Monday, 6 August 2018

Colour Your Season - What's new at Stampin' Up!

I am happy that you are joining us for our hop. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world who are Hoppin’ With Exciting Ideas to share with you. Today we will feature products from the Blended Seasons bundle which is ONLY available for the month of August..

What a fantastic bundle Stampin' Up! has come up for August. It's called Blended Seasons and consists of a stamp set, Framelit set and a new pack of watercolour pencils.  The stamp set and Framelits will not be featured in a future catalogue, but the new watercolour pencils may go through, which would be a great addition to our existing set of water colour pencils.You can buy the stamp set and Framelits together at a bundle price, saving 10%.

As a Demonstrator, I had the chance to order the set in July, so it made the perfect sense for me to use this for my swaps for our recent Alaska Incentive Trip. Here were my swaps:

I used our Blends pens to colour in after embossing the images in white embossing powder. I used the lovely new Highland Heather (DARK) pen to create a tone-on-tone effect. The sentiment actually comes from Dandelion Wishes, as it seemed appropriate for my swap,

On returning from Alaska, I also used the same stamp set - this time with the watercolour pencils at our weekly coffee and card sessions. There are 4"x4" cards you can see below. The sentiments are from the same stamp set - a lovely style and perfect for many occasions.

Please contact your Stampin’ Up! demonstrator if you have any questions or to make a product purchase. If you do not have a demonstrator, I would be happy to answer any questions about products and the techniques shown here. You can use the link below to order products from me. (UK and selected EU countries only).

Please take a moment to comment at the bottom of this post and let me know how you liked my projects or ask me a question about the technique used. Don’t forget to scroll back up after and keep hoppin’ with us! – Thank you!

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Pretty Floral Frames

When I saw these frames in the new Catalogue, I knew they would be on my wish-list! Although they are part of a bundle with some matching framelits, they work equally well on their own. The stamp set title is Floral Frames.

With the 2 main frames, there are also some individual sets of flowers, and nice strong sentiments. The flowers that you can see (sets of 2 and 3 flower heads) can be cut with the framelits, and added on top of the frame image. 
Here is a photo of the samples I made before our coffee and card session this week. I cut some of our Brights coloured A4 sheets of cards into 3 which measure 99mm x 99mm folded, which is a very cost effective way of making card bases. I cut the whisper white layers to 92mm x 92mm giving a small border around the edges.
Floral Frames and matching framelits dies
The two sentiments, "Hello" and "Wishing you the best" are from the same stamp set, and after stamping in Memento Black ink, we used the Blends alcohol pens to colour in the images. The left hand card above used the frame design, and I used our Stamparatus for the right hand red card, for some stamping in the round.  
Quick and easy cards using Floral Frames Jemini Crafts UK
 In the cards above, you can see the second of the frames being used at the top of the photo. I took the sentiments from Southern Serenade with me, and you can see the Thank You from that set in the cards below.

Floral frames used at coffee and card with Jemini Crafts
I have a repeat of this session at Towcester on Monday 9th July, so I hope to be able to share more photos of the ladies designs next week.

Some hints and tips on how we made the cards:

  • I cut the A4 card into 3 equal sized pieces, which are 99mm x 99mm when folded. I score the card from top to bottom (down the long centre line) first, then fold it and cut across into 3 equal cards.
  • The A4 whisper white layer is cut to 92mm x 92mm - you can get 6 panels per A4 sheet.
  • We stamped the frames either free hand on a block, or using the Stamparatus (which in general was much quicker and the preferred method). We used the black Memento Ink Pad which gives a nice crisp image.
  • We then stamped a sentiment of choice before colouring in. It is always best to do all your stamping first; there is nothing worse than colouring in your panel and then stamping a wonky sentiment ! We used the Stampin' Blends pens for the colouring. All of the pens are now available - you can see them online here. You can buy them individually or in packs of 2 - a light and dark shade of each colour.
I hope you are able to pop back and see us next week for an update. Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dandelion stamps - always a popular choice.

Dandelion Wishes - a great go to stamp set for all occasions

Images of dandelion heads are always popular with card makers, mixed media and scrapbookers. The new stamp set called Dandelion Wishes in the Stampin' Up! catalogue is no exception. It features 2 larger flower head designs, a smaller seed pod design and three sentiments. I do like the floral script too - although you could match it with many sentiments indeed. Here is the set:
It was a perfect match for my weekly coffee and card sessions, as with 2 large images, it was an easy stamp set to share.  Add some sponging and some brayered backgrounds and it was a winning card design, even though it was so simple. Here are 2 of my initial designs:
I took all of my inkpads with me to coffee and card, so there was plenty of choice for the background layers. In the photo above I used Berry Burst and Petal Pink for the left card, and Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green for the Well Wishes card. If you have not seen our new full colour range, you can visit the relevant page in our catalogue HERE

Sadly recently, I have had to make too many sympathy cards, but this stamp set is a great match for a sympathy or thinking of you card as well as a bright cheery birthday, thank you or wedding card as you can see below.

