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Thursday, 30 June 2011

Sail Away #2

Used the masking technique here both on the sails and the sun using sponge daubers to add just a hint of colour.  I made my own card candy to match.

Stamp : Sail Away, Plane & Simple
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Pumpkin Pie
Papers: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
Accessories: 5/8" Real Red satin ribbon, Modern Label punch,  small oval punch, 1/2" circle punch

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Occasional Greetings, Blossom Petal Punch, Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder

I've used the Blossom Petal Punch to create the skirt for this image - a stamp set from my personal collection.  I ran cardstock weight vellum through the Big Shot with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder and punched out a few small petals and adhered it with a two-way glue pen.  I cut a tiny strip of Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, lay a small piece of sticky strip for the waist band and faux ruched the ribbon to resemble a belt.
For the inside of the card, I punched two pieces of Very Vanilla cardstock on all four corners with the scallop trim corner punch, randomly stamped the sprig of blossom in Crumb Cake and the sentiment on one of the pieces of Very Vanilla as shown, leaving the other piece blank so I could pen a few lines.

I made this for a special lady who is going through a difficult time and just wanted to drop her a line to say how much I cared.  I hope she's received it by now and that she wasn't too traumatised by her ordeal on Tuesday.  You know who you are - if you're reading this, big big HUGS!!!

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

Sail Away #1

I've always loved the water and in a previous life, we were surrounded by it having lived and worked in Hong Kong for several years - even my children were born out there!  We also used to own a dinghy and spent many happy hours bobbing up and down the South China Sea.  So this image holds happy memories for me.


Stamp: Sail Away, Sanded
Ink: Baja Breeze
Papers:  Soft Suede, Baja Breeze, Elegant Soiree DSP, Whisper White
Accessories:  Cropadile, jumbo eyelets

Monday, 27 June 2011


The theme for my most recent workshop was to do masculine cards.  This meant I had to do a whole new series of samples to fit the brief.  The one above was created for the launch of the Mini several months ago and I used crystal effects to add a 3D effect to the motorbike and sprinkled glass glitter underneath the wheels to resemble gravel.  Over the next few posts I will be featuring masculine cards.

I created an additional 3 samples using this single stamp.  You will notice that I have omitted the use of ribbon, kept the layers to a minimum and used much deeper colours.

To the left, an almost monotone card with the use of Basic Black card stock, Basic Gray DSP from the Neutrals paper stack, stamped directly on to DSP and added two silver brads to the bottom right to complete the card.

Top right - Cherry Blossom and More Mustard, twill tape (more rugged looking) and, Newsprint DSP, and for the sentiment - Afterthoughts Level 1 hostess set.

Bottom right -  Not Quite Navy, Cajun Craze, I used the crimper to crimp a strip of 2"x 5.75" Cajun Craze, punched 3 x 1 3/8" squares in the same colour for the mats of the 3 random stamped parts of the motorbike punched out with the 1 1/4" square punch.  The stamped detail on the top in Night of Navy came from the Plane & Simple set and the "happy birthday" sentiment along the bottom in Whisper White craft ink is from Big Bold Birthday set.

Sunday, 26 June 2011

Cute by the Inch - Level 2 Hostess set

My Sunday share with you today is this dinky little set I made as a Hostess Gift this month using the Elegant Soiree DSP.   It features the milk carton Bigz L die and is just perfect to use as a gift box for these little tea lights.   You can find other possibilities for using this die here .
I also made a hexagonal one to showcase at the time the new mini launched.  You can see it on the stand to the left of the picture next to the "chinese lantern" next to the television.

Here's a close up for a better view - had to hunt around for it  as it's been archived so that I could take a piccy for you.  The decoration on the side  has been punched from the itty bitty flower punch - there are 3 punches in the set, a round circle, one with four petals (pictured  on the curly  label) and the last but by no means least, the flower shape  one pictured above.

These 3"x 3" envelops are no longer available in our catalogue.  I dismantled one and used it as a template, traced and cut one out of a piece of Elegant Soiree DSP.  The slots on my template on the left are scoring  guidlines.

I applied a thin line of wet adhesive (Tombow) on the larger bottom flap and adhered as shown above.  I used the two-way glue pen (if you adhere while adhesive has just been applied and is still wet, showing blue, then it becomes permanent).  If you wait for it to dry and go clear, it will be repositionable, this means you can open and shut the envelop flap without damaging the paper.

