Sunday, 6 June 2010
Three new Stampin' Up! colours were launched on 1st May, giving us a small preview of what's to come on 1st October when the colour families will be completely overhauled. The idea of the blog hop was to showcase the three new colours: Melon Mambo, Soft Suede and Rich Razzleberry.
Wednesday, 19 May 2010
Another card made with the three new colours and the Vintage Vogue stamp set! It's very similar to the card shown in my post of 5th May. I've changed the colours around, but the layout is almost identical. It looks a bit "cluttered" in the photo, but it looks more subtle when you see it in the flesh... I've overdone it with the contrast in Photoshop! I absolutely love the new ribbon, particularly in the Rich Razzleberry colour.
Thanks for looking!
Sunday, 16 May 2010
Just a quick post... A card made using the Studio Sketches Level 1 hostess set in the mini catalogue. No ribbon/glitter etc... it was made for a man in his 70s! I think it looks a bit drab in the photo, to be honest - but it looked much better in real life and I don't like to do anything too fancy with male cards. I think the patterned paper was from the Ski Slope set which was in the previous mini catalogue; it really didn't look like Christmas paper on the card!
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Another big delay between blog posts... Sorry. I must try to remember to post more regularly!
Some exciting news, though... Stampin' Up! has released three new colours! The colours are three of the current American "In Colours": Rich Razzleberry, Soft Suede and Melon Mambo. All three will become part of the new core colour families available from 1st October.
The card shown above was created using all three of the new colours and the Vintage Vogue stamp set from the mini catalogue. There are ink pads and packs of cardstock which will be carried over to the new annual catalogue on 1st October. In addition, there are three new rolls of matching dotted ribbon, a new pack of designer series patterned papers (Cottage Wall) and a set of acetate printed sheets, all of which will be available only whilst stocks last.
Friday, 9 April 2010
A bit late in posting, but here's my Easter card! I managed to find time (just) to make two... although I had hoped to make a few more. The ribbon and bow on this one was re-tied and neatened up a bit after the event, although I don't have a photo. The card was completely inspired by this one on Andrea Walford's blog - cute! I enjoyed cutting out those little chicks and colouring them with watercolour crayons. There's dazzling diamonds glitter on each of the eggs, although you can't really see it in the photo.
Have a good weekend!
Wednesday, 7 April 2010
The new colour groupings are shown above and there will be four collections... Brights, Neutrals, Subtles and Regals. The existing Earth Elements group will disappear (and the other three groups have been re-named).
The 15 brand new colours available from 1st October will be as follows:-
Riding Hood Red
Kraft will also be re-named as Crumb Cake.
The retiring colours are shown on this image:-
If you love any of the retiring colours, now is the time to stock up (whether on ink pads, cardstock or any of the other co-ordinating items)!
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Well... today's the day! The new mini catalogue has launched, effective from 1st April - 30th September 2010. Click here to view a copy online or drop me an email (by clicking here) if you would like me to post a copy to you.
There are so many great things in the new catalogue, although I think I love the vintage stuff most of all, the sweet pea stamp set, wheel, papers and felt... and, of course, the bird punch... I've used it to create yet another card. I've also used the new tag punch and matching Tiny Tags stamp set, plus the heart from the new Framed With Love stamp set. I'm getting so much use from the bird punch... a bargain at £13.50 and it's a big punch! I like the new design of the punches (which is the same as the new EK Success design)... easier to store, as they clip flat for storage and take up less space.
Friday, 26 March 2010
Friday again! The week has passed so quickly. Erin has started crawling properly, so every minute is spent watching her like a hawk to make sure she doesn't venture somewhere she shouldn't!
This is a quick card I made to use as a wedding RSVP. The background was stamped with the Paisley background stamp, the "celebrate" sentiment is from the Wonderful Words stamp set and the stamped hearts are from a new stamp set called Framed With Love (contained in the new mini catalogue due to launch on 1st April; please contact me by email by clicking here if you would like a copy). I've also used the new March promotion heart punch. The ribbon, vellum flower button and paper flower were random scraps found on my desk... yes, I'm still cleaning (but I'm getting there!).
Monday, 22 March 2010
A baby card made for my cousin, who had a wee boy (well... a 7lbs 13oz "wee" boy, so not really "wee" in the true sense) a few days ago. I've used the pram stamp from the Queue Up (level 3 hostess) stamp set and the sentiment is from the SAB set which was available free during January and February. In summary: you can't actually buy any of these stamps... but never mind!
The ribbon and patterned papers were scraps found on my desk. I've cleared a good bit of my desk (at last!) and I'm working on the remainder... and I'm trying to use up some of my old scraps.
The cardstock colours are So Saffron and Ballet Blue.
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Another preview of something new coming on the 1st of April... something involving the little bird shown on this card (and, no, it's not a stamp!). You'll have to wait and see! If you don't already have a demonstrator, I'd be happy to give you more information and/or take your order; please get in touch (by clicking here).
The colours I've used are So Saffron, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. The ribbon is Chocolate Chip tafetta... just love that ribbon!
Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
Just a quick card made a few days ago... The flower was made using four punched scalloped circles (cut at each scallop, crumpled and inked)... I've used the technique a few times (and you've probably seen it around long before now), but never as a flower on a stem. In the past, I've used the flower with a button and linen thread as an embellishment rather than a focal point, so I thought I'd try something different.
Monday, 8 March 2010
A quick card made using three of the products from the "Perfect Pairs" promotion, namely the scallop oval punch, the Oval All stamp set (for the sentiment) and the Simply Said stamp set (for the flowers). The patterned paper is from the Kaleidoscope set and I've used Chocolate Chip ink.
Friday, 5 March 2010
I've got quite a few cards to share, bearing in mind that I haven't really uploaded any in rather a while... ! Here's the first. It's an easel card made with a Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Whisper White colour scheme. I've used the En Francais background (partly inked - I've been using it over and over again recently) and one of the stamps from the Thank You Kindly set for the sentiment.
Secondly, a sympathy card using the same colour scheme and background. Unfortunately, I've had to make quite a few sympathy cards recently. The large branch stamp and sentiment are (or were) only available in America and Canada. The little flower is from the Greenhouse Garden stamp set.
March - how did that happen? I'm still around... just! I can't believe I haven't posted this year. The year didn't start well - three burst pipes in January as part of the "big thaw" (and I'm still dealing with the outfall from that) and then my cousin (who was only 42) died suddenly. It's funny how life just takes over your life, if that makes sense... albeit I didn't realise I'd been out of the loop for quite so long!
There's a new Stampin' Up! offer for the month of March. You can buy any of the punches listed on the Perfect Pairs promotion leaflet (shown above; click on it to enlarge it for easier viewing!) for the reduced price of £10 (normally £12.50) when you buy one of the matching stamp sets listed on the leaflet. Although the aim of the promotion is to show how well the punches match the co-ordinating stamp sets, you can buy ANY punch with ANY stamp set... which is great if you've already got one half of a "pair" but still want to take advantage of the offer and grab a reduced price punch.
In addition... there's a NEW punch! The full heart punch is available during the month of March and/or whilst stocks last. It will be in the new annual Catalogue and Idea book which launches on 1st October, but meantime it's available only until the stock depletes... which could be quite soon, if the interest shown by demonstrators is anything to go by! I've ordered mine and can't wait to receive it... it matches the Simply Said stamp set and will be useful for a few other things too. If you're interested, please get in touch.