Saturday, 30 June 2012

Stampin' Up's June Designer Series Paper Promotion

(Sticky post, please scroll down for more ideas and inspiration)

Stampin; Up have announced that for JUNE ONLY if you buy 3 packs of  selected DSP you will receive a 4th pack absolutely FREE - YAY!

Ideas Book & Catalogue 2011-12

Pg 97
Pg 97
 Paisley Petals
 Beau Chateau
Pg 97
 Beyond the Garden
Pg 98
 Domestic Goddess
Pg 98
 Frightful Sight
Pg 98
 Timeless Portrait
Pg 98
 Just Add Cake
Pg 99
 Nursery Nest
Pg 99
 Big Top Birthday
Pg 99
 Well Worn

Summer Mini Catalogue

Pg 13


Pg 18
 Attic Boutique

Remember, if you book a workshop or place an order for more than £325 you also get your additional Hostess Pounds to spend - double YAY!

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Colourful "Get-Well" wishes

My poor Sister-in-law has recently had a fall and broke her hip so I wanted to make her a colourful, sparkly and cheerful card.

I actually had a couple of these butterflies sitting on my crafting desk for a few day and was wondering what to do with them as I knew I wanted to do a 'rainbow' of butterflies but wasn't sure how I would display them, but when I came to putting a card together for her it all just fell into place beautifully.

I love the few lines of little hearts that the "Textured Impressions" embossing folder add, it's a nice, subtle detail that adds a lovely finishing touch.

I hope she liked it, chat again soon ... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Sincere Salutations"
Card stock : "Naturals Ivory"; "Basic Black"; "Whisper White" "Daffodil Delight"; "Tangerine Tango"; Old Olive"; "Real Red"; "Pacific Point"; "Rich Razzlebury" & "Concord Crush"
Accessories :  Antique Brad & Rhinestone jewels
Colour:  StazOn In
Tools : Tape runner adhesive;  Glue dots; Big Shot machine; "Textured Impressions" Embossing Folders; & "Beautiful Wings" embosslit die.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Quick and simple card making


Quick post today, I just wanted to share this card with you.  It's an unusually size as it is 3" x 6".  It's a great size card to make if you have any 12"x12" cardstock as you can get 4 cards from it with no waste.

It's makes the perfect quite and simple card if you have to make a batch of "Thank You" cards or invitations or you want to make a few matching cards for a gift.

I used the wonderful stamp set "Mixed Bunch", which I absolutely love all the images and having the matching punch just makes it easy-peasy to create great cards.

I stamped and punch out an addition centre and popped it up and added lots of glitter to create a lovely sparkly centre.

Hope you like it, chat again tomorrow when I'll be back with another very colourful card. ... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Mixed Bunch" & "Tea Shoppe"
Card stock : "Pool Party"; "Poppy Parade"  & "Whisper White"
Accessories : "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter
Colour:  StazOn Ink; "Poppy Parade" & "Daffodil Delight"classic Ink pads
Tools : Tape runner adhesive;  Dimensional adhesive; 2-way glue stick & "Blossom" punch

Monday, 18 June 2012

Special Birthday Card


It was my little baby nephew's 1st birthday yesterday, so obviously I had to make him a special card, it's the first time he's got any!!

I used the "Up, Up and Away" stamp set as I think it has great images for small people, especially if you used lovely bright colours.

I used the "Timeless Type Junior Alphabet" die for the big shot to cut out the letters of his name.  They cut really well and, I think, make the card a little bit more special when it is personalised, also, this is a great way of using up cardstock scraps as you need so little to cut out the letters.

I love the little clouds that are also in the "Up, Up and Away" stamp set.

I'm defiantly in a colourful mood lately which is not like me at all, it must have something to do with the sun coming out again, oh well, it will soon pass ;-)

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Up, Up and Away"
Card stock :  "Whisper White" & "Basic Black" (Card base - from personal stash)
Colour: "Melon Mambo"; "Real Red"; "Tangerine Tango"; "Marina Mist"; "Old Olive" & "Night of Navy"
Tools : Tape runner adhesive; Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive, Big Shot machine & Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies.

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Father's Day Projects ~ No. 6

Happy Father's Day.

Very quick post as I am running very late.  My share is a last minute Father's Day project.  It's little 'Match-book' brag book, perfect for Dad's briefcase or back pocket.

It's only 4" x 3" in size and opens just like a match book.

Photo's need to go in here, but I haven't put in any yet as I made this for a friend and they'll do that bit for themselves, the photo's will be 3" x 3"

You can put in as many sheets as you like, you could even put in plain "Whisper White" sheets so the kids can do a little drawing or write little messages.

I thought it would be perfect as a project to make today so that you can put in any photo's of your actual Father's Day activities so it really will be a "Father's Day" father's day gift.

take care ... xx

Monday, 11 June 2012

Team Swop cards

Yesterday there was a Stampin' Up team meeting at my lovely up-line's house, unfortunately I wasn't able to attend this one, but I still wanted to make a few swop cards for my team mates.

I used the Notelet cards, again, (I love these), and my paper is from the Patterns DSP pack in Brights, well, it is Summer so bright and cheerful colours seemed the order of the day.

