Thursday, 30 November 2017

Stampin' Up! 2017 Year End Sale

Stampin' Up! end of year 2017 sales sevent

We're wishing 2017 a fond farewell by throwing a Year-End Sales Event in its honour! We have special deals on select retiring and surplus items while supplies last.  The Year-End Sales Event will run from 1 December 2017 to 2 January 2018, and supplies are limited.

Visit my Stampin' Up! online shop to place your order from 1 December - the advice is always, if you see it and you want it, then order it.  It may not be there tomorrow!  If you haven't set up your customer account, I would do that first, just in case someone puts an item in their basket and checks out while you are registering.  Also, if your order is for £150 or more, you get to choose some extra's for free (10% of the value of your order before delivery).

For those who like to check the pdf for the retiring list, you can download the list here.


Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Unicorns meet embossing paste

Ok, I am at my crafting desk and just had a "I wonder.." moment.  This wonder moment was me wondering what would happen if the unicorn from the magical day stamp set met the sparkling and silver embossing paste.  And it had to be done!

stampin up magical day

I used a paintbrush to get the embossing paste onto the paper and let it dry, although could probably have been completely dry as I had to wash the stamp!  You can also add some colour. When these are fully dry my plan is to cut them out using a stitched framelit.

I hope you like it.  The embossing paste and stamps are in the spring/summer catalogue, if you want to get a copy, click the link in the sidebar to go on the mailing list.

stampin up unicorn magical day


Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Cheers to the year - using scraps

Here is a quick card using the Cheers to the Year stamp set.

I've used a whisper white card blank and stamped the snowflake using smoky slate ink and then 'tapped' on some wink of stella for some sparkle.   From the scrap box, I used a piece of the merry music designer paper and rather than ink the edges, I used the wink of stella to give it the glittery effect.

I have then added some washi tape (year of cheer) and back to the scrap box to create a little banner that I have edged using a smoky slate stampin' blend.

The 'topper' is stamped with versamark onto a scrap of tranquil tide cardstock and embossed using white embossing powder (after finally finding my heat gun).  I was going to use a stitched framelit to cut the circle but was lazy and so used the 1.75" circle punch.  I got a bit carried away and added some ribbon and the silver metallic thread! The topper is popped on using some of the mini dimensionals.

Stampin up cheers to the year

I hope you like it, and raid your scrap box to get creative.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Tutorial twist and pop up card

I've made a few of these cards, I love the way they have a little surprise when the recipient opens it.  You can find tutorials on youtube, but, I like the step by step in front of me and therefore, I've done this little guide for anyone who is like me!

You are going to need three pieces of cardstock, and ideally a scoreboard as there is a little bit of scoring involved in this project.

Your pieces of cardstock measure: 26 x 9cm  /  20 x 9cm  and 30 x 10cm.  The 30x10 piece is the card base.

Step 1 - using the piece that is 26 x 9cm, score at 6.5cm, 13cm and 19.5cm.  Put this piece to one side.

twist and fold card

Step 2 - using the 20 x 9cm piece, using a pencil, mark at 5.5cm in at each end.  You are going to score an 'X' scoring diagonally.  Then score the piece in half along the long edge.

twist and fold card

Give the folds a good crease using your bone folder. It is going to fold so it looks like a little house!  I've taken some pictures of the folds and hope it helps when you come to this part.

twist and fold card twist and fold card twist and fold card

Step 3 - taking your 30x10 piece, score this in half.  It is up to you, but I decorate the inside of this piece. I decorate just one part of the inside, what would be the top, so that I can write on the bottom part.

The technical part.  

With the card open, on the fold, mark the centre.  Taking the folded cardstock from step 2, you are going to glue the triangle and then stick this into the card at the centre point.  I find the easiest way is to glue the 'triangle' and then fold the card down.  You are then going to repeat this with the other 'triangle'.

twist and fold card twist and fold card

You should end up with this.

twist and fold card


The next stage is to add in the 26x9 piece of cardstock.

Mark the centre of the insert (the 20x9 piece).
Taking the 26x9 piece, place the centre fold, at the centre mark you have just made.

twist and fold card

Fold over the outside flaps and glue the parts marked with an 'x'.

twist and fold card

After following these steps, I hope that you have ended up with what I have in the little video and all you need to do now is to decorate it.



Saturday, 25 November 2017

The 2018 Petal Passion Suite

This is a set that is has to go on the shopping list.  The petal palette stamp sets is a two stamp set, with 15 stamps.  I love the  bird and it has a mix of sentiments.  The stamps are coming to you with coordinating framelits, you can get them separately, or grab a bundle.

At the Stampin' Up! On Stage, we got to play withe some of the petal passion suite.  Sorry this image is a bit blurry, I was zooming around the display area.  As you can see we have some black and white papers - great for adding your own colour - Stampin' Up! make it so easy for coordinating products.

You'll see that we also have a petal passion memories and more card pack.  Great for scrapbooking and also using them as card fronts.

This is the little sample pack we got to play with, I stamped a bird and the sentiment onto the cardstock supplied.  You don't need a lot to get creative.

And here is my finished card.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Stampin' Up! party pandas

Sale-A-Bration is a favourite promotion that  Stampin' Up! gives us.  From 3 January running through to 31st March, you are able to earn FREE products with a qualifying purchase.  As a demonstrator who went to the Stampin' Up!® Onstage event, I have already earned myself some free products with my pre-order from the forthcoming Spring Summer Occasions catalogue.

