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Monday, 28 February 2011

3D cone box

This is retired card stock which I put to good use. I used the Friendly Words wheel to create a pattern on the card stock, cut out two heart shaped pieces with a tab on one side, creased from the valley of the heart to the point, applied sticky strip and adhered two halves together to form the cone.

I cut two scallop circles, cut them in half in a co-ordinating darker colour and glued it to the flaps. The tassel effect is white organza ribbon threaded through from inside the cone, knotted inside and out and then frayed. You can see the tassel better in this picture.

Around the edge of the top rim, I applied sticky strip and ruched organza ribbon all round, bagged it with white tissue ready to put the chocs in.


Every year Stampin' Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, limited-edition products they'll enjoy for years to come! For every £45 you spend, you will get a free stamp set! Choose from a new collection of four exlusive stamp sets!

The sample I've made here is from the Bliss set and is one of my favourites. The photo has not picked up the sparkle on the butterflies which I stamped directly on to Shimmery White card stock. It really does sparkle in real life!

You can download the leaflet here or click on the Sale-a-bration leaflet in the side bar on the right to view it.

My customers will be receiving an invitation to attend a SAB event very soon. Better still, why not host your own party to earn extra sets as a hostess! Email me for more details at elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Sunday, 27 February 2011


It is customary when attending Regional Training that Demonstrators swap card fronts, 3D projects or whatever takes their fancy with each other. In effect we're sharing each other's creativity and getting lots of new ideas.

This is one of the beautiful swaps I got - with humble apologies to Sarah-Jane, some idiot sat on it (namely yours truly - very sheepish red face!). Body heat and chocolate do not mix! Ooops! It was all melty when I stood up, and now it's taken on a new form as it cooled! Mini easter eggs no more! Pancaked! lol

Thought I'd share and give you a laugh! hehe!

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Regional Training Swap February 26th 2011

These are the swaps I made for the Regional Training today at the Solent Hotel & Spa in Whitely. I think I can safely share now that I know everyone is at the meeting!

This is a close up of it. I needed something quick and easy to replicate - fresh from having done all those thank you cards for visitors at the Brighton show and having to churn out several dozen more for swaps, I feel crafting overload!

I created a watermark effect by stamping randomly four ornate flowers in Crumb cake, drew a linefree hand approximately a 1/4" from the edge all round to frame it, used the rock & roll technique with the same image stamped on Whisper White cardstock, applied glue to the centre of the flower and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds then cut out each flower and adhered with a dimensional to card base in bottom right hand corner. I didn't want to contaminate my marker pen, so actually wiped off the Daffodil Delight ink from where the Cherry Cobbler ink is before applying the colour to it. For the "leaves", I snipped short lengths of Pear Pizzaz polytwill and adhered with glue dots. Here is the recipe.

Stamps: Always Elegant, Ornate Flowers
Ink: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler ink pads, Cherry Cobbler marker
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Modern Label and Small Oval punches, two-way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds. Rhinestone, Pear Pizzas polytwill, glue dots

Friday, 25 February 2011

Every Moment #4

Last but by no means least a card for the boys. Still using Daffodil Delight for the base, Old Olive layer stamped in Whisper White Craft with the floral image, Night of Navy layer - sentiment stamped in Whisper White, 1/8" Old Olive taffeta and button from Brights collection, watercoloured bird image punched out with 1 3/4" circle punch, edges inked and adhered with dimensionals to the right of the Night of Navy layer.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Valentine Card

I received this card today from a dear American friend. I'd admired this stamp set in the US SU catalogue and then to see it for REAL it made me happy. After stroking it and reading the lovely note she wrote, I just had to share - well the card front anyway!

That glitter paper is scrumptious and the decorative label punch is to die for! I never knew that Valentines wasn't just for couples and sweethearts - you learn something new everyday! Thank you my kind and beautiful friend!

An Award

Oh my goodness, an award for me? You are so kind, Hayley - thank you so much! I'm quite overcome! Now it's my turn to think of 7 things about me and 7 people to pass this award on to and link back to the person who sent it - Hayley.

I'm not good at talking about myself but here goes :

1. Scrapbooking was my passion before Stampin' Up! I'd never made a card in my life!
2. I was a Secretary in a previous life.
3. I lost 2 1/2 stone on the Atkins Diet for my daughter's wedding and now I've piled it all back on again and then some! Rejoined a slimming club 3 weeks ago as going it alone just wasn't working!
4. I tickle the ivories and got roped into filling in as an accompanist at my daughter's ballet school and was still playing for them long after my daughter finished dancing there! Haven't touched it since and my piano is out of tune!
5. I have 3 gorgeous grandsons.
6. I love sharing my hobby in papercrafting with anyone who will listen and wants to give it a try.
7. I love going to the theatre, particularly musicals. DH is taking me to see Matthew Bourne's Cinderella and he's got tickets for Dancing on Ice with Torville & Dean in April. I'm so excited!

