Monthly Archives: May 2016

A sparkle shaker card for CAS on Sunday


I went to Onstage last month and made my first ever shaker card. For someone that really struggled with dimensionals in the beginning, I am very proud that I made one and even more that I really liked it!  In my pre-order, I made sure I had the sprinkles punch and the Confetti Celebration stampset, along with the windows sheets and brand new foam adhesive strips. I was very pleased to see CAS on Sunday’s challenge this week – Sparkle – because I thought it was my perfect opportunity to make a shaker card:

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I also decided to use a couple of the new in-colours, so it’s a real sneak peek.   My base is Dapper Denim, with a Sweet Sugarplum top layer. I used my new punch to create the shaker elements in Gold and Blushing Bride and also cut a star out of the Gold. I used one of the star framelits (not retiring, hooray) to cut the top layer and used that as a mask on my base to place the adhesive foam. I rubbed versamark all over the card and edges of the foam to remove static and then added the glimmer sprinkles. I added dimensionals to the base and lined my top layer up and than pressed down gently to adhere. I stamped “Let’s Celebrate” from the same stampset in Dapper Denim on Whisper White. I cut it out using the banner framelit from the treat bag framelit dies and two more from Dapper Denim and Sweet Sugarplum and layered them together.  Finally I put it all together with tombow as usual.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday.


Stampin’ Creative May blog hop – sneak peek!


Welcome!  If you’ve arrived from Louise, you’ve already seen some wonderful projects. If you’ve started here, you are very welcome.  Last month we featured items that are retiring when the new catalogue goes live (just a few days to go!).  This month we are featuring sneak peeks of new products – I’m very excited to show you some things that are coming!

We have two new members joining our hop from this month – you’ll see Sarah’s name on the list below.  We also have Gina, although she’s not in the hop this month as along with Mikaela and Queen Pip she is on the Stampin’ Up! incentive trip (that means they did really well as demonstrators last year, so I’m part of a very illustrious group).  Actually, Sarah is also on the incentive trip – somehow she managed to fit in a post in amongst all her packing and excitement!  Sadly, Lesley has decided to step down from this month – we will miss her.  Thanks for all your amazing projects Lesley.

As demonstrators we get to pre-order a month early as well as see the catalogue so we know all the wonderful new products that are being launched.  If you’d like that too, just click on the “Join my team” button on the right.  Not sure?  For starters, you’ll get £130 worth of product for just £99 and 20% discount off your orders.  Even better, if you sign up in June you get two stamp set for free as well.  You can choose any two sets you like – it’s a fantastic offer!

Anyway, back to the sneak peeks!  I made three cards to show you today.  First up is the Playful Backgrounds set:

Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy,  Flirty Flamingo, Playful Backgrounds, Painter's Palette

I was inspired by a colour scheme at Farrow & Ball for this one – there was a gorgeous blue, green and black room which caught my eye on their website.  So, I used two of the stamps from the set and stamped the open circles in Basic Black first, then, the filled circles in Emerald Envy and Dapper Denim.  I’ll admit, these are my favourites of the new in colours.  Then I decided that a little hint of pink would work, so added Flirty Flamingo, stamped off once.  The sentiment is from the new Painter’s Palette set, also showcased in the next card!  I stamped that in Emerald Envy, cut it out using framelet from the Project Life Paper Clips thinlits (from the current catalogue), cut another in Basic Black, cut it in half and framed the sentiment, then popped it up on dimensionals.  I gave this a skinny black border and a base of Emerald Envy.  I really like this one!

Next, I decided to put all five in-colours together.  There’s been some debate amongst demos about whether they go together.  In some situations I’d say they don’t, but here I hope I’ve made it work:

Painter's Palette, 2016-2018 in-colours

I stamped the artist’s easel from Painter’s Palette in Basic Black and then stamped another on a piece of scrap Whisper White and added the in-colour swooshes – there are three of differing size to choose from!  Don’t know the in-colour names yet?  Meet Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  I fussy cut the “picture” out, then popped it up on my card base with dimensionals.  The sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Emerald Envy.  I put a skinny mat of Emerald Envy behind the Whisper White layer and put it together with a Dapper Denim base.

