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Sunday, 31 January 2010

A Tease!

As I can't share with you right now, I thought I'd tease you to guess just what it is I've made.

Today is the first clue, leave me a comment to see if you can guess what it might be! Over the next few days I will post further pictures and reveal at the end of the week! No prizes for guessing, just a bit of fun and I'm hoping you'll all play along. Just wondering how many people log onto my blog, but I don't know who you are!

Saturday, 30 January 2010

Vintage Labels, Circle of Friendship

I am preparing for an Event next week and can't share just at the moment. There are these "thank you" cards I made some time ago and I personalised it with the customer's initials on each card. The alphabet set is not available in our current catalogue - it is from my personal collection.
The sentiments from Circle of Friendship set fits perfectly in the centre of this Vintage Label image. The cards measure 3.5" square. I used up my scraps to make a faux stitched ribbon on the left and punched a pretty edge with the eyelet border punch on the right.

Stamps: Circle of Friendship, Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration)

Ink: Ruby Red, Old Olive

Paper: Very Vanilla, Ruby Red

Accessories: 1" Circle punch, eyelet border punch, white gel pen, snips, adhesive, dimensionals

Thursday, 28 January 2010

Greenhouse Garden, Vintage Labels

The Greenhouse Garden set hasn't been featured much on my blog - and with this set earmarked by Stampin' Up! as the one for the Haitian Disaster Relief Fund I thought I would showcase how lovely this set really is. From now until 28 February 2010, Stampin' Up! will set aside £1 from the sale of every Greenhouse Garden set and donate it to the Red Cross Haiti Relief and Development Fund.

Greenhouse Garden contains 10 stamps and retails at £22.95. It uses the two-step stamping method, 4 flowers, 4 flower centres and two stems.

There has been a glut of cards using various Sale-a-bration sets, and I thought it would be nice to do something 3D instead. I love how you can take a stark white sheet of card stock and completely transform it beyond recognition! So from that humble piece of Whisper White card stock - here is a pillow box for putting sweeties in, or whatever takes your fancy!

I cut out the pillow box from a template, stamped various floral images using the two step stamping method - (stamp flower first, then stamp again over the flower with the corresponding flower centre) I eyeballed these, but had to use the stamp-a-majig to place the wording inside the Vintage Label frame. The label was cut out and inked round the edges with Perfect Plum.

The belly band is just a strip of 1" Perfect Plum scrap wrapped round pillow box and the Vintage Label was adhered on top to hide the join. I stamped the smallest flower then cut it out, added Crystal Effects in the centre then sprinkled Fine Cosmo Glitter over it for a bit of bling and adhered it to the bottom right of the label with a dimensional. I tied Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon round the box and slipped the belly band over it to finish. Voila! There you have it, a lovely container for sweeties or whatever takes your fancy.
Stamps: Greenhouse Garden, Vintage Labels (Sale-a-bration 2010)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Perfect Plum, Barely Banana, More Mustard, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace, Bashful Blue
Papers: Whisper White, Perfect Plum
Accessories: Stamp-a-majig, Fine Cosmo glitter, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon, snips, dimensionals, Crystal Effects, sponge dauber

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

Lovely As a Tree, Happy Moments

This was the companion card to the one I posted earlier - much more "butch", if you can describe cards that way! Dry embossing gives that textured look on the Kraft paper and I snipped off a portion of it to resemble a ribbon near the bottom of the card. The "for you" sentiment is from Happy Moments - a sale-a-bration set.


Stamps: Lovely As a Tree, Happy Moments

Ink: Black Stazon, Really Rust, Old Olive, Almost Artichoke

Papers: Kraft, Really Rust, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Pricking tool and mat, word window punch, 1/2" circle punch, brads, cotton twill, embossing folder

Monday, 25 January 2010

Sabrina's entry for Inspiring Inkin's Challenge #19

I am so proud of Sabrina who recently signed up with me. She hasn't got her own blog yet and took part in the latest Inspiring Inkin' Challenge found here and asked me to show it on my blog which I am delighted to do.
She will be holding her first in home workshop and coffee morning on Tuesday 9th February and these are the fabulous invitations she's created which also fits the bill beautifully for this fortnight's challenge at the same time!
Well done Sabrina, bravo!
An update - Sabrina has since set up her own blog which can be found here


Stamps: Sincere Salutations, So Swirly jumbo wheel

Ink: Chocolate Chip

Papers: Very Vanilla, Sage Shadow, Chocolate Chip, Kraft

Accessories: Chocolate Chip ribbon, stampin' around handle, scallop edge punch, sponge dauber

Lovely as a Tree, Vintage Labels

I needed to make a couple of generic quite masculine cards and this is what I came up with.

