Friday, 30 March 2018

Hello Peacock and the stamparatus

Or, should it be goodbye.  This is one of the free stamps in the Sale-a-bration 2018 offering.  I have actually been admiring it in its case rather than using it.  Sometimes, getting a stamp set dirty is as bad as cutting up some paper!  Card makers and scrapbookers are you with me on this!?

Anyway, I have taken the plunge and cracked open the case and the peacock is coming out to play.  This is a polymer set, and to stop staining give the stamps a clean straight away, although you may have stained stamps it doesn't detract from stamping. I clean my stamps using the stampin' mist and the stampin' scrub.

What I love about this stamp set is that you have several elements and you can be basic or you can be flamboyant. You can also experiment with colours.

beautiful peacock stampin up

This is my keep it simple kind of card.  Three stamps and three ink pads.  One thing I want to show you is that, as I had the stamps out, that I have also stamped more images using my Stamparatus (this will be in the next annual catalogue, if you don't have a demonstrator that you order from already, you can reserve  a copy with me).  Let me show you the stamping stages.

My first step was to place my stamp on my cardstock and I then picked it up with the clear plate.

stampin up stamparatus

Having then stamped that first image, I aligned my next stamp (the peacock body) and picked this up with my second plate.

Stampin Up Stamparatus

Just to show you the stamped image here is the next shot.  I would do one colour at a time but I wanted to show you the trick that the Stamparatus has of the hinge technique.  Simply lift out your plate, still with the stamp on, and move it down your cardstock to where you want to stamp your next image.  Isn't that such a cool idea.

Stampin Up Stamparatus

As you can see in this next picture, I have taken my 'peacock' stamp and done the same thing and moved that down to where I need to stamp.

stampin up stamparatus

Voila! Perfect placement and these are ready to create some card fronts.

Stampin Up stamparatus stamp positioning tool

I had done the same thing with the flowery tail using the other side of one of the plates but didn't want to bore you.

If you want the peacock stamp, be quick.  This is a free stamp set from sale-a-bration and it ends tomorrow <eek>.




Thursday, 29 March 2018

Just add colour bridge fold card making

I had a spurt of card making tonight.  Following on from the bridge fold card I made the other day, I have made some more and just wanted to show you that you can change the sizes.  I've used some of the just add colour heavier paper which is ideal.  As you can see, I have made use of the design of the paper and trimmed it so that the houses fit nicely.  I've got the Stampin' markers out and coloured in just one of the houses.  I did contemplate doing some more but I have gone minimalistic.

I had a piece of the sale-a-bration foiled paper and utilised that to create the bridge and then used up some odd scraps in my scrap box.  The leaf is punched with a scrap of the silver glimmer paper using the leaf punch, the hearts, these are from the cookie cutter punch.  Oh, and the banner tab, that is the reverse of a piece of the unicorn paper!

Stampin Up just add colour bridge fold


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Stampin Up Demonstrator

Did you know that joining Stampin' Up! and getting your starter kit is not just for those who want to sell Stampin' Up! products.  I have those who joined simply to get the great benefits of purchasing Stampin' Up! products at the discounted price.  My hobby demonstrators (hobby stampers) know that there is no pressure to make sales, hold parties or workshops and that they can join me to simply get the discount.  Not only that, they get other perks even though they are a hobby stamper.

Here are the benefits of being a hobby demonstrator.

  • You still get to choose the starter kit, which you customise to suit you.  This means that you can choose any Stampin' Up! products from the current catalogues.  You choose £130 (€175) of products and pay only £99 (€129) (around a 23% discount).

  • You don't pay for having the starter kit shipped to you, it is shipped for FREE, saving you £4.95 (€5.95).

  • In the first 45 days of joining, you receive 30% of any order that is over £150.  As you will see, that means you are also eligible to add some hostess rewards to your order (£150 = £15 to spend on more product).

  • For every product order you place, you will receive a 20% discount.

  • Even as a hobby stamper, you will still be able to preorder items before anyone else.  What a perk!!  You can also, if you wish, attend events that are just for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.

  • You join as a hobby stamper with no penalties, there is no requirement for you to return your starter kit should you 'drop'.  You keep them all.

Are you ready to get these benefits, sign up as a Stampin' Up! hobby stamper online here today.

I welcome residents of not just the UK, but also those who are in France, Germany, Austria and The Netherlands.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Tutorial Bridge Fold Card

It's time to get creative in the crafting cave and as I was making a card I thought I'd run through how to make it with you.  This is the 'bridge fold' card.  It's one of those cards that look super complicated but they really are easy to make.  Here's my finished card.

Bridge Card tutorial

Here is how to go about making one yourself.

You will need a piece of cardstock which measures 5" by 8".  You can of course improvise and change the sizes once you have had a go.

For my size, score at 1.25 and 2.5 at each end of the long side (I like to turn my paper around for each end but if you want to score all at once, the measurements are 1.25, 2.5, 5.5 and 6.75").  I then like to burnish the folds.

Bridge Card tutorial

For the 'flaps' you will need strips of your chosen paper measuring, 1" x 4.75"strips for the flaps.  Note that I haven't matted my papers so you might want to adjust your sizes if you like to add these.

For the 'insert' in the inside, this will measure, 2.75" x 4.75"  - I have used the unicorn sheet from the Myths & Magic Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I've then added a piece of shimmery white cardstock so that I can write my message.

Top tip, for your inside, if you are going to be writing a message, do this before adding the bridge!

Bridge Card tutorial

For the bridge, your piece of cardstock measures 1" x 5.5" (or you can cut the width larger if you desire).  To add this to your card to create the bridge, I stuck the left hand side piece only on the first flap.  As you can see the flap is folded and the rest of the card is laid all the way open.

Bridge Card tutorial

You then stick the other end to the other flap, keeping the flap 'open'.

Bridge Card tutorial

Now when you come to stand up your card, it will (should) look like my card!




Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Lots of Lavender stamp set

Stampin Up sale-a-bration lots of lavender

We are on the last few days of Sale-a-bration and I wanted to share with you this gorgeous gift box which has incorporated elements of the Lots of Lavender stamp set that you can get for free.  Isn't this an adorable design and rather than using the stamps as the main focus, it has been used to delicately stamped to create a background.

Here are some other ideas using the Lots of Lavender stamps.

Lots of Lavender stampin up stamps

With just a few days left of March, now is the time to get your order in and grab this stamp set before it disappears as it won't be coming back.