Sunday 31 March 2013

Easter Chick Basket

It's Easter time and here is my little Easter crafting to brighten your Easter celebrations.  My little chick here is nesting in a snug and cosy little basket made from the Sizzix Petal Cone die.  The paper used for this is the Birds of a Feather papers from the annual catalogue.  The papers have a selection of designs with this egg design being perfect for Easter and perfect colours for the basket. 

There are a few little mini eggs nesting under the chick in here.  I say a few as the rest of the supply did not make it past the crafting desk - oops!

I will post a photo tutorial (my first!) on how I made this basket on my next blog.

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Saturday 30 March 2013

Vintage Feeling

Here to share today is the make from a hostess party recently.  All the lovely ladies had fun making this card to take home with them.  I included the Very Vintage wheel as my hostess was interested in trying the stamp wheels on offer.  Everyone's card looked super at the end of the evening. Job well done!

I used the Framelits Labels Collection for my version, however for the make in the evening we used the Decorative Label punch which looked just as effective on the cards.  The flower is from the You Are Loved Stamps and is standing proud on some Dimensionals.

The ladies had the opportunity to use the piercing pack to outline their labels for their cards too as there is a template for this as well as the Framelit Labels in the piercing packs.

Spot the doily?  Just a small piece of a doily as a feature on the card.  The Doiles are a very popular item in the Spring catalogue.  Remember to order yours before the end of the catalogue in June!

Another card with the Very Vintage wheel - can you see it peeping through?  It is on the background behind the Vellum overlay!  This card is very similar to one by Marian M Garcia I had seen displayed on the internet.  For mine, I have used the flourishes from the Elements of Style Set with Gold embossing. 

I love that I could colour the Glimmer Paper with a dauber and some crumb cake ink to give it a Champagne makeover!  The 'Mr & Mrs' and the design round it are from the Tiny Tags stamp set.

Come back tomorrow for an Easter Chick Treat.........

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Friday 22 March 2013

Afternoon Daydream

I promised a while back on the blog some more projects using the Afternoon Daydream scrapbook kit and I hope they are worth the wait.  I loved the Notes holder which is in the 2012-2013 Annual catalogue right now on page 166 which shows of this kit just beautifully so I have been itching to make one. 
I have added a few bits to the kit to finish the notes holder; Just a vintage faceted button with some Pool Party Baker's Twine and the Basic Grey Stitched Grosgrain ribbon. The great thing about this box is it can be for a variety of uses; card holder, notes holder, recipe holder or photo collection store perhaps.  I decided to keep mine for notes so added the lettering using some chipboard lettering I already had in my stash. 
To add some glimmer to my letters I coloured them with ink and then Smooch Spritzed them with Vanilla Shimmer (118772, pg 158).  These are great little pearlised accent sprays in their own spray applicator.  It looks really special for gifting with this extra shimmer.  I added a pencil wrapped in the same paper too - a lovely quick gifting idea to use up small strips of DSP!

The second item to show you today was my hostess gift to a party I did recently.  A simple cut box filled with the little notecards and envelopes.  My Simply Scored tool came into it's own to quickly make the open topped boxed insert and then the folds for the outer wrap around.


The top edge of the outer cover is cut with the Big Shot Adorning Accents Edgelits and matching embossing folders.  I added a border of embossed hearts to the bottom of the outer layer too.  Recognise the background pattern stamps?  These are the Madison Avenue stamp set which is part of the Sale-a-Bration which finishes today - YES, TODAY!!

I am loving this Afternoon Daydream scrapbook kit (126927, Pg 167) and the colour combination it uses and hope you do too.  Just look how many projects I have made with it already and still plenty left to use yet! 

The kit comprises of: 
  • 3 12x12"sheets of cardstock stickers
  • 6 12x12" sheets of double-sided designer paper
  • 8 12x12" sheets of coloured cardstock: 2 each of each colour
Colours in the kit are Basic Grey, More Mustard, Pool Party (In Colours 2011-2013), Primrose Petals (In Colours 2012-2014)

Don't forget if you want to get a set of the Madison Avenue stamps you need to place a Sale-a-Bration order (£45 or more) TODAY!

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Thursday 21 March 2013

Last Two Days of Sale-A-Bration

I can't believe it is the last 2 days of Sale-a-Bration. Get that wish list out to make sure you don't miss out on free products when you order! A £45 order and you can order a free product choice from the sale-a-Bration brochure.  It's a great way to add to your crafting supplies or even to just get started with your first stamp set and products.

Take a look at the previous blog entries to see all the wonderful items I have been making with my freebies. They really are very special.

