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Sunday, 31 July 2011

Extra, Extra Hostess Promotion

This post will be pinned to the top of my blog until the offer ends. Please scroll down for newer posts.

Extra! Extra! Stampin’ Up! hostesses get extra hostess rewards 1 June-31 July, in addition to the already fantastic hostess benefits!

From 1 June-31 July, Stampin’ Up! hostesses can earn an EXTRA £20 to use toward Stampin’ Up! products of their choice when they host a workshop totaling £250 or more in product sales!
This extra benefit is in addition to the standard hostess benefits they receive when they host a workshop.

These hostess rewards are only one benefit of hosting a workshop. When you host a workshop, you also get to spend time with friends and family, as well as learn exciting new crafting techniques and project ideas from your personal stamping expert, namely "yours truly"!   See table below.

Whoopee Doo, if you've already booked a workshop with me in June and July, you get an EXTRA £20 worth of freebies! Email me if you'd like to book your own workshop or leave a comment with your contact details and I will get back to you asap.

Sunday Share

I cannot lay claim to this creation for my Sunday share today as it's a card I received from my American penpal who shares my passion for all things SU.  Isn't it beautiful?    The cardstock is Concord Crush and Pretty in Pink and the Hostess Level 1 stack of 6x6 papers in the In Colours for 2010-2012.

The flower heads were stamped and cut out then raised on dimensionals and looks fab IRL - they have a shimmery effect on them and the shading is  in Concord Crush and a hint of pink and looks superb.  I love it.  If you stalk SU US website, this is one of the new stamp sets in the new US catalogue launched on July 1st called Fabulous Florets.  It's not dissimilar to the one we have in our current catty called Ornate Flowers.  I love it - fingers crossed that  the Fabulous Florets will be in our new catty in October!

Thank you my kind, uber talented and wonderful friend!

Saturday, 30 July 2011

Edible card!

There's hardly any stamping in this card.  I just used the eyelet border punch for the top of the cake stand and used a bit of scrap Pretty in Pink  taking a bite on either side with the window punch  to make the pedestal part.  The blackberry Fruitella sweets and their wrappers appear to be the same shade as Concord Crush so I just wrapped a length of Blushing Bride polytwill around each sweet securing it with sticky strip and attached straight to the card as pictured above.  I then punched the little flower from the Itty Bitty punch set and added a medium sized pearl for the centre of the flowers.

The card was a bit top heavy with all those sweets, so I've taken a photo of it lying down.  I stamped 3 Vintage Vogue flowers on shimmery white cardstock to make the 3D flower and cut slivers of Concord Crush and Pretty in Pink  winding it round a lollypop stick to make the streamers.

The only stamping is for the sentiment which came from the Oval All set.  Hope you like it.

Friday, 29 July 2011


My DH after much persuasion from his boss was asked to put in an application to become a Fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers.  He had to list several attributes and work experience throughout his career according to the Institute's guidelines, the application goes before a judging panel and they deem whether or not the candidate is successful.  As it got closer and closer to "D-Day", it was only natural that DH began to doubt whether or not he should have applied in the first place.

The board met on Tuesday, and he got a phone call to say he'd been successful on Wednesday. So instead of having M.I.C.E. after his name, he can put F.I.C.E. instead!  I am so proud of him and since he found out, he's been a different man!  So this is the fun card I made him from my personal collection.  You'll recognise Pacific Point card stock, but the other papers are ones which my BIL brought over from Oz.

This is the side view of the card.  I can't take credit for the design, a lovely friend of mine who shares my passion for SU product sent me a beautiful card together with instructions on how to make it!  Bless her - I will share her gorgeous card in another post.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Thanks for Caring

Life happens and inevitably you need to make sympathy cards.  I made this for a fellow team mate who had a bereavement recently.  This one "Thanks for Caring"  is from the Mini catalog on page 25.

Even though it is a stamp set specifically designed for these sad occasions, Stampin' Up! images for this set are also suitable for using on other cards by just omitting using the sympathy sentiment.  That's why I love Stampin' Up!  Their stamp sets are value for money and with a bit of imagination, you can use it for anything.  I added a little detail with the piercing tool to balance out the card.

This is the inside of the card.  The colour combo is Sahara Sand, Elegant Eggplant and Whisper White.  Two pieces of Whisper White cardstock cut 1/4" smaller than card base and opposite corners punched with Scallop Trim Corner punch and edges inked in Elegant Eggplant. 

I've deferred posting this until I was sure the recipient had received it and am hoping this card brought a little comfort to her and her family during this sad time.

