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Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Summer Theme Scrapbook Layout

I've been having problems taking pictures of my double page layouts in the light box, so my latest trick is to lay it on the floor and pray that the sun comes out so that there is sufficient light to take one!  Only snag is that it casts a shadow from the patio doors!  In a bid to use up all the papers in my current stash, here is the double page layout the Scrapbook Sisters made in June with Summer as its theme.  We used "Just Add Cake" dsp to punch out the pennants with the pennant builder punch.  One of the designs actually resembled a foolscap page which I die cut with the top note die for some journaling.  In the bottom right corner, we stamped the bicycle from Pedal Presents (new Hostess set) and punched mountains of flowers in co-ordinating colours with the itty bitty punch set which we scattered and glued to the bottom of the layout.   

We used the Bigz Beautiful Butterflies die to cut our butterflies which were then partially embossed with the Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder.  To simulate the antennae on the butterflies, we tied some baker's twine round the bodies, knotted the top end.

For the third page, I used the Mouthwatering stamp set to make the ice lollies, watermelon and ice-cream cones.  The "SUMMER" letters are from the Letter It set.  These were inked individually, stamped and cut out then adhered to the page.  The card stock used is Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White and some Sweet Shop designer paper was added to make the page pop.  I picked out the colours from the DSP for stamping our images. I stamped the spatter pattern (from French Foliage) in Wisteria Wonder first before adding all the other layers to give it a more vintage feel.

Hope these pages are summery enough and that it fits the brief!

Sunday, 24 June 2012


I can't believe that it's Sunday again - it seems to come by at such an alarming rate! Here's my Sunday post.....

These samples were made for my Summer Mini Event and are from the "Mouthwatering" stamp set featuring the scented embossing powders in three flavours - vanilla, melon and cherry. I used a stampa-majig to stamp the cherries on in Calypso Coral and Lucky Limeade first. Leaving the stampa-majig in the same position, I cleaned the stamp, inked with Versamark and stamped the image again with Versamark, then embossed with Cherry scented embossing powder.   I'm sure there are other methods of applying the versamark onto the stamped image, but this is how I did it because I didn't want to contaminate the versamark ink pad.

I love watermelon mainly because it evokes so many happy memories of having lived in the tropics for several years while stationed overseas in the Far East. This card features the Adorning Accents textured embossing folders - the set has three different designs, two of which co-ordinates with the Adorning Accents Edgelit dies. I never find inking with markers very satisfactory in terms of colour intensity, so I stamped in Lucky Limeade on scraps of Whisper White first, then stamped again in Rose Red. I cut out the Rose Red part, inked with Versamark and embossed with the Melon scented embossing powder before adhering to the Lucky Limeade pieces. I also used the spritzer tool to spatter a background pattern before attaching the Rose Red seam binding bow with an antique brad.

These ice lollies received the same treatment but this time I used the Vanilla scented embossing powders. I'm not entirely happy with this card. I tried to add another dimension by placing a "frame" over the lollies, but it didn't seem to "gel".  I stamped "sweet treats" all over it to try and pull it together and salvage the card rather than ditch it and waste my efforts.  Still not altogether happy with it - but at the time I just didn't have time to make another.

There is also an ice-cream cone image that accompanies this set.  Again time was a constraint  and I had to restrict myself to making three as there were only three scented powders.

Enjoy what's left of the weekend and thank you for visiting!

Saturday, 23 June 2012

Up, Up & Away Triple Slider card

Last month, my tech club group requested this triple slider card and as it was a bit on the techy side, we omitted doing a 3D project and concentrated on constructing this card.  They had to work on their template first, and then constructed another using DSP.  This is with the card shut.

When you pull on the tab, it reveals the top tier.  I used the "Up, Up and Away!" stamp set - it just seemed perfect for this card!

This reveals all three tiers.  It uses up a whole sheet of 12"x 12" DSP as well as bits of Whisper White cardstock and coordinating coloured card stock to mat with, so it's quite an expensive card to make.   

Here's the first triple slider card I made using the Sew Lovely stamp set a while back.  I hadn't considered doing this for a class as it used up such alot of expensive paper.  Stampin' Up! gave us some free Everyday Enchantment papers during Sale-a-bration, so I was able to put them to good use and keep my ladies happy!

Which do you prefer - the Sew Lovely or this Up, Up & Away one?

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Pedal Presents

A thought for the day: To make or not to make a "Father's Day" card for your partner.
Recently both myself and my husband's friends have ridiculed us for observing Mothering Sunday and Father's Day with each other. I do understand their view that I am not my husband's mother, nor he, my father. However, eversince our children were born, we got into the habit of giving each other cards, a token gift, and a little pampering not just when the children were young but even after they'd flown the nest.

