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Sunday, 29 August 2010

Baroque Motif, Sanded, Tiny Tags - 3D favour box

This is a really quick and effective way to make a favour box - just two tags score and folded at the bottom, butted together to make a tent shape. I used Kraft card stock and stamped in Crumb Cake with the swirly stamp from Baroque Motif, then used the Sanded background stamp in Cajun Craze to "age" it. I'm hopeless with bows, but this one turned out well.

I put a stack of yummy choccies in the smallest cello bag and tied it with Choc Chip Satin ribbon also to dress it up before popping it into the "box". Would make a great Hostess Gift or to dress each place setting for a dinner party.

Friday, 27 August 2010


August has been such a busy month with birthdays and anniversaries, I've barely had a chance to take a breather and I am so behind too! I was late for this one, and used my newly acquired Cupcakes wheel to make this card for a little girl.

It never occurred to me to purchase a black ink cartridge for both the standard and jumbo wheels, until recently. I usually use the classic ink pads and whatever coloured ink cartridges available in the catty, nearly all except black! Well, I've finally got both, so I "wheeled" in black with the cartridge - it made life so much easier and then coloured in to my heart's content all the cupcake and confetti images! The picture above shows the card laid flat.

This is a view of the card stood upright from above.

I stamped two images of each cupcake and sandwiched the linen thread between the pair of matching cupcakes before suspending it from the layers in the base card. I added a tag so I could write her name and say who it's from.

This is the back view. I hope she likes it! It was just something a little different from the norm.

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Fox & Friends amongst others

This is a card I made for my Brother-in-law. Most of the stamps I used here are from my personal collection - it's easier to name the ones in the current catty! The front was stamped with a wood-grain effect and I punched a 1 3/4" circle aperture to reveal the Chocolate Chip base underneath. I adhered this to the base card with dimensionals. I stamped the owl from Fox & Friends, punched branches and leaves with the two-step large bird punch and layered. Some of the leaves are Wild Wasabi (one of the forthcoming new colours) and the other is in Old Olive textured card stock.

The leaves on the inside of the card are from Touch of Nature and the inks I used are Chocolate Chip (for the owl and sentiment on the front) and the rest is Crumb Cake.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Circle of Friendship, Trendy Trees

It seems strange to be in my craft room creating as I haven't stepped foot in it for almost the entire month! I have scheduled posts for practically the whole of August.

I've come down with some sort of bug since Sunday with a raging temperature and now I've got a sore throat that feels like I swallowed a cactus so I needed a pick me up and found refuge in my little corner of "heaven".

The last Inspiring Inkin' Challenge I used the Carousel notes, and really liked the scallop edges so had translated it into a square scalloped edge card using the square scallop die and the big shot. I folded the Kraft card stock in half and placed it just shy of the 4th scalloped edge to create the above.

The background is a stamp from my personal collection and I used the On Board chipboard flowers and inked it first in Whisper White Craft pigment ink, then Dusty Durango. The centre sentiment is from Circle of Friendship.

This is the detail inside. The "thanks so much" sentiment used here is from Trendy Trees.

Experimenting with new colours

The stamps are from my personal collection i.e. SU stamps I've received as birthday/christmas gifts ever since I fell in love with Stampin' Up! products and started collecting them. So if you follow my blog, whenever I refer to my personal collection, it means that it's usually a Stampin' Up! product that has been sent to me by family and friends who live abroad and that the stamps or products I've used are not available in the SU Eu catty as yet if at all.

I made this card for my friend's grandson who just had his 10th birthday and was born only 4 days earlier than my eldest grandson. I've used Pacific Point and teamed it with Real Red. The inks are Pacific Point and Crumb Cake.

I used versamark to stamp a background before layering it with Whisper White. The sentiments are from A Bit of Birthday Cheer, and the cupcake is from "Out of the Box" Level 1 Hostess set.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge #34 - Sketch Challenge

Our challenge this fortnight was to make a circle card but to use NO flower stamps at all.

This is my interpretation of the circle card. I used the Carousel Notes available in Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalogue. They come in a pack of 12. The notes have scalloped edges and there are 4 of each colour in So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Mellow Moss with Chocolate Chip envelopes.

