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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter everyone!!!  I taught this technique at my Technique Club this month.   This is only partially punching out a half circle by inserting your card stock through one end of the punch only so
that it only punches out on one side, and leaves the opposite end unpunched. 
I made a smaller version of these last easter which you can see here.  The ones above are for my grandsons who are staying with us at the moment.  There are so many different ways to do them - mine has the centre panel cut in a triangular shape and the corresponding pieces on the left and right hand side are alternated and glued so that they are spaced evenly.  A 1 3/4" circle folded in half is glued on top where all the points meet.  The handles are 1" x 10" and have been inserted through one end of the circle punch to round off the corners so that they align with the semi-circle inside the box giving a neat finish.  They were personalised with a name tag and  I stamped the images in Black Stazon and water coloured the images from the Everybunny stamp set (ACp25). 

We had a family get together yesterday and here's my attempt at Mary Berry's easter pavlova - it's half the recipe - which is just as well as I didn't have a dish big enough for a 10" one.  The proof is in the eating - no leftovers!  The other half has been saved for today.
This will be short and sweet as the easter bunny has to make his rounds but I will be back tomorrow for a Spring/Summer Blog Hop with some of the Inspiring Inkin' team, so pop back and see us!

Have a lovely day.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Field Flowers

This is a card I made for the lovely Ann - who in Stampin' Up! terms, is my great grand-daughter.  She celebrated her birthday last week, but I missed the post and was a tad late posting it, so I hope she's received it by now.   "

I partially inked the honeycomb embossing folder and inserted the card stock into the folder but just pressed it firmly with my hands rather than run it through the Big Shot.  It left an inked impression in the top right corner just giving a barely visible honeycomb effect, so I could "tie" in the little bee stamped in Black Stazon ink.   I love the two-step stamping needed for this Field Flower stamp set and stamped another floral image on a scrap of Whisper White which was cut out and raised on dimensionals to add depth to the card.   I used Dazzling Details to bling up the flower centres. The bee is from Nature Walk.

I used  Primrose Petals card stock and ink.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I can't believe it's Sunday again - where oh where has the week gone nor can I believe all that slushy snow coming down in huge flakes yesterday!  It scuppered our plans to visit my son and a shopping trip to Bluewater. 

Today I'm sharing a card I made for one of my team as it was her birthday last Sunday, I'm sure it's safe to post this now.  

It was the lovely Catherine's birthday last weekend and I cased this card from one that Amanda had sent me but added a few touches of my own.  Whilst Summer Starfruit isn't exactly one of Catherine's favourite colours, it seemed to work well with this colour combo, in very small amounts!  Blinged up, of course with Dazzling Details, butterflies and pearls.

I added a Very Vanilla insert inside the card and the sentiment is one from Bring on the Cake.  I hope you had a lovely birthday Catherine, and were spoilt rotten for the day!!!! 

Thanks for visiting and enjoy the rest of your weekend wherever you may be!

Friday, 22 March 2013

Sale-a-bration ends Today!

Today is the last day of Sale-a-bration and the choices this year have been exceptional.   This post is picture heavy.  As a tribute to this year's special 25th anniversary,  I am posting a few new cards using these sets. I'd love to know which is, or was your favourite this year.  The sale-a-bration stamp sets are depicted in Bold type.

Stamp sets used were Feeling Sentimental and Oh, Hello.  Inks - Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, So Saffron.  The Penny Farthing was embossed with Early Espresso EP and I embossed the scallop and  dot  detail at the top using the Borders scoring plate (SS p26) and dressed it with Melon Mambo dotted scallop grosgrain ribbon.

Bloomin' Marvellous, Pretty Petites, Ciao,  Baby! (SSp16) and Tiny Tags (AC p124) stamp sets.  Inks  - Crumb Cake and Riding Hood Red.  Also used were the Bigz XL Tasteful Trim die - a double layer in Riding Hood Red, Vintage trinkets, basic pearls, petite curly label and 1/2" circle punches, Dazzling Details, and Print Poetry DSP stack dressed with 1/8" vanilla taffeta ribbon.

Feeling Sentimental, That's the Ticket (SSp27), and French Foliage (AC86) stamp sets.  This card is monotone in Crumb Cake ink on Very Vanilla card stock.    First Edition specialty DSP was scrunched and distressed, as was the stamped top layer.  I also used the spritzer tool on it.

I used linen thread to wrap around the card several times and secured the button with glue dots.

I combined two Sale-a-bration sets for this card Madison Avenue, Vintage Verses and also used the Sycamore Street DSP.  My card base was Whisper White.  The DSP was cut 1/4" smaller than the Whisper White layer.  I punched a 2 1/2" circle, inserting it at the short end so that the top and bottom would be equidistant to each other.  All the edges were then sponged in Rich Razzleberry.  Some Beautiful Wings embosslit butterflies were added for the inside with silver glimmer paper gifted by SU for every £150 workshop to the Hostess - very apt don't you think, since they're celebrating 25 years in business!

