Monthly Archives: March 2017

Last day of Sale-a-bration

Hello!

It’s the last day of Sale-a-bration (SAB), so I thought I’d post an extra blog, to remind you!  Today is your last opportunity to get a free, limited edition item with every £45 you spend – some items are already unavailable, so you may need to be flexible.

This is a great time to stock up on basics and reap the rewards!  The other things to think about buying now are the retiring in-colours, so ink pads, ink refills, cardstock and DSP, as once the retiring list is announced on April 10th, they’ll fly off the shelves.  We already know that these will retire, so get in early and stock up on your favourites!  The retiring colours are:

Cucumber Crush
Delightful Dijon
Mint Macaron
Tip Top Taupe
Watermelon Wonder (my favourite of the five and the one I will miss most)

I’ve made a quick and easy card to show off a couple of the colours, Cucumber Crush and Tip Top Taupe:

Sale-a-bration, SAB, Watercolour Words, In colours, In colors

I used the In-Colour DSP in Tip Top Taupe and Watercolour Words to show them off, along with a base of Cucumber Crush. My favourite Stitched framelit dies and Layering Ovals add a great border to my popped up sentiment in Cucumber Crush.  I think the sentiment says how I feel about Sale-a-bration!

Like it?  Get your favourites now and add SAB items too!  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.  As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my tea of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free!  If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Sale-a-bration with me!  See you on Sunday.

Caro
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Clear embossing – variation on a theme

Hello!

I recently posted about a card I’d created using the lovely Sale-a-bration (SAB) free stamp set, So Very Much.  My post is here if you want to have another look.  For a class last weekend, I decided to revisit the idea, this time taking my colour inspiration from another SAB freebie, the Carried Away DSP.  The colours are Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Smoky Slate and Watermelon Wonder.  I recently stocked up on the in colour re-inkers so I was good to go!  The baby wipe technique is used to create a multicoloured “inkpad” and by stamping in Versamark first, you can add the clear embossing powder, giving a real shine to the sentiment once it’s heat embossed.

Sale-a-bration, SAB, So Very Much, embossing, babywipe

This card has an extra layer – I didn’t like my Whisper white layer straight onto the Carried Away DSP pattern I’d chosen, so I added a skinny Night of Navy border between them.  It’s not obvious, but you’d notice if it wasn’t there, I think.  I chose Watermelon Wonder as the base colour – I love the combination of this with Night of Navy – it’s a real favourite.  I’m really sad that Watermelon Wonder will be retiring in June along with the rest of the 2015-2017 in colours as I’ve come to love it, but we’ll have five new in colours to play with and enjoy.  I have to admit that I really hadn’t taken to one of the colours we got last year – Peekaboo Peach – and this is the first card I’ve made that uses it.  But I really like the effect it’s added to my colour mix on this card.  So much so that I used it even more obviously in another card, which I’ll share another time.

Don’t forget that we are in the last days of Sale-a-bration now!  You only have until 31st March to grab one of these limited edition freebies.  Some things will start to be unavailable – glimmer paper is already sold out in the US, so if you want something specific, don’t delay.

If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.  As an additional SAB incentive, if you are intending to place a large order, you will receive an additional £20 in host rewards if your order is £200 or more.

If you have a really long wish list (I know I did!) then consider signing up as a demo and joining my team.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P and during SAB you also get to choose two additional stamp sets absolutely free!  If you are interested and want my help  choosing your starter kit, just get in touch.  If you know what you want click on the “Join my team” button on the right and get started.

I hope you liked today’s card and techniques.  See you on Friday for my last post highlighting Sale-a-bration.

Caro
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Last Chance Sale-a-bration with Stampin Creative

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Hello!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative March blog hop – you’re currently visiting Caro Thomas. I’m the first photo (going left to right) above.  You may have arrived from Pip or started here, either way you are very welcome!  If you’ve hopped to me from Pip then I know you’ll have seen some great things to whet your appetite and maybe prompt a last minute purchase!

I decided to focus on an item from the second release of Sale-a-bration (SAB) items – still available here in the UK although it’s already sold out in the US.  So if you want some, I’d suggest you get an order of at least £45 in asap, before our stocks run out too!  So what an I showcasing?  The glimmer paper!  As with all SAB items, this limited edition freebie is only available until the end of March. There are 12 sheets of 6×6 inch sparkling loveliness to play with in Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum.  And believe me, this gorgeous paper is really sparkly!

