Sunday, 24 January 2010

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!

Firstly let me apologise for the poor pictures taken in bad lighting conditions but I don't think I've actually been at home in daylight hours this week! (Anyone else who works in personal tax will know why LOL - roll on February :D ).

Secondly and far more importantly welcome to everyone who is joining me from Carole's blog.
Nice to have some visitors in on a cold Sunday in January.

My first project is a set of mini note cards using the Vintage Labels set (yours FREE with any purchase of £45 or more before the end of February, as if you didn't know!).

I used some Love Notes (these are little 3"x3" cards and envelopes, and they come in a pack of 20, ten Whisper White and ten Very Vanilla) and designer series paper in the following colourways: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Rose Red and Bashful Blue.
Ink and cardstock to match.

I stamped the label using white craft ink and punched it out using the co-ordinating scallop circle punch. I then used the 3/4" punch to punch out the sentiment in the middle that I had stamped on whisper white card. The eyelet border punch was used to make the trim.
Tip: When using the border punches (either the scallop edge punch or the eyelet border punch) on the designer paper I get a cleaner punched edge if I punch two sheets of paper instead of one, as the punches are designed to be use with heavier weight cardstock.

The bag was made from a sheet of A4 printer paper. The handles were made using the 1 3/4" and 1 3/8" circle punches.

My second sample uses the Good Neighbours Sale-A-Bration set
I think the houses in this are really cute.

And lastly this little gift tag uses the Good Neighbours set again. I used my Stampin' Write markers to colour my stamp with two different colours before stamping it on to whisper white paper. The flower is from the Pretties Kit (as is the pearl) and has been coloured in using a real red marker.
Some more Sale-A-Bration samples made using the Happy Moments set can be found here.

I hope you are having fun on the Sale-A-Bration blog hop today and you can find some more gorgeous samples on Clare's blog - just follow the link and thank you for visiting. Hope to see you by this way again soon :)

And finally for details of how Stampin' Up! are contibuting to the Haitian Disaster Relief fund please click on the offers tab above - thank you :)

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop!

Look out for the Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop! passing this way on Sunday 24th January.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Love You Much - ony one month to go!

Its time to think about Valentine's Day. Love You Much is a new set in the UK catalogue this year and its so pretty. Here are some examples made using this set:

Card 1

I stamped the large heart four times and cut it out to make a large flower.
The ribbon is the res striped gros-grain ribbon coloured in using a Pixie Pink marker.

Stamps: Love You Much, Polka Dot Background
Card: Real Red, Pixie Pink, Regal Rose, Whisper White
Ink: Pixie Pink & Pink Passion markers, White craft ink (for Polka Dot background)
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Red Grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch

Card 2

Stamps: Love You Much, En Francais Background Stamp, Its Beautiful Wheel,Vintage Labels (SAB set)
Card: Real Red, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red & Pretty in Pink markers, White craft ink (for Its Beautiful wheel), Real Red
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Red Grosgrain ribbon,

Card 3

Stamps: Love You Much, En Francais Background Stamp, Its Beautiful Wheel,Vintage Labels (SAB set)
Card: Real Red, Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red & Pretty in Pink markers, White craft ink (for Its Beautiful wheel), Real Red
Accessories: Eyelet Border Punch, Red Grosgrain ribbon,

Monday, 11 January 2010

Love is in the air...

...well on a card anyway.

This card is based on the one on page 86 of the current idea book and catalogue. The letters and heart are from the Sticky Cuts Sweet set. These are like sticky strip (if you've used that before) but cut into shapes and letter. There's a backing sheet that you peel off to add the images to your card and then when you're ready to add glitter you just peel off the red top strip and then sprinkle on your glitter...easy peasy and very quick.

I was also looking for ribbon to match so I decided to colour in my red striped grosgrain ribbon with a Pixie Pink marker - I love how it turned out. What do you think?


Stamps: Vintage Labels (Sale-A-Bration limited edition set)
Card: Pink Passion, Certainly Celery, Whisper white
Ink: Craft White, Pixie Pink
Accessories: Sticky Cuts Sweet, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Red Striped Grosgrain ribbon (coloured with Pixie Pink marker)

Sunday, 10 January 2010

Sale-A-Bration - Happy Moments

How great are these FREE sale-a-bration stamps.
You can chose a limited edition sale-a-bration set free with each and EVERY purchase over £45. - so if you spend £45 you get one set if you spend £90- two sets free etc.

You can also combine with your hostess benefits so if you place an order of £150 or more you would receive
  1. a FREE level 1 hostess set,
  2. £15 worth of FREE product and
  3. THREE FREE sale-a-bration sets
If you'd like to place an order please contact me by phone or email.

These are some cards I made using the Happy Moments set. Its so versatile and as you can see can be used in a variety of styles.

The first card I made using the presents stamp.
I stamped the image several times on different sheets of Bashful Blue designer series paper, and then paper pieced the image together.
I then coloured in the linen thread using a Brocade Blue marker,
before tying it round each "parcel".

Stamps: Happy Moments, Sanded background stamp
Card: Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Paper: Bashful Blue designer series paper
Ribbon: Bashful Blue striped grosgrain
Embellishments: Hodgepodge Hardware

Birthday Card

The dotty background piece is made by punching holes in a strip of black cardstock and then backing it with Pink Passion and Pixie Pink cardstock. Helen used this idea on her card that was part of the In Love With Stamping January challenge.

