A blingy Happy New Year to you all! – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to all sorts of new things, especially the new Spring/Summer Catalogue from Stampin’ Up! It’s available to EU demonstrators from 3rd January and customers from 28th January. One of the perks of being a demonstrator is the pre-order period prior to each catalogue release! Love it!!

I’ve used a couple of products from the Autumn/Winter Catalogue, that are carrying over into the new Spring/Summer Catalogue – the Metallic Encore Pad Silver and the Silver 1/8″ Ribbon.

For this project you will need:
Card stock: Basic Black Card stock (121688), Silver Glimmer Paper (124005)
Stamps: Simply Stars (W 130889, C 130892)
Ink Pads: Metallic Encore Pad Silver (132142)
Embellishments: Silver 1/8″ Ribbon (132137),
Tools: Merry Minis Punch Pack (Star) (126882), Typeset Alphabet Bigz (127553)

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    An MDS Christmas Greeting – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    Well I couldn’t resist one last Christmas project. My two little boys “helped” me with this card in MDS!

    I just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.

    Thank you to all my lovely customers and class ladies for your support throughout the year. I appreciate you all. Merry Christmas xx

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    Mojo Monday and a Sneak peek – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    Ok so I don’t have any more Christmas themed projects for you today. I figured you’d already be done with Christmas crafting for this year for the most part. Also, I’ve been itching to use a new stamp set, that we were given at Stampin’ Up!’s European Convention in Manchester (21st-23rd November 2013).

    When I saw this week’s Mojo Monday sketch, I instantly thought of this stamp set. It’s called the Language of Love and is from the new Spring/Summer Catalogue, which will be available in the UK, Netherlands, Austria, Germany and France from January 28th, 2014.

    I stamped the Heart stamp (which is made up of the word love in different languages) in Soft Sky over the Shimmery White card to make my own background paper. Then stamped the single heart and the row of smaller hearts in VersaMark and heat embossed with White embossing powder.

    For this card you will need:

    Stamp Set: Language of Love (available Jan 28th in Europe);
    Card Stock: Basic Gray (121689), Real Read 106578), Shimmery White (121717)
    Ink pads: Soft Sky (131181), VersaMark (102283)
    Accessories: White embossing power (109132), Full Heart Punch (119883)

    I would like to thank you all for visiting my blog over the past few months and wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Thanks for stopping by.

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    A Medley of Christmas Cards – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    Well I finally managed to finish all my Christmas cards, including 42 for classmates and friends for Regan and 12 for Lewis’ playgroup.

    Next year, remind me to pick one or two designs and stick to that. I was busy with workshops, classes and convention over October and November and didn’t really plan my own Christmas card making too well. When I finally started to make my own I ended up using up bits and pieces of what was there thinking it would save time – hmmmm not sure it did really.

    Here’s a few of the designs I made:


    I cut the word Merry from Silver Glimmer Paper using the Expressions Thinlits. (Top tip: use a layer of wax paper between the thinlit and card stock and the word will pop out really easily).


    I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the “strings” for the baubles.


    I used the Essentials paper-piercing pack to pierce the border around the outside of the top layer on this card and the card at the top.


    I used the sentiment from the Special Season Stamp set to stamp the greeting down the left side of this card. This card follows a design I made in August (except I didn’t do the paper piercing on this one as I made about 40 of them)


    I used the Stampin’ Write markers on the gifts stack stamp from Wishing You, so each gift would be a different colour.

    For these cards I have used the following products:

    Card stock: Textured 12″ x 12″- Island Indigo (132132), Smoky Slate (132131), Cherry Cobbler (132129), Whisper White (106549), Silver Glimmer (124005)
    DSP: Winter Frost (132341)
    Ink pads: Island Indigo (126986), Smoky Slate (131179), Coastal Cabana (131175), Cherry Cobbler (126966), Old Olive (126593)
    Stampin’ Write Markers: Smoky Slate (131898), Coastal Cabana (131260 set of 5 In-colours 2013/15), Island Indigo (131262 Regals Collection)
    Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen, Special Season (W 131766, C 131769), Wishing You (W 131748, C 131751), Very Merry Tags (W 130393, C 130402)
    Punches: Mosaic (131267), Hexagon (130919)
    Tools: Expressions Thinlits Dies 132171, Paper piercer (126189), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199). Paper-Piercing Pack Essentials (126187)

    Well so far I have managed to write and get about half my cards in the post. Number one task now is to complete the other half!

    Today is the last day for orders if you want them before Christmas.

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    Top Note Gift Card Holder & Clearance Rack Blitz – using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    It was my sister’s birthday recently and I wanted to get her a gift card so she could choose something she really liked. Originally I was just going to make one using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool but then I stumbled across this Gift Card holder using the top note die on Pinterest.

    I love Pinterest and could spend hours getting lost browsing all the fantastically creative things that get pinned….errrr hang on a minute, I usually do! Usually late at night when I should be sleeping!

    Anyway back to my gift card holder. My sister is a photographer, so I used the camera patterned paper from the I Am Me DSP pack and the camera image from Around the World stamp set.

    I made her a matching card using the Circles Thinlits.

    My last card class of the year was the same day as my sister’s birthday and I couldn’t help “killing two birds with one stone” as is my usual way with crafting. We made a Christmas version of the gift card holder using the Island Indigo textured card stock (shown below) with Winter Frost DSP inside (not shown). I must say I do love the Island Indigo and Smoky Slate textured card stock a lot. I don’t think they’ll be available beyond the end of January though unfortunately.


