Monthly Archives: January 2015

Pals Paper Arts Challenge PPA235

Hello!

I decided to enter the current Pals Paper colour challenge, which requires a project using Island Indigo, Pool Party and Soft Sky.  Here’s the challenge banner:

PPA235

I have to post this by Tuesday (my birthday!), so you get a few posts close together!  These are three colours that work really nicely together and I was inspired to use them to make a clean and simple birthday card:

Birthday Wishes - copyright

Measurements and materials:

  • Island Indigo cardstock, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Pool Party cardstock mat, 143.5 x 100mm
  • Whisper White cardstock, 140 x 96.5mm
  • Candle stamp from Big News stamp set, stamped in Island Indigo, Pool Party and Soft Sky (evenly spaced but I deliberately changed the vertical spacing and love the result)
  • “Birthday Wishes” from the Four You stampset, stamped on Whisper White 85 x 30mm in Island Indigo and matted in Island Indigo and Soft Sky.

I thought about adding a little bit of sparkle at either end of the words but in the end decided against it.

Hope you like it!

Cxx

It’s Sale-A-Bration time!

Hello!

I’m not posting a card today (not yet, anyway), I wanted to give you all more information about Sale-A-Bration (SAB).  I know, you’re wondering what on earth it is.  I joined during SAB last year, so this is my first year of experiencing it as a demo.  Basically, it means FREE STUFF.  Yep, you heard me!  Between January 6th and March 31st, for every £45 you spend in the Annual or Spring/Summer catalogues you get to choose a free item from the SAB brochure (the link is on the right).  SAB freebies include exclusive stamp sets, DSP and current blendabilities.  The Lotus Blossom photopolymer stamp set has been really popular with demos (we get to buy earlier, so we can show things off to you) and I’ll be posting a card that showcases it soon.

So, as a customer you get free items.  What if you decide to sign up as a demo?  Of course! You get the usual great deal, so pay £99 for products worth £130 and choose between a free product kit or two free SAB items.  And don’t forget you get demo discount on everything after that.  If you’d like to give it a whirl please let me know, I’d love you to join my team!

If you decide to host a party there’s an extra incentive there too.  So you get the free SAB item for every £45 you spend and if the total sales reach £200 or above there’s an extra £20 hostess credit for you.  Want a party?  Let me know!

Cxx

Festival of Trees

Hello!

Today I’m showing you my last Christmas card – it’s really time to move on to the new Spring/Summer catalogue and Sale-a-bration.  If you’re new to Stampin’ Up! or haven’t ever bought anything from them, now is a great time to start.  For every £45 you spend, you get a free item – that can be one of several stamp sets, DSP, blendabilites etc.  It’s a great way to get more for your money and it starts on January 6th.  Get in touch if you are tempted by the idea of free stuff!  On to today’s card.

Festival of Trees - copyright

I bought the Festival of Trees (Autumn Winter catalogue) and the matching tree punch as I was sure it would get used a lot. I did use them both, but found it harder than I expected to create something I loved.  This card came about partly by accident.  I was playing with different colours of trees with different things stamped on them and wanted a plain green tree so punched it out of scrap.  When I turned it over I found that the scrap I’d used had a stamp embossed on it in gold and completely by accident it looked great!  You can see enough of the stamp to know it’s Christmassy.  There are no mistakes in crafting!

Materials and measurements:

  • Early Espresso card, 100 x 200mm, scored and folded at 100mm
  • Trim the Tree DSP stack, 96 x 96mm (A/W catalogue)
  • Trees punched with the tree punch (A/W catalogue) in gold foil, Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler
  • Cherry Cobbler tree embossed in gold with ho! ho! ho! from the Good Greetings hostess stamp set
  • Garden Green tree embossed in gold with “There’s no happy like holiday happy” from the Mingle All the Way stamp set (A/W) catalogue
  • Tombow glue to construct.

Hope you like it!

Cxx

Christmas cards – ho ho ho!

Hello!

When you read this I’ll be in Edinburgh for work – thank goodness for being able to schedule posts!

