Ribbon weave thanks

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Today’s card is a CASE (Copy And Share Everything) from the Annual Catalogue.

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I love the Dress Up Your Packages ideas on page 15 and decided to create a card based on the Taffeta Ribbon design – 2nd row up from the bottom, 2nd in from the left.

ribbon weave

Although I only used 3 strands of the ribbon in each direction I still wanted to keep the narrow shape and so created a card base 3” x 6” in Melon Mambo. A long, narrow sentiment from Let Your Hair Down (a hostess set) was stamped in Melon Mambo ink onto Whisper White card. Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon was used in a weave effect to the left of the sentiment, before adhering the layer to a mat of Basic Gray and then direct to the card front.

ribbon weave inside

A flower from another hostess set, Bloom with Hope was stamped onto the Whisper White insert using Melon Mambo ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Curvy Keepsake swap

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I had a great time this morning catching up with my crafty friends – that was a real tonic after all my internet frustrations of late (not that they’re fixed yet – just that I was able to have good whinge to people that understand). :)

And of course it wasn’t all techie geek speak, (it was craft geek speak, lol), we shared ideas about swaps we’re planning for convention, how we’re loving the Autumn/Winter catty and there were also a few swaps today too!

This was mine.

curvykeepsake swap

I kept the swap simply stamped and took them flat, so that folks could get them home in one piece easily.

curvy keepsake swap flat

Some were in So Saffron, some Hello Honey and some Tangelo Twist. Looking at this Tangelo Twist one assembled, it’s made me think “pumpkin”! Add a leaf or two and these will be great for Halloween!

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The Curvy Keepsake box piece was die cut twice from Tangelo Twist card. After masking off the base and one edge of each piece, the flower from Regarding Dahlias was stamped in Tangelo Twist ink, onto each box side that has a slot in it. A sentiment from the same set was stamped again in Tangelo Twist ink onto each box side that has a handle at the top. The two base pieces were adhered together and the scorelines were burnished.

To assemble at home, all my friends need to do, is hold the handle pieces together and pop the slotted pieces over the top to hold the box in place!

The next team get together will be some time after we get back from Stampin’ Up! convention in October.

Please let me know if you’d like to come along (to the get together that is – Convention booking has now closed).

Sara xx

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Snowflake Framelit card

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Time again for another Christmas card I think :)

Today is a bit of a snowflake themed day. I’ve got a snowflake locket on my South Hill Designs blog today – just click on the link to take a peek.

Although the Letterpress Winter stamp set works very elegantly with the Snowflake Card thinlits, there’s nothing to say that you have to buy both together (but don’t tell DH, heehee) and you can create a beautiful card using just the framelit set. You get a lot of extra framelits as well as the flip card base.

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I used a small selection of them for this card.

snowflake framelit

The card base is a 4″ square of Night of Navy and the teeny snowflake from the Snowflake Card thinlit set was die cut away from each corner to create apertures. (Tip – the dies are quite intricate and so a layer of greaseproof paper or similar between the die and your cardstock helps tease the snowflake out. If the snowflake apertures are just too delicate for you then you could back the card front with a piece of Whisper White card instead). One of the Navy snowflakes was retained to go on the card front. The large snowflake was die cut from Whisper White card, cutting once which gives a partial snowflake, then rotating 90º in the die and cutting again to get the full cut snowflake. This was popped up on dimensionals on the card front. A large snowflake was die cut from Silver Foil and adhered direct to the Whisper White one and then the retained Navy mini snowflake adhered over the top of that. The snowflake was finished by adding a Basic Rhinestone to the centre.

snowflake framelit inside

On the inside, the Snow framelit was die cut from the Whisper White insert (tip – remember to stick the centres of the “o” and the “w” back in. Basic Rhinestones were added thought the snowflake apertures on the front so that they are seen when the card is closed.

It’s our Paper Dolls get together tomorrow – looking forward to it!

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Paper Dolls September Team Get Together

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The Paper Dolls will be having a team get together this Sunday 21 September. We’ll be meeting up at 10am at Meadowhall, Sheffield.

This is a chance for our team to share the latest news, our latest designs, plan future events (the Stampin’ Up! Annual Convention is next month and a bunch of us are going) and generally have a good catch up session.

If you’d like to come along and find out more about what’s involved in signing up with Stampin’ Up! and find out how the hobby demos and business demos get the most from their membership, then this is a great way to do it. If you’ve been a demo before and would like to know about rejoining, then please come along – everyone’s welcome!

Just email me to let me know you’re interested and I’ll tell you where the meeting point is.

Sara xx

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Filigree Feel Good

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I’m back at a well known coffee shop this afternoon so that I can use their free internet access to catch up with my blogging! That’s over a month now with no internet service at home and a mobile service that can’t get a signal some days :(

But I’m thinking ahead and hopefully I’ll get a few posts scheduled. That way, even if I can’t get connected again for a day or two, you’ll still get to see new projects :)

feel good duo

Today’s little duo makes use of the Filigree Frame embossing folder. The scrolls on the embossing, work well with scrolls on the text. Unfortunately, I can only guess that this design is sized for US card sizes, as it doesn’t work quite as well with A6 card layers. It almost fully fills the card top to bottom but then leaves a gap at the sides. To incorporate this gap in the design, I pushed it over to one side only and then used the negative space for the trim.

feel good best

The card base is an A6 landscape of Mossy Meadow. A mat of Very Vanilla was run through the Big Shot in the Filigree Frame embossing folder (tip – do two together as here and you get a slightly softer embossing – less crackling of the card – and you have two quick cards to boot). The mat was cut down to just around the embossed area and was stamped with a sentiment from Feel Goods in Mossy Meadow ink before adhering direct to the right hand side of the card front. Finally, Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim was tied around the left hand edge in a bow and the ends knotted to prevent them from unravelling.

