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Sunday, 25 December 2011

Merry Christmas !!!!

Oh my goodness, I have been such a bad blogger recently - it's always busy this time of year, but a touch of the guilts has made me sit down to create something especially for the blog for christmas day just so I could wish you all a very Merry Christmas & a joyous and Happy New Year!

The snowman card was quick and easy to do - two strips of Whisper White card stock the width of the card were torn and the edges had a two-way glue pen run over the rough edges so that I could sprinkle Dazzling Diamonds over it for a snowy effect and layered on top of a Pool Party card base. The rest was just a series of circles punched out in Whisper White for the snowman's head and body, and even tinier circles  for the top hat in Basic Gray sponged with Basic Black. 

I also made a hanging ornament with the ornament punch with some retired DSP - loving the new Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon which co-ordinates with it beautifully.

Seasons Greetings to one and all - I hope you'll all enjoy Christmas day with your loved ones wherever you are. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Pop back in the New Year - I have some exciting projects to show you and some new stuff which I know you'll fall in love with.   I hope Santa will bring you everything you wish for! 

Lots of love xxxx  Ho! Ho! Ho!

Friday, 16 December 2011

End of Term!

At last I can share this month's projects with you as all my classes have finished and we've "broken up" and I can turn my attention to getting ready for christmas - presents to buy and cards to finish!  The crimper is such an under utilised tool and my mission this month was to demonstrate its use.  We've crimped a diamond shape here.  Cardstock used is Cherry Cobbler, Lucky Limeade and Very Vanilla.  I used this technique way back in November 2009 which you can see here using the Autumn Days stamp set. 

The stamp set we used was Pines & Pointsettias , new for this year and becoming a firm favourite!  The advantage of this set is that a sentiment is included simply said "christmas" on a banner.  Check it out - you can find it on page 23 in the main idea book & catalogue.  Email me if you wish to make a purchase. 

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Countdown to Christmas #3

This was the final class in my Countdown to Christmas series.  The ladies made a christmas curled paper wreath with Stampin' Up!'s Holly Berry specialty papers.    The ladies worked like Trojans and managed to finish the wreath in time with minutes to spare, so they made the christmas bauble too.  The baubles are dead easy to make - great to keep your kids occupied making them and took no time at all. 

Here's how.  The bauble uses the larger scallop circle die cut from the Perfect Pennants Bigz die which is sandwiched between two 2 1/2" circle bases. So to assemble one bauble you will need the following:

1 x larger scallop Perfect Pennants Bigz die
2 x 2 1/2" circles coordinating plain cardstock circles
8 x 2 1/2" circles in  double sided DSP folded in quarters
2 x 2 1/2" sticky sheet circles 
9" of ribbon - it depends on how long you want your loop
double sided tape and/or wet adhesive.

The sticky sheets are on page 122 in the main catalogue.  I used one of the 2 1/2" circles to trace 2 1/2" circles on the back of the sticky sheets and cut it out with scissors rather than using a punch or die.  (The sticky gets your punches/dies sticky too, and these are much more difficult to clean than a pair of scissors.  Sticky sheets works the same as Stampin' Up!'s sticky strip.  The Sticky Sheets allows you to customise its use to your project.) 

To assemble you need to do it in two halves.  For first half,  remove all of the red protective layer on your sticky sheet circle, and adhere it to the 2 1/2" plain cardstock circle.  You will be left with a white layer, underneath which it is also sticky.  Peel the second protective white layer  back half way, adhere two of your folded DSP quarters.    Remove the rest of the white protective layer, adhere the next two folded DSP quarters. (You  need 4 folded DSP quarters to make up each half.) Once you've adhered the four folded quarters, flip it over  and apply wet adhesive or double sided tape and glue it to the scallop circle.  Please note that before adhering to scallop circle, attach one end of ribbon to scallop circle. Take care that the ribbon placement is directly in line with centre line of your folded quarters otherwise it won't hang right when suspended.   Repeat for other side, loop the ribbon and attach to other side of scallop circle before adhering second half of ornament and you're done! Just fluff up the papers and voila!

