Whole Lot of Love & Convention Card Candy using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I know, I know……. it’s not even Christmas yet and we’re already thinking of Valentine’s day. Well in my house you need to start dropping hints early – they always fall on deaf ears though!

There are some lovely new products from Stampin’ Up! to help you get prepared early. They are only available until the end of January 2014 or whilst stocks last.

Well to continue with the convention theme, I’m going to show you all the card candy that myself and some of my fellow Pinkies swapped at convention.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Card Candy – it is simply elements/card toppers that can be attached when making cards.

Here’s mine using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches:

Here’s Sam’s made using the Occasions Alphabet stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Jacqueline’s made using the Bug Me stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Sarah’s made using various items to Celebrate the Season (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Lorraine’s made using the Creative Elements stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Gill’s made using Lovely Romance (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Lucy’s made using Zoo Babies (click on the photo to go to her blog)
Here’s Helen’s made using Around the World (click on the photo to go to her blog)
And last but by no mean’s least here’s Caroline’s made using Chalk Talk (click on the photo to go to her blog)

More Convention Swaps

So I took hundreds of photos at convention – unfortunately I am not the photographer in my family and the majority are useless for posting on here. They are either too under or over exposed. Nevermind, my sister (the photographer in the family) is going to give me the dummies guide to my camera when we go up at Christmas! Really I should just RTM (read the manual) but I fear it would lull me to sleep, which sounds lovely but I have too much to do!

Anyway enough rambling from me here are some of the ok shots from inspiration boards at convention.



I love this artists tray too. Unfortunately I didn’t see who had made it so apologies for not linking it to you if it is yours




And finally here is a swap I made for another demonstrator, who was unable to attend convention due to ill health. A load of the Pinkies made 5 swaps to swap on her behalf so she could receive a bunch of swaps back. I love being part of the Pinkies, they are a lovely bunch of crafters with big hearts!



As with my own swaps, its not my usual style, but I actually really like it. What do you think?

For this project you will need
Card stock: Tempting Turquoise 108598, Midnight Muse 127546
Inks: Midnight Muse 126860, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Pad 126857, Versamark 102283
Stamp sets: Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Beautifully Baroque W-130895
Other: Bitty Butterfly punch 129406, White embossing powder 109132

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    European Convention – my swaps!

    Usually my style is CAS (clean and simple), however, I decided to go for a completely different style for my convention swaps! I thought I would be adventurous and it seems to have paid off judging by the comments from some of the other demonstrators I swapped with!

    For these cards you will need:
    Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge W-130514, C-130517, Off the Grid W-130736, Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Dictionary Background W-130348, C-130351
    A4 Card Stock: Basic Black 121688, Real Red 106578, Crumb Cake 121685
    Ink Pads: Whisper White (Craft) 101731, Basic Black 126980, Versamark 102283
    Other: White embossing powder 109132, Bitty Butterfly Punch129406, Bubble wrap
    Convention was fantastic! I will be posting more pictures as soon as I get the chance so pop back later this week for another look.

    CAS – Colours and Sketches

    Well I made the Top 3 of the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge – I was really happy especially as it was my first ever entry to a challenge blog. I will work out how to add the badge to my side bar at some point! ( I used to be technically savvy and then I had children and my brain no longer functions the way it used to – baby brain it’s called).

    Anyway I now have the blog challenge bug and I have made this card to enter the CAS – Colours and Sketches Challenge – Sketch # 51.

    Here’s the sketch:

    And here’s my interpretation of it:
    I recently bought the Circle Card Thinlits die and had it already when I saw the sketch for the challenge. Fits perfectly I thought!
    For this project you would need:

    Circle Card Thinlits die 133480,
    A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549, Soft Sky 131292, Strawberry Slush 131300,
    Silver Glimmer paper 124005,
    Stamps – Travel Journal Wheel 126937
    Ink pads – Smoky Slate 131179,
    Re-inkers – Smoky Slate 131159, Strawberry Slush 131167,
    Tools: Aqua painters 103954, Big Shot 113439, Simply Stripes TIEF 132174,
    Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle 120906, Artisan label 130920 , Bitty Butterfly 129406 and Elegant Butterfly 127526,
    Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones 119246, Whisper White Baker’s Twine 124262

    I hope you like it!

    Around the World Challenge (AW-04)

    Well this is my second attempt at the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenges Blog AW-04 challenge!

    The first one failed to load on the site properly and I actually realised it was too similar to one of the Design Team’s inspiration cards. Today was the first time I’ve had a chance to redo my entry and I am much happier with this one than the first one anyway!

    This is the first time I’ve entered a blog challenge so wish me luck!

    I decided to use a butterfly and row of flowers to mimic the ribbon in the sketch. 
    For this project I used:
    A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549 , Soft Sky 131292, Smoky Slate 131291, Calypso Coral 124392
    Ink – Smoky Slate 131179, Soft Sky 131181, Calypso Coral 126983
    Stamps – Four You (W) 130535 (C)  130538, Off the Grid (W) 130736, Travel Journal (Wheel) 126937, (plus bubble wrap)
    Punches – Bitty Butterfly 129406, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack  118309

    Envelope Punch Board Class Projects – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    Well I gave you a sneak peek, at the beginning of the week, of one of the projects we were going to be making last night at my Envelope punch board class. We made two projects with the board – a decorated gift box and a Christmas Cracker.

    Here’s the Gift Box in it’s full glory.

    I had seen a tutorial on Pinterest ages ago, that just made it so simple. Once you’ve learned how to make one you can just play around with measurements to make all sorts of sizes! You’ll find the Pin on Pinterest here.  I added my own touches with the decoration and I love the rosette on the top of the box. It’s dual purpose – decorative, as well as functional, as it fastens the box shut with a velcro dot.

    For this project you will need:
    Cardstock/DSP – Island Indigo textured 12 x 12 132132, Winter Frost Speciality DSP 132341, Coastal Cabana 131302
    Stamps – Very Merry Tags (W) 130393, © 130402
    Ink – Metallic Encore Pad Silver 132142
    Punch – Mosaic 131267
    The ladies in the class loved the envelope punch board too, even though we didn’t actually make an envelope with it! 
    Finally we made a Christmas card (although not using the board). 
    For this project you will need:
    Card Stock – Whisper White (106549), Coastal Cabana 131302
    Stamps – Christmas Star, Simply Stars (W) 130389 (C) 130893
    Inks – Versamark 102283, Coastal Cabana 131175
    Tools – Paper Piercing Tool 126189, Stampin’ Pierce Mat 126199, Paper Piercing Pack Essentials 126187, Heat tool (UK) 129054 (EU) 129055, White embossing powder 109132
    Embellishments – Basic Rhinestones 119246
    The feedback from the class on the projects was great. So if you are local to Pinner and fancy a creative evening once a month in a relaxed and friendly environment, then we would love for you to join us. Click here for more details.

    Envelope Punch Board Class Project – A Sneak Peek using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    Have you seen the new Envelope punch board is now available to customers? 
    I love this board and was lucky enough to win one at a recent Stampin’ Up! event. I will be using this in my class on Thursday so if you are local to me and fancy coming along just let me know. There’s a sneak peek of one of the projects below:

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    We’ve all gone Batty! using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    I don’t usually celebrate Hallowe’en but I thought this year, as Regan is a little bit older, it might be nice to do something with the boys and had planned to make some Hallowe’en themed gifts.

    As it is half term next week, we also have some playdates lined up and I thought it would be nice to give some Hallowe’en gifts. I found “fangs” in the sweetie aisle of the local supermarket and that lead to the idea to make vampire themed gift packaging …. and so Batty was born. He’s such a cutie even if I do say so myself!

    He was super easy to make – just a little box from Basic Black Card stock with an oval cut out for his mouth. I cut out an oval in Whisper White and drew the fangs freehand, before cutting out with my paper snips. I made his ears out of ovals of Basic Black, scored down the middle and folded over at the ends to make them look a bit raggedy. For his wings I shaped a strip of basic black card stock with a variety of circle punches and the paper snips. I also scored folds into the wings with the stylus from the Simply Scored Scoring tool.

    His eyes are made from circles of Daffodil Delight, sponged on the bottom with Tangerine Tango and finished off with pupils of Basic Black.

    And here’s the little fellow with the bag of  fangs sweets inside.

    Well I had better get busy making him some buddies for next week.
    Products used:
    Basic Black card stock ( 121688), Whisper White card stock (106549), Daffodil Delight Card Stock (121680), Extra Large Oval punch (119859), 1″ Circle punch (119868), Tangerine Tango Classic Stampin’ pad (126946)