Nostalgic Treasures Christmas Cards

Merry Christmas everyone! It felt that Christmas has come so quickly this year.  To celebrate this holiday season, I have two Christmas cards to share with you.  It features the lovely Nostalgic Treasures collection from Crafters Choice.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Nostalgic Treasures 12×12 Paper Pad, Crafters Choice Gold A4 Luxury Cardstock Set, Bella Gold Florals, Fundamentals White Cardstock, Franchville Metallic Cardstock Set, Crafters Choice Bling (Clear & Metallic Gold Droplets; 2mm Bling Red/Green/Clear/Metallic Gold; Red & Green Rhinestone Sheet; 3mm Bling Clear & Metallic Gold)

Ranger Distress Ink materials: Candied Apple, Pine Needles, Foam Applicator

Other: nesting dies, foam tape, mini flowers

As soon as I saw the gorgeous birds from the Nostalgic Treasures Paper Pad, I knew I have to show them off in a couple of special Christmas cards.  I am really drawn to birds lately and I hear them everyday.  I love the beautiful sound of the birds in our yard every morning and throughout the day.  My youngest daughter even made a nest for the birds in one of our trees so they are well looked after, how cute.

For a lovely festive feel, I have added some layers of shiny mirror, matt mirror, and white metallic pearl cardstock on the cards.  Nothing says luxury more than gold and the Crafters Choice Gold Cardstock set is just divine.  The gorgeous pearly white sheen on the Franchville Cardstock also elevated the look of the cards.

I have die cut the cardstock and paper layers, and then inked the edges of the metallic pearl cardstock and papers with the Ranger Candied Apple Distress Inkpad and foam applicator.  The Candied Apple shade is a great match to the red colours of the Nostalgic Treasures collection.  I then added some subtle shading of the Pine Needles Distress Ink onto the white cardstock base of the cards.

For the cluster, I’ve fussy cut some leaves from the paper pad and added these by the birds along with some Gold Bella Florals and some mini flowers from my stash.  To finish it off, I added some gorgeous Crafters Choice Bling onto the frames of the cards.  The little red and green diamond bling on the frames are trimmed from the Rhinestone Sheets.  And how cute are the Droplets Bling? They are so versatile and look like mini watermelon seeds which come in different colours.  All bling sets from Crafters Choice go a long way, always great to have in your craft stash.  You never know when you need some pretty bling.

For another special touch, these festive cards can also stand up.  It is simple to make and  here’s a quick step by step of how to create the base of the stand up card.

  1. Trim the White Fundamentals Cardstock to 4″ wide.
  2.  Fold this in half with a bone folder.
  3.  Open the card and fold the top 2 1/4″ with a bone folder as pictured.
  4.  For my cards, I have inked the edges with the Pine Needle Ranger Distress Inkpad and foam applicator.  This also shows you a clear image on where the folds are.  The folded measurement at the bottom front of my cards are 2 1/4″ x 4″.  You can adjust the size accordingly to suit your card.
  5.  Trim your choice of cardstock into 1 1/4″ x 3 1/2″.  This will go inside the card that will help the front stand up.  For illustration purposes I have used white cardstock.  For my festive cards I have die cut some Gold Matt Mirror Cardstock and then layered some Nostalgic Treasures paper strips/gold foiled sentiment on top.  You can adjust this measurement slightly smaller or larger to suit what you need, and as long as this cannot be seen outside of the card.
  6.  Adhere this onto bottom of the card inside as pictured with some foam tape.  Make sure you do use foam tape as you need this dimension to make the card stand up.
  7.  Last is the fun part, which is to create the front design of your card.  Once this step is done, generously apply some adhesive onto the bottom fold of the front of the card only.  Align the bottom of the decorated front onto the bottom fold and adhere together, pressing onto it for a few seconds then let dry completely.

And that is the last card share for this year.  I have thouroughly enjoyed creating this year and sharing them all with you.  Life is always so busy and creating has always been my “me time” and sanity.  Thanks for joining me in my creative journey and I hope to give you more inspiration moving forward.

For more Ruby Rock-It Brands goodies, click HERE.  Or check them out at a Spotlight store near you.

Have a Very Merry Christmas!



