Tuesday, 15 February 2011

my week just keeps getting better!

Wow, overslept this morning and I must've been shattered as I didn't hear the door bell. When I came down I had a slip of paper saying that I wasn't in and they had delivered the package to my neighbour. Naturally my neighbour was out...grr! I had absolutely no idea what it could possibly be, and its been driving me totally nuts all day! I hadn't ordered anything else and really wasn't expecting anything to come. Finally he came home and I was able to collect my mystery package! It was from Stampin' Up! Even more confused now, but still I opened it and it contained some really wonderful goodies! Some beautiful buttons, linen thread and sparkly rhinestones (the magpie in me has totally come out and I really can't wait to use them, they are just stunning!) So, I still don't really understand, but I am so very grateful to whoever it was! It was a most wonderful surprise! :D

I've spent today cutting out all the pieces I need for my demos and make and takes for the workshops next week. feeling a bit more organised and relaxed about the whole thing now. I'm sure the nerves will pick up again next week but being prepared definitely helps!

I've made a few more cards, but I think I'm going to have to make a couple more now with my new goodies. Exciting!

Girls, Girls, Girls
Stamp Set: Every Little Bit
Ink: Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Real Red, Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Cardstock: Kraft, Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White Satin Ribbon
Extras: White Gel Pen, Dimentionals, Fiskars Paper Crimper, 1" Circle Punch, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper, Blender Pen

Last night I couldn't sleep, and while I was flicking through the catalogue, in a vain attempt to sleep, I saw the paper crimper, something that my mom and I bought when we first got into Stampin' Up ten years ago. I used to use it on lots of my projects to finish them off, but I haven't used it for the last few years, the white gel pen sort of took over! I kind of miss using it so thought I'd give it a go, trying to make a card using it. I thought I'd use a couple stamps from Every Little Bit and use repetition to make them work for a card. I cut the ribbon into a "V" cut, just to try something else a little different. Its nice to push myself to try different things. I enjoy the challenge! 


Stamp Set: I {Heart} Hearts
Ink: Old Olive
Cardstock: Whisper White, Kraft, Old Olive
Accessories: Old Olive Button, Linen Thread
 Extras: Dimentionals, Glue Dot, We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper

I really loved the stamped off heart pattern as a background, this piece of whisper white was a bit I had when done when I was playing around with ideas for Stuart's valentine's card. I figured it was a shame to just let it go to waste so I tore off the remaining paper. Tore some strips of old olive cardstock to enhance the ripped edge (tearing isn't really something I have done much of before so it was nice to have a go and experimenting with it). I decided to ink the edges to give a bit more definition to the layers of cardstock. The buttons and thread came just as I was trying to finish off this card, it was just the perfect finishing touch! I think I will give this card to my mom next week at her workshop to say thank you for hosting a workshop!

I hope you are all having a most pleasant day! 

Amanda xoxo


  1. Lol! I did say it could be more goodies!! Lovely makes, how did you colour the handbags in? x

  2. Using a blender pen. Its a clear pen that you can pick up ink from an ink pad with and then colour, its a bit like a watercolour. When you're finished with the colour you just scribble until it runs clear again. Its one of my new favourite things because it means I don't have to buy coloured pens, as well as ink pads, I can just use the ink pads for both stamping and colouring. Also you can use use the blender pen with watercolour crayons, pastels, ink refills etc. I can show you at my workshop if you're interested! :) xx

  3. Cool, yes please! I'm using promarkers atm, but they're rather expensive! x

  4. Amanda these are gorgeous!! I haven't used my Every Little Bit a lot but I'm going to be getting it out now. Great technique with the blender pen too! Love the multiple ripped edge effect. Watch my blog soon for a CASE of it, I know I'll be using it! x

  5. Thanks! :) Look forward to seeing your CASEd version Rhoda!