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Sunday, 30 June 2013

Mosaic Madness & Morning Meadow

This is a really quick post - as I am having an Open House today and even at this late hour, just gone midnight, I still have stuff to do to get ready for tomorrow!

Here's a sneak peek at a couple of Hostess sets - the sentiment is from Simply Sketched and the flowers are from Morning Meadow.    The mosaic embossing folder coordinates with the Mosaic Madness stamp set.  Colours used are Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo.

I've got lots to share after launch date - it's so exciting to be able to share at last!

ttfn - back with more next week.  Have a great weekend.

Friday, 28 June 2013


New wood-mount packaging!  Not long to launch day, so here's something to whet your appetite.  I'm such a tease - I know you'd rather see the actual stamps.....just a tad longer to wait!  

Introducing our new wood-mount stamp set packaging! These new cases are similar to our clear-mount boxes and fit perfectly on the shelf right next to them. They also have the images and stamp set name on the spine to make your search for the right set even easier.

Empty cases will be available with the launch of the new catalogue. That means you can transfer all your old sets to these new boxes! There will even be a template for you to create your own label for your old stamp sets also available 1 July. A pack of four half-size cases (9.5 x 14 cm) will sell for 5.95 €/£4.50 and a pack of four full-size cases (19.1 x 14 cm) will be 8.50 €/£6.25.

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Guest Designer - A bit of Old, and a bit of New

Today I have a guest designer - my lovely talented downline Catherine who featured these cards in her launch party last Tuesday!  Can you spot what's new in these two pictures?  I seldom make long, tall cards - mainly because Stampin' Up! don't carry the long, tall envelops (forget what size they call them), so it's a real treat to see Catherine's design. The bit of old are the Mixed Bunch and Itty Bitty label stamp sets as well as the linen thread and bakers twine.   The new is the cardstock which are the 2013-2015 In Colors Baked Brown Sugar/Crisp Cantaloupe combo.  

Here Catherine used the same design in Coastal Cabana and Daffodil Delight.   She's also showed off the new buttons in the top picture, and made a floral centre out of dyed clay for the centre of the flower in the picture above.

Fabby!  Well done Catherine - her party was a rip roaring success!

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Best of Flowers

I taught this to my Technique Club ladies last night - paper piecing with a twist - creating your own stamped images to use as the paper piecing element.  I was inspired by this layout from Pinterest, but can't remember who by, so thank you whoever you are.

To make life simple, I simply stamped the floral images on a scratch piece of Whisper White, then positioned a 1" circle punch over the area I wanted displayed, punched and adhered it to the punched out circle spaces on the Whisper White mat on the card base.    The only flower I stamped directly on to the Whisper White layer was one of the new images in Bashful Blue - this cardstock is being discontinued.

I left the largest floral image to stamp inside the card.  I didn't clutter it up with more sentiments as I thought it would allow room for penning a few lines.

Sunday, 23 June 2013

Henry Says

Oh my!  Sunday again already?  Well, for my Sunday Share, here's one of the impending retiring sets.

Poor Henry, he won't be around for much longer - he is in the Spring Summer Catalogue which ends on 30 June and he won't be making an appearance in the main catalogue!  You have been warned!  If you love elephants, and in particular Henry, don't delay! 

Cardstock is Pretty in Pink (retiring) , Whisper White and Marina Mist.  Inks are the same including Certainly Celery (also retiring) and the scallop trim border punch.

Here's the inside.  

Henry's not just for everyday - you can use him at Christmas too.  I've used Cherry Cobbler and Lucky Limeade (retiring) and the Delicate Design Embossing Folders for the gate panels and the Labels Framelits collection to cut out Henry's stamped image and mat in Lucky Limeade.  I raised Henry on dimensionals so I could slide some Cherry Cobbler seam binding ribbon underneath.

Here's the inside.  Henry couldn't wear his hat, so I stamped it in the bottom left corner, and the lovely christmas ornaments on the top right.

Henry also has a bowler hat  which you can see  here .  So he's really quite useful and versatile!  My one regret is not having found the time to use him more often.  I think he's adorable, don't you?

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Sneak Peek Mosaic Madness

These were some of the invitations I sent out a while ago for my Catalogue Preview event using the new Mosaic Madness bundle and the new 2013-2015 In Colors.   I'm loving the new pastel shades.  These invitations gave my customers a sneak peek as to what's in store!

Here's a closer look!  Crisp Cantaloupe for my mat, a piece of Very Vanilla dry embossed with the new Modern Mosaic EF, a close up look at the other coloured cardstock Coastal Cabana and Baked Brown Sugar coloured cardstock and (punched itty bitty flowers) and of course the coordinating punch!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Memorable Moments

I am so proud of Petra who has recently promoted to Bronze 2 and this is the card I made her to congratulate her.  

