Wednesday, March 30, 2016

WHO'S turning 18???

Any Dr. Who fans out there??? Or Whovarians as they are sometimes called.

If so I have a great post for you today!
A lovely young lady I know has just turned 18 recently and among other things - she is a huge fan of Dr. Who.
So much so, that over the past years I have often resorted to Dr. Who for my inspiration for her birthday card.
So I say...when you are on a good thing....stick to it?! LOL!

I knew immediately what I wanted to do for her 18th Birthday card this year.

A version of an Exploding Card. Making the outer box like the Dr. Who Police Box.

This was not a difficult card to make at all.
Using Night of Navy I cut out a square 21cm x 21cm. And scored it 7cm and 14cm both ways.
I cut off all the corner squares to make my box that folds up.

 The lid was created with a piece of cardstock 10cm x 10cm and scored at 1.5cm all the way round.

Here it is in pictures slowly "exploding open" for you.

Ooooh look...there is a box inside?!!!

 I used some retired designer paper inside with the Large Number Framelits Dies for the 18's. They were cut in Gold Foil and Crushed Curry.
( Wonder what is in that Jewellery box???? hmmmm.)
 The mini card in the centre is made using the Saleabration Set Party Pants and the Balloon Bouquet Punch. Simple and effective.

This was great fun to make and I have to say super quick with those Large Numbers. Love, love, love them! Still available in the All Occasions Catalogue if you are interested until the end of May.

And just in case there is anyone else out there like me....who can't stand seeing a box and not knowing what was in it...the little jewellery box holds a silver bracelet with a silver heart attached.

Now I am off to plan another "Big Number" Birthday card. (and I can guarantee the Large Numbers will feature in that one too!) LOL.
What was that I was saying again?...when you are on a good thing... stick to it! hehe.

I thought I would show you a couple of previous years cards I have made for Maddie as well. So you can see I wasn't kidding when I said I was sticking to a theme here. haha.

Thanks for stopping by. 

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Mug or Cup? (and a quick word (or two) on Photopolymer Stamps)

Which one do you prefer???
A mug or a teacup to drink from?
Me -  I am a teacup kinda gal myself,  but I still love this little mug in the Cups and Kettle Framelits dies set.
I saw a cute idea with circles of dsp for the background by Yvonne van Bruggen and thought it would look good on this card. A great way to use your designer paper!

Bermuda Bay card base and  Have a Cuppa designer paper.
I also used the matching stamp set A Nice Cuppa for the cute little lemon slice and tea bag.
Sentiments are from Enjoy the Little Things stamp set.

Here is a fun set of tea cups to show case the lovely matching stampset A Nice Cuppa and some of the pretty designer paper from Have a Cuppa.
With a touch of sparkle from the beautiful Blushing Bride Glimmer card (have you got yourself some yet!?)
I stamped the top and bottom cups in Coastal Cabana (retired) and Melon Mambo ink.
The middle cup was cut out using some of the gorgeous A Nice cuppa designer paper.
I have used the Cups and Kettles framelit dies to cut out my images.

Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay colour combination is just Tea-riffic! hehe.

I have put together a little sheet of helpful tips that I thought I would share with you all here. These are just some of the ideas I have gleaned from the web, fellow demonstrators and my own use and might help someone just starting out with these sets.


Larger solid stamps can sometimes have problems stamping a clean image.

Here are a few ideas:

Because photopolymer stamps don’t have the foam backing that red rubber stamps have, using a paper piercing foam mat or similar such as a foam mouse pad under the card to be stamped may be helpful.

Like any large stamp - Tap ink onto Stamp - not - Tap Stamp onto ink,
this can give you a clearer view of where the ink is going on the stamp.

You can also place the cardstock on top of the stamp, like we do with large background stamps and rub gently to transfer the stamped image.

Stamp image and leave for a moment to allow the ink to transfer to the cardstock.

Make sure that the stamp has no air-bubbles under it when attached to the clear acrylic block.

