Thursday, 29 June 2017

July Special Offers from Stampin' Up!

Hello, Crafters.

Stampin' Up! have announced two special offers for July 2017! The first is for new recruits! 

 We miss Christmas so much that we decided to have another one right now. Between 1 and 31 July, every new recruit gets an Essentials Gift Pack (worth €63.50/£47) plus the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (worth €24/£18) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue added to their starter kit for free! This means that new recruits will get products and business supplies worth a whopping €262.50 /£195 for just €129/£99 with free shipping! 

Here’s what Santa included in the Essentials Gift Pack:
Item NumberDescription
118485D Block (X2)
130148Grid Paper
103579Paper Snips
104332SNAIL Adhesive
102300Bone Folder
 (EN l FR l DE)  Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (featured in the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue).
144804Carols Of Christmas
145028Cantiques De Noël (French)
145031Wie ein Weihnachtslied (German)
 (NOTE: this offer is available in all Stampin' Up! markets. If you're in North America or South Pacific, please contact your demonstrator, or Stampin' Up! if you don't have one, to find out the details)

The second special offer during July is Bonus Days are back!


Bonus Days are back! For every €60/£45 you or your customers spend between 1 and 31 July (catalogue price before shipping and handling), you’ll get a €6/£4.50 Bonus Days coupon that you can use between 1 and 31 August.

Two great offers that start on Saturday. If you live in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany or Austria, please contact me if you'd like to know ,aore about joining Stampin' Up!. Whether you'd like to be a hobbyist and just enjoy the discount you'd receive, or you'd like to be a business builder like me, I'd be very happy for you to join my team of Super Stars! (NOTE: If you're in the North America or the South Pacific regions, please contact your demonstrator, or Stampin' Up! if you don't have one, to find out more details).

That's about it for today, back to crafting tomorrow! Have a great day!


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Inchies - Final Design & Video

Hello, Crafters.

I finally came up with a design for my small inchies card that I was able to use for today's video!

For those of you who don't like fussy cutting, I explained how you could include the cat by stamping her with the lady, rather than as a separate image.

In the video I also show how to stamp on ribbon, using Stazon, which, unfortunately, we don't sell anymore! 

The technique also works with our Basic Black Archival Ink, but I found it bled.

When I was looking into stamping on ribbon, Stazon was the recommended Ink, but I do wonder if my Archival Ink Pad is more juicy than my Stazon pad. 

I can only recommend that you experiment.

During the video I also show samples of four different ribbons I'd experimented on!

The Designer Series Paper (DSP) I used for the video is the Bundle of Love Specialty DSP.

It comes in Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, and Very Vanilla. 

There are three different designs, and each design is the same on the reverse of the 12" x 12" sheet but in Gold Foil! 

It's stunning!

I felt a bit guilty using it as a layer for a card because it doesn't show the beauty of the gold side!

I'm one of those crafters who doesn't like cutting into beautiful designs! LOL! 

I am working hard on changing this!

What an awful scare I had yesterday afternoon!

I was in the house alone, getting ready to make a video, when I heard someone moving downstairs!

I started creeping downstairs asking myself if I asked the cleaner to come in early this week??

Or maybe hubby had come home eary and I hadn't heard hime come in??

The noise was obviously coming from the sitting room, and it sounded like whoever was in there was having a really good rummage!

With my heart in my mouth, I peered into the room and saw a big mess on the floor! 

Another step forward and I saw a large raven flapping against the window trying to get out!

It was obviously a baby and had fallen down the chimney, hence the mess on the floor!

I opened both windows, and with a cushion between me and the bird, I ushered him towards one of the open windows. 

As soon as the fresh air hit his nostrils, he was out of the window and flew off. 

I'm not sure who was more scared! 

We have three Merano glass starfish sitting on the hearth, and very fortunately hadn't been damaged by our uninvited guest. 

When hubby moved the starfish to clean the hearth, you could see exactly how much dust had come down the chimney with the bird!

That's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting!


Tuesday, 27 June 2017

More Inchies!

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I was working on my video for tomorrow showing how I made the inchies card I shared last Thursday. 

I started by making another card the same to give me an idea of the time it would take. 

Although I changed the stamp set, the card was more or less the same, including the size, I didn't think it was very feasible for a video. 

I decided if I made the card smaller, it would work!

The first card I made was the lady from the You've Got Style Stamp Set - such a brilliant set! 

I followed the same basic design as the larger cards but there was something lacking. 

Smaller made the card look very bland! 

I decided to try a different image but also to introduce some Designer Series Paper (DSP). Kapow!

The image I changed to was flowers from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set. 

Using Sahara Sand Ink stamped off once, I stamped a background for the flowers, using the large background stamp from the You've Got This Stamp Set.

Then I coloured the image using Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party Marker Pens. 

The card still needed something, so I stamped a bee from the Touches of Texture Stamp Set using Basic Black Archival Ink.

I used a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, and after I'd fussy cut the bee, I added it to the image. 

With the benefit of hindsight, I should have popped the bee up with a mini Dimensional. 

