Sunday, 23 September 2012

Rosette Bauble!

I saw a great pumpkin when I was travelling around  PiInterest and thought I'd give it a twist and so I have made a Christmas decoration:


Strips of double sided paper (I have used paper from the snow festival dsp)

one - 1 x 12"
two - 1.25 x 12"
three - 1.5 x 12"

Also some punched circles (to stick the rosettes together).

Using the scoreboard I have turned them into rosettes


Stack them up, using the 1.25 first, then the three 1.5 the other 1.25 and pop the 1" rosette on the top.  I got my glue gun out for this bit.

I added some snowflakes from the snowflake Bigz die and also some of the lovely tulle that we have in the Autumn/Winter catalogue (oh and a bit of twine in case it is going to be hung somewhere!)

Happy crafting! 

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Merry Moments

Having finally put my Open University assignment into the realms of the OU marking system, the final tutor marked assignment for this course, I had a little meander to think about the next stage, the EMA but my brain isn't in gear for that just yet. So, why not do some sticking instead!! 

In the current Stampin' Up! autumn/winter catalogue we have the Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit, although as you will see, it's not just for scrapping. 

For these three cards I have used one of the sheets of cardstock and one of the sheets of double sided paper - and I have spare paper and cardstock left for some more.  The kit comes with papers, coordinating cardstock and stickers so you can create away, and even make a few scrapbook pages if you like!

You can, of course, add extra embellishments etc and stamps from your crafting supplies but this gives you an idea of what you can create just using the kit itself.

Merry moments scrappin' kit
126911 £18.95
 Happy crafting!

Saturday, 8 September 2012

Star ornament that goes ping!

So this one is because Tami made one and I had to have a go. Tami used smaller squares than me.

I've used: One sheet of 12x12 paper from the snow festival designer paper series. I'm loving this paper!

Cut from this, 5 4" x 4" squares.

From a scrap from another sheet I have used today, I cut two 2" x 2" pieces.
A piece of ribbon and a bead (couldn't find a bead so I used a button).

You are simply scoring each of the 4x4" pieces in half and half again.

Fold them:

Stick them all together.  On the outsides, I used some really sticky tape to add some ribbon, then covered that up with the 2x2 square.

Thread a bead (button in my case) with both pieces of the ribbon then tie a knot at the top.  You slide the bead down to the ornament, then when you put the bead up, the ornament springs open.  I gave all my edges a really good crease.

Thanks for Tami for adding some fun to making ornaments :)

Star Card on a Saturday

Another of those things that I found on the web, they are very easy to make and I've made mine using a sheet of paper measuring 30cm x 30cm (I used cm's as that is what my ruler measures in!).

First mark at 15cm and draw a short line down the paper for your line marker.

Line up your ruler at the bottom edge so that 30cm mark is at the corner point, and line up the ruler so that the 1cm mark is on the line you have just drawn - pictures in case that made no sense whatsoever!

Once you've got your triangle, trim down and then mark each edge at 15cm and join the points together with a pencil line - no need to do heavy lines as you are going to rub them out later.

Then mark 5cm on each side of the line on each corner and join these points together.

Now fold at the pencil marks and crease using your bone folder.  I used my Stampin' Up! score board to get a good score line.  At this point you can rub out the lines.

Folding time - I'm showing you this in pictures! You are simply folding in the larger of the point and then folding out the smaller point.  The final one, you just tuck in so that it keeps it closed.

Tuck in the final side

They are really easy to make and once you've made one you can make more :)

You can easily resize with whatever size paper you want, all you need is to have an even sized piece of paper, make it into an equilateral shaped triangle and off you go :)

Happy crafting!


Origami Gift Box

On various places on the web I've seen these cute little origami gift boxes, so I thought that today, having done the looking, I'll have a go at making. The good thing about this is that you use one sheet of 12" x 12" cardstock and you can use your scraps to decorate it. I found a video tutorial if you want to go watch it. 

One piece of 12" x 12" cardstock, trimmed down to 11 7/8" x 8 3/4" 
Decorating papers:
2 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" (these will show on the outside of the box)
6 coordinating pieces which are 1.25" x 2.75" (for the sides of the lid)
2 coordinating pieces which are 2.75" x 2.75" (outside of the inside box)

4 coordinating pieces which are 2 7/8" x 2 7/8" - I used these to go inside to cover up the folds.

