Monday, December 29, 2008

UK Gothic Card Challenge Winning Entry

I had the difficult challenge to select a winner among the gorgeous entries in my Gothic Arch Card Challenge UK . Ultimately my first prize winner is HellyBelly who hails from Glouchestershire, UK.

HellyBelly has a romantic vision with attention to detail in embossing, stamping, and spritzing. I noticed that the embossed flowers in the corners, the fine stamping detail, and the subtle use of colours. Then of course the more larger, elaborate details stand out and it all adds up to a great combination - lovely!
As well, two runner-up prizes go to Maritrez and JuneMac1 for their wonderful creations!
Just a Reminder: the challenge is still open for North America - till the 15 of January! See post below.

Friday, December 26, 2008

New Purse for Me

I attempted a purse and had a lot of fun. I used mainly the beautiful papers of Bella Rose from SU! and a few embellishments. I want to replace the flower with just the right button when I find it. Perhaps a nice chiselled clear mini-knob would be shabby-nice. I find with all the mini-areas and the main pockets, you can have a great mix of opportunities to play with different colours, prints, chalks, whichever your heart desires.

Thanks for looking. Happy Holidays!

I received a One Lovely Blog Award!

Thank You for the Lovely Blog Award nomination I received from my nicest-of-nice friend Tracy or 'Queenie' - its a really nice gesture that I deeply appreciate! Queenie does wonderful creations of her own and you should take a moment to visit her blog

Now for the other exciting part of this is that I can now select 7 more blogs definately worth the visit, so my nominations are:








I must also post the rules for the award:

a. Add the logo to your blog

b. Add a link to the person's blog who recommended you

c. Nominate at least 7 other blogs

d. Notify them that they are One Lovely Blog!

Well, thank you for taking the time to read this -- I hope to provide a variety of blogs for your fun, and I do hope you visit them! Bye :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Country Living Magazine's Suggested Ideas with SU! CL Kit

Here is a close-up from Country Living's website featuring the aforementioned Country Living Holiday Collection stampin' kit from Stampin' Up!

Sigh - how pretty is that table setting! I would love this for New Years or my Birthday! Can you see it for a bride's shower? Ooooohh! Its really adaptable if you ask me!

Just remember - HURRY - its on till Dec 31rst!!!

Kit contains: stamp set, chipboard die-cuts {4 sheets, 12x12}, Designer Series paper {12 sheets}, Whisper White cardstock, Silver Metallic cord, White Taffeta ribbon, Pretties Kit components {decorative elements}, Red Riding Hood Classic Stampin' Spot {ink}, .......well lots more!

PLUS - free bonus! :) {And free gift with their magazine subscription}

Country Living Magazine and Kit

Stampin' Up and Country Living Magazine joined forces to offer a fabby kit from SU! which can be used to wonderful results for decorating your home - Christmas or otherwise!
PLUS Country Living is offering a magazine subscription discount AND a special gift for SU! customers....not so shabby { shabby chic that is!}
* {see promotions to the left column}

You can see more of the special projects in Country Living here:
HURRY if you want in on the beautiful kit - its limited! But if you order from me - I will up the ante! I will be pleased to offer you a FREE BONUS GIFT till December 31rst!

For myself I have used one of the chipboard snowflakes to make a simple statement on my hanging tray. It even came in handy when I wanted a place to display some ATCs I received from friends!

Thursday, December 18, 2008


hELLO! I am hosting a challenge on the Crafts Beautiful [crafty magazine] forum across the pond.

However - I have decided on offering the same challenge on our side of the pond - so its my first challenge here: my Gothic Arch Card Challenge!

Objective: create any card using the Gothic Arch style - and submit to me by providing a link to a picture of your make. I always judge my entries by the various degree of: artistic composition, originality, difficulty, and general attractiveness. I give each of those a possible 5 points each for a possible maximum total of 20 points. If there is a tie, then I will announce it and create a tie-breaker.

Deadline: please submit to me by January 15th. 2009. {North American contestants only}

Prize: Stampin' Up! Create-A-Calendar Kit

*** If there is less than 3 entries - I will not award a prize but will send each entry a consolation token of appreciation.

Sleigh Bells Ring

This card is made using the stamp set ' Sleigh Bells Ring ' from SU!'s Fall/Winter 2008 Idea Catalog. It's a wonderful set for creating a traditional feeling.

Cardstock is also SU!'s - Sahara Sand. It's the perfect image to colour with SU!'s Stampin' Pastels chalk collection. I decided on the gate-fold style for this card as it allowed me to create a 'sneak peek' on the front - in the end, I simply slipped a nice velvet ribbon band to keep this closed and then can you see the recipient open to see the lovely gay scene of the sleighers being pulled by their horses - perhaps off to a festive dance at the church!

