Disney 'Frozen' Olaf Punch Art Card and a Special Announcement!

by Joanne James28. December 2014 10:00

Today I wanted to share with you a fun punch art card that I made for a special little girl for Christmas featuring the adorable snowman Olaf from the Disney movie 'Frozen'. I've made a few of these but never blogged one - so here's the most recent one that I made:

I most certainly can't take the credit for the Olaf punch art itself; to create mine, I always follow the excellent instructions by Michelle Suit - you can watch her video tutorial on how to create your own Olaf here. He is actually rather straight forward - the real key is using the Gift Bow Bigz die to get the right shape for his head. If you are a fan of Disney and like to create punch art every once in a while, I recommend you check out Michelle's blog Suitably Stamped - she really is a whizz!

On this occasion, I kept the design of my card really simple and used a piece of Nordic Noel DSP for the snowflake background and just added a pile of snowballs and a retired sentiment, which I stamped in Island Indigo directly onto the DSP. I have more of these to make this month, as I am the official party planner for a special birthday girl later this month who is having a Frozen-themed celebration; there is clearly no sign of the Frozen phenomena dying down any time soon! 

And now to my special announcement! As my regular readers will know, I was asked to join the lovely ladies over at The Paper Players challenge blog back last July for a 3 month guest designer stint. This was then extended to a 6 month stay, which I completed with the last challenge of the year earlier this month. This has always been one of my favourite challenges to play along with and I was delighted to be asked to guest with this talented and creative bunch and equally sad to leave them. So imagine my delight when I got a call asking if I would like to return - as a permanent member of their design team!! Woohoo! I am thrilled that these ladies think so much of me that they would want me to join them on a permanent basis and I am so looking forward to creating with them through 2015 and beyond. Our first post of 2015 will be next Sunday, so do pop back then to join us for some fresh design inspiration!

As for me, I am hoping to be back with you tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

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by Joanne James30. July 2014 13:04

It's Wednesday so that means a new collection of Wednesday Weekly Deals! This week's deals are included below - they will be available for one week only, before a new collection of deals is announced.

As always, if you want to take advantage of any of the deals on offer, you can support my business by placing your order online by clicking here or using the link to my store on the right hand side of my blog page where it says 'Shop Online' or with me in person. Don't forget to add the Hostess Code for July or August (you can find this under the 'Shop Online' section on the right). 

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Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
 
There are some great offers this week - that old favourite, the cupcake builder punch, and edgelits and thinlits, but one of my absolute all-time favourite products - the Gift Bow Bigz L Die. This Bow Die is so versatile and useful, for bows and so much more - if you need reminding of everything you can do with it, check out my 1 minute video below:

So what else are you waiting for? Hop on over to my online store quick pronto and snap one up! Alternatively, if you live local to me and would like to save on postage, get in touch by 8pm tomorrow and I will add to the order that I am placing Friday morning!

Back later with another creative post - until then, happy stampin'!

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Snow Day Snowman Exploding Box

by Joanne James26. December 2013 20:29

Today I'm going to share another of my Christmas projects, this time a fun packaging solution for a cute chocolate snowman that I bought at my local supermarket. From the outside, it looked like a fairly straightforward nicely packaged box, complete with bow:

It's when the box is opened that the 'reveal' happens - the snowman is sitting in the middle with the inside of the box decorated with four co-ordinating stamped 'snow day' snowmen:

 

I love the snowman stamp set in the 'Snow Day' set and as soon as I saw the chocolate snowman I knew the two belonged together. The box base uses one 12" x 12" sheet of Crumb Cake cardstock and is a great way to turn a simple chocolate gift into something extra-special.

Today is going to be an early night for me I think; after all the food and excesses of the last few days and a lovely long walk in the fresh air this afternoon, I am absolutely shattered! Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Non-Christmas Card Alternatives Trio

by Joanne James18. December 2013 22:07

Well, what can I say - a seven day absence from my blog - unheard of!! I know this is a busy time of year and I've certainly no shortage of lovely things to share with you, but my real issue has been keeping up, both with the photography (lots of makes are leaving the house before being photographed!) and blog writing itself. The James juniors have finished school for the Christmas holidays already, and in addition to all of the usual pre-Christmas preparations, I have been having so much fun with them I've had little time for anything else this past week.

