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Wednesday, 29 July 2015

It's NOT just for tags!

Look at this punch!  It can be used not just for a note tag - I think one of my stampin' sisters said that it looked like a grave stone, so it would be great for Halloween too!

Remember these? Retired this year! Shock, horror!  What to do?  I found a way but one size only..... so stay a while and watch the video!











What do think?   Hope you liked it!


Sunday, 26 July 2015

Party pics!

It's  time I shared my launch party pictures before they become totally obsolete!  I was double "dipping" an expression I learnt recently meaning working "smart" and using projects  you've made for more than one event/class so long as the projects are still current.  My topic was on gift packaging for the July Quarterly team training - so I with-held blogging my launch party projects until after the meetings.


I couldn't fit everything on one table, so I had a second display table.


Here it is!  I love my tree!  If you watched my youtube video tour of my craft room - it was all wrapped up in a dust cover - here it is all opened up!  


...and here is the tree doing its star turn again at our Quarterly Team training....


...with a few new extras!  The hexagonal boxes were made with the gift bag punch board - if you're visiting for the first time, I also have a youtube channel called stampwithelaine.com and you can see how I made it in my previous post.

As a grandma, I  tend to lose track of time - so has school broken up yet?  If so, happy holidays or happy vacation for my American buddies!

Stampin' smiles and hugs! love from


Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pinched Star Box - Gift Bag Punch Board

This July Quarterly, my Inspiration Station topic was about gift packaging using new dies and tools in Stampin' Up!'s arsenal.  The star turn, literally, was this particular box made using the gift bag punch board.  Other tools had to come into play too - our trusty trimmer and old faithful Simply Scoring tool.  I had so many questions about this box it was just easier for me to do a video on it. Dive in to find out how!




This is for you, girls - enjoy!



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Sunday, 19 July 2015

Ooo-oo-oh! It's HUGE!

What am I referring to?  This gorgeous Dahlia - called Definitely Dahlia background stamp!  It covers the whole card front and then some!

Do you like my new bird house?  Hubby thought I was mad getting it - 'cos I didn't really want it for birds to actually nest in  - toooo pretty!  Much as I love my feathered friends, this was so beautifully constructed I wanted it for display and photography purposes!  

People might call this battleship grey, in Stampin' Up! speak - I'd say it is more Smoky Slate with a dash of blue - a blue grey perhaps?



Hubs is away for the weekend, but I have some of my lovely team joining me for our July Quarterly Meeting today - and these are the swaps I made. I've scheduled this for later in the morning as I do not want to spoil the surprise!

 I wanted to use the new Blushing Bride sequin trim - so can you believe it?  I designed the whole card round these sequins! lol!  


I left 3 sequins strung together for the body, and used 2 strands of the trailing thread as the butterfly's antennae!

Here's the list of  supplies I used.  Multiple images usually mean that the stamp set is available in Wood Mount and Clear Mount, just hover over the bottom right corner of each picture for more details or click to take you directly to my online store if you wish to make a purchase.


The greeting "happy birthday" is from a Hostess Set called "Happy Birthday! Everyone" which can only be earned with Hostess rewards/credits so I haven't included it in the list above.

I hope you like it!

Happy Sunday!


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Speedy Cards with Watercolor Wishes Card Kit

Wowser!  This gorgeous card kit was released on 1 July simultaneously for Demonstrators as well as customers, so this week's video is all about the kit!    If you haven't stamped before, this kit is for you as it contains stamps, a clear block, ink, die cuts.... I could go on - but you can see for yourself - watch the video!







This is the card assembled in the video.


I liked that so much, I couldn't stop and went on to make several more!



Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sunday Share

I joined the Womens Insitute (WI) for short earlier this year and in order to raise funds and keep the coffers healthy, each month we're asked for raffle donations and are given a colour and theme.  In July we had yellow and a  "fish" theme.

This was my donation - cards in a box.  I used By the Tide and Sea Street, and Guy Greetings stamp sets.  


Below is a list of materials you will need to duplicate this project.  Multiple images depict stamps sets available in Wood Mount, Clear Mount or photopolymer.




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