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My world of stamping has now taken on a big change, and has become 'My world of Crafting'. Hopefully I can get back to the routine of more regular blogging.

Friday, 28 August 2009

Certainly Celery ribbon!

Just a quick post as I don't feel that I've done much all week. So I've just had half an hour in the craft room, playing with my i-Top brad maker. I thought I'd try it out - not difficult but how many times can you drop the brad and paper whilst you're trying to press it together? I think I've set the record!
Recipe: Certainly Celery and So Saffron cardstock
Certainly Celery poly twill ribbon - the FREE ribbon during August
Tea Party DSP from the mini catalogue
Paper flower sponged with Pretty in Pink and Certainly Celery ink spots
Thank You Kindly stamp set - so useful and only £11.95
The topper is edged using one of the new Martha Stewart 'Punch around the Page' set of two punches, which make punching round corners so, so easy. Must make a Halloween card or two with this one but need to find some black card.
Thanks for looking
Tricia -x-

Saturday, 22 August 2009

Outside my comfort zone!

Well I'm really getting into this regular 'blogging at the weekend'. It's easier on the mind to do it this way, otherwise I am a bad blogger who posts once in a month or 6 times in one day!!
This card is quite pale for me - using Very Vanilla as a base, minimal sponging with So Saffron and Cameo Coral, and my first use of the So Saffron 5/8" Grosgrain from Stampin' Up. This is one of the two FREE reels you can get with orders of £45 or more during August. If you would like to place an order, just let me know.
The main image is from 'Bloomin' with Beauty' stamp set from SU, along with the wording, coloured with the SU markers in Cameo Coral and Blush Blossom.
Thanks for dropping by.
Leave me a comment if you have time and I'll drop by yours.
Tricia -x-

Martha Stewart punches

Martha Stewart has just released her 'Punch around the Page' edge and corner punches. When I first saw this particular one, I just had to have them. Not exactly cheap but well worth it, I think? How could you possibly get this design going around a corner absolutely right?
So playing with sponging AGAIN, and adding a spritz of pearl mica powder (you can just see the effect). I've used the 'ever useful' SU scallop oval and oval punches for the greeting, and edged with colour to make it stand out.
And a bad!! close up of the pearlescent effect and the image stamped and heat embossed with SU black embossing powder - the best black EP ever - IMHO!

Distessing with Stampin' Up

A few more cards I made whilst playing with colours and resist distressing. Using the large stamp from Baroque Motifs for that wonderful flourish, I stamped with Versamark and clear embossed. Then added colours with a sponge, in a swirling motion to give a lovely soft blend. The greetings were from the True Friend and Curvy Verses sets but and wording could be used depending on the occasion.
Have a play - it's great fun!
Thanks for looking
Tricia -x-

Distress and recess

A couple of cards with a recess for the greeting using my favourite technique of the moment, distressing inks! Splitcoasters tutorials are fab, and seeing this one during the week, I just had to give it a go! So useful for all types of card and so easy to make in different sizes. Check out Splitcoasters for more details.
Thanks for looking
Tricia -x-

Friday, 21 August 2009

1st to 31st August If you love Stampin'Up ribbon, take a look at this fantastic offer for August. If you spend £45 or more, or host a workshop with sales of £300, you will receive 2 reels of ribbon, absolutely FREE -
1 x Certainly Celery 5/8", poly twill (9.144m)
and 1 x So Saffron 5/8" grosgrain (9.144m)

If you would like to place an order and get your FREE reels of ribbon, just let me know by email


Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Mondays needn't be so bad.........

.............when you are spending a few hours crafting with 4 lovely talented ladies who, like me, adore Stampin' Up. Thank you Brenda, Linda, Margaret and Jenny for a great morning!
These are the cards they created after we had played with different techniques including distressing and resist , and lots of hints and tips for for variations on the theme. I could have played all day!
I have more workshops arranged over the next few months, with a few spaces available. If you are interested, please contact me triciaablett@hotmail.com
Saturday 5th September CARDS FOR MEN
Saturday 19th September CHRISTMAS CARDS - quick cards to get you started!
Saturday 31st October CHRISTMAS CARDS - luxury cards for those special people!
Morning and afternoon sessions available.
So if you're local to Rushden, and would like to see what's new, and have a play with some of the new crafting goodies, please come along between 10am and 4pm to see what's on offer.
1 ticket for every £10 you spend in the new catalogue
1 bonus ticket if you spend £25 or more
1 ticket if you bring a friend who's new to Stampin' Up
Refreshments and 'Make & Takes' all day.
Please contact me for venue details.
I look forward to seeing you.

Saturday, 15 August 2009


Just a quick post before I go out for the evening. This was inspired by watching some You Tube videos by Thinking Inking, Jenny McGuire, who uses Distress inks. So knowing I had bought a thousand luggage tags about a year ago, I thought I would have a play. And here's the result! Quite pleasing I thought.
Obviously, I have about 30 other tags which I have 'played' with but this is the one I chose to make into a card.
A load of sponging (my fave technique of the moment!), a bit of spritzing, sponged ink onto some 'nasty' colour, but nice shaped flowers, folded a flower in half to make a different shaped flower, a pleasant Sizzix die for the leaves (scored for the veins) and lovely Stampin'Up sentiment stamped and matted on Chocolate chip.
All of this card could be made using Stampin' Up refill inks so that is my next move, as it would have been so much quicker and easier to co-ordinate the colour scheme.
Hope you like it, and thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Live your dream

Just a quick picture of a card which was put together very quickly. Inspired by SU Monica using this particular stamp for one of her techniques in the Stamp With Us Summer online classes (a must for you all - they are fab!). Plus, I had a new Martha Stewart punch which I had tried out on a scrap of SU Regal Rose cardstock.
And not wanting to waste it, I made this card.
A little tip I thought of whilst making it, was the greeting I had stamped on Whisper White and punched with the SU Oval punch, needed to be mounted on a larger oval - which I don't have! So to get the effect of such, I punched another oval (same size) in Regal Rose, cut it in half, and then stuck it behind the WW leaving a gap on the reverse, but giving the impression of using a larger oval punch. Try it and see if it works for you.
Thanks for looking.
Tricia -x-

Monday, 10 August 2009

BLOG CANDY CLOSED....and the winner is......

Thank you to everyone who visited my blog and those who became followers over the last week or so, and entered the Blog Candy giveaway.
My daughter has chosen a number by text message, having no idea what I am talking about!! And the number she has chosen .... is comment.....no.........
So Carrie I think it's you!
If you would like to send me an email with your address, I will get these little beauties and cuties , in the post to you.
From the response to this candy, I can see that there are lots of you who would love to have been the winner. So with that in mind, I shall be offering more candy very soon.
Keep dropping by, so that you don't miss the chance next time.
Tricia -x-

Sunday, 9 August 2009

*/#*<^ *IT'S MY BLOG BIRTHDAY * */#**#^

Just realised that it is actually my 1st birthday at
~Victoria May Cottage~
How would you like to win 100 assorted stamped images , stamped with Stazon, onto good quality white card PLUS 20 sheets of the same weight card ? There will be a good selection of hAnglars, Tildas and Anyas to name but a few.
What you have to do to be in with a chance of
winning is easy.
Just pop a link to my blog in your sidebar, then
leave a comment to let me know that you have
done that.
I would love you to be a follower on my blog but it is not essential to take part in my candy giveaway. Just makes it easier for me to visit your blog - hehe!!
The candy ends on Sunday 9th August at 9pm.
The winner will be drawn on Monday 10th August
and the winner will be posted on my blog.
Tricia -x-


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