Monthly Archives: April 2016

Stampin’ Creative April blog hop


Welcome to April’s blog hop – we’re featuring retiring favourites – the list is out and there are some bargains to be had!  If you’ve arrived from the amazing Lesley, your appetite should already be whetted!  While I’m sad to see things go, especially the in-colours, it’s exciting too as there are so many fabulous new products coming!  How do I know?  As demos we have already seen the new catalogue and pre-order for us starts on 3rd May.  Those of us that went to OnStage recently got to order even sooner – I have the new in-colour inks and cardstock already!

So, as I’ve said, I’m really going to miss the retiring in colours, Lost Lagoon especially. It’s been a real hit with everyone and I’m hoping that it’ll come back in a colour reshuffle sometime. So, I knew that my post would need to include that for a start!

Something else I’m very sad to see retire is the rotary trimmer attachment. I ordered it in error but from the start have always preferred it to the trimmer arm that comes as standard – I’m in a minority, it seems.

In terms of stampsets, there is always a big reshuffle and this year is no exception. We have some truly fantastic stamp sets coming our way and we’ll be featuring new items in next month’s blog hop. For now, I’m really going to miss Enjoy the Little Things, Going Global, Beautiful Ride and plenty more!

So, on to my cards! The in colours always get snapped up straight-away, so you won’t be able to get these now, but I’m hoping you can see using other colours you do have.

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The card features the Work of Art stampset and is a CASE of a card I’ve done before which I originally CASE’d from Jen Peel, my sister’s upline.  I used the “swoosh” stamp and stamped it three times without re-inking.  The sentiment also comes from that set.

The second image is of a voucher or money envelope and I got this from my upline Eimear, although I think it was CASE’d from somewhere else again.

Here, I’ve used the Going Places DSP stack, Lost Lagoon, Missy Meadow and Hello Honey cardstocks, Hearts border punch, Heart punch and a sentiment from the Beautiful Ride stamp set, all of which are retiring!  If you like any of these, grab a bargain quickly!

So, I hope you like my homage to Lost Lagoon and retiring products.  If you do, have a look at my post from Thursday, which also features Lost Lagoon!

And now for something new!  This month, we have a product give-away!  For a comment on the blog  you have a chance to win these:


Any customer from the UK can just comment on our hops and you’ll be entered into a FREE draw to win this fabulous bundle of loveliness. Comment on any of the blogs and get an entry!… note this give-away is only available to UK customers due to the postage costs for us! But even if you can’t join in the give-away, we’d love to hear from you too. All you need to do is comment and log your entry here.

Next up is Mikaela – I love her style and I’m sure she has something fantastic to share!  You can click on the image below to get to her blog, too.

Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post.


Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

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Be Brave for CAS Colours & Sketches


This week we have a sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and Louise has set us this to play with:

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Interesting, yes?

I will say that I thought long and hard and played with a few ideas, but ultimately decided to use my favourite retiring in-colour (let’s hear it for Lost Lagoon!) and two sets I’ve really enjoyed which are also retiring, Going Global and Enjoy the Little Things.  When I checked this morning both sets were still available so if you want to grab them before they go click on the “Shop Now” button at the right of this post!

Anyway, back to the card:

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I do love a card with one colour and a neutral!  Here we have the compass from Going Global stamped in Lost Lagoon on a Very Vanilla mat.  It’s surrounded by curves cut out of one of the Going Places DSP stack using two sizes of circle framelit dies – the pattern is Lost Lagoon of course, along with Very Vanilla.  Finally, I stamped “Be Brave” from Enjoy the Little Things and put it slightly off centre to represent the placement in the sketch and put it together on a Lost Lagoon base.  I love Lost Lagoon and will miss it a lot – I’ll continue to use it on my own personal cards, that’s for sure!

Hope you like it.


More butterflies for CAS Colours & Sketches


I promised to post my first Design Team card for this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge earlier in the week, so here I am!  It’s a colour challenge, and Louise, who is setting the challenges this month put these three together:

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If you’ve read my earlier post you’ll know all that!  I didn’t say on my previous post that I spent last Saturday in Telford, attending Stampin’ Up’s Onstage Local event – we got sneak peeks of product coming in the new annual catalogue and also got a copy of it to take away – let’s just say my wishlist is a long one this year 🙂  These events are a lot of fun as well as being informative and a chance to catch up with other demonstrators, they also have plenty of “Prize Patrols”, where people are randomly selected to receive a stamp set.  I think all the attendees won one during the day and we were also given a stamp set in our bags at the beginning of the day and one at the end too!  So have three new stamp sets that I’ll be featuring over the coming weeks, as well as the new in colours.  Watch this space!

