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Beautiful You, water colouring and embossing


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.


Party Animal Thank You


So, you’re probably wondering how I missed my Wednesday post?  I blame Barcelona.  Unfortunately, my bag was stolen while I was there last weekend and this week got lost in a delayed return as I had to get an emergency passport, doing battle with insurance companies and generally sorting things out.  I’m fine and at the end of the day, it was just stuff and I did get an extra day in one of my favourite cities.  I’m not letting the experience mar my weekend or how I feel about Barcelona and I’ll be going back.

Anyway, on to today’s card.  I made this as inspiration for our craft retreat attendees, using some of the products they received in their goody bag and taking the colours from the Party animal DSP as my starting point.  I also used the “Thank You” stamp from the Sale-a-bration stamp set, So Very Much.

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I used re-inkers in the Party Animal colours (Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point & Tangerine Tango) to drop ink onto a couple of folded baby wipes to create my ink pad.  I wiped embossing buddy over my Whisper White layer, stamped my stamp in Versamark and then into my makeshift ink pad.  Finally, I used clear embossing powder and heat embossed.  I used one of the Party Animals DSP’s as my border and Crushed Curry as my base.

Want to make this?  You’ll need to spend £45 in order to choose the stamp set as your Sale-a-bration item.  To get there I’d suggest Whisper White and Crushed Curry cardstock, Party Animals DSP, ink refillers in Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Emerald Envy, Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango, 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.

Simple but effective – I love that bit of rainbow!  See you on Wednesday (further disasters permitting!).


Birthday Bonanza with Stampin’ Creative


Hello and welcome to the Stampin’ Creative February blog hop!  This month our theme is “birthdays” – a bonanza of them, in fact!  If you’ve arrived from Gina you’ve already been inspired.  If you’ve started here or arrived from someone else, welcome!

I used the Party Animal DSP from the Spring/Summer catalogue as my inspiration for my projects – I didn’t especially like this when I first saw it – I thought it was a bit too clashing.  But seeing it in person really changed my mind and now I love it!

I started with a white treat box, carried over from the Autumn/Winter catalogue.  I’m always looking for different packaging ideas, especially boxes, as we give a lot of vouchers as presents in my family.  It’s great to have a box or bag, instead of a boring white envelope!

Party Animal, white treat box

I cut squares of the Party Animal DSP – the box side dimensions are 3×3 inches, so I cut the four DSP panels at 2 13/16 for a small border.  I stamped the Happy Birthday from Window Shopping (Spring/Summer) in Emerald Envy on the front of the box and then added the panels using tombow. I added the gorgeous Emerald Envy taffeta ribbon (Spring/Summer) and hung a couple of the matching embellishments with plain white thread (not Stampin’ Up!).  I slid the box into it’s matching plastic sleeve for protection until I want to use it.

Next, I made a card to go with my box.  I’ve used this quick and simple design before, but the bright DSP jazzes this one up and gives me an opportunity to use Emerald Envy again! Simple doesn’t have to mean boring.

Party Animal DSP, Birthday

Finally, I created a stepped up version of my card – I flipped the DSP over for a different (and gorgeous) pattern and I also flipped the card orientation.  I added a skinny border of Crushed Curry to highlight the DSP and I added a Stitched Oval layer in Emerald Envy behind the sentiment.  I went two-tone on the sentiment by using Crushed Curry and Emerald Envy markers to ink the stamp up – I really like that effect.

Party Animal DSP, Birthday

And that’s it!  A completely different take on the same design.

Don’t forget we’re in Sale-a-bration season!  Like what you see and want to place an order? For every £45 you spend until 31st March, you can choose a completely free item – the catalogues are to the right.  If you spend under £150 please use this hostess code – TRS79Q47, over £150 please don’t as you’ll get the hostess rewards to spend.  As an additional Sale-a-bration reward, spend over £200 and get an extra £20’s worth hostess rewards!

Our next hop is on 25th March, see you then!

And now onto Mikaela, who I know will have something beautiful to share – click the button below.  There’s also a full list of all the blogs for today, in case you get lost or want to hop around.  Hope you’ve enjoyed today’s projects!



