Sunday, 24 January 2010

Join us on a bloghop featuring the Sale-a-bration stamp sets

Hi and welcome to our Sale-a-bration bloghop.

If you're starting here then grab a cuppa and make yourself comfy cos we've got lots to share with you ;-) There are 15 blogs to visit in this loop and 15 to visit in loop 2. You'll know when you've completed a loop when you end up back where you started.

If you've joined me from Debbi's Taylor-made Cards (aren't her bloghop creations marvelous), then welcome and thanks for stopping by on your way through our bloghop wonderland.

Don't forget that you get one of four exclusive, free, Sale-a-bration stamp sets with every £45 purchase. With no limit on how many you can get, this is the best possible time to treat yourself to that new stamp set you've had your eye on, or simply stock up on the essentials; cardstock, adhesive, inks etc. Just email me to place an order.

You may wish to consider supporting the Haitian Disaster Relief by adding the Greenhouse Garden set to your Sale-a-bration order. From now until 28 February, 2010, £1 from every Greenhouse Garden stamp set will be donated to the American Red Cross International Response Fund. The Red Cross is already well established on Haiti and this money will be used to provide immediate relief and long-term support through supplies, technical assistance and other support to those in need.

Now, on to the crafting ...

Stamp sets: Happy Moments, Oval All
Cardstock: Tempting Turquoise, More Mustard, Whisper White
Ink: Black Stazon, Taken with Teal, Markers
DSP: Tea Party
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Other: Gold Elastic Cord

For this card I stamped the stack of presents and then folded the card at the base before cutting them out. The elastic cord was wrapped around and then tied shut. This allows the present stack to be opened up for a tiny hidden message.

Next I put together a simple set of cards to showcase the Vintage Labels and show just how easy it is to make quick cards with them. Each frame is matched with a sentiment from the same free Sale-a-bration set and a different jumbo wheel used to create the background.

Stamp sets: Vintage Labels, Whimsy, It's Beautiful, Leaves a la Carte
Cardstock: Whisper White, Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
Ink: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive, Certainly Celery
Punches: Scallop Circle, Eyelet Border, Scallop Edge
Striped Grosgrain Ribbon: Bashful Blue, Pretty in Pink, Old Olive

And finally from me, here's a card using the Good Neighbors set:

Stamp set: Good Neighbors
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Always Artichoke, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, Versamark, Markers
Wide Grosgrain Ribbon: Old Olive
Narrow Grosgrain Ribbon: Certainly Celery
Punch: Scallop Edge
Other: White EP, Small Circle Metal Edge Tag

I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to position all the separate elements, houses, roofs, trees and clouds. The background is all stamped in Old Olive on Certainly Celery card. I then used markers (Close to Cocoa, Really Rust and Ruby Red) to stamp onto the Metal Edge Tag (a little fiddly but works as long as you don't nudge the Tag). The sentiment was borrowed from the Vintage Labels set, stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with White embossing powder.

Thanks for visiting and now I'll pass you on to ...

... Victoria over at Blue Jelly Stampin' where you're in for a real treat.

See you again soon I hope.

Sara xx


Helen said...

Gorgeous cards Sara, thanks for taking part!

Tracey said...

A lovely selection of cards.

Michelle said...

Beautiful cards Sara. The hidden message is a fun idea.

debbi taylor said...

My fellow bold brighter I am loving the soft subtles! ssshhhh!

AuroraDawn said...

Love your cards Sara, particularly like the spotlight technique with the Good Neighbors set.


Clarky J said...

Lovely cards

Jo said...

Beautiful cards as always Sara. Especially love the Vintage Labels set - so elegant.

Biscuitlid said...

I adore how you've made your present open, fabulous idea. Love love love your collection of cards - all very yummy


Teri said...

There is always something special about your cards Sara, that's why I love to follow you :o) These are no exception. The little hidden message is genius - and so sweet, I really love that idea.

Your vintage labels cards are so elegant ... what a gorgeous set .... good ideas here for classes too!!!

And I also love your little house card ... again such a brilliant idea to highlight just the one house.

Fabulous cards! xxxx

simplyfairies said...

I have to agree with Teri, that touch of hidden treasure on the parcel card, Brilliant!!

Emma Harrison said...

Gorgeous cards. I particularly liked the vintage labels set of cards.

Linda said...

Gorgeous cards, must really get my wheels out to play some more.... lovely

~ Ali ~ said...

Stunning creations as always Sara. I love my wheels too. Have a super day, off to hop on.

Dawn said...

The birthday set is really clever.

Elizabeth said...

Sara these are all wonderful - can't choose a favourite with yours! I adore the way you have done the 'opening' presents with the elastic. I might have to CASE that one. Fabulous as always!

Need More Time to Craft said...

Sara, These projects are all beautiful (as always) Love your work
Carole x

Anne said...

Oh now that's just really clever!! I love that Pressie card idea - Brill!! Love the house card too - I love houses! Good luck with the blog hop :o) xx

Vannessa said...

These are all so gorgeous! I love the idea of the opening presents to reveal a greeting - fabulous!

Jan said...

Love the colour scheme for the pressie card - need to order some Taken with Teal & More Mustard now!!!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous cards Sara - love them !!

Emma - A crazy crafter said...

lovely cards Sara. Really like the green Good Neighbours card. Can see a casing coming on. Emma xx

Marion said...

Gorgeous cards Sara, I especially like the vintage labels card set you did.

Lesley said...

great selection of cards - Lesley x

Maria said...

Your creations are beautiful Sara I especially love the Vintage label ones and they go sooooo well with the wheels. Thanks for sharing

Marilynn SU said...

very creative.

tiggertastic said...

fantastic cake and message, i also love your home card, excellent stamping all round, so creative

sarah xx