Wednesday, 27 January 2010

As promised....

Hello everyone
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As promised on my last post, I am showing you a close up of the Passion Pink birthday card made with the Love You Much set. Although this set is great for Valentines, it is also wonderful for projects throughout the year - share love with all those around you!

These little hearts are made using the Heart to Heart punch and the Bride Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! This Bride paper is more like a cardstock. It comes in white, but you can colour it by applying any of the SU! inks with a dauber or brayer. Because the swirly pattern resists the ink, you end up with this beautiful design. The lines and mini hearts are just doodled on with a white gel pen. (If you missed the last post, scroll down to see the whole card!)
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Another completely different card made with the same set is this next birthday card. Created by stamping the heart four times and cutting out to create a big bold flower design.

Notice the hearts on the envelope? They are made using the Hearts O'Plenty SU! wheel - so simple but so effective as a background or part of the design. The clear button is placed over a punched circle of designer paper and secured with linen thread.
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Now a couple of things that I use for my workshops and classes. A while ago I made a wipes and tissues box, so everyone can keep neat and pretty while we stamp! It had become a bit battered, so time for a new one. I decorated a box using those Heart to Heart punchies again! The opening is a little wide striped ribbon secured with a pretties kit brad.
The next item is my much loved Stampin' Scrub. If you have never heard of one, they are a wonderful rubber stamp cleaner. A quick wet and dry rub and your stamps are perfect and ready to put away in their box.
I decided to use some white SU! rub-ons to make the outside a bit prettier. I confess I am not very good at rub ons - but these went on very well and I love the effect.



So I thought I would end with a splash of colour. I am going to be teaching a Babywipe Technique at my upcoming classes, (shhh don't tell - they don't know yet)! After I finished my sample project, I couldn't stop stamping with the wonderful mixture of Rose Red, So Saffron and Certainly Celery inks!
I had a pile of images and sentiments on my desk, so decided to have a go at an Easel card - my first attempt. I did it without measurements, so I am not sure if it is right - but I have put it up in my craft room and it makes me smile - which is what stamping is all about after all!

I hope you like the projects. Those workshop items will be in heavy use with three workshops and three classes over the next few days - so forgive me if I don't blog until my head stops spinning! Thanks for all your recent comments - they always make my day!

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop



Hello Everyone - and a special welcome to those joining me from the lovely AuroraDawn's blog! *waves*
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Today I am taking part in the ILWS Sale-A-Bration Blog Hop! At the end of this post, you can click to see the next blog - all of which will be featuring projects made with the wonderful Sale-A-Bration stamp sets that you can receive FREE during January and February.
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Click here to see how you can recieve one or more of these gorgeous stamp sets.
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As regular visitors to my blog will know, the Sale-A-Bration sets have not been off my craft desk since the order arrived. They are so versatile; I am really enjoying stamping with them.
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The first project I am going to share features Good Neighbours. Such a sweet set - it has 3 roofs and 3 houses to put together any way you choose, 3 trees and a cloud image. This is one of the projects I made with it.

My next card is made using one of the stamps from the Happy Moments Sale-A-Bration set. All the images in this set are great for colouring - here I have used Stampin' Write markers.

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I made faux brads to accessorise this card by punching circles of Old Olive cardstock with a 1/4" punch, then topped them with Crystal Effects to get a glossy finish. The border is made with the SU! Eyelet punch and I also used the scallop square punch for the images. The sentiment stamp is from another Sale-A-Bration set called Whimsical Words, which has 6 great sentiments.

As we are approaching Valentines Day, I am going to end this post with a card made using the Hearts O'Plenty wheel and the Love You Much stamp set from Stampin' Up! This set, while being perfect for Valentines Day, is great for all sorts of cards to take you through the year. You will see, I have used one of the tiny greeting that you get in the Happy Moments Sale-A-Bration set.

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I have been making a selection for an upcoming workshop and my February classes. On my next blog post, I will give you a close up of this one and some details on how it was made and share some of the other Love You Much projects. I will post during this week - do visit again!

Thank you for visiting Elizabeth's Craft Room today. Do click here to go to the next blog in the Sale-A-Bration blog hop, Helen's Visual Diary of a Virgin Blogger. See you next time.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

More Projects to Share

Hello Everyone
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Well the one thing the snow has done is kept me in my craft room - so lots more projects coming up! We have had a thaw now and the sun is shining.
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My first two projects are especially made for Julie, who has just bought the wonderful Flight of a Butterfly set, the matching punch and some vellum cardstock - which works so well with those butterflies. Of course with the Sale a Bration promotion, Julie also got a free stamp set Happy Moments, which has those fab flowers that I used for the background.
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The base card is made in Pretty in Pink cardstock, layered with Lovely Lilac and the images are stamped in Rose Red ink. The flowers are watercoloured using Pretty in Pink and Rose Red ink, and the butterflies are punched and layered with a punched layer of vellum, joined with gold elastic to for the antenae.
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The 'for you' sentiment also comes from Happy Moments. I just inked the edge of the butterfly stamp, so there was a clear space to stamp the sentiment in the middle.
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The next one is another idea with the same supplies.
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This is a card cut at 3.5X3.5 inches in both Lovely Lilac cardstock and vellum cardstock.
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Next I punched the butterfly shape in the vellum. By layering the vellum over the cardstock, I gently marked the location of the butterfly with a pencil and used this mark as a guide when stamping the butterfly outline using Rose Red ink on the lilac card. (I rubbed out my pencil marks once the ink was dry).
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I stamped a few of the small butterflies on the inside layer and then stamped two on Whisper White cardstock and hand cut them for the outside. The 'thank you' sentiment from Happy Moments was stamped on the vellum and allowed to dry. (Stazon ink will dry quickly, but waterbased inks take a little longer on Vellum.
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Two quite different effects with the same goodies. I look forward to seeing what other ideas Julie comes up with. Happy stamping Julie! :D
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Next I am going to share a little project I made with the Birdcage image - also from Happy Moments, (this set hasn't made it off my desk and into my cupboard yet! LOL)


