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Sunday, 25 October 2009

Halloween/Christmas Treat Buckets

I have been keeping this under my hat until today's class. I'd promised 6 buckets for each class and couldn't find the inspiration for the 6th Halloween one till the early hours of Sunday morning and that's when Count Dracula was "born". Thank goodness we had that extra hour with the clocks changing. I eventually crawled into bed at around 5 a.m., got 3 hours kip, and then had to start typing up class instructions!

Some of the ladies opted for the Christmas ones. I enjoyed bringing these to life. I grossly underestimated the time it would take to produce twelve 3D projects for today's class and worked like a trojan to deliver on time. There was a mountain of cutting to do, I took almost 100 photos for class notes, and a further 12 sets of instructions to document and produce. My printer flailed under the pressure, newly delivered from last Thursday, and a warning flashed up today saying that ink levels were low! My poor ladies didn't get their complete set of instructions, and I am grateful for their patience! They will be sent to you very soon.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Inspiring Inkin #Challenge 13 - Set Colours with new stamp set

This fortnight's challenge was to use Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red and Old Olive and to use a new stamp set. Well, not only did I use the new stamp set, but a whole new range of products from SU's 2009-2010 IB&C! Can you spot them all?

The new Good Friend stamp set, On Board So Tweet - an assortment of more than 80 images in six 22.9 x 22.9 cm sheets which also coordinates with the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin kits for the scrapbookers amongst you, the new range of 1 1/4" (3.2cm) of Striped Grosgrain Ribbon in Old Olive and last, but my no means least, the fabby new range of Stampin' Glitter which comes in sets of five (contains approx 7.1g in each) pots in different colours!

This stamp set needs the two-step stamping method, in this case, the legs and beak had to be stamped separately and "attached" to the main body of the bird. I inked the chipboard pieces, and used the Stampin' Up! markers to colour in the sides too in the colours as shown. I used the kissing technique on the chipboard flower with the white craft ink to add some pattern as it was too plain without it. For the flower centre, SU's new two way glue pen covered the entire surface including edges and I just dipped it in the pot of gold glitter in the Fine Galaxy range. I added some glitter to the bird's tail and the flower too for an extra bit of bling!

I had no room to add the sentiment from the set on the front of the card so put it on the inside of the card, used SU's new Whisper White Craft Stampin' Pad to echo the images on card front. The sentiment was stamped in Ruby Red, matted on to Ruby Red ink on Whisper White cardstock and the right edge had 3 rows of holes as a feature.
Stamps: Good Friend
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Whisper White Craft
Papers: Close to Cocoa, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: On Board so Tweet, Old Olive Striped Grosgrain, Stampin' up markers - Old Olive, Ruby Red, two way glue pen, pricking mat and pricking tool, stampamajig, adhesive

Wednesday, 21 October 2009


I'd been given this set last birthday, but haven't had a chance to use it till now. My Mum's cousin, who I address as "Aunty" is 85 next birthday. She was always a dab hand in the kitchen, but now, sadly, she's had to take a back seat, so I thought this "chef" would cheer her up. Now that I've mounted it, I'm sure I'll use it alot more. I enjoyed colouring in the chef and creating the tartan effect on his uniform! The image was stamped on Confetti White, matted on to Ballet Blue, Pink Passion, both layers were distressed all round and adhered to a Ballet Blue card base.
This is the inside of the card. I added a strip of Pink Passion and used the Eyelet Border Punch to make the pretty edge. You can also see the back of the "stay put" ribbon detail inside the card and the framed sentiment which I stamped on Confetti White with Black Stazon ink.

Saturday, 17 October 2009

On a Pedestal

I absolutely adore this new SU set in the 2009-2010 SU Idea Book & Catalogue. My niece's birthday is this Monday and it is the perfect excuse to break open the package and get stamping!

It's a 3"x8" card (6"x 8" Whisper White folded in half lengthways). At last I get to use the lovely Pink Pirouette grosgrain, just some of the lovely Australian in-colours of ribbon, card stock and papers I received as a present when my brother-in-law came to visit for a few days. Sadly, it's not available in our catty, and these colours have been discontinued in the US. So I'm using it sparingly! Pretty in Pink can be substituted if you want a bash at making this yourself.
SU's lovely new Eyelet Border Punch got an airing too, and the cherries had a layer of Crystal Effects (another new addition in the current catty) added to give it an extra dimension.

Stamp: On a Pedestal
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Orchid Opulence, Barely Banana, Real Red
Papers: Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Orchid Opulence
Accessories: Eyelet border punch, cutter tool, Crystal effects, Stampamajig, Pink Pirouette grosgrain ribbon

Friday, 16 October 2009

Animal Stories

This is the owl from the same set. I had sewn linen thread across the card and stamped owls sitting on the "line" , matted on to Old Olive which was then adhered to Barely Banana.

