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Sunday, 30 September 2012

Sunday's Share

Good day - as the Aussies say, so whether it's morning, noon or night, the greeting emcompasses all!
I had my BOGOF (Buy one get one free) sale yesterday and I roped hubby to help me (albeit a little reluctantly) but he accepted it with good grace so a huge "Thank you" to him. On Friday night, we emptied 3 of the bookshelves in the study and put them in boxes so I could display some of my retiring stamp sets on the shelves.  We also set up a table in there to lay more stamp sets on.   I appointed him  Cashier for the event.  He ensconced himself at the computer desk multi-tasking i.e., editing video footage while waiting for the ladies to make up their minds, then switching hats to being cashier for the day.  It made the job less onerous for him, as the video editing part of it  as far as he was concerned was doing something constructive!
Thank you too, to the lovely Val, who provided us with her famous cupcakes - she's a regular cupcake Queen!  She did some snazzy two-toned icing on her cupcakes - yummy, yummy, yummy!

There was much excitement yesterday, because the ladies knew they were getting a  certain HOT publication, and better still, a couple of days before it actually went live!   I always have a Make & Take for them using new product and this is the card they made using Betsy's Blossoms.  I featured this set on our team blog hop last Friday.
I used the new In Colors for this card - Primrose Petals, Gumball Green and Summer Starfruit and used the Framelits labels collection to cut the Summer starfruit and Whisper White labels.  The summer starfruit layer was pierced with the Festive paper piercing pack templates which are in the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue which you can find on page 30.

Here's the inside of the card.  Even the envelope didn't escape a bit of stamping (not shown).

I knew my ladies would be disappointed if I didn't have some samples to show them from the new catty, so I had to find time to cobble together some additional samples. This is just one of the sets I did featuring Chock-full of Cheer, another christmassy set.  The candy canes in this set are a different size to the ones in  Scentsational and do not fit with the Holiday Collection Framelit dies.
I padded out the rest of the display with samples I'd made for the Sandown "Stitch & Creative Crafts Show" which they hadn't seen before from the Autumn/Winter catalog.
Well, that's all for today - not long to wait now before the 2012-13 Annual Catalogue kicks in!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 28 September 2012


Hi there! Today is the Inspiring Inkin' 2012 Blog Hop.  You've probably hopped over from Amanda's blog, don't you just love her projects.  If this is your first visit to my blog, WELCOME!

With the 2012-13 new catalogue only days away from launch, I am sure you're as excited as I am about what's in store. We have an expanded product range and we've jumped from 130 pages to over 200 pages in the space of a year! I bet you're sitting up now and taking note! My club members will receive a complimentary of this tome. The new catty RRP is £5.95 excluding shipping. If you'd like a copy I will be selling them at £4.50 including shipping or better still, book a party and get one for free.

So, here's a sneak peek at one of the new stamp sets Betsy's Blossoms.  I made a double gatefold card out of a 5 1/2" x 12" piece of DSP from the forthcoming new Designer Paper Series, Floral District.  The two outer folds were cut diagonally and I added Daffodil Delight and Whisper White cardstock panels to strengthen the designer paper.  I used marker pens to ink the trio of flowers - this is configured as a single stamp.  The skeleton leaf pattern was stamped with Lucky Limeade.  The bird is in Baja Breeze and Rich Razzleberry.

To keep it closed, I made a belly band out of Rich Razzleberry and used the Daisy Bigz die to embellish it with.  The label "For You" was cut out with the new Apothecary Accent Framelits dies (4 in the set) and there is also a Layered Labels stamp set which co-ordinates with it which I've used on another card for the blog hop.

Next up is this large crysanthemum image from Betsy's Blossoms and it is perfect for this triple stamping technique.  I taught this to my Technique club ladies back in June and the following month, my card club ladies tried their hand at these  too.  It's really simple, but carries a WOW factor.  Basically, you cut different size neutral card stock in three decreasing sizes, temporarily adhere them on top of one another and then stamp.  Next you peel them apart and mat them onto coloured cardstock cut 1/4" larger than each piece of neutral cardstock.  When cutting the coloured mats, you only need cut 2, as the card base itself is a "mat".  I stuck to this colour palette using Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight so that I could feature the new stitched grosgrain ribbon of the same name.  I stamped extra leaf images and hand cut them to tuck behind the label and used the large pearls to "anchor" the labels as a finishing touch.