Anyway, back to the card:

Swallowtail, Emboss Resist, CC&S #170

I really like how this turned out, but I just wasn’t sure it was CAS-sy enough!  I heat embossed the butterfly (Swallowtail stamp) in white and then sponged in Chocolate Chip, Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise – I used ordinary Whisper White cardstock for this.  I love the turquoise but realised I don’t use it that often – I must remedy that!  I added  a skinny mat of Blushing Bride and my base is Chocolate Chip.  Let me know what you think!  And don’t forget to check back for my sneak peeks!


Butterflies for CAS Colours & Sketches


This week it’s a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches and Louise has set us these three lovely colours:

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I firstly came up with a design using emboss resist but I ummed and ahhed about whether it was CAS enough and in the end came up with something different I liked as much that is definitely CAS – no doubt about it!  I’ll post the other card at the weekend.  So, here is my Design Team card:

Garden in Bloom, Watercolour Wishes, CC&S #170

Hopefully you can see the Shimmery White cardstock I used for this one layer card.  The butterflies are from the Garden in Bloom set – this is the first time I’ve used it so I was very relieved to see it isn’t on the retiring list!  I stamped the outlines in Chocolate Chip and the wings are in Blushing Bride and Tempting Turquoise (one of them was stamped off, for some variation).  The sentiment is from the Watercolour Wishes set – I love the font of this.

I’m updating my post to say that thanks to Liz (her blog is here) mentioning it, I am entering the Paper Players current challenge as it calls for Clean and Simple Butterflies! Here is their challenge banner:


And there we have it – quick and easy and most definitely CAS!

Hope you like it.


It’s a Beautiful Ride for CAS Colours & Sketches


Louise has posed an interesting challenge with this week’s CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  There are are all sort of ways you can interpret this sketch:

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For some reason, I quickly decided that the image on the left-hand side looked like a car. From there my card took shape quite quickly.  I will admit that to start with, I just had the car image on the left and was planning a description that explained how the wheel represented the circle image.  But in the end I decided to put the luggage in front of the wheel and I’m so glad I did – it works so much better!  See what you think:

Clean and Simple, CC&S #169, Watercolour, Beautiful Ride

My base is Island Indigo and once again I’ve stamped using Stazon Black onto Shimmery White cardstock.  The sentiment is stamped in Island Indigo.  All the images are from the Beautiful Ride stamp set.  I framed the top layer with a skinny black border.  I used Island Indigo, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Rose Red and a tiny bit of Soft Suede (on her hair) to watercolour this – that’s a lot of colours for someone that sometimes thinks three can be challenging!  And if you look closely there’s a hint of Wink Of Stella here and there.

I’m really pleased with how this turned out – hope you like it too.

Please do join in the fun – we love to see what you create.



Cupcakes for CAS Colours & Sketches


It’s a new month, so we have a new hostess for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – Louise.  It’s a colour challenge this week and she has chosen a bright, zingy combination to get us going.  Here’s the challenge banner:

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I love Melon Mambo and really like the colours she has paired it with.  Initially, my thoughts went to flowers, but for some reason I moved on to cupcakes!  I’ve used the cupcake builder punch and Sprinkles of Life stamp set a few times recently, so it just popped into my head, I think.  Here’s my card:

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I used the punch to stamp out all the elements in different DSP and cardstock and played around until I had a combination I liked.  Initially I just used DSP but it was a bit too busy so I decided to use cardstock for the icing part of the cake and to add texture to it.  The Tangerine Tango DSP is from Schoolhouse, while I used the Elegant Dots TIEF to add texture to the icing.  The Melon Mambo DSP is from the Have a Cuppa DSP stack, and I also punched the cherry out from it.  The final cupcake of the trio is punched out from cardstock and then stamped in Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango using stamps from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set.  I’m so glad I bought this set – it’s really versatile and has some great sentiments too.  I used a mixture of card and DSP for the candles, topping them all off with a flame in Daffodil Delight.  I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Ride in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and then constructed my cupcakes using tombow and the finetip glue pen (a lifesaver for small, fiddly sticking).  I added a skinny Daffodil Delight mat and used a base of Melon Mambo.

Finally, I stamped the envelope in Melon Mambo with the #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp – a recent stamp brought out in answer to massive demand!  Shannon West, an SU! employee in the US, posted on her Facebook page to say she would send a birthday card to anyone that provided their details to her, expecting her friends and family to sign up, but it went global!  She has many, many names on her list.  Shannon named her initiative #imbringingbirthdaysback, as her aim was to send more handmade birthday cards instead of using social media for messages.  She hand carved a stamp (I wish I was that talented!) and started to send cards out in their droves.  It caught on – lots of SU! demonstrators around the world have embraced the idea and said how much we loved her stamp.  So SU! got involved and decided to produce a limited amount (and decided to keep Shannon’s design).  Only it sold out in minutes when they released it in the US!  So for the time being, it’s a permanent addition to the stamp inventory.  I got mine recently and decided this was the ideal card to start my campaign with.

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So, if you want to receive a handmade card from me on (or near) your birthday please sign up!  You can contact me through my blog, or at  I’ll happily add you to my list.

Hope you’ve liked today’s card.