Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Sasha's Shadow Box Card Video

Hello, Crafters.

I'm thrilled to let you know I've earned the 2018 Incentive Trip to Alaska! I'd like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to all my wonderful customers, my wonderful team of Super Stars, and of course, hubby, my linchpin!

Today's video is the one I promised on Monday when I shared Sasha's birthday card. 
As I explained, when I'm making personal cards for family and friends, I do use retired Stampin' Up! products. 

On Sasha's card it was the Little Letters Thinlits that I'd used to die cut her name. 

For the video, I changed that for flowers using a die from the new Seasonal Layers Thinlits that will be available in the new catalogue next Thursday.

The colour I used for the first card I show on the video is Berry Burst and the pale pink is Powder Pink. 

Both these colours are from the new 2017 - 2019 InColours.

I adhered 1/4" circles of cardstock in the centres of the flowers, and used three different ideas on the three cards I made, of decorating the inside of the flowers!

On the Berry Burst card - see the second photograph - I used Tombow to adhere three of the tiny Basic Pearls. 

These looked lovely but were so fiddly I looked for a different option on the video.

I chose to use my white gel pen to make the three dots in the centre of each flower - see photograph 7.
I made a third card because I had most of the elements partially ready! 

This was the result of having to abort the first video about fifteen minutes in. 

I made a mistake that I felt would cause confusion rather than help to show a way out of a problem! 

On this third card I used one of the medium Basic Pearls for each flower centre - see photograph 8. 

On the Berry Burst card I made the butterfly in Berry Burst, but I used Pear Pizzazz for the Powder Pink Card. 

Personally I prefer the green butterfly but you can see them both and decide which way you prefer. 

Another option is to use the sentiment to stamp decorate the back Gift Card pocket - see photograph 3 - this is definitely my preference.  
The Powder Pink looks as if it's very similar to Blushing Bride but when you see the two together, the Powder Pink is a lot lighter than the Blushing Bride.

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


Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Eastern Palace Suite Bundle

Hello, Crafters.

Yesterday I had my first play with new products from the 2017 Annual Catalogue, which goes live next Thursday, 1st June 2017.

As the Eastern Palace Suite Bundle is only available to customers and demos until 31st May 2017, I decided to play with those goodies first.

I wasn't going to order this bundle when it first launched, but when I started seeing some beautiful white/gold creations that other crafters were making, and I changed my mind!

In Europe the beginner's bundle is €73.50/£54.75 and the avid crafter's bundle is €125.75/£94.00.
This doesn't offer a huge saving, but you do receive two new products free, and this is what clinched it for me, because I would have been buying them anyway.

The products are both Very Vanilla; they are Notecards & Envelopes and A4 Thick Cardstock, value €16.00/£12.00.

If you haven't taken advantage of this offer, and are now thinking maybe you'd like to, please don't delay as the offer closes next Wednesday, 31st May 2017. 

All the products available in these bundles will be available as single items as from 1st June 2017, but obviously will be without the freebies!

The first thing I did when I started playing with this bundle yesterday was to set up the dies in my storage file which meant die cutting all the shapes to adhere on the cardboard backing of the magnetic sheet.

Note: I made a video showing how I store my dies No.273 - Die Storage & Numbering

The number of variations you can create with these dies is phenomenal! 

I know of one person who achieved 42 variations, and that was without using the 2" and 1.25" Circle Punches, which also co-ordinate with this set.

I've added a scalloped frame on my first design, therefore, if dies are used that will also increase the options.

I'm thinking this will allow me, during the planning process, to place shapes side by side to see if ideas will work, if the dies are too big, too small, etc.

I already have a system - which is now hopelessly out of date and needs some serious updating - of punched circles and frames, both positive and negative, like the retired Word Window punch, scalloped circle punches, etc. 

At one time I used it on an almost daily basis as I was able to place a negative circle over a sentiment to see if it would fit. 

As I had all the circles all on one page, it was easy to check several sizes, one after the other, rather than reaching across for each individual punch.
To make today's card I started with a base of Whisper White Cardstock (CS), a layer of Gold Foil, and a top layer of Whisper White CS.

