Monthly Archives: January 2016

Stampin’ Creative January blog hop


It’s a bit late, but Happy New Year!  Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  Our theme this month is Love and Hearts.  You may have arrived here from Lesley or started here, either way, welcome!

I’ll be honest, I was a bit surprised by how many heart things I had!  Punches, stamp sets, the whole works.  To say nothing of lots of lovely red cardstock.  So I went a bit overboard, perhaps.  But can you really?  Where Love and Hearts are concerned?  See what you think:

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What do you think?  Read on for the details.

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Three “pink” hearts punched out using the Sweetheart punch in melon mambo, blushing bride and rose red.  The stamped heart is from “Hello Life” and is stamped in Rose Red.  I mounted these on a mat of Very Vanilla, added a very skinny Early Espresso mat and the base is melon mambo.

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I *love* the curvy gift box.  Just sayin’.  It is definitely not just for Christmas!  Again, I used the Sweetheart punch  to create a Whisper White heart.  The cloud-like heart is from a Sale-a-bration freebie called Sky is the Limit, which I’m really enjoying.  I stamped that in Real Red.  I used the circle framelit dies to cut out a circle in Gold Glimmer paper and layered them up to go on a Real Red curvy box.  I used Whisper White satin ribbon as a final touch.

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My final project is a simple Valentine’s card.  I used a Real Red Base and then a skinny Basic Black layer topped off with a Whisper White mat.  I stamped the three heart images (I told you I had lots!) from the Hello Life stamp set in Real Red.  I mounted all three together and stamped in one go – you can do them separately if you prefer.  I stamped “Know What I love” from another SAB free set – “What I love” in Basic Black and put it together.  What does it say inside?  “You”, of course!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects – I really enjoyed putting these together.

Next up is Louise – just click on the button below to see what lovely creations she has to show us.  There’s also a full list of all the blogs in today’s hop at the bottom of the post.  Enjoy!

Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016


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Love for CAS Colours & Sketches #158


This week’s sketch challenge from CAS Colours and Sketches is deceptively simple:

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Looks easy, right?  I came up with a card I loved that I wasn’t sure met the challenge rules 100%, so I went back to the drawing board.  As a Design Team member I don’t want to lead anyone astray, especially as the DT have been talking about the challenge rules lately!  In order to be selected as a winner, the rules have to be followed, so please double check them if you are entering.  Anyway, here is my card:

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I chose a base of Melon Mambo and a Whisper White mat.  As you can see, I flipped the sktech, which *is* allowed!  I used the lovely versatile Watercolor Words for my sentiment and images, stamped in Melon Mambo and Crushed Curry.  Initially I was going to include DSP but it was too busy, but that is where the colour combination came from.

A slightly different Valentine’s card, I thought.

Hope you like it!  Do come and join our current challenge – we love seeing what you create! Oh, want to see my first idea?  Come back soon and I’ll share it – it’s very similar!



Watercolour Birthday Words


This weekend has had quite a focus on crafting – I had a class at home yesterday afternoon (four cards for £10 if you are local and fancy it sometime), which is always fun. I love sharing card making with people.  Today it dawned on me that I have quite a few friend’s birthdays coming up (and have already missed a couple, oops) and so need to make some cards for them!

I bought the Watercolor Wards stamp set when the annual catalogue came out and I do love it.  It has a mixture of sentiments and images and is perfect for putting quick and simple cards together.  My card needs to work for both men and women so this influenced my colour choices and my design:

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The base is Blackberry Bliss and the mat is Delightful Dijon (my new favourite rich yellow-gold).  I stamped the star in Delightful Dijon, the heart in Blackberry Bliss stamped off once and the Happy Birthday in Blackberry Bliss, all on a Whisper White layer.  I had plenty of choices for inside the card too, but I’m keeping that as a surprise, in case any of the recipients see this before their birthdays!  All the stamps were from the Watercolor Words set – as I said, it’s very versatile.

Now I’m off to work on my card for the CAS Colours & Sketches next challenge, which goes live on Thursday.  Don’t forget to check out the challenge and enter a card – the more the merrier!

Hope you like today’s card.



Remarkable You for CC&S #157


This week’s challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches is a colour challenge.  Here’s the banner:

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Now, I’m going to stop saying that I’m finding the challenges “challenging” because I’m saying it most weeks!  What I will say though, is that I thought I’d find the sketches harder than the colours.  Not this week!

I played around with these colours for a while before a stamp set caught my attention.  I bought it because it has calla lilies in it, and my wedding bouquet was dark purple calla lilies, so I have soft spot for them.  It’s a lovely set called “Remarkable You” from the current annual catalogue. I used a bit of artistic license with the colours:

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My base is Rose Red and I stamped the images on watercolour paper using memento black ink.  I watercoloured with Rose Red, So Saffron and Soft Suede using my aqua painters.  The sentiment also comes from “Remarakable You”.  This is a bit different to my usual style but I was thrilled with how it came out!  I added some interest by having two panels which I backed with Basic Black cardstock.  Here’s a close up of the watercolouring:

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Come and join us and enter a card – I really enjoy how the challenges stretch me – I certainly make cards I never would otherwise!