With the piercing tool and pricking mat, I made 2 rows of holes on the Old Olive as a design feature, added the sentiments and brads and Voila - card finished.

Animal Stories

I've been a bit under the weather - it took me a long time to get over jet lag and the late nights, working flat out to meet deadlines etc has finally taken its toll. Just haven't had the energy to set up the camera to take pics of my projects - some of which I still have to keep under my hat until after the scheduled workshops and classes.
Luckily I found a couple of photos I'd missed posting whilst trawling through my photo files so here it it.
Stamps: Animal Stories, Friendly, Ovals All
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, More Mustard
Inks : More Mustard
Accessories: Large Oval Punch, Oval Scallop punch, corner rounder punch, Scallop edge punch, More Mustard grosgrain ribbon, mini glue dots, dimensionals

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #12 - Split Negative, Flight of the Butterfly

For this challenge we had to do a split negative technique. Basically you stamp an image twice, once on very dark card stock (with Versamark and then white embossed) - I used Elegant Eggplant card stock here, and the other, on neutral card stock - I used Very Vanilla and stamped the same image in co-ordinating ink. Then you cut the images exactly in half and swap them as illustrated to make them whole again and adhere the two halves to a slightly larger piece of co-ordinating card stock.

Using SU new Eyelet Border punch, I made a lacy right edge border, stamped the little flower image on the Pale Plum card stock with versamark, made a slit in the middle so I could thread the grosgrain ribbon through, attached the Rhinestone brads, adhered all layers to Very Vanilla card and there you have it.

For the other half of the split images, I created the above. I scalloped the bottom edge of Elegant Eggplant cardstock, tied Linen thread round it, applied mini glue dots to keep thread in position, then matted onto Very Vanilla card stock which had also been scalloped. I used the Word Window punch to create an opening and stamped the sentiment. The split image was matted onto Pale Plum, raised on dimensionals and adhered to Elegant Eggplant. With the white uni signo pen, I added faux stitching all round as illustrated. This was then adhered to a Pale Plum card to finish.

Stamp: Flight of the Butterfly

Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Versamark

Papers: Elegant Eggplant, Pale Plum, Very Vanilla

Accessories: First card - Eyelet Border punch, stampamajig, white embossing powder, heat tool, Circle Fire Rhinestone brads.

Second card: Linen thread, Scallop edge punch, Word Window punch, uni signo white pen, mini glue dots

Monday, 5 October 2009

Whimsical Wings - Hostess Level 2 set

DH asked me to make him a thank you card. I've been itching to use this gorgeous bird from the Level 2 Hostess Set - Whimsical Wings. As it was for a bloke, I chose Bravo Burgundy. I cut out an embossed image of "thanks" and attached gold brads, added dimensionals on the back and adhered to Bravo Burgundy cardstock which was layered on to a Very Vanilla card base. I stamped the bird image in Bravo Burgundy, also an extra swirl and a couple of flower outlines on the card. Created a slot in which to thread 5/8" Bravo Burgundy ribbon which was secured with threaded linen to complete it.

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Hostess Level 3 - Queue Up

This year Demonstrators were able to purchase a Level 2 and a Level 3 Hostess set. It was to enable us to showcase the wonderful cards you can make with these images. Hostess sets can only be earned through booking a workshop. Not only could you earn this stamp set through booking workshop with me, but you can earn free merchandise too! Tempted? Get in touch, post mark me with your contact details and I will show you how!

The following cards and the one above from the Level 3 Hostess set were the ones I had to get ready for my Hostess Event on Sunday to show the ladies. I had so little time to get things ready for the day so I had no time to re-do this card. Please excuse the smudge.
I stamped on all the images with Black Stazon ink on Whisper White card stock and coloured images with SU water colour crayons with either an aqua brush or blender pen. The sentiment is from the Happy Everything set. (card above) .

Certainly Celery is amongst my favourite to use. This image was stamped in Black Stazon as are all the images for this post and SU watercolour crayons were used to colour the various cocktails. It was then matted on to Certainly Celery and the sentiment "Celebrate" from the Wonderful Words set was used.

Watercolour crayons were used to colour this image, matted on to Tempting Turquoise then using the pricking mat and tool, 3 rows of holes were made as a feature on the right. A Tempting Turquoise ribbon was added and the sentiment from Seasonal Wishes (retired) was stamped in the bottom right hand corner.

The mushrooms were coloured with an aqua brush - by squishing the lid of the SU Ink pad, some ink from the ink pad transfers on to the lid. You use ink on the lid as a palette to load the aqua brush with colour and colour your image as normal. The coloured stamped image was matted on to Real Red, a length of Whisper White grosgrain ribbon tied round it and adhered to the base card. A gap was left and sentiment was stamped in the gap. I used the Scallop Edge punch on the edge of another piece of Real Red card stock which was pricked then adhered beneath sentiment to complete card.