Stampin Up sale-a-bration 2018

Party Pandas is one of the sets that I earned for free. It is a 7 piece stamp set and can be earned  by demonstrators from 1 December, when we get to preorder from the 2018 Occasions Catalogue.  Being a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator has its perks!

I've stamped one of the pandas (there are three of them) onto the very vanilla thick cardstock in black ink and for the balloon, I have coloured this with a stampin blend and used some of the, coming soon, shimmery white embossing paste. I've used some of the merry music speciality paper for my backing papers and the sentiment is from the tabs for everything stamp set.


Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Do you love a Fruit Basket?!

Here is another sneak peek from On Stage.  These are two gorgeous little tags that I made for one of the make and takes.  I adore the little pineapple and it is rather handy that there is a punch as I do not do fussy cutting! There is the choice of getting the stamps and coordinating punch in a bundle and as I have got the stamp set, the punch set are on the list.  There are four punches -  strawberry, pineapple, melon and a pear.  Make a note that the 'melon' punch was used to create the slot for the ribbon.

Guess what, we have some spots! I've missed these little ink pads!


And here is the fruit basket stamp set


Saturday, 18 November 2017

Bubble over! Stampin' Up! sneak peek

One of the things I also enjoy about attending Stampin' Up! On Stage events is we get to play with new releases.  And, here is one of them coming to you in the Spring/Summer 2018 catalogue.  This set is also available in a bundle with coordinating framelits which saves you cutting out straws and bottles!

We got to play with stamps and made a little card.  I love the papers, you can earn these for FREE during Sale-a-bration.  Can you see some little bubbles?  These are some fabulous clear epoxy shapes.

The green label is inked using the same ink pad as the bottle, you simply 'stamp off' before stamping your image onto the cardstock.  The same thing applies with the 'red' label, stamp off the ink to create the background, then stamp the 'thank you'.  My table found it easier to stamp the background first and then stamp the sentiment.  The cardstock is from the picture perfect cardstock pack (contains: Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach).  Bottle etc stamped on whisper white cardstock.

I hope you like it and you are inspired to go and do some crafting.

Monday, 13 November 2017

The Stamparatus from Stampin' Up!

November 16 is when you can place your reservation.  I've been asked to see it in action and here you are, Carrie our Stampin' Up! home office is doing just that.  Watch out for the 'hinge' motion.




Sunday, 12 November 2017

Stampin’ Up! On Stage Solihull 2017

I have been away for the weekend in Solihull for the On Stage Stampin’ Up! Conference. I joined my fellow local demonstrators and we headed out armed with swaps and excitement.

Saturday morning we started the day early to get to the venue and to do some swapping first thing.  Here are the swaps that I made:

The glittery effect is from dipping my wink of Stella into the white ink pad.

We have a great day, I get to see see people I’ve not seen for ages, people I chat to in demo support in Germany.  I hope like me others come away inspired and the mojo fired up with creativity and planning for the time ahead.

Watch out for a further update on On Stage soon.




Sunday, 5 November 2017

Planner heaven ~ Stampin' Up!

Are you a lover of planners?  This is a great planner to get organised and also, turn it into a mini scrapbook as it includes some pocket pages.

Not only will it keep you organised, it will give you a creative outlet too!  This all-inclusive kit has everything you need to create a customisable yearly planner. No dates are printed, so you can start when you want.



It is a printed Night of navy/gold foil binder with gold metal corner accents. Binder size: 19.7 x 22.2 x 5.1 cm. It includes:

Night of Navy 2-ring binder; 12 divider pages; calendar pages; 4 photo protector pages (hold 6 photos each), 12.7 x 17.8 cm; page lifter, 7.6 x 21 cm; 3 printed and 3 gold foil accent sticker sheets; sticky notes.

You can also purchase a refill kit.

See more over on my shop website, here.



Saturday, 4 November 2017

Alcohol markers Stampin' Blends and blending

It's great to see the Stampin' blends flying out of the door and thank you to those who are ordering, whether the singles, duos or going for the bundle.  For those who are new to alcohol markers and have been using the Stampin' markers, alcohol markers can take your colouring to a new level.  Blending the colours using the Stampin' Blends can give rich imagery to your projects.  Here is a short video from Carrie on using your Stampin' blends and some basics on blending.





Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Colour me happy, let's get colouring

The new Stampin' blends are now here and as a demonstrator I got to preorder the pens along with the coordinating colour me happy project kit and the coordinating stamps, the project kit and stamps are available as a bundle.

Here are a couple of the cards that I have made using the kit contents. Check out the snazzy envelope! The project kit does come with design ideas which you can follow, or, like me, you can do your own thing.  It's your kit!

Want to grab a kit, save 10% on the bundle which includes the kit along with the stamps which are available in wood or clear mount.

The stampin' blends are available as singles and are also offered in a duo combination consisting of a light and dark shade.

We also have blends available as a collection - which is also a great gift idea.


Tutorial: origami menko traditional envelope

I was tidying up some notebooks and found the 'recipe' for making an origami envelope.   It's a sweet little envelope and I have been busy making these as some swaps for a Stampin' Up! event.

It may look a bit daunting if you haven't played around with origami before, but once you get started, you may find you have a stockpile of origami envelopes.  This is using a piece of 6x6 paper. Using your scoreboard, score at 2" and 4".

Then turn and score again at 2" and 4". For easier folding you might like to score on the diagonals as shown on the image below by the dashed lines.

Folding.  I've made this into a little video as it was easier than taking lots of pictures.  When you get to the final piece, this is simply tucked in to secure the envelope.



You can pop something into the envelope before tucking in that final fold.

I hope you give it ago, and it works!