Thursday, 30 December 2010

Yes Sale-a-bration is here!

Finally! I can share with you the fabulous sets that we have for this year's Sale-a-bration. And they're all stunners. I've got one of them already and I'm spending my christmas pennies and putting my order in today, to get the other three!

Get your FREE stamp sets by doing any of the following:

You'll get a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you spend £45 on Stampin' Up! goodies with me (before shipping and handling). There's no limit - for every £45 you spend, you choose another FREE set!

You'll get a(nother) free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you host a workshop of at least £300 (before handling and shipping) - in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!

Join my team during Sale-A-Bration and you can choose any stamp set—a value of up to £44.95—from our current Idea Book and Catalogue! This is in addition to the other benefits you get by joining me. You can join (for just £119, getting over £230 of products) and either run a business or be simply a hobby demo, getting discount on your own purchases. See here for more details.

And here are the Sale-a-bration sets:

Bliss - is beautiful and will work alone or with so many other sets eg. Vintage Vogue, Cottage Garden, Style Beautiful, Broadsheet Alphabet.

So Happy for You - you can never have too many sentiments and the dinky motifs will make great accents or backgrounds.

Sweet Summer - great for colouring in and building your own scenes.

Punch Bunch (my favourite, I think) - they'll work perfectly with our punches. Watch out for the Owl punch, coming soon in our Mini catalogue!

Email me to order, book a workshop or find out more about joining my team.

Sara xx

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

A sunny thank you for the Mojo Monday challenge

I hope that you're still enjoying the extended holidays. Now that Christmas is over and done, I'm in need of some thank you cards and decided to use the sketch inspiration over at MojoMonday as my starting point:

I opted for the square design and chose some sunny colours to add a bit of brightness to all this grey weather.

Stamp set: Simply Said
Cardstock: Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Poppy Parade, Versamark, Signo White Gel Pen
DSP: Sunny Garden
Punch: Full Heart, Corner Rounder
Other: White EP

The card blank is a 5" square of Peach Parfait. Squares of Sunny Garden DSP had the outside corners rounded and were adhered direct. The flower spray from the Simply Said stamp set were stamped twice, side by side, in Versamark onto Peach Parfait card, heat embossed with White EP and then the flowers filled with the white gel pen. This layer was then matted direct to Daffodil Delight card and then popped up on dimensionals in the centre. The solid heart was stamped with Daffodil Delight onto Daffodil Delight card. Using the stamp-a-ma-jig I then stamped the words heart around it using Peach Parfait ink. The thank you sentiment was stamped over the top of both with Poppy Parade ink and then the heart punched out and popped up on dimensionals.

Think I'm going to need a few more thank you cards over the next few days. I've had such lovely presents and a hand-made thank you card shows how much they're appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Sunday, 26 December 2010

Merry Christmas everyone

A Very Merry Christmas to everyonel!

I hope that you're having a wonderful christmas and have a few restful days planned to recover from it all, before we start again at new year.

My Mum and Dad came round for Christmas lunch yesterday. DH had planned when everything needed to go in the oven but I still managed to slightly burn the yorkshire puddings and the gravy was a bit late to the table. No-one complained though, lol.

Poor Dad had made this fabulous Christmas cake and we were all too stuffed to eat it. Never mind, I've got a large portion of it to taste over the next few days.

Today's card is the one I made for DH and I just managed to get it made before he opened his pressies yesterday morning. The DSP I've used is unfortunately retired now. This is the paper that made me so impatient to get my hands on the Baja Breeze cardstock. I just love it and I held onto a few sheets for special cards like this one.

Stamp sets: Winter Post, Season of Joy (sentiment)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede
DSP: Ski Slope (retired)
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, 1-3/4" Circle
Other: Sweet Treat Cups, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Medium Window Sheet

I followed Elaine's wonderful instructions here for creating the snowglobe portion of the card though I did fill it with more water than she recommends (and I did make this the night before to make sure there was enough time for the Crystal Effects to dry fully). The design of the card helps provide a bit of balance as the front is quite heavy. I stamped the main image using Baja Breeze and Soft Suede markers direct to stamp and then stamping onto Very Vanilla card. The 1-3/4" Circle was punched as far in from the top edge of the Ski Slope card front layer as it would go and then this was used to position the main image correctly. The snow globe was adhered behind the DSP and then the layers were added to the card front. More Ski Slope paper was added to the wings of the card. Finally the sentiment was stamped, punched and matted and then popped up on dimensionals under the image.

