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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Welcome Christmas 1

The next few posts shows more samples I made for my most recent workshop.

Brrrr! With winter well and truly upon us, this seemed an appropriate choice of card to make! - Looking out from a window at the snowy scene outside.

The other stamp set, Lovely As a Tree, was just perfect for the background. I stamped, masked and brayered the sky. The inks I used are Basic Gray (no I didn't spell it wrong, this is how it's listed in the catty!), Bashful Blue and Marina Mist. I then cut the image into quarters and matted it on to Basic Gray card stock which was then mounted on to the Cherry Cobbler card base.

I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White scrap and cut out the portion I wanted then matted on to Cherry Cobbler and raised on dimensionals in the centre bottom of card to finish.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Delightful Decorations Scrapbook Page

This second layout was showcased at last Friday night's workshop and I drew inspiration from Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalogue 2010-11. I have tweaked it slightly to make it my own.

Several ornaments using Certainly Celery textured card stock, Jolly Holiday DSP, and stamped Delightful Decorations on Whisper White card stock in Certainly Celery and Wild Wasabi were punched out.

The wood grain heart from I {Heart} Heart stamp set was stamped close together on Chocolate Chip card stock with the aid of a Stampamajig then torn to form the trunk of the tree. I added faux stitching detail with a white gel pen on opposite corners of the page. The card stock used for the photo mats and journaling are Chocolate Chip and Cherry Cobbler.

The sentiment is from Curly Cute and I used a filigree brad to accessorise.

Hope you like.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Level 2 Hostess Gift - Cute By the Inch

This was my Hostess Gift for November. Pam Morgan showed us how to make this at Convention 2010.

I altered the dimensions to make it my own, adding a gusset so that when it closed, there was more give in the folder. The lining for the folder on the inside are from the Brights Collection of the Designer Series Paper Stack. For the first time, you can get our Patterns Designer Series paper in any of our colours! In these new 40-sheet stacks you get all the colours in a colour collection and an In Colors stack is also available. At £15.50 these paper stacks are a great buy! Acid and lignin free, measuring 12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm), 4 each of 2 double sided designs in the In Colour stack, and 2 each of 2 double sided designs in the Colour Collections. Contact me if you wish to make a purchase!

I used the Petal Card Extra-Large Double punch, Stampin' Write Markers from the Brights Collection and the Cute By the Inch Level 2 Hostess set to make these notelets. They are the retired "love notes" size which I cut from Whisper White card stock and measures 6"x3" and scored at 3" to make a 3" square card.

Why not host your own Workshop so you can earn this Hostess set as well as free product depending on net sales. If you live in the North Hants, Surrey, Berkshire borders near Fleet, contact me - elaine.harding@gmail.com

Saturday, 27 November 2010


Due to unforeseen quality issues with the Ornament Punch, Stampin' Up! have withdrawn the Ornament Punch as part of the Delightful Decorations Bundle during the Bundle up for Christmas Promotion period with effect from 26 November 2010.

Instead, the Delightful Decorations Bundle option will now include the Delightful Decorations Stamp Set and the Sparkle & Shine Jumbo Stampin’ Around Wheel.

Scrapbook layout - Christmas Bundle

At a workshop last night, most of the ladies were scrapbookers, so I thought it would be a good idea to do a double page spread showcasing as many of the promotion products as I possibly could.

The papers used here are the Specialty Christmas Cocoa papers, available while stocks last, bundled with the Welcome Christmas stamp set. Some of the paper is flocked as shown here, the piece where it has been matted on to Soft Suede and tied with the double sided double stitched reversible Real Red polka dot ribbon. The plain side is showing, the polka dots are on the reverse side.

The pointsettias by the title are from Season of Joy and I've blinged the flower centre with the self adhesive rhinestones.

I tore some textured Chocolate Chip card stock to resemble branches - the idea came from a swap card at Convention - thank you Jane, and I punched some wings in Real Red for the bird to make them look like robin red breasts. I went to town with the little pearls, pearls for the eyes and on the scallop trim border.

I've also incorporated the Delightful Decorations stamp set which has been bundled with the ornament punch. The silhouette image is from the Welcome Christmas stamp set which is bundled with the Christmas Cocoa Specialty Designer Series Papers shown in this double page scrapbook layout.

Friday, 19 November 2010

3D twist box - Contempo wheel

My monthly clubs 3D project in November was a twist box which we embellished by gold embossing the centre panel with a wheel. The design on the Contempo wheel lends itself to having slots cut inside its "marquise diamond" shape pattern through which I threaded contrasting co-ordinating cardstock. I used a variety of wheels, gold embossed it, and embellished it as pictured above. The colours are Baja Breeze, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Real Red. They're being made to dress our christmas table.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Hopeful Thoughts

Yesterday was a difficult day - expressions of sympathy in whatever guise are always difficult and so inadequate at the time when you see people you love hurting and grief stricken by their loss. My elderly cousin's husband was laid to rest yesterday - he gave the "father of the bride" speech at my wedding as they had no children of their own my Dad graciously stepped aside and let "Uncle" Robert speak on his behalf as my wedding reception was being held at a Members Only Club in Hong Kong to which "Uncle" Robert and my cousin belonged. This is the card I made for my cousin.

This is the inside.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Notably Ornate, Tiny Tags, Love What You Do,

This note card measures 5 3/4" x 4" with a Cherry Cobbler base, and each layer was cut 1/4" smaller than the previous one in Wild Wasabi and Whisper White. I used markers to ink the Notably Ornate frame, the part that I wanted to show and a special free stamp we were given at Convention "Love What You Do".

