Thursday, April 29, 2010

OSW Part 4

I am sure that you've been wondering where I am.... well.... Linda Cravens OSW created 4 pieces of Designer papers measuring 4.5cm x 14.8cm. So I thought rather than showing you 4 cards at a time, I would make up all of them and show you together.

I really like the bottom card in the chocolate chip selection. I used the Manhattan Flower embossing folder and then cut around one rose. I then sponged a bit of chocolate chip on the raised sections. I missed occasionally and got the actual petals, but it worked well.

I just received the Occasional Greetings stamp set as a gift for Stampin' Up!® for my sales during Sale-A-Bration and have used it heaps in these selections.

I think my favourite card in the Old Olive selection is the key ring one. I just punched circles in different sizes out and made rings. I then cut two of these rings to be able to link them all together. I used a metal edge tag for the part you would hold onto. I can't think of it's technical name - do you know it?

I love the star card in the Riding Hood Red selection. It's just so funky - and easy to make!


Card: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Stazon White, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
Ribbon: 1 1/4" Riding Hood Red striped grosgrain, Riding Hood Red Taffeta
Punches: Just about all of them!
Embellishments: Metal Edge Tags, Button Bouquet, Pretties Kit
Stamp Sets: Priceless, Occasional Greetings, Life Definitions, Rustic Rooster (hostess set), Pocket Silhouettes, Illuminations, Sweet Little Sentiments, Echoes of Kindness (hostess set), Polka Dot Background, Tiny Tags

Till next time, happy stamping...

Friday, April 23, 2010

A precious baby!

Today's card has been inspired by the birth of a friends baby boy!

I bought this gorgeous little Cookie Monster jumpsuit for this little man and decided that I would make the card using the same colour. So here it is!

I love the striking-ness of the white. It seems so crisp and clean! I then thought that it needed just a tad more colour so added the Yoyo Yellow! I used the circle scissors to built the centrepiece of this card. It was so quick and easy!

Anyway I am a bit behind with jobs today, so I'll keep this short and get on with the ingredients!

Card: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Tempting Turquoise, Taken With Teal, Yoyo Yellow
Punches: Scallop Circle, Scallop Square
Stamp Sets: All In The Family, Fun and Fast Notes, Say It With Scallops

Till next time, happy stamping...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

OSW - Part 3

Okay well here is Part 3 of my take on Linda Craven's OSW. These cards all started with three 4cm x 6.5cm rectangles. I found it particularly hard to make a portrait card with these cuts.

So this pink card was actually the last card that I made. It was supposed to be the one that was in the portrait pose, but somehow it ended up landscape. It was very bland so I decided to add the blinged up butterfly. These pictures don't do this card any justice at all. It is quite noice!

Now in case you weren't aware you can still get this butterfly punch! Yep, Stampin' Up!® has some excess stock available

The card below was not what I expected, but I am happy with it. I used Andrea Lowcocks tutorial on pleating ribbon to help me with this one. I was pretty happy with how easy it was to do, once you know how. Thanks Andrea!

I just love the last card. I don't know why! I think it just came together so effortlessly. And doesn't that always makes you like a card? LOL.

So that is three sets done. Which means I have shown you 1/3 of the cards that I am to make using this OSW. Are you bored of these cards as yet? I know I'd like to see a couple of different colours for a few days. LOL. I have decided to have a break with my next post. Yep, I am going off schedule to show you something else! Keep your eyes peeled.

Card: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Bella Rose
Ribbon: Chocolate Chip 5/8" grosgrain, Old Olive 1/4" grosgrain
Punches: Spiral, Butterfly, Designer Label, Scallop Edge, Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Embellishments: Pretties Kit, Chunky Glitter, Flower Fusion Too, Hodgepodge Hardware
Stamp Sets: Priceless, Best Yet, Occasional Greetings, Oval All (retired)

Till next time, happy stamping...

Saturday, April 17, 2010

OSW - Part 2

Here we go with the second group of cards from this OSW of Linda Cravens. If you missed Part 1, click here!

This selection started off as a 4cm x 14.8cm strip of paper.

I don't know what stopped me from punching all the way along with the eyelet punch, but I liked the effect that I managed to achieve, purely by accident. Sometimes the best creations happen by accident!