Finally, I decided to go monochrome and chose an in-colour I’d overlooked.  I wasn’t sure I liked it until I saw it like this:

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This is Sweet Sugarplum!  Did you overlook it above?  So did I!  But given centre stage I think it’s gorgeous.  I used a current (and carrying over) stampset – one of my current favourites, Garden in Bloom, and stamped the flower outlines full strength and then filled them with a mixture of full strength and stamped off once centres.  I thought the sentiment from the same set was particularly appropriate given I’d mostly been ignoring this colour so far!  This is a one layer notecard, so super quick and easy to produce.  One ink, one stampset and a couple of blocks and you’re good to go!  So it turns out I really like three of the new in-colours – I wonder which one will change my mind next!

Don’t forget to check Louise’s post if you entered the blog hop giveaway last month – she is announcing the winner today!

Now on to Eimear – just click on the button below.  There’s also a full list of all our blogs at the bottom of the post.


Stampin' Creative Blog hop 2016

Hope you have enjoyed today’s post and hop.  See you on Tuesday.


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Punch art fish for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today it’s my last challenge of the month for CAS Colours & Sketches and it’s a sketch challenge:

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I haven’t had much experience with designing sketches so I tried to keep it simple with both of mine for my month as hostess.  I will admit that I’ve had an idea for this layout in my head for a few weeks now and have been looking forward to sharing it!

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I made the fish out of Island Indigo and Crushed Curry using a combination of punches – the balloon bouquet and the 1 1/4″ circle and I used my paper snips as well, to snip the ends off the balloons.  I added a black candy dot for an eye and used one of the stamps from Enjoy the Little Things to decorate the tail – I’m really going to miss this set – a collection of very versatile sentiments and patterns – I’d really recommend you snap one up from the retiring list.  For the other elements of the sketch I used gradually reducing circles and a heart using the owl and cupcake builder punches. I rarely use retired products but couldn’t resist the sentiment from Hi There.  I love how the circle mirrors the circle elements and the sentiment is really cute too.  I constructed it all on a Whisper White mat on base using tombow – my pick-me-up tool (not Stampin’ Up!) was invaluable for this!  Finally I put it together with a skinny black border and a base of Island Indigo.

That’s it – I hope you like it.  Have a look at the other Design Team cards and join in with us – we love to see your cards in the gallery.

See you on Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative Blog Hop.


Garden in Bloom – Hello Bee


As I mentioned in my last post, I held a card class on Saturday.  I had two people, less than usual and it meant I actually had some time to sit and craft while they made their cards, even with keeping an eye on them both! Everyone really loves the little bee that is the quiet, small star of the Garden in Bloom stamp set and I decided to give him centre stage on a note card design.

Garden in Bloom, Watercolour Wishes, Bee

As you can see, it’s really quick and easy!  I stamped the bee outline in archival Basic Black and then stamped the body in Crushed Curry. I added the sentiment from Watercolour Wishes in the black again and finally, added clear Wink of Stella to a couple of the bee’s wings, to add a little sparkle.

I loved this focus on the bee, hope you like it too!

See you on Thursday – my post will go live at 1pm to match the CAS Colours & Sketches post – it’s my last week as host for this month.


Garden in Bloom birthday


I held a card class yesterday – I hold these monthly, normally on the third Wednesday and Saturday of the month.  I call this call this the “Fantastic Four” class, as we make, yes you guessed it, four cards!  I also offer a “3plus1” express card (new this month), where we make three cards the same plus one fancier or stepped up card.  These are on the 4th Thursday.  So if you are local to Swindon and fancy trying a class please get in touch.