As part of my rewards and incentive scheme for my direct recruits and as a token of my appreciation of the time and effort she is investing into her business, Petra receives a silver plated key ring on promoting to Bronze 2.  She also earns  her first bead for having promoted.  On the key chain is Inkin' Divas symbolic butterfly, a key - to open the door of opportunity and a star, because she is my star as is every member of my team.

Congratulations Petra, on a job well done!

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Spring Sampler Special

Do you remember "Viewmaster" of yore?  As a little girl I owned one of those, and had an extensive library of the slides framed in a wheel which you slotted into the Viewmaster then viewed it through a magnified lens and clicked the slider to view the next image.

The Spring Sampler stamp set from the Spring/Summer catalogue (which ends 30 June) has a whopping 24 stamps in it.  So I thought what better  way to show off the images from this stamp set than in a view finder!   I taught this fun card to my Technique Club ladies last month and my Card Club ladies  this month using the soon to be retired Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery card stock.  The additional stamp set I used is One in a Million.  Each time you turn the wheel, a new image appears - with strategic stamping, we managed to get six images in the circle - I made a collage of the different images in the photos above.

Here's a better view of the card on its own.  I kept the rest of the card plain so as not to detract attention from the viewing window.  

Do you like it?  Pop back soon for more projects hot off the press!

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Dapper Dad and Best Dad Ever Retiring

Do you find making masculine cards difficult to make?  Getting stuck for ideas?  Hot on the heels of honouring Dads on Father's Day, here is a masculine card which started as a Father's Day card, but then my mojo  went on holiday!  So I'm re-visiting it here to see if I can salvage it.
With the exception of the Midnight Muse card stock and ribbon, all the rest of the items are retiring!  The Designer Series Paper (DSP) called Comfort Cafe will be going but the satin stitched ribbon is staying.  It took me several attempts to tie the "tie", and the reverse side of the DSP was ideal for making a handkerchief to tuck into the pocket!

These are the stamp sets which are retiring - both Dapper Dad from the Spring/Summer Catalogue (images on the left) and Best Dad Ever (with the tie and featuring the wording) is being retired from the Annual Catalogue.  I only stamped one tie in this card, but in the previous post, all the ties were featured.  For the inside of the card, I dusted the left side with embossing buddy, inked images with versamark and sprinkled with White embossing powder heated it with a heat tool to make it pop.  The opposite side was just a plain bit of stamping.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Best Dad Ever

Another post late in the day - this "Best Dad Ever" is retiring.  I thought I'd make one last card with it before it's withdrawn and if I posted tomorrow, then it would be too late!

The five different patterned ties are configured as one stamp, but I wanted them in different colours and I wanted the colour to be intense.   As you don't get the same intensity of colour if you use markers, I stamped it five times using different coloured inks, cleaning the stamp each time before using another colour.

The ties were cut out and a tab at the top was included so I could slip it through the hanger and loop it to the back and adhere it with dimensionals.  

I embossed the front of the card with the Stripes EF, cut nesting circles and accentuated the Whisper White circle by piercing holes round its circumferance.

Hope you like it!

Happy Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to those Dad's out there!

This card is an early sneak peek at some of the new things in the new catalogue.  I used some of the new 2013-2015 In Colors.  Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.  I'm allowed to show you the completed card but cannot allude to anything else.

Here's the inside.  This is a quick post.  Enjoy your time with your men folk today!

Happy stamping, and thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Best of Flowers

Just a quick post - I'm off to Tremarga Cottage this morning for a fund raising event for Change of Scene.  

The "Upsy Daisy" flower is from the Best of Sets, this month it's on flowers.  These "Best Of" sets are images of favourites spanning 25 years, there will be 4 images, 3 old and 1 new.  Every month Stampin' Up! will release a new "Best of" set up until  October, so it's for a limited period only.  The sets will be available until 31 March 2014 or while stocks last.

I've teased you with bits from the new catty too - more of that closer to launch date.  This is a monotone card.  I've used Bermuda Bay and Coastal Cabana (I think, haven't got time to check, but will when I get back and amend if it's wrong)

Technique used is double embossing - and I stamped "Upsy Daisy" on a separate piece of cardstock, then versamarked the entire piece, used heat and stick powder and dazzled diamoned it for a bit of bling.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Fabulous Florets

Here's another fun fold card - don't know what it's called, ladder card maybe?  This is in Raspberry Ripple, Print Poetry DSP stack, and Fabulous Florets.  

I stamped the flowers in Versamark and black embossed then coloured in the flowers with a blender pen followed by an aqua painter as I wasn't happy with my blending.  Lastly I spritzed it with silver.  I added a rhinestone in the centre of the flowers and added the stitched satin ribbon with a glue dot last.  Hmmm - wonder if it would look better with Gumball Green stitched ribbon so it would look like the leaves?  Maybe I should go change that.

