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Saturday, 31 March 2012

Adieu Sale-a-bration!

It's time to put Sale-a-bration to bed this year!  My how the time has flown.  On reflection, my favourite was definitely Fresh Vintage which took pride of place in the Sale-a-bration flyer (the very first stamp set in the flyer) - Stampin' Up! were right to put it there as it flew off the shelf and my customers' first choice!

The set Sprinkled Expressions was a slow burn for me - I couldn't think what to do with it.  These are the results of my efforts.  The one pictured above got the bling treatment and that lovely velvet ribbon and a double row of pearls above and below the ribbon line for a touch of class.

This one had the Embossing Folder treatment and lots of layering.  I cut the smaller star by hand - in case you're wondering, as SU retired the smaller star punch.  I drew intersecting lines in pencil and cut across them and then erased the marks.  The trio of stars in Calypso Coral were stamped first before dry embossing with the square lattice embossing folder and I curled and tucked strips of cardstock underneath the featured star which was attached with dimensionals.

One final card  - I shall be so sad to see these papers go.  There have been requests to have the Everyday Enchantment papers for sale in the main catalogue!   This was one of the cards  I demonstrated at a workshop last Thursday - touching on the builder wheel and the different ways you can use it.  I used it just as a single pennant here.  You can either use your choice combination of reinkers on the triple cell cartridge and use the spacers to position the single builder wheel of your choice to whichever of the three colours you want in the cartridge, or use a classic ink pad to ink up your wheel.  It also featured the postage stamp punch - how easy it is to jazz up your card with punched pieces of DSP, stamp a sentiment, add an embellishment and you're done.  The perfume atomizer is from Every Little Bit stamp set the sentiment from Delightful Dozen.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Sale-a-bration ends on Saturday 31st March!

EEEK!  Sale-a-bration is drawing to a close on 31 March - 3 more days left to put those orders in, or join my team - I've been harping on about it, I know.  Here's another sample I made using the lovely Everyday Enchantment papers and that fantastic Postage Stamp punch - no one can tell whether this punch will transfer into the main catalogue for the next Stampin' Up! new year.  Get in touch before the offer ends if you've got any last minute "must haves" on your wish list!

My last workshop in March is tomorrow, so I can share the rest of my samples I made for Sale-a-bration.  Frankly I couldn't keep up with making new samples for each workshop as some guests were attending more than one, so I had to keep some samples in reserve so that there would be something new for attendees to look at each time.

The Fresh Vintage stamp set circular images (stamp set free with £45spend excluding s/h charges)  fit nicely into the Doiley Triple Layer punch and gives you this lovely punched flower.  I used the ruffled ribbon as the leaves and just punched squares with the postage punch out of the Everyday Enchantment papers for some colour on a Whisper White background.  Sometimes less is more, and I love the clean and simple look of this.  Easy and quick to assemble.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Big Shot Card!

This is just a quickie post.  There's very little stamping in this card, instead there's punching, embossing, die cutting and layering.   Another one of my samples I made for my workshops in March.   Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Tiny Tags, Fresh Vintage (free Sale-a-bration stamp set with £45 net purchase)
Ink: Calypso Coral, Island Indigo, Pool Party
Paper: Whisper White, Island Indigo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment
Accessories:  Eyelet Border Punch,  Blossom Party Bigz Die,  Fun Flowers Bigz L Die, Blossom Petals Punch, Stripes Embossing Folder,  Designer Printed brad, Brights button, Jewellery Tag punch

This post has been scheduled for today, but as I type this, I'm already getting exited at the prospect of meeting up with my fellow team mates for a stampfest with my upline on Saturday!

Have a great weekend yourself - and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Tea Time! and Everyday Enchantment DSP

Great minds think alike!  I'd already gone into production making these little beauties when I discovered that Amanda had also chosen to make this at this month's monthly meeting!   I didn't want to go back to the drawing board to make something else for Amanda's 1st Level Fun Day, it would have meant I'd  wasted time and energy and that lovely DSP being scrapped so I carried on and finished it.

Amanda already had enough volunteers for the shoe box swaps, and I didn't feel comfortable taking something (making cards from other people's shoe box) without giving something back, so I made these bags to hold a tea bag, a cookie and a little 3"x 3" card in the other pocket.  I will share the card in another post.   Thank you to Debi Pippin who originally designed this and demonstrated it at the San Antonio Regionals earlier this year.

Now not everyone is a tea drinker - so I made some that had hot chocolate instead.  They were too long and puffy to go in the pockets, so I put the cookie in the pocket and the hot chocolate in the middle stuck down with glue dots.

I made these from Stampin' Up!'s Sugar Pressed Cookie recipe and here they are baking in the oven.  Proof that I made them, and they're not shop bought!

