Sunday, 31 July 2011

Blue, blue Christmas

Okay I'm getting fed up of upside down photos now :(

A different colour scheme but the same stamp set, Contempo Christmas.  Another CASE'd card but who would want to make changes to this one?!
Marina mist cardstock and papers from Elegant Soiree; the image is stamped in Marina Mist and Daffodil Delight ink.  I used the marker pens to ink the stamp so that the image is dual coloured.

Friday, 29 July 2011

Chris Crinkle!

Blast!  Another antipodean card!  Another from Christmas in July and another that I CASE'd.. The designer paper is from Jolly Holiday as before, matted onto Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  The greeting in the centre is 3D mounted onto a strip of olive card that I ran through the crimper.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Glitter Ball

A second offering from my Christmas in July class, I CASE'd this one from a class I took a couple of years ago keeping it almost exactly the same apart from adding some sparkle in the form of Dazzling Diamonds glitter around the edge of one of the baubles.  The stamps are all from Contempo Christmas and the paper is from Jolly Holiday, the bauble in the foreground is 3d mounted and curled slightly to give some more dimension.

Monday, 25 July 2011

Christmas spinner

Yeah I know, Christmas is months away but it's never too early to get started on your Christmas cards and that's just what we did a couple of weeks back when we made a batch of 18 cards all ready for the big day. The colour palette for the day was Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla; all traditional Christmas colours, we also used the Jolly Holiday designer papers.
This is the first one and the one that proved trickiest to make, not that it's difficult just a little fiddly in places.  We began with a base card of olive and punched out a circle. Two slightly smaller circles were punched from vanilla card stock and, using a versamark inkpad, Stampin up heat and stick powder and some Dazzling diamonds glitter, were decorated with a sparkling snowflake from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set.  These two circles were then glued back to back but with a short length of thread between them.  Placing the circles within the larger hole in the green card the thread was stretched tight and held in place by the decorative papers so that when you stand the card up the disk spins freely.  A touch of vanilla grosgrain ribbon and a greeting from Contempo Christmas stamps to finish it off.

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Exciting News!!

I can't believe I forgot to share my news with you!!  I got promoted :)  Stampin up were running an extra incentive between March and the end of June promising free product to demo's who met the criteria to promote.  Well I did it, by the skin of my teeth but I did, and I am now eagerly awaiting a parcel of freebie goodies. 
Even better, there is another incentive running for demonstrators at the moment which I am also on schedule to complete by the end of July.  So I may be awaiting another freebie parcel next month!!!  Woohoo!!!!

Friday, 22 July 2011

Plane simple

Look familiar??   This is the one that I copied for my Make, Do and Send club last month btu in a different colourway.  Not sure which I prefer and I may try it in different colours yet.
I wont bore you with all the details again it's too close to the end of term and we are all tired I'm sure.  Personally I can't wait to break up this year, I seem to have been sooooo busy I really need a break.  Not that I will get one initially :/  I am off to Scout Summer camp for the first week of the hols which is hard work but great fun. Keep your fingers crossed for reasonable weather please I hate camping in monsoons!
I will try and schedule some posts to appear here while I am away, I have some to share from my Christmas in July class and some projects from team training day too.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Plain Sailing

A perfect card for the men in our life, especialy those partial to a bit of messing about on the water!  This is number 4 in the series.  We used Stampin Up's Whisper white craft ink for this one, stamped onto crumb cake card stock. You have to be a little careful with this ink as it takes a little longer to dry but the effect is just lovely.  The image was matted onto the pacific point card and a greeting was added in the form of a strip along the bottom of the card.  This was attached using the jumbo eyelets and the ever funky cropodile, one of my favouritest tools ever!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Sweet Friend

I don't believe it!  What's going on with my photos??  So confusing :(

Card number 3 from the boxed set!  Now this is a very versatile design, we used Stampin up's Every Little bit set any one of which fits perfectly inside the circle and scallopped circle punches.  Therefore it could be made to fit any occasion at all :).  The designer paper background is from Blueberry crisp as before and a few rhinestones added for dimension.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Blue Butterfly

Yay!! The photo is the right way up today :)
Card number 2 from the boxed set.  I like this one, simple but effective.  Just a strip of Blueberry crisp paper, a 3D'd greeting and a punched butterfly to embellish.  The flourishes in the corners have been inked in pacific point to match the base card and don't forget the rhinestone to add some bling :)

Monday, 18 July 2011

Top Birthday

Aaarrggghhh!!! Another upside down photo, sorry.  Todays card is from the boxed set.  A Pacific Point blue base card and Blueberry crisp designer papers. We used the Top note die and Big Shot with the designer paper and embellished it with the leaves (another Big shot die) and a flower made from SU's 5 petal punch; the inner part of the flower is another 5 petal flower but folded in on itself to create a beautiful 3d flower. A pearl in the flower centre just finishes it off. 
Card no2 tomorrow, I'll try to get the photo the right way up!

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Gift Cards

Isn't this a brilliant idea?  I love it!  A blank dvd style box decorated beautifully and filled with cards.  This is the last project that I made with Amanda and it's one that I hope to replicate at my own classes in the future.
 Decorating the box is dead easy, just a piece of Blueberry crisp dsp cut to size.  Then we added a label to the bottom at the front using a circle punch and letters.  I called mine "Cards" original huh!  but you could call it anything appropriate.
Inside the box I attached a length of ribbon each side with sticky strip for strength so that the cards can be tied in place. Then all was left to do was make the 5 cards that live inside.
I'll share those over the next few days :)

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Christmas gift bag

I'm not really here today, I'm at a Stampin Up team training day in Fareham.  I love team training 'cos I get to meet up with lots of other lovely demonstrators and we share lots of tips and ideas.  One of the highlights for me is swapping card and gift ideas and these are my swaps.

