Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Today the new Summer Mini Catalogue goes live and to celebrate I am joining the ESAD Group of Stampin'Up! Demonstrators in a Blog Hop!

This is the very first Blog Hop I have participated in and I feel very privileged to be among such a talented group of Stampin Up Demonstrators.  

Be sure to follow all the links until you find yourself back here as there will be lots of eye candy to tempt and inspire you.  The Summer Mini is full of fabulous new toys.  

I've chosen to use three new stamp sets from the mini including:

* Framed With Love

* For Everything

* Butterfly Prints & the wonderful Butterfly Punch

I've also used the new Kaleidoscope DSP & Real Red 3/4" Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon. You'll see that while the polka dot side of this ribbon is delish, it can also be used as double stitched plain Red Ribbon. 

Here's the first set of my creations:

Trio #2 copy comp 


Featuring Butterfly Pirnts and that fab punch!  The Love quote is also part of the set.  The "Thanks" and birdie stamp are from the For Everything Set.

I didn't have quite the right ribbon for this card, so I decided to run my old olive marker along both edges of the 1/4" White Grosgrain Ribbon and Voila!  The background on the kraft cardstock is a flourishy image from the Framed with Love set repeatedly stamped in Versamark ink.

Bfly detail copy comp

This little box is inspired by one on page 4 of the mini,

Box cameo copy comp

Whilst I really love Kraft C/Stock there is a wonderful new Designer Series Paper (DSP) in the Mini called Kaleidoscope DSP and it co-ordinates with Only Orange, Tempting Turquoise, Pixie Pink, Summer Sun, Green Galore and Pink Passion.  Sounds really bright doesn't it?  Well I made a couple of cards, the first is perhaps a little bright for my tastes - think I just used too many colours?,

Bold bright kaleidoscope dsp copy comp 

but I LOVE the second version

2009_1130HopBlogESAD0047 copy comp 

These cards both used a wonderful new tool - Circle Scissors Plus.  When used in conjuction with the Glass Mat you can easily cut circles up to 6 inches in diameter.  Imagine the possibilities. . . . .

Then I decided to create a final card that shows the versatility of the ribbon, and uses flowers from the For Everything set to create my own DSP.

Kraft DIY DSP copy comp 


Ok that's it for my show & tell but the fun's not over yet it's time to hop on over to Stamp With Gail for more inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by,

Love Corinna

Curious will the "Publish On" time be correct?

I have to publish my Blog Hop post at 6am tomorrow but am wondering if Typepad Time is the same as my time?

So am doing this post to find out. . . . . 

Edited to add - YES it is!  Yay!  I finally know how to schedule posts. 

This will make blogging so much easier in the future!

Set your alarms for 6am for that is when the SU Summer Mini Hopping Begins!(don't worry - it'll still be here if you sleep in, but I get too excited & want to see as everything new ASAP!)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

OK I've been a really slack blogger! I'm finally back & need to get used to a new typepad dashboard once again.  Hope the photo issue doesn't rear it's ugly head.  Fingers crossed!

Last weekend I participated in the ESAD Cyberstamp - Lots of fun!

I didn't complete all challenges, I still plan to do those I missed, but here's the first challenge:

Color Challenge - Pacific Point, Certainly Celery, Basic Gray & Garden Green - OK so this obviously isn't a card, it's my DD with the Pumpkin her wonderful Daddy made for her.  Looked great with tealights inside at nite.


These colors do make you think of masculine cards don't they?  But I had my new Butterfly Prints Sets to play with & decided to make it more feminine.  I also used my new Butterfly Punch and Circle Scissors.  All these new toys are available from the up-coming Summer Mini Catalogue on December 1st.

Here's a link to the original card in my splitcoast gallery

Back soon with more sneak peeks.

Love Corinna

Edited to add - ugly photo problem is back!!

Aaargh I hate this - might have to try on Hubby's MAC - Be back soon.

Edited again to add Pic of DD & Pumpkin on Hubby's MAC - Great it works - I just need to get my pics off the PC & upload my card

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Last Nites workshop & a swap revealed

Last night a very good friend of mine Esmerelda (formerly known as Julz) hosted a workshop in her home.

First up I decided to use the Fresh Cut notes & luckily my Flower Brads arrived in the morning so these finished off the centre of the card.  Some ladies used Choc Chip Brads others used So Saffron - all looked great & I was pleased with this color combo.


We were also keen to share some brayering techniques & I wanted to keep the project simple as there was likely to be beginner stampers there so this is the project I came up with:


Now normally I've brayered on glossy cardstock which certainly provides you with more time to play & blend the color, but on this card you can see there is a good gradual softening of the Cameo Coral background as you reach the top of the sky.  I also showed the ladies how to mask a moon.  the grass was stamped in Kiwi Kiss and then Basic Grey (which was softened by first stamping off on grid paper).  Sadly in the rush of finishing off my gel pen stitching is pretty wonky - so don't look too closely.

Of course I had to use one of my new favourite sets from the Spring Mini - Great Friend! 

Another of my fav's is Forest Friends.  As part of Karen Woods "Superstamper" downline I was invited to participate in the Spring Mini swap - Karen has posted pic's of all the cards on her blog make sure you pop over and have a look cause there's some fab ideas & inspiration, but I'll give you another peek at mine, I'm really pleased how this card came together.


This card uses both my favourite sets, plus the exciting new Scallop Oval punch & the Parisian Breeze SDSP.

Thanks for stopping by - I'm off to do a little more stamping before bed

Love Corinna

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Mojo Monday # 94

I finally got around to completing a Mojo Monday card, however I think I was about a hour too late to enter their contest!  Still I really enjoyed it.

I got to use some of my new toys from the upcoming Spring Mini too!