I used it as a card size gift tag, so haven't written on it at all - instead I stamped and punched out several jewelry tags which said it all.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point & Watercolour paper

This is one of the sets from my personal collection. There are so many stamp sets I received for my birthday which are still in pristine condition, unmounted and untouched because I just haven't had a chance to really play with them.

I'm really out of my comfort zone here, but the colour coach is a great tool to have and gave me the confidence to put these colours together.... am really loving the watercolour paper now available in the new catty.

It gives surprising results for a novice with no talent for painting! I'm really pleased with this card because it was so easy to make and perfect for whom it was intended - she LOVES her tea!

Friday, 12 November 2010

Winter Post

This was a "card and envelop in one" that my Card Club members made some time ago - I can't remember where I saw it to give credit where credit's due so thank you whoever you are.

When you open it, it reveals layers - the ladies were using the crayon resist technique.

They certainly got alot of practice! They used it again on the little deer. It's a great way of wrapping a gift card inside it.

To finish there's ample space to write "To" and "From" message on the back, or is it the front?

They loved it!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Artistic Etchings, A Sense of Time

I made this card for my SIL and her husband's wedding anniversary. They go to Paris quite alot, and somehow this set was just perfect for their anniversary card. I love the "vintage" look.

This is the inside. The hearts are from I {Heart} Heart stamped in Cherry Cobbler and punched out with the trio of hearts punch. The other colour I used is retired - Dusty Durango, but it's no good sitting on my shelf gathering dust, so I may as well use it! Teamed with Kraft card it looks great in real life.

Monday, 8 November 2010

Convention 2010 - Share What You Love

Convention took place at Addington Palace in a marquee and complimentary coaches were laid on to take us from the hotel to the venue and vice versa on both days.I forgot my camera on Day 1, and forgot it again for the Awards Dinner in the evening and as the event wasn't In-House, I was unable to "dash" back to get it so I don't have any pictures to share with you right from the beginning!

We had a full and packed program on both days, learnt such alot, laughed till we cried at times, shared ideas through swaps with other demonstrators and got to know our team mates better as well as forging new friendships with the French and German demonstrators. We even boogied at one point doing the "cupid" dance!

This is Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up!'s Co-founder and CEO who showed us some amazing projects she had made using the Color Coach.

Pam Morgan, Charlotte Harding showed us some WOW projects too and Demonstrators from Germany, France and UK also presented some WOW projects and there was even a bit of flirting going on with the camera man!

Even our European Business Development Managers from Germany, France and UK dressed up for this "sketch" and did some crafting on stage using the Convention's theme of "sharing what we love" they made a mini scrapbook page featuring their respective hobbies.

The stage was set with giant stamps and a tag "share what you love" - I've borrowed this photo to show you our team leader Amanda Fowler of Inspiring Inkin'who came top in sales for UK, 3rd in Leadership and is ranked No. 2 in the Top 25 Demonstrators for UK for 2009-2010.

There is also a special "The Heart of Stampin’ Up! Award" every year which is given to a Demonstrator who embodies the spirit of Stampin’ Up!’s Statement of the Heart -

“To love what we do and share what we love, as we help others enjoy creativity and worthwhile accomplishments . . . in this we make a difference.”

Each year nominations are sent by the demonstrators directly to the US where the selection for the award takes place and this year, it was awarded to Amanda, pictured above (borrowed photo) proudly wearing her "heart".

My fellow team mates....

Here's me with my "roomie"!

A big thank you to Paula, our Country Manager and her Assistant, Kelly, as well as all the staff from our European counterparts, especially Eileen, UK Demo Support, who beavered away behind the scenes to ensure everything ran smoothly and made this 2nd Convention a memorable one.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

General Swap Convention 2010

I was going to make 200 of these so I could swap with everyone attending Convention! Over ambitious, I think - what I thought was going to be quick and easy turned out much more laborious as there was so much cutting, punching to do! I fell short by 90 - made 110, but hey - there were those 90 CMC ones, so I've covered at least two thirds of the room!

It is customary to make a stand alone card to leave with Stampin' Up! You can see it better without the cellophane bag!

This is the inside. Click on the photo to enlarge it and you'll see the recipe on the left hand side.

Friday, 5 November 2010


Woohoo! Convention is finally here - it's Stampin' Up!'s 2nd Convention in Europe. I was lucky enough to attend the very first one in Frankfurt last year and am thrilled that the UK is hosting it this year at Addington Palace, Surrey.

It will be a jam packed program of learning, stamping, talking about business, sharing, swapping, fun, laughter with 300 demonstrators from Germany, France and the UK, a team dinner on Thursday and an Awards Night on Friday.

What's swapping? At any get together with other demonstrators whether it's at Convention, Regional training sessions or at team trainings, we make card fronts with the recipe at the back and our name and contact details. Depending on how many swaps you make, you get the same number back from which you can draw ideas.

I joined an organised swap on a forum and these are called CMC swaps - 9 cm square Convention Memory Card, decorated on the front with your contact details and a photo of yourself on the back. I had to make 90 of these and the best bit is getting 89 back!

Having to make 90, I used the same stamp sets but varied them a bit as you can see in the pictures below.

I used the Artistic Etchings, Sense of Time stamp sets. The card was Chocolate chip and Whisper White, srummy 1/8" Early Espresso Taffeta ribbon, spiral punch and dry distressing technique.

Monday, 1 November 2010


Exciting NEW promotion for November right through to 29 December 2010! For more details, click on the picture under the Bundle up for Christmas heading in the side bar or click here for a bigger view.

This Christmas season get an exclusive package of ribbon for FREE when you purchase a Christmas gift-giving bundle!

*Bundles and ribbons available while supplies last.

Choose from these ribbons

There is no limit to the number of bundles you can purchase. For every bundle each customer purchases, the customer can choose another spool of ribbon while stocks last. Contact me if you wish to make a purchase.

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