I really loved how the Cottage Garden stamp set, matched in nicely with the Bella Rose DSP. Or perhaps it was the colouring? I stamped the salutation in Riding Hood Red and then again making a shadow in Pink Pirouette, although it's a little hard to see in the photo's.

This card gave me the willies, trying to get it right. The strip I started with seemed to be lacking! I decided that it needed something to go around it and this 1 1/4" ribbon seemed almost to overtake it! Trying not to go overboard, I thought that a plain piece of cardstock underneath would be okay - but it was just too boring! So I got out my trusty crimper and rippled the card and it was just enough to take the plain-ness out of the card.

Again I'll list all the ingredients together to alleviate a lot of doubling up.

Card: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Riding Hood Red, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
DSP: Bella Rose
Ribbon: Pink Pirouette 5/8" Striped Grosgrain, Pink Pirouette 1 1/4" Grosgrain (retired)
Punches:Eyelet Border, Photo Corners, 1 1/4" Circle, Designer Label, Wide Oval, Scallop Border, Scallop Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, 1/2" Circle
Embellishments: Earth Elements Brads, Build-A-Brad Pewter
Stamp Sets:Priceless, Cottage Garden, Best Yet, Think Happy Thoughts

I hope that you have enjoyed this collection and I look forward to showing you more in the coming days.

Till next time, happy stamping...

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Extended OSW!

I am sure that you are wondering what the title means! Well basically I saw this fantastic OSW (One Sheet Wonder) on Linda Cravens blog and thought to myself, "I am going to do that!"

Okay that sounds simple enough, pick a stamp set and choose four colours. I thought I'd concentrate on colours that are staying with us after 1st September 2010, as I had seen lots recently from the farewell list.

So quite innocently I picked four adorable colours and after I'd made my own specialty paper, I realised that these were the colours that complimented Bella Rose. So I figured, while I was on this trip, I'd make an extra set and then I couldn't decide on which paper to use, so decided to make two.

Alright, my mission sounds simple, but I just find it very difficult to make the same thing, so I decided that's I'd switch the base card colours around and make each one unique. So what started out as making nine cards, suddenly got extended to 27 unique cards! Well that's what I am aiming for!

Now I am sure that if I blogged 27 unique cards at once you'd be bomboozled with too much information, so I thought I'd show you what I'd made from each cut of the OSW in each post. This adorable selection started with four 3.5cm squares and the rest of the card was built around that.

I think this has been an excellent way to demonstrate that even using the same colourways and starting point, you can create some truly unique peices of artwork!

I like all three of these cards, but I think the chocolate chip one is my favourite! What's yours?

Alright I am going to list all the ingredients needed for this group
of cards together, as there would be a lot of doubling up otherwise.

Card: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip
DSP: Bella Rose
Ribbon: 5/8" Chocolate Chip Grosgrain
Punches: Scallop Edge, Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Small Oval, 5-Petal Flower, Boho Blossoms, Eyelet Border, Large Heart, Medium Jewellery Tag
Embellishments: Circle Fire Rhinestones
Stamp Sets: Priceless, Sweet Little Sentiments (hostess set), It's Your Birthday (retired), Tiny Tags

Okay well I hope you like this instalment and look forward to showing you the next batch of creativity.
Till next time, happy stamping...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Exciting News!

I have been considering how to break this exciting news to you all! Stampin' Up!® is undergoing a colour renovation. This is so very exciting! Of course with any renovation there are always firm favourites that have to go and have a rest. Some of these colours I personally will be very sad to go, but generally I am looking forward to the new colours that are becoming available!

Click on the images above and below to get a closer look at the upcoming changes.

I am so excited as some of my favourite in-colours are staying - yep, staying!!!!

Now I know that you are probably in shock! I was too!!!! But I am pleased to say that we've been given just over four months to get used to this idea. So if there are any colours that are farewelling us this year, you have a couple of months to stock up on ink, refills and cardstock! Although I would recommend that you get in before it runs out!

Anyway I'll leave you to think about this.... and look forward to posting some cards soon.
Happy stamping...

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Autumn Winter Blog Hop!

