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Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all those who love Halloween and celebrate in style, getting into the spirit of things.  Here's an updated version of my Halloween vignette - I had such fun using the new tulle, creating the broom stick standing by the cauldron and the combination of the two new halloween stamp sets and making the rosette lollies were such a doddle with the Bigz XL rosette die.
There were too many cards I made for halloween so I 've had to select a few to compile it into a photo  collage.  Sadly I just haven't had time to blog more often to showcase them all.
Then I made even more, using the small cello bags to put treats in and show casing our arsenal of Stampin' Up! punchs for the Sandown Show back in September.
It's the eve before we go to Convention in Mainz.  I've got a workshop in the afternoon and on my return I shall be putting in the orders then having to pack, so I'm afraid this will be my last post for awhile.  I just haven't had time to schedule any posts and am burning the midnight oil just to get this
posted for Halloween.
Have a good one!  Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, 28 October 2012

More "thank you" cards

I made 3"x 3" diddy cards as my "thank you" notes using this adorable single stamp called Gossamer Lace on page 109 in the Annual Catalogue.
You'll notice that the Apothecary Accent Framelit was altered to fit the card - I shortened the label.  The die is one of four shapes in the set (page 191 - Annual Catalogue).
The greeting is from my personal collection.   For the little heart, I used the teeny heart from the owl builder punch (page 185 - Annual Catalogue).
Stampin' Up! also sell 7.9 cm square envelops which are terrific value - £5.50/€6.95 for 40 (page 160 in the Annual Catalogue).  They're super quality too, and you can stamp on them and make them look pretty.

Here's the inside.  The butterflies are from Make a Cake (page 44 - Annual Catalogue), and the sentiment is from Occasions Alphabet (page 147 - Annual Catalogue). 

Friday, 26 October 2012

Thank you cards

These were the "thank you" cards I made for my customers at my pre-launch  event.  It was to show off the 2012-14 new In Colors - Primrose Petals and Summer Starfruit.   Somehow I missed posting them on my blog, better late than never, I suppose.
They feature the Window Frames Collection of die cuts which co-ordinate beautifully with the Friendship Preserves set. 
The grey striped grosgrain ribbon has been retired now, so I tried to incorporate that into the design so that the ribbon wouldn't be entirely wasted!

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Brother-in-Law's birthday card

This card is Night of Navy, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie and the stamp is from my personal collection so by the time this post is scheduled to appear on the blog it may be on the retired list.  Anyhow, as it's for my personal use, it doesn't really matter.  I often hang on to the masculine type stamp sets as there is less choice for men than there are for women.

I stamped in Black Stazon ink, then coloured in five of the images.  I stamped another tie on a scrap of Whisper White cardstock, cut it out and raised it on dimensionals to adhere on top of original piece.

My brother-in-law is quite a keen gardener, so I stamped this wheelbarrow from Summer Afternoon for the inside of the card - it is one of the Hostess sets in the new main Annual Catalogue.

As it's a masculine card, I kept to straight lines and used the cotton twill ribbon rather than pretty textured ribbons.

He loved it!

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Sunday Share - More Merry Minis!

For my Sunday Share I'm posting the rest of the Merry Minis card collection.

We're coming to the end of our Merry Minis series - the above is #5.  The greeting at the bottom came from Teeny Tiny Sentiments (page 133 Annual Catalogue) and the ones in the middle from Tiny Tags, also in the Annual Catalogue on page 124.  More Festival of Prints DSP and 1", 1 1/4" circle punches were used.

For #6, I've stuck with the Crumb Cake card base theme, partially embossed the lower half of the card with the Stripes embossing folder, attached Lucky Limeade ruffled ribbon and a strip of DSP from the Festival of Prints stack.  I stamped 10 ornaments from the Merry Minis stamp set, curled them and adhered to a 3/4" circle, to form this flower and secured it with a designer printed brad to the Lucky Limeade label from the Apothecary Accents Framelits die.  I pierced a border round the label with the essentials paper piercing pack. I stamped the greeting from Border Banter and attached it underneath.  The card looked a bit bare when I'd finished, so I sponged the die cut snowflakes from the Flurry Bigz Die.  I must admit, this one did take a bit of time, you always need to make one or two for special people, right?
Finally on to #7 - I've left the best (in my opinion) till last.  Well, it's my favourite, let's say.  I promised to feature all the stamps and punched shapes on one card, and here it is!  The label is from Everything Eleanor, and I stamped that gorgeous lettering from Seasonal Sayings then cut it out by hand.  There is a smaller version of this shape in the Apothecary Accents Framelits dies. 
That's all for today.  Have a restful Sunday and thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 19 October 2012

Merri Minis #4

I just love that Christmas greeting from Seasonal Sayings.  The designer papers are from the Festival Prints stack on page 20 and the Flourish Designer Frames on page 8 of the Autumn/Winter catalogue.
You'll notice that in the Merry Minis stamp set, there are 3 different designs for each shape, and there are 3 shapes to choose from, the ornament, a tree and a star.  I'll feature all 3 shapes on a different card.
All the cards in this series are quick and easy to assemble, bearing in mind that you probably need to make lots!

