Sunday, May 31, 2009


Hi folks

This great stamp set was given to demonstrators who attended this year's Stampin' Up! convention in Canberra earlier this month.  Those of us 'left behind' (sniff) could only look on as the lucky ones stamped their hearts out with their new sets!  There have been lots of great ideas, for using Circle Circus, floating around blogland; it is a super-versatile set that I have added to my rather extensive wish list.  Today I was at my friend Claire's house, and she graciously offered to part with her stamps for a few days, so I could have a play.  Yippee! So tonight I have been in my craft room, and have come up with a couple of cards, that I'd like to share with you.  I stamped out the focal image four times (twice each in So Saffron and Riding Hood Red), so once I'd composed my first card, I was able to make a second one in 'reverse' colours.  As my cyber-friend Sue says, why make just one card when you have all the supplies out?!  I tend to spread my supplies EVERYWHERE, make one card, then spend ages putting away all the scraps.  I like my cards to be individual, but it is great to mix the colours up a bit and create something a little different from the same papers and embellishments.  Anyway, enough of my rambling .... I just LOVE the way this first card turned out; I think the colours look really regal, don't you?

Saffron circle circus

Stamps: Circle Circus, Upsy Daisy (sentiment)

Card: Whisper White

DSP: Sweet Slumber, So Saffron Prints

Ink: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red stampin' pads

Other: Riding Hood Red 5/8" striped grosgrain ribbon, yellow rhinestone brad, mini glue dots, foam dots, sponge dauber, circle punches - 3/4", 1", 1 3/8", scallop circle

I had stamped the sentiment and main image in the reverse colour combination, so changed things up a bit, and 'went to town' with my white gel pen (I'm rather partial to dots). This is what I came up with:

Riding hood red circle circus

Stamps: Circle Circus, Upsy Daisy

Card: Whisper White, Riding Hood Red

DSP: Sweet Slumber, So Saffron Prints, Bella Rose

Ink: So Saffron, Riding Hood Red stampin' pads

Other: Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Riding Hood Red button (from Button Bouquet selection), white gel pen, sponge daubers, mini glue dots, foam dots, yellow brads (from my stash), circle punches - 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 3/8", scallop circle punch (boy, I went to town with the punches too, didn't I?!)

I plan to play some more with this set while I have it in my hot little hands, so you might see some more circle-y (sounds much nicer than 'circular', don't you think?  I know, Kerry, it's not grammatically correct - my Mum was a teacher too, but I like to make up my own rules now that I'm grown up!) creations.  Make sure you check out Claire's cool cards while you're waiting! 

Thanks for visiting :)


  1. Love, Love, loving these cards. Beautiful colour combos. You know how much I want the Circus Circus set. I coveted it from the moment I saw the new catalogue, now that I see the creations from it, I want it even more.

  2. OOhhh that was QUICK! Love them both but the second is my fave :) You can borrow it next it you like Kerry :)

  3. Ooh. me! me! (waving arm in the air) ... can I borrow it too, Claire?