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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Easter Double Page Spread

For my Sunday share - here's the double spread we did in my Scrapbook Sisters class in April.  The theme was all about easter.

We used the Every Egg wheel on Natural Ivory card stock and cut out the eggs individually then coloured in with markers.

The "hills" were achieved by using a curvy ruler to draw the curves on the DSP and then cut out.  We adhered one half on the page on the left.  The remaining half of the DSP was turned upside down, trimmed on the straight edge to a narrower width and adhered to the page on the right.  By doing this, it looks like one continuing curve.

The layout base is in Very Vanilla as I wanted to stamp directly on to the page.  The blank spaces have been scored to indicate where 2 x 6"x 4" photos should be dropped on the left page, 1 x 4" x 4" photo, 2 x 2" x 2" photos and 1 x 6" x 4" photo on the page on the right should go.  There is space for an additional 6" x 4" photo matted on Calypso Coral on the top left of the second page.


Stamps:  Every Egg standard wheel, Everybunny
Ink:  Black Stazon, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade markers
Paper:  Everyday Enchantment DSP, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla, Naturals Ivory
Accessories:  Scallop dotted ribbon punch, Top Note Bigz die, Alphabet Simple letters, Ruffled ribbon in Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Watercolour Pencils, blender pen

Enjoy the rest of Sunday - hope the weather bucks up!  It's been so wet all this week. 

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Regional Training Day Swaps

We have our Regional Training Day today being held in Reading, so I don't have far to travel this time.  There are 130 demonstrators attending.  Talk about down to the wire - I didn't have the time to make my swaps until yesterday and am pleased I managed to make 60 in that time.  Just unrealistic to make one for each attendee!

Swaps are card fronts that feature current or soon to be released Stampin' Up! products with the recipe on the back as well as the Demonstrator's name, website/blog (if they have one) and contact details.  This is a great way of exchanging ideas for future reference.

Want to see more?  I altered these notebooks with fabby new DSP,  new dies and another new stamp set!  All will be revealed very soon!

You're getting a sneak peek at something new from our Summer Mini which launches on May 1st!  Do join me at my Open House on May 12th.  Invitations to my customers and club members are on its way.

I can't wait to share all the exciting new things with you!

Friday, 27 April 2012

It's Raining Flowers

This stamp set is in the Spring Mini and it was almost overlooked - so I'm squeezing in a few samples before it's too late.  I should have featured this stamp set much earlier on, but didn't get round to mounting the stamps till only recently.  It didn't grab me at first, but once I got stamping, as with most stamp sets, I fell in love with it.  This may be your last chance to acquire it as it's in the Spring Mini which will expire in just 4 days time from today.  It's a two-step stamp set and I've used Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade and the Domestic Goddess Designer Series papers.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute.

For this sample, I just stamped in Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo.  I stamped one of the smaller flower images in Calypso Coral and made small feathered snips all round, scrunched them and added an In Colour glimmer brad, sponged the Whisper White layer in Lucky Limeade, rounded the opposite corners and mounted it onto a layer of Island Indigo cardstock which was then adhered to the Lucky Limeade cardbase.  The sentiment if from My Friend.

I chose to work with the 2010-2012 In Colours for this one, as they will be retiring on September 30, 2012.  This is Wisteria Wonder and Blushing Bride and Nusery Nest DSP.  In lieu of ribbon, I used the dotted scallop ribbon punch.  The leaves are in Old Olive and the sentiment is from Happiest Birthday Wishes, a Hostess set which you can purchase with your Hostess £. 

Here's a close up of the flower.  I stamped the largest flower in Wisteria Wonder, and a second flower in Blushing Bride, cut them out, spritzed with water and scrunched to add dimension to them.  It is secured with a Circle Ice brad. Isn't it pretty?

All these cards were pretty speedy to make.  I love clean and simple cards and the age old adage, "less is more" rings so true.

Right, I've got a big stack of swaps to prepare for tomorrow's Regional Training Day in Reading tomorrow, so I must dash.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, 26 April 2012


These are some of the projects we covered last year for Technique Club.  At Technique Club, you get to learn 2 techniques, make a card with 1 of the techniques and also make a 3D project using Stampin' Up! materials which are supplied by me absolutely free. I do not charge for my time.