Continuing with the colour scheme in Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Lucky Limeade, here is a z-fold card.  I used another design from the  Floral District DSP pack.   Here's the other label image I used from the Layered Labels stamp set in conjunction with Betsy's Blossoms stamp set.    I used the stamping off technique.   To create the different shades of Rich Razzleberry, after I inked the stamp, I used a baby wipe and randomly but very lightly and gently took off some of the ink before stamping the image.

You can see the "Z" fold better from this angle.  The Framelits Window dies are  new wafer thin etched dies which were recently introduced in the seasonal Autumn/Winter catalogue.  If you haven't bought them yet, it's a must have!  Look how pretty it makes the card look - just by cutting and layering cardstock!

Here is a 3D item to finish with.  This is the latest Oval Accents Bigz clear die - remember the scalloped square we had previously?  The housing for the die is clear plastic and there is a finger hole in the centre to pop out your cardstock after it has been cut.  The advantage is that you can position the die and see what you're cutting.  Great if you're cutting patterned paper or even a photo.

This is a fancy shaped oval one which I've used to make into a 3D container.  The little bird from  Betsy's Blossoms is growing on me!  It is really easy to cut by hand.  I'd stamped "FOR YOU" from the "Itty Bitty Banner" stamp set close to the beak of the bird and cut the bird and banner as one piece then adhered it with dimensionals to the bag. 

I made a box then scored the edges of the labels to wrap round the box base.  To make the handles I  took a strip of leftover DSP and glued it to the bottom making sure that the ends were equal at the top then wrapped it around the box, punched a hole with the tiny oval punch and laid the Daffodil Delight ribbon on top of Whisper White Organza ribbon and threaded it together and tied a knot to keep the box closed.

All these projects are really quick and simple to make, but, I hope you'll agree, still has that WOW! factor.  Why don't you give it a go?

In case the loop gets broken, here is the full list of participants on this blog hop.

1. Amanda www.inspiringinkin.com
2. Elaine http://blog.stampwithelaine.com/
3. Kazza www.kazzasworld.blogspot.com
4. Hayley http://hayleygg.blogspot.co.uk/
5. Jane http://www.haveagostampin.blogspot.co.uk/
6. Elizabeth http://www.elizabethscraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/
7. Lynne http://scrapcomber.blogspot.co.uk/
8. Sarah http://www.sarahscardsandcupcakes.blogspot.co.uk/
9. Elizabeth B http://www.stampingwithelizabeth.blogspot.co.uk/

Thanks for visiting - next stop is Kazza.  Click on the badge below,  it should take yto Kazza's blog where she has more techniques to show you.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Class Details Updated on Website

Please note that Class details for this term have now been updated.

Contact me if you wish take part and I will send you a registration and booking form.

Happy stamping!

Make a Mitten #4

I paired this with Baja Breeze to co-ordinate with the colours in the Snow Festival 12"x 12" packs of DSP.  Great way of using up scraps of patterned paper.

The sentiment is from Petite Pairs from the main catty.   

The snow flurry components adds a bit of "bling" to the whole card - Hope you like it and I hope I've converted some of you into needing this set now!

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Stitch & Creative Crafts Show, Sandown

A huge thank you to our lovely Team Leader for spear heading operations in getting our stand ready for the show.  The stand looked amazing!

