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Monday, 29 April 2013

Oh Hello!

Our old faithful Bashful Blue has been pulled, so it will no longer be available as of 1 July 2013.  I shall be sad to see this baby blue go.  This is the card I sent to my downlines who celebrated their birthday in April. I used the Needlepoint TIEF (textured impressions embossing folder) to emboss twice, creating a channel so I could glue a piece of Tea for Two DSP in between. Then I sponged and glued the flowers die cut from the Flower Fusion sizzlet die and added a single flower trim daubed in Island Indigo to match and topped it off with a little pearl.  I eyeballed stamping the patterned chevron from Oh, Hello! stamp set and punched a couple of butterflies with the itty bitty butterfly punch.

For the inside, I dry embossed the bottom of the Whisper White layer with the same TIEF, and matted it on Island Indigo so it would tie in with the front of the card.

I hope they liked them!

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Just Married Anniversary Card

It was our wedding anniversary recently, and my hubby is a no frills kind of guy, so ribbon and bows were definitely out!  I've been making pop up cards with a footy theme using the Blue Ribbon set and wondered if it would work for the heart.  I cut a strip of Basic Gray 4 1/4" x 11 3/4" and scored at 4 1/4" landscape, folded it then marked where the next fold would be (texture embossed), turned my heart upside down and partially cut out the top of the heart.  When you open the card, the heart swivels out as illustrated in photo.

You can see it better from the side.  I also added an extra piece of coordinating card stock and scored it at   1 1/2" across and only applied glue to the upper section of the  score line to create the integral stand at the back.

Inside the card, I used Riding Hood Red to mat with.  The wording was white embossed and I also used the adorning accents die to create a pretty edging for the card. .

Here's the recipe - it's a rather long list!  

Stamps:  Just Married (SS page 8), Amazing Family (SS page 7),  My Family (AC page 138), Memorable Moments (AC page 139), For my Family(AC138), Collage Curios (SS24)

Ink:  Black Stazon, Riding Hood Red

Paper:  Basic Gray, Riding Hood Red, Whisper White, Fan Fare DSP

Accessories:  Artisan Embellishment kit, heat tool, white embossing powder, Hearts Collection framelits, Adorning accents, Big Shot, Houndstooth EF

Friday, 26 April 2013

Secret Garden

Hi everyone!  Don't you just love the new two toned ribbons in the spring/summer catty?  Two different coloured threads have been woven together to give it a silky sheen - the best way to describe it is that it's like in a hologram, if you look at it in different directions, you can see the subtle change in colour. My card base is Crumb Cake and the flowers were white embossed and colour washed in Whisper White Craft ink, then touches of colour added to highlight a few areas.

The bottom edge of the card was cut off with the edgelits die to make this border. I attached a strip of Pretty in Pink (soon to be discontinued) card stock to the underside, flush with the base of the card.  The scallop edgelit has a co-ordinating embossing folder, and I partially ran it through the Big Shot as this addition was just an afterthought.  Having stuck the resin flower and heart from the Artisan kit and especially having tied the pretty bow, I didn't want to squash it!

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Fun Fold Card

This is a card I made ages ago.  I showed it to my Technique Club ladies and asked if they would like to learn how to make a fun fold card as one of the technique projects next time and got a very positive response.  If you would like to learn more on paper crafting techniques, then sign up for my classes.  Technique classes are on the 4th Tuesday of each month, and Card Club classes are on the third Tuesday of each month.  Email me elaine.harding@gmail.com for more information.

On to the card.  It lies flat so it will easily go in the post.  This card uses a combination of stamp sets - the images with the birds are from "Flock Together" (ACp90), "Take Care" (ACp91), and "Delightful Dozen" (ACp141).  This card looks quite ordinary when closed.

Look what happens when you fan it out!  Looks like a stair case!  The steps have little rectangles of DSP from the 2011-2013 In Color stack and the floral ones are new from the Spring/Summer catalogue called Print Poetry (SSp16).  I used a masking technique for the nest in the branch on the front left of the card.

