Saturday, 28 February 2015

Sale-a-Bration AND a Brand New Catalogue!! All the details you need to earn FREE product. Available 'till 31st March ONLY!!

And Welcome to just about the most exciting time of the Stampin' Up! Year!! (other than New Annual Catalogue time, I think ;-)). 
YES!! It's the time to earn FREE product for things you know you "need" anyway! ;-)
So, if this is your first year of Sale-a-Bration (or even if it's not!) please, let me share with you here how it all works.
There are 3 ways to earn FREE products during SaB 2015. 

From now 'till 31st March simply purchase the goods you like from any current products available in my SHOP and for every £45 you spend you can choose an item (including for the first time ever Blendabilities) from THIS CATALOGUE for FREE!! .
Host a workshop with me (I'm in the South of England, near the New Forest). Grab your crafty friends/club members, work colleagues and family together for a fun day or evening of crafting and if your party total reaches over £200 you can choose an extra £20 worth of hostess credits. This is on top of your usual hostess benefits and your SaB items for each £45 spent too!! Bonus!  Remember - If you place an order in my shop over this amount you will also qualify.

Join SU! with me during SaB for just £99 and choose either a Project Kit from the Spring/Summer catalogue or TWO extra SaB items in addition to your £130 worth of products for your kit.

Any questions, please drop me a line :-)

And to spend your £45 there's a fantastic NEW Spring/Summer catalogue to choose your goodies from!
**For a Hard Copy of the new S/S catty, email me with your details (sorry, UK only)**
Please scroll down now for lots of ideas and inspiration using SaB and Spring/Summer catalogue products.
Stampin' Hugs,

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Love Is Kindness by Stampin' Up! coloured with Blendabilities and a FREE Artisan Label Punch Tutorial

Good Morning!
I'm back today with another Love is Kindness card. I coloured this in over the weekend using my Blendabilities but this time I used the Wisteria Wonder pens along with the Wild Wasabi and Smoky Slate.

I also used some more of the free Sale-a-Bration paper Irresistibly Yours but this time I only added ink (using a dauber) behind the flower image after I "fussy cut" it, it makes for a totally different look (to Mondays card, HERE) don't you agree? ....
See the sponged background? I like this look for this paper, it's nice and subtle  :-) and I also tied a bit of Linen Thread around the paper wrap for some extra texture ;-)
 As I showed you in Mondays post I cut away the sentiment on this stamp so I could use it away from the main image. It really is a lovely one though so I definitely wanted to use it for this card.
Did you notice how I layered the sentiment using the Artisan Label Punch? Cool! Because I have a tutorial on how to do this coming right up!
 So, I think they are pretty self explanatory but if you have any questions please do add them in the comments :-)
Part One, with a flat top as used on this card...
 And Part Two for a whole Label Layer
1. On the centre punched layer, repeat the trimmed areas on both sides, I left one whole to show it was just cut in half up the centre ;-)
Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's card and tutorials?
And I'll be back tomorrow with another card to share with you.
Thanks for looking today!
Stampin' Hugs,

Products Used to create this project:

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Table Top Quilted Camera Bag

I do have something crafty to share with you today but just for a change I tried my hand at a little sewing recently. Now, I don't sew a lot so please be gentle - I'm certainly no expert!! but I did enjoy myself, I must admit ;-)
What I wanted was a quilted bag for my new camera to sit in when I'm in my craft room working. I often take a picture when I place things on a card before I glue them down and of course I do those little tutorials for you guys on here too! So I needed something small-ish and not too bulky to protect my camera from glue and knocks in my craft room while it was on my desk but that would make it still easy to get to at the same time.
I imagined a little quilted, open top bag but as I had never quilted anything, ever (!) I watched a couple of fab videos on You Tube by The Missouri Star Quilt Company. Jenny there explains things so well. I watched how to make a bag and a pin cushion then designed this camera bag using a few of her tips. Take a look...
 Now, I know it's not perfect - but it is pretty ;-)
 I picked this pretty fabric up in a shop in Salisbury while visiting with my friend Laura
At the bottom of the bag I double layered the batting and sewed wider strips so it had more "bounce" to protect the camera when popping it in the bag.
 And it's just prefect for my little camera, I use it all the time!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's something different?
For sneak peeks of projects I'm working on, in real time, please consider following me on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, all links below :-)
I'll be back tomorrow with a card and a tutorial to share with you.
Thanks for looking today,
Stampin' Hugs,

