Another Great Year

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Back to work today (the day job that is) and I’m feeling it after the wonderful Easter break, but at least I’ve got my crafting to keep me sane :)

The stamp set I’ve used for today’s card, Another Great Year, is ideal for male birthdays as well as female cards.

another great year

The card base is an A6 landscape of Pool Party, matted with Island Indigo card. A panel of I Am Me DSP (130138) was stamped with the sentiment from Another Great Year (Wood 133038 or Clear 133041) in Island Indigo ink. Stars from the Perfect Pennants set (Wood 133227 or Clear 133230) were also stamped around the sentiment with Island Indigo ink, stamping off in places. The same large sentiment from Another Great Year was stamped again in Versamark ink (102283) onto Island Indigo card and then heat embossed with Pool Party EP (129398). After fussy cutting the banners from the card, they were adhered in place over the original. Small stars, from the Merry Minis pack (126882) were punched from the Silver Glimmer Paper (124005), adhered direct to the panel and any overhanging pieces snipped away. The panel was adhered direct to the card front.

another great year inside

On the inside, two more sentiments from Another Great Year were stamped in Island Indigo ink on the Whisper White insert.

I’m so glad we’ve got another bank holiday coming up soon :)

Sara xx

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A guest crafter with Easter goodies

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I hope that you’ve all had an fabulous Easter break.

Sorry that I missed posting yesterday – I got carried away with the Easter weekend :)

We had a lovely walk yesterday and then settled down with a jigsaw (how long is it since I did one of those!) and the time just flew by.

Anyhow here’s the guest craft project I promised to share with you. Mari made both Tony and I these cute little baskets filled with a bunny and eggs.

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Cute aren’t they?

Sara xx

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Easter mini milk carton

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Here’s a last little share of an Easter project from me this weekend (I have a guest crafter tomorrow). Today’s dinky sweet treat uses the Mini Milk Carton die and although it’s not labelled for Easter you can just see the mini eggs inside :)

mini milk carton

The Mini Milk Carton (117310)was die cut from Smoky Slate card and the sides were matted with Watercolor Wonder DSP (132994). After using the smallest of the Floral Frames Collection (127012) to die cut an aperture in opposite sides of the carton, the apertures were covered on the inside with Window Sheet (114323) to prevent the eggs from falling out. Itty Bitty flowers  (118309were punched from Island Indigo card, adhered direct to the front of the carton and finished with Basic Rhinestones (119246) in the centre.

clothespin

A Mini Metallic Clothespin (133320) was used to hold the carton closed and this was decorated with some Bitty Butterflies (129406). One was punched direct from some of the Watercolor Wonder DSP. For the other, the small flowered Papillon Potpourri butterfly  (Wood 132058 or Clear 123759) was stamped onto Vellum cardstock (106584) with Island Indigo ink and then punched out. Both butterflies were shaped along the body of the butterfly and adhered to each other and then to the clothespin with rolled up glue dots.

Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend.

Sara xx

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Happy Hour Circle thinlit card

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Hope that you’re having a good, Good Friday :)

Time for this week’s SUDSOL sketch challenge. This is the sketch this week:

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The sketch immediately reminded me of our Circle thinlit card and so that was my jumping off point for this:

circle thinlit

The Circle Card Thinlit (133480) was used to cut the card base from Pool Party. A mat was also cut from a matching paper in the Afternoon Picnic DSP (131390 – currently reduced in our Weekly Deals) and then edged with a narrow strip of Whisper White card. Using Strawberry Slush ink, the sentiment from the Happy Hour set (Wood 132013 or Clear 126642) was stamped onto Whisper White card before die cutting out with the banner from the thinlit set. This was then popped up on dimensionals across the card back. The scallop circle (also from the thinlit kit) was die cut from Pink Pirouette and Whisper White card. The coloured circle was adhered direct to the centre of the front circle flip. After stamping the cocktail glasses from Happy Hour onto Whisper White card using markers and masking the martini glass before stamping the larger cocktail, it was die cut out with one of the Circles Collection framelits 130911 and adhered direct to the centre of the Pink Pirouette Scallop Circle. 

circle thinlit inside

Another sentiment from Happy Hour was stamped on the Whisper White Scallop Circle in Strawberry Slush ink before adhering to the inside flip.

