Spring Summer Catalogue Pinkies Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

I can’t believe we are blog hopping again! Haven’t the projects so far been amazing? I get to see them all before they are posted, so I always know what inspiration is in store.

The Spring Summer catalogue is so jam-packed with beautiful new products and ideas that I was spoilt for choice when it came to picking just a couple of things to focus on. But…. I managed it in the end and decided on the Just Sayin’ stamp set and the coordinating Word Bubbles framelits dies. I’m a sucker for a bundle and a bargain!

I like playing around with negative space, and I knew that the Word Bubbles would be perfect.

Just-Sayin-hey-there

The Fresh Prints DSP stack gives a nice burst of colour. The small scale patterns and 5″x7″ size make these paper stacks ideal for cardmaking. It means you don’t have to cut into a 12″x12″ piece just for a card!

I also wanted to see if I could create a texture using the Word Bubbles shapes in a clean white-on-white design. I think I like the effect – do you?

Just-Sayin-Love-Ya

I picked up my Cherry Cobbler cardstock to add some contrast. The teeny tiny heart is in the Just Sayin’ set too. These add a Valentine’s theme to the card, but use another colour and I think it could work for any occasion.

Next stop on the blog hop is Michelle – if you haven’t hopped through all of the blogs yet, I really hope you do and you get to see all the great projects my fellow demonstrators are showing!

 

 

 

 

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Quick Card Using Flower Shop

The card I have to share with you today was made at our most recent quarterly team training, which was the weekend before my trip to the USA.

Some crafting is always planned for the day, but I have to admit that I usually spend the time gossiping and rarely make the project planned! Michelle wanted to try something different this time, so she challenged us to come up with a card using limited supplies within 45 minutes… All I can say is that the time limit was both very motivating and rather scary!

Flower shop

It's a very simple card, but was completed rather quickly so still left me with time to chat. Some of the other cards completed in the same time were amazing, and as I have photos I am sure to CASE them in upcoming weeks.

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Six-Sided Sampler (sentiment)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Pansy Punch
Finishing Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Chocolate Box Swaps

I didn't just take general swaps. I was too slow to get in to an organised swap, but there was a meet-up with some of the top American demos arranged for the international demonstrators attending. I have to say a big thank you to Becky Roberts for all the organising. I wanted to take something special for some of the demos that would be there, as they have given me so much inspiration over the last few years (and have been amazingly generous in blogging and sharing it all!). This is what I came up with:

Chocolate box

It's very simple, and perhaps too simple for such inspiring demonstrators! There are a couple of mini bars of Green and Blacks inside – I wanted to share some of my favourite chocolate with them. This is the first time I have used the Naturals Ivory cardstock, and I can't believe I have overlooked it so far. The box flap was cut using the Deco Lables framelits, and the ribbon and butterfly keep the box loosely closed. I didn't want this to end up like my never-opened swaps, so made the closure really simple.

I hope they liked it, but more importantly I hope they enjoyed the chocolate!

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Papillon Potpourri
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Naturals Ivory
Ink: Whisper White Craft Ink
Tools: Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Deco Labels Framelits
Elegant Butterfly Punch
Finishing Touch: Basic Gray ¼" Stitched Grosgrain, Stampin' Dimensionals

 

 

 

 

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Origami Box Tutorial

Here is the template for the box I shared for the Blog Hop – I was hoping to post a video, but technical challenges have got the better of me. Watch this space as I do hope to add one soon. I've called it an origami box, mainly as it always takes me a couple of tries to close it properly!

Download the template for the origami box here

Start with an A4 piece of cardstock, and cut at 7¼" along the short edge (so you keep the whole length of the A4 piece). Score as shown in the template. Once you've done the horizontal score lines, you'll have a tiny piece to trim off one of the flaps to make sure that they are the same size. It's easier to trim it off once you've scored rather than trim the A4 at the start.

To decorate the box, cut a base piece of cardstock 3" square, and layer and decorate as you wish. Then once you've got the box closed, attach this to the outside of the box. Only put adhesive on the outer-most layer of the closed box otherwise you'll stop it opening. Repeat this with a panel for the other outer side of the box. 

Cut holes in the top of the flaps to thread ribbon through. I try to cut through both of the flaps at the same time with the box closed so that they match up perfectly.

I hope that is easy enough to understand for now! 

 

 

 

 

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Twist Fold Congratulations

I had been invited to the wedding of a work colleague this summer, but unfortunately we're going to be on holiday. I hadn't sent an engagement card, so thought that my reply was a good opportunity to congratulate them more formally! The twist fold card is particularly useful in that the pockets created by the folding mean that you can slot extras into the card. I think I might be making a lot of these at Christmas for the many gift cards I end up sending.

Twist Fold Congratulations

The sentiments in the Curly Cute set are my favourite at the moment, as they really make the sentiment the focus of the design. I can't believe that this is the first time I have used the Natural Composition Specialty DSP – I can't even use the excuse of not wanting to cut up 12"x12" sheets as I got some already cut down to 6"x6" as part of a paper share! Let's just say that what I have left will be used very quickly…

 

 

 

 

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