Here's a close up of the snowglobe.

Off now to get the food ready for MIL and FIL coming round.

Have a great Boxing Day.

Sara xx

Thursday, 23 December 2010

A red and gold gap card with baubles and a special inner

I hope that my MIL and FIL don't have time to read this before they come over on Boxing Day. I always make special cards for our parents, larger and more involved than my regular christmas cards, but what with working away and the weather, I've only just got these finished today (hoping to make DH's card tonight/tomorrow, lol, just call me Mrs Last Minute).

I've been meaning to have a go at a gap card ever since I saw AuroraDawn's fantabulous version last year and I have to say that I'm really pleased with how they've turned out.

Stamp sets: Baroque Motifs, So Swirly, Occasional Greetings (sentiment)
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark, Stampin' Pastels
Punch: Ornament
Other: Gold EP, Gold Brads

The card blank is an A5 portrait of Cherry Cobbler card. A panel a bit thinner (about 6-8mm) than the width of the ornament punch was removed from front right of the card. A panel of Cherry Cobbler was stamped with the So Swirly wheel in Versamark and heat embossed with Gold EP. This was matted direct to Crumb Cake card and then to the left of the card front. The circular motif and the large swirl of the Baroque Motifs set were stamped twice onto Very Vanilla card with Cherry Cobbler ink and punched out with the Ornament. Using Versamark, the sentiment was stamped onto Very Vanilla card and heat embossed with Gold EP before also being punched out with the Ornament. All the baubles were chalked around the edges with Cherry Cobbler. The edges of the baubles were adhered direct across the gap in the card. Gold brads were added to the centres of the circular motifs.

Recipe (insert)
Stamp sets: So Swirly
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Versamark
Non-SU: Printed Verse on computer

An insert of Crumb Cake card was stamped with the So Swirly wheel in Versamark for a subtle effect to show through the gap. The verse was printed onto Very Vanilla card, trimmed and adhered to the left of the insert so that it would not show through the gap when the card is closed.

Recipe (reverse)
Stamp sets: Baroque Motifs
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Stampin' Pastels
Punch: Ornament, 1-1/4" Circle, 1" Circle

The ornaments were inked, chalked and punched as for the card front and adhered directly on the reverse of the originals. Three 1-1/4" Circles of Cherry Cobbler were punched and adhered direct to the centre three ornaments. A 1" Circle photo was punched of Bess, DH and me and matted to the centres.

Just two more sleeps to go heehee.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Little gifts for my Stampers 6 group

I've now been able to deliver the last of the orders to my Stampers 6 group and so I can now share the little gifts I made for each of them, with you.

Along with their order this month everyone got a little packet of christmas decorations and a dinky christmas cracker (can't tell you what's in that though just in case they've resisted and not opened it yet, lol).

Stamp set: Sparkly and Bright
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Early Espresso
1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon: Very Vanilla
Punches: Scallop Trim, Scallop Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle
Other: Medium Cellophane Bags
Non-SU: Stapler

The images were stamped onto Very Vanilla card with the appropriate ink and punched out with the 1-1/4" Circle. They were then matted onto a matching 1-3/8" card Circle then a Scallop Circle of Crumb Cake cardstock. A loop of Very Vanilla grosgrain ribbon was added to the decorated front and a plain Crumb Cake Scallop Circle back and an Elizabeth Shaw mint was sandwiched between the two. The topper for the bag was made by folding over a piece of Cherry Cobbler card and stapling it in place. This was then decorated by stamping Very Vanilla card with the sentiment and the two images, punching along the bottom with the Scallop Trim then adhering it direct to the Cherry Cobbler layer, covering the staples.

Stamp set: Sparkly and Bright
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
DSP: Jolly Holiday
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, 1/2" Circle
Other: Gold Elastic Cord

This is the same cracker that I made here but using Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla instead of Real Red and Whisper White and finished at either end with some Gold Elastic Cord.

