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Sale-a-bration Blog Hop

I haven't participated in a blog hop for a while with my close group of stamping friends, so it's very nice to be jumping back into a nice small one where we are show casing our favourite Stampin' Up! promotion of the year


You may have come here from Amy Buchanan's blog or if you are starting with me, welcome to the blog hop. There are 11 blogs to hop to, and all the projects are made using the 4 gorgeous limited edition stamp sets you can earn for free during Sale-A-Bration, which runs to the end of March. I have loved playing with these delightful stamp sets, and I hope you'll be inspired by our creations.

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Well, jumping right in here, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the Punch Bunch stamp set, and what's more, I was dying to get out my markers and ink up those flowers in multi-colours. It's one of my favourite techniques, and the stamp is so lovely that I decided to do a really simple project with very basic cards so if wouldn't detract from the bright, cheery stamped image.

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I started out by selecting my markers : Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Wild Wasabi and Old Olive - a lot, I know, but I wanted a warm, bright rainbow and these colours are so divine together!

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I punched out the matching colours with the Giant Scallop Circle which is now available again, and stamped some floral images with Versamark ink just to add a bit of interest to this layer.

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The stamped images were punched with our regular Scallop Circle punch and layered onto the larger ones.  I am soooo loving these colours already and I haven't even finished the project!

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I wanted to make a scallop square box to put the set of cards in, which means they had to be quite small - the scallop square die it 12cm x 12cm so by the time you leave an edge, and create walls, the cards needed to be 7.5cm x 7.5cm - which is good because then they fit the love note envelopes!

I decided that the nicest, simple finish was to mount the stamped images onto the same coloured base card, so to lift it, I layered the scallop circles onto another white scallop circle with dimensions just so they stood out a little more.

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Notice the coordinating envelopes? It is the same stamp, but I have just inked the flowers, not the words or scallop border.

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The box is 3cm deep, so easily holds 6 cards and envelopes. The Wild Wasabi card and the Whisper White panel are both cut using the same Scallop Square Die - I have fed the white through a second time to trim off two edges and make it smaller.  I didn't want to add lots of embellishments to the lid of the box, but the plain white was calling out for something else, so I added texture with the Polka Dot embossing folder.

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And it all tucks away in this nice box! My mum loves poppy's, so I can see this making a lovely gift for her! I really enjoyed making this cheerful project, and it wasn't at all difficult.

Well, that's my entry in the blog hop, be sure to pop back again for some more nice cheery projects during the coming week, including a delightful card by a very special guest artist - it's a secret, you'll have to check back in to find out more!

If you'd like to continue on the blog hop, don't forget to leave a comment for each of the ladies - we LOVE feedback!! And off you go now to be surprised and delighted by the talented Alisha Watson!



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Sue Madex

What a beautiful set of cards, envelopes and lovely box. I really love how you've done the flowers in multi colours - so eye catching that way.

Lisa crofts

Only one comment people must be in hurry to get to the next blog. This is a fabulous set of cards and I love the idea with the scallop square *swoon*. I love your colour choices too. Just beautiful.

Kathryn Mangelsdorf

Fantastic idea about the mixing of colours with the markers, loving your matching box and envelopes. What a great gift for someone.

Deeanne Antrobus

Love the cards and colours. The box is gorgeous. Can't follow the link to Alisha's page. Google says the link is broken :(

Christine Blain

Kathryn, this is such a beautiful project. Your colour choices are inspired, and inspiring! Absolutely gorgeous.

Tina G

Gorgeous project Kathryn. I love the colouring on the stamp - just beautiful.


This is such a beautiful set. I love how you used the SAB set and the colours work so well together.

Alisha Watson

How gorgeous are they??? No you dont need to answer me because I know how much already :-p
Kathryn they are wonderful

Judy May

Just gorgeous Kathryn. Love the colouring on the flowers and the matching envelopes are so sweet as well. A fabulous gift, I'm sure your Mum will be delighted.

Di Dunk

As usual, they are simpkly gorgeous Kathryn. You always come up with a WOW special idea. Beautiful.

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