Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

Hope you're all having a fabulous Christmas! I'm still feeling too full to eat my pudding - dinner was later than expected. His lordship forgot to put the oven on, so Mr Turkey crown didn't start to get warm till I got home from work! I overcooked the veg (again) but the yorkshires, roast potatoes and homemade stuffing were spot-on so I'm happy. Off to have ANOTHER glass of fizzy stuff and a lie on the sofa!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

The 12 blogs of Christmas!

If you're following the '12 blogs of Christmas', you should have arrived here from Lorraine's blog. Don't forget to visit all the blogs - there will be some great ideas for you to try yourself.

Here is my Christmas project - an organiser for your Christmas shopping trips. I've left the front plain but I think I'll add some of the stamped poinsettias later to make it a bit more colourful.

The notepad is handy for jotting down present ideas, or keeping track of clothes sizes for your nearest and dearest. The file compartment can be used to store all your receipts in one place, just in case Granny decides she would rather have a green hat instead of the blue one you've bought her! If you're inspired to make an organiser of your own, I'd love to see it!

PS Sorry about the terrible photos - will try to get some better ones when the light is better!

Products used (All Stampin' Up! unless otherwise stated):
  • Stamps - Season of Joy
  • Ink - Real Red, Old Olive
  • Cardstock - Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White
  • Other - Chipboard (non SU), Old Olive designer paper, Old Olive striped grosgrain ribbon, silver elastic cord, notepad(non SU), pen (non SU)
For the next port of call on the '12 blogs of Christmas' blog cruise, please visit Theresa's blog.
Hope you see something to inspire you on the blog cruise!

Friday, 20 November 2009

It's HOW long??!

I can't believe so much time has gone by since I last posted! I must admit that I haven't been too productive lately, but 4 weeks??! I've got nothing to post today, but if you come back tomorrow I'll be taking part in a '12 blogs of Christmas' blog cruise.

There will be 12 blogs showing something with a Christmas theme and a link to the next blog on the cruise. Hopefully you'll find something to inspire you if your mojo has gone walkabouts at the crafter's busiest time of the year.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Monchromatic monolayer!

Here's a one layer card, something I don't do very often as I find it difficult not to add bits and bobs! This would be good for mass production as there aren't too many steps involved. Or how about experimenting with different colour schemes?

I created a mask by cutting an oval aperture in a piece of scrap paper, then placed this over my piece of white cardstock. The trees were then stamped through the aperture using artichoke ink (the edges of the image are on the scrap paper, not the cardstock). While the mask was still in place, I daubed round the edges with pastels. The mask was removed and the sentiment stamped in artichoke ink, and the bottom edge of the cardstock pierced. The artichoke ribbon was added before the white layer was added to an artichoke card base.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Get your sunglasses on!

I was playing with my new Circle Circus set and decided to step out of my comfort zone and go bright! And I really like the result! This set of 10 stamps features circular images that co-ordinate brilliantly with the different size punches in the catalogue. Here I've used just one stamp with 3 different inks and cardstock and 2 punches - I used the sketch challenge 235 on SCS for inspiration.

The sentiment has been coloured using markers, and a rhinestone brad adds a bit of bling!

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps - Circle Circus, Wow Flowers
  • Ink - Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Pink Passion, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise
  • Other - 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Stampin' Write Markers, Circle Fire Rhinestone brad, dimensionals.

Monday, 12 October 2009

Let's try again

I had to make this card twice - our current foster dog, Vicky, seems partial to a bit of paper every now and then. Chewing the free newspaper and the post (usually bills!) I can cope with, but stealing my cards off the bookcase and slobbering on them is going a step too far! I think I'll use the next shelf up from now on :)

Products used (All Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps - Carte Postale, A Rose is a Rose
  • Ink - Always Artichoke, Real Red
  • Cardstock - Always Artichoke, Whisper White
  • Other - Real Red designer paper (from hostess paper pack), Scallop Border punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch, Theatre ribbon pack (retired), dimensionals.

Friday, 9 October 2009

Autumnal bird

I've been creating, but unfortunately the photos are on OH's camera so I'll post another card I made a while ago. The bird has been gently coloured using an aquapainter and ink, and a marker used to ink the sentiment (from the Oval All stamp set).

