Lotus Blossom January thank you’s

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This has been my thank you card to customers during January. It uses what is currently the most popular Sale-a-bration freebie, the Lotus Blossom stamp set … and just a touch of another freebie, the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack.

Have you got your freebie(s) yet?

lotus blossom jan thanks

The card base is a small square of Smoky Slate, matted with Basic Gray and then Calypso Coral. After stamping the most solid Lotus Blossom with Smoky Slate onto a Whisper White mat, the middle blossom was inked with Basic Gray, stamped off once and then stamped over the top of the Slate blossom. Basic Gray was stamped at full strength saturation for the top most blossom. Both the speckled stem and the sentiment were also stamped in Basic Gray ink before adhering the layer direct to the card front. Calypso Coral Ribbon from the Best Year Ever Accessory Pack was tied in a knot and added at the top of the flower stem with a Mini Glue Dot.

lotus blossom jan thanks inside

On the Whisper White insert the middle blossom was stamped in Smoky Slate ink.

If you’d like to get one of my February thank you’s then please place an order with me. (I don’t write in them so that you can reuse them). :)

Sara xx

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Nuts About You Valentine

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It’s the weekend and so I have another valentine for you that uses an alternative (non-valentine) stamp set. This week it’s a hostess set – Nuts About You.

How’s this one for a more masculine valentine? :)

nuts about you valentine

The card base is an A6 portrait of Early Espresso, matted with paper from the Adventure Bound DSP Stack. Soft Suede and Wild Wasabi markers were used to colour the tree from the Nuts About You set direct to the stamp, before huffing and stamping on to a square of Whisper White card. Early Espresso ink was used to stamp the carved heart onto the tree. Grass was stamped with Wild Wasabi and the bird in the nest with Baked Brown Sugar. Next, Cajun Craze was used to stamp the two squirrels onto a narrow panel of Whisper White card. The PL Corner was used to punch the corners of these stamped pieces and also the matching Early Espresso mats, before layering them up and popping them up on dimensionals on the card front. Real Red ink was used to stamp the Nuts about You sentiment onto Whisper White card before punching out with the 3/4″ Circle, matting onto a 1″ Circle punched from Early Espresso and then adhering direct to the corner of the tree panel. Finally, an Itty Bitty Accents Heart was punched from Real Red card, covered with Crystal Effects and popped up on a sliver of dimensional between the two squirrels.

nuts about you valentine inside

The Whisper White insert was simply stamped with the remaining creatures from the set in Early Espresso (and I’ve got to admit that I’m not sure what that is, hanging by it’s tail – anyone know?).

Just two weeks to go now to Valentine’s Day – don’t leave it until the last minute!

Sara xx

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Kind and Cozy Circles

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The Kind and Cozy stamp set has an “extra” stamp in addition to the six expected ones – a circle within a circle. The centre of the gingham frame is a plain circle that can also be used. If you have a wood mount set then you will need to find an extra wooden block to mount it on but if you have clear mount then you can simply use it with a clear block, as and when you need it. Don’t you love getting extra for FREE! :)

kind and cozy circles

The card base is an A6 landscape of Early Espresso, matted with Crumb Cake. Using Crumb Cake ink, the extra circle from the Kind & Cozy set was stamped direct and then the heart stamped over the top in Baked Brown Sugar ink. The gingham frame was stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Baked Brown Sugar ink and then the flowers stamped in the centre. These were punched out with the 2-1/2″ Circle and popped up on the card front with dimensionals, overlapping the original stamped circle. After stamping the coffee cup in Baked Brown Sugar ink onto a scrap of Very Vanilla card it was punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle, matted onto a 1-3/8″ Circle punched from Baked Brown Sugar card and popped up on dimensionals overlapping the original stamped circle, on the other side. Finally a Very Vintage Designer Button was threaded with Early Espresso Baker’s Twine, the Twine looped and secured with Mini Glue Dots on the reverse before adhering to the card front, tucking it under the coffee cup slightly.

kind and cozy circles inside

Another sentiment from the same set was stamped on the Very Vanilla insert with Baked Brown Sugar ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Gift Box – Irresistibly Yours bundle

