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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Marry Me

Well hello again!  Twice in one day - wonders will never cease!  I just had to post this set as it's so apt for today.  As 2012 is a leap year and it's February 29th today,  all those single gals out there can propose to their special guy today!  This stamp set is called "Marry Me"!!!!

I'd promised to post the samples I made with this stamp set at my workshop last Friday.  My Hostess' niece wanted a grey and pale yellow colour scheme - so the cardstock used here is Basic Grey and So Saffron.  I kept the designs simple as you have to bear in mind that you're producing vast quantities of wedding invitations, thank you cards and favour boxes.

I used Versamark to create the shadow background on the two Basic Grey cards and So Saffron on the So Saffron card. 

Products used:

Cardstock:  Basic Grey, So Saffron, Paper Vellum

Card on the left: Lace Ribbon Border punch, 3/8" So Saffron taffeta ribbon, pearls.

Card on right:  velvet ribbon and pearls.

Card lying down: So Saffron Classic Ink, Scallop Trim Border punch, paper vellum 5/8" Whisper White organza ribbon, cropadile 

Favour Box:1 1/4" circle punch, Scallop circle punch, Sweet Swirls standard wheel.

This was the card they liked best  and obviously is much more labour intensive.

Please excuse the quality of the picture - it was sent via the phone and I've copied and pasted.  I had left thi card at my Hostess' house as a template.   She kindly sent me a pic via her phone and this is it !
So if there's anyone single, and female, reading this at the moment, do you plan to pop the question to your special guy?! ;))

Fruit & Flowers, Petite Pairs

These were my team swaps for our last quarterly meeting.  I partially embossed the Whisper White layer with the Stripes embossing folder for my background.  I used the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border punch (page 116 in the main catty)  to delineate the Whisper White embossed section from the non-embossed section in Poppy Parade.  I then matted it on to Poppy Parade. 

The flower was cut from the new Originals Blossom Party die (115971 - page 15 Spring Mini) in Lucky Limeade.

I stamped the strawberry image from Fruit and Flowers (page 14 of the mini) in Poppy Parade and another in Chocolate Chip.  I cut off the tips on the Chocolate Chip strawberries and applied Crystal Effects and left them to dry before adhering these to the Poppy Parade strawberries.  All were hand cut then popped up on dimensionals, layered on to 1 3/4" Whisper White circle which was then adhered to the centre of the Lucky Limeade petals.

To finish, I stamped a sentiment in the bottom right hand corner from Petite Pairs on page 83 of the main catty.

Having had a surplus, I also used these as my "Thank You" cards for my workshops in February.  I just mounted them on to a Lucky Limeade card base and it was ready to go.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Outlined Occasions, Woodgrain, Tiny Tags

Well, hello everyone!  Where has the week gone?  I have a ticket for the Make-It show in Farnborough which I hope to attend on Sunday so I'm updating the blog tonight as it seems ages since I last posted!

This was one of the 3 projects I demonstrated at the workshop I did last Friday.    In true Blue Peter style, I'd prepared one earlier and gave that one to my lovely hostess as it was much neater and had two branches with leaves rather than the one shown here which I did for speed. 

The card  was folded in half, and I cut a 3" square which was cut diagonally for the roof, front and back of card.  I used the triangular piece as a guide and scored from the middle of the fold down to where the bottom of the triangle would be on both sides, burnished the score lines then opened it up as shown above.  By squeezing the sides in, you will create the roof line.

Here's a variation with the Owl but I omitted stamping with the woodgrain stamp on the inside.

The letters were coloured in using a blender pen and the classic ink pads.  I used a stampamajig to position the words precisely.

Here's one of  the little gifts I made for my Hostess using the Everyday Enchantment papers - her favourite colours are greens.  These cards are 3"x 3" square using the images from the Fresh Vintage stamp set.  Both these images have punches to co-ordinate.  The one on the left uses the Postage Stamp punch in the spring mini, and the one on the right uses the doiley triple layer punch.  If you turn the doiley triple layer punch upside down, line up the dotted outlines of the image, push the lever to the solid image setting and punch to  get this effect.  I also made a double pocket "bag" to put the cards in.  Packaging is equally important, don't you think?

