Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Feeling Thankful

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve arrived from Pip or have started here, you are very welcome.  I know Pip will have shared something gorgeous, especially as she recently reached a career milestone and I know she feels thankful!

I was really pleased when the team decided on this month’s theme of “Feeling Thankful”.  Right now, I have a lot to be thankful for.  I’m especially thankful that my sister Liz’s cancer was found early enough to treat and that the amazing advancements in modern medicine mean that she is being treated successfully (she lives in the US).  She’s recently had scans which show her tumour is reducing – her oncologist said that the results were very positive.  And last week, MRI scans showed that there are no spots on her brain, thanks to the radiotherapy she had several months ago – the best possible outcome.  So, massive celebrations all around!  On top of that, I fly out tomorrow morning to spend a week with Liz and Martin (my brother).  It will be brilliant to see them –   it’s hard being so far away when something like this is happening.  I’m also thankful that my dad spent a few days here this week.  He has spent a lot of the last few months in the States, not surprisingly, so we’ve not seen much of each other. It was lovely to spend some time with him and try to spoil him a bit.

So, onto my card!  Given the theme, I just had to reach for the Painted Harvest set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few of us did!  I intended to use the sunflower as part of my design but I couldn’t find the centre stamp (found it now, of course!) and actually I’m really pleased with how this ended up – I had to think outside the box a little.

Painted Harvest, Stampin' Creative, Thankful, Grateful

My base is Cajun Craze and I’ve stamped on Very Vanilla using Old Olive for the leaves – where I added detail, that was Old Olive too.  The acorns are stamped in Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry, all very Autumnal!  I heat embossed the sentiment in copper and used the triple banner punch on one end, then backed it with Cajun Craze.  I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.  Finally, I added a few sneak peeks to the envelope – you want people to know it’s a hand stamped card, right?

Next up is Gina – I know she’ll have something beautiful to share with us.  Click on the button below to hop to her, or these’s a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.

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See you soon for another Christmas card and next month for the next hop.  Thanks for joining us today – I hope you have things to be thankful for today.

Caro
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Christmas Retreat in a Box

Hello!

I’m a bit late in posting this, so if you are interested you’ll need to get your skates on and let me know today!

We had a great day at our 4th WLCR (Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats) craft retreat last Sunday.  For those of you that couldn’t come, we have great news…. you can now order your very own ‘Retreat in a Box’!

Just like our attendees you will receive all the pillow gifts and WLCR Bag which contains the goody bag products worth £35 and photo tutorials for 10 projects. This is our Bronze package and costs £45. (Watercolour Christmas clear mount stamp set can be swapped out should you already own it).

You can add either our Technique class or Stamp-a-stack class for £60 or both classes for £75 (UK posted).

Class projects are all cut, punched and die-cut ready for you to stamp and assemble.

Here are some photos to tempt you!

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Last orders 9pm Sunday October 15th.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – CASE Lyssa Zwolanek

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Hello!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  If you have arrived from Lyssa, you know how lucky we are to be CASEing her!  If you have started here you are very welcome too. This month we have a very exciting theme!  As I’ve said, we are CASEing Lyssa Zwolanek, who is a wonderful American demo.  Even better, she is taking part in our blog hop today, so make sure you check what she has come up with too.

I had a lot of fun deciding what to choose to CASE (copy and share everything, that is).  You can take anything as inspiration, so the layout, style, stamp set, colours – anything, really.  I loved this card that Lyssa recently posted on her blog:

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I took my inspiration from the metallics and the awesome idea she had to use strips of washi tape for extra effect.  I decided to use the same gorgeous metallic washi along with the Detailed Dragonfly framelit dies:

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Sadly, I just don’t seem to be able to capture how lovely this looks in real life, thanks to all that metallic shininess.  I used the new champagne metallic foil cardstock as the background for my sparkly dragonfly and used the matching sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, which I heat embossed in copper.  My base is thick Whisper White.  I *love* Lyssa’s card and I hope I’ve done it justice.  Next up we have the wonderful Eimear – click on the button below to hop to her page.  There’s also a full list of our links below, in case you get lost.

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See you soon – next weekend, I hope!

Caro
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Christmas Sweaters – clean and simple

Hello!

I recently did some business training and one of the things we had to do in advance was a creative share – all the attendees made one so we all got to take away 14 or so project ideas along with instructions, great for ready made classes!

I was asked to design a class for beginners.  We all used product from the Autumn/Winter catalogue and I decided to feature the Christmas Sweaters stamp set.  This was one I just had to get, even though I wasn’t sure how versatile it would be.  But in the end I found it easy to come up with four different ideas.

This is the first card I designed – I always like to include a one layer card in my classes, as it’s a nice easy introduction for people that don’t have much crafting experience – no tricky gluing of layers to contend with!

