Filigree Frame – sneak peek

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Whilst there are plenty of stamp sets and embellishments in the Autumn/Winter catty for creating special, one-of-a-kind, elaborate cards, there are also some great products for quick cards – ideal for making a batch.

Today’s card uses a sentiment from the Letterpress Winter photopolymer set (totally clear so that you can see that you’re stamping it straight!) and then adds a bit of fancy with the Filigree Frame embossing folder.

filigree frame

The card base is an A6 landscape of Cherry Cobbler. A mat of Very Vanilla was embossed with the Filigree Frame, then stamped with the sentiment from Letterpress Winter in the centre using Cherry Cobbler ink. Narrow strips of Brushed Gold were adhered behind each side of the stamped and embossed panel, before adhering direct to the card front. Easy. Flat for cheapest posting. Finished!

filigree frame inside

On the inside the Very Vanilla insert was stamped with a couple of sentiments from the Good Greetings stamp set. This is a hostess exclusive and beginning 28 August you can get it for FREE, when you have a party/workshop with sales totalling £200 – that’s in addition to the usual hostess benefits!

Contact me now to book your workshop!

Sara xx

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Curvy Keepsake box – sneak peek

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The Autumn/Winter catty isn’t just packed with great ideas for seasonal cards – there’s also a huge range of gift packaging ideas too – perfect not just for Christmas, but year round.

Our sneak peek today features a fabulous small gift box, decorated with new cool tones Washi Tape and a metal snowflake embellishment.

If you haven’t already got a Big Shot then you might want to consider getting one (order it this month and you’ll also get a free bundle worth up to £47.50) so that you can make this gorgeous Curvy Keepsake box. You simply cut the box piece out twice, overlap the base sections, adhering them together … and decorate! As easy as that!

The Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits die also contains framelits for three mini tags, for tying onto the finished boxes.

curvy keepsake

For this box, the Curvy Keepsake was die cut from Pool Party card twice and adhered together over the base. All is Calm Washi Tape (a pack of 5 designs) was taped over the box sides, alternating the design to opposite sides. Then after closing, an All is Calm Snowflake Embellishment was tied on with Silver  1/8″ Ribbon.

Here’s the other side of the box.

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So quick and easy!

Back with another sneak peek tomorrow.

Sara xx

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Festival of Trees – sneak peek

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Today I’m starting my sneak peek countdown to the Autumn/Winter catalogue, which launches on Thursday 28 August and I’m so excited – I honestly think this is Stampin’ Up!’s best catalogue yet! It’s costing me a fortune :)

The featured goodies today are a bundle (so saving 15%) of the Festival of Trees photopolymer stamp set and matching Tree punch.

SU! have really got their photopolymer strategy spot on. When a stamp set is a two step set, i.e. so that one design gets stamped over the top of another (as here) they are making them in photopolymer, so that you can see exactly where you’re stamping.

festival of trees xmas card

The card base is an A6 landscape of Crumb Cake, matted with Very Vanilla card. Two of the trees from the new Festival of Trees stamp set were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink onto a mat of Crumb Cake and then the tinsel was stamped over the top with Gold Metallic ink. A sentiment from the same set was stamped, also in Chocolate Chip ink. Gold Satin Ribbon was wrapped around the card layer, secured on the reverse and Early Espresso Baker’s Twine tied in a bow around it before adhering to the front of the card. A third tree was stamped, again in Chocolate Chip ink onto Crumb Cake card, punched out with the Tree and popped up on dimensionals, in between the first two. This tree was decorated with Basic Pearls.

festival of trees inside

On the Very Vanilla insert a fourth tree design was stamped in Crumb Cake and then the sentiment, star, tinsel and plant pot were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

The set also has a fifth (solid) tree, baubles, a bird and a “To: From:” sentiment.

I’ll be back with another sneak peek tomorrow.

Let me know if you want a paper copy of the Autumn/Winter catty.

Sara xx

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Daydream Medallion Box

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My project today is a birthday box made with the Daydream Medallions stamp set and Floral Frames framelits. They’re one of the bundles in this month’s Big Shot Bundle offer – saving you 15%!

Better still, you can get this bundle completely free when you order a Big Shot before the end of August!!

