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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Tag a Box Bundle

Did you know that Stampin' Up! has a new gift box range which are extremely sturdy, it's food safe and each box has its pre-scored acetate sleeve which slides over the box matchbox style?  You can cover them with pretty paper, stamp on them, wrap a belly band round them and it's ready to go!  For this set I've used Gingham Garden DSP.  Stamps used for the tag are Label Love, Flowering Flourishes and the Gingham wheel.  The rose was dyed and made with Simply Pressed clay and the molds.

You can find pretty packing on pages 158 and 159.  Save 15% by buying the Tag a Bag Accessory Kit at the same time as a Tag a Box Bundle.

Memorable Moments

Short and sweet today - this stamp set has proved so useful - I go back to it time and again.  Tsk, tsk - I've used some retired product!  I've got yards of the flower trim left and it needs using up! I normally wouldn't put retired product on a card I'm blogging about - but this card is for my sister and brother-in-law's 35th wedding anniversary and I don't think they would mind whether it's retired or not!

As you can see there aren't any fancy images in the set, but I just love the script and the numerals in them. You can gold or silver emboss to give it a classier look and combine this set with other elements or images, but I just chose to keep mine clean and simple.

What is 35 years represented as?  I googled it and was informed that of yore, coral was given, but in the modern age, jade is the more recognised gemstone to earmark this milestone.  So I combined the two!  It was just an excuse to add a splash of colour to the plain white background!

I hope they like it.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Magnetic Platform temporarily discontinued

I am loving our magnetic platform which makes die cutting fancy folds so much easier.  By the way, the code for the magnetic platform will no longer be available until our suppliers can meet the demand.  As soon as it is available again, I will let you know.  In the meantime here's a card using the Flower Bundle.  There's a special way to mount the stamps so that they line up perfectly with the coordinating punch.  If you purchase one through me, I will show you how.

It looks really busy, doesn't it - at first glance - but wait..... the belly band is only half the story!

Here's the card again without the belly band.   

Supply list:

Stamps:  Flower Shop, Dictionary, Off the Grid, Really Good Greetings, Notable Notions
Ink:  Strawberry Slush, Rich Razzleberry
Paper:  Strawberry Sluch,Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Pistachio Pudding
Accessories: Ovals Framelits, Pansy Punch, Chalk It Framelits, 7/8" scallop circle punch, Polka Dot embossing folder, two-step bird punch, Baked Brown Sugar ruffle ribbon, artisan label punch, Victorian lace ribbon, basic pearls, magnetic platform

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Gently Falling

Here's another card using the salted background technique, but with a more masculine feel.  The two-step stamping stamps work best as by using the outline image, the background is still visible.

For the inside, the two-step stamping has been applied.  The more solid image was stamped first, then the line image on top.

You will find the stamp sets I used on Page 65 of the Annual Catalogue called "Gently Falling"  There are 12 stamps in all - wood mount 128430 @ £35.95 or clear mount 123804 @ £28.95

The sentiments inside were from "Bring On the Cake" Page 14 - 128490 for wood mount @ £34.95 and for clear £27.95.  Clear mount blocks are sold separately.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Salted Background Technique

I recently taught the Salted Background  technique to my club ladies.  I used Shimmery White card stock and spritzed it with water until it was quite damp.  I added colour with an aqua painter in random directions using my ink pads as palettes to pick up colour.  After that I sprinkled with a coarse salt as well as table salt to give this interesting background.  The one on the left easel I stamped a Summer Silhouette image in versamark before applying the colour.  You spritz again after you've added the salt and leave it for a few minutes to allow the salt to melt.  This forms interesting patterns on your cardstock.  You can use a heat tool to speed up the drying process.  Brush the salt off and it will leave interesting patterns.  No two cards wiill be the same.

This technique really lent itself to a marine theme - so By The Tide stamps were just perfect!  I love how the shimmery white card stock sparkles.  Unfortunately the picture doesn't do it justice.

By the Tide was in our summer catalogue but has been carried over to the Annual Catalogue!  You'll find this stamp set on page 77 of the annual catalogue.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Chalk Talk, Gorgeous Grunge and Dictionary

I can't believe how fast the week is speeding by and here we are - Sunday again!  I shall be at an all day crop and won't be anywhere near a computer so I've scheduled this rather than miss this regular slot.

