Tuesday 26 February 2013

3D Butterfly Box Frame Picture

One of my very lovely and very talented customers showed me how to create these beautiful pictures - thank you Hannah! :o)

The principle is simply - but the execution of it is very fiddly!

I created mine using the lovely Sunshine & Sprinkles Designer Series Papers - page 28 in the Spring/Summer catalogue. I love the colours in this paper, they are so bright and cheery!

I used both the Elegant Butterfly and the Bitty Butterfly punches for most of the butterflies - but I filled in the gaps using butterflies cut with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit.

The frame is from Ikea. I removed the backing board and replaced it with foam board, so the pins would go through easily.

The butterflies are pinned on to the board using Craft Pins and they are all set at different heights on the pins.

The butterflies are also all set at slightly different angles. I think the effect is really pretty :o)

Friday 22 February 2013

Borders Scoring Plate - Happy Hour

You can find Happy Hour in the main catalogue (page36). It's one of the stamp sets that I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. I will be using it for next month's Project class, so have been playing with it this week :o)

And ..... of course .... I'm still playing with the new Borders Scoring Plate (Spring/Summer catalogue -  page 26).

You get such a lot with this stamp set - 17 stamps in all. I love all the different bits you can decorate your cocktail glasses with!

Stamp Set: Happy Hour
Paper: Birds Of A Feather DSP
Colours: Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Summer Starfruit, Primrose Petals, Lucky Limeade
Punches: 1 3/8" Square, Scallop Oval, Large Oval
Tools: Borders Scoring Plate
Ribbon: Summer Starfruit Stitched Satin
Other Products: Basic Pearls

Thursday 21 February 2013

You Are Loved - Project Class

For this month's Project class we used the beautiful You Are Loved stamp set from the main catalogue (page24).

The class included a stamped tin, a triple heart easel card and a 
co-ordinating box to hold it. 

My ladies had were able to create these projects for a choice of occasions. Some used Valentine Day and others used either Mother's Day or Birthday.

If you would like to purchase the instructions for this set, you can find the details below. The instructions will be emailed to you within 48 hours ...

You Are Loved - Class Instructions - £3.00

Wednesday 20 February 2013

Borders Scoring Plate - Bloomin' Marvelous!

I love new products! I find it so inspiring getting a parcel full of new toys to experiment and play with :o)

The Spring/Summer Seasonal catalogue is full of gorgeous new products - and between now and March 22nd, is the absolutely best time to buy.

With the Sale-a-Bration promotion currently running you can choose any 1 of a possible 17 FREE products for each £45 you spend ..... what could be better? :o)

I have had the new Borders Scoring Plate for several weeks now, but haven't had a chance to play with it until today. I LOVE IT! It's simple to set up and easy to use .... and I love the results you get. You can find it on page 26 of the new catalogue and it costs £13.50. 

It fits over the Simply Scored Tool in the same way that the Metric and Diagonal Plates fit. It also comes with an overlay, which goes on top of the cardstock you want to score. The overlay has cut out grooves in identical designs to the Borders Plate so it guides your embossing stylus as you move along each design. 

Stamp Set: Bloomin' Marvelous, Netting
Colours: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade
Tools: Borders Scoring Plate, Bitty Butterfly Punch
Big Shot: Ovals Collection Framelits
Other Products: Basic Rhinestones

Tuesday 19 February 2013

Hearts Framelits - Mother's Day

Mothering Sunday is fast approaching - 10th March in the UK. So I've started to design a few samples to give my ladies some inspiration :o)

This is another design that uses the Hearts Collection Framelits. It also uses a couple of the free Sale-a-Bration products - the Sycamore Street Designer Series Papers and the Sycamore Street Ribbons. One of these products is available to you FREE with a purchase of £45 - and you don't just get to choose between these two products, you have 17 you can select from. See my first post (above) for more details.

Stamp Set: Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Colours: Island Indigo, Pool Party, Summer Starfruit, Whisper White
Ink: Pool Party
Big Shot: Hearts Collection Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Punches: Modern Label, Word Window
Ribbon: Sycamore Street 
DSP: Sycamore Street
Other Products: Basic Pearls

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Chalkboard Valentine

The Chalkboard Technique is so popular right now. 

There are several ways to do it - all using black cardstock:

Stamp your image(s) using White Craft ink and leave to dry.

Stamp using White Craft ink and Heat Emboss with White Embossing Powder.

Stamp using Versamark and Heat Emboss with White Embossing Powder.

You can then pick up a little White Craft ink with a piece of Kitchen Roll and work it gently into the black cardstock to create a 'dusty' look.

It's also very popular to draw lines around the edges of the 'board'. This can be done using the White Watercolour Pencil or the White Gel Pen.

