Charming marvellous

Hi everybody,

so far I am on track with my New Year’s Resolutions. 2nd week in and I am blogging again. I want to see if I can keep it up to do one project per week. Should be easy now that I got the tax done … I can focus again on what I’d rather do.

Last night a had a quick glance at the Anitque’s Roadshow and they happened to be talking about the hidden messages in how one positions the stamp on the post card. A good one for valentine’s cards – using the Perfect Postage set I introduced you to last week – is to place the stamp side on … apparently it means longing to see you … will have to get going on doing mine.

Today’s project uses the ‘Charming’ Set from SU’s Spring Mini. I wanted to create a look that you get with vintage papers without going overboard with distressing.

For the background I stamped the image with versamark and embossed it with clear embossing powder to give a luxurious look. It is worth playing around even with the same colour combination to come up with different looks for the same basic idea. The Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder I used for the card to the left gives a different type of texture. Try exploring using a distress tool to slightly soften the edges of your card. I like it because straight edges can sometimes look a bit stark. It is especially useful if you struggle to cut straight lines.

Thanks to Nick for the tealight holder. He reminded me that I had those glass containers I always wanted to do something with. So I got some StazOn ink out, grabbed one of the ‘Charming’ stamps … et voilà

Hope I inspired you today

See you next week. Happy Crafting! 🙂

ps. just in case you wondered, yes it is the Lace Ribbon Punch that makes this beautiful border.

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Perfect Postage and the Spring Mini

Happy New Year everybody. Hope you had a great Christmas!!

Well I have some nice projects lined up for you today. For the first time Stampin’UP! has brought a Spring Mini Catalogue out.

Just in time to get the creative juices flowing.

One of the sets I am really excited about is ‘Perfect Postage’, just perfect to add that litttle something. You can also get the postage puch to go with it …. imagine the possibilities ….

… You can use it to decorate boxes, cards, envelopes … stamp the image in one colour or colour in or layer …

As a base I just used a simple cube shaped box, I made at Fanny’s, and used the heart stamp plus the postage and heart punches to decorate, a bit of seam binding ribbon, small flower punch and jewel to finish off. To say ‘thank you’ I revived the Cute by Inch Hostess Set from last year’s catalogue. Perfect as a small gift … showing that you care. 🙂

The card is one that I made at Dianne’s. Again it uses a stamp from the Perfect Postage Set and the new postage punch. This time the image is colored in giving delicious looking raspberries. …. it might be a good one to use to decorate the labels of homemade jam … That’s just given me an idea…

Before I go just a reminder that the first card class of this year will be Saturday 21st January 2-5pm. As usually it will include all your materials and refreshments for £11.

Hope to see you then XXX