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Merry Minis #3

Back to Merry Minis and their co-ordinating punches.  The card base is in Crumb Cake.  Accent colours are Early Espresso and Real Red.     Sadly the eyelet border punch has now retired, but was current at the time I made this sample for Sandown Show.
I wanted to feature the new champagne glimmer paper (page 18 of the Autumn/Winter catalogue) - there are two 12"x 12" sheets in each pack - certainly takes the mess out of using glitter!  So here it is in all its glory, punched out and paired with some of the stamped images or with some designer paper.
Other accessories I used were a 1 3/4" circle punch used to punch out a circle which was then embossed with the square lattice embossing folder.  The sentiment is from Curly Cute and I finished with some rhinestones and victoria crochet trim.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Kindness Matters

Hello everyone!  I've scheduled a few posts for the next few days as hubby and I have finally found time in our diaries to go away for a much needed mini break.  We're both really looking forward to some rest and respite as the last few weeks have been so hectic.

Amanda held her Quarterly Training Day for the Inspiring Inkin' Team yesterday.  I managed to make 40 swaps so had to keep them simple as with Convention looming, I have to think of another design and make lots more!  Eeek!  This is one of the new Delicate Designs embossing folders which is scrumptious! It's on page 188 of the Annual catalogue, it comes in a set of 2 folders with different designs.  It's a bargain at £8.50/ €10.95.

I went for a monotone theme so stuck to Raspberry Ripple throughout.  I cut an Adorning Framelit label  out of a piece of window sheet and used the negative so that I could use it as a mask to sponge the edges round the frame in Pretty in Pink, then stamped the trio of butterflies from Kindness Matters.  I'm loving the 1 1/4" scallop circle punch and the Hostess set called Mixed Medley (in the Autumn/Winter catalogue which you can earn for free, if you host a party)  just fits perfectly with it.  Lastly I used the color spritzer tool to create that vintage look.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, 12 October 2012

Merry Minis #2

The punches I  used in the previous post also have a co-ordinating stamp set called "Merry Minis" (page 6 of the Autumn/Winter catalogue).  The greeting is from "Delightful Dozen" on page 141 , and the tree from "Lovely as a Tree" on page 84 both from the new Annual catalogue.
I randomly stamped these fairy lights in Gumball Green, Real Red and Daffodil Delight, then used a piercing tool to make holes in a curly line to represent the wire.  I used a stampamajig to first stamp the tree in Gumball Green, cleaned the stamp and inked with versamark and stamped in the same spot again, then applied heat & stick powder which was melted with a heat tool, and finally sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds and heated again to bond it to the card stock.  The heat & stick powder sticks to the fine glitter and prevents shedding and getting glitter everywhere.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Seasonal Sayings, Border Banter

It was my birthday yesterday and I took some time off for some retail therapy, brunch with a friend during the day and finished off with a romantic dinner with my DH last night, so I just wanted to say  a BIG "Thank You" to both my customers, friends, family and Stampin' Up! sisters for their birthday wishes, gifts and cards.  OK, now on to the more serious business of this card!

I am a firm believer in the adage, less is more, so I love this clean and simple card.  It uses Crumb Cake as the card base and I've teamed it up with Real Red and Gumball Green and Crumb Cake ink.
The greeting is from Seasonal Sayings (A/W catalogue page 34), the diamond stamped strip is from Border Banter (A/W catalogue page 20). 
I punched out the ornament and tree on a piece of Gumball Green card stock (the punches come in a pack of 3 mini punches called Merry Minis - page 6, A/W catalogue) then centred a 1" square punch over the already punched images to get the effect above.  I sponged the edges with Gumball Green and adhered it with dimensionals centred over the punched postage stamp pieces in Real Red leaving a thin red border all round to frame it.
To finish off, I attached the real red taffetta ribbon with sticky strip and adhered to card as shown.

Monday, 8 October 2012


Breaking news! Today is the official opening date for doing business in Austria and
The Netherlands.
Stampin' Up! has  removed  border restrictions in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands and  United Kingdom!   Cross-border sales and recruiting will be allowed throughout the authorised EU states, so  a big HELLO! and a warm welcome to everyone.   

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Affection Collection - Pt 2

Just two more to show you today - first up is this one which was only partially embossed with the stripes. I used Festival of Prints DSP to embellish with and added pearls and ribbon to dress it up.

Last but not least, this distressed look using the colour spritzer tool (page 179) and I love that red glimmer paper! 

