Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Celebrating the Royal Wedding

I challenged my team to a fun competition this week - and that is to design a card or project using the colours red, white and blue to mark the occasion of the forthcoming Royal Wedding in the UK.

I decided to make a sample the same time as preparing for coffee and card, and this was what I came up with.

New In Colours 2018-2020

I used some of the brand new In Colours 2018-2020 which are available to order as a set of 5 with 10% discount NOW, even before the new catalogue launches. The colours above are Lovely Lipstick and Blueberry Bushel. They are so vibrant and ink up the stamps really well. We have a new ink formulation which will guarantee you great results when used with our stamps. Our ink and new refills now contain a defoamer which stops the ink bubbling on the ink pad.

Here are some more of the new In Colours - I have used Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover below, in addition to Lovely Lipstick. The stamp set I used was Beautiful Celebrations - a very versatile set indeed.

To see more details of our In Colours, you can click on the image below. There is a special offer when you buy all 5 inkpads together as a bundle - instead of £35.00 it is £31.50 - a saving of 10% on the individual ink pads.

Coffee and Card

This will be the last time I ink up this set for coffee and card, as it is due to retire at the end of this month (May 2018). It's one of those useful sets that you can whip up a card in now time, and even has some matching embossing folders to go with it. There are so many ways you can use it. There are 3 stamps with the 'Happy' image - an outline and 2 infills, so you cvould even colour your own letters if you wished to - the Stampin' Blends would be perfect for this.

 Here is the stamp set in more detail. It is £31.00 and features 22 stamps, you can click on the image below to see it in more detail, and with more samples in my online shop. As a photopolymer stamp set it is easy to line up as you can see through the stamp.

Thanks for stopping by - I hope you liked my designs.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Learning the 'ghost stamping' technique

Hi everyone and welcome back.

This week at coffee and card we made some cards using the 'ghost stamping' technique. It really is very simple and produces a great effect.
Here were my original samples:

You can see from the cards above, I got the ladies to make an initial card using the white notecards and envelopes and stamping with coloured inks straight onto the base layer of Whisper White card. We then used this as a template when doing the white ink stamping.
This is a good technique for beginners, so when it comes to stamping with the white ink you are not trying to design the card at the same time!

The stamp sets we used for the sessions were:
  • Dragonfly Dreams
  • Garden in Bloom (retiring - currently available)
  • Blooms and Wishes (retiring -  currently available)
  • One Big Meaning (sentiment seet - retiring - currently available)
To achieve the ghost stamping look, you stamp your image first in Whisper White Ink, allow that to dry and then stamp over again (and slightly off-set) with your ink colour of choice. 
You can see what a great result you can get, and all you need is a Whisper White inkpad and refill, which you can purchase directly from me. The refill is included, so you can re-ink the pad as much as needed.

Alternatively you can buy just the refill and use it to ink up the smaller Stampin' Spot ink pad - this will make your ink go ever further, as it takes a lot less ink in the first place! The refill is just £4.25 for the bottle.

We used crumb cake base layers, plus a Pear Pizzazz layer for the cards above. You could experiment with different colours for different effects.

If you give this easy technique a go, please let me know how it turns out - I would love to see any samples.


Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Don't miss out on our clearance rack

Preparation for new catalogue launch

You may know that our Annual craft catalogue comes out at the beginning of June each year, and in order to make way for all our new products, Stampin' Up! update their Clearance Rack with discontinued items and discounts up to 80%. They have also announced the retiring list - which is a list of all the items from the current annual catalogue and Spring/Summer catalogue that are NOT being carried over to the new annual catalogue.

Clearance Rack

If you love a bargain then the Clearance Rack is for you. With some items listed at up to 60% discount, you can buy stamps, ribbon, framelits, buttons, papers and more. Just click on the banner below and you will go straight to the clearance rack to grab your crafty discount. You can order online (that's the quickest way to guarantee your purchases), or though me by email, message or phone call. I will need credit card details to process your order swiftly. 

Retiring list and Last-Chance to buy

If you have had your eye on something in our Annual or Spring 2018 catalogue, then this may be the time to buy, in case it is not carried over to the new catalogue.

There are various points to note:
  • ALL of the current special priced bundles (10% discount) will retire with the catalogues, although some items will still be available to purchase separately in the new catalogue.
  • Once items retire it is VERY unlikely we will see them again.
  • Retiring items will be available whilst stocks last, so please don't leave it to the last minute. 
  • Once the new catalogue comes out the retiring list is removed and retired items will no longer be available to order. They MAY become available via the Clearance rack in due course, but there is NO guarantee of that.
  • Our In Colours 2016-2018 are retiring, so if you love:
    Dapper Denim, Sweet Sugar Plum, Emerald Envy or PeekaBoo Peach, make sure you stock up on card, inks & refills of these colours. Other single colours are also retiring - so make sure you check out the list to see if your favourite is on there.  Watch out for details of these additional retiring colour in my next post.
  • Retiring In Colours are likely to be the FIRST items that sell out, this includes inks, refills, card and papers.
  • ALL of the Stampin' Up! Designer Papers (except the Wood Textures) will retire at the end of the catalogue season (31st May).
You can click on the Last Chance banner above to see all the retiring items - they are listed in sections to make life easier. If you need help, or want to check an item, please just ask me for help.  If you cannot find the item you are looking for, it may have already sold out; feel free to ask me to check for you.