All the cards where monochromatic but I used 6 different colours from the "Brights" collection so that my team makes could choose which colour they wanted.

I also made an envelop to go with them.  For this size card you need to start with a piece of cardstock, (or whatever your envelop medium is), that is 7" x 7" and Stampin' Up's "Simply Scored Scoring Tool" and the "Diagonal Plate"  so that you get the perfect scoring alignment.  Using these tools I  scored at 2-3/4" on opposite sides and then 3-3/4" on the remaining two sides.

I used the stamp set "Delicate Doilies" for the main focal image and punched it out with the "Blossom" punch,. Whilst this stamp it too big for this punch I still think it still produces an attractive image if you line up the punch correctly.  I also used the 1" punch to punch out the center of another image from the same stamp set and I added "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter to and popped it up with dimensional adhesive.

Hope they liked them, have a great day... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Delicate Doilies"
Card stock : "Melon Mambo"; "Real Red"; "Daffodil Delight"; "Tangerine Tango"; "Tempting Turquoise"; "Rich Razzlebury" & "Whisper White"
Accessories : Patterned DSP from the "Brights" collection;  "Dazzling Diamonds" glitter & Notelets
Colour: "Melon Mambo"; "Real Red"; "Daffodil Delight"; "Tangerine Tango"; "Tempting Turquoise" & "Rich Razzlebury"
Tools : Tape runner adhesive;  Dimensional adhesive; "Blossom" punch; 1" Circle Punch; "Simply Scored Scoring Tool" & "Diagonal Plate"

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Pinwheel Cards


Couple of cute little cards for you today,

Pin-wheels are really popular in paper-crafting at the moment, so I thought I'd have a go and make a couple of little ones that would fit on a standard A6 sized card and enjoyed making the first one so much I decided to make another one, this time making the pin-wheel bigger.

They are so quick and easy to make and use the minimum of supplies, plus it brought back happy memories of when I used to make them when I was little, thought I used to make much bigger ones then.

Hope you have a great weekend... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Happiest Birthday Wishes" & "Sincere Salutations"
Card stock : "Pool Party"; "Basic Black"  & "Whisper White"
Accessories : DSP from the "Tea Time" Simply Scrappin' kit; Designer Printed Brads ^ Brads in "Brights"
Colour:  StazOn In
Tools : Tape runner adhesive;  Dimensional adhesive& "Itty Bitty Shapes" Punch Pack

Friday, 8 June 2012

Tie Mini-tutorial

This mini-tutorial is to show you have to make the tie as seen in my project HERE 


Start off with two pieces of DSP or card stock, 1 @ 1/2" x 2", this piece is for the knot and 1 @ 1/2" x 3-1/8", for the body of the tie.

Step 2

If using DSP, put the pattern you wish to use on your project face down and adhere the longer piece tin the centre of the shorter piece to form a 'T', as shown

Step 3

Fold the bottom right hand corner of the top of the 'T' up to the top left hand corner of the longer piece of DSP, as shown, and give a good crease.

Step 4

Repeat for the other side.

Step 5

Now adhere both of these pieces to the top of the 'T'

Step 6

Now turn over so that the side you want facing out is showing.

Step 7

Cut the bottom of the tie to form a point and cut the top of the Tie so that all the back side of the DSP is removed.

Adhere to your project.

Hope that was helpful, if you need any points clarified, please let me know... xx

Father's Day Projects ~ Day 5

Well, after all those ties this week, I had to make a shirt!  It's the same as one I shared last year, see HERE  only I used a different colour of Patterned DSP.

This card is really an origami card as you start off with a regular, A4 sized piece of DSP and end up with this after a few folds here and there, well, with maybe a bit of adhesive it 1 or 2 places to keep things neat and tidy.

The card actually stays closed by putting the edge of the bottom piece under the collar of the top piece.

The "Whisper White" section is where you can stamp your sentiment and write your message.

This is a Shirt & Tie card that I made for a friend using this years Sale-a-bration DSP, just so you know, it looks great using all sorts of paper, but I think that this one may not be suitable for a general Father's Day card!

Enjoy you day ... xx


Project Ingredients

Card stock : "Whisper White"
Accessories : Patterned  DSP in "Regals"~ I used a sheet of "Elegant Eggplant"
Tools : Tape runner adhesive

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Father's Day Projects ~ Day 4

Another Father's Day project for you today which may look very familiar to my post on Tuesday, only this time it's a regular Tie card rather then the Bow Tie.

I used mostly the same supplies, only this time I didn't emboss the "Very Vanilla" Layer I stamped it using the "Woodgrain" background stamp instead.  This stamp is the perfect stamp for masculine cards for all occasions.

The ties are really easy to make and I'll be back later today with a very short post showing how to make them.

Hope you like this slightly different take on my card from Tuesday, chat again soon ... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Delightful Dozen" & "Woodgrain" background stamp
Card stock : "Pacific Point" & "Very Vanilla"
Accessories : Patterned  DSP in "Regals" & "Brights";
Colour:  StazOn Ink & "Sahara Sand" Classic Ink
Tools : Tape runner adhesive;  Dimensional adhesive

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A new way to use your "Labels Collection" dies

Hello, my share today shows a slightly different way of using the new "Labels Collection" dies that are currently in the Stampin' Up Summer Mini.