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To help you with ideas for earning your freebies, each week from now until the end of Sale-a-bration, I’m going to suggest a possible bundle and share with you a couple of projects that use that bundle. These are only suggestions – you’re always free to switch and change to suit your preferences, or choose something else entirely! :)

Here’s this week’s suggested bundle:

IRRESISTIBLY YOURS BUNDLE

£17.95   Gift Box Punch Board (135863)
£3.25     Stamping Sponges – 3 in pack (101610)
£5.25     Organza Ribbon (114319)
£2.75     Stampin’ Spritzer – 2 in pack (126185)
£16.50   Classic Ink Refills – 6 of your choice (assorted)

£45.70   Total

FREE Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP (138635)

(If ordering online then you get to choose your freebie when you checkout).

Here’s the first project made with the bundle (we’ve only used four of the ink refills for this but you could go for all six if you wish).

irresistibly yours bundle

The spotted card from the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP was cut to 8″ x 8″ and made into a box using the Gift Box Punch Board following the instructions for the 3.25 x 3.25 x 1.75 box. After scoring and punching the box, but before folding, the box was sponged from the centre outwards, first with Strawberry Slush ink, then Blushing Bride and finally Pink Pirouette. (Tip – wipe away any excess ink with a dry paper towel. The ink was allowed to dry thoroughly before folding the box together (the box is fragile while ever the card is still damp). A small piece of the starry card from the DSP pack was trimmed to a tag then spritzed with quite a few drops of Coastal Cabana ink mixed with a little rubbing alcohol (this mix evaporates more quickly than using water). When all was dry, the tag was tied around the box with the Organza Ribbon.

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I’ll be back with another project using this same bundle soon.

Sara xx

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Swaps from my team mates

A quick share today.

Christmas and New Year were hugely busy for so many of us and so we only had a few of our team swapping at our January meeting. That’s perfectly okay – there’s no pressure :)

My swap was a card that I’ve already shared here.

This beautiful holder using the Something Borrowed DSP was my swap from Jan.

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This pretty fold-out box was my swap from Victoria.

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And opened up …

swap from victoria 2

We’ll be having a demonstration of how to make the box at our next team meeting, a week today. If you’d like to join us, we’ll be at the Pollyfox Centre in Dodworth (S75 3QR for satnav), just off J37 of the M1 on Wednesday 4 February, 7pm – 9pm (doors open 6.30pm).

Guests are invited to come along to their first meeting free of charge. We do need to know though, how many make and take packs to prepare, so if you’re interested in coming along, then please email me  to let me know.

Sara xx

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Kind and Cozy square card

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When we had our January Card Class, we used the Celebrate Today stamp set for some of the cards (here and here). The other set we used was Kind and Cozy.

This very simple card is quick and cute. We used coffee and cream colours but you can easily switch for something more colourful if you prefer.

kind and cozy square

The card base is a small square of Crumb Cake matted with Very Vanilla. Three small images, the coffee cup, flowers and heart from the Kind and Cozy set were all stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink onto Very Vanilla card. The Made With Love sentiment was cut into three, arranged close together and stamped with the same ink, also onto Very Vanilla card (we were using the clear mount set but if you’re using the wood mount, you can colour direct to stamp and stamp each word individually to get the same effect). All these images were punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle, matted onto 1-3/8″ Circles punched from Baked Brown Sugar card and popped up on dimensionals on the card front.

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Another sentiment from the same set was stamped on the Very Vanilla insert.

At our February Card Class we’ll be using:

  • Kinda Eclectic
  • Four Feathers
  • Crazy About You

Hope we see you there :)

Sara xx

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Best Day Ever Tag card – Best Day Ever bundle 2

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I recently suggested a bundle of products that will let you earn the Best Day Ever stamp set for FREE and shared a project that used them (here). Today I’m back with a second project using the same bundle.

