Friday, 18 April 2014

In review - Regarding Dahlias for birthdays

It's time for another In Review post - sharing cards I've made with the oh-so-beautiful Regarding Dahlia's stamp set.

Joy Fold Dahlia 
I made this one for a dear friend's birthday back in November. She loves a fancy fold card as much as I do, so I made this joy fold card.
The dahlia was heat embossed in white onto midnight muse card. I also stamped dahlias on the inside message panel & inside base too. The birthday sentiment (Express Yourself) is heat embossed in clear embossing powder over midnight muse ink, so it's glossy too. The card base is bermuda bay, base mat is coastal cabana & the paper is Afternoon Picnic. Although this may seem an unusual colour combo, I think they work really well together. Here's the card partially open, so you can see the folds...
...and here it's fully open. You can see on the inside that I matched up the flower on the base & message panel.

Special Birthday Dahlias
I made this card for my wonderful Mum-in-law's 70th birthday in December. While it shares the colours & paper of the joy fold card, it's a much larger card - the base is a whole A4 sheet folded in half.

The dahlias & '70' are heat embossed in white. The other elements are simply layered on the front.
I added another embossed dahlia on the inside & combined a sentiment from 'Million & One' & Express Yourself. I needed a custom envelope - easy peasy with some midnight muse DSP & my Envelope Punch Board.

Hello, Lovely Dahlia
One more dahlia before I go - a simple card I made for a friend using the 'Hello, Lovely' stamp set for the sentiment in pistachio pudding, calypso coral, bermuda bay & coastal cabana - how Caribbean they all sound together.
I hope you've enjoyed this little ook at Regarding Dahlia. There are so many techniques you can do with it, so I need to try some more...but I'll say bye for now. Thanks for visiting & come back soon.
Inky wishes, Di

Joy Fold Dahlia & Special Birthday Dahlia
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Express Yourself, Million & One
Card/Paper: bermuda bay, coastal cabana, midnight muse, very vanilla card, Afternoon Picnic
Ink: whisper white craft ink, coastal cabana & midnight muse ink pads
Accessories: basic rhinestones, ruffled ribbon - coastal cabana
Tools: hexagon punch, boho blossoms punch, itty bitty punch pack, scallop circle punch, 1-1/2 inch circle punch, 1-3/8in circle punch

Hello, Lovely Dahlia
Stamps: Regarding Dahlias, Hello Lovely
Card/Paper: pistachio pudding,bermuda bay, coastal cabana, whisper white card, calypso coral stack DSP (Subtles)
Ink: bermuda bay & calypso coral markers
Accessories: bermuda bay ribbon, basic pearls
Tools: decorative label punch

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Another Great Year - quick & easy birthday cards

Yay! I'm back after an unintended break to share quite a few super quick & easy birthday cards from my Occasions Catalogue launch classes. Even better, I get to share some of my lovely class gals creations from the class too. All the cards use the fab must-have birthday set 'Another Great Year' teamed with paper from the Fresh Prints DSP stack.
The Fresh Prints papers are a tad larger than a card front & include 24 different  designs, so I thought it would be fun for each class gal to chose which print they wanted to use... which I think they loved. There are lots of different styles in the pack & I loved how they changed the whole look of the card in the blink of an eye. Anyway, enough chat, here's my first card, which was my class sample.
The sentiment was stamped in real red, then clear embossed to give a lovely shiny look. It's a little hard to see with my angled pic, but 'Birthday' is straight on the card & the flag piece is directly behind it. I also used some candy dot brads for a bit of extra detail.
Then, at the first class, I chose a triangle print. I think this would be a good masculine teen card.
For the second class, I chose a spotty paper, then prettied it up later with some Petite Petals flowers & ruffled ribbon. Check the first class gals cards below for a flower-less version by Alison.
Now for even more fun, here are all the cards my lovely Friday class gals made. I love how different they look with the different prints & with the addition of a star or tiny flower. (click on the pics for a bigger view). Apologies for the not-so-great pics - I took these quickly on my phone before the gals went home!
And here are my Saturday gals' cards.
I really loved how great everyone's cards turned out & I think they were all really happy too. You could make a ton of these so quickly & they all have their own look.

That's all from me today, but I'll be back soon. I hope you all have a blessed Easter.
Inky wishes, Di

PS: the star punch I used here (from the Merry Minis punch pack) is 25% off this week with our Weekly Deals. See it here.

