Saturday, March 29, 2008

Olympia Stitch & Create Show March 27-30

Well, I have been busy at the Olympia Stitch & Create Show, one more day left to go, and I must say, I am so glad!! I dont think my feet can take it much more!

I have met some wonderful people, and if you are in the London area, I am setting up a monthly stamp club.

What happens is a group of 8 people get together once a month for 8 months, and take turns being the hostess. You commit to the full 8 months, and to spending £20 a month. When it is your turn to be hostess, you are guaranteed a level 1 hostess set, and £15 in free Stampin'Up! merchandise of you choice from the catalog.

If you are interested in joining this club, please let me know, and I will add your details to the list. We will most likely meet at my house in Ealing on either a Saturday or Sunday, depending on what works best for the club members.

I promise new card photos tomorrow!!


Wednesday, March 26, 2008

OK - last one for tonight!

Shapes and Shadows is probably my all time favorite stamp set. This set, combined with the Sincere Salutations greeting set, and you have every occasion for the whole year covered.

The Shapes & Shadows set has a flower, snowflake, tree, and leaf images and shadows, along with some small "sprinkles" to create cute backgrounds with.

Sincere Salutations has eight greetings, that cover the whole year.

Two sets, a pack of paper, some inks, and you have a whole years worth of cards and events covered!


Quick card using the Stipple Celebrations hostess set.

Pale Plum and Perfect Plum for the paper, and pale plum, perfect plum, and pretty in pink for the inks.

I really like this set, as you can use the stamps to create all sorts of tiled looks.


One of the things I really love about SU is how the cardstock, inks and even patterned paper all match colors!

Criss-cross cards are fun to do, but do take up some extra material.

Here is the complete tutorial.

This card uses SU patterned paper Petals and Paisly, and the Simply Said stamp set.


OK - I know this is not exactly Christmas time, but I just love this card, and found it in my stash of cards while looking for something else.

So saffron, always artachoke and bravo burgandy cardstock. I cant recall what the background stamps are, but the current BG from the UK catalogue that would look nice are sanded and paisly.

Stamped the tree in artachoke onto some whisper white CS, and the greeting in burgandy. A bit of ribbon tied thru some hodgepodge hardware and done!


Cute lovey card to give to that special someone. The background technique is polished stone. Basically, you take a baby wipe, and put several drops of coordinating inks from re-inkers onto it, then kinda blot it onto some glossy cardstock. Finish it off with some metallic reinker.

I stamped the hearts from Happy Hearts set onto whisper white using different color inks. Cut them out, and place into a vellum pocket. Attach the velum pocket to some CS with brads and some glue (hide the glue behind the hearts) and done.


Simple card made using some of the SU designer series paper, and the wonderful saying stamp that I just love! Color it in with the markers, and it can have such an amazing look.

Finish it off with some of the wide chocolate chip satin ribbon from one of the ribbon orriginals packs, and voila!

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

so..... long time, no post... :)

Well, what can I say other than I am quite sick right now with a super nasty sore throat and cough.

Of course, that means extra stamping time - provided I can stay awake! Amazing how even the 'non-drowsy' medication can still make you drowsy!

Well, here is a little sample of something I made - more to follow tonight and tomorrow, once I take photos :)

Very quick and simple 3"x3"note card.

Strip of the celery DS paper along the top, with some white ribbon tied around. Stamped the flower from Shapes and Shadows in pale plum, then perfect plum for the line part of the flower. Cut it out, popped a silver brad through the center, and mounted on a pop-dot.

The sentiment is from Simply Said and stamped in perfect plum.

Now, you might be thinking "that ribbon does not look white to me - Karin must be in some kind of drug haze from the decongestants" - and you would be right!

......... about the ribbon not being white part - not the drug haze part!

What I did was take a piece of white grosgrain ribbon, and using the brush tip of my celery marker, I ran it along the edges of the ribbon - which resulted in the wonderful striped effect that matches the celery patterned paper perfectly! Got to love Stampin' Up for that!

Supplies used are all from Stampin'Up:

Shapes & Shadows
Simply Said
Whisper White
Celery Designer series patterned paper
Silver brad
Stampin Dimensional
White Grosgrain ribbon
Celery marker