Hope you like it.


Cake for Addicted to CAS


I’ve had it in mind all week to enter the current Addicted to CAS challenge, as I loved the challenge banner:

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How can you resist?!  Especially as I am also a big fan of Clean and Simple cards.  If you fancy a sketch challenge as well, hop on over to CAS Colours & Sketches, where I just happen to be a member of the Design Team!

Anyway, back to CAKE!  Sadly, I don’t have many stamp sets that meet the brief for this, although sometimes being limited is a good thing, I think.  Too many choices and it can be hard to narrow down a design.  Anyway, I decided to use “Sprinkles of Life”, which is in the current annual catalogue and is this year’s charity stampset.  For every purchase, Stampin’ Up! make a donation to the Ronald McDonald House charity, a very worthy cause.  I also decided to use a new DSP, from the Spring/Summer catalogue – It’s My Party. Unusually, this comes in a pad of 48 sheets of 30×30 cms, so my sister and I went halves on it, as we do have a tendency to hoarde DSP!  The colours and patterns are gorgeous – I know I’m going to enjoy using this.  Ok, and hoarding some, I admit it.  So, here’s my card:

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I took the colours in the DSP as my inspriation – there’s Sahara Sand, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Mint Macaron dancing on Whisper White – isn’t it gorgeous, even just as a border?  So, I stamped the cupcake case and the candle in Melon Mambo, stamped off once so it didn’t overpower the Mint Macaron icing.  I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry.  I added a skinny Melon Mabo mat, a larger border of the DSP and finally put it all on a base of thick Whisper White (I am so glad that Stampin’ Up! introduced this).

So that’s it – clean and simple, with a lot of fun, I think!  Hope you like it too.


Dream Big for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today’s card is my Design Team card for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge #156, which is a sketch challenge.  Here’s the banner:

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I can find sketch challenges somewhat, umm, challenging, so I was really pleased that when I saw this I had an idea for my card quite quickly.  I did have to go through quite a few versions and tweaks but in the end I came up with a card that I love and I hope you do too!

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I love square cards, don’t know why, I just do, so as soon as I saw this week’s sketch I knew my card was going to be square.  I was in the mood for bold colours so I went for the Brights collection.  My base is Bermuda Bay (5 inches square – again, I don’t know why, but I measure my square cards in inches), with an Oval cut out using the Oval framelit dies.  I marked the centre of the card and then freehanded the die placement.  To create my lines at the top and bottom of the card I stamped the lines from Botanical Blooms in Bermuda Bay, deliberately being not too hung up on perfection.  I used the Botanical Blooms framelit dies to cut out the little flower in Melon Mambo and also stamped the Dream Big from Enjoy the Little Things in Melon Mambo.  I cut the white oval out using the same sized oval die as before with the next size up to create a border to the aperture.  Finally I put it all together with tombow.  Here’s a side view:

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Our job on the Design Team is to provide inspiration to the people taking on the weekly challenges.  If you like my card or the challenge banner, why not come and join us and enter?  I find that challenges can really stretch you as a cardmaker and it’s so exciting when you come up with something completely different that you know is only because you tried the challenge.  Also, ok I’m shallow, it’s pretty exciting when you get nominated as a winner.  But seriously, the best bit is designing a card you love that you feel proud of.  So come on, what are you waiting for?!


The Sky is the Limit


Today I’ve made a quick and simple card, showcasing a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that is only around for a few weeks!  So if you like it, get your order in quick.

While I say “quick and simple” it was anything but while I was playing around with the design.  The finished product?  Absolutely it’s quick and easy.  But getting there wasn’t. But sometimes it just happens that way.

Before I show you the card, I just want to highlight Sale-A-Bration.  If you’re not aware, every year from the new Spring/Summer Occasions catalogue going live to the end of March, Stampin’ Up! have a period called Sale-A-Bration.  What does it mean?  In one word – freebies!  For every £45 spent (from the Annual or Spring/Summer catalogues or even the Clearance Rack), you choose a free item from the special, limited edition selection in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There’s a link on the right, if you want to browse and start working on your wishlist.  It’s also a great time to join up as a demonstrator (immediate 20% discount on your orders, anyone?) as instead of the normal joining offer of £130’s worth of supplies for £99 you get £160 and it’s entirely up to you what you have, as you choose from the current catalogues.  Anyway, onto today’s card.

I wanted to make a masculine birthday card as we need to send one and this is what I came up with:

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The base is Early Espresso and the mat is Very Vanilla.  To create the sky effect, I took four stampin’ write markers, in Marina Mist, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride and scribbled on a large clear block, taking care to blend the colours and to use the stronger colours sparingly.  I add just a few dashes of the Blushing Bride.  I spritzed the whole block with water and then put the Very Vanilla mat on top of the block, smoothed gently and lifted it off.  After waiting for it to dry (you may notice that I didn’t wait *quite* long enough), I stamped the plane, sentiment and smoke trail in Early Espresso.  I glued it together with Tombow and there we have it, a quick and easy birthday card!

Hope you like it.