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June Blog Hop - Designer Series Paper

Hi there

Welcome to our casual monthly  Blog Hop for another month. This month we are showcasing the Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper. You may have come from the blog of our newest participant Margaret Knoops, but if not, you can join the Blog Hop from here using the link to the next blog at the end of the post.  This month we have 7 Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing their inspiration and the full list of contributors is also at the end of the post.

When I first saw the 'Elegant Soiree' Designer Series Paper I knew I must have it.  However, despite the fact that I love all of the matching colours - Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla I haven't used it very much, so I am going to remedy that now.  This card is inspired by a recent sketch from Mojo Monday. It showcases the wonderful coordinating patterns and colours of Stampin' Up! Designer Series Papers and matching card stock. 

These are 1" strips and I have used the 1" circle punch to round off the ends.  You can do this easily with any circle punch as long as the width of the strip is the same as the diameter of the punch.  Turn over the punch and thread the paper through the base and out the top and cut! The Crumb Cake strip has been embossed with the matching Elegant Lines embossing folder first and I've added one of my favourite Joanne Leddy flowers in a combination of smooth and textured Very Vanilla. They look so elegant in vanilla.


I also followed through with the same design on the inside of the card.


Project Details
Stamps Best Yet (Retired)
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze (Textured), Soft Suede, Very Vanilla (Smooth & Textured), Crumb Cake, Elegant Soiree DSP, Neutrals Pattern Stack (Soft Suede Stripe)
Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Baja Breeze Seam Binding Ribbon (NAH), 1mm Pearls
Tools Elegant Lines Embossing Folder, Little Leaves Die, Big Shot, Circle Punches, Fancy Flower Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, Small 5-Petal Flower Punch (not SU), Scallop Trim Corner Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Dimensionals, Pritt Glue, Glue Dots

 I don't about you, but I am a big fan of lists, particularly shopping lists to keep me on the right path.  This second project is a shopping list pad holder also using the 'Elegant Soiree' DSP. I always have one of these handy on my fridge to jot down my shopping items.  Mostly they are purchased or received as gifts, but I recently found a block of 6 pads in a $2 shop (what a bargain) and have used the opportunity to make a reusable decorative cover, so that I can replace the pad when it is finished.

You can have lots of fun decorating the cover, but I kept it fairly simple so the lovely swirly design of the DSP is the focus.  The owl adds a bit of fun and I've covered a little lead pencil in Crumb Cake stripes and added a pencil holder at the bottom. These would make nice little gifts or Christmas stocking fillers as well.


Project Details
Stamps None
Card stock & Papers Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Elegant Soiree DSP, Neutrals Pattern Stack (Crumb Cake Stripe)
Ink None
Accessories 1mm Rhinestone, Googly eyes (not SU)
Tools Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Scallop Trim Border Punch, Owl Punch, Itty Bitty Flower Punch, Dimensionals, Pritt Glue, Glue Dots


I hope these projects inspire you to take another look at your DSP and get creative!

The next stop is the lovely and talented Kathryn Ruddick.  Below is a list of the contributors for this month's Blog Hop.


Ros Davidson

Alisha Watson

Di Dunk

Tina Gillespie

Margaret Knoops

Kathryn Ruddick


Enjoy your weekend! 




A Flower for All Seasons

Hi there

I hope you're enjoying the Queens Birthday long weekend and getting some rest and relaxation.  That is certainly my aim, as well as some stamping, of course.

I haven't done any colouring recently, so I decided to get out the 'A Flower for all Seasons' stamp set. They are all cute images, but with some warmer weather in mind, I chose the daisies and watering can with the cute frog. I've used inks and a blender pen on Whisper White cardstock, which is a good option for small detailed images such as this one.  I'm still in a Rich Razzleberry phase at the moment, so the colour of the watering can led to the rest of the colour scheme. I cut out the image with a labels die and while still sitting in the die, sponged around the edges to define the frame.

The scallop border is created with the double edged scallop oval trim cut with the 'Tasteful Trim' die. At the top, I have shown only one half of the scallop and at the bottom I've used the full trim.  I like that the scallop is larger than the scallop border punch, but a bit smaller than the other scallop border on this die.  The flowers are punched from the Itty Bitty punches set and to give them some dimension I use the bone folder and the pricking mat to press down the centre and the petals fold in nicely.


Project Details
Stamps A Flower for All Seasons, Trendy Trees (Sentiment)
Card stock & Papers Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Garden DSP (Retired), Rich Razzleberry Patterns Stack, Whisper White
Ink Basic Grey, Rich Razzleberry, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, More Mustard, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Accessories Basic Pearls, 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Dimensionals, Blender Pen, Spellbinders Labels die, Tasteful Trim Die, Big Shot, Sponge Daubers

Stay warm!


Clean & Simple 143

Hi there

I hope you are managing to keep warm, if you are in the chilly SE corner of this great land.  It already  feels like it has been winter for ages, although the calendar has just ticked over to June.  At least it is great weather to be warm and cosy in my craft room.

This week's  Clean & Simple sketch caught my eye and I've made this card using the 'Clearly For You' stamp set that I've recently acquired.  I don't know why Iwaited so long to get this one as it is full of cute images.  I've got some other ideas in mind for it, but thought I would start with this.

Here is the sketch:


Here is what I came up with. Rich Razzleberry is one of my all time favourite colours and I love it with Pink Pirouette.


Project Details
Stamps Clearly For You, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Card stock & Papers Pink Pirouette (textured), Rich Razzleberry, Regals Pattern Stack, Very Vanilla
Ink Crumb Cake, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories Basic Pearls

Word Window Punch, Scallop Border Punch, Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers (Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry), Sponge Daubers

Have a good week.