Cupcakes, Carousels, Suite Sentiments and an Embellished Notebook!

Hello and welcome to my blog today! Today’s project follows on from yesterday’s card project where I shared a card that I had made especially for a new team member. And today’s project is an embellished notebook that I made as part of her welcome pack. These are fun and easy to do and I just love making them. And they’re useful as well. I mean, who doesn’t love a prettily decorated notebook?!



Don’t you just love the theme? The patterns, the colours, the font – ahh, they all bring back childhood memories of the wonder and excitement of the travelling circus. So I thought it was a fitting suite to use as a new demonstrator gift – I remember the excitement when I first joined!


Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper Stack. Item #: 142744. © Stampin’ Up!®

I couldn’t decide on just one delicious colour for the sentiment, so I used three – YUM! I used markers in So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral.


Tip: After colouring images with markers, huff on the stamp. Your breath reactivates the ink so you get a clear image.


The large intricate font in this sentiment is perfect for this technique. Here’s a close-up:


This sentiment comes from the Suite Sentiments Stamp Set, which was a gift for attending OnStage last November. It coordinates with other stamp sets in the Occasions Catalogue and the wording of this particular sentiment was just perfect for this project.


Suite Sentiments Stamp Set. Item #: 142968 (Wood); 142971 (Clear Mount). © Stampin’ Up!®

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Grateful Bunch Notepad Cover for GDP021

Not a Card …

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for stationery.  I’m literally like a kid in a lolly shop!  So, for those of you who suffer from the same affliction, I have a real treat for you today.  For this week’s Global Design Project colour challenge I felt like making a non-card project.  I love notepads – little ones, big ones, skinny ones and tiny ones.  They’re handy to have around and if you can make them pretty, that’s even better!  So today’s project is a tall, skinny shopping list size notepad cover.

The colours for the challenge are bright and fun and I think my little notepad cover turned out the same – bright, fun and whimsical.  Here are the colours for the challenge:


Click on the image above if you’d like to check out what the very talented Design Team have made, or to join in yourself.

Emboss Resist Technique

The emboss resist technique is a really easy one and gives stunning results and it’s also a wonderfully tactile medium.  It involves applying ink over heat embossed images.  For this project I used the beautiful lace image from the Grateful Bunch stamp set which you can find in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue.  I also heat embossed and fussy cut a couple of the little butterflies from the same set.

It’s the Little Details …

I could have stopped there, but I wanted to delineate the sentiment from the image pattern.  And I could have just attached some ribbon around the cardstock, maybe added a bow and it would have looked okay.  But I wanted to emulate the circles of colour and tie all three colours into this element, so I layered some Melon Mambo 1/4″ Cotton Ribbon over the top of the Wisteria Wonder Seam Binding Ribbon.  To that I added some Bermuda Bay sequins (from the Sequin Trim) and topped these off with some Melon Mambo Enamel Dots (from the It’s My Party suite of products in the 2016 Occasions Catalogue).  Of course I had to heat emboss the fabulous sentiment (also from the Grateful Bunch Stamp Set) in Bermuda Bay.  Can you tell I LOVE heat embossing?!


I hope you’ve enjoyed my little notepad project as much as I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you.  Thanks for stopping by today.