I completed the bee by painting his body using a  Daffodil Delight Marker Pen, and then his wings and body with the Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Pen.

I went back to first card to see if I could improve on it without dismantling any of it! 

The only idea I came up with was to add the cat!

Using Basic Black Archival Ink, I stamped the cat from the same stamp set onto a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock. 

Not surprisingly, I amended her eyes and made her look really cute! LOL! 

I coloured the first cat I stamped using my Smokey Slate Marker Pen, as well as Powder Pink Marker Pen foe her collar, nose and inside her ears. 

After I'd finished fussy cutting the cat, I decided the grey was too dark! 

I stamped another cat, and coloured the body using my Basic Grey Watercolour Pencil very gently. 

I went over it with a Blender Pen, and then coloured the Powder Pink pieces. 

When I'd finished fussy cutting the cat, I adhered her to the image using Dimensional. 

I'm now happy what elements I need to pull together to make a great card - hopefully!!
The sentiment on the ribbons is from the Big On Birthdays Stamp Set, and I used Stazon Ink. 

The pink ribbon is Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven Ribbon and the blue ribbon is Pool Party 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon.

Finally, yesterday I found my box of inchies - bought but never used! 

In the photograph, I've included a bottle of Tombow which will give an idea of size!

The four sizes are 1" x 1"; 1.5" x 1.5"; 2" x 2"; 1" x 2" and the depth is 3/16".

I think that's about it for today. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Monday, 26 June 2017

June Thank You Cards

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've enjoyed your weekend.

Yesterday was a busy day for me as I had the second class of the weekend, and there was a lot of clearing up to do after all my ladies had left!

I don't know where it came from, but I seemed to get an abundance of energy from somewhere! 

I spent some time catching up with emails, and responding to comments on YouTube about the A Little Wild Baby Card video I uploaded yesterday.

Then I decided to work on my June customers' Thank You cards, and in next to no time I'd made them all! 

I ran out of our gold and silver Metallic Doilies, so I moved onto the retired Lace Doilies from the Spring Catalogue which retired on 31st. May, 2017.

For my Thank You cards,I used one design, and three different colour schemes! 

The idea was inspired by a card I saw in the Stampin' Up! Demonstrators' magazine, called Stampin' Success.

The first card I made was the Berry Burst card, then the Tangerine Tango, and then the Fresh Fig with the Lace Doilies.

As usual, I used our Notecards & Envelopes, and added a layer of cardstock, that was a quarter of an inch smaller than the 5" x 3.5". 

I adhered a piece of the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper Stack, which was the same length as the Berry Burst Cardstock, and 2" wide. 

I stamped the sentiment, which is from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set, onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, using Berry Burst Ink. 

I die cut the sentiment using the Stitched Shaped Framelits, and adhered it to a silver Metallic Doily.

The bow is from the Holly Berry Happines Stamp Set which has been brought forward from last year. YAY!

I stamped the outline stamp onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock, using Berry Burst Ink.

Then I used the solid second-step stamp, using Berry Burst Ink stamped off once. 

I punched the bow out using the Holly Berry Builder Punch. 

Then I adhered all the elements in place.

I started to look for a suitable Designer Series Paper design that I thought would look good with the gold Metallic Doilies.

The Designer Series Paper I chose is called Whole Lot of Lovely, which I paired with Tangerine Tango Cardstock.

I think these two together make a very vibrant card! 

I'm giving up saying that I'm not normally an orange person, because I've said it several times recently, I'm obviously changing!

When I ran out of the gold doilies, I chose Fresh Fig to go with the white Lace Doilies. 
For the Designer Series Paper, I used another design from the Fresh Florals Stack that I'd used for the Berry Burst design.  

I don't normally put that much into my Thank You cards, but I was so pleased with the design, and I seemed to have an such abundance of energy, that once I'd started, I didn't want to stop! 

I'm really pleased with the end result and this card was a real pleasure to make!

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


Sunday, 25 June 2017

A Little Wild Baby Card

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you're enjoying a relaxing weekend.

Earlier this morning I uploaded my video showing how I made the baby card I shared here last Monday. 

I used it as the first project for yesterday's class, and one attendee suggested that I could cut the stamp in half. 

This would mean that there'd be no messing about with masking the side of the stamp I needed. 

Now that I have run my classes, and uploaded a video, demonstrating how to stamp just a part of a stamp, I will probably do this. 

If you decide to go down this road there are a couple of points to remember. 

First of all, by cutting your stamp in half, you will make your guarantee with Stampin' Up! null and void, as you have effectively "damaged" the stamp deliberately! 

Personally I don't see this as an issue. 

The quality of SU products is such that as long as you have stamped the stamp once to make sure you get a perfect image, I think it's unlikely that a problem will develop later. 

Secondly, when you cut the stamp there are three things to remember: make sure you use sharp scissors; cut in as a straight a line as possible; make sure you don't cut into or cut off any of the image.

What I am writing here only applies clear mount or photpolymer stamps.  Wood mount stamps are not quite as straight forward.

