Saturday, 7 May 2016

Jems Blog Hop: 'Enjoy Your Day' Card & Gift Bag

Hello! If this is your first time visiting my little blog, welcome!

Becoming a Stampin' Up! demonstrator has had the added bonus of introducing me to a wonderful bunch of ladies known as the Jems, and I'm delighted to be part of their monthly blog hop :) I hope you've been enjoying all the fabulous projects so far, there are plenty more to come!

This month we're highlighting retiring products (those from the current catalogue that won't be available in the new catalogue when it's released in June). I chose to use the 'You're So Lovely' card kit and stamp set to make a birthday card and co-ordinating gift bag.

This kit was one of my first Stampin' Up! purchases, and I love how easy it is to get fabulous cards for very little effort!

I've added a couple of extras to the kit - two panels of card in Whisper White and Mint Macaron which I've layered over one of the pre-printed cards from the kit; the ink is Mint Macaron and Black Archival; and I stamped the ink splatters behind the butterfly using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set, which is one of my absolute favourites.

It's been so lovely to have you visit, but now it's time to move on. I do hope you'll come back soon :)
If you like my projects, let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you!

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Stampin' Up! Endless Birthday Wishes

One of the things that I love most about Stampin' Up! is how brilliantly everything co-ordinates, it makes throwing together a quick card so easy! I had a couple of scraps of cardstock in Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party left over from another project, just enough for two small cards (these are around 3x4"), so I grabbed the co-ordinating ink pads and the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set and literally minutes later I had two cute cards! I even used the Envelope Punch to make perfectly sized envelopes. Perfect when you want a quick and simple project :)

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration Birthday Card

I've been making lots of cards again recently, so I thought I'd share one with you today that I've created using the Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration stamp set and Balloon Bouquet punch.
I started with a white card blank, which I stamped directly onto. The Balloon Celebration stamp set includes a couple of gorgeous cloud stamps, and I used the smallest of the two to create my background. I used Pool Party ink and the second stamping technique* to stamp the clouds randomly on the card. I then added the balloon strings and Happy Birthday sentiment in black archival ink.

On a separate piece of white card I stamped a series of balloon images using black archival ink with the outline stamp, and Daffodil Delight ink with the filler stamps to build up the balloon images. I then punched my stamped images using the Balloon Bouquet punch, and added them to the card above the balloon strings. A bow stamped in Daffodil Delight was the perfect finishing touch!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you like my card :)

*Second stamping technique: ink up your stamp and stamp once onto scrap card before stamping a second time onto your card blank. This gives a paler, less saturated image. 

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

This is my favourite layout so far, I had a great time picking out the neon colours in the photograph. I didn't really get to see that much of Las Vegas, as I was far too busy inside the Paris Hotel being unofficial photographer for my sister's wedding, which was absolutely fabulous. We did get to the Hard Rock Cafe for a family dinner the night before though, which involved a nighttime stroll down the strip, which was definitely an experience! 

I thought I'd include a snap of where I'm working on my scrapbook at the minute - as my desk is still covered with papers while I'm writing up my thesis, I've transferred my scrapping to this little laptop table in the lounge. It's not ideal, particularly since sitting on the sofa is generally seen as an invitation by the furbabies - it's difficult to scrap with a dog and a cat fighting for space on your knee!

Saturday, 11 July 2015

Bon Voyage

Page 2! I'm on a roll :D

I took this photo out of the plane window as we were coming in to land over Las Vegas - that was a scary landing! I'm guessing it's because the runway is so close to the buildings, that it makes it seem like you're coming in much faster than you are, but I had my foot pressed to the floor in a vain attempt to brake! I was definitely glad when we came to a stop. I have to say though, the flight itself was great, we flew with Virgin and would definitely fly with them again. Top marks Mr Branson!

This page mixes supplies from Simple Stories, Pink Paislee, My Mind's Eye and Me & My Big Ideas. I'm planning to use the same supplies throughout the book to give it a sense of coherence, while trying not to let the pages get too same-y. I've also got the October Afternoon papers that I used on the first page, and some Amy Tangerine and Dear Lizzy to mix in.  

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Hello USA

The opening page in my travel scrapbook uses a photo that I actually took towards the end of the trip, when we were in Lone Pine, but I'm sure it won't surprise you to know that I took it with scrapping in mind! I'd taken a couple of photos of flags earlier in the trip, but I was keeping my eyes peeled for one like this, I love the way the flag's stood on its own with the mountains in the background, and no other distractions. The eagle eyed among you will also notice that it's the photo that I've used on the cover of my photobook. 

I've mixed a bit of old (October Afternoon 'Midway') with a lot of new (Simple Stories 'Stars & Stripes' and 'DIY', Sn@p 'Travel', Crate Paper 'Craft Market' and Me & My Big Ideas 'On Vacation').

It might only be a few bits of paper and some stickers, but boy does it feel good to be creating again!

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Documenting Our Travels

Never one to do things by halves, I couldn't decide on one way to document our holiday, so I'm doing it in three ways instead. The first thing I did when we got home was pick my favourite photos (and given I averaged about 135 photos a day for the fortnight, that was no easy task!) and upload them to Photobox to be printed as a photobook. It's the first time I've used Photobox - I've used Snapfish in the past but the most recent few orders have seen a definite decline in quality, so I decided to go with someone different this time - and I have to say I'm glad I did! The quality is really good, and I'm really pleased with the finished product. The idea is that this will be a good way to show friends and family where we went without overloading them and boring them to death! 
The second method of documentation is going to be a scrapbook - I picked up this map covered one from Paperchase. This is a traditional scrapbook, with blank pages rather than page protectors, so I'm going to have to be careful not to make my pages too bulky, and ensure everything is really stuck down! I particularly liked this book as it has divider pages with pockets where I can keep all the maps & tourist info that I picked up along our journey. I have a pile of photos ready and waiting, so I'm hoping to make a start at the weekend.
The third method of documentation is more personal, so I hope no one minds that I've blurred my handwriting. I wanted a way of keeping a more detailed record of where we went and what we did each day, so I decided to keep a travel journal. I had every intention of completing this as I went along, and took both the journal and some supplies in my suitcase - none of which saw the light of day until we got home! 
This journal will hold all of the small memorabilia that I collected, like boarding passes, receipts and anything else small enough to be stuck in, alongside a written record of everything we did - it could take me some time! 
Thanks for stopping by, and thanks to everyone who left a comment on my previous post - it's good to be back :D


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