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Friday, 29 March 2013

Petite Purse Die

 Yesterday afternoon I had the opportunity to play with my new Stampin Up Petite Purse Die which arrived on Wednesday. My daughter, Aviva, was going to a friend's house for a sleepover so I decided to make them a Petite Purse each. I could not believe how easy it was to put them together and decorate them. It was such fun that it could almost become addictive.

 I added the 4 You sentiment from the Tiny Tags set of stamps and punched it out using the Jewellry Tag Punch.

I filled each purse with eight mint Aero chocolate balls much to their delight.
Adhering Designer Series Paper to the Card Stock made it very sturdy so that it was able to withstand being filled to the brim!

Above is the first purse that I made using Pool Party card Stock and the Sycamore Street Designer Paper.

Cardstock :- Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Pool Party.

Designer Series Paper :- Sycamore Street, Patio Party, Floral District.

Punches :- Jewellry Tag, Boho blossoms.

Embossing Folders :- Lacy Brocade and Fancy Fan.

Embellishments :- Pearls, Gems, Subtles Buttons, Brads

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Accordion Album.

 I had fun this evening working out how to make this Album. It would be far easier to get the Sissix die but it is out of stock everywhere!
I love the way that the pages hinge together.
Rich Razzleberry is the base. I used some papers from the In Colour 2011 - 2013 Paper Stack which I cut out using the Creative Memories Cutting System.
The flowers were some that I die cut for a Workshop a while ago using the Stamping Up Blossom Party Originals Die.

Monday, 25 March 2013

Cup Cake Boxes.

 I forgot to add Stampin Up's pack of four Kraft Boxes to my order last week so I decided to make my own!

 The box above was made out of Crumb cake Card Stock and I used the Tea For Two Designer Paper from the Spring/ Summer Catalogue.
The Flower on top was made with the Blossom Punch and I put a brad through the centre to hold it together.
I used the Perfect Punches Stamp Set for the sentiment and mounted it on some DSP cut out with a Labels Framelit Die.

A view of the top of the other Box which was cut out of Summer Starfruit 12 x 12 Card Stock.
 Patio Party DSP has been used to decorate the top and sides and to make the belly band.
I used a different sentiment from the Perfect Punches Stamp Set and backed it with Primrose Petals Card Stock cut out with one of the Dies from the Apothecary Accents Set.
The Box was finished off with two pinwheels cut out with the Pinwheels Die which is only £4.50 in the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

The third box measures 3 x 3 inches. the large flower on top was made using Tim Holtz's Tattered Flowers die and K & Co paper.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Calypso Coral and Regal Rose.

My oldest Son rang me on his mobile phone on Wednesday to ask me a favour. Could I make a birthday card for his girlfriend, Jenni. so I asked what he would like on it and of course he did not have a clue so I suggested a pink rose as I know that he has given her one and the rest fell into place.
I used a lot of non Stampin Up products.
The rose is a Stampendous Stamp that I have had for years. The die that I used to cut out the heart has an embossing folder with it. It is a Provo Craft Disney Die. I used a sponge dauber to ink it up.
The lace is from my stash and the paper is K & Co. I used a sponge Dauber around the edges of the card with Calypso Coral and Rose Red ink.
I used a Crafters companion Lace Border die for the decorative edge at the base of the card.
I just had to get out those Stampin up Pearls to finish the card off properly. They really are the best on the market as are the Gems!
The sentiment is a stamp from the From My Heart Stamp Set.
I hope that Jenni likes it.

I also made her one from the rest of the family but I forgot to take a photo
 I used the Friendship, Yes Please, stamp from the From my Heart set, two Doily Dies in Chocolate Chip and Crumb Cake layered on top of each other on Tea for Two Paper with Very Vanilla Seam Binding Ribbon and an Antique Brad to finish it off.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Quick Cards

 My friend, Michelle, asked me to do 36 more cards for the Christian Charity that she did the fund raising tea for. I used pre folded 5 inch square cards. I decided to use bright colours as the charity rescues girls that have been kidnapped and taken into prostitution. The girls are given the opportunity to start a new life. Bright colours represent that to me!
I used a variety of Stampin Up Embossing Folders for the piece of card stock that was adhered to the left hand side. The colours used were rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party and Tangerine Tango.
The papers were the Sycamore Street Sale-a-bration ones, Floral District and Patio Party.
A Labels Framelit Die was used to cut out the Whisper white Card Stock to stamp on.

 The Itty Bitty Stamp Set was used for the tiny flowers on the above card.

 The Stamps used in the card above were Madison Avenue and Bloomin Marvellous - both Sale-a-bration sets.

 The sentiment above is a Hero Arts Stamp that I have not used in a while.

Another Hero Arts sentiment alongside a Stampendous dandelion.

 Madison Avenue with a verse from the Blessings from Heaven Set

Both the sentiment and the flowers above are from Bloomin Marvellous.
I really enjoyed making these cards. Using bright colours and beautiful stamp sets made me feel happy!

Sunday, 17 March 2013

Passionettes Rainbow Swap.

