Monthly Archives: August 2016

Vertical Thank You


Just a quick post today to show you a fast and easy Thank You card – I needed some to go in with customer orders:

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It’s a one layer card and is 4 1/4″ square (you remember my measuring quirk with square cards!).  I used Stampin’ marker pens in Real Red, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive to ink up the lovely plant from Vertical Greetings, huffed on it and stamped, using the Stamp-a-majig to line it up.  I stamped the Thank You in Real Red and that was it.  I huffed on the plant again and used that to decorate my envelope – a hint of what was inside.

Hope you like it!  See you on Thursday for CAS Colours & Sketches.


Stampin’ Creative Autumn Winter sneak peek



Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop – I can’t believe another month has flown past already!  If you have arrived from Louise you will already know that our theme this month is sneak peeks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue and also have seen her lovely projects.  If you’ve started here, welcome!  Please do hop around everyone for some inspiration and even more importantly, more product sneak peeks!

Since I received my pre-order I’ve been posting sneak peeks from the catalogue – if you haven’t seen them here they are – you can click on the photos to link to the posts if you’d like more details.

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For today, I decided to make a clean and simple Christmas card featuring a stamp set and product sneak peek!  I also decided to demonstrate the difference that borders can make, so there are two versions of the card:

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You can see that the second card has a wider Garden Green border and that I’ve added another Real Red border as well.  I think it makes the card look totally different – amazing given that they are so similar.  I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and just make cards of the same size, with the same borders each time, so hope I’ve reminded or inspired you to change things up a bit!  The stamp set I’ve used here is Wonderful Year and I’ve heat embossed it using the brand new Real Red heat emboss glitter! Now, the photos do not show the true glitteri-ness – trust me when I tell you it is super glittery and gorgeous.  You have to buy some!  And it comes in Garden Green as well.

I love the products I’ve showcased for you today – hope you do too!  Next up is Gina – you can click on the button below or there is a full list of links at the bottom of this post.

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See you on Tuesday.


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Jolly Friends sneak peek


It’s Thursday so it’s time for a CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.  This week Patricia has given us this great sketch to work with:

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I have to admit, I was short of time so I went very literal with this one.  But I wanted to give you another sneak peek so I raided my pre-order stash again!

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As soon as I saw this reindeer in the Autumn/Winter catalogue I had to have the stamp set! It’s called Jolly Friends and comes with a matching hat punch.  Isn’t it cute?  The base is Soft Suede with the corner rectangle in Real Red.  I cut an oval out of Candy Cane Lane DSP using the Layering Oval framelit dies.  I stamped the reindeer in Soft Suede on Whisper White and cut it out with the smaller oval die.  I stamped the stripey hat in Real Red on Whister White, then punched that and the other pieces out.  I added some glimmer with the clear Wink of Stella.  Finally, my sentiment is heat embossed in white and is from another new stampset, Star of Light.  Hope you like it!

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




Totally Trees sneak peek


I have another sneak peek for you today – there’s a brilliant set in the new Autumn/Winter catalogue called Totally Trees and I love it!  It’s going to be great for quick and easy, CAS cards, including Christmas.  Today though, I have a more tropical theme for you:

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I stamped the background “blob” in Delightful Dijon, stamped off once and the trees in Cucumber Crush on Whisper White.  I placed the trees randomly, as I didn’t want a symmetrical, structured card.  I stamped Sunshine from Sunshine Sayings (current annual catalogue) and then constructed it with a skinny Delightful Dijon mat and a Cucumber Crush base.  It was quick and easy to put this together – hope you like it!

See you on Thursday for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge.


Tin of Tags Sneak Peek


I got a pre-order a few weeks ago and haven’t had much time to play with it.  Today I thought I’d look at the Tin of Tags project, especially as I used the “Surprise” from the stamp set on my Design Team card for CAS Colours & Sketches this week.  You can see that card here.

The Tin of Tags is a really fun project – 30 Christmassy tags, three of ten designs to make, although the sentiments aren’t all wedded to Christmas, as you’ll see.  You also need the accompanying (incredibly versatile) stamp set, some ink pads and glue.  As you might expect, the whole kit comes in a really cute red tin, perfect for keeping some embellishments in when you’ve made all the tags.  I made 10 of the tags up, one of each design, so I can keep some to show people in their “raw” state.  Here’s how they look:

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And a close up of the tin:

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The instructions are very straightforward – you’ll have 30 tags in no time!

Hope you like it – see you on Tuesday for another sneak peak!



Balloon Celebration for CAS Colours & Sketches


Sorry for going AWOL this week – Ben and I were on holiday, first in Edinburgh for the Fringe Festival and then for a few days with my aunt, who lives in Grantown-on-Spey.  I didn’t plan ahead, so there were no posts – I’ll try better next time!

So it’s time for another CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – this week Louise has chosen these for us to play with:

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So we have two of the new in colours along with a lovely neutral.  I’ll be honest, I didn’t have long to pull this together and fortunately, I got an idea nice and quickly!  The pink and purple said balloons to me, so I pulled out the Balloon Celebration stamp set.  It’s so versatile and I love the font of the sentiments.  Here’s my card:

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I decided after I tried a couple of variations, that I wanted some shine on the balloons.  So for the Sweet Sugarplum balloon I stamped in Versamark, then the ink, then added clear embossing powder and used my heat gun.  For the two Flirty Flamingo balloons I did clear embossing in the same way, with the bubbly pattern effect.  I think it adds some depth and texture.  I stamped two of the strings in Chocolate Chip and the “let us celebrate” string in Flirty Flamingo.  Hopefully you can also see that I layered white on white – thin Whisper White on a thick Whisper White base.  This same colour layering (especially white) is something I’ve learned from other members of the Design Team and I really think it adds just a bit more interest, while the card still remains CAS.

Please come and check out the other Design Team entries and do enter – we love seeing what you create.

See you on Sunday (really!).


Surprise sneak peek for CAS Colours & Sketches


It’s the second month of our multi hostess challenges at CAS Colours & Sketches and this week Bev has this great sketch for us:

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I’ve looked at this a few times and not had any inspiration but with the deadline looming (strange how that happens!), looked at it yesterday and immediately knew what I’d do with it.  And it involves a couple of sneak peeks from the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue!  We are in pre-order for demos and my goodies arrived really quickly, last Friday!  One of the must have items for me was copper foil paper, showcased here:

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I love it!  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I can see me getting through a lot of copper foil between now and Christmas!  The other sneak peek is the sentiment – this is from a really versatile stamp set called Tin of Tags designed to pair with a Christmas tags project, but as you can see, it will have loads of uses aside from the Tin of Tags projects.  I love how Stampin’ Up! give us such versatile sets.

So, my card base is thick Whisper White and my leaves are cut out using the Botanical Builder framelit dies in copper foil (woop!) and Garden Green.  The flower and the sentiment are both Rose Red and then I couldn’t resist adding a touch more of the copper, in the centre.  I love the simplicity of this card but think it has a real wow factor.  Hope you do too.

We always love to see your entries in the gallery, so please have a look at the other Design Team member’s cards for inspiration and then join us – you don’t have to have a blog, you can upload from picture galleries like Flickr.

See you on Sunday.