Saturday, 2 April 2011


Welcome to our 2011 Mini Catalogue Blog Hop. Today we have over 50 Stampin' Up Demonstrators who have sceduled posts of projects on their blogs for 10am this morning, using items available from the New 2011 Mini catalogue which was released yesterday.

You may have just joined today from Amanda I have an all day class but can't wait to have time to 'hop' round myself. So make a cuppa, grab a pen and paper for your Wish List and enjoy surfing.

I think this is the best Mini Catalogue we have had so far. The BIG news being that Stampin' Up! have released the BIG-SHOT Die-Cutting Machine. Together with this there are 27 Dies and Embossing folders, 21 of which are UNIQUE TO STAMPIN' UP!

Today I am featuring the new OWL PUNCH. I first fell in love with this little fellow when it was first released in USA and was so pleased to hear he was joining the UK Mini 2011 catalogue. There is just so much that can be made from him. I've already held my first OWL EXTRAVAGANZA ALL-DAY CLASS which Emily attended and has now also become totOWLly obsessed with this little fella. Together we have lots more ideas planned for a sequel so, if you are interested in attending repeat classes currently being added to my scheduled 2011 class list or purchasing a kit and/or owl punch to make yourself, please give me a call on 07806 616704 or email

The tree template is totally unique, having started myself I enlisted the help of Pat, one of my lovely downlines, to finish. The leaves were made using the Sizzlits Little Leaves Die. The small owls were made by inking the owl image from Punch Bunch (Sale-A Bration set - now sadly retired) and stamping onto shrink plastic and heated which shrinks images to 1/7th of their original size and worked perfectly for this project.

I was pleased to be able to share the clouds and bushes technique with my downline. These are made by punching some scallop ovals and circles and making a template to sponge against.

This would make a lovely 'welcome new home card'.

My next project has been in my head for some time but didn't quite know how I was going to make ! It is a slider card, using the word window punch to cut slit and a 1p each side of a foam dot to fix the penguin on. The penguins are also made from the owl punch - simply cut off his ear and feet for his body, punch feet from a scrap of pumpkin pie card for feet and beak.

My next project was inspired by a video I saw from Valita's fresh folds, demonstrating how to punch the owl body to make tulips. She made a single purple bloom with glitter and mounted onto a nestability frame.

Here I have used the new Square Lattice Textured Embossing folder to create a basket work effect for the background.

The 'Twoo-lips' have been punched in Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponged edges in Real Red ink. The centres are made from the Small Oval punch.

I couldn't let you leave today without seeing the NEW MOTORBIKE stamp. I've had several people say to me they think of me everytime they see the Motorbike stamp in the Mini catalogue ! I can't imagine why. Hubby is away tomorrow, taking our beautiful Honda Goldwing Trike to Wootton Bassett. I'm sure you will see it on the news tomorrow - they are expecting 10,000 motorbikes and David will actually be one of the 45 Trikes taking soldiers on the back.

Here I have stamped one image in Basic Black towards the right hand edge of the card and stamped repeatedly, each time moving approximately 1/2cm to the left. The background is stamped with the Sanded Background stamp and embossed with the Square Lattice Textured Embossing folder to give a tyre tread effect.

For your next 'hop' click this link to see the lovely projects that my lovely downline Emily is sharing with you today -

If you wish to take a 'hop' round the other groups, I have added the links below.

Happy crafting, hope to see you back here soon.



  1. Sandra,
    your projects are stunning! I LOVE the owl, mine is due to land here on tuesday! I really like the way your motorbike is zooming too!

  2. Love your penguin card Sandra - so cute

  3. Hi Sandra, now you know I LOVE valita's blog, so you know I'm gonna say I love the penguins and the tulips!!!! Plus that motorcycle effect is amazing!

  4. Loving the motorbike card :) real sense of movement there.
    Might have to try that idea for my brothers birthday card. Thanks for sharing

  5. Yes i did think of you and a couple of others when I saw the bike.... Loving the punch owl inspirations.... and yes it goes onto my wishlist!!!

  6. Love the owl slider card! Love everything else too

  7. Love the projects... that Motorcycle card is fabulous :) x

  8. I knew there would be a bike in there somewhere and I love the penguins too! In fact I love it all. Zoë x

  9. Your Owl card is so sweet and I love what you did with the Bike.

  10. Great cards. The penguins look such fun and that motorcycle card is inspired. Love 'em.

    Sara xx

  11. great projects the motorcycle one is brilliant! tfs x

  12. I love your cards the owl ones are so funny and cute. The bike one is just amazing I am in awe x

  13. fab cards- love the owls and the rolly penguin and your flowers are fab too x

  14. Love your slider card with the penguins - adorable!

    Karen x


  16. Love your Christmas card the best but also you ahve made some beautiful projects

  17. OMG the penguins - gorgeous!

  18. Hi Sandra
    Gorgeous projects, I live in Wootton Bassett I hope your hubby enjoys his ride it is always a fab turn out both with riders and specators along the route.

  19. I love them all & great movement on the motercycle card

  20. The tree card is brilliant, as are the penguins!
    and.....of course the motorbike! not my cup of tea but I knew you would LOVE it :)

    Carol xxx