Stampers 6 - The criteria is each member who joins, agrees to spend a minimum of £25 per month, or more, if she wishes, from Stampin' Up!'s Idea Book & Catalogue or Mini or whatever the promotion is running at the time. The club runs for 6 month cycle from May to December with a break in July and August. Each member has a turn at receiving the Hostess Benefits and has 25 Hostess Pounds (H£25) to spend on exclusive specially priced stamp sets or any product from Stampin' Up!'s current catalogues.

Stampers 6 Technique Club meets every 4th Tuesday of the month with the exception of December. New dates have been posted under Monthly Clubs tab on my website www.stampwithelaine.com. Please check it out.

In the event that there are insufficient numbers to make up a Stampers 8 or a Stampers 6, there is an Option for a member to take up two spaces thus enjoying the benefits of the Hostess Benefits a second time within the cycle.

You will need to bring your own basic tools. Please note that no wet or dry adhesives are supplied so please remember to bring your own.

Registration letters for Stampers 6  will be winging its way to you next week.  New comers are welcome.  If you are within commuting distance of Fleet, Hampshire where the classes will be held,  email me for more details elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Everything Eleanor layout

I cropped the photo to try and make it straight, but it's had the opposite effect and looks skewif!  Apologies for it looking crooked!  For some inexplicable reason, this post that I'd scheduled just disappeared overnight as google has changed its interface on blogger updating it to the new look and my post has been lost!  So I'm having to type it and upload it again!  Grrr!

This is one of the layouts we did in April's Scrapbook Sisters class. It's a pretty simple layout - here's the recipe:

Stamps:  Everything Eleanor, Notably Ornate
Ink:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade
Paper:  Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Whisper White, Everyday Enchantment
Accessories:  Blossom Party Originals die, Designer printed brad 

What with the threat of a hosepipe ban, I'm thankful for the rain - I just hope it's not raining tonight when we go up to London to see "Wicked"!  Probably souwester and sensible waterproof shoes instead of heels for tonight!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Create a Cupcake

I feel like a hamster in one of those exercise wheels, pedalling fast but not going very far! This is the first opportunity I've had to do any blogging this week - just in time for my Sunday share.

Here are the close-ups of the cards from my Create a Cupcake Class yesterday.

There are so many uses for the cupcake builder punch - not just for doing the cupcakes.  I used the cupcake base for the Hot Air Balloon basket, and the topping as the clouds.

In this one, it became a Popcorn bucket at the cinema.  The itty bitty flower punch used for the pop-corn and sponged in River Rock.  The matt for the greeting is meant to resemble a ticker tape ticket - I originally made two, folded in half and used Stampin' Up!'s cutter kit to make some perforations, but it swamped the card, so reduced it to one as seen above.  The sentiments are from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

This is a great way to use up scraps of Designer Series Papers (DSP for short) and we used the masking technique for this one.

I expanded on making an awning on a previous card (in my early days  as a Demonstrator) which you can see here.  This time I used the word window punch  as an awning for an ice-cream parlour.  The cones were stamped from the Pennant Parade stamp set.  I just love the striped embossing folder for the counter top!  I punched a scallop border, scored one end before running it through the Big Shot and folded the scalloped edge over to represent the counter.

The background was stamped using one of the Confetti stamp set images.  I punched a 1/2" circle first, then centred the 3/4" circle punch over it and punched a second time to create the handbag handles.  The modern label punch was used for the handbag closure and we used the mini brads - just perfect for the mini purses!  The cardstock used is Island Indigo, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Whisper White.

Finally we made a triangular box (1/8 of a wheel)  which has the option to be  made into  a whole cake if you have the time to replicate it 8 times!  You would need to construct an octagonal paper tray to put it on though, but I hadn't got the time.  As it was, the class ran over time anyway!  We used the scallop trim border punch and the Blossom Party Originals die for the flowers from the Spring Mini.

There's only a week left before the mini finishes on 30 April, if you have anything on your wish list DO contact me asap before these items disappear altogether.  I have no way of knowing whether or not any of the items will transfer to the main catalogue for 2012-2013.

Happy stamping, and thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Bundle of Love

My best friend just had a new addition to her family - a grand-daughter born just before Easter.   I bought some gift vouchers from "Mamas & Papas" but wasn't keen on the gift card and envelope that they supplied, so I made my own and this is the result.  I stamped the front and back of the envelope with all the little baby related images in Rose Red.

The inset images were stamped in Stazon Black and I coloured in using watercolour crayons and/or the markers.  I punched out the pennants with the pennant die and the alphabet is from my personal collection which I used to stamp the baby's name.