The 3" square card is cut from Very Vanilla - 6" x 3" scored at 3" on the long side.  A piece of Soft Suede Elegant Soiree DSP cut 2 3/4" square was adhered first to the card front, then  I stamped "for you" from Cute by the Inch Hostess Level 2 stamp set on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla card stock.   This set could be yours absolutely free!  All you have to do is book a workshop.   We're halfway through the Extra Extra  Hostess promotion.  Take advantage of that extra £20 hostess benefit.  If you're in striking distance of the Fleet Hampshire area, email me and book yours today!

To finish the card, I punched a tab with the round tab punch and added a lovely flower brad - there are 48 in a box, 6 colours each in each colour family - Subtles, Brights, Neutrals and Regals and are really good quality.

Have a restful Sunday.  Happy stampin' !

Saturday, 25 June 2011

Sail Away, Swaps

Whenever a bunch of Demonstrators get together, that usually means swaps which are usually 1/2 a card or card front and on the back we put our name and contact details and the recipe or it could be a small 3D item.  I had no time to design a new project suitable for a swap for Friday so I used the same design I did for the Make & Take for the workshop I did on Thursday. 

It uses the Elegant Soiree DSP and the embosslits Sweet Buttons.  I used an acrylic block as a stamp, swiping edge of the ink pad at a 45 degree angle diagonally across the acrylic block then stamping on Very Vanilla cardstock as a background in Baja Breeze ink.  I then stamped the Sail Away image on top in Marina Mist.  Thrilled with the result, even though I say so myself.

Stamp with Amanda Day was amazing.  I got to see the actual swaps Amanda had from her trip to Prague and needless to say, she was modelling her new Prague pinny embroidered on the pocket with her name!  If you happen to be reading this, thank you for a lovely day Amanda.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Elegant Soiree DSP, Always Elegant

I am off to Locks Heath today for a special Stamp with Amanda Day - a reward for having recruited earlier in the year.  There's always such a buzz meeting up with fellow demonstrators who share the same love and passion for all things Stampin' Up!

This is the card I made for Amanda to say "thank you" and I've been naughty 'cos using creative licence I've used non-SU products for an SU event!  You'll probably spot the non-SU stuff, I'm hoping we'll get Bakers twine in our next catty.  I've got loads in all different colours in my personal collection and this card was crying out for it so I just had to use it!

The card needs little explanation - just 4 pieces of 2" square assortment of Elegant Soiree, Baja Breeze and Very Vanilla with a bit of stamping on the plain cardstock pieces.   This is a great way of using up all those tiny bits of leftover scraps.   I used the co-ordinating stamp set for the papers called Always Elegant and stamped  on the envelop too.

 I am trying to simplify my designs into 10 minute cards suitable for workshops, so I hope this fits the bill  with a couple of minor adjustments to include ALL SU current products) and that Amanda likes it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 23 June 2011

Music Notes, Afterthoughts

Some of my club ladies requested I show them how to make flowers that would be suitable to use on scrapbooking pages for their next class.   So in the month of June, the theme was making flowers using punches.  I'm not sure if anyone else has come up with this idea, it happened quite by accident.  The label halves got stuck together on my messy desk, and it looked like it could be shaped into a flower - and so this was born. 

I punched 3 decorative labels and cut them in half on the long side.   You need 5 halves to make up the petals.  I eyeballed the centre point opposite the pointed tip of the decorative lable and made diagonal cuts on either side of this point from the curly decorative label side toward the straight half cut side.  This leaves a narrow base approximately 1/2" wide.   With the aid of a piercing tool almost horizontal against a foam mat, I lightly scored from each curly point on label to the narrower base.  The outer edges were sponged with Daffodil Delight, and the centres were sponged with Melon Mambo.

For the leaves, I punched a whole ornament in Wild Wasabi, and on the second punched piece, I fed it back into the ornament punch and punched again to create a smaller leaf.  Both these were scored to create the veins on the leaf and sponged in Wild Wasabi to make the score lines "pop".

A 1/2" circle in Melon Mambo was punched out to make card candy to the centre of the flower and to finish the flower, random dots were made with a Melon Mambo marker.