Products used (all Stampin' Up! unless stated):
  • Stamps: Touch of Nature, Oval All
  • Ink: black Stazon, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
  • Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Close to Cocoa
  • Other: Sweet Cider designer paper, Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, Nestabilities (non-SU), brads (non-SU), Aqua Painter, dimensionals.

Monday, 5 October 2009

Goodbye Carte Postale!

Last week I decided to have a final play with some of the sets that didn't make it into the new catalogue. Here's a quick and easy card using Carte Postale, a set that really lends itself to elegant cards I think - I'm sad to see this set retire. The caramel card has been stamped with the french script background stamp and the edges sponged with caramel ink.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!)

  • Stamps: Carte Postale, French Script
  • Ink: Not quite Navy, Creamy Caramel
  • Cardstock: Creamy Caramel, Very Vanilla
  • Other: Not quite Navy Designer paper (from hostess paper pack), sponge daubers, twine, dimensionals.

Friday, 2 October 2009

A sketch card

This is the card I made using the Verve anniversary sketch here. I actually started this on the night the sketch was posted - I did all my stamping and punching and cutting layers, then when I came to put it all together, I couldn't find the large half-circle layer. I got a bee in my bonnet and proceeded to spend the next 2 hours looking for the darn thing! It would have been quicker to just do it again! I eventually found it about a month later tucked away with my scraps of chocolate chip cardstock, so needless to say it was glued down pretty sharpish before it could escape again.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - True Friend
  • Ink - Chocolate Chip
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, Kraft
  • Other - Bashful Blue designer paper, Kraft designer paper (from hostess paper pack), nestabilities (non-SU), dimensionals.

More Blog candy!

If you would like the chance to win more blog candy, go visit Bev Rochester! She's got some gorgeous Christmas candy to give away.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

A Blog hop!

To celebrate the launch of the 2009-2010 catalogue, Stampin' Up! issued 3 well-known crafters with a challenge. They each received a parcel containing products from the new catalogue, and had 6 hours to create to their hearts content. Then at the stroke of midnight, they could post their creations on their blogs in a Stampin' Up! blog hop! To join in the fun, just visit the following blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win some blog candy, donated by Stampin' Up!


Good luck! And if you don't win, hope the ideas inspire you to get stamping!

General card

I haven't included a sentiment on this card so it can be used for a variety of occasions. It would work as a card for those awkward males in our lives, or a sympathy card perhaps. The edges of the cardstock have been sponged with not quite navy ink, and the top layer is popped up on dimensionals.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!)

  • Stamps: Carte Postale
  • Ink: Not quite Navy, Old Olive
  • Cardstock: Old Olive, Very Vanilla
  • Other: Jumbo eyelet, sponge daubers, dimensionals.

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

More sweet cupcakes

A simple card using the retiring Sweet Always paper, the image has been coloured using markers. Brads from my stash matched the Regal Rose cardstock.

Products used (all Stampin’ Up! unless stated):

  • Stamps – Crazy for Cupcakes
  • Ink – black Stazon
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Regal Rose
  • Other – Markers, Sweet Always Designer Paper, brads (non -SU)

Sunday, 27 September 2009

I know where my mojo has gone!

For around the last 6 weeks, I have been suffering from a flare-up of my Ulcerative colitis which has not responded to treatment. Visiting the loo upto 20 times a day has resulted in a severe lack of creative energy here - my Mojo has been flushed away! Even my pre-order stamps from the new catalogue have failed to see ink. A week in hospital with more intensive treatment means I'm starting to feel better, but my mojo is still missing. I'll just stroke all my lovely stash and I'm sure it will be back soon, LOL! In the meantime, I have older cards to share with you once I get some photos taken.

But first I'd like to share 2 of the get well cards I received recently. This card is from Bev, the butterfly is lovely and sparkly in real life.

And this card is from Kerry, not a very good photo but it has the sweetest tiny coloured pearls on it (and a get well soon message!)