Instead of using floral stamped images, I punched out some scallop circles, pleated them and made them into flowers. You need 2 scallop circles to make one flower and they were adhered to the card with dimensionals. To make the centre flower, I traced a larger circle using the 1/4" grosgrain ribbon reel as a template which I cut out. I then followed the circle contour and roughly cut a 1/4" wide decreasing circle within the circle to form a long strip. I inked and distressed edges with shimmer paint, punched a 1 1/4" circle and covered it with sticky strip then reassembled the circle starting from the rim and working my way inwards till it resembled the "flower" above.

Stamps: Live Your Dream, Framed with Love, A Bit of Birthday Cheer
Ink: Rose Red
Papers: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Sweet Pea Paper stack
Accessories: Large Heart punch, scallop circle punch, 1" double stitched Rose Red grosgrain ribbon, 1/4" Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, Flower Designer brads, Square Ice brads, platinum shimmer paint, sponge dauber

Friday, 20 August 2010

A Get Well Card

This stamp set has been in my personal collection for ages and I don't think it's ever seen the light of day until now. I made this for a dear friend who is convalescing at home after keyhole surgery three weeks ago.

I took my time with this one, as she's a fellow crafter and would appreciate the time and effort that went into making this. The Perfect Plum dry embossed background was first sprayed with a mix of Isopropyl Alcohol and Champagne Mist shimmer paint to give it a hint of sparkle. A word of caution, if you're using this, spray in a well ventilated room away from naked flames and wear protective clothing! Isopropyl Alcohol is toxic and highly inflammable!

By spraying the card stock it means that it's still a little damp and when you dry emboss it, the embossing comes out more defined. You can achieve the same effect without the sparkle by just misting with water. I tied the ribbon before adhering to card base.

This stamp set uses a two-step stamping method and of course, a girl's got to have bling, so I highlighted some areas with a two-way glue pen and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds. For the top Whisper White layer I used "En Francais" for the background, stamped off to lighten the colour to give it that vintage look and inked the edges with a sponge dauber in Pale Plum. I stamped some additional leaves and cut those out to layer on top of the stamped leaf images to add depth.

The frame is from Framed with Love in the current mini which is valid until 30th September, 2010. (If there are products in the current Mini catalogue you would like, email me before the expiry date. There is no guarantee that the products listed in the current Mini will transfer into next year's catty.)

I used Always Artichoke for the leaves - the leafy part used the stamp off technique. For the flowers, the first stamp was in Almost Amethyst, and the second stamp used Perfect Plum.

This is the detail inside.

Thursday, 19 August 2010

I {Heart} Hearts, Vintage Vogue

Baja Breeze, Bermuda Bay card stock (from my personal collection) and Soft Suede was the colour combo chosen for my darling daughter and her husband's anniversary card. I only ever use these two blues for special occasions, but now I know that Baja Breeze is one of the colours in our new colour renovation I will certainly be using it more often as I can then replenish depleting stocks!

The sentiment seemed really appropriate for this loved up pair!

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

One Sheet Wonder

At Stampin' Up! Europe's very first Convention, Demonstrators learnt how to make this scrapbook album out of one sheet of 12" x 12" card stock. Of course throughout the year, I've made lots more. This one is for my neighbour's eldest daughter.

In an earlier post, I featured a card I'd made for my neighbour's new arrival. I always include the baby's siblings when giving a gift so that they won't feel left out or jealous, so I made this little photo album for baby's older sister.

These are the back two pages. Whilst I have a love affair with all things "Stampin' Up!" sometimes it's really nice to go back to my roots and use my old "stash"and do a bit of scrapbooking. Stampin' Up! is never far away though, card stock, accessories and lots of their stamp sets feature in this project too! I have omitted retired stamp sets and products not carried in our current catalogues from the recipe list below.


