Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Basket Weave Part 2... the Small Basket with Tutorial

Following on quickly from yesterday's post with the Large Basket... as I want to get my posts back to the right time for my UK breakfast readers.... so a double post for most of you on email subscription today!

Here are a couple of the small baskets... which  fit a couple of Creme Eggs perfectly... or in my case Caramel Eggs... as they are my son's favourite!
One embossed using a Soft Suede inked Basket Weave folder before assembly...
And the other faux stitched with a white gel pen...
Click here for the Tutorial for these Small Baskets... you can make two from a piece of A4 cardstock...

See all the details on this Sale A Bration promotional embossing folder and its co-ordinating stamp set, Blossoming Baskets in yesterday's post... as well as more decorative details for this set of baskets...

Want to get your hands on one of these embossing folders now...  Don't miss my exclusive offer first posted yesterday for one person only!  

I have an extra Basket Weave folder... so I have an idea! Available as an extra free gift to the first person to join my Craft Therapists team during February...   Click here for all the details... or click here to go straight to the sign up page...

And here is a group shot of all three baskets...

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Basket Weave Part One... The Large Basket with Tutorial

With the Sale A Bration 2nd release comes the new Basket Weave dynamic embossing folder... which is just fabulous... perfect excuse for re-producing a couple of projects from a few years back...

So first up... my Large Easter Basket... for which you will find the tutorial by clicking here... 
Bear in mind that this is a pretty large basket... standing at over 3" tall (plus handle)... over 5" wide and 2" deep.... 

So room for lots of chocolates for someone special... or you can always add some Sweet Soiree Ready Shreddie if you want to be tighter with your chocolate! I think it would fit 8ish Creme Eggs as a guide... you can see how lost my couple are!
Very simply decorated... as it was a last minute class add-on! As it did just have to be done when I saw the embossing folder... 

Embossing folder inked with Soft Suede before embossing my Crumb Cake cardstock... which completely brings that basket weave to life!

Flowers from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment kit... plus a Tutti Frutti sequin... with a die-cut Stitched Shapes circle with silver embossed greeting... which is from the now long retired Easter Blossoms stamp set out of my stash... 

But back to the Basket Weave embossing folder... and some more information for you... as well as a product video link at the end of this post...

(1) It can be earnt for free... along with its co-ordinating stamp set, Blossoming Basket (available in both wood and clear  mount)... with a £90 order... from now until the end of March during the Sale A Bration promotion
Blossoming Basket Clear-Mount Bundle
(2) It is a Dynamic embossing folder... ie a thick one! With just one cutting plate required in your plate sandwich... This gives a more pronounced 3D effect than the standard ones...

(3) The embossing folder will become readily available on its own with the new 2018-19 Annual catalogue come 1st June... but you will have to pay for it then... and can you wait!

(4) I have an extra Basket Weave folder... so I have an idea! An exclusive... Available as an extra gift to the first person to join my Craft Therapists team during February... 

Sale A Bration is such a wonderful time to sign up for the Stampin Up experience... not only can you order any £130 of product and pay just £99... with no P&P charge... but Stampin Up! will gift you an extra 2 stamp sets* for free... of any value (and there some sets over £40 in there) Click here for all the details... or click here to go straight to the sign up page... 

* Stamp sets cannot be Sale A Bration stamps or bundled products (ie a stamp set as well as co-ordinating dies or punch)...
(5) Want to see more of this lovely Blossoming Baskets & Basket Weave bundle... then click on the icon below to go straight to the product video shared by Shannon in the Home Office...


Monday, 19 February 2018

Petal Passion meets Stitched Squares

Same layout and recipe as this card... but using the Petal Passion papers instead... with the leaves coloured using the light Old Olive Stampin Blend... and the white papers stamped with Pool Party flowers...
Finished off with the lovely stamped, die cut & Blends coloured rose image from the Petal Palette bundle & Stylised Birthday greeting

Plus a stamped mat on the inside...
Sorry for such a late... and quick... post today...  needs must!

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Charming Cafe Wreath Card... and a colour challenge...


A quick little share of a card made for a Team Colour Challenge... though I didn't think I would get time to create anything as I am on a 4 class creating marathon this week...

But the colour combination was too good not to play... Night of Navy, Soft Sky, Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake and Tranquil Tide... completely "up my street"...

