A popular rabbit!

by adele on November 14, 2010

It’s been some considerable time since I blogged and, boy, have I missed it! 

My absence hasn’t been because I’ve not been stamping or had nothing to share with you. Quite the opposite! I had a run of workshops which kept me very busy, but also life outside of stamping was demanding lots of my attention and energy. And the longer it got between blog posts, the harder it was to get back into it.

BUT  rather than proscrinate any longer (which I’m particularly good at), here I am back blogging.

Yesterday I went to the Stampin’ Up Melbourne Regional training day and it was so incredibly inspiring. Soooo many great ideas that I’ll be trying out soon. Today’s card is the one I took as my swap to Regionals. 

Do they look familiar? No prizes for guessing that my swap was inspired by the cover of the ‘Popular Penguin’ novels. And although there’s no ‘penguin’ on my ‘book cover’ I think  there’s enough of the iconic design of the cover to make it instantly recognisable.

There’s nothing difficult about this card – in fact, it’s super easy!

I scored an extra line with my bone folder to make it look like the card has a spine. The corners have been ‘dog eared’ and the edges of the Very Vanilla daubed with River Rock ink to make it look like a well loved book. The cute little rabbit stamp from the Forest Friends stamp set was my ‘penguin’ and I used the white gel pen to make it more like the logo you see on the books.

I know what card I’ll be sending out to all my book-lover friends!

All the products used to make these cards can be purchased through me.




I suspect that the gorgeous new ‘Contempo Christmas’ stamp set and its coordinating ornament punch made it onto many of your wishlists. And I must say, this one’s a no-brainer! Anything that comes with a coordinating punch, triples its must-have value in my books.

I made the little flip open gift tag (top left) by folding over my Very Vanilla cardstock. When I slide it into my ornament punch I positioned the fold of my cardstock at but not beyond the top so that when I punched it out, the fold was intact. I wouldn’t recommend it with anything thicker but it punches through two layers of Whisper White or Very Vanilla with no trouble at all.

The little 3-dimensional bauble (top right) was made using five stamped and punched shapes, folded in half and then stuck edge to edge with a length of crochet thread along the middle. (I’m going to use this in a card project that I’ll show you tomorrow.)

And how sparkly are the Stampin’ Up self-adhesive rhinestones! I know there are cheaper ones out there but truly, you get what you pay for and if you’re doing a special project, particularly if you’ve spent a squillion hours on a scrapbook page, then you’re going to want to use these babies! If it’s worth blinging up, make it good bling.

And here’s a super simple Christmas card!

I’ve used the ‘noel’ sentiment from ‘Many Merry Messages’, the snowflake from the set ‘Snow Swirled’ and the bauble and sentiment from ‘Contempo Christmas’. (If you don’t have the Many Merry Messages stamp set you could improvise by getting the Early Espresso marker and doing it be hand.) 

The cardstock is actually River Rock (although it looks more like Sahara Sand in the photo) and the inks are Early Espresso, Poppy Parade and Sahara Sand (only because I don’t have River Rock ink yet, otherwise I would have used that). I’ve punched out the bauble shape with my ornament punch and popped it up on dimensionals. Seriously, this card took all of 2 minutes!

And how easy would it be to make gorgeous handstamped Christmas wrapping paper this year! All you need is a roll of white or kraft paper and stamp away! Great job for the kids (if you can trust them with your stuff!).

The Contempo Christmas set contains four stamps and is very reasonably priced – just $26.95 for wood and $21.95 for the clear-mount set! The ornament punch is $33.95 so together that’s not a lot to pay considering it’ll take care of your Christmas cards, gift tags, Christmas wrapping paper and some Christmas decorations in one fell swoop! So if you want to take care of your Christmas business, send your order through and I get it processed.




How would you like all these for FREE?

September 21, 2010

Happy sigh….. Would you like all these products free? No – it’s not a trick question. If you join Stampin’ Up before 15 October that’s exactly what you’ll get – a mixed pack of cardstock, five markers and five ink pads in the new gorgeous in-colors!!! That’s to add to the great new-look starter kit [...]

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10 favourite things….. Apple Blossoms

September 20, 2010

It’s time to reveal another of my ’10 favourite things from the new catalogue’ and it’s……. Apple Blossoms! Now Apple Blossoms isn’t available for purchase – it’s one of the new level 2 hostess sets – so the only way to own it is to place a big order for yourself or host a workshop or [...]

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Off to the shops little cards

September 14, 2010

I’ve beeen waiting for a sunny day to take some photos and, boy, did Melbourne turn it on today! Mind you, it wasn’t feeling nearly as warm when I headed out the door at 7am to be on duty for the Father’s Breakfast at my son’s school, but it’s looking like my kinda day now. [...]

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Artistic Etchings wedding invitations

September 12, 2010

I was on a roll with my blog posting and then this arrived mid week …. I’m sure you can understand why I’ve been missing in action for the last few days. Check out all the ribbons!! Now I promised I’d share one more idea with Artistic Etchings and here it is! This set lends itself [...]

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Mixing vintage and contemporary with Artistic Etchings

September 8, 2010

Here’s my next batch of cards before they go off to the shops. This design mixes vintage imagery and contemporary design but somehow it works, d’ya think? The ornate – not sure what to call it - scroll (?) in the middle seems to pull the design together. And I added a bit of bling in the [...]

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10 favourite things….. Artistic Etchings

September 7, 2010

Today I’m kicking off my ’10 favourite things from the new catalogue’ series with the beautiful stamp set….. Artistic Etchings  $33.95 (wood) Item no. 121478 $26.95 (clear) Item no. 120573 Did it make your list?  A month before the catalogue was released, demonstrators were able to buy selected products. This particular set was available during the preorder [...]

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What we’ve been doing at Christmas stamp-a-stacks

September 3, 2010

Here’s one of the sets of cards we’ve been making at my Christmas stamp-a-stacks. I’ve had four classes already and I was ready for a break from Christmas cards – and then I got the new ‘Contempo Christmas’ set from the new catalogue. Boy, is that going to get a workout! These particular cards were inspired [...]

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10 favourite things in the new catalogue – a new series

September 2, 2010

There’s so much to love in the new catalogue, isn’t there! It was launched to the wider world yesterday but as a demonstrator I got to see a copy a month ago. So you’d think I would have had my wishlist well and truly worked out by yesterday, wouldn’t you. Well, truth be told I was [...]

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