Saturday, 26 June 2010

Top note butterflies

As promised, I have more butterfly cards to show you today. These cards are all really simple & quick, but they're some of my recent favourites. I really liked the layout (what's not to love about that Top Note) & kept making cards with little variations. It's something I often do when I'm making my class prototypes, as I try to find one I like the best & what will work well in a class setting....or I just get carried away – especially with matching stamps & punches. Anyway, it's a little glimpse into my design process, so I hope you don't get too bored!
Working backwards, this was the last version I made, as a class project in April. I really liked how the polka dot butterflies (from Flight of the Butterfly) & polka dot background worked together. Each of the butterflies has a cardstock butterfly behind the stamped one to give some shadow & texture & I think the trio flower & brad finishes it off nicely.
This version was a March class project & was a farewell to the Summer Mini, plus a little sneak peek for the Autumn/Winter mini. The swirly butterflies (Butterfly Prints) were inked in pale plum & sponge daubered lightly around the edges in rich razzleberry to give a soft blended look. I carried the swirls through to the background using the 'Priceless' set. The base is pink pirouette base with pink pirouette ink rather than pale plum, as I liked how it looked with the razzleberry & thought it would make sharing supplies easier in a bigger group.
For this one, the butterflies are inked in pretty in pink & rich razzleberry, with razzleberry flowers & I used some Candy Lane DSP for the background & razzleberry flowers in the centre.
For this one, I created a different look using the hound's-tooth patterned butterfly (Butterfly Prints) & antennae stamps in pretty in pink & razzleberry. I also changed the centres to a rhinestone brad for a bit of bling.

That's all for this layout, finally but I've one final card to show you that I made at the same time. It was a case of one by Kellie too I think. I added some texture to the white background with my new polka dot embossing folder & some polka dot ribbon, plain side up.
Anyway, Thanks very much for visiting. I think that's all the butterflies I have for now. I'll be back next time with....I'm not sure yet, but I still have heaps to share. If you have any questions, just let me know.

Inky wishes, Di

PS: Just a reminder - the butterfly punch is still available even though it's from the Summer Mini.

Supplies (All Stampin' Up! unless noted)
Stamps: Flight of the Butterfly, Butterfly Prints (Summer Mini), Priceless, Polka Dot background, Whimsical Words (SAB 2010), Best Yet (L1 Hostess), Sincere Salutations
Card/Paper: pink pirouette, pretty in pink, pale plum, rich razzleberry card, Candy Lane DSP
Ink: pale plum, rich razzleberry, pretty in pink
Accessories: silver brads, clear rhinestone brads, razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Top Note die, Polka dot textured impressions folder, punches – butterfly & trio flower, sponge dauber

Friday, 25 June 2010

Cottage Wall Top note handbags

I'm finally back to show you the second project we made at my Mother's Day class waaay back in April. This was my first class using the totally fabulous Stampin' Up! Top Note die for the Big Shot, which I'm so excited to finally have in our Catalogue. This bag is the first of many projects using one of our newest colours, – rich razzleberry. Anyway, before I waffle any more, here it is....
...& here's another one made from a different print from the 'Cottage Wall' pack.
The bag is made with rich razzleberry card, 'Cottage Wall' DSP & polka dot ribbon from the Autumn/Winter Mini Catalogue. The bag base is a one piece box with a lid, made from rich razzleberry card. I have I die that cuts this size box, but for the class, I put together a template to show everyone how to score & cut the box manually. Here's a pic of the basic box before you join the top notes.

For the sides, I glued a cardstock & DSP top note together then scored & folded it around the base. You'll definitely need your Sticky Strip tape to hold everything together securely. To make the box easy to open once the sides were attached, I included a punched large oval on the inside flap.

As an aside, I've recently become a fan of Partylites candles, thanks to my friend Kellie. Their mulberry scented candles smell beautiful & co-ordinate really well with rich razzleberry too. I;ve renamed them razzleberry! You can fit 2 votive candles & a tealight comfortably in this bag & as a bonus, the bag will smell beautiful too.

