Monday, 20 October 2014

Autumn Winter Catalogue Supplement


Just released. A supplement to the Autumn Winter Catalogue. Just click here or on the picture to go to the Supplement.

Lots more Christmas crafting goodness in here – particularly for those that love Stars, Project Life & 12 Days of Christmas!

But beware… items only available whilst stocks last…

And here is a quick peek of one product for you! I call it the “Lots of Stars without the Hassle” kit! Can’t wait to get mine and make a stunning but simple-to-make mantelpiece decoration! With lots of stars left over to decorate the tree too!


Thursday, 16 October 2014

All is Calm Box in a Bag

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Gosh haven’t made one of these for ages! And my ladies loved it… quick, simple and great for popping all sorts of things in… chocolates spring to my mind!

Now this was kept purposefully simple in decoration as it was intended to explain the principle… before progressing to the main event…. which is code for a different version coming this way soon!!

And here is the tutorial I followed…..

And before I leave you… here is a dressed up version of the base project…. well there had to be another wreath shared somewhere….

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Holiday Home meets White Christmas – a Simpler Version!

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Here is a simpler version of a card previously posted & much visited!! This is a straightforward DL version – suitable for batch making and posting out!!

The previous one was a BIG 8” Flap version intended to personally hand over and to sit on the mantelpiece of someone very special!

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And here is another view…

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I guess you can spot the similarity!! And yes the door is open and the windows & lights are glazed ( care of my Crystal Effects which seems to be constantly at my crafting side!)

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

More Ornamental Pines in Soft Blues

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Following on from yesterdays post. The single layer card I CASED from the catalogue warped as a result of the white heat embossing… so another layer was required as the card format was far too nice not share!

So 2 versions of matting here… my favourite on the left! I remade the cards using Soft Sky rather than Pool Party - it takes on a dreamlike appearance – and it is SO gorgeous when used with new Lost Lagoon in-color – a match made in heaven!!!

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Again I have used the Gorgeous Grunge splats to add the delicate snowy effect around the pine images….. Again LOL…. this is another card that can make the week’s Snow Challenge theme folder… maybe tomorrow

Oh and spot the Thumping…. yes Lost Lagoon marker pen “delicately but randomly stroked” over the Soft Sky inked pine cone stamp… lovely job! I still laugh at this technique being called Thumping – I am always quick to point out in classes that actually thumping of my marker pens is not what it is about!!! They would see a grown woman cry…

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Ornamental Pines in blues–Part 1

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Loving my Ornamental Pines.

The first card is a CASE of the card sample on page 27 of the Stampin’ Up! Autumn Winter Catalogue. It is even nicer in the flesh on its Pool Party base…. I am so glad I decided to make it… though white embossing on a single layer card does unfortunately make the card warp – so come back tomorrow for my solution to that problem!

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But the second card caused the most WOWs here in the Craft Room…. that huge bauble just appears to physically leap out of the pine sprays.

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Though I have to laugh… as I had declared this card a reject card!! (won’t bore you with the whys!! There are a few.. ) But there was such a reaction to it … I decided it was daft not to share it here…. But I do hope to have a remake sometime soon….. in the meantime … get out those masks & sponges!!

And even more laughing at myself… as I look at this photo…. I have just realised that this fits this week’s Weekly Team Challenge theme of Snow…so I am now off to quickly post it in  the Challenge folder…..   so some of you will now have seen this already!!                                                                                                             

Bye for now….

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Ornamental Pines Set– Clean peace, Sponged beauty or downright Grungy!

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Moving swiftly onto the Ornamental Pines stamp set…. Same card. Different styles!

Clean on clean to start with… just the addition of the Gorgeous Grunge splats to add a bit of texture…

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Bit of sponging to that centre panel… definitely stands out more!

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And trying to go grungy for a change ….. all over sponging to the right…

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Friday, 10 October 2014

Wonderful Wondrous Wreath Scallop Square Double Die Cut Card

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Just realised that there are a couple more Wonderful Wondrous Wreath cards I have not yet shared.

So for today, a Clean & Simple card using the Double Die Cut Card Technique. This a personal variant of the Double Punched Technique designed by Robin Armbrecht  and for which there is a tutorial by Julie Davison  here. I have used the Double Die Cut method quite a few times over the years… particularly with flowers & snowflakes… But I appear to have not posted any here before… so I have put a few pictures of last years Festive Flurry version at the end of this post…. there are some better views….

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Photos don’t really do it justice! – but I am sure you will get the idea… Though I have to admit… there is actually too much card cut away in the front – so the finished result is a bit floppy when just using Whisper White. Shame as it is effective…. so remakes will have to include that extra layer of paper as shown in the Festive Flurry example…


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Holiday Home– and a How To…

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Just a quick share of some other clean & simple projects using the Holiday Home stamp set & co-ordinating Homemade Framelits.  And with stars! Albeit tiny ones…

I was asked for a “how did she do that” so … without further ado… apart from the MERRY card…

These were all made by sponging Soft Sky, then Lost Lagoon through a rectangular aperture ( I have a plastic sheet with the rectangular hole all cut out & ready to go!).

I popped a punched 1” circle as a 2nd mask where I wanted the moon…

Then a quick stamp of the Gorgeous Grunge small splats in Soft Sky to add a bit of texture /snow effect.

Then the masks were removed.

And finished off by stamping Silver Encore stars, Soft Sky tiny snowflakes, Memento Ink or Basic Grey Santa & sleigh and wording.


Apologies for the bad photo of this first one! Not only is this the simplest but this was also the favourite so I couldn’t leave it out!!… Love this wording – which is from the Wondrous Wreath stamp set. And big thanks to Jean for putting this wording on her version of the card in class - I liked it so much I had to quickly make another!!

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Wording from Bright & Beautiful….

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And the MERRY stamp Seasonally Scattered makes it debut here! Along with lots of Gorgeous Grunge splats! And Christmas from Endless Wishes.

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And the last one I have shared on the photo for more views & information…

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

All Things Bright & Beautiful–Keeping it Clean & Simple

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Thought I should share some really clean & simple cards after my flurry of Fancy Folds recently…. and Stars spring to mind!!

We had a fabulous WWWU challenge on Stars last week – to say that I am part of a very talented team is an understatement!! And I even got to award gold stars to lots of people!! Lots of gold stars actually…. Thanks so much for joining in in my challenge girls!

So here are a few of my Bright & Beautiful stamp set star cards… these were quick to make thanks to the matching Star Framelits.

Here are the back 2 again with another even simpler friend…..

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And some close ups… starting off with the simplest silver embossed card ( my favourite in the flesh!)

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This one has a mountain fold star on top

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A valley fold ( aka cup ) star on this one…

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Finishing off with a simple 2 layer card, quick addition of a marker pen frame, Silver Encore ink & All is Calm sequins to add some interest…

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Bye for now…. lots more stars to come!