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Saturday, 31 May 2014

Catalogue Countdown Day 2

So far, so Good ... Day 2 of my personal challenge to post a card a day until the new Stampin Up! Catalogue 2014/15 Launch

And my card for today, is a Fathers Day Card. I do not find it easy to make cards for men, so I always pat myself on the back when one comes out OK. I used a combination of 2 stamp sets to achieve this look - the motorbike stamp in the Rev Up The Fun stamp set, coupled with the World Map background stamp.

I have used a monochrome colour scheme as it seems more masculine to me. The motorbike image was stamped in Sahara Sand ink and the World Map was stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

The sentiment was punched using the Decorative Label punch, with 2 more labels punched in Chocolate Chip cardstock to make the layered frame. Linen thread and Naturals Designer Buttons finished the look

Friday, 30 May 2014

Countdown to the New Catalogue Day One

There is just over a month before the new Stampin Up Catalogue is published and I cannot wait. To keep me going, I have given myself a challenge, and that is to post a card a day over the next month so you can see some of my favourite stamp sets, and hope you share my passion, and since the retiring stamp & accessory list is not yet available, any of the stamp sets I will be using will be at risk of going!

I will also be adding in the odd few stamp sets that have retired in past years, but are so much a part of me and my style, that I cannot sell them or leave them on the shelf unused. But I will be changing them up to show current trends in colours, styles and techniques ... at least that is the aim!

So here comes the first card make:

Creative Elements handmade card
Images copyright @ Stampin Up! 2013; Card Design copyright @ stampin up at the warren

As a Vintage girl at heart, I LOVE anything that can be made to have a vintage feel. Here I have used the Creative Elements card by using black Stazon ink pad to stamp the various images onto Crumb Cake cardstock. Colour has been added using stamping sponges in So Saffron and Crisp Cantaloupe ink. The sentiment has been stamped onto Whisper White cardsctock and sponged in the same coloures and die cut using the Apothecary Accents Framelit Die, and the 'Create' sentiment has been treated in the same way and die cut using the Ticket punch, and the Elegant Butterfly punch was used for the butterfly. The Main floral image was over stamped using white stazon to create added depth. The card was then embellished with linen threat and Very Vintage Designer Buttons.

A very popular card with my customers

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Thursday, 29 May 2014

Telford Regional Swaps 2014

Okay, Okay, I'm a bit late posting this, but we have SO much going on here at the Warren. One of our sons is getting married June 13th and I have the bride & Bridesmaid dresses to finish the final alterations (yes, I am a seastress as well!), we have buildings works going on in a race to finish the stabling and padocks for the homecoming of our new baby pygmy goats. They will be joining the rest of the menagerie! 2 dogs, 11 chickens, 50'ish purebred rabbits, 40'ish Cavies (guinea pigs), plus the grandchildren ... and and and!

My paper crafting is my way of zoning out and getting some 'me' time and enjoy the company of our class attendees. We have met so many lovely people through being Independent Stampin Up Demonstrators. My upline and co-team members have become amazing friends, and the atmosphere at Telford was electric! Taking the step of faith to join SU was one of the most right things I have done in my career and fills the void of having taken early retirement as a Lead Cancer Nurse in 2012,

Anyway, getting back on track, here is my Telford Swap. I went with a red faux leather wallet made from cardstock. Why red? Well I had a stack of Real Red cardstock left from a wedding order, and thought I would give it a go ... and I was really pleased with the end result. I included a small window pocket for a small photo or business card.

To make this project you require the following:

1 x piece of Real Red cardstock measuring 22.5 x 13.5cms
1 x piece of Designer Series Paper (DSP) measuring 22 x 13cms
2 x pieces of Real Red cardstock measuring 7 x 6cms
1 x piece of Very Vanilla Cardstock measuring 10 x 7cms
Window Sheet (acetate)
Soft Suede & Sahara Sand Ink Pads
Stampin Sponges
Versamark Ink Pad (plus refill)
Clear Embossing Powder
Sticky Strip & Stampin Dimensionals
Stampin Spritzer
Heat Tool
Silicone Craft Sheet
Ovals Framelits
Big Shot (optional)
Simply Scored Board with metric plate
Sewing Machine (or piercing tool with hand sewing needle and thread)
Stamp Sets - Teeny Tiny Sentiments & Lovely Romance
Punches - word window, modern label, corner rounder

  1. Round all corners of the largest piece of cardstock and the DSP
  2. Spritz all pieces of cardstock, scrunch in your hand, and repeat until you are happy with the 'weathered' look of the cardstock. Flatten under a heavy book or run it through your Big Shot. Allow to dry.
  3. Once the cardstock is dry, lightly sponge one side of the cardstock using Soft Suede ink, allowing to dry and repeat until you are happy with the effect. Apply a little more sponging to the edges/corners of the cardstock for a realistic effect. Allow the ink to dry.
  4. You need a really juicy Versamark ink pad, for this technique, so make sure you top up your ink pad with the refill. You do need to ensure the cardstock and ink are dry before proceeding the this step or you will damage your versamark ink pad.
  5. Cover the sponged side of the cardstock with the versamark ink, apply clear embossing powder. Set with the heat tool. You will need to repeat this step several times until you have a nice glossy finish.
  6. Next you need to sew the cardstock to the DSP (and please make sure you have the glossy side of the cardstock on the outside .... I ruined one purse by sewing the glossy side to the inside!! grrr). If you do not have a sewing machine, just pierce holes all around the outside of the 2 layers, and use a needle and thread to sew around the edges. 
  7. Repeat the above technique with the 2 smaller pieces of Real Red cardstock (this will be the concertina folds at the sides of the wallet).
  8. Now you need to get out your scoring tool with the metric plate, and score the stitched wallet at 7.5cms & 15cms, burnish the folds.
  9. next you need to score the 2 smaller pieces of Real Red cardstock; with the shorter side at the top, score at 1,2,3,4 & 5cms. Fold into mountain and valley folds to create a concertina. Apply sticky strip the each of the edges and attach the concertina to one end of the sewn cardstock, and roll the cardstock to allow you to attach the opposite edge of the concertina's to the larger piece of cardstock to make the purse section of the wallet. (make sure you have the DSP on the inside of the of the wallet).
  10. Make a frame using the Very Vanilla piece of cardstock and the Oval framelits), stamp the frame using Lovely Romance stamp set in Sahara Sand ink, and attach a piece of window sheet to the back of the frame using sticky strip. Attach sticky strip to 3 sides of the window sheet to make a photo/business card pocket. Attach.

I have also made these slightly larger to take some note cards to give as Hostess Gifts - it is a great WOW project too!

You could also use the wallet as a business card holder.

I also added a sentiment attached to punched labels, but you can omit this if your wish. I also finished my swaps with a piece of Real Red 1/8" taffeta ribbon.

If you would like to replicate this project, you can order all the supplies 24/7 via my website 

You can also contact me via:
Text: 07759587004
Phone: 08432896848
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Oh ... and here is a picture of our baby goats ... SO excited