I die cut the medallion towards the top of the top layer. 

To make the scalloped edge of the medallion, on a piece of Whisper White CS, I die cut the largest die I'd used for the medallion.

I snipped the pieces of cardstock that anchored the medallion, and then I used the largest scalloped die from the Layering Circle Dies around the edge of the resulting negative circle. 

I heat embossed the sentiment, which is from the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set, using Gold Embossing Powder. 

I punched it out using the 1" Circle Punch, and, using a Dimensional, I adhered it on a scalloped circle I'd die cut using the smallest scallop die from the Layering Circles Dies.

Inside the card I adhered a layer of Gold Foil and a top layer of Whisper White CS. 

On both the front and the inside of the card, I used two strips of stickers for decoration on the bottom half across the card.

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


Monday, 22 May 2017

Sasha's Birthday Card

Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a great weekend. 

Yesterday was my son's girlfriend's birthday and I made her a shadow box birthday card. 

I keep quite a lot of my Stampin' Up! products when they retire because I know I'm likely to want them when I make personal cards for family and friends. 

This was certainly the case for Sasha's card - I used the Little Letters Thinlits Dies!

This was such a brilliant product and they are normally my go-to dies when I want to add someone's name!     

I started Sasha's card with some Watermelon Cardstock (CS) and Whisper White CS, which were both the same size. 

I stamped the front of the Watermelon Wonder CS using Watermelon Wonder Ink and some flowers from the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set.
I scored both pieces of cardstock at 1/2" and 1" on both ends. 

I used one of the Layering Oval Dies to die cut the window in the Watermelon Wonder CS. 

Then I die cut an oval the same size from a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. 

Then I placed a larger scalloped circle die around the oval window and die cut a thin frame for the front of the card.

I laid the Watermelon Wonder CS with the window on a cutting plate, that was sitting on the magnetic platform on my Big Shot. 

I positioned the middle S in the centre above the oval window and then the A and H on either side. 

I cranked it though the Big Shot and then added the last two letters, and cranked them through the Big Shot!

I took a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper and made sure it fitted side to side behind SASHA and came low enough to cover the first S and the last A. 

Then I drew on the back of the Glimmer Paper, around the die cut oval window. I laid it onto my Big Shot so the die lined up with my pencil mark and cranked it through. 

I adhered it in place using Glue Dots, and then I glued the scalloped oval frame around the window.

I laid the Watermelon Wonder CS on the Whisper White CS and gently drew around the window outline.

Using Pear Pizzazz Ink I stamped a line of stems and leaves from the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set at the correct height to be visible through the window. 

I added the flowers using Watermelon Wonder Ink, and erased the pencil mark.

Using Tombow, I adhered both the Watermelon Wonder and Whisper White CS Together down both outside 1/2" scored columns.
I used some Pear Pizzazz CS to die cut the delicate butterfly from the Bold Butterflies Thinlets Dies.

Then using some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I die cut a solid small  butterfly from the Bold Butterfly Thinlits Dies. 

I adhered the two butterflies together using Glue Dots, and then added some Basic Rhinestones along the body. 

I made the antennae from the bow die in the Mini Treat Bag Framelits Dies - these will be retiring on 31st May 2017 - and adhered them under the first Rhinestone.

The sentiment is from the Circle of Spring Stamp Set - this is also retiring at the end of May - and I stamped it in Pear Pizzazz Ink on Whisper White CS. 

I die cut it using a Stitched Shape Circle Die and layered it onto a scalloped circle I'd die cut using the Layerung Circle frames and Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper.

I adhered the butterfly and the sentiment to the front of the card using Tombow.

The final touch for Sasha's card was to add another piece of Watermelon Wonder CS, which I'd stamped with flowers just like the front of the card, on the back to hold the Gift Voucher we had bought for her!
Note: the extra piece of card you can see in the photograph of the back of the card is there to cover up the personal message I'd written to Sasha before photographing it!

