Sunday, 17 March 2019

Resilient, Strong & Beautiful - Stampin’ Up! Stong & Beautiful Stamp Set

Coming at you today with what seems like a massive project. It’s not believe me however there has been a lot of behind the sense work that have taken place to make this post possible. It’s worth it as long as you all like it if not it’s been a total waste of time. That’s a joke by the way, probably couldn’t tell in just reading the post.

You all know by now how I feel about butterflies, I love them and just are just my absolute favourite! You’ve seen use all the butteries from the Spring/Summer Catalogue in so many different ways in just the short time that it has been available. This being said I really wanted to try and do something a little more arty farty for a card and this was the outcome. I know I’ve used these three colours before in a water coloured project. The three colours are Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Real Red. This technique would work with any colour combo however for this card I wanted a really viberant, bold colours.

The technique for the background is the time consuming part and is something you need to know just when to stop. This isn’t something that I or anybody else can teach you but with practice you will learn when and how to stop. It’s super fun though to practice, you can get messy and it be okay.

The butterflies are super cute and I love how pretty they are with the base of Vellum and cover of Whisper White. They really help distract and soften the busy background. The butterflies are created using the Butterfly Beauty Thinlits, this is just one die with five butterflies on it however with some clever cutting you can snip them all up and use them separately rather than a whole.

I used a little bit of Wink of Stella ontop of the vellum. This isn’t a requirement however it use look so goddamn good! I dare you to run and give it ago and you’ll see how amazing it looks! I posted a video of the vellum butterflies on their own just so people could just take a moment to absorb the beauty in.

I’m busy getting some projects created and film ready for Stamping Society as well as for all of you here. I also need to try and get some form of swap together to give at On Stage because that’s only a month away!

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Wishing You a Lovely Day - Stampin' Up! Forever Lovely Stamp Set

Has it really been four weeks already? I can’t believe it time already time for the One Stamp At a Time Blog Hop! I won’t lie to you. I’ve left everything a little late for this project just purely because I’m no good with 3D projects. I just don’t like them. This being said you all love them so of cause I am here to please.

As I said I struggle a lot with 3D projects but at the same time I don’t want to take a pre made box or bag and decorated, I can and that would be acceptable and I’m sure I’d do an amazing job - not floating my own boat or anything but there’s something good in challenging yourself. So I made a little bag. I hope you like... I always try with the projects created for OSAT to show how one design can be easily translated to a 3D project or then the other way around. I posted an image over on Instagram of the Hostess Gift that I’ve sent out earlier this week and that translates into today’s project. I started by using the idea to create the card and then transfer this back to a 3D object. 

The bag itself is upper easy to make. The card stock or DSP will need to measure 6x11 inches. You’ll need to score at 2 inches to create the base then you’ll need to score downwards at 2 inches, 5 inches, 7 inches and at 10 inches. Easy right don’t worry there is a video on how the bag is made below. 

Both projects are showcasing the wonderful DSP Botanical Butterfly, it’s gorgeous! I love the contrast on how on one side you have a monochrome pattern and of the other it is full of colour and some of which are my favourite; Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist and finally Whisper White. There is more than enough and what I love is how all the colours coordinated together. With this DSP you would have seen that I’ve used it previously with the Butterfly Duet Punch however I always enjoy fussy cutting and suggest you have a play yourself.

Now I’m off to work and when I finish I’ll be doing a Facebook Live! I’m so excited, it’s been far to long since my last one and really hope you could all join me. Before then you have plenty of time to hop along to everyone else blogs and getting some amazing inspiration below: 

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Grow Together - Stampin’ Up Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set

Right so we need a little chat about life. It’s nothing bad do not worry but it does impact you. I signed up as a demonstrator again on something of a spur of a moment thing, I felt like something was missing and this was it. Last time I I didn’t do very well, I’ll be honest with you and didn’t expect anything this time. I was wrong, it has been so crazy with everything going positively, I never expect it and couldn’t accommodate the work that this has become.

When I started I posted 3 days a week with one video on Sunday. This has increased to post 3 days a week with 3 videos and daily posting on social media. Not only this but I have the Stamping Society and the #Secretproject. This is just online stuff, I’m also running workshops at my home and working a full time job. I don’t want anyone to think I’m moaning because I love it it’s just there’s not enough hours in the day to do everything as well has all the other things I’m wanting to do. This is why I’m dropping a post a week. I’m sorry but I hope you understand this will make everything a little better. 

