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Ink & Share September Blog Hop - Anything But a Card....

Hello and thank you for joining me today for another amazing Ink & Share Blog Hop.  This month a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the World had a theme set of 'Anything But a Card'.  What a fab theme as it opens up the imagination to all sorts of things.
You have joined me from the amazing Melissa and I am sure you enjoyed her projects.
I am sharing with you today a little box I designed to hold some nail polishes as a gift idea for Christmas.  Here is my project.
It is kind of a handbag/gift box which could hold all sorts of things.  I am a bit of a 3d girl so I love nothing more than taking inspiration from all sorts of packaging and trying to create something from it.  This one however was from my imagination as I knew exactly what I wanted to hold inside it.
Here is a close up of the front.
And this is a picture of the inside.
I have included this little box on to my tutorial page here.
I hope you like my project today and if you see anything that you would like to purchase then please contact your local demonstrator.  If you do not have a demonstrator then I would be happy to help.
I am now going to pass you on to Tricia who I am sure has something exciting to share with you today.
Happy Stampin'!
September Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Ink & Share Scrapbook Hop: Sketch Challenge...

Hello and thank you for joining me today for what is my first ever Scrapbook Blog Hop.  I have been stalking the Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop since it was set up!  I have been a scrapbooker for many years but rarely get a chance to actually sit down and do some, I am hoping this will be the start of many more.
This Blog Hop is a collaboration of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators from around the world, coming together to share their love of Stampin' Up! and scrapbooking.
The theme set was a sketch.  I love working from sketches as they can inspire you when your mojo has disappeared and although I rarely follow sketches to the letter (as you will see), they inspire me to make the start.
Here is the sketch...
I instantly fell in love with this sketch and knew exactly what pictures I wanted to use.
Around 18 months ago we commissioned an artist to paint a portrait of our two puppies.  I had seen some amazing work by this artist and as I do not have an artistic bone in my body, asked her to draw a portrait of our pups.  What I didn't realise at the time was that she would send me work in progress pictures.  Straightaway I knew they had to appear in a scrapbook page.  So please meet Jeffrey and Betty.
This picture shows the completed work and here are the work in progress pictures across a double page layout!
And a closer look...


As you can see, I have only used one layer of circles at the bottom of my page as it balanced my page slightly better and I have also offset the circles where the sketch shows them in the middle.  I have used the amazing Joyous Noel DSP which features in the new Autumn/Winter Catalogue and to prove it isn't 'just for Christmas!'.  The colours are stunning and I thought they complimented the colouring in the pups really well.
Thank you for dropping by and I hope you have enjoyed my pages, I will now pass you on to Rebecca.
Happy Scrappin!

September Roll Call
Jo Blackman - you are here
Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Colour Combo Blog Hop September 2018...

Good morning, and welcome to the Colour Combo Blog Hop.  You may have joined me today from the amazing Angela Köber.
I am here to share with you a project using the Colour Combo Garden Green, Old Olive and the lovely new colour Gorgeous Grape.
I decided to make my card using the Jar of Love stamp set.  This set is one which I absolutely love and have used it a great deal in projects for both personal use and classes but just lately it has sat on the shelf because we have had so many new amazing products so I decided to give it a dust off.
I stamped the jar in Memento on to my background and stamped and cut the various foliage and leaves in a mixture of Garden Green and Old Olive.  I then stamped the flowers in Gorgeous Grape using second generation stamping for the background and adding the detailed parts also using Gorgeous Grape.  I also stamped the jar on to a piece of vellum using Staz On which I then glued over the top of the original stamped image to resemble glass.
Here is my card...
Thank you for hopping with me today, I am now going to pass you over to the amazing Tanja Klingler-Selinger who I am sure has another lovely project to share with you today.
If you have seen anything that you would like to order then please contact your local demonstrator.  If you do not have a local demonstrator, I would be happy to help.
Happy Stampin'
September Roll Call
Sue McDonald (UK) 
Jo Blackman (UK) - you are here
Renée Eckhardt (AT)   
Pia Gerhardt (DE) 


September 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop: Sympathy...

Hello from the UK, today I am joining many demonstrators from the around the World in another Kre8tors Blog Hop.  This month we were tasked with the theme of 'Sympathy'.

I have to confess I don't usually make many sympathy cards (thankfully!) and I tend to go for the 'Thinking of You' type sympathy card.

I wanted to keep  my card simple and understated (which is not my strong point!) and chose to use the Colorful Seasons Stamp Set.  This set is so versatile for so many things.  Here is my card...

The background is embossed using the Simply Falling embossing folder.  I cut the branches from the Seasonal Layers dies that co-ordinate with the Colorful Seasons stamps and the flowers are die cut from Petal Pink cardstock. I added some simple pearls to the centre of the flowers to finish.

I then made a second card but this time it is a card for somebody whose pet has gone over the rainbow bridge.  Our furbabies are definitely members of the our family and I would certainly appreciate receiving a little card if anything happened to one of mine. 
I hand cut a heart template by folding a post-it note in half and cutting a heart shape.  I drew around the heart and stamped the little footprints from the Foxy Friends stamp set.  The clouds are cut from the Up & Away Framelits and the little coloured hearts are punched using the Cookie Cutter punch.  The greeting is taken from the Colorful Seasons stamp set.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my projects today and I am now going to pass you on to the amazing Jacqui Lawrence.
Happy Stampin'


September 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call List