Monday, 30 November 2009

Tree Trimmings card and envelope set

This set was inspired by one I saw on the internet - of course!!

I used Perfect Plum, Pale Plum and Basic Grey for both cardstock and inks. Tree Trimmings, which is probably my favourite Christmas stamp set, was stamped lots of times and cut out. The baubles on the main image were decoupaged using dimensionals. The Merry Christmas sentiment is from my stash.

Super easy!!!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Merry Moments noel houses

My wonderful upline, Helen, at All Things Stampy, gave me the inspiration for these houses. I saw Helen's version which reminded me of a house template I have had for a long time - so out it came and this is the result.
I used the Merry Moments DSP, Sparkly and Bright stamps and some chipboard letters from my stash.
These little houses scream 'beach huts' to me, so watch this space ..........

Sunny Days basket scallop bag

I bought a new die for my die cutting machine that makes these gorgeous little bags.

As the sun was trying to come out from behind all the clouds this morning, I decided to give it a helping hand!! Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit was hauled out yet again - will I ever get to the end of it, it goes on for ever!! Excellent value for money.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Julie's Circle Circus Birthday

You may have gathered by now that I love Jenny Moore's classes. I decided to use one as the inspiration for a birthday gift for my wonderful friend, Julie.
Where Jenny used Earth Elements, I used Soft Subtles and Night of Navy. I loved making this set so much I ended up making two (one to keep).

The colours used were Perfect Plum, Night of Navy, Sage Shadow and Barely Banana, both cardstock and ink.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

First Workshop

I was really flattered to be asked by a lovely lady, Angie, if I would do a workshop with the craft group she goes to. I was really nervous as it was my first 'Official' Stampin' Up party away from the comfort of my craft room!!

It all went really well and lots of ladies kindly placed orders. Angie got a hostess set and benefits from the catalogue - she was really pleased!!

As it was my first time, I kept the demos really simple. The first was a Fresh Cuts Notelet and the Fresh Cuts stamp set (because it is part of the Christmas Extravaganza). I used the poppin' pastel technique which the ladies loved.

I then went on to make a sour cream container with the Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit (also part of the Christmas Extravaganza). Got lots of 'oooooohs' for that. Unfortunately it suffered a fatal accident on the way home, so I cannot take a photograph of it.

The next demo was also my 'Make and Take'. When I was playing around with this I couldn't decide whether to use Old Olive or Real Red as the card base - in the end I went for the Real Red. I used the stamp set Sparkly and Bright (which I was not all that keen on at first but now love it) and the co-ordinating jumbo Stampin' Around wheel 'Sparkling'.

The ladies had a great time making this card. Some had never stamped before and one lady had never even made a card before!!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Sunny Days On Board Journal

I know, another Sunny Days project ...... but isn't it cute?

I covered the On Board Journal with Tempting Turquoise and some of the designer paper from the kit. The lovely bird from the Good Friend stamp set was stamped in Pumpkin Pie, Pink Passion and Tempting Turquoise. I knotted a piece of Old Olive ribbon around the binding rings.

To hide the chipboard edges of the journal I ran my Tempting Turquoise ink pad around the edges.

Sunny Days card

Told you I was loving these colours!!

This simple card is so lovely. Pink Passion is used for the base card and the long flower sticker is from the Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit. I used Old Olive ribbon, this colour is becoming one of my favourites, around the centre. I stamped the sentiment and the butterfly, from Flight of the Butterfly, with Tempting Turquoise. Love using vellum as the top wings as it looks really pretty.

There is another project in these colours and there's lots of the kit left ..........

Sunny Days basket

I have resisted these bold, bright colours for so long - didn't really like them at first. Oh boy what a difference a free punch makes!! (All SU demos know what I mean!)

I found this idea on YouTube by Stampin' Up demo Monica Gale and thought it would be great in these Basic Bright colours. I used the Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit, the scallop edge punch and Pumpkin Pie ribbon. The only problem is I just do not know what else to add to it, it just does not look finished - maybe if I fill it with chocolate it might look better!

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Trendy Trees recess card

This is just a simple card I made this evening as I am still recovering from going to the NEC on Friday!! I decided to use Chocolate Chip CS and Old Olive DSP as they are easy on the eyes - a change from the Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit!!!

The recess card has been a favourite of mine for a long time since I first saw it on the internet (on one of the many YouTube videos I watch!). I think the Trendy Trees stamp set goes really well as they are simple images. I stuck to Chocolate Chip and Old Olive when I stamped the trees, but added a splash of Ruby Red as a contrast. A knot of Chocolate Chip ribbon finished it off.

Sunny Days candle

I found these super-cheap tinned candles in a local pound shop and bought 10!

The Sunny Days Simply Scrappin' kit looks fab and I used the small butterfly stamp from Flight of the Butterfly set. To cover the top I just turned the lid upside down and traced round it.

I am really liking these colours, especially as it is so dull outside!!

Reindeer Easel Card

Yes, another easel card - just love 'em!

I used the usual Old Olive, Real Red and Chocolate Chip CS, with the snowflake paper from Merry Moments DSP.

The reindeer (stags?) were stamped in Chocolate Chip over Sandy Sprinkles rolled in Creamy Caramel. I used both the oval punches and the greeting from Occasional Greetings. Chocolate Chip grosgrain and the scallop edge punch were also used.

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Reindeer wreath card

I saw this idea on the net (forgot where - I do a LOT of blog hopping - SORRY!) but stamped with the cone from Autumn Days. I thought I would have a go with Pocket Silhouettes and the stag from Winter Post. I really like it, I think.... Just sitting here looking at it reminds me of a catherine wheel!

Chocolate Chip CS was used at the base card, with Real Red as the accent. Pocket Silhouette foliage was stamped with Old Olive. The stag was stamped with Chocolate Chip.

I did not put a greeting on as I did not want to cover the wreath.