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Sunday, 30 April 2017

Sneak Peek!

Yay!  Another long weekend!  Not that it makes much difference if you're "retired", or at least if your other half is.  Everyday seems like a long weekend!  You'd think that without the daily grind of a day at the office, life at home should pan out more leisurely - nothing could be further from the truth!!! Sometimes you wonder, where did you ever find time to go to work!! lol!

Mind you, better to keep those brain cells active and life in general active and that's where my journey with Stampin' Up! began!   I feel blessed to have forged so many friendships with the love of crafting at its core, so my family expect nothing less than a hand-made card.  

As a Demonstrator, if you attend a Stampin' Up! Onstage Live event, you can pre-order new stuff called a Purchase Product Premier within a limited window of opportunity - one of the perks of attending OnStage.   You're given a list with a selection of goodies from the forthcoming  new Annual Catalogue (which goes live on June 1st) which you can buy ahead of launch day so that we can prepare samples to show your customers and friends.  So here's a Sneak Peek at this gorgeous set which I made for our anniversary.  Nothing fancy schmancy, but boy does it look COOL and it's so easy to make too.  I love cards that pack a punch with minimum effort, especially if you need an "emergency" card and are time poor!

Take a look at one of the new In-Colors!  Really rich - in fact it looks quite regal and a great addition to our existing collection. I often wonder who dreams up the names for the colours - this one is called Fresh Fig.   I'm loving those ombre glitter enamel dots and I know you'll just love them when you see them.  

The stamp set is called "Lovely Inside & Out" and the coordinating framelits  "Lovely Words Thinlits".  It's difficult to visualise what stunning creations you can make from the images at first, and it isn't until you ink it up and play with it that makes this set pop.  They're great for any age group and especially for masculine cards and we know we need more of those don't we?  I can't wait to explore this more!

Happy Sunday and have a great Bank Holiday Monday!

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Biggest Birthday Ever & Suite Sentiments

When you know something isn't going to be around anymore, it galvanises you into action.  I've been busy creating lots of cards using this set so I hope it will give you plenty of ideas.  Someone said to me if dies are no longer available, then what?  All is not lost, you can still use the stamps without the dies it just means having to get back to basics and fussy cut!

I hope these samples will  kick start your creative juices.  Hope you like them and I'd love to see them, so please share on my Facebook page, or email it to me and I will feature you as a guest designer on my blog!

 Trifold card measurements:


Card Base: 11-1/4" x 8-1/4". Mark short end at 3", rotate card stock clockwise 180 degrees and mark opposite end at 3".  Align these 3" marks in cutting groove and cut diagonal line.Butt up straight edge to  the top (with diagonal side at bottom) and score at 3-1/2", 7-1/2"
DSP:  10-1/2" x 7-3/4", Straight side on top (with diagonal side at bottom), cut 3-1/2", then cut remaining piece at 3 1/2" again.


Card Base: 28.6 cm x 21 cm.  Mark short end at 7.6 cm, rotate card stock clockwise 180 degrees and mark opposite end at 7.6 cm.  Align these 7.6 cm marks in cutting groove and cut diagonal line.  Butt up straight edge to the top (with diagonal side at bottom) and score at 8.9 cm, 19.1 cm.
DSP: 26.7 cm x 19.7 cm, Straight side on top (with diagonal side at bottom), cut 8.9 cm, then cut remaining piece at 8.9 cm again.

I've listed the supplies used for each card below their respective pictures.

Cut the cone just over bottom half to create a cupcake case.   What's left over can be used as a pennant for a bunting.   The die can be used for ice cream or a cupcake........

or clouds!

The candles here are actually for stamping the sandwich layers of the cake slice but thinking laterally, I thought why not big candles?

Use up scraps of DSP to embellish with.  I've used the Playful Background photopolymer stamps to echo the bokeh effect in the Falling In Love DSP.  For the sentiment I used a post-it note to cover up the "graduate" part  of the sentiment and only used "Congratulations".  The Metallic Enamel shapes in gold make a nice change from Rhinestones.

Embossing folders are great for adding texture in a small section  to  make a card pop.  I've added the metallic doilies and layering is another good way of adding texture.  The lace doiley one is no longer available, but you can substitute it for another.

Product List

Here is the supply list for the trifold card.

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