My Hostess' niece was interested in the "Marry Me" stamp set, so I made a few wedding card samples in the colour scheme she asked for.  Unfortunately I didn't take any pictures, and have left them with my Hostess and I can't for the life remember what I designed!  So I will share it with you in another post!   Early senility perhaps!  :-(

Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Kids Cards

For my Sunday share - two very quick Cards for Kids.  I've taken these photos under natural light without getting my light box set up, so my apologies for the reflection and spots on the photos. We have a Q-stone worktop in the kitchen with bits of mirror/quartz embedded and it bounces light everywhere! 

Both cards are clean and simple and quick to do.  The cardstock used for the girlie card is Pretty in Pink and Melon Mambo.  I stamped all the images in Black Stazon on watercolour paper and used an aqua painter to colour the images.  By squeezing the lid of the classic ink pad whilst shut, ink transfers onto the lid which you then use as a palette.  

The "ballerina" is from "Under the Big Top", page 31 in the main catalogue, and on the front I used the floral image from Confetti on page 77.

For the boy's card, I used Island Indigo cardstock, (2011-2013 in colors spelt the American way) and ran the front of the card through the Big Shot with the Stripes embossing folder.  The Octopus is from the Kidoodles stamp set on page 32 and both cards had Sprinkled Expressions a free stamp set given away free by Stampin' Up! for every £45 spend.

The greetings were from Happiest Birthday Wishes, a specially priced exclusive Hostess product which can be purchased with Hostess Pounds if you host your very own workshop.

Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Creative Elements, Outlined Occasions

A special card for a special lady celebrating her 50th birthday recently.  I came back from a meeting in Soberton one Wednesday night and realised to my horror that I still hadn't made her a card and that if I didn't make it  that night and post it pronto, it wouldn't reach her in time.  Hence I've been burning the candle at both ends and ended up doing what I usually do, pop out in my PJs, slinging my overcoat on top and ventured out in the wee hours of the morning to catch the post before the break of dawn!  Thank goodness there wasn't any frost on the windscreen to scrape off!

I'm scheduling the post for today to make sure she's received it.  The stamp set I've used is Creative Elements on page 67 of the main catalogue and I combined it with one of the Sale-a-bration sets called Outlined Occasions.  I've used tone on tone - Island Indigo ink and card stock, stamped on Whisper White and a scrap of Pool Party and Island Indigo for layering the "Celebrate" sentiment on the front.
Here's the inside.  The numbers are from a set in my personal collection and I used a versamark pen to highlight the number five and zero, sprinkled with heat and stick power, and glittered it to make it pop.

Yawn!  I really ought to crawl into bed now that it's creeping toward 5.38 am!  Am I mad or what, blogging at this time of night.   Just as well I don't have an office job!  Anyway, job's done now, so I won't lie awake thinking about it!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


A big thank you to Elizabeth Shannon, my fellow team mate who was one of four presenters at Amanda's last quarterly meeting and she demonstrated a heart pouch which you can see here.  As I was presenting also, I missed her demonstration, just as I'd missed everyone-else's too, so she kindly gave me one she'd demoed with  for inspiration.

I've been trying to make one eversince, but simply haven't had time to make one and when I did start, I was so frustrated because I couldn't find the time to finish it!   

Well here is my version, at long last just in time for Valentine's Day!  Materials used - Basic Black, lined with Everyday Enchantment papers, FREE from the current Sale-a-bration with a £45 spend, hearts punched out from  Real Red Glimmer paper, two strips of 1" x 12" strips of Basic Black cardstock scored at 1/2" intervals to make the lolly, a button secured with linen thread, lush white velvet ribbon (new in the spring mini) and white embossed sentiment from Sprinkled Expressions (also FREE for every £45 spend), and lastly, some heart shaped chocs in a cello bag!  Yummm.......