The rest of the card needs no explanation.  I kept the design simple so as to make the flower a focal point.  The card base is Early Espresso, and the mat is Very Vanilla.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

WOYWW #107

Hello again to all you WOYWWers - seems ages since I checked in last.  I promised to show you the carousel when I finished it so here it is finally - had to remake the base as the darn thing wouldn't stay upright - the centre "pole" I mean and then the "umbrella" part went all floppy as the paper just wasn't strong enough to hold all the weight of the "carriages"? - whatever you call 'em.  So the base is "Mk II" and I've been working on it on and off when time permits.   I've had to take the photo in my light box as I'm scheduling this post and the light had faded.  Great tip for hiding an untidy desk!

Here is a view from above.    Sorry I missed that all important 2nd anniversary - the gifts all look amazing!  Pop back to the mastermind and our chief WOYWW Julia and see what's on all the other desks!    I might not be able to get round to visit everyone on the day, but will eventually.

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Father's Day Gift Album & card

As promised, here are the other photos of the pages in my Father's Day gift album.  On the front cover, I titled it "Grandpa's Brag Book".   The papers I used are Stampin' Up!'s Love Letter DSP (page 89 in the main idea book & catalogue).  The letters were die cut from the Timeless Junior Alphabet set, medium sizzlet dies in the mini.

I made 4 pockets, one for a suit, a golfing vest (houndstooth pattern),  a casual jeans with a red check shirt and Bashful Blue roll neck top, and lastly a T-shirt and track bottom pants.

I used all sorts of techniques - for the belt on the suit, I made a mock crock textured background, on the jeans belt, I ran the strips through the Big Shot with the square lattice embossing folder and on the track suit bottoms, I distressed the paper so that it would peel apart to make this faux suede look.

On the neck line of the sweater for the last page, I crimped a strip of card stock in Sahara Sands several times then teased it to fit round neck, taking care to only adhere  the top rim so that the bottom bit of the neckline would still be able to catch on to the pocket and hold it shut.  I used this technique on the Bashful Blue roll neck jumper too.
For the golfing (houndstooth pattern) vest, I added an extra layer so you could flip up that page to reveal more photos or journaling and did the same for the PNH#1 star page.  Both these tuck into the pants pocket.

It took ages to make, especially since I had to play around with the measurements to see how it would work  -  a real labour of love!

Here's the card that accompanied it.  The stamp is non-SU.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Happy Father's Day

To all those men folk out their who are fathers, daddies or grand-daddies a very happy Father's Day!

So here's my homage to them - having tried my hand finally at making a pillow box owl, I'm on a roll - following on from Mummy owl, here's the Daddy!  He's a handsome fella - cutting a dash in his waistcoat.  I used 5 oval scallops cut in half and inked scalloped edges to give more definition, 1" circles for the eyes and added googly ones too,  another 1" circle in Early Espresso cut in half for each eyelid, a petal folded in half from the 5 petal flower punch in Tangerine Tango for his beak, scrap piece of Wild Wasabi for the waistcoat,  the smallest flower from the Boho Blossoms punch for his "feet", and the bird body from the two step bird punch where the beak has been snipped off and his head reshaped to form the wings.

Again my thanks to Lynn from Michigan for the original inspiration. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of Father's Day whereever you are on Planet Earth.

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Pillow Box Owl

I've seen alot of these owls dressing up Stampin' Up!'s pillow box die and often wondered who the original creator was and have been meaning to make one myself.  I  stumbled upon Lynn from Michigan  recently and she claims to have been the first to make one - you can find her here, so thank you Lynn for the inspiration.    I love her colour combo and her original design.

My version is almost a direct CASE, the only difference is that I used the largest petal from the Blossom Petal  Punch and cut it in half then fed it back into the punch to round off the edges for the wings and added some eyelids and eyelashes to make mine a "she" owl.  It was really quick to assemble and yet gives such a great "wow" factor!

Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Father's Day Mini Album

This is a Father's Day Gift album for my beloved and I deliberately made a scattered photo collage just in case DH decides to log on!  I don't think there's any danger of that because his work doesn't allow it as it's an infringement on company policy so he won't be able to anyway.  {If you want a better view of the pictures,  double click on the photo, it should enlarge it - it does on my PC so I assume it will on yours.}
The pages measure 4" x 5" so I could maximise the use of the DSP - I've used the Love Letter pack.  Each page is a pocket for card inserts in the form of a shirt, sweater, polo neck shirt and a roll neck.  The suits, shirts "unbutton" and  inside there are pockets for tabs/tags and some photo mats.   I've done a collage of just the first page to illustrate it.  When you turn the page, you see the back of the trousers and shirt.  I will repost another day giving more detail of the rest of the album after hubby has seen it.

