Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Hand-cut Embossed Cardstock Video aka How to use Watercolour Pencils!

Hello, Crafters.

Today's video shows the card I made using my un-named
 technique that I've been sharing with you  this week. 

It's still un-named except to say Hand-cut Embossed Cardstock 
which is a bit long-winded, and doesn't really describe it properly! 
I decided on calling the video HOW TO....using Watercolour Pencils! 
Please let me know if you have any suggestions for a
 name for this technique.

 I think the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder lends itself to
 the technique the best, and out of the two cards I've made, 
I definitely prefer the Coastal Cabana card! 
One of the reasons I've used Watercolour Pencils is because 
Stampin' Up! will be releasing a Limited Edition Stamp Set, plus 
co-ordinating dies which be available during the whole of August.

 Also available during August will be Assortment 2 of Watercolour
 Pencils, which may be made available again at a future date. 
Although I have bought the bundle, I haven't had much of a 
chance to play with it as I've been so focussed on getting 
myself ready for the Incentive Trip. 

To make up for this, I'm hoping that I'll be able to share
 projects made by other demos who have been able to play. 
  Today is the last day before Alaska, and all my swaps are 
done, apart from having a list of ingredients and being put
 into cello bags, but that won't take long. 

The last thing for me to do is one more video, and at the 
moment, I don't have any idea of what the project will be! 

This will be my last regular planned blog until after my trip, 
but I'm hoping to pop in most days for a quick hello and an
 update about where I am, and what's been happening. ☺
Videos will be every Wednesday and Sunday as normal.
 Until next time, happy crafting.


Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Fussy-cutting Dry-embossed Cardstock

Hello, Crafters.

Not surprisingly, I couldn't leave the project I shared with you 
yesterday, alone! I told you I'd probably re-visit the technique 
but I was so surprised at how quickly I did revisit it! I feel I now
 have this technique it down to a fine art, and have made a 
video featuring it for tomorrow! 
 The first thing I did yesterday was to sort through my embossing
 folders and decide which designs might still look good after
 having been fussy-cut across the middle. These are the results!
 The most successful embossing folder, and the one I used
 for my video, is the Dynamic Hexagon.

 I've included close-up photographs of the cut edges, because
 on some of them they look very amatuerish! With this folder, 
the cut lines can hardly be seen! The colour is Coastal Cabana.
My second favourite is Seaside, and this is the only one I 
actually cut a different line for the top part - you can see 
by the difference between the two edges.

I probably only removed about three-quarters of an inch, but I wasn't
 happy with a line that met up with another one. The colour of the
 cardstock is Blackberry Bliss.
This is another sample with Blackberry Bliss as a background.
 I think the Dynamic Ruffled Embossing Folder is really 
gorgeous, but not particularly well-suited for this techique.

I wasn't particularly happy with the cut edges I finished up with, 
but I'm not sure it would have looked any nicer had I cut the
 "textured" part of the cardstock away either!
Although I quite like the look of the Quilted Top, when cut this way - I did it in two different ways! - but only from a distance. This is the embossing folder that I feel has amateurish looking results, especially when viewed close up!
They almost look like teeth! LOL! You can see I cut round
the outside of the circle on this embossed cardstock, but
 at times, the circle "flattened" out. The colour of 
this cardstock is Poppy Parade.
 This is another one where the resulting design is quite nice, 
but looks even more amateurish than the previous one!
This is my least favourite! I cut around the curved diamond shape
inside the circle, and like the first one, I kept getting straight edges.
  I had a lot of fun with this exercise yesterday, and I hope you've 
enjoyed seeing the results. I upgraded the design I had in my mind 
for my card swap after I'd finished working with this unnamed 
technique! I'm now halfway through making my 26 swaps, which
 I'll also be turning into a video today! After that, all I have left to do is
 a list of ingredients to go in with my swaps which will all be going
 into individual cello bags. Then just one more video and I'm set 
to pack for Alaska! This is why I'm called lastminute-dot-com!! ☺
That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Pop of Petals & Petal Burst

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you had a super weekend and are ready to face
 a new week and whatever challenges it may hold for you! On
 Thursday, we fly to Seattle for the 2018 Stampin' Up! Incentive
 Trip to Alaska. When the ship gets back to Seattle, Hubby and I
 are flying to Las Vegas for a few days before returning home.

 When I decided to make today's card, I wanted to have a 
dry-embossed top part and bottom part with the greeting
 in-between. I chose to use the Petal Burst Embossing Folder, 
and some Gorgeous Grape flowers, from Pop of Petals, that
 I had left-over from one of last week's projects. 
After I had embossed my top layer of Whisper White Cardstock (CS),
 I started to cut around the leaves, and headed in as straight a
line as possible, without cutting through any leaves. As I wasn't
 sure how this was going to work out, the top layer I
 used was my regular size.
 I chose the smaller piece of the two "halves" and used
 temporary adhesive to adhere it in what would be its final
 position. I did this so I'd know where to heat-emboss my 
sentiment, using Whisper White Embossing Powder. When
 I had finished the heat-embossing, I laid the top half of the
 dry-embossed Whisper White CS in what would be its
 final position, and made a mark where I needed to
 cut the excess off!
 I adhered both halevs to the Gorgeous Grape layer and played
 around with a few flowers  to decide how I wanted to decorate the
 front of my card. For the large flower, I decided one double-layer
 flower was enough, but I wanted some smaller flowers and leaves.
 Using Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green Inks, I 
stamped several plain green leaves, and a few clusters of 
flowers - both stamps were from the Pop of Petals
 Stamp Set. I found it amazingly easy to fussy cut
 the leaves and the flowers.