Here it is cooling down so I can bag and wrap them for my swaps tomorrow!    Looks like I nibbled on the edge of this one but I swear I didn't, it was probably too close to the edge of the tray and it got scrunched.   Needless to say, I made a few extra and they're now nestling comfortably in my tummy washed down with a nice cuppa!   Yumm......

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

March Pet Theme Scrapbook layout

This is my second offering for Scrapbook Sisters  which took place last Saturday 10 March 2012.  In this month's projects, we based it on pets.  It had to be a generic sort of title, pets range from the scaly kind, feathered kind or furry ones with four paws - so I settled for Best buddies in the title.


Stamps:  Trendy Trees, Funky Four, Create a Cupcake, Every Little Bit
Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip Ink Pads, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive markers
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, scraps of Calypso Coral, Baja Breeze and Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Scallop Border punch, Bird Builder punch, itty bitty punch, pearls, Sizzlets Timeless Type Junior Alphabet, pearls

For our single page layout, the white bits represent photos which need to be dropped in.  I used the tree image inking with a marker pen to exclude the little girl on the swing and double stamped to add more height to the tree.  I then punched some leaves using the bird builder punch and cut off each leaf, discarding the "stem", score each leaf lengthways down the middle and adhered to tree with glue dots.
I added a space for journaling using the "birth announcement" stamp from Little Additions by inking only the dotted lines and frame with a marker pen.


Stamps:  Forever Young, Patterned Pets, Little Additions
Ink:  Early Espresso, Early Espresso and Real Red markers
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Brights paper stack, Everyday Enchantment paper (free with a £45 before shipping/handling spend)
Accessories:  Large Oval punch, Scallop oval punch, eyelet border punch, Bird builder punch

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Mothering Sunday

My aged Mum  is in her 80s (she probably won't thank for mentioning her illustrious age!) and has gone globetrotting again!   (She'd recently toured Russia then Ireland and came to visit with me here in the UK at the end of last year before returning to Australia via Singapore  and was away from home for almost 3 months!)  It amazes me how energetic she is.  She's only been back in Melbourne for a short spell and is now on the road again!   So this card is for all you Mums out there - Happy Mother's Day. 

I digress - back to the card.  This is another sample I made using the Everyday Enchantment papers, free with each £45 spend.  It is not available for purchase in the Main Catalogue or Mini and when Sale-a-bration ends, it will mean saying good-bye to them for good! :(  So if you'd like to get your hands on some, contact me asap to book a workshop or make a purchase! 

I've used a paper piecing technique for the oversized buttons. What is paper piecing?  You stamp on patterned paper, then cut out parts of the image you want and glue it to a second stamped image. I stamped a second purse on Whisper White scrap and punched the image out with a 1 1/4" circle punch, inked the edges in Calypso Coral before adhering it with glue dots to the button.  The Designer Buttons are HUGE.  You can find them on page 11 of the Spring Mini. 16 buttons with 4 of each colour in Pool Party, More Mustard, Soft Suede and Pear Pizzazz. They were just perfect to use for framing the little images from the Every Little Bit stamp set. 

Did you know that this set has 28 little images suitable for any occasion?   It is such a good investment. You might gag at the price, of £32 + for the clear set, but it works out at just over £1 per stamp - so it's not really expensive at all!  For some ideas -  after stamping the little image, you can use a colouring technique, punch them out with one of the many punches available, layer them on to one of the scallop edge punches whether it's a square, circle etc and it will make a great card.  I think the cartoon type illustrations are really sweet and part of its charm.  You get holiday type stamps - it covers christmas, halloween, valentine's, St Patrick's, pets, babies, all the seasons and even some girlie and blokey ones too!  It's a fantastic set to use with a Mum/Dad and me session with your kiddliewinks and you can make a stack of cards in just a twinkling of an eye!
Anyway .... back to the card in hand!

Here's the inside.  I've used Fresh Vintage again and the sentiments are from the Petite Pairs stamp set.  This is available both in Wood mount and Clear mount and can be found on page 83 of the main catalogue.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy Mothering Sunday!  Hugs xxx

Saturday, 17 March 2012

St Patrick's Day

It is unusual for me to post anything on St Patrick's, let alone remember St Patrick's Day or which day it happens to fall on.  I came upon it merely by accident. 

This year''s Sprinkled Expressions stamp set give-away for Sale-a-bration happened to have a heart with sprinkled flowers in it.   It lends itself to being stamped four times in this clover leaf pattern and here's the result. 

So to those of you who read my blog and who observe this day - Happy St Patrick' Day!