Have any questions? JUST EMAIL ME
Want help ordering? JUST CONTACT ME 

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Last day of Sale-a-Bration 2018

I can't believe that March has flown by so quickly and that we are now onto the very last day of Sale-a-Bration (31st March 2018).  You may be fed up with all the sale-a-bration posts, or you may just love seeing all the ideas for using your free products. I do hope it's the latter!

As a reminder then, for every £45 you order, you can choose free products from the sale-a-bration brochures - these include exclusive items such as the Springtime Foils card, Tutti Frutti cards and envelopes. but also selected items from our main catalogue and Spring/Summer catalogue. To see the whole list on line  CLICK HERE.  There are 2 sections you can visit - depending on what you have ordered. Either £45 or £90. Of course, if you spend £90+ you can choose 2 x £45 qualifying items rather than a £90 qualifying item if you prefer. You will be prompted to add your free items automatically!

We had fun with the Springtime Foils this week at coffee and card.
Here are some samples for you. The free pack includes 12 sheets of sturdy foiled, glossy card, all of which are 12" x 12". You could make 72 A6 card front from this pack!

Easy colouring in with Stampin' Up! blends pens
We used the Stampin' Blends pens to colour these foiled flowers and leaves. The ink dries very quickly, and the foil resists the colour, so you still get the foil shining through.
  Floral foiled cards for birthday and thank you.
We stamped the sentiments onto Whisper White card and punched them out with various circle punches.  We then chose the foil card we wanted - silver - gold - copper and punched out a larger shape for the backing layer.
 Card making ideas with foil card
For the pink card above, we used the sponge brayer and layered over some ink directly onto the foiled card. We built up the colour by adding more layers - it gives a really pretty effect.

Springtime foils for card making with Jemini Crafts

In the card on the right hand side, the flowers and leaves were coloured first, and then the Smoky Slate ink was applied over the top!  The Blends pens create a surface that resists the water based ink, We used a piece of kitchen roll to buff over the card layer, revealing the ink underneath. Everyone did a great job.

Can you see the Old Olive ribbon in the card on the left ? That is actually our white/silver ribbon coloured with the Old Olive Blends pens. The ink from the pen dries almost instantly - and it means you can make coloured ribbon to match your card/paper/ink.

Enjoy the last day of sale-a-bration! Happy Easter!


Thursday, 22 March 2018

A host of golden daffodils

When making Easter cards featuring daffodils, there is little choice but to take my title from  William Wordsworth's poem "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".

When I first saw this stamp set in our Spring/Summer Stampin' up! catalogue called "You're Inspiring" I knew I had to buy it.  Not so much for Easter cards, as I don't usually send them, but for the 2 lovely daffodil images.

It was an obvious choice for coffee and card, as it is perfect for stamping and colouring in. I decided to layer it onto some Old Olive cardstock, which I had embossed using some of our embossing folders which fit in the Big Shot die cutting machine.

The 3 folders I chose were:
  • Layered Leaves
  • Basket Weave (free with a £90 order)
  • Quilt Top
Here are the results, details of how the cards were made are underneath. If you wish to order this stamp set and any folders, you can order here.
Basket Weave embossing folder on the left, and Layered Leaves on the right.

Decorated envelope with daffodils
Envelope decorated, and the Quilted Top embossing folder

Daffodil cards can be used for many occasions, not just Easter.

 How we made them

  1. Cut and score card bases in Daffodil Delight card to 99mm x 99mm (gives you 3 cards for A4 sheet)
  2. Cut a layer of Old Olive, 95mm x 95mm and run through your choice of embossing folder
  3. Cut an oval,circle or square die cut from Whisper White cardstock.  I used the stitched shapes framelits.  You get 12 dies for just £27, 4 each of circles, ovals and squares.
  4. Stamp the daffodil image of your choice on the white card
  5. Using Blends pens, colour the image in with yellows and oranges as required. (we used Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral and Pumpkin Pie)
  6. Stamp the sentiment of choice and punch out using the Classic Label Punch
  7. Layer the embossed card onto the base card
  8. Add the image and the sentiment using dimensionals.

I hope you like these cards we made. My lovely friend Lynda popped me some daffodils during the coffee and card morning - and these are the ones you can see in the photos above - Thanks Lynda.

Thanks for popping by today.
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