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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Sweet Cake

This is the Sweet Cake set which I teamed with Sweet Shop specialty DSP paper. There are twelve  12"x 12" sheets in each pack, 4  double sided designs and 2 each of 2 double sided embossed designs.  For the Sweet Cake image above,  I added dazzling diamonds on the swirled top and stuck to only two colours, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight.   The Calypso Coral  coordinates beautifully with the embossed heart piece of DSP from Sweet Shop.  Both the cherry and heart had a liberal helping of Crystal Effects added to give that 3D effect.

The inside needed jazzing up a little with the Cottage Garden stamp set -this includes the swirl, trio of flowers and the butterfly.  The sentiment is part of the Sweet Cake set.

Want to see more?  The colour combo here is Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake.  This time I added the Adorning Accents Embossing Folder as a background only partially embossing it, added Pool Party, scrummy Sweet Shop Specialty DSP, stamped the "cone" from Pennant Parade, white embossing power and the create-a-cupcake builder punch for the cherry, and cut out the cake to make the ice cream "scoop".  Ruched the new Pool Party seam binding ribbon to finish the look.

Here is the last of the Sweet Cake samples.  I've turned this one on its head - cutting out the bottom and sticking it to the top of the card as a banner for my greeting.  I punched a small heart to cover over the tell tale signs of it being stamped upside down.  I stamped the cupcake in Early Espresso on some scrap, cut out the cupcake and added the punched hearts and candles which are from Party This Way. The cake stand was fashioned out of a strip of cardstock using the eyelet border punch and modern label punch.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Thank you gifts

Just so you know I haven't completely abandoned crafting content for the week, here is a peek at what I made as a "thank you" gift for customers who made purchases at my Summer Mini event and popped it in their bag together with their goodies.  The purse had a couple of sweeties inside.

The new Sweet Shop specialty designer papers were just perfect for this and I couldn't resist it, so instead of a "thank you" card, I made these instead.  I'd forgotten to take a picture of them en masse
but managed to salvage this one before it goes to its new home.

Sunny Sunday at Wellington Park

My first real day off in almost 6 weeks!  Am going to take a week off now to be with my girl and her family for the week.

I get to spend precious time with this branch of the family and renewing family ties with our young grandsons.  We see them so rarely and it is always a joy to have them visit when time permits.

The petting corner - a little unsure at first, but they soon got over it and petted the long haired guinea pig.

I thought this was such a great photo op for the developing bond between grandpa and grandson!  We thoroughly enjoyed our day out at the park.

Sunday, 27 May 2012

Summer Mini Event

I held a Summer Mini event earlier this month but wasn't able to post till after the workshops and presentations had finished in May so as not to ruin the surprise.  This was my table display with samples made from the various stamp sets at my Open House on May 12.  It was lovely to see my regular customers and club members so I could share the great buzz of excitement seeing the new stuff up close and personal and for them to try out the new score board, diagonal plate and new toys!

Twitterpated DSP made into mini photo frames and using the gorgeous new edgelit framelits and Apothecary Art suite.

For the Inspiring Inkin' team quarterly meeting held yesterday,  I did another Inspiration Station but this time on the Open Sea stamp set.  The collage above are cards I made for my Open House event.  I have added to the set by making more samples and 3D items for Inspiration Station which I will share in future posts in  more  detail soon.  My apologies for this being such a quick post, at the time of writing (Friday 25th May)  I still have swaps to do for the team training day, a pile of ironing, a house to tidy and childproof as my daughter and her brood are coming to visit and is staying for a week with us and at some point I'll have to do a bit of food shopping as well!

Thank you everyone for the wonderful swaps and thank you Elle for doing the swaps for me - I hope you kept one for yourself.

Have a great w/e.  xx

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Sweet cake

This card features the new Sweet Shop Specialty DSP which coordinates with the Sweet Cake stamp set.   Two of the sheets have an embossed design on them and it comes in a pack of 12 sheets with 6 designs, 2 of each.  The colours here are Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight and coordinates beautifully with the Calypso Coral ruffled ribbon.

I've used Whisper White as my card base and for the inside, I chose another stamp set called Cottage Garden.

