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Sunday, 29 November 2009

Schoolbook Serif

The extra wide 1 1/4" Old Olive striped grosgrain is just delicious! I've used it for so many projects, and it's not just for tying bows. Pairs of Old Olive circle scallops were punched to sandwich minty chocolates spelling "JOY", so easy to make and even more pleasing to the eye!The "bars" at each end were scalloped edge cardstock all glue together for extra thickness and Real Red 1/4" grosgrain used to embellish. Easy, peasy!
Stamp: Schoolbook Serif Alphabet
Ink: Old Olive
Papers: Very Vanilla, Real Red, Old Olive
Accessories: Scallop edge punch, circle scallop punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1/4" Real Red grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4" Old Olive striped ribbon, sponge dauber, snips

Friday, 27 November 2009

Spotlight on Christmas

I made this quite some time ago, but haven't posted till now - I'd originally thought of doing it for a workshop, but it was far too time consuming although it does give a WOW factor and then I decided that it was too nice to give away so I'm keeping it. I love paper "engineering"! It gives me such a buzz and after such a lot of work, I just didn't want to send it to someone who might read it then bin it, know what I mean?

The main body of card has been stamped in versamark with images from Spotlight on Christmas set, but it's not clear in this photo. The idea was to put index size photos in these sections, using it as though it was a mini album. The star centres were cut out with a craft knife which was time consuming - not a mass production item and it was really a labour of love.

This is the back view of the card with space to write or journal.

Christmas Jingles Simply Scrappin'

This is just a sneaky peek of part of one of the cards the ladies will be making in December's Class!

Autumn Days, Calendar

My apologies for the lack of post, have had a busy diary and no time to blog - it's a rather time consuming exercise as I have to set up the studio, take pictures, and construct and compose and that's when mistakes creep in because I'm trying to rush everything and then it's just a waste of precious materials. Anyway, I made this for a friend using the Autumn Days set which I can't get enough of at the moment. The pheasant was stamped on a customised felt ink pad using reinkers and I stamped about 25 images with it so it's come in handy for this card.

This is an easel card, perfect for making calendars this time of year. It looks like an ordinary 4"x4" card until you open it up.

When opened, it reveals a calender which acts as a barrier to prop the card top up when it's in use.

From the side, it looks like this.
Stamps: Autumn Days
Ink: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Re-inkers: Ruby Red, More Mustard, Really Rust, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Really Rust, More Mustard, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Old Olive scraps
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, piece of felt, dimensionals, linen thread, latte button, Fine Cosmo glitter, snips, tombow

Sunday, 22 November 2009

New blog background

Hi peeps, my blog's gone all festive - just like ringing in the changes, I'm still here - just wearing a different guise now we're fast approaching Christmas! Only seemed like yesterday when we were saying "hello" to 2009! Father Time seems to march by so quickly these days, it's scary! Before you know it, I'll be getting my bus pass! ... and you think I'm joking?

Darling Dots, Whimsical Wings, Spotlight on Christmas

I made this mini album using coasters for the front and back covers which I covered with Washington Apple DSP (retired). What I love about being a SU Demonstrator is that I have such alot of stamp sets to choose from and I really went to town with this one! I used Darling Dots - Hostess Level 1, Whimsical Wings - Hostess Level 2, Spotlight on Christmas, Totally Tabs to name a few, what alot of stamp sets for such a teeny tiny album! I love mini albums, they are such a nice way to connect with loved ones especially those who live abroad - they're small enough to post without breaking the bank and recent photos of yourself and the family are always appreciated.

These are the inside pages which I stamped in versamark and clear embossed. Pockets were created on front and back cover so I could slip some additional tags for journaling on.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Inspirin Inkin Challenge #15

The challenge this fortnight was to make anything but not a card and that it was to be a christmas gift. I have a confession to make - I completely forgot about it till this morning so within the time frame, I came up with this. Just some useful "topper" sentiments for a fellow crafter!

I stamped each image from the Oval All stamp set 6 times, punched out with large oval punch and matted with dimensionals onto co-ordinating punched scalloped oval cardstock.

The box and lid were made from 1 sheet of 12" x 12" Old Olive cardstock. An aperture was cut and I used Crystal Effects to adhere a piece of Thick Window Sheet to the inside of the lid. The lid was stamped with the snowflake from Sparkly & Bright in Whisper White Craft ink.