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Sunday 17 March 2013

Springtime Mini Love and Flowers

There are some products that you just love the minute you set eyes on them in the catalogue.  I could not resist purchasing some of the lovely delicate Flower Trim especially after seeing a card my upline Amanda Fowler made with it.  The trim comes in ivory on a mesh background, you can cut it into individual flowers as I have done and colour it using ink, markers or even your ink refills.  
I have followed Amanda's great example and made a simple Congratulations card ready for the wedding season.  This design would even look great as a wedding invitation design.  I used Certainly Celery as the green for my card and Pink Pirouette for the accent colour and for the taffeta ribbon.  I love the cute little 'Mr and Mrs' tag from the Tiny Tags stamps and I added this to give it another little wedding touch.

The second card layout and design was also inspired by another European demonstrator, although their version was not with the flower trim.  I loved the different colours used for the card.  My card includes the Flower Trim and the 'Love' ticket from the Artisan Embellishments kit, both from the Spring Mini catalogue. I coloured the flowers using my marker pens - so easy and so effective!  The stamp, you may recognise, is from the free Sale-a-bration set, Feeling Sentimental. 

If you love the ticket design on this card then look at the main catalogue for the Ticket Builder Punch (126883) to make your own tickets in two different sizes.  There are also co-ordinating stamp sets in the main catalogue and a lovely set, 'That's the ticket' in the Spring mini on page 27.
All the Spring mini catalogue items mentioned today are available only for a limited period so make sure you don't miss out:
126869 Flower Trim
129328 Artisan Embellishments Kit
128072 That's the Ticket stamp set (wood-mount)
Just 5 more days of Sale-A-Bration to go!  Remember if you order before the end of 22nd March and spend over £45 you earn a choice of free product from the Sale-A-Bration brochure.
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Sunday 10 March 2013

Mother's Day - It's a Hoot!

A lovely Mother's Day start with a special card made with love by my litte one (with a little help from the Daddy Design Team!).  Owls are favourite in our house, with a life-long supporter of Sheffield Wednesday they are bound to be. Our little one is being brought into the Owls Supporters fold starting with the SU Owl Punch!  A card, all the more special when you know it's been made by that special someone.

Inspired by my card, I had a commission for my nephew for a card for my sister.  He is only 8 months old so too young to be crafting with me just yet (!), but I am sure this is just what he would have designed though.  So easy to put a design together with a few punches. 

Some designs actually come from making a bloop and that is what happened for the top border on this card.  I accidently used the cut blade and not the score blade on my trimmer when creating the card base so I quickly created a strip with a fold to cover it and make the folded card again.  I used the scallop border for the edges before sticking and it worked a treat!

For these cards we used:

Punches: Owl Punch, Boho Blossoms, Small Heart, Scallop Border, Pennant Builder
Big Shot: Little Leaves, Alphabet dies (retired)

We are off for a Mother's Day lunch now, hope you are all having a lovely special day too!

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Friday 8 March 2013

Mother's Day Stampin' with Love

Well it is a little early to post these as it is before Mother's Day, but I have been having so much fun with my Elements of Style stamp set I just wanted to show you all what I had been making.

The triple-layer stamping is one I had seen around and been wanting to try ever since I saw an example with this same stamp set. It looks beautiful and so effective with this set.I love creating shadow of the bigger stamp on the background by stamping with the Crumb Cake then again with soft suede.

 Another Mother's Day card with the same set, but this time pretty in pink. I stamped and coloured with blender pens and then cut out the flowers to overlay a framelit. I used some sponge daubing on this card to give it a vintage feel.

The Embosslit butterflies feature here with one of the Vintage Faceted Buttons. These buttons look just fab with a pearl in the middle as I used here. I am already well on my way through my second pot of buttons.

The background for this card is with the larger stamp as a watermark effect. You cannot see the back of the card, but I stamped all over the back too and a little on the inside corners which finished the the card off.
As the rain seems to be back again this is a reminder of the few days of sunshine we have had this week.  It almost felt like summer - well a British summer anyway! 

My last card for today's post, a challenge to myself to create something with less stamping!  My creative inspiration, the Floral District designer papers and some of the standard designer papers in Daffodil Delight.

This card is all punching, cutting and scoring, except for the sentiment of course (from the 'Deligthful Dozen' set).  The background border has been created with the Simply Scored scorepad and the new Scored Borders plate found in the spring catalogue (p26). This creates beautiful embossed borders matching your framelits shapes or can just be used alone for embossing.  There are full size continuous designs for using on scrapbook pages or just on the edge of a card design as I have. The plate has it's own template to help you line up and keep on track too - no slip-ups!    

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