Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Very Simple

Quick and easy, this one is probably one of the quickest cards I've ever made, and I love the simplicity of it - what do you think?

Stamps - Mr & Mrs
Ink - Bashful Blue
Cardstock - Whisper White, Bashful Blue
Punches - Oval large, Oval Scallop, Scallop Edge
Supplies - Diamonte

I pricked a straight lined across the whisper white card, then I stamped the flower using the stamp-a-ma-jig to ensure correct placement (I'd already stamped one image and cut out one flowerhead), I stuck the flower head over with a dimensional and added a diamonte. I punched the two top corners of the whisper white card with the scallop edge punch.

Monday, 30 March 2009

Mini Launch


The countdown has begun ;0) if you have an order, no matter how small (or large) please don't hesitate to contact me(dawn@auroracraft.co.uk), for the whole of the month of April I'm not charging for postage no matter what size your order ...

To get your mind workingovertime look at these samples some of the demos have made over on the ILWS site using the new stamps, designer papers, ribbons and punches available in the new mini catalogue ...


Joanne Bee



Dawn S





Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Colour Challenge 25

For today's Colour Challenge on In Love With Stamping I chose ...

Sage Shadow

Elegant Eggplant

Taken with Teal

I am quoting Stampin' Up! colours here but you can use substitutes if you don't have these colours

If you do take part in this challenge on ILWS please quote ILWSCC254 when uploading this challenge.

The main image was inked up with markers direct onto the stamp, then I used a watercolour paintbrush the fill in some of the images.

The sentiment was stamped, cut out and placed behind the hodgepodge hardware, then raised with dimensionals I then attached some ribbon and wrapped it round the cardstock. The vertical strip was stamped using the stamp-a-ma-jig.

I hope you take part in my first colour challenge.

Stamps - Fresh Cuts
Ink - Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant, Sage Shadow
Cardstock - Whisper White, Sage Shadow, Taken with Teal, Elegant Eggplant,
Ribbon- Taken with Teal
Supplies - Hardware frame

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Summer Picnic Card Swap

A while ago now Helen over on ILWS organised a card swap the idea was to make cards that co-ordinate with the Summer Picnic Designer Series Paper. We each had to make six full cards, with at least one embellishment and use the following SU colours – Bashful Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie and Whisper White. The cards have now all been swapped and all have been received ... don't they all look fab, I can't believe how different they all are considering they are all using the same colours ;0)

Helen's card

Melanie's Card


Hayley's Card

Joanne's Card

My Card

Stamps: Wild About You
Card Stock: Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Always
Inks: Old Olive, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
Ribbon: 1/4 grosgrain Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Punch: Scallop

They really are all fab aren't they ...

Monday, 23 March 2009

Mini Swap

And another swap :)

This one was using all new supplies from the new Stampin Up mini catalogue, (see sidebar, you can order from 1st April).

As you can see I made Xmas Cards, it did seem very strange making Christmas cards in March I can tell you.

I used:

Stamps: Scandinavian Season
Cardstock: Rose Red, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Ski Slope
Ink: Rose Red
Supplies: Silver and Gold Elastic cord.

I have to tell you that I used Stampin Up paper snips to cut out the mittens above, I cannot recommend these snips enough, they are SIMPLY THE BEST scissors I have EVER used to cut out.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Burgundy Whimsy

More cards made for a swap, only 10 this time ...

Another gate fold card, I love the way these cards come together, they look so complicated but so easy to make up ;0)

Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Seeing Spots
Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Certainly Celery
Designer Series Paper: Rose Red
Inks: Bravo Burgundy, Rose Red, Certainly Celery, Versomark
Punch: Scallop, 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8 circles
Supplies: Dimensionals

To make an A6 gate fold card: 1. Take a piece of A4 cardstock 2. slice off 7.5cm from one end (keep to one side) 3. Slice down middle of remaining cardstock (10.5cm) (discard one piece) 4. Fold at A5 mark 5. Take card from step 2. and fold in half 6. Attach to card as shown above. 7. You'll need something to keep the card closed, punched card raised with stampin dimensionals works brilliantly.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Soft Silhouettes

I was in a Stampers 10 club with Monica for the last 10 months, this month was my last month as the 10 months is up and I've become a demonstrator myself. Big THANK YOU to Monica for introducing me to Stampin Up.

For my last order I chose Pocket Silhouettes which I couldn't wait to use and have I used them ....... I've made up 10 cards for another swap ;0)

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes
Perfect Plum, Blush Blossom, Mellow Moss
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery
Inks: Perfect Plum
Ribbon: Certainly Celery
Supplies: Brads, matched to P.Plum, C.Celery, M.Moss

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Mini Order

Got home from work yesterday to find my order from the new Stampin’ Up!® 'Mini' Catalogue had arrived - Wow it was just like Christmas ;0) I didn't have time to play but I did manage to find time to unpackage and take a quick picture of all my new stash...

The Mini is a 24-page, A5 catalogue with some beautiful stamp sets, three new Designer Series Paper sets, some gorgous ribbons and buttons, fabulous die cut cards and some to die for punches. To view the new mini catalogue online now just click the picture of the mini catalogue on the right hand coumn, I'm taking orders from 1st April.