As it’s Mother’s Day tomorrow I’ve also focussed on designs that could be made easily at the last minute – no judgement here!  There’s even not any stamping, that’s how easy they are:

Sunshine Wishes, Sale-a-bration, Glimmer paper, Mother's Day

I’ve used the Sunshine Wishes thinlits to emphasize the glimmer paper and let it speak for itself on both cards.

Sunshine Wishes, Sale-a-bration, Glimmer paper, Mother's Day

My first card uses three of the same flower in the Sweet Sugarplum glimmer paper, on Whisper White with a skinny Emerald Envy border on a Basic Black Base.  Stamp a suitable sentiment inside and your Mother’s Day card is complete!

Sunshine Wishes, Sale-a-bration, Glimmer paper, Mother's Day

My second card uses hearts (from the same thinlet set) in the Sweet Sugarplum and Bermuda Bay glimmer paper, as well as a sentiment (Sunshine Wishes again).  The hearts are layered onto Whisper White – I used the largest square Stitched Framelit for this and then popped it up on dimensionals.  When gluing fiddly shapes, a spot of tombow (liquid glue) on a silicone craft mat and a piece of sponge or sponge dauber will really help – perfect coverage with no splodges!  Again, I think this could easily be a Mother’s Day card (or a late Valentines?!).

If you want to place an order please just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – UDS3QBUK – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

That’s it from me – hope you’ve enjoyed today’s cards.  Now onto Mikaela, who I know will have something beautiful to share with us.  Click on the Next button  or click on the link at the bottom of the post, where there’s a full list of today’s blog posts.

See you on Wednesday!

Caro
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Blog Hop List

Beautiful You, water colouring and embossing

Hello!

What a difference a week makes!  After my bag exploits in Barcelona, I now have a new passport (it arrived yesterday(!), my cards have been replaced and I’ve had both positive and negative experiences with insurance companies.  I hope you’ve had a great week so far.

So, Sale-a-bration ends at the end of March – if you want some of the limited edition free items available you’ll need to move fast!  And why wouldn’t you?  For every £45 you spend on gorgeous current catalogue product, you get a freebie.  Check out the leaflets if you haven’t already – there are links on the righthand side.

Today my card uses a stamp set from the Spring/Summer catalogue – Beautiful You.  I’ve said before how much I love this set and this card was one I designed for the Water and Ink class I presented at our recent craft retreat.  Like this?  Come to our next retreat!  Just get in contact – we are still arranging it but we will have a date to share soon.

Beautiful You, Watercolouring, Sale-a-bration

I stamped the image in Archival Basic Black on water colour paper and gave it a minute to dry.  Then I rubbed embossing buddy all over the card, stamped the sentiment in Versamark followed by Archival Basic Black and then heat embossed using clear powder.  I wanted to add a bit of depth and add interest to the card and I think this worked.  Next, I squeezed colour into the lids of my Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy and Early Espresso ink pads.  I used an aqua painter to add the colour to the image, building up colour to add a feeling of light and shade.  The Early Espresso splits into a mix of colours – you can see both the pink and green colours as well as a light brown – all from one ink colour!  I love the effect that provides.  Finally, I glued the watercolour layer to the Basic Black layer using fast fuse – you need a strong adhesive for water colour paper.  I used Melon Mambo for the base.

If you want to recreate this card and qualify for a free Sale-a-bration item you’ll want to buy watercolour, Basic Black and Melon Mambo cardstock, Melon Mambo, Emerald Envy, Early Espresso and Archival Basic Black ink along with the Beautiful You stamp set.  If you want to heat emboss your sentiment you’ll need embossing buddy, Versamark and clear embossing powder.  Click on the Shop with me button and don’t forget to use the host code – TRS79Q47 – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

And that’s it!  I hope you like it.  See you on Saturday – I’m running a card class from 2-5pm if you’re local to me and would like to come along.

Caro
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Party Animal Thank You

Hello!

So, you’re probably wondering how I missed my Wednesday post?  I blame Barcelona.  Unfortunately, my bag was stolen while I was there last weekend and this week got lost in a delayed return as I had to get an emergency passport, doing battle with insurance companies and generally sorting things out.  I’m fine and at the end of the day, it was just stuff and I did get an extra day in one of my favourite cities.  I’m not letting the experience mar my weekend or how I feel about Barcelona and I’ll be going back.

Anyway, on to today’s card.  I made this as inspiration for our craft retreat attendees, using some of the products they received in their goody bag and taking the colours from the Party animal DSP as my starting point.  I also used the “Thank You” stamp from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, So Very Much.

