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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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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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Stampin’ Creative blog hop – Step into Christmas

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  If you’ve joined from Louise or started here you are very welcome!  I hope you enjoy today’s projects.  This month’s theme is Stepping into Christmas, so expect snowflakes, glitter and Rudolph 😉

I’m delivering snow and glitter with my project!  This is one of four cards I created for a recent technique class using embossing paste.

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The base is Garden Green and I have a skinny Real Red border around the Whisper White layer.  I stamped the tree trunk in Soft Suede and then the branch images in Garden Green and Always Artichoke.  This a two (three in fact) photopolymer stamp set called Season Like Christmas, which is available in the current Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I heat embossed the star from the same set in gold and then added white Embossing Paste (current Annual catalogue) using a palette knife to create the snow drift and snow on the branches.  Finally I added Wink of Stella to add some Christmas glimmer!

I hope you like today’s card.  Now onto Eimear to see what she has created.  There is a full list of blogs at the end of the post – just click on the button below to go to Eimear’s blog.

See you next week for another Christmas card featuring embossing paste.

Caro
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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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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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