That's all folks, thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Affection Collection - Part 1

Today is World Card Making Day.  So I thought instead of uploading the cards one or two at a time, I'd give you a feast!  These are samples I made for the Sandown Show - yes, there's more so you'll probably dine on the samples I made for it for a long time! 
With the excitement of the 2012-13 annual catalogue launching just a month after the seasonal Autumn/Winter catalogue, I thought it would be a good idea to feature some of the product in the Autumn/Winter catalogue as it will expire on 31 January 2013.  There is only a limited period of availability on this catty!
This stamp set is called Affection Collection (page 35 Autumn/Winter catalogue).  The card base is Early Espresso, and I've stamped on Whisper White.  The patterned papers are from the Festival Prints, a pad measuring 11.4 cm x   16.5 cm (4 1/2" x  6 1/2") with 48 pages in each pad with 4 each of 12 double-sided designs, all acid and lignin free.  You can find this on page 20 of the A/W catty.  I also used the Adorning Accents Edgelits (page 190 in the Annual Catalogue) to cut the pretty borders.
Here I used the eyelet border punch to add interest to the paper.  Sadly that punch has now been retired to make way for new products, but was still current at the time of the show.
The fancy edge was cut with the Adorning Accents Edgelits - there are two dies in the set, the first scalloped one featured on the first card, and the second is featured above.  The Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder can be found on page 189 in the main catalogue, and the Lacy Brocade one on the bottom can be found on page 6 of the A/W catalogue.
I stamped and cut the centre label by hand, adhered it to a scrap piece of Early Espresso then cut a frame round it. "Congratulations" is from Perfect Punches stamp set  (page 120 in the annual catalogue) and added some ribbon to finish with.
 For this card I stamped on Bashful Blue, then cut it out with the Framelits Window dies (page 30 A/W catty).  I cut a larger frame in Early Espresso and embossed it with the Lacy Border embossing folder.

That's all for today!  Back with Part 2 tomorrow!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Thank Yous

Oh my gosh - is it the end of the week already?  Time is just going by too fast!  So much to do and not enough time - same old, same old bla-de-bla!  Anyhow,  just wanted to share these before it became REALLY old news!  These were the "Thank you" cards I made for visitors allocated to me at the Sandown Park "Stitch & Creative Crafts Show" which I took part in a couple of weeks ago.  I  think it's probably safe now for me to post this as I'm sure they must have received them by now.    It was not only to thank them for taking part, but to inform them of who had won.   So congratulations are in order to Maria from Staines!

Now for the card.  My card base was in Midnight Muse.  The top layer was cut in Summer Starfruit with the Oval Accents Bigz  Die (page 92) which is a clear die with a finger hole in the centre so that you can see what you're cutting, and once your material is cut, you pop it out through the finger hole.  

I stamped directly on to the Summer Starfruit layer in Midnight Muse ink, stamped the bird from Betsy's Blossoms in Baja Breeze on Whisper White cardstock then cut that out by hand.  This was then adhered with dimensionals (Stampin' Up! speak for foam pads) as pictured.  The leaves were cut with the Little Leaves sizzlit die (page 191) in Gumball Green, the "thank you" from "Itty Bitty Banners on page 134.  This banner set has coordinating dies to cut them out with.  Heartfelt is from Layered Labels.  As a finishing touch, three little pearls were adhered in the bottom right corner.

I hope they liked them.

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Papaya Collage

Two cards for you today - birthday cards for twins, but I couldn't make them both the same as they each have their own personalities and different tastes!  Only trouble is I can't remember who got which card!  This one had a more vintage look - used En Francais(page 129) as the background stamped in Sahara Sand.  I've used 3 stamp sets here, the butterfly is from Papillon Potpourri (page 115), the sentiment is from Petite Pairs(page 134), and the frame, fern and rose came from Papaya Collage (page 75).

After adhering all the layers, I used the new Vanilla Shimmer Smooch spritz to add a sparkly sheen to the whole card.  If you click and enlarge the picture, you might be able to see it.

For this card, I masked the middle of the card front so that when I stamped the picture frame, only one end of the frame would show.  I then stamped the fern image several times without re-inking it to create these different shades.  Same stamp sets used, but it has a completely different feel.

The butterflies were stamped and punched using some of the new In Colors, Summer Starfruit, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse.  Don't you just love our new elegant butterfly punch? (page 184).
I hope they liked them!

Wednesday, 3 October 2012


I made this for my daughter's birthday back in August but held back posting till now.  She was going to a wedding  which was kind of special as her husband was Best Man and she wanted to look good.  Naturally if the rest of you is glammed up, you have to look after your feet too, so she  spent part of her birthday money on a pair of shoes and this stamp set was just perfect for her birthday card!  There are 3 stamps in the set, a single shoe, a butterfly and a sentiment (page 39).  

Well, I couldn't just stamp a single shoe, most of us have two feet, not one, so I stamped another shoe on a piece of scrap and cut it out and adhered it with dimensionals to make a pair.  I then inked only one of the words in the sentiment - "fabulous" and stamped and cut that out,  then stamped "daughter" from "For My Family" stamp set.  She loves blues, so I used Island Indigo as my card base with Pool Party as an accent colour.  Pool Party is still one of my favourites!  Just can't get enough  of it and I do try hard to use other colours so I don't get stuck in a rut but I always get drawn back to this colour combo!  I stamped the butterflies randomly, applied a two-way glue pen to the bodies and sprinkled with dazzling diamonds.  It really sparkles whenever it catches the light.  Then to finish, I added rhinestones for more bling!

Here's the inside.  The "kick up yer heels!" is from "Bootiful Occasions" (page 50) which I love too.  Watch out for samples made with that in another post!

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