Friday, 28 May 2010

Butterfly Garden!

Hello again!

Here's another card using some of the retiring colours.


The cardstock is Pale Plum and Taken With Teal, edged with the Scalloped Border Punch. The Greenhouse Garden flowers are stamped with Pretty In Pink and Rose Red (both of these are staying!) and then added a butterfly from the Flight Of The Butterfly set, which I punched out using the brilliant Butterfly punch. I ran a line of glue along the butterfly's body and stuck it to a punched circle of Whisper White and then a scalloped circle punched out of Taken With Teal.

It's quite an unusual colour combination, but I think it works well. What do you think?

Back soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

A Gift Card Holder

Hello! Come October, when the new Stampin' Up! Ideas Book and Catalogue comes out, there will be a total renovation of the current colour families. There will be lots of fantastic new colours that I know you'll love, but many of the colours that we have at the moment will go into splendid retirement.. I'm going to be taking the opportunity, then, to make the most of them while we still have them, so today's little project uses two of the colours that will be going.

This is a really sweet gift card holder. I know that many stores give a little wallet with their gift cards, but they can seem so same-y, and this makes the giving of a card so much more special.

The colours I've used are Brocade Blue and Taken With Teal, and I think the combination works really well. The flap of the card holder is stamped with the It's Beautiful Stampin' Around Wheel, using Brocade Blue ink. The sentiment comes from Oval All and I positioned it with the Stamp-A-Ma-Jig. Just make sure that you mark the position with the flap closed - I so nearly didn't and was about to stamp it too high before I realised what I was doing!

Here is the inside.


I should have photographed it the other way round, 'cause the lines are supposed to run horizontally. They come from the Live Your Dream set, and give a place for you to write your message on the card. The little flower is stamped from the A Beautiful Thing set, using Brocade Blue and Taken With Teal (I don't have this inkpad so used the Stampin' Write marker to ink up the stamp). I love the way this flower works with the Scalloped Circle punch. A punched out half-circle gives a useful finger-hold to remove the gift card - really annoying otherwise!

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.


Hugs,


Becki
xx

Friday, 21 May 2010

A Posy of Blooms

Hello again!

This is just a really simple card, but it uses a stamp set I love - "Greenhouse Garden". This is such a clever set, and so versatile. I'm a big fan of "Two-Step" stamping now, even though I couldn't quite picture how it would work before I tried it. Basically, you use two stamps to create one composite image. The first stamp is used with one colour to create the background of the image - in this case, the pale pink of the flowers - and then the second stamp, positioned with the Stamp-a-ma-jig, adds darker detailing, given a fabulously three-dimensional image.


For this card, I used Pretty In Pink and Rose Red inks, and stamped the image in the foreground first, before masking it off and stamping another flower overlapping the first. This one was also masked off (leaving the first mask in place) and then two more flowers stamped. Once the masks are removed you end up with the later images looking as if they sit behind the earlier ones, so easy but always so effective. A layer of Pretty In Pink cardstock and then a Whisper White "Love Note" for the card base and Bob's your uncle! (Actually, Bob's my brother-in-law, but that's a whole 'nother story!)

Thanks for looking. I hope you like the card.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Thursday, 20 May 2010

A Happy "Mistake"!

Have you had a chance to play with this stamp set yet? If not, you really need to get your hands on the fabulous "Trendy Trees" - it's just such great fun to use and perfect for all types of occasion.


For this card, I used the Stamp-a-ma-jig (what would I do without it now?) to stamp a row of little trees onto Whisper White cardstock, using Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip inks.I think these colours look gorgeous together, really vibrant. I masked off at the base of the trees with a piece of scrap paper and dabbed a line of Old Olive to give something to "ground" the trees and then matted onto Pumpkin Pie card. I wrapped a piece of Old Olive satin ribbon round the card and added the sentiment, stamped in Chocolate Chip onto Whisper White. The card base is Really Rust, and the top layers are matted onto it using Stampin' Dimensionals. Having done this, I thought there was still a little something needed to tie in the ribbon with the rest of the card. My first thought was brads, but I couldn't use these, as I'd already stuck the layer down. It's funny isn't it, how the most interesting discoveries are made through mistakes? I meant to punch out a strip of  - how can I describe this? - linked "o's" by punching the card with the scalloped border punch and then turning it round, matching the scallops up and punching the other side. A bit fiddly, but it is possible, 'cause I've done it before. This time, however, I didn't line the card up correctly for the second "punch" - and the result is the pretty decorative strip you can see next to the sentiment. I was so chuffed when I saw it, and it was just the finishing touch that the card needed. I hope you like it!

Thanks for looking. Back again soon with a simple "Greenhouse Garden" card.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Live Your Dream!

My legs ache!! Alan and I spent Sunday morning in the garden (first really sunny day for what seems like ages), he was stripping paint from a chair and I finally got chance to plant some potatoes. I've never grown them before and am trying to believe they will actually grow, but at least now they're in the ground and have a chance. And right on cue, in the evening the rain poured down, watering them in nicely.But now my legs ache dreadfully after all that digging...