Using your scoreboard, put your cardstock on so it is in 'portrait' score at 2 7/8" and 5 7/8" 

Turn your cardstock so it is 'landscape' and score at 1.5" and 4.5"

Flip the cardstock over (still in landscape) and score again at 1.5" and 4.5"

Keeping the cardstock in landscape, score at 2.5" from the top of the cardstock to the first score line (which is at 3") and then from the bottom score line (at approx 6") to the bottom of the paper - or do this bottom up to the 6" score line, which ever you prefer! Flip the cardstock and do the same on the flipped side.

Now you need to do some cutting so that your cardstock will look like this:

Cut all the 2.5" score lines down/up to the first score line at each end.  Next cut along the score line between the 1.5" and 4.5" score lines on each side. Then give the folds a good crease with your bone folder.

I then decorated what would be the sides of my box, or you can do this after you have done the folding.

Putting it all together
Side 'boxes' - I used Stampin' Up! sticky strip for this as it gives a nice firm hold.  Put tape on the back of the small flaps and then fold in to create a 'lid'

Do the same thing for the middle box, sticky strip on the flaps (I just put sticky strip on one set) and fold in to make the box.

As I don't really like to see the joins inside, I popped some dsp in the inside of the lid and on the sides of the middle box.

Once you are done, you just need to decide on how you want to close your gift box.  For the examples here I have used some of the new scalloped tulle ribbon in cherry cobbler and also made a strip to go around the outside of the box which just slides off.

I have used the raspberry petal 12x12  cardstock (available in the annual catalogue 1.10.2012)
designer papers from the annual catalogue (available now!)

Festival of prints designer paper stack - 126904 £6.25

Snow Festival 12x12" designer series paper - 126908 £9.95

Cherry cobbler scalloped tulle ribbon - 127841 £6.25

Curly label punch - 119851 £15.50

Enjoy, as always, if you would like to purchase anything Stampin' Up! from the current catalogues, just drop me a line.

Happy crafting!


Friday, 7 September 2012

New Design Ink Pads * Hostess Club Limited Spaces * Retirements *

New style ink pads 

Over at Stampin' Up! changes are being made to the way the ink pads are made to coincide with the forthcoming 2012-2013 annual catalogue.  To change your stamping experience for the better, the stamp pads are now firm foam pads.  These provide better ink coverage for your stamps and a light tap stamping produces flawless images.

In addition, the new pads: 

  • Create wonderfully solid images. The Firm Foam releases more ink onto your rubber stamp than the felt pads. When using the Firm Foam pad, your stamp will get an even, solid covering of ink that you may not have been able to achieve with the felt pads. Please note: if you are using the ink pad frequently you may need to re-ink your Firm Foam pad more often. It is recommended that you purchase a refill at the time of your ink pad purchase.
  • Have a crisply printed, glossy label on the top of the pad that is easier to read and that will not fade or chip off!
  • Come with colour name labels in all four languages (English, Spanish, French, and German)—just choose your language, peel it off the back, and add it to the side of the pad for easy identification!
  • Use the same patented flip-top case design that stores the inking surface upside down, so the pad surface stays moist!
  • Are available in all colours, including the exclusive In Colors!
Five ink colours have already undergone the formula changes to improve the functionality and colour stability with the new firm foam pads.  These colours are:

Basic black - basic gray - marina mist - perfect plum - tempting turquoise

It is recommended that the old ink formula is not used with these new firm foam ads as the inks have been reformulated to work with thew new pads.

Hostess Clubs *limited spaces* September start

If you are not yet decided about joining in one of my hostess clubs, I have a few ladies who need just a couple more people to join in to make up a Club6.  For more information on how a Club6 works, click here.

Retirement Lists

Things on the lists are going quickly, if there is anything you would like to order, I am endeavouring to keep the list up to date.  You can find the lists here along with a list of what has now sold out.

Finally, the weekend is nearly here and I have projects to make for a forthcoming blog hop.  More news on this when I get the full details :)  Meanwhile, happy crafting.


Saturday, 1 September 2012

1st September - Stampin' Up! main catalogue retirements

The retiring lists are here.

1st September also sees the list of what is being retired from the annual catalogue so we can get ready for the release of the new one on 1 October. 

So, not only have we the new autumn/winter catalogue for you to peruse, I have a list of retiring stamps for you and also a list of accessories that are waving goodbye. 

