Sunday, July 11, 2010

Candy Lane Scallop Envelope Box Set

Hi everyone,
Well doesn't time fly - I thought it had been a couple of weeks since I last blogged, but it's been slightly less than that.  Only slightly though, sorry!  I've had an action-packed few days which has seen me kept away from the computer a bit.  I taught a big class on Friday night, to a super group of ladies in Mt Eden (hi to you all!) and presented at an official Stampin' Up! training day on Saturday (my nerves were a bit jittery at first and I forgot to say lots of things, but never mind!), and then today (Sunday) was a family outing day.  I'm sad that the weekend is over!

OK, so now onto the project I have to share with you, it's the project I taught on Friday night.  I'm pleased with myself because I managed to do the prep work in the evenings this past week for 16 ladies to make this cute little boxed card set, and still keep my eyes open on Friday night!  There were about 35 separate pieces that I had to cut for each kit in this project, so that kept me busy for many hours!  The box easily fits 6 of these little 3x3" sized note cards - just perfect for attaching to a gift.
The box itself is made using the Scallop Envelope die from Stampin' Up!, I've made a few of these now.  All you need to do to make a box like this is to die cut two scallop envelopes from sturdy cardstock, add another couple of extra small side pieces to the width you want your box to be, and adhere it all together.  I wrapped some Chocolate Chip cardstock and some Candy Lane Designer Series Paper around the box to decorate it quickly and simply, and punched some holes through the front to tie my ribbon bow through.  That holds the scalloped flap down at the front - you might be able to see that I didn't use adhesive under that flap, I quite like the look of it sticking out slightly under the ribbon there.

Here's another pic with the box more side-on so you can see how it looks with the cards inside it too.  It'd make a great gift wouldn't it?  I'm toying with the idea of using the one I made as a prize at the upcoming Creative Inkers Extravaganza on July 24th.  If you want to win this cute set, then let me know and we can book you in!  I also have another very cool project I've made as a prize for the Extravaganza - but you'll have to wait until that event to see it, or if you're lucky I just might share it on here after we have a winner!

As well as the Candy Lane DSP, I used the set Best Wishes & More from the current Idea Book and Catalogue for the bird, heart and flower images.  I think it's a great set that is often overlooked - there's a great range of images in the set and some neat sayings to go with it.  For the sentiments on these cards though because they were small, I used the Teeny Tiny Sentiments set from the current Autumn-Winter mini catalogue.  I love this set - there's a saying in it to suit every occasion!  And they all fit into the Word Window punch so you can quickly stamp the greeting and punch it out, Stampin' Up! makes it so easy for us don't they?  The cards are Very Vanilla base colour, and the other colours are Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red.  Stampin' Up! have the cutest names for our colours, I think!

Those of you who are observant might say - but that Candy Lane paper goes with Close to Cocoa, not Chocolate Chip - as in the current catalogue.  But, as it's a retiring colour, Stampin' Up! ran down their stock of Close to Cocoa cardstock and they've actually now run out!  So what's a girl to do when she can't get her chosen colour?  Improvise!  I think the Chocolate Chip cardstock works great with the Candy Lane DSP.  I'm quite pleased with myself as I used the auto editing function on my photo editing program tonight and I think the colours in these photos are pretty true to life, it really is this vibrant!

That story about the Close to Cocoa cardstock is also to let you know that if you're thinking that you'll order some of the retiring colours before the end of the catalogue, my advice is not to wait!  Once it's gone, it's gone...  Click here to e-mail me if there's anything you can't live without and want to order now!

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The savings continue into July!

Hi everyone, Guess what, just when you thought the neat offers were over (yikes I went a bit crazy with those deals of the week in June!) here's another fabulous offer for you.  Selected 2-Step stamping sets are discounted for the month of July!  Check it out:

Item Page Description Regular Price Sale Price 
116386 39 
Loads of Love 
116342 42 
Big Bold Birthday** 
$63.95 $51.16 
115860 78 
A Rose is a Rose** 
$77.95 $62.36 
116332 86 
Playful Petals** 
$62.95 $50.36 
115770 98 
Cheep Talk 
$56.95 $45.56 
115946 115 
Wonderful Favourites 
$46.95 $37.56 
119187 14* 
Tiny Tags (wood-mount) 
$45.95 $36.76 
118592 14* 
Tiny Tags (clear-mount) 
$36.95 $29.56 
119163 31* 
Cottage Garden (wood-mount) 
$38.95 $31.16 
120003 31* 
Cottage Garden (clear-mount) 
$30.95 $24.76 
*From 2010 Autumn-Winter Mini Catalogue

**Retiring stamp sets!

I went hunting through my archives looking for projects to show you that use these sets.  I'm kicking myself now because I know I've used some of these sets a lot, but do you think I thought to photograph the projects?  Noooo.... back before I had a blog, photographing my work was a rare occurance it seems!  Bother!  But I do have a couple of projects to show you using Big Bold Birthday, what a shame this one is going, it's a really cute set!

This card I cased from the last catalogue.  That green cardstock is Wild Wasabi, which will be BACK in September, yippee!  I'm happy about that one.  I think I may have blogged this one some time ago, to show you how easy it is to case a sample you've seen in the catalogue.  I'm still noticing projects in there that I hadn't noticed before, unbelieveable hey?

This card is super simple, the main colour is Almost Amethyst and the designer paper is a retired one in Close to Cocoa.  This card is one that I made to show off my coloured brads technique... I devised a way of colouring plain brads so that you could have them in any Stampin' Up! colour to match your cardstock.  I demonstrated that at a Stampin' Up! regional training event here in Auckland.  I think I blogged the tutorial as one of my very first blog posts - and that's the only tutorial I've blogged!  Well, it was my very own "invention" so I was just a little proud of myself.  It took a lot of trial and error to work out the process!
I'm working with a couple of these two step stamp sets right now, for the project I'm designing for our next Extravaganza in July.  If you want to see that project, the best idea is to come to that event!  Click here to e-mail me for the details and book your place!

Here's to a fabulous July!