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Seeing Stars #4, Party this Way

This is the last card in this series of Masculine Cards which has more or less taken up the whole of July's posts!  I had the most fun with this one as it was just a question of masking and stamping  in different colours as I went along.   It looks much better IRL, no layers and the lovely "happy birthday" font from Party this Way.

So in summary, masculine isn't as difficult to achieve as everyone thinks.  Key is to keep it simple, less is more, use ribbon sparingly or not at all.  You can still do elegant without  it being effeminate, less layers, linen thread, twill ribbon gives a more rugged look but other types of ribbon, use sparingly.  You can still use brads, buttons, eyelets, jumbo eyelets and even the odd pearl or rhinestone.  

In concluding, I would say that taste is all subjective and individual.   My interpretation of masculine is by no means a hard and fast rule and may not be to your taste.  This is just my own formula for doing masculine.  If you like my style, run with it, if not, just go where your artistic flow takes you.

I do hope you've enjoyed this series of  cards for "blokes" and have been inspired to make more of your own. Thank you for staying the course - I hope you're still with me! A bientot - till next time.

Sunday, 24 July 2011

Clearly for You, Something to Celebrate, Little Additions, Sanded

One of my customers celebrates her Ruby Anniversary today and being the valued customer that she is, I made this to mark her special occasion.  Cherry Cobbler was the closest I could use to Ruby Red, so I used this for my card base.  I cut a piece of 3 13/16" x 5 1/4" Whisper White cardstock - these measurements have to be precise - in order to punch a rectangle with the Scallop Trim Corner and Scallop Trim edge punch.  The background was stamped with Sanded in Crumb Cake ink.

I die cut a heart in Cherry Cobbler with the Scalloped Heart to Hearts embosslits die, and adhered it to the left of the card front.  With the Early Espresso marker pen, I inked only a pair of the birds from Clearly for You to symbolise the happy couple and stamped on Whisper White card stock then cut out and adhered with dimensionals towards the bottom half of the heart.

For the sentiment, I inked the "anniversary" part of Happy Anniversary from Something to Celebrate Hostess  Level 2 set, punched out with the word window punch and adhered with dimensionals on a modern label in Cherry Cobbler which was adhered straight onto the card front.  I then added faux pearls to add that touch of class.

I made a double bow with Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon and tweaked the tails, securing them at various points with glue dots for that cascade effect.  The Cherry Cobbler numbers are the medium sizzlets from Timeless Junior Alphabet in the mini and the little hearts from Little Additions.
Unfortunately Stampin' Up! do not carry special anniversary stamps so I had to improvise and used my computer to generate this greeting printed on copy paper which I then punched with the Scallop Trim Corner punch so that it woud tie in with the rest of the card.  I just stamped the little hearts again to link it with the card front.

I hope she and her husband like it.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Seeing Stars #3, Perfect Punches

Another Elegant Soiree DSP design using Crumb Cake and Basic Gray.  The stars were stamped on Basic Gray and cut out,  and randomly adhered to card as seen here.  The sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White from the Perfect Punches stamp set (page 66 MIB&C).  All the images from the Perfect Punch stamp set have coordinating punches.

You'll probably be pleased to hear that we're coming to the end of the run on my Masculine Card samples.   I have one more scheduled over the next couple of days.

August being the summer break, my offerings may be less frequent.  My next workshop request concentrates on boys' cards, so you can expect a boys' theme in the coming weeks!

Thanks for joining me on my journey.  Now that most schools have broken up for the long summer break - I would like to wish you all  a happy holiday and have a great summer - pop back to visit on your return!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Seeing Stars #2, Always Elegant

Still using Elegant Soiree DSP - the colours from the DSP dictated the colour palette for this card in Soft Suede for the card base and mats in Bashful Blue.  I stamped on Whisper White using the coordinating stamp set, Always Elegant which is available both in Wood and Clear mount and can be found on page 43 of the Main Idea Book and Catalogue.

You could use this card as an anniversary card, or even a Valentine's card without a heart in sight!  I'm not a hearts girl myself, normally.  I don't mind it in February though, but in moderation!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Seeing Stars #1, Afterthoughts

I have finally broken out this set which has been sitting in my cupboard, unmounted and uninked for I don't know how long.  This a wood mounted stamp set with an assortment of 8 stars, different sizes,  called Seeing Stars on page 68 of the Main Idea Book & Catalogue.  What better way to showcase them than on a masculine card.

My base card is in Not Quite Navy and I scored two bands of parallel lines 1/8" apart on the bottom  half as a detail.  I did some faux stitching in a zigzag pattern in between the parallel lines and used a white gel pen to highlight it.

