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Thursday, 29 April 2010

Civil Ceremony Thank You Card

Hello Everybody! Sorry, I've been completely neglecting this blog again I'm trying to do 101 things at once at the minute!

Today I'm showing you a simple thank you card I've done.  A dear friend of our family is getting married to her partner in a couple of weeks and, when asked what they would like as a gift, she asked me if I could make some thank you cards for them, as our wedding gift to them.

As you can imagine, I was extremely flattered that she'd asked me.  I'm not sure what the colour scheme is, so I've kept it quite neutral, and as I was making 50 cards I wanted to keep them quite simple!

The cardstock I've used for the main body of the card is Kraft.  The foliage stamp I have used is from Vintage Vogue, which I love because it is so versatile. I stamped this in Old Olive ink. 

The heart is punched using the Full Heart Punch out of the beautiful Very Vanilla Bridesmaid Designer Series Paper, I tied twine around it and punched a little tag using the small tag punch and stamped it with the sentiment from the Tiny Tags set.

And here is the finished result!  I just hope they like it.....!

TFL! Joanne x

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Scrapbook in a Box and Criss Cross Card

May is National Scrapbooking Month, and to celebrate this, my next class on 8 May we will be making a Scrapbook in a Box and a Criss-Cross card using the beautiful Vintage Vogue set.

The box is very similar to an exploding box, but simpler and not as time consuming to make!  If you don't want to make it into a scrapbook, you can always just make it into a regular keepsake/gift box.  But this is what it looks like inside as a scrapbook:

It opens up into a 12" x 12" scrapbook page! Pretty cool, huh?!

Additionally, we will be making a Criss Cross card to match the box, so you can give the whole set as a gift if you can bear to part with it!

During the class we will learn two techniques - brayering and rock n' roll.  You will get everything in your class to complete these two projects.  The class costs £10, or £25 if you include the Vintage Vogue stamp set (regular price £19.95). For more details and to book a place on the class take a look here.

For those who can't come to the class, the materials used are Very Vanilla, Apricot Appeal and Elegant Eggplant cardstock, Bride DSP, Chocolate Chip, Apricot Appeal, Old Olive and Elegant Eggplant inks, clear rhinestone brads and twine.

TFL! Joanne x

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Colour Renovation - It's Coming!!

Okay, so I know how much you all like your Stampin' Up! colours, and how everything co-ordinates.  Well announcements have been going up all over the internet and so I feel I can announce the news here.  The Stampin' Up! colours are having a renovation!

Here's the new look list:

The new palette is fantastic.  Ever since SU! first came to the UK we have been asking for the beautiful In Colours - we are getting them, and in future they will last for two years instead of just one. As with the existing palette, there will be lots of co-ordinating products including ribbons, buttons and accessories, so still lots to play with!

As you can probably tell from the above chart, a number of colours, which were deemed not as popular, are being discontinued.  But you still have plenty of time to stock up on your favourites as the new Colour Renovation doesn't come into effect until the new catalogue starts in October. So if you like any particular colours, get your orders in while you can! Here is a full list of the colours which are being discontinued:

Don't forget we also have the Mini Catalogue which has just come out, so lots to keep us happy and busy for the next six months until this awesome change takes place.

If you have any questions, or if you would like to place an order, please get in touch with me.

TFL! Joanne x

Monday, 5 April 2010

Treat Cups Tutorial!

A few days ago I promised a tutorial based around the marvellous treat cups we now have in the Mini Catalogue. Well, here it is!

Okay, so first of all I start by doing my little picture.  For this card I'm using my favourite, the bubblegum machine again.  First I stamp the base, then I line up my 1 3/4" punch by the base and punch my hole for the treat cup, then I use my Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the little lid on top of my treat cup hole.

Next, I place my image over my mat (DO NOT stick it down yet!) I can then line my punch up over the hole and punch the hole out of the mat as well.

I then take them apart and sandwich my treat cup between my picture and the mat as shown. The treat cup has double sided tape on and is easy to line up on the mat. Then it's just a case of adding adhesive to the picture and placing it on top.

Next I take my actual card and punch a hole about a third of the way down. You don't need to use the 1 3/4" punch for this, you just need a hole that's big enough to get your treat through.  For this card I used a 3/4" punch.

Next, you need to make a "door" to cover your 3/4" hole, so you can keep your treats in place when they're not being eaten! 

Take a piece of co-ordinating cardstock sized at 2" x 2 1/2" and attach a punch tab to the end of it. This will be your door. Stick double sided tape around your matted picture, just on three sides, and attach it to your card.  Your little door should slide in from the left and cover the hole.

Fill your card with your chosen treat and slide the door into place.

Add your finishing touches, and there you have it - a gorgeous treat cup card!  They can seem fiddly to make at first, but once you get the hang of it they're very straight forward.

The materials used for this card are Real Red and Whisper White cardstock, a piece of patterned paper from the Pink Flamingo Designer Series Papers, 1/2" striped grosgrain ribbon in Real Red, Real Red ink and the Something Sweet stamp set and treat cups. The punches used are 1 3/4" circle, 3/4" circle and Round Tab Punch. All items are from the Stampin' Up! current catalogues.

Hope you like this card.  Remember, if you have any questions, or if you'd like to purchase anything from Stampin' Up! I'd love to hear from you!

TFL! Joanne x

Friday, 2 April 2010

A Blue Card for a Blue Day!

Hello Everybody!  Just in case you didn't know, today is World Autism Awareness Day.  Autism is a condition which is very close to my heart as my son is on the autistic spectrum. 

As part of World Autism Awareness Day, supporters need to wear something blue.  I'm sitting here in my blue jeggings and blue top, and I thought I'd show you a quick blue card that I've done to.  Here it is:

It's made using one of my favourite colours, Bashful Blue.  The stamp set I've used is Flight of the Butterfly, the "grass" is made using a strip of Old Olive cardstock that I've snipped using my Paper Snips.  It's finished off with a Chocolate Chip tafetta ribbon to match the Chocolate Chip background flowers and the flower accent on the butterfly.  Hope you like it!

TFL and I'll be back again soon! Joanne x

Thursday, 1 April 2010

It's here and it's live!

No joke - the hugely anticipated new mini catalogue is now live! You can order anything you want out of it!

The most popular item seems to be the bird punch so far.


I made this card using the bird punch and the beautiful new Vintage Vogue set. Colours are Pale Plum and Chocolate Chip ink on Whisper White cardstock.  The card itself is our Kraft cardstock and the little bit of sparkle is our Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

I love everything in our new mini catty, but at the minute I'm loving the treat cups most!  I made this card yesterday.  The striped paper comes from the gorgeous Sweet Pea papers. The cardstock used is Rose Red and Pumpkin Pie, together with Chocolate Chip ink.  I've also used the Tab Punch, Eyelet Border Punch and Pretty in Pink tafetta ribbon.

They may seem complicated to do, but they're not once you're shown how.  I'll try and do a tutorial tomorrow or sometime this weekend, so keep checking back!

If you haven't got a copy of the mini catalogue and would like one, please get in touch with me.  Otherwise you can have a browse by following the link on the right hand side of my blog. Just click on the picture!

If temptation is getting the better of you and you'd like to order please just get in touch!

TFL! Joanne x