Card In a Box Class

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I’ve been a bit quiet here for a about a week now as I have just attended Stampin’ Up!s South Pacific Annual Convention.  I’ve had a total ball and am completely beside myself because I’m soooooo tired.  I’m in desperate need of a sleep in.

The projects I’m sharing today are from a class that I held just before I came to convention.  My class girls requested a card in a box – hmmmmm.  I am yet to make one mainly because I’m not a fan of 3D stuff but succumbed because they really wanted it.  Here’s the link to the youtube video I followed to get the measurements for my card.  We also made a matching gift bag that we created out of an envelope.



Here’s a close up of the card in a box.




This is a photo of the card when it’s close flat.  I played with this for ages to try and get it as pretty closed as what it is when it’s opened.



And finally, one of the gift bag.


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Just Add Ink #198 – Blog Hop

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The Design Team at Just Add Ink have had a bit of a break over Christmas, but we’re back  with our very first challenge of 2014 and our challenge for you is to:

Just Add………Thinlits or Envelope Punch Board

You may’ve hopped from the lovely Mae Collins blog and been wowed by her project – if you didn’t come from Mae’s blog that’s ok, you can catch it on the way around or by clicking on the full list of names below.

So I didn’t have either of these until I saw this challenge coming up, so I brought both. Lucky I did because I have somehow lost my unopened Stampin’ Up! Thinlits somewhere in my craft room – not sure how I could totally lose them, but I did.  A bit of a clean up might produce them, but I’m not that motivated at the moment to do a big clean up 🙂  So I had no choice but to go with my Stampin’ Up! Envelope Punch Board.  Not knowing anything about the board before Monday I decided to do a bit of YouTubing and found hundreds of tutorials on how to use it.  I can now say I’m addicted to it and have made about 15 different projects since Monday!


I have a card class coming up soon so I thought this was the perfect chance for me to get in front for once and have my projects made ahead of time.  Here’s what I’ve created:

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I’ve made and decorated a gift box that holds 4 cards and 4 envelopes.  To find the tutorial I used – you can click here.  Here’s a photo of the front of the decorated box:

JAI Blog Hop 2014 Box

I made 2 different cards designs that I tried to keep de-layered so they would fit easily in the box (not sure that I achieved the de-layered bit, but I did try!)

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As I was on a roll with scoring and punching I decided to make a chocolate bar gift box that I played around with until it fit a chocolate bar that I had at home – my inspiration for decorating of this box came from my mum who had a sleepover the other night (thanks mummy!).  Here’s a link to the tutorial that I adapted my box from.

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I hope you like my projects!  So the next stop along the way is the super-talented Nikki Spencer.  You’re going to love what she’s created – I always do!  Click on the blog hop picture below to take you to her blog:

BHbutton198If you get lost along the way I’ve also added the designers names hopping with us that you can click on at any time to find your way.

Chantell Randall

Christine Blain

Delys Cram

Jodene Tripp

Kim Badelt

Louise Sharp

Mae Collins

Narelle Farrugia – that’s me!

Nikki Spencer

Patrice Easton

Paula Dobson

Susan Wong

Tina Gillespie

Trish Rayfield

After you finish hopping, we’d love to see what you create with Stampin’ Up!s Thinlets or Envelope Punch Board.  Your projects can be linked up to the challenge by heading over to Just Add Ink.

Thanks for hopping by today!



Just Add Ink 2013 A Year in Review

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It’s been a while since I’ve been on here! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and fabulous New Year.   I know I ate too much and have so far been too busy to exercise, but I will get back to the gym – one day….

The Design Team at Just Add Add are sharing our favourite projects from 2013 and we’d love to see yours too.  I’ve chosen a tag as my favourite project from last year.  I love creating tags and found Christine’s Woodgrain challenge gave me the chance to create one of my most favourite tags.  I love the little bees I added as I think it really finished off the woodsy scene I was trying to create.

JAI #165 Narelle

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Inspired by Stamping WHW#125 & The Shabby Tea Room #195

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This weeks tutorial at Inspired by Stamping is how to create a flower using burlap.  Joanna has created a lovely flower and has given instructions on how she made it – you should check it out.

I’ve combined this challenge with the Terrific Tag Challenge at The Shabby Tea Room . This week their is to create a tag using the inspiration picture below – I took inspiration from the wrapped presents:


To create the roses I rolled the burlap giving it a twist every now and then.  I kind of remember making flowers like this in primary school – I might’ve been a paper-crafter even back then and didn’t even know it!

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Just Add Ink #193

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Kim has given us the most gorgeous inspiration picture for our challenge this week at Just Add Ink.  I can’t wait to see how you interpret it!