Holly Jolly Christmas Advent Calendar

We have officially started counting down for Christmas at home, and this year I have transformed a plain pizza box to an advent calendar.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Crafters Choice Festive Pop 12×12 Paper Pad, Festive Pop Sticker Booklet, Festive Pop Die Cut Pack, Bella Silver Floral, Bella Mini Pink Florals, Crafters Choice Rainbow Glitter Glue, Crafters Choice Bling (Aqua 6-10mm; Clear Stars; Iridescent Clear Hearts; Clear Fireworks; Red Floral; Clear Floral; Pearl Spiral Flourish; Pearl Frame; Borderlines Pink)

Other: clean plain pizza box, mini envelope die, tulle, ribbon trim, white paint, mini red flowers

Starting with a clean and plain pizza box, I have cut out the top, right, and bottom edges.  The result is a 12×12 cardboard album perfect for a blank canvas.

I adhered the blue and white star paper from the Festive Pop paper pad onto the front cover.  I then added some tulle around the paper.

I then trimmed the daschund snow scene from the paper pad and adhered this on top as the focal point of the book.  I added some tulle around this and then applied some Crafters Choice Rainbow Glitter on all the tulle for a sparkly snow effect.

From the Festive Pop Sticker Book, I then added the holographic word title and cute pups with the clusters of Bella Florals.  There’s heaps of gorgeous stickers to choose from this booklet.

I gently tore some parts of the blue and white stars paper for the look of snow to the background, along with some light strokes of white paint.  I finished the front cover with the addition of Crafters Choice Pearl Frame and Flourish Bling, and some round Aqua Bling.

Now it’s time to have a look inside the advent calendar book:

I love the colorful lightbulbs from the paper pad and so I adhered these inside on both sides.  I then added some tulle around to match the look of the front cover.

I then die cut 24 mini envelopes from different paper designs and positioned them evenly on both sides.  I have used two gold foiled, two holographic foiled, and four printed sheets from the paper pad.

Next, I’ve cut the numbers from the foiled numbers paper and adhered them onto the middle of each mini envelope.

I chose three main die cut pieces from the Festive Pop Die Cut Pack and added these beside some of the envelopes. I then added some smaller die cut pieces around these.

I adhered some gorgeous Crafters Choice Bling around some of the numbers and onto the die cut pieces for extra sparkle.  ‘Tis the season to get sparkly.

I then added some holographic sentiments from the Sticker Book Sheet beside a couple of the pretty die cuts to finish the look inside.

I’ve cut out a good amount of stickers from the same sticker book sheet and filled each envelope with a couple of stickers.  The stickers get bigger as the numbers go higher.  My daughters love stationery and stickers and I thought what a great idea it would be to create a sticker advent calendar treat for them.

I cannot wait to show this to the girls.  They’ll be glad to get these adorable Christmas stickers for this year’s Christmas album that they’ll make.  Exciting stuff.

Isn’t the Festive Pop collection just delightful?  It is very easy and fun to create with, and some papers from the pad are great not just for Christmas projects.  This range is available to purchase at a Spotlight store near you.

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Thanks for popping in and have fun counting down ’til Christmas.  Not long to go now.


Tie Dye Goodie Bags

One of my daughters just celebrated her birthday not long ago and today I get to share with you her goodie bags.  I really  like how fun they turned out that I wanted to keep one for myself.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Free Spirit collection, Bella Butterflies (Pink and Blue), Crafters Choice Adhesive Rhinestone Bling (Silver and Gold), Crafters Choice Mini Hue Bling (Gold, Aqua, Pink, Purple, Green)

Ranger Distress Inkpad: Peacock Feathers, Foam Applicator

I’ve punched the Free Spirit papers and assembled them into mini paper bags, with the exception of one bag which I made bigger especially for the birthday girl.  I then inked the edges with the Peacock Feathers Distress Inkpad and Foam Applicator.

With the excess strips of Tie Dye papers, I adhered the Crafters Choice Adhesive Rhinestone Letters and then trimmed it to frame the word.  I then inked the edges and adhered this on one side of the small bags as pictured.  As for the big bag, I simply adhered the letter rhinestones straight on top.

Next I added a couple of pretty Pink Bella Butterflies onto each bag, plus an extra Blue Bella Butterfly and some Gold, Aqua, Pink, Purple, and Green Crafters Choice Mini Hue Bling on the large bag.  Run some pink string on each bag and voila!

For the large bag I added some white pom pom trim for a little extra special finish for the birthday girl, as pictured above with a dark background so you can really see the pom poms on the sides.

The Free Spirit paper collection is awesome, you don’t need to do too much to make it amazing.  If you love all things colorful and tie dye, then this collection is for you.  Check it out at the Ruby Rock-It Brands website HERE, or at a Spotlight store near you.