Today’s card was my absolute favourite design this year and I really, really wish I could say I came up with it.  But I didn’t.  I CASE’d it from photos of the Stampin’ Up European convention in October and have no idea who came up with it.  My gorgeous upline Eimear (her blog is here) had to help me find the original photo when I couldn’t find it when I needed it – thanks Eimear!  And now for the card – drum roll please:

ho ho ho - copyright

How fun is that?  I’ve had brilliant feedback on this one.  I’ll be honest, when the moustache framelit came out I thought “I’ll never buy that”.  It seemed so limited.  But I can tell you now, it’s a must-have.  Want superhero masks to add to your Curvy boxes?  Turn it upside down.  Want the best Christmas cards ever (IMO)?  Buy it!  I’m pretty sure there will be some other must-have uses too.  I made this in real red and cherry cobbler and loved both, but in the end the slightly deeper red of cherry cobbler just edged it for me.  Oh, and this was brilliant for multiples – I had a real production line going once my husband decided he wanted only this one to send to everyone he knows!

Materials and measurements:

  • Cherry Cobbler card, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folder at 105mm
  • Whisper White card, 143.5 x 105mm
  • Cherry Cobbler card, 140.5 x 102mm
  • Whisper White moustache cut using the Moustache framelit die and the Big Shot
  • ho! ho! ho! from Good Greetings (a retired hostess set, sadly) stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white
  • Tombow for construction.

Hope you like it!

Cxx

All is Calm

Hello!

I hope you are enjoying the cards I’m sharing with you.  If you feel inspired and want to book a class or join my team then please do get in touch.

Today’s card was one of my favourite Christmas designs.  I don’t even know how I came up with it!  I had a limited amount of the background DSP so only a few people received this one:

All is Calm - copyright

Stampin’ Up! brought out some unusual and beautiful colour combination this year – I loved this paper in particular.

Materials and measurements:

  • Early Espresso card, 200 x 100mm, scored and folded at 100mm
  • All Is Calm Specialty DSP (A/W catalogue – I’m really hoping this turns up on the clearance rack!), 96 x 96mm
  • Lost Lagoon 1cm Silky Taffeta Ribbon (A/W catalogue)
  • All Is Calm Snowflake Embellishments (A/W catalogue)
  • I cut the ribbon at an angle (essential) and threaded it through the snowflake hanger – the first couple took ages but I eventually got the hang of it.
  • Tombow glue to contruct.

Hope you like it!

Cxx

Christmas cards continued – ornaments

Hello!

I was especially pleased with the card I’m sharing today, as it popped into my head pretty much fully formed, a month or two back when I was feeling especially uncrafty and uncreative.  I was also very busy at work and felt I had no time to get my crafting supplies out, but discovered I did have the time when I had some motivation.  All thanks to this:

Ornaments - copyright

I like different card shapes and sizes and my imagination was caught by a card with these dimensions on someone else’s blog, although have forgotten whose now (apologies).  I went through a few different DSPs before I fixed on those above – they are retired and I have to admit I don’t even know what the name(s) were, as I bought them at the crop I went to and never had the packaging.  No matter, lots of current DSP would work as well.

Materials and measurements:

  • Real red card, 148.5 x 210mm, scored and folded at 105mm
  • Garden green card, 143.5 x 100 mm
  • Whisper White card, 140 x 97 mm (approx)
  • DSP ornaments punched using the now retired ornaments punch
  • Ornament hangers stamped in Versamark metallic gold ink, using the “hanger” stamp from Wondrous Wreath (A/W catalogue)
  • Merry Christmas from the Good Greetings hostess set, stamped in Real Red.  I don’t think this is available anymore – if you see it on clearance then snap it up as it’s got lots of great sentiments in a really fun font (my top tip for sets that have lots of little sentiment stamps is to get them in wood mount, even if you normally go for clear – much less frustrating and fiddly!)
  • Tombow glue to construct

Hope you enjoy!

Cxx

Happy New Year!

Gosh, where does the time go?  I’ve been busy with a new job, a couple of weddings and Christmas!  Anyway, I thought I’d share some of the Christmas cards I made and sent this year – I can’t ruin the surprise as they’ve all been received now!  I probably made around 100 cards and came up with six or seven designs, but first, here is one I came up with but didn’t actually go with this time:

Merry Christmas - copyright

I really liked the design I came up with, but for some reason it got overlooked when I went into full production mode.  Maybe next year!

Materials and measurements:

  • Cherry cobbler base, 200 x 100mm, scored and folded at 100mm
  • Window label framelits (if the smallest is #1, I used numbers #3 and #4)
  • Brushed Silver A4 cardstock (#4)
  • Garden green (#3)
  • A strip of paper from the Trim the Tree DSP stack (A/W catalogue, so it’s almost retired)
  • Snowflake, “merry” and “christmas” all from Endless Wishes stampset (A/W catalogue), stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed in silver
  • Tombow glue to put it all together!

Hope you like it.

Cxx