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Saturday, 31 July 2010

Serene Snowflakes & Sweet Treat Cups

I made a snow globe with this one. I used Not Quite Navy card stock, stamped it in versamark, sprinkled with heat and stick powder then a heat tool to melt it slightly before adding Dazzling Diamonds. I used the thick window sheet to seal the sweet treat cup and reinforced the seal with crystal effects to prevent leakage. The sentiment comes from Occasional Greetings.

Friday, 30 July 2010

Sweet Treat Cups, On a Pedestal

Piggy Bank - I only put a couple of 50 pence coins in the sweet treat cup to illustrate the different usage for the sweet treat cups - I'm really not that much of a scrooge! The background stamp with the wording is called "Friendly"

I stamped the inside with images from On a Pedestal and the sentiment set called A Bit of Birthday Cheer.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Life's a Breeze & Sweet Treat Cups

I found these little cheese biscuits in a fish shape and married it with this stamp set and treat cups! The "sea" was made by layering card stock with bites taken out of it with different size circle punches to creat the waves and I used a two-way glue pen and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds to resemble sun kissed waves.

You can see the extra pocket used to house the "trap door" to hold the fish in. Whilst the pocket was under construction, I created another wavy scene so when the fish have been eaten and the "trap door" with the round tab on it is discarded, there is still a scene visible through the cup.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Nursery Necessities

Our next door neighbour's had a new addition to the family so this is a card in her honour. I've used Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card stock, Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo ink. The background is the Nursery Letters jumbo and the heart was punched out with the new style small heart punch out of Melon Mambo card stock.

On the inside I went a bit mad on all the sentiments and added the "congratulations" one from the Cheers & Wishes set.

Monday, 26 July 2010

Vintage Vogue, Tiny Tags

This is the card for the Make & Take we did at the Mid Season Mini Event I held. We used the Very Vintage wheel with Versamark, the Vintage Vogue set in Close to Cocoa and Cameo Coral ink and a masking technique on the front, and the extra large 2 step bird punch. The wing was stamped with a floral image from Tiny Tags and raised on dimensionals.

Inside the card, we added this detail. The card stock colours used were Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral and Close to Cocoa.

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Flight of the Butterfly, Explosion Box

I made a 3 tiered explosion box for my grandson's birthday not long ago and it inspired me to do something similar with the Flight of the Butterfly stamp set. This uses the Cottage Wall DSP and Flower Fantasy printed window sheets. I've only made a single tier as I wanted it to function more as a photo card, than an album.

When you take the lid off, this is what it looks like. The motion of taking the lid of the box off actually sets the butterflies "flying". The butterflies are adhered to the strips of leftover window sheets with glue dots. I stamped and punched out the butterflies on DSP, then punched 5 more out of scraps from the Floral Fancy window sheets to adhere on top of each DSP butterfly to give it more rigidity and weight. The added weight makes them jiggle about! Fab!

I made some photo corners which were stuck on with dimensionals so that the Flower Fantasy window sheet layer could be removed and the recipient could add journaling on the Whisper White layer or add a photo if she desired.

The flower on top of the lid are 5 scallop circles with inked edges which were snipped on each scallop, spritzed with isproponal and champagne mist mix, scrunched and left to dry before unravelling and tweaking and secured with square ice brad. I had such fun making this.

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge#32

Gosh, another challenge already - just where does time go. I've finally debugged loading the challenge picture so here it is.

This fortnight's challenge was to draw inspiration from the above picture, whether it be the theme, the colours or certain parts of the picture with the side twist of using 3 stamps sets or more.

Here's my take on it. I really struggled with this one. Yes, there is a 20p stuck in between the hibiscus, it was to hold it down while I took a picture! It is a tri-fold card with a twist. It was designed so you could "see" through the vellum at the sea view beyond. The sea view is more visible in the last picture on this post.

I cut away and discarded the centre of the front of the card and attached a piece of vellum so you could "visualise" the sea through it on the card base.

Having cut it away, I traced its silhouette on top and bottom and trimmed Tempting Turquoise pieces to sandwich the vellum in between these two layers. I randomly tore some vellum strips, inked torn edges in Tempting Turquoise to represent the sea and stamped embellishments such as the sailboat, shells and sandals to adhere to card as illustrated here. Again, all the unstamped space on the third fold were trimmed and discarded leaving only the hibiscus images which overlapped the first fold leaving the pitcher below it in full view as can be seen in the first picture.


Stamps: Studio Sketches, Autumn Splendour, Greenhouse Garden, Life's a Breeze
Ink: Confetti White, Tempting Turquoise, Creamy Caramel, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Summer Sun
Papers: Vellum, Whisper White, Tempting Tourquoise
Accessories:snips, dimensionals,watercolour crayons, blender pen, adhesives

Friday, 23 July 2010

Good Neighbours

This Good Neighbours set from this year's SAB period was just ideal for sending to someone who has just moved house. I can safely post this now as I am sure she would've received the card by now. This card is the middle step fold card.

A view from the side.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Mid Season Mini Madness Event

Last night I hosted an exclusive Mid Season Mini Catalogue Event for non-members of my clubs so that they could experience first hand all the goodies in the mini and introduce them to the Eleven New Products which became available from Stampin' Up! in May. I had a manic month in April/May with family committments and was laid low some of the time with the dreaded lurgy so I was unable to host an Event then, as they say, better late than never and I had such a blast with all the talented and wonderful ladies who came yesterday evening. As per usual, I forgot to take photos last night when they were here, so took the opportunity to take a picture of the display table before I dismantle it this morning.

