Start Sale-a-Bration 2015 with a Pinkies Blog Hop

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Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using new Stampin' Up!® products that you can earn free during Sale-a-Bration. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

We all say this every year, but Sale-a-Bration is so exciting each time it rolls around. In case you haven't got the idea by now, I'll do a quick recap – choose a free gift with each £45 (or 60€) spend, and extra special benefits for hostesses and new demonstrators! Now, we aren't allowed to share the SAB brochure yet, but you'll see most of the products on offer in this blog hop, so do make sure you make it all the way around!

So… on with my project. I chose to use the Best Year Ever DSP, and I think that sums up SAB for this year – I hope you'll agree once you've seen all the products on offer.

Best day ever scale maille

I can't believe I've managed to make myself actually CUT some new DSP, and before Sale-a-Bration has even started! Not only new DSP, but new FREE DSP. You might think that it makes it easier as I didn't pay a penny for it, but as it's only available for the three months of SAB (6th January – 31st March), I really feel the need to ration myself. Luckily this only needed a 1½" strip of each design to cut out all of the 1" circles, and I have offcuts carefully saved. The coordinating Best Day Ever stamp set is available in photopolymer, which made lining up the words across the top of the card a lot quicker than having to reach for my trusty stamp-a-ma-jig.

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I was (relatively) reliably informed by my husband that this looks like scale maille, rather than chain maille which is how I first described it to him.

I made it rather more labour intensive that it has to be, as I insisted on measuring out ½" spaced lines with markings each ½" along so that I could line the circles up perfectly. But I am sure that you could get just as perfect a result by eye and save a lot of time.

That's enough from me for now so please hop on over to Christa to see what she's been creating.

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Annual Catalogue Pinkies Blog Hop

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We're so glad you could join us on our blog hop. We'll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

If you have arrived here from Alison's blog, thank you for hopping on to my blog. Weren't her projects with the You're Amazing stamp set, well, amazing!? 

I've got two cards made with the beautiful Papillon Potpourri set to show you today. I was so disappointed when the butterfly punch retired in September, but for it to be replaced by the Elegant Butterfly punch that matches this stamp set was more than enough compensation. It's so more realistic as a butterfly motif and the patterns in the stamp set are just stunning. 

Here's card number one…

Papillon Potpourri card

Apologies again for the photo quality – if anyone knows of a good photography and photo editing course, please let me know!

The new Fancy Fan embossing folder creates a lovely, subtle texture as a background. The Victoria crochet trim remains one of my firm favourites, especially in these faux bows. I tried to be sensible ordering from the new catalogue – one thing I am always missing is a decent sentiment. I just seem to have spent my budget before I consider a sentiment set! This one is from Friendly Phrases, and I am sure this set will get me out of many sticky sentiment situations.

One of the first things on my shopping list when my copy of the annual catalogue thumped onto my doormat were the doily dies. In this little notecard I've used the Delicate Doilies Sizzlits and layered a circle cut using the Circles #2 die in Very Vanilla on top of the Baja Breeze to act as a base for the lovely butterfly.

Papillon Potpourri card with delicate doilies

I think I need to set myself a target NOT to use Baja Breeze. I just can't help myself… Maybe a card like this will help – you could make it in any, or dare I say every colour!

The next stop is Nicky Dexter – I am sure you will love her projects with the Fine Feathers set just as much as I do.

 

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Autumn Winter Pinkies Blog Hop!

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Welcome to our first ever Pinkies Blog Hop. We’ll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Our blog hop buttons will help guide you on your way.We love comments, so please do tell us what you think!

I am so excited to be taking part in my first ever blog hop! The Pinkies are such a great team of demonstrators and give me so much inspiration that I am proud to be able to make sure you see some of it too.

So… you must have seen the Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue by now! It's definitely not a mini catalogue any more. With so many lovely products I was at a loss to know what to show you. I was really excited to see the Scentsational Season stamp set in the catalogue, and even more so when it arrived in my big brown box. I hate cutting out stamped images, so the holiday framelits that coordinate with the stamps are so useful and save so much time!

After much deliberation, I decided on a fancy fold style card. You may well have seen this style before. I sometimes think that the names we give different styles of card can be a bit off-putting – these cards are really straightforward to make.

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The symmetrical gingerbread man image is perfect for this double gatefold card. With careful lining-up of the framelit you can create a lovely effect.

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The DSP is from the Festival of Prints paper stack. At 11.4cm by 16.5cm it is the perfect size for matting and layering in cardmaking and scrapbooking, and the small scale patterns are gorgeous. They are double-sided designs, but what I love most is that all the 'front' patterns coordinate with each other and all the 'back' patterns are a different colour scheme but again all coordinate with each other. I thought I'd test this out. This gift tag (cut with the Two Tags die) uses the gingerbread man from Scentsational Season again, and the flagged strips are from exactly the same pieces of paper as the card above – except that I've turned them over! So in one pack of DSP you have both traditional and modern Christmas colour schemes to work with for your cards and projects. Don't you just love Stampin' Up!?

Scentsational Season gingerbread man tag
It's really easy to add dimension with the framelits. By cutting 3 identical images and folding each gently in half, you can layer one on top of the other two folded up and glue the 3 together… I'm not explaining that very well but I hope you can see what I mean! 

I hope you're enjoying the blog hop so far – keep going as I've seen all the lovely projects that my fellow Pinkies have in store for you!


 

 

 

 

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