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Friday, 30 November 2012

3D Snowflake #2

Yesterday I very  quickly put together a snowflake using some retired papers to experiment with.  I've had lots of emails asking me how I did this so I've written a tutorial which you can find under "Tutorials" in the navigation bar at the top of my blog.  Once in the Tutorials section, click on the relevant sub-pages for the tutorial you want to access.  For the tutorial on this snowflake, click on "6 point snowflake" to access the sub-page.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Guest Designer - Catherine Lacey

I am so proud of Catherine.  She's my Stampin' Up! daughter and as she doesn't have a blog (yet!) I thought I would feature some of her work on mine.  These are some of the cards she designed for her card classes.

I love this card using the square scallop die.  Here it is closed.......

... and here it is opened!

This one uses the new 1 1/4" scallop circle punch.

She made a feature of the Snow Flurry die here, and that gold glimmer paper is just stunning!

Can you see the shimmer paint on this one? 

Well done Catherine!  She runs classes in the Ascot area, so if you're local to Ascot and would like to attend her classes, email me and I will ask her to get in touch!


Thursday, 29 November 2012

3D Snowflake

I still haven't got organised enough to take pictures of my projects and edit them for the blog and then schedule them so this will be a quick post!  I seem to be chasing my tail.  Life just gets in the way of crafting!
This was made with 3" x 3" squares of DSP,  folded diagonally, 3 equal cuts just short of the centre then points folded and held together with glue dots.  Great project to do with the kids.  Depending how old the children are, it may need adult supervision!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Peek-a-boo with Snowflake Soiree

Oh my gosh - where does the time go?  Hope you've all had a good week.  Here's my Sunday share.
This stamp set has been sitting on my shelf uninked for several weeks and before you know it, christmas will be over!  So I thought I'd better mount the stamps and get inking!  I made a peekaboo card with Whisper White cardstock.  Love how you can turn a plain sheet of paper beyond recognition!  I made one for Halloween (not sure if I posted it) but this is the christmas version.  The card front was stamped randomly with different snowflake images in varying sizes in Basic Gray, Baja Breeze.  I used a stamping off technique for the smallest snowflake which appears much lighter in Basic Gray, so I've only used two inks for the front although it looks as though I've used three.

Here's the inside.  When you open the card fully, it reveals a different image in the windows.  The small images are from Jolly Jingo Bits in the Annual Catalogue on page 22.  There is a large background stamp called Bingo Card (AC page 129) which coordinates with it.  I've made some cards for playing with  but will feature it in another post - so watch this space!
Here is a different view of the card so you can see how the mechanism works. If you'd like to learn how make this card, why not join my card making club.  We meet every 3rd Tuesday in the month.  Check out my website www.stampwithelaine.com and click on the tab "Monthly Clubs" for more details.
Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

More Owl Occasions

Do you ever have days when everything you do or try to create just doesn't rock your boat?  Well, today was that day when everything I made or attempted to make just didn't go right.  In the end, I had to abandon ship and I'm using one of the cards I made for the show in Sandown some time ago.
I used the debossed side of the woodgrain embossed effect on Crumb Cake card stock matted onto a Pink Pirouette card base.  The stockings were stamped and cut by hand in Pink Pirouette, Bashful Blue and Real Red.  I've used the raised embossed side for the circle in Early Espresso and added a sentiment from Petite Pairs.

Finally, to complete this series a card with a christmas theme.   All the stamps are from the Owl Occasions set so if you've been following my last few blog posts, don't you agree how versatile this set is?  You can use it all year round!

Monday, 19 November 2012

More Owl Occasions

G'day as the Aussies say - hope you all had a nice weekend.  More with Owl Occasions - I jazzed the "she" owl up with pearls and a tutu!

Pretty in Pink taffetta bows for the bunting and a scrap left for the waistband on her tutu!

I've been having tech issues trying to sync my blog posts to FB timeline and business page - so wish me luck on this test run!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Sunday Share

For my Sunday share this is a "party" invitation card.  My card base is in Sahara Sand and I used the largest die from Framelits Labels collection to cut the Pink Pirouette layer which was embossed with Perfect Polka Dots EF. The next layer was cut with the Window Frames collection out of Snow Festival DSP,  I punched two 1/2" circles and snipped it close together to create the eyelashes and adhered it with dimensionals.
To create the multi-coloured banner, I stamped "party" in different colours, then cut them out and adhered it with dimensionals too.  The ribbon I used is the new satin stitched ribbon in Gumball Green.

Of course you don't need to confine yourself to just using the stamp set for making cards!  Here's a fun way to jazz up drinking straws.  I punched large scalloped circles to adhere my stamped owl images on and attached it to the drinking straw with a glue dot.  They have been personalised with  their names using the Simply Serif Mini Alphabet on page 147 of the main Annual Catalogue. 
Can I let you into a little secret?  I was in our local kitchen shop and spied the bottles pictured above.   I bought them so I could dress them up  thinking they were ordinary soda pop bottles.  To my horror, when I put the drinking straw in, the straws were about an inch too short!   The bottles were really for salad dressing not pop bottles so they had exceptionally long necks!  Not to be defeated, I joined two straws together, and snipped the straws to the right height so I could still use it for my display!   Shhhhh!  Not sure if you can actually sip drink with it - might spring a leak and you'd only be sucking up air! Hehe!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, 17 November 2012

New Iphone app Simply Sent

Is it a bird?  Is it a plane?  No, it's a new app for creating your own e-card!  Stampin' Up! released this new app on 14 November.   Requirements: compatible for use with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.   You can create your own e-card from a selection of templates and send them to your loved ones via email, facebook or twitter.  Look at all these possibilities! and better yet....downloading the app is FREE!