Here's the card I made for my beloved.  The glimmer paper is so precious, I couldn't just let it go to waste.  I used it as a decorative panel in this card, having pre-stamped underneath with French Foliage words and the splatter pattern before adhering the glimmer paper.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For the inside of the card, more punched out glimmer paper hearts and a stamp set from my personal collection.  It's understated enough to look masculine - I added the dotted scallop ribbon at the last minute because it looked "undressed" if you know what I mean.

Hope you like it - Happy Valentine's Day!

P.S.  scroll down to see the next post!

Old Meets New! I {Heart} Hearts, You are Loved, Creative Elements

Heavens to murgatroid not another post and on the same day!  lol - I had a request from one of my regular customers to do more by way of fancy folds, so I've been indulging myself today and had a play just for the sake of playing!    As it is Valentine's Day today, I dug out some old stamps and gave them an airing and here is the result!  

I stamped and punched loads of little hearts with the heart to heart punch.  I punched out glimmer paper ones too.   The larger hearts were stamped and  handcut in pairs so I could sandwich them between the cascade folds for a neater finish.  The finished size of the card is 5" x 3 3/4", smaller than the norm, but the largest heart at the back from the new "You are Loved" stamp set in the Spring Mini overhangs quite a bit.  It will still fit into our Stampin' Up! envelops easily.

At the back of the cascading mechanism, I've attached a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock measuring    7 1/2" x 5" folded in half as the card base.  I cut a piece of Riding Hood Red 4 3/4" x 3 1/2" to add a bit of stiffness to the card and white embossed a sentiment on it.

I clear embossed the front panels only of the cascading mechanism, and the rest of the cardstock was just stamped in Riding Hood Red with the large swirly motif from Creative Elements.  To complete the card, I used the Beautiful Wings embosslits dies and adhered them with glue dots on the front panels and added faux pearls.

Must go and do some work now.  Got a monthly meeting to prep for tomorrow.  I only just found out that it is half term in our part of England - so have a great week everyone - wish I had that luxury!

Sunday, 12 February 2012

You Are Loved, Simply Adorned

This is a hybrid box I created from other boxes I have made recently for my Mini Event a while ago.  It has been elongated to incorporate several compartments to hold a pendant as well as accessories for the Simply Adorned range for my Simply Adorned class.  The Simply Adorned range is being discontinued in the USA, but it is in our Spring Mini now.   There is no way of predicting whether or not this range will be carried through to our next new catalogue or not.  It is at the very least still available through to April  30th when our current spring mini expires, so if this is on your wish list, get it before our Spring Mini ends!

This is what it looks like inside.    I will be teaching this class again at some later date in my calendar - back by popular demand as some people couldn't make the date yesterday.

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Create a Cupcake, Striped Embossing Folder, Cupcake Builder Punch

This is a pop-up card using the new Create a Cupcake stamp set in the Spring Mini (page 22) which also has a cup-cake builder punch which co-ordinates with it.  I've also used the 2011-13 new In Colors, Pool Party and Calypso Coral which co-ordinates so well with the Everyday Enchantment DSP - free with every £45 purchase for a limited period.  Offer ends on 31 March 2012.

When you pull the front of the card toward you where the punched crescent shape is, it pops up to reveal this.  This was one of the many items I made for the Inspiration Station I did featuring Elementary Elegance at our Quarterly Meeting.

Friday, 10 February 2012

A Day to Remember

A proud moment today as I was invited to witness Hubby's  presentation of his ICE Fellowship Certificate, the most senior membership grade bestowed by the Institution of Civil Engineers.  I have never been on this hallowed turf for the profession before and I was awestruck by its history and architecture. The photos are taken with my phone, so I apologise for the picture quality.

