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Friday, 31 May 2013

Retirement list is here!   Ever hankered after certain stamp sets, but then held back because you were waiting for the Retirement List to pick up a bargain?

Click on links and peruse at your leisure.

View the retiring STAMPS here

View the ACCESSORIES here.  

The online store has been temporarily suspended so if you wish to make a purchase, email me -

A word of caution - availability is only while stocks last!

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Henry Says

This stamp set is in the Spring/Summer 2013 catalogue which is due to expire on 30 June.  There's only barely a month left for last orders!

I stamped Henry in Black Stazon on Whisper White cardstock and on some scratch paper which I then cut outside Henry's outline.  I used the negative (all the white space) to mask the area I didn't want coloured, and sponged Henry in Basic Gray.  I used Baja Breeze, Calypso Coral and Daffodil Delight markers for the buntings and stamped a few extra so I could cut and pop them with dimensionals.  I ran it through the Big Shot using the square lattic embossing folder to add some texture before adding the extra odd bunting, otherwise they would've been flattened!

Henry looked a bit naked so I added a "bow tie".  Do you think he looks dapper?

Pop back tomorrow for news on the retirement list!  Sadly the online store has been suspended temporarily while they iron out the glitches, so if there's anything you need let me know via email asap as things go pretty fast, especially since our expansion into 2 new zones - i.e., the Netherlands and Austria so demand is high!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

From Paula's Desk Bulletin #2

Have you ever wondered what demonstrators get up to at training?  Here's a taster! I'd posted this on 29 May, but for some reason,  my post disappeared!  So I've reposted with some new text as I can't for the lit of me remember what I wrote last time!

Do you love Stampin' Up! products?  Fancy enjoying the discount, having a heads up on breaking news before anyone else?  Working flexitime around hours to suit you?  Getting a Starter Kit which is completely customisable?  Meeting people who share your passion and creativity?  Having the opportunity to earn incentive trips to exotic places?  Then wait no more - Stampin' Up! is the answer to your prayers!

I am based in Fleet, Hampshire.  Email me elaine.harding@googlemail.com for more information, or leave your contact details and I can call and we can have an informal chat.  Join my team, signing up is just a click away!

Monday, 27 May 2013

All Dressed up Bundle

I bought this Bundle ages ago, but haven't really found the time to sit and play.  There are so many connotations on how you could "dress" the dresses that I thought the best way to showcase it was to make a triple wammy card, so this card was born - a triple swing card. I made a collage below, otherwise this post will just be too picture heavy!  The card base is 12" x 5 1/2", scored landscape at 4" and 8".

Two of the back panels were done in Very Vanilla card stock so you could add the sentiments and address it to the recipient, so I made four dresses in all.  I had such fun doing these, but it is time consuming and you'd want to make it for a fellow crafter who appreciates the work and care it's taken to create this!

Hope you like it.  A bit late posting today as this post wasn't scheduled and it's an extra I made as it's Bank Holiday today.  Right - I'm off to enjoy some of today's sunshine - hubs has got the BBQ going and I can smell some yummy stuff wafting into the house!!!

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Variation on a Step card

Hiya!  Hope you're enjoying the sunshine and the extra day's rest to come on Bank Holiday Monday!  This is a real quickie.

I've made quite a few of these cards and I've taught it to both my card and technique club members. I had a special request from one of my downlines on how to make this so I've incorporated this into my team meeting content this month.  You can see the other designs in an earlier post on my blog  here.

The stamp set I used is Field Flowers.  My card base is Riding Hood Red and accent colours are So Saffron  paperstack DSP and Baja Breeze.  The inks used were So Saffron, Garden Green and Riding Hood Red.

Enjoy your weekend wherever you may be.  Back soon with more projects.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, 25 May 2013


Stampin' Up! has temporarily suspended the Online Store due to technical problems.  They are working to rectify this as soon as possible.

Please accept my humble apologies for any inconvenience.  In the meantime, do contact me via email or in your usual manner and I would be delighted to help in any way I can.

Otherwise it's business as usual.  Enjoy your Bank Holiday Weekend.

Thursday, 23 May 2013


Stop press!!!  Oh my giddy aunt - we now have Online Shopping!  To all my customers, club members, Hostesses past and present and everyone else, this is an additional shopping facility 24/7 for you to get your hands on Stampin' Up! products.

I will still interact with you and offer you a personal service when we meet at classes, clubs or events, or via email or shows,  but you have the additional benefit of tapping into the Online Store in between if you ever run out of that all important "must have" item.

First you need to click on THIS LINK which will take you to my online store, create an account for yourself - add your name, address and details.  When you've finished,  click on 

Any online customers
 who order directly through my website will be entered into a 


draw  which will end on 28 May 2013 at 2300 hrs GMT

*subject to a qualifying order for Hostess Benefits

Place an online order through my new Stampin' Up! website and remember to use this 


In the event that the order total for May does not reach the qualifying workshop total to receive Hostess Benefits, a name will still be drawn and I will send a mystery prize to the lucky winner.  All customers will also receive a complimentary gift as a token of my appreciation too.