Hope you're keeping warm.

Sara xx

Monday, 20 December 2010

A batch of xmas cards with a bit of bling

We had a fantastic meal out with my parents for their anniversary on Saturday night. The restaurant had a real fire that was so cosy in contrast to the biting cold outside. And the food, the food was heaven. I was so glad we were able to make it even though the journey was a little risky. Little bruv did a great job driving the minibus.

Anyway, on with the crafting. I hope that I'm not spoiling the surprise for anyone with my post today. All my Christmas cards are on their way, but I guess with the weather conditions, there's no guarantee that they've arrived on time. I used two different designs for my batches of cards this year (in addition to the individual cards I've made throughout the year). This is one of them. I think I made around three dozen or so of these in total.

This is styled on an earlier card you can see here.

Stamp set: Contempo Christmas, Serene Snowflakes
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Naturals Ivory, Crumb Cake
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Versamark, Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint
Punch: Ornament
Other: Heat & Stick Powder, Fine Galaxy Glitter
Tools: Heat Tool, Crimper

The card is made in a similar way to the earlier version but the crimped square was sprayed with a shimmer mist that was made by mixing the Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. For the side panels, the small single snowflake from Serene Snowflakes was stamped in Soft Suede onto the Naturals Ivory and the trio of snowflakes was stamped direct with undiluted Shimmer Paint.

For the inside, a mat of Naturals Ivory was stamped with the snowflake again in Soft Suede and with the sentiment from the Contempo Christmas in Cherry Cobbler.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Saturday, 18 December 2010

A Sapphire Wedding Anniversary card for my Mum and Dad

Sorry that I've not posted as regularly as usual the last few days. I'm rushing trying to get everything made and out to friends and family before christmas/the snow hits again and while I've been very busy crafting, I'm holding back from posting it all, so as not to spoil any surprises.

I feel pretty safe posting this one now though. Today is my Mum and Dad's Sapphire Wedding Anniversary. We're off out tonight with Mum and Dad and my brother and SIL, for a meal to celebrate, just as long as the snow holds off a bit longer. I somehow doubt that Mum will have time to check my blog before we go, lol.

Stamp set: I {Heart} Hearts
Cardstock: Shimmery White, Marina Mist
Ink: Marina Mist
Punches: Full Heart, Heart to Heart, Small Heart
Other: Fine Cosmo Glitter
Non- SU: Computer, Die cuts

I kept the design simple because the cardstock has a lustrous sheen that I wanted to focus on (though the camera doesn't really pick it up too well). The card base is a portrait A5 blank of Shimmery White, with a mat of Marina Mist card on top of it. A strip of Sticky Strip was added down the centre of a mat of Shimmery White and a mix of the Turquoise and Light Blue glitters adhered to it. The large hearts were stamped in Marina Mist onto the Shimmery White cardstock (using the stamp-a-ma-jig for alignment) and cut out by hand. The medium and small hearts were stamped and punched. I typed the Mum and Dad sentiments on the computer, printed them onto the Shimmery White card (it takes the print very well) and punched them out. The "45" was die cut from Marina Mist card and adhered to a Full Heart punched from Shimmery White cardstock. All the hearts were popped up on dimensionals on the card front which was adhered direct to the Marina Mist layer.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Need some quick Christmas gift tags?

Well I spent most of the weekend shopping - along with everyone else in Sheffield I think, lol. Grocery shopping, xmas shopping, all had to be done. The weather had delayed me and now it was urgent.

And so was the gift wrapping. Because everyone is gearing up ready for the next onslaught of snow, I had some gifts that had a very quick turnaround time - in and out of the house in minutes.

If ... I'd been sensible I'd have taken crafting with me on my recent trips to get gift tags prepared ready.

If ...

but I'm not, lol, so it was quick crafting time for some gift tags:

Stamp set: Winter Post
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Not Quite Navy
Punches: Ornament, Tag, Small Tag, Designer Label, 1-3/4" Circle
Other: Crop-a-dile, Silver Elastic Cord

Very quick and easy. The images were stamped in Not Quite Navy ink onto Baja Breeze card and punched out. The sentiment was stamped in Not Quite Navy ink onto Whisper White card and punched out. They were adhered together back to back (with a sandwich of Not Quite Navy card for the Tag punch shape), hole-punched with the crop-a-dile and strung with Silver Elastic Cord.