Stamp Sets: You Are Loved, Hearts a Flutter
Ink: White Craft Ink
Colours: Basic Black, Real Red, Pool Party, Whisper White
Big Shot: Honeycomb and Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Hearts a Flutter Framelits
Other Products: White Embossing Powder, White Watercolour Pencil

Sunday 3 February 2013

Passionates - Spring / Summer Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Passionates Spring/Summer Catalogue Blog Hop!

14 of the Passionettes Team have got together to put on a fabulous Blog Hop for you today. Each of us has picked a section of the new Spring/Summer Seasonal Catalogue and have used one or more of the Stamp Sets on those pages to create some inspirational projects for you :o) I hope you enjoy 'Hopping' around all the different blogs today and seeing the gorgeous projects that have been created for you!

The Blog Hop starts with the wonderful Vicky, so if you would like to start from the beginning and work through - just click HERE to go to her blog.

You may have come to me from Val's blog - Click HERE to return to her blog - weren't her projects beautiful?

My pages were 8/9 in the catalogue and I have picked the lovely stamp set "Just Married" for my projects. 

I fell in love with the gorgeous cake image in this set as soon as I saw it! I knew it would be perfect for my 'Clean & Simple' style. Although, if you prefer things a little 'busier' - then scroll down a bit! :o)

I thought this simple little box would be perfect either as a table favour or to hold confetti. It uses just half sheet of A4 card stock. I used the Labels Collection Framelits to shape the edge of the closure on the front and the beautiful Pool Party Seam Binding ribbon to create a sweet bow on the top.

All the images in this set have been heat embossed with the new Pool Party Embossing Powder.

This card really couldn't have been simpler - but it showcases the cake image beautifully. I stamped the inside of this one too :o) The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Sentiments.

A little Thank You card for the bride to send out - perhaps for the gifts they received. 

The heart shape was cut using the new Hearts A Flutter framelits. I daubed Pool Party ink around the edges just to lift it a little from the background. The sentiment is from Petite Pairs.

Another wedding day card, using the remaining images from the set :o)

The background uses the Wedding Words wheel and the sentiment is from Tiny Tags.

Stamp Sets: Just Married, Tiny Tags, Petite Pairs, Teeny Tiny Sentiments
Wheel: Wedding Words
Colours: Pool Party, Whisper White
Accessories: Basic Rhinestones, Pool Party Seam Binding
Punches: 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1  3/8" Circle, Scallop Trim Border, Small Oval
Big Shot: Hearts A Flutter Framelits, Labels Collection Framelits
Other Products: Pool Party Embossing Powder


My second project is a single Heart Easel card.

These shaped easel cards are really simple to make. 

Instead of cutting a single piece of cardstock with the framelit, you cut through a folded piece of cardstock. The top of the framelit is positioned just above the fold, so it won't be cut when it's run through the Big Shot. This creates your base card. Another full framelit is cut and glued to the base card to create the front of the card.

The beautiful flowers are another new accessory from the catalogue. These come on a 2 yard strip of tulle and are Vanilla in colour. You can either cut off a few and use them as a strip or cut off individual ones to use.

I coloured mine using a solution of 70% Isopropyl (Rubbing Alcohol) together with a few drops of Primrose Petals ink and a few drops of Champagne Glimmer Paint. I just spritz'd the flowers and left them to dry. When dry, I daubed some of the petal edges with a little more Primrose Petal ink. They do have a lovely sparkle to them, but I couldn't get this to show up in the photo.

You can colour these flowers in many different ways:

- by using water instead of the Isopropyl in your spritzer. BUT - it does take longer to dry. 

- place the flowers directly onto your ink pad and press them into the ink, you will get a much more intense colour. You can lighten this by spritzing with water.

- use your Aqua Painter either filled with water or Isopropyl with a few drops of ink.

- use your Stampin' Marker Pens - again this can be spritz'd with water to spread and lighten the colour.

I used one of the new Designer Builder Brads to create the 'stop' for the card. These brads are Amazing! You select what you want to go in the middle - this could be a stamped image or a little decorative paper and this is then covered with an epoxy bubble.

I punched out a little of the More Amore Designer Series Paper to go into the centre of the brad.

Stamp Sets: Just Married
Colours: Soft Suede, Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla
Paper: More Amore DSP
Accessories: Basic Pearls, Designer Builder Brads, Victoria Crochet Trim, Flower Trim
Punches: Bird Builder, Itty Bitty Circle
Big Shot: Hearts Collection Framelits

Thank you for visiting me today :o)

You can now continue with the Hop by visiting the lovely Emily's Blog - You will love seeing what she has created to show you today!

Friday 1 February 2013

New! ..... Spring / Summer Catalogue

The new Spring / Summer Seasonal Catalogue is out today!

This catalogue is full of beautiful and exciting new products.

You can click on the picture on the right hand side to download a copy to your computer - or if you would like a 'real' copy, please contact me and I will send you one :o)

Please note - On pages 34 and 35 you can see all the products from the Autumn / Winter Seasonal Catalogue that have been carried forward ........ for now. This doesn't mean that they will make it into the new main catalogue though! (out July).