Thursday, September 15, 2011

More Owling About

I'm still having a little fun with the Owl Builder punch.  This card is a little more straightforward than the last two - no tricks, no fancy stuff, just the owl as he was meant to be.

I have also discovered a colour scheme I'm particularly happy with :-)  Look how pretty Pool Party and Island Indigo are with Poppy Parade!  Fresh and clean and just downright happy!

Images © 1990-2011 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Stamps: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Ink: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Chocolate Chip
 Other:1-3/4" Circle Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Large Oval Punch, Word Window Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder

Monday, September 12, 2011

Welcome Sheep

Every time I look at this little guy's face, I have to smile :-)

Further to my post the other day about cranking out a few ideas with my owl punch, I came across this little gem.  Too easy!  The sheep took about five minutes to make (well, possibly six by the time I glued the teeny-tiny pupils onto the eyes), then another half an hour to decide on his background.

Images © 1990-2011 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Ink: Marina Mist
Cardstock: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, Whisper White, Basic Black
 Other: 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Word Window Punch, Boho  Blossoms Punch, Marina Mist 1/4" Grosgrain Ribbon, Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Crimper

Friday, September 9, 2011

Owl Love :-)

The other day I realised that my Owl Punch hadn't been getting much love lately, so out it came for a play.  After a bit of a look around on the web I felt inspired enough to make this little beauty ... I love it so much, just wish I'd thought of it independently *g*.

The original inspiration is here ... you can see that I've tweaked the idea a little.  The "sky" layer is a piece of Pink Pirouette cardstock, which I sponged in layers using Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait and Melon Mambo ink in an effort to replicate an evening sky.  The card itself came out a very vibrant and warm colour which doesn't really come through in these photographs.

I used the "inlaid embossing" technique to embed the word into the top layer - I always get a buzz out of seeing how it ends up looking almost like it was printed directly onto the cardstock.  The large large heart from the Heart To Heart punch fits well in place of the "v" as you can see.

I'm loving the Timeless Type Sizzix alphabet - it's exactly the right size to use for short words on a cardfront.

Images © 1990-2011 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Ink: Pink Pirouette, Peach Parfait, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Basic Black, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette
 Other: 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, Owl Builder Punch, Bird Builder Punch, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Sizzlit Dies, Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Heart to Heart

Just something I whipped up the other day.

I tore some pages out of a secondhand book on music history I picked up for just such a purpose many years ago, and over-stamped and sponged them in Cherry Cobbler ink to tie the layers together.

The beauty of using layers like this is that you can use them to hide mistakes, like the one you can't see here - in the original design, two hearts (punched out of the book pages) were stuck directly to the gray layer.  However, the paper was pretty flimsy and once the glue was on them they pretty much decided what they were going to do, and it wasn't what I wanted LOL.  Naturally, this was after everything had already been stuck down (you'd think I would have learned by now) so another layer of paper and some red punched hearts instead and ... here you are!

Images © 1990-2011 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:
Stamp(s): Creative Elements
Ink: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Cardstock: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray
Other: Full Heart Punch

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Button Buddies

 Have you had a chance to check out the new 2011-12 Idea Book & Catalogue yet?  How fun is it?!

And speaking of fun, here's a little card made using a new set Button Buddies (see page 47).  Attendees at the Melbourne Convention in May were lucky enough to receive this set for FREE (my favourite kind), and I have been hanging out to share it with you all.

The stamps are designed to coordinate with Stampin' Up!'s Designer Buttons, and as you can see, this little guy's nose would be the perfect place (if I had any of the buttons, that is).

I like the colour combination here - something a little "out there" compared to my usual safe bets.  I've used Wild Wasabi as the base, layered with Daffodil Delight and Rich Razzleberry, with the pig and punched shape in Blushing Bride.

And here's a closeup of the punched greeting layer ... gotta love this Decorative Label punch!  It goes with everything!

Supplies used:Stamp(s): Button Buddies, Party This Way
Ink: Blushing Bride, Rich Razzleberry

 Cardstock: Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride
Other: Large Oval Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Crimper, retired ribbon

Thursday, September 1, 2011

OMG! New Catalogue!

Yes, the moment you've all been waiting for!  The new 2011-12 Idea Book &  Catalogue is now live and ready for you to have a look for some new favourite products.

Click the picture above or here to take a look.

One thing I'm particularly happy about is the drop in price for many of the Big Shot items - take a look at pages 155-161 and see things like exclusive embossing folders now only $14.95, or the Big Shot itself for under $150!  My aim this year is to complete my collection of Big Shot goodies, as I just can't get enough of the die cut goodness :-)

So drop me an email if you'd like to have your own copy of the 2011-12 Idea Book &  Catalogue for $10, or to find out how to get one for FREE.

Join for Just $169!

Have you ever thought about becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator?  Well, during the month of September, for the bargain price of only $169, you could!

For a limited time only, you can purchase a mini Starter Kit, valued at over $310, for only $169 and discover the benefits of belonging to the Stampin' Up! family.  Or, if you prefer, you can purchase the full Starter Kit ($610 value) at a discount of 20% off the original price of $289 (ie. $231.20).

Either choice is excellent value, and whichever you choose, you can start to take advantage of everything Stampin' Up! have to offer their growing family of demonstrators.  We get a discount on purchases, sneak peeks at new catalogue merchandise, pre-order periods on catalogues, special bonus product with certain promotions and access to a wonderful community of like-minded people all happy to chat and share!

So contact me today to discuss this great opportunity!  I'd love to give you more information!

(and don't think I've forgotten ... my next post will be all about the NEW CATALOGUE!)


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