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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

5 Minute cards

Fortnight ago I found myself in a position where I had to dash off several birthday cards in order to catch the post, so instead of layering, I stamped in monochrome directly onto the card stock - I was already late for their birthdays and I hang my head in shame because I have consistently been late each year!  These are cards for the grand-kids of a dear friend - we go way back, and transferred gift giving from her children to her children's children!  February just turned out to be a busy month for birthdays!

What I'm trying to say is that even without layering, you can still make a card which  will still look good even when stripped down to the basics. Why?.....

Food for thought:  As far as cards for kids go, where do you think the card you lovingly created and spent hours making is likely to end up?  The trash can or bin!  Call me a cynic, but I don't think for one moment that kids would go down the route of sentimentality and keep every hand made card they receive!  So for that reason, a 5 minute card fits the bill, don't you think?  It won't break my heart if I haven't toiled with sweat blood and tears over it!

I used "Patterned Party" (page 46AC) for the boy's card and the All Dressed Up bundle (page 32SS) for the girl's card, Sassy Salutations (page 143AC) and  Easy Events (page 34AC).

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Inking Felt Technique

Last month, my card club ladies made this pretty card.  This is similar to the baby wipe technique - except instead of a baby wipe, you use a  piece of felt.  I cut the felt the same size as the wood block stamp then inked and stamped the image in Black Stazon on the piece of felt.  Squeeze a couple of drops of 3  co-ordinating reinkers  randomly on the felt pad keeping within the lines of the image. The colours I used were Marina Mist, Rose Red and So Saffron.   When you ink up your stamp with  this temporary ink pad, you will pick up all the mutlicolour hues on the stamp(see butterfly on left).

It's a technique I've used time and again, with fantastic results.

The stamp set I used is Creative Elements.  I also used markers to colour in the stamped  flourish image as it  made the rest of the card "pop"!

They also made this cute box - the Pretty in Pink box was stamped in versa mark - I just love how you can turn a plain piece of paper and transform it into something useful.

Short and sweet today - hope you like it! 

Enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, 23 February 2013

A Cup of Latte?

A brand new toy!  Who likes genuine strong coffee a la Starbucks or Costa style but without the messy coffee grains and cleaning up afterwards?  Maybe lots of you already have gadgets like this at home, but this is new to me!  We researched the Nespresso dispensing machines, but Nespresso worked out at 29p per cup for all the different flavoured ones and which are only available online. However this machine takes the LavAzza a modo Mio capsules, which although has fewer flavours,  works out at roughly 25p per cup instead and you can get the more popular flavours off the shelf from your local supermarket.  The separate steam spout is dual purpose, you can use it for frothing the milk, but the water will also be hot enough to make tea too and you can make hot chocolate as well.  That clinched the deal for me and I'm on a caffeine high having had to make several cups to get au fait with making that perfect cup!

Here's a card that is related to this topic!  It's another Sale-A-Bration stamp set called Patterned Occasions which could be yours FREE with a qualifying order.  I've teamed it up with another stamp set called Oh Hello which is currently available in the Spring/Summer catalogue and I just love those cute clip elements too.

Thursday, 21 February 2013

Pretty Petites

Here's another quick and easy card to assemble.  How many new things can you spot?
  1. Print Poetry DSP (p 16 SS)
  2. Oh Hello stamp set (p 4SS) 
  3. Pretty Petite stamp set (free with qualifying SAB order)
  4. Petite curly label punch used to punch out label
The fourth was the "hidden" new item used!

Often when new product lines open up, we tend to forget about the old - so the Blossom punch wouldn't feel neglected, I punched out two flowers in Whisper White, ran it through the Big Shot with the Lacy Brocade EF, sponged the edges, punched the flower centre from the Itty Bitty punch pack and added a Dahlia to embellish it with.  I used marker pens to ink the arrow image and stamped on the WW strip matted on to Crumb Cake layer.

