Friday, 30 January 2015

Love is Kindness (and a bunch of tulips!) by Stampin' Up

I've been busy making some spring birthday cards - and what a gorgeous selection of spring stamps there are in the Stampin' Up spring/summer catalogue! The one I've used today is a beauty (and it allows me to get a little Blendabilities therapy!) Come and see:


This fabulous, wrapped-up bunch of tulips is normally used upright but I thought it would be fun to turn it sideways as if it had been laid down on a kitchen counter. I made my wooden counter with the Hardwood background stamp which I find is in constant use!


I'm not much of a one for complicated colouring but with these tulips you get a great effect with just a few scribbles of the blendabilities markers. I used the new Pink Pirouette and Wild Wasabi sets and added a few drops of Crystal Effects for that 'fresh from the garden' look!


The beautiful sentiment is from Basic Butterflies and I'm finding it's one I use again and again.

I'll be linking this card up with CASology where the code word is Birthday, Seize the Birthday where anything goes this time, and ATSM which is running a CAS challenge this week.

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Just a very quick post from me today because I'm getting ready for my VIV (Very Important Visitor!) in between washing mud off my mud magnet puppy who is looking more guinness than champagne! Who is visiting? My lovely daughter is coming back from uni for the weekend so we're all hanging out the flags for her!

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday,

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Celebrate Today - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Yay! It's Thursday again and time for another of our weekly Stampin' Up Artisan blog hops! There are 16 Artisan designers from around the world in the team so there's loads of amazing inspiration! Come on - let's hop!

HAPPY BABY GIFT SET!
The Celebrate Today stamp set from the Stampin' Up spring/summer catalogue was designed to mark a variety of occasions - new babies, birthdays, graduations, weddings! I've come up with a little baby birthday set - come and see:



Clean white with So Saffron, Cherry Cobbler and a zing of Tangelo Twist - don't you just love these fresh happy colours?!  And this colour scheme means that this little gift set could be made in advance where the gender of the new baby is to be a surprise!


I love the bold balloons in the Celebrate Today stamp set and there's a string included which you can stamp straight or, because this is a photopolymer set, curved - whichever way you want it! I cut out a balloon using the coordinating framelits and used it to masked my stamped balloon so that I could stamp the dotty border.


The new Berry Basket Bigz die makes a cute basket that's the perfect size for a onesie. Before assembling the basket, I stamped the sides with the dotty stamp. then after assembly I gave the top a deep trim with So Saffron card stock. It's easy to do this by cutting two pieces of card stock just like the trim on the die, but wider. My strips measured 20.5cm x 5cm (8" x 2") and were scored in half lengthwise at 2.5cm (1") and widthwise at 9.75cm and 19.5cm (3 3/4" and 7 5/8")



You can see from this photo that I folded the trim over the top of the basket, tucked the tabs in at two of the corners and secured it with sticky strip. That gave a nice, neat finish and then I decorated it with stitched satin ribbon in mouthwatering Tangelo Twist.


A present of money or a gift card is often given on a little one's birthday so that the parents can get exactly what the baby needs,  so I designed a little gift card/money holder to go with the set.


Isn't this a fun way to use these stamps?! The balloon makes deep scallops and the tassel and bow stamps are perfect for decorating it.


Inside, the dotty theme continues on the pocket where you can tuck your gift card or a bank note or two.

I hope you enjoyed my happy baby project today. Now it's time to gather up your skirts for a gigantic hop across the water to Canada where Allison Okamitsu is waiting to wow you! Just click the button below.




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It was stormy here in the heart of England yesterday morning but my pup isn't concerned with weather so I wrapped up in warm waterproofs and took her out for a good old romp over the fields. The wind almost knocked me off my feet and freezing rain lashed in at us horizontally. When we returned (she with a big grin on her face, me like a miserable drowned rat!) there was a final squall and then, almost as soon as the front door closed, the sun came out and the sky became clear blue and cloudless. Ah the joys of dog walking!

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

More ways to use Stampin' Up designer paper on cards and gift packaging

Stampin' Up has a variety of designer papers and all of them coordinate with the company's colour families - which makes matching inks, card stock and papers really easy!  But how do you use them? Come and see:


Sometimes a little designer paper goes a long way on cards. Here I've chosen two designs from Confetti Celebration and trimmed them into a background strip. The medallion is from Amazing Birthday and normally says 'it's for you' so I just added the 'thank' from a different set.


I added candy dots and a punched flower in accent colours. TIP: Do you ever wonder how to choose accent colours? Well those nice people at Stampin' Up have made that easy for you as well! The colours used in the designer paper pack have been listed next to each paper pack in the catalogue.


Some designs lend themselves to particular uses and the yellow paper here makes a perfect belly band for the Gift Card Envelope die with the same medallion motif as the card.

Why not have a look at all the beautiful papers and imagine what you could make with them! 

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We're planning another games evening for when my daughter comes home this weekend and the boys and I have been discussing nibbles to keep our strength up. Garlic prawns and spicy chicken on skewers got nods of approval and cucumber and goat cheese nibbles were okayed too but when my youngest son offered to make his speciality, Mozzarella Bites, my eldest son brought him down to earth. "That's just cubes of Mozzarella!" he said. "Yes, but on toothpicks!" said my youngest son triumphantly.

See you tomorrow for more crafting fun!

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Sending wishes with Butterfly Basics from Stampin' Up

My heart definitely beat faster when I inked up some stamps from Stampin' Up's Butterfly Basics for today's card! Oh my, this set is a beauty! Come and see what I've been up to:


I used the two tall botanicals in the set to create a strong vertical, cutting a mask for the flower so that the fern would appear to be behind it. I know what you're thinking - and you're right! It was a little fiddly, but worth it because I can now keep it in the stamp case and use it again and again.


I adore the greetings in this set and love the bold capitals with that gorgeous ribbon font. This one was stamped in black, cut out with the Extra Large Oval punch and mounted on a stack of glued-together Mossy Meadow ovals for a medallion effect.



I loved colouring the plants! They were stamped in Mossy Meadow ink and coloured with Daffodil Delight and Wild Wasabi blendabilities markers. I have no idea what the flower is - but it's bound to be something that would never turn up in yellow! Perhaps some kind soul could put me straight?!

I made this card when I saw the gorgeously CAS sketch at Less is More. I flipped it upside down for my card.



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Puppies and crafting do not mix well. That's all I'm saying today!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 26 January 2015

Stampin' Up - It's a Happy Thing!

Isn't it wonderful to get all those lovely free Sale-a-bration goodies when shopping for your Stampin' Up products?! You get to choose an item for EVERY £45 you spend and there are other ways to earn freebies during this promotion too! (Click here for more info.)

One of my favourite free stamp sets is A Happy Thing. Come and see what I made with it today:


I'm a terror for bird stamps and squealed when I saw this beautiful warbler! I coloured him with blendabilities markers, punched him out with the 2 1/2" circle punch and mounted him onto a snippet of stamped card stock rescued from the bin!


Do you like the greeting? It's from a new set in the Stampin' Up spring/summer catalogue called Crazy About You and is designed to combine with some beautiful thinlits dies - more on those another time. I love the variety of sayings in this bold upper case font and think they work perfectly alone and are excellent for masculine cards.


I think this little chap really brightens up these dull winter days don't you?

Since this card was made with left over bits and rescued pieces, I'll be linking it up with Pixie's Snippets Playground (where there are some strange snorting noises coming from the bushes!)

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I have another Happy Thing to share today - my daughter's coming home on Friday! I'm off to stock up on her favourite foods and air her bed - see you tomorrow!