You can order online or drop me an email to find out about other methods of ordering.

daydream box

The base box and lid were cut from Crisp Cantaloupe card and scored on the Simply Scored Board. After die cutting two of the largest Floral Frames framelits from more Crisp Cantaloupe card they were adhered to the top and bottom of the box. Calypso Coral ink was used to stamp the largest of the Daydream Medallions onto Calypso Coral card. The matching framelit was used to die cut the stamped image and also a plain flower from Pear Pizzazz card. The next smallest images were then used to stamp more flowers, Calypso Coral onto Crisp Cantaloupe and So Saffron card, then So Saffron ink onto Whisper White card. All were die cut out with the matching framelits. Each flower had the petals curled over a bone folder, a Regals Candy Dot in a Candy Dot Brad Base was fastened through the smallest flower and then they were all stacked onto the box lid, with dimensionals between each layer. Finally, Calypso Coral Seam Binding Ribbon was tied around the the box.

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The Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames Framelits won’t be available as a bundle after August, so be sure to snap them up soon.

Please stop by tomorrow for the start of my Autumn/Winter catty sneak peek countdown! Lots of lovely new goodies to show you – I can’t wait :)

Sara xx

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Flower Patch birthday card

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Today’s birthday card is a bright flower arrangement.

The Flower Patch bundle provides so many different options for creating flowers quickly and easily. Because this card is to be posted I kept the layers minimal and created an illusion of depth by overstamping in different colours. The framelits meant that I didn’t have to spend a lot of time fussy cutting out :)

flower patch birthday

The card base is a 5″ square of Old Olive, matted with Crushed Curry. A sentiment from Flower Patch* was stamped in Old Olive ink onto a square of Whisper White card before adhering direct to the card front. The largest solid flower was stamped in Crushed Curry ink onto Whisper White card and then overstamped with Calypso Coral and Melon Mambo inks using smaller flowers (the photopolymer stamps make this so easy!). Medium flowers (two) were stamped with Wisteria Wonder and then overstamped with the same central flower as for the largest, using Melon Mambo ink again. Small flowers (three) were stamped with Crushed Curry and then overstamped with the smallest flower using Melon Mambo ink. Leaves (three) were stamped in Pear Pizzzazz and then overstamped with Old Olive. All the flowers and leaves were die cut with the matching Flower Fair framelits* and then arranged on the card front, popping them up on dimensionals.

* Buy both the photopolymer stamp set and the framelits together as a Flower Patch bundle and save 15%

flower patch birthday inside

On the Whisper White insert a sentiment from Blooming with Kindness was stamped in Old Olive ink. The smallest flowers used on the card front were stamped direct to the insert.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Weekly Deals – available until 19 August

It’s Saturday already and I haven’t shared this week’s set of Weekly Deals yet, tut-tut.

These are the deals available now and they’ll stay until Tuesday night, 19 August.

weekly deals 19 aug

My favourite pick this week is the Artisan Label punch. This can be used as a punch for the matching Label Love stamp set, or to create mats to go behind the Label – either snipped in half or offset:

Label Love matching punch

Label Love matching punch

snipped in half as a mat

snipped in half as a mat

artisan label offset

artisan label offset

Possibly though, the better buy is the Designer Rosette die, as you’re saving £8.74!

As always, our weekly deals are just for online orders placed this week and all items will be back to regular price from next Wednesday.

Have fun shopping.

Sara xx

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Daydream Medallions Christmas Wreath

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Only 2 more weeks to go before our gorgeous Autumn/Winter catty launches (woohoo!) but for those of you chomping at the bit to get started on Christmas cards, I have a little inspiration for you from our current stamp range.

The Daydream Medallions and Floral Frames used to create the Christmas wreath are in this month’s Big Shot Bundle offer – saving you 15%!

Better still, get the duo completely free when you order a Big Shot before the end of August!!

