Friday, November 9, 2012

Mixed Bunch

Another card which is pretty much a direct copy of someone else's talent.  I loved the black & white simplicity of the Mixed Bunch card on this blog post, so mixed it up with some added colour while keeping the super simple design.

I can't believe it's taken me this long to get around to using the frame from Creative Elements ... turns out it fits a variety of small phrase stamps, including the ones in the Fabulous Phrases set.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Mixed Bunch, Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock:  Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Raspberry Ripple

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Birthday Bikkies

Further to my last post about my dad's recent 80th birthday, I just wanted to show you the little box I put together to hold some shortbread I bought for him (I was going to bake but I remembered just in time that I am a lousy baker).

I used Midnight Muse and Lucky Limeade to kind of coordinate with the card.

The box pattern is the same one used in this post, with the obvious exception that this one is full of bikkies :-)  I have also misplaced my Large Oval punch, so had to make do with a smaller one - not quite as satisfactory, but there was no other choice.

I used the frame stamp from Everything Eleanor punched out with the large scallop circle, and then the circle of Lucky Limeade to cover up the journalling lines.  Finally, my new "go to" set for sentiments, Fabulous Phrases (and, of course the Stampamajig to line it all up), teamed with the Bitty Banners Framelits and the job was done!

Just a closeup showing that the decoration on the box is a combination of the large swirl stamp from Everything Eleanor and the more delicate swirl from Creative Elements.

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Creative Elements, Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock: Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Lucky Limeade
Ink: Midnight Muse
 Other:Large Oval Punch, 2-3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Bitty Banners Framelits, Midnight Muse 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Saturday, November 3, 2012

80th Birthday!

My dad celebrated his 80th birthday last week - wow, I can't believe I just wrote that :-)  My brother had the family over to his house in the country for lunch and cake and general get-togetherness and a great time was had by all - specially Dad!  He was proud as punch to be surrounded by not only his kids, but his grandkids as well.

To mark the occasion, what could I do but make a special card for him?  This turned out to be quite a challenge, as a "milestone" card like this can't be just any old thing - it has to be something special!

I hope that this card meets that expectation:

Inspiration was heavily drawn from this card which I found on Pinterest - which was in its turn, inspired by another picture on Pinterest ... I wonder if my card will end up on Pinterest in some sort of Pin-vortex?

Anyway, I specially liked the cut out circle with the image below - I dressed mine up a little using the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack and my trusty paper piercer.  And that embossed layer is popped up a little with Dimensionals ... lots and lots of Dimensionals.  I can honestly say I've never used so many Dimensionals on one card before :-)

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes, Memorable Moments
Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse, Whisper White
 Ink: Lucky Limeade, Midnight Muse
Other:Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack, Midnight Muse Striped 3/8" Satin Ribbon, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Stripes Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, 3/16" Metallic Brads, 3/4" Circle Punch

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ornament Bundles and Free Inkpads...!

You're not going to believe the awesome promotions Stampin' Up! has for you this month!

Firstly, the free Christmas Gift Special Offer:  buy the Ornament Keepsakes Set and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper Bundle, and receive a FREE Festive Paper-Piercing Pack.  Read a little more about this great promotion over on my Stampin' Up! business website or on the SU website.  This offer is only available until November 30!

Secondly, an offer you can't refuse - host a minimum $650 party, and earn yourself a FREE inkpad collection - choose from Brights, Regals or Subtles, valued at $79.95.  This is on top of the normal hostess benefits for a party of this value, that is $100 Hostess Dollars AND 50% off any catalogue item of your choice.

Naturally, you don't need to host a party to get this great benefit - perhaps you've been saving up all your wishes for just such an occasion and want to splurge on yourself?  Or you can pass a catalogue around to friends and collect orders to qualify.  No matter how you manage it, this is a terrific offer!

Read more about this INK-redible offer on my Stampin' Up! business website or on the SU website.

You have until December 16 to qualify for your free ink pad collection, so contact me today to find out more.

Pretty in Pink - and Gray

I was cruising Pinterest the other night,  specifically looking for inspiration for my new Everything Eleanor set (love those flowers - they're a little fiddly to cut out but totally worth it) and stumbled across this card.   I've always been a sucker for the pink/gray combination and liked the simplicity of the original so had a go at my own interpretation.

Okay, so my interpretation is pretty much the same.  Sorry, I was out of ideas that night :-)  I did add a cute little pearl as the dot on the "i", though.  That counts, right?

Images © 1990-2012 Stampin' Up!®

Supplies used:

Stamps: Everything Eleanor, Fabulous Phrases
Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Whisper White
 Ink: Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray
Other:Stripes Embossing Folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Basic Pearls


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