These were the "Thank You" cards I made for my Launch Party customers.  I used three of my top favourites in the new catty - the new Dictionary background stamp, Chalk Talk bundle which includes the stamp set and coordinating framelits,  and Gorgeous Grunge.    Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White and Soft Sky card stock and the retired flower trim which was just too good not to use just because they've left our current catty. 

Here's a close up.

I made more of the same for our Quarterly meeting.  Can you spot the difference?  Yes, all swaps have to use current product only, so I swapped the flower trim at the top for a Simply Pressed clay rose at the bottom.  I made them all in white for speed, and just coloured them with an aqua painter in Soft Sky and Wisteria Wonder giving it a marbled look.

Are you enjoying the heatwave?  Enjoy your Sunday - happy stamping!

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Mosaic Madness & Fabulous Phrases

After feeding you a steady diet of Mosaic Madness, I'm sure you're crying out for a change, so this is the last one for the time being!  It is more pleasing to the eye to work in odd numbers - so here's a triple whammy!

The sentiments are from Fabulous Phrases, you can make up your own "sentences" with these.  I know I can't stamp straight, so it was easier to stagger the word underneath each other.

Hope you like it.  

Back tomorrow with a new stamp set!

Thursday, 18 July 2013


Oh my goodness! As a Demonstrator one tends to have an extensive library (read stash) and sometimes I forget myself and keep pulling stamp sets out without thinking!  Before I knew it, I'd actually used 5 stamp sets to make just the one card!  Here's what I used.

All the stamp sets above and framelits are from the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue

Top Left:  P38 Really Good Greetings 130330 (W)  £16.95 / 130333 (C) £13.95
Middle Left:   P109 Gorgeous Grunge  130514 (W) £21.95 / 130517 (C) £17.95
Bottom Left:  P112 Happy Day 130294 (W)£19.95 / 130297 (C) £15.95
Bottom Middle: P127 Tape It  (W) 130712 £23.95 / 130715 (C) £18.95
Top Right: P186 Squares Collection framelits 130921 £22.95

Not shown is the new magnetic platform which makes cutting a cinch - no more faffing about with Post-It notes!  The colours used here Soft Sky, Early Espresso.  By strategic placement of your top cutting plate, you can use the largest square scallop framelit to cut a rectangle instead which is what I did with this card.

I'm loving the Tape It stamp set too - stamps resemble washi tape and what could be more exciting than to be able to have it all in the whole Stampin' Up! colour spectrum without storage problems of hundreds of reels of actual washi tape!  To make it look even more authentic, you could stamp on neutral cardstock then cut along the contours of the image and glue it to your project.  It will resemble the texture of having real washi tape!

Another great set to have is the Gorgeous Grunge set - once it's in your possession, just think of all the possibilities you have to vintage - or not to vintage without the mess!  There are big and small splatter stamps, dragged lines as well as some tape and to think that I was so devastated when I let my set of French Foliage go.  I can see me using this lots!!!!

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Mosaic Madness & Layered Labels #2

Another card on its side - this time I featured the long staggered bar across the bottom of the card.  I punched out a tile to leave an aperture and stamped one of the images through the aperture to create this effect.  

I stamped a layered label in Crisp Cantaloupe, cleaned the stamp and stamped a second time with Baked Brown Sugar on a piece of scratch Whisper White and punched out the "For You" with the large oval punch.

A quick and simple card.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

More Mosaic Madness

For my Sunday Share, here are two cards today!

Punching out the mosaic shape to reveal the layer below as a feature in this card.  Just trying to think outside the box.  Stamp your image before embossing.  I repeated the effect on a smaller piece layered onto Crisp Cantaloupe.

By carefully punching out the mosaic shape after you've embossed it, leaves a nice even ridge on the mosaic tile which I sponged in Crisp Cantaloupe to highlight it.

I turned the mosaic tiles on its side for this one.  I made a border with the tiles, having stamped and punched them out first, I adhered them with dimensionals to the strip of Crisp Cantaloupe and cut it out by hand.

The mosaic centres were also stamped and punched out with the itty bitty punch.  The sentiment is from Layered Labels and I used the Apothecary Accents Framelits to cut out the label

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Faux Patina Stationery Box

Long story short, I tend to favour blues, but all the Mosaic Madness samples I'd made were in Pistachio Pudding.  For my launch party, I was working through all the new In Color palette, and I left my favourite bundle last, and ended up with greens.