Sunday, 17 February 2013

Sunday's Share - Serene Silhouettes

To those of you who have been Stampin' Up! fans for a long time, do you remember that lovely stamp set called Pocket Silhouettes which retired last  year?  I was so sad to see it go.  This new set is called Serene Silhouettes (p 75AC) - not quite the same.  The other set were all floral images, but we need to ring the changes don't we?  I've combined Sale-A-Bration's FREE Pretty Petites stamp set which has a coordinating Petite Curly Label punch also FREE with each qualifying order during the Sale-A-Bration period.  

Still going with the same colour scheme, same stamp set, but using the Sycamore Street DSP.  The brackets are also part of the Pretty Petites stamp set. It looked a bit odd without anything between it, so I coloured the candle from another stamp, shown below, to fill in that gap.

This Pretty Petite image says "happy b-day" and has a candle within a frame.  There are 8 images altogether in this set, something to suit every occasion and even better - has a punch to match!  I've also showcased a new bitty butterfly punch from the SS catalogue (p 13)and this sits perfectly over the Elegant Butterfly punch we have in the Annual Catalogue (p184).  Also featured is some  DSP from the Print Poetry DSP paper stack which are 11.4 x 16.5cm just right for card making. 

Supply list for all 3 cards:

Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Pretty Petites (SAB)
Ink:  Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Pool Party marker, More Mustard marker
Paper:  Island Indigo, Pool Party, Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (SAB),  Print Poetry DSP stack
Accessories: Crumb Cake seam binding ribbon, 1 1/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches,   Elegant Butterfly punch, Bitty Butterfly punch, Ovals Colletion framelits, Petite Curly Label punch (SAB),  Sycamore Street Ribbon (SAB)

I hope you like today's offering.

Thanks for visiting.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Warm Welcome!

I am delighted to welcome Petra to my merry band of Inkin' Divas!  This was a card I made to congratulate her for signing up and welcome her to our team when she first joined.

Earlier in the week we met up for some stampin' fun and chit chat and had a real blast on a one-to-one.  I also made her a notebook for her to jot down notes during our meeting and I have no doubt that you will all be able to meet her at future events.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Roses from my sweetheart - and he's cooking tonight!  A girl couldn't ask for more! At our age, we've done all the wining and dining to last us a lifetime, and it's criminal for restaurants to charge extortionate prices just because it's Valentine's Day - been there, done that, so something thoughtful and eating in puts the romance back where it belongs, me thinks.

Happy Valentine's Day to all you loved up people!   

Here's a quickie post of a card I made for Sandown:


Stamps:  Hearts a Flutter, You are Loved
Ink:  Primrose Petal, Pool Party, Real Red
Paper:  Primrose Petal core-dinations, Very Vanilla, Primrose Petals, Pool Party
Accessories:  Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Honeycomb embossing folder, rhinestones, stamp-amajig
Big Shot

Hope you like it.

Wednesday, 13 February 2013

Valentine or Anniversary Card

My base card is Crumb Cake.  I love our new design ink pads, they are so juicy that it works really well with the wheel stamps - I used the standard Travel Journal wheel for some background and miniature images from Collage Curios (page 24 SS).   As this card can be either a Valentine card or an anniversary one it seemed appropriate to use the Eiffel Tower in Paris "the city of amour"  from Artistic Etchings (page 124AC) and the small one from Collage Curios. 

I used to hoard my DSP, stroking it and admiring it, but never daring to cut, chop, tear or use it!  Well, I've finally got over it and I've cut up the pretty hearts from the More Amore Specialty DSP (page 10 SS) as well as a banner.   This pack also contains 2 sheets of laser cut hearts, 1 in real red and the other in Primrose Petals.  I've simply turned it over to use the reverse side which is in white.

The Primrose Petal core-dinations cardstock (page 12 SS) was cut out with Floral Framelits and I sanded the edges to give it a vintage look and the hearts were secured with glue dots and pierced down the centre and I did some faux stitching with a marker pen.  

I stamped "Amour" on the banner, added some pearls and a flower trim for the final touch.

Monday, 11 February 2013

Feeling Sentiment #3

Finally, here is the third image from the Feeling Sentimental stamp set - a Penny Farthing from a bygone era!