I dry embossed the Kraft card stock in a herringbone pattern, used the eyelet border punch on the short bottom edge of Kraft and Very Vanilla card stock, adhered both layers on to the Really Rust base. The tree was stamped in Chocolate Chip, and using the aqua painter, added colour to the tree image before distressing edges with the cutter tool, inked edges in Really Rust, took a quadrant bite in each corner with the 1/2" circle punch and adhered to other layers with dimensionals. The brads were added before adhering to Kraft layer. Two slivers of Really Rust was adhered to bottom left corner and the sentiment "for you" from Vintage Labels was added last. I punched a hole underneath the "for you" to tie a stay put knot with Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon to finish.


Stamps: Lovely as a tree, Vintage Labels

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Garden Green Really Rust

Papers: Kraft, Really Rust, Very Vanilla

Accessories: Silver brads, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, Eyelet Border punch, aqua painter, sponge dauber, adhesive, dimensionals, snips, embossing folder (non SU), cutter tool, 1/2" circle punch, cropadile

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Inspiring Inkin' # Challenge 19

This fortnight's Inspiring Inkin' challenge is a sketch challenge and the twist was to use a Sale-a-bration set.
Earlier in the week, I'd lost my mojo, but I found it again when this lovely Bella Toile background stamp was delivered by our favourite Courier - UPS on Thursday!
I inked the Bella Toile background stamp in Sage Green and stamped on Whisper White. It's a really simple card. The bird in a cage was stamped in versamark, silver embossed, adding detail in the four corners with a pricking mat and tool and layered on to textured Basic Black card stock and set aside. Next four 3/4" Basic Black circles were punched to create the scalloped edge as pictured above and the bird in a cage layers were adhered overlapping the Bella Toile layer. Lastly, I added the little bow above the cage.
I can't wait to see everyone else's creations and hope if you follow my blog, that you'll have a bash at it yourself by using the Mr Linky gadget at the bottom of the Inspiring Inkin' challenge post here

Stamps: Bella Toile, Happy Moments (Sale-a-bration set)
Ink: Sage Green, Black Stazon, Versamark
Papers: Whisper White, Sage Green, Basic Black textured
Accessories: Pricking tool and mat, silver embossing powder, heat tool, black gingham ribbon, 3/4" circle punch

Crazy for Cupcakes, Bella Toile

This is the card we made at the workshop last night. My hostess asked for a birthday theme using blues and browns.


Stamps: Crazy for cupcakes, Bella Toile

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Creamy Caramel, So Saffron, Brilliant Blue, Real Red

Papers: Confetti White, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White

Accessories: Larve Oval punch, Scallop Oval punch, Tempting Turquoise ribbon, cutter tool, sponge daubers

Friday, 22 January 2010

Bella Toile Background stamp

This is one of the samples I made with my new Bella Toile background stamp which arrived yesterday - just in time to use for a workshop tonight. It is just scrumptious!


Stamps Bella Toile, Sincere Salutations

Ink: Basic Grey, Pretty in Pink

Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Grey Textured

Accessories: Pretty in Pink Taffeta, Hodge Podge, aqua painter

Thursday, 21 January 2010

"Good Neighbors" , Vintage Labels - Sale-a-bration

Using a combination of "Good Neighbors" and the Vintage Labels SAB sets - with Sage Green, Whisper White card stock. Inks, Sage Green, Night of Navy, Bravo Burgundy, Bashful Blue and Versamark. Actual card is 3.5" square. Loving this set too. I cut the roof separately so didn't need a stamp-a-majig to place the roof squarely on the house. This is fast becoming one of my favourite sets too. I love them all really.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Happy Moments - Sale-a-bration

No time to blog - a quickie using Happy Moments. Just love this zig-zag embossed edge punch. Sadly not from Stampin' Up! I am sooo late with all my thank you cards - yes, I've still got letters and cards to write so I can cross another one off my list! The colour combo on this is Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip and Kraft.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Happy Moments, Vintage Labels, En Francais, Medallion

I've been struggling to put a watermark on my photos, but I've given up and will post this as it is! Worst still - I can't find my vellum anywhere as I wanted to use it for this card. Nevermind. hope you still like it without!