This is the one the ladies made for Technique club in a different colour way.  We used Regal Rose - which is being discontinued.  It is only available currently while stocks last.  The card was decorated with coordinating DSP from the colour paper stacks.  As Easter is now well and truly over, I used a different sentiment and omitted the nest, instead a pair of cute birds perch on both branches.  Change the sentiment again and you could use this as an anniversary card instead!

Hope you like it!

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Blooming with Kindness

Hello everyone!  What a difference the sunshine makes!  I was beginning to think we wouldn't ever get to spring!  We had glorious sunshine yesterday, and hubs was outside giving the lawn its first trim! 

These were the team swaps I made for our quarterly meeting in April.  It was an opportunity to use up some Regal Rose as it is one of the colours which will be discontinued as of 30 May 2013.  So if this is one of your favourite colours, email me to place an order while stocks last!

I'd resisted getting this stamp set, but at a shoe box swap recently, we did triple stamping using this set and I was hooked!  I love the vintage look, so this card was sponged to death with Crumb Cake and I used the Travel Journal builder wheel to create a hint of script randomly, stamped off the Summer Silhouette image before stamping on to the Very Vanilla for my background.  The blossom was then inked in Regal Rose and I stamped  three times without re-inking which gives 3 shades of the same colour.  

The bottom left corner was torn and I attached a piece of Fanfare DSP on the back then mounted it on Crumb Cake and Regal Rose.  I stamped the sentiment on some scrap Very Vanilla and punched out with the wide oval punch, sponged the edges and raised it on dimensionals to make it pop.  Lastly I punched an itty bitty flower and attached it with a glue dot.   I ruched a length of Victoria lace on the top left to finish.

Must dash, today my team of Inkin' Divas are coming for a quarterly meeting so I can impart the words of wisdom my Stampin' Up! Mummy imparted and to share the lovely projects she designed.  Thank you Amanda!

P.S.  It's the London Marathon today, so how many of you are watching?  I understand that some will be wearing black arm bands as a mark of respect to the marathon runners in Boston and there will be a minute's silence at the start of the London Marathon.   My heart goes out to those families who have had casualties and lost loved ones.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Secret Garden with Bermuda Bay

Stampin' Up! is refreshing its colour palette.  I am lucky enough to be able to make a colour comparison with the current In Color hues of blues with one of the new colours called Bermuda Bay which will be making its debut to the European market in July. I have a plethora of inks, pads and card stock etc which I'd received as gifts when my family visited the UK many moons ago.

The five petal flower is stamped in Bermuda Bay, the daisy like flower is stamped in Pool Party with the tips rock & rolled in Island Indigo.  As you can see, there doesn't appear to be that much difference between Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  From the picture above, you can see that Bermuda Bay when stamped looks quite similar to Baja Breeze (not shown) which is one of the colours  being discontinued.  The card stock, however, is much more vibrant than Baja Breeze though - veering more toward Taken with Teal (retired).  The leaves were stamped in Pear Pizzazz, a returning past In Color.   So here are my card stock layers working from the Whisper White layer outwards - Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo on a Pool Party card base.

The edges of the natural trim ribbon were cut and adhered with glue dots.  The centre section left over was looped and attached with glue dots and embellished with a single flower trim, inked in Bermuda Bay.  

I white embossed the sentiment with the aid of a stampa-majig to avoid stamping it wonky!

Here's a close up of the butterfly.  I white embossed the largest flower from Secret Garden stamp set on vellum card stock then cut off some of the petals to form this butterfly.  I used the stained glass technique and coloured the underside of the vellum to create the butterfly and attached linen thread antennae with glue dots. The colours used are Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay. The body comprised 3 different sizes of rhinestones - jumbo and  a large and medium one from the basic rhinestones set. 