There will be times when you want some stamps, for example A Little Wild, where you want the image as one complete image.

This is easily accomplished by aligning the two stamps on the block side by side, ensuring you don't leave a gap between them. 

With wood mount you'd need to adhere one part of the stamp on the top of the wood block and the other part on the opposite side. 

To line the two up you'd need to use a Stamp-a-ma-jig.
By cutting stamps, as well as making life easier, it also increases the versatility of your stamps, especially where a stamp includes a sentiment.

Another occasion when I have cut clear mount stamps is when I find I consistently get stamp marks from the edges of the rubber around my stamped image. 

This is a result of pressing the stamp too heavily onto the ink pad, or pressing too hard when stamping the image.

For me, although both these circumstances are relatively easy to remedy, with some stamps I forget they need extra care, and find it easier to trim some of the excess rubber off!

That's about it for now. Until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


Saturday, 24 June 2017

Great Missenden & Amersham

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday went as well as could be expected. There were about 100 people who attended Liz's! The reception was held after the ceremony at the King's Arm.

Although Liz's funeral wasn't until 3.30 pm yesterday afternoon, we left home at 9.30 am for the one and a half hour journey up to the Funeral Directors. I had arranged for hubby and I to see Liz so we could pay her our last respects.

This left us with quite a bit of time before the service, so we decided to have a slow stroll around Great Missenden, which is the lovely little village where Liz lived.

Great Missenden is a typical English village, which is famous for being the home for the Roald Dahl family. 

This famous children's author and his family were friends and neighbours of Liz. There is the Roald Dahl Museum in the village.

Photograph 1: the Red Pump Garage was featured in Roald Dahl's book called Danny Champion of the World.

Photographs: 2-4: the Roald Dahl Museum

Photograph 5: Church of St Peter and St Paul, Great Missenden where Roald Dahl is buried
Photograph 6: Roald Dahl's gravestone

Photograph 7: Footptints of the Big Friendly Giant - BFG - which lead to the graves.
Photograph 8: the circular wooden bench near the grave that was erected in Roald Dahl's memory by his children and grandchildren. Their names are engraved on the back of each seat.
 Photograph 9 and 10: two views of Great Missenden.

We had a light lunch in one of the local coffee shops and then took a drive to Amersham, another pretty English Village, where the service and reception were being held.

Photograph 11: a floral model village fair being bulit by two ladies from the Amersham in Bloom Team!
Photograph 12: just by where the two ladies were working there was a water fountain in a small pond. This set of seven steps have been built to help the frogs and toads in and out of the pond!
Photograph 13: an old water pump left in place where it was built!
 Photograph 14: the King's Arms where the reception was held.
Photograph 15: a front door we saw as we walked around Amersham village! The cottage is called Christmas cottage, and the curved arch looks like a design we might find on a stamp!

This weekend I have two classes, so I have a lot to prepare and get ready! So until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Friday, 23 June 2017

A Little Wild Classes

Hello, Crafters.

I have two classes this weekend and I'm featuring the A Little Wild Stamp Set plus the co-ordinating dies called Little Loves Framelits. 

Both greeting cards and the 3D project we'll be making will entail using both of these products. 

The stamps for the bear, the elephant, and the lion are "double stamps". By that I mean one stamp produces an image of the front of the animal and the back. 

When these are die cut, they can be folded in half like a gift tag, with a small hole at the top to put some cord through for tying onto gifts. The stamp set also includes a TO and FROM stamp.
In the classes I'll be showing how I enlarge the eyes for the bear and the lion, as well as how I open the elephants eyes!

During the class I'll be showing how to ink up and stamp just part of a stamp. I will also be demonstrating these in Sunday's video which features the card I shared here on Monday.

To make today's card I started with a Daffodil Delight Cardstock (CS) base, a layer of Whisper White CS and a top layer of Daffodil Dellight CS. 

I dry embossed the top layer using the Hexagon Dynamic Embossing Folder.

Using Basic Black Archival Ink and Crumb Cake CS, I stamped the two images of the front of the bear, three beehives, six flowers and some bees. 

Then using my Daffodil delight, Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Marker Pens, I coloured the flowers and the bees.

I cut the bear and the beehive out freehand but used dies for the bees and the flowers - I don't know why! LOL!

My original plan was to have one beehive with several bees flying around it, on the same level as the bear, on the right-hand side of the card with the bear on the left-hand side. 

I was going to fit the flowers along the save level to fill the gap between them both.  When I arranged the pieces according to my plan, I didn't like it! I played until I came up with the design you see. 

I used Dimensional to add the bear, the beehive and the two sentiments to the card front, but glued the flowers on the Hexagon layer. 

Although I've forgotten to add some bees around the hive, I did remember to adhere one on a Dimensional on the bear!

I chose the first sentiment from the Bella & Friends Stamp Set and the Happy Birthday from Sweet Cupcake Stamp Set. 

I added a layer of Whisper White CS inside the card and I adhered another bear, but this time without the 3D bee!

As it's Liz's funeral today, I'm now closing down for the rest of the day. As always, until tomorrow, happy crafting.