You can step it up too - add dazzling diamonds round scallop edge, or glass glitter with crystal effects.  Step it up even further by adding rhinestones or pearls.  

Tip:  If you find you've stuck your quarters on the wrong way round and it's facing the wrong way,  just refold them to face the right way - easily done as only one quarter of the circle is stuck down.

Friday, 2 December 2011

New Dates Added for Stamp with Elaine Card Club

I have added new dates for my card club which meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening of each month.  When I started the club, registration and a club contract was renewable every 6 months as I was testing the water so to speak.  In the collage above, these are some of the projects we did this year.  Each month we learn a new technique which you practice and file on  a 6 x 6 reference guide with detailed notes stored in a 6x6 page protector which you get to keep.  You make a card incorporating the technique and also do a 3D project.

If you wish to join, this has been changed to an annual membership to reduce administration costs and time.  You can join at any time, and your annual membership will commence a year from the date you join.  There is no joining fee.  Club nights are fun and friendly.    You can find out more information here or click on "Monthly Clubs" in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.  Spaces are limited.  I currently have vacancies for two more people so if you would like to join me and live within striking distance of Fleet, Hampshire, email me for more details - elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Advent Calendar

December already!  I haven't been in my craft room all week, but managed to make this just in time for December 1st.  This set is from my personal collection which I had on my birthday wish list, so imagine how pleased I was to receive it!   I've been itching to make something with it.  I used the petal card double punch to make all the "box" fronts and for the handles I used the mini brads (page 109 - 122941) such good value as there are 200 pieces in a box @ £2.95!    The image on day 19 are all bells, so I found a mini bell and tied it with linen thread over one of the bell images.  Love it!

I used a partial embossing technique for the Advent Calendar topper.   The topper was cut longer than I needed it so I partially dry embossed then  folded in half to give it added strength.  To decorate, I punched 6 pennants in Old Olive with the Petite Pennants Builder punch, folded them in half, added texture with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and made a 3D tree to decorate the top.

To achieve more than one colour on some of the stamped images, I used a variety of marker pens in More Mustard, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Basic Gray and Tempting Turquoise.

All I have to do next is fill it with sweets!

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Countdown to Christmas #2 Class

No, you haven't come to the wrong blog! I've changed my blog background to get into the spirit of Christmas - so it's still l'il ole me! I'm feeling a little sorry for myself as Mum flew back to Australia via Singapore late Sunday just past, so I needed something festive to cheer me up! Two posts today, so scroll down when you've finished reading this one.
 
These were the tags I designed for the second of the Countdown to Christmas series of classes.  I used the Delightful Decorations set, Welcome Christmas, Beautiful Season (new), and Pines and Pointsettias (new) and Serene Snowflakes stamp sets for variety.  The tags were cut from the ornament punch, and two tags bigz die.
 Here are the details of the inside of the larger tags.  We also made a folder to put the tags in, but unfortunately I haven't got a photo of it.
I also taught them how to make these embellishments to put on christmas gifts.  It's a great way of using up scraps of Designer Papers.  The papers used here are from the Holly Berry specialty papers.

Everything Eleanor, Petite Pairs

This is one of my favourite stamp sets - Everything Eleanor.  I taught the embossed crayon technique for my monthly clubs this month.  The above was the one that the Technique club ladies made.

....and this is the one that the card club ladies made.   Can you spot the difference?  The first one was a standard card size 5 3/4" x 4" and they'd stamped the flourish on first before dry embossing.  The second is slightly different in size and construction and has no flourish.

When you open it there is a little pop-up bit as you pull the card in opposite directions.  This type of card is called a "wiper card".