Hope that your christmas preparations are less frantic than mine :-)

Sara xx

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Sunday, 12 December 2010

Scrapbooking Mini Blog Hop

Hi, welcome to our Convention Mini Blog Hop and a big welcome to any of you who may have hopped here from FrenchieJo. This is a very mini hop I promise you. No matter how busy you may be on this Sunday on the run up to Christmas, I think you'll have time to go round the blogs involved lol, it's only three - Joanne's (my SU upline), Jan's (my SU downline) and mine (they go round in a circle so it doesn't matter where you start and finish).

We had such a fabulous time at Convention that while we were there and having our piccie taken (a rare occurrence certainly for me and Jan), we agreed to create a scrapbook page each. There was no conferring, no planning of colours, just that we'd all use a similar pic of the three of us on the Convention main stage and see how differently they turned out.

Here's my take:

Stamp sets: Love What you Do (limited edition), I {Heart} Hearts, Monogram Sweet Alphabet
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Old Olive, Real Red, SU Markers
DSP: Subtles Patterns Stack
Punches: Scallop Trim Corner, Scallop Trim Border, Full Heart, Small Heart
Other: Clear Mount Block

Who says a scrapbook page has to be square? That's what I love about scrapbooking - anything goes, and I decided to use an A4 page here. I matted the photo on some Old Olive and Perfect Plum card and adhered it direct to the upper right corner of an A4 sheet of Certainly Celery card. I then stamped the word "Convention" around it using a technique that we learned while we were there - rolling a clear mount block (no stamp, just the block) in Old Olive ink and "stamping" it out. The letters were then stamped in the middle of each square, also with Old Olive and the year was journalled in with a Marker. Another frame was added using the text DSP in Perfect Plum, matted onto a Scallop Trim border of more Perfect Plum card. While at Convention we had a chance to buy an exclusive stamp called Love What You Do, which mirrors the sentiment in the background of the photo. I used SU Markers direct to stamp for stamping it onto Whisper White card before matting it onto Perfect Plum card and adding it to the frame. The Friends and Love sentiments were stamped in Real Red ink onto Whisper White card before punching out with the respective Heart punches and popping up on dimensionals.

A sweet little reminder of our fun time at Convention together.

I'll pass you on now to Jan, who'll share her page which includes a lovely pocket full of Convention goodies.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

No layers technique challenge - take 2

You may remember that our technique challenge this month over at In Love With Stamping is to create a no layers card and I had a second go at this challenge.

Stamp sets: Tree Trimmings, Music Notes
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Ink: Crumb Cake, Versamark
Other: Gold EP

The card blank is A6 portrait in Crumb Cake. I stamped the baubles from the Tree Trimmings set with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Gold EP, masking the two outer ones before stamping the inner. (The adhesive from the sticky note mask tarnished the Gold embossing a little but reheating shines it up again). The edges of the card front were then masked off and the Music Notes wheel was rolled across using Crumb Cake ink.

Stamp sets: Tree Trimmings, Music Notes
Cardstock: Very Vanilla
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Other: Gold EP

For this version I masked the card edges first and wheeled the Music Notes across the Very Vanilla card blank with Cherry Cobbler ink. The baubles were then stamped and heat embossed over the top of the wheeled stamping.

You get a slightly different look with each version, not just because of the colours but due to the intensity of the stamping, depending on which image is laid down first.

I think I prefer the Crumb Cake version even though it doesn't seem to show up so well in the photo.

What do you think?