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I stamped the two sweaters in Emerald Envy and Real Red.  I stamped the sentiment in Versamark followed by Real Red and then heat embossed in clear. That’s it!  A nice quick and simple design, easy for a beginner or as part of a stamp-a-stack.

See you next Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative August blog hop – Dreaming of…

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Hello and welcome to the August Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  This month our theme is “Dreaming of…” so I think you’ll find quite a wide range of projects as you hop around.  If you’ve arrived from Gina, you’ve already seen something fabulous.  If you’ve started here,  welcome!  Please hop around and enjoy everyone’s projects – we’d love comments from you too, it’s lovely to hear from you.

The new Autumn/Winter catalogue goes live on September 1st and as you’d expect, has lots of lovely Christmas things for us to enjoy!  So I decided to be inspired by that and I’m “Dreaming of Christmas”.

One of the new products we have are Acetate Card Boxes – designed to hold 5 standard A6 cards and envelopes, although I fitted 6 in and also added a piece of DSP inside to decorate it:

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This was a real pain to photograph, as it’s very reflective!  The starburst DSP is from the Year of Cheer specialty DSP, a gorgeous collection of patterns in metallic colours (champagne, gold, silver & copper), while the belly band is made with Real Red card stock, a strip from another new specialty DSP, Merry Music, gorgeous Real Red Solid Ribbon and the copper foil trees were cut out using the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.

Hopefully you’re excited to see what’s in the box too!

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I used the Wise Men from Afar stampset, a gorgeous, traditional-feel set of  images, I think.  There are three basic designs, although no two cards are exactly alike.  The six cards all have thick Whisper White bases, and the Kings are stamped in Fresh Fig and Real Red as well as being heat embossed in gold and copper.  I’ve even managed to just give them metallic crowns in a couple of them!  The star is always metallic heat embossed and I’ve added some strips of the Merry Music DSP, which I created a sepia effect on using Sahara Sand.  This was especially suitable as one of the carols used is “We Three Kings of Orient, are”.

Here’s a few of the cards, in full:

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I hope you like today’s project – I had fun putting this together and I’m looking forward to creating more of them as gifts.

Now on to Pip for more Dreaming of – see you next weekend! Click on the Next Blog button, or use the full list at the bottom of the post.

Caro
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Life is a beautiful thing

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Long time no see!  I hope you are having a great summer, wherever you are. Today’s card is a simple and quick card, which shows off some of the new in colours:

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If you want to make it even faster, it also looks great as a one layer card.  It also looks great with a few rhinestones to add a bit of bling to the blossoms. For this version I stamped the sentiment in Fresh Fig and the images in Fresh Fig and Powder Pink.  All the images are from Colorful Seasons, an incredibly versatile stampset which is new in this year’s annual catalogue.  It’s got images for all year round and I’m looking forward to sharing more with you.  This set has two step stamping and as it’s photopolymer, it’s really easy to line up the flowers with the gaps in the branches.  I added a skinny Powder Pink mat and put it on a Fresh Fig base.  I think it looks cheerful and spring-like, how about you?

I’ll be back next Saturday with the Stampin’ Creative blog hop – see you then!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative’s Summer Fun Crafty Projects

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  Our theme this month is Summer Fun Crafty Projects so grab a coffee and hop around with us!

If you’ve arrived from Louise you’ll already have seen something fantastic. If you’ve started here do hop around – the links are at the bottom of the post.

I’ve had a challenging month. My sister Liz was diagnosed with lung cancer about a month ago. This was quickly followed by the discovery of spots on her brain. The good news is – it’s all treatable. Liz is doing amazingly – she is bright and positive and determined to beat this. She’s already had a course of full head radiotherapy – they are not wasting time in getting her treated. I spent two weeks there just after her diagnosis and now I’m heading back for another week to dispense hugs and provide home made croissants. Anyway, that’s a long winded explanation of why my posts once again, have failed to appear.

Onto the card!  I made this as part of a stamp-a-stack for the latest retreat I ran with my friend and upline Eimear – she’s also part of this blog hop. Although straightforward and designed to be quick to make as part of a stamp-a-stack, I love the simplicity of it. You’ll notice I used the “just breathe” sentiment again – I had teachers and parents in mind, given it’s the start of the holidays! All the images and the sentiment are from the Colorful Seasons stampset – a current favourite and likely to stay that way! The deckchairs frames are stamped in Sahara Sand, then the seats from left to right are stamped in full strength Trabquil Tide, then again but stamped off once and finally in Lemon Lime Twist the sentiment is also stamped in Tranquil Tide. I put a skinny Lemon Lime Twist mat behind the Whisper White layer and added a Tranquil Tide base.

My message for myself and anyone else that needs to take a moment – just breathe.

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And now to see what Emma has for us! Click on the button below or you’ll find a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.

See you next weekend, fingers crossed.

Caro

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