Tuesday, 1 September 2015

TMT,Tuesday Tutorial: Mirror or Shadow Stamping using Snow Place and Barnyard Babies by SU!

Hello!
And welcome to my second post of the day! If you missed the first one please do HOP OVER HERE and take a peek at the fab new Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue that launched today, I promise you'll love it ;-)
So, todays card and Tuesday Tutorial shares with you how to do shadow stamping which is also called mirror stamping (possibly just by me ;-)). I recently made a card using the new Snow Place stamp set when my friend Jules came for a visit. I didn't order this set (yet) and was pleased to have a play with it before I ordered (us demos like to play just like our customers! Thanks Jules!) but I wanted to make the little snowmen face each other on the bottom of this card.
A closer look at the stamped images - which also come with matching dies if you want to cut them out! Cool! {{See page 33 of the A/W catty}}
 I love the new enamel dots in this Autumn/Winter catty too!
And one more top view of this card
 So, as I said, I don't have this happy snowman stamp set so I decided to make a different card using this technique to share with you today and for the video too!
Here's what I came up with, it's very CAS (clean and simple) and uses Barnyard Babies, another favourite stamp set of mine...
But, like I mention in this video, this technique works with any of your stamp sets as long as you have another (photopolymer) stamp that is larger than your image. 
It works well with all your SU! or dye based ink pads. I don't recommend using Staz on (which is a solvent-based ink pad) as I find it dries too quickly and will stain your photopolymer stamps too. OK, enough chatter, how about we take a look at today's video?
Well, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I'll leave you with another of the little Snow Place collages to Pin for ease of finding this tutorial later (you can also Pin any of the other pictures too)
Thanks as ever for stopping by today and I hope to see you again tomorrow!
Stampin' Hugs,
Products Used to create this project:
TBA

NEW Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue is LIVE!!

Hello,
Just a quick update with the link to the new Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue for you this morning! Yep, it's live!! And all the links to products I added from the last few days of sneak peeks will also allow you to purchase now too :-)
I hope you enjoy this new addition to the Annual Catalogue as much as I do, let me know! 
I have a new video tutorial for you later today but I just wanted to share this little beauty with you this morning :-)
Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you later!
Stampin' Hugs,

Monday, 31 August 2015

"Wonderland" Christmas Card using NEW Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue products.

Hello 
and welcome to today's post! It's a bank holiday in the UK and it's kinda dry here too, so bonus ;-)
So, it's nearly back to school time; one of mine goes back tomorrow and the other on Wednesday (my eldest is already working) and as it's the last official day of the holidays we are having a chillaxing day at home, getting the last few bits ready for school. We've had a quiet, at home kind of summer holidays this year but it's been a lovely time spent together and it's gonna be really quiet here when they go back :-(
Right, let me share with you today's card. It's another one I designed using my little book of sketches. I used the new Wonderland stamp set teamed with the Winter Wonderland Vellum Stack, oh man! This vellum is just gorgeous! I stuck with the black and gold theme this suite suggests to make this card.
 I started by stamping the trees with memento ink straight onto a thick white card base...


...and adding the gold spotty vellum to a thick white card layer by using dabs of glue from the fine tip glue pen behind many of the tiny dots (much like I did here <<<)  ...
{{This new glue pen makes it so easy, and it's coming tomorrow in the new Autumn/Winter Seasonal catalogue!!!}}


...Before cutting out the circle and adding it to the front, over the trees using dimensionals, giving this window effect

I used the new Merry word die cut from Gold Glimmer paper using the new Christmas Greetings Thinlits die set. I love these small word dies! They are just so versatile and very on trend right now.

And another thing I'm loving are these cool antlers. Here I stamped and simply hand cut them before adding them above the "M" almost like a crown.
I finished with a few punched confetti stars, in matching gold glimmer paper around the trees; like falling snow ;-)
Well, I hope you liked today's card? I'm off now to sew the last of the name tags in the uniforms!
Thanks as ever for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow for the new Seasonal Catalogue launch!
Stampin' Hugs,
Products Used to create this project:
Please note: All products from the annual catalogue are available to purchase now. I have added the new Seasonal products here too so when they go live they are easy to find. They go live on the 1st September, you will be able to click on the link before then and see the products but unfortunately you will NOT be able to put them in your basket 'till then.  Thanks for your understanding :-)
Edit to say: All links are live NOW, running 'till the 4th January 2016 (while stocks last)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Using Stampin' Up's Guy Greetings for a Man's Birthday

Well, it's a bank holiday weekend for us UK folks, whoop!! But unfortunately although it's been OK today it's now raining again down here in the south! Gee, I've seen enough rain this summer that I'm starting to think I'm a duck! So, there's not much for it but to craft, every cloud and all that... Lol!
Today's card is a card design/style I have seen a lot around on the internet over the years but not something I have tried before, up 'till now. I'm not sure what you call it? Masked sponging? Masked inking? anyway, have a look and if you know the technique (or can make up a good name) I'd love to hear ;-)
So, I started with a thick white card blank adding some crumb cake and then soft suede ink by sponging through the middle of the torn paper then adding some randomly stamped images from Guy Greetings to end up with this card...
 I used the Hello You thinlits with Gold Foil Sheets with the matching stamp set Crazy About You. These dies and sentiments can be purchased separately but if purchased together you save 15% as it's a Bundle and Save combo :-)
 Gold Bakers Twine
This is a mostly flat design and although there's inking a-plenty I think it still makes quite a CAS card.
 I even added a little stamped image inside
 and one more picture to finish today :-) 
Well, I hope you have enjoyed today's card? It's a bit different from my usual makes but you know what they say about a change...
Thanks for stopping by today, I'm off to work now :-( but I hope to get some crafting time in tomorrow, I'll be sure to share on Instagram and Facebook if I do so don't forget to follow me over on your prefered social media. Links are below :-)
Stampin' Hugs,
Products Used to create this project:

Thursday, 27 August 2015

New Peaceful Wreath and Cozy Christmas Stamps by Stampin' Up! to make a Holly Branch Christmas Card.

Hello,
Today's card uses another two new Christmas Stamp set in the upcoming Autumn/Winter seasonal catalogue. If you have visited here recently it's probably not a surprise I was drawn to the Peaceful Wreath stamp set as I'm in a colouring in kinda mood of late! And this set is just perfect, choc full of outline images to colour! 
The sentiment is from the adorable Cozy Christmas set which is so perfectly retro and so me too. I love all things retro - from home decor to fabrics and of course crafting, just see my Instagram feed ;-)
So, lets take a look at the card I made with these sets shall we....
  I coloured these images in with my Aqua-painter and Old Olive, Garden Green, Real Red and a touch of Soft Suede ink pads.
You can see THIS post for how I watercolour. You really don't have to be an artist to enjoy watercolouring stamped images! I promise!
 New Christmas enamel dots **swoon**
 I used some retired Mossy Meadow ribbon (which was in the clearance rack recently) to decorate the top edge, you know how I love my bows! 
*BTW they have added some new bits, including three colours of the adorable Sweater Trim from a few catalogues ago, to the clearance rack recently! Why not HOP OVER for a look!
And a top view of the card to finish. Please do let me know what you think in the comments section below ;-)
Well, that's all from me for tonight. I'll be back here tomorrow with another card for you but I might take a break from Christmas for a change? So I hope to see you here then :-)
**All links will be at the end of the post so you can see them a bit closer but please note: you will NOT be able to them to your basket till the 1st September**
Stampin' Hugs,
Products Used to create this project:
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