After the launch, I turned my hand to making something 3D - and I thought the Faux Patina technique would work well with Mosaic Madness, and then I could make some more cards in my favourite colours to match the box.    I thought of submitting this as a Demo's Choice at our Quarterly meeting today, but wasn't entirely happy with the way the crystal effects had been applied.  The light was poor, and I'd missed one or two spots and patching up would look unsightly.  

For the centre piece, I made a flower using punched out mosaic tiles glued onto a hexagon and prettied it up with a faceted button and the new candy dot and brad base, backed with some Pear Pizzazz taffeta ribbon.

It was rather labour intensive, as I used the faux patina effect on the embossed mosaic tiles - you'd never guess that it originally started life as a plain Whisper White piece of card stock!  When I have got some spare time, I will go back and make cards and envelopes to match.  

There aren't any close up pics, as then you'd see all the flaws!

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Mosaic Madness & Banner Greetings

If you follow my blog, my post on Saturday featured a christmas theme and the mosaic tile was raised.  Here you can see the area surrounding the tile is raised.  I like the effect this side gives too, and I do tend to use this side more often.  The mosaics were stamped on Whisper White and cut out with the Window Frames Framelits collection.  The greeting is from one of the new Hostess sets called Banner Greetings.  

Have you noticed that my entire collection of Mosaic Madness are Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White?  There's method in my madness - each stamp set I made samples for were colour co-ordinated so I could easily identify them for the displays.  I stamped directly on to the card base in different coloured inks to illustrate how Stampin' Up! inks stay true to their colour.

Hope you like it - back soon with more Mosaic Madness!

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Memorable Moments

I was intrigued by how this border was achieved and took my inspiration from the newly launched Annual Catalogue - page 134.  With the help of a stampa-majig, I stamped the frame image from Memorable Moments on a strip of Pear Pizzazz.  The lines and gingham effect on alternate panels were drawn freehand and the "border" was cut with paper snips. To dress it up, I used the medium sized pearls, punched out some butterflies from the Beautiful Wings embosslit sets and the flowers from my favourite itty bitty punch trio.

Here's the inside - the sentiments are from Fabulous Phrases.  Excuse the picture quality - I didn't use my light studio and propped this up against the patio doors, and of course the reflection was dancing on the card - see the two arcs of light on the card base!

Not content with my first effort, I made another.  For this one, I centred the frame image from Memorable Moments and repeated the process using alternate patterns drawn freehand with a Pear Pizzazz Marker pen.  I added some Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, made a banner.  Using the new hexagon punch, I  punched a tail in Happy Birthday greeting.  The tail isn't as deep.  I stamped butterflies with Papillon Poupourri and punched them out - one is the Elegant Butterfly punch, and the other smaller butterfly used the itty bitty butterfly punch.

The greeting on the inside of this card is from "Bring on the Cake".  Which do you prefer?

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Sunday Share

Happy Sunday!  This has to be the most popular of the new suites - I was restricted by having no coordinating ribbon for our pre-order, so used linen thread instead.  In this card, I brayered Pistachio Pudding on the actual embossing folder before placing my card stock in and running it through the Big Shot. The banners at the top were cut from Hearts a Flutter Framelits and embossed to add texture.  The sentiment is from Label Love - I just cut out the part I wanted and discarded the rest. Are you familiar with the new In Colors yet?  This is Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Baked Brown Sugar and Whisper White.

Here's the inside of the card.   I added a strip in Crisp Cantaloupe to hide an ink smudge!

Thanks for visiting!

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Mosaic Christmas

Sorry for the drunk angle of the picture!  This is the debossed side of the embossing folder.  There's no right side or wrong side with this folder - it's a question of preference.  I featured this side with the mosaic tile raised so you could see the difference.  

This set is so versatile - you could use the punched out images as christmas ornaments.  I'm delighted that we still have Petite Pairs.  The christmas greeting came from this set.

You've probably noticed that there is an absence of christmas stamps in the new catty.   Don't despair!  Stampin' Up! rationalised all those in a seasonal catalogue which will appear in our Autumn/Winter catalogue later in the year.  However, if you did want to make a start on stock piling and making your christmas cards in July, and you wanted something different, this is the stamp set (or bundle) for you!  I know some of you are avid crafters and you're planning what to make as early as in July!  Wish I was as sensible as you to avoid that last minute panic in December!  Change the colours to a vibrant red, and this will really pop!

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