All posts by Caro Thomas

Taken with Truly Tailored

Hello!

Firstly, don’t forget that yesterday’s blog post features a giveaway from me.  You just need to comment saying what you love about card making or Stampin’ Up!  The post is here.

Today I promised a card using Truly Tailored.  As the title says, I’m really taken with this stamp set and punch.

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I stamped the sentiment in Night of Navy on Whisper White cardstock, then punched it out with the Tailored Tag punch, which I love for it’s quirky shape!  I punched another out using scrap cardstock and drew around it on the back of the copper foil and cut it out larger, using the drawn shape as a guide.  I stamped the repeating pattern in Night of Navy on Crumb Cake and then constructed the card, adding a skinny Whisper White layer and using a Night of Navy base.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals.

Hope you like it!  See you on Saturday for the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.

Caro
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Celebrating with blog candy!

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Yesterday I celebrated my 4th anniversary as a Stampin’ up! demonstrator, so I think it’s time for a giveaway!  I’m also thrilled that it was Random Act of Kindness Day – very apt!  Signing up in 2014 changed my life.  Sounds dramatic I know, but it’s true.  Whenever you ask someone why they signed up as a demonstrator they mention the discount.  But when you ask about why they stay, it’s all about the people and relationships.  Sure, the discount is great, but I now have friends I wouldn’t have met any other way.  I have an extended family of demonstrators around the world that even includes my *actual* sister.  I signed up after the first class I ever attended, because I fell for the products and knew I’d be buying a lot.  I intended to be my own best customer, just a hobby demo, but as time went on, I realised I wanted to share my creations, started classes and blogging and now run three one day craft retreats a year with my friend and upline Eimear – the person whose class I went to all that time ago.  One thing that makes me a bit different from a lot of demos is that I didn’t craft at all before that first class.  I thought my creativity was all centred in music.  I sang from an early age and certainly didn’t think I had any creativity when it came to cards and paper crafting.  I’d never heard of Stampin’ Up! or any of their competitors.  Aside from my own wedding invitations and stationery I’d never even made a card.  Proof that anyone can do this!  It’s relaxing, satisfying, fulfilling and fun.  I’ll be forever grateful this came into my life.

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And now for the giveaway!  There’s a mixture of current and retired product here.  I’m including an unused wood-mount stampset from last year’s Sale-a-bration;  one that everyone loved – Hey Chick!  There’s a reel of retired Bermuda Bay Stitched ribbon, metallics sequin assortment, Tutti Frutti Classic Stampin’ Spots (Real Red, Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede), Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack (another Sale-a-bration limited edition you can’t buy anymore), 12 sheets of Picture Perfect Party DSP (it’s 6”x6”) and three of Myths & Magic Glimmer paper, one of each colour (again, 6”x6”).

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To win it, please comment on this post and tell me what you love about card making or Stampin’ Up!  I’ll pick my favourite and that will be the winner.  You have until midnight next Sunday, 25th February.  Due to postage costs, this prize is just for the UK.  Good luck!  Come back tomorrow when I’ll be featuring the Truly Tailored stamp set and matching punch.

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Thanks for visiting and good luck!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Love & Appreciation

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Welcome to the first Stampin’ Creative blog hop of 2018!  If you’ve arrived from Gina then you’ve already seen lovely things for this month’s theme of Love & Appreciation.  If you’ve started here, you are very welcome.  We are very excited that this year we have lots of super talented guests joining us – this month we welcome Laura Mackie and Linda van Wely.  Thanks so much for joining us!

For last month’s hop I featured some Valentines projects and I really meant to do a different slant on this month’s theme, but the Party Pandas jumped up and down and insisted I create some more Valentines cards.  I couldn’t say “no” to these cute little guys!

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I created my own DSP in Real Red on Whisper White card stock with the “Love You” stamp from the Party Pandas Saleabration stamp set.  This is free with an order of £45 so if you love him as I do, please get in touch to place an order!  I stamped the panda in Archival Basic Black, coloured in the heart with a Real Red marker and fussy cut him out.  I stamped the sentiment again on Whisper White and used the Sweet & Sassy framelits to cut it out.  I cut another heart the same size in Real Red, cut it in half and framed the white heart.  I layered these together and added dimensionals to the back.  I layered my pandas onto the DSP directly and tied a piece of Whisper White 3.2mm Sheer Ribbon around the layer, tying it in a simple knot.  I layered the top layer onto a skinny Basic Black layer, and onto a Real Red base.  Finally I added the popped up sentiment.

Next, I created a layer card, with, you guessed it, more pandas!