Sara xx

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So very grateful monochrome

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So far I’ve only made one of this monochrome card but I’m thinking of doing a bunch more in different sets of monochromatic colours and then popping them in a box as a gift set.

What do you think?

so very grateful

The card base is a small square of Wisteria Wonder, matted with Elegant Eggplant. Using Elegant Eggplant ink, the corner flower spray from So Very Grateful (Wood 133050or Clear 133053) was stamped in the top corner of a square of Wisteria Wonder card. A sentiment from the same set was stamped below it, also in Elegant Eggplant ink. The Wisteria Wonder marker and a Blender Pen with the Elegant Eggplant ink, were used to colour the flowers. A trio of Itty Bitty flowers Itty Bitty flowers (118309were punched from Elegant Eggplant card and adhered below the sentiment, before popping the finished square up on dimensionals on the card front. Dazzling Details (124117) was used to add a little sparkle to all the flowers.

so very grateful inside

The same corner flower spray was stamped using Wisteria Wonder ink this time, in the opposite corner of the Whisper White insert.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Beautifully Baroque split negative

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Today’s birthday card uses the split negative technique to highlight the Beautifully Baroque stamp.

beautifully baroque

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Gray, matted with Eastern Elegance DSP (130131). Since I was using a symmetrical design, I chose to stamp Beautifully Baroque (Wood only 130895) twice, once each onto Smoky Slate and Melon Mambo card, using Versamark ink (102283). The design on the Melon Mambo card was covered with Smoky Slate Emboss Powder (EP) (129396) and the Smoky Slate card covered with Melon Mambo EP (123223) and both were heat embossed. Both designs were then cut exactly down the centre and matched up to create two different cards. (If you use an asymmetrical design then you may find it easier to cut your card, stamp it once, across both colours of card and then separate out for the embossing). The split negative design was then die cut out with Ovals Collection framelits (129381) and adhered to the card front. A frame die cut from Basic Gray card with the more of the Ovals framelits was adhered over the top. After stamping the sentiment from Teeny Tiny sentiments (Wood 130042 or Clear 120024) onto Melon Mambo card with Versamark ink, it was heat embossed with Smoky Slate EP and punched out with the Word Window (119857). This was matted onto  Modern Label (119849) punched from Basic Gray card and the sentiment popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

beautifully baroque inside

On the inside, a sentiment from Happy Day (Wood 130294 or Clear 130297) was stamped in Basic Gray ink onto the Whisper White insert and framed with the flourish from the same set, stamped above and below, using Melon Mambo ink.

Don’t forget that we have a new set of Weekly Deals for you to check out today!

Sara xx

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Easter sandwich box

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I’m sure that I’m not the only one that spends way too much time surfing the internet looking for new craft ideas Laughing

Pinterest and Youtube are a couple of my favourite hangouts and I found this super cute idea on Youtube. It’s a tutorial by an Australian demonstrator that’s available at a small cost. The project is a bit on the fiddly side, though worth it and the tutorial (and extra videos) provided by Tanya are very detailed and easy to follow.

easter sandwich box

The basic box was made in Pool Party card and trimmed with Gingham Garden DSP (129310). Island Indigo ink was used to stamp the clock face, clock hands from Clockworks (Wood 131973 or Clear 127292) and sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments  (Wood 130042 or Clear 120024) onto Whisper White card. After punching the clock out with the 1-1/4″ Circle (119861) it was matted onto a 1-3/8″ Circle (119860) punched from Island Indigo card. The sentiment was trimmed to a banner, matted onto another banner of Island Indigo card and then fastened to the clock through the centre, with a Mini Brad (122941). Whisper White Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (126877) was threaded through the hole in the top of the sandwich box for pulling the tear-off front.