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The little cards are each made at 3.5X3.5 inches square. I used the Bella Toile background stamp in Chocolate Chip on Blush Blossom to make some backgound paper. I find Blush Blossom is a lovely soft colour to work with and it goes well with the Choc Chip and Creamy Caramel that I used to layer these cards.



















I used my tag punch to make this little card. The top is tied with gingham ribbon and linen thread - all from Stampin' Up!




This one has five embossed dots made using a crop a dile with the mat pack - then coloured with a dauber to make them pop. I finished with the stitched grossgrain ribbon in Chocolate Chip.








The box is finished using the Eyelet Border Punch. (You can see that bit better on the picture at the top). I also stamped the box lid with Chocolate Chip ink and that Bella Toile stamp - it gives a lovely subtle effect when you use the same colour as the cardstock. The Happiness Always sentiment is another one from the Sale a Bration stamp set choices. Click here to see how you can get yours for free!




I want to end by saying thank you to all you wonderful people who leave comments on my blog. I love to read them and really appreciate you taking the time to leave a message. Thank you! X

Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Snow, snow go away!

Hello everyone

We can't cope with snow in the south of England! My new class in Twyford today had to be postponed. I had booked leave from my day job, so decided to do some more crafting and make the most of another snow day.
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First I am going to share a card I did for the Inspiring Inkin' Challenge. This challenge runs every fortnight and this is the first time I have joined in - but not the last. This time we had to create a card using the chalkboard technique.
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I used white craft ink with the lovely medallion stamp on elegant eggplant cardstock, then added Stampin' Pastels to add vibrant colour to the design. The frame and sentiment come from Vintage Labels, which is one of the Sale a Bration sets you can get free at the moment.
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Next I made such a cute project. My lovely sister Maria gave me a USB Christmas tree which I have had on my desk. It changes colour and is very cheerful and didn't want to put it away with the decorations. Instead of celebrating Christmas all year, I carefully removed the little tree and made a vellum and cardstock box to go over the light.

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I used my SU! butterfly and heart punch and stamped vellum to go inside the punched holes. I scored the vellum for the top and added some of punched hearts to decorate. When it changes colour it looks so pretty! Now I have my desk ornament all year.
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I did also promise to show you more projects that I made over the weekend. With Valentines day coming up, I have been playing with the Love You Much stamp set. I really think I will be using lost of the images from this one all year. The little birds and hearts are so gorgeous.

As you can see I made three little 3.5 X 3.5 inch cards and stamped the envelopes using the Hearts o Plenty wheel, which is so sweet. Here are the close ups - the first is using the striped grossgrain ribbon in real red. It works very well with the layered border punch doesn't it?





The next one has that oh-so-cute love birds stamp. I love that the 3 heart punch matches the heart stamps that come with the set, so it makes doing the little hearts very easy. This ribbon is my favourite of all the Stampin' Up! ribbons. It is a wide striped ribbon that is soft and easy to tie.

The final card couldn't be more simple. Just the love stamp on Whisper White, layered on Real Red cardstock with more of that striped grossgrain ribbon. You can see clearly on this picture how sweet that hearts wheel image is.
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Well I had better stop now - although I still have more projects to share! I am on a roll at the minute. Hope you like - and why not have a go at the Inspirin' Inkin' Challenge. I'd love to see what you come up with.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Sale a Bration Samples!

Happy Snow Day Everyone!
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Sadly, the snow means that my quarterly Stampin' Up! training with my team was cancelled today, but on the bright side I had time to play with all the goodies that arrived the other day.
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Here are some of the cards and sets I made in my craft room today. First a card using one of the images from Happy Moments, one of the fabulous new stamp sets you can get FREE during January and February. Check out my Stampin' Up! blog here for more details.



I am just loving the colour combination of Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel. I also used it on the next card, where I used the gorgeous medallion background layered up with the cake image from Happy Moments and one of the 8 sentiments from Whimsical Words, (another set you can get for FREE during Sale a Bration!) I added a bit of sparkle to to cake with dazzling diamonds and attached a bow in chocolate chip grossgrain ribbon.

Now for something brighter! I have recently decided I love Passion Pink so made three little cards, once again using the Happy Moments set and the Good Neighbours set, which comprises three little houses, three separate roofs, three trees and the clouds.


How cute are these images? I just adore them, especially the houses.
I am going to leave you with a sneaky peek at all the projects I made today. I will show you some close ups later on.



Keep warm and thanks for visiting.