The black houndstooth pattern is a vest which tucks into the pocket.  It took me a day and a half to complete this project.  The last page has DH's initials - alot of the stamps I used are from various stamp sets from my personal collection.

 I've got some commissioned work which I must get my head round so I can't indulge in any more self-gratification and need to try and find some inspiration for that instead - so the carousel might have to take a back seat for the mo! 

Monday, 13 June 2011

Progress Report on my Carousel

Remember the carousel I started a few weeks back and displayed on WOYWW here . Well, this is mark 1, the base, but the centre pole wouldn't stay upright so I had to start again!
Here is the new improved base which is much sturdier.  I recycled the doily, re-enforced the base of the pole (lollipop sticks) and used a glue gun and it did the trick.

At a recent meeting,  Lesley asked when I was going to finish the carousel, so this is just a sneak peek especially for you Lesley.  Still have a few tweaks to do in snatched moments.  It was a project I undertook merely to challenge myself and satisfy my own curiousity so that's why it's taken so long. It's not for scutinising at close quarters, that's reserved for my eyes only! ;)

Pop back later in the week.  It should be finished by then.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Wedding Sweet

Just a very quick card to share with you on Sunday - I've only just acquired this stamp set - I had resisted it for so long, but after much proscratinating decided it was a set that could be used for other things besides a wedding.  This could be a congratulatory card for an anniversary.  Just by changing the sentiment, it could be a birthday card, a get well card or even a thank you card.

I've added faux pearls for some extra bling - a simple card stamped in Marina Mist, matted on to Marina Mist then Bashful Blue.  I stamped directly on to shimmery Whisper White card stock - it's sparkly on both sides and looks amazing in real life.  I tucked a length of Whisper White Organza ribbon behind the mat and left it loose, secured by the label and sentiment.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Sew Lovely, Occasional Greetings

Good morning everyone, or should I say G'Day depending on which part of the world you're from and when you visit! ;-)
I thought this would be a quick card - but it took me longer than I expected.  I dug out my patchwork quilt book and copied the pattern to make this background which I then ran through the Big Shot with the Square Lattice embossing folder.  The Springtime Vintage papers resemble patchwork swatches so it lent itself to being "quilted"!

Again, using my favourite medium, I stamped the images from Sew Lovely with Black Stazon on to watercolour paper and set to with the markers and aquapainter for the sewing machine and pin cushion.  I also stamped the tape measure image on to Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and faux ruched, really to hide wonky placement of the squares and finished off with a little handmade tag "for you" from Occasional Greetings.

Hope you like it.  I must dash - late for my appointment - have to travel to Bromley which is an hour and a quarter away!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Nature Walk

I love the bird cage in the Nature Walk stamp set, but the bird seemed disproportionate to the size of the cage.

Things closer to you appear larger, so I stamped the bird on a scrap piece of Whisper White, matted it on to Early Espresso  and cut around the contour then applied crystal effects to the image, a faux pearl coloured with the Early Espresso marker for the eye of the bird, raised it on dimensionals and adhered it in front of the bird cage.  Before adhering the bird, I  stamped the bird cage in the top left of the background, and the cage being smaller gives the illusion of perspective.

The Cherry Cobbler tag is another style of tag from the Lots of Tags sizzlets (set of 4) dies, note to self - I ought to use them more as they are so pretty.   I've layered it with the word window punch and used eyelets to give it a more "masculine" feel.

Colour combo for this card is Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Nature Walk, Growing Green

When the card is closed, the circles are stacked on top of each other as pictured above.  Thank you to Alyssa for the inspiration - I can't remember her second name - it starts with a Z and was difficult to pronounce that's why I forgot! 

Just by attaching the brads strategically as pictured above, you can open up the card to reveal 3 layers of circles.  For the second circle layer, I used the Growing Green stamp set and used sponge daubers to add colour to the images - Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, Old Olive and More Mustard. 

When fully opened it looks like this.  Here is the recipe:

Papers:  1 x large Scallop Circle Bigz Die in Night of Navy
              2 x 3.5" circles in Whisper White
              1 x 3" Bashful Blue Bigz Die
              1 x 2.5" Whisper White

Stamps: Nature Walk, Growing Green, Thanks for Caring

Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Bashful Blue, More Mustard, Old Olive, Black Stazon

Accessories:  Brads, Night of Navy satin ribbon, piercing tool, mat pack

Hope you like it.

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