No festive project to share today - instead the alternative trio of cards made following the same layout used in my December Christmas card class (you can see the Christmas versions here) but with distinctly non-Christmas card designs. So here they are:

This one uses some of the Print Poetry paper stack that is currently available to buy on the clearance rack, whilst stocks last. The second one:

This one has quite a retro feel, with the colour scheme inspired by the retired Sycamore Street SAB paper - my customers love this paper, so are still looking for ideas and ways to use it. Lastly, the third card featuring a bow made with the Gift Bow Bigz Die:

This card actually uses a couple of the things we used to make the Christmas card version - the Seasons of Style paper stack paper and the 'Wishing You' stamp set and proves that these things can be used for non-Christmas as well as Christmas cards if you use alternative colours.

I liked the way all three of these cards turned out and the fact that they gave me a few cards to add to my stash ready for the year ahead. This really is a quick post from me, but before I go I thought I'd share one festive picture of the masterpiece created by my super-creative children today - our very first gingerbread house, from scratch! We made the house yesterday and they built and decorated it today. I'm pleased to say it's all their own work - I for one, think it's rather impressive:

Complete with gingerbread boy and girl and Christmas tree in the garden and following a considerable 'snowfall', of course! Tomorrow I have a day of present wrapping in store, so with Christmas music and tape in hand will be a woman on a mission!

I will hopefully not leave it so long before my next post; until next time, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

Gift Bow Bigz Die Stampin' Up! 2013 European Convention Commercial Video Entry

by Joanne James11. December 2013 20:39

Evening all! I've been busy in the kitchen today icing biscuits that I baked yesterday in readiness for end-of term teacher gifts later in the week. More to do tomorrow and I will endeavour to share some pictures later in the week, but for today something fun! A little while ago I entered a competition to create a video advertising a Stampin' Up! event or product. The winners were announced at this year's European Convention and whilst I didn't win, today I thought I would share with you my entry as it features - yes, you've guessed it - the Stampin' Up! Gift Bow Bigz Die!

This really is a great product, as there is so much you can do with it, including, but in no way exclusively, make the most beautiful bows. In addition, as with all Stampin' Up! dies, it will cut cut not only cardstock, but other materials too: cork, coaster board, fabric, felt and lots more. The inspiration for my video came from Bryony the elf, who features in one of my favourite Christmas movies, 'Arthur Christmas'. She is an ace gift wrapper whose catchphrase is "there's always time for a bow!". Here she is doing her thing:

 

And here I am, doing mine:

 

Did you spot the 'make' that I haven't shared with you separately? It really is so easy to use the Gift Bow Bigz Die to make so many different projects. I still have more I would like to share with you; I just need more hours in my day to make them all!

I hope you enjoyed today's fun video - back next time with more creative inspiration. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

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Gift Bow Bigz Die Christmas Pudding Ornament and Video Tutorial

by Joanne James9. December 2013 21:00

So today is the start of the last week of school for the James' juniors, so there are lots of daily activities with Christmas in mind. I've just returned from watching my youngest in his Christmas school production, having given a stellar performance as the 'Bethlehem Census Man' (imagine town crier!) and delivered his one line with true dramatic style: "Hear ye, hear ye - census in Bethlehem! Your country needs you !" There's nothing like a Christmas production to make you feel like the festive season is upon us.

