Thursday, 23 April 2015

Moonlight DSP triangular treat pouches - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello! It's Thursday and time to welcome you to another fab blog hop full of beautifully designed projects conjured up in the minds of the Stampin' Up artisan design team! We've had some wonderful goodies in our April boxes but today we're all ganging together to inspire you with designer papers! Are you ready?

TRULY, TRIANGULARLY, TREATY!
I chose to use the Moonlight paper stack which comes in a pad of 48 double-sided sheets of designer paper. One thing I love about this is the size of the sheets - 4 1/2" x 6 1/2" or 11.4 x 16.5 cm.This is a great size for card-making but it's also brilliant for making treat boxes - like this one:


A triangular one! Isn't it cute? And the best thing about it is that you don't need to cut the paper to size - a couple of folds and you're done! Would you like to know how? It's SO simple - come and see:


Start off by choosing a sheet of the designer paper. (This will probably take you longer than making the box because there are so many delicious designs to choose from!)


Next, fold the card stock in half making sure the design you want is on the outside. Open it up again and mark the halfway mark top and bottom before folding all four corners in as shown above.


Turn the folded sheet round 90 degrees so that its widest side is facing you and take the top two corners and pull them together. Allow one piece to overlap the other slightly and fasten them together with a touch of glue.


Repeat with the bottom corners and punch a hole through the overlap at the top and bottom.


Thread some ribbon through the holes and pull gently together to close the box and add a tag - I made mine with stamps from Amazing Birthday and the gorgeous stitched satin ribbon in Blackberry Bliss.


The only trouble with these little boxes is that...


... they're ever so slightly addictive to make!

NEED A MALE CARD WITH THAT?
I've realised that I've only shown you the papers that are in Hello Honey, Basic Grey and Blackberry Bliss but, you know, there's a whole load of papers with a Lost Lagoon vibe in the same pad! You can see some of them on this inchie card I made:


I thought this would make a nice male card, one inch square samples of designer paper topped with the cute fox from the hostess set Life's Adventure holding, instead of his usual umbrella, a birthday balloon!


This fox makes me giggle - he SO doesn't want to hold that balloon! This is what our cat would look like if we asked her to wear a hat! Actually this is what our cat looks like sometimes when she just plain disapproves of us!

Would you like to see loads more ideas for using this fabulous paper stack? Well the rest of the artisan design team has that covered! Head over to the brilliant Allison Okamitsu next by clicking the button below:





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Okay, I couldn't resist a pic of our cat Tuppence with 'The Look'.



Thanks for joining me today. I'm off to visit my daughter for a couple of days but I'll be back on Tuesday with some of my favourites from the Retirement List. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Moving house with Life's Adventure by Stampin' Up

Yesterday I was very excited to share the Stampin' Up retirement lists with you and explained that this year's hostess stamp sets are about to retire too. I showed you a card made with I Like You and today it's the turn of Life's Adventure. Come and see:


The images in this set are fabulously 'sketchy'. For my new home card I used the house, giving it a wash of colour with an aquapainter and ink and cutting it out with my sharp paper snips.


The house was mounted on a hill embossed with the Spring Flowers embossing folder on p.19 of the spring/summer catalogue. I punched circles out of a piece of Soft Sky card stock so that when it was mounted onto the card base it revealed the white card below and formed clouds. Isn't that fun?!

• The exclusive hostess sets are designed to reward customers who place an order of £150 or more. Any time this happens, you'll earn 'credits' which can be 'spent' on these specially-priced hostess sets or anything else you fancy from any current catalogue. The best news is that the order can be your own or a group order, so it's well worth showing a catalogue to your friends and family.

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I really enjoyed making the little scene today but I think that cute house would be a bit exposed in real life! There is a happy medium though and I have to say the triffids in our garden are getting out of hand again, climbing the walls of our house trying to get in. A long string of clematis made me jump out of my skin the other day as it slapped against the window in a sudden gust of wind! It needs sorting out but I imagine that gardening with Eva could turn into high comedy...

 I'm so excited about tomorrow's Artisan Design Team blog hop and if you're always looking for ideas for using designer paper, you'll definitely want to join us! See you tomorrow,

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Buy retiring Stampin' Up products at up to 50% discount!

Today is such an exciting day for Stampin' Up fans! Why? Because it's the day the company publishes its retiring list for 2015!


Lots of stamp sets and accessories in the Stampin' Up annual catalogue and spring/summer catalogue will not be available to buy after 2nd June. It's these that will appear on the retiring list and you'll find some of them at bargain prices of up to 50% discount too! Items on the list are only available while stocks last - and they do sell out pretty quickly, so don't miss out!

Just one more thing: Stampin' Up's digital suite is sadly being discontinued but that does mean some digi bargains, with everything at 30% off!

I'll stop waffling now because I know you just want to see the lists!



The current hostess sets will also be retiring of course and today's card features a real favourite of mine called I Like You. Come and see:


This stamp set is a dream to colour in and works brilliantly as the focal point of a project (as in this gift set, or this card and treat box, or this canvas bag) but today, I've used the set to create a background, stamping it in Marina Mist ink and colouring it with a Soft Sky marker.


The beautiful branch from Indescribable Gift makes a wonderful contrast. I watercoloured it with Hello Honey and Strawberry Slush inks before cutting it out with my sharp paper snips.

• The exclusive hostess sets are designed to reward customers who place an order of £150 or more. Any time this happens, you'll earn 'credits' which can be 'spent' on these specially-priced hostess sets or anything else you fancy from any current catalogue. The best news is that the order can be your own or a group order, so it's well worth showing a catalogue to your friends and family.


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 really do have the loveliest children in the universe! I was feeling sad at the weekend and look what my youngest son made me to cheer me up.


Bless his cotton socklets! Nothing bad could possibly happen, he told me, when there are truffles!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, 17 April 2015

Get more Stampin' Up products for your money!

I nearly fell over when I saw this week's Stampin' Up Weekly Deals - LOADS of lovely bargains! I wouldn't want you to miss out on the Bright and Beautiful Christmas stamp set or the wonderful From the Garden set and there are some fabulous embellishments at great prices too!


This card was made using the gorgeous Artisan Embellishment kit which is on special offer this week. The kit is full of ribbon, lace, pearls, tulle flowers, doilies and beautiful little embellishments as well as a couple of stencils. I coloured inside one of the stencils with markers to create the background and stamped a bold sentiment from Bravo over the top.


If you're a regular here you'll know that I love coordinating cards and gifts. Repeating the stencil design on a scrap of card stock and cutting it out makes a sweet embellishment to decorate a little gift.

Take a look below at all the fabulous bargains available this week as part of the Weekly Deals promotion! But hurry, they'll only be available at these prices until Tuesday night!

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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've started 'clicker' training with my pup Eva. It's a really good way of marking behaviour that you'd like repeated and some dogs find it an easier way of communicating than trying to understand English! The clicker has a very distinctive sound and when my husband saw me clicking the other day he suddenly said "Ah! So that's what that noise is!" He went on to explain that it sounds like a can being opened and when he was in his office upstairs, he imagined that I was incredibly thirsty and opening can after can!

I'll be back here on Tuesday with more crafting fun so I'll hope to see you then. Have a great weekend!