Help For Heroes Part Two - Summer Silhouettes

by Joanne James3. June 2013 20:08

As promised, today I have the second two designs for my post-friendly Help For Heroes cards that will shortly be winging their way to Afghanistan to our serving troops, for them to send their precious letters home. I decided to use my Summer Silhouettes stamp set to create cards 3 and 4 - I love this set and am getting better at 'random stamping' with it, I think! I decided to use a slightly more muted colour scheme for these cards, just to provide some variety and came up with two slightly different designs for each.

For the first card, I chose a brown/blue colour scheme:

 

For the final card, I was back with the pinks, but subtle compared to yesterday's bright pink card and I changed the orientation of the card to landscape as it suited this alternative design: 

This stamp set is great for creating a full card front without the need for a sentiment; in this case I deliberately left the cards without one, so that they can be used for pretty much any occasion - or even just to send a note on a nice card. These cards could easily be jazzed up with a few rhinestones or pearls and some ribbon, but I think they are equally fine without. So, to the service men and women who will be receiving these cards - stay safe and know that we are thinking of you and appreciate the sacrifices you make; I'm so glad I was able to help in this small way to show how much your efforts are appreciated.

Back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Summer Silhouettes

Cardstock: Pool Party, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Raspberry Ripple, Pink Pirouette, Gumball Green

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Help For Heroes Part One - Best of Flowers

by Joanne James2. June 2013 19:42

What a lovely weekend! Today I spent the whole afternoon outside and enjoyed a lovely cycle ride with the rest of the family - I felt like we had to make the most of it; if it's like last weekend, it could be raining cats and dogs tomorrow! As promised yesterday, I have a couple of cards to share with you today featuring one of the stamps from this month's 25th anniversary 'Best of Flowers' stamp set.

In case you're wondering why I headed up this post 'Help the Heroes', these cards, along with two more that I will share tomorrow, were designed in answer to a request from a fellow crafter and member of my wider Stampin' Up! team, whose husband is serving in the RAF and will shortly be departing for another tour of duty to Afghanistan. Our brave serving forces have little or no access to nice cards to send whilst away and so she always sends a box or two so that they can have something a little different to plain paper to write their notes home and wondered if her fellow crafters would be prepared to help out too. All our forces do such a great job and events such as the recent killing of a soldier in Woolwich show just what a dangerous life they lead, both in battle and unfortunately sometimes at home too. I was happy to help, so set to work creating a selection of cards that I could make lots of, but also were post-friendly and didn't have glitter, gems or anything else that could transfer to the sender and potentially make them a target.

So, for the first design, I used the silhouetted daisy stamp from the 'Best of Flowers' set and created two identical cards in different colourways - one pink, one yellow. Here's the card in pink: 

I used the stamp to create a simple 'field of flowers' look by stamping in Melon Mambo and Pink Pirouette and stamping off to create degrees of colour and give the image a sense of depth of field. I then created a scored border and paper-pierced around the image for added interest. I then created a batch of the same card in yellow, using Daffodil Delight and So Saffron inks:

So which colour way do you prefer? I think I prefer the yellow one, just because it is so cheery and bright. I really love this little stamp and can think of lots more ways that I will be using it. I will be making other projects with the stamps in this set, so if the stamps in this set appeal to you, do pop back and see what else I make with them. If you would like to order this set, it costs £13.95 and you can check out the full set of stamps on the image in the side bar of my blog.

Tomorrow I will be sharing the other two cards I made for my Help For Heroes card bundle - two new designs, both using the Summer Silhouettes stamp set. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Best of Flowers

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, So Saffron

Tools: Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool, Simply Scored

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'Best of' 25 Years Stamp Sets and Single Stamps Now Available!

by Joanne James1. June 2013 21:58

This is a big news week for Stampin' Up! - I've two more announcements to share with you today about some new products that have been launched successfully in the USA and are now available to purchase in the UK:

Single stamps are now available! Following a US trial, Stampin' Up! has decided to offer five single image stamps to choose from:

 These stamps are available as clear-mount only (blocks available separately) and won't be sent in typical SU! cases or packaging; they'll be packaged in cello bags. If you'd like a case for your stamp, you can buy Clear-Mount Stamp Cases that come in packs of four separately (these are available in the main catalogue).