Scroll down to the next post, if you haven't read it already - two posts in one day - wonders will never cease! 

Chocolate box Love

I've used the Sale-a-bration Outlined Expressions set for this card.  The punched out heart centre with the Cherry Cobbler ruching round the edge reminds me of a box of chocolates!  This would make a great anniversary card.

There's very little stamping on this card - mostly punching to decorate the inside.  Here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Outlined Expressions (SAB), Tiny Tags
Ink:  Black Stazon, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Heart Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Scalloped Heart of Hearts embosslit, Big Shot, Cherry Cobbler seam binding

Hope you like it!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

A Mood Swing Card!

Here's history repeating itself - I'm updating the swing card I made here back in 2009 for Father's Day.  This is a much more feminine version with one of my favourite In Colors - Pool Party.

The Fresh Vintage Stamp Set being given away FREE from Stampin' Up! with each £45 spend excluding shipping.  I call it a "Mood Swing" card because you can view the card from both front and back. If you're feeling bold, you can view it from the dark side ......

....and if you're feeling delicate, you can view it from the more subtle side!   Hmmm, sounds like I've lost the plot!  Little things please little minds haha!

I think it looks fab from either side.  By the way,  I've got loads more to share with you, but I just have to keep it under my hat for awhile longer until all the March workshops have finished, so don't think I've abandoned the blog altogether.  I've scheduled some posts over the next few days as it's the w/e and Mother's Day coming up.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Wedding Theme for Scrapbooking

As promised, here is the reveal of the rest of the  sneak peek posted last Saturday. 

I have a confession to make.  This is my first foray into a new arena - running classes for Scrapbooking and this was the theme for my first ever class based on a Wedding theme.   Each month we do one double page spread and a single page for my Scrapbook Sisters classes.  The classes give you another dimension into using your stamps on a scrapbook page - not just for stamping on cards.  You get so much more mileage out of your stamp sets this way.  My classes are usually on the 3rd Saturday of each month.  Check out my blog for more details.  Watch out for a new class list coming soon.

Anyway, back to the double page spread - here is the recipe. 

Stamps:  I {Heart} Hearts, Broadsheet Alphabet, Marry Me
Ink:  Versamark, Rose Red, Basic Gray
Paper:  Basic Gray Textured, Whisper White, First Edition Specialty, Spice Cake
Accessories:  Petal Cone Die, Top Note, Heart to Heart punch, Scallop Trim Border punch, Clear Embossing Powder, heat tool, piercing tool and mat, black marker pen

Here is the single page.  Sometimes a particular layout warrants using a particular item to balance the layout, and in this case I used a background stamp from my personal collection. The lace background stamp is currently not available in our catty but I couldn't get it to work with the new Liebe, Love, Amour single stamp in any other way.  The doileys from the Flirtatious Specialty papers were too small,  so I stamped  the lace doiley background onto Whisper White card stock and roughly cut it out to include in each goodie bag  as an added bonus element and it was very well received.  I have not included this stamp in the recipe as it is from my personal collection. 


Stamps:  Wedding Wheels; Liebe, Love, Amour; Borderlines; Sweet Swirls standard wheel
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, River Rock
Paper:  River Rock, Very Vanilla, Basic black, Flirtatious Specialty
Accessories: Brads, 2 3/8" circle scallop punch, 1 3/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch

What do you think of my first attempt?  Baby steps! ;)

Monday, 12 March 2012

Envelope and Card in One

Did you have a good weekend?  I'm pleased to report I had a bit of time to have a little play so here it is!

Up till now, I have been very careful about how much Everyday Enchantment DSP I use - as once it's gone it's gone.    These papers are only available for a limited period of time, FREE with each £45 spend excluding shipping up until the end of the Sale-a-bration period on March 31st.

I wanted the paper to "sing", so I used a whole sheet (gulp) just to make this envelope and card in one!
I'm afraid I can't remember where this idea originated from, but thank you to whoever it is.

When you take the ribbon belly band off this is what it looks like.  I used the corner scallop border punch as well as the co-ordinating scallop edge punch for this effect.

This is the inside.  I double matted in Pool Party and Calypso Coral and stamped on the Whisper White with the Fresh Vintage set using markers in the same colour palette as the cardstock and DSP to ink up the stamp.

Hope you like it - the colours are certainly bright and cheery for those Monday morning blues! 

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Top Note re-sized!

It intrigued me to see if I could make the Top Note work the same way as the flurry of samples using Stampin' Up!'s  new thin dies across the pond.  They haven't reached our market yet, but here's hoping.  Through trial and error I finally came up with this. 

