Sunday, 30 December 2018

Come fly with me! Butterfly Gala

This is one set that fell straight into my basket when the demonstrator pre-order went live. The butterfly gala stamp set has a coordinating punch and even better, the stamps and punch are also available as a bundle which you will find in the upcoming Spring/Summer Stampin’ Up! catalogue. You can get the Butterfly Gala photopolymer stamp set and the amazing new butterfly punch, Butterfly Duet with the 10% bundle saving!  The stamp set has 18 different stamps which includes sentiments in pretty fonts. I love it!

Here is a little card that I have made. I have stamped the thank you so very much in blueberry bushel on shimmery white cardstock. The butterflies are stamped with memento black, balmy blue, highland heather and graceful grove. The butterflies are on one stamp so you don't have to worry about placement when it comes to punching, and using the stamps with the stamparatus make stamping a breeze. For some added twinkle I have edged the butterflies with some wink of stella. To finish the card off, I have used some of the ribbon that is in the All My Love Ribbon Combo. The paper is from a free sale-a-bration paper pack, botanical butterfly, that you can choose from the sale-a-bration brochure when you have a qualifying order.

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Delicate Butterflies

I just had to share this project with you. It was featured in the Demonstrator magazine and it got a WOW from me. What's so great is that you can create it too. As Stampin' Up! say , just imagine how far you can stretch your imagination as you create eye-catching pieces of art to accent your home, office, craft room, or just about any other space.

For this project, detailed Thinlits dies were used abundantly to create a framed home d├ęcor piece that truly captures the joy of the two lovebirds in this photo.

To duplicate this look, die-cut several butterflies and pop them up on light-coloured Designer Series Paper using Stampin’ Dimensionals. Layer your photo over a different pattern of paper and choose a coordinating sentiment. Embellish with a bit of thread and ribbon and by sponging colour onto some of the butterflies. The details really bring this piece to life. It's certainly something that is really special, and I am sure is a handmade piece that would be lovingly received by the recipient.

Stampin' Up! supplies to create this masterpiece:

Forever Lovely Stamp Set;
Vellum and Whisper White Cardstock;
Floral Romance Specialty and Wood Textures 6" x 6" (15.2 x 15.2 cm) Designer Series Paper;
Old Olive and Petal Pink Classic Stampin’ Pads;
Petal Pink/Whisper White 5/8" (1.6 cm) Variegated Ribbon;
Copper Metallic Thread;
Stampin’ Dimensionals;
Big Shot;
Foliage Frame Framelits Dies;
Butterfly Beauty Thinlits Dies

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Which Ink?

Ink is more than just a pretty face. Each type of ink is designed for a specific purpose, and your projects will look their best if you use the right ink for your technique.

Stampin' Up! have helped out in showing which ink is the best to use in your crafting projects.

When you order your ink pad, add a refill to extend the life of your ink pad.

When you order your Stampin' Blends, add a Memento ink pad to your order as this will prevent smearing. If you plan on doing some watercoloring, then add a Staz-on ink pad. Don't forget your Staz-on cleaner!

Monday, 24 December 2018

2019 Sale-a-bration Sneak Peek

As some are settling down to a December break and we have our new catalogue being released on 3 January I thought that I'd give a little sneak peek of what's coming in 2019.

If you are Stampin' Up! fan, you will know that at the beginning of January we get a spring summer catalogue that runs through to June. Plus, January through to March is another special time in the Stampin' Up! year as it is treat time with Sale-A-Bration. Why is Sale-a-bration so exciting?

  • First of all, every £45 (€60) of product you order, you then get the chance to choose a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration brochure. This could be stamps, paper, embellishments. It is exclusive so you can only choose them when you place a qualifying order. And this is for every £45/€60 you spend!
  • Stampin' Up! have also added more rewards to orders that are £200/€275. You now get an extra £20/€27 in free credit! You can order exclusive hostess only products. This is a great time to ask me for your own hostess code so you can share it with your friends/family and they use it to order their crafting supplies.
  • Join! Get 20% off your orders and Stampin' Up! have added more bonuses to those who join during Sale-a-bration! There are two ways to join Stampin’ Up during Sale-a-bration and both come with bonuses. Option #1 - Choose £170/€230 of product and pay just £99/€129. OR, Option #2 - spend a little more more £47/€61 and add the exclusive new Craft N’ Carry tote which from 3 January is now only available to those who join Stampin' Up! Add to the joining offer that you don't pay delivery and you can choose so much product - why not join and get the discount and other perks.

Here is that sneak peek! The gorgeous botanical butterfly papers are one of the FREE products you can choose in the Sale-a-bration brochure. In the spring summer catalogue we have a gorgeous butterfly stamp set - butterfly gala & a coordinating punch and these papers complement them beautifully.

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Card making - step it up

I made a simple stamping card the other day and today in the crafting cave I've stepped up one of the cards using just a couple more supplies. I've used some of the Sale-a-bration papers (a free choice during Sale-a-bration with an order of £45 or more which begins 3 Jan 2019), botanical butterfly.  

For some sparkle, I have added a piece of silver metallic thread and we have a new butterfly punch in the 2019 spring summer catalogue which I have used to punch the butterfly from the paper.

If you want to join in my paper share for a selection of  papers in  the 2019 spring/summer catalogue, register today.  

#simplestamping quick cards

Do you think that sometimes you need lots of supplies to get creative?  If you are just starting out crafting, or simply on a crafting budget, here is some #simplestamping

I have used a card base, four ink pads and one stamp set to create these quick cards.  

The stamps are in the 2019 Spring/Summer catalogue - Beauty Abounds.  You can order these from 3 January 2019.  It's a lovely set and I have used 4 of the stamps.

For the inks, I used call me clover, soft sea foam, highland heather and memento black.  The card is from the delightfully detailed note cards as the cards in the set have some colouring, but you can use a plain card of course.  

You can watch me creating the card (in around a minute!) so this is also speed crafting: