Saturday, October 31, 2009

Stampin' Saturday

Yesterday afternoon, in a moment of lonliness, I decided to invite a couple of friends around to be creative with me as I knew I was going to be "home alone".  I prepared a make and take project using the wonderful "Circle Circus" and Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper.  We had a lovely time, chilling out, being creative and discussing the endless possibilities produced with this stamp set.  Thank you ladies for coming along, hope you enjoyed yourselves!

I also did a little demonstration using one of the "Love Notes" envelopes, with the "One of a Kind" stamp set, this is just so cute.  The paper is from the "Bella Bleu" Designer Series Paper.
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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Simply Said, thanks so much!

I created this "thank you" card using the lovely "Simply Said" stamp set.  I randomly stamped the images with Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip and Pumpkin Pie ink pads onto Whisper White card and cut and raised the 8 petal flower with a dimensional. I layered this onto a piece of Chocolate Chip card.  The greeting is from the "Trendy Trees" stamp set and positioned using the Stamp-a-ma-jig onto the card base of Old Olive.  The top border is Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper and I added some texture with two loops of 1/4" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain Ribbon

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Open Day Make & Take No. 2

This was the 2nd make and take project we created at the Open Day last Saturday.  I just love Rose Red and Old Olive together, really bright and fresh.  We used two newly released stamp sets "Say it with Scallops" and Circle Circus, both of these sets work with the Stampin Up Circle Punches and Scallop Square Punch.  The greeting "For You" was from "One of A Kind" stamp set.  We stamped images from "Circle Circus" and hand cut the 6 petal shapes in two different sizes in Old Olive and So Saffron then layered them with Dimensionals.  The centre piece is stamped in Old Olive then a second image is stamped using the Old Olive and Rose Red Stampin Write Markers two create a two colour image and then we hand cut the middle square and raised it using Dimensionals.  We used the lovely Rose Red Double Stitched Grosgrain ribbon across the centre of the card to add texture.  The greeting was stamped using Always Artichoke to ensure that it stood out against the Rose Red Designer Series Paper.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Open Day Make & Take

Here is a sample of one of the make and take projects we created at my Open Day on Saturday, I was inspired by a similar design created by Jane.  We used the "Season of Joy" stamp set along with Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Ruby Red and Very Vanilla card.  We randomly stamped the snowflake image onto the card base in Old Olive ink, then stamped the tree in the same colour, cut it out and raised it with dimensionals.  Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig we stamped our greeting in Real Red ink then stamped the small poinsettia twice in the same colour.  We used the 3/4" punch to cut the old olive circle and 1/2" punch to cut out the small poinsettia then layered them together.  We used the Cropadile to set the eyelet on the Ruby Red band at the bottom of the card and added a Chocolate Chip knot and two rows of paper pierced holes for extra texture.  This piece was raised using Dimensionals.  Inside we stamped around the edge of a piece of Very Vanilla cardstock to complete the card.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Door Prize Winners

I would firstly like to say a big thank you to all you ladies who came along to my Open Day on Saturday, it was a great success and it was lovely meeting you all.  I am looking forward to the first Stampin' Card Workshop on 2nd November, hope you are too!  I would especially like to say a big Thank You to my wonderful friend Jane who came along to give me moral support, which was greatly appreciated, also to my mum for helping out on the day.

Well, I have picked the names from the Door Prize entries and the winners are as follows:

1st Prize - Emily Miles
2nd Prize - Marilyn Hulbert
3rd Prize - Anne Maddison

I will be contacting you all in due course to arrange delivery of your prizes.

Friday, October 23, 2009

New Workshop Dates

I am holding a monthly workshop on a Monday at Whitminster Village Hall, just off J13 of M5, here are the dates:

2nd November 2009
30th November 2009
25th January 2010
22nd February 2010
22nd March 2010
19th April 2010

I am also thinking of running some Saturday Workshops too, so keep an eye out for the dates which will follow shortly.

Have a busy day preparing for the Open Day tomorrow so just a quick post to show you another card I made.

I used Old Olive, Chocolate Chip and Not Quite Navy cardstock and stamped an image from the "Simply Said" set onto Whisper White Card in Old Olive ink.  I stamped the small flower from this set 3 times and cut and layered them onto the main image with Dimensionals.  I layered the image onto Close to Cocoa card and paper pierced the corners.  I used my Scallop Edge Punch to create a border and then layered Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper and Not Quite Navy cardstock on top and finished with a grosgrain ribbon knot.  My sentiment is from the "Ovals All" set and cut out using the Scallop Oval and Oval Punches.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Ahoy There!!

Here is another card using "Nursery Necessities", this is a really great set for creating cards and gifts for the younger generation, also for those newly borns!  The middle boat has had a 3D effect given by stamping a second image in the same colour, then cutting out the sails and raising them with dimensionals.  I used Chocolate Chip and So Saffron ink pads on the boats and then the new Kraft White ink pad for the greeting, which I also embossed.  I used the Scallop Edge punch on the Not Quite Navy strip of cardstock to create a border and layered it with a strip of Chocolate Chip Designer Series paper, the Corner Rounder was used on the chocolate chip layer where the boats are mounted onto, on the edge of the card and finally on the greeting layers. 

Thanks for dropping by, dates for my new monthly workshops will be posted tomorrow.

Monday, October 19, 2009

So Saffron Stars!

I have finally had chance to sit and be creative with my new stamps and here is my first creation, a "new baby" card welcoming the "little one".  The star stamps are from "Nursery Necessities" stamped with So Saffron ink onto Whisper White card.  The middle star has been clear embossed and raised using Dimensionals.  It is difficult to see from the picture but I stamped a background onto the main body of the card using one of the tree stamps from the newly released "Trendy Trees".  I used the Scallop Edge Punch to create a border and made holes in each scallop with the Paper Piercer. 