Here's a stepped up version, reversed position of flowers, stamped leaves on scratch paper, sponged colours with daubers instead and added butterflies and created a banner for the sentiment with pearls for the flower centres and along the body of the butterfly.

Which do you prefer?

Sunday, 9 June 2013

All Dressed Up

Hi everyone! Not Sunday again - it's just coming round too fast and here we are half way through 2013!  Scary, isn't it?  So are you doing anything special today?  Not only that, it's a month on from the last crop I attended, a whole 4 weeks down the line - where did May go?  So as you read this, I'll be at a 12 hour crop at Parkside and I'm keeping my fingers crossed the weather will stay fine so we can still have our BBQ!!!

Remember the triple swing card I made which you can see here .  I had lots of Calypso Coral ovals left over from the cut outs so being eco-friendly, I decided to use one on this card instead of throwing them away.  This is a birthday card I made for the lovely Carrie - by the way, she's Head Honcho organising the crop together with her lovely sisters and her fab Mum at Parkside.

I took a piece of Very Vanilla and trimmed the front using the large scallop edgelit, then embossed with Delicate Design EF and inked the raised pattern with Calypso Coral.  I cut a dummy from the Dress Up Framelits in Early Espresso, and another out of canvas discarding the stand and neck to create a dress.  The canvas dress was sponged with  Calypso Coral, a pattern stamped in Early Espresso from Tiny Tags stamp set and I cut out the neckline and added some pearls for a necklace.    I used Calypso Coral ribbon for the belt, and daubed some ink on the flower before attaching with a glue dot. 

On the Calypso Coral oval, I stamped images from Established Elegance in Early Espresso.  This is one of the stamp sets retiring, so if you like it - better get it now before it disappears for good!

For the inside of the card, I stamped sentiments from Bring on the Cake stamp set and adhered a strip of Tea for Two DSP to dress the card.   

I'm glad to report Carrie loved the card!

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Saying good-bye

Don't get too excited!  This isn't a sneak peek of a new stamp set - it's a stamp set from my personal collection and I'm just being a little self-indulgent and you will see why when you scroll down to the next pic!  The front of the card is just a pre-quel to what follows on the inside!  There's method in my madness!

I have featured a retiring stamp set on the inside of my card called Elements of Style.  The colours I've used are Midnight Muse and Cajun Craze.  These colours are staying but sadly the stamp set is not.

You see the theme running through here?  SU are ditching Artistic Etchings, another long time favourite and I will be lost without that Eiffel Tower image!

Here are all the stamp images, the crown, "Amour", Eiffel Tower, the intricate patterned circle, a key and the bar on the bottom left stamped in Midnight Muse..  The colours used for this card are the 2012-2014 In Colours.

I couldn't very well end on a negative note, so here's a Clean & Simple card.  We're having to say "good-bye" to Patterned Party (one of the images are the presents on the bottom left) which is a great set particularly for children's parties.  Another favourite is the "splodge" pattern from French Foliage - that too is retiring :-(

I didn't manage to incorporate all the images from  Patterned Party or French Foliage  stamp sets in this design, but you get the gist.  The spritzer tool (made the fine splatter patterns in Calypso Coral) is being retired too.  So if you don't already own these and would like to take this opportunity to purchase them or anything else which takes your fancy, please email me elaine.harding@googlemail.com and we'll take it from there.

Remember, all the stamped sets featured in this post are subject to availability while supplies last with the exception of the stamp set I used for the fronts of my cards.  That stamp set is not available for purchase in the UK.  

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy stamping! 

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Swallowtail & Just Believe

One of my customers celebrated her birthday this week and here's the card I made for her. She purchased this huge background stamp called Swallowtail, so it seemed logical to make her something with that in mind. I stamped Swallowtail in Versamark and embossed it in silver, and repeated it for the reverse side too.   Then it was just a question of applying several hues of purples and lilacs in markers then wiping surplus away with some soft tissue and this is the effect it's created.

I punched out a 1 3/8" circe from a Post-it note and placed it where the moon was going to be.  Then I brayered a piece of Whisper white in Baja Breeze, brayered 2/3 in Not Quite Navy, and a third in Midnight Muse - going from light to progressively darker shades. Lastly I stamped the foliage part in Black Stazon.  Because of the size of the butterfly, I had to make my base card extra large so this card is 5 7/8" square when folded.  I used the Flower Garden EF for the narrower panel.  I embossed a second silver Swallowtail on vellum card stock and then cut it smaller, adhered with glue dots to the larger one and added some rhinestones on its body.

Last, but not least,  I stamped more images on Baja Breeze on the inside which tied in with the front of the card then added a sentiment from Petite Pairs. I think I'm safe posting this, and just hope she's received it  by now.

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