: Nursery Letters (jumbo wheel), Occasionally, Basic Phrases, Schoolbook Serif, Out of the Box (Level 1 Hostess set), Fox & Friends
Ink: Melon Mambo, Chocolate Chip, More Mustard
Papers:Lavender Lace textured, Pretty in Pink, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Sweet Pea paper stack
Accessories: 1" Rose Red stitched grosgrain ribbon, round metal tag, 1" circle punch, 2-step large bird punch, linen thread

Monday, 16 August 2010

July Technique Club projects

In July, this is the first of the two techniques my ladies did. The first was using the stained glass technique. They stamped the butterfly image on vellum in versamark and embossed in black. The stained glass lines were drawn with a versamark pen. They used markers to colour in on the reverse side neatly so that...

when the card is opened, the reverse side would look equally nice.

The second technique was a punch art lion. I thought it would make a nice change from stamping and it went down very well.

For our 3D project, the ladies made this all in one box - not my idea, but I'd dismantled a box lady guests were given at one of my husband's work "Do" and I took it apart to make a template.

If you live in the North Hants area near Fleet and would like to enrol in one of my clubs the above projects give you an idea of what to expect. I also run a Stamp With Elaine club. Click on Monthly Clubs on the navigation bar at the top of my blog for more details. I'd love for you to join me. We have such fun!

Friday, 13 August 2010

Baking for Grandson's 10th Birthday

This is a baking tin I bought a couple of years ago, but didn't get round to actually trying it out till now! It's a snazzy contraption divided into 16 compartments which take apart. My grandson is celebrating his 10th birthday, and my son needed a bit of help with the catering so I volunteered making some goodies for the party tomorrow. It's been ages since I've done any baking and this is fresh out of the oven so I just had to capture it on camera!

Square cakes unfortunately don't fit into the normal cupcake casings, so I had to improvise with baking parchment and garden twine! Am pleased with the result. What do you think - good enough to eat?

Sweet Pea Paper Stack

This is the last of my samples I made for the Mini Madness Event. It is just a simple accordian album made with one sheet of 12"x 12" DSP from the Sweet Pea Paper stack.

When opened up, it looks like this. I made matching tags to insert into each pocket.

You can see the tags better in this picture. I used the wide striped grosgrain ribbon to make the belly band and stamped the butterfly image from a Touch of Nature, cut it out and secured with glue dots.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Tiny Tags, Touch of Nature
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal
Paper: Sweet Pea Paper Stack, Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Punches: 1" circle,Jewelry, round tab, scallop edge, Boho Blossoms, corner rounder, brads, Pumpkin Pie 1 1/4" striped grosgrain

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Bella Toile & retiring colours

Bella Toile is one of my favourite background stamps. This is a card I made early in August for a friend who has a penchant for green. Sadly Sage Green is retiring. I'm making the most of it before it disappears on 1 October this year. I've teamed it with Handsome Hunter which is also retiring.

The inside uses A Little Birthday Cheer sentiments and the Hostess Level 1 Out of the Box set.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Bird on a Branch #4

This is the last of my Bird on a Branch samples. I love the simplicity of this one -Soft Suede card stock to mat with and stamped on Whisper White with card base also in Whisper White. Minimal layers and minimal colour palette, just the Soft Suede and Melon Mambo with the Soft Suede polka dot grosgrain ribbon, looks clean and fresh.

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Inspiring Inkin' Challenge#33 Colour Challenge

This fortnight's challenge is a Colour Challenge to use any combination of retiring colours only, add white or vanilla with the side twist of including retiring DSP as well.

The above card is what I came up with. The colours retiring here are Almost Amethyst, Barely Banana and because the DSP from Tea Party also contains these colours, at a guess, this set of DSP will probably retire too.

When you open the card, the diamond fold on top resembles a roof or canopy. I toyed with the idea of putting a picket fence with Lovely as a Tree images for the background, but white on white wasn't a good colour combo so I chose to work with Greenhouse Garden set instead. This is a two-step stamp set which is currently on offer at 20% discount from list price up to 31 August 2010 in the current catty.

Ta da! Here is a closer look of the inside of the finished card using the two-step images from Greenhouse Garden.

Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Greenhouse Garden, Oval All
Ink: Almost Amethyst, Lovely Lilac, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal
Papers: Tea Party, Almost Amythest, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Accessories: Fine cosmo glitter, Dazzling Diamonds, Butterfly punch,Large oval, oval scallop, So Saffron striped grosgrain, Pretties Kit, dimensionals

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