Monday, 26 March 2018


Hello, Crafters.

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.

When I went down to Peacehaven on Saturday, Hubby came with me, and when I was about to start my class he took himself off to see Peacehaven and the surrounding area. 

Peacehaven is an excellent name for this very quiet coastal town that is without the normal attractions you often find at seaside towns like piers, fun fairs etc. 

Hubby spent part of his day on a long walk along the seafront enjoying the sights, sounds of the sea, and the peacefulness, which is Peacehaven. 

I'm really pleased to say that he thoroughly enjoyed himself, and found it very relaxing. 

It was a great day for  both of us. ☺

I created today's card using the photopolymer Lovely Friends Stamp Set, which includes two large sentiments that become the focal point of a card.

I chose to use the largest one, but it was a toss up between the two of them!

The words for the other sentiment are YOU MAKE ME RIDICULOUSLY HAPPY. 

I stamped the sentiment using Basic Grey Archival Ink, and then I stamped over it again using Versamark, covered it with Clear Embossing Powder and heat set it. 

The shine doesn't show up in the photographs, but in real life it's brilliant. 

When my Stamparatus first arrived I said that I wouldn't be using it for projects until it was available to everyone, which will be when the new catalogue goes live on 1st June 2018. 

However, on Friday, crafters who ordered theirs during the second pre-order window, received an email from Stampin' Up! telling them the Stamparatus' are ready to be despatched.

I have been very pleasantly surprised at how many customers have ordered them. 

So I am changing my mind about not using my Stamparatus just yet. 

I'm going to play it by ear to decide how I'm going ahead with this.

For today's project, I used the Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment in Basic Grey Archival Ink, and then I cleaned the stamp and re-stamped using Versamark.

I allowed myself to do this because this technique can also be done using the Stamp-a-ma-jig. 

If you don't have either of these tools, you could stamp the sentiment and heat emboss it using any of our Classic Inks.

If you're not sure how this is done, please check out  my video no. 368 called Heat Embossing with SU colours. This is the link: Video No. 368 - Heat Embossing with SU Inks.

I hope you understand where I'm coming from on the Stamparatus position.

Back to my card! Using Sweet Sugarplum Ink, I stamped both the large and small two-step flowers to decorate the front of my card.

Before I adhered them down using Dimensionals, I used Emerald Envy Ink, stamped off once, to stamp some of leaves in opposite corners. 

I added large Basic Pearls in the centre of the large flowers, and smaller ones for the small flowers.

Next I decorated the inside of the card by stamping more leaves, and adhering three more large flowers.

One of the ladies in my team Maire, said to me last week that this was a beautiful stamp set, and makes really great cards. 

You're right Maire, many thanks for this, I'm really pleased with how my card turned out! ☺
Thats about it for me today. I hope you have a great day, and until tomorrow, happy crafting. 


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