For the centre of the flowers, the image almost obscured what had been stamped underneath, so for this second layer,  I stamped it separately on scrap Whisper White then trimmed it down and laid it over the top adhering it with dimensionals.

Madison Avenue meets Vintage Verses, and of course the lovely Vine embossing folder!  So which of all these stamp sets was your most favoured?

I'm leaning toward Feeling Sentimental, but I'm finding it difficult to choose as I've enjoyed working with ALL of them!

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Guest Designer

Last night was a monthly meeting for the Inkin' Divas, and the lovely Petra Sameri who joined our Stampin' Up! family on 30 January brought these lovely easter treats which she made for a craft fair.  I love how she's co-ordinated the sweeties with her treat toppers and the basket she made is adorable!

Petra is in the process of setting up a new blog, and in the interim, I just wanted to post these on her behalf to showcase her talent!  These floral shaped sweets are from her native Germany, and she said it just matched Stampin' Up! colours perfectly - Gumball Green, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry and Pumpkin Pie!

Well done Petra, you're off to a terrific start - long may it continue and I am thrilled to have you on my team!

Mini Milk Bottles!

At Amanda's Inspiring Inkin' monthly meeting, she had brought some brads which she kept in a mini milk bottle crate - well, when I saw it, I just had to have one too!  Online shopping is lethal!  Once something pops into your head you can source and find it anywhere - hehe!

Little things amuse little minds - I'm so chuffed ..... off to put my embellies in it and add it to my already overcrowded desk!

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Papillon Potpourri

I repeated this technique of colouring silver glimmer paper for my card ladies this month - I did this technique with Technique club last month, but didn't make a card with them as they did the chalkboard one instead.

Stamping the butterflies strategically on the edge of the card front means that you can cut round the contours of the butterflies to create this interesting effect on the edge of your cardstock.

What seems to be in trend at the moment are cards with alot of white space.  I prefer clean and simple cards (CAS)  and am a firm believer that less is more.  If you do clean and simple, it means when you stamp, your images have to be crisp and clear - no smudges and much more accurate as the focus is on the little that you do stamp.

The new Needlepoint embossing folder in the SS catalogue on page 5 just broke up the white space a little without detracting from the stamped images.

The sentiment is from a set in the Annual Catalogue on page 44 called "Made for You".

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Sunday Share

Good-day everyone!  Just a timely reminder that Sale-a-bration is almost over this year!  For my Sunday share, I am going back in time and updating it to the here and now!

The Twitterpated DSP was introduced in our last Summer Mini 2012.   This is a mini photo frame (thanks Jenny - I purchased a tutorial from her),  made out of  2 sheets of 6"x 6" DSP from the suite.  You can see the original post here.  My accent colours  are Riding Hood Red and I'd used the Apothecary Art stamp set and coordinating Framelits and Adorning accents Edgelits to embellish with.

You can see the difference in size what 6" makes - as opposed to a 12" x 12" sheet!  

Now here's the updated version - made out of 2 sheets of Sycamore Street DSP - FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-a-bration.  There's not much time left!  Hostesses who hold workshops and achieve £300 or more before shipping/handling get bonus benefits too!  Not only do they receive a "Bundle" - which comprises 3 items - a pack of Sycamore Street DSP (contains 12 sheets of 6 double sided designs, 2 sheets of each), a coordinating ribbon and button pack as well as the Madison Avenue Stamp Set available both in wood mount or clear mount,  they also get 50 Hostess pounds  spending spree plus 1 item at 50% discount in any of the current catalogues!  The clock is ticking so if anyone would like to make a purchase, email me and let me know asap!

So with your Hostess pounds, you could  get the "Just Thinking" single stamp (SS page 21), Window Framelits Dies, (SS page 35), Little Leaves Sizzlet, Flower Trim (SS page 5) some card stock and ink pads to duplicate this absolutely free!  That is, if you haven't got it already  ;-) .....and if you have there are lots more goodies to choose from both the Annual catalogue and Spring/Summer catalogue!

Here's the inside.  You can pop a photo in there and  do a bit of journaling too, if you wish, or be creative and add a bit more embellishment inside.   Bear in mind that it has to be flat, so that you can close up your frame without it bulking up too much.

Happy stamping!

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Shoe Box Swap

What is a shoe box swap, you might ask - the idea is that a group of people will each make a completed sample card or 3-D item and supply all the materials which includes cardstock, embellishments, ink, dies, markers etc to make that sample in a shoe box.  The sample is displayed, and we all make the card or 3D item with the supplies provided in the shoe box.  Then by the end of the day, we get to take home lots of different samples!  

This was my offering for Amanda's Fun Day.  To my horror, even though I'd checked and double checked that I had everything - I managed to leave a vital stamp behind!  The coral one used on the front of the card!

There was a quick re-design - thank you Helen - and we used the shell image to stamp all over the front of the card instead.  Just goes to show how many different looks you can create with that stamp set!

The inside was quick and easy too - stamped in Pool Party twice without re-inking the stamp to create two shades of the same image.