From the front, at first glance, it looks like a regular card that has a die cut piece on the front,

but I've actually used the die on the back of the card but haven't run the die all the way through the Big Shot so that it is still attached to the back of the card.

I cut a section off the end of the front of the card, so that it lines up with where the die cutting on the back piece ends, then I use the die cut piece to overlap to the front of the card.

Now I can't take credit for this idea as I saw someone demonstrate it and thought it looked great and wanted to share it with you all as soon as possible.

I covered the whole front of the card with the beautiful "Beau Chateau" DSP as I thought that the combination of the gorgeous paper and the card structure was all that was needed otherwise it would get way too busy.  If you don't have this DSP and want to get some, then this month is the perfect time to stock up on DSP as Stampin' Up have their "Buy 3 get 1 free" promotion on until the end of June.

Hope you like this slightly different way of using the labels dies and if you have any questions or would like me to come to your house and demonstrate how to achieve this or any other effect, then please do not hesitate to get in contact and arrange a FREE workshop for your and your friends.

Take care ... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Tea Shoppe"
Card stock : "Very Vanilla"
Accessories :  "Beau Chateau" DSP;  Pearl Jewels & Seam Binding Ribbon in "Crumb Cake"
Colour:  "Soft Suede" Classic Ink
Tools : Take Runner adhesive; Glue Dots; Big Shot machine & "Labels Collection" dies

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Father's Day Projects ~ Day 3

Yay ~ Another bank holiday, I could get used to having extra long weekends every year :o)

My share for you today is another Father's Day project, this time a card.

It's a Bow Tie card

I actually drew and cut out the template for the bow on cardstock then traced around it onto the Patterned DSP.  If you are not confident in your template drawing or cutting out, then you could use the "Petite Pennants Builder" punch to cut out each side of the bow.

I love using the Patterned DSP packs as they are such great value and I think all the patterns are perfect for 'manly' projects. I used the "Not Quite Navy" and "Night of Navy" from the 'Regals Collection' and "Pacific Point" from the 'Brights Collection'

I thought layering the 'bows' straight onto the "Very Vanilla" cardstock layer looked a little bland so after I stamped the sentiment I ran the layer through the 'Big Shot' using the "Square Lattice" embossing folder to give it some interest, then added the bow ties. Top Tip ~ When adhering your embossed layer, use liquid glue rather than a tape runner as the act of running the tape on the cardstock can flatten your embossed image.

The sentiment stamp comes from the "Delightful Dozen" set and, in my opinion, if you are just starting out stamping and want to know a good all-rounder to get you going, then this set is it!

I'll be back tomorrow with something a little more feminine, enjoy your day!   ... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Delightful Dozen"
Card stock : "Pacific Point" & "Very Vanilla"
Accessories : Patterned  DSP in "Regals" & "Brights";
Colour:  StazOn Ink
Tools : Tombow Mono Liquid Adhesive; Dimensional adhesive; Big Shot machine & "Square Lattice" embossing Folder

Monday, 4 June 2012

Tea for Two card

Hello there, I hope you are enjoying your long bank holiday weekend and that the weather is not putting a dampener on your spirits.

My share for you today is actually a card I made in response to a challenge on Try Stamping On A Tuesday blog. You can see their blog HERE

You may have noticed that I've entered a few challenges recently, that's because I been feeling as though my crafty 'mojo' has left me lately so I'm hoping that making cards for challenges may entice it back :o)

This is my take..

 ... and this is the challenge sketch I based it on..

... and the inside of my card.

I choose the lovely colour combo of "Soft Suede", "Very Vanilla" & "Marina Mist", which I feel is quite feminine without being all girlie.

Hope you like it, have a wonderful day .... xx

Project Ingredients

Stamp Sets : "Tea Shoppe"
Card stock : "Soft Suede", "Very Vanilla" & "Marina Mist"
Accessories : Seam Binding ribbon in "Crumb Cake"
Colour:  "Soft Suede" & "Marina Mist" classic ink pads
Tools : Tape runner adhesive; Dimensional adhesive; Big Shot machine & Labels Collection die

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Father's Day Projects ~ No. 2

Hope you are enjoying your extra long Jubilee holiday weekend,  I don't know why, but I'm loving it, but then I am very patriotic so any excuse to do a bit of flag waving is all right by me

My share today is another Father's Day project and it's all very business like, as you can see, as it's a briefcase.

The overall size is 4-3/4" x 4", not including the handle, so actually it;s quite a good size and is big enough to put in a little present or some chocolate, as lets be honest, men love chocolate too, they are just not as honest as us girlies.

In mine I've just added a piece of cardstock with a sentiment but as you can see from the photo, there is loads of room for any hand written messages.

Another idea would be to have a piece of cardstock for each child where they could draw a picture or have a photo of the child on and get them to write their own message on the back.

I'm sure any man would love this little briefcase full of family love rather than his normal case full of boring office paperwork/sandwiches

take care, chat again soon .... xx