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Lotus Blossom Sale-a-Bration stamp set by Stampin' up! with Washi Tape

I've got a set of quick and pretty notecards to share with you today using the Sale-a-Bration Lotus Blossom stamp set which is just lovely! It's a 3 step stamp which means there are 3 layers to stamp to make this flower image look so pretty! It's really very versatile and is great fun to use too.
I needed some Thank-You cards this week for customers so I decided to have a little play about with this set to make these cards...
 This set comes with this sentiment. The bottom Sahara Sand Washi tape is from the Sweet Dream Washi Tape pack but the other two  are unfortunately retired. You could use the Beach House Washi instead though and these are in the Weekly Deals 'till 11pm tonight and are just £3.38 'till then!
 I stamped the lovely flower in Rose Red with an Old Olive stem
 This is a simple single layer card but I popped the sentiment on dimensionals on top of silver glimmer paper circle
 and here are a few together
Right, that's all for today.
I'll be back tomorrow with a sewing project :-)
Thanks for looking today
Stampin' Hugs,

Products Used to create this project:

Monday, 26 January 2015

Love Is Kindness with Top Tip! and Irresistably Yours Sale-a-Bration DSP by Stampin' Up!

Good Afternoon! 
I was just about to type good morning before I realised it's w-a-y past that now!! I have been rather busy and this fine morning has just flown past in a flurry of editing photos and putting together a few tutorials for you for this weeks blog posts, including today-further down this post ;-)
So, I was playing in my craft room on Saturday evening (with Zoe) using my new stamp Love is Kindness and my Blendabilities. I have really started to enjoy playing with these pens, it did take a bit of getting used to as I'm not the best colourer, I'll admit! But with a bit of practice and a fun stamp I am getting there, take a look at today's Spring-time card.
I used some of the Sale-a-Bration Irresistibly Yours DSP for the background. This paper comes white with embossed, shiny patters ready for you to colour. I used my Brayer (shock! I hardly ever use this!) to colour this leaf paper with Pear Pizazz ink.
 Plus don't forget you could also choose a FREE pack of Blendabilities (choose from 12 selected colours) with every £45 spent during Sale-a-Bration! 
**PLEASE NOTE: During SaB if you choose Blendabilities as your free gift the codes are different!!** 
Please see THIS LEAFLET for the codes or message me and I'll send you a copy :-) 
For this image I used Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi (new colour!) and Smoky Slate plus the Colour Lifter to blend the slate on the newspaper.
I tied some Daffodil Delight Seam binding ribbon around the card front and though a little slit I made in the image panel {you can just see it here if you look carefully}. Then topped the bow  with a Sweet Dreams button tied on with some linen thread.

OK, so this is my Top Tip for this stamp. You may have noticed this image comes with a really lovely sentiment but I wanted the ability to not have this every time I stamped. So I simply cut it away! It's OK, don't panic! Usually I would simply add the sentiment to the end of the wood block like I did HERE but this one is too deep to do that so I peeled it from the original foam mount and added it to clear mount foam (all links at the end) and trimmed it to size. I then popped the (also trimmed) image sticker onto the base of the case for the sentiment to sit on.
Like the photo says, this is all about making your stamps work for you, it's OK to do this if you want to :-) I hope that this helps someone and if you have any questions please do get in touch xx

OK, to finish today I have a side view of today's card showing the front panel popped up and those lovely, shiny leaves ;-)
I hope you have enjoyed today's card and I'll be back tomorrow with some more craftiness!
Stampin' Hugs,
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