Still following my Hostess' brief to use Elegant Soiree DSP, I chose this striped pattern for my background layer matted on to Garden Green.  I stamped the stars with Whisper White craft ink on to the coloured card stock and cut them out, attached silver brads in the centre and raised it on dimensionals and adhered to the panel.

The sentiment is from Afterthoughts, Hostess Level 1.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Nature Walk #4, Engraved Greetings

I've used  the coordinating DSP for the Nature Walk stamp set called Botanical Gazette with a duo-tone colour palette in So Saffron and Basic Black.  I stamped the birthday greeting from Engraved Greetings, a set of two stamps, wood mounted on page 86 of the Main Idea Book and catalogue.

Two ribbon loops in Basic Black satin were tucked underneath the sentiment mat to complete the card.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Nature Walk #3

This card could be used for "Him" or "Her".   I stamped the bird in Early Espresso first on the Whisper White Top Note piece, masked the bird and randomly stamped the floral image having inked it with Perfect Plum and Wild Wasabi markers. 

Crystal Effects applied along the "ground" and Champagne glass glitter sprinkled over it.  I made the card candy myself using 1/2" punched circles.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Quarterly Meeting Notepads

I forgot to include this in my earlier post today.  These were the reporter's notepads I decorated for my team who accompanied me to Amanda's Quarterly Meeting.

The colour combo here is Riding Hood Red,  Baja Breeze and So Saffron. I love it - really vibrant and striking and very summery.  It certainly makes the different layers of the die cut daisies pop.  I used the surplus centres to make co-ordinated candy, applied crystal effects,  dipped it in glitter and allowed it to dry thoroughly before adhering to the daisy centres.

I ran the "In Stitches" jumbo wheel across the Baja Breeze strip and punched both edges with the scallop trim border punch and personalised each note pad with their initials using the Broadsheet Alphabet.

To finish, I adhered a length of 1 1/4" Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain, snipped a fish tail at visible end and tucked the other end underneath the scalloped medallion.

Summer Splash, Basic Phrases, Fish Frenzy

Two of my Inkin' Divas accompanied me to Amanda's Quarterly Meeting at Locks Heath yesterday and we had a blast.   These were the swaps I made using the Summer Splash set in the mini.  Do you ever get "inspiration block"?   Some stamp sets you look at and a ton of ideas on what kind of cards you can make with it will hit you, but I found this set was a bit of a challenge, so I hope my offering this Sunday comes up to scratch.

I used a masking technique for the shell behind the bucket and raised the starfish on a dimensional for a 3D effect.  The fishes were cut out individually - thankfully they were quite an easy outline as I had 35 card fronts to do so that amounted to 70 fish to cut, and then of course there were 35 starfishes to cut too!   

Thin Bashful Blue strips were  wrapped around the Whisper White card (to represent the sea - a bit of imagination needed here {wink}) then I used a two-way glue pen on alternate stripes on the fish and added fine cosmo glitter to bling it up, and adhered it with dimensionals.  Lastly, I added some crystal effects to the bubbles.

A big thank you  to Kerry, Elizabeth, Michele for their Inspiration Stations  and especially to Amanda for another inspirational day.   Also thank you to everyone for their gorgeous swaps.

As usual the day was jam packed. One of the projects we had to do was a bunting which was an all day project which you could dip into as time would allow.   I elected to leave doing the bunting/banner at home - it's deviated a little from Amanda's original design  here- instead of using Old Olive satin ribbon and jumbo eyelets and the circle dies, I've used the scallop circle punch, small eyelets and gold elastic cord.  I wanted the bunting to last more than one season, so from a storage point of view, the ribbons would crush, but the elastic cord wouldn't.

After inking my chipboard letters, I also stamped some snowflakes from Serene Snowflakes set in Cherry Cobbler, clear embossed then set aside to dry properly before adhering clear rhinestones to it.  Bottom left picture shows the back of pennant - instead of using DSP, I cut more Cherry Cobbler to co-ordinate so that I could save the other two sheets of 12x12 patterned DSP. 

On a different note - Part II of the Deathly Hallows just opened this weekend and we didn't think we would be able to get tickets, but we did!  So we're off to the movies tonight - can't wait, tinged with a bit of sadness too that this is the final part.  Thank you JK Rowling for a fantastic yarn!

Enjoy your Sunday and thanks for popping by.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Nature Walk #2, Thank you Kindly

This is probably my favourite.   I only partially inserted the card base into the embossing folder sandwiched between the two acrylic plates and ran through the Big Shot.

