Spooky Cat trick or treat bag

Another Halloween treat today. This one uses some sweets that I got while visiting a US M&Ms store while on holiday – I love how you can choose specific colours!

The tag is stamped on both sides.

A narrow Cellophane Bag (5.1 x 20.3cm) was filled with the sweets. The Wicked Yummy frame from the Spooky Cat set was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Basic Black ink. Elegant Eggplant ink was used to stamp the Trick of Treat sentiment from the same set along the centre. The Everyday Label punch was used to punch out the tag.

On the other side of the tag, the sentiment, outline bottles and side frames from the Spooky Cat set were all stamped with Elegant Eggplant ink. The “liquids” for the bottles were stamped over the top with Pool Party, Perfect Plum and Lemon Lime Twist inks. Using Vintage Crochet Trim, the tag was tied onto the filled treat bag and finished with a bow.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Crystal Anniversary card

Where does the time go? Today I celebrate 15 happy years with my hubby – it’s our Crystal Wedding Anniversary. Difficult to believe that it’s that long, though only because we don’t think we can possibly be that old!

Crystal made me think of our Rhinestone Jewels and I decided to team these with the lush new Champagne metallic (which is my new favourite), keeping the rest of the design simple. I prefer not to get too fussy when making cards for men (even though my hubby would probably understand by now, lol).

The card base is an A6 portrait of Shimmery White card, matted with Champagne Foil (but see cheat tip below) and Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. A Layering Circle was die cut from Shimmery White card and a Swirly Scribbles circular frame was die cut from the centre of the Champagne Foil before assembling the layers (a great way to make the Foil go a little further). The frame was adhered direct over the circle, (trimming away any of the circle that would show through) and the layers were popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Basic Rhinestones were arranged in the shape of a “15” in the centre.

A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped direct on the inside of the card using Crumb Cake ink (to tone with the Champagne).

Here’s to many more happy years together sweetheart!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Painted Harvest gift box

After buying some tasty handmade chocolates as a gift for a friend (well, I had to buy a few extra to test that they were tasty, lol) I wanted a little gift box for packaging them, instead of the bag used by the shop. The new Mini Pizza Box fit the bill perfectly.

Before assembling the box, the sides of the base and the top of the lid were covered with Painted Autumn DSP. The sides of the lid were  stamped with a sentiment from Labels to Love in Cajun Craze ink. A Stitched Shapes circle was die cut from Soft sky card and layered onto a Layering Circle die cut from Cajun Craze card. These were popped up on the box lid with dimensionals. The Painted Harvest flower was stamped onto Whisper White card with Peekaboo Peach ink for the base flower, Cajun Craze ink for the shadowed flower layer and Daffodil Delight for the flower centre. This was then fussy cut out. The solid trio of leaves was stamped onto Whisper White card twice with Lemon Lime ink and then both were overstamped with the detailed leaf trio using Garden Green ink before punching out with the Leaf punch. The leaves were adhered behind the flower before popping it up in the centre of the circles with the dimensionals.

For tips on using the Mini Pizza Boxes, please consider following me on Facebook where I share very quick extra tips that don’t make it to this blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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Painted Harvest birthday card

My birthday cards at this time of year tend to be inspired by the autumn colour palette all around us.

But if I ever get a little stuck for which colours to put together, I can always “cheat” and look at the colour palettes that SU! use for their DSP! That’s what I did here.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Cajun Craze card matted with Painted Autumn DSP.  A Stitched Shapes circle was die cut from Whisper White card and layered onto a Layering Circle die cut from Cajun Craze card. These were popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The Painted Harvest flower was stamped onto Whisper White card with Peekaboo Peach ink for the base flower, Cajun Craze ink for the shadowed flower layer and Daffodil Delight for the flower centre. This was then fussy cut out. The solid trio of leaves was stamped onto Whisper White card twice with Lemon Lime ink and then both were overstamped with the detailed leaf trio using Garden Green ink, before punching out with the Leaf punch. The leaves were adhered behind the flower before popping it up in the centre of the circles with dimensionals. A strip of another design of paper from the same Painted Autumn DSP, was matted onto Cajun Craze card and adhered direct to the card front below the flower. A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Basic Black ink onto Whisper White card and die cut out with a Stitched Shape oval. This was popped up with dimensionals onto an Everyday Label punched from Cajun Craze card and then both layers were popped up on the card front, over the DSP strip.

