Thursday, 30 October 2014

Ideas for using the Gift Card thinlits die - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Hooray! it's Thursday and the whole Stampin' Up Artisan design team is back together for another fabulous blog hop!! So sit back with a nice cuppa and enjoy a whopping dose of inspiration with us!

GIFT WRAPPING FOR A SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT
I can't tell you how excited I get when my free box of Stampin' Up goodies turns up at my door each month - it's amazing! November's box contained the Gift Card Thinlits die and when the lovely  Yvonne, a member of my team, promoted I thought I'd use it in two different ways to make a celebratory card and gift wrap for her. Come and see:


First the card: I used the Gift Card die with one of the gorgeous papers from the Color Me Autumn pack and cut one side off to make a pocket for the front. It was lined with card stock and the front decorated with gold accents. The sentiments were cut out with one of the extra dies that come with the Gift Card.


I made a tag to pop in the pocket using the gorgeous vintage telephone from Timeless Talk. Yvonne doesn't live locally to me but we chat often on the phone and on Facebook and I am very definitely here for her!

Would you like to see her present?


Members of my team get a special charm bracelet when they promote and a little hand-made charm each time they reach a milestone. I wrapped Yvonne's bracelet in tissue paper and used the Gift Card die to make a wrap to fold around it.


The gift was finished with a little tag and some gold ribbon wound several times round the package and tied up with a flourish!


Here's the gift and the card posing together! And there we go - two ways to use the Gift Card thinlits die which I know will become a often-used friend in the Craft Square Metre!

I hope you enjoyed this project. Now, are you ready for more inspiration? Then click the button below to hop over to visit the fabulous Allison Okamitsu:


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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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 enjoying half term here but just because my youngest son is off school doesn't mean he's not continuing his education. Yesterday, for example, he learned to haggle in fractions!
Me: Eat up your salad sweetheart
Him: Hmmm, I'll have half of it...
Me: Three quarters!
Him (beginning to laugh): Two thirds!
Me (giving him a stern look)
Him: Oh all right then! (and then eating half of it!)

See you tomorrow for more crafting fun!

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Stampin' Up's Four Feathers in autumn colours

Feathers are quite a trend at the moment, so it's no surprise to me that Stampin' Up's Four Feathers stamp set is proving to be so popular. The artwork is beautiful too and they have coordinating dies for fuss-free cutting out. Come and see what I've been making with my set:


Feathers are often shown in light or pastel colours but today's card is all about richer shades - Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss with a splash of gold!


The gold feather has been cut out with its matching die and accented with a couple of the mini staples - I love these as a subtle embellishment.


The sentiment has been embossed in gold too and just the tips of the feathers added to the bottom of the card. I'm loving the rich colours of autumn but I really must get on with some Christmas creations!

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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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.

One of the places I've seen feathers recently was as centre pieces on the tables at the Silver 2 reception at Stampin' Up convention.


Everything looked so beautiful but it did cross my mind that those decorations would come in very handy for doing the dusting!

Tomorrow is Artisan Blog Hop day - woohooo! There's always so much amazing inspiration to be seen so do make a date to come back tomorrow and don't miss a thing!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Bookprint Christmas cards with Festival of Trees from Stampin' Up

Has anyone noticed how the year is speeding by? It's time for some Christmas makes now - and I've been itching to ink up Stampin' Up's Festival of Trees stamp set for ages! Come and see:


This card is clean and simple but it does have some interesting details to step it up a notch.


The tree was stamped onto bookprint which gives it a wonderful textured look. Festival of Trees is a gorgeous photopolymer stamp set which features lots of different styles of tree. I chose a design with baubles on it and decorated these with some candy dots - I love the bright colours against the Mossy Meadow ink.


I have always loved the subtle contrast of Stampin' Up's Naturals Ivory and Very Vanilla card stocks together and I've recently discovered that Whisper White craft ink on the Naturals Ivory has that same 'shades of white' elegance too. Here I made a mask with a sticky note and a pair of scissors and dragged the ink pad in the aperture to create a background.

I had lots of inspiration to help me make this card: Less is More where the Bookprint is the recipe this week; 52 {Christmas} Card Throwdown where we're challenged to use enamel dots on a Christmas card; and Rudolph Day (sorry I'm late - I promise I won't be late for Christmas day!) where the requirement is two Christmas cards:


And here they both are! (Just so you know there's no cheating going on!)

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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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 youngest son has joined the Air Cadets and is keen as mustard! I am stunned by his new-found zeal for ironing and boot polishing (he's aiming for top marks at inspection) but sadly my suggestion that I could give him plenty of practice in these skills was met with a marked lack of enthusiasm!

See you tomorrow,


Monday, 27 October 2014

NEW! Many Merry Stars kit from Stampin' Up!

If you were to ask me what's super-hot at Stampin' Up at the moment I'd have no hesitation in telling you - it's definitely the Many Merry Stars Kit!


Inside the kit is everything you need to make 26 star boxes in varying sizes and includes fabulous embellishments and die cut words.


The only extra thing you'll need is glue to attach the embellishments but the star boxes themselves have sticky strip already applied. They are easy to make and fun to decorate!

There are so many ways to use these boxes:

• Decorate your house with them for Christmas
• Attach string to the smaller ones and hang them on the tree
• Use Stampin' Up's coordinating star framelits to make a window in the boxes
• Stack them in decreasing sizes to make a stylised Christmas tree
• There are 26 boxes and they work brilliantly as an advent calendar!
• Children will love making these boxes in the holidays
• Homemade edibles and other gifts will look fantastic in them!

The boxes don't require any stamping but, if you're like me and get withdrawal symptoms if you aren't tapping a stamp into some ink, you'll be glad to know that there are coordinating stamp sets available. You can use Bright and Beautiful from the Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue or Many Merry Stars from the brand new supplement.

And talking of the new supplement, come and have a look through it with me and someone very special:



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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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.

It's been another hectic weekend but I'm happy today because it's half term this week and that means that I get to spend a bit more time with my super stars!

See you tomorrow with some Christmas inspiration!

Friday, 24 October 2014

Cards in a wallet tutorial using For All Things by Stampin' Up

I'm so happy today because I'm back! Yes I know, you hadn't noticed I'd been away but I'm talking about the Youtube me! I love demonstrating how to use my Stampin' Up stash on video and I'm happy to say that I'll now be able to do plenty more of it!

DESIGNER PAPER GIFT IDEA
So how about starting with the tutorial I promised you for my card wallet and coordinating cards set? Come and see:


In the original project, I used a paper from the Color Me Autumn designer paper pack to make the wallet. Today I've chosen a different paper from that pack - they are ALL gorgeous!

By the way, did you know that if you join Stampin' Up this month, you'll get to choose SIX free packs of designer paper on top of £130 worth of products in your starter kit - and all for just £99?! This is an offer you really can't refuse! Click here for all the details.


The cards and envelopes slip neatly into the wallet and I love that you can see the subtle design on the reverse of the paper when you open the flap.


I used just one colour ink for the cards and they coordinate perfectly with the wallet thanks to the fact that Stampin' Up inks match all the designer paper, card stock, markers, ribbons and embellishments. It makes it so easy to create professional looking projects.

Do you want to see how I made this little gift set? Well come on into my Craft Square Metre and I'll show you!




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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
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 talking to my daughter on the phone yesterday and she reminded me of a funny moment on the train to Brussels. I'd offered her one of those mini Green and Blacks chocolates  and she took a bite out of it and then put it down in its wrapper on the table while she looked in her bag for something. When she looked up it had gone. She hunted about all over the place for it, even under the seats, but it had disappeared.

On the return journey there was the usual announcement 'Good evening ladies and gentlemen. My name is Marcel and I am in charge of this train. I will be coming through the carriages so if you have any questions about your jouney please feel free to ask...' At this point my daughter piped up: "Marcel, Marcel? Have you seen my chocolate?!"

Have a wonderful weekend won't you. I'll be back here on Monday - see you then!