I finished the front of my card off with some retired gems that I didn't realise had retired! I've forgotten what they're called, and to be honest, I didn't realise they had retired! To decorate the inside of the card I adhered the remaining strip of the dry-embossed front layer, and added another double flower from Pop of Petals, to which I'd added three leaves. I wasn't totally happy with my choice of embossing folder for this design of card, so don't be surprised if you see me revist this idea! 

Finally, you may remember at the beginning of June, I said I
 was going to cut down the number of times I post my blog each
 week, and I really tried hard! But for better or worse, I failed! I
 really don't like not posting every day! I decided that I will post 
every day, but I won't guarantee I'll be able to post a new 
project every day, but that is what I'll be aiming for!  
Many thanks for having patience with me while I try, and find 
a happy balance. While I'm away, I'll still be posting my videos, 
but I won't be creating any new projects. Instead, I'm hoping to
 give you an update each day about how my trip is going. Many
 thanks for your continued support. ♥
 Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


PS The sentiment I used for today's card is from the
 Best Bunny Stamp Set! ☺

Sunday, 15 July 2018

Bunch of Blossoms with Graceful Glass Background Video

Hello, Crafters.

Today's video is my 400th crafting tutorial! It feels really 
strange because I don't feel that I have made anywhere near
as many as that! Today's card is another example of using 
a non-picture design from the Graceful Glass 6" x 6" Designer
 Vellum as a background.

 I think probably most of us find the picture designs relatively easy
 to use, but the non-picture designs not quite so!  If you saw my 
previous video where I used this vellum as a background, you'll
 remember I used a die-cut THANK YOU but it didn't work quite 
so well with the busier pattern. 
 Video 398 HOW TO.......Heat emboss die-cts.
 As there is a large area of white area on today's card, 
 it doesn't matter how busy the pattern on the vellum is; they'd
 all work!  As I was finishing my card off while videoing, I 
forgot to decorate the inside of the card. I finished it after I'd
 finished the video, and you can see in the 
photograph above that I stamped a single petal.
I made another similar card before I started videoing, where,
 instead of making the coloured cardstock and vellum layer the
 bottom of the card, I made both pieces a bit smaller and added
 them to a Whisper White card base.............just to see what 
it would look like.  Please see the next photograph.
 I decided I preferred the original design and 
stayed with it for the video! I made this card using Poppy
 Parade Cardstock and Ink.
 I thought of another option which was to put a layer of Poppy
 Parade between the vellum and the Whisper White card base. 
Then I thought about using a Poppy Parade base for the card,
 and then to cut the vellum 1/8" shorter on allsides.
 By this time I decided to give up in case I thought of even more options! LOL!
 I hope you have a very blessed Sunday, and until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


Saturday, 14 July 2018

Love What You Do

Hello, Crafters.

Will I ever get bored with this Suite? I decided to make two cards 
yesterday that featured Designer Series Paper (DSP). For this
first card I used the Love What You Do Stamp Set, and
 the Share What You Love DSP. 

My colour combo is Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry, with a hint 
of Old  Olive! I started my card by stamping the flower stem
 twice on the left-hand side of my Whisper White Cardstock (CS) layer.

Next I used the Post It Note masks I found in the stamp set box,
 to mask the first three flowers. Then I was able to use the 
small branch of leaves stamp, which is from the Love What 
You Do Stamp Set, to stamp two branches on
 the first group of three flowers. 

Next I moved the masks to the lower two and a bit flowers, 
and stamped  two more branches. Adding the green
 branches made a   transformation to image. branches! I 
was really pleased with the effect! 

The fussy-cut flowers I used to decorate the inside of my card
 were from my first image that I'd managed to smudge. 
Fortunately by fussy-cutting the flowers, the smudge was cut away!
The silver pearls are from the pack of Metallic Pearls which
 includes 121 silver-coloured pearls and 121 gold-coloured pearls. 
These can be found on page 197 of the Annual Catalogue.

 These pearls, together with the Share What You Love Artisan
 Pearls, are two of my new favourites in basic gems! I'm 
pleased to be able to report I'm making good progress with
 the tasks I have on my to-do list before go to Alaska 
next Thursday - eek, it's so close!
 I've finished my 3D swaps forAlaska, as well as the accompanying
 video, and I have just three videos left to make! I had my hair 
done yesterday and today I having my nails and toes done! 
Over the weekend, I plan to work on my card swaps which we
 are requested to make complete cards. I have my card
 planned, so  I just need to knuckle down and get on with them. 
The card will also be video as well. So it's all coming together
 beautifully for me now! 

