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Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Good Egg Surprise

Well, easter's almost upon us, and the easter treats projects I've made for this year are drawing to a close. Mr & Mrs "Chook" proudly present this little production. I love this pair of metal characters - they're made out of metal, painted in these glorious spring colours and stand on springs in their undercarriage, so if you tap them, they jig about and do a little dance!

Grab the ribbon and pull, and Mr & Mrs Chook's little chick pops out to say "hello" and reveals his stash of chocolate easter eggs through the acetate window!


Stamps: A Good Egg

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip

Papers: Barely Banana Textured, Pumpkin Pie, Kaleidoscope

Accessories: Acetate, Square rhinestone brads, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, cropadile, craft knife. sticky strip, snips, Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, 1 1/4" striped Pumpkin Pie ribbon

Perfect Pairs Promotion

This promotion will be pinned to the top of my post until 31 March, so please scroll down for newer posts.
An exciting new promotion from 1-31 March 2010 begins today!
Click on the promo picture and it will enlarge it and read the table. Alternatively, read on to see what's on offer.

Buy a qualifying stamp set and receive the coordinating punch for 20 percent off! Plus, be the first to purchase the brand-new Full Heart punch—now available in the United Kingdom for one month only (or while supplies last)!

Stamp set: Flight of the Butterfly (111564/Page 43) @ £23.95
Coordinating Punch: Butterfly Punch (117404) @ discount price of £10.00

Stamp set: In the Stars (111502/Page 55) @ £24.95
Coordinating Punch: Large Star Punch (113652) @ discount price of £10.00

Stamp set: Say it with Scallops (111678/Page 58) @ £14.95
Coordinating Punch: Scallop Square Punch (113653) @ discount price of £10.00

Stamp set: Oval All (113790/Page 58) @ £14.95
Coordinating Punch: Scallop Oval Punch (115429) @ discount price of £10.00

Stamp Set: Simply Said (106598/Page 59) @ £22.95
Coordinating Punch: **Full Heart Punch (113693) @ discount price of £10.00

** Full Heart Punch is available separately @ £12.50

All punches are listed on Page 88 of the Main Idea Book & Catalogue

Contact me if you wish to make a purchase.

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Scrapbook page

Here's something to whet your appetite! A mini scrapbook page featuring this little bird.

These are 6" x 6" pages, and really simple to do. Just by adding plain coloured coordinating scalloped card stock and embellishments and it's ready for your photo!
You'll soon be able to get your hands on these FAB new products - those felt flowers are gorgeous, and the two-step large bird punch in the new style is a Must Have!

Countdown to mini launch - it's only 2 more days!

Monday, 29 March 2010

New domain added...

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Thursday, 25 March 2010

My swap for Regional Training

I used one of the new sets from the Mini to make this swap for the Regional Reading Training Day.

More details of this when Mini goes live on April 1st!

Goodness - I just noticed the time! I ought to be fast asleep and here I am still buzzing - serves me right for falling of the wagon and tucking into those mini easter eggs! The chocolate is keeping me awake ;))

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Altered Notebooks

,These are some of the notebooks I altered and gave to my guests at the Stampin' Up! Experience held last Saturday. I didn't manage taking pictures of them all, but basically I used the papers from a paper stack (48 sheets, 2 each of 24 double sided designs) coming to you soon while supplies last!
You might also notice that a little bird features heavily in the design - showcasing the new style punches which are HEAVEN to use, compact for storage and a well thought design which makes them easily identifiable when stood up on its end! Not too long to wait! It's a must have for sure!
Hmmmh! What else can you see which you haven't seen before? Something smooth and shiny? Yup! new colours in satin ribbon - not just one side, but useable from both!
....and gorgeous, gorgeous felt flowers! You'll love the new mini - I guarantee it. Something for everyone, vintage, modern, classic - it's all there!
That's the advantage of being a Demo - we get to see it first! Fancy joining my team to get in on the action too? Click "contact me" in my side bar - get in touch and ask me how!

A Thank You Card

I was so chuffed when I received this lovely card from one of my customers who has become a dear friend. I can't remember whether it was at a pre-launch catty or mini event I held in my home and I demonstrated how to make this card last year to know that they've taken this design and are using it lots and lots and I've received one back!

With a week to go before our launch date for Stampin' Up!'s Mini 2010 on April 1st, this is a sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets too! Oh - did I not mention that this was a stamp set she won at the Stampin' Up! Experience evening recently? The To the Nines Specialty Papers are sooo classy - and they're heavier weight than normal cardstock and are just the ticket for making boxes and 3D projects too!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge#23

For this fortnight's challenge, we had to make an easter gift and card using flowers of some description, whether they're punched, felt, crocheted ones. I chose to use the felt flowers.

The card is quick and easy to do. I used left over scraps of Kaleidoscope DSP, matted on to Pumpkin Pie, then Certainly Celery and added the felt flowers with an assortment of brads. I used a two-way glue pen to trace around the pattern on the DSP and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. The trio of chicks were stamped in Black Stazon using a masking technique and then coloured with water colour crayons which were blended with a blender pen. I used some crystal effects on the chicks' beaks. Lastly I stamped Happy Easter in Old Olive in the bottom right hand corner.

This is a close up of the bag from the front.