Stamps: En Francais, Medallion, Love you Much, Happy Moments (SAB), Vintage Labels (SAB)

Ink: Lavender Lace, Versamark, Pretty in Pink

Papers: Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Heart to Heart punch, silver embossing powder, heat tool, stampin' pastels, pricking tool and mat, snips, cotton balls, dimensionals, pink taffetta ribbon

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Sale-a-bration Happy Moments

This spring card show cases the cake, flower and presents images from Happy Moments perfectly. The vase was made from a large oval with top and bottom snipped off and then crimped to add texture. The flower image was stamped twice, the first straight on to the card using a stampamajig as a guide, and the second image was coloured, trimmed and raised on dimensionals. I used a two-way glue pen to add adhesive to the flower centres on the cake and around the flowers for the vase and sprinkled with Fine Cosmo Glitter and adhered a red gingham bow to the cake stand.
I cut a square of Ruby Red card stock just a tad smaller and cut an aperture and rasied this on dimensionals to "frame" the cake and vase of flowers. The bottom piece was also cut slightly smaller and one of the longer edges was punched with an eyelet border punch to add interest.
For the bottom layer, the presents were stamped out three times - two on Confetti White, and one on Bride DSP scrap with Black Stazon ink. All images were carefully trimmed. The first one only had the top present coloured. The second had the bottom and top present coloured. This bottom present was trimmed and double mounted on the corresponding present on the first stamped image. The top present from this stamped image also had one of the dots trimmed and this was adhered with a dimensional to the corresponding dot on the top present of the first stamped image. Lastly, the middle present stamped on Bride DSP was trimmed and Ruby Red was sponged with a sponge dauber and adhered with a single layer dimensional to the corresponding present on the second stamped image. So not only is the image tiered, but the layers and its dimensionals are too. Lastly the "Happy Birthday" sentiment was added on the left.


Stamp: Happy Moments (SAB)

Ink: Black Stazon, Ruby Red, So Saffron Classic Ink; Markers - Always Artichoke, Ruby Red

Papers: Apricot Appeal, Ruby Red, Confetti White, Bridge DSP

Accessories: Word Window punch, Large Oval punch, Eyelet Border punch, fine cosmo glitter (red), 2-way glue pen, 3/16" Red gingham ribbon, dimensionals, sponge dauber, aqua painter, mini glue dots, snips, snail adhesive, stampamajig

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Sale-a-bration Happy Moments

Here is another sample using a Z fold. The base card measures 4" x 11 1/2", valley fold in half, and the top half is mountain fold in half to create the Z shape.
The cake was stamped first in Barely Banana on Confetti White paper. Then I used the stampamajig to align the image with previously stamped image and stamped in Versamark (you can ink the coloured ink and immediately ink again with versamark before stamping image - but I didn't want to contaminate my Versamark ink pad so I did it this way, cleaning the stamp before inking with Versamark). I clear embossed image and then coloured image using an array of colours, listed in recipe below, and blended with an aqua pen. Embossing the image this way helps to prevent colour from bleeding.
To complete the card, layers of Tea Party DSP and Brocade Blue mats were added as illustrated above, "Happy Birthday" stamped on inside of card and Brocade Blue ribbon tied on left panel.


Stamps: Happy Moments (Sale-a-bration set)

Inks: Versamark, Bashful Blue and Ballet Blue, Barely Banana Classic Ink; Markers - Barely Banana, Pretty in Pink, Pixie Pink, Brocade Blue

Papers: Tea Party, Barely Banana textured card stock, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Confetti White
Accessories: brads, cutter tool, Brocade Blue 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, clear embossing power, heat tool, snips, dimensionals, snail adhesive

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

Sale-a-bration - Good Neighbors, Happy Moments

Dry embossing is a favourite technique of mine. It's real quick and easy to do and looks classy. I've used the tree images from Good Neighbors (that's the American spelling, not a typo error) and the "thank you" sentiment from Happy Moments.

These sets can be yours too! For every £45 you spend (excluding shipping), you will get a stamp set absolutely FREE! There are four sets to choose from. The promotion runs until 28 February! See the flyer in my side bar. Contact me if you fancy hosting a workshop or wish to place an order.


Stamps: Good Neighbours, Happy Moments (both Sale-a-bration sets)

Ink: Always Artichoke

Paper: Very Vanilla textured card stock

Accessories: 1/4" Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon, trimmer, embossing tool, dimensionals

Monday, 11 January 2010

Sale-a-bration's Vintage Labels & Happy Moments

It's been a frustrating week as the Sale-a-bration stamp sets and my goodies had been stuck in transit all last week due to adverse weather conditions! They finally delivered it on Saturday, just as I was beginning to lose all hope of ever getting them until the big thaw after our big freeze! I finally got cracking and here is the first of the cards to be posted in the following weeks!

This is a 4"x 4" card, scored all round 1/4" from edges as well as internally to make a 4 square grid. It's difficult to see it in the picture in which squares of Nouveau Chic double sided Designer Series Papers were adhered. Faux stitching was applied on each patterned paper square. The medallion image was stamped in Basic Grey on Very Vanilla card stock, trimmed then the centre punched out with 3/4" circle punch.

I inked the floral image from Happy Moments with markers, stamped and trimmed image then slipped it through the aperture of the medallion image, secured it with dimensionals and adhered medallion with dimensionals on to the 1 3/4" Basic Black circle.