Thanks again for the cards and the flowers, they have been much admired!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

A late Mojo

Here's a card I made for last week's Mojo sketch. I'm not sure whether I like it or not - it seems a bit 'busy', or perhaps I'm in a CAS mood tonight! The pink strip under the sentiment and swirl panels has been cut with the scallop Border punch to give a ric-rac effect.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - Soft Summer, Best Yet, Carte Postale, Polka Dot background
  • Ink - Basic Black, Pink Passion, Pixie Pink
  • Cardstock - Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Passion
  • Other - Scalloped Border punch, Nestabilities (non-SU), dimensionals.

Thursday, 3 September 2009

We all knew it wouldn't last!

I forgot to post yesterday, sorry! I did actually have something to post, but by the time I got back from card club it had slipped my mind (the mind is so small, that's quite easy to do, haha!)

The oak leaves have been coloured using an aquapainter and artichoke, mustard and cocoa inkpads. The artichoke paper is from the Tea and Crumpets pack, while the mustard is from the paper pad available as a Level 1 hostess gift. I wanted a sentiment that didn't distract too much from the image, and thought this sentiment from the Soft Summer set fit the bill nicely.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps: Lovely as a Tree, Soft Summer
  • Ink: black Stazon, Always Artichoke, More Mustard, Close to Cocoa
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
  • Other: Patterns Pack Designer paper (hostess), Tea and Crumpets Designer paper, Earth Elements buttons, Linen thread, Aqua Painter.

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

Last chance list, and a card too!

It's almost time for a new SU catalogue (October 1 st!) and to make room for the new goodies, we have to wave goodbye to some of the products in the current catalogue. The retirement list is here, there are some fabulous bargains to be had with upto 50% off some items. But you'll have to be quick - these are only available while stock lasts and with prices like these, I don't think that will be long! Please contact me if you would like to place an order or if you have any questions.

Here's a card a made for my good friend Kerry, whose birthday was in July. (She did receive it earlier than this, I promise! LOL!!) I must admit she was lucky to get it, I really love this card!

It's a Z-fold card and here's a piccie of it open. The flowers on the sentiment have been coloured using markers.

Products used (all Stampin’ Up!):
  • Stamps – Soft Summer, Oval All
  • Ink – Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Summer Sun
  • Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
  • Other - Holiday Treasures Designer Paper, Scallop Oval punch, Oval punch, Chocolate Chip taffeta ribbon, Hodgepodge Hardware, Stampin' Write markers, dimensionals.

Monday, 31 August 2009

Two in a row!

I'll keep it short'n'sweet as you're probably in shock!

Products used (all Stampin’ Up!):

  • Stamps – True Friend, Best Yet
  • Ink – Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Old Olive
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Blush Blossom, Cameo Coral, Old Olive
  • Other – Scallop Border punch, Scallop Oval punch, Oval punch, 1/4" circle punch, Crop-a-Dile

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Where has the summer gone?!!

I can't believe it's so long since I've posted! The end of term, birthday parties, rainy holidays and another bout of illness have just eaten up the last few months. But I do actually have some cards to show you, now that I've organised myself enough to take the photographs!! But I'm going to spread them out a bit so it looks like I've blogged a lot to make up for my lapse LOL!!

I decided to use the card theme of the sentiment and incorporate playing cards into the layout. These are simply blue designer paper on white cardstock, with the corners of each layer rounded using the corner rounder punch. The man has been coloured using markers, and the sanded background stamp has been stamped on the red layer using Versamark to create texture. For the lower mat and the scalloped layer, I've used Bordering Blue rather than the Bashful Blue of the designer paper (just because it provides a bit more contrast).

Products used (all Stampin’ Up!):
  • Stamps – Golden Oldies, Sanded
  • Ink – Black Stazon, Versamark
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Bordering Blue, Real Red
  • Other - Scallop Oval punch, Oval punch, Corner Rounder punch, Bashful Blue Designer Paper, Marvellous Markers, dimensionals

Thursday, 4 June 2009

June promotion

The promotion for June and July is a free background stamp when you host a workshop with orders of £250. See the link on the right hand side to see the flyer.

I haven't been very productive recently, so here's a card I made a while ago but haven't posted on here. Thank you cards are always useful to have handy, and the colours and style used for this card mean it could be used for a variety of recipients.

