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Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Last Day of July Enchanting Offer

Today is the last day of the July Enchanting Promotion.  The double pocket card above features the Everyday Enchantment papers (free during Sale-a-bration).  The papers  were made available for purchase as a one off special because of popular demand while stocks last during the month of July.  A free brad pack and 2 rolls of free ribbon  with every £45 purchase before shipping and handling finishes today.    To see the card in more detail, click on picture above to enlarge it.

Those of you who ordered from me in July, your order will be ready for collection this Thursday.  I shall be emailing you separately to arrange collection times in due course.


Stamps:  Creative Elements, French Foliage
Ink:  Poppy Parade, Pool Party
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Poppy Parade, Pool Party, Everyday Enchantment DSP
Accessories:  Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Scallop circle Punch, Blossom Punch, 2 tag Bigz die, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Flower Burst embosslits, Color Spritzer Tool, Everyday Enchantment co-ordinating brads and ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Time Out with Family

I have taken some time off as my classes and committments drew to a close in July for a summer break and to my dismay I discovered this morning that all the crafty posts I had pre-scheduled for the blog had run out.   

So for the Sunday share today, I'm just blogging about the fun day we had at Fishers Farm Park yesterday.   My daughter is visiting so we had a family day out.   Our first stop was at the pony rides as there was only one scheduled in the day and we didn't want them to miss out.  Posing for a photo shoot this cheeky monkey stuck his tongue at me!

Both my grandsons having a go on the death slides - they've even got one for babies and toddlers which is a much gentler version!

He's barely five and appears to have no fear of heights!

....and here's the little one who has just turned two and is a dare devil himself and tries to emulate everything his bigger brother does!

While on babysitting duties, we  visited Fishers Farm Park for the first time last year.   Our grandson tried his hand at this hand paddle boat but chickened out after two minutes.  Shows you what a difference a year makes - he couldn't wait to get back on and loved it.

After all the rain we've had recently, it was fantastic to see the sunshine.  Here they are enjoying the Barrel Bug ride.

It was a welcome distraction from all the Olympic hype - did you watch/enjoy the Olympic Opening Ceremony?    A little quirky for our international viewers, I expect - but I hope they understood the nod to being British and their sense of humour!   The Queen and James Bond, really?  Totally unexpected and what about Bean and Chariots of Fire? Hilarious!  Good luck to Team GB.

Have a fab holiday everyone. 

Wednesday, 25 July 2012


The saying goes "better late than never", but three months late?   I'm ashamed to admit that life just got in the way and I'd been meaning to make a card for my Stampin' Up! great grand-daughter on the safe arrival of her adorable baby girl but just hadn't got round to it till recently.  She hosted a charity event  at the end of June and I lent her some card samples for the summer mini, so it was a golden opportunity to redress my tardiness and put a card in there for her too.

I've used several stamp sets for this card - just got a bit carried away - Creative Elements (with Crumb Cake ink), Baby Prints from the Summer Mini, Bundle of Love in the main catty, in Blushing Bride, and Petite Pairs in Rose Red.

The first two layers are adhered together, but before attaching it to the card base, I wound some Bakers twine, threaded through a clear heart shape itty bitty button, tying it with a bow to secure it and finally popped dimensionals on the back before adhering to the card base.

I taught my group of tech club ladies the triple layer stamping technique last month and have delayed posting this until I'd introduced it to my card club ladies too.   It is the same technique I used for the baby card. Here's the card the ladies made using the Creative Elements stamp set.    Basically, 3 neutral (in this sample, Very Vanilla) layers of cardstock were cut and corresponding mats in coloured cardstock were also cut slightly larger leaving a 1/8" border all round.  First, you layer all three layers of neutral cardstock on top of each other using temporary adhesive to prevent layers from moving while you stamp.   Once you've secured your layers, you can stamp the images.   The magic happens when you separate the layers and then mat them on to the corresponding sizes of coloured cardstock mats and reassemble the card.   It's difficult to describe, so it's best to look at the picture above to visualise it. 

Hope you like it.

Sunday, 22 July 2012

It's a Wrap

Finally for my Sunday share, the rest of the projects  that I made for Inspiration Station at May's Quarterly Meeting. These cones were made from Attic Boutique DSP.   Strips of DSP were scored at 1/4" intervals and attached to a "belly band" and slipped onto the cone.  Instead of adhering the ends together, you can leave them unstuck to create two fans left and right or top and bottom.