Today’s card is one that I came up with for yesterday’s class.  If I’m honest, it was a bit panic inspired, as first thing yesterday morning I didn’t have four cards!  Fortunately, inspiration struck and my current favourite set, Garden in Bloom, came to the rescue:

Garden in Bllom, Suite Sayings, birthday card

This is a quick and simple one layer card using thick Whisper White cardstock.  I stamped the flower outlines in Watermelon Wonder and then filled them in with Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry, both stamped off once.  I added the bee in Archival Black and Crushed Curry (he was a *big* hit at yesterday’s class, so much so that I’ve come up with a design featuring just him – come back on Tuesday to see it!) and then the sentiment from Suite Sayings in Watermelon Wonder.  I only recently bought this stamp set so was very pleased to see it’s carried over into the new annual catalogue – not long to go now!  If you’d like a copy please let me know, I’ll happily send one to you.

Hope you like it!  See you on Tuesday.



You wonderful thing for CAS Colours & Sketches


It’s a colour challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches this week and I’ve continued the retiring in-colours theme:

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I saved my favourites for last and added metallic silver for a pop – I think they work well as a combination.  I’m really sorry that these will have retired before copper officially makes it into the Stampin’ Up! colour range – we have all sorts of goodies coming in copper and I’m really looking forward to it.  Look out for a sneak peak in the blog hop on Saturday 28th May, if not before!

So, on to today’s card.  I didn’t have a clear idea of where I was going when I started this card.  I’ve been thinking about the colours for while, but hadn’t come up with a particular idea.  So I looked through my stampsets until an idea came.

CC&S #174, Suite Sayings, Retiring In-Colours, Heat embossing

I decided to use the “You Wonderful Thing You” stamp from the Suite Sayings stampset and decided I wanted to emphasize the “Wonderful” by repeating it.  There are plenty of ways to do this – masking the stamp so it doesn’t all mark up, masking where you are stamping etc., but I decided I wanted actual strips of one colour layered onto another.  And yes, I deliberately made sure they weren’t lining up!  I stamped the whole sentiment in Lost Lagoon and Blackberry Bliss on pieces of Whisper White , then in Versamark, added silver embossing powder and let loose with the heat gun – I *love* heat embossing and the metallics are especially effective!  I also stamped the sentiment on Lost Lagoon and clear embossed it.  I used the trimmer to separate the sentiment lines and tidied up the ends with my paper snips.  Then I played around until I had a colour combination I liked.  I added the Lost Lagoon to emphasise the “you”.

I’m really pleased with how this came out – hope you like it!  We love to see what people create, so play along with us and enter your card in the gallery.



Clean, simple, quick and easy


I haven’t managed two posts in a week for quite some time.  Today’s post is thanks to the sketch challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches, where I’m a member of the Design Team and also the hostess for the month.  I set a sketch challenge this week – here’s the banner:

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You can see what I came up with here, but once I’d made that card I realised it was a great template for quick and easy cards and very rapidly produced three more:

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Th first card was a challenge card for my upline’s team that I’m part of – she chose those colours as we have some fab pink, black and white paper coming in the new catalogue and she was inspired by that.  I decided they would look great using the sketch layout.  I cut strips of the (retiring) Everyday Chic DSP and put the sentiment in a different place, all on a Melon Mambo mat on a Basic Black base.  Then I looked at my washi stash and had fun!  I’m sure some of it is retired, especially given how often I don’t use it!  I sneaked in another farewell to the retiring colours – Lost Lagoon this time!  The square card uses two other tapes from the Botanical Gardens washi, for a completely different look to my original card.  If you want to compare it here rather than click on the link, here it is:

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So, four totally different quick and easy cards, all from one sketch (which I rotated through 180 degrees – allowed in in the rules!) – what do you think?

Hope you like them – there is still time to create your own take on the sketch and join us at CAS Colours & Sketches – hope to see your cards in the gallery.