Archive for December, 2011

Top Pick on Try Stampin on Tuesday

Good morning, can you believe it is Christmas eve already, I still have a few Christmas cards I made that I never got round to sharing but that’s ok, ill keep them for the new year or even next Christmas. For today’s post I am sharing a card that I shared earlier in the week but this time to say I made top pick with it at Try Stampin in Tuesday.

Here is my badge:


Here is the card again:


For this card I took a card we made at Jacques that was designed by Bron Heslop and changed it to spruce it up a bit, I turned the main image around and stamped the sentiment on the same panel. I then framed that panel with some green cardstock. I finished the ribbon strip off by tying the ribbon into a bow using the fork technique. I  finished it off with three pearls at the bottom. This goes to show how you can take a clean and simple card and add a few more touches to it and make it your own. I so need to do this more often.

Here is a photo of the original card:


Santa House

Good morning, firstly I will let you know there are a lot of photos in this blog to show you every angle of the house.

I made this santa house for a shop up the road that sells girls pretty dresses and dress ups. I was given no idea on what she wanted, it was simply to be a letter box for the girls to post their wish lists to santa in. So here is my house. I designed this with little girls in mind (since that is who she has in her shops) it helped that I have a 5-year-old girl so I knew just what she would want to see.

The house: Captions for each photo minus this one are the top of the photo not underneath.

santa #9

For the door I have embossed the cardstock and then sponged it. I have cut out a stamped reef and placed a little bow at the bottom. The window is a basic stamped image and then boarded to look like a window.

santa #10

One side, I embossed the window box and sponged it. the flowers are made with the bird punch and the Teeny Tiny Flower punches. I have stuck peals in the centre of the flowers and given them dimension by curling them. the Stamped imaged is embossed and finished with a gold star Brad on top of the tree.

santa #8

The other side, here I have done the same but finished it differently, I have used a stamp and the stuck …………… over the top and sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over it. I have placed a piece of acetate over it to give the sense of glass. The icicles are made from Crystal Effects and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds while still set.


Now the inside: For the main area I have made a cute little fire-place, this have to be my favourite part of the house. I have embossed the wallpaper and made a 3-D fire-place including Chimney, this is also on the roof for santa to sit in. the stockings are hanging on pegs and can be moved if needed, I also made fire for the inside of the fire-place. The Christmas Tree is made from my Cricut and I just cut out a few and made it into a 3-D one.

santa #7santa #5santa #4

The couch is from a little set I brought from the shops, I thought it suited a little girls shop perfectly. For the pictures on the wall I cut out some Christmas paper and framed them. on the other wall I made a mirror that was also framed. On the floor I made an oval rug finished with the Delicate Doilies punch.

santa #6santa #11

For the top shelf  have placed the rest of the little furniture here and some more pictures on the wall. This isn’t the main focus so I didn’t want too much up here.

santa #3

now for the roof: On here I have used Duvet stuffing (sorry can’t remember the real name right now) and drizzled a bottle of Crystal Effects over it to give the sense of icicles. I then sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds over it to sparkle. The Sleigh also came in the little furniture pack, it was actually a carriage with a horse but it fitted perfectly. I cut the reindeer out of cardstock on my Cricut and of course I made the lead one with a red nose. They are tied together with silver strings by a loop I made for their necks.

santa #2

Well I think that’s about all, sorry once again for the long post, The lady did end up changing a bit as she wanted elegant not girly. Next time I know to ask for more instructions and to find out exactly what she wants. This took me about 13 hours to complete so I was pretty gutted when I found out. But I loved the end result that I made so to me that’s all that matters.



Try Stampin On Tuesday #45

Good afternoon, today I have a card for you that I made for my family and friends for Christmas this year. I made a second one that I will share with you later in the week. It just happens to fit into this weeks Challenge over at Try Stampin on Tuesday

Here is the sketch:


and here is my card:



and the inside,and of course my envelope matches the inside. Sorry I forgot to take photos before I wrote in it.


Dont forget to check out the other entries or why not enter your self.

Top pick over at CCMC

Wow I can’t believe it, This is only my second time entering a card for this blog. I do have to say a big thank you to the tutorial from Jackie
Topa for this amazing card, it is great to be able to use this punch for more than Christmas cards.

Thanks ladies for choosing my card and thank you for all the lovely comments. Have a great weekend and I will post my exciting news (for me anyway) hopefully later this weekend.

Here is my badge:



December Frenzy

Check out these specials for this month only, they are available till the 31st but it is first in first serve so if they run out they will be back at full price.




Click on the box and it will take you straight to the specials and when my husband gets home tonight I will place them up here.

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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