These stamps are only available through 31 August 2013, so get them while you can!

 

And now for the second announcement of the day! For Stampin' Up!'s 25th anniversary, a new 'Best of' stamp set featuring 3-4 past favourites and one brand new design, will be issued each month from now until October. Each set costs £13.95 and will be available to purchase until 31 March 2014 (clear mount only). The box to the right of my blog page will show the current stamp set - the set for June is called 'Best of Flowers' and features the following delicate flower designs:

 

I have already made some cards with this stamp set - here's a 'sneak peek' of one I'll be sharing in tomorrow's blog post:

 

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a close look! Until then, happy stampin'!

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Bird Cages - Without the Birds!

by Joanne James1. June 2013 20:39

This week is turning out to be busy, busy, busy! Yesterday the list of retiring stamp sets and accessories were announced: these featured in yesterday's post and the lists can be found in the box on the right hand side of my page. I will be sad to see some of these sets go; I'll be sharing cards featuring some of these retiring sets in my posts this month and first up I want to share a card made with the Aviary stamp set:

So, bird cages but no birds?! Bird cages are very 'on trend' in home décor right now, and after seeing an amazing display at a recent wedding fair with a table centre made with a bird cage filled with flowers, I was keen to try and achieve the same effect on a card. This design is actually not where I started out at all, but after several iterations this is the design I settled on and am post happy with. Three simple bird cages, then using the flower stamp from the Create a Cupcake stamp set I used my marker pens to colour and stamp flowers randomly through the cages. I left this card sentiment-free, as I sometimes do until I'm ready to send.

A post about the Aviary stamp set really wouldn't be complete without a card that shows some birds too - here's a wedding invitation I designed a while ago, that would also make a lovely Valentine's or anniversary card:

Remember the sets on the retiring list are only available until 1st July or whilst stocks last, so if you don't own the Aviary stamp set and it's on your wish list, contact me to place your order before it's too late.

Back soon with more exciting news from the world of Stampin' Up! Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Aviary (card 1&2), Create a Cupcake (card 1)

Cardstock: Rose Red, Whisper White (card 1); Pool party, Island Indigo, Whisper White (card 2)

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Rose Red, Baja Breeze, Bashful Blue, Pink Pirouette, So Saffron, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi (card 1); Basic Grey, Pool Party, Night of Navy, Rose Red (card 2)

Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig

 

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2012-13 Retiring Stamps and Accessories Lists are Here!

by Joanne James30. May 2013 23:41

An early post today with some very important information for you all - the retiring product and accessories lists have been announced!

 

Hundreds of stamps and accessories from the 2012-13 catalogue are retiring - this is you last chance to get them before they're gone! These items will only be available until 1st July or whilst stocks last - many items are discounted, some by as much as 50% and popular items are likely to sell out fast.

Each of the lists can be viewed here:

 Retiring Stamps

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If there is something on the lists that you need, contact me to place your order today!

 

 

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Fabulous You Pink Birthday Shoe

by Joanne James30. May 2013 15:33

An earlier than usual post from me today, but busy day and evening planned so didn't want to miss the opportunity to share a quick card with you today. Or you could just assume I'm getting more organised - you choose! Today's card is a 'Fabulous You' shoe card that I made for a friend of mine who celebrated her birthday this week. She is someone who has a great collection of fabulous shoes, so this seemed like an appropriate choice. Also, the only woman in a house of men so I deliberately went with a very pink and girly colour scheme. Here it is:

This card needed to be post-friendly, so again light on the embellishments, but by using lots of shades of pink on the shoe itself and a variety of pink papers, it has plenty of detail. I also used the fine tip of my Melon Mambo marker pen to highlight the detail of the sentiment lettering.

