Tuesday 14 February 2012

Vatlentine Hearts

Yesterday I tried the stepped card for the first time for my You Are Loved card and then as it is Valentine's Day today I used the card layout again.

This time out came the Small Heart Punch and the little heart from the Owl Builder Punch to make this lovely confetti heart card.

The treat cups I bought for a Christmas project to fill with treats, but they don't need to be filled with goodies to be the centre of attention.

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Love is all Around

I thought it was about time I tried another card format, so here it is, my first attempt at a stepped card.  It wasn't as difficult as I thoughtonce I had the measurements and of course my trusted paper cutter to cut and score in the correct places.  Thanks to my Stampin' Up' upline Amanda Fowler from Inspiring Inkin' for the inspiration.

To decorate the card I used the You are Loved stamp set and the co-ordinating wheel stamp.  Perfect for Valentine's, but just as easily to send love to loved ones at other times of the year.  I definitely am planning on a Mother's Day card with this set!

Friday 10 February 2012

Au Beau Chateau - beautiful!

There's nothing worse than checking the calendar and realising you had overlooked a birthday for someone and there's no guarantee even with a 1st class stamp it isn't going to get to them in time.  That's what I love about making my own cards, just sitting down and putting together a lovely card and then sending it.

It might arrive a little late, but if it's this lovely and handmade surely it can be forgiven!

I just love the Fun Flowers die for the Big Shot. Some designer papers and a run through the big shot and you have an instant beautiful flower to top a card or project.  I have used the Vintage wallpaper emboss folder with the Big Shot to make the vintage style background and finished off the card with the new Victoria Crochet Trim. I think you will agree this card is simply gorgeous!

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Monday 6 February 2012

You are Loved

Today I have been playing with my new stamp set from the Mini Catalogue.  It's called 'You are Loved' and of course, it is very apt for the near to coming Valentine's Day to send sweet messages, but I think it is great for other occasions too.  It could just as easily be for a Mother's Day project (18th March) or birthdays or friendships all year through.  I love absolutely love it!
I made a card perfect to fit in the new square envelopes (thank you SU for providing square envelopes this catalogue!) with dimensional pads to raise the Valentine sentiment overlaying the lovely background heart stamp.

I stamped with the lush deep red ink of Cherry Cobbler and added lovely Whispher White organza ribbon and pearls to complete the look. The background card was Always Artichoke and I created the stitching with the piercing tool and using the piercing template mat set.  I then used stitched by hand - it didn't take as long as it sounds, but you can always cheat and use a white gel pen to make the stitch effect!

It's a bit of a shame as the sentiment placement covers some of the lovely features of the heart stamp as it has a bird and butterflies too, but don't worry I will be sure to be stamping some more and posting  pictures with this stamp set.

Watch this space as I have another exciting project with this stamp to show you..............

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Wednesday 1 February 2012

Quick Birthday Pennants

Just a quick note to add to today's postings to show you a couple of cards I made quickly to celebrate birthdays for relatives this last week.

These are made using the Pennants Builder Punch as an another alternative to making a banner with them. I have just used the middle triangles stuck together to make the diamond shapes and an additional row along the top.  A really simple design which takes minutes.

The 'happy' lettering is the 'Just perfect' alphabet stamp set and the 'Birthday' badge is from the 'Happiest Birhday wishes' set.  Background cardstock and ink used is a favourite of mine, Early expresso. 

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Spring has Sprung early for Stampin' Up!

Well I have been a little quiet after the hectic Christmas and all because it is now only 4 months to my wedding so wedding planning has been taking over my spare time.  Plenty of opportunities to craft with all the wedding stationery ideas buzzing around, but a real challenge with a toddler in tow!

Stampin' Up! UK mini catalogueWhilst I have been quiet Stampin' Up! certainly have not been quiet with two big announcements being made in the past few weeks.

First sees the launch of the new Mini Catalogue, full of exciting new stamps sets and new products. One of those new products is the Simply Adorned jewellery line.  A collection of sparklies, key and other charms to create your own unique jewellery. Create your own jewellery or why not look at creating your own small business with your creative talents?

You can view the Spring 2012 Stampin’ Up! UK mini catalogue online by clicking on the picture here of the catalogue cover.

Or if you would like to download your very own copy of the 2012 Spring Stampin’ Up! UK mini catalogue please click on the link here. It will show you a pdf copy for you to save.

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The other big announcement is the announcement of SALE-A-BRATION for Stampin' Up!  - What's this?  During Sale-a-bration there are 3 great ways to earn product.

Everyone placing an order of £45 or more will receive a FREE Sale-a-bration item of their choice. There are 4 stamp sets and a beautiful set of Designer Papers to choose from which are totally exclusive during the Sale-a-Bration promotion.
Also, if you host a £300 party or join Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator yourself during Sale-a-bration you get additional benefits too!  Showcase your creativity and join Stampin’ Up! and my team of Crafty Ink Buds and during Sale-a-bration you get to choose an additional Stamp set for free, that is a stamp set from the main or mini catalogue of any value. All you need to start is your demonstrator product kit for only £119.  You pay £119, but the kit contains products of potentially £290 in value and you can fully customise this so you can design it to suit you and your needs.

I think you will agree this are two really exciting announcements and the Sale-a-bration benefits are not to be missed during the qualifying period.  Remember, just an order yourself of £45 will qualify you for a free stamp set or DSP paper so grab those catalogues and get writing that wish list!