Saturday, 30 March 2013

Story time – Stampin’ Up! ~ mini book

I thought I'd make some mini books, no other reason really apart from the fact that (1) I have too much paper {possibly} and (2) I like making them! I've used some of the paper from the Stampin' Up! Storytime DSP for this one and I've only used one sheet! As the sheets are all double sided I've taken a pic with another sheet so you can see both sides :)

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1: trim 4" off the sheet - depending on the pattern either top or bottom - I trimmed the bottom off of mine.

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The Stampin' Up! trimmer comes with a scoring blade as well, so I have then scored the larger piece in half (at 4" in portrait) and then at 3" intervals in landscape.
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Once scored, cut again up the middle score to the first 3" score mark. 20130329_213539

Then you can fold the paper so that it becomes a concertina fold.

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For the cover, I have trimmed the sheet to 6.25" and scored in from each end at 3", that way I end up with a little spine.

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Just use some SNAIL adhesive on the outside 'pages' and there you go, one little mini book ready to embellish :)

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Ingredients:
Storytime dsp 126907 £9.95
Stampin' Up! trimmer 129722 £25.95 (spare blades cutting 126995 £4.50 / scoring 126996 £3.50)

May the crafting mojo be with you!


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Friday, 29 March 2013

Mounting your Stampin' Up! clear stamps

I meant to post this the other day but got waylaid with having a bit of a head cold, so, instead of crafting I have been endeavouring with a head of cotton wool to read my OU texts but in reality, kept nodding off.  Seems this head cold also comes with a humdinger of a headache, and seeing I can't seem to shift it, despite being 'medicated' for my back and hip, I'm going for the medicinal option ;)  Just hope it goes soon seeing I am off snow tubing with lots of Guides in Norwich tomorrow!
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Right, I was sorting through my stamps and getting them put together.  The stamps come with the stamps die cut but in a whole piece of the rubber stamp and having had several goes at putting the 'picture' that corresponds to the stamp on in various ways, I've figured the easiest way,  for me,  is this one:
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So this is the first one of this set done already, as you can see, the Stampin' Up! stamps are die cut and on the back they have the white backing sheet.  I simply work my way through each stamp, taking off the white backing of the stamp...
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Next, on the sticker sheet that comes with the stamps, take off the corresponding sticker for your stamp and peel off half of the protective backing...
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Next, line up the sticker using the non sticky part onto the back of your stamp
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Then gently lie the sticky bit down.
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Take off the protective sheet from the other part of your sticker and then gently rub that side down and there you have it.
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Just do this for the rest of the set and then pop them out and you have the backs neatly mounted.
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Stampin' Up! hearts a flutter ~ stamps and framelits

Having mounted my stamps the other day, here's the card I have made using them. It's just my usual plain and simple. Despite trying, I can't seem to make those really embellished cards that some people can create, it might be from being a scrapbooker in between card making and even my layouts tend to be 'flat'. I've used the primrose petals and old olive ink pad for my card, I like the way pinkish colours and greens go together.

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I stamped and cut several of the shapes, the remainder go into my die cut tub for use (!) at a later date {must do that one day as the die cuts are increasing in number!}
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For the mount, I have used some of the First Edition speciality DSP, mounted on to some real red cardstock and added some of the lovely stitched grosgrain ribbon
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Then simply layered up the die cuts to finish it off. I might add a sentiment later but for now, like it just like this.

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Ingredients:
Hearts a flutter bundle (stamps and framelits) 131097 £32.95 (clear mount)
First edition speciality DSP 121878 £11.50 (24 sheets double sided)
Real red stitched grosgrain ribbon 126875 £4.50
A4 real red cardstock 106578 £6.25 (24 sheets)
A4 very vanilla cardstock 106549 £7.50 (40 sheets)
Primrose petals ink pad £4.75 126858
Old olive ink pad 126953 £4.95

May the crafting mojo be with you :)
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Stampin' Up! hearts a flutter

Having mounted my stamps the other day, here's the card I have made using them. It's just my usual plain and simple. Despite trying, I can't seem to make those really embellished cards that some people can create, it might be from being a scrapbooker in between card making and even my layouts tend to be 'flat'. I've used the primrose petals and old olive ink pad for my card, I like the way pinkish colours and greens go together.