You can see how hard we had to work to produce samples for the display boards.  Many of my regulars will recognise my work.  I had such fun making up this halloween suite.  I can't take credit for the banner, but that's lush too!
Some of the stamp sets from previous Minis will be transferring its way into the next main catalogue, hence the Wisteria Wonder Mixed Bunch sets made its way to the stand.
The lovely tray cloth and oven glove were a gift to all the Vienna Incentive Trip achievers (lucky Amanda - well not so much luck - it represents a great deal of hard work too) .  I found these vinegar bottles at our local kitchen store and decorated it for a kid's party theme with the Owl Occasions set.  Funny story, the straws were too short, so I extended the straws by cutting another one and fitting it into the next straw!  The Twitterpated DSP is back, I'd made a tea dispenser with that (to the left of the bottles) so am pleased it's got a new lease of life!
The boxes were much admired - I shall be running another class on this in the not so distant future.

This was our red wall - I got to play with a lovely new scrapbook layout kit - it had sparkly snowflakes and you could hang pictures on the ribbon with mini clothes pegs!  The box with lots of little images to the bottom left of the picture is an Advent Calendar, made with the petal punch!  Watch out for a class in the future featuring this.
I love the Perfectly Preserved stamp set with co-ordinating dies to cut out the images.  The samples here were some of the ones I made for my pre-launch event for the Autumn/Winter catty.  Even the set of luggage made it's way to the stand.
Here's a closer look at the Halloween goodies.  The cello bags will be featuring in the new catty soon.  They're for putting candy in and my pail didn't escape the halloween treatement either!  I decorated the treat bags with various punches in my Stampin' Up! arsenal. 
I'd been meaning to try my hand at making a bigger candy wrapper box and it finally came together for this occasion.  There's the standard size one on the right in Lucky Limeade, but the black one is twice as long!
It was a full on 3 days, exhausting and exhilerating at the same time.  I just loved meeting new people and it was a real joy working with my fellow Stampin' Up! sisters.
Thank you to everyone who visited our stand.  We loved it and I hope you did too.
Happy stamping!

Sunday, 23 September 2012

Make a Mitten # 3

As soon as  I saw this set, I fell in love with it.  Why, you ask?  I know it probably doesn't appeal to everyone, but I just love the mitten punch that goes with it!  You'll find it on Page 11 of the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue.  The seasonal catalogues are just that, seasonal.  They are no longer called Mini catalogues as they are much bigger in size and carry more pages.

This is just one of the many samples I created for the Stitch and Creative Crafts Show at Sandown Park and it's the last day today.  If you're at a loose end today, why not pop over and visit our stand on E7.  We'd love to see you!

I love the christmas word art from the Seasonal Sayings stamp set, this is on page 34 and I also used the coordinating set of DSP (Designer Series Papers) called Snow Festival, which makes christmas card making such a speedy process, especially if you have to make lots!  It's economical too - a whole pack of twelve 12"x 12" papers cut up to cover little sections of your card front goes a long way!

Follow my series of Make a Mitten to see what else you can do with it and hopefully you'll love it as much as I do!

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Make a Mitten #2

As soon as  I saw this set, I fell in love with it.  Why, you ask?  I know it probably doesn't appeal to everyone, but I just love the mitten punch that goes with it!  You'll find it on Page 11 of the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue.  The seasonal catalogues are just that, seasonal.  They are no longer called Mini catalogues as they are much bigger in size and carry more pages.

This is just one of the many samples I created for the upcoming Stitches and Creative Craft Show in to be held in Sandown Park this weekend - Friday 21st to Sunday 23 September.  

I love the christmas word art from the Seasonal Sayings stamp set, this is on page 34 and I also used the coordinating set of DSP (Designer Series Papers) called Snow Festival, which makes christmas card making such a speedy process, especially if you have to make lots!  It's economical too - a whole pack of twelve 12"x 12" papers cut up to cover little sections of your card front goes a long way!

Follow my series of Make a Mitten to see what else you can do with it and hopefully you'll love it as much as I do!

Friday, 21 September 2012

Make a Mitten

More sneak peeks of the new In Colors available for purchase as of October 1st.  A Gumball Green card base, with Primrose Petal background.

The Stitch and Creative Crafts Show show at Sandown opens today - click on the link to find out more.    My Stampin' Up! sisters and I will be there on stand E7.    If you're visiting, do pop over and say "hello"!

