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Monday, 31 January 2011

Inspiring Inkin' Quarterly Team Meeting, January 2011

The lovely Michelle Last pictured above (borrowed her avatar from her blog), UK's No#1 Top Demonstrator was our Guest Speaker at our upline Amanda's Inspiring Inkin's Team Members and Honorary Inkee's Quarterly Meeting on Saturday! We had such a blast and Michelle graciously gave us tips on recruiting and spoke about her Stampin' Up! journey. Thank you Michelle!

As usual, Amanda's terrific organisational skills and planning made for a jam packed day. Check out her blog for the 7 projects we made, based around the Love Letter Designer series paper and Brights Buttons. In total three 3D items, 3 cards and learning a new technique for a faux wood effect.

In addition, there were 4 Inspiration Stations {Team members are invited, encouraged sometimes coerced ;) wink and smile} and are always rewarded with a bag of goodies for their time and effort in creating a variety of cards, 3D projects, Hostess Gift or Scrapbook pages with one particular stamp set at these stations.

It was my turn this time, and the set I chose to showcase for my Inspiration Station was "Bliss". I made a box to contain the cards and a gift bag also.

These were some of the other items in my display. The Fantasy Keepsake Box, sometimes called a Stepper Box, was originally developed by Andy Wright of Stubby Stampers but has since done the rounds worldwide in varying sizes. The one depicted here are the original measurements.

On the top left of the picture is an altered 5"x5" art journal - I've stamped glossy card stock, stamped images in versamark and then brayered in Marina Mist until I was happy with the colour intensity. It dries really quickly. The finishing touches were accessories from 111325 Hodgepodge Hardware, 119247 Basic Pearls, 119772 Marina Mist 1 1/4" striped grosgrain, Tiny Tags stamp set, 118091 wood or 118592 clear, and last but not least the jewelry tag punch 117190. The back cover was also brayered glossy card stock using the same technique, and the inside of both front and back covers were covered in co-ordinating DSP from the DSP Subtle stack.

This last project was a basket I made in Chocolate Chip for my strawberries which were what I made for my swaps - more of that in another post! Whew - that was a long post! Thanks for visiting. Come back soon!

Sunday, 30 January 2011

So Happy For You, Growing Green

Pumpkin Pie meets Old Olive in this one - I stamped on Whisper White and used an aqua painter to lightly paint the fern image. I stamped the floral images in Versamark and clear embossed on scrap pieces of Pumpkin Pie and used a paintbrush to pick up household bleach (undiluted) and "paint" the images - just fascinating watching it change colour and go alot lighter. You can speed up the drying process with a heat tool if you wish. Don't forget to thoroughly wash your paint brush after using bleach!

The sentiment is from the current Sale-a-bration set "So Happy for You". I finished off the card with rhinestones for some added "bling"!

For the bottom edge detail, I aligned the edge of my card stock with the top of the contour of the curly label punch and punched to create the effect as shown above.

Friday, 28 January 2011

Punch Bunch, Level 3 Hostess set - CASEd

This adorable dresser card was CASEd from my lovely uber talented team mate Elizabeth who got her instructions from Jackie Topa . The little baby tag from this year's Sale-a-bration set was just crying out for such a card so here's my version - made it for my SAB event recently.

I had fun making the little hanger hook fashioned out of a star shaped paper clip I had. I had to adjust the level from which the babygro hung as it caused an obstruction when you opened the card whilst it was lying flat on the table surface.

I used the Nursery Suite papers which are really lovely and couldn't resist covering every available inch of the card with it! ;) lol! The sentiment from the Hostess Level 3 set were ideal for this card - now I hope someone has a baby girl soon and I can send it to them!

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

En Francais, Bliss & Distressing

Pacific Point meets Pumpkin Pie! The rebel in me came out! Having worked with muted tones nearly all week making samples for my SAB event, I broke down my barriers with strong colours and came up with this beauty. So often I reach for the butterfly and forget that there is a little bird in the Bliss set too!

Alot of layering in this card and punches galore! I also used the crimper to add texture and went to town with the distressing kit. I used the paper daisies for the first time too - having stamped on it first and then sponged it with Frost White shimmer paint and added rhinestones for some bling. I'm pleased with the result.
Hope you like it too! Thanks for visiting.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Punch Bunch, Growing Green

One of my new year resolutions was to be more adventurous with my colour choices - I seldom use yellow - so this is right out of my comfort zone.

I teamed Daffodil Delight with Old Olive and it appears to compliment each other. I stamped two of the smaller floral images from Growing Green at random on Daffodil Delight cardstock and adhered to gatefold panels. The fern image was stamped onto a piece of Whisper White and raised on dimensionals adhered to the Old Olive and Daffodil Delight mats. Old Olive satin ribbon was threaded through between the Whisper White and coloured layers to tie on the right hand side as a closure. The bottom right corner of matted layers tucks into the Punch Bunch "True Friend" sentiment which is raised on dimensionals too.

