. I have added dazzling diamonds mixed with clear embossing powder to allow for the sparkle of Christmas to come through. (you can never have too much glitter or sparkle on Christmas cards.) The card is then finished with a piece of Lucky Limeade cardstock as string so the decoration looks like it is hanging, and of course a piece of ribbon as the tie on top of the decoration.

When I made another one last night I changed it a bit and used the Decorations without any writing and added a Sentiment from Curly Cute down the bottom, this also worked very well.

  • Delicate Doilies
  • Delightful Decorations
Card Stock
  • Very Vanilla
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Lucky Limeade
  • Cherry Cobbler
  • Pool Party
  • Lucky Limeade
  • Dazzling Diamonds
  • Ribbon
  • Clear Embossing Powder
  • Ornament Punch

Please Welcome our new Catalogue

On the 1st of September we started our new catalogue for the 2011 – 2012 year. It is always exciting to see the new catalogue and this one is no different, not only is a product catalogue but a great ideas book as well. I’m pretty sure there is a picture show casing nearly all the different stamps and accessories. I will add a button to my blog when I work out how so you can click on it and see the catalogue from start to finish, but if you are like me and prefer to see it in person please contact me for you copy at a special price of $10 the $2.50 if you need it posted. Normally $15.95 plus postage.

We also have some great sign up deals for the month of September, you have two choices to choose from.

During September, you can join the Stampin’ Up!® family as a
demonstrator for only $189! The limited-time mini Starter Kit—valued
at over $340—comes with the high-quality products listed below.

Join for Just $189

Want the full Starter Kit? Get it 20% off during September only!

$189 Mini Starter Kit contains:
*New to the 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalogue
• Easy Events Clear-Mount Set*
• Pennant Parade Wood-Mount Set*
• Basic Black Classic Stampin’ Pad®
• Old Olive Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Pumpkin Pie Classic Stampin’ Pad
• Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad
• A4 Smooth Card Stock Assortment
• Just Add Cake Designer Series Paper*
• Chocolate Chip 1/2″ Scallop Dots Ribbon*
• Notes Cards (20)
• Clear-Mount Block C
• Blender Pen (1)
• SNAIL Adhesive®
• Business supplies

So why not join us you get to be part of a great team and have lots of fun creating, while enjoying the discounts you receive and of course seeing all the products before everyone else does.

Plaid Technique

Good afternoon, It has been an interesting day, I have Caitlyn home sick from school today, I’m pretty sure she is simply exhausted and needed a rest day as she seems to have perked up after spending the morning on the couch watching movies. She must be feeling better she is eating chocolate chip pikletes for lunch.

Sorry it has been a while since I last posted but I have very busy, and mostly been making my swaps for last weekends Stampin Up day out which I will show you when I make another tonight as I accidentally gave them all away. I do need to send off two cards for a secret sister swap so I’ll make one for her at the same time, and yes I had better to that tonight I am meant to send them off at the start of this month.

For todays post I am sharing last months technique we made at Jacques class. This technique is called Plaid, as you make criss crosses with your ink pad.

Here is the first Card we made:



As you can see for this one we used the edge of the ink pad to create the plaid look on the flower, then we cut it out and layered it to give a 3-D effect. We finished it with Crystal Effects on the top and bottom of the picture.

Here is the second card:




This one isn’t so clear but we used the same technique on the Upsy Daisy Stamp. We then sprinkled the image with Dazzling Diamonds. We also did some tearing and sponging in the top right corner.

Thanks for visiting and I will do my best to put up another post in the weekend of my father’s day cards I made. I also have this months techniques class to share which was stamping on Acetate.

About Me

Hi my name is Narelle Hoggard and I live in Auckland, New Zealand. I am married to a wonderful and very supportive man Nick and together we have two gorgeous children, Caitlyn and Bradley. I love to scrap and make cards, I find it very relaxing at the end of the day to create a page or a card.

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