The trishutter album pictured above used the Framelits Labels collection to adorn the front of the album, and it was just stamping with different images from Open Sea on scraps of Whisper White which was then adhered to the different panels.  I used the Twitterpated DSP in the summer mini.  In keeping with the masculine theme, I chose the striped paper which had Basic Grey undertones - hence the album is Basic Grey, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White and Marina Mist.

As guest presenters, we always have to demonstrate a technique - and it gets increasingly difficult to try and find new material to do this.  Mine was this triple window card using the Framelits Label collection set of dies.  Out of a 12" x 12" sheet of DSP, you can make 3 trifold window cards. A strip of DSP each measuring 12" x 4", scored with 12" edge on top at 4" and 8" will make a finished card size measuring 4" square.  You also need to cut a  solid colour piece of coordinating card stock 4" x 4" (this is for your medium window aperture).  Then it is just a sequence of cutting the apertures to create this layered effect.   The Labels collection comprises 6 dies.  Counting from the smallest as label die 1 to 6 as the largest, you need dies 1, 2 and 3. 

Die 3 is used to cut the front panel, Die 2 to cut the 4"x 4" piece of card stock which is then adhered to the back of the front panel, and Die 1 is used to cut the  right panel (see bottom left pic).  You need to close the card in this sequence - right panel over centre panel, front panel on top of right panel.  When cutting your apertures, remember to centre the die you are using on previously cut aperture to guide you.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

More Inspiration Station - Open Sea

These cascade cards seem all the rage at the moment.  I made a valentine one awhile back  which you can see here .  This one shows you how different it can look with the panels covered in DSP.  I've used the gorgeous Attic Boutique DSP, love that script and  it also has little touches of Pool Party and So Saffron colours in it.

As I'd covered the front with the Label Framelits, the front lays flat.   I stamped the Open Sea images on scraps of Very Vanilla  then punched or cut them out and adhered them as shown.

On the back of the cascade mechanism, I attached a normal card - you can see the detail here.  I used the Adorning Accent Edgelit die to cut the scallops.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Inspiration Station Projects

At our team Quarterly Meeting in May I did an Inspiration Station for my upline Amanda using the Open Sea stamp set.  Here are some additional projects I made to top up the ones I'd already made for my Summer Mini event.  In keeping with a masculine theme, I made this trio of trunks and some quick and easy 3"x 3" cards.

With our lovely new Simply Scoring Tool, I was able to make these cards with interesting grid lines to add a bit of background interest to a plain piece of cardstock.  I also used eyelets for a marine theme.

With this card (in a previous post) I stamped first then double scored a diagonal grid.

For this card, I scored a double parallel with spacing in between then swiped an ink pad over it to highlight the ridges.

That's all for now - more in another post.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Open Sea

Just a very quick post today - one of the cards I made for Inspiration Station last May featuring the Open Sea stamp.   You can get 2 tri-fold cards out of an A4 sheet if you cut it diagonally.  I made a mark at 5" on one short side and 3" on the opposite short side then cut between the two marks.

I took "bites" out of strips of Not Quite Navy card stock with a 3/4" circle punch to create the sea.  The front of the card has two layers of sea so I could tuck one of the clippers inside  it.

The Simply Scoring tool is heaven sent - it makes scoring even in thirds so much easier and quicker.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


Today, Stampin' Up!  announced that Item No. 104519 - Natural 12" x 12" [30.5 x 30.5 cm] Linen Post Album which is in the Main Idea Book & Catalogue is nearly sold out and they will not be ordering more of this album once the current inventory has been depleted.

As a replacement, Stampin' Up!  are temporarily offering all European demonstrators and customers four new album options, beginning today, 10 July 2012, and continuing while supplies last.

Item Description Price
105383Real Red 12" x 12" Linen Post Album£23.95
105389Real Red 12" x 12" Linen Ring Album£26.95
104511Natural 12" x 12" Linen Ring Album£26.95
104514Navy 12" x 12" Linen Ring Album£26.95

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Tea Shop

For my Summer Mini season finale, here is Tea Shop.  This is without doubt my favourite set - we are mostly a nation of tea drinkers and this set certainly hits the mark!  I've paired this with the single stamp set "Silver Setting" stamped in Pool Party and went all out using the supersized tea cup, Twitterpated DSP,  the new colour Pool Party seam binding ribbon and jelly bean brads!

I am lucky enough to own both the Tea Shop clear mount  and wood mount set.  This trio of tea cups come as a set of three in a row.  I cut up the clear mount set to separate the three cups so I could stamp them individually and stacked them here.  The card base is Rich Razzleberry with Blushing Bride DSP from the In Color 2011-2012 paper stack.  You can achieve the same effect by inking and stamping the cups separately with markers.

