Saturday, 22 September 2012

Hop this way with the Pinkies

Welcome to our first ever Pinkies Blog Hop. We'll be showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Catalogue. Our blog hop buttons will help guide you on your way. We love comments so please do tell us what you think!

Hopefully you have arrived from the lovely Michelle's blog. Isn't her project just stunning? I do love the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set - and the bundle which include the framelits is fantastic value.

So let's get "hopping" - the stamp set I chose to focus on is Tweet Leaves. I have a thing about birds and at £8.95 this stamp is a complete bargain! 

I decided to make a card folder and 4 cards. This is the outside of the folder. The scalloped rectangle was made using the Scallop Edge Border punch (and a steady hand!). The leaf image was stamped on Old Olive card in Versamark and I used White Stampin' Emboss® Powder and the Heat Tool to emboss the image.  I then cut out a leaf image from a piece of acetate using the Autumn Accents Bigz Die and Big Shot, and using this as a mask, sponged Old Olive ink round the edge to define the leaf shape.  The Designer Series Paper is from Orchard Harvest.  Have you spied the ribbon? It is the Scalloped Tulle Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler and ties in a bow beautifully!

And a close up of the gorgeous Flourish Designer Frame - aren't they beautiful? As you would expect with Stampin' Up! they coordinate with the Decorative Label Punch. Here I have punched a piece of Core'dinations Card Stock, run it through the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and sanded the top layer using the Stampin' Sanding System. I love these little tags - they are from the Tiny Tags stamp set and punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch.

And so to the inside! The folder is a cinch to make using a piece of Crumb Cake card and the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. The card pockets are 2 simple boxes attached with Sticky Strip.  I sponged the leaf shape on the pockets to give it a bit of definition.

And to the cards! I wanted to show that this set wasn't just for autumn so made 4 "seasonal" cards to go inside the folder.  The Tweet Leaves image was stamped, embossed and sponged as on the front of the folder. You can get a better idea of the Core'dinations Card Stock in these pictures, I just love the effect you get with the Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and sanding the top layer just makes the whole texture "pop". The Taffeta Ribbon fits the Designer Ribbon Slides perfectly - aren't they a cute accent? The tags are again from the Tiny Tags stamp set, punched out with the Jewelry Tag Punch and tied to the slides with Linen Thread.

The colour combinations I used are as follows: Spring - Daffodil Delight and Certainly Celery, Summer - Perfect Plum & Melon Mambo,  Autumn - Old Olive and Riding Hood Red and Winter - Not Quite Navy and Pumpkin Pie. The card bases are all Crumb Cake card and I rounded the corners with the Corner Punch.

Here is a list of the Stampin' Up! products used to make today's project:

Stamp Sets: Tweet Leaves (£7.95)
Inks: Versamark, Early Espresso
Cardstock: Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Certainly Celery, Perfect Plum, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Riding Hood Red,Not Quite Navy, Early Espresso Core'dinations (£6.25)
DSP: Orchard Harvest
Punches: Jewelry Tag, Scallop Edge Border, Corner, Decorative Label
Big Shot: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (£7.50), Autumn Accents Bigz Die (£18.95)
Other: Taffeta Ribbon, Scalloped Tulle Ribbon  (£6.25), Linen Thread, Flourish Designer Frame (£5.50), Emboss Powder, Designer Ribbon Slides (£4.50)

If you would like to order any of these products please either email me or give me a call on07530 368466    and I will be happy to help. 

I am really pleased with how the cards came out - and hopefully their new owner will also like them. I would love to hear what you think of my project so please leave me a comment!

And so now it is time to "Hop" on over to Catherine's blog where I know she has a lovely project for you using another bundle - this time it is the Scentsational Season bundle which has the cutest images! I hope you enjoy the rest of the hop and have a crafty weekend!


  1. I love the technique you used , embossing and then the masking ! Love the project

  2. Gorgeous set of cards nicky. I so didn't need that stamp until now.

  3. Great projects Nicky - what a fab set of cards! Loving all the texture and the frames - I must give that a try. Gill x

  4. Gorgeous Nicky! Love the card holder and you have really opened my eyes to the possibilities and versatility of the Tweet Leaves stamp set ... another one to add to my wish list and NSS! Nx

  5. Absolutely love this stamp set - so NEED it now! Thanks for sharing xx

  6. Absolutely beautiful projects Nicky, and I cannot believe what great value that stamp is? Thanks for the inspiration x

  7. Lovely Techniques Nicky and I love the rich colour combo's it is such a cute stamp....might have to get it now 0x

  8. Such a lovely colour combination. Now who can I make a set for...? Xxx

  9. Nicky, these cards are beautiful. I love the colours you have used. Really stunning. Going to mount my Tweet Leaves this afternoon and have a play. xx

  10. Wow these are beautiful !!! I have been resisting this stamp but now..... A xx