Stamps: Another Great Year
Card: crumb cake (base), real red & whisper white, Fresh Prints DSP stack, silver glimmer paper

Ink: real red ink pad
Accessories: candy dot bases, candy dots (subtles), basic pearls, clear embossing powder
Tools: heat tool, merry minis punch pack or Itty Bitty punch pack

SU Weekly Deals - available 16-23 April

New deals available from today until next Tuesday! (that's 16 - 23 April). Items are 25% off & the digi download is 40% off. See them here in my store. My picks are the super sparkly glimmer paper & Merry Mini's punch pack. The Floral District Photobook is one of my fave downloads too - so pretty & fun.

Item No Description Regular Price Sale Price
 127885  Champagne Glimmer Paper $8.95 $6.71
 120995  Silver Glass Stampin' Glitter $6.95 $5.21
 129717  Timber Standard Stampin' Around Wheel $10.95 $8.21
 130814  This and That Epic Day Designer Series Paper $18.95 $14.21
 127554  Naturals Designer Buttons $8.95 $6.71
 126882  Merry Mini Punch Pack $29.95 $22.46
 127211 Floral District Photobook Template (digital download) $19.50 $11.70

PS: Some new items have been added to the Clearance Rack too, so check them out too.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Weekly Deals - Apr 9-16 - Big Shot Bargains

It's time for a new SU Weekly Deal. This one's for Big Shot lovers, as you'll get 25% off the dies & embossing folders listed below, plus 40% off a fun recipe digi kit. his deal is available from 9-16 April only & can be ordered directly from me by phone, e-mail or from my online store. If you're on my customer mailing list, you'll find an extra special deal in your mailbox too.

Ideas from my blog using some of this week’s Deals
Needlepoint Border embossing folder projects
Note:that the prices listed below are the regular price, not the discounted price.
PS: Bargain lovers don't forget that the Clearance Rack has lots of retired goodies on sale every day too.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Weekly Deals start today

Each Wednesday in April, you'll find new set of deals on a selection of current SU goodies. Place your order in my online store, or directly by e-mail or phone. Weekly deals can be combined with any regular order too. Here's what's on sale from today until 8 April.
Remember to check out great bargains on retired products on our Clearance Rack too.

WEEKLY DEALS - available April 2-8

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Two scallop tag topper treat boxes (& instructions)

Today I'm sharing a couple of little treat boxes I made with the new Scallop Tag Topper punch from the Occasions Catalogue. This punch is a must have, as you can make much more than tags.  I've also shared my class instruction sheets for both projects, so you can make your own too.

Scallop milk carton treat box
First up, a simple milk carton-like box - an impromptu extra project made at my Feb Occasions Catalogue launch class.
I'd decided to focus on 2 card projects at the class, however, on the morning of the class, I couldn't resist using the punch too so I quickly cut the pieces to make the box. I used the same colours & stamps as the hexagon hive card I shared yesterday.

The box is essentially a basic open topped box (made in crisp cantaloupe) with 2 scored scallop tags attached to the front & back & a strip of  'I am me' dsp around it. It is approx 5 x 5 x 10cm (2 x 2 x 4 inches) & can be very easily dressed up or themed to suit any occasion. It would be a perfect size to hold a hollow egg or little bag of eggs for Easter, or even a non-chocolate gift. Might just do that...with chocolate of course :-)
Click on the pic below or here to download both box instruction pdfs

Tag Topper Thank you Treats
I made these little chocolaty treats as a little customer thank you after the class to give my gals more ideas to try. This treat is even easier to make than the first - just a strip of card2, scored twice to form the bottom & sides, punch the tag topper, then add scored strip of Sweet Sorbet DSP around the box & a  cute tag (from the Just Sayin' stamp set). I didn't glue the DSP to the tag base as it didn't need it...& I knew the recipients would want to deconstruct it anyway :-) Here they are, ready to go to their peeps.
Click on the pic below or here to download both box instruction pdfs
That's all from me today, but before I go, I'd like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has left such lovely comments lately or pinned my projects. I am so inspired by the projects I see so many people share so freely & it's really nice to feel I can contribute to that in my own small way. I'll be back with my last Feb class project next time. Until then, thanks again for visiting & commenting & pinning. I really appreciate you.
Inky wishes, Di

Edited 2 April '14
I have re-loaded the instruction pdf today after fixing a typo on box 2's inch measurements. Base piece should be cut at 8 x 2 inches.

Box 1
Stamps: Chalk Talk
Card: crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, whisper white, I am Me dsp
Ink: pool party ink pad
Accessories: bakers twine
tools: scallop circle punch, circle punches 1-3/8 & 1-1/4 inch

Box 2
Stamps: Just Sayin'
Card: pool party or pistachio pudding card, whisper white card, Sweet Sorbet DSP (SAB)

Ink: pool party or calypso coral marker
Accessories: basic rhinestones, calypso coral chevron ribbon
Tools: Itty Bitty Punch Pack (flower), Envelope Punch Board (corner rounder)

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