Friday, 29 May 2015

Get ready for the new Stampin' Up catalogue 2015-16!

Are you ready to see all this year's fabulous new Stampin' Up products? Well I can't let you see them just yet as it's not quite 2nd June but I CAN give you some important information about launch day:

WHEN CAN YOU SEE INSIDE THE NEW CATALOGUE?


• On Tuesday 2nd June you'll be able to browse the brand new catalogue by clicking on the image below - but not until then! (I know, I'm a tease!)


• From 2 AM on 2nd June you'll be able to buy new catalogue products from my online shop by clicking on the image below.
Click above to place an order any time, day or night,
but if you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm always happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.


TUESDAY 2ND JUNE IS OVERLAP DAY - BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?!

• You'll be able to order from the spring summer catalogue and the retiring list as well as from the new catalogue.

• Selected items from the 2014-15 catalogue and the spring summer catalogue will carry over to the new 2015-16 catalogue. On 2nd June you will be able to buy these at the 2014-15 prices.

• You'll be able to select hostess items from the spring summer catalogue and the retiring list as well as from the new catalogue.

• You'll benefit from the existing, extra-generous hostess credit programme on 2nd June. The new hostess credit programme will start from 3rd June.


Here's a card I made with A Whole Lot of Lovely, one of the new hostess sets in the new catalogue. I think it describes my customers rather well!

I'll be busy with my family over the next few days as they seem keen to celebrate me getting older ;) See you on Thursday when I'll be back with the rest of the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team to inspire you with some of the fabulous new punches from the new catalogue! Don't miss that!

Thursday, 28 May 2015

You've got This - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello, and welcome to another zoom round the globe to see what Stampin' Up's fab bunch of artisan designers have been up to! The company has sent us all boxes bursting with exciting new goodies from the upcoming new annual catalogue so you'll be getting some sneaky peeks to get your stampin' taste buds watering!

A PASSION FOR PEONIES!
I'm certain the stamp set I'm using today is going to be super popular when it becomes available on 2nd June! It's called You've Got This and features a brilliant cross hatch background, a stunning peony flower to colour, plus three sentiments in bang up-to-date cursive fonts! Come and see:


The first card I'm showing you features a cut-away front and a fold-in section. For those of you that like measurementt's made with a 28.5cm x 12cm (11 1/4" x 4 3/4") piece of Whisper White card stock scored at 9.5cm and 18cm (3 3/4" and 7 1/2") When I'd folded it I glued a 9.5cm x 12cm (3 3/4" x 4 3/4") piece of Soft Sky card stock onto the back of the card which folds in to form the background for the cut-away flower section.


After stamping the peonies on the front in Rose Red ink, I snipped away the white space with my sharp paper snips. The flowers were watercoloured with Rose Red and Melon Mambo inks while the stem and leaves were coloured with markers in Garden Green and the new in-colour Cucumber Crush. The background was filled in with a Soft Sky marker.


I stamped this heart-warming sentiment when the card was folded so that I could position it neatly. I love how it fits perfectly in the cut-away space! The folding section means there's loads of space to write a message - wouldn't this card be perfect for writing about good news to someone special?!

A POSY FOR YOU
I fell in love with this summery colour scheme and used it again on another card!


This time I used a Soft Sky card base in a standard tent fold. I stamped the cross hatch image onto the card front using Whisper White craft ink for a subtle look. TIP: you could use white heat embossing if you wanted it to show up more.


The peonies were stamped and watercoloured, and the stems and leaves stamped and coloured with markers, and then everything was cut out with my sharp paper snips and attached to the card.


I added a label tied on with white bakers twine. The sentiment on that label usually says 'I'm here for you' but I cut out the 'for you' part with a 1" circle punch after stamping it.

I hope you enjoyed these cards and that You've Got This will go on your wish list for 2nd June when the new Stampin' Up annual catalogue launches! Fancy some more sneaky peeks? Just click the button below to visit the next artisan on the blog hop, Allison Okamitsu.




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1" Circle Punch
£11.50
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I adore peonies and have a patch in my garden that did nothing for years and then suddenly came to life two years ago. Each year there are more flowers and this year I've counted six buds which will be opening out into gorgeous cerise coloured blooms in the next week or so...


