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Quick and easy card – use up your DSP stash


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.


The Sky is the Limit


Today I’ve made a quick and simple card, showcasing a Sale-A-Bration stamp set that is only around for a few weeks!  So if you like it, get your order in quick.

While I say “quick and simple” it was anything but while I was playing around with the design.  The finished product?  Absolutely it’s quick and easy.  But getting there wasn’t. But sometimes it just happens that way.

Before I show you the card, I just want to highlight Sale-A-Bration.  If you’re not aware, every year from the new Spring/Summer Occasions catalogue going live to the end of March, Stampin’ Up! have a period called Sale-A-Bration.  What does it mean?  In one word – freebies!  For every £45 spent (from the Annual or Spring/Summer catalogues or even the Clearance Rack), you choose a free item from the special, limited edition selection in the Sale-A-Bration brochure.  There’s a link on the right, if you want to browse and start working on your wishlist.  It’s also a great time to join up as a demonstrator (immediate 20% discount on your orders, anyone?) as instead of the normal joining offer of £130’s worth of supplies for £99 you get £160 and it’s entirely up to you what you have, as you choose from the current catalogues.  Anyway, onto today’s card.

I wanted to make a masculine birthday card as we need to send one and this is what I came up with:

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The base is Early Espresso and the mat is Very Vanilla.  To create the sky effect, I took four stampin’ write markers, in Marina Mist, Pool Party, Soft Sky and Blushing Bride and scribbled on a large clear block, taking care to blend the colours and to use the stronger colours sparingly.  I add just a few dashes of the Blushing Bride.  I spritzed the whole block with water and then put the Very Vanilla mat on top of the block, smoothed gently and lifted it off.  After waiting for it to dry (you may notice that I didn’t wait *quite* long enough), I stamped the plane, sentiment and smoke trail in Early Espresso.  I glued it together with Tombow and there we have it, a quick and easy birthday card!

Hope you like it.