Sara xx

Monday, 6 December 2010

Silver snowflakes for Sketch Saturday

Brrr! It's cold out there isn't it? So lovely to be tucked up warm and cosy in front of the fire. Better still, I had a bit of time for crafting yesterday and had everything to hand, so I had a go at this sketch challenge from over at Sketch Saturday:

I went with one of my favourite colour combos and used a new wheel that I hadn't had chance to play with yet because of all my travels. Just had to wait then for today to have enough light to photograph it :-)

Stamp sets: Lovely as a Tree, Season of Joy, Music Notes
Cardstock: Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Versamark
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval, Boho Blossoms
Other: Silver EP, Basic Rhinestones
Non-SU: Silver Cardstock, Die cuts

The card base is a 5" square of Real Red, matted with Basic Black and more Real Red. I wheeled the Music Notes across Whisper White card using Basic Black ink, three times and trimmed to strips to fit the card front. The tree, snowflakes and sentiment were stamped in Versamark onto Basic Black card and heat embossed with Silver EP. The tree was die cut and matted onto silver card, also die cut, then popped up on dimensionals on the left of the card front. After punching the sentiment out with the Large Oval it was matted direct to a Scallop Oval of silver card and popped up on dimensionals in the top right corner. The snowflakes (the centre of the snowflake in a circle stamp from Season of Joy) were punched out with the middle flower of the Boho Blossoms punch, popped up on dimensionals and finished with a tiny Rhinestone in the centre of each.

Keep warm.

Sara xx

Sunday, 5 December 2010

An easel card for the colour challenge at ILWS

Our colour challenge this month over at In Love With Stamping is to use:

Tempting Turquoise, Real Red and Old Olive

I opted to keep my Tempting Turquoise as an accent for this card:

Stamp set: Season of Joy
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Versamarker
Simply Scrappin' Kit: Christmas Jingle
Punch: 1-1/4" Circle, Boho Blossoms
Other: Heat and Stick Powder, Fine Cosmo Glitter, Silver Elastic Cord

The card blank is an A6 portrait easel card (so a normal portrait card with a fold line scored halfway down the card front). A layer of DSP from the Simply Scrappin' Kit was adhered to a layer of Old Olive and a 1-1/4" Circle punched from the upper right hand corner. The snowflake from the Season of Joy stamp set was coloured direct to stamp with the Versamarker, stamped onto Very Vanilla card, covered with Heat and Stick powder and heat embossed. Turquoise glitter from the Fine Cosmo set was added to the sticky image and heated gently to set. This was punched out with the largest flower from the Boho Blossoms. A second flower was punched from Very Vanilla card and a thread of Silver Elastic Cord was sandwiched between the two with a dimensional. An Old Olive Scallop Circle sticker from the Kit had a 1-1/4" Circle punched from the centre and was then adhered over the aperture to secure the snowflake in place. The whole front panel was adhered direct to the bottom half of the card front. The tree was stamped in Old Olive ink onto Very Vanilla card and cut out. The flourishes were traced with the fine nozzle of the Tombow glue and Turquoise glitter added. The tree was popped up on the card front with dimensionals. A Very Vanilla insert was added to the inside and the sentiment stamped in Real Red ink in the bottom right corner. A stopper bar for the easel card was made by adding a strip of card ribbon from the Kit, popped up on dimensionals.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

Saturday, 4 December 2010

Santa Claus tree ornament

One of our challenges this month over at In Love With Stamping is to create an Ornament. This little triangle ornament uses just 1/4 of a sheet of A4 card plus a few punched scraps. It will only hold a few small sweets but then it's light enough to hang on the tree.

I got the idea from Brenda over at Qbee's Quest and adapted it for the punches that we have in the UK catalogue and to fit the dinky triangle box.

Cardstock: Real Red, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: White Signo Gel Pen
Punches: Scallop Circle, Ornament, Word Window, 1/2" Circle, 1/4" Circle (or Crop-a-dile), Boho Blossoms
Other: Gold Elastic Cord

The triangle box base is made with a piece of Real Red cardstock approx 7.5cm x 21cm. Score and fold it in half along the long edge, then mark the centre of each short edge and score from that point to the outer edge of the original scoreline as shown in the following diagram.

Fold in half along the centre line and then fold A to cover C and B to cover D. Punch a small hole in the centre overlap of A and C, repeat in the centre overlap of B and D and thread with Gold Elastic Cord. Fill with sweets and tie as shown here.

