Thursday, 30 April 2009

Special offers from Stampin' Up! during May

Stampin' Up! has not one but two great offers for you during May. We're celebrating  the art of scrapbooking this month so whether you're an experienced hand or completely new to this great method of combining crafting and preserving memories, you can take advantage of these offers right now.

Offer 1 - Buy any three packs of Designer Series Paper (£7.75 each) and get one FREE! You can choose papers from the 2008-2009 Idea Book & Catalogue, the mini catalogue or the 2007 retired papers (while stocks last).

These papers aren't just great for scrapbooking (acid and lignin free of course) they're also a heavy weight paper (100lb) ideal for matting, folding and trimming to fit your cards and 3d products. All packs contain 12 sheets (2 each of 6 double-sided designs) of paper, colour co-ordinated with SU's cardstock, inks and accessories and each sheet is 12" x 12" (30.5cm x 30.5cm).

I'll be showing plenty of examples of ways to use these papers throughout the month and you can see my previous projects here.

Offer 2 - Join Stampin' Up! as a demonstrator with our specially priced Scrapbooking Starter Kit at just £99. And of course if you join as a demonstrator through me before the end of May then you'll also get a any catalogue stamp set, any value, in addition to your starter kit. More details about becoming a demonstrator are here.

These offers are only valid 1-31 May 2009.

E-mail me at to take advantage of either offer or to place an order. There's also still time to join my Stampers 6 Club and take advantage of Offer 1 as part of your monthly minimum spend for May.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

New baby card in pink and blue colourways

I decided to have a last go for the Stamp With Us DT call. This time I opted to make a baby card for a colleague at work and as I don't know whether she's having a boy or a girl, I've prepared for either (it'll be back to the drawing board if she's having twins though).

Just to remind you, the recipe is:

2 x patterned paper
1 x ribbon
4 x brads

And here are the cards. I've used the same materials for each - just varied the colours.

Stamp set: Fun and Fast Notes
Cardstock: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy/Pretty in Pink, Rose Red and Whisper White
DSP: Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy (NQN from level 1 hostess gift)/Sweet Always, Rose Red
Ink: Basic Grey, Markers
Brads: Not Quite Navy/Rose Red
Taffeta Ribbon: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink 

I matted the card blanks with the DSPs. The pram was stamped once onto Whisper White card and then outlined with a marker (to leave off the dotty spots you usually have on the pram) and stamped again onto the lighter DSP. The prams were paper pieced and brads added. I cut a frame from the darker cardstock and made a ribbon frame following an older Try a New Technique challenge over at Splitcoaststampers. The frames were popped up with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Monday, 27 April 2009

Saying thanks with a Spring zigzag card

Today's card is for the Stamp With Us challenge. This week it's a recipe challenge. We are to use:

2 x patterned paper
1 x ribbon
4 x brads

Here's my card, I chose a zigzag card to show off the papers fully (please stop by at the end of the week for info about offers on the DSPs). And paired the new papers with an old friend of a stamp set.

Stamp set: True Friend
Cardstock: So Saffron, Certainly Celery, Whisper White
DSP: Tea Party
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers, Versamark
Narrow grosgrain ribbon: Certainly Celery
Brads: Soft Subtles
Punches: Boho Blossoms
Other: White embossing powder

This week is the last week of the SWU DT Call. The new DT member will be announced on Thursday. I'm still hanging in there hoping for a spot but there's some fantastic competition so I'm not very confident.

Keep stampin'


Sunday, 26 April 2009

Coming up roses for a trio of challenges - DT Call

Since I had my A Rose is a Rose stamp set out yesterday I thought I'd continue with it and try following the example of one of my stamping heroes - Kate. She takes a trio of challenges and uses the same stamp set and colours to make all three cards. I don't think I've quite got the hang of it yet and probably made it more difficult for myself by opting for challenges that aren't all based on sketches but I'm sure I'll get better with practice.

I started by stamping out a sheet of various size roses and leaves. These were plenty for the three cards I've done and there are still a few more left over ready for last minute cards or tags.

Stamp set: A Rose is a Rose
Card: Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery, Old Olive

The first challenge was a sketch one over at Sketch Saturday

And my card ...

