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Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Sneak Peak - Number 5

Well I had a day off yesterday as it was the first day of the school holidays and I was recovering from my birthday.

I started my birthday by getting up first and I wasn't allowed in the fridge so couldn't even make myself a cup of tea however this was soon made up for by breakfast - Bucks Fizz and smoked salmon and then we had friends round in the afternoon - even more fizz consumed.

While I was away in Alford on Saturday, my lovely husband spend the day looking after the boys and manged to bake aswell. I actually got 2 birthday cakes - maybe I should go away more often!

He made a Coffee Chocolate Cake which not only looked amazing (check the professional icing) but tasted heavenly too.

The second cake was as requested - I said I would like a fun cake but had to be chocolate.

David did ask me during the week if I liked Jaffa Cakes but i did not twig at all. I have only started to eat chocolate again after giving it up for New Year when I was 17!

So here is the MEGA JAFFA CAKE.

Inside - just looks like a Jaffa cake and tasted like one too!

Anyway back to today's sneak peak from the New Mini Catalogue. If you joined in the blog hop I hope that you like seeing all the fabulous creations as much as I did - so much inspiration.

The inspiration for this card was from the back of last year's Idea Book and Catalogue. I loved the pleating effect and needed to try it. I like to be precise (as many of my friends know!) so worked out the measurements to get it even.

These are the new Night and Day papers and are only available until September. There is also no stamping involved!

Cardstock: Basic Black, Regal Rose
DSP: Night and Day
Accessories: Cherished Memories rub ons, 1" circle punch, 11/4" circle punch, Regal Rose 5/8" grosgrain ribbon

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Sunday, 28 March 2010

Mini Catalogue Blog Hop

Hurray - not only is it my birthday today but I am taking part in a Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue Blog Hop!

you for hopping over from Shaz's blog.

Today this blog is linked to 15 other Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' blogs and we aim to show you some fab projects made with products from the New Mini Catalogue launching on April 1st and available until 30th September 2010. If you would like a free copy of the Mini Catalogue then contact me.

I decided to showcase a really cute set of stamps called Fox and Friends. There are 7 stamps in this set for £14.95. I have tried to show you a project using each stamp but I was having so much fun that the only stamp I didn't get round to using was a little tortoise stamp. I plan to show you a project with that over the next couple of days so come back and visit.

Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, Trendy Trees
Cardstock: Natural Ivory, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Really Rust, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip
Stamp 'n' write: Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Sweet Pea DSP. Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon, linen thread, crystal effects, Stampamajig, dimensionals

The next card is a spinner card and I think that it looks like the cute monkey is swinging through the jungle!

Cardstock: Natural Ivory, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: NEW Extra large 2 step bird punch, 2 way glue, dimensionals

Stamp Sets: Fox and Friends, NEW Tiny Tags
Cardstock: Whisper White (splattered backgroud with ink with aqua-painter), Tempting Turquoise
Ink: Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: NEW Sweet Treat Cups, NEW Medium jewelry tag, Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon, silver brads, 13/4" circle punch, silver cord

A tiny box for putting a pair of baby socks in as a gift for a newborn, measures 1 1/2" square by 2" high.

Cardstock: Pretty in Pink, Creamy Caramel
Ink: Pretty in Pink
Accessories: Creamy Caramel gingham ribbon, Scallop edge punch, paper snips, dimensionals, sticky strip

This bookmark almost didn't make it to being photographed as my boys all wanted it so looks like I will have to make 3 more!

Cardstock: Whisper White, More Mustard
Ink: More Mustard
Stamp 'n' write: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: More Mustard grosgrain ribbon
Other: Jumbo paper clip

To hop to the next blog - just click here to visit Carolyn and she her creations with new products from the Mini Catalogue.

There are another 2 blog hops going on today so to hop on those visit In Love with Stamping Forum.

Thanks for stopping by and dont forget to enter my birthday blog candy.

Happy Stampin'



Saturday, 27 March 2010

Mini Catalogue - Sneak Peak Number 3

This new set is called Bird on a Branch. The photo was taken in bad light so it does look better in real life. I have brayered the background and cut a circle from a post it note to make a mask for the sun.

Stamps: Bird on a Branch
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Pale Plum, Perfect Plum, Black Staz On
Accessories: Brayer, Stampamajig

I am off to Alford for the day and have been looking forward to it since i booked and what makes it even better is that there is no snow! The sun is shining so hopefully my hubbie will have fun with the boys and is also baking my birthday cake.

Dont forget to come back tomorrow for the Mini Catalogue Blog Hop when so you will able to see lots of gorgeous creations from the NEW MINI CATALOGUE.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Friday, 26 March 2010

Funky Friday - Sneak Peak Number 2

5 days to go to the launch of the Mini Catalogue.

This weeks Funky Friday Challenge was for "anything but a card".

This is mine. It is one of the Stampin' Up cute art journals. I demonstrated this at the recent Glasgow Demonstrator Training and uses one of the NEW sets from the mini catalogue.

VINTAGE VOGUE and it has a co-ordinating jumbo wheel. I do like things to match and the wheel is so beautiful for backgrounds or the main element of a card. A couple of the stamps have words on them so be careful which way you put them on.

Stamps: Vintage Vogue, Very Vintage Wheel
Cardstock: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Old Olive, Whisper White Craft
Accessories: Spiral Punch, Elegant Eggplant grosgrain ribbon, Paper Snips, Stampamajig, Ice Circle Rhinestone Brads, Round tab punch, On board batch of blossoms chipboard, Frost White Shimmer Paint

Close up of Shimmer paint - hope you can see the effect

The Old Olive strip at the edge has a faux suede effect made by breaking the fibres of the cardstock with a bone folder (use as if you were curling ribbon) until the card begins to split, then you just separate carefully and you get 2 pieces for the price of 1!

