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Sunday, 28 February 2010

Haitian Disaster Relief - Make a Difference

This post will be pinned to the top until 28 February, please read further down for additional new posts.

On January 12, 2010, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti leaving in its wake devastation so overwhelming that the Haitians and their leaders can only look toward outside help for aide. As a Stampin' Up! customer, you can help make a difference to the lives of those who continue to suffer from the effects this earthquake has brought by purchasing the Greenhouse Garden stamp set.

From now until 28 February, 2010, Stampin' Up! will set aside £1 from the sale of every Greenhouse Garden stamp set and donate it to the Red Cross' Haiti Relief and Development Fund. The Red Cross is already well established in Haiti, and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need.

Help make a difference. The more this stamp set sells, the greater the difference you make!

Email me now to place your order and help these people in dire need. I am offering free shipping on orders which include this stamp set.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Blog Award


I've just received this Blog Award from Vannessa, so thank you Vannessa. The rules of the blog awarding is to link back to the person who sent it to me and to pass it on to 5 other bloggers. I also have to write 10 things that make me happy so here goes ...........

1. My hubby
2. Making new friends but still appreciating old ones
3. My grandchildren
4. Going to the theatre
5. Enjoying a good movie
6. Snuggling deeper under the blankets when there's a storm raging outside and knowing I don't have to get up!
7. Losing all sense of time in my craft room buried knee deep in paper, glue and embellies and stamps!
8. Seeing the UPS van making deliveries and knocking on my door!
9. Hopping on the bathroom scales and seeing the needle register that I'm lbs LIGHTER!
10. The sound of laughter in sharing a good joke
and now I'm passing this award to
Sabrina
Kerry
Sam
Hayley
Elizabeth

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Touch of Nature, Whimsical Words


I've long admired this stamp set, having seen all the wonderful creations fellow crafters have made but didn't own this stamp set myself. I finally succumbed and bought this set not long ago and have combined it with Sale-a-bration's Whimsical Words "small wonder" for this gorgeous butterfly.
I've used the spotlight technique, highlighting one of the butterflies and coloured it with markers but leaving the rest of the butterflies plain. The sentiment was stamped with versamark and white embossed and I double matted the stamped image on Ballet Blue and Barely Banana cardstock, punching the bottom edge of Barely Banana with the eyelet border punch before adhering layers together. For the finishing touch, I added Whisper White satin ribbon.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

My Valentine


I thought I'd show you the Valentine card I made for DH. It's very simple, using the Groom Specialty papers and combined with a stamp in my personal collection and nesties.



I stamped a sweet little butterfly inside and zoomed in real close so as to cut out my personal message.

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge # 21




The challenge this fortnight was to make a criss-cross box and a lid for it. Criss cross boxes don't normally have a lid but I incorporated one, nevertheless and wanted it to look like a big envelope.


Of course having made the box, I couldn't leave it empty, so I made six cards to put in it. All were made using the Rub Ons and were quick and easy to do. I only stamped the sentiments.

In the "Say it with Scallops" stamp set there was a "thank you" which fitted perfectly into the Scallop square punch.




These are the other 3 cards to make up 6 cards in all for the box.

Recipe:

Stamps: Oval All, Sincere Salutations, Wonderful Words, Say it with Scallops
Ink: Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, To the Nines Specialty papers
Papers: Sage Shadow, Whisper Whie, Kraft, Chocolate Chip
Accesssories: Hidden Garden Blossoms Rub Ons, Chocolate Chip 1" double stitched grosgrain, Chocolate Chip Taffeta ribbon, 5/8" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Large Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Scallop square punch, Eyelet Border punch, silver elastic cord


Thursday, 18 February 2010

Punch Album



At our team quarterly meeting, my team leader Amanda gave us supplies to make this great resource for SU punches. I didn't have time to make it whilst at the meeting, so made a few notes and did my "homework" like the industrious "schoolgirl" I am (barf*!) ;o and am really chuffed with it. Of course, it was crying out for some added bling - so out came the Dazzling Diamonds and Fine Cosmo glitter! I also added my own ribbon - lots of it - just being girly! :))



The inside of the front cover and first page.







Here are some of the pages inside.


I botched this piece of DSP, but it was too pretty to waste so I used it for the inside back cover instead. This didn't have the "bling" added. I glued a strip of the inside front cover so that it would tie in with the rest of the colour scheme and hide the chunk that was missing!


This is the back cover. Isn't the paper scrumptious - Kaleidoscope! I need some more! I've fallen in love with it.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

A card for my best friend

When spirits are low, sometimes it's nice to receive a card to let that person know you care. I couldn't make a card for her sister and not one for my best friend to wish her a safe journey - she'll be flying back to Brazil to see her sister at the end of the week.

The colour is so pale, the photo doesn't show the card clearly. She loves butterflies, so I had to dig this set out from my personal collection. I'm glad I did, because it reminded me how much I love butterflies too!

A Get Well Card


I made this card for my best friend's sister who I stayed with in Brazil. Her sister fell 4 metres from a ladder and is very ill in hospital. I'm absolutely devastated and hope she will make a complete recovery in due course - it will be a lengthy process but thank goodness she has a strong constitution and is still with us. The doctor said she is very lucky to be alive - that's how serious it is.




This is the inside. I've also entered for this fortnight's Creative Card Challenge at the suggestion of the lovely Sam.


Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Greenhouse Garden


In conjunction with Sale-a-bration, the Greenhouse Garden Stamp set had been singled out by Stampin' Up! to highlight the plight of the Haitians who suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on 12 January 2010. £1 will be donated from the sale of each Greenhouse Garden stamp set to the Red Cross' International Response Fund to provide immediate relief and long term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to help those in need. Consequently, I felt I had to promote this stamp set and made some samples using this set. I am pleased to say some of my guests responded by purchasing a set and helped make a difference to the lives of these people in a small way.