Roses (as above)
Stamp Set: Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Rose Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
DSP: Sweet Always
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose
Taffeta ribbon: Pretty in Pink
Punches: Scallop edge
Others: Cuttlebug embossing folder, Cuttlebug label die

The next challenge was an Inspirations and Themes one set by the same Kate over at In Love With Stamping. This was the photo used as inspiration:

And this is my card...

Roses as above
Stamp set: Oval All
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
DSP: Sweet Always
Ink: Regal Rose
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Other: Crafter's toolkit

The Whisper White mat is paper pierced with faux stitching added.

The third challenge is over at the Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge where the theme is shaped cards. They also have a DT call out and I'd love to be considered.

And here's my card ...

Roses as above
Stamp set: Oval All
Cardstock: Regal Rose, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink
DSP: Sweet Always
Ink: Regal Rose
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval

This is a stair step card and I got the dimensions and technique from over at Splitcoaststampers.

Hope you like them.

Sara xx

Saturday, 25 April 2009

A chocolate rose card decorated with pearls from the pretties kit

The chocolate cupcake card I made earlier in the week for the Stamp With Us challenge seemed to be a bit of an easy option, design wise.  I thought I'd have another go, to show that you don't need a cupcake stamp set to create an effective card in chocolate colours.

If you remember the colour inspiration was this:

Here's the latest card I made:

Recipe (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamp set: A Rose is a Rose
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
DSP: Chocolate Chip
Ink: Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Versamark
Embossing powder: Clear
Narrow grosgrain ribbon: Chocolate Chip
Other: Cream flat-back pearls from the Pretties Kit

The rose was stamped with versamark and clear embossing powder in the top right cornert. It was then stamped onto Creamy Caramel card with inks, using the stamp-a-ma-jig and decoupaged over the central strip. The pearls were added with glue dots.

And on the inside:

Recipe (All Stampin' Up!):
Stamp set: A Rose is a Rose, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Corner Rounder

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

A tongue in cheek birthday card for a beloved boss

When I sat down to make a card for my old boss (as in previous rather than aging, though he's over 50 and that's as much as I'm saying heehee), I knew that I wanted to use one of the new Golden Oldies stamps from the Mini. These are a bit cheeky though and to soften the blow I decided to use it on the inside.

Stamp set: Golden Oldies
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Basic Grey
Watercolour crayons: Soft Subtles
Other: Aqua Painters

For the outside I thought I'd stick with the theme of cards as I know he enjoys a game of poker with friends. Sorry but I did need to use a veriety of stamps from different sets to get this look.
Stamp Sets: Paisley, Circle of Friendship, Cause for Celebration, Seasonal Wishes
Cardstock: Brilliant Blue, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Gable Green, Pixie Pink
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Brilliant Blue
Punches: Corner Rounder, 1" Circle
Other: Hodgepodge, copy paper
To keep the weight of card on the front to a reasonable level I stamped the Paisley onto copy paper, punched it and stuck it to the front of the "cards". I used the dinky heart from Cause for Celebration for the front playing card and the capital A for the Aces is from the Happy New Year sentiment in the Seasonal Wishes set. The stamp-a-ma-jig helped me place the elements exactly where I needed them. A black marker was used to edge the "casino chips".
Thanks for stopping by.
Sara xx

Monday, 20 April 2009

Woohoo - I made the SWU Fave Five

Yippee!! I made the Stamp With Us Fave Five with my Happi(ness) Birthday card.

This week's challenge is to use this picture as colour inspiration. Well I couldn't resist - I used the picture for inspiration full stop. Had to do it.

So here's my challenge entry this week (all supplies are Stampin' Up!).

Stamp Set: Crazy for Cupcakes
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel
Paper: White vellum
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Corner Rounder
Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon: Chocolate Chip

Using chocolate Chip marker I inked up just one of the mini cupcakes from the cakestand and stamped it multiple times for my background. The cupcake paper is vellum scored repeatedly and cut to shape. The chocolate curls are Chocolate Chip card rolled around a cocktail stick and snipped.

Mmmm - hungry. Going for my tea now.