Though some of you may spot that I did actually forget to use Tranquil Tide and Chocolate Chip!! I blame the fact that I was using Stampin Blends and so had to use Memento Black Ink... though that is a white lie... as I did just forget!
And I do have to laugh at myself... 3 stamp sets on such a simple card!!!  

I had made and coloured the Charming Cafe wreath parts and Lots Of Happy flowers & leaves earlier in the week... and then I used my "chopped up" Perennial Birthday greeting stamp when pulling it all together today... as that happened to be out looking at me... 

More details on my greeting stamp "chop up" here...
Oh and I also forgot the Soft Sky bit too... and popped my panel onto a Pool Party card blank at the very last minute! 

In fact it was a bit of a comedy of errors... as I made another minor mistake too... but I will admit to that when I create what was intended... as I am being quite picky with myself... 
Luckily I love my simple little card! Mistakes and all... So I am quite happy for a quick re-make along the same lines...

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Springtime Foils ...

You will get used to that as part of the title over the next fortnight... as I really can't get enough of these beautiful Sale A Bration Springtime Foils papers... and even better I now get a pack for free with every £45 ordered... and so you can you!

Very simple card to create with the Stitched Shapes dies... just 2 of the largest stitched squares die cut from each of 2 of the papers...

Have I ever told you that these are my favourite... never-put-away-dies!!
Plus another plain Whisper White for the greeting panel... set on a 7cm Square Pink Powder mat... I used Copper Embossing Powder for the greeting as it is similar to the rose gold foiling on the papers...

Oh and the greeting is a chopped clear mount stamp from the very useful Perennial Birthday... comes long & thin and gorgeous... but I needed it to fit in my square... so I cut the stamp in between the 2 words!!!! And mounted one above the other on a clear block.... I can always mount my part stamps side by side when I need the lovely original long greeting.... as bottom left in the image below...
Perennial Birthday Clear-Mount Stamp Set
A bit of Stampin Blends colouring  in Bermuda Bay and Pink Pirouette for the flowers... and Old Olive for the leaves...

And blink and you will miss it... some foiled dot colouring too with the Bermuda Bay and Old Olive Stampin Blends too... careful how you go though... easy to do... but precise colouring action in a small area required!
And more Stampin Blends action on the white Silver Metallic Edge Ribbon... a quick and light colour with one sweep of the brush tip of the dark Bermuda Bay Blendy... Lightly (and as horizontal as you can) does it to protect your brush tip! And dark so it colours in one swoop... whereas the light Bermuda Bay needed a few sweeps...

Large Square card this time... so 14.8cm Square (5 7/8") from A4 Thick Whisper White cardstock... with a 13.8cm ( 5 3/8") Square Bermuda Bay mat... So you could just squeeze one onto a 5 1/2" Square card blank if using US Letter sized cardstock... but I would go for a 6" Square from 12" x 12" cardstock instead...

Friday, 16 February 2018

New Sale A Bration Springtime Foils papers

What can I say... these Springtime Foils speciality papers are SO stunning... hope Stampin' Up! have lots and lots in stock...as I have a feeling these are going to be enormously popular!
Exclusive to the Sale A Bration promotion... so earn one pack for free with every £45 ordered... Just pop to my Online Store to earn yours straightaway and be at the front of the queue...

Use them plain... or colour them up as I have here... what is not to love!

And here are the 4 patterns for you... 3 sheets of each in a pack...
Springtime Foils Specialty Designer Series Paper
I will be back with the details of this card another day... and hopefully a better photo... sorry really must dash today!


Thursday, 15 February 2018

And the second release of Sale A Bration is now live!!

You may remember that Stampin' Up! promised us some more products to be added to the Sale A Bration promotion as a second release... well today is the day that I can share them with you... and say that they are now live for purchase...

Click on the cover picture below to see the leaflet for the 3 new items... as well as a quick reminder of the other items available...
So these items will be available from now until 31st March. One free for every £45 you order... apart from the three Level 2 items... which are free with a £90 order...

I will be back quickly with some projects using some of these new items... loving them!!

And please do not forget the other parts of the Sale A Bration promotion...

An additional TWO extra free stamp sets in your Starter Kit when you join the Stampin' Up! family...
So that makes £130 product plus the 2 free stamp sets for your £99 investment... Any current stamp set- of any value- applies... but not Sale A Bration promotional items... and not Bundles for those extra freebies...

