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Wednesday, 31 August 2011


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Little Additions, Bundle of Love, Occasional Quotes HL3

Recently, the daughter of a dear friend of mine had twins, a boy and a girl and I've only just found time to make a card to congratulate the proud grandparents and here is what I came up with.  I used the Nursery Suite specialty papers as it had both pink and blue colours in it. The rabbit is from a stamp in my personal collection. 

Here's the inside of the card - there is a solid pennant image in Little Additions so you can stamp in any colour you desire - I chose Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue to make the bunting, then cut them out individually,  stamped the letters spelling "Congratulations" before adhering them as shown above.

I made a non-baby card using the Little Additions set so it's not just for babies.  You can see it here.

Hope you like it.  Today is the last day of the August promotion.  Pop back tomorrow to see the last chance list!  It's a great way to bag yourself some bargains while stocks last!

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Make a Monster #4

The final card for this series!  As I had no samples at all for boys theme cards, I had to design and make samples for these 6 sets in less than 2 days for my workshop - hence they had to be quick and simple cards.

I've scheduled these on a daily basis as there were so many of them and hope you've enjoyed them.  You should have seen the chaos on my desk which todate still hasn't quite recovered from the onslaught!  I must knuckle down and tidy up at time of composing this (August 8th!)  and thus far into August when I'm supposed to be having a break, I have yet to find time to "chill"!

Stamps:  Make a Monster, Cheer and Wishes
Ink: Black Stazon, Crumb Cake
Papers:  Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories:  Decorative Label punch, Wide Oval Extra Large punch, 1/2" circle punch, Regals buttons, Square Lattice embossing folder, Big Shot, multipurpose platform

I hope you're all enjoying your Summer break.  Our August promotion finishes on 31stAugust and come September 1st - watch out for the last chance list - a list detailing retiring products which you can pick up at a discounted price only while stocks last - so you have to be quick!  Email me if you wish to make a purchase.

Thanks for stopping by. xx

Monday, 29 August 2011

Make a Monster #3

This set comes in both wood mount and clear mount.  If you have it in clear mount, you could mount your monsters on a large clear mount block all at once, ink and stamp in one go as I have done here.  You can then position the other stamps for eyes and mouths on the stamped images, press your block over it to allow the stamps to cling to your block, ink, then stamp.  The only one I had to repeat was the eye for the middle monster as the image was a single eye and not a pair.

Stamps:  Make a Monster, Basic Phrases
Ink:  Black Stazon, Bright and Regal water colour crayons
Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:  Corner rounder punch, Curly Label extra large punch

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Make a Monster #2

As a shortcut to colouring in your monsters, you can stamp directly on to coloured cardstock in Black Stazon which is what I did here.  I then cut them out individually, stamped the base card background with the tiny star from Seeing Stars before adhering the planet and the monsters.

Stamps:  Make a Monster, Afterthoughts HL1
Ink:  Black Stazon, Real Red
Papers:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Real Red taffeta ribbon, Oval Extra Large, Oval large punch, 1/8" and 1/16" hand held punches

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Make a Monster #1

I used the Bigz circle die to cut the larger circle in Rich Razzleberry and the 1 3/4" circle punch for the Whisper White layer.  The monster was stamped on a piece of Whisper White scrap, cut out and coloured in with a watercolour crayon and blender pen.

Stamps:  Make a Monster, Occasional Greetings, Itty Bitty Bits (mini)
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Marina Mist
Papers:  Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Accessories:  Bigz Circles die, 1 3/4" circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch

Friday, 26 August 2011

Seeing Stars #3

Did you know that there is a coordinating wheel to go with the Seeing Stars set?   You can find it on page 69 of the MIB&C and is a jumbo wheel.

Stamps:  Seeing Stars, Classic Stars (jumbo wheel), Curly Cute
Ink:  Bashful Blue
Paper:  Bashful Blue, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories:  silver brad

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Seeing Stars #2

This card uses a variety of punches.  The stars were stamped on Whisper White cardstock then cut by hand.  To fill in empty space, I added a couple of candles.

Stamps:  Seeing Stars, Party This Way
Ink:  Pacific Point, Real Red
Papers:  Whisper White, Pacific Point, Real Red
Accessories:  Star extra large punch, 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/4", Word Window punch, 1 3/8" x 5/8" large oval punch

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Seeing Stars #1

I stamped the smallest star in Baja Breeze on Whisper White cardstock.  I used Whisper White craft ink to stamp the stars on Real Red cardstock then cut out them out and adhered to card base.  One of them I raised on dimensionals and adhered to centre of the large star.

Stamps:  Seeing Stars, Basic Phrases
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White Craft
Paper:  Regals paper stack, Baja Breeze, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Star extra large punch

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Choo Choo #4

I used marker pens to ink the different parts of the train image.  I centred and punched a word window at the bottom of the base card.  On a piece of Real Red scrap, I first punched a word window aperture, then centred the Modern Label punch over it to create a frame which was adhered as shown.

Here is another view.  For the inside, I used the Scallop Trim Corner punch on all four corners then adhered to the inside of the base card.

Stamps:  Choo Choo, Something to Celebrate HL2
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black, Real Red
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories:  Word Window, Modern Label and Scallop Trim Corner punches

Monday, 22 August 2011

More Congratulations!

We were so delighted to hear our SIL passed his exams, and even more thrilled and excited that they are coming down to stay with us for a week (especially my daughter with their two adorable boys - they arrive today) so that means I can give him his card personally. I received this stamp set as a birthday gift last year and haven't touched it all this time and now I can't seem to stop using it!  Any old excuse, and out it comes!

For the scallop trim border on the spinner image, I punched a strip of River Rock with the scallop edge punch, snipped partially in between each scallop so that I could bend and guide it round the circle and adhere with Tombow.  My card base was 11 3/4" x 4", folded in half.  I used a semi-circle punch to created the above detail, folded it back, tucked a strip of River Rock behind it before adhering it on the reverse side and it gives the effect pictured above.

This is the inside, where it has been folded back on the left, you can just about glimpse how the semi circles protrude out.  A narrow strip of River Rock was butted up to the edge of the folded back piece where the other piece of River Rock is concealed.

When the card is closed this is what it looks like lain flat.  The "Congratulations" is from the level 3 Hostess set, the rest is from my personal collection. 

I hope he likes it.  Well, must crack on - house to clean, beds to make and grocery shopping before they descend on us en mass!  It's going to be a lively week!

Choo Choo #3

Did you know that there is a coordinating wheel to go with this set called Right on Track?  I stamped the images on pieces of Whisper White scrap and cut them out so I could pop them up on dimensionals over the track.

I drew a cloud on a post-it note and cut it out to use as a mask then sponged Bashful Blue all over the background.

Stamps:  Choo Choo, Hello Again, Right on Track standard wheel
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Real Red
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories:  Standard Wheel handle

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Choo Choo#2

I stamped  another carriage in Daffodil Delight on a piece of Whisper White scrap and cut it out.  I cut a small rectangle in Tempting Turquoise, tied some ribbon round it and adhered as shown.  I then popped the second carriage image on top with dimensionals.

I partially inked the Best Wishes sentiment from Oval All and stamped in the bottom right corner.

Stamps:  Choo Choo, Oval All
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Real Red
Paper:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Accessories:  Scallop edge border punch, Real Red taffeta ribbon

Saturday, 20 August 2011

Choo Choo #1

This stamp set is only available in wood and consists of 5 stamps - MIB&C page 34.  Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Choo Choo, Something to Celebrate HL2
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Real Red
Paper:  Night of Navy, Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories:  1 3/4", 3/4" circle punches, Word Window and Modern Label punch

Friday, 19 August 2011

Party This Way, Razzle Dazzle, Every Little Bit, Curvy Verses

Shock, horror - two posts again so soon after the other day?  August is such a busy month for birthdays and anniversaries, I haven't shared every single one, just a couple of my favourites.  Well I made a birthday card for my daughter (see post following on from this), and I was experimenting in a style which was out of my comfort zone and wasn't entirely happy with it.  As I still had time to make another, this is what I came up with instead.  A real labour of love, I would not recommend it for the faint hearted.

First I ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with the polka dot embossing folder.

Next, I took some bamboo skewers and patiently split them in half  (if you'd like to make one like this,  proceed with caution lest you cut yourself!). The reason I did this was because I wanted   a flat edge with which to adhere the skewer to the card base with crystal effects.  I stamped pennants in Baja Breeze and Marina Mist and cut them out,  coordinating triangles were cut from the  DSP stacks which I sponged before adhering to the pennants.  Using scraps of Baja Breeze I cut out "buntings" , stamped the word "happy birthday" on Whisper White and punched them out with a 1/2" circle punch, raised it on dimensionals and adhered to the buntings which were also popped up on dimensionals and arranged as pictured above.

I used DSP scraps in Cherry Cobbler, More Mustard and Baja Breeze to cut out the butterflies from the Beautiful Butterflies embosslits and attached to pennants with glue dots and added a faux pearl for a bit of pizzazz. 

I added Whisper White  card stock which had a scalloped trim edge border punched along one edge mirroring each other, edges inked before adhering to inside panels of card base.  On the left hand panel, I stamped the Razzle Dazzle motif in Baja Breeze and also along the top right corner on the right hand panel.  I spritzed Baja Breeze and shimmer paint on the left hand panel too, but left the right panel untreated. 

In the bottom right corner of the right hand panel, I stamped some girly images from the Every Little Bit set and added a sentiment from Curvy Verses.  I'm much happier with this version, and will be sending this one off to my darling girl.

Have a look at the one I made earlier below this post and let me know which you prefer. 

Manhattan Flower

I was inspired by a picture I saw in the American catty for the Simply Sent Sweet Moments kits and thought it would be quite within my grasp to replicate it.  I used the scallop border, the itty bitty punch and the hand held 1/8" punch to create the border in Rose Red - I punched the 4 petal flower on the sticky part of the post-it notes then postioned them on alternate scallops, turned the punch upside down and punched.  I centred and punched the 1/8" hole and drew a line to guide me in punching out the rest.