Candy Lane Bag & Card.
This is another bag & matching card that I made for a friend's birthday back in March using some 'Candy Lane' DSP. This one had some co-ordinating red 'apple orchard' candles inside. The punched butterflies were stamped with the 'Butterfly Prints' stamp set (from the Summer Mini - currently unavailable) & the greeting is from the Whimsical Words SAB set. Here's a pic of the bag on it's own - you can see the oval punch peeking out from the lid.
I cased the card from one by Kellie, who I think also cased her card from someone else. I've now spent an hour looking for he link & cannot find it for the life of me. Kellie, if you can find the link, can you please send it to me? 
This card reminds me I have some more butterfly cards to show you, but this will have wait until next time. Thanks very much for stopping by & I hope you liked the bag. I promise I'll be back with more to show you soon. If you'd like any more info on anything in the meantime, just drop me a line.

Inky wishes, Di

Cottage Wall Handbag
Card/paper: rich razzleberry, pale plum, orchid opulence card, Cottage Wall DSP
Accessories: rich razzleberry polka dot ribbon, clear rhinestone brad
Tools: Top Note die, punches – 1 inch & ¾ inch circles, boho blossoms, large oval

Candy Lane handbag & butterfly card

Stamps: Butterfly Prints
Ink: riding hood red
Card/paper: pretty in pink, pink pirouette, riding hood red card, Candy lane DSP
Accessories: riding hood red tafetta ribbon, clear rhinestone brad, white grosgrain ribbon
Tools: Top Note die, punches – 1 inch & ¾ inch circles, trio flower, large oval, butterfly, scallop edge

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Deal of the week 4 – all about bling

I can't believe we're up to deal 4 & June is almost over. Go figure! Anyway, & the last deal includes at least 40% off some more of my most used goodies – rhinestone brads, & ribbon (including celery - how did they know?)

If I could get some projects posted, you'd see how many of these rhinestone brads I've used, so hopefully, I can snag some time for photo taking & editing to show you some very soon.

In the meantime, here are all the items on sale until 30 June. If you'd like to stock up, just call or e-mail me by 30 June.

Catty Page
Regular Price
Sale Price
Square Ice Rhinestone brads
Circle Ice Rhinestone brads
Square Fire Rhinestone brads
Bashful Blue 1" double-stitched grosgrain ribbon
Certainly Celery 5/8" grosgrain ribbon
Inky wishes, Di

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Deal of the week 3 – stamps on sale!

This week, we have another great deal for you. You'll receive 40-50% off the stamp sets listed below, from 16-22 June only. These are all really flexible sets & at these prices, they're great value.
Click on the stamp set names in the table to view them in our online Idea Book & Catalogue & contact me by Tuesday if you'd like to place an order.
Stamp Set
Regular Price
Sale Price
A Happy Heart
Greetings Eight
Bella's Bloom
Enjoy Every Moment
All Scallops
Bye for now,

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Deal of the Week 2 - Paper

It's time for a new deal of the week already & it's another of my favourites – paper...& lots of my favourite designs from this year too. Yay! From 9-15 June only, you'll receive 35-40% off the price of the Designer Series Paper (DSP) packs listed below. You can also click on the paper names below to see the cards & other projects I've used them in.

Regular Price *
Sale Price *
Tea Party
Pink Flamingo
Raspberry Tart
Sweet Slumber
* excluding shipping & handling
To stock up on any of these papers at this great price, just contact me no later than next Monday night – 14 June.
Inky wishes, Di

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Introducing...Deal of the Week

I'm back with a new & fab June deal for all of you. Each week during June, you'll get a different special deal on selected Stampin' Up! products. There are no limits on purchases other than you'll need to order deal items in the week they're on special, so don't forget to contact me to order yours.

Deal 1 is....PUNCHES!

Available from 1 – 8 June only

Now you all know I looooooove punches & I know lots of you do too, so this week is for you!
This week, you can buy the punches listed below for only $20.12 each (plus shipping & handling). That's 35% off the normal price of $30.95 each.

Scallop Square Punch (item 112081)
- Coordinates with "Say it with Scallops' set (p104) & 'Punches Three' sets - See this project
Trio Flower Punch (item 109183)
- Punches 3 cute daisy flowers in a row - see this project
Boho Blossoms Punch (110711)
- Punches 3 different layerable flowers & matches the 'One of a Kind' stamp set. See this project
Scallop Oval Punch (114889) –
- Coordinates perfectly with the large oval punch or on its own. See this project.

Just contact me by June 8th at the latest if you'd like to place an order.
Inky wishes, Di

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