Sunday, 23 January 2011

SAB blog hop, put your feet up, grab a cuppa and have a browse

Hi and welcome to our Sale-a-bration blog hop. A bunch of us from over at the In Love With Stamping Forum have joined together to put on a major hop for you today. A big thanks to Pat for organising this.

If you've joined me from Laura then thank you for stopping by. If you're starting here then you'll be able to work your way around this loop of 9 or 10 blogs until you get back here and then you can skip to one of the other loops if you like (the links are at the end of this post). If you get here early then we may possibly have a few glitches with the links (for example one of our girls is poorly and has had to drop out - get well soon Debbi!) but please persevere or pop back later, it will be well worth it and we do get them all ironed out as quickly as we can.

Our aim is to provide you with lots of inspiration for using our Sale-a-bration sets - the sets that you can get free with a £45 order from our Idea Book and Catalogue (see the link on the right hand side menu) - and don't forget that there's no limit to the number you can qualify for, so spend £45, get one set, spend £90, get two sets etc so you can collect all four! Just email me to place your order. Hopefully today I've got a little something for everyone, I've used each SAB set and have a mix of cards, scrapbook page and 3d items, some using bright colours and some are more monochrome.

First up for you, I've made a little set of all occasion cards:

Recipe (All)
Stamp set: So Happy for You

Recipe (Butterfly)
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum,
Punch: Butterfly

Recipe (Star)
Cardstock: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Baja Breeze, Not Quite Navy
Punch: Star

Recipe (Heart)
Cardstock: Blushing Bride, Rose Red, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rose Red
Punch: Full Heart

Recipe (Clover)
Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Garden Green
Punch: Small Heart, 2-step Bird

Recipe (Flower)
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, More Mustard
Punch: 5-petal Flower

Each card is made in the same way. A 3-1/2" square card blank of the lighter colour is matted with a 3-1/4" square of the darker colour. A 3" square of Whisper White card is stamped with the sentiment in the darker ink in the bottom right corner and then randomly with the background stamp in the lighter ink. This is adhered direct to the card front. A matching shape is punched from the lighter cardstock and popped up on dimensionals in the centre. (To get a closer match for the flower I reinserted each petal back into the punch reversed and punched again). The envelopes are stamped with the matching background stamp.

I then boxed them in a mini pizza box:

Cardstock: Basic Black, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White
Ink: Perfect Plum, Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Punches: 1" Circle, 1-1/4" Circle, Small Oval, Large Oval

I used this tutorial here to make the mini pizza box in Basic Black cardstock, then matted it with Squares of Tangerine Tango and Basic Black. A square of Whisper White card was stamped with all the images from the cards. Using a marker direct to stamp I selectively stamped the "for you" sentiment and punched it out with the Small Oval. It was adhered direct to a Large Oval of Tangerine Tango and popped up on dimensionals on the box top. Tangerine Tango strips were adhered to the front and sides of the box.

Using the Punch Bunch set I made a little Post-it note key chain to keep in my handbag:

Stamp set: Punch Bunch
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Early Espresso
3mm Taffeta Ribbon: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
1cm Taffeta Ribbon: Very Vanilla
Other: Crystal Effects
Non-SU: Keyring, Mini Post-it notes

About a third of the mini Post-it notes were separated off and wrapped with Early Espresso card. A small mat of Very Vanilla card was stamped with the owl in Early Espresso ink and then adhered to the cover of the notes. The eyes of the owl were covered in Crystal Effects to make them shine (you can just see that in the photo). A hole was punched through the "book" with the Crop-a-dile, a keyring fastened through and the ribbons tied onto the keyring.

