Patriotic sports using circle punches as apertures

Before we look at today's project it's the last day to order from the Spring/Summer catalogue over on the left hand side bar of my blog - so if there's anything you would like then please drop me a line by 6pm GMT today!!

It's a big sports weekend over here in the UK with the Silverstone Grand Prix and the tennis at Wimbledon hotting up after so many top seeded players crashed out last week. So with the opening stages of the Tour de France this weekend as well it was inevitable that a sports themed card was order of the day!

I've gone for patriotic red white & blue in support of all the British athletes we have competing globally this week and also because the country is gearing up to welcome a new Royal baby soon! Exciting times!

I've used Pacific Point as my background card which I embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder run through the Big Shot. I then punched some Real Red cardstock with my large 2.5" circle punch and paper pierced the circles around the edges with the my paper piercing pack

I then masked off the parts of the Postage Due stamp set that I didnt need and then stamped the bicycle in Real Red onto a circle of whisper white card. the patterned paper is from the Parkers Patterns dsp which will be retiring today! The sentiment is stamped in Pacific Point from the Bring on the Cake stamp set and the cute little arrow clip is part of the new Essentials Hardware Clips set which are in the new catalogue out in 2 days time!!.

 Postage Due w 132064 £19.95, c 126397 £15.95; Parkers Patterns dsp 131021 £9.95

Bring on the Cake w 128490 £34.95, c 121958 £27.95;  Perfect Polka dots embossing folder 117335 £7.50

Running this card into Cards for Men #13 - lets get sporty, CAS colours & sketches #31 - sketch, Sweet stampin - not cute, My time to craft #228 - masking

I cannot believe it will be the 1st July tomorrow - some on summer sunshine where are you? 

See you tomorrow with a pretty girly flowery project :)

Happy Day hello & simply pressed clay flower

It's the weekend again! How did that happen ;) And more importantly there are just 3 days to go before the new Stampin Up Annual Catalogue is launched!! Cannot wait - how about you? Have you ordered your copy yet?

Here's another little look at one of the new stamp sets coming our way next week - Happy Day - isn't it just gorgeous!!

Am loving the pool party and so saffron colour combination here - reminds me of blue skies and sunny days :)

I've used Core'dinations cardstock as my base later with a distressed so saffron overlay - the doily from Happy Day is stamped in pool party and the cotton trim is stamped with Early Expresso and then cut into a banner shape.  There's a little vintage trinket securing it together. 

Do you like the simply pressed clay flower? Today I've coloured it in with Early Expresso marker to match the doily stamping shadows on the right of the card. 

Here's the Happy Day stamp set in all it's glory ...

Such great sentiments! I will be using this set a few more times to show its versatility later this week - watch this space!

Have a great Saturday!

Using a stampin wheel for Stippled Blossoms background

Hi again, welcome to Friday!! In just 3 days time the new Stampin Up annual catalogue will go live - I have plenty of copies for everyone so drop me an email or leave a comment and I will be sure to send you one!

Todays project uses some striking colour combinations - Early Expresso, Island Indigo, Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight - but I think they look ok together?

My base card is Early Expresso overlaid with Bermuda Bay with a strip of Daffodil Delight. I've wheeled the Very Vintage jumbo roller stamp inked with Daffodil Delight over some Very Vanilla card for the background and then stamped a sentiment from the Bring on the Cake set (my go-to set of the moment!) in Early Expresso.

I've ripped and distressed some Daffodil Delight and some crumb cake card to add detail then stamped the two step stippled blossoms stamp firstly in Daffodil Delight then overlaid with Whisper White craft ink for the flower & Tempting Turquoise and white craft ink for the leaves - I think you can see the effect better in the picture below ...

No card is complete without a matching gift tag so I revered the colours to make this using the same stamp sets as before and cutting a tag shape with a scallop punch edge and some crumb cake ribbon - however not so sure about this one - what do you think?

If you like what you see, please don't be shy & leave me a comment - they're great to receive and if you have a blog I will pop over to yours and say hi too!

Swinging by to say hi over at Cutie Pie - paper piecing, Incy Wincy Designs - tic tac toe, Craft Room challenge - yellow blue green. 

That's all for today folks - pop back tomorrow for another new sneek peak products project :)

How to make your own buttons using Simply pressed clay & Summer Silhouettes

Now this Cajun Craze colour always baffles me, let me tell you why ...

The word Cajun, as I understand, originates from France and is used to describe an ethic group originally from the Maritime Islands (Eastern Canada) now living in Louisiana, USA. The colour to me is a mixture of hot, dry & spicy - but neither Louisiana nor Eastern Canada are arid, dry states, moreso they are wet and humid (think Louisiana swamps!) Hence why the colour and it's origin never seem to match in my little head :) Anyway Geography lesson over .. onto the card ..

The base card is as you may have guessed is Cajun Craze which I have overlaid with some Naturals Ivory and First Edition newsprint which has been sponged with Cajun Craze ink. I've used Summer Silhouettes & French Foliage for the images and again sponged the edges of the card. 

The corner trim is natural trim secured with a vintage trinket brad.

See the little cajun craze colour button in the corner tied with linen thread? That's a sneak peek of another of the exciting new products to be found in next weeks (!!) new annual catalogue. It's called simply pressed clay, coordinates with a flowers and a buttons mould to make your own embellishments which can be inked, coloured, glittered, embossed and stamped on to get totally colour coordinated embellishments! How cool is that?!

Bit autumnal looking this card, don't you think? Won't be long before it's upon us the way the long range weather forecasts are looking :(
See you again tomorrow for a decidedly more summery-looking project :)

Fan Fair Anniversary scrapbook page

Today I have another happy day project to show you - it's our anniversary soon and I thought it would be a nice idea to give my husband a scrapped photo to commemorate (although Mr Vintage Celebrations identity is somewhat protected in this shot ;)) ....

I've used the last remnants of the very soon retiring next week Fan Fair designer series paper which has been my favourite Stampin Up paper for a long time - however having seen what's coming our way next week in the new annual catalogue I know we won't be disappointed with the new papers!

I think the colours in this project are quite masculine and will coordinate with his home office style & colours. The 1c stamps are memories from happy times spent together in the US - New York & Florida :)

We are celebrating our anniversary by visiting Paris for a long weekend in September so this paper was even more poignant :) I loved that the Fan Fair papers also included a page full of quotes and sayings and I've incorporated several of these on my frame as well as an array of elements from the Artisan Embellishments Kit which I had been stashing for a rainy day - I certainly have had value for money from these kits with them being one of the most heavily featured projects on my blog!

The numerals also came as part of the paper but are similar to the Morning Post alphabet stamp set. The lace is from the crochet trim and is combined with Rose Red and Midnight Muse stitched grosgrain ribbons to make the banner pulled together with an antique brad and a vintage trinket pin. 

Fan Fair dsp - 

Have you scrapped any of your photos recently as a gift? Would love to see them! This page is my entry to Jellypark - masculine, Little Claires designs - masculine, Sunday stamper - add some writing.

Tomorrow's blog post features a shaped cajun CAS card - do pop by if you have a moment! 

Stamping onto ribbon using Happy Day & heart punch

Clean and Simple today peeps! 

I wanted to make a card that could be used for a variety of occasions - new baby, anniversary, wedding, any type of happy day really! We all need cards like this on hand in case the need arises :)

The light on that photo is really poor, apologies!

I've used crumb cake card as my base and layered it with very vanilla cardstock for a classic, neutral look.

The heart shape is punched out of another piece of very vanilla card using the full heart punch (119883 £15.50) and then stamped in one of the new In Colours Coastal Cabana with the doily image from the new Happy Days set which is in the new annual catalogue coming out in just one weeks time!! The doilies were finished with basic pearl jewels (119247 £4.50 for 150 different sizes).

The heart is adhered using stampin dimensionals (104430 £3.25 for 300) to give it a 3D effect and then I've used my paper piercing tool (126189 £3.50) to outline the heart for added interest.

I then stamped the sentiment and part of another stamp in the set directly onto the cotton ribbon which is perfect for holding the ink (127844 £7.25 for 9.1m).

An elegant card suitable for many occasions I hope you'll agree!

If you'd like to take a peek into the new annual Stampin Up! catalogue then drop me a line at or leave me a comment and I will get one off to you! There's 200+ pages of fabulous ideas and inspiration as well as the to be expected exciting product range - perfect summer holiday reading!  :)

Pop back tomorrow where I am continuing the happy day theme by bringing you a  long overdue scrapbook project!