Thank you to my fellow demo Hayley who inspired the "Book a Workshop, Pick a Prize" board. Here's a close up of my version. It uses the Sweet Pea Paper stack - 48 sheets in all, 2 sheets per design and the Soft Subtles 12"x12" textured cardstock. I wrapped an empty tissue box with the Sweet Pea papers too, and made a faux lid and tied Rose Red stitched grosgrain ribbon round it. I've also used the new Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry cardstock with its co-ordinating ribbon which is just scrumptious! Last, but not least, I added the Sweet Pea stitched felt flowers - I really do hope they carry this forward into the new catty - they're just as scrumptious too!

Sweet Treat Cups

Okay, now for the reveal. I have been meaning to use the sweet treat cups which I've had since April when the mini launched and just haven't had the chance to turn my attention to it until last week. This is the first of my samples, Leo the lion with his tongue hanging out at just the thought of all those yummy treats in his tummy! I cut out the tree free hand and used a white gel pen to draw the "bark" and the leaves were punched out with the large 2-step bird punch.

Hope you like!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

A Tease

I have been busy preparing for a Mid Season Mini Madness event which takes place this Wednesday for non-club members to give them an opportunity to get their hands on the product for a play.

I haven't had a proper chance to play with these products myself until now as I was making up samples to showcase! All will be revealed at the end of the week! In the meantime, I've got a Craft Club to prepare for tonight.

Watch this space!

Monday, 19 July 2010

A Get Well Card

I had to make this card real quick and raided my private collection to create this. My daughter's FIL is having a hip replacement op so am making him a "get well" card. I just love the pun on words "Perk up"!

It's suitably masculine. The inside looked rather bare, so I stamped another image on the side facing the sentiment. I hope it cheers him up.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Pressie for me - new stamps to add to my personal collection!

Look what my fairy godmother sent me! I just had to use it to make a birthday card straight away. Hopefully the lady I sent it to would've seen it by now and that it's safe to post on my blog - I was really pleased with the result. Last year, when my BIL visited, I got ink pads, card stock and DSP as a "thank you" for having him to stay and some of the colours will be ones in our impending Colour Renovation chart! I've used Pink Pirouette, it's lovely, take my word for it!

Went a bit mad inside the card - hiding mistakes or smudges more like! I was so excited, I kept dropping the stamps! Hope my friend likes it.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Itty Bitty Buds - variation on a theme

I used the same stamp set, same colour combo, but used a portrait layout. The bottom half was randomly stamped, and the top half I used different stamps from the same stamp set and stamped "Happy Birthday" seperately then matted on to Pink Passion which was adhered to card base with dimensionals.

This is the inside....

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Itty Bitty Buds

I can't believe I've had this Level 2 Hostess Set since last October and this is the first time I've actually used it! It's been buried under so many other stamp sets that it just got overlooked time and again! Pink Passion is one of the colours that is retiring in October, so I've used this colour combo and am quite pleased with the result. With it being summertime, working with a bright and cheery palette certainly clears my head - at time of writing this (Friday 9th July) I only had about 2 1/2 hours sleep the night before and I am scheduling this post to publish on July 14th.

This is the inside of the card. I just stamped the Itty Bitty buds images randomly in different colours on Whisper White card stock to create a background paper which I cut and mounted on to Pink Passion on the front and inside of card.


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds, Basic Phrases, Cheers & wishes, Tiny Tags
Ink: Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Cameo Coral
Papers: Whisper White, Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Eyelet border punch, 2-step extra large bird punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, Pretty in Pink striped grosgrain ribbon, daubers

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Kent's Hop Farm Family Park

We took our son and grandson on a family outing on Sunday. After a shaky start weather wise, we had glorious sunshine for the rest of the day. By the time we arrived at the Hop Farm, the light showers had all gone. The first thing that greeted us after walking through the Llama area were the giant jumping pillows! It was such fun watching everyone bounce up and down and losing control! Impossible to stay upright and it looked like such fun even Daddy and Grandpa had a go too!

Haven't seen Mr Blobby for years - and here he was basking in the sunshine! So guess who had to have a quick cuddle!?*

The adventure playground was so well equipped and nicely laid out.

Ouch - coming down the fireman's pole!

We dropped in at the Paint a Pot - Arts & Crafts Centre - concentrating hard on painting a unique plate.

Subject matter? - It's beginning to take shape - yes! Shrek!

Daddy helping with the finishing touches - plate all set to go in the kiln - we're picking it up later today.

Next stop, the Magic Factory. Prepare to be amazed - neat illusions including this one where it appears that they have no bodies!

and this one looks as though there is a levitation in progress!

Donning our 3D shades to enter the Great Goblin 3D Hunt! - my boys!

Attempting to scale this climbing wall - 10 years on, less fit and alot heavier but keen to prove he hadn't lost the skill! When he was at Brunel University, they had a climbing wall there which he used frequently to keep fit.

A quick turn on the Carousel before we dived into the restaurant for a belated lunch.
There were alot of other rides too, but the lady behind the camera (namely, me) was too pooped to take any more owing to the heat of the midday sun! There were so many other attractions - an extreme sports centre, they even had a go at archery and visited the Enchanted Kingdom where a pirate galleon was "shipwrecked" in the biggest sandpit I've ever seen and you could dig for gold in exchange for chocolate coins!

and finally, an opportunity to learn about road safety at the mini driving school. A day to remember even though it's been tiring.

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