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Last Chance Sale-a-bration with Stampin Creative

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Hello!

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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Wildlife by Stampin’ Creative blog hop

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It’s a new year and we have fresh new images to go with it!  Hope you like them!  Whether you’ve arrived from the wonderful Louise or started your hop here, you are very welcome.  I hope you like what we’ve got for you today.

This month our theme is Wildlife – when I found that out I decided straightaway that I would use the Dragonfly Dreams set for my card – it was a must-have for me as soon as I saw the new Spring/Summer catalogue!

My card is actually a stepped up version of the last card I posted, designed for a recent card class.  If you want to see the original version, click here to see the post.  Today’s card is still pretty simple but it has added bling and texture – not words you often hear me saying!

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My base is thick Whisper White and the dragonflies are stamped in Smoky Slate, with the solid body in Island Indigo, stamped off once as I didn’t want to completely cover up all the detail underneath.  The wings have been given shimmer using the clear Wink of steals brush.  The sentiment is also in Island Indigo.  No change so far!  Next I cut the dragonfly wing out of vellum using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies and the Big Shot and added clear Wink of Stella for a gossamer effect.  I stuck that to the central, complete dragonfly using glue dots at the top of the body and then finished it off with five tiny rhinestones (the ones that are connected) for added sparkle!

That’s it from me today – hope you like it.  Click on the next button below to hop to Gina.  There’s also a full list of all today’s blogs below.

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See you on Wednesday.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative Sneak Peek 2017

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Welcome to the final Stamping’ Creative blog hop of 2016.  It has certainly been an interesting year, with so many twists and turns both personally and across the world.  If you’ve hopped to me from Louise or started here, it’s lovely to have you.  Our theme this month is of course, sneak peeks from the almost live Spring/Summer and Sale-a-bration catalogues.  Demos are always able to pre-order and so we have plenty to show you!

One of the free stamp sets you can choose with an order of 45 pounds or more (forgive the formality, I’m typing on a US keyboard and have no idea where the symbol is) is called So Very Much and it’s a lovely versatile set with “Thank You” as the main sentiment.  I took my colour inspiration from the Spring/Summer catalogue as well and decided to use emboss resist and metallics to make my sentiment really stand out.

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My card base is Elegant Eggplant and is 4.5 inches square.  The mat is Whisper White and is 4.25 inches square.  I rubbed embossing buddy over the Whisper White, stamped the “Thank You” in Versamark and then heat embossed in metallic gold – I never get tired of seeing the transformation from dull power to shiny metal!  I used four colors for my sponging – I almost didn’t add the Crushed Curry but I think the small amounts of it really add something and echo the gold.  The other three are Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay and Elegant Eggplant.  Inside I stamped “So Very Much” from the same set.

Inspired by a previous blog hop post of Mikaela’s, I’ve recently been making boxes to put some presents in (remember her beautiful red paired with embossed white and matching ribbon?) and I decided to make a box to show you as well.  I think everyone has fallen in love with a set called Beautiful You, especially as Stampin’ Up! have also introduced watercoloring pencils, which are just made for it.  I decided though, to use one of the sentiment stamps to create DSP for my box lid.

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The base is Emerald Envy and I’ve stamped the sentiment in the same colour ink on Whisper White and then made my box lid.  The base of the box is 2.5 inches square and its sides are 3 inches – perfect for a small gift!  I used the gorgeous Emerald Envy ribbon from the annual catalogue to tie it all together.

That’s it from me!  I hope you’ve liked today’s projects – click below to hop to Gina, or there’s a full list of all the links at the end of this post.

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Thanks for joining me today, I hope you’ve enjoyed my sneak peeks.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative October blog hop – trees & leaves

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative October blog hop.  If you’ve arrived from Eimear you’ll have seen some gorgeous projects from her.  If you’ve started here, welcome!  Please hop around and comment – it’s great to hear what you think of our projects.

We have another guest hopper with us this month – welcome to Heidi!

I recently got a new bundle – the Christmas Pines stamp set and the Pretty Pines framelits.  I decided this was the perfect time to play, although ended up just using the stamp set for these projects.

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I went very traditionally Christmas with my colours – Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and metallic copper on Whisper White.  And yes, I made my own DSP!

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For the card I went very clean and simple – I used just one of the two step pine frond stamps in Garden Green and heat embossed the pinecones and the sentiment in copper (my new favourite).  I added a skinny black border, which really helped give definition.  Next, I made a tag and a very simple bag:

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The bag is more accurately a squashy box and is from Sam Hammond (Pootles) via my sister Liz for the actual template.  For the DSP I stamped the pines in Old Olive and Garden Green, the sentiment and dots in Cherry Cobbler and the pinecones were heat embossed in copper.  Making the box is really easy – check out Pootles’ or Liz’s website for the details. For the tag I stamped the pine fronds in the two greens again and embossed the sentiment (from Tin of Tags) in copper.  I added a Garden Green layer and used the tag topper punch – the two pieces are separate, just kept together by the ribbon –  the gorgeous silky taffeta ribbon in Cherry Cobbler.

That’s it – I hope you like today’s matching projects – I’m thrilled how versatile this set is (with a little help from Tin of Tags).

Click on the button below for Emma – there’s also a full list of links at the bottom of my post.

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Just a reminder – we hop on the last Saturday of every month – see you there!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative Trick or Treat!

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop!  Our theme this month is Trick or Treat. If you’ve arrived from Mikaela then you are very welcome and I know you’ve already seen some wonderful projects.  If you’ve started here, I hope you enjoy our hop today.