I struggle with these egg images how best to feature it on a card.  Again on the minimalist vein, this does the trick.   The sentiment is from Thank you Kindly. No ribbon or embellishments were used.  Just strips of Cherry Cobbler to accentuate the Whisper White panel and torn piece of Bashful Blue.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Nature Walk #1, Oval All

This is another set of samples I made in a masculine vein and still featuring the Elegant Soiree DSP as my Hostess had requested it but using a different stamp set - Nature Walk.

These masculine cards are really quick and easy to make as they are clean and simple, no bows, torn edges rather than pretty borders.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Little Additions, A Slice of Life, Something to Celebrate

I fell in love with this stamp set called Little Additions when it first came out in the Mini, but having acquired it, I didn't know how else I could use it apart from what it was originally intended for - babies.  I tried my hand at making some origami dresses and wondered how best to display it and hence this card was born!

It's a zig-zag card in Poppy Parade and the furniture was just perfect for creating a "boutique" and the hanger is just what I needed for hanging those dresses!

Here is a view from the other side.  I did a tartan pattern on the armchair to add a bit of interest instead of the solid colour.  The vase of flowers is from the Hostess Level 1 set in the mini,  A Slice of Life, and the sentiment is  a Hostess Level 2 set also in the mini.

Thanks for stopping by. 

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Elegant Soiree DSP #4, Wedding Sweet

I used Very Vanilla as my card base with a strip of Marina Mist set off centre so that a length of faux ruched Crumb Cake seam binding could be attached discreetly sandwiched between the Marina Mist and Very Vanilla layers.

I inked the tiny Wedding Sweet image in Crumb Cake first, then dabbed champagne shimmer paint over it before stamping onto the cardstock.  The picture hasn't picked up the pearlised shimmer but it looks great IRL.   I die cut a Scallop Envelop with Elegant Soiree DSP and layered over the Marina Mist strip then tucked the invitation into the envelop to complete the card.

Hope you like it!  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Elegant Soiree DSP #3, Always Elegant, Cheer & Wishes, Two-step Owl Punch

I used the co-ordinating stamp set for the Elegant Soiree DSP,  Always Elegant for this card.  The sentiment is from Cheer & Wishes.   Colours used here are So Saffron, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Pumpkin Pie.

I punched two owl bodies, one in Crumb Cake and the other in Pumpkin Pie.  I cut off the feet on the Crumb Cake owl and used a craft knife to cut out two "triangles" on the ears so that the Pumpkin Pie layer would show through.   Lastly, I tore a strip of Early Espresso scrap for the branch for the Owl to sit on.

Thanks for stopping by this Sunday.

Friday, 8 July 2011

Elegant Soiree DSP #2, Occasional Greetings, Style Beautiful

Another lovely design from Elegant Soiree DSP,  my all time favourite sentiment My dear KIND & wonderful FRIEND and finished off with a stamp from Style Beautiful and a faux pearl.  Still steering clear of ribbon and being understated so it would appeal to a gent. 

Hope you like it.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

....& now for something different - Altered Tins, lunch bags and charms!

I thought my readers might like a change from reading all about cards so I thought I would share these.  These altered tins are a blast from the past - I recently gave one away as a present - the large paint can for "bits & bobs" which I am rather fond of.  It has been much admired by a dear friend who asked if I could  make one for her eversince she espied it.  However as I couldn't remember where I sourced the blank tins from, I decided to give this one to her instead of keeping it for myelf.   I'm so glad I managed to take a photo of it before giving it away!   At least I have the little semi-circular girlie one to serve as a reminder of my time at the craft village.

I used to rent shelf space at a craft village close to home and one of my signature products were mini albums.  Again these are altered lunch bags made into a mini album with pockets for memorabilia and a hard cover.  The one above is a wedding album.
I also did commissioned work, this is just one of the albums with an American Theme because it was being made for a lady about to embark on a stint in the big apple to study, hence the ruler, satchel and pencil embellishments and all tucked away into the tin.

It all started off as Baby albums, typically blue for boys and pink for the girls and for pets and every occasion under the sun - "Mum's Brag Book", "Noel" or  "Memories" were just some of the titles I made.
Naturally I had to introduce a wider range of product over time, so I tried my hand at making handbag charms which became the rage at one time.  I used glass and silver beads plus leather thongs to embellish with.  The pictures are a little out of focus as in those days, I didn't have a photo studio or light box and I had to lay it on a linen white napkin!

Okay, so enough of my trip down memory lane - back to SU, that's a promise!

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