... unless my new 'gardener' gets hold of them first that is!

See you tomorrow when I'll have LOADS of exciting news you won't want to miss!

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Stampin' Up stamps at bargain prices! Don't miss this one!

I was checking the Stampin' Up 2015 Retiring List yesterday and one set jumped out at me - Apothecary Art! I cannot believe this amazing set hasn't sold out yet! Still, that means you can snap it up at a bargain price so it's all good! Come and see how versatile it is:


This card was made for my in-laws' golden wedding anniversary. I heat embossed one of the large label images in gold, coloured it with yellow markers and layed it over a scored gold banner. The same image was stamped again so that I could snip out a few of the flowers and pop them up over the sentiment. I loved this card!

That stamp can look quite different though...


Here it is again! This time I inked up just the frondy flowers, using a Basic Black marker, and stamped several of them on a masked and inked yellow background. A sprinkling of gems adds a touch of sparkle!


There's another large label in this fab set and I amused myself one day by stamping it several times and snipping out groups of roses to arrange in a vellum bouquet! Great fun I can tell you!

Another useful thing about this set is that you can use the scroll separately, like this:


Or if you prefer a smaller scroll, just snip away the centre section and add a sentiment over the top like this:


I expect you can see that I love this amazing stamp set to bits - and I assure you that these few ideas are just a fraction of what you can do with it!


CLICK THE IMAGE ABOVE TO BUY APOTHECARY ART NOW!

Cling mount £24.95 NOW £21.21 or wood mount £30.95 NOW 23.21.

If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Eva-pup and I went for a walk with my husband yesterday - he wanted to show us something he told me. He led us through a heavily wooded path that I never even knew existed, and we walked right out to the outskirts of our town where he slowed down and put his finger to his lips. Peering through the leaves I could see a clearing in the trees and in the space there were about five or six rabbits hopping about! "It weelly is a wabbit wonderland!" said my husband, making me laugh. Actually the funniest part is that Eva didn't even notice the rabbits!

Are you around tomorrow for the official Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop?! I'm delighted with how my own project has turned out this week and I've used a gorgeous new set from the upcoming new annual catalogue so don't miss it!

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

More sneak peeks of brand new Stampin' Up products!

I bet you're dying to see more sneaky peeks from the upcoming Stampin' Up annual catalogue! Well, it was my niece's birthday last week and I couldn't resist using some of my brand new goodies for her gift set! Come and see:


Here's the card which I made with a set called Build a Birthday. This is such a fun set - you get to build your cake with the washi tape style stamps provided and add flags, bunting or candles! I added real washi to mine instead for a nice bit of texture :)


And, because I used the gorgeous new Bohemian washi, the card coordinated perfectly with the present which I'd wrapped in a sheet of the new Bohemian designer paper. Aren't these rich colours just LUSH?!

These sneaky peek items aren't available until 2nd June 2015, but there are plenty of gorgeous goodies in my online store - including bargains from the Clearance Rack, Retiring Products and Weekly Deals sections of my online shop! Just click the link below and enjoy having a browse :)


If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

My eldest son works so hard these days and seems so serious that I feel it's my duty to make him laugh. It's not easy though and I'm reduced to surprise tactics. "What on earth are you doing in this bowl?" I exclaimed yesterday, pulling out some leftovers from the fridge. "Oh! It's not you, it's a sausage!" You will be happy (but surprised perhaps!) to know that his pale, strained face relaxed into a grin at this :)

See you tomorrow!

Friday, 22 May 2015

NEW PRODUCTS for 2015! Stampin' Up annual catalogue sneak peek!

Oh, I'm SO excited about today's card! I'm using a brand, spanking new stamp set from Stampin' Up that will be available when the new annual catalogue goes live on 2nd June. It's called Layered Letters and is an alphabet set with a difference... Come and see what I've made with it:


Squeeee! How cute is this?! The set comes with a choice of rectangular or circular 'backgrounds' to stamp the letters on - I've used the rectangles on this card.


Check out the retro colour combination - the fabulous new in colour Mint Macaron (also available from 2nd June) teams happily with So Saffron and Blushing Bride. These colours remind me of those fab formica kitchens they had in the '50s!


And what about this tiny flower embellishment? It's made from part of an amazing new punch, the Tree Builder Punch. If you are a fan of the Bird Builder or Owl punches, you are sure to love this new punch!

The items I've been using today are not available until 2nd June 2015, but there are plenty of bargains to be had from the Clearance Rack, Retiring Products and Weekly Deals sections of my online shop! Just click the link below and enjoy having a browse :)

GO SHOPPING FOR STAMPIN' UP GOODIES NOW!

If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

There's another bank holiday weekend coming up across the UK - don't you just love May?! The gardening gloves and secateurs will be coming out here much to Eva's great excitement - we all know what a great gardener she is! How will you be spending your weekend?

See you on Tuesday when I may well have more sneaky peeks for you!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Painted Petals emboss resist technique - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hold on to your ears crafting friends, because we Stampin' Up artisan designers are whisking you off on our weekly blog hop today and I'm SO excited about the emboss resist technique I'm sharing with you! Are you ready?

GOING, GOING... ALMOST GONE!
There's a lot of excitement buzzing about at the moment with sneak peeks from the upcoming new Stampin' Up annual catalogue but don't forget that the fabulous goodies in the spring/summer catalogue are only available until 2nd June! I'd hate for you to lose the opportunity to buy Painted Petals for example - it's one of my all time favourite stamp sets!


This bright card was created using a fun emboss resist technique perfect for using with photopolymer stamps. If we zoom in to have a closer look...


... you can see it looks as if it's been screen printed in layers!


I adore the sentiments in this wonderful set and, of course, being clear photopolymer, they're as easy as pie to stamp wherever you want them and as straight as you want them!

So are you wondering how to create a card using this technique?

Here we go then:

FAUX SCREEN PRINT EMBOSS RESIST TECHNIQUE

• Stamp your floral design in whatever colours you like
• Clean your stamps
• Load each stamp with Versamark and stamp it over the original (don't worry if your stamping is slightly 'off' - it will just make the finished result look more authentic :)
• Heat emboss this with clear embossing powder
• Sponge blue ink all over the embossed image and the whole panel
• Wipe the excess ink off the embossed image
• Stamp leaves in the same blue ink and wipe off excess ink
• Finish with a sentiment and a sprinkling of sequins

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique - and I REALLY hope I've convinced you not to let Painted Petals slip through your fingers!

I'm pretty sure there'll be lots of sneak peeks on my team-mates' blogs this week! Click the button below to see what fabulousness Allison Okamitsu is sharing today!



BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS CARD NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!

If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

We're in mourning in our house... for a bright orange rubber meerkat! It was Eva's favourite toy, she chased it, played tug with it and walked home holding it proudly in her mouth. (It helped her get over her disappointment that 'walkies' do have to end sometime!) Yesterday, the precious meerkat disappeared without trace at the bottom of a muddy stream. She hunted for it for ages and we helped her by poking about in the mud with sticks (she was momentarily distracted by the sticks!) but all to no avail.

Rest in peace orange rubber meerkat :(

See you tomorrow for some sneaky peek excitement!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Amazing Birthday tags with half price Stampin' Up tag punch!

Don't you love beautiful tags?! They make the dullest parcel look thrilling and can transform a card! And what's more, they don't have to take long to make OR cost the earth! Come and see:


You can make tags out of 5cm (2") wide strips of card stock with one click of the tag topper punches. I used the Angled Tag topper punch for these tags and the good news is that it's now half price and you can buy it for only £10.48! But do hurry - a lot of the retiring stock has already sold out, including my favourite Beach House washi tape (but don't worry, there are plenty of other gorgeous Stampin' Up washi tapes to choose from!)

GO SHOPPING FOR STAMPIN' UP GOODIES NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!

If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I was having another of my busy days yesterday and, as usual, made a 'to do' list to keep me on track. At the end of the day, I went to draw lines through the items I'd completed and found that my youngest son had added an item to the list: 'Be the best mother in the whole world'. And what was most touching is that he'd drawn a line through it :) If anyone needs me, I'll be in Mumland for a bit!

Don't forget to join me for a fab Artisan Design Team blog hop tomorrow - I have an exciting technique to share with you!