...and the nominations for the next seven blogs are (fanfare!)

Teri because she is an "Honorary Inspirin' Inkee" as she attends our team Quarterly meetings regularly and she does wonderful work - love her swaps
Jane because she always has something a little different and thinks outside the box
Kerry because I love her style
Sara because she won my blog candy for the Inspiring Inkin' Sale-a-bration 2009 and I got to see her blog too - great work
Jo because I got to meet Jo at the very first Stampin' Up! Convention and she does amazing work and I loved her swap
Sharon because I did a CMC swap with her at 2010 Convention and got introduced to her lovely work too
Caroline because she made a fabby display for Inspiration Station at the last quarterly meeting

"Mission" completed - hope I've done it right! I would nominate you again if I could Hayley - thank you so much. Big Hugs!

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Every Moment #3

More colouring, same set, different image.

Minimal layers just perfect for a masculine card. The card base is in Daffodil Delight. The Early Espresso layer was dry embossed with 2 parallel rows of dots using the mat pack grid guide and a crop-a-dile, bird image stamped with black stazon on water colour paper, soft suede, early espresso, always artichoke, elegant eggplant markers, aqua painter, 5/8" early espresso grosgrain to finish. I stamped the sentiment on a piece of Whisper White scrap, inked edges in early espresso and curled it with a bone folder.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Prize Draw Winner, Brighton February 2011

Firstly, a BIG "thank you" to everyone who visited Stampin' Up! at the show in Brighton between 11-13 February, 2011.

Hannah from Hove won our Prize Draw and this is the card I made her. Hopefully she should have received her card and her goodies by now and I can safely post it on my blog! I used Vintage Vogue, and the Level 1 Hostess Set, Punch Potpourri stamp set for this card. The "congratulations" is from Occasional Quotes, a Level 3 Hostess set. Colours used here are Rich Razzleberry and Pretty in Pink, Whisper White and Old Olive.

I designed a special card for potential recruits. These ladies expressed an interest in becoming demonstrators themselves. This card uses the 1st Level Hostess stamp set called Punch Potpourri and the flourish is from Vintage Vogue. The colours here are Rose Red, Bashful Blue and Wild Wasabi.

I don't know about you, but when I have to do a lot of cards, I like a bit of variety. This is a batch of "thank yous" which I was allocated to do for the other ladies and gentlemen who took the time and trouble to enter the draw and chat to us, so they deserved a personal "thank you" too. I used "Just Believe" stamp set. There are 9 stamps in the set and is available both in wood mount 116948 @ £32.95, or 120453 in clear mount @ £25.95. The colours used here were suggestions from the Colour Chart - Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie. Somehow it works.

.. and here is the other design I made using the Ornate Flowers stamp set for the rest of my "thank you" cards. There are 4 stamps in this set, wood mount 121289 @ £16.95 or clear mount 121294 @ £13.95. Incidentally, this stamp set has co-ordinating Designer Series Paper called Greenhouse Gala 117167 @ £8.75 per pack. I didn't use any on this card - as I had to do so many, I kept the card clean and simple. The card base is in Crumb Cake, stamped on Whisper White and matted on to Riding Hood Red. I still have more to do! Am taking a coffee break and blogging!

The striped grosgrain was too wide, so I cut it in half and tucked it underneath the scalloped edge layer and anchored the "fish tail" part with a rhinestone. My cunning plan was to stop it from fraying. I also added some Dazzling Diamonds on the flowers. Hope you like it.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Every Moment #2

This little beauty is probably my favourite. I teamed this with Cherry Cobbler and in real life it looks stunning even though I say so myself.

Recognise the theme in this set? Watercolouring! More of the same, flowers stamped in black stazon, colouring with Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso, Old Olive. I stamped another flower on scrap water colour paper, gave it the same colour treatment, cut out and adhered with dimensionals to add depth. I also cut the water colour layer smaller than need be so that the bottom left flower would extend beyond the straight edge, spilling out of the "box". I'm thrilled with the result.

To highlight and give texture to the centre of the flower, I added supernova fine glitter. For the finishing touches, 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon and the pearls. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Every Moment

Much as I've loved playing with all the Sale-a-bration sets, it is such a breath of fresh air to break open a new set which hasn't seen the light of day!

This set is called Every Moment - and I fell in love with it way back in October when the new catty launched. Taken me almost 5 months to mount and ink it and that was because we needed new samples for the Brighton Show!

I stamped in Black Stazon on water colour paper and set to with my markers and aqua painters. This card is a little ray of sunshine - Daffodil Delight, Tempting Turquoise cardstock and markers and a button from the brights collection, threaded 1/8" Daffodil Delight taffeta ribbon through the button to finish and added a little fine cosmo glitter on the butterfly for a little bling.

