Tuesday, 24 April 2012

New Summer Mini & Blog Hop coming...



 


Did you know that Stampin’ Up! Are bringing you another Mini Catalogue?  That’s right!  Our Summer Mini catalogue goes live on May 1st.

And what’s more I’ve seen it…as have many other UK & European demonstrators.  That’s one of the great things about being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, getting to earn or purchase and play with fabulous goodies before they are released!  If you want to find out more about getting product early then drop me a line and ask about how you can join me and Stampin’ Up! Today!

So with the new mini catalogue comes more fabulous, gorgeous and yummy products – there’s stamps, ribbons, punches and…..so much more!!!  They are just so stunning, it was hard to choose what to get first!  My list was so long....ok it was the entire mini catalogue but shh hubby doesn't know that!

To help you choose the goodies that you will want to buy and to give you a lot of fantastic inspiration I have joined in with 35+ other Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators over on ILWS to bring you another amazing Blog Hop on May 1st at 10 am GMT.

So please check back and follow through the links to hop from blog to blog where I know you will be just blown away by all the amazing creations!

I will post up everyone's blog linky on here so that if you do find a missing link on the day you'll still be able to find the next person in the chain.

Don't forget to leave messages too on your way round - we love to hear from you!

See you soon!

Happy Crafting.


 
 
 

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Bargello…

 

Have you heard of the Bargello Technique? No? Well it originated in needlework, but has been adapted into paper crafting. It is a great way to use up strips of your favourite Designer Series Papers (DSP) to make a really interesting background. You could also make your own background papers by stamping with various stamps onto cardstock and then follow the instructions.

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In my stash (I have way too much) I have a lot of pieces of DSP 6” x 3” (15cm x 7.5 cm) which was ideal.

All you need to do is cut the paper into strips. For mine they were 2cm wide by 15cm long.  The papers used here are from the very gorgeous Paisley Petals Designer Series Papers.  Did you know that these were designed to match in with the Paisley Petals stamp set on page 51 of the current Idea Book & Catalogue?

Glue the strips on some thin paper in a consistent design with sides touching and the edges even. Then cut several strips in the opposite direction. Play with the strips to create a design.

Glue the strips in the pattern of your choice directly onto the card base or another sheet of thin paper to make a layer.


The Bargello background can also be cut with a die for a shaped background layer, in my case the wonderful and very well used Top Note die.

For the greeting layer, I punched a scallop circle out of Wild Wasabi and bound Linen Thread around it in the Spirelli technique style.

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I stamped the scallop circle greeting from the Hostess Stamp Set - Happiest Birthday Wishes, twice in Early Espresso ink on Whisper White and Marina Mist cardstock. Punch one out with the 1 3/8 inch circle punch and the other with the 1 inch circle punch. Layer these using Stampin' Dimensionals and attach it to the Wild Wasabi circle with a Stampin Dimensional.

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The banner is from the Petal Cone Die but you can easily make one from a strip of card and cut a V in at one end. The greeting is from For My Family stamp set.

Attach the greeting to the back of the Scallop Circle and mount directly onto the Top Note Die Cut.

Don’t forget that everything that you see here can be purchased through me.  Drop me an email at sassystampers@gmail.com if you would like to know more on how to order.

Take Care & Happy Crafting!

ElaineSmithSignature_byAngieWhalley12

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Delicate Doilies…

 

 

I love simple cards!  Sometimes less is more, and this card is no different. I recall seeing a card like this on my surfing travels which inspired me to make this one.  But, I cannot find it again, so if it is yours please let me know so I can mention you.Smile 

 

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Using one of the very gorgeous images from the Delicate Doilies stamp set, I stamped this in Wisteria Wonder on to Whisper White cardstock in the bottom right hand corner.  The greeting is from Curly Cute and has been stamped in Basic Grey ink.  The grey ink gives a softer more muted look to the greeting and as Wisteria Wonder has a grey undertone it works well I think.

 

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I mounted the Whisper White mat layer on to my Wisteria Wonder base using Stampin' Dimensionals.

 

I hope you like it.

 

Happy crafting

ElaineSmithSignature_byAngieWhalley12

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