Cupcake and Tea

I'm amazed this photo came out as well  as it did without using  my light box - too lazy to get it out  as  it was already 2.30 in morning - a rush job to get this made and give it to my hubby to post in the morning on his way to work.     This is what I love about Stampin' Up! and being my own boss as a demonstrator.  I can work in my jimjams, stay up late, have a lie-in the next day to catch up on my sleep, my HQ and nerve centre is just across the landing from my bedroom!   You could do this too!  Want to know more?  Email me  elaine.harding@googlemail.com your contact details and I'll get in touch and we can have an informal chat.

Back to the card  - I stencilled a lace doiley (personal stash) for the background, stamped the tea cup on a piece of scrap, cut it out and adhered it over the stencilled doiley.  Next I inked only the spoon from Silver Setting in Basic Gray and covered the gap with stamped images from Create a cupcake and the cupcake builder punch.   I hope the recipient likes it!  Her birthday is on Thursday but I think I'm safe to post as I don't think she's aware of my blog.


Stamps:  Tea Shoppe, Create a Cupcake, Silver Setting
Ink:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Basic Gray
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party
Accessories:  Antique brads, cupcake builder punch, Pool Party seam binding ribbon, modern label punch

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Boy's Birthday card

Having only grandsons, I'm always looking for boyish stamps as flowery ones would get a resounding "yuck" from them!  For my Sunday share, here's a card I made my grandson who's celebrating his 5th birthday today.   May has been a particularly busy month for birthdays.  The stamp set I used for this card is one from my personal stash  and fitted the bill.  The birthday greeting is from Happiest Birthday Wishes - a Hostess set.

This is the inside of the card.  It is a little unusual to cover both the top and bottom panels, but I needed extra space for the balloons.  The Up, Up & Away stamp set (from our new summer mini) were stamped as party balloons rather than a hot air one - works a treat and the name was stamped with Perfect Alphabet which I think has retired.

I tend to hang on to all my alphabet sets - they come in useful for scrapbooking because I like different fonts for my layouts.  Come to think of it, I've hung on to too many stamps in general and ought to have a clear out soon, so a mammoth Stampfest Sale will be coming soon.  Watch this space!

Saturday, 19 May 2012

Apothecary Art

Not everyone could make my Open House last Saturday,  so I'm scheduling some posts with  some of my samples.  I'll probably group them into stamp sets.  This one is Apothecary Art easel card made with the framelits dies in Pear Pizzazz colours and Whisper White.  I stamped with Black Stazon, then used a blender pen to  colour the image and adhered a strip of Riding Hood Red satin pleated ribbon where the sentiment should have been stamped, and popped a framelit image  on dimensionals on top.

I taught this faux grid technique to my card club  ladies earlier in the week.    If you look closely, you can just make out the raised edges of the grid along  the Blushing Bride top layer all achieved with SU's new Simply Scoring Tool. 
That's all for now, but will be back soon with the more cards using this stamp set. 

Wednesday, 16 May 2012


I cased this from a swap I received at training recently.  Thank you Sarah-Jane.  It was Amy's birthday yesterday and this is the card I made her, she just turned 12 and is the daughter of my son's partner. 

I used a masking technique, and some faux stitching.  The colours I used were Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pear Pizzazz and Island Indigo.  Nice and cheerful and summery.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Apothecary Art

For my Sunday Share today, here's one of the cards I made with the Apothecary Art stamp set.  I've made quite a few of these interlocking card fronts before.

Stampin' Up!'s new range of Framelits dies make the actual construction of these interlocking frames so much easier and less time consuming!  This interlocks with the Apothecary Art label

The Whisper White cardstock gets a bit flimsy after dry embossing with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, so  added Marina Mist pieces of cardstock to the internal panels for better rigidity.

Short and sweet today - I had the most wonderful group of ladies who came to my Open House yesterday and I'm really pooped from prepping for that.  Time to catch up on some housework and food shopping - the cupboards are bare! 

Will pop back soon with pics of my display table.  Isn't it great to have some sunshine at last?  Seeing the sun so lifts the spirits!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

I Goofed!

