Stampin Up Hello Doily, Stampin Up Everything Eleanor

Continuing the theme of my previous post - another 70th birthday card! This time I've gone for gold.

Using this week's RetroSketch. CateredCrop wants to see gold or silver. EclecticEllapu wants a celebration with sparkle and LessIsMore wants glamour & glitz.

Stampin Up Hello Doily, Stampin Up Everything Eleanor


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SU card: Whisper White
SU ink: Stazon White
SU stamp: Hello Doily, Everything Eleanor
SU punch: Large Oval


 

Stampin Up Everything Eleanor, Beautiful Wings Embosslits
CateredCrop wants to see gold or silver. EclecticEllapu wants a celebration with sparkle and LessIsMore wants glamour & glitz.

Pale pink paired with silver and rhinestones to give some subtle bling for a milestone birthday!
Stampin Up Everything Eleanor, Beautiful Wings Embosslits

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SU card: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer
SU ink: Pink Pirouette
SU stamp: Everything Eleanor
SU punch: Large Oval
SU other: Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Silver Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Rhinestone Jewels


Stampin Up Ornament Punch, Tags till Christmas, 3D projects, Papercraft, Holidays
Let'sCraft&Create and AddictedToStamps want something for Christmas, TheCraftyPad wants glitter and it's Rudolph Day over at Sarn's.
Stampin Up Perfect Posy Punch, Triple Treat Flower, 3D projects, Papercraft, Holidays
Another entertaining weekend - easy crafting for kids with coordinating stamps and punches.

We stamped & punched 4 images, scored them down the middle, taped a hanging loop to one of the 4 pieces and a dangly beaded bottom - we used transparent nylon thread and some iridescent beads and seed pearls, then glued the 4 pieces together.

It is easier to adorn the decorations with glitter once constructed. The Dazzling Silver is easy & much less messy than normal glitter and glue. Having said that, we added some extra purple glitter - can never have too much bling when crafting!

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SU card: Whisper White
SU ink: Wisteria Wonder, Regal Rose
SU stamp: Tags Till Xmas, Triple Treat Flower
SU punch: Ornament, Fancy Flower
SU other: Silver Dazzling glitter glue



Stampin Up Every Little Bit, Handmade gifts, Papercrafts for kids

Pin&Tack has an 'anything goes' challenge, TuesdayAlchemy wants anything but a card and Flourishes wants you to make a project that makes you happy. Well we had loads of fun making these! How to keep lots of children amused for over an hour - give them free rein with the "Every Little Bit" stamp set, coloured card and marker pens.

We stamped the images in black and then coloured them in. The images fit perfectly in the 1.25" scalloped circle punch.

When they'd finished, I laminated the discs, cut them out and stuck magnets on the back. I bought a 3m roll of 1cm width sticky-backed magnetic strip off EBay.


Have fun!

SU card: Whisper White, Various
SU ink: Basic Black, Various Markers
SU stamp: Every Little Bitt
SU punches: Mini Scallop Circle, Circle




Stampin Up Papillon Potpourri, Simply Scored

Using the PlayDateCafe colour way and the sketch from SketchFrenzyFriday.
I stamped the butterfly in White Stazon ink before punching it out - it looks lovely in the light, very subtle (obviously way too subtle to show in the photo!)

SU card: Whisper White, Pink Pirouete, Certain Celery
SU ink: Stazon White, Pink Pirouette
SU stamp: Hello Doily, Papillon Potpourri
SU punch: Decorative Label, Papillon, Corner
SU other: Simply Scored



Stampin Up Button Buddies, Emboss Polka Dots, Christmas Cards

 

Using Unscripted Sketches #185, Dynamic Duos colour way, CAS-ualFriday's "winter blues" and ChristmasCard and SweetStampin's challenge for snowmen. FairyTale wants to see some embossing and Fussy&Fancy wants to see blue.

