Sunday, 30 April 2017

CAS(E) THIS SKETCH, CHALLENGE #219, CONGRATULATIONS, STAMPIN' UP

Morning Peeps & Happy Sunday

I hope you are all have good crafting plans for today.The weather has turned colder in this little corner of Kent which is a good enough reason to get down to some crafting....as if I need a reason!

My card today is for entering into the CAS(E) This Sketch #219

Here is the Sketch


Here is my Card



Yes... I know, I know, this is a retired stampset from a while ago BUT this sketch challenge is for fun
and when I saw the sketch this stampset instantly came to mind. It was the VERY FIRST Stampin' Up Stampset that I purchased, and I bought it as a pre-loved set at a Papercraft show I visited.  This was about 4 years ago, maybe longer.  Needless to say, I was hooked. I remember being impressed by by the quality of the stamp and the packaging it came in, such a great method for storing stamps. Even now, I LOVE the way I can just line them up on my shelves & quickly look through the spines to see which sets are which. It's the little things, you know, that make all the difference in my life.
Anyway back to the card... I had chosen the stampset and now I had to decide on the colour. Well, the star had to be yellow.... right? 'Cos stars are always yellow.  So there you go.... Daffodil Delight it is. Now what colour would go with yellow.....?  Blue... yep, it would, but I remembered I had seen a combination of Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise somewhere & I had ADORED it. So decision made. I stamped it all in Tempting Turquoise and Daffodil Delight. Now it looked OK but it looked kind of flat somehow, it had no Oomph, if that makes sense.
So I spent a goodly time considering options..... and one option was to make myself a coffee...;) Which I did, while I pondered the other options and then it came to me... I needed a third colour, so I opted for Real Red, I chose this because it is a strong colour and they eye needs to be drawn to it. Now, what to balance the Red with?, hhhmmn, then I remembered I had the Enamel Shapes in the Brights colours and guess what, they come in Stars, Hearts and Dots. Yaay! I popped a couple of the stars onto the card and it all came together so to speak. Phew! I have to say, some cards don't come easy and this was one of them but I am delighted with the result.
What do you think?
Leave me a comment below and let me know, I would love to have your thoughts.

Anyhow, now you have seen the sketch, why don't you play along?
It is great fun!

 I have put some links at the bottom for the inks and cardstock used, if you are interested in purchasing any of them press on the image and it will take you through to my Shop.
Also, remember, things are selling out fast on the Retirement List, so while you are over in the shop have a look for bargains.

Finally, if you want a New Catalogue, it launches on 1st June,  message or email me and I will get one in the post to you.

Enjoy you Sunday & Happy Stamping!






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Friday, 28 April 2017

BANNER CARDS - SUCCULENT GARDEN DSP - STAMPIN' UP

Good Morning.... Well today is Friday and in the UK we have a Bank Holiday weekend ahead. I love having that extra day as it means I can get more crafting done... and that can't be a bad thing.

As some of you may or may not know, I belong to my local Women's Institute and one of my many roles is of Kindness Correspondent, this entails sending to any Member who may be going through difficult times, due to illness, bereavement or suchlike, a card from the Committee and other Members. You can see how this would be a natural fit for me.... right? I must confess I love doing this... Oh Yes...  because I know a handmade card can be such a comfort at a difficult time, and conveys just the right message... and the message is  "We Care"..... in fact, we care enough to make this card for you. Nothing, in my opinion, is better than this and I feel blessed to be able to do this for my WI.  Anyhow, why am I telling you all this?...I hear you ask.... Well, as you can imagine, I frequently need a card in a hurry and often need quite a few cards which brings me to the point of today's post, Banner Cards, simple and quick to make.



Not only are they simple and quick to make but they are a great way of using DSP (Designer Series Paper). 

So here is how I did it. I cut a portrait card from a piece of European A4 cardstock. Now in case you aren't sure what I mean by portrait see the photograph below :


I have taken the piece of cardstock and cut it in half straight down the middle at 4 1/8".
If you look at the right hand piece you will see I have scored it half way down at 5 7/8". I then fold along this score line and this gives me a portrait cardbase.

Next I cut 3 banners, at 3 different widths; 1", 1.75" and 2". One in plain cardstock and two in contrasting patterned paper, or a patterned paper & a speciality paper such as a Metallic/Glimmer paper. I like to use a piece of ribbon the same colour as the plain cardstock and I also like to emboss the plain cardstock to give it some visual interest. If you look at the photo you will see that I have used the same embossing folder on both the pink and green banner but turned the banner over on the pink one so the pattern is showing from the back side and it gives a totally different look. Two patterns from one folder... twice the value. Yaay!

Then all you need to do is layer the Banners, differing the lengths and you are done.
I stamped a sentiment on a scrap of cardstock about 3/4" deep and cut that into a smaller banner, which I layered a small piece of doily behind. I finished off by putting a rhinestone onto the sentiment banner. Now, just a quick word about this sentiment "Sending a Smile Your Way" .... isn't that just a great sentiment?  We don't always want to say, thinking of you, sorry you aren't well, sorry things aren't good right now... but "Sending a Smile your way" fits the bill for so many things and I, for one, think it is a great sentiment to have in my stash and there are 2 other great sentiments in this set, PLUS the flowers.  However, this set has gone onto the retirement list and is on a "while stocks last" basis, so if you want it, go & grab it... quick. It is from the Love & Affection stampset, see the items at the bottom of the page.

There you have it, a simple card that can be changed up to suit a variety of occasions. As you can see the 1st card I put the sentiment banner on, but the 2nd one I have left without a sentiment for now. I usually make a batch of these cards and then when I need a card in a hurry I stamp the sentiment to suit the requirement.