Monday, 16 March 2009

Wedding Anniversary Card

A friend asked me to make a 50th Wedding Anniversary card for her parents, this is what I came up with - loved it so much I made another one very similar for my parents-in-law who are also celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary this year ...

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Crazy for Cupcakes

It was one of my teamies birthdays last week from UKS, this is the card I made for her

Receipe for the Card

Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Pumpkin Pie, Close to Cocoa
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Always
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie
Punch: Scallop Edge, corner rounder (stash)
Supplies: Dazzling Diamonds

I also made one of those gorgous little origami boxes to house some thank-you notes I'd made previously to go with the card

Receipe for the Box

12x12 textured Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie
Designer Series Paper: Sweet Always
Ribbon: Pumpkin Pie grosgrain
Punch: Scallop edge

The directions for the paper bow were taken from SCS, but I had to play with the dimensions to get just the right size for the box.

I love making cards and gifts for friends, any excuse to get into my craft room ;0)

Saturday, 7 March 2009

Oh So Lovely

I've spent a few hours crafting this afternoon, but again I'm unable to show you my work! as it was for another swap - will post pictures in a week or so, when all swaps are in ;0)

So instead I've found a few cards that I've made in the past but not posted on here:

Mainly created with Stampin Up supplies,

Stamps: Oh So Lovely
Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Close to Cocoa, Rose Red Prints (ret)
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery, Rose Red, Close to Cocoa, Pumpkin Pie
Inks: Close to Cocoa, Rose Red
Ribbon: Stash
Punch: Scallop circle, 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8" & corner rounder (stash)
Supplies: Dimensionals

When I first got this set, I really wasn't sure I liked, but now its a firm favourite ;0)

Friday, 6 March 2009

Sharing the Joy of SU Candy

This post will stay at the top til Friday 28th March, Scroll down for newer posts :o)

I'm a new Stampin Up demo, received my wonderful demonstrators pack this week and decided to share some of it with you ;0)

I have got a few bits together to start with and will probably add more to it as I clear my craft room, its in a bit of a state after 3 nights crafting in there :D

What I have on offer so far is:

  • 1 x Versomark pad
  • 1 x Snail Adhesive
  • 1 x Pkt Dimensionals
  • 1 x Stampin Mist
  • 1 x pkt 3 Blender Pens
  • 1 x pkt 3x3 note cards and envelopes

For a chance to win all this please leave a comment on this post and also add a link on your blog leading back to this candy. I will randomly draw a winner after 6pm on 28th March. Only open to UK addresses I'm afraid.

Would you like to join a Stampin' Up! Club?

A stampers club is an opportunity for you to build up a comprehensive Stampin Up collection over a period of time(either 6 or 10 months) without breaking the bank and ensuring you still receive the fantastic hostess benefits associated with a qualifying order.

A qualifying order each month has a minimum value of £150.

For this the hostess is eligible to the following FREE benefits:

One level one hostess stamp set of her choice (these are sets that cannot be bought, they can only be earned with qualifying orders of £150 or more)

£15.00 worth of free product to be spent in the catalogue

Free catalogue 2008/9

Free mini catalogue (due 1st April)

Free postage (hostess month only)

Each month a DIFFERENT member gets to be the hostess and collects all the free benefits associated with that month's total. By the end of the 6 or 10 months all the members in the club will have had their turn to be the hostess.

I would also like to mention that Stampin Up will have a different special offer on nearly every month and if they don't I will ;0)

I would also mention that shares are very popular within clubs and as we get a bit more established I will definitely put some of these forward to you. For example, I could buy all the ribbons in the current catalogue and split the order fairly between all 6 or 10 of you. You could use this purchase as your monthly minimum.

To run this club we would need either:

10 members to commit for 10 months with a minimum spend of £15.00 plus P&P.


6 members to commit for 6 months with a minimum spend of £25.00 plus P&P

All you would need to do each month is choose your merchandise, e-mail or telephone me with your order (which I will confirm back to you via email) and pay by the due date then wait for your parcel to arrive.

Please e-mail me if you would like any additional information, any and all questions welcome. As an additional thank you for joining one of my stampers clubs each member will get 15% off their order on their hostess month.

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Green Garden Whimsey

I've been really busy the last few day making cards (from my new demonstrator pack) but I can only show you one! The others are for people who read my blog or for swaps.

For this this one I used one of the cards I received in the last ILWS swap (see below) from Ngaire, isn't it lovely ...

All Stampin Up supplies used

Stamps: Garden Whimsey
Cardstock: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Certainly Celery
Inks: Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Green Galore
Ribbon: Certainly Celery 1/4" Grosgrain
Punch: Scallop circle, 1", 1-1/4" and 1-3/8"
Supplies: Dimensionals

I'm off again now to have a go at a couple of challenges, back tomorrow with the pics.

Sunday, 1 March 2009

Cards for British Troops

Alison/Ali's Stamping Heaven needs our help, her local branch of the British Legion are sending parcels to Iraq and Afghanistan for the British troops and she offered to put cards in each of the boxes for the troops to send home to their loved ones or kids. She'd like anyone to help out by sending one or two cards to her - see her blog for further details.