On the Whisper White insert, another flower and leaves were stamped, as for the front of the card but this time, direct to the insert. Another sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was added with Cajun Craze ink.

The Cajun Craze petals look quite dark when first stamped but dry a little lighter, complementing the Peekaboo Peach very well.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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At Home birthday card

I’ve had the At Home With You bundle since the Annual catalogue came out but it has sat on the shelf because although I love all the different little elements to it, I thought it might be a bit time consuming. Do you ever do that? Am I the only one?

This week I finally made a start on it as I needed a card for my Dad and I wanted something a little bit special. It really wasn’t as time consuming as I thought it would be and I plan to stamp, die cut and colour in a few of the pieces and save them in the stamp box so that I can make a really quick card if needed in the future.

The door on the front swings open …

… to reveal a surprise.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Early Espresso. A layer of Sahara Sand was sponged with Cajun Craze ink through the brickwork Pattern Party Decorative Mask (not just for using with embossing paste) and a strip of Basic Grey card was adhered across the bottom. Using the At Home With You bundle, the door was stamped onto Wood Textures DSP with Early Espresso ink and die cut out and the windows were die cut from the upper part of the door. An outer door piece (without the swing open effect) was die cut from Whisper White card and stamped with the sentiment and gift in Basic Black. The Wood Texture door was adhered over the top of the Whisper White version and then adhered direct to the card front. Lanterns were stamped in Basic Black ink. The ornamental trees were inked with Basic Black for the planters and Garden Green for the shrubbery (I can’t say that without thinking of Monty Python lol). Happy Birthday signs were created for the door and a welcome mat was stamped with Early Espresso ink and die cut from Crumb Cake card. Markers were used to colour all the little elements, keeping to a palette of Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede and Smoky Slate. (I haven’t listed all the markers in the Supply List below but please comment if you want further details about them).

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Celebration Time was stamped in Early Espresso ink.

The little details really make for great scene building with this set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Seasonal Layers Anniversary card

Today is my in-laws wedding anniversary and so of course, a card was in order.

The Wood Textures DSP is ideal for die cutting the chairs from and there are so many different shades of wood to choose from, you’re bound to find one that works with your background.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Pool Party, matted with Soft Suede. On a layer of Shimmery White card a wash of Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Soft Sky inks were added with an Aquapainter and allowed to dry. A sentiment from Number of Years was stamped across the top of the painted background with Soft Suede ink. Three lawn chairs were die cut from Wood Textures DSP with Seasonal Layers Thinlits and one of them trimmed to create a table before adhering all three direct to the card front. The glass from Colorful Seasons was  stamped twice onto scraps of Whisper White card with Calypso Coral and die cut out with the co-ordinating framelits and two limes were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink and also die cut out. These were adhered direct to the card front, on top of the table. Shadows were added below the chairs and table with Smokey Slate and the Aquapainter.

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was added in Soft Suede ink.

The table just has the upper portion of the chair cut away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Merry Little Labelled Snowflake

I hope that you enjoyed our little Blog Hop spotlighting new products from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. Today I’m back to creating a Christmas card – always good to keep adding one or two a week so that it’s not such a big task in November.

This one has plenty of glamour and glitz but with the exception of heat embossing, it isn’t too technical. You could always stamp the main image on the from in black if heat embossing isn’t your thing.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Smoky Slate, matted with Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. A silver Foil Snowflake was adhered direct to the upper card front. Using Versamark ink, a sentiment from Merry Little Labels was stamped onto Whisper White card, heat embossed with Silver EP and die cut out with a Layering Oval. This was adhered direct to a slightly larger Layering Oval die cut from Gold Foil and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in Basic Black ink.

The Foil Snowflakes contain 12 Silver and 12 Gold snowflakes so you could switch the Gold and Silver around if you decide to do a batch of these.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Bath treat test tube

Welcome back to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.

The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Test Tubes.

