Saturday, 2 April 2011

Welcome to another Blog Hop!

Well, it seems like only yesterday I was saying welcome to a blog hop featuring products from the new mini catalogue - wait -  it WAS only yesterday LOL!!

Anyway - there is enough lushness in that catty to allow lots of creativity so here we go with today's offering - all different to yesterdays!

You may have joined me from Vicky's blog and or you may be one of my regular visitors - either way when you are done here I will be passing you on to to Jeanette to see what she has done with the new goodies - but please carry on round this cycle and take a look at what the other demos across the UK have done!

First up is this little card.

We have been asking for more "masculine" stamps in the catalogue for a while now - and this mini has certainly given us quite a few of those!! With a sailor in the house, buying this Sail Away stamp (#123013 - £8.95) was an absolute must....its is stamped in Basic Grey ink onto white card before being mounted onto a Basic Grey background trimmed with a scap of white puched with the scallop trim punch and a piece of Marina Mist ribbon before being plonked onto a Baja Breeze base. The sentiment is from the Curly Cute stamp set.

Next is a fabulous little stepper box using Springtime Vintage  papers with Rose Red and Always Artichoke cardstock for the trimming.

I often demo these at my workshops and give the finished item to my hostess as a gift at the end of the evening. I got the instructions courtesy of my SU sister Maggie (who can't find the original source to credit) and up until now - I never got round to making one for my self - so this is now going to contain my trollbead collection on my dressing table!

Its worthy of a few close ups - here's the lid. The rose is made using the fancy flower punch and the leaves are the new Little Leaves sizzlit die (#114511 £4.95) - I think I'll add a few rhinestones to finish it off when i've finished here

This is the front panel - these roses are made using scallop circle and circle punches.

and the inside - with the 4 hanging drawers made using an origami technique!

Next prohject features another one of the new dies.

This little treat bag was my swap at the recent Stampin' Stars training day I went to, It  is made using no cutting at all (apart from chopping a sheet of A4 in half!) just scoring,  folding and a bit of glue. The flower is made using one of the shapes on  the Fun Flowers die (#121812 - £28.95). I used 3 layers - and cut them all at once using Pretty in Pink cardstock. These were layered up and pinched to give them a bit of texture then the centre was made with a circle punched out of So Saffron mounted on a dimensional and the leaves from Old Olive and ithe whole thing was finished with a scrap of striped ribbon tied through handles punched with the XL oval punch!

My last offering is this scrapbook page.

Yesterday's pages featured new papers but this one has NO DSP on it at all - just cardstock! I die cut the butterflies using Shimmery White cardstock  and the new Beautiful Butterflies die (# 114507 - £18.95). Some of them were embossed using the Vintage Wallpaper folder (#120175 - £6.95) before being inked with Pink Pirouette in and a dauber. I added some rhinestones for the bodies and drew the antennae on using my black marker pen.

Tempted? Well if you like the sound of these products - I am offering 10% off any product from the new mini catalogue until the 15th April - Let me know if I can help!

Now I pass you on to the talented Jeanette to see what she has for you.

There are 13 of us in this group - but there are several other loops running today - you can find the starting points of them all below

Group 1
Group 2
Group 3 (that's this one!)
Group 4


  1. Beautiful projects Carolyn, I especially like the box. Like you I have made a few of these but don't have one myself. I can feel a crafty afternoon coming!

  2. Loving your stepper box :-D
    But I really like the birthday card - its always hard to make cards for men and I'm thrilled that SU have listened to their demos and given us a more masculine range in the mini.

  3. Oh wow Carolyn - every project is absolutely beautiful. Can't actually pick a favourite.....

  4. Beautiful projects, I especially like the box -the flowers are lush!
    PS I knew that the sailing stamp would be on your pre order :-)

  5. Lovely projects... I love the bag, Would you share the instructions for it please? :) x

  6. I love the effect of your Sail Away stamp and the Butterflies are stunning.

  7. Wow you have been busy Carolyn. I especially lurve the stepper box. Fantastic for giving little gifts.

    Sara xx

  8. I love your projects the box is stunning!!! x x x

  9. beautiful projects - loving your bead box x

  10. Great ideas here. Love the bag with the flower, so stylish

    Karen x

  11. love all the projects, well done xxx

  12. I love you Scrapbook page Carolyn and you box. I love sailboat stamp and if my swaps ever turn up at maggies that is what I ahve used. Great work as always

  13. Love all the projects particularly the step box - very beautiful - B.

  14. Lovely projects, beautiful box and love that bag!

  15. Lovely projects Carolyn, the little stepper box is so cute and perfect for storing bits & bobs which all of us have!!

    Carol xxx

  16. Terrific work! This is the type of information that should be shared around the web. Shame on the search engines for not positioning this post higher!