Click here for the link.

Friday, 16 November 2012

Owl Occasions

Well, hello everyone!  I've neglected my blog recently - having run out of scheduled blog posts I just haven't found time to schedule more.  It is rather time consuming and I need to set aside a day to catalogue photos, watermark them, then compose and schedule the posts..  I've taken time out what with hubby on leave at the moment and we've had tradesmen in working on the house, a leaky bath causing water damage in the kitchen ceiling which had to be repaired, so it's put my "working" week right up the spout!  Anyway, here's something to whet your appetite!
If you love owls, did you know that the Autumn/Winter catalogue carries this beautiful stamp set called "Owl Occasions" (page 14) available both in wood mount and clear mount.  It really is versatile.  In this sample I've used it as an anniversary card.  The card base in Crumb Cake was embossed with Vintage Wallpaper EF(embossing folder), he and she owls each holding a heart shaped balloon, one in pink from him to her, and the other in Marina Mist from her to him! Cute!

This one's a birthday card with lots of layering too.  Lacy Brocade EF new in the Autumn/Winter catalogue.    Watch this space for more Owl Occasions creations!

Thanks for stopping by........

Sunday, 11 November 2012

My Convention Swaps

Instead of chillaxing during my mini break in October while we were away, I spent at least half a day each day making my swaps for Convention!  I had limited supplies so had to make the best with what I had.
I'd run out of the Raspberry Ripple, so had to confine myself to Midnight Muse...........
Primrose Petal ...........................

Summer Starfruit and ................
Gumball Green which were all stamped and embellished with co-ordinating stitched satin ribbon in the same colour palette (In colors for 2012-2014).
The stamp sets used were Postage Due on page 108  of the Annual Catalogue and the Viola's Lace builder and the technique I used was the faux tearing technique which was sponged in either Sahara Sand or Crumb Cake.

Convention was just amazing!  So would any of you be interested in joining me next year?  It will be in Manchester!

Join in November and you will also get a pack of free DSP for six months on top of your Starter Kit - worth £130 and you only pay £99.00!  For more details, email me at elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Thursday, 8 November 2012


Merry Christmas from Stampin’ Up!  In addition to the offers in Monday's post, here's more!
It’s only November, but Stampin’ Claus is giving you an early Christmas present: a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack when you buy the Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle.
Choose from the following options:

Christmas Gift (wood-mount) Item No 132260

Includes Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (wood-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack

Normal price £49.70          Special Price £42.45

Christmas Gift (clear-mount) Item No 132261

Includes Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Normal price £43.70          Special Price £36.45

Christmas Gift (clear-mount bundle) Item No 132263

Includes Ornament Keepsakes Bundle (clear-mount), Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper, and Festive Paper-Piercing Pack
Normal Price £57.70           Special Price £50.45

Monday, 5 November 2012


Wow!  Can you believe Stampin' Up!'s new promotion?  Just check this out - more rewards for having a Stampin' Up! party with this "ink-redible" offer!

From 1 November through 16 December, host a minimum 475 €/£325 Stampin’ Up! party and get a FREE collection of ink pads*—a 59,95 €/£44.50 value—in addition to our other fantastic benefits!

Your Party Sales**
Free Ink Collection
Hostess Credit
Items at 50% Off
475 €/£325
70 €/£50
1 item
550 €/£400
90 €/£65
2 items
675 €/£500
110 €/£80
3 items
1,000+ €/£750+
150 €/£120
4 items

Not only that, if you join my team and become a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator in November, you will get a Free pack of Designer Series paper for six months!

Additional benefits of being a demonstrator are

  • A 20 percent product discount!
  • A free subscription to Stampin’ Up!’s demonstrator magazine!
  • Access to a thriving online community of stampers and paper crafters from around the world!
  • An open invitation to fabulous Stampin’ Up! events!

  • Contact me if you wish to host a party, or become a part of my team - the free paper promotion ends on 30 November.

    Email me - elaine.harding@googlemail.com

    I'm back!

    Hi, I'm back from this year's "I Am" themed Convention in Mainz, Germany which was just amazing, new presenters both from the Home Office, host nation and France and UK as well as our very dear CEO Shelli Gardner, pictured above.
    Attendance broke all records this year, in excess of 800 and in some ways, it was not possible to maintain the intimacy of a table setting that we have enjoyed in previous years.
    Row upon row of chairs had been set up, the Convention Hall was so big, most of my camera shots couldn't capture the demonstrations on the main stage in focus (despite having massive screens)  and  using a telephoto lens!

    The lovely Lynne Fahey kindly took this photo of all Amanda's Inkees after one of our break-out classes, such a proud moment  for us all as 3 of the team had been invited to present at this year's Convention - the lovely Elizabeth, (2nd  in  on left from back row), Rhoda - lst on left in back row and Caroline (in the blue cardigan on the right in the back row)  all did a superb job!
    Due to copyright, I am not able to share the projects and techniques we learnt whilst at Convention right now but watch this space, they will eventually appear when this temporary ban is lifted!

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