I don’t really have any Halloween products, so I’ve decided to share some tricks with you – specifically, heat embossing tricks!  Heat embossing, especially metallic, is one of the things I fell in in love with at my first class a few years ago and is one of the reasons I signed up as a Demonstrator pretty much on the spot!  I *still* love heat embossing but there are some things that are good to know, to make it better and easier.

Firstly, it might sound obvious, but get your heat tool hot before you start waving it over your card – the less time you are heating the card, the less it will bend.

Second, if your card *does* bend, turn it over and heat the other side – it will straighten it out.

Third, don’t forget your embossing buddy!  It really helps prevent stray bits of powder clinging where it shouldn’t.  I store mine on top of my Versamark pad, so I can’t forget to use it.

Fourth, a tip from one of Brian King’s downlines, Shawn (sorry, I don’t know his surname) – if you’re embossing in white, use white kraft ink rather than Versamark as you get better coverage.  When I went to do this I discovered I only had opaque white stazon ink, but it worked well.  Have a look:

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I also did the same stamp using Versamark, and the curl under Joyful has a few cracks, so I’m sold on this method!  Here’s the Versamark version:

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I also tried Versamark, then the Stazon to see if that was even better.  It’s not!  They are both sticky inks and seemed to fight each other – my advice?  Go with the white ink trick.

Fifth and finally, something I’ve used a lot recently, since my sister Liz mentioned seeing it on Pootles’ website – clear embossing a colour by stamping in Versamark, then the ink pad and then using clear embossing powder.  You’d think it would mess your ink pads up, but it really doesn’t.  Here’s another 105mm x 105mm square card to show that trick off:

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This card is a clean and simple one and I think the clear embossing really brings it to life.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my tricks today – the full list of blogs to hop around is below, or you can click on the button to hop to the next person, Pip, who I know will have fantastic projects you will love!  And please give a very warm welcome to Danielle, our guest blogger this month.

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Thanks for visiting!

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative Autumn Winter sneak peek

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Welcome to the Stampin’ Creative blog hop – I can’t believe another month has flown past already!  If you have arrived from Louise you will already know that our theme this month is sneak peeks from the upcoming Autumn/Winter catalogue and also have seen her lovely projects.  If you’ve started here, welcome!  Please do hop around everyone for some inspiration and even more importantly, more product sneak peeks!

Since I received my pre-order I’ve been posting sneak peeks from the catalogue – if you haven’t seen them here they are – you can click on the photos to link to the posts if you’d like more details.

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For today, I decided to make a clean and simple Christmas card featuring a stamp set and product sneak peek!  I also decided to demonstrate the difference that borders can make, so there are two versions of the card:

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You can see that the second card has a wider Garden Green border and that I’ve added another Real Red border as well.  I think it makes the card look totally different – amazing given that they are so similar.  I think it’s easy to get stuck in a rut and just make cards of the same size, with the same borders each time, so hope I’ve reminded or inspired you to change things up a bit!  The stamp set I’ve used here is Wonderful Year and I’ve heat embossed it using the brand new Real Red heat emboss glitter! Now, the photos do not show the true glitteri-ness – trust me when I tell you it is super glittery and gorgeous.  You have to buy some!  And it comes in Garden Green as well.

I love the products I’ve showcased for you today – hope you do too!  Next up is Gina – you can click on the button below or there is a full list of links at the bottom of this post.

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See you on Tuesday.

Caro
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Stampin’ Creative July blog hop – Cool for Kits


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Welcome to the July Stampin’ Creative blog hop – this month our theme is “Cool for Kits”.  You may have arrived from Emma or started here – either way, you are very welcome!

Kits are brilliant way to try card making or paper crafting, without a large investment.  Stampin’ Up! always have a kit or two (or more) in each catalogue and they vary in what they come with.  The Watercolour Wishes kit, which I’m going to talk about, comes with everything you need to make 20 cards, including a couple of cute little ink spots and the stamp set.  You might need to buy some glue but that’s it!  If you decide you like this kit and order it though me (click on the link on the right), I’ll throw in a tombow glue for free to say thank you.

I love the font of the stamp set that comes with this kit and I’ve found the sentiments to be very versatile.  I came up with a very easy card design using washi tape a while ago and made multiple versions – if you’ve not seen them click here and here to go to my previous posts.

For today I’ve decided to focus on the stamp set.

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I recently got the Baker’s Box framelits, so I wanted to play with them.  I cut the two pieces out of the gorgeous Floral Boutique DSP – I love the Night of Navy and Whisper White patterns.  I stamped “Just for You” in Delightful Dijon, added the tiny heart from a strip of three (also from Watercolour Wishes)  on Whisper White and then used a Baker’s box framelit shape to cut it out.  I cut another out of Night of Navy, cut it in half and framed the sentiment and used Tombow to do that and adhere it to the box.  It’s finished with the beautiful mini striped ribbon in Delightful Dijon.  I didn’t notice this at first in the catalogue – it’s a must-have.

For the card, I did a sort of reverse of my washi tape cards.  Quick, simple and easy!

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I cut an A6 piece from another pattern of the Floral Boutique DSP, then cut it on the diagonal using my trimmer.  I moved it over and cut another strip.  I lined them up on a thick Whisper White card base and then stamped the “Thanks” from Watercolour Words in Night of Navy.  I adhered the DSP with tombow – job done!  Quick and easy to reproduce and it really shows the DSP off.

Now onto Mikaela  – I know you will enjoy what she has to show us!  You can click on the button below, or the full list of links is at the bottom of this post.

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Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post – please do hop around to see what everyone else has created – see you on Tuesday!

Caro
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