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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Feeling Thankful

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve arrived from Pip or have started here, you are very welcome.  I know Pip will have shared something gorgeous, especially as she recently reached a career milestone and I know she feels thankful!

I was really pleased when the team decided on this month’s theme of “Feeling Thankful”.  Right now, I have a lot to be thankful for.  I’m especially thankful that my sister Liz’s cancer was found early enough to treat and that the amazing advancements in modern medicine mean that she is being treated successfully (she lives in the US).  She’s recently had scans which show her tumour is reducing – her oncologist said that the results were very positive.  And last week, MRI scans showed that there are no spots on her brain, thanks to the radiotherapy she had several months ago – the best possible outcome.  So, massive celebrations all around!  On top of that, I fly out tomorrow morning to spend a week with Liz and Martin (my brother).  It will be brilliant to see them –   it’s hard being so far away when something like this is happening.  I’m also thankful that my dad spent a few days here this week.  He has spent a lot of the last few months in the States, not surprisingly, so we’ve not seen much of each other. It was lovely to spend some time with him and try to spoil him a bit.

So, onto my card!  Given the theme, I just had to reach for the Painted Harvest set.  I wouldn’t be surprised if quite a few of us did!  I intended to use the sunflower as part of my design but I couldn’t find the centre stamp (found it now, of course!) and actually I’m really pleased with how this ended up – I had to think outside the box a little.

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My base is Cajun Craze and I’ve stamped on Very Vanilla using Old Olive for the leaves – where I added detail, that was Old Olive too.  The acorns are stamped in Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry, all very Autumnal!  I heat embossed the sentiment in copper and used the triple banner punch on one end, then backed it with Cajun Craze.  I popped the sentiment up on dimensionals.  Finally, I added a few sneak peeks to the envelope – you want people to know it’s a hand stamped card, right?

Next up is Gina – I know she’ll have something beautiful to share with us.  Click on the button below to hop to her, or these’s a full list of our links at the bottom of the post.

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See you soon for another Christmas card and next month for the next hop.  Thanks for joining us today – I hope you have things to be thankful for today.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – CASE Lyssa Zwolanek

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Hello!

Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop.  If you have arrived from Lyssa, you know how lucky we are to be CASEing her!  If you have started here you are very welcome too. This month we have a very exciting theme!  As I’ve said, we are CASEing Lyssa Zwolanek, who is a wonderful American demo.  Even better, she is taking part in our blog hop today, so make sure you check what she has come up with too.

I had a lot of fun deciding what to choose to CASE (copy and share everything, that is).  You can take anything as inspiration, so the layout, style, stamp set, colours – anything, really.  I loved this card that Lyssa recently posted on her blog:

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I took my inspiration from the metallics and the awesome idea she had to use strips of washi tape for extra effect.  I decided to use the same gorgeous metallic washi along with the Detailed Dragonfly framelit dies:

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Sadly, I just don’t seem to be able to capture how lovely this looks in real life, thanks to all that metallic shininess.  I used the new champagne metallic foil cardstock as the background for my sparkly dragonfly and used the matching sentiment from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, which I heat embossed in copper.  My base is thick Whisper White.  I *love* Lyssa’s card and I hope I’ve done it justice.  Next up we have the wonderful Eimear – click on the button below to hop to her page.  There’s also a full list of our links below, in case you get lost.

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See you soon – next weekend, I hope!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative August blog hop – Dreaming of…

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Hello and welcome to the August Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  This month our theme is “Dreaming of…” so I think you’ll find quite a wide range of projects as you hop around.  If you’ve arrived from Gina, you’ve already seen something fabulous.  If you’ve started here,  welcome!  Please hop around and enjoy everyone’s projects – we’d love comments from you too, it’s lovely to hear from you.

The new Autumn/Winter catalogue goes live on September 1st and as you’d expect, has lots of lovely Christmas things for us to enjoy!  So I decided to be inspired by that and I’m “Dreaming of Christmas”.

One of the new products we have are Acetate Card Boxes – designed to hold 5 standard A6 cards and envelopes, although I fitted 6 in and also added a piece of DSP inside to decorate it:

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This was a real pain to photograph, as it’s very reflective!  The starburst DSP is from the Year of Cheer specialty DSP, a gorgeous collection of patterns in metallic colours (champagne, gold, silver & copper), while the belly band is made with Real Red card stock, a strip from another new specialty DSP, Merry Music, gorgeous Real Red Solid Ribbon and the copper foil trees were cut out using the Card Front Builder Thinlit Dies.

Hopefully you’re excited to see what’s in the box too!

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I used the Wise Men from Afar stampset, a gorgeous, traditional-feel set of  images, I think.  There are three basic designs, although no two cards are exactly alike.  The six cards all have thick Whisper White bases, and the Kings are stamped in Fresh Fig and Real Red as well as being heat embossed in gold and copper.  I’ve even managed to just give them metallic crowns in a couple of them!  The star is always metallic heat embossed and I’ve added some strips of the Merry Music DSP, which I created a sepia effect on using Sahara Sand.  This was especially suitable as one of the carols used is “We Three Kings of Orient, are”.

Here’s a few of the cards, in full:

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I hope you like today’s project – I had fun putting this together and I’m looking forward to creating more of them as gifts.

Now on to Pip for more Dreaming of – see you next weekend! Click on the Next Blog button, or use the full list at the bottom of the post.

Caro
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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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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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Made for Men with Stampin Creative

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Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  You may have arrived from Eimear or started here, either way, I’m very glad you’ve stopped by.  You’ll already have been inspired by Eimear’s projects, now grab a coffee and hop around with us for this month’s theme of “Made for Men”.

This month’s theme fits in very well with a challenge from Eimear, who is my upline as well as being a friend and another member of this blog hop!  We were challenged to make a masculine card without using a masculine stamp set, which was a great challenge for me as I don’t actually have any overtly masculine stamp sets and was scratching my head for this!

My card also features a couple of new products from the upcoming annual catalogue as I couldn’t resist them!

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The base is Early Espresso with a layer of Very Vanilla.  I cut a piece of the new Wood Textures DSP stack into strips of differing widths and layered those together.  I added a simple knotted piece of the new Copper Trim ribbon and adhered that to the DSP with snail.  Next I created the glossy sentiment by rubbing embossing buddy over another piece of Very Vanilla, then stamping the sentiment stamps from Birthday Bright (retiring but still available) in Versamark followed by Early Espresso, adding clear embossing powder and heating.  I love the effect that gives!  I cut it out using the stitched framelit dies and popped it up with dimensionals.

And that’s it!  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.

Now onto Louise at Stampin’ Delight, for some more masculine inspiration!

See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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Last Chance Sale-a-bration with Stampin Creative

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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:

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

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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!

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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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