Here’s the other sentiment.

feel good friend

Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow (as long as the scheduling works or I can get to an internet connection) to share news of an event that’s happening this weekend – but if you just can’t wait, then you can always check it out in the Calendar of Events menu in the top bar ;)

Sara xx

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Wot? No newsletter?

It’s the 15th of the month and the date that I usually send my mid-month newsletter out. But I’m having to cut back to just one newsletter a month, sorry folks :(

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We’re still without broadband at home and since BT keep altering the dates on us every time we’re in touch, it looks like being at least a few more weeks before anything gets sorted. Meanwhile I’m working from my mobile phone (which can’t always get a signal) which really limits the amount I can do. :(

I considered sending just the offers out in a mid-month mailing but I don’t want to fill your inboxes with news I’ve already shared. To avoid that, I’ve decided that it would be better to send a single newsletter, keeping the quality. This will be sent out in the original slot on the 2nd of each month. However, if SU! bring out a new offer in between newsletters, I’ll let readers know in a short, snappy “News flash”!

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about this approach.

If you’re not already signed up for my newsletter (it’s free!), then please use the extra quick form, upper right of this page, to sign up now and you’ll get the next issue on 2nd October :)

Thanks

Sara xx

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Giggle Greetings paper pieced kitty

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Another paper pieced Giggle Greetings card today. (Paper piecing is a great option to colouring in if you don’t have the right markers).

Last week I shared the aged cheese card, today it’s the kitty and hairballs card.

giggle greetings polaroid

The base card is an A6 portrait of Garden Green, matted with Flower Pot DSP.  After stamping both the image and sentiment from Giggle Greetings onto a panel of Whisper White card with Black Stazon, just the cat was stamped again onto a scrap of Tangerine Tango card and then just the eyes onto scraps of both Tangerine Tango and Whisper White. The complete cat, the eyes and the eyelids were all fussy cut out. After colouring the cat’s tongue and the hairballs direct to the lowest, largest layer, the fussy cut out cat, eyes and eyelids were all adhered over the top of the original images. An On Film framelit was used to die cut out a polaroid frame which was adhered flat over the stamped images before popping both layers up on dimensionals at an angle on the card front. A sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments was stamped in Garden Green ink, punched out with the Word Window and popped up on dimensionals  at the bottom of the polaroid.

giggle greetings polaroid inside

On the Whisper White insert a sentiment from the hostess set, Let Your Hair Down, was stamped in Garden Green ink. This sentiment set seems to work really well with the Giggle Greetings set :)

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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October Seasonally Scattered Class

SATURDAY 11 OCTOBER

1.15PM – 3.45PM

Come join us to make a thank you card and two Christmas cards – one with a matching mini gift box.

seasonally scattered class

In our October class we’re focussing on the Seasonally Scattered stamp set. We’ll be learning two different techniques:

  • daubed colour; and
  • mixed powder embossing

… and then applying them to our projects.

We’ll also be using the Frosted Sequins to give a little extra sparkle to our card and box duo and with a tub of the sequins included in the class price, you can add as many as you like!

frosted sequins

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

The £15.00 class fee includes:

  • a tub of Frosted Sequins;
  • all additional materials needed to make the cards;
  • ideas for alternative stamps and embellishments;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • refreshments.

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Tutorial for transforming All is Calm Specialty DSP

Yesterday I shared this card

banner xmas card

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… and asked which of the All is Calm Specialty papers it was ;)

 

It’s actually the spotted Silver foiled piece used on this card

All is calm

… but transformed :)

transform all is calm 1To match your Silver foiled DSP to your project, simply ink a brayer or a sponge with your chosen ink and apply it over the foiled piece of DSP. The paper absorbs ink quickly, making blending difficult. Build to a strong intensity of colour to prevent brayer lines being visible, or sponge lightly for a more delicate effect.

transform all is calm 2

Wipe away any excess ink that has pooled on the foiled areas with kitchen towel and allow the paper to dry before using on your project. The damp paper may curl as it dries so either use extra adhesive to flatten it direct to your project or flatten under heavy books (or something similar) when dry, to use loose.

Now you don’t have to stick with white foiled paper – go transform your world!

Sara xx

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Banner Christmas card

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Another Christmas card today and this one combines the Banner punch (currently reduced in our Weekly Deals from £11.50 to £8.63) with the new Handheld Stapler.

Do you recognise the piece of paper used for the lower portion of the card front? I’ll have a quick tutorial to explain it tomorrow.

banner xmas card

The base card is an A6 landscape of Soft Sky. Banners were punched from a mix of All is Calm Specialty DSP and stapled across the top of a mat of Whisper White card using the Handheld Stapler and Silver Mini Staples. Using Lost Lagoon ink, a sentiment from Good Greetings (find out how to get it for FREE) was stamped below the Banners and double score lines added on either side to frame it. Another piece of All is Calm Specialty DSP was adhered to the bottom half of the card and then Silver Satin Ribbon wrapped over the join before adhering to the card front. Finally, a piece of Lost Lagoon Taffeta Ribbon was tied on to the Silver Ribbon and anchored in place with Mini Glue Dots.

banner xmas inside

On the Whisper White insert another couple of Banners were stapled on and another sentiment stamped in Lost Lagoon ink.

Please pop back tomorrow for the tutorial.

Sara xx

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