Before I go today, I just wanted to remind you of a number of important promotion deadlines:

  • Today is your last chance to take advantage of the bigger starter kit offer if you sign up as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator - £155 worth of products of your choice for just £99. You have until 10pm this evening to sign up - just click on the link in my side bar to sign up and join my growing team!
  • Tomorrow is your last chance to buy the This and That Journal bundle at the discounted price of £29.24 -that's a 15% discount on the price of the items when purchased individually. These items will be available after tomorrow, but the bundle will revert to its full price.
  • Tomorrow also sees the launch of the Retiring Products List - all those items that will be retiring on 1st July to make way for lots of new and exciting products in the 2013-14 annual catalogue, which launches on 2nd July. I will post a copy on my blog as soon as it is available.

Back tomorrow with another project - until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Fabulous You

Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Papers

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers:  Basic Grey, Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi

Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig, Blender Pen

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Patio Party Butterflies and Half-Term Homework!

by Joanne James29. May 2013 20:06

As promised, I'm back with the last of the current run of my patio Party birthday cards today, but first I thought I would share with you another somewhat unexpected challenge that found it's way into my craft room this week - half term homework! Both James juniors have had holiday homework this week - the youngest was tasked with making a sculpture (this is still 'work in progress' - I'll share a picture when complete!) whilst the eldest has this week to complete this term's geography project - an analysis of an African country of her choice.

With the bulk of the content complete, the important task of 'making it look pretty' came to the fore. Whilst working out the best way to draw/write 'South Africa' in big letters for the cover, I (possibly with too much haste!) suggested we could make light work of this by using Mummy's Alphabet typeset die and the Big Shot to knock these out in a jiffy. A few turns of the handle later and the cover was complete: 

I wish I could take the credit for the photograph here, but this is all Daddy's work, captured the last time we went on safari to Sabi Sands in South Africa. Thinking we were now done, Rebecca promptly announced that she wanted me to teach her how to make a giraffe like the ones I'd made in my last card class; oh and by the way, as she had written a piece about going on safari and the hunt for 'the big 5', if I could come up with an elephant, lion, rhino and buffalo too that would be great! I wasn't phased by the lion or elephant, having seen lots of examples of these on Pinterest, but a rhino ... and a buffalo?! Never one to shy away from a challenge, I set to it and by the time Rebecca had made her giraffe the other animals were complete. Here is my version of a punch art 'big 5': 

What do you think? Easy enough to work out which is which, but I'm not sure if you saw the buffalo out of context you would immediately recognise him as one!! Main thing is Rebecca loves them - and her project is finally complete. Who would have thought that Stampin' Up! punches would be so versatile?! I should just point out that I know technically these are not the safari 'big 5' rather Rebecca's personal interpretation - she substituted the leopard with the giraffe, because this was the animal she really wanted to make (that's 7 year olds for you!)

Lastly, for those of you who did check in today wanting to see the last Patio Party birthday card, here it is:

Same layout as yesterday's post-friendly card, but in the opposite orientation and picking up the butterflies in the paper pattern with a trio of co-ordinating ones flying around the sentiment.

Back tomorrow with another (non Patio Party!) project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies (for the card):

Stamps: Sassy Salutations

Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Midnight Muse

Tools: Large Scallop Edgelit, Beautiful Wings Embosslits

Finishing Touches: Basics Pearls

 

The Big 40 Mark Two - Post Friendly Version

by Joanne James28. May 2013 20:26

This evening I'm sat wrapped up against the elements, having taken my little ones to buy summer sandals today on another thoroughly wet day - I must be mad! Never mind, time to party on - as promised yesterday, I'm back today to share the second of my big 40 birthday cards this week, this time a post-friendly version:

 

I stayed with the same Patio Party background, but as I needed a design without buttons, I decided to make more of a feature of the number forty and cut it out of silver glimmer paper. I layered this with a circle and scallop circle and an alternative 'Happy Birthday' sentiment. So another take on the '40' theme.