Sara xx

Saturday, 18 April 2009

Another birthday card for the Stamp With Us challenge

This card was made as a commission from my Mum, to send to my SIL. I call it a commission but truly I don't suppose it is. It's just that seeing my Mum sending shop bought cards I felt guilty - I buy all this crafting stash (and my Mum adds to it for me from time to time) and she's shopping for cards elsewhere. So anyway, I offered to make her a bunch of cards for sending at least to her close friends and family. Hope she likes this one.

And I've got it finished just in time to be my second entry to the Stamp With Us challenge this week - fitting the Birthday theme. Ingredients are all Stampin' Up! with the addition of Nestabilities.

Stamp Sets: Bloomin' with Beauty, Cause for Celebration, Sincere Salutations
Cardstock:Blush Blossom, Whisper White, Cameo Coral
Ink: Cameo Coral, Markers, Versamark
Punches: Large Oval, Scallop Oval, Scallop Edge
Other: Heat & Stick Powder, Dazzling Diamonds

The card is valley and mountain folded to create the front panel (leaving space for a verse or sentiment on the back). The lines next to the scallop edge were created running a bone folder down the groove in the Paper Cutter.

That's all for today folks.

Sara xx

A blog award from my friend Julie

On Monday my lovely friend Julie was kind enough to give me this award. Thanks Julie, I hope you had a great Easter.

The instructions are to pass it on to 5 other people whose "blog makes us smile". I had a busy week with classes and wanted to take time to think about this so now, here goes. The award goes to:

Kate - her cards always make me smile
Monica - her cards  are the best, her cake is gorgeous and her blog notes raise a grin
Alex - more designs to make me smile
Emma - another blog that makes me grin
Joanne - her lovely flowers make me smile

Now - off to make another birthday card . Depending on how long it takes me and the urgent jobs I realise I should have done last week instead of crafting (no, not me *innocent smile*), I'll either post it later today or tomorrow.

Sara xx

Friday, 17 April 2009

Boxes and bags class with new Washington Apple papers

These are the items that we made at last night's Boxes and Bags class. It was another craft packed evening that went on a little past scheduled time but then it may have been a stretch on my part to think that we'd complete all these in just two hours, lol. 

Not taking them in any particular order, I'll just give "recipe" details for each.

Stamp set: A Tree for all Seasons
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Rose Red
Ink: Basic Gray, Markers
Punches: Scallop Edge, 1" circle

Stamp set: Summer by the Sea
Cardstock: Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Certainly Celery
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Punches: Scallop Edge, Corner Rounder
Ribbon: Narrow grosgrain Certainly Celery

Cardstock: Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron
DSP: Washington Apple
Ink: White Signo gel pen
Punches: Scallop Edge, Round Tab, Boho Blossoms
Ribbon: Narrow grosgrain Pumpkin Pie

All templates were taken from Splitcoaststampers.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you have a great weekend.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Summer by the Sea class card

This "boy on the beach" was one of the cards we made at the Summer by the Sea stamp class last night. We managed to make three cards and a matching gift tag, although we didn't quite stick to time (having too much fun) *laughs*.

The base card is Really Rust, matted with Haiku paper and Very Vanilla, paper pierced and stamped with the Birthday Wishes sentiment in More Mustard ink. The centre strip is Chocolate Chip card punched with the scallop edge punch, matted with Really Rust and Chocolate Chip ribbon. We used More Mustard ink to stamp the boy onto Very Vanilla card. It was matted onto more Chocolate Chip card secured with Pumpkin Pie brads in each corner.

We made the "girl in pink" card. A matching tag was created by stamping with black Stazon onto Very Vanilla card and colouring with watercolour crayons and aquapainters. This was punched with the 1-3/8" circle punch and matted onto Pretty in Pink card punched with the scallop circle punch. Elastic gold cord was tied on.

Finally I just had to share the lovely card that one of my neighbours made for me. I surprised the girls next door with some of the dinky Easter baskets like the ones I made for my colleagues at work. In return I got this bright and cheerful card which had even got a "made by ..." image on the back. Isn't it just great - I love the details, the daffodils, the stripes on the egg and the little chick.

