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Thursday, 31 March 2011

March Frenzy!

Bye Bye Sale-a-bration and a big HELLO to March Frenzy - the new Stampin' Up! Promotion! Get 30%, yes, you heard right, 30% off selected products. There is a selection at 20% discount also! Check it out! Offer lasts from 1 March - 31 March 2011 while stocks last!

Double click on image to enlarge/magnify it, or click on the link in my side bar to view the list. Email me if you wish to place an order, or better still, gather some friends together for a girlie night and I will come along and demonstrate some techniques and you get to play! Don't delay - before you know it, the promotion will be over in the twinkling of an eye!

This post will be pinned to the top of my blog for the duration of March Frenzy.
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011

WOYW?W #95

Thank you for such a lovely welcome to WOWWW #94 last week. I agree this could prove addictive! You guys have some amazing projects on the go, and I have stash envy! This WOWWWstarted by Julia is good for the soul - and my raison d'etre for organising my desk into a workable space! I found last week it was so much easier than working under a mountain of clutter - I spent most the time looking for stuff I needed buried underneath it all!

WOWWW today? This picture looks like I've been working on this eversince last Wednesday! I've done stuff in between which I'm still not allowed to show until April 1st so I've had to clear it and went back to the chocolate boxes. I thought a couple of cards to accompany the boxes would be good, SU stuff from my personal collection.

I've also got a stack of the new mini catalogues which I have to put stickers on with my contact details to send off in the next couple of days. To the top right next to the satsumas, I have cut swatches of the new designer papers, hidden underneath the existing ones, which are waiting for labels before they can join the others on the jumbo ring.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Ornate Flowers - Birthday surprise

Just an ordinary box on the face of it.

A close up of the flower - 2 scallop circles, each scallop cut part of the way, spritzed and while still wet, champagne shimmer applied, scrunched up scallops and left to dry, then carefully unravelled and attached with a rhinestone brad.

Take the lid off, and the box opens up to reveal a little cake and candle. It is really one of those L.E.D flickering tea lights and I used the stickers from the Nursery Suite to embellish with to look like a cake. The box was stamped in versamark with the flower from Ornate Flowers.

I made a little aperture for the switch with my crop-a-dile and attached velcro to the bottom scallop as well as the Chocolate Chip box insert to give the box more rigidity.

Stamp: Ornate Flowers
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Baja Breeze, Nursery Suite DSP
Accessories: Nursery Suite stickers, crop-a-dile, scallop circle punch, Clear Rhinestone, champagne shimmer mist

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Sense of Time, Sanded

For the second demonstration at the crop in the afternoon I used the Sanded background stamp to stamp the entire page, having stamped off first to lighten the colour each time I stamped. I masked the left and right hand margins before stamping randomly the clock face from Sense of Time, and filled in the gaps with the cog image. Leaving the masks in place, I sponged the entire exposed area to darken it slightly as pictured.

I pre-embossed the two clock faces and the second hand faces and these were framed with the hodge podge accessories currently in the March promotion at 20% discount.

The sentiments were distressed and the two strips of card stock were punched with a spiral punch on both opposite edges to resemble a film strip. I looped some silver cord above the "12" on the clock face and added a bit of colour by using the 1 1/4" striped grosgrain at different heights on each page to tie both pages together.

Stamp: Sense of Time, Sanded
Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede, Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Hodge Podge, Silver Cord, 1 1/4"striped grosgrain ribbon Riding Hood Red (retired), clips assortment, spiral border punch, distressing tool kit, silver embossing powder, embossing buddy, heat tool, spritzer tool

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

WOYW?W #94

Hi - I'm a newbie. The lovely Hayley introduced me to WOWWW over at Julia's Stamping Ground and I've decided to play along because it would make me TIDY up my desk properly each week as I would be too ashamed to share just how messy my desk gets and how messy it usually is! Very often I end up working in a 6" square workspace or on the floor - which is covered to an inch of its life too! This is really tidy for me - I can tell you it took me 3days to sort out the mess - 3 full rubbish sacks later and this is the result! So does my desk look staged?.....lol I guess so!

I'm making some chocolate boxes - will post completed project in another article. Am working on a bendy card - it's been on my shelf half completed for weeks and weeks as my mojo deserted me and I had other deadlines to meet!

To the top left of my desk is a whole bunch of new stamp sets which I have now got desk space for now that it's more or less tidy! They are there ready to be inked and to get creative with as I have to prep for an event on the 30th. Better put my skates on I've got just 1 week till D-Day!

Party This Way - Celebrations DSP

Stampin' Up! is renowned for its colour palette so last Saturday, I demonstrated how easy it was to co-ordinate a scrapbook layout without agonising over whether or not it is the right shade of ribbon, brad or other accessory. The pennant image was just perfect for my title - and it also happens to be the name of the stamp set! This is now all ready for me to just drop in the photos when one of my grandsons has his next birthday!

Stamp: Party This Way, Broadsheet Alphabet
Paper: Real Red, Pacific Point, Whisper White, Celebrations DSP, Celebrations stickers
Ink: Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories: Brights buttons, Real Red 1/4" grosgrain, Silver cord, 1/16" handheld punch, dimensionals

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Designer Papers - Nursery Suite Specialty, Play Date and Celebrations

This is one of the projects I demonstrated to a group of very talented ladies at a crop last Saturday. It was to showcase Stampin' Up!'s lovely Designer Series Papers and the sticker packs that went with it which can be purchased separately.