I made them from brown paper lunch bags.  I cut off the handles and then tidied up the edge using the scallop border punch.  You can't see it very in the photo but I have stamped all over the bag with Merry Christmas from Season of Joy stamp set.  I then added a mat of Jolly holiday papers, folded over the top of the bag and punched a circle through both layers.  I punched tags in vanilla and cherry cobbler, again stamping merry christmas in cherry on the vanilla tag.  I daubed more cherry ink around the edge of the vanilla tag and then attached both tags through the hole in the bag using old olive sating ribbon.
The finished bag is big enough to hold a dvd so I can see me making some more of these as the big day approaches!  Hope the other demos like them.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Oh my goodness!!!

Oh my!  Summer camp is now only one week away!!!   Only 7 more sleeps!!!!  Sooooo much to do still where I am going to find time????
I really ought to stop over using punctuation :S It really isn't very good grammar.

So, the menu and programme are finalised but I have shopping lists to make and before I can do that I need to work out how many people are on site each day so that I can be sure to buy the right amount of food.  Then I need to make sure that there's enough mony in the budget.
I need to find some more rainy day activities - I have karaoke and paper fan ping pong but that isn't going to keep 20 teenagers occupied for very long is it!

Then there's all the packing!  Fortunately I can leave most of the hard stores to the Scout Leaders and just give them a list of things not to forget.  However, there is all of our personal packing to be done and if I don't supervise the kids then they won't have the right stuff.

Oh and mustn't forget the cats!

Organized?? Not Me!!

Grrrrr!! I don't believe it!  Another photo that I don't seem to be able to rotate :(  You will just have to turn your computer monitor upside down I'm afraid until I can fix it.

This is the second of the projects that I made with Amanda the other week. I think it could be the result of her attempts to organise me :S
We began with a piece of 12x12 card and covered it with Blueberry crisp dsp.  A second piece of dsp was added so that it sat halfway up but it was only stuck on 3 sides so that it formed a large pocket.  Then another similar layer takes the bottom third, again only stuck on 3 sides to form a pocket.  The two tiny pockets on the front are made from Stampin Up's scallop envelope Big Shot die.  I also used the Big Shot to cut the letters so I could add my name to the top.  A piece of Ribbon strung through eyelets which were set using a cropodile as a finishing touch and means that it can hang in my hallway in an effort to keep me more organised :)  
More tomorrow

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Wonderful Day

A couple of weeks back, the week I was in Anything Goes as it happens, I was able to join Amanda and some other members of the team down in Fareham for a day of stamping fun.  Amanda put this day on as a reward for everyone in her team who had recruited so far this year and as Val joined me in the spring then I was eligible.
It was a lovely day, I met a few people from the Inspiring Inkees that I hadn't met before, including a girl who had been to my school!!  Small world.
Anyway, I digress, Amanda had laid on a few projects for us to try and this gorgeous little box was the first that I attempted.  Believe it or not it is made from Stampin Up's milk carton die!  4 of them to be exact and I did have to cut them up a bit but doesn't it look pretty! 

The colour palette for the whole day was Pacific Point and Very Vanilla and the designer papers were Blueberry crisp.  The box was decorated with strips of the designer paper and flowers made from the 5 petal punch

Wednesday, 13 July 2011


 Oh dear, something's wrong here but I can't seem to fix it. This photo is upside down!  On my computer I have turned it round but when I upload it to blogger it's always upside down again!  How's that work ??? Fortunately this design can turn almost anyway up (just as well really!)
I have to confess that I was a little concerned about this one, I'm just not sure about the colour scheme of So Saffron and Certainly Celery, maybe I would be happier if it was brighter colours; the ladies at Make Do and Send liked it so that was ok. 
I punched a star out of the whisper white base card and mounted it onto the celery base card then, using the Seeing Stars stamp set, stamped it all over with a mixture of saffron and celery stars.  For a bit of dimension I punched out some more stars from Saffron designer paper, 3d mounted them and added a few rhinestones.

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

Plane & Simple

Another offering from last month's Make, Do and Send club but this one has been CASE'd from a fellow Stampin Up! demonstrator.  That's one of the great things about SU, noone minds when you Copy And Share Everything :)  I did change the colour scheme slightly however, I used Poppy Parade designer paper which is one of 2011's In colors and crum cake card and ink.  The stamps are from the Plane Handling set which is one of my favourites, maybe because planes are so much part of our family life. The last card from card club tomorrow :)

Monday, 11 July 2011

Embossed Roses

Morning all,  I am finally beginning to catch up with myself.  Today I have a card that we made at Make, Do and Send card club at the end of June, Yes I am THAT far behind :(
This technique is so simple but it looks so effective.  Take a piece of Stampin Up whisper white card and insert it into the Manhattan Flower embossing folder which previously has been inked by simply rubbing with an inkpad. Run the folder through the Big Shot and the paper comes out both embossed and inked all in one go!!  clever huh! I then trimmed around the roses and mounted it onto coordinating Pretty pink card and added a sentiment.  More tomorrow :)
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