Boxes and Bags class tomorrow night - off now to finish preparing.

Sara xx

Monday, 13 April 2009

A bright and cheery get well card to have on hand

Well today I've been busy preparing for the classes I'm running this week and I should now be tidying the craft room so that everyone will have space to craft ... but I got a bit sidetracked by the Mojo Monday challenge and decided to have a play.

This is the  sketch challenge for this week. 

A lot of my cards recently have been in soft spring colours but today I decided I want to go bold and vibrant. What better then than a Get Well card. Luckily I don't know anyone at the moment who needs one so this will go in my stock for later.

I started with a base of Blush Blossom (just to soften the colours just a little and then matted with Tempting Turquoise and Only Orange punched with the scallop edge punch. The flower from the Organic Grace set ( see here for how to get this level 1 hostess gift free) was stamped with black Stazon onto Blush Blossom card. It was coloured with markers and then matted onto Tempting Turquoise. A second diamond mat of Blush Blossom and Tempting Turquoise was added behind and then added to the card front with dimensionals.

The Get Well sentiment from the Sincere Salutations set was stamped in Tempting Turquoise ink.

A card ribbon of Blush Blossom and Tempting Turquoise was added below the sentiment. Finally the dragonfly from the Organic Grace set was inked first with Versamark then Tempting Turquoise (for a little colour) and stamped onto (heat resistant) acetate. Heat and Stick powder was added, heated and then Dazzling Diamonds glitter added and heated to set. This was cut out, the wings shaped and glued to the card front.

Ah well, back to work tomorrow (and I'd better go and tidy the craft room now).

Thanks for stopping by and thanks to everyone taking time to comment - it's lovely to read your thoughts on my creations.

Sara xx

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Happi(ness) Birthday card for the Stamp With Us challenge

This week's challenge on Stamp With Us is a theme challenge - to create a Birthday card.

Everything used is Stampin' Up! supplies. I decided to do a little colouring for this one. Using the flower strip from the Little Bit of Happiness (a Level 1 hostess gift with four different strips) I stamped with Basic Grey ink (for a softer look) onto Whisper White card and coloured with markers. I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to extend the Happiness strip to the full width of the card. This was matted onto paper from the new Tea Party Designer Series Paper collection and then onto Almost Amethyst card, punched with the scallop edge punch. The Fabulous Friend sentiment from the Oval All set was stamped onto Whisper White card, coloured with markers and punched with the small oval punch. It was then matted onto Almost Amethyst card punched with the scallop oval punch. It was added to the front of the card with dimensionals. Interest was added to the top of the card by adding a couple of silver eyelets, threaded with Moss gingham ribbon.

The inside of the card was stamped with the Birthday Wishes sentiment from the Sincere Salutations set. Using Apricot Appeal ink the flower strip was stamped across the bottom inside of the card. I think of the text, front and inside, as telling a little story.

Hope you're having a good Easter.

Keep Stampin'

Sara xx

Friday, 10 April 2009

A Scandinavian Christmas card on Good Friday

A little late in the week but this is my entry to the Mojo Monday sketch challenge.

I loved this layout - will have to save it for future cards. It was also a great excuse to break in one of my new stamp sets and try one of the new Designer Series Papers (DSP).

This is the sketch to be followed.

I decided to use just three of the colours from the Ski Slope DSP for my colour scheme and started with Chocolate Chip card for my blank. The two different strips of the blue Ski Slope papers were strengthened with some plain card behind them to better support the ribbon and brads. Using Versamark ink and silver embossing powder I stamped the snowflake and tree from the Scandinavian Season set onto Chocolate Chip card. The sentiment is from the Best Yet set (a Level 1 hostess gift). These were all matted onto Real Red card.

Real Red narrow grosgrain ribbon with a faux bow was wrapped around one of the Ski Slope papers and the other had a trio of medium, red, rhinestone brads from the Circle Fire set, added to it. The DSP strips were stuck flat to the card and the embossed elements were all raised on dimensionals.

A good fun challenge and another Christmas card ready to reduce the panic when November rolls around.