I went totally pink with this stamp of coffee cups using the pink range from the Watercolour Crayons and a marker for the darker bits. I matted onto Pixie Pink, tied pink gingham ribbon round it and matted on to Whisper White card. "Thank You" is from the Wonderful Words stamp set.
As these were samples, they were only made as card fronts. The designs were kept simple and each one took about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Friday, 2 October 2009

Trendy Trees

Last Sunday I had a Hostess Appreciation Event and these ladies got to play with some of the new products in Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book & Catalogue. They got a sneaky peek at the new catty and a complimentary copy to take home with them including a Make & Take project and a little gift as my way of saying thank you for their support this year.

This is probably my favourite of all the tree images. For all the images, this is a two step stamping method using the Stampamajig SU carries, and at long last we have a wonderful new addition - the Word Window Punch! This is a pretty straight foward card which needs little explanation - the DSP used is Washington Apple which was in the Mini catalogue but has now been retired.
A background using the stamping off technique was used for this card, using the same tree image as illustrated. I inked this tree image in Old Olive and stamped in centre, stamping twice more without re-inking. This was then matted with dimensionals on to a piece of textured Certainly Celery cardstock. A 1/4" wide piece of Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon was tucked underneath. Having positioned the image, I made a faint pencil mark where I wanted the word window to appear, using it as a guideline for the word window punch. The sentiment was then stamped behind the word window in Chocolate Chip.
This card used the Funky Forest standard wheel with a Certainly Celery cartridge. The card was opened out and the image was stamped on both front and back of the card. An aperture using the Word Window punch was made at the top and a sentiment inside the card was stamped in Chocolate Chip.

We inked the "Friendly" background stamp in Old Olive. As the background stamps are very large, the card was placed facing down on top of the background stamp, a piece of scrap paper was laid on top so you don't get your hands dirty, and "walked" with fingers all over it to transfer image. This Trendy Tree image was used and then punched out with SU square scallop punch and double matted on a piece of Old Olive followed by another So Saffron square scallop (non SU)

We used one of the Circle Circus stamps to stamp off then stamp on in So Saffron as a background for this card. This Trendy Tree image was inked once, stamped in the middle and stamped twice more without reinking on Very Vanilla. The edges were all distressed and using dimensionals, adhered to an Old Olive mat which was then adhered to card.
For the lid of the box, we used the Funky Forest Wheel and Certainly Celery cartridge and then used SU Eyelet Border punch to punch all round the edges for a lacy effect. The base of the box had a strip of Certainly Celery all round to add rigidity to the box and also to highlight the lacy border of the lid of box when closed. By using the new very wide 1 1/4" Certainly Celery striped grosgrain ribbon to tie the box, it's already "gift wrapped" ready for giving away as a little gift for that special person!

Circle Circus

I had so little time to prepare for my Hostess event on Sunday as I've only just got back from our US Oddysey and am still suffering terribly from jet lag so was working virtually right through the night on Friday and Saturday to get it done. These are the card samples I made up for using the Circle Circus set. At the event, my ladies got to make a little box and little gift cards to go in it which I will cover in another post.

You'll have to pardon the smudge on this one, it was 3.30 am in the morning at the time on the eve of my Hostess event and I was just too weary to have to do it all over again. I went out of my comfort zone and used Tempting Turquoise and Pink Passion for this one, not forgetting good old Whisper White. I picked out 3 stamps to use with this card and pricked patterns with the pricking mat, layered as illustrated and attached Tempting Turquoise ribbon underneath all the layers to finish.
I chose Cameo Coral for this card, selecting a variety of circle patterns for the background, stamping the rest on Whisper White then punching out with a selection of SU circle punches that matched and adhered with dimensionals to a piece Cameo Coral mat which was distressed all round and finished off with Whisper White taffeta ribbon.
Stamped in Close to Cocoa using a variety of circle stamps randomly to create a patterned paper effect on one half of card, layered with a strip of Close to Cocoa, tied knot in centre of strip with Very Vanilla grosgrain, punched circle scallop in Chocolate Chip, pricked holes all round edge and attached sentiment with dimensional.

For this one, I stamped floral circle image in Orchid Opulence on Whisper White, punched out with SU 1 3/4" circle punch, a strip of Orchid Opulence for the tab - you'll be able to do this easy peasy now we've got the word window punch in our new catty - and attached square rhinestone brads and some ribbon for the handles. Stamped sentiment from Happy Everything set.

This last sample is a 4" square card using Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White card stock layered and one of the circles stamped with Basic Black. Used Tempting Turquoise brads from Bold Brights to highlight it. Simple, quick and effective.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Yippee! Long awaited day to share in the joy of all the new products in our new catty! Lots of new stamp sets, 5 new punches, lots and lots of new paper, and really fabby ribbon and accessories!
Bear with me till I get the glitches sorted with the online catty in my sidebar. For some reason, I can't get it to work.
A complimentary copy of the catalogue is winging its way to my regular customers very soon!
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