Products used (all Stampin' Up!):
  • Stamps - True Friend
  • Ink - Brilliant Blue
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Brilliant Blue, Pumpkin Pie, Bashful Blue
  • Other - Summer Picnic designer paper, Star punch, dimensionals.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Another birthday card

Another lady in my Stamper's 6 group has a birthday this month - Bev has just handed in loads of work for her degree course so she can celebrate her birthday guilt-free today. Congratulations on your 30th birthday Bev, hope you're enjoying the freedom from studying!

The cupcake has been paper-pieced with 2 different Sweet Always designer papers and the sprinkles have been highlighted using a white gel pen. The candle is cut from pink cardstock and the flame coloured using a yellow marker. The sentiment has been computer-generated as I don't have any number stamps (something else to add to the never-decreasing wishlist!) I HAD to use my new oval punches on the card as I've been waiting for them for ages - they have been so popular that Stampin' Up! completely sold out of them! They are back in stock so order yours now.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - Crazy for Cupcakes
  • Ink - Basic Black, Barely Banana
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink
  • Other - Sweet Always designer paper, Scallop Oval punch, Large Oval punch, white gel pen, nestabilities (non-SU), Chocolate Chip double-stitched grosgrain ribbon, dimensionals.

Friday, 8 May 2009

May promotion

I've neglected to let you know about the May promotions from Stampin' Up! The first one is buy any three packs of Designer Series paper from the 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue or the list below (£7.75 each) and get one FREE!

Item # Description
115157 Ski Slope Designer Series paper (from Mini Catalogue)
115158 Tea Party Designer Series paper (from Mini Catalogue)
115307 Washington Apple Designer Series paper (from Mini Catalogue)
110091 Brocade Background Designer Series paper *
109936 Cutie Pie Designer Series paper *
110093 Petals & Paisleys Designer Series paper *
109940 Fall Flowers Designer Series paper *
109938 Dashing Designer Designer Series paper *
109944 Le Jardin Designer Series paper *
110094 Wintergreen Designer Series paper *
109946 Brilliant Blue Prints Designer Series paper*
109948 Certainly Celery Prints Designer Series paper*
109949 Close to Cocoa Prints Designer Series paper*
109951 Pumpkin Pie Prints Designer Series paper*
109953 Rose Red Prints Designer Series paper*
111108 Old Olive Prints Designer Series paper*

*While supplies last; see 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue, p. 93

The second promotion is a special demo starter kit aimed at scrapbookers, available for a limited time at the price of £99. More details can be obtained from the flyer at the right hand side, or contact me for further information!

Pink Petals Mojo

Here's a birthday card I made for a lady who comes to the card club I run. I don't think she reads my blog, but just in case - Happy Birthday Jan! It's another Mojo sketch, link here. I knew which set I wanted to use but it took quite a bit of head-scratching and re-arranging before I came up with something I liked!

The photo isn't brilliant, so I'll explain what I've used. Three different papers from the Tea Party collection have been matted onto white cardstock, the mat for the left hand panel has a scallop edge. The saffron striped grosgrain ribbon runs under a panel of pink textured cardstock before being tied in a knot. The flowers have been stamped onto 2 different pink papers and cut out, then stuck to green cardstock sepals and added to the white square along with a leaf (one flower is popped up on dimensionals). I didn't add a sentiment, but I think a small stamped tag hanging from the ribbon knot would look nice.

Products used (all Stampin' Up! ):
  • Stamps - Playful Petals
  • Ink - Black Stazon
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink textured
  • Other - Tea Party designer paper, So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, dimensionals.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Bright balloons

Looks like I spoke too soon about the weather, it's cold and miserable again today - oh the joys of an English spring! Recovering from a night shift with a 4 year old in the house doesn't add to my sense of well-being either, roll on September and full time school! Here's a card that would be suitable for a child made using the balloon from Crazy for Cupcakes.

The card base is saffron which has been stamped with the blower stamp using saffon ink. The balloon has been stamped twice on watercolour paper using black Stazon, coloured with re-inkers and an aquapainter then this layer matted onto green cardstock. A turquoise scallop circle with green and white layers provides a mat for the sentiment, stamped in black on green cardstock. Two little 'tabs' have been added to the top left of the panel using saffron striped grosgrain ribbon.