Hope you're having a lovely holiday.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Starting my mini holiday with another pink card

Yippee. A mini holiday. I'm on leave now until Tuesday when I go back to work and then have a stamp class in the evening. We'll be using the Summer by the Sea set (see some previous examples here) and there are still a couple of places left so please contact me if you're in the S36 area and would like to come along.

I thought I'd blog early today as I'm going to meet one of my downlines for a coffee mid-morning and then hubby and I are out for a fancy meal tonight. What a great start to the holiday *beaming smile on face*.

This card is one that I actually started quite a while ago. I asked my blog readers what their favourite colour combos were and said that I'd incorporate them into my cardmaking (- bet they thought I'd completely forgotten). Heather said hers was pink and so I started to put together some pink elements ... then I got side tracked. But I didn't forget and so today I finished off the first one. Heather hun (when you get back online) today's card was made with you in mind.

I started with the main panel on the front of the card and stamped the large flower from the One of a Kind set in Regal Rose ink on Whisper White card. Corners were punched with the corner rounder. After stamping the flower trio from the same set with Pretty in Pink ink on Whisper White card I punched them out with the Boho Blossoms punch and attached just the smallest ones to each corner with a pink brad from the Rich Regals collection. The centre is the dinky flower from the One of a Kind set stamped in Pretty in Pink, punched with the 1/2" circle punch and mounted with a dimensional. The whole was matted onto Rose Red card also corner rounded.

I had also previously prepared the ribbon by stamping the For You sentiment from the One of a Kind set in black Stazon onto Regal Rose, wide grosgrain ribbon.

When I came back to it this morning I decided to switch from a portrait (vertical) to a landscape (hoizontal) style card. Using my scallop edge punch I added a border of Rose Red Designer Paper to the front and to the inside of the card on opposite edges and also punched the opening edge of the card to reveal the paper. I wrapped the stamped ribbon over the front paper border. The main panel was added on dimensionals and then the card was finished by adding the Birthday Wishes sentiment from the Sincere Salutations to the inside.

Hope you like it Heather.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Origami Easter box of chocs using Forest Friends

I've made one of these little chocolate boxes for each set of parents as an Easter gift.

Using Sweet Always Designer Series Paper I made an origami box following the instructions over at Splitcoaststampers, altering the size to fit 2x2 chocs. I covered the backing card from a pack of papers with Chocolate Chip patterned DSP and folded it around the box, securing the box to the base with sticky strip. I added dividers of Chocolate Chip card to keep the chocs in place.

The chocs were made the same way as the Christmas decorations here.  I stamped the bunny from the Forest Friends set with Regal Rose ink onto Whisper White card and matted onto Pretty in Pink card and stamped the Owl with Chocolate Chip ink onto Whisper White card and matted onto Close to Cocoa card. Elizabeth Shaw mints were sandwiched between the scallop circles.

I added jumbo eyelets to the lid and base at centre front and threaded Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon through, to tie the box closed. For the lid I used markers and stamped a little scene using the tree and the deer from Forest Friends. I then added the Easter Wishes sentiment from the Occasional Greetings set in Regal Rose ink. The scene was matted onto Close to Cocoa and then Pretty in Pink card, with all corners punched with the corner rounder.

Not sure what I'm going to do when Easter's come and gone and I don't have an excuse for making these little gifts.

Keep Stampin'

Sara xx

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Quick craft tip - rubber stamping tip no. 3

Place your stamping material (card, paper, acetate etc) on a smooth, flat surface. Ink your stamp and press down flat onto the material, applying an even pressure (don't rock the stamp or move it about). Holding the material down, lift the stamp cleanly up from the surface (there can sometimes be a little suction between the stamp and the stamping surface, especially when stamping onto acetate). Stampin' Up! rubber stamps are deeply etched and will not need as much pressure as some shallower etched stamps.

Monday, 6 April 2009

Dinky Easter baskets for the team at work

Yesterday afternoon was a bit of a crafting production line to make 9 little Easter baskets ready for our team meeting today. It was worth it though - how cute are these? And they went down well, it was fun to see who ate their chocs first and who still had them at the end of the meeting to take home.