The new sweater trim just sets off these mittens perfectly!  Apart from Whisper White, it also comes in Cherry Cobbler and Gumball Green!

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Special Card for a Top Bloke

Making hubby a card for his birthday warranted something special in my personal stamp collection and I chose this set because I think he's amazing, but then we all think that our partner's are wonderful, don't we?

He had open heart surgery 3 years ago, and in the last few months, having put his mind to it, he's lost over 3 stone, so I'm pretty proud of him because he LOVEs his food!  Still does, but he's stayed strong and is as determined as ever to get down to his pre-wedding weight!  Puts me to shame. 
I hope he likes the card!

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Scentsational #4

Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive go so well together.  The photo doesn't do it justice.  A strip of Festival Prints was punched out on one edge only with the eyelet border punch.  I stamped the images then placed the orresponding dies in the Scentsational suite for the card above. You'll find the paper piercing pack on page 30, which is a really useful bit of kit to own.  I used it to create a frame within a frame look.  I punched out a border on one edge only with the eyelet border punch. 

Here's the inside!  Hope you like it.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Scentsational # 3

I used the new Textured Impressions Embossing Folder - Holiday Frame on Early Espresso core-dinations paper and lightly sanded it to create this vintage type background.  Also strips of DSP from the Festival of Prints pack to "frame" it  and champagne glimmer paper to make it pop.

Here's the inside.  Trying to think outside the box, I used the "steam" image to create swirls on the inside of the card.  I also used the star punch from the punch pack trio to create the glimmer stars.
This is a really quick card.

Back soon.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Scentsational #2

I love shaped cards.  Most of the time we make bog standard cards for speed.  When preparing for an event I make so many bog standard cards, it was quite nice to do something a little different. 

We have a new embossing folder - woodgrain, and I thought that would be great for the trunk of a tree - hence this card was born!  Glimmer paper punched with a variety of border punches acted as tinsel to dress the tree!  There's a wonderful pack of DSP called Festival of Prints (page 20), 48 sheets in the pack measuring 11.4 x 16.5 cm, just right for cards.

Here's the inside.  I had to extend the card to balance it at the bottom, hence the green strips to hide the join!

What do you think?  You like?  Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, 12 September 2012


More from cards for my prelaunch event, this time with the Scentsational Bundle.  This bundle has scented embossing powders which co-ordinate with it!  You'll find it on page 16 in the Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue.  There's two to choose from, Sugar & Spice and/or Peppermint Sticks!
Here's the first one - I must admit, after I'd made it I wasn't too happy with the colour choice.  Perhaps I should had done it on Very Vanilla, as it looks too stark.  I'm loving the glimmer paper - only £4.50 in Champagne (page 18)  all the sparkle without getting glitter everywhere!
I chose this to showcase first, as it includes both the mug, and candy cane. 
What is also featured are the punched out ornaments! A trio of punches in a punch pack called Merry Minis (page 6) you'll see it in the picture below on the inside of the card.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

What, Sunday again? Perfectly Preserved #4

I can't believe we're at the end, or is it the beginning of another week?  Here's my offering for this Sunday.

I punched a 1 3/4" circle on the More Mustard layer which was embossed with the Woodgrain embossing folder on page 33 to reveal this piece of DSP from the Orchard Harvest DSP pack.  The lid has been cut from this paper collection too and is the design on the reverse side.  I hand cut the jar, and sponged this piece to resemble glass.

The left over punched circle was too good to waste, so it was recycled for the inside of the card.

Well, as it's Sunday, I will share another card in the series.

Not only does the set have fruity images, so far I've shown you the apples, pears and cherries, now for the flowers - so you see, you can use this set all year round!  It even has two sentiments included - "just for you" which you can see here  and "thank you".  I stamped the jar in Black Stazon on the card front, and stamped another on an acetate sheet which was then cut out using the Framelits cannery die set, aligning it with the image underneath, punched two tiny holes and secured it underneath with an unravelled length of sweater trim.
A minimilist inside, leaving room to pen a thank you note!
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your weekend!
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