The Test Tubes are in the Spooky Night suite section of the catalogue and here we’ve also used the Spooky Cat stamp set from the same suite, but the end product is far from Halloween scary. Our Test Tube is filled with bath salts and  by masking off the bubbles above the liquids and using pastel colours, we’ve made them look more like perfume or bubble bath bottles on the tag.

The frame from the Labels to Love set was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Pool Party ink. Archival Black ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set and also the outline bottles from the Spooky Cat set. Masking off the bubbles, the “liquids” for the bottles were stamped over the top with Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks. After punching out the tag with the Everyday Label punch, a hole was added to the top of the tag, then it was tied onto the Test Tube using Real Red Solid Ribbon and finished with a bow.

There’s still room on the back of the tag to write a message to “add to bath under running water” just so that the recipient isn’t in any doubt about the contents of the tube 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Anna Smith’s  Blog.

Sara xx

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Cat punch get well card

Welcome back to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Cat punch.

Those who watch The Big Bang Theory will get this card without any explanation, but for those who don’t – there’s a character in the programme (Sheldon) who likes to have “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty”, sang to him when he is ill, to comfort him and make him feel better. The lyrics of the song are split between the outside and inside of the card. When I first saw the Cat punch, this get well card design sprang into my mind and it’s one of those times when the card has come out just exactly like I wanted it to. The cat is actually an aperture in the upper layer and the face is stamped onto the lower layer but you could simply punch out a cat, stamp it and pop it up if you prefer. Luckily the Labeler Alphabet set lets me put together any sentiment I choose. The letters here were stamped individually so that I could squeeze them closer together. Memento Black ink was used throughout as it dries quicker and there’s less chance of smudging the sentiment as you go along.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pumpkin Pie, matted with Spooky Night DSP. A large scrap of Basic Black card was punched with the Cat punch, pushing it all the way to the edge in the punch (save the punched black cat for another project). Layering Ovals were used to die cut out the punched cat and a larger scalloped oval of Whisper White. The two ovals were just held loosely together to position and stamp the cat face from the Spooky Cat stamp set (available as a bundle with the Cat punch), through the aperture in Memento Black ink. To reduce bulk, the Whisper White oval was adhered direct to the front of the card and mini dimensionals were then used to pop the aperture oval up over the top. Using Memento Black ink, the sentiment was stamped along thin strips of Whisper White card using the Labeler Alphabet, cut to size and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, the rest of the song was stamped out, again with Memento Black ink and the Labeler Alphabet and the get well sentiment added below.

Tip – when stamping a long set of letters such as this, it’s good to have the words in front of you, either printed on paper or on a screen, because it’s easy to become “letter blind”.

I like the soft shadows created by the cat aperture. What do you think? Worth creating the aperture rather than punching a cat and popping it up?

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Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Valérie Perlin’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Jennifer Van Wart’s Blog.

Sara xx

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Crochet Trimmed Painted Harvest

Welcome again to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.
The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Vintage Crochet Trim.

The Vintage Crochet Trim may be part of our Halloween suite but it also works well for adding a dainty contrast to bold colours.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Flirty Flamingo. A wide panel of the same Flirty Flamingo card had a Layering Circle (a little larger than the Painted Harvest flower) die cut from the upper centre of the panel before running it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder. The Painted Harvest flower was stamped onto Whisper White card with Flirty Flamingo ink for the base flower (twice, offsetting the petals), Cherry Cobbler ink for the shadowed flower layer, Daffodil Delight for the flower centre and Memento Black for spots. This stamped piece was adhered direct to the card front, directly below where the Circle aperture would sit. Vintage Crochet Trim was adhered with Tear and Tape behind the embossed panel so that the Trim just peeks out. The panel was then popped up on the card front with dimensionals. A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped onto a small panel of Whisper White with Memento Black ink. More Vintage Crochet Trim was adhered all round the edges of the panel with Tear and Tape before popping it up on the card front. Some Black Rhinestone Jewels were added to the centre of the flower to finish.


On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set was stamped in Memento Black ink. The two sizes of the many petaled outline flowers were stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then the corresponding solid flowers were stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink.

The Black Rhinestones partner well with the Crochet Trim don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Joanne Cantrell’s  Blog.

Sara xx

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