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Wednesday, 30 December 2009

Inspiring Inkin's Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop

Welcome to the Inspiring Inkin' Sale-a-bration Blog Hop. We hope you will find that we have each created amazing projects using exclusive stamp sets which you will be able to earn during the Sale-a-bration (SAB) period commencing 30 December 2009 through to 28 February 2010! For every £45 you spend during this period, you will receive any one of four exclusive SAB stamp sets. Do contact me to place an order, book a workshop, or find out about classes.


Each participating blog will have a bird cage logo, and at the end of the post, you will see a link to the next blog on the hop. Eventually you will come full circle back to your starting point. I hope you have a wonderful time on your journey. Please leave comments as you visit, we would love to know what you think of our projects.


For those who have joined us from Vannessa's Blog....WELCOME!


Both my projects are cards and here is the first one.


The SAB set I chose to pre-order is Whimsical Words. What better way to showcase "the more candles, the bigger the wish" sentiment than with this card.


Here is a better view of the tiers from above.
Recipe:

Stamps: On a Pedestal, Queue Up (Hostess Level 3), Whimsical Words
Ink: Lavender Lace Classic Ink; Markers -So Saffron, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace,Only Orange, Rose Red

Papers: Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, scraps of Elegant Eggplant, Pretty in Pink, Tea Party DSP

Accessories: Pretty in Pink gingham ribbon, 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain, 1/4" Elegant Eggplant grosgrain, Pretty in Pink taffetta ribbon, paper trimmer, snail, dimensionals, stampamajig

For my second project, I chose to do a Valentine card. Before you know it, February will be upon us. It certainly makes a change from Christmas!!


This is what the card looks like when closed.

When opened, it looks like this. The Bridesmaid cardstock is foiled backed and the parts which are "shiny" resists ink. As I wanted all of the wording to show, I stamped on to Very Vanilla card stock, punched out the stamped image with a large oval punch and then adhered to the Bridesmaid card stock.

Recipe:

Stamps: Love You Much, Whimsical Words

Ink: Rose Red

Papers: Rose Red, Bridesmaid, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Trimmer, snips, dimensionals, Heart to Heart punch, Large Oval punch, Craft knife, self-healing cutting mat, sponge dauber, Very Vanilla taffetta ribbon


Anyone leaving a comment will be entered into a prize draw which will be drawn on Monday at noon on 4th January 2010. The winner will receive the stamped images, card stock, brads, and ribbons to make the two cards above which will include a set of instructions. Tools and adhesive are not supplied. In addition you will receive a reel of ribbon and some 6" x 6" Designer Series Papers.

I hope you enjoyed your visit and return to visit again soon!

.....and now to continue your journey you will hop to Hayley's Blog here . Just click on the word "here" and it should transport you to Hayley's Blog.

Tuesday, 29 December 2009


My first post after the Christmas festivities! Hope you all had a wonderful time with your families and loved ones and now looking ahead to the new year, I would like to wish one and all a very Happy and Prosperous 2010!

Today is the eve of another exciting event in the Stampin' Up! Calendar! Do pop back tomorrow for the Inspiring Inkin Blog Hop tour which starts at 10.00 a.m. Demonstrators were allowed to purchase one of four different sets of new exclusive stamp sets for the Sale-a-bration promotion which launches tomorrow so do come back and see what there is on offer!

Now back to this post. This is a birthday card I made recently for a friend. I inked the pear stamp image with Markers so that the inside of the fruit and the pips were different colours. Then using the rocking technique, coloured the outside edge of the stamp to represent the skin of the pear in Old Olive. I'm thrilled with the result.

I dry embossed with Kraft paper for the lower half of the card, used a length of 5/8" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon to overlap the join and some Kraft taffetta on top to co-ordinate with the Kraft card stock. The leaf images were stamped in Old Olive and then hand trimmed and adhered with dimensionals.


I put an insert in as the Old Olive was a tad too dark to write on.

Friday, 25 December 2009

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!


If you've found the time to pop by today of all days - this is just to wish you a Very Happy and Merry Christmas day from our house to yours! Whatever time of day you pop by, I hope Santa has brought all that you wished for and more and that this season of joy and much happiness will last you well into the New Year .......... to infinity and beyond!!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Cardinal Christmas


My last christmas card for 2009! I used my nesties for this one and coloured in with a mixture of blender and aqua pens. He's rather a handsome bird, don't you think?

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Sparkly & Bright


This stamp set has been sitting in my cupboard for yonks. Whenever I get stuck for inspiration, I raid my private collection which are stamp sets I received for birthdays or christmases past over the years. Some of these are Stampin' Up! but are not available in our current Idea Book & Catalogue.


The "Sparkly & Bright" is in our current catalogue though. I used the sentiment for the inside of the card.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Winter Wonderland






The snow hasn't melted, so I thought I better capture it in our back garden before the thaw! I grew up in the tropics and even having lived most of my married life here in England, I still delight in the change of seasons and snow is still something of a novelty! I just love how it settles on inanimate objects, and how it perches precariously over foliage. The kid in me wants to go out and build a snowman, but it's way too cold! It's at times like these when I wish the grandchildren lived a bit closer!