I adhered the die cut letters to the envelope!

Considering the amount of explanation this card has taken to explain what I did, it was a surprisingly quick card to make!

I will be making a video showing how to make this card but I'll do it without using and retired products. I haven't  worked out quite how I'll do it yet, but I'm sure I can come up with something. ☺

Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Sunday, 21 May 2017

Birthday Blooms Bouquet Video

Hello, Crafters.

As I had so much positive feedback about the card I shared here on Friday, I decided to make a video.

Friday's card was in Blushing Bride and I'd made another one in Soft Sky. 

For the video I used Sweet Sugarplum which looks absolutely superb in real life but it doesn't look anything like Sweet Sugarplum in the photographs!

It's so disappointing but I'm no David Bailey! 

Before I made the video, I made the Soft Sky card so I could time myself on colouring and fussy cutting the flowers. 

It took seventeen minutes which is far too long to do on a video. 

I prepared all the flowers for the front of the card beforehand but not on the insert.

During the video I used the insert flowers to demonstrate how I use Marker Pens to achieve shadowing.

I also coloured and die cut the two small flowers that I leave joined together. 

They could easily be cut as two separate flowers which would give more options for the arrangement of the bouquet.

The actual design of this card would make ideal cards for birthdays, Mother's Day, Get Well, etc.
I tend to make a lot of my cards as Thank You cards because I use so many.

Today it's my son's girlfriends birthday, so I'll be able to share the birthday card I made for her tomorrow!
That's about it for today. I wish you a very blessed Sunday and until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


Saturday, 20 May 2017

Still Wild About Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

I seem to have become hooked on the Wild About Flowers Stamp Set!

Tomorrow I'm going to start playing with new products!! But for today, another play with Wild About Flowers!

Although I've always loved cornflowers, I also love the other two flower stamps in this set - does anybody know what flowers they are?

I started my card with a base of Shimmery White Cardstock (CS), with a layer of Sahara Sand CS and a top layer of Shimmery White CS. 

I stamped on the top layer using the flowery stamp from the Timeless Textures Stamp Set, using Sahara Sand Ink, stamped off once.
I normally die cut my circles before stamping but on this occasion I stamped first. 

I decided that, because I was using quite a small circle, it would be easier to make sure I had the flowers in the best position. 

I used Pear Pizzazz for the leaves and stems, Sky Blue for the Cornflowers, Blushing Bride for the second flowers and Sweet Sugarplum for the third flowers. 

I had chosen these colours as I was planning to use the butterfly design from the Falling In Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) but that idea didn't work out! 

I die cut the circles using one of the circle dies from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. 

Then I layered them on a Sahara Sand CS scalloped circle that I'd die cut using one of the dies from the Layering Circle Framelits. 

I stamped the THANK YOU sentiment three times using Sahara Sand Ink on Shimmery White CS. 

The sentiment is from the Swan Lake Stamp Set. 
I punched the sentiments out using the Classic Label Punch but they were too long.

I put the right hand side of the punched sentiment back into the punch from the centre back and threaded the excess cardstock back in as far as I needed and punched again.

Inside the card I inserted a layer of Sahara Sand CS with a top layer of Shimmery White CS. 

I decorated the bottom of this layer using  the flowery stamp I'd used on the front of the card.

As this was going to be the only decoration on this sheet, I didn't stamp off as I did for the front of the card.

That's about it for today. I hope you have a great weekend and until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Friday, 19 May 2017

Create a Bouquet of Flowers

Hello, Crafters.

I really enjoyed creating today's Thank You card! 

I used the single flower from the Birthday Blooms Stamp Set for the inside of a card I made recently. 

When I posted it to my blog I made the comment that I was thinking about colouring the image rather than leaving it as a stamped outline image.

Yesterday, I decided to do just that, and chose to use my Pear Pizzazz and Pink Pirouette Marker Pens.

I decided to create two single flowers with stems and fussy cut them, leaving a narrow white edge around them. 

I laid them on a piece of cardstock so the stems crossed each other and decided that's how I was going to make the card. 