Can you spot a new product which will be available to all Stampin' Up devotees very soon?

Of course I had to send a card to the proud parents and siblings too, so I rehashed this dresser card which you can see here.

......and (hurrah!)  I finally got to use one of the baby cards I'd made from this Bundle of Joy collection which is all housed in this stationery box which I made way back in 2010!  The one I used is marked with an arrow.  I knew it would come in handy one day!

I am having an evening off today.   DH has tickets to see the "Calendar Girls" at the theatre - can't wait! 

Happy stamping!

Sunday, 15 April 2012

A Pop-Up Card,

For my Sunday share today I have dug into the archives to showcase this card I made a while ago.  Sometimes it's nice to get out stamps in my personal collection to play with and I don't often publish them on my blog. I made this "Thank You" card last month for my upline for the "Fun Day" she laid on.   I just love these olde world type stamps with a vintage feel and I really enjoyed pushing the boat out a little for this one.  You'll see why in the next picture.

I loved the corset image and stamped it on 3 different pieces of coloured cardstock which I then cut  out individually.  The umbrella was stamped on Whisper White, and these were cut and mounted onto the pop-up piece in Rich Razzleberry together with the corsets. 

With the help of the stamp-a-majig I  stamped an elongated  word frame from the Creative Elements stamp set, stamped some words "for a fabulous day" on Whisper White cardstock which I cut out and pieced on to it.  I spritzed an ink spattered pattern with the spritzing tool to add to that distressed vintage feel.

Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Easter Blossoms Birthday card

The background stamp is from Easter Blossoms stamp set, but the rest of the images were from stamp sets in my personal collection.  It seemed rather appropriate since it'll be lambing season soon to make a card featuring a lamb.  I applied versamark on the lamb and sprinkled with White embossing powder and heated it with a heat gun till the powder bubbled to create a "woolly" effect for the lamb's coat.  Unfortunately it's not very clear in this picture.

The little flower was from the itty bitty flower punch, I snipped the "petals" and scrunched them to just add a little texture to the card.

Monday, 9 April 2012


Easter Monday already - here's my last easter card.  I had some left over Nursery DSP from last year - forget the proper name for it.  It's that balloon again! 

The label is from "Lots of Tags" sizzlit dies - 4 in the set, and this is just one of the tags you get with it.

Here's the inside.  Kept it really minimalist.   I've enjoyed show casing this set.  I overlooked it to start with and when I saw how it could be used, fell in love with it.  I haven't used it to its full potential as I explained before, I almost missed Easter and so I haven't really had time to play around with this stamp set.   Don't ask me where the time has gone, from when we hailed the New Year in to now, the time seems to have just zipped by with hardly a blink!  Note to self, must try harder next year!

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter Everyone!

Happy Easter everyone!    Hope you're all having a lovely easter break.  I managed to make this Easter vignette to upload on the blog on Good Friday before my son and his family came to visit and to schedule it for posting today.

Here's a close up.  I resized the square scallop so that there would be a wider border all round the 5" square cardbase in So Saffron.  I cut the normal square scallop and just moved it two scallops past the
cutting edge, rotated the cardstock by a quarter turn and re-inserted it into the die and did the same. 

First I stamped the hot air balloon image onto the card base as well as the mushrooms.  Then I stamped the images on the imaging sheet of the stamp-a-majig, temporarily adhered the square scallop centred on the cardbase, and using the stamp-a-majig, re-aligned the images so that part of the images were stamped on the square scallop.  I then dry embossed the square scallop with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder.  The rest was just colouring with markers, crayons and a blender pen.

For the basket, I cut a 6" square piece of cardstock and scored it at 1/2" intervals, ran a Crumb Cake classic ink pad across at 45 degree angle to create that "woody" effect so that it resembled a trug type basket.  I didn't bother lining the basket with shredded tissue, it's big enough to fit a whole packet of easter eggs from M&S.

Easter blessings with lots of love and chocolate!!

Saturday, 7 April 2012


OOOops!!! I nearly missed Easter!  Preparations have been so late this year.   There was a mad panic to get a string of cards done and catch the post in time, so I kept the cards really simple.  Click on picture to enlarge it if you want to see it more clearly.  For the inside of the card, I stamped the images directly onto  the So Saffron card base and coloured in with marker pens instead of watercolour crayons.