The colour inspiration for this card is the Rainbow Sherbert designer paper, combining turquoise, saffron and two shades of green. I don't have this paper as the colours are out of my comfort zone, but seeing them together on this card may change my mind - they look very bright and 'zingy'! And now is the ideal time to stock up on your designer papers, as they are the subject of the May Stampin' Up promotion - buy any three packs of Designer Series paper and get one FREE!

Products used (Stampin’ Up! unless stated otherwise) :
  • Stamps – Crazy for Cupcakes, Sincere Salutations
  • Ink – black Stazon, So Saffron, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise
  • Cardstock – Watercolour paper (non -SU), So Saffron, Green Galore, Tempting Turquoise
  • Other – Aquapainter, circle punches (1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", scallop), So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Spring has sprung!

It actually feels like spring has finally arrived in the North East, so I was inspired to make a card using spring-like colours. Very simple card, ideal for mass production if you've got a few birthdays (or other occasions) coming up. The gorgeous Tea Party designer paper (available in the new mini) has been added to an amethyst card base, after creating a scalloped edge on both layers. The sentiment has been stamped in black Stazon on white cardstock with a pink mat, and the striped ribbon wrapped round the cardstock and tied in a knot. The striped ribbon is also from the new mini, and is lovely and soft - perfect for tying. It's available in So Saffron, Pretty in Pink and Bashful Blue.

The flower has been stamped in black Stazon, coloured with re-inkers and a watercolour brush, then cut out. A small pink brad has been added to the centre and the flower petals curled slightly, then added to the white panel using dimensionals.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - Playful Petals, sincere Salutations
  • Ink - Black Stazon, Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink, So Saffron
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Almost Amethyst, Pretty in Pink
  • Other - Tea Party designer paper, So Saffron 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon, Scallop Edge punch, brad (non-SU), dimensionals.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

New mini catalogue!

Don't forget that you can now order from the new mini catalogue! These products are only available until 30th September, unless they make it into the new catalogue (out on 1st October) so if you like something then buy it now! To see the mini, please use the link on the right hand side. Please get in touch if you have any questions, or if you would like to place an order from the main or mini catalogues.

My demo pre-order from the mini has been sitting un-inked as we've been decorating - hopefully DS2 won't draw on the walls again (I wouldn't mind if he stamped on them!) He's got a session at the school nursery this afternoon, so I may get a chance to get those stamps inked after all. Fingers crossed!

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Another challenge card

Here's a card I made for a challenge on Kate and Steph's new blog, A Passion for Papertrey. The challenge was to make a one layer card, something I very rarely do (those layers are handy for hiding little mishaps!) I must admit that I struggled with this one - none of the embellishments I wanted to add looked right, so the end result is truly a one layer card! Please excuse the bad photo, I couldn't take the picture till late this afternoon.

The swirly leaves are embossed in gold, as is the sentiment, then the leaves have been coloured using green ink. The flowers have been stamped in pink ink and the little butterfly in pearlescent blue.

Products used (Papertrey Ink unless stated otherwise):

  • Stamps - With Sympathy, Out on a Limb sentiments
  • Ink - Versamark, Ripa Avocado, Raspberry Fizz, Pearlescent Sky Blue (Brilliance)
  • Cardstock - Stampers Select White
  • Other - Gold embossing powder (SU).

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Sweet cupcakes

Crikey, I've managed to complete a challenge the same week it was posted!! I think I need a lie-down to recover! Another Mojo Monday challenge (sketch 77) - I always check Julee's blog for the sketch but don't always get time to play along.

As ever, the card is pretty self-explanatory. The cupcake has been embossed in white on chocolate and pink cardstock, then the different parts cut out and stuck together, then popped up on dimensionals on the circular panel. It's hard to tell from the picture, but the sprinkles have been coloured using ink and a blender pen.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - Crazy for Cupcakes
  • Ink - Versamark, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pumpkin Pie
  • Cardstock - Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie
  • Other - Sweet Always designer paper, white embossing powder, Scallop Edge punch, nestabilities (non-SU), brads (non-SU), dimensionals.

Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Goodbye Sale-a-bration!

Well the Sale-a-bration promotion is over but hopefully you got at least one free set ( don't you just LOVE free stuff?!) The promotion in March is for 25% off chipboard - not quite as good as free but which other companies come up with as many different promotions as Stampin' Up! do? There's link on the right for further details on the chipboard promotion.

Here's a card I made with one of the SAB sets, Botanical Blooms. My background stamps have been sadly neglected recently as I try to use my designer papers, so I dusted off the Paisley background to use in this card.

Products used (all Stampin’ Up!):
  • Stamps – Botanical Blooms, Paisley, Sincere Salutations
  • Ink – Pumpkin Pie, Apricot Appeal, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
  • Cardstock – Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke
  • Other – 1/4" grosgain ribbon (Pumpkin Pie, Always Artichoke), Gold brads

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Another Mojo sketch

I've combined a couple of challenges in the creation of this card: the colours are taken from ILWS colour challenge 17 (Old Olive, So Saffron and Pumpkin Pie) and the layout is from Julee's Mojo Monday (sketch 69). I've also managed to use up some of the lovely designer papers I've been hoarding - these have all now retired and I'm on a mission to use them!

The flowers have been stamped in black Stazon on white cardstock and coloured using a blender pen and inkpads, cut into a circle then matted onto a black cardstock circle. Three panels of designer paper have been added to a black cardstock layer, then added to the white base. Gold brads have been used to attach the felt flowers to a small black circle, which have then been arranged between the two lower blocks of colour. TIP: If you attach the flowers and circles to the main black layer BEFORE it's attached to the white base, then you won't see the 'legs' of the brads inside your card.
I haven't added a sentiment to this yet, and can't decide whether to leave the card without one, or to add one to the white area on the right hand side of the flowers. What do you think?

Products used (all Stampin’ Up!):
  • Stamps – Simply Said
  • Ink – black Stazon, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
  • Cardstock – Whisper White, Basic Black
  • Other – Blender pens, Designer Paper (Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Petals and Paisley), Felt Flowers (Accents and Elements), Gold brads

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A Sale-a-Bration card

The layout for this card is using Julee's Mojo Monday sketch 70 here. I am going through a circle phase at the moment so this sketch caught my eye immediately! The flower and leaf stamps used are from Botanical Blooms, one of four stamp sets you can get FOR FREE during Sale-a-Bration in January and February. A link to the online Sale-a-Bration leaflet is on the right hand side, please contact me if you require further information.
I've used Confetti White cardstock for the card base and white layers - it has small flecks of colour embedded into it, like handmade paper, but is still smooth enough to stamp on.

Products used (Stampin' Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps - Botanical Blooms, Best Yet
  • Ink - Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
  • Cardstock - Confetti White, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive
  • Other - Old Olive 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, nestabilities (non-SU), dimensionals

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Love-ly rose card

Here is a card made with one of my new stamp sets, a Rose is a rose. This set contains several beautiful images of roses in various stages of development from the bud to the fully open flower. There are also leaves in the set and a sentiment.

The card itself is pretty self-explanatory, except to say that the small flowers in the background have been created using coral ink which has been 'stamped off' (ink your stamp then stamp onto a piece of scrap paper, then onto your cardstock). Although it's hard to see in the photo, the main image has been popped up on dimensonals.

Products used (Stampin’ Up! unless stated otherwise):
  • Stamps – A Rose is a Rose, Wonderful Words
  • Ink – Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Cameo Coral
  • Cardstock – Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red, Very Vanilla
  • Other - Nestabilities (non SU), Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla taffeta ribbon, dimensionals

Friday, 16 January 2009

Time flies........

....when you're eating mince pies! Hope you all had a fab Christmas and Santa was good to you! I love the end of December (my birthday, Christmas then New Year and my youngest's birthday), but it's all a bit frantic and bad for the waistline, so January has a certain calmness that I need! I've even made some cards, but unfortunately haven't been able to get decent photos due to the weather on my days off. Fingers crossed I'll get some taken tomorrow and I'll get them posted on here.


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