All too often, our busy lives mean we do take each other for granted, so what is the harm in just taking Mothering Sunday and Father's Day as an opportunity to say "thank you" for all your help and support that we each give in our own way to our children, especially in their formative years . Even now, as adults, they still need us - especially when they need financial aid or act as a sounding board when things aren't going tickety boo, not to mention babysitting duties on top of that!  So even if our peers think we're mad, we shall carry on regardless - it's healthy for our relationship and it's always nice to be made to feel special whenever the occasion arises.  OK rant over!

So here's the card I made for my hubby.  He has joined the "Cycle to Work" scheme and collected his brand new bike on Saturday, and the new Hostess stamp set in the summer mini "Pedal Presents" was the obvious choice.  The technique I've used on this card is embossing with the framelit dies.  I just love this colour combo - Pool Party, Island Indigo, Very Vanilla.  His bike is a lovely red, and happens to coordinate well with my colour combo.

This is an easel card made with the Labels Collection Framelit dies and I used the centre of one of the Apothecary Art images as a "stopper" for the easel bit.

Some of the sentiments I used are from my personal collection.  "Husband" is from the "For my Family" stamp set in the main catalogue.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Happy Father's Day

A Father's Day card for husbands, Dads in the whole wide world!  Sadly my father-in-law passed away in October 2007 and alas, also my own Dad after a long fought battle spanning several years with leukaemia on 29 April 2009.  The ache of losing a loved one dulls in time, but we remember them in our hearts always.  So this is for you Dad Jack and Daddy, even though your  physical presence is no longer.

Back to the card - I used Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White cardstock.  I scored the background in a diamond pattern with the Simply Scored tool and the stamp set is Open Sea.  I cut the mats using the Labels Framelits collection and accessoried with plain twill attached with eyelets.

Scroll down for the next post on my Sunday share.

Mixed Bunch

Still catching up with my Summer Mini event projects, this time with the Mixed Blossom set.  Although I'm not really a "pink" person, I just love the colour combo here.  Pink Pirouette with Wisteria Wonder the delicious new Specialty Designer Papers Sweet Shop.

I used the Attic Boutique Papers with this one - just love that subtle Pool Party background with the lace doiley print.   This time I just punched a flower with the Blossom punch and used a faux suede technique to open up the flower making 2 layers with only the one punched flower.  You just need to work the cardstock until the layers separate and carefully peel it back, leaving the centre in tact.  The background was stamped tone on tone in Wisteria Wonder and the wing of the bird with the more intricate Mixed Bunch flower stamp.

I created a pocket using the edgelit dies - it makes such a pretty curve.  The embossed Sweet Shop specialty designer papers is the exact same shade as Wisteria Wonder card stock and the jelly bean brads coordinates perfectly with this suite of papers too.

Here's another view of the card with the insert pulled out.  I had to design a whole bunch of cards for a Mixed Bunch class yesterday, but I will share that in another post.

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Sunday!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Timeless Portrait Double Page Spread - May 2012

Here is the double page layout Scrapbook Sisters did in May and it was "All About Me".    We used the Timeless Portrait papers in conjunction with the Mixed Bunch stamp set with the coordinating blossom punch in the Summer Mini and Creatively Yours stamp set in the main catalogue.  The doilies are from the Flirtatious Specialty Papers.  We used the new pleated satin ribbon for the finishing touches.  It was a bit difficult to photograph the 2-page spread inside my light box but you get the general idea, I hope.  The edgelits made a nice "pelmet" which is adhered with dimensionals and frames the photo.

Want to see more?

This is the single page 12" x 12" layout.    I cut a 6" circle in the Twitterpated DSP and cut it in half.  As the designer papers are double-sided, I flipped one semi-circle to show the reverse side of the paper.  There is a bit of stamping with the French Foliage stamp set to balance the page.  We used  paper daisies which each had a different colour treatment.  For the smaller daisy, we used a sponge dauber to pounce colour on, and the larger daisy was placed directly onto the ink pad to absorb the ink. The ridges on the daisy are more prounounced using the latter technique. The rest were strips of plain coloured cardstock to coordinate with the Twitterpated DSP. 

Hope you like it.

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Up, Up & Away

A short working week this week after the Jubilee Jamboree - I found it a tad difficult to settle back into work mode and didn't venture into my craft room till Friday.  More cards from my Summer Mini Event to showcase this Sunday - this time with the Up, Up & Away set.

For the card above, I used a masking technique to create the sun rays - colour combo was So Saffron and More Mustard, the balloons were stamped in Baja Breeze and Riding Hood Red Inks and cardstock in the same colour as well as Whisper White. For the inside, I used the triple doiley punch to hide the brad.

In this card I showcased the Attic Boutique DSP - love that script and the touches of colour in Pool Party and So Saffron co-ordinated well with the card base and accent mats.  I used Versamark, Heat and Stick powder, heat tool and the Supernova glitters on the balloon image.

Same balloons but this time made into Christmas ornaments, again using versamark, heat and stick powder, heat tool and Fine galaxy glitters to create this effect, embellished with the 1/8" real red taffetta ribbons and the square fire brads.  The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes punched and layered with the Modern Label punch.