On a happier note how cute is today’s card? I love the stamp set so much and is just perfect for simple cards. I mean is there anything you can’t do with flowers. The best part about this stamp set is that there is coordinating dies so you could even cut them out and pop them up. Like image the followers made into a spring wreath? I’m pocketing that one for later... it’s a good idea. 

You might also notice my choice of colours for this card. I’m rocking the In Colours and hard! Did you know that we are fast approaching the launch of the new Annual Catalogue? That means we are saying goodbye to 5 amazing colours; 3 of which are used in today’s card. Which ones are they? You’ll say goodbye to Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist. Just because I have to say goodbye, doesn’t mean you have too. You can still purchase them and the Ink Refills and you’ll be flying for a long long time. 

I’m spending my day trying to get ahead and recording some more videos ready for The next coming weeks. There’s one project that I’m really exited about it which will hopefully be next Sunday as Thursday is going to OSAT again! It’s come around quick right? I need to think of a 3D project that you’ll like. I’ll do my best! 

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Lovely Day - Stampin’ Up! Forever Lovely Stamp Set

I’m sure you are wanting to know how my getting on with the little challenge I set myself on Tuesdays post. Well I have made two cards which I absolutely love, just need to try and do another 4, how hard can it be. Other than this I know that I’m desperately needing to clean my craft room. I tend to find that one I’m on a mass Male or video recording the mess just piles up. I actually really enjoy cleaning on, please tell me I’m not alone?

Today’s card is actually super simple, it’s a little 3x3 card with one stamp in Memento Ink. Done and dusted. Post over. Bye. I’m only joking or at least a little anyway. I’ve been wanted to create a vellum card for a while now but something has just been niggling at me prevent me from just going for it. This obviously isn’t a vellum card but it’s a step in the right direction. Vellum is a medium that I love but is a little tricky, it’s very delicate and can rip. When you heat it it could burn and bubble and it’s not porous so inks take a very long time to dry. By using it you are asking for problems, but when you get used to it is fabulous.

Anyways I waffled a little bit there but it’s good to know if you haven’t used it before. I faced two issues with the project. The first being in creating the vellum envelope this was the second attempt because I wasn’t delicate enough and when I scored the vellum I went straight through. I should really point out that I used the Envelope Punch Board, this is amazing and a must have! You can create so many envelopes for all your funky size cards.  No more feeling restricted and take power back in your card making. It’s super easy to use as demonstrated in today’s video.

The stamp set used today is the Forever Lovely Stamp Set that’s available in the Spring/Summer Catalogue. It’s such a wonderful set that have these such pretty flowers which is actually available as to step stamping. When stamping on vellum I suggest quick and firm motion and then to wait until the ink is no longer shiny. I broke this rule for the sake of recording, don’t rush.

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the up coming Stampin’ Up Demonstrator only event in April and the swaps that I need to design and make. The last one was in November and I loved my swap but I’m struggling to think of something simple and effective that screams me. I’ll get there eventually I’m sure.

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Grace & Wisdom - Stampin’ Up! Butterfly Gala Stamp Set

Well I’m sat here procrastinating, trying to avoid writing this post. So far it’s been two slices of Lemon Loaf that Sean made the weekend and watching back to back episodes of How to get away with murder. I’m not sure why I’m avoiding it and there’s not any reason to why. If I’m honest it’s most likely because I’m having to get back into ‘work’ after having a weekend off. It was nice by the way.

Today’s card was meant to be posted last week but I didn’t know how to condense the card down into a short video for you all to enjoy. I know one of my faults in my videos is how I can get carried away when colouring and zone out. This means I’m not explaining the perks of Stampin Blends or just how brilliant they are, which is a shame as they are amazing. I know you’ve seen me use the blends multiple times on Crumb Cake cardstock before, I love how the intensity of the colour and it almost seems as if it glows. 

You would have noticed that I’ve been subtly showcasing the String & Beautiful Stamp Set, this is a wonderful stamp set that has some absolutely beautiful sentiments. I speak a lot about the relevants of Stamp Set and I think this one is right there. We all know one strong and beautiful woman that we idealise and respect to the upmost, show them with this stamp set. Female power right? 