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This is a three panel card – I arranged the panels so you can open it out and see the progression of the pandas in full.  The panel under the four rising pandas is left blank for a message.  To create the long strip I took a piece of A4 cut lengthways and added another half strip, joining with a small fold at one end.  I added Sweet & Sassy hearts cut from Silver Foil sheets to the plain fold to add interest and to direct the eye to the corner to be opened.  Again, I stamped the pandas in Archival Basic Black and the balloon decoration and sentiment in Real Red.  Hope you like them!

Now it’s onto Mikaela to see what lovely creations she has for us.  Click on the button below or there is a full list of our blogs at the bottom of this post. Thanks for joining us, please do leave a comment, we love to hear from you.

See you soon.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Saleabration and Sneak peeks

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Hello!

Welcome the to December Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  I hope you’ve had a fantastic Christmas and that you are looking forward to New Years and 2018.  I know I am.  You may have arrived from the lovely Kim at Simply Fairies or started here;  either way you are very welcome.  Please do hop around and see what we’ve all created for this month’s theme of Sale-a-bration and Spring/Summer sneak peeks.  Please leave us a comment too – we love to know what you think.

This month, I seem to have been thinking about Valentine’s, inspired by the new products coming up – you can order from 2nd January, so get in touch to place your order with me.  I made a clean and simple Valentine’s card first, using the Spring Summer stamp sets Heart Happiness and Petal Palette and clear embossed both stamps to give a glossy sheen.  I used the co-ordinating Sweet & Sassy framelits to cut out the embossed image and a larger heart in Real Red to provide a border.  The sentiment was also clear embossed (stamp in Versamark, then Real Red ink, then heat emboss with clear embossing powder), all on a thick Whisper White card base.

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Next I used the Painted with Love suite, along with the Heart Happiness stamp set again (it co-ordinates), all from the Spring Summer catalogue.

I fell in love with this box (below) and the matching narrow notecards and envelopes as soon as I saw them!  The cards are just 6.4 x 11.4 cms and are darling!  I can’t wait to use these as hostess gifts, door prizes and more!  To create the box you need a Big Shot and the Lots to Love Box framelit dies.  I cut out small hearts from the same die set, using the Painted with Love specialty DSP.

 

For the card, I again went clean and simple and monochrome.  I stamped the all the images from the Heart Happiness stampset in Real Red – quick and easy but effective, I think!  Together with the gorgeous envelopes, a set of these cards would make a fantastic gift.

Before we move on, a heads’ up that we will have lots of guest blog hoppers next year, including other Artisans (we are lucky enough to have Emma Goddard as one of our permanent founder members) and international guests, so please come back to see us each month.  We are very excited about our guests!

That’s it from me – see you next weekend!  Now onto the wonderful Mikaela – click on the next icon below or the full list of links is below.

Caro
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Embossing paste Christmas chimney

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I’m back with my final Christmas card using embossing paste, from a recent technique class.  Local to Swindon and fancy joining me for a technique class in the New Year?  Click on “Get in touch” above and let me know!

Today’s card uses one of the Pattern Party Decorative masks, this time the brick pattern.

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I started off by applying embossing paste over the brick mask, to add a vertical strip down the right hand side of the Real Red layer.  I quickly sprinkled silver embossing paste over the top, tapping the back to remove the excess powder.  I left this to dry, as the embossing paste puffs up if you apply heat when wet and I didn’t want that look here.  I took the sentiment from Watercolor Christmas and after brushing embossing buddy on a piece of Whisper White, stamped it first into Versamark then immediately into Real red ink and then stamped on the card stock.  I then heat embossed with clear embossing powder and the cut it out using the Layering Circle thinlits.  Next I heat embossed the embossing paste and then I constructed the card.  I used thick Whisper White for the card base and adhered the Real Red layer onto it, after I tied a bow around it using Whisper White Sheer Ribbon.  I slotted the sentiment circle under the bow and adhered directly to the Real Read layer.

That’s it!  I hope your Christmas preparations are coming along smoothly and that you have a wonderful festive season to look forward to.

See you next weekend.

Caro
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Embossing paste Christmas!

Hello,

I promised another card from my embossing paste technique class and here it is!

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The base is Cherry Cobbler and there’s a skinny Basic Black border underneath the top layer.  I used the circular mask from the Pattern Party Decorative Masks (annual catalogue) and applied the white embossing paste and quickly sprinkled Dazzling Diamonds on top, before it dried.  I cut a partial circle out of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and added it to the bottom right corner of the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the sentiment from Flurry of Wishes in Cherry Cobbler and used the Triple Banner punch on one end.  I popped the banner up on dimensionals.

I love this card with all its sparkle – hope you do too!

See you next weekend – I’ve got one more embossing paste Christmas card to show you!

Caro
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