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I used re-inkers in the Party Animal colours (Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point & Tangerine Tango) to drop ink onto a couple of folded baby wipes to create my ink pad.  I wiped embossing buddy over my Whisper White layer, stamped my stamp in Versamark and then into my makeshift ink pad.  Finally, I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I used one of the Party Animals DSP’s as my border and Crushed Curry as my base.

Want to make this?  You’ll need to spend £45 in order to choose the stamp set as your Sale-a-bration item.  To get there I’d suggest Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock, Party Animals DSP, ink refillers in Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango, embossing buddy, Versamark and clear embossing powder.  Click on the Shop with me button and don’t forget to use the host code – TRS79Q47 – if your order is less than £150 to receive an extra gift from me.  Over £150 don’t use it as you’ll get the rewards to spend and you’ll still get the gift from me.

Simple but effective – I love that bit of rainbow!  See you on Wednesday (further disasters permitting!).

Caro
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Salt watercolouring and copper dragonflies

Hello!

I hope you are having a great weekend wherever you are – I’m in Barcelona, enjoying lovely food, wine and company!

Today I thought I’d share one of the cards from my technique class at the recent retreat day I ran with my upline Eimear. We are planning the next one so watch this space for the date and venue.

I have my lovely friend Carol to thank for the technique I used for this class. She is a full time, super talented artist (search for Art Is by Carol Burns if you’d like to see her work) and I was chatting to her about needing techniques for my class as I’d chosen watercolouring as my theme. Carol suggested I tried watercolouring one colour on my paper, varying the intensity of the colour and then quickly, before it dried, adding plenty of salt all over. Left to dry, the salt draws and intensifies the colour and a beautiful crackled effect emerges. So I tried it with Island Indigo on watercolour paper (75 x 148.5 mm) and loved the effect.

Dragonfly Dreams, Watercolour, Salt

I kept this card simple – I cut out the dragonfly outline using the Detailed Dragonfly think it dies and then cut it again out of copper foil. I slotted the two together and added tombow using a sponge so I got plenty of coverage with no splurges appearing – it’s a great way to add glue evenly. I added them to an Island Indigo base and my card was done.

Don’t forget we are in the last month of Sale-a-bration! Now is the time to stock up on essentials and get a free, limited edition product for every £45 you spend. Got a long wish list? Think about joining my team of Crafting Maestros and benefitting from an immediate 20% discount and joining a lovely family of likeminded people.

I hope you like today’s card – see you Wednesday.

Caro
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Watercolour pencils and Hey Chick

Hello!

We are into the final month of Sale-a-bration (SAB)!  If you don’t know what that means; put simply, for every £45 you spend on an order, you choose a limited edition free item!  Yes, you heard me, free.  The free items this time around include stamp sets, DSP, ribbon, a tin and a very recent addition of a glimmer paper stack (I’ll be featuring that soon).  Just to be clear, that’s a free item for every £45 you spend – what’s not to love?  The current annual, Spring/Summer and Sale-a-bration brochures are available to view – just click on the buttons on the right of this page.

So today I thought I’d show you a recent swap I made for the Team Night I attend, run by my upline Eimear.  It uses the most popular SAB item for 2017 – the Hey, Chick stampset.  Everyone has fallen for this cheeky, fun set and I’ve seen lots of cards using it.  My card also features the incredibly popular watercolour pencils, new in the Spring/Summer catalogue.  I’m desperately hoping that there will be additional colours in future catalogues.  The pencils are really versatile – you can use them on their own, with blender pens or with aqua painters and you get different results depending what you use.  Here, I’ve used an aqua painter:

Hey Chick, Sale-a-bration, Watercolour

I stamped my images and sentiment in Soft Suede on a Crumb Card notecard and then coloured my main hen in rainbow colours of Rich Razzleberry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive (just a touch), Bermuda Bay and Pacific Point.  The little egg was coloured in Daffodil Delight with Real Red feet and I added eyes in Early Espresso marker as Soft Suede wasn’t prominent enough.  I added some texture beneath their feet using Old Olive and Early Espresso then got to work with my aqua painter.  I blended the colours and then left the card to dry.  I added the grass stems and shadows later, again using the pencils.  I think it’s cute and fun!

If you want to re-create this, simply buy the watercolour pencils, notelets, soft suede ink pad, aqua painters and blender pens (I didn’t use the blender pens use for this project, but I do use them a lot with the pencils) for £50.50 and get the stamp set for free!  Click on the “Shop with me” button and don’t forget to use this month’s host code of TRS79Q47 to receive a thank you from me.  If you get carried away and order over £150, don’t use the code as you will get the rewards to spend (as well as two further SAB items!).

Hope you this today’s project – see you on Sunday!

Caro
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