When open, it reveals 4 panels ready for those precious photos to be added and the roof doubles up as a little gift card. It all folds flat and can be popped in an envelop and sent in the post. The lovely Michelle Last showed us this at the last Convention 2010.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Sweetheart #2

Keeping it clean and simple -

Stamps: Sweetheart
Ink: Wild Wasabi
Paper: Certainly Celery, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4" Certainly Celery striped grosgrain ribbon, basic pearls

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sweetheart, Greenhouse Gala DSP

I made this some time ago, but forgot to post. This uses the Greenhouse Gala Designer Series Papers which is on special offer in the March Frenzy promotion - code 117167 Greenhouse Gala (12) normal price £8.75 with 20% off now reduced to £7.00per pack.

The stamp set I used is "Sweetheart" - I love the little bird in it, and the heart will fit the heart shaped sweet treat cups. Here's the recipe list.

Stamps: Sweetheart
Ink: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Old Olive
Accessories: 1/2", 1 1/4", 1 3/8" circle punches, brads, Old Olive 1/2" satin ribbon

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Engraved Greetings, Vintage Vogue

The "Thank You" from Engraved Greetings stamped with Pink Pirouette ink on Whisper White card stock. The edges were inked in Pink then matted on to a Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip layer. The base card was embossed with an embossing folder from my personal collection.

Of course I had to stamp on the envelop too - I used Vintage Vogue for this.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

Funky Four #4

I think this one is my favourite. The rich tones of Cajun Craze and that lovely Play Date DSP matted on to Bashful Blue. I went punch crazy with this one - let's see, 4 altogether - modern label, curly label, oval extra large and the star punches! I'm pleased with the result, again quick and easy to make. I stamped a row of leaves with versamark to create that watermark effect all along the front of the base card. Hope you like it.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Funky Four #3

I used Peach Parfait as my card base, punched out 1 3/4" circles out of Cajun Craze, Pear Pizzaz and Baja Breeze, stamped the leaf image in versamark and adhered to card base in a staggered pattern. The floral image was inked with the same colour palette this time using markers on Very Vanilla cardstock, punched out with a 1" circle punch. Using a scrap sliver in Chocolate Chip I "tied" the circles together and raised the second floral image on dimensionals to make it pop.

The sentiment is from Occasional Greetings. This is such a useful "word" set - a real classic because it's been with us for several seasons and is still going strong.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Funky Four #2

I used Chocolate Chip, So Saffron and Play Date DSP for this one. I stamped the mushroom images, inking them with Chocolate Chip, Old Olive,Real Red and Tempting Turquoise markers and used the sentiment from Curvy Verses to stamp on Whisper White card stock.

I used the smaller hole setting on the cropadile to punch through the Whisper White layer and threaded through a length of Daffodil Delight 1/8" taffeta ribbon which was then adhered onto So Saffron cardstock.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Funky Four #1

There are again four cards in this series - they were created for some "baggy books" which Demonstrators use as a business resource. Each card sample from a particular stamp set is stored in the largest of the cello bags SU carries, a card topper is made listing the name of the stamp set, the product code/s, number of stamps in the set and page number where it can be found in the catalogue. All the bags containin the cards are then secured with brads to go over all the card samples in the cello bags and the card topper.

I teamed the Funky Four with Engraved Greetings - sadly it is a set that's often overlooked - Page 86 in the main IBC is just perfect to use on masculine cards. Check it out - it also has a Simply Sent Elegant Engravings stationery kit to match -and if you're rushed for time, it's just the perfect answer for a fast card!

The colour combo here is Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler. I stamped on Whisper White. Ink used was Cherry Cobbler, 1/8" Early Espresso taffeta ribbon and a flowery button to finish. The bottom edge was punched with the Eyelet Border punch.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Razzle Dazzle #4

Another quick and simple card which doesn't need much explanation.

Here's the recipe:

: Razzle Dazzle, Occasional Greetings
Ink: Pacific Point
Paper: Blueberry Crisp DSP, Pacific Point, Whisper White
Accessories: 1 1/4" Marina Mist striped grosgrain, Basic jewels - pearls, eyelet border punch

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Razzle Dazzle #3

In this series of Razzle Dazzle samples, they are just card fronts and were part of a batch I did for the Brighton show. So if you're wondering about the inside - there isn't one! By doing card fronts for an exhibition, this allows the cards to lie flat. If they're actual cards, they tend to pop open whilst being displayed on the boards. From an economy viewpoint, it meant I could design 4 different cards out of a sheet of A4.

With the help of the Color Coach, I used this colour combo - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive and Whisper White. first I worked on the Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo layers. I used the Stamp-amajig to help me position the rows of patterns seamlessly using Melon Mambo ink then adhered all layers together as pictured. I tied a length of 1/4" Whisper White grosgrain ribbon round the centre.

Next I inked the image in the same colours with Stampin' Write Markers, huffed on the stamp to re-moisten it, then stamped image on to Whisper White card stock. These were then layered onto Old Olive and Rich Razzleberry and then adhered on top of the ribbon.

The last touch was to add a sentiment, punched out with the Word Window punch and layered on to a Rich Razzleberry Modern Label piece.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Razzle Dazzle #2

A clean and simple card this time. I went for the monotone look, with just the one layer - a Whisper White band in the middle with white organza ribbon tied round it. The image was stamped in Whisper White craft ink on to Pacific Point card stock which is such a vibrant colour, it showed it to its best advantage. I stamped the same image on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock and vellum card this time with Pacific Point classic ink and punched out with the butterfly punch, added a string of pearls along the body and adhered to the card with tombow. Craft ink being a pigment ink requires a longer drying time.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Razzle Dazzle #1

I teamed Daffodil Delight with the Blueberry Crisp DSP, punched an aperture with the modern label punch, marked where the opening was, and used stamp-amajig to centre sentiment in the middle of the Daffodil Delight layer, then popped it up on dimensionals before adhering to it. The top layer was stamped in Whisper white and layered on to Rich Razzleberry. I embellished with a row of rhinestones and 1/8" Rich Razzleberry taffeta ribbon.

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