Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More Mosaics

I really like this stamp set - can you tell?

Another card inspired by one found via Pinterest ... I might even add some bling to it as in the original :-)

It was a little fiddly getting the positioning just right, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out.  I've embossed the bottom part of the card and added a stamped strip to cover the edge of the embossing.

The stripes stamp on the Bermuda Bay strip of cardstock is from the set Gorgeous Grunge, which is one of those sets that probably doesn't grab you on first sight, but once you see what it can do, the possibilities are endless :-) (do a Google Images search for Gorgeous Grunge Stampin Up to see what I mean).

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  
Supplies used:
Stamps:  Mosaic Madness, Sketched Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge Cardstock:  Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Bermuda Bay
, Strawberry Slush
Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Stampamajig

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Mosaic Madness

Something I "whipped up" during stamp club yesterday ... heavily inspired by this card I found on Pinterest the other day...

I had limited room to take a bunch of different supplies (I'm not a good travelling stamper) so decided to experiment with the new In Colors, represented here by Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Strawberry Slush - I love this year's new colours!

This card also demonstrates the use of the Stampamajig, both in placing the smaller elements on the embossed cardstock, and also (although it's mostly hidden by the greeting) the stamped strip of Coastal Cabana cardstock.

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®   Supplies used:  Stamps:  Mosaic Madness, Sketched Birthday
Cardstock:  Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Mosaic Embossing Folder, Stampamajig

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Something different

You may (or may not - it's not like it comes up in conversation a lot) know that I am a bit of a movie fan, and in the past few years have enjoyed discovering silent pictures with an emphasis on the comedies of the 1920s.  My favourite old movie star is Buster Keaton, but Harold Lloyd comes a close second.  Imagine my delight when my friend Pauline pointed out that the Astor Theatre was running a double feature of Harold Lloyd comedies (Safety Last, and Speedy) that coincidentally was due to screen right before my birthday.

So I got a birthday outing to see two movies made in the 1920s, in an awesome cinema that was first opened in 1936, with a crowd of people who were enjoying the experience as much as I was - best birthday ever!

And to top it (and bring this back on topic), off this is the birthday card Pauline made for me:

That guy there?  Harold Lloyd, hanging from the hands of a clock just like he did in Safety Last.

The relevance to Stampin' Up!?  Pauline used the Clockworks set to create the clock faces.

Love this card so much!  Thanks Pauline!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

You make me happy

Just a quick card I made for fun ... love the new grunge sets in the 2013-14 Annual Catalogue :-)

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  
Supplies used: 
Stamps:  Gorgeous Grunge, Hello Lovely
Cardstock:  Soft Sky, Island Indigo
Ink: Basic Gray, Pear Pizazz, Island Indigo
Accessories:  Apothecary Accents Framelits

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Magnetic Big Shot Platform ... best thing ever?

The title of this post might seem a little over-enthusiastic - perhaps the Magnetic Platform isn't the best thing ever, but it's certainly going to be a big help with all the framelits I have been accumulating :-)

For those of you who are unfamiliar with this beaut new item (now available in the NEW 2013-14 Annual Catalogue!), here's the lowdown...

My Magnetic Platform, clinging tight to that strip of cardstock and the Bitty Banners Framelits

In the past, when using your Framelits, you laid down your Big Shot Multi Purpose Platform, with all tabs closed, then a Cutting Mat, then your cardstock, then your Framelit, then another Cutting Mat, crossed your fingers and hoped that the Framelit stayed in one place while you cranked the whole lot through the Big Shot.

It was a bit touch and go, and while it wasn't so bad if you were just cutting random shapes, it could be tricky if you stamped your cardstock and were using the framelit to cut out the stamped image.  You could use post-it notes to hold the framelit down, but there was no guarantee that the slippery little thing wouldn't move just a fraction - enough to ruin your cardstock.

But if you happen to be the proud owner of a Magnetic Platform, your worries are over!

