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Vellum Luminaries – Tutorial

Way back in July I made a Card and some Luminaries for the Just Add Winter Challenge (JAI # 125). I had several people ask me about how I made them so I have put together this tutorial for you.

They are quick and easy to make, are great for decorating tables, mantles and also make cute little personalized gifts. 
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The steps I used to make these luminaries and my dimensions are as follows……

Step 1
I started with 1 piece of Night of Navy card stock that makes the base of the luminary and a piece of Vellum that makes the sides.
My dimensions are as follows:
1 – 3“ x 3” . I scored this at ½” on each side.
1 – 4” x 8.5” – score this at 2”, 4”, 6” and 8”’s

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Step 2
Cut slits into each side of the Night of Navy card stock and crease to make your box shape. Using sticky strip put the box together.DSC09990 (3).DSC09991 (3)DSC00011 (2) DSC00012 (2)

Step 3
Stamp your Vellum. I have used the Lovely as a Tree stamp set with Night of Navy Ink.  But they can be stamped to suit the occasion you are making them for.DSC09994

Step 4
Fold and crease your vellum along the score lines – so it makes the outside box shape.  Run some sticky strip down the ½” section – this goes on what will be the outside of the luminary (but don’t stick it together yet).DSC00018

Step 5
Run a strip of sticky strip around the outside edge of the luminary base.

Starting with the ½” section of the vellum, stick the vellum around the base.
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Step 6
Remove the sticky strip from the side of the vellum and stick the vellum wall together.DSC09999  
 
Your luminary is now complete and you can decorate it with ribbon (which also hides your sticky strip at the bottom and add a small embellishment if you wish.

I use the battery operated tea lights in mine – which are very safe.

To see others that my Card Class Ladies and I have made follow this link.

3D, Challenges, Just Add Ink

JAI # 118 – Just Add Mae!

Yay – it’s time to honor one of our fabulous Design Team Members as Just Add Ink.  This week we are being inspired by Mae Collins. 

Mae’s projects are full of wonderful shapes and colours.  We both share a love for the Stamp Set Just Believe – so I have CASE’d one of her Cards that uses it.   Here is Mae’s card:

I really like the technique that Mae used and the colours too……so they also feature in my Card. 

Here is mine:

I’ve done a Centre Step card – this is the first time I have done one – and really love the effect.  I added a few butterflies and a bit of lace ribbon.  You probably can’t see it – but I spritzed the Butterflies with Shimmer Mist too.

Visit Just Add Ink here to see the other projects inspired by Mae.  And remember to have a go yourself and share it with us. 

Also – you may have noticed that I did not post my JAI Project from last week – I meant to….but I was just busy and tired and felt I needed a little rest…….so did not get round to it.  Never mind. 

The JAI challenge last week was a Colour Challenge – So Saffron, Daffodil Delight and Whisper White.  Oh Man! I thought this was gonna be hard – but it actually came together quite nicely.


I made this Card and Candle cover – and I also made a matching Bag.  They were part of a Gift for my friend Charlene who had a birthday recently.  I really liked how they came out.

3D, Challenges, Gifts, Just Add Ink

JAI # 116 – Just Add…..Mothers Day

It’s May – and that means Mother’s Day.  So we at Just Add Ink are celebrating Mum’s by having a Just Add Mothers Day Challenge.  I decided to create a Card and matching Gift for this Challenge.

I managed to get a scented Candle that closely matched my Card stock.  The Colours are Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue and Very Vanilla.  This stamp set is a retired one and is called Soft Summer.  It’s a lovely 2 step stamping set.

I love creating gifts and cards that match – if you want to have a go to, this is the perfect challenge for it.  Once you have put your ideas together – go to Just Add Ink and upload your challenge.  While your there check out all the other fabulous projects that we have put together for our Mum’s.

Gifts, Just Add Ink

Birthday Cards

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One of the wonderful things about being a Card Maker and Stamper is that at special times I receive loads of beautiful cards.  It was my Birthday at the end of last month and I was surprised with an array of very special cards – I thought I would share them with you too.

Aren’t they all beautiful?  Thank you to all of you.

It really made my Birthday wonderful – so exciting to get the mail in each day (for a few weeks) and find so many wonderful surprises.
It also inspires me to explore new techniques, colour combos and ideas.
And….. there are more beautiful Birthday Cards here some where….but embassassingly I have to admit I have misplaced them!  Weird I know.  But I had a few of them that I was looking at the thinking about and mulling over.  As in – I was using them for inspiration for something I was doing.  But when I went to do this post I could not find them…..stached them somewhere special I imagine!!
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Klass Act Team Dinner

I had a great night out with the ladies from A Klass Act last night.  Usually when we get together – we are stamping (and it’s during the day).  It was great to go out for a lovely meal too.

We still combined it with Stamping by making and giving Secret Santa gifts.  That was fun too.  We are a talented group of ladies and made some beautiful gifts for each other.

I received I lovely box of Chocolates. 

This was made by Alisha.  It’s very clever cause it has a window in the Box and lid…..so you can see the yummy contents.  And how about that Ribbon?  It’s the really beautiful 1 1/4″ Striped Grosgrain and perfect for tying round a box like this. 

We were also given this cute little Bouche made with the Two-Step Owl Punch.  

They were made by Michelle and this is a pic that she took of them altogether.

I put together a gift box and filled it with girly things…..Shoes & Handbags.  Inside the Shoe is a Nail Polish and File.  And the Handbag had Stampin Bits and Pieces inside.

3D, Big Shot, Card Classes, Gifts

Birthday Book Class

On Wednesday night – we did a Birthday Book Class.  The ladies have been asking me to do this for quite some time – so we had a very full table.

I decided to use the Elegant Soiree Papers – because I really love the colours.  They are Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla & Basic Grey. 

I used the Big Shot and Timeless Type Junior Alphabet to write the word Birthdays.  On the inside we used different colours to decorate the pages.

Once it is all Stamped and folded up we bound it together with a coil binding.  Then attached some ribbons.  The way we folded it created little pockets to put cards in for each month.

I had to laugh actually – cause I often stamp away on my own and then within a very short time find I have a major mess everywhere.  On Wednesday night when every body started making their Birthday Books we had a mess within minutes………so I decided to take a pic of the table so you could see.

From Bottom left going round the table the ladies are……… Virginia, Alison, Gayle, Kerry, Janet, Jenny & Michelle.

And from the other end of the table……from Centre of pic, Kerry, Janet, Jenny, Michelle, Virgina, Alison and Gayle.

3D, Card Classes, Gifts

Tea Light Class

Hey – great class last night.  I had so much fun putting the projects together beforehand – and then enjoyed seeing the ladies do them too.  The class was based around decorating or making little Tea light holders. 

The first project we did involved decorating some wax tea lights and putting them in a little box.  This is a great little project and makes a fantastic little gift.

I have used the Circle Circus Stamp Set with Riding Hood Red, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive.  The little box is made with Old Olive card and decorated with the Haiku DSP.

I’ve done a few of these in the past – and put them in different shaped boxes or done them with 3 x Tea lights and a mini hand cream.  Great gift idea!!

For our second project – I let the ladies GO WILD!!  So we ended up with a selection of Tea Light Holders.  Here are the ones I did.

I know they are slightly different……but that is cause I was messing round with the design a bit.  Anyway – I have used Inspired by Nature in Night of Navy with Navy Ribbon and Cardstock. 

Here are the ladies fabulous Tea Light Holders.