Back tomorrow with another patio party card, but no numbers this time - until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Sassy Salutations

Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Midnight Muse

Tools: 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 2 3/8" Scallop Circle Punch, Large Scallop Edgelit, Typeset Alphabet Die

Finishing Touches: Silver Glimmer Paper

The First of the Big 40's

by Joanne James27. May 2013 19:50

Hope you have all enjoyed a restful bank holiday today; not as warm as yesterday, but still pleasant enough to eat lunch out in the garden and have a game of cricket afterwards. As many of you reading this will know, I celebrated my big 40 last year. I was always the oldest in my year group at school though, so since I celebrated my significant milestone birthday I've had many friends follow suit. Two of these friends celebrated their birthdays this month - one yesterday and one today. So today I am sharing with you the card I made for my friend who celebrated her birthday yesterday. I know I'm safe to do so, as I hand-delivered her card last week so I know she will have seen it before I write this! This is the card I made:

I used the lovely banner patterned paper from the Patio Party set as the background for this card, the design of which is carried through into my special birthday cake, complete with sparkly cake stand. Given that this card did not need to be post-friendly, I also added a double vintage button with a red centre to anchor my tailor-made 40th birthday greeting. You can just see in the foreground the envelope, which I decorated to match; I must confess I don't do this often enough, but it really does add to the presentation, so I should do it more often!

Tomorrow I'll be back to share the other 40th birthday card I made this week; this one had to be post-friendly, so no buttons allowed! Meanwhile, I have a hot date with my ironing basket (actually 2 baskets - lucky me!!)

Until next time, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: Make a Cake, Memorable Moments

Cardstock: Primrose Petals, Whisper White, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers:  Primrose Petals, Baja Breeze, Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse

Tools: Simply Scored, Stamp-a-ma-jig

Finishing Touches: Vintage Faceted Buttons, Basics Rhinestones

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Clockworks Notepad

by Joanne James26. May 2013 20:28

What a lovely Bank Holiday weekend this is turning out to be, with surprisingly glorious weather! I struggled to tear myself away from the garden to blog today, but wanted to share with you another project using the same Clockworks stamp set I used on the boxed notelets set yesterday, this time a covered notebook:

To create the notebook cover, I first scored a sheet of Basic Grey cardstock in a grid pattern, then took a piece of Whisper White card and randomly stamped it all over with the Clockworks stamps, using a Stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure the numerals on the clockfaces lined up correctly with the wider at the top. The coral stamp pattern was also lightly scored for texture and the whole thing sprayed with a Gumball Green coloured spritzer mist. A large Vintage Faceted Button was added to the centre of the complete clockface, whilst a second smaller one was added to a flower made from 3 flowers punched with the Fancy Flower punch, spritzed with water then scrunched and left to dry. The flags were also hand-crimped and finished with one stamped with another partial stamp from the 'One in a Million' stamp set.

I really like the finished effect and wonder if this notepad would make a nice Father's Day gift (maybe minus the flower?!). More masculine projects to come in the next couple of weeks, so do pop back if you're in need of some Father's Day inspiration. Just a reminder too that this months 15% discount offer on the This and That journal bundle ends on Friday this week, so if you'd like to take advantage of this, do drop me a line in advance of this date to place your order. Whilst the items will still be available after this date, the bundle will be available at the full price of £ not at £29.24 with the 15% discount.

Back tomorrow with another project, assuming I can tear myself away from the sunshine! Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up Supplies:

Stamps: One in a Million, Clockworks

Cardstock: Basic Grey, Whisper White, Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, More Mustard, Pool Party

Ink/Stampin' Write Markers: Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, More Mustard, Basic Grey

Tools: Simply Scored, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Fancy Flower Punch, Spritzer

Finishing Touches: Vintage Faceted Buttons, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine

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