We have a new set of Framelit dies called the Ovals Collection (page 4 SS).  There are 6 dies in total, the largest being an oval scallop and 5 decreasing sizes of ovals.  I cut out an oval in Very Vanilla then stamped the penny farthing in Early Espresso ink and scrunched up the card stock to distress it.  The larger oval was cut out of Early Espresso Core-dinations cardstock - this was from the Autumn/Winter catalogue which has now expired.  (I'm hoping this will carry into the new Annual Catalogue later in the year.)  This too was scrunched and I used a sanding block to further distress this layer.

I tore a piece of First Edition, and inked the edges with Early Espresso and adhered it to the left.  Did you spot something else that is new?  The natural trim (page 20 SS) ribbon - I love it! The ribbon is made out of flax and cotton and I frayed the edges top and bottom just a tad before adhering it to the card.  Another WOW product is the Vintage dimensional flowers on strips of tulle(pge 5 SS) - you can use them individually as I've done here, or you can use it as a strip - whatever takes your fancy.  Best of all is that you can either use it plain as I've done here, or you can add whatever colour you wish by just using a sponge dauber to add colour to it!

Sunday, 10 February 2013

Sunday's Artisan Embellishment Kit

Are you sitting comfortably?  I have more than the usual amount to share with you today.  Here goes...........

As Valentine's Day is round the corner, I've made a scrapbook page using the Artisan Embellishment Kit (page 10 SS).  The lace is all featured on this page as are some of the resin embellishments.    The paper is More Amore Specialty DSP.  This paper is so pretty I used the whole page as it was because it bore a lovely sentiment in the bottom right corner.   I embossed the Raspberry Ripple strip with the Needlepoint Border embossing folder (page 5 SS). and tucked it behind the mini page.

I cut a 6" x 6" Raspberry Ripple Core-dinations card stock.  It is textured on one side and smooth-ish on the other side.  I used the more textured side and sanded it  to give it a vintage look especially all round the edges of the card stock - where it has been sanded, it appears much lighter.  I cut a mat in Crumb Cake for the photo, the Very Vanilla card stock was adhered in lieu of a photo which can be dropped in at some other time.

Here's a close up of the detail.  I used Hearts a Flutter framelit dies to cut the coordinating banners from the corresponding stamp set of the same name - it is available both in wood mount or clear mount.  The inks I used to stamp the banners with were Raspberry Ripple and Basic Gray (for my Anglo Saxon readers - no I haven't spelt it wrong, it's the American spelling as listed in the AC).  The third tag was cut with the More Amore Specialty DSP.

For my second offering I've made a card using up the scallop lace from the kit.  I overlaid on a strip of Island Indigo to make the lace pop.  I cut a piece of Pool Party Core-dinations and partially embossed with the Honeycomb embossing folder.  I embossed  the DSP from the Amore Specialty DSP pack, and then cut out hexagons which I adhered randomly.    I sanded the Pool Party Core-dinations card stock to distress it, then matted on to Basic Gray, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  "I Love you" is from Cross My Heart (p 26 SS).  For added texture, I used one of the metallic buttons from the Kit.

The third project is another Valentine card but with a more masculine feel.  The card base is in Very Vanilla, I cut out a label framelit and sponged the edges in Real Red.  Two of the other heart images were stamped, but it has been obscured by the larger heart which was stamped in Basic Gray and cut out with the Hearts a Flutter framelits.  I cut Fashionable Hearts embosslits out of Real Red Glimmer paper and also used the Hearts a Flutter framelits to cut the smaller heart in the middle of the lacy heart and adhered them as shown.  The "I love you" was raised on dimensionals and straddles the Real Red stitched grosgrain ribbon.  The basic gray layer was embossed with the Argyle embossing folder.  I attached the Pool Party button from the kit and used a rhinestone to cover up the holes on the button.

I've still got lots left over to embellish other projects with, no doubt they'll appear elsewhere some time in the future.

Well, that's all for today.  By the time you read this, I should be happily crafting away at an all day crop in Aldershot.  I'm really looking forward to some "me" time!

