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.

Scale maille close up

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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Spring-Summer Catalogue Pinkies Blog Hop

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Welcome back and thank you for stopping by today for Part 2 of the Pinkies Spring/Summer Blog Hop. We are showcasing lots of new gorgeous projects today, using products from the new Stampin’ Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep on hopping. We love comments, so please tell us what you think!

I should also welcome you to my brand new blog. I had got a bit fed up with the mistakes I had made so decided to make a clean start. It has taken a while – I’m too much of a perfectionist! I have kept previous blog hop posts, and photos of old projects will make their way into my gallery page. It’s not perfect yet, but I’m working on it. What do you think?

Anyway… if you are working through part 2 of our blog hop weekend, you should have joined me from Christa’s blog. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about the Rain or Shine stamp set in the cataloge (too much fussy cutting needed!), but I think she now has me convinced.

I decided to use the More Amore designer papers and the Artisan Embellishment kit from our lovely new Spring Summer Seasonal catalogue. Now, with such beautiful papers and accessories, I really had to try hard to actually *cut* them, rather than just admire them. I hope that what I have created does them justice.

More Amore Valentine's card

Combining the Primrose Petals Core’dinations with Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder allows you to add a subtle extra texture to any project. I panicked first of all when I saw that I’d have to cut a circle of paper for the Designer Builder brad – I should have known that Stampin’ Up! would have thought of that and matched it to a punch! Luckily the Itty Bitty punch pack had made it in to one of my orders long ago.

I also wanted to try a treat pouch of some sort. 

Valentine's Two Tags treat holder

The Two Tags die has been indispensible lately. Now I just need to work out what to put inside this little treat pocket…

The next stop on our blog hop is Michelle Last. If you’ve finished part 2 of our hop today, do have a look at yesterday’s posts if you haven’t already. There are so many beautiful projects that I know will inspire you. Part 1 of the blog hop starts here.

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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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