I kept the inside simple, stamping the sentiment in Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White card stock then cutting it out with a framelits label die.

The Twitterpated DSP pack has such lovely patterns.  This Blushing Bride pattern compliments the Basic Gray and Blushing Bride cardstock so well especially since I had cut a pretty border with the Edgelit Adorning Accents and also used the coordinating embossing folder to dress it with.  I am loving the fact that we now have Baker's twine in our stash to play with too.

Lastly, here are the same trio of cups stamped in monotone - Rich Razzleberry on Whisper White.  I used the pearls to simulate steam rising out of the tea cups and showcased the other Adorning Accent in the pair - this time the scallops with the coordinating scallop embossing folder.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Tea anyone?

I had to throw in a couple of 3D projects for the display for my Summer Mini event, and this was one of them. After a bit of trial and error (with retired DSP!), I eventually made this tea dispenser using the gorgeous Twitterpated DSP.  Am loving the pleated satin ribbons.

Don't ask me what the measurements are - I just wrapped the cardstock round the tea bags and did everything by eye!  I did say trial and error so I don't think I'd be able to duplicate it without going back to the drawing board!

Ever get that feeling, phew - I've done it - file it and move on to the next?  With so many card samples to make I just couldn't dwell on any project for too long, and this took much longer than I  expected so I was just pleased to get it finished!

Here's a close up of the flower scrunchie on the top of the lid.    There's just the cards for this set left to post and is scheduled for next Sunday.

Sunday, 1 July 2012


You asked, Stampin' Up! listened -  our new July promotion!   Back from Sale-A-Bration by popular demand, for this special offer only and only while supplies last: the coordinating Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper with these to die for embellishments!

Get a FREE exclusive Ribbon & Brad Pack with every £45* purchase in July!

  • 3/8" (1cm) Printed Designer Brads
  • 30 brads: 6 each of 5 designs
  • Coordinating colours: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Poppy Parade, Very Vanilla, Soft Suede
  • 1/8" (3mm) Organdy Ribbon
  • 2 spools: 10 yards (9.14 m) each spool
  • 1 Lucky Limeade, 1 Calypso Coral
Also available for purchase only while supplies last:

Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper:  Item 126154 @ £9.95
12 sheets: 2 each of 6 double sided designs.  12" x 12" (30.5 x 30.5 cm).  Acid and lignen free.

Contact or email me to place an order, or better still, book a workshop and take the opportunity to earn an extra 30  We {Heart} Our Hostesses promotion has another month to run in July!

Scroll down for my Sunday Share.


For my Sunday Share, here is the 6" x 6" album I made for Victoria's baby.  I hope she's opened it by now - she didn't want to at first, because she liked that I'd used Stampin' Up!'s packaging paper (ironed with loving care!) which I'd stamped with the Baby Prints set in Blushing Bride all over to gift wrap the album.  It's made out of one sheet of Crumb Cake 12" x 12" cardstock.  We were taught how to do this at the very first Convention I attended in Germany almost 5 years ago! 

I stamped in Black Stazon on scraps of Very Vanilla and cut the little pram from Bundle of Love and then matted it on to a scrap of Blushing Bride to make it sturdier. I added a movable "pram hood"having stamped another hood which was attached with a mini brad.  Colours used for colouring were Blushing Bride and Pear Pizzazz.  The top of the album was decorated with some DSP from Nursery Nest and again I used the Baby Prints stamp set and made a title called "baby firsts".    The tag is from Precious Butterflies hostess set and I added a strip of Early Espresso as an accent colour.  The polytwill Blushing Bride ribbon acts as the "belly band" to keep the album closed.  There's a lipstick mark on the page for first smile - it's not me kissing the page - it's a little stamp called S.W.A.K.  and is available for sale as a single stamp in the main catalogue!  Ha - did you think it was me?

This mini album is all about "firsts" - first smile, first words, first steps and first tooth.  The stamp in this set in the title "baby firsts" triggered the idea for this album.  

The foot prints image have the feet closer together, but I thought it would work well inked separately to reflect the baby taking those first steps.  

I used marker pens to ink "Cherish the moments" sentiment in Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake and cut out the teddy bear image to peep over the label as shown.

It was such fun making this - what took the time was really cutting out the letters.  There is a residue left when cutting them out, and a bit of patience is required to get rid of all the loose bits before adhering it to the album.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy your day of rest!

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