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Gift Box

I saw the template for this cute little gift box on Amanda's blog and thought that I would give it a go.  I have used the Designer Series Paper in Chocolate Chip and used the Chocolate Chip cardstock, along with the Scallop Edge Punch to create a border around the bottom, which is difficult to see in the photo as it is quite dark.  I also used the Circles Punches to cut out my stamped image along with the ribbon holes and the Oval Punch to create the handles.  So cute, just the right size for one of those cute minature boxes of chocolates you can buy. 

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Open Day & New Workshops

I am holding an Open Day to launch some new monthly stampin' card workshops that will commence on Monday 2nd November 2009.  The Open Day will be held at Whitminster Village Hall (just off Junction 13 of M5) details are here, on Saturday 24th October from 10.00am-4.00pm.  There will be an opportunity to view the new catalogue and idea book, participate in some make and takes and generally chat about the new forthcoming workshops.  There will be completed projects on view and also a raffle!  I will post all the dates for the workshops shortly.

Look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Starter Kit Arrived

Oh how lovely it was to receive my kit today, a box full of delicious SU goodies and I just can't wait to get inking with them!  My only dilema is which set shall I ink up first!

Tomorrow I will give you some details of a new Card Workshop that I will be running along with an Open Day to launch it so be sure to check back for the details!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bag with Cards

I have come across many tutorials for this kind of Card Bag, but I needed one that would fit my small square cards so I sat the other night designing my own template.  I was surprised at how long it took me and I take my hat off to all those talented ladies who create endless projects and tutorials!

Because of the height of the bag I had to use a sheet of 12x12 Designer Series Paper in Pumpkin, although I could have used A4 card with a join.  The Designer Series paper is great quality and this bag is actually quite sturdy, the 4 cards fit snug along with their envelopes and would make a lovely gift.  I was really satisfied with the end result and all that paper I used designing the template will of course be recycled!!

Tomorrow I am hoping to post details of a monthly Card Workshop that I will be holding locally and an Open Day to promote it!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Carte Postale

Just a quick post this evening and guess what, another card using the Chocolate Chip Designer papers and Carte Postale stamps, this set has now retired and I will be moving onto other stamp sets as soon as they arrive with me!!  Thank goodness I hear you all shouting!

I have used the Scallop Edge Punch to create a border around my stamped image and tied Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon around the top section of the card.  My sentiment is stamped using the "Ovals All" stamp set and punched out with the Oval and Scallop Oval Punches.  The centre flower in the image has been double stamped, hand cut and a dimensional has been used to give depth.

Supplies Used:
Whisper White & Chocolate Chip cardstock
Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper
Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Stamps from the "Carte Postale" (now retired) and "Ovals All"
Scallop Border, Oval and Scallop Oval Punches
Chocolate Chip & Old Olive Stamp Pads

Monday, October 12, 2009

Thank You Notes

Last week it was my daughters birthday and I thought that it would be nice to send out Thank You notes to everyone, just another excuse to get stamping really!!  I used a retired set called "Friendship Blooms" and the largest flower worked well with this sized card.  I used Old Olive and Pink Pixie ink pads to stamp the flowers and cut and layer them to give depth.  I used the Oval Punch to cut out the greeting, the Paper Piercing tool to add interest and brads for the centres of the flowers.

Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, October 11, 2009

More Chocolate Chip!

Upon my travels I have come across many blogs that showcase 3D projects and thought that I would spend some time last night creating similar ones but with my own measurements, wow, I was shocked just how much time I sat, getting things wrong and starting again, but eventually got there and will show you in the next few days what I made.

I wanted to use up some scraps of the Designer Paper that I had left on my desk so decided to alter a notepad and was quite pleased with the end result. Yet again I have used a stamp from the retired "Carte Postale" set which by nowm you must know I am liking at the moment!! The paper is from the Chocolate Chip Designer Series range and I used the scallop border punch and circle punch.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Loving Chocolate Chip!

I have spent the best part of today sat in my craft room creating, mostly using the stamps from "Carte Postale" (recently retired) and the Chocolate Chip Designer Papers. I am loving the "Oval Alls" stamp set, great for all card occasions and they co-ordinate with the Oval and Scallop Oval punches which is great. I like the simplicity of this card, not fussy at all, just quite plain, but I like it that way!

Here is a list of supplies that I used:-

Whisper White Textured Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper
Chocolate Chip Ink Pad
Ovals All Stamp set
Carte Postale Stamp set (just retired)
Scallop Edge Punch
Oval Punch
Scallop Oval Punch
Paper Piercer
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, October 9, 2009

A New Venture!

Hi, and welcome to my blog, a place where I will be sharing with you my paper craft creations and obsessions! I have recently become and Independant Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and felt the need to create this blog to showcase the lovely products available from Stampin' Up! I will be commencing a Card/Scrapbooking Club locally very soon and look forward to meeting lots of lovely people who also enjoy crafting, I am planning on holding these monthly meetings in the village of Whitminster, watch this space!

Well to start with, I wanted to show you a couple of cards I made recently using a stamp from the set "Carte Postale" which has just retired. 

Supplies Used:

"Best Wishes"

Carte Postale Stamp Set - retired
Oval All Stamp Set (for the greeting)
Whisper White Textured Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper

Certainly Celery 5/8" Grosgrain Ribbon
1 1/4" Circle Punch
1 3/8" Circle Punch

"Cheers to You"

Carte Postale Stamp Set - retired
Lots of Thoughts Stamp Set - retired
Whisper White Textured Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Cardstock
Chocolate Chip Designer Series Paper
Large Oval Punch
Scallop Edge Punch

Thanks for stopping by.