If you would like to receive your FREE copy of the New Mini Catalgoue, please get in touch.

Check out the Funky Friday Challenge Blog - here - to see what the rest of the design team did. It would be great if you could play along too.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Thursday, 25 March 2010

Mini Catalogue Sneak Peak - Number 1

The New Mini Catalogue launches on 1st April so i am on the countdown - 6 days to go.

I would like to share a card I designed using one of the brand news sets. This is exclusive to the UK and Europe markets at the moment - the US dont have it yet and is such a cute set. In addition, there are some other products available that co-ordinate perfectly.

Stamps: My Sweet Pea, Hello Again
Cardstock: Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie, Taken with Teal, Old Olive
Stamp 'n' write markers: Chocoate Chip, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive
DSP: Sweet Pea (brand new in the Mini Catalogue)
Accessories: Paper Snips, Stampamajig, Eart Elements brads

If you would like to receive your FREE copy of the New Mini Catalgoue, please get in touch.

If you would like to host a workshop and see even more NEW goodies I have a few dates left for April and May. If you host a workshop there are lots of benefits such as free stamp sets and free merchandise from the catalgoues. If you would like to know more contact me.

Dont forget to come back tomorrow for the Funky Friday Challenge and on Sunday 28th I am celebrating my birthday by taking part in a Mini Catalogue blog hop so you will able to see LOADS of gorgeous creations from the NEW MINI CATALOGUE. (Can you tell I am excited?)

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Friday, 19 March 2010

Hurray - the end of the week and Funky Friday

Been so looking forward to the end of this week and it has got better. Looking forward to a girlie lunch in town with some chums, hopefully wont be a late night.

This weeks's challenge is a colour combination:

I decided to do a little gift box this week:

Stamps: One of a Kind
Cardstock: Close to Cocoa, Barely Banana, Whisper White
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pink Gingham ribbon, Boho Blossoms punch, Scallop Edge Punch, Silver brads, sticky strip

Funky Friday is celebrating their 50th Challenge with some blog candy - here - If you'd like to be in with a chance of winning our gorgeous candy then all you need to do is join in this weeks challenge and leave us a link with mr linky!

What makes to day even better is that it is PIE FRIDAY.

I am also celebrating my first whole year as a Stampin' Up Demonstrator so check back over the weekend and I will have some blog candy up for grabs too!

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Monday, 15 March 2010

Easter Egg Treat Bag

These were my swaps for the training day in Glasgow on Saturday.

Stamps: Forest Friends
Cardstock: Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pretty in Pink or Bashful Blue
Accessories: Striped grosgrain ribbon, scallop circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, cropodile

May do a tutorial on them as they are really easy to make and there is no glue involved in the actual construction.

It was quite a tiring day but at least I had Kara and Dawn in the car to keep me amused.

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Stampin'


Friday, 12 March 2010

Funky Friday Challenge Time

Hurray Friday again. This week has flown past. I am off later tonight to Glasgow for a Stampin' Up training day. What a laugh we will have driving down. Just hope I dont forget anything for tomorrow.

This week is a sketch challene:

This is an A4 card as I was commissioned to made a birthday card large enough for 100 people to sign!

Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Happy Everything
Cardstock: Basic Grey, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal
Ink: Basic Grey, Sage Shadow, Apricot Appeal
DSP: Nouveau Chic
Accessories: Rhinestone Brad, Boho blossom punch, pretties kit

Click here to see what the rest of the design team came up with and dont forget to join in the fun.

Will post on my return what I made for swapping and my demo choice item.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Friday, 5 March 2010

Friday again - how did that happen!

Bit late poating this today as my hibby as every other Friday off and this day is now known as Pie Friday. We get a treat from the local baker of there Steak Pies which are delicious. Also we took a trip to Costco. Met up with Kirsti to drop off her order and Susan's too. It was great to catch up and have a free coffee included.

This week we have a theme set by Abi:

Here is my offering this week. I have just got a fab photo cube with lights so hope my piccie is better this week.

Stamps: Flight of a Butterfly
Cardstock: Gable Green, Only Orange, Glorious Green
Ink: Apricot Pink Passion, Green Galore
DSP: Kaleidoscope
Accessories: Boho blossom punch, Crystal Effects

Click here to see what the rest of the design team came up with and dont forget to join in the fun.

Have a really busy week coming up as I am off to Glasgow next Friday night for Training the next day.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'


Monday, 1 March 2010

What a Pair!

What a perfect start to March - a fab offer from Stampin' Up!

Dates: 1-31 March 2010

Promotion details:

Buy a qualifying stamp set and receive the coordinating punch for 20 percent off! Plus, be the first to purchase the brand-new Full Heart punch - now available in the United Kingdom for one month only (or while supplies last)!

Qualifying stamp sets and punches are listed as follows:

Click on the flyer on the right hand side for more details.

*The Full Heart punch will not be available again until the 2010-2011 Idea Book & Catalogue.

**Full Heart punch can be purchased separately for the full price.

There is no limit to the number of coordinating stamp sets and discounted punches you may purchase. For every qualified stamp set you purchase, you can get one coordinating punch at 20 percent off.

If you would like to order anything from this promotion, please contact me.

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy Stampin'