Friday, 20 September 2013

calm Christmas

I agreed to join the second ILWS blog hop in an optimistic moment, since when I haven't had enough time to 'play' properly, not helped by the fact that that festive flurry stamps are on back-order................
If you want to start at the beginning, you need Laura's blog , or you may have come to me from Katie, in which case you have already seem some great samples.
I did intend to just show a couple of cards, but couldn't decide , so you have to suffer all of them -none are particularly wonderful, but here they are! They all use the Calm Christmas  set, and some also the northern flurry folder or assorted framelits.
The first one is just the simple dove and a greeting stamped in coastal cabana (am quite addicted to this colour) on white card - have to admit that the white base cards are nonSU, as I didn't have enough whisper white.
The next ones have a cutout dove over a framelits shape filled in with acetate that has been embossed using the northern flurry folder -it may show up better on the photo on the right  than the scan. The white one is  stamped inside using the snowflake soiree set, which is still available from last year, in coastal cabana and pistachio pudding inks; the one on the base of island indigo card is plain inside.
This one on the left has the snowflakes again, this time in  cabana, pistachio and smoky slate inks, with the dove in black on dimensionals, and the greeting on a punched label.
Next version has the dove inked with markers in wisteria wonder and pear pizazz on whisper white, with the dove partially cut out then cut using framelits - another framelit layer in wisteria, the mouinted on what came out as a very busy background of snowflake stamps again in wisteria and slate, with just the 'peace' section of the greeting stamped in versamark and silver embossed.

I am still waiting for my festive flurry stamps, but I did have the matching dies , and tried using the smaller ones to cut snowflakes out from the paper in the winter frost paper stack. My new magnetic plate was an absolute godsend, as it held the dies very firmly after I had carefully wriggled them into position - a highly recommended addition to your big shot if you haven't already given in and ordered it!
While trying to get a halfway decent photo of the embossed acetate cards,
I thought of the last card (thank goodness I can hear you saying - sorry!).
Base card is wisteria wonder, run through the big shot with the embossing folder, swiped over with white craft inkpad, then the dove stamped in versamark and embossed with white.
Your next stop is with Fiona, who has a lovely card to show you- happy hopping!

Monday, 9 September 2013

on-line shopping now live!

Did you know that you can now shop online with Stampin up!? Just click on the SU logo in the side bar, and you will go to the online shop - you will need to create an account the first time you use the site, and there is a delivery charge of £4.95 per order - but you can still get hostess benefits with an order of £150.