The card base folded in half, and the front flap in half again.  By placing your cutting plate just shy of this  front flap score line, it only cuts that portion, leaving the rest of the card stock in tact.  I took a scrap piece of Whisper White, folded it in half the same width as the flap on the card and ran it through the Big Shot and here's the result.  Only draw back is that you can see the fold line if you look closely enough.

I embossed with the new coloured Wild Wasabi embossing powder, stamped the sentiment from SABs Elementary Elegance  and punched out with the curly label punch.  This stamp set is free with every £45 spend (excluding shipping) or multiples thereof.  If you spend £90 then you get 2 stamp sets and so on.  You also have a choice of a pack of 12 x 12 scrummy Designer Papers if you don't wish to have the stamp set.   There's still time to grab yourself a bargain, so hurry before the offer ends on March 31st.  Please contact me at elaine.harding@googlemail.com if you'd like to host a workshop or make a purchase.  We all love getting freebies!

The inside sentiment on the card is from Cottage Garden and the cardstock used is Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink.

Before I sign off, I just wanted to share this - not craft related, but it was good fun!

If you're residing in UK and with the Orange network, you'll know about Orange Wednesdays - going to the movies on a Wednesday you get 2 tickets for the price of 1.   We took advantage of this last Wednesday and got tickets  for us to see "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel".  It had such a  fantastic cast.   Dame Judi Dench, Celia Imrie pictured above.   It was such a hoot, Dame Maggie Smith had the best lines - if you haven't seen it yet, it's a nice way to spend a couple of hours transported to India and its culture!.. and I'm sure many of you will identify with your own experience of call centres!

Happy Sunday, enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for visiting.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Sneak Peek

Just a quicky post - some ladies are arriving this morning for classes and this is just a sneak peek of what some of them will be doing.  I don't want to spoil the surprise, so this is just a teeny portion of the bigger picture - that's just in case they log on and see it this morning!  I will post the double page spread in another post after today.

I'm so excited.  I hope they'll love the projects as much as I did designing them!

What will you be doing this weekend?   After today, I'm treating myself to attend a crop tomorrow. Can't wait.  Enjoy your weekend.  Hope the weather bucks up, it looks really overcast in my neck of the woods.

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

A Sympathy Card

Once in a while we have to make a sympathy card and when that happens it's always hard to get those creative juices flowing.  Here's my attempt at one.  I pulled out several stamp sets - Creative Elements for the scrolls stamped on opposite corners in Basic Gray ink mounted on the Basic Gray cardstock, which was then mounted on to a Whisper White card base.

The poppies (at least I think they're poppies) were double stamped, once on the card then stamped a second time on a piece  of scrap.   The ones stamped on scrap were then cut out and popped up with dimensionals on top of the stamped image.  I dry embossed with the oval framelit embossing folder and "tied" the bouquet with a brad attached to some ribbon.  This trio of flowers came from the "Marry Me" set, so it isn't just for weddings, it can be for anything your imagination will allow.
Here's the inside.  I used the Always Elegant stamps as a "filler" to feature the sentiment from Petite Pairs.  More "poppies" were stamped and cut out and layered and glued as shown above. 

Sunday, 4 March 2012

My Sunday Share - Petal Cone Die

This is a close up of the  petal cones I made for my display at my Spring Mini Launch Open House way back in January!  Sorry I've taken so long to share these properly!  It's just finding time to photograph, upload and blog them.  The Poppy Parade one features the Fruit & Flowers stamp set (page 14), the Lucky Limeade one features the Spiced Paisley stamp set (page 11) and last but not least, the Pool Party one features the Easter Blossoms stamp set (page 6).  All these are available in wood mount or clear mount.  The petal cone die is on page 123 of the main idea book and catalogue. 

The embellies on the front features various punches, 1 1/4", 1 3/8", 3/4" circle punches, the Decorative Label Punch,  Large Oval Punch, Scallop Oval Punch with the exception of the one in the top right corner - that was a die cut from the pennant die.

That's not all!  You can "chop" off the bottom and make a cup-cake container with the same petal cone die - I crimped it so that the bottom resembled a cupcake case!  To make the toppers, these were the petal cones with tabs cut off and cut into single cones then adhered to inside of the cupcake base.

You might be able to see it a bit better from this angle - then I simply gathered the tips together, and secured it with a brad and ribbon. 

Once upon a time I took part in Julia's WOYWW and you can see my messy work top here where I made some "take-out" boxes using one of my personal stamp sets.

So using the same petal cone die, you can chop off the base and create these "take-out" boxes. You need two pieces as shown above.  You can make them any size you want, so I haven't included measurements, just bear in mind that you need some sort of tab at the bottom to create the box effect.
This was the end result - great way to present home-made chocolates.  Hope you're all enjoying your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by....happy stamping!
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