When card is opened, this is the detail inside. I dry embossed parallel lines around the edges before stamping the sentiment and other images.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Sale-a-bration Display

I held a Sale-a-bration event on Friday and in my haste to take a photo of my display table before my guests arrived, I didn't notice that one of the cards had toppled over and I'd left something on the table that shouldn't have been there! The display has been dismantled and this is the only pic I have so I may as well share.

A wonderful group of ladies attended - my "Techy" members, past hostesses, and customers and we had a blast! It was lovely catching up with news. A big THANK YOU with bells on to Val who arrived bearing a home made sponge to die for - it rose like a skyscraper - scrumptious (wish I'd taken a pic), and we had a couple of raffles going plus a Make & Take.

I will share the project samples I made for this event in more detail over the next few weeks!

Friday, 21 January 2011

The Reveal - Mr Owl from Punch Bunch

Here's my take on the owl - I made a "tag" card so when opened (as you will see from the following pictures) it would have a 3D effect. When laid flat a whole bunch of owls peep at you!

This is a view from the back - I drew the bark markings on all the panels and sponged with soft suede. I cut off their feet (too fiddly) but I'm still pleased with the effect.

Here's the front. It tickles me that the other owl can be seen from the front - the owl image is so symmetrical, you can stamp it twice and glue them back to back which is what I did here.

... and finally opened out with the message. I had fun making this. Hope you like it!

Sneak Peak of Sale-a-bration Event

This is just a teaser - at the last count, I have 15 ladies attending tonight's event and this is just a quickie post as I have to hoover and set up the displays! I will reveal the full picture after the event!

Thursday, 20 January 2011

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tuesday Card Club

It seems ages ago since I last posted, so thought I'd share what we did recently. Out of my comfort zone - but the Colour Coach suggested Cajun Craze and Baja Breeze so am quite pleased at how this turned out. We did two-step stamping - a fairly easy card, used the aqua painter to colour in the images, eylet border punch, and a "stay put" bow and naturally what other stamp set should one use at this time of year - but a Sale-a-bration one - Sweet Summer for the floral images and So Happy for You for the sentiment.

Friday, 14 January 2011

A birthday card

I think the person I made this for would have seen her card by now. Her birthday is today! This is a non-SU set, a christmas present from another dear friend - I love it and couldn't wait to have the opportunity to ink it up for a fellow crafter! The sentiment on the front was stamped in Pretty in Pink which is barely visible in this pic - what it says is "Wishing you a day to get your craft on".

I used Stampin' Up card stock in Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso, Pink Pirouette and stamped in Black Stazon then coloured in with SU markers. The ribbon is scrumptious - one of the new 1/8" taffeta ribbons in Rich Razzleberry which coordinated beautifully with the card base.

This is the inside which says "Happy Birthday - Crafty Girl! We're actually supposed to use our supplies?" I'm a hoarder through and through - most crafters are so it really touched a chord!

Bulletin for Stampin' Up! fans - I am working hard for my SAB event next week so I cannot share right now. All will be revealed in due course. Bear with me!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Notably Ornate, Punch Bunch

I dry embossed 2 lines 1/8" apart on all sides to create this card as a frame for the Notably Ornate stamp and sentiments. The sentiments are from my personal collection. The Very Vanilla card was cut 5 3/4" x 4" to use as a notelet to accompany a cello bag full of punched ornaments. I made a certainly celery bag topper and embellishment from the Punch Bunch sale-a-bration set.

My apologies for such humble offerings - I have been under the weather recently and am only just starting to feel human again so I have not done much crafting lately.

I will try and get back into the swing this week as I have an event, classes and demos and team meeting the following week so can't afford to have any more time off or feel sorry for myself!

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Style Beautiful and Bliss - SAB

I made this to show a customer what else you can do with the ornament punch, apart from fish, vases and the obvious christmas ornament - here are some perfume bottles.The ornament punch has been temporarily withdrawn as there were quality issues and my poor customer is still waiting to have it replaced. I am sending her a whole bunch of punched ornaments so she can do what she likes with them and as christmas is over, wanted to show her how else the punch could be used. So Linda, this is for you.

The background uses the faux silk technique - scrumple up some white tissue paper, unravel, apply a wet adhesive evenly on cardstock and adhere tissue paper to it squeezing out any air bubbles. I stamped off in Cherry Cobbler the "Sanded" background image before stamping on to the faux silk to lighten the intensity of colour.