Thanks for visiting!  Enjoy your weekend or what's left of it!


Saturday, 9 February 2013

Make a Wish

Do you like the vintage look?  Well the perks of being a Demonstrator is that over the years I've invested in a lot of Stampin' Up! paraphernalia!  One is this lovely set of Typeset Bigz Alphabet Dies (page 192 Annual Catalogue).  This is a HUGE investment - £80, but it could be yours at 50% discount if you host a party and your party sales achieve £300 or more excluding shipping/handling.  A whopping saving of £40!  In addition, during Sale-A-bration, you get a bundle of 3 SAB products - a pack of 12"x12" Sycamore Street DSP, a co-ordinating ribbon and button pack, as well as the Madison Avenue stamp set in either wood mount or clear mount! I'm based in Fleet, Hampshire, so if you're near me and wish to book a party email me!  elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Anyway, back to the card.  I cut out the letters WISH and used the negative to lay over the front flap.   I traced the letters out and then cut the letters out with a craft knife.  I inserted First Edition DSP (page 162 AC) underneath the letters and adhered it to another piece of Bashful Blue card stock to give it added rigidity.  The First Edition papers are thinner than normal DSP - there are 24 sheets in the pack which is terrific value - normally there are only 12 thicker DSP sheets in a pack.  You will find the new Marina Mist striped organdy ribbon I used on page 30 of the Spring/Summer catalogue.

Remember the Simply Sent card kit which is one of the FREE choices during Sale-A-Bration with each qualifying order?  Well, if you want to create a similar effect, you can use the largest Labels Framelit die (page 191 AC).  Want to learn how?  Then sign up for one of my classes - Card Club meets on the 3rd Tuesday evening and Technique Club meets on the 4th Tuesday evening of each month.  I'm based in Fleet, Hampshire and if you're within striking distance, why not come along?  You'll find more details on my website under "Monthly Clubs".  I will be adding one day time Saturday class a month very soon so please do check back for class content and dates on my website.

After cutting the fancy edge, I then embossed a border following the contour with the brand new Borders Scoring Plate in the Spring/Summer catalogue (page 26) for added texture.  The stamp set I used is Make a Wish (page 9)  I used markers to create the different coloured tiers on the cake then cut it out by hand.  I punched out flowers with one of the Itty Bitty Punches and sponged them in Bashful Blue and attached it with glue dots. I added rhinestone bling for the flower centres.  To give it the vintage treatment I sprayed it with Silver Foil Smooch Spritz (page 158 AC).

On the inside of the card I  stamped "make a wish come true"  - I just love the little flame they've used to dot the "i" with!

I had intended this to be scheduled as a Sunday share, but Valentine's day is just around the corner - how did that creep up on me so quick - so I'm posting this on Saturday instead and have scheduled a Valentine project for Sunday.

Pop back tomorrow for some "amore".

Friday, 8 February 2013

Feeling Sentimental #2

This is the second image still keeping with the Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake combo using one of the Sale-A-Bration stamp sets called Feeling Sentimental.  We also have a brand new stamp set called "That's the Ticket" (page 20 SS) which has a co-ordinating punch (page 182AC).  I figured you need tickets to get a ride on the Ferry's Wheel, so this was a perfect marriage of the two stamp sets!

For the centre of the card I used the Delicate Details Lace Tape (page 3SS) self adhesive tape with two designs, one lace, and the other, a doily as pictured above.

Hope you like it!

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Feeling Sentimental #1

The first image from this set is a phone box.  You can stamp and colour it any way you want - in red, it's an old fashioned call box, but in blue it could be Dr Who's tardis!

In Elaine's world - I thought "phone box" > "Oh, Hello" stamp set!  There you go - easy peasy card!  DSP is Comfort Cafe, goes well with the Cajun Craze/Crumb Cake theme!

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Spring/Summer launch and Sale-a-bration Event

Here is a pic of my display for my event last Saturday.  So pleased with the result.  I acquired this wrought iron bookshelf which packs flat some time ago and have been itching to use it!  Finally got my chance!