The 1 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain was used to tie a bow ready to use as a gift for that special someone. Of course you could add smellies, pots of lip balm, or chocolates in the compartments - I just didn't have any in hand when creating this project or I would have included it!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Autumn Days, Wonderful Words

At convention, Pam Morgan demonstrated making your own ink pad out of felt and re-inkers. She used the Autumn Days pheasant, which I happen to have so I just had to try it out and this is the result. She said you'd get at least 15 images, I stamped about 25! The later images showed much more detail, as the ink wasn't quite so wet and intense. I used several techniques for this card - making my own ink pad, emboss resist, and masking. A similar technique using baby wipes as an ink pad instead of the felt was the topic for my Technique club last month.
Stamps: Autumn Days, Wonderful Words
Ink: Reinkers - Not Quite Navy, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Really Rust, Versamark
Papers: Whisper White, Not quite Navy, Really Rust, Old Olive
Accessories: Clear embossing powder, Heat tool, post-it notes, pricking tool and mat, 5/8" Very Vanilla grosgrain

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Saving the best till last - UK's top 3 Demonstrators, left to right, Monica, Julie and Amanda with Shelli. Well done girls!

The UK Contingent

Group photo of the Demonstrators from UK.

Chris, Stella & Jane

Chris with Inspiring Inkin' team mates. We were having such a blast. I think they look lovely. On the left, the delightful Stella who was my roomie, and Jane who is 10th overall in the top 25 Demonstrators in the UK - how cool is that! No-one was more surprised than her!

Inspiring Inkin' Team with Shelli

Shelli kindly posed for a photo with the Amanda and her "girlies".

Demo Support for UK in Frankfurt

The lovely Eileen and Chris who answers all our Demo queries!

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Autumn Days, Occasional Greetings

This illustrates how versatile the Autumn Days set is. Coupled with a different sentiment, it makes a different statement. I just scored, folded and crimped to get this effect just with a single stamp - fir cone and pine needles. I love it!

Stamp: Autumn Days, Occasional Greetings

Ink: Stampin' Write markers: Always Artichoke, Close to cocoa

Papers: Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke

Accessories: Tag punch, small tag punch, crimper, 1/16" hand held hole punch, 1/4" Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, brads

Autumn Days, Occasional Greetings

This set found in the Nature section of the current Idea Book & Catalogue is really versatile. You can use it for a "Thanksgiving" card, or a male oriented card - a sample of that follows, or even a christmas themed one.
I tore some scrap pieces of Old Olive toward me for the "grassy" areas and slotted the pheasants into the "hillocks". A wreath was stamped to the upper left and the ribbon was added with a sentiment double matted from the Occasional Greetings set on the upper top right corner.

Stamp: Autumn Days, Occasional Greetings

Inks: Ruby Red, Stampin' Write marters in Really rust, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Versamark

Papers: Whisper White, Old Olive, Ruby Red, Really Rust

Accessories: 1/4" Real Red grosgrain, Stampin' Pastels, snips, stampamajig

Stampin' Up!'s Inaugural Convention in Bad Homburg

We're back! Here's a piccy of the European Office - not many opportunities to have the UK, German and French staff altogether plus VIPs from Head Office! Unfortunately, the lovely Paula Gory, our country manager, chose to duck her head just as I "clicked" the camera! So you have to look hard to see her head!
I don't know everyone's names, but in the middle row are the big wigs from left to right - Jasmine who "knobbled" the whole event together, Pam Morgan, Shelli Gardiner, her other half, Sterling, and right on the end is Dave Baugh. In the front row, second in from the left is Eileen Hain, and Chris next to her from the German Office who are the UK Demo support team.
What a useful and illuminating experience Stampin' Up!'s first European Convention has been. Meeting Shelli, our CEO, Dave Baugh, VP of International Relations, Pam Morgan, VP Demonstrator Relations and many more who were instrumental in making this such a success. The meeting of like minded people who share in the love of Stampin' Up! not only in just the products they market, but as a company who genuinly cares about its Demonstrators, its ethos in operating as a debt free company now spanning across seven countries and its continuing growth as we, their Demonstrators try to inspire, create and share that ethos with everyone we meet.