Santa's face is punched from Pink Pirouette card with the Ornament and the top snipped off. His beard is a Scallop Circle of Whisper White card folded in half and his nose is a 1/2" Circle of Pink Pirouette cut in half. His eyes are 1/2" Circles of Whisper White with 1/4" Circles of Basic Black on top. A White Signo gel pen has been used to give a highlight to the pupil. His hat brim is the Word Window punched from Whisper White card. The pompom on his hat is the smallest of the Boho Blossoms punched from Whisper White card.

The folded beard allows space to add the intended recipients name.

Hope you like it.

Sara xx

Friday, 3 December 2010

Some little rays of christmas cheer

Yay! I've made it home. Set off from Plymouth this morning and it was cold but clear, then it's got whiter and whiter and then the snow deeper and deeper, the nearer I got to home. DH picked me up at Meadowhall and now I'm warm and cosy again and really don't care too much if I get stuck now. At least I'd be stuck in the right place - with DH and Bess.

Thanks to everyone for your kind comments on yesterday's video. I feel encouraged to make more of them in the future so watch this space.

For today, I have another card. Our sketch challenge this month over at In Love With Stamping is this:

I squared the design off a little to create this:

Stamp sets: Medallion, Perfect Punches, Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Basic Black, Real Red
Ink: Versamark
Punches: 1-3/4" Circle, 1-3/8" Circle, Jewelry Tag
Satin Ribbon: Real Red
3mm Taffeta Ribbon: Basic Black
Other: Silver EP, Black EP, Silver Brad

The card blank is a 5" square of Basic Black. The Medallion was stamped with Versamark on Basic Black card and then heat embossed with Silver EP. It's easier to stamp onto a bigger square of Black and then trim it to position the Medallion exactly where you want it. This square was cut diagonally into three sections and adhered direct to a square of Real Red card. Sticky Strip was laid across the top left corner and Real Red Satin Ribbon ruffled across the Sticky Strip. The Merry sentiment from the Tiny Tags stamp set was stamped in Versamark onto Real Red card, heat embossed with Black EP then punched out with the Jewelry Tag. This was secured to some 3mm Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon with a Silver Brad and then wrapped over the ruffled ribbon. These layers were adhered direct to the card blank. The Joy at Christmas sentiment from the Perfect Punches stamp set was stamped in Versamark on Real Red card and heat embossed with Black EP. The centre of the sentiment was punched out with the 1-3/8" Circle. This was popped up on dimensionals on Basic Black card punched with the 1-3/4" Circle and then popped on more dimensionals in the centre of the Medallion.

This is for a female friend whose favourite colour combo is black, red and silver but I think it would work equally well as a man's christmas card.

Look forward to seeing your take on these challenges in the ILWS gallery.

Have a safe and warm weekend.

Sara xx

Thursday, 2 December 2010

An origami ornament for the tree

My upline Joanne showed me how to make this cute little origami wreath. It was one of her swaps at our recent Stampin' Up Convention and I've used it for this month's In Love With Stamping challenge to create an ornament.

Here's a video showing how I made it:

And a slightly different colour combo:

DSP: Paper Pack - In Color (hostess level 1)
Narrow Taffeta Ribbon: Rich Razzleberry
Other: Gold Brad, Gold Elastic Cord

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

A no layers card for the ILWS technique challenge

Our technique challenge this month over at In Love With Stamping is to create a no layers card. I did find this one quite a toughie because I always have layers and the more time I have for crafting a card the more layers there are likely to be. It's always good to push outside your comfort zone though and I decided that as I couldn't have layers I'd try adding a bit of texture instead:

Stamp set: Season of Joy
Cardstock: Crumb Cake
Ink: Craft White
Other: Basic Rhinestones

The tree and sentiment were stamped onto the Crumb Cake A6 landscape card blank in Craft White ink (I tend to get a more intense white with the Craft than the Stazon). The edges of the card were also brushed with the Craft White inkpad and the card left overnight to dry (or you could use a heat tool to set). I then used my Paper Cutter and bone folder to add the score lines (marking in pencil on the reverse where they needed to start and finish and then erasing afterwards). A Basic Rhinestone was added to the tree just because I like a bit of bling.

I also did a version using Old Olive ink (everything else was the same) but I prefer the white.

Which version do you prefer?

Sara xx