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Stampin’ Creative Make a Card Send a Card

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Hello and welcome to the June Stampin’ Creative blog hop. Our theme this month is Make a Card, Send a Card. If you have arrived from Sarah I know you’ll have seen something special. If you have started here – welcome!

I think most of us are a bit guilty of making cards and stockpiling them, so this month we want to encourage you to send your creations! There is something so special about receiving a handmade card, especially “just because”. There are groups now which exist just for this – you sign up and commit to sending other people cards – I think it’s a fantastic idea.

My card today is a simple one, but I think effective. We’ve had some very bad news in my family this week and this card is for my sister, Liz. I know she’ll see this before the card arrives, but I want to send her as much love as I can straightaway. I think the card looks better in real life, so she can look forward to receiving it – I’m flying over tomorrow with our dad, so she will get it delivered by hand.

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I’ve used two stamp sets for this card – one that carried over, High Tide and one new one, Colorful Seasons, which has proved very popular. I also used more colours than I often do, there are five here! I took a 148.5 x 100mm piece of Shimmery White cardstock and used Marina Mist, Island Indigo, Tranquil Tide and Pool Party with an aqua painter to create the sea. I actually made two and they look totally different – I love how watercolour effects are never the same twice! I put the card under paper and weights to dry and then stamped the birds from High Tide in Smoky Slate (Liz won’t thank me for this as she hates grey, but it was the right colour for them!). Finally, I rubbed embossing buddy over the card and stamped the sentiment from Colorful Seasons in versamark and heat embossed in silver. The base is Island Indigo, which really picks up the colours of the sea.

It says everything I need it to and goes with all my love.

Now onto Eimear for more wonderful inspiration – I can’t wait to see what she has for us! Click the button below to go to her blog. There is also a full list of our posts at the bottom.

Apologies for the long gap in my posts – I’ll be back weekly again from now on.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative Annual Catalogue Sneak Peek

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Hello!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop for May.  Our theme this time is Sneak Peeks of the new, almost live annual catalogue!  You are here with me, Caro Thomas and if you’ve arrived from the amazing Queen Pip you’ll have seen some wonderful things already. 

My sneak peeks are really quite simple. I have to admit that this month’s hop actually caught me on the hop (!) as I came away on holiday without having planned. Fortunately, I did a load of playing with new products recently and I’d even taken photos of them!  My first card mixes old and new – new in-colours and stampset, along with an old stampset and framelit die, but they both carry on into the new catalogue:

The base is the gorgeous Tranquil Tide and I went for quite a few layers here as you’ll see. I stamped the leaves from the gorgeous new stampset Oh So Eclectic in Tranquil Tide on my smallest Whisper White layer – I love the textured effect that the stamp gives. I stamped the sentiment from You’re So Sweet in Berry Burst and then cut out using the framelit from the Mini Treatbag coordinating set. I cut another banner in Berry Burst then snipped it in half to add a flash of colour. I glued them together with snail and then popped up in dimensionals. 

I thought I would also show you some of the bookmarks I’ve made – these will be sent out with the new annual catalogues to all my customers, so if you want one you’ll need to buy something quickly!  These bookmarks have been on a few Facebook posts, but I haven’t blogged about them and thought I’d share them now. They now look even better in real life, as my in-colour ribbons have arrived and I’ve completed them, ready to post. 


I cut thick Whisper White into 5cms strips along the width, so the strips were 297mm long. I cut those in half, then punched using the scalloped tag topper punch. I used Oh So Eclectic for my images (completely different to the leaves, right?  I’m thinking of renaming this set to Oh So Versatile!) and used all the new in-colours along with sentiments from Sunshine Sayings and Vertical Greetings, to complete them. 

That’s it from me, I hope you’ve enjoyed my projects. Now on to Emma for some more gorgeous sneak peeks. Click on the button below, or there’s a full list of the links at the bottom of the post. 

See you on Wednesday. 

Caro
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Quick and simple “Thinking of You”

Hello!

Welcome to the weekend!  I hope you are having a good one.  I’m planning some crafting this weekend – my pre-order arrived this week and I can’t wait to play with the new goodies I’ve got.  There will be more sneak peeks coming your way, but don’t forget that the new catalogue goes live on 1st June, so not too much longer to wait before you can buy for yourself.  Of course, if you can’t wait that long you could always sign up as a demo – I’d love to welcome you to my team and there’s no need for you to be local.

On to today’s card.  As you’ll know, I’m on a mission to use up DSP and send more cards.  Today’s card is a very simple, multipurpose card thanks to the sentiment.