In order for the Hostess Code to work, please make sure that the top right corner of the screen display has my name, if not, google Elaine Harding.  If it takes you to my blog "Elaine's Creative Musings" you will find 

in the top right hand column of my blog which will take you there.

Happy browsing!

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

TelfordRegional Make & Takes

What I love about training in any shape or form is that we always have some stamping and some creative time.  At our recent regional training in Telford, we were given two projects.  The first, above, was a jotter and the second, below was a little box containing five little 3"x 3" cards.

From having attended numerous sessions, I don't stress about doing it while on site and now just leave them till I get home, so finally several days later I've actually found time to break open the packs and set to.  I had to make up my own Gumball Green spritzing solution out of rubbing alcohol and reinkers to duplicate the splatter patterns on the instruction sheet for the jotter, but it didn't quite turn out like it did in the picture.  Instead I had a feint shade of green, no pretty splats!  The cover was scored in both landscape and portrait at 1/2" intervals to resemble a grid.  The colours used are Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Basic Gray, and More Mustard.

Here's a box made with the two tags bigz die.  A piece of Calypso Coral was stamped with one of the clockwork images and then punched out with the Blossom punch.    The sentiment set we used was One in a Million.

Sunday, 19 May 2013


For today's Sunday share I've revisited some water colouring techniques.  I used a 3 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of water colour paper, spritzed it with water and while it was still damp used my aqua painter to add the colours.  I spritzed again after each application of colour so that it would run in rivulets and create a random pattern.  Am pleased with the effect.

Its not really visible in this picture, but both the umbrella and welly boots had crystal effects added as well as on the raindrops, plus a few random raindrops.

Stamps: Bootiful Occasions, Million Dollar Moments (Hostess set from  SS 2013 catty)
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Watercolour Paper, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight
Accessories:  Crystal effects

This is short and sweet - enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Artisan Embellishment Kit

Good morning, or g'day as the Aussies say.

Things are buzzing at HQ but  you'll just have to wait a bit longer for the news!  At Regional Training, demos are asked if they could drop off a swap for their display boards and this was my contribution.  I used the  Artisan Embellishment kit - it shows off the pretty lace, seam binding ribbon and for my sample, I was a bit extravagant and used the whole bunch of flowers to make up this floral bouquet.  You can use a single flower at a time, or a group of threes twice, but it looked so pretty as a bunch, I didn't want to break it up.

The frame is from Papaya Collage - I embossed it with Pewter embossing powder and it gives this lovely antiqued finish.  I cut out the inside of the frame so that you could see the pretty lace underneath.  The base of the card front is Early Espresso.  The second layer is Primrose Petal Core-dinations which was torn top and bottom then sanded to give a vintage look.  

The next layer is the Natural Composition paper with the music manuscript embossed, I distressed this too, and curled up the bottom right edge.

Hope you like it!

Monday, 13 May 2013

Altered Art

This was a reporters note pad and folder I altered to include a slot for the pen  on the left top side which I made for my down line Petra for Telford's Regional Training Day.   The folder was made out of a 12" x 12" sheet of textured Pink Pirouette (retired)  - sorry I don't have exact measurements.  I just did it by eye, butting up the notepad against the card stock to see where I needed to score.  I made a cover for the reporters note pad and scored 1/4" intervals where the spine at the top is and wrapped Floral District DSP as shown.  I had some scrap Rich Razzleberry DSP from the Razzzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' kit left  from another project which I used to cover the "P" from the Bigz Typeset Alphabet to embellish the Window Frames with.

The Pink Pirouette folder is closed first, and the Rich Razzleberry notepad cover flips over the top of it and tucks into the Pink Pirouette tab at the bottom to secure it.

I also made Petra a name badge and a cello bag filled with sweets in her survival kit, but forgot to take a picture!  Hope she liked it.

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Regional Training Swaps - Telford 2013

Happy Sunday!  
I'm sorry I didn't get round to posting mid-week but things have been a bit hectic and I just haven't had the time.  Yesterday a lot of demonstrators met up in Telford for Regional Training.  At least 50 Inspiring Inkees were there.   It was a brilliant day, meeting up with fellow demonstrators.  There were fantastic business presentations, product demos, technique demos, loads of good tips and advice and lots of news about forthcoming products which Stampin' Up! have asked us to keep under wraps for the moment until the official launch date.

Back to my swaps.  Want a closer look? - my swaps are 4" x  4" square.

The background stamp is from the SS catty called Beyond Plaid.  The flower is from Blooming with Kindness.  I stamped the flower in Sahara Sand, cut it out with the Apothecary Accent Framelits, used the Essentials paper piercing to accentuate the shape, sponged edges and adhered to card base with dimensionals.  To add a bit of interest, I cut banners with Comfort Cafe DSP and added a Neutrals designer button with some linen threaded through  into a bow.  All the buttons varied.

