Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Once upon a time...

...when I had only just joined StampinUp as a Demonstrator, I did a blog post with a page of examples of things you can make with the wonderful owl punch.  Since then I've been compiling another batch, reader, for you to enjoy and try out!

I made some up and found some on the Interweb but most of them were all over the place so it's difficult to know who came up with them first.  If you are the originator of any of them, please get in touch so that I can credit you here. I understand mr potato head and the wonderful little chef (at least) were designed by Ellen Kemper, self confessed punch art freak, at blinkthinkink.blogspot.com.Thanks to Yvonne's comment below, I have found  winnie the pooh/piglet at Eve's Offcuts here.

Edited to say: you can find even more examples of owl punch ideas from my most recent sheet here

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Celebrating butterflies ...

Last week's card was bees, today it's butterflies.  Even though autumn is well and truly set in here in Surrey, I still saw a butterfly in the garden this week and it reminded me of a lovely card I saw being made by a US demonstrator, Brandy Cox, using the new "Best of Butterflies" stamp set.   She kindly gave me permission to use her design as inspiration, so here is my cased card, changed to use some shiny silver card and super-cute silver ribbon (both new in the autumn/winter catalogue), as well as a greetings set only available to hostesses:

I love the way the circle trembles, making it look like the butterfly is about to take off!  I made a second one with a different butterfly stamp (now retired), they both have a butterfly on the inside too (thanks for the reminder about getting it the right way up, Brandy, I would definitely have got it wrong!), this on I stamped on whisper white and watercoloured with soft sky and coastal cabana.

Brandy makes really informative and entertaining YouTube tutorials; here she is demoing the card I've just cased:

For today's card I used the following StampinUp products that you can purchase either online in my shop or directly from me on 01737 762078 or helen@tiaratiara.co.uk.

Circle Framelits - set of 10 (130911).  If you have a die cutter like the Big Shot, this is an investment you would  never regret
Circles Collection Framelits Dies
Best of Butterflies (133345)
Best Of Butterflies Clear-mount Stamp Set

Express Yourself exclusive Hostess Stamp Set - (available when you spend £150 or more in the stampinup shop)130336 (wood) 130339 (cling)

Express Yourself

Foil Sheets Silver (132178) and Gold (132622)

Silver Foil Sheets

Silver 1/8" Ribbon (132137)

Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

It's the little things...

...that make life big.

I have been meaning to make this card for ages.  I have a lovely friend who keeps bees and I wanted to give her a card featuring them.  The StampinUp hexagon embossing folder was just the thing. I haven't treated myself (yet) to the new Backyard Basics bundle that features a bee stamp and matching die cutter (it would have saved me time though!), so instead I fussy cut some critters stamped with a retired bee stamp instead.  Lots of goldy/orange coloured layers including the new gold ink pad, and I couldn't resist that lovely greeting (also retired). Finished it off with some teeny tiny pearls.

It reminds me to snap up stamp sets that I love, as they won't be around forever.  Hope you like it.

I have actually matted it onto chocolate chip cardstock, I just cropped the photo too close!

You can get these products in my StampinUp shop click on the crazy dogs to the right...

Honeycomb textured Impressions embossing folder
Honeycomb Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Basic Pearls Jewel Accents
Basic Pearls Jewel Accents - by Stampin' Up!

Gold metallic encore pad

Gold Metallic Encore Pad

Backyard basics - stamp set, framelit set, or a bundle of both
Backyard Basics Wood Bundle