Rose Gold Christmas Cards

Crafters Choice have a couple of exciting new Christmas range and today I get to share with you a set of fun rose gold Chrismas cards.  These are not hard to make and below I’ll show you an easy trick for adding texture on the glittered rose gold card.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Crafters Choice Rose Gold Luxury A4 Cardstock, Festive Pop Die Cut Pack, Festive Pop Sticker Booklet, Champagne Bling, Fundamentals Metallic Cardstock Set

Other: letter punch, embossing pad and powder

The Crafters Choice Rose Gold Luxury Cardstock set is just divine and I love the variety of sheen, glitz, gloss of each sheet.  The shiny Metallic sheet worked a treat for the large letter joy title on the cards, and it’s gorgeously shiny!

The copper card base is from the Franchville Metallic Cardstock set which has a nice subtle glittery finish, coordinating perfectly with the pretty rose gold cardstock.

Trimmed sheets of the Matte and Glittered Rose Gold cards from the Luxury Cardstock set are then layered on top of the cards.  Some texture is then added to the background of the glittered cardstock.

Here’s a quick step by step on how to create an easy textured look on the rose gold glittered cardstock:

  1. Trim the glittered cardstock to size.
  2. Roughly run an embossing pad through the top of the card.
  3.  On a clean and dry sheet of paper, generously sprinkle a two tone embossing powder on top of the whole card.  Use a color that matches/accentuates the color scheme of the cards, in this case I used aged copper shade to compliment the rose gold and copper tones.
  4. Gently tap the excess off and put the rest of embossing powder back into its container.   Seal the powder container well once done with this step to prevent any spillages and messy clean ups.
  5. Heat emboss the powder with a heat embossing gun until all the powder on the surface melts.  Take care not to burn your hand, working slowly around the card.
  6.  Let it cool for a minute or two and it is done, such a cool effect with little effort.  It’s fun adding a layer of background onto the rose gold cardstock.

The adorable pieces from the Festive Pop Die Cut Pack are then added on top of the title, along with the sentiments from the Festive Pop Sticker Sheet which have an awesome holographic effect.  It’s all finished off with some pretty Crafters Choice Champagne Bling.

So there’s my easy rose gold Christmas cards.  They were fun to create and I got them done in no time.  I hope I have inspired you to create with the Crafters Choice Luxury Cardstock Set and Festive Pop collection.  These are available to purchase at a Spotlight store near you.  I’ll be back for more Festive pop inspiration soon.


So Blue Baby Boy Layout

Having a new baby boy makes me happy in many ways.  He is a great addition to our family so my husband is not surrounded by girls all the time, and now I can scrapbook for boys more.  Time to share a blue baby boy layout which features Bella’s  So Blue paper collection.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Bella! So Blue collection, Faded Empire Alphabet Chipboard, Bella Florals (White, Black, Silver), Blue Mini Bella Florals, Bella Blue Butterflies, Crafters Choice Mini Hue Silver Bling, Crafters Choice Bling Rhinestone Sheet (Blue, Black, Aqua, Gold), Fundamentals Black on Kraft Alpha Sticker Sheet, Bella Distressing Tool

Ranger Distress Inkpads: Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Weathered Wood, Hickery Smoke, Black Soot, Ranger Foam Applicators

Other: white cardstock, black ribbon, coloured mists

With the Bella Distressing Tool, I have distressed the edges of a white cardstock.  I then inked the edges with the Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink and Ranger Foam Applicator.  This is then adhered onto the Reflections paper, having the pretty bokeh print peeking through.

Next I positioned the Faded Empire Alpha Chipboard at the bottom of the page and spritzed a deep blue mist onto it, using these as a stencil.  Remove the alpha chipboards and wipe this clean gently with a baby wipe for future use.

I have fussy cut the night sky and scallop scales from the Cut-Ups paper and adhered this close to the photo.  I then added a cluster of Bella Florals and Bella Butterflies onto the page.  I have also framed the picture with some trimmed blue and black Crafters Choice Bling Rhinestone Sheets, altogether with the Bella Florals packaging.  I finished it all off by spritzing some light yellow mist and blending a mix of Ranger Distress Inks (see materials list above), and some bits of bling adhered around the page.

There is a variety of ways on how I like to blend colours to my layouts.  I will show you one of the easiest way which is perfect for working onto slim areas and edges.