Next I butted a piece of embossed polka dots Pink Pirouette cardstock against it, then cut Elegant Eggplant DSP to adhere to the left of the Rose Red punched border.  Unfortunately the Stampin' Up! logo was visible, in the bottom right corner of the DSP, so I had to cover it up with the Celebrate sentiment which looked a bit odd on its own.  Consequently the flowers were added.

Then I embossed a Manhattan Flower in Pink Pirouette, but only used the larger of the two and used a two-way glue pen on the raised edges and sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds having first inked the raised edges with Elegant Eggplant to make it pop.

Here's the inside.  This stamp set from my personal collection coordinates with the Manhattan Flower and has been sitting in my cupboard gathering dust. As it's a special occasion, I just had to use it for my baby girl.  I don't think she's averse to purples, as she chose lilac for her bridesmaids' dresses many moons ago.

I'm out of my comfort zone with these colours and zhuzhing (word?)  and it isn't really my usual style.  What do you think?  Too fussy?  Back to the drawing board maybe?

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Fox and Friends #4, Something to Celebrate

I ran the embossing buddy over the whole of the front of the card base before white embossing the sentiment from the Something to Celebrate Hostess Level 2 set.

The remaining images were stamped on pieces of Whisper White scrap.   I stamped the turtle in Soft Suede first, then stamped another in Almost Artichoke, cut out the shell part and adhered to Soft Suede image.


Stamps: Fox & Friends, Something to Celebrate
Ink:  Cajun Craze,  Pumpkin Pie, More Mustard, Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke
Accessories:  Brights Buttons, embossing buddy, heat tool, white embossing powder

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

French Foliage, Something to Celebrate HL2 (mini)

My BIL celebrates his birthday today and is really into his garden so the French Foliage set was just perfect for him.  Did you notice  I've left out something by mistake?   Yes, I forgot to put a sentiment on the front.  I'll have to remember to add it before I send it off!  I've quadruple layered - More Mustard on Very Vanilla on Old Olive on Bravo Burgundy on Old Olive card base!

I stamped the wording on the Very Vanilla layer, cut a leaf shape with the Bigz die and dry embossed with the square lattice folder for the More Mustard layer and then assembled all the layers.  I randomly stamped leaf images and the splat patterns on the Old Olive card base before adhering the card topper on.
I stamped the wording on the cut out leaf and adhered it to the inside of the card, having first scalloped the right edge, but not all the way along to create this effect and then adhered to card base.  I've stamped the envelope too.

Scroll down for card #3 of Fox & Friends.

Fox and Friends #3, Oval All

I used a variety of circle punches to take bites out of two strips of Baja Breeze DSP from the Subtles paper stack, inked the edges before adhering to my card base, also in Baja Breeze.  The whales were stamped in Basic Gray on Whisper White and cut out then tucked behind the waves.

The sentiment was double stamped, one left whole and adhered to card base, the second one had the sentiment punched out with the large oval and raised on dimensionals on top of the first layer.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Fox & Friends #2, Sincere Salutations

Another easy card to assemble.  I don't think this one needs an explanation so here's the recipe.

Stamps: Fox & Friends, Sincere Salutations
Ink:  Early Espresso, Real Red
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Real Red, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop circle punch, two-step Owl Punch

Monday, 15 August 2011

Fox & Friends #1, Occasional Greetings

I'm thrilled my scheduling the posts have coincided with starting a new set in a new week on a Monday!  Welcome to Fox & Friends.  This set comprises 7 stamps.  The first one is this adorable monkey.  It took a bit of patience to cut out the monkey with a craft knife and I punched leaves and the wings from the two step bird punch in Old Olive to create a "vine" from which the monkeys could hang.

A great way to use up your thin scraps - I straddled a piece of Bashful Blue on either side of the Whisper White panel. 

I only partially inked the "happy birthday" sentiment from Occasional Greetings so that it would only appear once rather than a whole line of the same.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Another Congratulations Card

Two cards today so scroll down to see the other.   I thought I'd share this type of card using a different  colour combo of the spinner card I  made  earlier which can be seen here .  I had so much fun making the first one, I couldn't resist making another for a very special lady - she knows who she is! 

This time I used the Seeing Stars set to decorate the top.  I cut out the centre of the smaller  top left Daffodil Delight   star with a craft knife so that the Cherry Cobbler card base would show through from underneath.  I used the Brights DSP stack cutting a strip 3/4" x 12" then divided it in 4" sections, inked the edges in Daffodil Delight  before adhering to the three panels as shown.

I stamped the sentiment on Very Vanilla cardstock, inked the edges in Cherry Cobbler, attached dimensionals on the lower half and adhered to the bottom panel.  Next I stamped the "wheel", inserted the brad through the hole in the arrow and attached to the card.

Here's the inside.  I used the Scallop Corner Trim on each corner and inked the edges before adhering to the card base.  The stamps are from my personal collection except for Seeing Stars which is available in our current catty (page 68 in wood mount only @ £21.95, comprising of 8 images).

Now scroll down for the next post.  Enjoy your Sunday.

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