 20130329_180330 I stamped and cut several of the shapes, the remainder go into my die cut tub for use (!) at a later date {must do that one day as the die cuts are increasing in number!} 20130329_192529 For the mount, I have used some of the First Edition speciality DSP, mounted on to some real red cardstock and added some of the lovely stitched grosgrain ribbon 20130329_192605


Then simply layered up the die cuts to finish it off. I might add a sentiment later but for now, like it just like this.

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Ingredients:
Hearts a flutter bundle (stamps and framelits) 131097 £32.95 (clear mount)
First edition speciality DSP 121878 £11.50 (24 sheets double sided)
Real red stitched grosgrain ribbon 126875 £4.50
A4 real red cardstock 106578 £6.25 (24 sheets)
A4 very vanilla cardstock 106549 £7.50 (40 sheets)
Primrose petals ink pad £4.75 126858
Old olive ink pad 126953 £4.95

May the crafting mojo be with you :)


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

Stampin’ Up! extends Sale-a-bration 25% extra in their starter kit

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Do you want to get £162.50 worth of products for just £99. Stampin' Up! has extended the Sale-a-bration signing up treat and if you join before the end of March, you can get the extra 25% of product in your own personalised kit - you choose what you want.

Stampin' Up! had some ideas if you get stuck with what you would like and you can find the pdf here. Alternatively, if you know what you want, you can simply join me here and come aboard my team The Rosettes. I look forward to seeing you and becoming part of my little family.

To find out more about what you can get by joining Stampin' Up! click here :)

I'm off to bed, seems that having 'broken up' for the Easter break and having some time off, I have now got a head full of cold and working my way through several boxes of tissues. What with that and toothache I hope it clears up a bit before Saturday, I'm off with the Guides to Norwich for some snow tubing (not me though, I'm just watching!).

May the crafting mojo be with you :)

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Stampin' Up! two step stamping with Aviary stamps

{just bringing this over from Wordpress).... I'm now on my Easter break, Morgan is off from school from today with the other two breaking up tomorrow. Brian is down in Kent at RAF Easter camp, actually not far from my parents! It seems that the weather is holding out and none of us are snowed up (so please don't let it start snowing again). Morgan and me headed off for coffee-n- tango this morning to get some groceries :) Now I have Waiting for Godot playing in the background, wondering if it can send subliminal messages to me on what I am meant to write for this next Open University essay! I've also hit the button and signed up for Children's Literature starting in September. I think that *may* be it for just the BA Open but I want (Hons) so may have to do one more course, but I know which one it will be, although it looks as ghastly as 20th century lit!

Anyhow, at home, got my Aviary stamps and making some little cards for a couple of weeks for the craft fair. Now, this set involves me lining up bird cages and birds and as I am rubbish at doing things straight, I have got the wonderful stamp-a-ma-jig out to make life so much easier. It's a really cool piece of Stampin' Up! kit and makes life easier (for me anyway).

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If you have no idea what I am talking about, here's a little walk through.

First I have stamped one of the little birds onto my piece of cardstock.
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Next, with the stamp-a-ma-jig, you line up the imaging sheet - I have the smooth side facing up - into the stamp-a-ma-jig.
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Having chosen my bird cage, as I am using the clear stamps, I placed my stamp to the right hand side of the block - all will become apparent in a mo.
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Then position the block into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp onto the imaging sheet.
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Next, line up the stamp-a-ma-jig over the first stamped image to get your placement.
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Without moving the stamp-a-ma-jig take away the image placement sheet.
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Reink your stamp if you need to, and then again, line up the block into the corner of the stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp.
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And there you have it, perfect placement.
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Stampin' Up! do several sets that are what they call two-step stamping, making them perfect for layering and combining images. I'm off to play with some more birds!

Just updating this with one of the cards I've made today:
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May the crafting mojo be with you :)

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