Envelope punch board box

Hello!

I’ve been trying to post this since yesterday morning – technical hitches challenged me!

I’m not sure where Sunday went – in a whirl of seeing people, laundry and my parents-in-law coming over to finish off my new crafting storage – pictures of that will follow!  I also made team night swaps using new catalogue product but I won’t be sharing those for a while – for now I’m going to be focussing on existing current product.

My recent posts have been about the cards I’ve made as a prize for a friend – here are the three designs:

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They need a snazzy container though, right?  Something to make them look professional. I knew I wanted to make a deep envelope shape for this and rather than re-inventing the wheel, I went looking for a template online.  Joanne James, aka The Crafty Owl, had exactly what I was looking for on her website – you put in the dimensions you want and her nifty Box Buster tells you everything you need to know.  Thanks Joanne!

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Here’s the box I put my cards in.  This DSP is in the annual catalogue and retires at the beginning of June.  All retiring products are “while stocks last” so if you want something, move fast – lots of things are sadly already sold out!

Like it?  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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Just a note – variation

Hello!

Today’s card is a variation (or CASE) on a challenge card I made about a year – the link is here.  I offered to donate a prize for a raffle and decided to make a variety of notecards in a box.  You’ve already seen one – the card to use up DSP and this was the second.  I simply added more colour to change it up:

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The sentiment is from the Watercolour Wishes stamp set and the butterfly stamps (outline and full shape) are from Garden in Bloom – both sets are carrying over to the new catalogue I’m very glad to say!  I stamped the outlines in Smoky Slate and then added colour from bottom left as follows:  Cucumber Crush, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum.  All quite jewel-like and suitable for butterflies, I thought!  The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry.

That’s it!  Like it?  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch. If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you at the weekend!

Caro
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Quick and easy card – use up your DSP stash

Hello!

So, us demos have all the excitement of a new catalogue to drool over and trust me, its great, but for now don’t overlook the existing Spring/Summer catalogue.  Lots of things are retiring, some are carrying over and if you love something you should be checking into it now – anything that’s on the retiring list is only available while things last and they are flying off the shelves.  The other thing to mention is that all bundles also retire, even if the individual elements are carrying over, so if you want to save 10%, again, you’ll need to move fast.

Today’s card is a quick and easy card, designed to help you use up your DSP stash – admit it, you have a pile of loved and unused DSP you like to look at but can’t bring yourself to cut or use.  Well, you need to!  You need room for the gorgeous new paper coming in the new catalogue!  So be brave and arm yourself with your trimmer or scissors and make some lovely cards.  And as we were reminded at last week’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event, make a card, send a card.

Fruit Stand DSP, quick and easy, Dragonfly Dreams

My base is thick Whisper White, half a sheet of A4 (297 x 105mm) and scored at 148.5mm.  If you’re making more than one card it’s faster to score the full sheet of A4 and then cut into two bases.  Because I was making more than one card, I cut the DSP into the same size as the card once folded, so 148.5 x 105mm and then cut it in half on the diagonal.  Next I glued the DSP onto the base with tom bow (liquid glue) and then stamped the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams (carrying over, I’m very pleased to say) in Watermelon Wonder.  Quick and simple!

Like it?  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June and if you sign up before 10pm tomorrow evening we’ll give you two mini beauty treatments for the price of one!  See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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Sunday’s post for Wednesday – BINGO!

Hello!

So life tripped me up again, what can I say? I really am trying to post my blogs when I say I will – last week I even managed an extra one for the last day of Sale-a-bration but then I missed my Sunday post! So here I am, grovelling but with an exciting announcement!

I’m not sure how far you are prepared to travel for BINGO but that’s what this post is about – my Stampin’ Up! BINGO night, on Thursday 20th April. Not only will there be at least six games, all with fab Stampin Up! goodies as prizes but there will be a cheeseboard (the team I’m part of love cheese!), hot cheese dip (we had this at a recent team night and I had to get the recipe from Abigail – it’s amazing!) drinks and other refreshments and (yes, there’s more) you get to make two cards to take away with you. All this for £25 – the prizes are going to be good – which includes a £5 voucher for any orders placed on the night.

So if you are local to me (Swindon), get in touch to book your place, it’s going to be a great night.

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Tomorrow I’m off to OnStage, the Stampin’ Up! convention.  The main event is in Amsterdam this time and I can’t wait!  Even better, my sister is coming over from New Jersey to attend, so we get to spend time together too.  So expect my Sunday post to feature tulips, cheese and photos of people having a fun time together – I can’t post any sneak peeks until Monday!

Caro
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Last day of Sale-a-bration

Hello!

It’s the last day of Sale-a-bration (SAB), so I thought I’d post an extra blog, to remind you!  Today is your last opportunity to get a free, limited edition item with every £45 you spend – some items are already unavailable, so you may need to be flexible.

This is a great time to stock up on basics and reap the rewards!  The other things to think about buying now are the retiring in-colours, so ink pads, ink refills, cardstock and DSP, as once the retiring list is announced on April 10th, they’ll fly off the shelves.  We already know that these will retire, so get in early and stock up on your favourites!  The retiring colours are:

Cucumber Crush
Delightful Dijon
Mint Macaron
Tip Top Taupe
Watermelon Wonder (my favourite of the five and the one I will miss most)

I’ve made a quick and easy card to show off a couple of the colours, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe:

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I used the In-Colour DSP in Tip Top Taupe and Watercolour Words to show them off, along with a base of Cucumber Crush. My favourite Stitched framelit dies and Layering Ovals add a great border to my popped up sentiment in Cucumber Crush.  I think the sentiment says how I feel about Sale-a-bration!

Like it?  Get your favourites now and add SAB items too!  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.  As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my tea of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free!  If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Sale-a-bration with me!  See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Clear embossing – variation on a theme

Hello!

I recently posted about a card I’d created using the lovely Sale-a-bration (SAB) free stamp set, So Very Much.  My post is here if you want to have another look.  For a class last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea, this time taking my colour inspiration from another SAB freebie, the Carried Away DSP.  The colours are Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder.  I recently stocked up on the in colour re-inkers so I was good to go!  The baby wipe technique is used to create a multicoloured “inkpad” and by stamping in Versamark first, you can add the clear embossing powder, giving a real shine to the sentiment once it’s heat embossed.

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This card has an extra layer – I didn’t like my Whisper white layer straight onto the Carried Away DSP pattern I’d chosen, so I added a skinny Night of Navy border between them.  It’s not obvious, but you’d notice if it wasn’t there, I think.  I chose Watermelon Wonder as the base colour – I love the combination of this with Night of Navy – it’s a real favourite.  I’m really sad that Watermelon Wonder will be retiring in June along with the rest of the 2015-2017 in colours as I’ve come to love it, but we’ll have five new in colours to play with and enjoy.  I have to admit that I really hadn’t taken to one of the colours we got last year – Peekaboo Peach – and this is the first card I’ve made that uses it.  But I really like the effect it’s added to my colour mix on this card.  So much so that I used it even more obviously in another card, which I’ll share another time.

Don’t forget that we are in the last days of Sale-a-bration now!  You only have until 31st March to grab one of these limited edition freebies.  Some things will start to be unavailable – glimmer paper is already sold out in the US, so if you want something specific, don’t delay.

If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.  As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.

If you have a really long wish list (I know I did!) then consider signing up as a demo and joining my team.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free!  If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

I hope you liked today’s card and techniques.  See you on Friday for my last post highlighting Sale-a-bration.

Caro
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