Friday, 21 December 2012

Christmas Gift Bags by Petra Offrell

We wanted to share another festive themed project.
Love these deep, rich colours contrasting against the stark white and black.

Thanks Petra. Here are some notes on how you can create your own gift bags too!

What you need
November Photocentric downloads to make stamps
2 white cardstock.
2 scraps of Christmas pattern paper. I used Teresa Collins Christmas cottage collection. Organza ribbon and a hole punch.

What to do
I like having a small gift to bring when I visit friends during the holydays. These small gift bags are easily made and perfect for that. You can fill them with chocolate or jewellery. They can also be used as gift wraps for small Christmas presents or just as Christmas decorations.  
Just cut out the bag according to the template. Before you fold and glue make sure you stamp. Fold and glue and then glue on the scrap of PP. Make the holes and tie a rosette.

Time taken
40 minutes.

Here you will find a template for the gift bag:
I have this revolving hole punch which is perfect as I can make different sizes of holes. The only bad thing is that I cannot make holes too far into the paper. Make sure that the holes for the ribbon are at a suitable height where you can access with your hole punch both on the top and on the bag. If you make them too low on the top you might not reach in when making them on the bag itself.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Christmas tree ornaments by Julie Jacob

A huge thanks to Julie Jacob for creating this wonderful Christmas Stampmaker project! This decorated tree looks so cute! Love it.

Here's how Julie made it...

What you need:
Flower die cut
Red sparkly ribbon
3D foam squares
Dictionary paper
1.25" circle punch
TC Stampmaker & November download (snowflake stamps)
sparkly centers for snowflakes
Black ink - VersaFine - Onyx Black
What to do
1. Die cut several flower layers from the burlap material.
2. Layer the flowers with 3D foam squares between.
3. Stamp snowflakes on dictionary paper.
4. Punch snowflakes out with 1.5" circle punch.
5. Adhere snowflake circle to top burlap flower.
6. Add sparkly flower center.
7. Adhere red sparkly ribbon for hanging on your tree!

I also made an ornament using Inkssentials (Ranger) Memory Glass.
Stamp the snowflake on dictionary paper...and then cut to fit the glass square.
Place between glass layers, and into frame.
Add bling for snowflake center.
Add ribbon and jute for hanging. :)

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Peace & Joy tags by Cheri Piles

Here is what Design Team Member Cheri Piles has created with December's Festive Free Downloads. Beautiful Xmas tags! 
'I love this month's December download, they are so great for cards and tags.

I wanted to share some quick and fun tags in bright colors, pinks, red and aquas.

I hope they inspire you to create some fun  
                                                                           Christmas cheer with bright colors!'
                                                                                                                             Cheri Piles

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Thanksgiving Place Card/Envelopes by Valerie Mangan

HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all that may be celebrating today!
Here is the last of the Thanksgiving projects that we have been sharing with you all this week. This project idea is from Valerie Mangan and a beautiful one it is!
Thank you.

What you need Photocentric  Free Download for October
Heat embossing powder

Various ink pads (I used VersaMark, Staz On – black)
Assorted patterned paper envelopes, wood veneer frames, black & white baker’s twine, white cardstock

Adhesive dots and dimensional tabs.

What to do
Concept:  These Thanksgiving/holiday place cards are made of small patterned paper envelopes that contain a piece of kraft paper stamped with the ‘I’m thankful for’  sentiment from the set.  Hopefully each guest will write down one thing they are thankful for and put the paper back in the envelope to be saved.  After the holiday these would make a great addition to a Thanksgiving/holiday mini album or scrapbook page.

1)     Stamp acorn/oak leaf background stamp in black ink. Stamp the image again and heat emboss with orange powder. Set aside.

2)      Stamp and heat emboss sentiments. Also stamp with black ink. Trim sentiments into banners.

3)      Punch circles from background stamped areas and apply one each to center of small patterned envelopes.

4)      Add wood veneer circular frames over punched circles and wrap with twine. Tuck sentiment banners into frames

5)      Stamp “I’m thankful for’ onto kraft paper and tuck into envelopes.
Time taken: Approx. 1.5 hours
TIP: Let the little envelope flap serve as a small easel for the place card.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Gratitude jar by Lori McClellan

This is such a sweet idea. A gratitude jar for Thanksgiving. When Lori first told me about it, I was immediately taken by the concept.
So family members write down on the pre stamped cards what they are thankful for. These cards are placed in the jar and read out during Thanksgiving dinner.

Lori also told me,
'The thing I love about the gratitude jar, is it that I
get to preserve my children's thoughts, feelings and hand writing. I will be able to look back and see what was important to them. I think this is a tradition I want to continue year after year. I think that the gratitude jar makes them think harder of the things that we take for granted everyday.'

What you need: Download stamps, Jar, jute, paint, modge podge, wooden
candlestick, card stock, ribbon

What to do: Apply modge podge to the jar and wrap the jute around it. Apply acrylic
paint to the word art stamp and stamp the image on the ribbon. Set a side to
dry. Paint the candle stick,lid and wooden knob the same brown. Stamp the Give
Thanks round with brown ink on to cream card stock. Stamp the "I'm thankful
for" several times to make the journaling cards. Cut around them. Tie your
ribbon around the jar. Adhere the circle stamp with a pop dot. Glue the candle
stick to the bottom of the jar.
Each day I will ask a member of the family to
fill in one of the "I'm thankful for" cards and stick in the jar. On
thanksgiving, we will open the jar and read them together. After the holiday, I
will be saving andscrapooking these precious cards that will forever preserve
my children's handwriting and feelings.

