Three Quick Cards with a Half Sheet Wonder plus win a punch!
January 12, 2010
Some days you just want to whip up some quick and easy cards, right? That was me last night, so I went for my never fail 'half sheet wonder', my lazy adaptation of the one sheet wonder! Basically this just means you stamp up a half sheet of A4 cardstock, and then chop that up to use on your cards. I have used the Stampin' Up! Summer Mini set For Everything which I am really loving at the moment as it's happy and summery. I used Certainly Celery, Sage Shadow, Pretty in Pink and So Saffron as my colours.
For this one it was just punching the shapes with the scallop square punch, adding a heart from I Heart Hearts and a button from the yummy Sherbert Designer Series buttons. To finish off I embossed a greeting from Cheer & Wishes (in the main catalogue) in white.
For this one I stamped the tiny flower from For Everything in Versamark as a background. I cut a semi circle using the 1 3/8" circle punch, and the greeting from Happy Thoughts using the 1 1/4" circle punch. I finished this one off with a scallop punched edge, another button from the Sherbert Designer Series Buttons and a heart from I Heart Hearts. I didn't intentionally place it so the outside of the flower frames it, but it looks kind of cute don't you think?
For this last one I stamped the greeting from For Everything, and then matted it with Certainly Celery using the Scallop Oval Punch. Finished off with two hearts and a button. Easy hey?
Win a Stampin' Up! Punch of your Choice!
How about you have a go with a half sheet wonder? It's adaptable for any set and I would love to see what you come up with! Post your creations on your own blog and link back to here, then leave a comment linking to your creations. I will randomly pick a winner on the 31st January and you win a punch of your choice up to the value of $30.95 (prize only open to Australian residents, but anyone can enter including demonstrators).
Can't wait to see your creations!
The Muffin Box Challenge
Speaking of giveaways, remember the muffin box challenge I had last month? I've been thrilled to see some of you taking up the challenge and just love what you have come up with! Check out the comments on that post and see their lovely versions of the muffin boxes. I've decided to extend this challenge until the end of the month as well, so there is still plenty of time to download the free templates and have a go at making them yourself. Everyone who has a go, and links their pictures back to my post can choose 2 free tutorial sets form the left sidebar.
I have been doing HEAPS of scrapbooking over the holidays, much of it just for me to pop into the boys albums. It's been so relaxing and rewarding and I have firmly set myself the goal of doing STACKS more scrapbooking this year - at least 100 layouts. If you love scrapbooking, I hope you have bookmarked www.stampamemory.com. That's our team scrapbooking site and there is stacks of inspiration there and we have guest scrapbookers from other teams and even challenges this year.
Here's a sneak peek of a Christmas layout I did for the site - pop on over there to see the full page and details. You can view this layout here.
Think that's all for now. I guess I should have warned you to make a cuppa before you got started on this post. Once I get started chatting about papercrafting there's no stopping me.
Hope you are staying cool in the heat if you are in Australia. For those reading over the other side of the world it was 43.6 degrees Celcius here yesterday, and the equal hottest night on record at 30.6 degrees Celcius. Thank goodness for airconditioners. We did brave the heat at 6pm and went to the pool which was really fun and relaxing and let the boys burn off some energy, then an easy peasy BBQ chicken and salad for tea. Love summer!
Such sweet cards, Claire - love those colours. The first card, although simple, is my favourite! Thank goodness for the cool change that came through tonight, hey?
Posted by: Christine Blain | January 12, 2010 at 09:28 PM
Hey there Claire! I will definitely give this half sheet wonder thing a try and see what I can come up with!
Your cards are lovely. I am just lovin' nice simple cards lately..........they're really 'floatin' my boat'! lol
PS - stay nice and cool - am thinking of ya!:)
Posted by: Karen Thomas | January 13, 2010 at 08:03 AM
Hi Clair....I only found your blog recently and enjoy a visit; only get a chance to make cards occasionally due to my busy sewing schedule; but hopefully I will get around to more cardmaking "one day". Thankyou for sharing the delightfully simple and pretty cards.
Posted by: Judith tetley | January 13, 2010 at 11:21 AM
This sounds like just the thing I need to get back into it - has been far too long 'out of the saddle' and I'm struggling to get back. Thanks for the inspiration, and just for being you
Love you, Trace xxx
Posted by: Tracey Eaton | January 13, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Here's my go at the Half Sheet Wonder. It's a great technique and I'll definitely be using it again.
Posted by: Tina | January 17, 2010 at 10:37 AM
Hi Claire! I love this one sheet wonder idea - I have had a go with the new Butterfly prints set and posted it on my blog http://coffee-at-claires.blogspot.com/2010/01/posted-by-picasa.html
Thank you for the inspiration :)
From another crafty Claire! :)
Posted by: Claire | January 17, 2010 at 10:48 PM
Hi Claire, great challenge. I love the simplicity of the half sheet wonder but the great cards that can be produced! Here are my creations...
I'm definately going to do another batch!
Posted by: Elise | January 18, 2010 at 03:31 PM
Great technique Claire - Thank you for getting my mojo flowing again and me into my craft room to create and not just clean up all my mess I made over the Christmas period!
Here's my link to my attempt at the Half Sheet wonder: http://stampinwithrichelle.blogspot.com/2010/01/half-sheet-wonder-cards.html
And I've already had a 2nd go with this link:
Hope that's not too cheeky lol :)
Posted by: Richelle | January 21, 2010 at 01:39 AM
Hi Claire- Had great fun doing this! Thamks for the chance to win a punch! Here's mine...
Posted by: Robyn | January 21, 2010 at 06:03 PM
Hi Claire. Thanks sooooo much for taking me outa my comfort zone with this challenge. Many upas and downs...not all documented....but a happy ending!! Here's the link to my post
If there is a problem, please e mail me at email@example.com
Thanks again - Lynda xx
Posted by: Lynda S | January 27, 2010 at 04:54 PM
I had a great time with this challenge and have put some of the cards on my blog and linked back to you.
Posted by: Liz | January 29, 2010 at 09:33 AM
I love this idea and have had fun creating some cute, girly cards with it. Thanks for the inspiration, you can check them out on my blog.
Posted by: Chris Parker-Barnes | January 31, 2010 at 08:08 PM