Sometimes my mojo takes a hike, or I get a mental block.  In order to kick start it again, I'll pull out stamps in my personal collection to play with and I goofed with this one, mistaking Lucky Limeade for Island Indigo! -  Never wanting to chuck something I'd spent time on, I recycled by just writing over the Lucky Limeade letters in Island Indigo and sent it warts and all.  I know the recipient will be forgiving, as none of us are perfect are we?  I make mistakes all the time -  I just cover it up with a punched label or some other embellishment - there, that's my secret out!  In hindsight, I should've done it with this card but it's too late as I've already posted it!

I've used several techniques on this card - stamping off, rock n' roll, distressing to get that vintage feel.

Monday, 7 May 2012

Tea Shoppe love notes

Remember that fabby day my SU Mummy held for her 1st Level Fun Day?   I'd made these little tea bag holders which you can see here but couldn't reveal the card that went with it as the Summer Mini had not launched yet.  I promised I would reveal at a later date, so here it is.   I've used Pool Party - I'm a "blues" girl at heart and I can't stop using it!    The Tea Shoppe stamp set is gorgeous, so English.  These mini tea cups are configured in a line as a set of 3, but I cut the rubber into 3 separate images to allow me the freedom to stamp them individually.

Here is the inside - I adore those Framelit dies and have been using them to death in all my projects of late!  The cards measure 3" square and fit into the Mini envelopes found on page 95 in the Main Idea Book & Catalogue.

I can't wait to share them with my guests at my Open House on May 12th!

Sunday, 6 May 2012

Birthday Card for Son-in-law

This is just a quick post - a card I'd made for my Son-in-law's birthday earlier in the week.   He's mad about cars so the "Need for Speed" stamp set was just perfect for him.  I've made another swing card, this time using the new wafer thin framelits dies from the Summer Mini.  The back ground stamps are from my personal stash, and the "son-in-law" wording is from "For my Family" stamp set.  I used Sahara Sand as the card base and Real Red striped DSP from the Brights Patterns DSP stack  (40 sheets in the pack).

You can see how it "swings" from this shot.   I will have lots of new projects to share with you after my Open House Event, but for now, this is just a "filler" scheduled for Sunday!

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend!  xxx

Wednesday, 2 May 2012


Hello everyone!  My new class list is now on my website.  One of the classes will be featuring our lovely new Simply Scored Scoring board, pictured above!

Check it out, and email me  elaine.harding@googlemail.com  for a registration and booking form and payment details.   I am based in Fleet, Hampshire, so if you're local and would like to attend, you're most welcome.  

Tuesday, 1 May 2012


Whoopidoo - the SUMMER MINI is here at last!!  Click on image of the cover in my side bar to view the new Summer Mini catalogue on line.  I am having an Open House on Saturday, 12 May and invitations to my customers and past hostesses were sent out yesterday first class, so I hope you've received them by now. 

We had our Regional Training Day last Saturday and had such a blast.  This was just one of the displays in the Conference Room where it was held and is just a taster of what lovely creations you will be able to make with the new products yourself!  The set above has a new punch, new paper, new ribbon, new Everything - but ours will be in English.  I can't wait to share it with you all on the 12th!
Not only that, Stampin' Up!'s has introduced it's OWN Simply Scoring tool, and is also rolling out the Simply Score Diagonal Plate simultaneously!  For those of you who work in Metric, fear not - that too is catered for, and a Metric Plate has been designed to fit snugly into the Simply Scored board.  Seeing is believing, make a date with me and hold a workshop, join my clubs or classes and have a play.

Here's the BEST bit!!  Stampin' Up! has reduced the cost of the Starter Kit to £99!  Join Stampin’ Up!  your way - with a completely customisable kit. 
Build your own personal kit by picking £130 worth of any of our high-quality products. Stampin' Up! will add in a business supplies pack valued at £45 (to help you get your business up and running), and you’ve got a customisable kit worth up to £175 for just £99!

Want more details?  Contact me for a chat. 

That's all folks - had the dentist first thing this morning, and am feeling a tad sorry for myself!  Back soon....

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