 Today I finished preparing cards for the Passionettes Rainbow Swap.
We all have to post them to Dawn Wicks tomorrow.
I joined the pink and the purple group so I had to do five cards for each.
The yellow and blue card above was one that we did recently, here, at a Workshop.
We used Soft Subtles Card Stock and the Tea For Two Designer Papers.
The Framelit is one from the Adorning Accents Set and I have used the Pricking Template just inside the edge. The butterfly stamp is from the retired bliss set. I punched the yellow butterfly using the Elegant Butterfly Punch which lives up to its name.

Above is the pink version, that I made today, for the swaps  and below are the five swaps lined up ready to be packed and posted tomorrow morning.
The base is Primrose Petals Card Stock with Pink Pirouette Card Stock and some Patio Party Designer Paper on top.The Pink Pirouette was embossed with the Lacy Brocade Textured Embossing Folder.
I used a stamp from the Tiny Tags set under the pink butterfly.
Pearl Basic Jewels were used to finish the card off.

I used the Aviary Stamp Set for the purple cards.The sentiment is from the Petite Pairs stamp set.
Rich Razzleberry is the base card matched with Pool Party.
Punches used were the Scallop Trim Border, Itty bitty, Large Oval and Scallop Oval.

I love the idea of doing swaps as your hard work is rewarded by receiving other people's creations by return post!
so let's hope there will be more to be involved in.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Hearts A Flutter and the Owl Punch.

 I always enjoy the challenge of making birthday Cards for friends and trying to include what they like.
The above card was for a friend who likes Pool Party and the Owl Punch.
I have been wanting to use the Hearts A Flutter Bundle on a card and I have seen variations of this "Washing Line" arrangement.
I used the Pool Party Baker's Twine for the two bows at each end of the line.
The sentiment stamp is from the Create a Cup Cake set punched out with the Word Window Punch and mounted on Primrose Petals Card stock punched out with the Modern Labels Punch.
I made the Cup Cake Box to go with the card.
I used the Take A Sip Standard Wheel for the border and a retired punch for the handle.
The Chocolate Cup Cakes inside were made using a Hummingbird Bakery Recipe which is one of my  favourites.
I inked up some of the Flower Trim from the Spring/Summer Catalogue with Rose red ink to add extra embellishment.

Friday, 8 March 2013

Blossom Punch.

This is one of the cards that we will be doing at the Card Workshop next Thursday at my house.
I started this card last night but could not sort out the right colours so I left everything on my desk and picked up today where I had left off.
Within minutes I had totally changed the colour scheme and then it all came together. I have seen similar cards on the internet but not using the Brights Card Stock and the Polka Dot Parade Designer Series Paper.
The centre of the punched out flower was stamped out and punched with the Boho Blossoms Punch. Sadly the stamp is now retired "One of a Kind." I am so glad that I did not sell it on to someone second hand as it provided just the right sized flower for the centre.
Other products used include the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Blossom Party Originals Die,Curly Cute Stamp Set for the sentiment and Rich Razzleberry Card Stock.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Cards in a Flash.

 These are two of the Cards that we will be making at my Workshop, here, this Wednesday.
I still have some spaces so let me know if you would like to join us!
The title of the Workshop is Cards in a Flash. We will be using Connie Stewart's technique of using a card base and two flash cards for each card.
You punch pieces from parts of the coloured Card Stock which will not show as  the Whisper White or Very Vanilla strip is on top of it.
I love the Sale-a-bration set Feeling Sentimental as it is so useful for men's cards.
The more Mustard and Basic Grey Card Stock was left over from an Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin Kit.In the Kit they were teamed up with Pool Party and Primrose Petals.

The Aviary Stamp Set is one which I have not used in a while. I find that it is very versatile as there are so many elements that you can use.
The Itty Bitty flowers along the Scallop Trim border were stamped and punched out with the matching Itty Bitty stamp and punch.
The sentiment is from Petite Pairs punched out with the Oval Punch. The Scallop Oval was used for the base.

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Bloomin Marvelous and Madison Avenue.

 Yesterday I did a Stampin Up Make and Take at a Fund Raising Tea at Michelle Constantinou's house in Birkenhead. She raised £300 for Nea Zoi which is an organization which rescues and rehabilitates women being trafficked for prostitution.
 The Ladies made a card which was personalised with messages of hope and love to the girls being rescued. They then used the Builder Wheel to decorate a Candy Wrapper Box. They used my new Elegant Butterfly Punch and the Madison Avenue and Bloomin Marvelous Sale-a-bration Stamp Sets.
I kept to the Brights colour family and used the Floral District and Sycamore Street SAB Papers.
They took the Box home with a chocolate or sweet inside as a Memento of the afternoon.

 For starters we had a selection of Savoury Sandwiches and Bagels.
Below is a close up photo. The Roses made a fitting centre piece.

 The second Course was Scones with Cream and Jam. I did not take a photo of these.

 Then we had the most deliciously decadent desserts! Above is the Fruits of the Forest Cheesecake in a tea cup!
Below is a photo of some of us enjoying the tea.

 Above is the Banoffee Pie in a tea cup.
Somehow we managed to fit in two groups for the Make and Take. There was also an Ice breaker game, a quiz about Human Trafficking and a raffle for Raphe, who is a chef, to cook the winner a meal in their home.

Amy recently signed up with me as a Demonstrator and I was very glad that she was able to join us.

I may well do some desserts in Tea Cups for the lunch at my next Scrapbook day on Saturday, April 20th!
I have never seen so many tea cups in my life. We drank and ate out of them.