I was pleased with how it turned out.  Hope you like it.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013


Ever wish you had more money to spend on Stampin’ Up! products? Consider it done. Stampin' Up! have announced a new promotion!  Between 15 April and 30 May just host a 350 €/£250 or higher party and earn an additional 35 €/£25 in FREE products! That’s on top of the hostess credits and benefits you already get! Take a look at our already generous hostess benefits in the table below:  (click on table to enlarge it)

Please note party sales exclude shipping/handling costs.  To book, please email me elaine.harding@googlemail.com

Have you ever wished you had more money to spend on Stampin’ Up! products? Consider it done. JOIN  Stampin’ Up! before 30 May and get an extra 35 €/£25 for your Starter Kit.   Feel free to contact me for more information elaine.harding@googlemail.com or you can click "Join My Team" at the top of the Navigation bar which also has a FAQ section.  Sieze the opportunity, don't delay!  

Sunday, 14 April 2013

Featuring Flower Fusion die

I'd recently acquired this lovely sizzlit die called Flower Fusion (ACp191) and to be honest, I didn't even know it existed and came upon it quite by accident!  I really pushed the boat out for this one.  There are three different size flowers on the Sizzlit die, so you can cut all three flowers with just one pass through the Big Shot.  I layered these with dimensionals then inked the edges once assembled to save time.

....and inside the card, a bit of stamping and sponging to finish.

Stamp sets used are Oh Hello, Easy Events.  Other materials used are the honeycomb embossing folder, Tea for Two DSP,  Delicate Details lace, Itty Bitty punch pack, Little Label punch pack, vintage trinkets, jumbo pearls, basic pearls, spritzer tool, Early Espresso marker.

Thanks for stopping by.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend - I'm looking forward to some "me" time with the girlies at Parkside and I hope the sun will make an appearance today!

Friday, 12 April 2013

Daring Adventure

Blink and you'll miss it! There's not alot of emphasis placed on blokey type images or stamp sets and this one shares a page with the Open Sea Stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.   I love both these stamp sets for making masculine cards.  The one above is called Daring Adventure (ACp104) and if you're a scrapbooker, it's a really useful stamp set to have!    

My nephew celebrated his birthday earlier in the week and he has just returned from an exotic trip abroad.  He's always flying off to far-away places and this stamp set seems tailor made for him!  The birthday greeting is from Bring on the Cake (ACp142).  I used Soft Suede for my card base which was partially embossed with the Argyle EF and accent colours were Baja Breeze and Raspberry Ripple.  For a more masculine feel, linen thread and these trendy simulated wood buttons are ideal.

For the inside of the card, I added a torn strip of Baja Breeze to keep the linen thread in place, and for the sentiment I used Bring on the Cake and stamped a chevron from the Oh Hello set to add a bit of interest.

The corners were rounded off in the bottom sections only.

Thanks for visiting, and enjoy the rest of Sunday!

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Blast from the Past!

I have a stash of over-runs from making swaps and if it's a particular design or technique, I loathe having to ditch them.  I originally made these with a Pretty in Pink flower and a "birthday" banner from the Curly Cute stamp set (ACp144) which you can see here (it's the one at the bottom of the post) together with other cards I designed for a Mixed Bunch class.   

I had to make a "Get Well" card pretty quick for my BIL so I re-cycled this swap and substituted the pink flower with a Baja Breeze one, trimmed the card front a 1/4" smaller all round so I could glue it on top of a co-ordinating Baja Breeze card base.  Baja Breeze is one of the colours which is being discontinued.  With the advent of Stampin' Up!'s impending Colour Refresh, I shall be promoting Baja Breeze and using up what I have.  So if it's one of your favourites, hurry and stock up while stocks last!

The flowers are from the Mixed Bunch stamp set (ACp94) and the sentiment is from Delightful Dozen (ACp 141).

Sunday, 7 April 2013

...........and now we are 3!

My youngest grandson turns 3 this week!  I love Bring On the Cake set because there are so many birthday greetings you can use on it to suit the mood of the card.  For this card I used the above image as you can highlight the appropriate number to suit the age.  It also comes with "st", "nd", "rd" and "th" at the bottom right of the image. So for this card, I highlighted the "3" and "rd" which I stamped in Island Indigo then for the "rd" I stamped on scrap and punched it out with a 1/4" circle punch and adhered it with a dimensional.  The truck and dirt track are from I Dig You.