How to make rosettes & filter paper flowers to decorate kraft gift box

So how was your weekend? Did you get some crafting time? Hope you've had a great weekend, I've spent time thinking about the girls school holidays in just 4 weeks and the inevitable teacher gifts :)

First things first though ... lovely news this morning to start the week - my Birthday banners card here was this weeks winner over at the Polkadoodles blog.

Here's one of the teacher appreciation gift ideas I have had - to be filled with cookies, choccies & coffee...

I've used an old box (nothing escapes the recycling/altering in this house!) and covered it with Primrose Petals Designer Series paper from the 2012-2014 stack (130137 £19.50 for 40 12"x12" sheets in all 5 in colours). It's a gorgeous rich pinky red shade :)

I made a little paper rosette using my Scoring Board with more primrose petals core'dinations card (129957 £10.95 20 sheets 12"x12" 4 of each of all 5 in colours) and punched along the edge with the scallop trim punch. 

Once assembled I then scrunched some circular creped filter paper (129393 £2.75 for 4 rectangles & 8 circles) up to make my base layer and popped the rosette on top.

Simply Scored Scoring tool board (122334 £25.95)

Scallop trim border punch 118402 £14.25

On top of this I made a primrose petal flower made by punching about 5 blossom punch shapes and then scrunching and layering them, topped by a filter paper scrunched flower dipped in primrose petals ink.

Here's a closeup of the flower ...

Blossom punch 125603 £15.50
For the side of the box, I made another little rosette out of the same core'dinations card which I distressed lightly with the sanding blocks (you can see the white distressed areas) and then made a little tag stamped with a new stamp set coming soon called Happy Days available from the new catalogue from 2nd July 2013. 

The ribbons are retiring rose red taffeta and crochet trim to give a more vintage feel to the box. All in all a pretty box containing some sweet, sweet gifts! Only 8 more to make before 19th July!

Hope you have a great day, see you tomorrow with a happy celebration card :)

Using markers for detail on Swallowtail stamp

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a great weekend and that the weather is being kind to you - we are once again grey and gloomy with our long range weather forecast not showing much improvements for the "summer" months ahead :(

So to cheer us up, here's a hot colour combo fun in the sun featuring the wonderful Swallowtail stamp ..

How's that for hot summer colours  - orange, pink & yellow :)

Calypso coral is my base cardstock and I've run the Very Vintage jumbo roller wheel over it in Tangerine Tango to create some background. 

The butterfly was coloured with the stampin write markers in all the yellow, orange & pink hues (8 in total!) with the body in Early Expresso. Two basic jewel rhinestones finished the antenna. 

The sentiment is stamped from the gorgeous new Happy Day stamp set available in the brand new catalogue from 2nd July - if you'd like a copy please get in touch! The paper is from the retiring on 30th June Sunshine & Sprinkles set so if you'd like this paper order from me asap! Some calypso coral bakers twine, a brights brad and another basic jewel rhinestone and she's ready to fly :)
Swallowtail (w 129213 £15.95, c 129216 £12.95)

Sunshine & Sprinkles 126922 £9.95 for 12 sheets of 12" x 12" double sided papers

See you tomorrow with more sneak peeks from the new Happy Days stamp set :)

Boutique blossom

Yippee, Saturday again - yesterday was the longest day of the year - did you get any extra crafting time in?!

Am sure you'll agree that this next single stamp is a real beauty - it's called Boutique Blossom (132663 £6.95) and makes a great focal point for a card or project. Come and take a closer look ...

Stamped on one of the new In Colours coming soon, the Boutique Blossom single stamp is simply divine :) It doesnt need much else to embellish it as it forms such a strong focal point in itself. 

The sentiment is stamped with Lovely Little Labels onto a scalloped oval punch piece of whisper white which has been sponged with the same new ink colour. 

The bakers twine is calypso coral which is making itself  permanent feature in the new lineup of subtle colours available from 2nd July (just 10 days time!!)

Isn't the detail divine?
If you would like to add this stamp to your stash, please get in touch and I can order it for you!

Lovely little labels - (w)126260 £12.95, (c) 126262 £9.95

See you again tomorrow - for some hot hot summer fun!