Time taken to complete: 45 minutes

TIPS : When you modge podge the jute to the bottle, only apply small amounts of
glue then wrap the jute, apply a little more glue, then wrap the jute. The glue
dries fast.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Thanksgiving Charms by Cheri Piles

What a great presentation idea for Thanksgiving. Using the stamp designs from the download negative, Cheri has created these pretty discs.

Here are some notes from Cheri on how she created them:

Here are a couple of great little charms to use this Thanksgiving!

To create these you will need to use Shrinky Dinks - a shrinkable plastic. I still love playing with shrinky dinks!

You will need to stamp your images with a alcohol based ink pad like Staz on.
You will be amazed at how small they get once you heat them with your heat tool, the detail is still the same even though during the process they shrink so much!

I just love these little charms, you can tie a ribbon to them and add them to so many things!

They would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving table!

Happy Holidays! ~Cheri

Monday, 19 November 2012

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Friday, 16 November 2012

YOU ROCK by Julie Jacob

You Rock by Julie Jacob
Using the speech bubble free stamp download from October - available on the Teresa Collins Stampmaker website - Julie has created a great card. Thanks.

Here's how she did this...
What you need
Teresa Collins Now & Then: Patterned papers: Wood Grain, Red Flower, & Words.
6x6 paper pad - floral paper (multi color)
Die cut sheet - 'here's the story' and 'Reason no. 4,376' pieces
Decorative brads #1 - large red
Teresa Collins Stampmaker + October free download (speech bubble stamp)
Ink - VersaFine Onyx Black - Tsukineko
Punches - Flower petals (2 sizes) - Fiskars, Corner Rounder punch - EK Success
Washi Tape - My Mind's Eye
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher
3D Foam Squares
Dictionary paper
Sewing machine + red thread
What to do
1. Cut Now & Then Wood Grain paper to 8.5" x 5.5". Fold in half...corner round punch all corners. This is the base of your card.

2. Cut red houndstooth (back of Red Flower) paper to 4.25" x 3". Adhere to card and sew around edges.

3. Stamp the speech bubble on the ledger side of the Words paper. Cut out.

4. Punch flower petals from floral paper and dictionary paper. Arrange and glue together. Use red brad for center.

5. Add flower to left side of card with 3D foam squares.

6. Add 'here's the story' die cut piece to top right of houndstooth piece. Add the 'reason' piece to top of speech bubble. Sand the edges before adhering, if you like.

7. I custom made the 'you rock' stamp, and stamped it below the reason piece. You could use a stamp that says 'I love you'...or just about anything. :)

8. Add speech bubble to card with 3D foam squares.

9. Adhere washi tape to bottom edge of card & add staples.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Teresa Collins Stampmaker instructions

New! Teresa Collins Stampmaker instructions in a new format PLUS with our new recommended times: 1st exposure 6 seconds and second exposure 100 seconds. Sorry, if we have caused any confusion. We are trying to replace all information out there which may have old times. Teresa Collins Stampmaker Instructions

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Free Xmas Stamp Designs to download

I am sure that I heard someone say that they will be putting their Xmas decorations up next that is super organised and early!
Well, we have a fab collection of Xmas designs to help you create cards, decorations and presents this month.

I would also like to take the opportunity to introduce the talented designer: Brie Pinales who will be designing all our download designs. Welcome to the team Brie!

Another first, we will be offering the designs in A4 or US letter size format.

Remember to download the designs from

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Fun Halloween Tag by Cheri Piles

Not only did she design the Halloween stamps, she also created this creepily cool tag: thank you to the very talented Cheri Piles!

In her own words...

This is a fun tag to create. This was my one of my favorite stamp sets from the download that I created! Cut a large tag of your choice. Then wad it up into a ball and ink the folds as you unfold it. Once you have unfolded it simply mist the inked areas where the folds were created and use a crafting iron, iron your card flat again. I used a charcoal gray ink for that step. This gives your an aged/Spooky look. Then ink around all of the edges in black. I stamped my top left corner of the tag with the spider web stamp and then created another layer and stamping the spider web again both images were stamped in black. Then I stamped over them again using Perfect Medium and dusted it with
Stamp designed by Cheri and used in the tag
Pewter Perfect Pearls. Once I was done I added the 2nd spider web over the top of the second one using pop dots. I also used this same technique with Perfect pearls over the spider. It's a fun Spooky tag!
It took about 30 minutes to create this tag.

Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween bottlecap magnet by Valerie Mangan

Well there were plenty of Halloween festivities over the weekend and I am sure they will continue till the early hours of Thursday morning. I still have plenty of treats to share in the form of projects created with our Halloween stamps over the next few days.
Today, I wanted to hand over to Valerie Mangan who has created these fab bottlecap magnets...

What you need
September Download from Photocentric
Maya Road Metal Flower Bottle Cap
Patterned Paper (Type, Orange), Black & White baker’s twine

What to do
  • Stamp and heat emboss spider web onto type printed paper. Mist with spray ink and dab excess ink off resisted areas. 
  • Punch circle out to fit into bottle cap. Attach to cap interior with glue runner.
  • Stamp and heat emboss spiders and trim out.
  • Stamp sentiment and trim into pennant shapes, affix to spider web.
  • Attach spider above sentiment with dimensional adhesive. Attach second spider slightly underneath banner.
  • Tie string around cap.
  • Affix magnet to back of cap.

Time taken: 30 minutes