I was so cross with myself, having carefully assembled the layers, I then discovered that I had stamped the sentiment in the bottom layer upside down!  There's always a way round it - so I simply stamped it again on a piece of scrap, punched it out with the decorative label punch, inked the edges and glued it the right way up so as to salvage the card!

Not content with having made one mistake, I then glued this layer upside down on the top half of the card!  To rectify this, I then had to add another layer with Ethan's name on it to cover up the tell-tale glue marks!  (The letters are from the Morning Post Alphabet.)  Show's I'm human!  We ALL make mistakes, but we can just change direction and all will be well again and no-one would've been any the wiser that this was not how it was meant to be originally! hehe!

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Good news! Petite Curly Label Punch

After yesterday's devastating news that the watercolour crayons are being discontinued, here's some positive news!   

You'll be pleased to know that although Sale-a-bration is over, this little punch - the Petite Curly Label punch will still be available for purchase @ 15,95 €/£11.50(code 129405)  and will carry through into the 2013-2014 annual catalogue. Punched image size is 1.9 x 1.9 cm and co-ordinates with the 2013 spring/summer catalogue's Ciao, Baby! stamp set.  The punch was first seen in the 2013 Sale-A-Bration brochure. 

Friday, 5 April 2013

More Announcements - Watercolor pencils and crayons discontinued


4 April 2013
Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, we have decided to discontinue these two products.
The following items are only available while supplies last. Get ‘em before they’re gone!
  • 101879: Watercolor Pencils
  • 119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
  • 119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons

Thursday, 4 April 2013


In 2010, Stampin' Up! did a BIG colour renovation with plans for smaller colour refreshes every three to five years to keep their colours on trend.  We are excited to announce that it is now three years on and in the upcoming 2013-2014 annual catalogue, 10 NEW COLOURS (most of which are returning Colors® from previous years)!

There is regrouping of the colours and the only true new colour is Smoky Slate giving you two shades of grey in the Neutrals section.

Best of all, most of our favourite 2011-2013  In Colours have been incorporated into the Subtles and Regals family.

The colours which are being discontinued will be available for purchase only while stocks last!  If you have any particular favourites, now is the time to stock up.  Once they're gone, they're gone!

The new colours will only be available for purchase as of July 1st when our new catalogue launches!

Monday, 1 April 2013

Blog Hop Postponed

My apologies, I mentioned on Easter Sunday's post that I would be back on Monday with a mini bloghop.  I've just received notification that unfortunately we have had to reschedule this on another  day.  So as not to disappoint you, here are a couple of snippets from the original blog hop post .
With it being the Easter break, I had to make something to contain Easter treats! These little boxes were made from the Petite PocketXL die. I cut all three pieces of cardstock in Pacific Point, Lucky Limeade and Melon Mambo and wrapped some DSP round it and then tied it with co-ordinating ribbon. The stamped images were stamped on Whisper White card stock and punched out with the small oval punch. I threaded bakers twine through the holes on the tags and tied them round the ribbon. 

Stampin' Up! carry these 1"x 8" cello bags (2.5 x 20 cm) which are great for putting small treats in - my problem was finding some easter eggs small enough to go in them! I used the Fancy Flower punch, 1 3/4" circle scallop punch and the Blossom punch to make these. The stamped centres were punched out with a 1" circle punch, and 1 1/4" scallop circle punch. The 1 1/4" scallop circle punch was introduced in our Autumn/Winter catalogue from 2012, but thankfully they have carried it over into our Spring/Summer catty and it is still available for purchase. (SSp34) 
As a bonus - here are some card samples I made for the Sandown Show back in January 2013 which I don't think I've posted yet.  All the materials used are available in the Spring/Summer 2013 catty.
Summer Starfruit is an acquired taste, but it seems to co-ordinate well with Primrose Petal card stock.
I have used the Cloudy Day embossing folder, Print Poetry DSP pack and Wishes Your Way stamp set......

 ....and the pinwheel die, and lots of items from the Spring/Summer catalogue - hope you like it.

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