Monthly Archives: February 2017

Birthday Bonanza with Stampin’ Creative


Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative February blog hop!  This month our theme is “birthdays” – a bonanza of them, in fact!  If you’ve arrived from Gina you’ve already been inspired.  If you’ve started here or arrived from someone else, welcome!

I used the Party Animal DSP from the Spring/Summer catalogue as my inspiration for my projects – I didn’t especially like this when I first saw it – I thought it was a bit too clashing.  But seeing it in person really changed my mind and now I love it!

I started with a white treat box, carried over from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I’m always looking for different packaging ideas, especially boxes, as we give a lot of vouchers as presents in my family.  It’s great to have a box or bag, instead of a boring white envelope!

Party Animal, white treat box

I cut squares of the Party Animal DSP – the box side dimensions are 3×3 inches, so I cut the four DSP panels at 2 13/16 for a small border.  I stamped the Happy Birthday from Window Shopping (Spring/Summer) in Emerald Envy on the front of the box and then added the panels using tombow. I added the gorgeous Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon (Spring/Summer) and hung a couple of the matching embellishments with plain white thread (not Stampin’ Up!).  I slid the box into it’s matching plastic sleeve for protection until I want to use it.

Next, I made a card to go with my box.  I’ve used this quick and simple design before, but the bright DSP jazzes this one up and gives me an opportunity to use Emerald Envy again! Simple doesn’t have to mean boring.

Party Animal DSP, Birthday

Finally, I created a stepped up version of my card – I flipped the DSP over for a different (and gorgeous) pattern and I also flipped the card orientation.  I added a skinny border of Crushed Curry to highlight the DSP and I added a Stitched Oval layer in Emerald Envy behind the sentiment.  I went two-tone on the sentiment by using Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy markers to ink the stamp up – I really like that effect.

Party Animal DSP, Birthday

And that’s it!  A completely different take on the same design.

Don’t forget we’re in Sale-a-bration season!  Like what you see and want to place an order? For every £45 you spend until 31st March, you can choose a completely free item – the catalogues are to the right.  If you spend under £150 please use this hostess code – TRS79Q47, over £150 please don’t as you’ll get the hostess rewards to spend.  As an additional Sale-a-bration reward, spend over £200 and get an extra £20’s worth hostess rewards!

Our next hop is on 25th March, see you then!

And now onto Mikaela, who I know will have something beautiful to share – click the button below.  There’s also a full list of all the blogs for today, in case you get lost or want to hop around.  Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects!



Blog Hop List

Spring Craft Retreat – how it went!


Once again I’m saying sorry for the gap in my posts – the retreat plus being ill this week is to blame.  I thought I’d give you an update about last weekend’s retreat – it was great!  If you are remotely local please think about signing up next time, we guarantee you a great day of crafting.  We taught two full classes, one technique and one stamp-a-stack, so our attendees went home with 21 cards, along with a goody bag full of Stampin’ Up! products and three pillow gifts they received during the day.   Did I mention the free raffle?  Yep – everyone started with a strip of tickets and then earned them for anything we felt like during the day – fun, we thought!  Oh, and there were eclairs.  Chocolate eclairs.  Homemade.  Enough said?  We are sorting out the date and venue for the next retreat – contact me if you’d like us to let you know the details.  Here are a few photos of the day:

Beautiful views improve crafting!
Raffle prizes!
Inspiration and kits
Goody bag ideas
Goody bag ideas

Hope you like them!


Hey, Chick!


I am currently what feels like knee deep in pre for our upcoming retreat – it’s next Saturday and although Eimear and I think we’re much more organised than last time (me, especially), there’s still a way to go.  I am really pleased with what I’ve got done though, and some things can’t be prepared before my order arrives tomorrow.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page – Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats – as we’ll be posting there next Saturday.  If you fancy joining us next time we will be announcing the date soon – it will be a Sunday in June.

Today I’m sharing another simple card I designed as a make & take for my recent launch parties.  I really love the new watercolour pencils that Stampin’ Up brought out in the Spring/Summer catalogue and I’m not alone – in the US they were so popular they went out of stock really quickly – I think they are back now.  In Europe we haven’t had those problems but they are definitely popular!

Hey, Chick!, watercolouring, pencils, SAB

I stamped the chicken From Hey Chick in Soft Suede – you can get this stamp set for free with an order of £45, until the end of March.  I then used Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie pencils on the body and Early Espresso for his feet.  I used Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral and Real Red on his funky hair and added some Real Red to his tail feathers.  I used a blender pen to smooth and blend the colours.  Where I wanted to add more intensity I just went over with the pencils again.  I stamped the sentiment in Pumpkin Pie ink, all this on Whisper White.  I layered this on a Pumpkin Pie border and then onto a thick Whisper White base.

Hope you like it!

See you on Wednesday.


Beautiful You Birthday


I’m a bit late, but it *is* still Wednesday, so I call that a result!

Today I’m showing another quick and easy, clean and simple card that I created for my recent new catalogue and Sale-a-bration launch parties.  It uses the gorgeous “Beautiful You” set that I loved the moment I saw it – I was lucky enough to win a set at the last OnStage event in November.  This is a really versatile stamp set that lends itself to watercolouring, pencils, paper piecing, you name it!  And it’s all over demo’s blogs and Pinterest boards.  Here’s the one layer design I came up with:

Beautiful You, Clean and Simple, Monochrome, Birthday

I also wanted to show that creating a card doesn’t need lots of things – this is a one layer card using one stamp set and one ink colour.

I used the stamp-a-majig to line up my three ladies and to position my sentiment.  When I filled in the rightmost image I stamped off the Elegant Eggplant once for a contrast.

When I was demonstrating this card at one of my launch parties, I forgot to stamp off once, so I stamped the middle image to demonstrate how the stamped off image would look and the next version of the card was born – this is in Watermelon Wonder:

Beautiful You, Birthday, Monochrome, Clean & Simple

One of my attendees went one step further as she like it so much and also stamped the final image.

Simple but effective, I thought.  Hope you like it!  See you at the weekend.