I hope you like this card I made. It uses one of my new stamps, from the "Live Your Dream" set. I used Stampin' Write markers in Pumpkin Pie, Ruby Red and Old Olive to colour the stamp, before stamping it onto Whisper White cardstock. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped again in Pumpkin Pie ink. Using a foam dabber, I dabbed more Pumpkin Pie ink around the edges, then mounted the image onto Mellow Moss card, which I had edged with the Scallop edging punch. I layered the whole lot onto a Certainly Celery A6 card blank, but it looked like it was lacking something. I decided to scallop the leading edge of the card and added a strip of Pumpkin Pie card behind the scallops. This looked too harsh. Gently, I removed the strip of Pumpkin Pie card, and substituted it with a piece of Whisper White, dabbed with Pumpkin Pie ink. This gives a much softer effect, which I thought really suited the image and I love the way it looks now.

Thanks for looking!

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Saturday, 15 May 2010

A Beautiful Thing

I love this little card. I've been playing around with my Starter Kit and came up with this.


 Whenever I get a new stamp I always look to see if it will work with any of the punches I have (not as many as I would like to have!). I was thrilled when I realised that this little flower fits perfectly inside the Scalloped Circle punch, and with this simple two-colour technique I think the punch looks like another layer of petals.

I used So Saffron to ink up the background flower, then dabbed Pumpkin Pie around the edges, leaving a circle of the paler colour in the middle, and stamped it onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock. Then, using the Stamp-a-ma-jig, I positioned the central detail, which was also stamped in Pumpkin Pie. I punched out the flower and dabbed Pumpkin Pie around the edges again until I got the effect I was after. The sentiment is more Pumpkin Pie (what a gorgeous colour this is!), and I positioned it with the Stamp-a-ma-jig onto a Very Vanilla Love Note before adding the flower embellishment with Stampin' Dimensionals. Finally, I tied Very Vanilla gros-grain ribbon around the card. I still can't get used to the fact that my bows actually look nice now!

I hope you like it. Thanks for looking.

Back soon,

Becki
xx 

Friday, 14 May 2010

Beautiful Bows

Hello!

Well, I feel really pleased with myself. I don't know about you, but I had a real problem with tying bows. Not the type that you tie in your shoelaces, but the type that you put on your cards - the type that really need to look pretty. I have never been able to get my bows looking right, somehow, so I've tended to avoid them. Now I don't like being defeated by something as simple as a piece of ribbon (however gorgeous), so I've been practicing and practicing. And at last I feel confident enough to show you what I've achieved:


Isn't this lovely? The gorgeous little scrapbook was one of the projects at the recent training day that I went to (I'll post more photos of this another time). I did most of it on the day, but left the bow until I could really get it right.

A huge thanks to my Stampin' Up! upline, Bekka, for her patience with me and my bow incompetency at the training day - and thanks too to Stampin' Up! for the detailed instructions that I found on the demonstrators' side of their website. Here, with an acknowledgement that these instructions are from Stampin' Up! and not me, is how to produce a beautiful ribbon bow like this.

How to Tie a Classic Bow

This takes a little practice, but once you have it down, it’s quite simple. Note: Your finished bow will be upside down, so place your card or object with the top closest to you when you tie your bow.
  1. Start with your ribbon around your card or project with ends pointing away from you. 
  2. Cross left end over right end, wrap around, and pull through. Make sure to pull gently to avoid twisting or wrinkling your ribbon. Make two bunny ears with loops pointing away from you.
  3. Cross right bunny ear over left bunny ear, wrap around, and pull through. Pull bow gently, untwisting and arranging ribbon as needed.
  4. Trim ends. 
I hope this helps you as much as it helped me. I'm off to tie more bows! Back soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Eleven New Products Available Now!

Wow - Stampin' Up! are really spoiling you at the moment. They're rolling out a major renovation of the Stampin' Up! colour families when the new IBC comes out in October, but have decided to offer a taster of some of the gorgeous new colours that will be available RIGHT NOW! As always, the colours have the most enticing of names, (Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry and Soft Suede) but you just wait till you see them - they're amazing!! And the most delicious Designer Paper - and even polka dot ribbon!!! Oh, you're just going to love them!!!
Click on the flyer for a closer look. If you want to order any of this yummy new stash just get in touch with me - I can have your order delivered direct to your door.
Hugs,

Becki
xx

Monday, 10 May 2010

A Brand New Start!

Hello!! I'm so excited to share my news with you - I am now officially an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator!!!! Yes, my starter kit has arrived, and I'm so looking forward to sharing with you all the fun and creative satisfaction that the world of stamping can bring. I've been making cards for a few years now, and I've used many, many different makes of rubber stamps and I can tell you that I have never been as impressed by the quality of any range so much as the products that Stampin' Up! offers. No longer does stamping have to be something you practice, practice, practice, having to put up with hit-and-miss results and telling yourself, "well, it's handmade, so it's supposed to look a bit, erm, rustic," - with Stampin' Up!'s stamps you WILL get fantastic results each and every time you use them. They are just amazing!

Stampin' Up! has two catalogues out in the UK at the moment. The first, which is around until the end of September, is the fantastic Ideas Book and Catalogue. Click here to browse through it.


We also have this fab Mini Catalogue - you should see the stuff that's in this one! Some amazing new stamps, and I can't even begin to tell you how beautiful the new Shimmer Paint is. This catalogue remains current until 30th September 2009. Some of what's in it will stay on when the new Ideas Book and Catalogue comes out in October, but only some of it - and we don't know which bits yet. So, if you don't want to miss out (and believe me, you won't want to), contact me SOON to place your order! Click here to be taken straight to this magical new world of crafty gorgeousness.

I'm currently planning my first Stampin' Up events, and they're going to be great fun, I promise you. Watch this space for more information.

I'm so excited about this new venture and I promise you, you will be too! Back soon.

Hugs,

Becki
xx