The "thank you" sentiment is from Happy Moments.


Stamps: (Both stamp sets are exclusive to Sale-a-bration)

Vintage Labels, Happy Moments

Ink: Basic Grey; Markers - Garden Green, Ballet Blue

Papers: Sage Green, Basic Black textured, Nouveau chic DSP, Very Vanilla

Accessories: scoring tool, pricking mat and tool, 1 3/4" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, word window punch, white gel pen, snips, dimensionals

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Inspiring Inkin Challenge #18

First a big, big "Thank You" to the lovely Vannessa for her time and effort in setting these challenges for us and I'm hoping that in 2010, more people will take the time to participate in it.

Our first challenge this year is to use the chalkboard technique and the side twist was to use hardware of some kind - brads, eyelets or hodgepodge.

I chose the Greenhouse Garden stamp set which uses the two-step stamping method for this challenge. First I stamped three floral images in Whisper White Craft ink on to Chocolate Chip card stock and using a sponge dauber with a pouncing action applied Yoyo Yellow chalk from Stampin' Pastels until I got the desired depth of colour. On a piece of scrap Chocolate Chip, I stamped the same image a further 3 times with the white craft ink. Two of the flowers were chalked with Yoyo Yellow, and the third with a mixture of Yoyo Yellow and Creamy Caramel.

Next I stamped the floral centre image stamp on to the imaging sheet of the stampamajig, then overlay the image centrally over each flower and stamped again with a darker shade in More Mustard for the Yoyo Yellow flowers, and Creamy Caramel for the Yoyo Yellow and Creamy Caramel mixed colour flower. The flowers that I had stamped on to scrap card stock were cut out along the contours for layering with later.

I eyeballed and cut three Certainly Celery coloured leaves free hand, taking little slivers out of each leaf. I used a fine embossing tool to make marks on each leaf then set them aside. Next I punched a large oval using Barely Banana textured card stock and snipped off both ends so it resembled a barrel shape which was adhered below the first 3 stamped flowers to resemble a vase. The remaining flowers were layered and secured with dimensionals and the leaves were then positioned at random in between the flowers and vase.

A further 3 smaller flowers and stems were stamped and given the same chalk treatment. These were then adhered to the bottom of the vase. I tucked the ribbon underneath the layers of card stock and DSP before adhering it to the card base ready for embellishing.

The sentiment from Whimsical Words was stamped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla in Chocolate Chip. I centred it in the window of the hodgepodge metal label and used it as a template to cut the same shape round its contour. I applied dimensionals to the lower half of the label and adhered it to the bottom right hand corner. The reason for adding the dimensionals is because part of it sits on the matted layers and in order to keep it level, you need to add dimensionals on the bottom part of the metal label.

For the finishing touch, I added tiny little drops of Crystal Effects in the centre of each flower and using the mat pack and pricking tool, made 3 holes in the top left and top right corners of the card.

I hope this technique will inspire you to take part in the challenge - have a go and link your work with the Mr Linky gadget found just below Vannessa's post after each challenge on the Inspiring Inkin 's Challenges blog. To return to the Inspiring Inkin's Challenges blog click here


Stamp: Greenhouse Garden, Whimsical Words (SAB free set!)

Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Stampin' Pastels

Papers: Barely Banana A4 and Barely Banana textured, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Old Olive DSP, Very Vanilla card stock scrap

Accessories: Large oval punch, hodgepodge label and brads, snips, crystal effects, Very Vanilla 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals, adhesive, stampamajig, embossing tool, mat pack and pricking tool

Friday, 8 January 2010

Snow, snow and more snow!

Can you believe it, this aerial picture of UK on the BBC news - the whole country covered in a white blanket!

I took this picture to remind me that we very nearly had a white christmas in 2009 and was so excited about the first sprinkling of snow we had. Look at the watering can...now you see it -

..................now you don't!
The watering can's completely covered under a blanket of snow and the table is groaning under its weight! (slight exaggeration) and even the rotary clothes line now looks like a giant white umbrella!


I couldn't believe it when I drew the curtains back this morning and found these icicles! Small things amuse small minds! lol

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Good Samaritan

I woke up this morning - the house was quieter than usual and I couldn't find my husband anywhere, yet his briefcase was still by the door! I popped my head out of the window in my craft room and these are the scenes that greeted me.

Then I espied him playing the Good Samaritan helping dig a neighbour out of a hole sporting the Stetson he acquired while we were touring the "wild west"! Our neighbour a couple of doors down had well and truly got stuck trying to get out of his drive.

They finally managed to get it back in his drive and it was then that DH decided that it was pointless trying to get into work, as we were well and truly snow bound! You can just make out how far our neighbour drove before being immobilised - a matter of a few yards!
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