This is a different angle of the bag.
Stamp: A Good Egg
Ink: Black Stazon, Old Olive
Papers: Kaleidoscope DSP, Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Eyelet border punch, round tab punch, brads, 5/8" Regal Rose grosgrain ribbon, felt flowers, two way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds, sticky strip, Crystal Effects.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

A Good Egg - Z fold and Tea Party

I used the Tea Party DSP, sentiment from Occasional Greetings, Regal Rose, Barely Banana and Whisper White card stock for this one and of course a bit of bling from Fine Cosmo glitter. The cheeky chappy from Good Egg had to make yet another appearance in the bottom right hand corner to say "hello".

This opens up making a "Z" shape when viewed from the top.

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

A Good Egg - Polka Dot Background

A really quick and simple card using versamark on the Polka Dot background stamp for Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue strips of card which were then adhered to Whisper White card blank.

A strip of Certainly Celery was adhered across the middle and a trio of brads added on left. Sentiment and chick stamped in Black Stazon. 1 3/4" circle punch used to punch out chick image. Barely Banana scalloped edge round the circle was made by first punching a 1 1/4" circle out of Barely Banana card stock, then used the scallop circle punch upside down and centred around 1 1/4" aperture and punched again. Made an incision under each scallop indent all round so you could fan out the scallop in a straighter line and teased it to fit round 1 3/4" circle.

Tuesday, 16 March 2010

A Good Egg - a trio of eggs

Blingy eggs! Trying to inject variety into making cards with the same set - this one is nestled in some "grass".

Monday, 15 March 2010

Portsmouth - Spinnaker Tower

The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.

Fantastic views from this observation deck. Of course I'd forgotten my camera so these pics are from DH phone camera and here's me trying to work out how to use the camera on my phone!

Looking down through the glass panel floor.

DH dared me to walk across the glass floor in the Spinnaker Tower so I did, in stockinged feet hanging on to the hand rail for dear life!

Well, what a day it's been. Breakfast in bed, opening my cards and presents, followed by a pleasant drive along the A roads to Portsmouth's Gun Wharf Quays and visiting the Spinnaker Tower which we saw under construction many moons ago, but never got round to seeing the finished article, a 3 course lunch, a leisurely stroll along the Quay, exploring some of the shops and a kip in the afternoon, ending up at the cinema in VIP seats to see Alice in Wonderland on Mother's Day - it was just great to chill and have a Sunday with DH. What a treat. So rarely have quality time these days when we have different interests and lead busy lives. I really felt pampered. Hope all you Mums had a great day too!

From my personal collection, I used this fun stamp set to make a special invitation. It was intended for scrapbooking with, but couldn't resist using it for this special occasion! That's what I visualise myself looking like when I reach target weight! lol ..... in for the long haul!

A Good Egg - Easel card

Still on easter! Told you I'd been busy making lots of samples for that Easter workshop!

An easel card - finished size 4" x 4" square. I stamped the chick first on Whisper White with Black Stazon and then twice more directly on DSP and cut the shell part out to adhere to the shell part of the chick image. One shell half was raised on dimensionals and the chick was coloured in with watercolour crayons then blended with a blender pen. Added some punched flowers and brads. The background was stamped in Barely Banana.

A view from the side. I raised the bottom bit on dimensionals to act as a "stopper" and punched out a little flower from Trio Flower punch (retired) and secured the flower with a brad.

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Mothering Sunday

It's Mother's Day here in UK, but down under it is celebrated later in the year. So Happy Mother's Day to Mothers in the UK!

Out with the old faithful "A Rose is a Rose" stamp set - a real classic. This is a two-step stamping set which I inked with versamark all over after stamping the images, sprinkled with heat and stick powder and then a generous helping of Dazzling Diamonds and heat set again. The frame for the wording is from Frames with a Flourish and the mother's day greeting came from Occasional Greetings set.

I hope you Mothers out there are being spoilt and pampered by your offspring no matter what age they are, be it babes in arms or hitting their 60s!

My DH has given up his much loved archery pursuit for the day and is taking me on some mystery outing and the flicks in the evening to see Alice in Wonderland!

Have a great day!

Saturday, 13 March 2010

Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories

This stamp set is sometimes overlooked, but it too is quite versatile especially when paired with the Loads of Love Accessories stamp set.

I chose Lovely Lilac, Bashful Blue and Whisper White colour combo to make this card. It was just a question of stamping and colouring in and the easter eggs and sentiments were just the perfect answer for making this easter card.

Friday, 12 March 2010

3D Bunny Treat Bag

This has been around for a while, a square piece of Designer Paper folded like a nappy and then a punch art bunny put on the front for decoration. Really quick and easy to do.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

A Good Egg -Peek-a-boo, I see you!

There's a little surprise with this card -

Swivel the top of the egg - the brad had a dual purpose, not just for decoration and out pops the chick!
Stamp: A Good Egg, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Black Stazon, Almost Amethyst
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Whisper White, Barely Banana
Accessories: 1/2" circle punch, brads, Dazzling Diamonds, two-way glue pen, Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Easter egg "basket"

Another Easter "basket" - gone bunny mad! The egg shape was drawn freehand and cut out. It's not really as wonky as it looks in this picture, must be the angle I took it, but IRL it does look like an egg - honest!
I used Barely Banana, Basic Grey, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink card stock. Decorated the Whisper White panel with Greenhouse Garden flowers and the sentiments from the Loads of Love Accessories stamp set.

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