Poor hubs got a bit of a shock when he came down Saturday morning and saw this monstrosity!  "Blimey", he said - "it's enormous!"  -  I think the added tiers gave him a bit of a shock!  I expected him to "ooo" and "ahh"  - no such luck - men just don't get it do they?

All I can say is that my visitors liked it and I had fun doing it up!  Hope you like it too.

Long story short, here's the card for the Make & Take - using the  new Honeycomb embossing folder on Pool Party Core-dinations card stock  and the Hearts a Flutter framelits.  I up-ended the label to make a bird cage instead of a tag.  The darling lovebirds are from "Flock Together" in the Annual catalogue (page 90).  I hand drew the branch in Early Espresso and used Island Indigo and Sahara Sand ink."No matter what" is from Petite Pairs stamp set with it's matching sentiment pair stamped on the inside"I'm here for you".

This is the inside of the card.  To ensure accurate placement of the cage over the birds, I used a stamp-a-majig and finished off by piercing holes from the bird cage to the top edge of the  card to give the illusion that it had been suspended from the ceiling and then joined the dots together with a Sahara Sand marker.

Monday, 4 February 2013

New Dates Starting for Tech Club Stampers 6

What?  you may well ask  are we doing with a christmas card at this time of year?  Either it's a month late, or 9 months early! lol!!!  Never fear, I'm just here to explain.  I hope that grabbed your attention.

It's just to illustrate what you can expect if you joined my Technique Club.  Registration is now open.   Check out the website under Monthly Clubs.  We are a friendly group and would love you to join us every 4th Tuesday in the month in the evenings from 7.30 pm  and finish no later than 9.30 pm. You try a technique and transfer that into a hand-made card either to keep as reference for yourself, or you could send it to someone special.
You get to learn a  technique and make a card using that technique .  The other one is filed away and kept for your future reference.

Here we are  dry embossing with the framelits itself.  Embossing multiple layers  which appears raised and there are several of them!  We also try a second technique related to the first technique. 

 Both techniques will have notes to remember how you do these techniques.

Lastly,  we tackle a 3D object, time permitting.   I've used the large heart punch to make this interlocking box - the inspiration came from Teri  - thanks again Teri.

Every month presents a new challenge.  Every month, one person will get their turn to receive the Hostess Benefits of up to £25 to spend as she wishes.  Look at the terms and conditions under Monthly Clubs.  Once the cycle has finished, we take a sabbatical to recharge those batteries and start all over again in September, 2o13.

I am based in Fleet, Hampshire, so if you are within striking distance, email me  elaine.harding@googlemail.com and let me know if you'd like to join and I will send you more details.  Check out my blog - just click on "Monthly Clubs" at the top.  New dates have been added.

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Team Swaps

We're just into our second day of the new Spring/Summer catalogue and everyone will be looking out for new inspiration!  I've used mostly  Sale-A-Bration goodies for my team swaps because this was the focus of our Quarterly meeting.  The stamp sets are Bloomin' Marvellous, Vintage Verses but there is something from the new Spring/Summer catty -  a new itty bitty butterfly punch which fits the butterfly in the Bloomin' Marvellous set. 

Here's a close up - I used the Vine leaf embossing folder, also a Sale-A-Bration freebie for this card.  It's super easy to do.  I cut cardstock the same size as the embossing folder and embossed it, then cut it into strips.  I used the elegant butterfly punch to punch out butterflies from Sycamore DSP, stamped the butterfly from Bloomin' Marvellous and punched it out with our new butterfly punch and layered as shown. 

Because I was making lots of the same card, it was easier to just stamp on scrap then centre and punch out the sentiment with the extra large oval punch.  Otherwise it would've meant getting the stamp-a-majig out.  There's nothing more annoying when you stamp the sentiment wonky at the last minute!  So that's my little tip - stamp it on scrap, you can position your punch over your stamped sentiment so that it's straight and then attach it to your card with dimensionals and you will get perfect results every time!

I have my SAB - Spring/Summer launch today, so must dash.  Back tomorrow.

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