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Sunday, 31 October 2010


Happy Halloween to those who celebrate! I've barely had time to breathe recently and am running around like a headless chicken preparing for Convention next Thursday, dealing with family crisis (sick relly - Australian speak for relative) hence the lack of blog posts.

All the Halloween stamps are from my personal collection - very quickly on how I made it. Wheeled web background in versamark, silver embossed, pinking on Melon Mambo mat, Elegant Eggplant 2nd layer, DSP scrunched and distressed, stamped skull image and DSP distressed with Platinum shimmer paint, added rhinestones in eye sockets and tooth, black striped grosgrain frayed top and bottom ruched and sentiment layered on top with dimensionals. Hope you like.

This second card I sent to the lovely Vannessa who I hope has already received it. Just thought I'd throw it in the mix.

This is the inside.

Have a SPOOKY Halloween - lots of trick and treating!!! Enjoy!

Monday, 25 October 2010


Check out my Stamp with Elaine website for additional dates which have been added for club night meetings. These still take place on every third Tuesday of each month.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Growing Green

I had a wonderful club meeting last night with some wonderful ladies. We experimented with Stampin' Up!'s new scallop trim and scallop corner punch and used the water colour paper, the crimper, the new basic pearls which are such good value.
The pearls come in 3 different sizes, 50 of each, that's 150 pearls for just £4.50!

This is the card we made from the In-Colour range, Concord Crush and Peach Parfait, the new stitched-poly twill ribbon. That Concord Crush is lush - like the Cadbury purple, deep and rich. The stamp set is from Growing Green, stamped in Black Stazon on water colour paper, then outlined with Concord Crush and Perfect Plum markers and water coloured with aqua painter, cut out, layered and adhered to a Concord Crush mat. The "thanks" is from Thank you Kindly. Hope you like!

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Just Believe

A couple of "Thank You" cards I dashed off the other day. Excuse the shadow on this photo, I had to take a quick piccie and didn't use my light tent - had to give it to my husband to deliver by hand so you can see my head and camera poised!

I love this Just Believe set, it's so versatile. I dyed Whisper White grosgrain in Wild Wasabi to match the cardstock. Stampin' Up! has a sturdy metal crimper in its Accessories section and it creates corrugated ridges in the card stock. Love it! Stampin' Up! now sells its pearls in a flat pack with adhesives on the back of it in 3 sizes, 50 of each. The tiniest one is just perfect for the bird's eye.

Variation on a theme - I fed this through the crimper twice to make this pattern. I stamped the circular image on Concord Crush cardstock in versamark and white embossed, centred the circle scallop punch over it then punched to create this embellishment, raised on dimensionals and adhered as shown. Cardstock used on this card is Concord Crush, Blushing Bride and Whisper White. The ribbon is from the new In-Colour collection of 1/2" stitched poly-ribbon.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Quarterly Meeting Challenge, September 2010

Believe it or not, this started out as a balsa wood picture frame which was given to us to alter as part of the group challenge for Amanda's Inspiring Inkin' team.

I wanted to showcase the new 1/8" taffeta ribbons which I threaded through some buttons and also to show the new DSP in the new catty . I only had limited supplies as Demonstrators were only allowed to purchase a small selection of pre-launch product so this is what I came up with. It also show cased the extra large two-step bird punch.

The DSP paper is from Greenhouse Gala - I stamped it in Wild Wasabi (one of the new colours) with the Just Perfect Alphabet set, cut around the letters and adhered or raised on dimensionals alternate letters. The background is Crumb Cake card stock and I inked the Texture jumbo wheel and rolled onto the Crumb Cake cardstock to create a "canvassy" type background.

To my surprise, my challenge entry won. Unfortunately I haven't got any pictures of the other entries, but in my humble opinion, they too were worthy of a win.

Thank you to everybody for voting for mine.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

3D Bird and Christmas Cone

I have been such a bad blogger - not had time to schedule posts or sit down and have a good old play with the new stuff from the catty. Where did the first half of October go?

I've been using up odd scraps of paper, the 3D bird is in the main Idea Book & Catalog and looked like a bit of fun so I made it to set up this photo together with the paper cone, again used from scraps. The tulle was from my daughter's left over bits for her costume when she used to do ballet. It must be 20 years old at least! Glad I've got some use for it now. lol!

The cone was made from a 6" square piece of cardstock cut diagonally. I put some sticky strip on the diagonal and added the ribbon detail, then formed the cone. Easy peasy - stamped the christmas greeting from Perfect Punches, stuck it on with a dimensional on the front of the cone and you have a ready made decoration to hang on the tree in a twinkling of the eye!

More handmade birthday cards

I didn't get a chance to upload these the other day and didn't want to leave them out - this one is from the lovely Vannessa with 2 Ns!

This is from the new slimline Chris, who gave me a humoungous box of Thorntons chocs! I won't be able to squeeze into my Convention outfit and I have less than 3 weeks to shed some weight!

Another creation from the talented Sarah from another Chris!

Friday, 8 October 2010


One of the special bulbs on my photography lamp has blown so I can't guarantee the quality of these photos.