The picture above shows the card when it is closed.


I made the belly band out of 1" stitched grosgrain ribbon sandwiched between two punched scallop circles. The "medallion" circle image was stamped in Perfect Plum, punched with a 1 3/4" circle punch, inked edges and raised on dimensionals and adhered to the top scallop circle.

As you open the card, it reveals more panels. I dry embossed two lines then punched one edge with the eyelet border punch on Very Vanilla card stock and adhered each strip to the top of each striped panel - DSP from Tea & Crumpets. All the flowers were stamped using the two-step stamping method, they were then cut out and layered. I used the leaf image from A Touch of Nature stamp set.

Recipe:

Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, A Touch of Nature, Vintage Labels (sale-a-bration)

Ink: Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana, More Mustard, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke
Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Tea & Crumpets DSP

Accessories: Stamp-a-majig, dimensionals, snips, 1" stiched Bashful Blue grosgrain ribbon, 1 3/4" circle punch, scallop circle punch

Monday, 15 February 2010

A Good Egg


I botched the card that the lovely Helen had designed whilst at the Shoe Box Swap, so I came home and duplicated it but accidentally smudged the top of this card with Black Stazon ink. So I made another one (shown in a previous post) with Helen's original design. However, I decided not to let this one go to waste so tweaked it and you'd never know that it had been earmarked for the bin! I used tombow for the flower centres and sprinkled Fine Cosmo glitter over them, stamped the floral background image in Certainly Celery and cut out a couple of flowers to add as embellishments, ran a two-way glue pen along the top and bottom edges of the sentiment strip and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds, added Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon on top of the Certainly Celery one to hide the stain and voila - card transformed!

I was quite chuffed with myself for having salvaged this. Hope you like it and thanks Helen, for the original inspiration!

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

I ruched some Whisper White taffeta ribbon and adhered it to the underside of the stamped heart as illustrated above and below. Additional card stock was added to the inside covers in order to sandwich the 1 1/4" wide striped grosgrain ribbon for the ties.




I also made these tiny treats folders to house confectionery and did one in Chocolate Chip and Pretty in Pink as part of the Raffle Prize too.
For all you lovebirds out there - Happy Valentine's Day!


Saturday, 13 February 2010

Love You Much Demo - Inspiring Inkin' Quarterly Team Meeting


I was honoured to be asked to demonstrate this type of card at our team's quarterly meeting today. Amanda saw the christmas one I did on my blog and asked if I could demo it in January, but the snow scuppered the meeting and it had to be rescheduled for today - just in the nick of time for Valentine's Day tomorrow!

I nicknamed this type of card the "Magic Proscenium" card which I did for a workshop last year. It was originally a christmas card using the Sparkly & Bright stamp set, and Rudolph was concealed behind the "curtains". By changing the stamp set, it's now a Valentine card.




The magic happens as you open the card, the "curtains" pull back to reveal the "lovebirds"!
Recipe:
Stamps: Love You Much
Inks: Whisper White Craft, Night of Navy, Taken with Teal, Markers: Old Olive, Regal Rose, Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Taken with Teal, Confetti White, Night of Navy, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, 1 3/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, snips, dimensionals 1/4" Night of Navy grosgrain, post-it notes, mini glue dots, adhesive


February 2010 Shoe Box Swap, A Good Egg

Here's the one I designed for the Shoe Box swap. It uses the Polka dot background stamp with Versamark and A Good Egg stamp set. The chick image was stamped twice on Whisper white, and I reserved one to cut up as desired for inside bottom right of card. The "shell" was stamped twice on DSP and cut out to adhere with dimensionals as illustrated above. I used watercolour crayons for colouring and blended with blender pen. The edges of the sentiment were sponged in Sage Shadow. I added a length of pink gingham ribbon shaped into a bow and held together with a brad which was then attached to the bottom left corner of the matted image. When prepping for a workshop, this saves time and you also control the amount of ribbon used and therefore reduces waste.

For the inside of the card, I adhered the "happy easter" sentiment and coloured and adhered the other chick to fit in the bottom right hand corner. I stamped the corner of the card with the chick image first in Black Stazon ink as it's a bit fiddly to cut round his tuft of "hair"and trimmed the coloured image without his hair then adhered on top of the Black Stazon image.

Recipe:


Stamps: A Good Egg, Polkadot Background stamp

Inks: Black Stazon, Sage Shadow

Papers: Sage Shadow, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope

Accessories: Snips, Watercolour crayons, blender pen, word window punch, pink gingham ribbon, brad, pricking tool

Shoe Box Swaps at Inspiring Inkin' Social evening

At our Inspiring Inkin' monthly meeting in February, Amanda organised a shoe box swap so we each had to design a card, put all the materials, tools, accessories and ink pads and cardstock in a shoebox (or container the size of a shoebox) and everyone made each other's design. Please note that the order of the cards are not shown in any particular order of preference.

Elizabeth's ..............



This one is Amanda's.




Stella's in Kraft using Whisper White craft ink and I love the two tone ribbon detail.





This one is Sharon's creation using the "It's beautiful" jumbo wheel and Flight of the Butterfly.



Michelle's - am loving her colour combo!



Hayley's irrestible chocolate 3D pouch!



.........and lastly, but by no means least, Helen's!
Thank you ladies - they're all fab!


Pop back another time to see the one I made for the swap - uncanny that 3 of us out of 8 chose "A Good Egg" for our swap!

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