Sunday, 27 November 2011

SUNDAY - DAY 4 IN PARIS POST CONVENTION 2011



Us die hards who wanted to make the most of our last day - our flight was 2120 at night, so we bought an all day ticket for the larger Disneyland park.  Poor Elizabeth had caught a cold, and feeling a little delicate.  We had an early breakfast, bid farewell to Hayley who had an early train to catch, and took advantage of entering the park a good two hours before it opened to the general public (one of the perks of staying in the Disney hotels).

Our first glimpse of the iconic fairy castle!  We'd been well and truly sprinkled with Disney's magic pixie dust!



Michelle was in her element having got her wish to go on the teacup rides!  Only one brave enough to go on it straight after breakfast!


We opted for the gentler Dumbo ride!

Adventureland....pirates!

It's a Small World - an even more gentle boat ride!  El lost her bottle of water and we played spot the bottle in the Small World lake!
Our two intrepid Fast Track pros and experienced Disney fanatics!  

I'm afraid I plain forgot to take pictures in the end until we stopped for lunch and were treated to a "concert" from Mickey and the Genie of the Lamp.  We'd stopped for lunch and from where we sat, we could see the stage, so I took these with the telephoto lens.







We left the park at 4.00 pm to walk back to the hotel, collect our bags and catch the coach to Orly Ouest for our homeward bound journey.  Visiting the park was my guilty pleasure - and I'm hopeful that now I've had a taster, hubby will join me for another visit next year.

Next year's Convention is in Mainz, Germany - anyone care to join me?    Ask me how!  Email me at elaine.harding@googlemail.com


Saturday, 26 November 2011

CONVENTION 2011 - DAY 2, (Paris Disneyland Day 3)

Another full day program.  Business talk followed by more demos on upcoming products by Shelli herself. 

I had a panicky moment, forgot my camera - in fact I thought I'd lost it!  I had to excuse myself and hurry back to Sequoia Lodge where we were staying to look for it.  I couldn't remember whether I'd left it in the bar the night before as I had no recollection of having taken it with me back to my room. It wasn't so much the monetary value of the camera, although that did matter too, but the fact that had I lost my camera I would have lost all those precious photos I'd captured from the start of the Convention trip!   I was mindful of not waking my roomie up from her slumber as I was late getting back and had fumbled around in the dark so I must have just bunged it in my suitcase without thinking.

Darn! I missed part of the lectures and also a part of Shelli's demo and her exciting announcements.  I caught up though, thanks to fellow team mates.   You'll be blown away as soon as us Demos can share the info with you - hold on to your hats!  This is REALLY MEGA!  You'll want to book your own workshop come the new year - you really won't want to miss out on what's coming next!!!!

We then had some break out classes - one of which was brilliantly presented by the lovely Hayley on the extreme left and you'll recognise another fellow team mate by now, the lovely Elizabeth on the extreme right!

Here are the rest of the presenters who Paula, our Country Manager, gathered on stage to take their bow.  Their business tips and experiences they shared were brilliant!

After lunch and some free time to do the Make & Takes, we had more business talk and demonstrations with Shannon West from the Home Office, and Charlotte Harding based in Frankfurt.  They both demonstrated some fantastic projects and the one shown in this picture is an apron that Shannon had made using the Timeless Portrait fabric.  Shannon presented one she had made in the Spice fabric for Charlotte as a surprise, and Charlotte was quite overcome with emotion!

Here's Charlotte in her party frock looking rather fetching on Awards night! 

The following pictures are just some of the amazing creations dotted around on the display boards and Memento Mall.










After Convention wrapped up, we were free to do as we pleased.  Some demonstrators left straight after the Convention, some, like our group, stayed overnight and went out for a meal in Planet Hollywood that evening, which  was such a giggle.  We had an Italian waiter who rather fancied himself as God's gift to women, rather like Vincent Simone of Strictly Come Dancing fame as he flirted outrageously with us womenfolk - one of whom could easily have been his grandma (namely me!), and some bought a ticket for the park to watch the electric light parade.

Whatever the chosen pastime, it was nice to be able to reflect on the last two full on days and chill with fellow demonstrators of like mind.

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