The sentiment is punched out using a new product, the Story Label Punch. Isn’t this a wonderful shape? Really stands out in a elegant design but is versatile even to be playful. Stampin’ Up punchese are the bomb, they are so easy to use and much more portable than carrying a big shot around.

I’m setting myself a little challenge this week in make 6 cards and recording all six. This isn’t the challenge; the challenge is actually liking all the cards that I make. One trick that I’ve learnt is to step away a little and then come back to it, this way I have time to review and reflect on the card so far. Pray for me? 

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Friday, 1 March 2019

Stamping Society: Beautiful - Stampin' Up! Flowering Desert Stamp Set

Well doesn’t time fly when your having fun, who would have imagined that it was a month again that me and the rest of the Stamping Society launched with the free video tutorial service. We have had a fantastic response and for everyone who has already subscribed will be receiving there copy at the same time as this post goes live. Subscribing is not the only way you can get a copy of the video tutorials:
  • You can claim the video tutorials for the month when you place an order with me for the value of £19.00 for P&P.
  • By signing up to be a demonstrator in my team you will receive the video via email the same day it goes live.

There is no excuse on not getting your hands on the video tutorials. If you want more information on any of the above please get in touch; I don’t bite and love others from you all.

This months tutorial is all based on the Flower Desert Stamp Set that’s available in the Spring/Summer Catalogue. This is a wonderful stamp set that’s so on trend. I know I’ve briefly mentioned before how you will see cactuses and succulents everywhere, they might not be the main focus of an image that you might be looking at but it’s always there.

Today’s card is super easy in itself just needs a little preparation to get you to the stage of assembly. I think preparation is key to any successful project. By stamping the cactuses onto the a separate piece of card stock you can sit down prepare plenty and do all the fussy cutting sat in front of your television or even on the go. It makes crafting easier and so more social. Sound strange but do you know how many people stop and talk to me when I’m sat there crafting? Loads.
Here is a little preview for this months projects. I love creating mine as I know you will all enjoy the project. It’s a fun way of creating a differnt background than just stamping like the project above. I’ve also watched the others videos and there is so many wonderful techniques and styles on offer. 
All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below:

Thursday, 28 February 2019

True Friends - Stampin’ Up! Precious Delivery Stamp Set

I’m so jealous of anybody who is currently making the most out of the wonderful sum we have been having in the UK. I know some of you from America still have snow, which is equally as nice because snow is fun. Apparently the weather is due to change and it’s due to start raining from today so I hope this is wrong and it’ll stay this way ready for the weekend.

Today’s card is a little disappointing. Not because of the card itself, I think it’s really cute and sophisticated. However it doesn’t photograph well and this photo and video really doesn’t do this card justice. This card uses a technique called tonal stamping. This basically mean that you will use the ink colour as the cardstock; in this case I’m using Night Of Navy. This gives a super subtle effect to the background. Normally this tends to be a lot more visible, especially with lighter colours, this because said you can’t see how effective it really is.

My favourite part about using Stampin’ Up supplies is how EVERYTHING coordinations, you might have notice this is my favourite thing as I mentional it all the time. It’s just before Stampin Up I would get so frustrated that I could find card stock that matches perfectly with my inks or accessories. This takes the hard work out of the game and gives you so much more time to get creative and actually make. Like who else pops out to buy some red card but you get it home and it’s not the right red? With SU you know what you’re getting every time. You also can’t do the this technique without coordinating supplies.

I love using Copper Embossing Powder on dark coloured card, primarily because of how it just shines when the lights hits it. I dare you to tell me that it’s not the first thing you spot on this card. Someone recently commented on my Instagram asking as to why I heat emboss on every card that I make. Now I don’t have the answer because I’m not sure, I use it for sentiments primarily just to make them pop.

Tomorrow is the second release for the Stamping Society. Super exciting to show you give you 6 amazing ways on how to use the Flowering Desert Stamp Set. Make sure you subscribe for the low price of £5.30 or place an order for the sum of £19.00 and get it for free!

All the supplies used in today’s card are available by contacting me direct or following the links below: