BEFORE THE BIG SHOT!!!

Sometimes at classes when we are talking about the Big Shot we wonder what we did before we had the Big Shot.  I love the Big Shot and everyone who sees it loves it too – and wants one!!! Isn’t that right?  I was sorting through one of my big boxes of cards today and I came across some very early cards I had made.  I don’t have many left but sometimes it is good to look back at them.  I thought you might be interested.  Now I am a little embarrassed to share these but well, we have to start from somewhere don’t we.  I made these cards back in late 2008 and in 2009 in my very early days as a Demonstrator.  I remember being so proud of these at the time.  I had never done any stamping until just before I joined.  So I share these with you.  You can laugh, you can cringe or you can just ignore them completely BUT here they are for the blog world to see ……………..

This was one of my very early cards.  This was the first stamp set I bought with Stampin’ Up! that came with my Starter Kit and I must admit the first stamp set I ever owned.  This was a favourite set though ‘Baroque Motifs’.

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I hardly every use Chocolate Chip now.  This is teamed with Certainly Celery.  I even added a little dazzle with Dazzling Diamonds.  No Rhinestones back then. 🙂

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I don’t mind this card really but well I didn’t even own any ribbon.  I just used a thin strip of cardstock tied in to a bow.  This card was for a workshop a long time back showing the Rock and Roll Technique.  Once again using Certainly Celery. I used a lot of that colour back then.  It’s not available now and no that is not Bermuda Bay it is with.  This is Taken with Teal (retired). My first inkpad I bought.  The light flowers were stamped in Versamark onto the base card.  I had used Regal Rose (not available now) and Rose Red.

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I still love the layout of this card.  I think I will have to try this one again with some new stamps. 🙂  I think I CASED this from the Stampin’ Up! Catalogue at the time??? There was no Pinterest back then either.   I used Pink Passion (no not available now either) and Elegant Eggplant.  I don’t think I have used that colour combination since.  The greeting was from ‘Sincere Salutations’ (retired).

As I think on these cards and other earlier ones I realised that I used more stamping techniques where now I rely on the Big Shot to cut and add texture.  I think I need to get back to some more stamping techniques.

But enjoy your chuckle as you look at these.  We shall move on now to new products and new catalogues.

Only 2 more sleeps until the new catalogues begin.  I am excited about this. 

See you again very soon.

Jenny

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A STAMPING WEEKEND!!

A little while ago I got together with my stamping buddies, Andrea and Leonie N.  for the weekend.  Well it probably amounted to 24 hours that I was there for but boy did we cram a lot of creating in that time!  It’s amazing how much you can create when you don’t have those little interruptions such as family. 🙂   I want to show you some of the projects we created. I won’t give you too many details of the cards.  It will take too long.

I played around with my “Reason to Smile” set.

This is a framelit card.  This card was inspired by one I saw in my blog travels.  It used the “Field Flowers” set but I just changed this around a bit.  I stamped the flower 3 times and then again on scrap Vanilla card and cut out the flower.  I raised this up off the card with dimensionals.  I will try and put together a tutorial on creating this Framelit card.  Just give me a bit of time for that.  🙂

This card was CASED by Maureen (I think???) from MamaMo Stamps. I love the butterflies and the debossing using the ‘Elegant Lines’ Embossing Folder.

Here’s another CASE from Maureen.  I first embossed some Vanilla cardstock using the Houndstooth Embossing Folder.  I then punched out 3 flowers with the Blossom Punch.  The centres and greeting from ‘Sincere Salutations’ were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink.  A very simple card but I think effective.

This is a quick one layer card I CASED from Leonie.  I stamped this one in Tangerine Tango.  This is such an easy card – maybe 5 minutes MAX!!  I stamped one flower on scrap white card and punched it out using the Blossom Punch.  This was raised up off the card using dimensionals.

‘That is enough for today.  I will post some more from our stamping day next post.

Hope you can stop by again soon,

Jenny x

THE END IS NIGH FOR SALE-A-BRATION AND THE SUMMER MINI!!

I can’t believe that Sale-A-Bration and the Summer Mini Catalogue ends TODAY!!  These last couple of months have simply flown by!  The SAB choices this year have been absolutely awesome and I am sad to see them come to an end.  I have shown you a lot of projects using them over the past couple of months.  I still have some I haven’t shown you yet.  I will see if I get around to that.

Today I want to show you a couple of cards from the Summer Mini.  Poor Mini Catalogue 😦  I think some of these have been overlooked because there has been so much to show from Sale-A-Bration.  These cards are using the set “Bold Blossom” which is a really cute set and so versatile.  This co-ordinates so nicely with the Blossom Bouquet Triple Layer Punch.

The original idea for this card came from Jill’s Ink here.  I changed the colours and the greeting but I loved the idea.  I  used Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder and Lucky Limeade.  The greeting is from ‘Sincere Salutations’.  Now that’s a set I haven’t used for a while!!

This next card I demonstrated at a workshop recently.

Colours are Lucky Limeade and Pretty in Pink.  The flowers were stamped on scrap Whisper White card and punched out with the 3/4″ circle punch.  They were raised up off the card with dimensionals and a Rhinestone added to the centre of each to give it the ‘Bling’ Factor!  For the top of the card, I punched the edge of a piece of Pretty in Pink card with the Scallop Border Punch and then ran it through the Big Shot with the Stripes Embossing Folder.  I tied a piece of Pretty in Pink Grosgrain ribbon around it before adhering it to the card.  The greeting is from ‘Fabulous Phrases’.

Well I hope you have got your free Sale-A-Bration stamps, paper or brad and ribbon pack.  Maybe you have got them all!!!  I have enjoyed them all.  But tomorrow the Autumn Mini Catalogue starts and that has some fantastic products too.  I look forward to showing you them over the next weeks and months.  I hope to start showing you some tomorrow so I hope you stop by again soon.

Until then,

Jenny x

CHERRY COBBLER WEDDING INVITE!!

Recently Stampin’ Up! held a competition among the Demonstrators in Australia and New Zealand to create a Wedding Invitation.  Unfortunately I didn’t win.  I was happy with the end result but really with all the embossing on this card I don’t think you would want to make 60-80+ invitations of these.  I thought I would show you mine anyway.

I have used Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White.  The swirls are from ‘Elements of Style’. All of the swirls are stamped in Cherry Cobbler and clear embossed. That takes a little time!!  Before I stamped them though I dry embossed an oval on the top part with the Designer Frames Embossing Folder.  The greeting is from ‘Sincere Salutations’.  This was Gold embossed on scrap Whisper White and punched out with the Extra Large Oval Punch.  I added a bow with the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.  See the curled ends on the ribbon??  I wrapped the ends around a pencil and misted them with a little water.  Then I gave them a short blast with the Heat Tool.

This card is created with the Double Dutch Fold.  I found that on Splitcoast Stampers here.  It is a really cool fold.  Here is a different photo with the flaps open.

Here is the card open.  On the inside I stamped the swirls in Cherry Cobbler on Whisper White.   I made up a dummy invite for the competition.  I created this on the computer and then printed it out on Vellum.  This was attached at the top with Gold Brads.

I hope you like it.  I had a lot of fun creating it.

Before I go I wanted to say a HUGE Thank You to you all for your response and comments on my last post of the Tote Bag Tutorial.  I was so overwhelmed with the response.  Thanks so much.  I wanted to share this with you all –  my special blog readers.  I do hope you get to create one for yourself. If you haven’t seen it yet then just go back to the last post.

Till next time,

Jenny x

A POOL PARTY DOILY!

This was a quick card I made last week using the “Delicate Doilies” stamp set.  I’m really loving this set.  It is so versatile.  You can create really elegant cards or really bright, funky cards. This set is a lot of fun to use.  For this card I used one of the new In Colors – Pool Party.  It is a beautiful soft green colour.

I stamped the large doily in the centre of the Card base with black Staz On.  I adhered a strip of Basic Black card across the centre.  A smaller doily was stamped on whisper white card in Black Staz On and then punched out with the 1 1/4″ circle punch.  A circle was punched out of Black with the 1 3/8″ circle and the two were adhered together and mounted with dimensionals over the black strip.  A large self Adhesive pearl was added to the centre.  The greeting from Sincere Salutations is stamped in black Staz On near the bottom of the card.  To finish, I rounded the right-hand top and bottom corners of the card.  This card really didn’t take long at all to put together. The inspiration for this card was from a card I saw on SCS.

Thanks for stopping by.  I have 30 unfinished swap cards sitting here and I’m really hoping my order comes in tomorrow so I can finish them for Saturday.  Otherwise, I might have to quickly modify some things!!!!!!!!

Jenny x

A TRI-SHUTTER 50TH!

I have seen these Tri-shutter cards around blogland recently and have been wanting to make one.  It was my Sister-in-Laws 50th Birthday last week so I thought it would be a good time to make this special card.  I first made this red one but when it was finished I found it was a bit too pink for her liking.  So I made another one up.

I have used the Pink Flamingo DSP. This is a great way to use up those little scraps you have lying around.  The greeting label was cut with the Big Shot and the  Tags die. The centre was punched out with the Wide oval punch.  I didn’t have a 50th stamp so hand wrote that.  I punched out some butterflies, first from Rose Red card and then some from the DSP and sponged the edges. 

 The leaves were punched with the 2-step Bird Punch and the flowers punched out with the Boho Blossoms punch.  You can see a close up of the flowers here.

After I punched the flowers out, I sponged the edges with Rose Red ink and then adhered them together.  I added a drop of Crystal Effects to create a centre dot. 

So, here is the other version.

I have used Night of Navy as the base card.  The DSP was  from the Baja Breeze Patterns paper and Urban Garden.  These are really fun cards to make and impressive when they open it up! 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Stamping!!

A LITTLE TREAT!!!

Firstly, I want to thank everyone who has stopped by my blog in the last few days with the ESAD Autumn Mini Catalogue Blog Hop. Thank you for all your encouraging comments. I can see everyone will be getting their Circle Scissors out now!!! LOL I hope you were inspired by all the lovely creations on the Hop!

On Sunday I took some time out from preparing for upcoming classes and workshops to do some stamping for ME!! That is a very rare thing for me to do. It was so nice to stamp something just for the fun of it!

I inked up my new clear mounted set “A Little Treat”.  I have seen on different blogs creating a sky by sponging and I have been wanting to try it for some time. I thought it would work well with this set. If you want to see how to do it just pop over to my good friend Andrea and see.  I just used 3 scallop circles for my clouds.  I really like the effect the sponging creates.  I love sponging it is so relaxing!!! I sponged the sky on 2 different Whisper White card pieces.

I stamped the tree from “Thoughts and Prayers” in Old Olive ink to the bottom of the smaller White pieces. I stamped the basket firstly on Ruby Red card in Ruby Red ink and then on Chocolate Chip card with Chocolate Chip ink. I cut the different parts out to create the coloured basket.  I adhered this to the smaller Whisper White card. I layered them onto the larger whisper White and then to the Ruby Red base.  I stamped the greeting from “Sincere Salutations” on Baja Breeze Patterns DSP and punched a circle with the 1 3/4″ circle punch.  I sponged the edge of the circle with Chocolate Chip ink and adhered this over the basket to create the balloon. 

A fun project!! I hope to get to use this set again very soon.  It works so well with the Treat Cups too.

The next leg of the ESAD Blog Hop will continue tomorrow (7th).  I will put details up tomorrow for you to join in.  There is more blog candy up for grabs, so don’t miss out.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

ANOTHER BOX!!!

You might have seen these stationery boxes around on your blog travels. 

(It’s a bit hard to get a good photo of it opened as there is so much to include!!! )

 I got this idea from Jackie Topa.  It is a great little Stationery Set that folds up into a neat box.  I converted all the measurements to metric, but then Australian card sizes are different to the U.S. and our cards don’t fit.  So, then I adjusted the measurements.  It took a little working, BUT we got there!!!  Maybe somewhere in blogland someone has already done that and could have saved me a job, but ANYWAY it’s all done now!!!!

I did a class today to make these.  It was quite an involved project as there are lots of different steps along the way. I did change a couple of things.  I made separate pockets on the base to fit the booklet and the stamp envelope in.  This way they can be taken out to use. 

This would make a great Christmas Gift for someone special.  The set includes 4 standard cards and envelopes, 4 love note cards and 4 tags; along with the stamp envelope and notebook.

If you would like the instructions for this Stationery Set with the Australian Sized measurements, then drop me an email at jghayward@yahoo.com and I will send one out to you. 

Till next time,  Happy Stamping!!

 

Better late than never!!!

I made this card for Keesh’s challenge this week.  But, I was a little late in finishing it.  Considering we had 2 weeks to do this challenge it’s a bit sad really!! But, I thought I would show you anyway.  Challenges are good to take part in, especially when you are suffering ‘stamper’s block’.  Keesh sets some great challenges each week.  She is one very talented artist and you should go and check her blog out.   This week was a sketch challenge which you can see here.
This is the card I finally completed.  It was a bit different to what I first planned, but I was pleased with it in the end. 

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The base is Old Olive sponged on the edges.  I have added a strip of the Bali Breeze DSP with a strip of Old Olive.  I rounded of the corner of the  Rose Red strip across the bottom.  The flower centre was made with circles punched out with the 1 3.8″ circle punch from the Bali Breeze DSP to create a Dahlia Fold flower.  A tutorial for creating this flower can be found here.  This was mounted on WW card with the edges sponged in Rose Red.  The text is from Sincere Salutations stamped in Rose Red. 

I did create a card for an earlier challenge of Keesh’s and I will show you that next time.  That was a bit late being finished too.  I will try to get these done on time in future!!!