Added to that, we had an opportunity to share the joy of the achievements that other Demonstrators have achieved at the Awards Dinner, recognising the milestones they have reached and sharing in the excitement of what is yet to come - a trip to Monaco, prizes for attaining sales targets, for recruiting and one for being the kindest, most helpful and most approachable too.
We had addresses to do with recruiting, statistics on how the European market has grown in terms of both sales and recruitment, how to sustain and continue its momentum, moving the business forward, demonstrations, new business ideas, demonstrations in how to demonstrate (from my upline - Amanda Fowler who did a fabulous job, so much so that Shelli herself complimented her on it) and what the future plans are in store for SU in the next year which we can then share with our customers.
That's it in a nutshell.

Convention swaps

These are some of the swaps I made for Convention. They were Whisper White 3" x 6" cardstock folded in half, a bite was taken out of the front of the card so that a 1 3/8" Real Red circle could be adhered to the lower layer of card on dimensionals. When the card is closed the Circle is still visible.
Stamp: Circle Circus, Occasionl Greetings
Ink: Real Red
Papers: Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, 1" circle punch, tombow, Fine Galaxy Glitter (Red and gold), 5/8" Real Red grosgrain ribbon

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #14

We had to draw inspiration for this fortnight's challenge from the gorgeous chocolate cake above. I decided I would make my own too, but in paper so it' not quite as yummy as the real thing! The other proviso was that we had to use glitter and I certainly have on my creation!

I decided to do a 3D card using To the Nines Specialty paper. Stamped and punched out the larger butterflies with the new butterfly punch, hand cut the smaller ones and stuck them randomly over the spiral. I stamped "Noel" in Chocolate Chip on Whisper White, cut those out and suspended them with linen thread on the spiral. The tree was made by cutting two triangles which have been slotted together. The spiral was made from a large circle and cut internally in an ever decreasing circle. It can be removed and packed flat for posting.

This is a close up of the lettering stamped in Chocolate Chip and tombow applied liberally and Fine Galaxy Glitter (gold) sprinkled all over.
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Schoolbook Serif
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Papers: Close to Cocoa, To the Nines, Whisper White, Ski slope (retired)
Accessories: Fine Galaxy Glitter, linen thread, tombow, snips, butterfly punch

Thursday, 5 November 2009

Tree Trimmings

I used the large ornament from Tree Trimmings and stamped it 6 times, cut them out, stacked them and pierced a hole through all the layers, used a rhinestone brad to secure it and fanned it out so it looks like an snowflake. The matted layers had the corners nipped out with a quadrant of the 1/2" circle punch.
Stamp: Tree Trimmings
Ink: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Whisper White, Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Large tag punch, small tag punch, snips, 1/2" circle punch, pretties kit, clear button, linen thread, stitched bashful blue grosgrain, silver elastic cord

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Tree Trimmings, Autumn Days

Back to Tree Trimmings, another way to use the ornament. Loving the word window punch - was able to make the rim of the flower pot with it.

Stamp: Tree Trimmings, Autumn Days, Sincere Salutations

Inks: Always artichoke, Ruby Red, Versamark

Papers: Whisper White, Always Artichoke, Ruby Red

Accessories: rhinestone brads, snips, eyelet border punch, clear embossing powder, heat tool, dimensionals, 1/4" Always Artichoke" grosgrain ribbon

Autumn Days, Queue Up

Loving the pine cone and fir needles so made another sample using this. Punched out circle in centre of wreath , inked edges in Chocolate chip. Stamped partial image from the Hostess Level 3 set, Queue up and adhered straight on to Real Red card base. Raised wreath bit on dimensionals and adhered a Real Red scalloped oval frame underneath. The "Peace" bit is partially stamped from the "Peach & Love" from Occasional Greetings.
Stamps: Autumn Days, Queue Up (level 3 Hostess set), Occasional Greetings
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Stampin' Write markers - Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Papers: Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: 1 3/8" circle punch, large oval punch, oval scalloped punch, 1/4" Real Red grosgrain

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Autumn Days, Tree Trimmings

This is another variation on a theme - instead of circles, a rectangle mat, using a quadrant of the 1/2" circle punch, nipped out the corners all round, stamped fir cones all round, matted on to Always Artichoke, stamped images several times, folded in half, adhered together for 3D look, attached gold cord to top of ornaments, stamped sentiment with Whisper White Craft ink (great to work with). Stampamig was used to position sentiment with.

Stamps: Autumn Days, Tree Trimmings, Sincere Salutations

Inks: Real Red, Whisper White, Craft, Always Artichoke,

Papers: Real Red, Whisper White, Always Artichoke

Accessories: Gold elastic cord, snips, 1/2" circle punch, button, stampamajig

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