And so to today's creation with the Gift Bow Bigz Die: hot on the heels of yesterday's gift bow angel, a Christmas pudding tree ornament! Now, for my non-UK readers, you may not know that Christmas or plum puddings are a peculiarly British fayre, traditionally eaten after Christmas lunch on Christmas Day. They are eaten with either white sauce or brandy butter and are something of an acquired taste, or so my American friends told me after I sent them one for Christmas one year! So without further ado, here's a picture of the finished pudding: 

I made a few of these a while ago (tomorrow's post will explain all!) and I think they make another cute ornament for Christmas time. You could just follow the instructions to make a plain sphere out of patterned paper, but I decided mine needed dressing up, hence the Christmas pudding. I made a video showing you how easy they are to create using the Gift Bow Bigz Die from Stampin' Up!; the video also shares a handy technique for colouring your glimmer paper to match your product - did you know you can colour Stampin' Up!'s Glimmer Paper using your Stampin' Write markers? If not, watch the video to find out how:

 

I hope you like today's project - back tomorrow with something a little different, but still bow-related!

Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

 

Gift Bow Bigz Die Angel Christmas Tree Ornament and Video Tutorial

by Joanne James8. December 2013 16:00

Another weekend of James family busy, busy. Yesterday: hairdressers, mad science parties and swimming gala on top of the usual homework and household chores. Today: swimming lessons, family lunch and decorating the house ready for Christmas. Finally I'm able to share today's post with a cute project: this adorable angel Christmas tree ornament made using the Stampin' Up! Gift Bow Bigz Die:

I've seen a few different examples of these angels on the internet; the first one I saw was on Tanya Bell's blog here which also included a great tip for getting even eyes. I'm not sure where the original idea came from, but as they are all a little different I thought I would share with you my version; I've been making lots of these to decorate the house this year and love that I can use my Gift Bow Die for so many more things than making bows. I made a video tutorial for you to show how I put these together; here it is:

 

The supplies and equipment you need to make an angel are listed below and the key measurements for the cardstock to make the main part which is the angel dress body are:

2 pieces cardstock: 10.5cm x 5cm

1 piece cardstock: 1.5cm x 8cm

These card sizes enable you to get three angels out of one sheet of A4 cardstock. Come back tomorrow for another project using the Gift Bow Bigz Die; until then, happy stampin'!

 

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Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

 

Season of Style Christmas Card Trio

by Joanne James6. December 2013 22:23

Another busy day today so a late post - I'm still putting the final touches to a couple of video tutorials that I've prepared to go with my next couple of posts, so meanwhile I'm going to share with you three of the Christmas cards that we made at this month's card class. Each one features the Season of Style paper and a variety of different stamps. So here is the first one: 

This card uses the 'Love and Joy' single stamp on a set of layered pieces cut with the Deco Labels framelits. This was our second card:

This card uses the 'Warmth and Wonder' hostess set and is a CASE of a card I fell in love with by Mary Fish, who created a similar card using the Winter Frost colour scheme; you can see her original card here. Here is the third card that we made:

This uses a similar layout to one of the cards featured in the seasonal catalogue that showcases the 'Wishing You' stamp set, but I incorporated a small bow made with the Gift Bow Bigz Die for added impact. The last card was the Midnight Muse circle thinlit card I made a while ago featuring a bauble and two ways to make labels using the mosaic punch; the ladies in my class loved this card when they first saw it and were keen to have a go at it themselves. If you missed this card and would like to see it, you can find it here.

I also made alternative non-Christmas cards that followed each of the above design layouts, as I had a customer who didn't want to make Christmas cards (far too organised!); I'll share these cards with you next week.

I hope you liked the above cards, especially the last one - I love my Gift Bow Die and I have some great projects to share with you over the next few days using this useful product. Until next time, happy stampin'!

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Stampin' Up! Product Table Builder from The Crafty Owl.

 

Birthday Box In A Jiffy!

by Joanne James21. October 2013 20:22

So following the excitement of yesterday's Christmas banner class, I'm back down to earth with a bump today with the first day of the half-term holiday for both James juniors and madness and mayhem about to ensue for the next two weeks! I will do my best to keep up with my blogging as there will be lots to share this week, not only in projects but also news: the 25th October is Stampin' Up's official 25th Anniversary day so there will be more announcements and special offers to share by way of celebration.