Hope you like them!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Secret Garden

Good day, folks - hope you're enjoying the extra day!  Here's another card using the Secret Garden bundle.

I stamped and white embossed three of this particular floral image on Calypso Coral card stock.  The first one I left whole, smothered it with a two-way glue pen and dipped the flower into a tub of dazzling diamonds while the glue was still wet, shaking off the excess. Alternatively, you can use Versamark, heat and stick embossing powder, a heat tool, sprinkle with  dazzling diamonds and heat again to fix the glitter on.  I chose the first option because it was quicker.

I cut the middle size flower and discarded the larger petals and coloured it with a Calypso Coral marker to make it a darker shade.  Lastly I cut the smallest flower and discarded the rest, and just used the marker sparingly in the centre to add a bit of depth by shading it.  The layers were popped up on dimensionals and I used a trio of pearls in 2 different sizes to embellish the centre of the smallest flower. 

The card base background was stamped in Baja Breeze and I matted on Early Espresso and partially embossed with Very Vanilla, leaving the bottom half smooth so I could stamp a sentiment from the Friendly Phrases stamp set.

The leaves were cut out of Lucky Limeade with the co-ordinating framelit dies from the bundle.

Here's the inside of the card.  It was originally the front of the card, but having stamped the flowers in Early Espresso I felt it detracted from the additional layers so I switched it round to the inside and stamped the front with the same flower but in Baja Breeze and that seemed to work better. I left the inside of the card blank so that it would be suitable to use for any occasion.

Thanks for stopping by - enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Ciao, Baby! Spring Sampler

Hello All! Are you enjoying the Bank Holiday weekend?

I made this little box to hold 4 mini cards. The finished card size actually is only 3" x 3"square.  The card stock is cut at 3" x 7" and then scored at 2" and 5 " on the long side.  I got my inspiration on Pinterest, but can't remember who the original designer was, so thank you whoever you are.  The box design is just a smaller version of one that the lovely Amanda taught us at one of our quarterly training sessions.  The colours chosen were quite bright - Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Lucky Limeade.  After all the grey of winter, we need more colour!

These will make wonderful gifts for your friends and/or family and especially for Hostesses at workshops.   For the card closures,  I used the Ciao, Baby! (SSp16) set which were punched out with the petite curly label punch and dimensionals were placed on the right underside of the label so that it would act as a closure for the card.  The little images are from the Spring Sampler set (SSp23).  I cut 2"x 12" strips of DSP and used these to embellish the cards with as well as the envelop flaps so that they would coordinate with the cards.  The box was decorated with the lovely natural trim ribbon - it looks like burlap.  I frayed the edges and attached a single flower trim with a glue dot.

Hope you like it.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Blue Ribbon & Good Sport

My friend's son is just mad about football and it's always a challenge to do masculine cards without it looking too girlie!

I've had the Blue Ribbon stamp set for awhile and this fun fold lends itself to the Rosette image being shown off peeping through the cut out circle.  There's also a little trick - to punching the rosette out without losing the tails.  By cutting the tails up to the next full scallop (that's 1 1/2 scallops on both sides), you can insert the rosette into the appropriate circle scallop punch and punch out the rosette.  The more common way is to stamp the rosette first, then stamp it again on a piece of scrap and punching out the whole scallop then raising it on dimensionals.  It's certainly quicker, but if you want to pop it, then you're adding another layer of depth and the card will end up being more expensive to post.  This way, you've only got one layer of dimensional for the closure and the Certainly Celery "Happy Birthday".

Of course one had to decorate the inside too, so I used the Good Sport set to stamp some footballs, then stamped an extra one in scrap Whisper White which I punched out and raised on dimensionals and adhered on the left side so that it would act as a closure.

Wednesday, 1 May 2013



Introducing Stampin' Up!'s NEWEST product line that lets you capture it ALL - ON-THE-GO!  What is it?  They are  a suite of products to make journals, scrapbooks and Stampin' Up's own brand of smash books. 

This and That  debuts in the 2013-2014 annual catalogue, but Stampin' Up! are releasing this for sale early just one month only!

From 1–31 May you can get our five This and That products in a bundle for 15 percent off the retail value. The item code is 133905 - €38.76/£28.24.  The bundle includes a journal, Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper, Remember This and That Rotary Stamp with 12 clever phrases for all life's events plus the dates, 4 sheets of Epic Day This and That Designer stickers in a variety of designs and 3 reels of Epic Day This and That Washi Tape.

To view what is included in the bundle, click on flyer pictures to enlarge it.  You will find my contact details on the bottom right corner of the first page of the flyer - top picture.

Or, you can buy them separately through June and into the new catalogue (but why would you do that when you can get them all for at a discount?). Watch for more This and That products added to our line in the coming months!

Here's a video!

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