Today, I finally get to open my birthday cards! They've been arriving all week, and I've resisted the temptation to open them until this morning. DH offered me breakfast in bed to start the day, but as he had to go to work, I opted for a cup of tea in bed instead. Bless him, he brought all my presents and tea up on a tray and we opened my pressies together before he trotted off to work.

These are some of the hand-crafted cards I received which I just had to share. They are in no particular order. I love them all! That's what I love about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator - it has opened the door to forging new friendships with people I would never have met otherwise! They are ALL without exception uber talented ladies and I am so lucky to have them as friends.

The first is from Lydia - this little package holds a surprise.

Oh yes - when you open it, it concertina's out and reveals this!

Dear Val, she has such patience - her colouring is second to none and having been trained as a draftsman once upon a time, her work is perfection itself! Isn't this beautiful? Love these pastel shades!

Anita doesn't do flowers, so I am flattered she took the time and trouble to make this "fan" flower with some gorgeous flocked paper. Stunning...

...and last but by no means least, Stella who I met in the local craft shop and we have been friends eversince when I first moved to Fleet,gave me this card which was made by the talented Sarah.

Thank you all - round of applause (clapping!) Off to Reading for some retail therapy, lunch and out again to dinner tonight and tomorrow too! Double celebration!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Bundle of Love Gift Bag, Exploding album

This gift bag and exploding album was inspired by my fellow team mate Hayley who won the Demonstrator's Showcase at Regional Training recently. I've changed it slightly using the new scallop trim border punch to do the edging.

She very generously showed us how to make the gift bag and vellum flowers at our last team quarterly meeting.

This next picture shows the box open, with minimal decoration ready for you to put pictures of that "precious bundle of joy" in its first month of life.

I love this little poem - white embossed to make it stand out.

A closer look at the pram image which was also embossed in white. Pink Pirouette is an extremely pale shade of pink and you can barely make out all the stamped images. I used the clear mount blocks for this set - the advantage of using the clear mount blocks is that you can put several images on the acrylic block when you want to stamp background. This saves time. I would highly recommend it. The stamps come in a DVD type box and saves storage space too as it is so much more compact.


Stamps: Bundle of Love (available in Wood mount and Clear mount), Baroque Motifs (wood only), Artistic Etchings (available in Wood and Clear mount)
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pink Pirouette, Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pink Piroutte, Pretty in Pink, vellum
Accessories: Heat & Stick powder, Dazzling Diamonds, white embossing powder, Scallop trim border, modern label and word window punches, sponge daubers

Monday, 4 October 2010

Artistic Etchings

Time to share one of the many cards I made during the "wilderness" period of no new posts way back in September!

This is one of the new stamp sets in the new catty called Artistic Etchings. The base card is Cherry Cobbler, one of the new colours in the Regals Collection and definitely one of my favourites.

I love the vintage look, and to achieve this, I scrunched up some Very Vanilla card stock and sponged Cherry Cobbler Ink lightly over it and also inked the edges and tore the cardstock slightly on the right edge.

With a needle and thread, I tacked down the centre of 5/8" Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon and gathered it to make this ruched ribbon effect and attached it to the top.

I used the stamping off technique to lighten the intensity of the colour on the circle stamp image. The Eiffel Tower was stamped on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla cardstock and cut out and layered to the left of the card with dimensionals. "Amour" was stamped alongside the Eiffel Tower with the aid of a stampamajig. The sentiment is from Occasional Quotes which is a Level 3 Hostess stamp set. Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

New Class scheduled for 23 October, 2010

This is a great class to get you ready for christmas! More details under "classes" in the navigation bar at the top of my blog. I've given you a teeny weeny sneak peek, but if I showed all, there wouldn't be any surprises now, would there?

I'm afraid there isn't a very long lead in time. Booking open with immediate effect and closes on Friday 8th. To register, please email me for further details. I need at least a fortnight to preorder and have items delivered. There may be delivery issues with the advent of the new catalog launching.

Friday, 1 October 2010

2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue

It's here at last! Whoopie-do! Stampin' Up! Eu's long awaited new catalogue. It's bigger and better than before. The new colours are to die for, everything co-ordinated as only Stampin' Up! knows how, right across the board from cardstock to ink, to ribbons and embellishments as well as accessories. Lots of new punch shapes, curly label, designer label to name a few.

Even MORE exiting is the introduction of clear mount blocks! The same red rubber image as used for the wood blocks but now the rubber sheet and its sticker images come in a compact, space saving DVD case which has picture references on the front cover and spine. How cool is that?

Quote -

"Stampin' Up! now offers repositionable, clear-mount rubber stamps, in addition to our award-winning wood-mount rubber stamps! These new clear-mount stamps are designed to maintain the unbeatable image quality you love about traditional Stampin' Up! stamps, while at the same time offering the flexibility, ease of use, and storability inherent in repositionable rubber stamps." ...Unquote

...and there's MORE! You loved the two-step bird punch, well now ALL the punches are in that style and we have a whole bunch of new punches which include the Scallop Trim Border and Corner Punch!

Click on the picture of the catalogue in the side bar near the top of my blog to view our new catty online and email me if you wish to make a purchase. Better still, book a workshop, and get a copy of it for free - one of the perks of being a Hostess, and of course having the opportunity to earn some freebies!

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