Here's the sketch



Here's my card:


Love Corinna


All SU products used except Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder.

Stamps - Great Friend

Inks - Chocolate Chip, Sahara Sand & Versamark

Cardstock - Whispher White, Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa, Kraft

Other - the new Scalloped Oval Punch, Large Oval Punch, Crimper, Heat'n'Stick Powder, Supernova Glitter.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Circle Circus - with a Flourish

Well I've finally made it back to blogland, I hope to visit more regularly.

Tonite I've been playing with a new colour combo that I really love:  Pumpkin Pie, Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Kraft & Whispher White

Card No 1 - was happy with this until I added the ribbon - too late now.  There's clear embossed circles that you cannot see too.  Probably would have been better if the flourish to the left was stamped in Elegant Eggplant to balance the card, still here it is:


Card No. 2 - These are such rich jewel like colours that were screaming out for a touch of gold, so out came the Gold EP (Embossing Powder)


Ok so now I've played with these sets - now on to the next - my Stampin' Up! Spring Mini Sets are calling out to me but my next workshop will fall before their release - hmmm what to play with?  What a lovely dilemma!

Happy Stamping



Ingredients for cards above - all Stampin' Up!:

Stamps: Circle Circus, Best Yet, Frames with a Flourish

Cardstock: Rose Red, Elegant Eggplant, Whispher White, Pumpkin Pie & Kraft

Inks: Versamark, Pumpkin Pie & Rose Red

Punches: Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" & 1 3/4" Circle, Double Rectangle

Other: 1/4" Elegant Eggplant Grosgrain Ribbon, Dimensionals, Gold EP, Clear EP

Monday, January 12, 2009

Stampin' Up! Team Challenges

As I mentioned in a earlier post I am now a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  I now have a wonderful Upline Christine, and great group of side-lines too!  If you have a moment pop over to see Margaret   & Michelle

So far most of my contact with these lovely ladies is via our Team Yahoo Group.  To keep the creative juices flowing they set Team Card Challenges, of course you are welcome to use the challenges to inspire you too.  

I've almost finised my Massive spring clean, (ok so I'm late, but better late than never!) so I've allowed myself to indulge in some stamping time.  Would you like to see what I came up with?

Challenge #1 - CASE of a card in the Stampin Up Ideas Book & Catalogue - pg 41


Challenge #2 - CASE of card on pg 18 of the Stampin Up Summer Mini Cataloge


Challenge # 3 -make a card using just Creamy Caramel, Ballet Blue, Black & one other colour.

Card Challenge Creamy Ballet w Black copy

Challenge #4 - was to use a stamp set I haven't used in a while - I chose to use Simple Somethings Set with Short & Sweet, but then I cheated and also used the SAB set Polka Dot Punches & Boho Blossoms Punch on the 2nd card.

Summer Challenge #1 Card 1 copy W  Summer Challenge #1 Card 2 copy w

Challenge # 6 - set by my Daughter Steph - "please make me a card with Yellow, Purple & Pink" I used, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst, Lavender Lace & Barely Banana.

Steph's Challenge copy w 

Challenge # 7- Ooops I almost forgot this one and it's my fav project, a box to fill with chocolates

I created this using 2 stamp sets from the Sale-A-Bration Catalogue - "Polka Dot Punches" and" Yummy". 

I've also decided I LOVE the combo of Soft Sky & Groovy Guave with a touch of Very Vanilla, and a sprinkling of Purely Pomegranite - Yum!  So Pretty with the scallops!  If I were to make the box again I add extra flaps at the ends of the box so you wouldn't see the gap, but I'm just learning and having fun while I'm at it!

Summer Challenge #3 - SAB & In Colors copy w 

Now I'm off to do a little more stamping.

Love Corinna

PS The challenge numbers do not correlate to those set by my Team, but for the order in which they were created.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

OMG! I can finally add pictures! Yippee - I'm back in blogland!

Steph & the Racecar

Here's a picture of my darling Steph standing in front of a car my Dad helped rebuild & he was responsible for the Spray Painting.

For those who do not recognise it, is is the 2nd last car that Peter Brock drove.

If you look carefully above the driver's door you will see his signature.  After racing the car at Goodwood in England he stood and signed autographs.  He had someone changing the posters under his hand whilst he signed. Oops! somebody was too slow & he autographed the car by accident!

Anyway, it appears that our antivirus, antipop-up & anti whatever else has been causing me these problems with Typepad.  So I think all's fixed and I can begin posting again! Yay!

Will be back soon with some creations

Love Corinna

Thursday, January 8, 2009

A new year always brings promise of wonderful things!

Hello everyone!

I always feel energised and inspired at the beginning of the year.  It feels like a time to start fresh, break away from all the not so good things in your life and start chasing and enjoying the good.

The end of last year was particularly hectic for me.  As a result many things got forgotten or simple left as I didn't have time.  WELL! I have had a marvellous week off work & thoroughly enjoyed a really deep spring clean & purge of all the clutter around my home & garage.

So far at least 4 carloads to the OpShop & there's more to go!!  The Hard Garbage Collection has been booked so that's another heap of stuff gone.

So now I'm nearing the end of this house cleanse I look forward to some evenings indulging in my new love of Stampin' Up!  A friend invited me to a workshop late last year, then after attending another 3 and holding one myself I joined up as a Demonstrator!  So I have lots of new toys to play with!

Tonite Hubby kindly took a look at the PC to take care of another problem I had with another site & I'm hoping that the changes made will also allow photos:

Sadly after a number of attempts the answer is no.  That problem has yet to be solved :-(.

Nevermind Happy New Year to you all & may it be filled with wonderful happy times with your loved ones & bring many marvelous surprises!

Love Corinna