Clean and simple, Fruitstand DSP, #loveitchopit, #makeacardsendacard

My base is thick Whisper White – I’m thrilled that there’s a thick Very Vanilla coming in the new catalogue, although I do use Whisper White more.  My sister, Liz is even more excited as she prefers Very Vanilla!  I cut a piece of the gorgeous Fruit Stand DSP to cover two thirds of the base and adhered with tom bow.  Next I stamped the sentiment from Sheltering Tree (which I’m very pleased to say is carrying over) in Daffodil Delight.  I tied the ribbon (Hello Honey – retired, but I thought it went perfectly) from around the other side of the card front.  This means that when you open the card you see the ribbon but I decided I really didn’t mind – I like it, in fact!

To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – 2MY7DVKJ – 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.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. 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.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday!

Caro
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Oh So Eclectic – another sneak peak

Hello!

I recently shared a card using the coming soon Oh So Eclectic stamp set and the new in colours. Today’s card uses both again.

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I just love the two step stamps of the watermark style background paired with the detailed flower. Here, I used the gorgeous, I’m so excited I can’t bear it, Lemon Lime Twist (let’s just say I have a cardigan in this colour) paired with Fresh Fig.   I repeated the simple layout from before, but this time went with a one layer Thick Whisper White card and then stamped my sentiment from Thankful Thoughts in Fresh Fig cut out with then layering oval framelits , layered onto a larger Stitched Oval framelit in Fresh Fig.  You’ll notice that I stamped off the Lemon Lime Twist backgrounds apart from one, for contrast.  I glued the ovals together and then popped them up using dimensionals. And that’s it!

To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – 2MY7DVKJ – 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.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. 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.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you at the weekend!

Caro
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Using up my DSP mountain

Hello! You’ll know from some recent posts that I have a lot of DSP that I’ve hoarded.  In some places it might be described as a mountain.  Thanks to my upline Eimear for her challenge this week – to make 10 cards using DSP and to send them.  #loveitchopit, right?

Today’s card is one of quite a few that I’ve made and you know what?  They are quick and easy, like super quick and they are gorgeous!  How could they not be with the DSP taking centre stage?

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This beautiful DSP is called Fruit stand and it’s not only still available but it’s a total steal at £8.  All DSP retires at the end of the annual catalogue so if you want it you need to grab it now.

My sentiment is from the You’re So Sweet stamp set, which coordinates with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, both of which have carried over to the new catalogue.  I haven’t used them nearly enough so I’m thrilled I get to use them both for another year!  The sentiment is cut out using one of the coordinating thinlits.  I stamped my sentiment in Old Olive and used that for my card base and flash below my sentiment.  And that’s it! Very quick and simple but really elegant and fun too.  I’ve really been making inroads into my DSP this week and I encourage you to do the same – there’s a lot of beautiful DSP in the new catalogue you are going to want to make room for!

That’s it for today.  Like it?  To place an order just click on the “Shop with Me” button to the right and don’t forget to use the host code – 2MY7DVKJ – 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.

If your list adds up to £99 or more, consider signing up as a demo and joining my team of Crafting Maestros.  It’s a great deal – choose £130’s worth of products, pay £99 and no P&P. 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.

Finally, don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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You’re Just Lovely sneak peak

Hello!

I had a lovely long weekend with time for lots of crafting!  I planned projects for our upcoming retreat on June 10th, played with new products, made in-colour bookmarks to send out to my customers with their catalogues and also started working on a challenge set by my upline Eimear – to create and send 10 cards using our stashes of DSP!  I have a lot of DSP and was surprised at how much fun I had cutting and using it!  We demos are renowned for looking at it, stroking it and saving it but not actually using it!  Those cards will feature soon.  But today I want to share a Thank You card I created.  My recipient won’t get it until tomorrow but I’m confident she doesn’t look at my blog so I’m safe to share it!

I *love* the new in-colours and I think you are going to, too.  For the first time, I love all of them and can’t wait to have some classes featuring them.  I also used the new stamp set Oh So Eclectic and although I was a bit ho-hum about to to start with, it has really grown on me.  So versatile and the two-stamp flowers are gorgeous.

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My base is thick Whisper White, with a skinny Berry Burst mat surrounding the top layer of Whisper White.  I stamped the background stamp first, in Powder Pink, with the outline stamp on top in Berry Burst.  The sentiment from the same set is stamped in Berry Burst – both these are new in-colours.  I used a Thank You sentiment inside.  This is a quick and easy but elegant card, and straightforward to reproduce.  It looks great as a one layer card too.

A hint for lining your flower stamps up – this is a clear mount set but I really didn’t want to use the stamp-a-ma-jig – too fiddly and time-consuming for this card.  I discovered that the rubber outline of the detailed stamp marries up to the larger background shape, making it easy to align them.

Hope you like it and it whets your appetite for all the wonderful new things coming soon!  And don’t forget we are taking bookings for our Summer Luxury Craft Retreat on Saturday 10th June.  See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you at the weekend!

Caro
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