Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator based in Nottingham but willing to travel - available for workshops, classes and individual orders. Tel 07891476636 or e-mail

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Scrapbook pages

Last Saturday was my scrapbook class and, although one item on the page is no longer available, I still wanted to show you the pages we did.   I try and vary  the colours we use so always look back to see previous pages we did.  It was a very hard decision as we have made so

Anyway, I decided to go with the colour combination of Cherry Cobbler, Wisteria Wonder and Pink Pirouette.  I liked the way these colours went together.  The darkness of the cherry cobbler made the other two colours really stand out.

I have seen on many cards and scrapbook pages the layout as though the picture were in the middle of a sunbeam.  So I thought I'd give it a go.  I got a piece of scrap card that comes with 12x12 papers and just cut it so that I got several pieces that I numbered 1-14, these were my template for the sunbeam effect.   I then layered the pieces on the card stock I was using, drew around them and cut them out.  

Now, because I wanted a kind of monotone look with the sunbeams I used cherry cobbler core'dinations card which, when embossed using the Chevron embossing folder and sanded down, did the job very well I thought.  The next bit was easy, I just stuck the pieces down, now if you are doing this method don't be put off by how untidy it looks in the middle as this is covered up with your picture.  Initially my hubby turned his nose up but when he saw the finished product he was impressed.

As you will see this page only had one photo on it and who better to be the center of attention (well not quite but that was deliberate) than my lovely blue eyed boy, Leo.  He's getting big now, he will be 2 in a couple of weeks, how time flies.  Also on this page are the now retired bottle tops.  I'm sorry to see these go as they were so versatile.... oh well never mind,somethings got to make way for all our new stuff hasn't it ladies?

Now on to page 2. I wanted to use more than one photo on this page but still use the same colour scheme as it was a double page for my scrapbook.  So, I thought, who's cute, got lovely blue eyes and warms my heart every time I see him, no not hubby, although he comes a close second, but my little man again.

You can see from the picture that I stamped all the pieces of card in their corresponding ink.  I used the Mixed Bunch set that has remained in the catalogue to do this.  I wanted to keep it fairly simple but show how inquisitive Leo is getting.  These sets of pictures were taken a on Fathers day when we were all out in the garden.  Leo takes after his mum for following his granddad around, trying to mimic him as that's what Nicola did with her granddad down the allotments.... oh the memories :)

Finally here are the two pages together, I hope you like them?

If you would like to order any of the products I have used, except the bottle tops, please see the list below and just contact me to order.

Til next time

Tracy -x-

Products used:
Card stock - Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette, Wisteria Wonder and Cherry Cobbler Core'dinations
Inks - Cherry Cobbler, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder
Stamp sets - Mixed Bunch - Clear set
Other products - Wisteria Wonder ribbon, Cherry cobbler and Wisteria Wonder marker pens, Clear blocks, SU paper cutter
Punches - Scallop boarder punch
Big shot with Chevron embossing folder
No longer available - bottle tops

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

New 2013/2014 Catalogue is out now

Hello everyone,

It may only be July but Stampin'Up! have decided to launch the NEW Annual Catalogue a whole 3 months earlier than usual.  Why I hear you asking?  Well they wanted us, the distant relatives from over the pond lol,  to be on the same catalogue as our American cousins for a little longer than usual.  So, in June they launched the catalogue in the USA and Europe follow in July with 2 seasonal catalogues to follow.

There is so much more on offer including My Digital Studio which allows you to create online pages for scrapbooks and cards.  As yet I haven't had the time to try it out but the reviews already from other demonstrators is very promising.

However, I have used the new embossing folders and some of the papers from the new catalogue.  As a Demonstrator you can order select items prior to the launch of the catalogue so I thought I'd make hubby's fathers day card for last month using my new toys and this is what I came up with....

I have used the new mosaic embossing folder and punch along with some of the new designer series papers and washi tape.  To give the pattern detail I emobossed the core'dinations cardstock in Early Expresso and sanded it down.  After I'd finished it felt like velvet.  I then took some of the DSP, Soho Subway to cover the other side of the card and to punch out the mosaic sections in blue.  Having stamped the sentiment from Really Good Greetings stamp set i punched it out with the label punch and did the same in very vanilla to put round the original shape for a bit of depth.

Some of you would have spotted the Epic Day This and That Designer Washi tape on the top right of the card.  It is clearer in real life and this picture was taken when the sky was over cast, sry.

If you would like to order anything out of the catalogue, or to do this project, just drop me a line and I will put it through for you.  My details can be found at the top of the page.

Tracy -x-

Products used
Inks - Whisper White
Cardstock - Island Indigo, Very Vanilla, Early expresso core'dinations
Paper - Soho Subway
Stamp Sets - Really Good Greetings
Tools - mosaic embossing folder, mosaic punch, Big shot, Decorative Label punch, Needle point embossing folder, sanding block
Ribbon - Epic Day this and that designer washi tape