  1. Gather your distress inkpads and foam refills.
  2. Without attaching the foam onto the applicator, apply the colour onto the foam concentrating in the middle.
  3. Blend this onto the edges, nooks, and crannies of the page.  I find this easier and more user friendly for blending slim areas compared to some sponge daubers or when foam is attached to the applicator.   This will also give you more control on how much or how little colour you want to add onto tight spaces.

I hope you find this easy tip useful for your next distress ink colour blending project.  The versatile So Blue collection is now available to purchase at a Spotlight store near you or at the Ruby Rock-It Brands website HERE, amongst the rest of the materials listed above.

Thanks for popping in.  I’ll be back with a gorgeous new Bella range, yay!


Written In The Stars

Every end of September I get older and wiser, and now that I have hit just over my mid-thirties I am ever so thankful and really happy with my life.  This has inspired me to scrap with some gorgeous papers and my favourite photo of my children to mark this milestone.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Bella Blush Collection, Crafters Choice Spiral Flourish Clear Bling, Crafters Choice Clear Square Bling, Bella Distresser Tool

Ranger Distress Ink: Hickory Smoke, Weathered Wood, Victorian Velvet, Ranger Foam Applicator

Other: white cardstock, flowers, trims, mists

How gorgeous is the Bella Blush collection? It has a beautiful pink pallete and is great for any paperpcraft beyond wedding creations. The Quarters paper have some sentiments and images perfect for fussy cutting and layering, that has worked a treat for my title.

The sequin print of the Sparkle paper adds a touch of sparkly frame around the picture.  I have distressed this with the Bella Distresser Tool which I practically use all the time.  Having it this way also gave it a subtle sequin effect, without having to add actual sequins.

The Crafters Choice Spiral Flourish Bling are perfect for adding background texture, flourishing outwards the photo.  This is also a good alternative from a cluster for a flatter finish.

The Crafters Choice Clear Bling Squares gave a pretty starry addition which ties the page altogether.  I love how this bling come in small, medium, and large squares.  One can never have too much bling I say.  I then blended the Weathered Wood, Hickory Smoke, and Victorian Velvet Ranger Distress Inkpads onto the page with the Ranger Foam applicator to finish it off.

As I started creating this page, I cannot decide which side of the Floral paper to use.  In the end I decided to use both sides.  Here’s a quick step by step:

  1. Roughly tear the Foral paper in a slant as shown below.
  2. Fold and curl the torn side of the paper.  The floral print on the top, and the pink concrete print at the bottom.
  3. Ink all sides/edges of the papers with the Hickory Smoke Ranger Distress Ink and Foam Applictor.
  4. Adhere these onto a white cardstock and voila. Now both sides of the Floral paper are on the page.

Check out the full Bella Blush collection on the Ruby Rock-It Brands website HERE, and it is also available to purchase at a Spotlight store near you.

Thanks for popping and I hope I have inspired you to scrapbook your milestones with the Blush collection.  You will love these papers as much I do.


Pink Lady Gratitude Book

This September we have some gorgeous pink collections to show off with Ruby Rock-It Brands.  Today I am sharing a little gratitude notebook which I have created for my daughter who absolutely loves everything pink and sparkles of bling.

Ruby Rock-It Brands materials: Bella Pink Lady papers (Feathers; Montage), Crafters Choice Bling (Pink 2mm; Pink 6-10mm; Mini Hue Pink 2-5mm; Adhesive Rhinestone Letters)

Ranger Distress Inkpads: Picked Raspberry, Worn Lipstick, Ranger Foam Applicators

Other: coloured mists, texture paste, leftover ribbons/trims

I covered a plain hardbound notebook with the Feathers paper and then roughly added some texture paste, letting this air dry for a couple of hours.

I added some trim on the left side of the notebook and some trimmed print from the Montage paper on the right edges.  I then layered the fussy cut heart balloons from the same paper on the center amongst some scrap ribbons and Adhesive Rhinestone Letters for the title.

I then shaded and blended the Picked Raspberry and Worn Lipstick Distress Inkpads with the Ranger Foam Applicators to match the Pink Lady papers.  I finished it off by adding some pink Crafters Choice Bling and spritzing of mists on top.

My daughter loves this notebook and everyday she writes down everything that she is thankful for.  I love passing on my daily ritual to her, getting her into the habit of appreciating what she has in life and writing them down.

Check out the full range of Bella collections and more online HERE, or at a Spotlight store near you.  I’ll be back soon with another gorgeous pink Bella collection.