The sentiment inside the card is from Easter Blossoms "sending springtime smiles".   For the front of the card I used the Polka Dots embossing folder on a piece of Whisper White cardstock to just add a touch of texture, then matted and popped up the flower pot image with dimensionals so that I could run some  Certainly Celery 1/4" grosgrain ribbon underneath it.

How are you celebrating your Easter?   We've pre-empted it this year as part of the family are spending Good Friday with us instead of Easter Sunday, so I'm looking forward to putting my feet up on Sunday!

Friday, 6 April 2012

Under the Big Top, Ain't Love Grand

My youngest grandson turns 2 this week!  I hit on the idea to make an interactive card and created these "peek-a-boo" windows using the Curly Label, 1 1/4" square and 1" square punches.  The 1" square punch is from my personal collection.   The card front above is a duplicate during the design process so  the balloon part is slightly different from the one I actually sent below.   How did I do it, you ask.

I punched  an aperture with 1" square punch first, then centred the Curly Label punch over it to make the frame.  On some scrap Whisper White cardstock, I punched a 1 1/4" square in the same colour as the frame, and cut off 1/4" along one side, scored it at 1/4" on the short side to form hinge and attached it to the underside of the curly label frame.  I punched out curly labels in Whisper White so that I could stamp an image and attach it to the peek-a-boo frame part which  I then adhered to my card base. 

Alternatively, you could simply cut 3 sides of the curly label with a craft knife.  I found it easier and less hassel to use the punch method in order to eliminate the risk of doing damage to myself if the craft knife slipped!

Here's the inside of the card.  I stamped on scraps of Whisper White various images from Under the Big Top, coloured  and cut out the images and adhered them to the pop-up mechanisms.  The drapes were cut free hand from the Big Top DSP.  I used images from Every Little Bit to stamp inside the peek-a-boo frames.  I hope he likes it. 

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Fruit & Flowers, Berry Blossoms DSP

This is another sample I made for my workshops way back in February  when  the Spring Mini was launched.  It is a larger version of the one I made as a Hostess gift which you can see here.   The first half of the post was the card I demonstrated at the workshop, and the latter half is the smaller version of a double pocket "bag" to hold 3" x 3" square cards.

The stamp set is Fruit & Flowers and the sentiment is from Sprinkled Expressions, one of the Sale-a-bration freebie stamp sets in 2012.  I've used a Sizzlit "Little Leaves" die - page 125 in the main catalogue and the Designer Frames embossing folder on page 124.
I made my own DSP by stamping a background in a monotone on Old Olive and used the rock n roll technique on the strawberry and cherries for this card.  "Sweet Treats" is from Teeny Tiny wishes stamp set.  Poor card is looking the worse for wear after its travels from workshop to workshop during February and March!

Monday, 2 April 2012

Pretty Postage

Last month, one of my classes was all about Pretty Postage, the punch and the stamp set.  Included in the class fee was the postage punch.  Here are some of the different ways it can be used,  pinwheels, sails, and even a flower.  We also made a box to put the finished cards in.

As the Sale-a-bration promotion was still current, I took the opportunity of using one of the free stamp sets, Fresh Vintage to use in conjunction with the Perfect Postage Stamp set.  You'll find both the stamp set and punch on page 20 of the Spring Mini - just a reminder, the Mini ends on 30 April so if there are any items on your wish list, I urge you to get it before the Spring mini expires!

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Sunday Share

One of the many things I love about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is being able to meet with my Demo sisters and fellow team mates.  Last Saturday, I had the most wonderful day doing Shoe Box swaps.  My upline,  Amanda had laid on a Special Fun Day  for the first level of her team, the Inspiring Inkees. We could select a choice of 5 out of a potential 10 shoe box swaps supplied by volunteers in lieu of the admission fee for the day and in addition she had also prepared projects for all attendees to make which also included a Technique project.  This was an optional project, for newer recruits who had not done the Technique before. 

Well, here is one of the shoe box swaps which lovely Helen provided - I've totally CASEd it and produced it in a different colour below.  Helen's above used Pool Party......

My CASEd version was in Bravo Burgundy and Pink Pirouette.  I did tweek it a little, and got "trigger" happy with the spritzing tool and used a pink rhinestone instead of a clear one.  Which do you prefer?   The stamp set we used was Creative Elements which is on page 67 of the main catalogue.

Thank you Helen!

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