Monday, 9 March 2009

The Mini has arrived!

Stampin' Up's! first European mini catalogue has arrived and its gorgeous, I want it all! The catalogue runs from April 1st to September 30th. Place your pre-order with me by emailing me at, all orders received before the 1st April will be placed in a draw to win a stamp set of their choice from the mini catalogue. Anyone who places and order over £50 will receive free postage. All other mini pre-orders will have the flat rate of £3.95 for postage. Want to have your own copy of the mini? email me now and I'll send you one. Check back to see some samples in the next few weeks.

Nap Time

Today's card uses a Penny Black stamp called Nap Time. The image was stamped with black stazon and coloured using Stampin pastels. The brads are from the soft subtles collection and the background paper is from the Petals and Paisley collection.
Stamps: Cheer & Wishes, Nap time from Penny Black
Cardstock/Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery and Petals and Paisley Designer paper
Accessories: Stampin Pastels, Soft Subtle brads in Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery.

Friday, 6 March 2009

Daisy daisy.. least I think it looks like a daisy. This card was made using the Organic Grace set, which you can earn as a level 1 hostess set. The fern leaves were stamped first, positioned using the stamp-a-ma-jig. I then stamped three flowers on a piece of separate whisper white white. The middles are coloured with a so saffron marker and the edges water coloured with barley banana, this is hard to see on the photo though. I then cut the flowers out and placed them on the card using stampin dimensionals. I love the way that they just fit together so well.

  • Stamps: Organic Grace, Cheer & Wishes
  • Cardstock: Whisper White, So Saffron & Always Artichoke
  • Ink: Black Stazon, Always Artichoke, So Saffron, Barley Banana marker
  • Accessories: stampin dimensionals

Thursday, 5 March 2009

One design, two cards

These two cards were both done using the Organic Grace set which is a level 1 hostess set. I wanted to try out some different background ideas. The top card was done by stamping the cow parsley image in Versamark and heat embossing with clear powder. I then chalked over the image in night of navy chalk to create the soft background. This didn't show up to well on the camera so I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamped over the images in black stazon to highlight them. The second card was started in the same way but the background was created using the brayer and bashful blue ink, which seems to have gone very dark. Both card were finished off with rub-ons from the Cherished Memories collection. Although it didn't turn out exactly as I planned I prefer the chalked card.
  • Stamps: Organic Grace
  • Paper/Cardstock: Whisper White and Old Olive
  • Ink: Versamark and black stazon, bashful blue
  • Accessories: Stamp-a-ma-jig, heat embosser, clear embossing powder, brayer, stampin pastels, Chersished memories rub-ons, corner rounder punch

Tuesday, 3 March 2009

Get on board with Chipboard!

During 1st March to 31st of March Stampin' up! is offering 25% off all chipboard selections. This means selections on page 78 are:

  • Batch of Blooms 113658 was £11.75 , march price £8.81
  • Lots of letters 113657 was £10.25, march price £7.69

The retired selections on page 94 are still available while stocks last:

  • Blossoms & Basics 109978 was £11.75, march price £8.81
  • Lots of Letters 109980 was £10.25, march price £7.69

Chipboard is a very versatile product, you can:

  • paint it

  • stamp on it

  • cover it in glitter

  • heat emboss on it

  • cover it in designer paper

  • layer it

  • alter its shape

  • leave it naked...

Over the next couple of weeks I will be showing a variety of projects using chipboard so check back for ideas. If you wish to order any of these products contact me on