You create your "sandwich" as normal, but instead of using the Multi Purpose Platform you use your Magnetic Platform (no tabs to worry about).  This gadget has some heavy duty magnets in it (so much so that I would be wary of putting it near a computer, TV or even a pacemaker!) which will cause the framelit to cling even through a Cutting Mat and a layer of cardstock.  Trust me, once you have your framelit in place over your cardstock, it is a snap to make sure it's in exactly the right place - and it's not likely to move!

Here's a close up of my Platform, with a strip of cardstock and some little framelits.  Remember that they will be placed cutting edge *down*, which is just as well because they would be pretty hard to peel off otherwise.

I have read that you're better off using relatively flat Cutting Plates, although my nasty old "well loved" ones worked just fine when I was experimenting the other night.  Better make sure I have my newer set to hand, just in case.

And remember, this will not replace your Multi Purpose platform ... the Magnet Platform is only for use with framelits, not the many other cutting tools available for the Big Shot.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Colours!

There's nothing I like more than having some new colours to play around with - so right now I'm pretty happy, with the new In Colors from Stampin' Up! now available, as well as three new Core Colours.

The card shown here is made with a Smoky Slate base (new addition to the Neutrals range), a layer of Strawberry Slush (one of the new 2013-15 In Colors) embossed with the new Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder and some additional elements in Bermuda Bay (new to the Brights range).  Also, if you look carefully, you can see a peek of Crushed Curry (new in the Regals range) - I figured that the colour scheme needed a lift :-)

Here's a closeup of the little birthday banner - with a kink in it just to look a little special :-)

Images © 1990-2013 Stampin' Up!®  Supplies used: Stamps:  Sketched Birthday, Mosaic Madness Cardstock:  Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, Strawberry Slush, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White Ink: Bermuda Bay
 Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Mosaic Punch, Beautifully Baroque Embossing Folder

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Grab Your Greetings!

For the month of July, you can save 25% off selected greetings sets:
Petite Pairs
Sweet Essentials
Sassy Salutations
If you shop through my Online Store, you will find that the discounted price is applied once you add your item to the card - just click Special Offers and Grab Your Greetings to start shopping!

Sale Price Retail Price Description Item
$31.46 $41.95 Sassy Salutations Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132070
$25.46 $33.95 Sassy Salutations Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126707
$26.21 $34.95 Sweet Essentials Wood-Mount Stamp Set 132085
$20.96 $27.95 Sweet Essentials Clear-Mount Stamp Set 126457
$37.46 $49.95 Petite Pairs Wood-Mount Stamp Set 128706
$29.96 $39.95 Petite Pairs Clear-Mount Stamp Set 122497

Brand New Catalogue - available now!

Yay, it's July 2, and you know what that means?

New Catalogue Day!

Normally I would point you on over to my Business Web Site to check it out, but at this point in time it looks like they haven't updated the links over there yet.

So for now, click this link to head over to the Stampin' Up! customer website to take a look at all the great new products now available!

You can shop from this catalogue straight away if you choose - take a trip to my Online Store to start filling your cart with awesome goodies!

Don't forget that with the recent Colour Refresh, there are some beautiful new colours to play with - can't wait to get my hands on them.  You can purchase a New Colour Kit (item code 132281) if you would like to grab all the new colours at once - the kit includes 10 ink pads and 20 sheets (2 of each colour) of A4 cardstock.  Colours include Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder.

Another new product highlighted on the customer website home page is the Tag A Bag Bundle - you can buy the Tag A Bag gift bags (shown in my recent post here) at 10 for $6.95, and the Tag A Bag Accessory Kit for $13.95, or bundle the two and pay only $17.95!

You might like to know that a few items have been carried over from the recent Holiday catalogues - you can find a PDF listing the stamps and accessories on the Catalogues page of the customer website.

Enjoy looking through the new catalogue, and let me know if you would like a copy for yourself.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Tomorrow's the day!

Today is the last day to order from the 2012-13 Annual Catalogue - any stock items which are retiring and have sold out are gone, gone, gone :-)

Tomorrow (July 2) you should be able to order from the new 2013-14 Annual Catalogue from midday.

I'm sorry I have no pictures to show you today - I'm actually at my Real Job so I really shouldn't even be posting here lol.


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