Good Morning everyone!

I hope you’re ready for the ESAD Blog Hop! Better go grab yourself a cuppa as you’ll be hopping for a while!

What is ESAD you say?
ESAD stands for Extra Special Australian (and New Zealand) Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators.

We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

For those of you who follow my blog, I would just like to say sorry for not being here over the last week. I have been sick with the flu and I have lots of catching up do. I will try to be a bit more consistent in future.

Anyway I thought that I would feature a couple of things today for you. Honestly there are so many yummy things in the new mini catalogue! So here is my sample!

Firstly I thought I'd do a little 'candle stamping'. Using the Cottage Garden stamp set, I made this super cute candle. It looks fab, doesn't it? Have you tried 'candle stamping' before? It's really not that hard. The secret is that you don't actually stamp on the candle. LOL! All you do is stamp on tissue paper and then wrap it around your candle, cover with baking paper and then gently heat with your Heat tool. It's so super easy to do and I am yet to see one that I don't like.

Also I thought I'd make a box to showcase this candle. Now I was having a bit of trouble taking photo's today. Too much glare, so I hope you forgive my crude attempts.

Anyway this box is made using the gorgeous Flower Fantasy Printed Window Sheets, which of course, co-ordinates with the Cottage Garden stamp set and Cottage Wall DSP.

The base and lid of this box are made using the Big Shot Top Note die. I love the different edging this provides. This Top Note die is a must have for scrapbooking, cardmaking and 3D projects. It is so versatile.

The ribbon on the candle and the tag are secured using 5/16" brads, which were available in the spring mini and Stampin' Up!® have carried over and there are still some available.

Below is a picture of the candle nestled nicely in it's special box. I think this is a great Mother's Day present.

Now I could go on all day and create so much using the new in-colour, Rich Razzleberry, and Cottage Garden stamp set. Personally I had been secretly coveting it, when it arrived in the US. But I thought I'd also show you something a lot different. Just in case you aren't a Rich Razzleberry/Cottage Garden fan (could that be?).

Anyway here is a sweet little card made using the Pony Party stamp set. I purchased this set in clear mount. Yep, clear mount. Stampin' Up® have bought out clear mount stamps. I thought that if I didn't like these, my daughter could have them. Sorry Lucinda, but these are mummy's. They are great. So good for storage space. The stamps are still made from rubber and stamp in the same quality as wood mount. There is still an image on the back of your stamp, so you can get placement right.

Anyway back to Pony Party! This stamp set is 2 step. I added the wings, horn and rainbow on the rump. As you can image there are plenty of different options available. There is a party hat, butterfly, hearts, star, flowers and grass tufts to this set as well.

Of course my Unicorn Pony wouldn't be magical if it didn't have bling! So out came the chunky glitter.

Oh I almost forgot, I used Gretchen Barrons Inspiration in Action 123 sketch for this card.

Alright I am getting tired now! So much excitement! I'd better let you keep some energy for the rest of the hop. Your next stop is Susan Joyce who is going to dazzle you with her brilliance and a new punch!


Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Orchid Opulance, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum
Ribbon: Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain
Embellishments: 5/16" brad
Tools: Heat Gun
Non SU: Candle, tissue paper, baking paper
Stamp Set: Cottage Garden


Card: Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
DSP: Cottage Wall
Printed Window Sheet: Flower Fantasy
Ink: Soft Suede, Orchid Opulance
Ribbon: Soft Suede 1/2" Polka-Dot Grosgrain
Punches: Slot, Small Tag
Embellishments: 5/16" brad
Stamp Set: Cottage Garden

Pony Card:

Card: Melon Mambo, Gable Green, Orchid Opulence
Ink: Brilliant Blue, Orchid Opulence, Pink Passion, various Bold Bright markers
DSP: Cottage Wall
Ribbon:Pretty In Pink 1/2" Striped Grosgrain
Punch: 1/2" Circle, 1 3/8" Circle, Scallop Circle, Scallop Edge
Embellishments: Bold Brights Brads, Chunky Glitter
Tools: Tombow Glue, Crafters Tool Kit, Stamp-a-ma-jig
Stamp Set: Pony Party

Till next time, happy stamping...
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