I made the baskets using this tutorial here over at Jennifer's Sweet Designs but as I was just putting a Cadbury's Creme Egg and some mini eggs in each, I altered the size down to a 4.5" square.  A corner rounder punch was used on all four corners before folding them up to form the basket. I made some of them using So Saffron card, with So Saffron Designer Series Paper to decorate the handles and for the others I used Almost Amethyst card and the new Tea Party DSP (so scrummy). Rather than gluing the basket together as described in the tutorial, I secured the basket sides and handle with a brad through all layers. The side decorations were made by stamping the bunny from Forest Friends or the Easter Wishes sentiment from Occasional Greetings in Always Artichoke ink onto Whisper White card. They were punched with the 1-1/4" circle punch and matted onto Certainly Celery card punched with the scallop circle punch. A sentiment and a bunny were added to either side of the basket with dimensionals. I put some strips of crimped Certainly Celery card "grass" in the bottom of each basket and added the eggs.

Hope you have a cracking good time crafting too. Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Lovely goodies from the new mini and a birthday card

Look at this lovely stash. Am I a lucky girl or what. I got 6 of the new stamps sets from the mini:

  •   Fresh Cuts
  •   Scandanavian Season
  •   Golden Oldies
  •   Soft Summer
  •   Just Beachy
  •   Oval All

I got both new punches and all the new Designer Series Paper (DSP). I also got a few things from the main catty. I always stock up on sticky strip, snail, Whisper White and Very Vanilla when I order because these are my basics, I use them all the time. I'm also building up my ink pads and thought I'd have a try at the watercolouring crayons. So now you have an idea of what may be coming up over future weeks.

I just have to say how gorgeous the DSPs are. You look at them in the catalogue and they look nice but you can't ever really be sure until you get your mitts on them *rubs hands together*. Well they're in my mitts and I'll be buying more. Tea Party is every bit as pretty as expected, Washington Apple is bold and bright and Ski Slope is subtle enough to be used year round.

For today's card I've held back a little and only used a few of my new goodies (such restraint, heehee) together with some hostess gifts (see here for how you can get these free).

I started with a card blank of Barely Banana. I stamped the cupcake from Cause for Celebration (a level 2 hostess gift) onto Whisper White card and coloured it with markers. The right hand corners were punched with the corner rounder. I matted this onto Regal Rose card, punched and tied with Pretty in Pink taffeta ribbon (right hand corners also punched with the corner rounder). This was matted with dimensionals onto a couple of layers of Kraft paper (part of a level 1 hostess gift). The same papers were used to create a ribbon across the bottom of the card. Using Regal Rose I stamped the Just for You sentiment from the Oval All set onto Pretty in Pink card and punched out with the oval punch. This was matted onto Regal Rose card punched with the scallop oval. The whole was added to the paper ribbon with a couple of dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. Please get in touch at if you want to order your own goodies from the mini.

Sara xx

Saturday, 4 April 2009

Stamp With Us challenge card

I get to have a full day crafting today so I thought I'd take part in this challenge over at Stamp With Us. They'll be offering new challenges (usually each Sunday), rotating between Sketch, Theme, Colour and Recipe. As this is the first one they're giving us a bit longer than usual to enter, we have until midnight, Saturday 11th April. They also have a call out for crafters to join their Design Team so why not give it a go. This is the first sketch:

As soon as I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my background stamps. I started with a card blank of Certainly Celery. Using Perfect Plum ink I stamped the Friendly background stamp onto Pale Plum card, then matted it onto Perfect Plum card. I stamped the Paisley background stamp in Always Artichoke ink onto Certainly Celery card, then matted it onto Always Artichoke card. Certainly Celery narrow grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the matted layers. To keep the friendship theme going, I stamped the Thinking of You sentiment from the Circle of Friendship stamp set, using Perfect Plum ink on Whisper White card. I punched this out with the 1" circle punch. This was matted onto Pale Plum card punched with the 1-1/4" circle punch. A dimensional was used to stick it to a scallop circle punched from Perfect Plum card and the whole embellishment was added over the ribbon, raised on more dimensionals.

Right, I'm off now to open my parcel of goodies from the new mini. I had to delay my order until nearer payday because I wanted so much, heehee. I'll show you what I bought tomorrow.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx