Stampin’ Up! Anniversary

One of the things I have enjoyed the most about being with Stampin’ Up! over the years has been being apart of the most wonderful group of demonstrators and making friendships I could never imagined.  The biggest and best of these friendships is in my very own Craft-T-Crew team of demonstrators.  I am so excited when a new team member joins … even if it is just to get discounted Stampin’ Up! products (I mean that is why I started!).

So I can hardly tell you how excited I am that one of my ‘Crew’ has just celebrated five years with Stampin’ Up! as part of the Craft-T-Crew and I simply could not let this milestone pass without a Stampin’ Up! card and gift.

The card was inspired but something I saw on Nikki Spencer’s blog a little while ago and decided it would make the perfect layout for Sam’s achievement card.  I decided to use Flirty Flamingo, Tranquil Tide and Sahara Sand as my colour combination and finally used my Daisy Delight Bundle.  It is a little hard to see but the front Tranquil Tide panel is raised up on dimensionals so that the “5” is inlaid.  I couldn’t seem to find the greeting I wanted to use, congratulations or happy anniversary just didn’t seem right, so I used my Labeler Alphabet to stamp my “wow” and “years” to complete the card.

I have a very special little gift inside of this pizza box that I picked out for Sam to celebrate and symbolise our stamping time together.  These pizza boxes are so cute and just a breeze to decorate.  I used the exact same layout as my card and using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set meant I could also personalise the gift box and have everything seamlessly coordinated.

I love my Craft-T-Crew gals and have a few more about to hit the big 5 year celebration mark so look out for even more blog post very soon.  It is going to be a busy few months but the most fun.

If you are a crafter and have been thinking about joining Stampin’ Up! but just not sure I would be more than happy to have a chat with you and of course love for you to join our wonderful team of stampers. 


Colour INKspiration #19

Welcome back to another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this week the combination is so bright and vibrant it just screamed CAS (Clean and Simple) for me …

I wanted to use all of the colours: Daffodil Delight; Basic Gray; Smoky Slate; Garden Green on a feature panel and used two of my favourite Framelit sets to create this little arrangement. I added a little faux stitching to the feature panel along with some twine threads held in place with a few staples. I then built the rest of my card around this panel.

I then built the rest of my card around this panel adding an embossed panel and a piece of Smoky Slate with a little ‘stamp off’ pattern and a tiny Garden Green Trim.  A very simple card but I just love how it turned out.

I hope you think about joining in this fun challenge – pop over to our Facebook page we would love for you to join in the fun.

It is not time to hop over to the wonderful blog of Julia Quinn and see her adorable creation with this colour combination … you are going to just love it.


Riverdale Birthday

Today I have a really fun card to share with you and one that was a special request for a friend of my 16 yo daughter.  This card is inspired by the TV show Riverdale and is based on Pop’s diner which features in the show.

The card is a tri-fold that has fun images on the first and last panel with a space for the birthday greeting on the middle panel.

Now for those of you like me who have no idea what Riverdale is or what Pop’s diner even looks like here is one of the images I used from a quick Google search to help with my design.

The one thing that stood out (apart from the colours) was the old fashion milkshake glasses so I decided to try my hand at using some Stampin’ Up! dies to see if I could create a milkshake glass for myself.

And I must say I was pretty happy with the end result which was a glass cut from Vellum cardstock using the large coffee cup from the Coffee Cup Thinlits set for the top and body of the glass and using the ice-cream bowl from the Frozen Treats Thinlit dies to create the base of the glass. The milkshake is topped of using the cupcake top from the Cupcake Cutout Thinlits.

You may by now be wondering where that background paper is from, well I made it using Very Vanilla card stock and the stencil in the Pretty Party masks set.

I used my sponge brayer and Rose Red ink to colour the diamond pattern once making sure to apply a good coverage with lots of ink.  I then slightly moved the stencil to fill in the remainder of the pattern again with Rose Red ink but on the second time applying less ink to give me slightly lighter diamonds.

For the writing panel I also masked out an area in the center before doing the stenciling.  I also added a little punch art hat that I made using a circle and hat cutting a brim before decorating with hand drawn strips.  Pretty close to spot on (or so my teenage daughter tells me) so pretty happy with my efforts.

This card was a little time consuming and challenging but I am so so pleased with how it turned out and I hope the recipient see the Riverdale reference.


Stampin ‘ Up! October Specials

I know I don’t normally put up Stampin’ Up! promotions on my blog as I love this as a place to share my love of creating …. however Stampin’ Up! has two amazing promotions that have started today that I thought I just had to share and the first of these is in celebration of World Card Making Day …

Yes, World Card Making Day it’s a thing and it’s a day dedicated to making handmade cards! It celebrates the creativity and personal connection handmade cards create and this year the world celebrates the day on 7th October.  But just one day isn’t enough for Stampin’ Up! so for ten days (1–10 October), you get 15% off Notecards & Envelopes and a whole range of selected stamp sets. PLUS when you buy Fast Fuse Adhesive, you’ll get two refills for FREE! 

Click HERE to download the flyer of all the stamp sets on sale there is something for everyone on this list and be sure to use the October Hostess Code when you place your order for even more goodies from me at the end of the month.

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So the second fabulous special this month and for the whole month is for Stampin’ Up!’s wonderful Designer Series Paper. For every three packages of select Designer Series Paper you buy you get one FREE during October! This sale includes Designer Series Paper from both the annual and holiday catalogues. And the sale even includes select Specialty and Designer Series Paper Stacks that are on sale! 

Be sure to click HERE for a flyer containing all of the wonderful DSP you can buy with this promotion.

Have a wonderful day and I will be back soon with another fun card to share!

Colour INKspiration #18

Oh my this week we have an absolutely gorgeous colour combination for you as part of the Colour INKspiration Facebook group.  Don’t you just love these colours together? 

No doubt you have just seen the amazing and talented Bronwyn Eastley’s creation, if not be sure to hop all the way around through all the crew blogs, you are in for a treat!

This week I tried to resist my first instinct which was to go with something floral so instead I grabbed my Hello Color stamp set, which (yes embarrassed to say) had not been mounted or used and has been in my stash for months, and try something a little different.

This panel card was so fun to make with each of the little squares cut to 1-1/4″ out of Whisper White card stock I then actually used my sponge brayer to colour the squares: 2 in Powder Pink, 2 in Sweet Sugarplum and 1 in each of Sahara Sand and Basic Gray.  I then used the large image from the Hello Color stamp set to add patterns randomly to each of the squares.  For most squares I went with tone on tone except for the Powder Pink where I decided to use Basic Gray and really liked this pop of colour.

Now for this challenge there is an option to add a green to the colour palette if you want to and so after I made this first card I decide to try another card adding some Lemon Lime Twist into the mix and this is what I came up with.

A similar size and technique for all the pattern panels but I did go for a slightly different layout and embellishments and loved this second look too.  So whether you go for the four colours as in the swatch or add a green of your choice I think you will love this combo as much as I do.

Ready for some more creative inspiration?  Well then you totally need to head over to the blog of the fabulous Monica Fielder to see her creation using this delightful colour palette….


Quilted Birthday

I know by now you have seen some of the amazing Christmas projects that are coming out of the new Stampin’ Up! 2017 Holiday catalogue and I am sure you have seen the gorgeous Quilted Christmas Suite and all the lovely cards made using the Quilt Builder Framelits!

I love these Christmas projects, however I decided to see what else I could create with the fabulous framelits and something non-christmas too …. so after playing for most of the day with the framelits I finally settled on new pattern using six cuts of the large square framelit.

At this stage I was going to pop this 6″ x 8″ pattern into a shadow box frame to hang on the wall … then I realised I was almost out of crafting time so decided to opt for a smaller card front.

I added a little interest and colour to the quilted pieces by using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set as well as the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

You may be wondering how I got the extra stitched squares which are not part of the Quilt Builder Framelit set. Easy! I used the Stitched Shaped Framelits to cut out squares to fit the new spaces created by the new lay-out – perfect!

I am still going to make a framed Quilt piece of art work with this new pattern but thought I would share this idea with you all in the meantime.


Color INKspiration #17

It is time again for another fabulous Colour INKspiration challenge and this week  is extra fun for me as the colours are based on an image I suggested for the challenge.

Now you would have to agree that these colours together are just so darn adorable and the Design Team has outdone themselves this week with their amazing creations using this colour palette.

After a lot of tossing ideas around I decided to go with a CAS look for my card and resisted the temptation to go bold and bright with this combo.  I also decided to challenge myself to using only one stamp set and a set I have had in my collected for a long time and had never inked up … Bunch of Blossoms.

The design is very simple but the flowers did take a little extra time and effort with each of the petals stamped individually onto Shimmery White cardstock and coloured using an aquapainter before being punched out with the coordinating Blossom Builder punch for assembly.

Each of these beautiful creations was made for a lovely customer of mine and I thoroughly enjoyed creating each and every one of them.

What is Colour INKspiraton? – a Facebook based bi-monthly colour challenge that anyone with Facebook can join.  You don’t need a blog and you don’t need to be a demonstrator just join the Facebook page here and you can start to participate.

I really hope you will think about joining in on the challenge fun but before you do please be sure to hop around all the Colour INKspiration Crew blogs as you are going to be in awe of the inspiration this week. I really hope you are ready because Bronwyn Eastley is up next and will absolutely “blow your socks off” with her creation this week …. it is truly amazing!


Shopkins Birthday

Happy Friday everyone … and new catalogue day too!  However, today I am not sharing something from the new catalogue but instead a cute little punch art card I made for my adorable niece’s 4th Birthday which was just this week.

I went with a Shopkins theme this year for her gift so decided I needed a matching card – of course! And set about creating a Cherry Nice Cupcake card for her.

Now for those unfamiliar with all things ‘Shopkins’ this is Cherry Nice Cupcake and this was my inspiration image.

This punch art was much easier than I thought it might be as most of the pieces for the Cherry Nice Cupcake Shopkins are from the Coffee Cup and Frozen Treats Framelits with a few leaves from the Swirly Scribble set for good measure.  Now you will see in the image of the  pieces I originally thought I would use the cherry from the Frozen Treats Framelits to recreate the cherries in the image but once she was coming together I decided to use the circles from the Cookie Cutter Builder Punch as they were a better size and I was already using the bow from that punch anyway.

I am pretty happy with how she turned out, I am calling it another successful punch art card!


Campfire Birthday

Another weekend another teenage boys’ birthday party and this one was a ‘camp out’ sleep over so of course that required a birthday card to match.

I had soooo much fun making the punch art campfire for the front of this card and was so pleased that Stampin’ Up! had all the wonderful stamps, dies and punches that I needed!  You may recognise a few of the pieces from the campfire including the ends of the branch from the Best Birds Stamp Set (I used the matching framelits to cut around each of the branches).  I have also used the Fox and Blossom Builder punches to make the flames using a little smoodging.  The branch for the marshmallows is from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits and those adorable marshmallows are from the NEW Hug in a Mug stamp set which is available in a few more days time.  

The little trees on the background of the card are made using the Swirly Bird stamp set and add a little ‘outdoor’ feel for the card.  One of my favourite stamp set from Stampin’ Up! is the Labeler Alphabet because it means I can make custom greetings whenever I need them.  I was able to use it to make the “toasty wishes” for the front of the card …

as well as the “on your” for the inside.  The inside of the card was also fun with a ‘pop-up’ tent to finish off the camping theme.  The tent is made using one of the 6″ x 6″ pieces of Dapper Denim paper from the Color Theory DSP pack.  There is a little video on how to make tent pop-ups here if you are interested, I adapted mine a little but essentially the video will give you the tips you need.

I even decided to use the linen thread from Stampin’ Up! to make guide ropes for the tent!  I loved making this card it was a lot of fun and the pop-up tent was super easy to do!


Colour INKspiration #16

Time again for another fabulous colour challenge from the Colour INKspiration facebook page.

I love the neutral tones of the Whisper White, Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand and Basic Gray all together and the bonus is that this would be a super combination for Father’s Day which is right around the corner!

However, I have used this combination to create quick and easy little note cards to send to all my wonderful customers with a copy of the new Holiday catalogue.

As always, I like to include some of the new exciting products on the card that I pop in with the catalogue and even though it is a ‘holiday’ catalogue I can always find a way to get more than just Christmas cards from the products in it.  In fact, that gorgeous embossing on the Dapper Denim card stock strips is using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions embossing folder is for so much more than Christmas.  I mean who doesn’t love a good embossing folder pattern … at any time of year!

The stamp set I have featured on my cards is called “Hug in a Mug” and was actually spotted by my 16 year old daughter who thought it was just adorable and so fitting for many different cards and I agree. Here I have used one of the mug images and placed a little tea bag on it with the “enjoy” sentiment … which is exactly what I hope my customers do when they get their new catalogue – sit, have a cuppa and enjoy the read!

Whilst there are a couple of sneak peak items on these note card there are certainly a number of old favourites that I am sure you will recognise … yes I am using the Stitched Shaped Framelits again!

Now it’s time to pop over to the lovely Nicole Wilson’s blog to she her amazing project.