However I made the background design directly behind the main stamp image differently in each card - I was experimenting and had a lot of fun as I wanted to go outside the norm and yet still keep the familiarity of christmas patterns. I tried using some lovely ribbons and made my tied bow embellishment in the left top-corner with 3 ribbons!

The stamp set comes with 3 stamps, the winter sleigh scene, a holly-berry accent, and a sentiment as you see on the card. I've already used the holly-berry stamp for other cards many times over! In fact, I'm waiting to see what other uses I come up with for this stamp set.

To balance the neutral shade of the cardstock, I found a pretty silver sparkle cardstock and used glitter ravishly around the images, and on berries. Red adds good 'punch' for the eye!

One additional fact is the card with the plaid background {not the red gingham} is made by using Papertrey Ink's clear stamp set " Faux Ribbon " - its been great fun making my own borders and even this plaid as I sent this card to a friend in bonnie Scotland!

* Note: Be aware that this set is on the Retired List of Stampin' Up! if you want to get it then you'd best contact me. Thanks for looking! :)

Send it Forward!

Always nice to send a little something to friends and acquaintances, or even someone  you know could use a pick-me-up!  We have so much to be thankful for, 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stampin' Up! Cards

Scandinavian Season Stamp Set

In this card, I have used the Scandinavian Season stamp set by stamping and cutting out the mitts. The cardstock and patterned paper are Baja Breeze as is the ink used. I coloured in parts using SU's Blender Pens. Finally, used Martha Stewart Border Punch and some peel offs and 3D stickers, glittery ribbon.

Version 2

Here using the same materials, I cut out a scalloped circle with my punch and placed some of the patterened paper behind it. Stamped my images and made a small 3D embellishment by cutting out a portion and securing it over the star image with a glue dot. A little glitter on top of that and some more cute 3D snowflake stickers, satin ribbon. Note how you can make it all the more customized by stamping the envelope too!

Close-up of the embellishment.

Another Friend's Version

This card was made with the same stamp set, Scandinavian Season and was made by a young lady who has shown great potential as a wonderful card-maker! She hasn't tried many stamps before and look how lovely her card came out! The tree was stamped in Baja Breeze ink and she embossed the snowflakes with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder also by Stampin' Up! The cardstock is from In Colour Assorted Paper Pack in the Pacific Point shade.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Wedding Mini-Album with SU! Kindred Spirits Stamp Set

Here is an example of a mini-album I made to commemorate my friend Wendy's wedding this season.
On a blank mini-album purchased I used the beautiful stamp from my SU! Kindred Spirits Stamp Set. I used the Old Olive and River Rock Ink Pads. Soft clean, rag. Blank tags. Embellishments: red heart, gold corner peel-ons.
1) First I prepared the pages by smoothing on some ink around the page edges with a soft, clean rag. You can add more ink as you desire. I also tapped the edges with the ink pad itself.
2) I stamped the botanical images onto the album and tags.
3) Using another flourish stamp, I added some detail.

By adding the stamped images throughout the mini-album, this provides the continuity the album needs but still allows the bride to add her own decorative touches and photos. I included some stamped, co-ordinating tags for her to use in the manner she would like - again, giving her options and control as well.

In the end, the my friend has a valuable resource for after her wedding, and its something personal that we both have contributed to!

Note: available in the Silhouette Collection as shown in the Fall-Winter Idea Catalog, 2008 SU!

Student Notebook and Pencil Set.
Here I have made a booklet and matching pencil set for a student. They loved it....and its easy to do.
For the pencil: measure a length of decorative paper to match the length of the pencil from below the brass collar to end. Wrap the paper around the pencil to get a good fit, then apply a thin line of glue down the side of one edge - position that on the pencil, wrap it and apply another thin line of glue to the last side and hold down till its attached {I often use tacky glue for its quick-setting time}. Decorate it with a bit of ribbon at the top and - voila!

I also as a last thought, made some stamped images they can use to decorate inside or anywhere - just like a sticker. Giving people the ability to add their own touch - to be 'interactive' with the thoughtful gifts you give is a real fun booster!

By wrapping both notebook, and pencil together it looks just so polished and they will really feel special!

SU! Cards Assortment

Here are some examples of  fall cards I've created recently using Stampin' Up! stamp sets tried out at a group get-together. I love these events because you can try-before-you-buy and have an enjoyable time with others who share your hobby.

One of the more satisfying bits is decorating  your envelope with just a wee something that ties to your stamp set, or colours. I think the recipient of the cards would really enjoy these!

cheers :)

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Welcome Everyone to My Blog !

Welcome to my new blog designed to facilitate my interest in rubberstamping, scrapbooking and my activities related to being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Follow weekly as I showcase my fun or experimental journey into the crafts I enjoy so much.