I think the Bliss set is ideal for scrapbooking wedding photos as well as using on cards and went with a sepia tone photo for this:

Stamp set: Bliss
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Punches: Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Other: Basic Pearls

I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to position the large stamp to create the background. The sepia tinted photo was matted onto Early Espresso card and adhered direct to the page. Using the rock and roll technique with Crumb Cake and Early Espresso inks I stamped the flower three times and the butterfly once onto Very Vanilla card and cut them out. Small pearls were added to the centres of the flowers. The sentiment was stamped with Early Espresso onto Very Vanilla card, punched with the Large Oval and matted onto a Scallop Oval of Early Espresso card. These elements were then arranged around the photo to further frame it.

Finally, as part of my MIL's birthday gift I created this packaging:

Stamp set: Sweet Summer
Cardstock: Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Black Stazon, White Gel Pen, Melon Mambo, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black
Punch: Petal Card
3mm Taffeta Ribbon: Basic Black
Other: White EP, Filigree Brad
Non-SU: Velcro

I used Carol's quirky little box tutorial here for my box. The box sides are made with Basic Black card and were stamped with the leafy stems in Versamark and then heat embossed with White EP. The full flower heads were stamped twice in Black Stazon and then coloured with markers before cutting out then popping up on dimensionals at the top of each leafy stem. Two Petal Cards were punched from Melon Mambo. One was adhered to the base of the box. The other had the small butterfly stamped with Black Stazon on one peta and was coloured with the White Gel pen. This was used to indicate the opening for the box. A hole was punched in the centre of the lid using the Crop-a-dile and a Filigree brad attached with a loop of Black taffeta ribbon. The back petal was adhered to the back of the box. A sliver of velcro was used to fasten the box lid at the front. You'll have to stop back another day to see what was inside it.

Well I hope that you've enjoyed my creations and I'll pass you on now to Alison. She has some wonderful step cards to show you.

If you'd like to look at the other loops, then here are the links:

Don't forget that if you want to place an order to get your free set then just email me.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx


Airing cupboard stamping said...

Wow Sara you have been busy!!! I love what you have made. The cards and pizza box would be such a lovely gift. The tall box looks fab I am going for a look at the tutorial now and the scrapbook page is just stunning. x x

Emma Harrison said...

So many gorgeous projects! I think the scrapbook layout has to be my favourite though - stunning.

Anonymous said...

Wow, these are so inspiring! How did you have the time to make so many? I only just managed to finish one thing for mine. Well done, they're all beautiful.

Alison xx said...

I just love the set of 5, well I actually love all of your projects.

Evelyn C said...

Fabulous projects Sara - they are all lovely x

Theresa said...

Lovely projects, but I especially love your scrapbook page.

Hayley said...

WOW Sara stunning collection of projects - love how you have made a punched shape to accent the cards beautifully. Fabby

Alex said...

Great projects Sara - you have been busy :)


Anonymous said...

Wow! So many lovely projects. Great idea of the postit note holder and i love the present for your MIL- really stunning! x

Anonymous said...

Wow! So many lovely projects. Great idea of the postit note holder and i love the present for your MIL- really stunning! x

simplyfairies said...

What beautiful projects Sara, I have enjoyed them all, the layout is especially stunning, ...
Kim x

Jackie L Watson said...

Awesome projects, I adore the pizza box and cards, a wonderful gift. Thanks for sharing.

Emma - Independent SU! Demonstrator said...

love the little box. Emma xx

kirsteen said...

Oooooh! LOVE the 'quirky' box! Feel a CASE coming on!

Loraine Arderne said...

Gorgeous projects, love the little post it note holder, clever idea.

Jan said...

Mmmmmm lurve the scrapbook page - but the note boxer is fab!! Jan x

SarahLP said...

Wow! All totally amazing projects! Really lovely. :)

Scrapin' It & Stampin' It said...

fantastic projects - i love the mini notecards

TwinTrouble said...

Great Projects... Love the Scrapbooking page :)

Blueangel Crafts said...

Very cute designs! I love the mini cards in the pizzabox. I'm going to have to try that!!

Jayne said...

lovely projects and the colour combos are great