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Define Your Life #1: Create

Published by under Define Your Life series | Oct 17 2008

This is part 1 in a series of 26, where I bring you different projects featuring each of the words in the big mumma of stamp sets, Life Definitions (p28 Idea Book & Cat.). This was one of the 17 free stamp sets I chose earlier this year (gotta love this company!!!), and although I must admit that some stamps in this set haven’t yet seen ink, they *will* by the time I’m finished here!

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October Sketch/Colour Challenge

Published by under cards,challenges | Oct 15 2008

The first of our EurekaStampers team challenges got under way this month, and they are so much fun!

What a great way to step out of your comfort zone and try new colours, new designs and new techniques.

This one was designed by Juliana. The challenge: To use OLD OLIVE, MORE MUSTARD, BRAVO BURGUNDY and VERY VANILLA in the layout pictured on the left.

 

And this is my version:

This card gave me a great excuse to use my Earth Elements buttons (not that I need one LOL). I set myself my own little challenge of using a stamp that hasn’t seen ink for a while. This one is from Wild Rose, which is a great 2-Step stamp set. The bottom layer of the flower was stamped in Bravo Burgundy, but I ‘stamped off’ first on to scrap paper so that it was lighter. The outline – part 2 of the 2-step process – was stamped in full-strength Bravo Burgundy. 

The tie in the buttons is made from the edge/binding sliced from a small piece of Bravo Burgundy grosgrain ribbon. I just love love love how everything is co-ordinated with Stampin’ Up!… the cardstock, inks, buttons, ribbons, etc. Since I started using SU products, I haven’t worried about having leftovers or unused bits and pieces after a project is finished, because I know I can use it to match beautifully in a future project.

Want to see what the other girls in our team came up with? Team members can check out the gallery. Not yet a demonstrator? I would love to have you as part of my team! In addition to the 20% instant income (discount on product) there are many other benefits like taking part in team challenges LOL!! (Click on the “Join Stampin’ Up!” tab at the top of this page for more info.)

‘Til next time,
      happy stamping!

 

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Big Bold Birthday

Published by under cards,specials | Oct 12 2008

One of the most versatile sets available this month as part of Stampin’ Up!’s birthday promotion is Big Bold Birthday. There sure is more to this set than meets the eye!

Many of the 13 stamps can be used together to create a single new image, a technique Stampin’ Up! calls “2-Step Stamping”. Off the top of my head, here are a few ideas: 

  • candles +  box = birthday cake
  • ribbon + box = present
  • ribbon + ribbon (upside down) = flower
  • happy birthday sentiment = stem on the flower, string for the balloon

You get the idea. This is also a great set to practice your kissing technique… now don’t laugh, you know I don’t mean to pucker up the lips. LOL. Kissing, as in inking up two stamps and pressing them together so that the image from one transfers to the other. Yeah, of course you knew what I meant, hehehe.

Here are some cards I made this week with Big Bold Birthday. Enjoy!

 

 

 Until the end of October, a $20 purchase from the Stampin’ Up! catalogue will get you this set for the great-value price of $43.16!! Want more info? Email me and I’ll get back to you in a flash.

 

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Happy Birthday Stampin’ Up!

Published by under specials | Oct 01 2008

Stampin’ Up! turns 20 Years Old this month, and we all get to celebrate with a 20% discount off the price of selected stamp sets.

Over the next few days and weeks I’ll be sharing some cards made with these gorgeous stamps. If any of these are on your wish list then now is the time to snap them up! Click here to find out how.

Images © 2008 Stampin’ Up!

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Scrap Challenge: Notepad Cover

Published by under 3D projects | Sep 29 2008

I had a scrap of Fall Flowers Designer Series paper in my hand, and was just about to drop it in the recycling bin, when inspiration hit for this little project. I tend to keep every little piece but my scrap bucket nearly needs its own room, so I’m trying to get tough on that.

All it took was a rectangle of Fall Flowers DS paper (approx. 7cmx11.5cm), a strip of pre-cut Always Artichoke grosgrain ribbon (I knew it would come in handy one day), and half a sheet of Really Rust cardstock. I cut the cardstock down to 18cm x 13cm. The long side is scored at 8.5cm in from each side, which created a 1cm spine. This particular notepad has a coil binding at the top – perfect for tying scraps of ribbon to – but that means we do need a wider spine.

This covered notebook is similar in concept to one I posted on my old blog (over here).

The textured Die-Cut Bloom (from the Spring Mini Catalogue) is sponged around the edges with Really Rust ink. I love the effect of sponging on textured cardstock – it really brings out the grain so beautifully. You can click on the photos to see it better.

The narrow Old Olive thread tied in the button is actually the edge cut from the grosgrain ribbon. Waste not, want not!

The little project has inspired me to dig down into my scrap bucket more often and see what I come up with. Next time I’ll take a before photo!

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Welcome to my *new* blog

Published by under general chat | Sep 25 2008

Here it is, my brand new blog (with extras!). Hey thanks for stopping by. A big huge ‘thank you’ to Sarah from IndecisiveMe for helping me get this going and for being oh so patient with my many – and I mean, many – questions. You’re a gem, Sarah 🙂

If you’re new to this blog I hope you’ll come back often as I share cards, scrapbook pages and 3D “off the page” projects made from Stampin’ Up!’s gorgeous range of papercrafting products. I plan to post a couple of times a week. My old blog is still available if you want to revisit something.

Feel free to leave a comment at any time, either at the end of a post or by emailing me. I’d love to hear from you. Happy stamping!

 

 

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