Stamps: By the Tide, Amazing Family
Ink:  Pool Party, Island Indigo
Paper:  Pool Party, Whisper White, Island Indigo
Accessories:  Lace doily, sponge, 1 1/4" scallop circle punch, 1" circle punch

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


I almost gave myself a coronary when my Hostess mentioned doing something with fabric!  I'm no seamstress and thank goodness for my Stampin' Up! sisters - they came up with suggestions with what I could do without too much technical difficulty!  I cut these flowers using the Bigz XL Flowers Fold die (AC193)  - stacked up 4 layers of fabric and cut through 4 layers at once.  They were folded in half, and layered on top of each other, then sewn together in the middle - making sure all layers were secure.

I then hand washed  and scrunched up the layers and left them to dry scrunched up, attached a brad (the one I used is a fabric covered one from the Pop Up Posies Designer kit - SS 18) then hot glued the flowers to felt backing (non-SU), brooch back to the back - and hey presto, you have a brooch!

For this hair accessory, I  cut 5 circles from the Circles #2 Originals die, folded these into quarters, and sewed each quarter on to a smaller circle to secure it.  To embellish the centre, I hot glued a black button, clear faceted button and pearl on top of each other.

To finish, I hot glued it to a large circle the same size and attached the clip.    I really surprised myself and was thrilled with the result.  Just goes to show, you never know what you can do until you try it!

Stampin' Up! does not carry findings, felt or hot glue guns.

Sunday, 10 March 2013



It's Mothering Sunday in UK,  and I hope you Mums out there are being pampered as befits the occasion! My Mum resides in Australia and the Aussie Mother's Day is much later in the year.    I always tend to forget - so if you're reading this on the Facebook feed Mum, this card is for you - Happy Mother's Day in advance!   So this is a triple whammy card I made in honour of the day.  If truth be known, it was a sample I had to make for Leigh's workshop last weekend as she had requested the Hearts Framelits dies for her demo!  It's still made with alot of love - so Happy Mother's Day to my wonderful mother!

Leigh's favourite colours are turquoise and greens, so Island Indigo paired with Pool Party was the perfect marriage.  The stamp set I used is called "You are Loved", and we all love our Mums don't we?  For the largest heart panel, I stamped the large heart image with the swallow highlighted in a darker colour.  The middle panel sported the floral image and for the smallest heart, I only partially inked the swirl from the "Happy Valentine's Day" stamp and then finished by punching out a small heart out of silver glimmer paper  and an even smaller heart from the owl builder punch which I tinted with Tempting Turquoise.  "Happy Mother's Day" came from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

These were the stuffed hearts I made for the Sandown show - I used the Hearts Framelit dies to cut the hearts out of Stampin' Up!'s More Amore patterened fabric (100% cotton) currently available in the new Spring/Summer catalogue.  Mine were stuffed with polyester filling and hot glued to lollipop sticks so that I could display them in a soda pop bottle,  but you could put lavendar and other scented pot pourri into the sachets instead. Scented sachets are always a good seller at craft stalls.  

Enjoy your "Pamper Mum" day!!! Back soon with more samples!

Saturday, 9 March 2013

A Surprise!

I am part of Amanda's Inspiring Inkin' team and today she's holding a Fun Day for those directly recruited by her.  Amanda came top in sales in the UK several times and set the bar for others to emulate.   Last year, the lovely Kerry, also in our team, followed in her footsteps and also  came top in sales.  Amanda sets goals and targets within her team too.  I tootle along in my own merry way to meet my quarterly minimums so imagine my surprise when I received this card from her!  I got one for December sales too - came 5th....

and don't ask me how, but I came 3rd in January!  You could have knocked me down with a feather!  I'm off to see my Stampin' Up! sisters today, but just thought I'd share the lovely card Amanda made. I love it!

Thank you Amanda!

I'll be back sometime to show you the shoe box swap I did for today's Fun Day.  

Thursday, 7 March 2013

Little Friends

A big "Thank You" to my lovely Hostess Leigh for a wonderful evening last weekend with her friends from Surbiton, Chessington and even a  friend from Norwich!   Here is the card I demonstrated and the little customised gift I made her.  The stamp set I used was Little Friends - stamped on Whisper White cardstock with Black Stazon ink then coloured in with 2011-13 In Color Markers, Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  The pale blue layer is Pool Party, and I used Confetti (page 123AC) for the background.

The customised envelop was cut 7" square and scored at 3 1/4" on the Simply Scored diagonal plate all round to create an envelop for the card.

Do you want to see inside the box?  I made a little pendant (squashed soda cap), pierced a hole in the top, attached a jump ring and threaded black taffeta ribbon through it to create this pendant.  Her initial "L" is from Lovely Letters, black embossed on First Edition Specialty paper so that it wouldn't bleed, then adhered onto the squashed soda pop top and flooded with crystal effects to preserve it.  I clipped a key charm (no longer available) to the ribbon and voila - a fun piece of jewellery to wear! 

I hope she liked it!

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