Sometimes there is a film left on the photopolymer from the manufacturing process, when you first purchase it.
You can help condition your stamp by:-

Cleaning them with your stampin mist(stamp cleaner) and (scrubber pad) or a rough wash cloth.

Washing the stamp in warm water with dish wash liquid.

Take an eraser and work over the image then clean again.

Tap Versamark ink pad onto stamp then load with the ink colour you want. The Versamark will help the coloured ink hold in place.

Another idea I have heard about is to put Versamark ink onto stamp Rub stamp and then clean.(I haven’t tried this one).

I hope this has been helpful to you.
Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Hippity Hoppity

Easter is on it's way!! Just a couple of days to go!
I wanted to make a few quick and easy little Easter treats for people.
And the emphasis HAD to be on Quick!

So out came the punches! Cause what could be quicker???

Using the Tag Topper Scallop Punch I cut the ends of my 5cm x 21cm cardstock strips.
Wisteria Wonder, Soft Sky, So Saffron and Pink Pirouette.
(click on photo to enlarge)
I scored them from the straight end at 8cm and 10.5cm.

Then I punched these pieces for each one.
Large Oval punch, small oval punch, owl builder punch, 1/2" circle punch and 1 3/4" circle punch.

(click on photo to enlarge)
I stamped on the large 1 3/4" circle with stamps from Saleabration set Party Pants (Hugs and Kisses)/ Teeny Tiny Wishes (Happy Easter) and Saleabration set Just for you (flowers and leaves)

I glued the ears onto the back piece with the scallop edge and the face and tummy/greeting onto the front.

 Inside I put a Malteser Malt Easter mini bunny.

 And here are my Bunnies all ready to go! Hippity Hopping down the road.

(click on photo to enlarge)

And this is my little wish for all of you from me this Easter.....

Happy Blessed Easter. Vx

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Delicate and Dainty Time for Tea

Afternoon Tea Anyone???

I loved creating this dainty little teaset for my square card below. 
Using the Cups and Kettle Framelits dies I cut a teapot from the Have a Cuppa designer series paper stack and a dainty teacup in whisper white. I ran the tea cup through the Bigshot with the Elegant Dots Embossing Folder
I used the scallop pattern in the framelit set to make a feature on the cup using Wisteria wonder cardstock. 

A teaspoon was cut with some Silver Foil Card and two sweet hearts one in silver glimmer card and one in Wisteria Wonder.  

I also cut a paper lace doily in half and popped it under the tea cup.
Such a pretty feminine card I think.
Time for tea!
Thanks for stopping by. Vx

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Balloon Saleabration!

Saleabration is nearly over again for another year, so I felt I had better hurry up and share this card with you!
Made with the Saleabration set Party Pants and the Balloon Builder punch from the All Occasions Catalogue.

I went for some Party Colours with Wistera Wonder, Melon Mambo and Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.

Timeless Textures added a fun background.
One of the things I really loved about the Party Pants Stamp set were the very cool word stamps that were included.
The words fit inside the balloon stamp or do well inside a lot of our punches too. There are Eight Word sentiments!! Something to cover just about every occasion! Brilliant!

For the three punched balloons I have used two patterned papers from Have a Cuppa paper stack p.35 of the All Occasions Catalogue.
With the balloon in the centre being stamped with the Party Pants balloon stamp in Pool Party ink.

 Also added some Dazzling Diamonds around the edges of the balloons for some sparkle.

If you are after something from the Saleabration brochure don't forget it ends 31st March. So only a couple of weeks left to get these exclusive sets.

Have a great day and come again soon. Vx

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Time for Tea Bags..A nice Cuppa.

You know it is funny how well some people know you.
 Every friend who viewed the All Occasions catalogue with me and saw this "A Nice Cuppa" Stamp and framelits set  (p.34 &35.)said "Oh you will definitely have to get this one Vicki!" 
And how right they were! LOL! Yes I am a true lover of my Cup of Tea. Fine Bone China cups are preferable too. hehe.