I’ve created something that is waaaaaaay out of my comfort zone – it’s a 3D Christmas centrepiece for my table.  I’ve created this tree by using my retired Stampin’ Up! Christmas bauble punch.  I went to town on punching loads of baubles from Glimmer Paper and Brushed Silver Cardstock.  I then made a decoration for my tree with star punches and a big red bow.  I also carried this bow over to my pot, added a few large pearls and then it was done!  Not sure if you get the full effect of this centrepiece as it was really hard to photograph!

JAI #193 Narelle

We’d love for you to join us this week at Just Add Ink – so head over to the challenge and link up a project.  While you’re over there, check out the fabulous inspiration from the Design Team.

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Stampin’ Royalty #198

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The Design Team at Stampin’ Royalty have given us the challenge to create Halloween Goodie Packaging.  I’ve never made anything Halloween as it really isn’t that big in Australia.  But as I’m wanting to challenge myself to try new things, I thought I’d give this fun challenge a go.  I buy chocolates and lollies just in case I get a Trick or Treater come to the door, but it never happens.  I end up eating them all after Halloween, just because I don’t want the chockies and lollies to go to waste 😉

I was on a roll with my Halloween Goodies Packaging so instead of one project, I made three.


Here’s a close up of a vase I had sitting at home. I found pumpkin cover chocolates to fill up the jar (well, almost fill up – I ate a few!)


This little goodie bag is filled with mini chocolate bars.


And to finish off my projects, I created a bag topper made from the Top Note Die.  Since I took this photo my son raided my craft room and has eaten all the cool mints.


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Just Add Ink #173

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Christine Blain suggested this weeks theme at Just Add Ink.  Our challenge for you is to:

Just Add…….Water

Some of my more observant (way more observant than me!) JAI Design Team members noticed that the bottles of water in the apartments where we stayed for our recent Stampin’ Up! South Pacific Convention had the following label on their bottles.


Did you see the words under the photo of the pool?  Just Add Water!  This bottle was made for us!

So when I think of water, I automatically think of a boat stamp. Not very original, but I had a purpose in mind for my project.  My Dad had a birthday last week, and in addition to giving him some cash, I covered and decorated him a block of white chocolate.  My dad LOVES white chocolate and I’m pretty sure I give him a block every birthday, but I know it will be eaten.  This chocolate cover was made to match the birthday card I made my Dad – click here if you’d like to check it out.

JAI #173 Narelle

Head over to the Just Add Ink Challenge blog and check out the varied and creative projects the Design Team have created for this fun challenge.

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Just Add Ink Challenge #165

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It’s Friday so that means a new challenge at Just Add Ink.  Christine is this weeks hostess and she’s given us the challenge to:

Just Add Woodgrain

I’ve never been a big woodgrain user on my projects and I’m pretty sure I’ve never used my woodgrain embossing folder at all.  I started out with a card for this challenge, then another card and then finally ended up with a vintage tag.  I will be so sad when my most favourite Stampin’ Up! stamp set – French Foliage – retires, but I’m sure I’ll still be using it on some challenges.  Because I use a lot of butterflies, for something different this time, I decided to add some cute little bees from Nature Walk

JAI #165 Narelle

Head over to Just Add Ink and check out the gorgeous inspiration from the Design Team. We’d love for you to join us, so why don’t you create a woodgrain project and link it up?

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Merry Monday Challenge #54

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Lesley has given us the challenge of creating a project using Snowmen at Merry Monday this week:


Snowman cards are not very big in Australia as generally our Christmas day is hot and no snowman would survive the heat!  The only stamp I really have with a snowman on it is a gift tag stamp from Stampin’ Up!s Tags Til Christmas. I left my run too late to put in an an order for a stamp so I came up with the idea of creating a tag for gift packaging. Here’s my heavily decorated Stampin’ Up! Lunch Sack – the decorating kinda overshadows the snowman, but he’s there!


Because I took this “Snowmen” challenge as pleural I decided to decorate a Stampin’ Up! Kraft Box to match my Lunch Sack. Both of these gift packages have belly bands around them, so it’s easy to open the gift by sliding it off.


Both of these projects were inspired by by packaging I have seen on Pinterest.

We’d love for you to join us this week – head over to Lesley’s blog and join in our Christmas Challenge. You can click on each of the Merry Makers names below to check out their gorgeous cards.

Lesley Croghan
Allisa Chilton
Bonnie Klass
LeAnne Pugliese
Nina Forsyth

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Inspired by Stamping #49 & The Deconstructed Sketch #92

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If you love a challenge with really soft and pretty colours, the challenge over at Inspired by Stamping is for you. Their colours this week are Kraft, Light Pink & Green.


I don’t make enough tags, so when I saw the sketch challenge at The Deconstructed Sketch I knew I would have to play along.  As soon as I sat down at my desk I reached for a tag I had made previously to get some inspiration and spilt my extra large latte all over it – grrrrrr not happy! I letting it dry to see how it looks – if it dries ok, then I may tell the person I’m giving it to that I meant to have a coffee stained look 🙂


Here’s my tag:

IBSIC49 & DS92

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