Now you have seen how it is done, why don't you give it a try? It really is great fun once you get going. Of course, what makes this card even more fun to make is the Banner Triple Punch, do you have one?... if not.... you really should get one. It cuts no less than THREE sizes of banners and makes these Banner cards a breeze to produce. I totally LOVE this bit of gadgetry....and wouldn't be without it!

Anyhow, as usual the products I have used are listed below, (some however are on the Retirement List) and should you wish to purchase any of them press on the image and it will take you through to my shop.
Also, a quick reminder, the New Annual Catalogue comes out on 1st of June and if you want to receive it in the post, leave me a comment/ let me have your email address and I will get one to you.

Thanks for stopping by today.
Happy Stamping!




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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

GLOBAL DESIGN PROJECT #88, JAR OF LOVE, STAMPIN' UP


Good Morning Everyone

Hope you are all well, today is Wednesday, Hump Day, so called because it is the hump of the week, halfway until the weekend.
It is time for the Global Design Project, why don't you head on over and check it out HERE.

Now, I know I usually put my entry in on a Saturday only I am mixing it up a bit this week and doing it today. 

The Challenge this week is to CASE the Designer and here is what I came up with :





and here is the Banner that inspired my card



The  Global Design Project challenge is to CASE (Copy and Share Everything) this project by Michelle Last. I loved the simplicity of the layout and how the focal point was built up. I also LOVE the white on white of the card.

I decided I wanted to use the theme of Nature and retain the simplicity, so I opted for the Jar of Love Stamp Set and the Everyday Jars framelits to make a floral arrangement. I love that you can stamp and then cut out the individual flowers and leaves and arrange them as you would when making a bouquet. This make for a really stunning result on a card. The stamps and framelits come as a bundle in the current catalogue, which means you buy them together and get 10% off), but when they carry over into the New Catalogue you will only be able to buy them separately. So I say, if you want them and why wouldn't you, get them NOW.  I replaced Michelle's square frame with a circular frame and instead of making a scalloped edge I kept mine plain, as I felt a scallop may be too busy for my design. I cut a cardbase in Wisteria Wonder (what a fabulous colour this is and paired with Whisper White it is really striking) and using the Brick Wall embossing folder, next I embossed a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I stamped the greeting from the stampset in Wisteria Wonder and cut it in half so I could fit it inside the focal area of the card. I then arranged the flowers and leaves on the frame, I glued some down and popped others up on dimensionals to give added depth and then I used Wink of Stella on the flowers, to make them glisten. It is quite hard to see in the picture but the really do look good "in the flesh" so to speak.

There you have it - a simple card with maximum impact! 

Now that you have seen how simple it is why don't you give it a try?
The supplies are listed below and if you press on the images they will take you through to my shop where you can purchase any or all of them in the comfort of your own home... and you can't say fairer than that!

A quick reminder! 




I popped in yesterday to tell you that further reductions have been made to items on the retirement list.... yaaay! So fill your boots, there are some great bargains to be had BUT they are on a while stocks last basis, so head on over HERE and take a look.

So that is all for today.
Happy Stamping!



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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

GET RETIRING PRODUCTS - STAMPIN' UP

Morning Everyone

Popping in with the great news, MORE bargains to be had. Nobody knew about this, goodness have you seen some of these reductions???...... I can feel an ohttps://www2.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspxrder coming on for sure.



Press HERE  to go take a look and grab some bargains.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, 24 April 2017

CASE THIS SKETCH CHALLENGE #218, PAISLEY AND POSIES, STAMPIN' UP

Good Morning & Happy Monday Everyone

I have for you today my entry to the CAS(E) this Sketch Challenge # 218, why don't you head on over and take a look  HERE.
Now, this is the Challenge that I made a card for last week and when I came to enter the card the challenge had closed. Well this week I made sure to get it prepared good and early.

So here is the Sketch


And here is my Entry


I opted to use the Paisleys and Posies photopolymer stamp set for this card. Using photopolymer stamps made this card a doddle to make, because the stamps are clear, you can see exactly where you are stamping. The sentiment comes from the One Big Meaning Stamp Set. This is a set that is carrying over into the New Catalogue. Great News! I make a lot of Thank You cards and this is a great set with lots of Thank You sentiments in it.

Now the eagle eyed amongst you will see, if you look closely, that I have used Two of the New  2017 - 2019 In Colours on this card, Lime Twist and Berry Burst. They are not actually available until the New Catalogue launches, which will be on June 1st (remember if you want one, just message or email me & I will get one in the post to you) but as I am a Demonstrator I get to see all of the new products ahead of times and even order some of them, which is a great Perk. If you want to sign up and get the new Catalogue now, get in touch!

Anyhow, back to the card, I cut a cardbase in Whisper White cardstock, portrait style. 

 I cut a panel of Whisper White cardstock 2" x 5 7/8" and stamped the design along the panel in 3 ink colours, Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Tangerine Tango.

I cut a panel in Basic Black 2 1/8" x 5 7/8"  

Using a piece of Whisper White paper, I Stamped the Sentiment in Black and Embossed with clear embossing powder to make it stand out I snipped the ends of this banner on an angle.  

I matted the stamped panel onto the black panel and then attached this to the cardfront and then using dimensionals I fixed the banner onto the front of the card.   

So there we have it. I do hope you have enjoyed looking at the card. The products I have used, as usual, are listed below. Should you be interested in purchasing anything, press on the image and it will take you through to my shop, where you can add it to your basket and have it delivered straight to you door.   

Happy Stamping!

                                                               


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