Blog Hop List

Thank you for CAS Colours & Sketches


Today there’s a colour challenge at CAS Colours & Sketches:

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I really like these colours and my my mind went to water and sand (I know, it’s a bit red!) although when I started to craft I didn’t start there.  It turned out though, that my crafting mojo had gone on holiday, as I really stugggled.  And the more I worried, the worse it got.  Until I was reminded that I do this for fun and to relax (and get things into perspective).  So, vaguely thinking about my original beach-ish theme, I started again and came up with this:

Butterfly Basics, What I Love, CC&S #165

I have to say that it looks better in real life, as there’s a real sense of perspective leading your eye into the distance.  I scribbled the three colours onto a block and spritzed it and smoothed White Shimmer card over it, using my brayer to ensure even contact.  I spritzed  again, then put it under some grid paper to dry.  I stamped the flower image from Butterfly Basics and the leaves and “Thank You” from What I Love (if you love this set like I do, you can get it free with a purchase of £45 during Sale-a-bration) in Night of Navy.  I lined the sentiment up with the line of the two blues to emphasize the perspective.  I added a mat of Watermelon Wonder and a Night of Navy base and constructed it all using tombow.

A bit different for me – I’m having a lot of fun with watercolouring and other techniques at the moment!

If you like this or the colours, have a look at the rest of the Design Team entries and enter this week’s challenge – we love seeing what people come up with.


Quick and easy Birthday cards


Inspired by the quick and easy Christmas cards I made using DSP as the main feature (an idea I got from my sister Liz – her blog is here), I decided to make some birthday cards:

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As you can see, the main feature of the cards is this gorgeous DSP, a Sale-a-bration (SAB) freebie you can have if you spend £45.  But you’ll need to hurry – although SAB lasts until the end of March, this paper is only available until February 15th! Stampin’ Up! have a few items that are available for 6 weeks, then they introduce new ones.  So these really are limited edition, get them now type items.  This paper is called Perfectly Artistic and comes in lovely colour-ways, with a different pattern on the other side.  I love this marbled effect though, don’t you?  Interestingly, I’ve found that sometimes it’s a different colour of card that looks best framing the paper, which is very unusual for Stampin’ Up!

Anyway, as you can see, there are two slightly different takes on the design – I really think the yellow and navy makes a great masculine card.  I hope so, as we gave one to a male friend today!

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The card base here is Night of Navy and I’ve matted the DSP on Whisper White.  I stamped “Happy Birthday from the SAB “Perfect Pairings” stamp set (this one is around til the end of March) in Night of Navy and cut it out using the oval framelit dies and big shot.  I then cut another same sized oval in Night of Navy, cut it in half (by eye) on the trimmer, and then framed the white oval.  I constructed the layers and then popped the ovals up on dimensionals and stuck that on to finish the card.

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This card’s colours are Rich Razzleberry with a Tip Top Taupe mat;  even though the DSP is Crumb Cake, it just seemed to work better.  The “Happy Birthday” (one of my favourites) is from the Butterfly Basics stamp set in the Annual Catalogue.  Construction was the same as above.

So, two quick and easy cards!  If you have a mountain of DSP you love but aren’t sure what to use on, make it the main feature of a card, as I have here!  Beautiful paper like this deserves centre stage.

Hope you like them.


It’s Sale-A-Bration time!


I’m not posting a card today (not yet, anyway), I wanted to give you all more information about Sale-A-Bration (SAB).  I know, you’re wondering what on earth it is.  I joined during SAB last year, so this is my first year of experiencing it as a demo.  Basically, it means FREE STUFF.  Yep, you heard me!  Between January 6th and March 31st, for every £45 you spend in the Annual or Spring/Summer catalogues you get to choose a free item from the SAB brochure (the link is on the right).  SAB freebies include exclusive stamp sets, DSP and current blendabilities.  The Lotus Blossom photopolymer stamp set has been really popular with demos (we get to buy earlier, so we can show things off to you) and I’ll be posting a card that showcases it soon.

So, as a customer you get free items.  What if you decide to sign up as a demo?  Of course! You get the usual great deal, so pay £99 for products worth £130 and choose between a free product kit or two free SAB items.  And don’t forget you get demo discount on everything after that.  If you’d like to give it a whirl please let me know, I’d love you to join my team!

If you decide to host a party there’s an extra incentive there too.  So you get the free SAB item for every £45 you spend and if the total sales reach £200 or above there’s an extra £20 hostess credit for you.  Want a party?  Let me know!