Today's project involves some stamping but is another 3D project - some clean and simple packaging for a birthday gift. As my regular blog readers know, I love the variety of packaging options that are available in the current annual and seasonal catalogues: bags and boxes in all shapes and sizes that turn gift-giving into an art form, but needn't take hours of time, effort or expertise to achieve. For my niece's birthday, I had a couple of awkward-shaped gifts that were just asking for a box to be wrapped in - the new extra-large gift boxes in the seasonal catalogue were just the thing. For the decoration, I took my inspiration from the seasonal catalogue and this is where I ended up:

Using my Melon Mambo marker pen and inkpad, I created a 'faux ribbon' by stamping one of the stamps from 'Really Good Greetings' directly onto the box, all the way around on four sides, then finished off with a double bow in some vintage Melon Mambo designer paper and a co-ordinating tag made using one of the Chalk Talk framelits and finished with a polka dot paper border.

 This box took no time at all to decorate, yet I love its simplicity. It seemed to hit the spot with its teenage recipient too - always a bonus! I'm linking today's post up with the team at CAS-ual Fridays where the challenge theme this week is 'Tags and Bags' CFC118, as this is about as CAS as packaging gets! Why don't you pop over to their sit and say 'hi' and look at the great projects that they are showcasing this week.

Lastly, today is the last day to take advantage of Stampin' Up's 'Join for £25' offer - you have until 10.50pm GMT this evening to sign up online if you would like to take advantage of this great deal and becoming a member of my growing team of Crafty Owls - I would love to welcome you to the parliament (that's the name for a collective group of owls, in case you didn't already know!) Just click the link from the 'Join My Team' section on the right hand side of the page.

Come back tomorrow for some very important news from Stampin' Up - I can't tell you what it is yet, but you are definitely going to want to hear it so be sure to call by for tomorrow's updates. It's going to be a busy Tuesday; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Big Shot Die-Cut Machine - by Stampin' Up!Gift Bow Bigz L DieExtra-Large Gift BoxReally Good GreetingsMelon Mambo Classic Stampin' PadChalk Talk Framelits Dies

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Christmas Banners A Plenty!

by Joanne James20. October 2013 20:51

Well, today has been a fun day with a Christmas Build a Banner project class this morning. Following many laughs and giggles and a fair number of inky fingers, the lovely ladies attending my class each made a festive banner using a variety of papers and embellishments and the Build a Banner set. So there are lots of photos in this post! First of all, here is my finished banner that served as their inspiration:

My colours are Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana, with rosettes made from some of the lovely Winter Frost DSP and Smoky Slate chevron ribbon and finished with Coastal Cabana bows. Here's some close-ups of the rosettes - the grey one:

And here's one of the Pool Party ones:

Here's a close up of one of the bows, so easy to put together using the new Bow Bigz Die:

And lastly one showing some of the added glimmer on the flag itself:

Here are two of the ladies' lovely finished banners. Firstly, Kathy's, also in the grey/blue colourway:

 

And this one is Julie's, in the red-green colourway with champagne glimmer accents:

 

Aren't they just beautiful? I didn't manage to get photos of the other two, but I can assure you they were just as lovely. We are all feeling a little more ready for Christmas now, with one more thing ticked off our Christmas home décor list. The Build A Banner kits are great and come highly recommended; at £17.95 for the full kit including stencils and just £8.95 for the basic set, they are great value. Rebecca has put first dibs on the remaining 9 pieces in my banner kit for a name banner for her bedroom (pictures will no doubt follow in due course!). I can see me having to buy another one so that Ben can have one too ...

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Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies Used:

 Build a Banner Simply Created KitBuild A Banner Refill KitDesigner Rosette Bigz XL DieGift Bow Bigz L DieWinter Frost Specialty Designer Series PaperFestive Flurry Framelits DiesSmoky Slate 3/4 Chevron Ribbon

 

Silver Glimmer Paper - by Stampin' Up!Season Of Style Designer Series Paper Cherry Cobbler 1 Grosgrain Stitched Edge Ribbon

 

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