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Envelope punch board box

Hello!

I’ve been trying to post this since yesterday morning – technical hitches challenged me!

I’m not sure where Sunday went – in a whirl of seeing people, laundry and my parents-in-law coming over to finish off my new crafting storage – pictures of that will follow!  I also made team night swaps using new catalogue product but I won’t be sharing those for a while – for now I’m going to be focussing on existing current product.

My recent posts have been about the cards I’ve made as a prize for a friend – here are the three designs:

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They need a snazzy container though, right?  Something to make them look professional. I knew I wanted to make a deep envelope shape for this and rather than re-inventing the wheel, I went looking for a template online.  Joanne James, aka The Crafty Owl, had exactly what I was looking for on her website – you put in the dimensions you want and her nifty Box Buster tells you everything you need to know.  Thanks Joanne!

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Here’s the box I put my cards in.  This DSP is in the annual catalogue and retires at the beginning of June.  All retiring products are “while stocks last” so if you want something, move fast – lots of things are sadly already sold out!

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 – 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.

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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Quick and easy card – use up your DSP stash

Hello!

So, us demos have all the excitement of a new catalogue to drool over and trust me, its great, but for now don’t overlook the existing Spring/Summer catalogue.  Lots of things are retiring, some are carrying over and if you love something you should be checking into it now – anything that’s on the retiring list is only available while things last and they are flying off the shelves.  The other thing to mention is that all bundles also retire, even if the individual elements are carrying over, so if you want to save 10%, again, you’ll need to move fast.

Today’s card is a quick and easy card, designed to help you use up your DSP stash – admit it, you have a pile of loved and unused DSP you like to look at but can’t bring yourself to cut or use.  Well, you need to!  You need room for the gorgeous new paper coming in the new catalogue!  So be brave and arm yourself with your trimmer or scissors and make some lovely cards.  And as we were reminded at last week’s Stampin’ Up! OnStage event, make a card, send a card.

Fruit Stand DSP, quick and easy, Dragonfly Dreams

My base is thick Whisper White, half a sheet of A4 (297 x 105mm) and scored at 148.5mm.  If you’re making more than one card it’s faster to score the full sheet of A4 and then cut into two bases.  Because I was making more than one card, I cut the DSP into the same size as the card once folded, so 148.5 x 105mm and then cut it in half on the diagonal.  Next I glued the DSP onto the base with tom bow (liquid glue) and then stamped the sentiment from Dragonfly Dreams (carrying over, I’m very pleased to say) in Watermelon Wonder.  Quick and simple!

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 – 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.

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 and if you sign up before 10pm tomorrow evening we’ll give you two mini beauty treatments for the price of one!  See more about it here or on my Wiltshire Luxury Craft Retreats page.

See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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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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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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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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Hey, Chick!

Hello!

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.

Caro
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