Monday, 21 December 2009

Festive Tech Club



After we'd finished our session at our last club meeting for 2009, we partied - I put on some christmassy music, everyone brought some nibblies, we had mince pies and mulled wine without the alcohol and dressed in something festive to mark the end of the year!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge#17


For this fortnight's challenge, we had to make a Box in a Bag gift bag with a card and gift tag and use one of the new ribbons. This is what I made as illustrated in the picture above.

This is a close up of the card. It has a star shaped aperture in the front of the card, a scalloped eyelet border edge with a strip of Old Olive added for contrast and finished off with 1 1/4" Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon. In order to hide the ends of the ribbon, I stamped the date in Old Olive, trimmed it and matted it on to 1 3/8" Real Red circle which was raised on dimensionals and adhered to the scalloped Old Olive circle. I ran a two-way glue pen round the scallop circle edges, dipped it in Dazzling Diamonds and adhered on top of the join in the ribbon.

In this picture, you can see more clearly that a star shaped aperture was cut as a "window" for the large punched out Old Olive star which has been adhered to the card base and raised on dimensionals. I ran a two-way glue pen round the edges of the star and then dipped it in Dazzling diamonds. I then pierced a hole in the middle of the star to attach a clear rhinestone brad before adhering to base card with dimensionals.
Stamps: Spotlight on Christmas, Winter Post
Ink: Old Olive
Paper: Christmas Jingles, Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop circle, Scallop Square, 1 3/8" circle, Eyelet border, large star punches, cropadile, Dazzling Diamonds, 2-way glue pen, white gel pen, snips, dimensionals, clear rhinestone brad, 1 1/4" Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, silver elastic cord

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Get Well Card

This stamp set is another birthday gift I received the year before last, and I've just used it to make a Get Well Card for a friend. The butterfly is from "Live your Dream" and I punched out the heart from the Heart to Heart punch which is available in our catalogue.
This is the inside of the card.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Gift wallet


I embellised the money wallet with stamped images, some have been gold embossed, others were stamped straight on to the card stock.


Before unwrapping it, this is what it looks like. The label is from the Winter Post set.

The inside of the "wallet". I put a couple of notches in to hold the money and added some stamped images so the card wouldn't look so bare when the money is removed.

Yet another Christmas card!



Another christmas card! Trying out that gorgeous bride paper! I also put crystal effects on the buttons and the hat rims and baubles. Love it! Now must try and get it in the post! I am ssooo late this year.


This is the inside of the card.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Schoolbook Serif Numbers


My nephew is turning 21 on Christmas Day! He doesn't know about my blog, so I'm quite safe in posting this. Christmas time in Australia is usually tropical - the weather is upside down too -whilst England sometimes enjoys a white christmas and the thermometer drops to below freezing, the Ozzies are out surfing! No turkey for christmas - too hot, so it's usually a humongous sea food platter on the Gold Coast! So whilst trying to finish off making christmas cards for all the rellies (Oz for relatives), I had to dash off a 21st birthday card as well.
These stamp sets are not available in our current catalogue, they are some of the stamps I received for my birthday this year and which I haven't got round to using. For this card I used the emboss resist technique.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Lovely as a Tree, Winter Post





To err is human - I do it ALL the time. Can't always blame it on getting old and having senior moments - just sheer stupidity! My little secret is that I made this card originally for the Inspiring Inkin Challenge #16! When I looked at the picture again, there wasn't a deer in sight! So it was back to the drawing board with the snowmen! I thought I'd share the one I made for the challenge originally as I went to all that trouble cutting round the deers' antlers! (sigh) I can be such a dipstick sometimes - I surprise myself even.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Sparkly & Bright


This is the M&T the ladies made at yesterday's workshop. It's a simple card but with lots of layers as there were 14 ladies I needed to keep busy so no-one would be waiting too long for their turn!



The inside of the card had some snowflakes stamped in the bottom left hand corner and the sentiment was from the Season of Joy set stamped in Real Red.


Stamps: Sparkly & Bright, Season of Joy, Sparkling Jumbo Wheel

Ink: Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Real Red Marker

Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Kraft

Accessories: Eyelet Border punch, 1 3/4" , 1 3/8", 1 1/4" circle punches, scallop circle punch, mat pack & pricking tool, Real Red 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, trimmer, mini glue dots, dimensionals, crystal effects

Medallion Background Stamp



I'm in love! In love with the Cosmo Glitters - I demonstrated this at yesterday's workshop, but the one I did at home as a dummy run turned out so much better so have a deckers of the one I did at home. The Medallion background stamp has got to be one of my favourites at the moment. I can't get enough of it, always trying to find an excuse to bring it out to play!
Inked with Versamark, Heat & Stick powder followed by the whole range of Cosmo Glitter and heat set again. Looks like a rainbow! Photos never seem to pick up the glitter as well, or just blame it on the amateur photographer!
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