Friday, 18 February 2011

BlissBrayered #2

Stamp: Bliss

Paper: Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Glossy card stock

Ink: Melon Mambo

Accessories: Scallop trim border punch, basic pearls, large oval and scallop oval punches, 5/8" Very Vanilla satin ribbon

Thursday, 17 February 2011

Sweet Summer #2

Stamp: Sweet Summer, Solid Stripe, Because I Care (Level 1 Hostess)

Paper: Marina Mist, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

Ink: Marina Mist, Black Stazon, Wild Wasabi

Accessories: 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, scallop circle punch, piercing tool and mat, 1/8" Marina Mist taffeta ribbon, cutter tool

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Brighton Show - February 11-13, 2011

I managed to capture some shots of our stand which looked amazing thanks to the hard work of my Stampin' Up! mummy, the lovely Amanda in "Tempting Turquoise" Stampin' Up! speak for this shade of blue, and her crew who came to set up on the Thursday, just before the show started. Amanda was there for Friday too, but some of us were there only for the Saturday and Sunday.

Back view of Karen and Helen - they were too preoccupied to look up!

Our first Make & Take of the day run by Amanda - she makes it look easy! They ran every half hour throughout the day and we took it in turns to do them.

Our stand shot from a different angle.

Fantastic display of work contributed by various members of our team including yours truly.

Can you spot your work team mate?

My "roomie" Stella and I - we stayed over at the Brighton Metropole rather than drive home daily. I can still savour our daily dose of full English - plus all the trimmings!

Kazza and moi. Thank you to everyone who came to visit, it was lovely meeting you all and we had such a blast!

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

I {heart} Heart, Bella Toile

Ok guys, I'm a day late! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day. I made this specially to put on the blog, but couldn't get my act into gear and didn't get round to publishing until this morning!

My card base is in Rich Razzleberry and I went for a monotone effect except for the sentiment which is in Whisper White Craft ink (Hostess Level 3 set). Blacks and reds are always so popular during Valentines, I just wanted to try something different.

I inked and stamped off a couple of times to create a paler Rich Razzleberry tone with the background Bella Toile stamp on Whisper White card stock. I stamped the large dotted heart first on Whisper White scrap, eyeballed and stamped the smaller flourish heart within it, adhered it to Rich Razzleberry scrap and cut round the heart silhouette, versamarked the largest plain heart on Whisper White scrap and used heat & stick powder and the fine supernova glitter for the smaller heart which I cut freehand from the large heart.

The 1 1/4" Rich Razzleberry ribbon was ruched by pulling a piece of its thread then adhered with sticky strip.

Am loving those pearls - the card wouldn't be complete without them!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Distressing Bliss!

No, I don't mean that I find Bliss distressing - I love the set, what I mean is I applied the distressing technique to this card!

I cut two pieces of Very Vanilla 1/4" smaller than my card base, distressed all the edges with the cutter tool, then inked it in Early Espresso. (I've hardly touched Chocolate Chip which was my favourite last season - note to self - must use it more.) On one piece, I stamped the "Friendly" background stamp, stamping off on scratch paper first before stamping on Very Vanilla to lighten the background.

On the second piece of Very Vanilla I used the emboss resist technique and shaded with Marina Mist. I tore the top left and bottom right corners so that when layered, it would reveal the wording on the Friendly background layer. Then with the Spritzer tool I distressed these ink spatter patterns in Early Espresso.

Next I stamped the word "Bliss" in Marina Mist on a piece of scrap, punched out with large oval punch, inked edges and adhered with dimensionals to centre of embossed resist motif.

I stamped a butterfly in the top right and another on a piece of Very Vanilla scrap which I went over with White Frost shimmer paint using a sponge dauber and cut it out then adhered it on top of the previously stamped butterfly with a dimensional. I inked all the edges on this layer with Marina Mist.

In order to give it more of a vintage feel, I distressed top left corner of the Friendly layer further and curled the corners with the piercing tool.

Lastly I attached the ribbon in the bottom left corner of the Bliss layer, curled the top right corner of the Bliss layer, inked it then adhered it to the Friendly layer, added a brad in the top right of the Friendly layer, then adhered both layers on to the card base. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Bliss in So Saffron

Stamps: Bliss

Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

Ink: So Saffron, Wild Wasabi, Rose Red

Accessories: Crimper, basic pearls, dimensionals, Whisper White satin ribbon

Friday, 11 February 2011

ICHF Creative Stitches & Hobby Craft Show 11-13 February 2011

The Creative Stitches & Hobby Craft Show opens in the Brighton Centre today until Sunday. Stampin' Up! stand is B04. We have Make & Takes every half hour over the 3day period. Come and visit us if you are free - I will be there on Saturday and Sunday. Other members from the Inspiring Inkin' Team led by Amanda are already there today.

I made the prize draw box pictured for the event. We have a fantastic display set up with contributions from various members of the team. I am really excited and will be setting off today to join my team mates for Saturday and Sunday.

Bliss Brayered

Stamp: Bliss (no surprise!)

Paper: Melon Mambo, Glossy cardstock, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White

Ink: Melon Mambo

Accessories: brayer, basic pearls, dimensionals, large oval and scallop oval punches

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