I used the mat pack to space the holes evenly and then used the Cropadile and 1/2" circle punch to make the holes. The Whisper White cardstock was edged using the Border eyelet punch. Have I mentioned how much I love this punch! I find it almost impossible to make a card without using this punch at the moment LOL.

Once again I paper-pieced the image after stamping it on Pretty In Pink cardstock. The flowers were then coloured in using Pink Passion and Pixie Pink markers.

I wanted my ribbon to match the bright colours of the card so I used my Pixie Pink marker to colour in some white grosgrain ribbon. I also coloured in some flowers from the Pretties kit again using the Pink Passion and Pixie Pink markers.

Stamps: Happy Moments,
Card: Pixie Pink, Pink Passion, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ribbon: White grosgrain, coloured with Pixie Pink marker
Embellishments: Flowers from Pretties Kit
coloured with Pixie Pink and Pink Passion markers
Punches: Border eyelet punch, word window punch

Vintage Style Thank You card

I love this little birdcage stamp. And I thought it would go just perfectly with the Bella Bleu papers.
I made a scrunchie vellum flower (click on the classes tab above for a step-by-step guide on how to make these). I also coloured some Very Vanilla Ribbon with a Creamy Caramel marker to match the rest of my card.
All edges were inked using a sponge dauber and Creamy Caramel ink for a vintage effect.

Stamps: Happy Moments, En Francais
Card: Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Vellum paper
Ribbon: Very Vanilla grosgrain, coloured with Creamy Caramel marker, Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon
Embellishments: Scrunchie Flower
made from Vellum paper, Linen Thread
Punches: Border eyelet punch, oval punch, oval scallop punch

For You Card
Last but not least was a simple card using colours from the Soft Subtles range

Stamps: Happy Moments, Its Beautiful Jumbo Wheel
Card: Whisper White, Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Pale Plum
Ribbon: Pink Gingham
Embellishments: Soft Subtles brads

Punches: Border eyelet punch, oval punch, oval scallop punch (trimmed)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Happy Birthday Dawn

It's Dawn's Birthday today.
Hope you have a lovely day.

Card Supplies:

Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Pixie Pink
Patterned Papers: Kaleidoscope
Stamp: Miss Anya, coloured in using Stampin' Markers

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Colour Combination Challenge!

Now this really was a fast card. I only had five minutes before I had promised I would watch another episode of Dexter (season 3...such a good show...anyone else watch it?).

Our challenge was to use the following colour combinations -


I know! Yikes! but surprisingly they seemed to work pretty well together.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Event update

Click on the Classes/Event tab for details of a great Stampin' Up! event coming to Glasgow soon. Please contact me as soon as possible if you would like to attend as places will be limited.

No embellishments challenge

This was another challenge over on In Love With Stamping. To make our card we could only use ONE stamp set, card and ink...and that was it. No ribbons, no flowers, no brads etc. We were allowed to use punches though.

Stamps: Bloomin' With Beauty
Card: Kraft, So Saffron, Naturals Ivory, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip (faux ribbon, made from a thin strip of card)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel (marker), So Saffron (marker)

Monday, 4 January 2010

Sketch challenge

This card was made as a result of a sketch challenge over on In LoveWith Stamping.
I think that Greenhouse Garden (page 43 of Idea Book & Catalogue) may just be my new favourite set. I'm also loving the Kaleidoscope designer papers.

Card & Ribbon: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery
Tools: Eyelet border punch, mat pack

Sunday, 3 January 2010

Happy New Year! Let's Sale-A-Brate!

Its a New Year and that can only mean one thing in Stampin' Up! world...
yes its SALE-A-BRATION time.

I know that some of my regular customers have already placed their first sale-a-bration order (thank you :) ) but for those of you who are new to Stampin' Up! you are probably wondering what its all about. If so then read on...

The promotion runs from 30 December 2009 - 28 February 2010

Promotion Details:

With rewards for customers, hostesses, new recruitseveryone has a reason to celebrate!

Customers: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set for every £45 purchase (no limit!). So that means if you spent £150 you would receive THREE sale-a-bration sets as well as a Level 1 hostess set and £15 worth of additional free product! What a deal!

Hostesses: Receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set with a £300 or more workshop, in addition to the regular hostess benefits. Plus anyone booking a workshop with me that is held in January or February can also chose an additional free stamp set to the value of £21.95 for free...yes on top of your hostess benefits.

Recruits: If you sign up with me during sale-a-bration you can have any retail stamp set (a value up to £38.95) from the current catalogue for FREE. New demonstrators must write the name of the set they choose on the top of the Starter Kit order form, or they will receive the default set (Schoolbook Serif Alphabet; item 113510).

Sale-A-Bration Products

Good Neighbours gallery at In Love With Stamping

Whimsical Words gallery at In Love With Stamping

Vintage Labels gallery at In Love With Stamping

Happy Moments gallery at In Love With Stamping

Things to Remember:

All Sale-A-Bration products are exclusive to this promotion and will never be offered again.
  • Order deadlines:
    • Saturday, 28 February 2009; 11:50 PM (GMT)


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Buy the starter kit today for only £99 and chose up to £130 worth of product and receive business supplies worth £45. Interested? Email me at to find out more. It's never been easier to become a demonstrator - just click on the link below when you're ready to join Stampin' Up! Join Now!

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