BEST DAY EVER BUNDLE

£9.95   Confetti Celebration DSP (133692)
£19.95 Ornate Tag Topper punch (137416)
£6.25  Silver Satin Ribbon (134548)
£4.50  Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137)
£4.50  Rhinestone Basic Jewels (119246)

£45.15   Total

FREE Best Day Ever Stamp set
(Wood 139091, Clear 139094, Photopolymer 139149)

(If ordering online then you get to choose your freebie when you checkout).

best day ever bundle 2

The card base is an A6 landscape of Bermuda Bay. Confetti Celebration DSP was matted onto Strawberry Slush card slightly smaller than the card front. Two pieces of 2″ x 1-3/4″ Whisper White card were punched at one end with the Ornate Tag Topper and stamped with the flower from the Best Day Ever in Strawberry Slush ink. Silver 1/8″ Ribbon was threaded through, each label was adhered to opposite corners of the card front layers and the ribbon secured behind. A 3″ x 2″ piece of Whisper White card was punched at both ends with the Ornate Tag topper. After stamping one of the sentiments from the Best Day Ever set with Basic Gray ink, arrows from the same set were stamped in Bermuda Bay ink pointing to the “You”. Silver 1/8″ Ribbon was threaded through each side, the label popped up on dimensionals on the card front layers and the ribbon secured behind. A piece of Silver Satin Ribbon was trimmed to a banner, folded over the layers and secured with a Mini Glue Dot. The stripy heart was stamped in Strawberry Slush ink onto a scrap of Whisper White card, fussy cut out and adhered to the ribbon banner with another Mini Glue Dot. After adhering the layers direct to the card front, Basic Rhinestones were added to the centres of the flowers and to the heart to finish.

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On the Whisper White insert, the flowers were stamped across the bottom with Strawberry Slush ink.

I’ll be back with a different suggested bundle a little later in the week.

Sara xx

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Doors opening any minute

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We’re here and set up and the doors will be opening any minute.

I’m sharing a stand with Stampin’ Up! friends here at the Ross Papercraft Show at Westfield Sports College today. We have both retired products and brand new kits for sale, inspiration boards (that you’re welcome to photograph) and demonstrations featuring our Sale-a-bration products (FREE with purchase).

This venue provides great access from the south of Sheffield, Mansfield, Derby and Nottingham.

Entry is £2 and parking and the hourly prize draw are FREE.

The show starts at 10.00am and will be open until 3.00pm.

Sara xx

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Perfect Pennants, Fashionable Hearts

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Today I have another valentine that uses an alternative (non-valentine) stamp set. This time it’s the Perfect Pennants set.

Although we’re using a bunch of hearts on the card, it’s not overly feminine :)

perfect pennants valentine

The card base is an A6 portrait of Real Red, matted with Basic Black card and Stacked With Love DSP. Crisp Cantaloupe ink was used to stamp the heart from the Perfect Pennants set onto Whisper White card. Real Red and Basic Black markers were used to colour the You and Me sentiment direct to stamp, then after huffing to revive the ink, it was stamped over the heart. After punching the stamped images out with the 1-3/4″ Circle it was matted onto a Starburst framelit die cut from Real Red card and popped up on the card front in the lower right corner. The four largest Fashionable Hearts die cut and embossed from Real Red card were also popped up on dimensionals on the card front and a Basic Rhinestone added to the top most one.

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On the Whisper White insert, the You Make Me Happy sentiment from the same Perfect Pennant set was stamped in Basic Black ink and the remaining teeny Fashionable Heart adhered over the corner.

We’re at the Papercraft Show at Westfield tomorrow. Hope we see some of you there – please stop by and say hi!

Sara xx

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From the Herd birthday card

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Today’s card is a birthday card for my MIL. Happy birthday Mari!

I loved these cutsies as soon as I set eyes on them. It’s the llama that gets me every time – I just can’t hep smiling.

The sentiments that come with them cover birthdays, belated birthdays, get well and general occasion.

I hope that you love them too :)

from the herd

The card base is an A6 landscape of Tangerine Tango with the front right edge trimmed away. After stamping the main animal group from the From The Herd set onto Whisper White card with Memento Black ink, the balloon and party hat were added. Blendabilities were used to colour in the animals. Strips of Bermuda Bay card were punched with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border and then used to edge the main image. Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim was wrapped around card front layer before adhering direct to the card front. The birthday sentiment was stamped in Bermuda Bay ink onto the edge of the exposed Whisper White insert so that it shows when the card is closed.

from the herd inside

A Bermuda Bay marker was used to selectively colour the sentiments and llama head direct to stamp before huffing and stamping onto the insert.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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