    For the Gift Card Holders you will need:
    Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Island Indigo textured 12 x 12, 132132
    DSP: I am Me 130138, Winter Frost (inside) 132341
    Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Real Red 126949, Island Indigo 126986, Smoky Slate 131179
    Stamp Sets: Delightful Dozen (sentiments) W 128547, C 122652, Very Merry Tags, Around the World W 131080, C 131083
    Accessories: Top Note Bigz Die 113463, Mosaic punch 131267
    For the Birthday Card you will need:
    Card Stock: Whisper White 106549, Daffodil Delight 121680
    DSP: I am Me 130138,
    Ink pads: Pool Party 126982, Stazon Black 101406,
    Accessories: Circles Thinlits 133480, Chevron Punch 132154

    Also check out the Clearance Rack Blitz starting tomorrow – Retired products—up to 80% off—will only be available while supplies last. Last minute Christmas presents anyone?

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    Whole Lot of Love & Convention Card Candy using Stampin’ Up! ® products

    I know, I know……. it’s not even Christmas yet and we’re already thinking of Valentine’s day. Well in my house you need to start dropping hints early – they always fall on deaf ears though!

    There are some lovely new products from Stampin’ Up! to help you get prepared early. They are only available until the end of January 2014 or whilst stocks last.

    Well to continue with the convention theme, I’m going to show you all the card candy that myself and some of my fellow Pinkies swapped at convention.

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Card Candy – it is simply elements/card toppers that can be attached when making cards.

    Here’s mine using the Papillon Potpourri stamp set and Elegant Butterfly and Bitty Butterfly Punches:

    Here’s Sam’s made using the Occasions Alphabet stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Jacqueline’s made using the Bug Me stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Sarah’s made using various items to Celebrate the Season (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Lorraine’s made using the Creative Elements stamp set (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Gill’s made using Lovely Romance (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Lucy’s made using Zoo Babies (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    Here’s Helen’s made using Around the World (click on the photo to go to her blog)
    And last but by no mean’s least here’s Caroline’s made using Chalk Talk (click on the photo to go to her blog)

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    More Convention Swaps

    So I took hundreds of photos at convention – unfortunately I am not the photographer in my family and the majority are useless for posting on here. They are either too under or over exposed. Nevermind, my sister (the photographer in the family) is going to give me the dummies guide to my camera when we go up at Christmas! Really I should just RTM (read the manual) but I fear it would lull me to sleep, which sounds lovely but I have too much to do!

    Anyway enough rambling from me here are some of the ok shots from inspiration boards at convention.



    I love this artists tray too. Unfortunately I didn’t see who had made it so apologies for not linking it to you if it is yours




    And finally here is a swap I made for another demonstrator, who was unable to attend convention due to ill health. A load of the Pinkies made 5 swaps to swap on her behalf so she could receive a bunch of swaps back. I love being part of the Pinkies, they are a lovely bunch of crafters with big hearts!



    As with my own swaps, its not my usual style, but I actually really like it. What do you think?

    For this project you will need
    Card stock: Tempting Turquoise 108598, Midnight Muse 127546
    Inks: Midnight Muse 126860, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Pad 126857, Versamark 102283
    Stamp sets: Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Beautifully Baroque W-130895
    Other: Bitty Butterfly punch 129406, White embossing powder 109132

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      Digital Downloads Tuesday

      It’s Digital Download Tuesday – you’ll find the latest My Digital Studios Downloads here.

      And don’t forget there are still a few days left of the MDS sale too!

      If you don’t already have MDS, download the software or the 30 day free trial here

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      European Convention – my swaps!

      Usually my style is CAS (clean and simple), however, I decided to go for a completely different style for my convention swaps! I thought I would be adventurous and it seems to have paid off judging by the comments from some of the other demonstrators I swapped with!

      For these cards you will need:
      Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge W-130514, C-130517, Off the Grid W-130736, Blooming with Kindness W-131961, C-126422, Happy Day W-130294, C-130297, Dictionary Background W-130348, C-130351
      A4 Card Stock: Basic Black 121688, Real Red 106578, Crumb Cake 121685
      Ink Pads: Whisper White (Craft) 101731, Basic Black 126980, Versamark 102283
      Other: White embossing powder 109132, Bitty Butterfly Punch129406, Bubble wrap
      Convention was fantastic! I will be posting more pictures as soon as I get the chance so pop back later this week for another look.
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      CAS – Colours and Sketches

      Well I made the Top 3 of the Around the World Stampin’ Up! Challenge – I was really happy especially as it was my first ever entry to a challenge blog. I will work out how to add the badge to my side bar at some point! ( I used to be technically savvy and then I had children and my brain no longer functions the way it used to – baby brain it’s called).

      Anyway I now have the blog challenge bug and I have made this card to enter the CAS – Colours and Sketches Challenge – Sketch # 51.

      Here’s the sketch:

      And here’s my interpretation of it:
      I recently bought the Circle Card Thinlits die and had it already when I saw the sketch for the challenge. Fits perfectly I thought!
      For this project you would need:

      Circle Card Thinlits die 133480,
      A4 Card stock – Whisper White 106549, Soft Sky 131292, Strawberry Slush 131300,
      Silver Glimmer paper 124005,
      Stamps – Travel Journal Wheel 126937
      Ink pads – Smoky Slate 131179,
      Re-inkers – Smoky Slate 131159, Strawberry Slush 131167,
      Tools: Aqua painters 103954, Big Shot 113439, Simply Stripes TIEF 132174,
      Punches:  2-1/2″ Circle 120906, Artisan label 130920 , Bitty Butterfly 129406 and Elegant Butterfly 127526,
      Embellishments: Basic Rhinestones 119246, Whisper White Baker’s Twine 124262

      I hope you like it!

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