Looking at the Board of Presidents from the past right up to today starting with  the illustrious and famous Thomas Telford in 1820!  Another name of recognition - can you spot it?

What with the snow overnight, we caught the early train up to London and consequently arrived early with time to kill so we made a reckie  to get our bearings pre-registration.

The certificate recipients were to be seated separately from their guests in the Thomas Telford Theatre and we found where his seat was.

The presentation took place in the Great Hall......

which was still being prepared for the Ceremony at the time I took this picture.

The ceiling was amazing - so were the chandeliers, but these pictures don't do it any justice at all.

Then we snuck into the library................

After registration, we were served a standing light Buffet Breakfast in the Brunel and Smeaton Rooms on the ground floor.  

His moment of glory - shaking hands with the President and receiving his Fellowship Certificate.

A photo op with the President of the ICE (middle) and BamNuttall's Professional  Development Manager on the right.

A group photo with some of the other recipients from his firm.

....followed by a very pleasant lunch to mark the occasion to finish the day.  Yes, definitely a day to remember!  

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sprinkled Expressions, Fresh Vintage

Happy Sunday everyone!  I had a brilliant workshop last Friday, meeting with a group of lovely ladies (most of them are my regulars - so I felt quite at home) and my Hostess earned a shopping spree of H£65 plus two full priced items at 50% discount! If you haven't hosted a workshop before, Sale-a-bration is the ideal time to do so because with every £45 spend, you get a FREE stamp set or a pack of 12" x 12" Designer Papers exclusively designed for Sale-a-bration. If you would like to book a workshop between now and before 31 March, when the promotion ends, email me elaine.harding@googlemail.com .   

Okay, on to one of the cards I demonstrated. 

I got the inspiration for this card from the boxes Stampin' Up! sends their goodies in.  There's usually a smaller box of goodies packed inside the big carton which comes with each order, and they always seal the box by tucking each flap into one another, so I thought why not make a "faux box" and duplicate it.  Here is the one I demonstrated, featuring the Bigz Clear Square Scallop die and Stripes embossing folder.

For the Make & Take, this is the one we made, designed by my upline, Amanda Fowler who shared it with us during our last Quarterly Meeting.  So you can see how the design process evolved from Amanda's card, I stuck to the same materials, but just changed it a little by adding more layers.

The beauty of the Bigz Clear die is that the housing for the die is clear, and there is a finger hole in the centre so you can pop out your cardstock or designer paper easily.  It also means that you can position it over a photo you want to crop, or a pattern in your designer paper which you want to feature.

By folding your paper in half and placing it just shy of the scallop cutting edge, you can create a card using Designer Papers.  The Designer Paper on its own is a little flimsy, so I strengthened it by adding a matted layer, a stamping layer and topped it off with a butterfly die cut from the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies (code no. 11450)  die on page 123 of the main catalogue.
This is the inside of the card.  I've used another Sale-a-bration stamp set called Fresh Vintage.  I didn't take a photo of the one I gave my Hostess.  As I'd prepared it earlier, it was much better version of the one I demonstrated.

Here's another way you can use  the square scallop die.  The plain layer was cut from the die, but the smaller scalloped Designer Paper layer had a punched border all round.  By pinching the opposite corners together and securing it with ribbon, you can use it to pop some candy in it.  The tag is from Elementary Elegance, another Sale-a-bration set.

That's not all!  You can see this teeny weeny box I made with it for little mini cards here in my previous post. 

Finally on to something not craft related - last Wednesday hubby took me to see Matthew Bourne's "Nutcracker" which is celebrating its 20th anniversary - I was bowled over by Bourne's imagination as a choreographer and his ballet still looks fresh 20 years on.  He's taken dance to a different level! 

These are the marshmallow girls from Sweetieland!  Say no more?*!  I won't spoil it for you in case you ever go to one of his shows.  Well that's all from me folks.

Enjoy your Sunday!  Hugs, and thanks for stopping by.

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