I hope you have a lovely weekend, and until, tomorrow, and happy crafting.


Friday, 13 July 2018

Tropical Chic

Hello, Crafters.

Today's card was inspired by a card I received from Paula Gorry, 
the Demonstrator Development Manager for the UK. I'm totally in 
love with the Tropical Escape 6" x 6" Designer Series Paper (DSP)
 despite not being overly keen on jungle-type designs!
The secret for the success of this fabulous paper is largley due to 
the colours used in this pack. They are Basic Black, Blushing Bride, 
Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce and Whisper White, which is 
just three colours without the black and white. 

The designers of this paper have made an excellent job of all the
 flowers, leaves and patterns. This DSP is part of the Tropical
 Suite which includes the Tropical Chic Stamp Set, with co-ordinating
 dies, 0.5" ribbon in Granny Apple Green as well as Grey Granite.
Last but not least there are some Tropical Elements which are faux 
wood accents styled as leaves and flowers in neutral colours. I 
 ignored them when I first saw them in the new catalogue, because
 the flowers are buttons and I don't nomally like buttons on cards.
However, I do think this product may find it's way onto my next order! 
There are three sentiment stamps in the Tropical Chic Stamp Set, 
and the one I used says WITH MUCH LOVE & THANKS. I only
 wanted the first three words so I cut the & THANKS off using
 my Paper Snips. Please remember if you cut your stamps like this,
 you will make your guarantee with Stampin' Up! null and void because 
you have deliberately "damaged" your stamp by cutting it.
 To remove the two words I didn't want, I cut in a straight line,
 as much as possible. I wanted to be able to mount both 
stamps up against each other on a Clear Block  if I ever
 decided I wanted to use all five words!

 One of the things I really love about the Tropical Thinlits dies is
 that the three leaf stamps all have two different dies to cut them
 out. One of the dies for each is the usual type of die that leaves a
 very narrow strip of, say, Whisper White Cardstock (CS)
 all around the edge. 

There is another die for each of the three stamps where it
 cuts without leaving any border around the stamped image 
at all - this is the one I have used for the leaves on my card today.
You can find the Tropical Suite on pages 120 - 121 in the
 Annual catalogue, and if you buy the stamp set and dies at
 the same time you'll received 10%!

That's about it from me today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Thursday, 12 July 2018

Pleasures of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Hello, Crafters.

Not surprisingly, the FREE Ink Promotion that Stampin' Up! are
 running during July 2018 is proving to be amazingly popular! 
And why not? 
The most obvious benefit of joining is to get the discount on all the
 products you buy. Please take the word demonstrator with a pinch
 of salt if you don't want to demonstrate. It's a fact that 80% of crafters
 who join SU, join as hobbyists, and just enjoy the discount!
 They don't demonstrate anything, except the fact that they
 recognise a great deal when they see one! ☺ 
The promotion during July is that new joiners can choose FREE one colour
 family of 10 INK PADS which as priced at €81/£63 in the current
 catalogue, or €9/£7 each! That's as well as €175/£130 worth of
 FREE products that new joiners can CHOOSE for their Starter 
Kit that costs €129/£99. The only commitment is sales/purchase 
of £276 a quarter, which is equivalent to approximately £71
 after the discount has been deducted.
 Everybody who joins now will have until 31st December 2018 to enjoy 
the discount, and the other benefits I'm going to explain below. 
Why nearly SIX months with sales/purchase totalling just £225 net?
 SU don't count the quarter you join in i.e July, August, September! 
They only count October, November, December!
 And it just keeps getting better!  
But what other benefits are there for joining Stampin' Up! 
These are just four of them:-
1). ALL demonstrators, whether they're hobbyists or business builders,
 can go to the SU OnStage Convention that's held in April and
 November each year. If you're a regular follower of my blog, you
 know what a great time I have when I go, and the amount off fabulous
 freebies I bring home with me, and of course, not forgetting 
the swaps. It's a great opportunity to network with other demos,
 and to see new products before anyone else, and receive new
 catalogues before anyone else.
2). ALL Demonstrators get to order from the new catalogues a 
month before they go live to the public.
3). ALL demonstrators receive a weekly online magazine, and a
 quarterly hard-copy magazine which is full of ideas, cards and
 3D projects, hints and tips.

4). ALL demonstraors become part of the Stampin' Up! family 
and make an amazing amount of new friends!

If you would like to share in all of this and be a demonstrator 
who doesn't demonstrate, please contact me for more details.
 I would love to have you in my team of Super Stars!
 Mobile: 07889 059439 Email:

I look forward to hearing from you! Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


NOTE 1: Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to recruit carfters who live in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria - I'm really sorry. 

NOTE 2: The figures I have quoted refer to the European region, but the offers are the same in the North American and South Pacific regions. Please contact your demonstrator for details.