Stampin Up Button Buddies, Emboss Polka Dots, Christmas Cards

 

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SU card: Whisper White
SU ink: Basic Black
SU stamp: Button Buddi
SU punch: large oval, corner
SU other: embossing Polka dots





Stampin Up Confetti, Stampin Up Pennant Parade, Christmas cards

Using FreshlyMadeSketch #61 and the CR84FN colour combo of plum, gold and tan. HandStampedSentiments want to see snowflakes, Let'sCreate has a Xmas challenge and MyMumsCraftShop has a "winter wonderland" challenge.
Stampin Up Confetti, Stampin Up Pennant Parade, Christmas cards

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SU card: Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry
SU ink: Rich Razzleberry
SU stamp: Pennant Parade, Confetti
SU punch: Pennant, Corner



Stampin Up Curly Cute, Stampin Up Pennant Parade, Christmas cards

Using the DynamicDuos colour way and TwoSisters Xmas challenge.

Stampin Up Curly Cute, Stampin Up Pennant Parade, Christmas cards

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SU card: Real Red,
SU ink: Real Red
SU stamp: Pennant Parade, Curly Cute
SU punch: Pennant

 

 

Stampin Up Button Buddies, Tags till Christmas, Embossing Polka Dots, Christmas cards, CAS cards

Using the CuteCardThursday sketch, BrownSugar TicTacToe (blue, bling, embossing) and ChristmasCardChallenges for snowman. QuirkyCrafts wants to see layers and snow.

Stampin Up Button Buddies, Tags till Christmas, Embossing Polka Dots, Christmas cards, CAS cards

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SU card: Whisper White
SU ink: Pacific Point
SU stamp: Button Buddies, Tags for Xmas
SU punch: large oval
SU other: embossing Polka dots, Simply Scored

 

Stampin Up Happiest Birthday Wishes, Embossing Folder Stripes

Using the CAS(E)sketch and the ColourThrowdown #217. SugarCreek wants to see masculine cards.

Stampin Up Happiest Birthday Wishes, Embossing Folder Stripes, Masculine Cards

The tiny circles under the brads are from the Cupcake punch.
Waste not, want not...
Do you recognise the mailshot that came through the post yesterday!


Nice quotation!
SU card: Lucky Limeade
SU ink: Night of Navy
SU stamp: Happiest Birthday Wishes
SU punch: Punch Cupcake
SU other: Embossed Stripes, Tiny Brads


PTI Star Prints, masculine cards

Using FridayMashUp's challenge of black, grey & yellow with dry embossing. TheStampMan & FairyTale want any type of embossing.

PTI Star Prints, masculine cards

 

As well as the embossed card base, there's heat embossing.

To get the sentiment showing on top of the embossed image, you actually stamp them in reverse.I stamped the sentiment first, then overstamped it with the star image in Versamark. I then used clear embossing powder before sponging on the yellow ink.

I was umming & aahing on how to finish the card off, then remembered my tiny silver brads - perfect for a masculine card (can't really embellish with my usual bling, glitter or ribbon!)

Hope your weekend's going well - I should be cleaning the house but retreated to my craft desk instead!

SU card: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
SU ink: Daffodil Delight
SU other: Versamark, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Silver Brads


 

Stampin Up Everything Eleanor, CAS cards
Using the Cardabilities sketch, AddictedToStamps' floral theme, ChocolateCoffeeCards ' request for stripes and the colour way from Embellish. I hunted in my stash for SimplyCreateToo and found some tiny, tiny pink seed pearls & a lilac gem.
Stampin Up Everything Eleanor, CAS cards

To get the two-tone effect for the circular image, i first inked it with pale pink and then "dabbed" the edges with a darker pink ink, then finally "huffed" on it (not a very technical term - means breathe heavily) to get a softer watercolour effect before stamping.

An embossed border just finished the card off - it was missing that certain "je ne sais quoi" - I often find that a couple of embossed lines with my Simply Scored gives that tiny bit of extra interest.

I love the Everything Eleanor stamp set - it is really flexible. I originally intended to cut out the stamped flower images but then felt lazy so just used a flower punch instead!

 

Enjoy the weekend!

SU card: Whisper White
SU ink: Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi
SU stamp: Everything Eleanor
SU punch: Scalloped Circle, Boho Blossoms
SU other: Simply Scored


 

Using the sketch from 4CraftyChicks and the ColourThrowdown #217

 

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SU card: Whisper White, Night of Navy
SU ink: Lucky Limeade, Night of Navy, Basic Black
SU stamp: Patterned Party, Sprinkled Expressions
SU other: Emboss Polka Dots

Handmade gifts, Chocolate Chip Cookies

A gift for a friend (so long as I can keep them out of sight or my boys will snaffle them ...). CupcakeCraftChallenges want to see Kraft in your project. The image is from the Every Little Bit stamp set & the little heart stamp is from the Create a Cupcake stamp set.

Anyhow, onto the cookies, so named by my boys (kids & husband included!). I must have baked hundreds of different cookie recipes over the years but these 'take the biscuit'. They are fantastic, honest! I think it's the cornflour that makes them so light and fluffy and there are LOTS of chocolate chips.


If you fancy giving them a go (and who wouldn't ?) ...!
Recipe is as follows:


Enjoy!
SU card: Real Red, Whisper White, Crumb Cake
SU ink: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
SU stamp: Every Little Bit, Create a Cupcake
SU punches: Corner, Scallop Square
Stampin Up Patterned Party, Wacky Wishes, Xmas cards

Using the MerryMonday sketch, Crafts&Me challenge for red, JustKeepOnCrafting Xmas challenge and MyMum'sCraftShop sentiment challenge.

Stampin Up Patterned Party, Wacky Wishes, Xmas cards

I do like the patterned strip in the Patterned Party stamp set - it has a Scandinavian feel to it, especially with a white & red colour way.

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SU stamp: Wacky Wishes, Patterned Party
SU punch: Corner
SU other: Versamark, White Embossing powder, heat tool

 

 

 
Shamballa Bead Bracelet, DIY gifts

The shops are full of (rather expensive) Shamballa beaded bracelets. I thought I'd have a go making one - a lot of fun, fairly quick and easy and infinitely cheaper than those on sale in the shops! I'm entering it in AnythingGoes and TheCraftyPad's "anything goes" challenge this week and Glitter&Sparkle's "anything but square".

If you hunt in the shops (and no doubt online) you can pick up beads and cord relatively cheaply. I got mine from TheBeadShop in Nottingham. You need approximately 2.5m of thread (I used a nylon gold shimmery cord approx 1mm thick) and a co-ordinating Shamballa style bead.

I would say I have small to average wrists; the measurements I used are as follows:

1 length 30cm (the main bracelet cord)

2 lengths 90cm (to knot either side of the bead)

1 length 20cm (for the fastening)

Instructions

Sellotape one end of the 30cm length to a table. Slide the bead up half way.

Take one of the 90cm lengths. Tie it just below the bead so that you have 2 equal lengths secured either side of your main bracelet cord. Then you start knotting. The photos that follow are using scraps of cord because I forgot to take photos of the actual bracelet whilst I was making it! Sorry!

Bring the left cord across the centre cord to make a figure 4 shape.

Then bring the right cord under this "left" cord and up into the centre of the figure 4 shape.

Pull the outer cords tight. Then repeat but on the other side.
Make a "back to front" figure 4 shape by bringing the right cord across the centre cord.
 

Then bring the left cord under the figure 4 and up into the centre of the figure 4 shape.

Pull the outer cords tight. Repeat the left then right knots until you have a knotted section measuring 7cm. Using a needle thread the 2 outer cords up into the body of the knotted section to hide the ends and cut them. If you are using nylon cord, you can melt these ends with a cigarette lighter so they don't come loose.
 
Unsellotape the bracelet from the table, rotate it and do the other side. You will then end up with a knotted length, bead, knotted length.
 
To make the fastening, lay the bracelet down with both ends overlapping. Tie the 20cm length around the overlapping ends; make sure the knot isn't too tight because you need to be able to pull the ends through it to loosen and tighten your bracelet.
It is easier if you sellotape each end cord to the table whilst you knot your fastening section. Do approximately 6 knots, alternating left then right, then as before thread the ends up into your knotted section to hide them.
Finally, do a double knot at the 2 ends of your bracelet. You can also melt the knot with a cigarette lighter (as before, only do this if you are using nylon thread!).
Enjoy your bracelet!