Monthly Archives: May 2015

Stampin’ Creative May blog hop


I’m not sure where this month has gone, but it’s time for another blog hop!  You may have arrived from Kim’s page and lovely projects or started here – either way, welcome!

This month’s theme is “sneak peek” – we are showing off items from the new catalogue that goes live on Tuesday.  As demonstrators we are allowed to order selected items a month early and then we get to show you the results!

I was very excited to see the gift bag punch board in the new catalogue, as thanks to a spending spree last Autumn I already had it!  My sister Liz and I went a bit crazy buying “Memory Keepers” punch boards when we discovered Michaels craft shop and it’s this brand that supplies Stampin’ Up! with their boards.  Anyway, I decided to make a few gift bags using both sides of the (another sneak peek) Bohemian DSP:

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There’s just one new in colour on show here – Delightful Dijon.  The others are existing colours (Bermuda Bay, Blackberry Bliss, Island Indigo and Rich Razzleberry), but they work very well together I think.  There are three widths of bag to be made with the board, with a fixed depth of 2 inches and the height can be anything between 4 and 12 inches.  Plenty of options here!

Next I decided to make some cards inspired by the colours of the DSP using the (carried over, hooray) Larger Than Life letters and the incredibly handy Whisper White notelets, which are even pre-scored to speed things up:

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To show how much matting and borders can change a card, I took another “smile” and matted it with Island Indigo and added a card base of Rich Razzleberry:

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I think that a set of five (perhaps adding “sorry” and “happy”) in a gift bag would make a lovely present.

Finally, I decided to show off all the new in-colours on one card:

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I already love these and am struggling to choose a favourite.  If absolutely forced, I think it would have to be Cucumber Crush (the second from the top).  So let me introduce you to the 2015-2017 in-colours.  From the top we have:

  • Delightful Dijon
  • Cucumber Crush
  • Watermelon Wonder
  • Tip Top Taupe
  • Mint Macaron

I’ve used the swoosh from the (carried over) Work of Art stamp set, along with a sentiment from a sadly retired set – So You.  I will really miss this set – a lovely mixture of words and images and will continue to use it for my own personal cards.

I stamped on Whisper White card, matted it on Delightful Dijon and finally put it on a card base of Cucumber Crush.

Next on the blog hop we have Emily – I know you’ll enjoy her projects!  Looking forward to seeing you next month!


Here’s the full list, if you want to jump around:

Wow swap for Stampin’ Creative blog hop team


I recently attended team training in Telford, as did all the other members of the Stampin’ Creative blog hop team.  We agreed to meet up (in some cases, for the first time) and swap cards.  The brief was a “wow” swap, which filled me with some trepidation, as I’m not sure I would describe my style as “wow”!  Anyway, I put my thinking cap on and came up with this:

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It’s quite complicated and certainly has a lot of layers!  I’ll be honest, once I’d made nine, I was wondering why I hadn’t gone for something a little simpler!  I *love* square cards, so that’s where I started.

I stamped “do more of what makes you happy” from the Hello Life set in Versamark (after using the embossing buddy) on Melon Mambo and heat embossed it in clear.  I cut it out using the (sadly retiring) Windows framelit dies.  I cut two squares to frame the framelit, in Bermuda Bay and Whisper White.  I cut a larger framelit in Basic Grey.  The DSP was homemade too!  See what I mean about complicated?  To create the DSP, I took a square of Smoky Slate cardstock, then lined up three photopolymer stamps (“so sweet”, “love this” and “good times”) from the So You set on a clear block and stamped in Smoky Slate. The card base is Melon Mambo.  Finally, I stamped “the little things”, also from the Hello Life set in Bermuda Bay on Whisper White cardstock and cut it out using a framelit from the Curvy Keepsake Box set.  I threaded some (non Stampin’ Up!) silver thread through an embellishment (also non SU), used a glue dot to secure it and then used tom bow glue to construct the card.  The new annual catalogue from Stampin’ Up which goes live on 2nd June has some new metallic thread which would have been perfect here.

I was really pleased with this – hope you like it too!

See you soon – come back next Saturday for the next Stampin’ Creative blog hop – our theme is sneak peaks from the new catalogue!


Retiring In Colours for Fab Friday


Today’s card is in response to the Fab Friday Challenge to use the outgoing in colours (all, or your choice).  Here’s the challenge banner:

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I recently took part in a blog hop that challenged us to do exactly the same (see that post here) and I wasn’t sure how to represent this initially.  I obviously went to bed with this on my mind as I woke up knowing the sentiment and framelit dies I would use!  I decided that as the colours are retiring that I would showcase other things that are retiring.  Things I will miss.  A lot.  I went with my three favourite colours of the five – Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana:

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As is my (quirky) habit with square cards, I went with measurements in inches!

  • The base is Strawberry Slush and is 5×5 inches.
  • I used the (retiring) Window Frames and if the smallest is #1, the Whisper White layer is #2, Coastal Cabana #3 and Baked Brown Sugar #4.
  • I stamped the sentiment from (the retiring) Really Good Greetings in Coastal Cabana and then cut it out using the framelit and the Big Shot.  I thought the sentiment was very apt, given the short time left for these colours!
  • I cut a square 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in Whisper White and then layered everything together with Tom Bow.

Hope you like it.