Click the links below and a pdf file will be downloaded: 

Retiring stamps  
Retiring accessories 

If you don't have a copy of the current main catalogue, click here for the online version. 

Finally, just drop me an email / use the order form, to place your order.  I would recommend ordering early, as there is no guarantee how long any of the items will be in stock.  Orders have a £4.95 delivery charge no matter how big your order.

Updates: Sold out items
All ink pad and spot bundles
Round tab punch
Replacement Cutting Blades £4.50
Eyelet border punch
Textured Neutrals 12 x 12
Textured Regals 12 x 12
Jumbo Wheel Storage box

Heart to heart punch
Medallion stamp
Fox and friends stamps - clear

Large Tag Punch

Timeless Type Sizzlits Dies
Stampin' Around Wheel Standard D├ęcor
12x12 tempting turquoise card
Pillow box die
A to Z stamp 115711
Fox and Friends - Wood
Concord Crush Card
12 x 12 Subtles Cardstock
Cutting & Scoring Blades

It's here, the Autumn/Winter catalogue

Wow, 1st September already, kids are nearly back at school here in Norfolk and we now have the release of the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue. As a demo, we get to preorder so I have been busy making things, and here are some of them.

First up is a triangle fold card.


Festival of prints designer paper stack - 126904 - £6.25
Sizzix bigz die Snow Flurry - 127813 - £18.95
Craft stamping' pad -  Whisper White 101731 £7.25
(cardstock and ribbon)

How to:

I used a piece of cardstock trimmed down to 3.5" x  10.5"
Using the Stampin' Up Scoring board, I have scored down at 3.5" and 7"
Then using the SU diagonal plate, scored (in the same direction) on the left side and right side (hopefully you can see in the picture below)

Then, fold the left side in and fold the 'triangle' down.  Fold the right side in and fold the 'triangle' up. 

To create the front, I have die cut the snow flurry and using the kraft Stampin' pad used it as a stencil and inked onto some soft suede cardstock (cut to 8.5 x 8.5CM).

Once stamped, I have trimmed it in half on the diagonal.  Before sticking the left side down, I have stuck some ribbon down and then put the triangle on top.

The snowflakes that I have die cut, I have added on the inside triangles.  For the inside I have used a piece of DSP from the stack and added matted that with some kraft cardstock.

Next - feeling spooky

For these I have used:
Googly Ghouls (clear) stamps 128063 £11.95   /   Ghoulish googlies designer kit - 126914 £7.25

To make the owl on a branch, I also used the owl (118074) and bird (117191) builder punches.

Finally, for the cards, a little bit of a ghoul affair :)

The ghoulish googlies design kit comes with treat bags, tags and baker's twine.  Just add the stamps and away you go, little treat bags ideal for a Halloween party or even party bags for a party with a ghostly feel!

And if you want to keep up to date with happenings for 2013, Stampin' Up! have a delightful 2013 desk calendar.  Great for a Christmas stocking present, or why not just treat yourself :)

If you see something you like, you can place an order via my order page, or simply send me an email. Of course, if you want to take it further and be able to get Stampin' Up! products at demo rates, head over to my The Rosettes page for more info.  Both the main and autumn/winter catalogues are available to view  here on my blog.

Club7 - limited spaces available. I have spaces available with the first order being placed at the end of September (orders and payment are required by the end of each month).  7 members make up the Club.  This C7 will run from September to March 2013.  Each month, a commitment to spend a minimum of £21.43 is required (plus p&p*).  My clubs are a great way to spread the cost of your wish list :)

For one of the months during the Club you will be the hostess, this means where you get to spend hostess pounds on items of your choosing.  Hostess pounds are based on the value of the month order.  As a minimum you will receive £25 of hostess pounds to spend on hostess only products as well as/or other items in any of the current catalogues.

Your first order has an initial p&p cost of £5 which covers the cost of your order being posted to you.  Any balance is transferred over to the next month, postage is charged at cost rate.  Any shortfall is added to your next month's order.

Payment is required with order as I have to send the payment for the order when it is placed. Payment can be made via Paypal gift or bank transfer. Cheques are accepted but orders & payment are required by the 16th of the month.

Orders are shipped direct from Germany to me and I will then despatch to you.  I cover the initial UPS cost of delivery of £4.95 for the order to be delivered to me.

Any questions?  Just ask me :) 

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