The sandwich box contains jelly babies … for those of you straining to see Smile

Don’t forget that we’ll have a new set of Weekly Deals tomorrow.

Sara xx

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Watercolor Wonder envelope

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A few days ago I shared a non-standard size card that I made and today I’m back with the matching envelope to send it in. I figured that the Stippled Blossoms set is a really close match to the flower design on the DSP Smile

watercolor envelope and card

The card measures 4″ x 7″ and so I checked the measurements on the envelope punch board  (133774) and cut my Watercolor Wonder DSP (132994) to the suggested 8-3/4″ x 8-3/4″ and then punched and scored it accordingly (first scoreline at 3-3/8″).

watercolor envelope

Once the base envelope was made, the large solid flower from Stippled Blossoms (Wood 132076 or Clear 126747) was stamped using Crisp Cantaloupe ink, then overstamped with the detail flower using Tangerine Tango ink.

watercolor envelope back

On the back flap of the envelope the small solid flower was stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe ink, then the small detail flower overstamped using Tangerine Tango ink.

Envelopes created with the envelope punch board usually have approx. 1/8″ margin from the card on all sides (and I’ve certainly found this to be true on other envelopes I’ve made). This particular envelope has this extra for the short edge but I found it too snug on the long edge and had to trim the card a little to fit it in, so it may be best to test, or allow space to trim the card shorter, with this particular size card.

Sara xx

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Weekly Deals

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I’m a few days late letting you know this (sorry Embarassed) but every week in April, Stampin’ Up! is offering you a new set of deals, including digital downloads!

Each week’s deals will be a surprise—that’s part of the fun!. You can expect 6-12 new deals each week, including one digital download.

This weeks deals include:

secretgardenframelits

Secret Garden Framelit dies

Was £20.95

Now £15.71

dressedupframelits

Dress Up Framelit dies

Was £20.95

Now £15.71

needlepoint border

Needlepoint Border embossing folders

Was £7.50

Now £5.63

blossom party

Blossom Party originals die

Was £15.95

Now £11.96

festive flurry framelits

Festive Flurry framelit dies

Was £20.95

Now £15.71

framed tulipsFramed Tulips embossing folder

Was £7.50

Now £5.63

flower garden

Flower Garden embossing folder

Was £7.50

Now £5.63

recipes by designRecipes by Design digital download

Was £6.95

Now £4.17

These goodies will only be available at these special prices until 11pm (GMT), Tuesday 15 April and then they’ll change to a new set of deals. So be sure to check my online store every Wednesday during April, to see what’s new.

If you don’t want to order online but want to place your order with me by email, then please bear in mind that you’ll need to allow a few extra days before the deadline.

Sara xx

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May Banner Framelits Class

SATURDAY 10 May 2014

1.30PM – 3.30PM

We’ve been running our template and technique classes for over a year now and there’s a risk that we may start repeating ourselves with either the templates or techniques (yes, there are more of both out there but not always suited to a two hour class).

We don’t want our classes to get stale and so we’re going to mix things up a little over the next few months and then ask class attendees which they prefer, or whether they like the mix.

In May instead of a template and technique, we’ll be focusing on a particular product, the Banner framelits, to make four very different style cards. You don’t need to own the product to attend the class, all supplies are provided as usual. However, if you wish to order the featured product either before the class (for delivery on the day) or afterwards when you’ve had chance to test drive it, then we’ll be happy to help.

Everyone will have the chance to make all four projects. If you’re a beginner, or just like to work more slowly, you’ll be able to finish them at home just as long as you have some adhesive.

Please note that there may be some variation to specific papers and embellishments used though overall colour schemes will remain the same.

banner framelit class

Location: St Saviour’s Church Hall, Mortomley Lane, High Green, Sheffield

The £15.00 class fee includes:

  • all materials to make one of each card (including envelopes);
  • ideas for alternative stamps and embellishments;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.
To book your place at this class, just use the Paypal button below:


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