So when it came to a recent Workshop I just had to use this set for a make and take.

This is the original card I made.
Using pretty floral paper from Love Blossoms dsp stack.p.17. 
Does it remind you of a lovely fine bone china tea cup do you think?

Stamps are from Timeless Textures and A Nice Cuppa.
Ink colours used were: Rose Red, Garden Green, Blushing Bride and Crumbcake.

Inside there is a little pocket that holds a tea bag.

For the Workshop I changed it up ever so slightly. I didn't have the white bakers twine for the tea bag and I used the large circle scallop punch for the little decorative piece at the bottom.

This is the card with the tea cup turned around to show the other side of the Love Blossoms Designer Paper we used. That's another reason to love using our designer paper in projects...there is always two options for every piece you use.

Cut A4 cardstock in half lengthways - 10.5cm
Turn and score at 7cm and 19.5cm.
Adhere the edges of the 7cm piece up to make a pocket.

And just because I love the idea of a card with a tea bag inside...
I made another one.
 The card is a small 10.5cm x 10.5cm square card and the flap that folds up to make the pocket is 5.5cm. 
You will need a piece of cardstock 10.5cm x 27cm. Score at 5.5cm and 16cm.

In totally different colours Tangerine Tango and Daffodil yellow.
I fussy-cut the stamp, as there isn't a framelit for it, "There's always time for tea". It wasn't very hard to do.
Tip: When hand-cutting an image try and leave a small white border around the edges. It helps to lift the image from the rest of your card.

Background stamps : Timeless Textures - All Occasions Catalgue p.29
Hearts punched out with the small heart punch.

Finally I will show you the Notecard we also made at the Workshop Make and Take. Using Botanical Blooms Stamps, Botanical Garden dsp and the Pansy Flower Punch.

 Loads of fun!
It must be time for a cuppa by now don't you think?? after all that reading!!

Thanks for dropping by and I hope you can come again real soon.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Notecard Holder with Botanical Builder Framelits and Instructions.

Hello Everyone!
A little while back I saw a post from Patty Bennett of a card box design she and Sara from Stampin Up had made using the Botanical Builder Framelits. 
I just loved it so much I had to make one for myself to hold our Stampin Up Notecards and envelopes p.149 of the main catalogue
Here it is with the notecards out of it.
I used the Saleabration Stamp Set Botanicals For You and some Botanical Garden Designer paper on the cards.
This Saleabration set was great and easy to use as it coordinates so well with the rest of the Botanicals Suite.         

I made the box in Crumbcake cardstock and decorated it with some Botanical Garden designer paper inside. On the bottom of the box I used the Botanical Builder Framelits for a flower in Hello Honey and Leaves in Mossy Meadow. I also used some yellow gingham Washi Tape around the edges and across the centre of the Burlap Ribbon to help hold it on.

I was so pleased with the first one I made I thought I would make another one too.

The second one is made in Mossy Meadow Cardstock with a Cajun Craze flower and Old Olive leaves.


Don't forget you can always click on the photos to enlarge them!

It has an Iced Rhinstone in the centre. Very blingy!!

 I love these little notecards we sell on p.149 of the main catalogue. There are 20 cards and envelopes in the pack and you can get them in whisper white or crumbcake. They are the perfect size for quick and easy cards when you are in a hurry.

Want to know the box measurements for the notecards?
Start with your piece of cardstock 23.5cm x 14cm

Placing your cardstock with the 23.5cm edge horizontal. Score at 6cm, 8 cm and 21.5cm
Turn and score along the 14cm edge at 2cm and 12cm

Place the leaf framelit from Botanical Builders on the edge that hasn't got a 2cm score line and run through the Big shot.

Click on photo to enlarge
 Cut the tabs.
 Then fold up the score lines.
Decorate as you wish.

Thanks for dropping by. Vx

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