Last, but not least, I  used the balloons as petals for a flower!    I re-cycled the "negative" of left over piece from cutting the scallop adorning accent edgelit on another card to adorn the base of this card - waste not want not!  I used the new pleated satin ribbon as the stem and  Beautiful Wings embosslits dies, the large oval and scallop oval punches for the sentiment and the Boho blossoms punch and 1 1/4" punch for the flower centre.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Bright Blossoms

It's Carrie's birthday today, and I rushed to post her card last week thinking it would have plenty of time to get there as she's celebrating her birthday today.  Then I saw on Facebook that she was leaving for her hols the next day, so I didn't think my card would reach her in time to take it with her.  I had a message from her this morning to say that it had arrived just as they were leaving and she'd popped it in her bag, phew!  So she's seen it, and I can safely post it today.  So here's her card using all the lovely new goodies in the summer mini.

Here's the inside.  The stamp set is Bright Blossoms, and of course I've used all the new wafer thin dies, Adorning Accents Edgelits and Framelits, the coordinating embossing folders and the Tiny Tags stamp set with the jewelry tag punch and the gorgeous Twitterpated Designer buttons and a length of Victoria crochet trim.  Colour palette used here is Baja Breeze and Calypso Coral.

Happy Birthday Carrie!  Hope you're enjoying your holiday! xx

Monday, 4 June 2012

Jubilee Street Party

Much excitement today - we're having a Street Party!  Swapped one half of the family with another - daughter and her brood went home yesterday and now my son and his will be coming to join in the Jubilee party today - our bunting is up!  Hubby was out at the crack of dawn to put the gazebo up.  Road is partly closed, one of the cars moved to make way for gazebo and so we have wheels in case we need them parked outside the "zone".

A couple of months back, volunteers were sought to help with making the Street Party happen.  I volunteered to do the name badges so this is the Name Badge Station.

I hastily had to make a Union Jack page this morning to pretty up my table.  It was decided that the easiest way was to use sticky labels for the badges, but I couldn't just do plain labels - so there had to be some stamping somewhere!

I used the crown from Clearly from You , the balloon from Crazy for Cupcakes and the tiny cupcakes from Itty Bitty Bits stamp sets.  The inks I used were River Rock, Real Red and Pacific Point.

We got some official  coming to open it at 2.00 pm, so better get my togs on.  Been here 12 years, and still haven't spoken to half the neighbours - it's just so lovely to get together on an occasion like this and say "hello" !! 

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Stampin' Up! Special offers!

They say better late than never!  I'm sorry folks, but I'd taken time off this week to be with my family and haven't been near the computer.  My apologies for not having posted on June 1st about the new promotion! 

During June, you will get a FREE package of Designer Series Paper when you buy three! Use this limited-time offer to stock up on all your favourites, including brand-new designs from the 2012 Summer Mini Catalogue.

Click on the picture above or in the side bar to view the papers more clearly or download here to view papers eligible for this promotion in more detail.  There's more - read on!

It doesn't stop there!  In October 2011, Stampin' Up! introduced a new Hostess program.  Any workshop/party  which reaches the qualifying £300 net sales amount  receives 50 Hostess pounds  to spend as well as a 50% discount on a full priced item in their current catalogues.  It has proved extremely popular!

During June and July, hostesses who hold a minimum £325 workshop (bumping up only £25 extra on the workshop/party total)  will receive an additional £30 in hostess FREE merchandise pounds—that’s in addition to the £50 they already receive for a £325 workshop!  Wow - that's £80 worth of free product plus 1 item at 50% discount!  Email me to book yours now  - elaine.harding@googlemail.com

You can see the extra benefits more clearly here .

Scroll down for my Sunday Share post.

Bordering on Romance

I guess that most people in the UK will be celebrating the Jubilee in some shape or form over this Jubilee weekend.  Sadly I haven't had time to make anything with a Jubilee flavour as I've had my hands full with visiting relatives and have been unable to spend any time in my craft room so for my Sunday share, I shall continue posting samples I'd made for my Mini event in the early part of May.

These are the samples I made for the Bordering Romance set.   In the sample above I have also used the new Labels framelits dies which are wafer thin as are the Adorning Accents Edgelits, as well as the coordinating embossing folders, and the large oval punch.  The technique used here is colouring with dye inks and a blender pen.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute and I've also used Twitterpated DSP.

I used Whisper White as my card base and I stamped the Bordering Romance floral images in Black Stazon, and again used blender pens to colour in my images.  The DSP is from Twitterpated and the "for you" label is from Apothecary Art.  I've also used the new pleated satin ribbon in Riding Hood Red.

With this sample, I used the "left over" piece from another card cut with the edgelit frame to embellish the top of this Riding Hood Red card base, the floral image was stamped in Versamark and white embossed then cut out and I used a pouncing technique with Stampin' Pastels to infuse the colour on the cut out image.  The sentiment for this card is from Petite Pairs.

Hope you like it!
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