You can order online or drop me an email to find out about other methods of ordering.

daydream medallion wreath

The card base is an A6 portrait of Old Olive. The largest of the Daydream Medallions was stamped in Mossy Meadow ink onto Old Olive card and the next largest stamped in Old Olive ink onto Pear Pizazz card. Each was die cut with the matching Floral Frames framelit (buy the bundle this month only to save 15%). After lining up the two designs, the centre was cut out of both of them at the same time using the next smallest Floral Frames framelit. After stamping the sentiment from Sassy Salutations in Cherry Cobbler ink onto a layer of Very Vanilla, it was matted onto a larger layer of Cherry Cobbler card. The smaller wreath was popped up on the larger one with dimensionals and then Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon looped around both, before popping up the wreath up on dimensionals on the card front layers, fastening the looped ribbon on the reverse. These layers were adhered direct to the card front. A bow of Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon was added to the top of the wreath with Mini Glue Dots and then Cherry Cobbler Candy Dots were used to finish it.

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On the Very Vanilla insert the sentiment and sprigs of holly from the Happy Hour set were stamped in Old Olive and Cherry Cobbler.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Bloom with Hope birthday

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I thought that I’d bought this set when the new catty came out but then I couldn’t find it and so had to place another order ;)

I still can’t quite work out whether it got missed off my first order by mistake, or whether I’ve misplaced it (easy done in my craft area at the moment – I’ve got to get it sorted soon!) and I’ll find the second copy one of these days.

Either way, this is a must have set for me. It has a mix of images and sentiments, different size images from small through to large, it’s excellent for colouring in and lends itself to a range of other techniques (eg. heat embossing).

It is only available to hostesses so if you’re interested in getting hold of it then please get in touch for options.

bloom with hope

The card base is an A6 landscape of Rich Razzleberry, matted with Daffodil Delight. Leaves and the single flower from the Bloom with Hope set were stamped randomly onto Whisper White card with Memento Black ink to create a background that was adhered direct to the card front. The large bloom from the same set was stamped separately on a scrap of Whisper White card and then coloured with the Rich Razzleberry and Daffodil Delight Blendabilities. After fussy cutting out, it was popped up on dimensionals on the card front. The birthday sentiment, again from the same set, was stamped in Versamark ink onto Rich Razzleberry card, heat embossed with White EP, punched out with the Modern Label and popped up on the card front with more dimensionals.

bloom with hope inside

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and the large Bloom were both stamped with Rich Razzleberry ink.

This is such an excellent all round stamp set, definitely one that I recommend to my hostesses. Why not book your workshop with me now to get this set for just £21 wood mount or £15 clear mount. Have a chat with me about an online or virtual workshop if a face to face one isn’t convenient :)

Sara xx

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Confetti Celebration

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Today’s post is one of my occasional cross-overs with my “other” business, my South Hill Designs jewellery business.

One of my amazing team has promoted to Team Builder recently and so I sent her a congratulations card. :)

confetti celebration

The card base is an A6 landscape of Basic Gray, matted with Confetti Celebration DSP. Splatters from the Gorgeous Grunge set were stamped in Smoky Slate ink onto Whisper White card. The sentiment from Sassy Salutations was stamped over the top of the splatters with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Silver EP. This layer was matted onto Strawberry Slush card and then onto Silver Glimmer Paper before popping up on dimensionals on the card front.

If you’d like to know more about joining my South Hill Designs team then please email me, or you can shop the full range of jewellery here.

Sara xx

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Matching box for a 3D card

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At the end of last month I shared this 3D card and at the time I mentioned that it wasn’t suitable for posting :)

gift bow birthday card

As it also won’t fit easily into an envelope I made a matching box to present it in, using the Simply Scored Board.

gift bow box

The original card is 5″ square and the bow is a little over 1-1/4″ deep. A box base was therefore cut to 8-1/8″ square and scored at 1-1/2″ on each side. The corners were snipped and folded in and adhered in place. A box lid was cut to 8-1/4″ square and still score at 1-1/2″ on each side – this results in the lid being that bit bigger, to fit easily over the box base. Semi-circle finger grips were punched in opposite sides of the lid using the 1-3/8″ Circle. The corners were snipped, folded and adhered, as for the base. A square of Flower Pot DSP (to match the card) was matted onto Whisper White card and Whisper White Organza Ribbon wrapped around opposite corners before popping up on dimensionals on the front of the box. A sentiment from the Label Love set was stamped onto Whisper White card, with Tangerine Tango ink and punched out with the Artisan Label. It was matted onto another Artisan Label, punched from Tangerine Tango card and snipped in half before popping up on dimensionals on the front of the box.

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The Score Board makes it a snip to create boxes for any 3D cards ;)

Sara xx

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