I also planned to add a bow over the stems as the final touch. 

As I looked at the main stamp in this set, I decided to stamp it using Basic Black Archival Ink, onto a piece of Shimmery White Cardstock (CS). 

I started colouring the three smaller flowers, fussy cut them, and arranged them with the two single flowers.

I started my card with a base of Sahara Sand CS, with a layer of Shimmery White CS and a top layer of Falling in Love Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I selected the specific area of the DSP I used so I had complete flowers growing up from the base of the card.

I cut smaller layers of Shimmery White and Sahara Sand CS for the centre image. 

To give a background to the flowers I used the large background stamp from the You've Got This Stamp Set.

I inked it using Sahara Sand Ink, stamped off once, then stamped on the cardstock. 
I attached all the flowers using Dimensionals and arranged them like a small bouquet.

I made a small bow using 1/4" Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon and adhered it to the stems using Tombow.

I used the same layers for the sentiment, which is from the Rose Wonder Stamp Set, and stamped it in Basic Black Archival Ink.  

I took a piece of Shimmery White CS to adhere inside the card, and stamped two of the sigle stem flowers at different heights, using Basic Black Archival Ink. 

This time I did decide to colour the images, and I'm really pleased with the result.

As usual, all three stamp sets I've used are all being carried forward into the new annual catalogue which goes live on 1st June 2017.

I'll be sending the new catalogues out to all my customers next week. If you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and you're interested in buying Stampin' Up! products, I'll be happy to send you a catalogue.

Just email me your details to

(Stampin' Up! rules only allow me to sell to crafters who live in the UK, the Netherlands, France, Germany and Austria - I'm sorry!)

That's about it for today. I hope you have a super weekend. Until tomorrow, happy crafting.


Thursday, 18 May 2017

Succulent Garden meets Jar of Love

Hello, Crafters.

I think the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (DSP) has to be my most favourite DSP ever, and I'm really sorry to see it go! 

The positive side of it leaving is that there are some great new designs coming in - time will tell if any of them will knock Succulent Garden DSP off top place in my popularity stakes!

Today's card was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest that had used the same DSP for two layers. 

I thought it's great way to use up some of my remaining DSP and cardstock (CS) as well as show off exactly what a gorgeous design this is! 

Apart from Whisper White CS, I used two colours of CS that are retiring at the end of this month.
Both Mint Macaroon and Tip Top Taupe are part of the 2015 - 2017 InColours.

I started my card with a base of Tip Top Tape CS, with a layer of Mint Macaroon CS and a top layer of the Succulent Garden DSP. 

I created a centre piece using the same layering pattern. 

This is not something I would have tried myself but having seen a card created by someone else, I knew it would work!

I adhered all the layers together using Tombow.

I took a piece of Whisper White CS and stamped the sentiment from the Guy Greetings Stamp Set using Sweet Sugarplum Ink.

I decorated around the sentiment using Sweet Sugarplum Ink and some small two-step stamping flowers from the Jar of Love Stamp Set.

I inked the background flower stamps with Sweet Sugarplum Ink, stamped off once, and then I stamped around the sentiment. 

Still using Sweet Sugarplum Ink, I stamped the second step of these flowers on top of the first image.

I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits to die cut the sentiment, and layered it onto a piece of Mint Macaroon CS using one of the straight cut oval dies from the Layering Oval Dies.
I then layered this onto a Tip Top Taupe CS oval I'd die cut from a larger oval die from the Stitched Shapes Framelit Dies. 

Then I stamped another five sets of the two flowers in the same way as on the sentiment, and then die cut them using the Everyday Jars Framelits.

I adhered them around the outside Succulent Garden DSP border. 

I didn't make the flowers 3D as I thought it'd make the card look too busy!

I took a piece of Whisper White CS for the inside layer and stamped a row of the Swet Sugarplum flowers along the bottom. 

Then I adhered this sheet to a layer of Mint Macaroon CS, and then adhered it inside to the card base. 

There are other embellishments I played with but I decided enough was enough! 

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