Coffee and card design with Dandelion Wishes, Stampin Up!

Here are some more samples made at our coffee and card session in Brackley. I must have forgotten my phone on Monday as I have no images from our session in Towcester, although the cards were stunning.

We made the cards as follows:
  • Cut notecard layers 3 1/4" x 4 3/4" from Whisper White card 
  • Using a sponge brayer or sponges, gradually apply the ink to the base card, using 3 or 3 colours of your choice.
  • Using Memento Black Ink or Staz-On Black ink, stamp your dandelion image and sentiment of your choice onto the card. We also used the new stamp set Friendly Expressions in our sessions.
  • Mount the base layer onto a notecard with SNAIL or adhesive of your choice.
  • Add embellishments of your choice: sequins, pearls or rhinestones.
  • Stamp your envelope to match.
I hope you like our selection of cards, I am sure to be using this set for quick and easy cards in the future.

Sunday, 17 June 2018

June classes - get MUCH more out of your stamps

I am so pleased that our brand new Stamparatus (stamp positioning tool and MUCH more) is now available to purchase. I know this will be a life saver, especially for those with dexterity issues, or those that struggle with clear, crisp stamping.

Just some of the benefits of using our Stamparatus:
  • Less waste of cards and ink
  • Better quality of stamped images 
  • Easy repeat stamping for multiple cards.  Makes batch cards much quicker.
  • NEW techniques, including mirror and wreath stamping
All this means you will get SO MUCH MORE out of existing stamp sets, as you will see them in a different light altogether. 

Click here or on the photo below for a basic video from Stampin' Up! on the Stamparatus

 So, onto our June classes. 

We will be featuring the Stamparatus and there will be plenty of Hints and Tips for you during the class, including some techniques you may not have even thought of. You will have plenty of hands-on time. Here are our 3 samples:
There are 3 techniques included on the above cards: (L to R) Easy mirror stamping, Wreath stamping, and Hinge/ Step stamping. I have a wide choice of stamps you can use, so you can either follow my samples or be adventurous and design your own! Everyone that attended last week really enjoyed the class and learning some new techniques.

Here are the cards in more detail:
Here is an example of Stamping in the round, also known as wreath stamping. Layer up your stamps (3 in this case), stamp once and then turn your card round (using a template (supplied at class) and stamp again... repeat all round your card.  Add a sentiment and you are good to go. Build as many layers as you wish. Use ink pads or marker pens.
In this sample we are showing hinge step stamping. Stamp your image on the left hand side, then lift and move the plate over by 1 step to the right. Re-ink and stamp.... move and repeat.
Mirror stamping of images is a breeze..... stamp once on to your card, and then stamp onto one of our silicone mats, then place your card on top, face down.  You can mirror left-right or top-bottom.  I LOVE these cute animal images - view the stamp set here.

These are just a few of the techniques, and I will cover more of them in class, so you can experiment when you get home.

Remaining Class dates:
Saturday June 23rd Stacey Bushes 10-12pm
Tuesday June 26th Brackley (Evenley) 1-3pm (limited)
Tuesday June 26th Brackley (Evenley) 7-9pm

To get the best out of the class, bring your own Stamparatus if you have one already, or you can order one NOW (£46) and get your class for free. For this option, click on the PAY button below.
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OR, you can just join us at class. EMAIL me to book your space.

I look forward to crafting with you soon.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

May Classes - fun 4 piece gift set

Our May card making classes this month have been a great success, with 25 of these 4 piece gift sets already made at class, with a final class this Saturday.

You can make the whole set out of 1 sheet of 12x12" thick paper/cardstock, an A5 piece of matching card and a few pieces of white card for the sentiments! Add in some embellishments and ribbon and you have a fantastic set to give away (or keep of course!).

Here are 2 sets of finished designs, shared by Karen and Tara from our Tuesday evening class. They both use the new Share What You Love 12x12" papers which are available from 1st June, or as part of a bundle right now.

The class set consists of a covered notepad (included), a tag, box and an "impossible" card.  It suits a thick weight paper/card for best results - and this new paper is perfect.

If you want to join us in Milton Keynes (Bucks, UK) on Saturday and have not yet booked in, just EMAIL me for more information. The class cost is £15, there are plenty of hints and tips included, and even something nice to pop into your box.

If you can't make the class, I do have a UK postal option available for you. This includes pre cut/scored card, full written instructions with measurements, magnets for the box closure, matching ribbon, button and white card for your own choice of sentiments. All you need to add will be adhesive and sentiments of your choice.

Choose from the Myths and Magic set (Unicorns, Wizards, Dragons, Mermaids)
Or Share What You Love set (florals as above).

The cost of the set posted is £8 including postage. 
Add additional sets for £5 each with no additional postage required..
Gift box contents are not included in the postal option.

You can order using the following direct links (pay by credit card). Indicate your choice of design, plus the quantities required in the notes section. Please allow 5 working days for your order to be processed, The Myths and Magic option will not be available after 31st May.

 Any questions? Please ask.
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