Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Inspire. Create. Challenge #005. A Sketch!

Hello there!
Today see's a new challenge on Inspire. Create and it's a great looking sketch again this week and we'd love it if you could join in!! But first of all, let's see this sketch....
 I decided to go all out bling using two of the papers from the Year of Cheer DSP, teamed with the extra sparkle of glitter! *Bling* ;-)
 This handsome fellow is from the Santa's Sleigh stamp set and I coloured him very simply using my new Stampin' Blends. I also added some texture paste to the bottom of the stitched circle and dipped it in Dazzling Diamonds glitter for some snowy ground for him to stand on :-)
 Tinsel trim and both gold and silver enamel shapes finish this card off!
Well, I did say I went all out on bling!  I love the mix of metallics and hope you do too. Don't forget you can join in with this challenge too! For tons more inspiration please visit the Inspire. Create. Challenge blog and see what the rest of the DT have been up to!
Thanks for looking today,
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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The Stamparatus is HERE!

Hi there!
I have some super exciting news, fresh from On Stage! this weekend :-)

Stampin' Up! are launching a new tool called the "Stamparatus" 
An innovative stamp positioning tool to make your stamping much easier and even more successful!
Here's lots of info from SU!....
It’s big news when something breaks the mold and changes everything. The Stamparatus will change the way you stamp, and before long, you’ll wonder how you ever crafted without it! Why do YOU need one? You’ll fall in love with stamping all over again when you learn everything you can do with it!
  • Make multiples with ease
  • Consistently stamp crisp, clean images
  • If you want a darker impression, apply more ink and restamp—no need to start over
  • Make fewer mistakes, saving time and money
  • Easily create 2-step, 3-step, and 4-step stamped images using reversible plates
  • Develop new and specialised stamping techniques with adjustable stamping plates and precision placement
 Although I think the name 'stamp-a-saurus' is much catchier... that must be why I kept saying it, allllll day, lol!
All joking aside it really is fantastic, with two reversible panels giving you four surfaces - for multiple stamping without removing stamps, making it so easy to stamp multiples! 
Please allow Carrie to share some more of the special features with you now...
It's going to be a boon and is especially great for those stampers with dexterity issues as there are no blocks to hold on to. A few other things to note are:
  • Compatible with Stampin’ Up!’s red rubber and photopolymer stamp
  • Foam mat to use with photopolymer stamps
  • Rulers and gridlines for quick measuring
  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • 2 magnets to hold the paper in place
  • Magnet storage areas
  • Moveable plates for stacked stamping
  • Retail Price–59,00 €/£44.00
So, please do head over to my SHOP from the 16th November (but only 'till the 30th) to reserve yours for delivery on or around the 1st February 2018. This is to avoid back orders and delays which are frustrating for everyone :-) 
I recommend getting in on this first slot so you get your Stamparatus as early as possible. 
PLEASE NOTE: You will not pay until your Stamparatus is shipped, this is just a reservation.
Each pre-order will be "while stocks last" so please do order as early as you can. 
If you miss out this time around there will be more opportunities to order for delivery next year...
16–30 November 2017Approx. 1 February 2018
5–30 December 2017Approx. 19 March 2018
15–30 January 2018Approx. 15 April 2018
So, why order from me? I will be offering a FREE class in person for those who are local and a video tutorial and mini kit to those who can't come in person to everyone who orders this brilliant tool from me during the pre-order and the video will also be available to everyone who orders this tool from me forever*!
*well, 'till I am am too old to press "send" anyway ;-)
So, I hope you are excited as I am for this fab new product? If you have any questions, please do drop me a line @
Thanks for looking today, I'll be back tomorrow with a card :-)
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Products Used to create this project:
Coming soon.....

Monday, 13 November 2017

Carols Of Christmas Chalkboard, Snowflake and Glitter Card!

Hello there!
I'm back, fresh from Stampin' Up's 'On Stage' event in Birmingham, and I'm brimming with new ideas and a very long wish list for the new year! I can't wait to share it all with you ;-)
Having said that, I still have loads and loads of Christmas makes to share with you including this little beauty that I made for my all day Christmas card class recently using the Carols of Christmas bundle...
At class the ladies made one card with a silver snowflake and one with a gold snowflake, I love both of them :-) 
TIP: We cut the snowflake in half, and added a ribbon strip to disguise this, so it peeked out from behind the largest circle framelit needed for this size sentiment.

You have to have glitter at Christmas *amiright* lol
TIP: To get this look die cut the corners from Crumb Cake card layer and adhere it to a Cherry Cobbler card base before filling the gaps with glue from the fine tip glue pen and sprinkling with dazzling diamonds glitter. Leave flat to dry.
And one final view of this card :-)
OK, so that's all from me for today, I'll be back tomorrow with another card :-)
I hope your Monday is great! Thanks for looking today,
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Saturday, 11 November 2017

A Merry Christmas Card using Santa's Sleigh by Stampin' Up!

Hello there,
I am currently in Birmingham for Stampin' Up's "On Stage" event but I have a whole heap of festive cards to share and so here I am! I will be, of course, be uploading as much as I can (sorry, there will be some secrets!) on Instagram throughout the day, so if you want the inside info follow me there ;-)
Right, this card was one I designed for a Stamp-a-Stack recently using the 'Santa's Sleigh' bundle which is in the annual catalogue. Although, this isn't actually the card I made, I think mine got picked up by accident and this was made by one of the ladies that came to class! Funny how you can recognise your own cards, isn't it? Must be like handwriting...
Anyway, I was very late getting this bundle last Christmas and I haven't used it anywhere near enough (who, me?), so I designed this card for the class...
We tore whisper white card to make a snowy hill and added dazzling diamonds glitter along the edges for that essential, Christmas bling!
With the tree and wreath on white and watercoloured with Old Olive ink.
TIP: Use thick white for watercolouring and die cutting as it's more robust, and regular white for stamping as it's smoother.
I liked the little ribbon detail and have used it a couple of times since. It's a great way to add ribbon, without it being a bow ;-)
Right, that's all from me on here today.
We have a long, but fun filled day ahead of us, I hope you have a lovely, crafty weekend too :-)
Thanks for looking!
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Friday, 10 November 2017

Smitten Mittens with Year Of Cheer DSP

Today's card is a super simple make and again makes the most out of SU! DSP. Today I used the Year Of Cheer papers with the mitten dies from the Smitten Mittens bundle. These papers are really lovely IRL as every sheet is foil embossed. That makes this card quick but sparkly! A perfect combination, I'm sure you'll agree...
I also added a Tinsel Trim knot at the top of the card for the twine to sit around.
I stamped the background using night of navy ink and the matching stamps but the sentiment is from the Hug in a Mug stamp set, how well does that work with these mittens?!
Right, I'm off to Birmingham later today as tomorrow is On Stage, Stampin' Up's bi-annual event for upcoming products! I can't wait, not just for the stamps (of course), but to catch up with all my long distance SU! buddies!
I will schedule a few posts here though so don't worry, there'll still be plenty to see. And of course, I'll be posting updates, when I can, on Instagram so be sure to follow me there too!
Thanks for looking today,
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Stampin' Hugs,

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