The tallest bottle was a strip of left over card stock centred then fed through one end of the punch to get the "bottle neck" cavity in the middle. I then stamped the largest Bliss motif with versamark and gold embossed the "bottle". The bottle stoppers were 2 x 1/2" circles embellished with pearls. The third bottle stopper was an image from Style Beautiful which was stamped, crimped then cut out and mini pearls added before adhering to "bottle".

For the smallest bottle, I drew a pencil line across the back of the ornament as a reference point and used a 3/4" circle punch to punch a bite to create the "waist" in the bottle. The centre panel in Whisper White was stamped with the large Bliss motif, crimped, adhered with glue on to the bottle. (The ribbed texture isn't clear in this picture.) I turned it over, cut out the surplus and again used the 3/4" circle punch to punch the "waist" as pictured above.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Pendant Note "negative"

I featured the Pendant Note which comes in a Crumb Cake base measuring 8" x 4" to make a 4" square card with a die cut front in the previous post. The Pendant Notes come in a pack of 15 with co-ordinating Crumb Cake envelops which are terrific value priced at £7.95. They make quick easy cards, look elegant, you can use it as a blank canvas and send it like it is, or tweak it to give it that extra pizzazz as I did using the Sale-a-bration stamps and background stamp. The Pendant Notes have a pre-cut centre and you need to remove them to create the aperture.

For this card, I applied glue to all the Crumb Cake pieces which needed to be popped out, carefully laid the Pendant Note over a piece of Cherry Cobbler card stock measuring 8" x 4", and transferred the Crumb Cake pieces on to it to create the above. Just recycling - that's got to be a good thing, right?

I needed a quick "Thank you" card and this stamp from "Engraved Greetings" was just perfect - stamped in Whisper White Craft ink.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

So Happy for You, Bliss

These pendant notes arrived today so I just had to play! The card is 4" square, so I cut an insert in Very Vanilla just a tad smaller, inked and stamped off with the Friendly background stamp in Crumb Cake to give it a vintage look. This card is monotone - I stuck to Crumb Cake, stamped the butterfly from Bliss and went over it with a sponge dauber with Champagne Mist. It's really sparkly and added some pearls along its body.

The inside of the card also got the "Friendly" treatment stamping off first to lighten the ink. As "Bliss" is my favourite set, the motif came into play again and I used the sentiment from So Happy for you and added the flower from Bliss to complete the inside. The ribbon is the Early Espresso 1/8" taffeta.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Sweet Summer #2 - Sale-a-bration

Same Sweet Summer stamp set, this time using the stamp to make a background on Very Vanilla card stock which was matted on to Wild Wasabi and adhered to a Certainly Celery gatefold card base.

I punched two Rose Red Designer Labels to use as a "closure" for the gatefold card, the first one was adhered to the left hand gatefold taking care to only apply adhesive on one half. The second one was adhered to the right gatefold (ensuring it was aligned with the first label) and the surplus half was cut off - not pictured. The central flower was stamped in Rose Red ink on Very Vanilla and Rose Red card stock. I punched the flower with a 1" circle punch, inked edges then matted on to a 1 1/4" Pink Pirouette circle and raised on a dimensional on the left of circle so that you can tuck the right gatefold into the space in between, pictured above.

I cut the middle layer of the flower in Rose Red, adhered with a dimensional and finished with a large pearl.

This is the inside of the card, the sentiment is from the "Thank You Kindly" set.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Sweet Summer - Sale-a-bration

My baby grandson left me a little pressie - an awful cold and for an ashmatic, this is horrid, so please forgive me the smudges on this sample - I'm just not up to doing it again to make it perfect!

I utilised my glossy card stock scraps - waste not, want not - glossy card is too precious to throw away. I stamped with versamark, then popped the images with Stampin' Pastels. I used Whisper White Craft ink to stamp the flowers on scraps of Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant and cut out just one of the flowers to highlight main flower image, adhered with a glue dot and finished with a mini pearl. I did the same with the leaf - stamping on to Certainly Celery with a darker ink - Wild Wasabi, cut it out and adhered with glue dots also.

I stamped the bee and butterfly in Black Stazon directly on to the glossy card stock then coloured in with Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Elegant Eggplant and Melon Mambo markers.

The "thank you" is from the Occasional Greetings and was stamped on the side in Whisper White Craft ink - this is where I smudge it - oops! I didn't think it needed ribbon because it had the little pearls in the flower centres. Besides, there just wasn't any room! Hope you like.

Saturday, 1 January 2011


I dashed this card off real quick just after we heard Big Ben chime at midnight and watched the spectacular fireworks on the Thames as I wanted to wish those of you who read my l'ill ole blog all a Happy and Prosperous New Year in 2011!

I used Baja Breeze and Cherry Cobbler cardstock, stamped on Shimmery White in black stazon and used an aqua painter to colour images and Rhinestones to embelish with.

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