I welcome any "type" of demonstrator ... whether for own purchases ... or for building the biggest crafting business in the world!! Email me here if you would like a chat or more information... or go here to sign up as part of my team... I will have an extra gift for anyone joining my team during February

Or an extra £20 in Stampin Host Rewards (aka Free Product) for an order over £200...
And just in case you need reminding of the existing promotional items... click on the picture below for the full details/leaflet of the first release...
Or click here to go straight to the Online Store and see everything together... don't forget the current Host Code to add to your order if under £150... (See top right hand side of this blog page)

Bubble Over... in glorious technicolour...

Sharing a card we made at our last Quarterly training... that I particularly love! 

A card that I had pinned to try later when I first saw it... so it was great to have the opportunity to make it with someone just telling me how!!
A bit of heat embossing and sponging magic with the Bubble Over bundle to turn a simple white card and die-cuts into something bright and cool... 

Though I do have to laugh at my Bermuda Bay straw going over the edge of the card so far... and I can even remember taking the time & effort to not let that happen!!! Must have started chatting instead...
Thanks to Sarah Klass for the stunning original design... and Julie for choosing the card for a Training make! More details for you on the card here at Julie's blog... 





Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Anyone for chocolate? And Happy Valentines Day...

To you and yours...

And here is a little something I sent down to my son at university to let him know that we are thinking about him today... and missing him... as indeed we always are...

Filled with a few chocolate hearts for my young choc-aholic to warm his heart... caramel centred as they are his favourite!
And for you... the 6" square shadow box frame tutorial is here... The front panel is just a 6" x 6 1/2" piece of Thick Whisper White card scored LANDSCAPE (aka 6 1/2" length across the top) at 6" to produce the 6" square front and a 1/2" glue tab for the left hand side...

And I had to laugh... as I thought I didn't have any red papers to use... but that Tutti Frutti paper pack came up as a life saver yet again... the front panel being the cut out left from the inner panel when the centre of the 6" square of paper was cut out at 1" all the way round... aka (1) line up at 1"... (2) cut from 1" to 5"... (3) turn 90 degrees... repeat 1-3... repeat 1-3... & repeat 1-2...
Interestingly.. this is actually my 4th most visited blog post... but by some strange trickery of Blogger... it doesn't even appear on my Top 10 list... no idea why not! 

Have to admit that I am still most proud of the shadowbox frame project amongst all of the  projects I have ever designed... as it must be a project that has inspired more project variants world wide than any other over the last 4 years... be it cards, frames, boxes, gift & treats packaging, jewellery presentation... etc etc etc... As we say... Create... Share...Inspire... and so the wonderful creative cycle circles...

But I also have to admit that I was not alone in designing these... months later I chanced upon a Pin of a Shadowbox Frame project display photo taken and uploaded from a Stampin Up On Stage event from a presentation by an Australian demonstrator called Pat Carr ... and strangely (spookily) the date of that event was exactly the same date as I had spent all day with pieces of paper working out how to make one! Shame I hadn't been at the event that day Pat... you would have saved me hours of frustration!
Stampin Up Products used
Card & Papers  - Tutti Frutti papers, 12x12" Whisper White, A4 Thick Whisper White, Real Red
Dies - Sweet & Sassy, Sunshine Wishes, Lots to Love Box, Celebrate You
Stamps - Sure Do Love You

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Thatched Roof Cozy Cottage... behind a Drystone wall...

A little thatched roof Cozy Cottage in a country garden scene for a New Home card ... Cozy Cottage is actually a Hostess stamp set which can be yours at a seriously reduced rate with a qualifying order...

Memento Black stamping throughout... lots of Stampin Blends colouring action... including all that Pool Party sky... 

And talking of Stampin Blends... If you would like to collect them over a few months... then do check out my Stampin Blends club... details here... You can collect over 2 or 3 months... but note that the free Sale A Bration items can only be ordered in February and March... ie in the next 7 weeks...

Bridge U Fold card Tutorial here... as it was the perfect card format... (again!) The only difference being that I started with a 3cm high (1 1/4") base/front panel
And seeing as it is Tuesday... a few tips for you...

The drystone wall was elongated by stamping the whole image in the stamp set centrally... and then re-inking and stamping part of the wall to the left... and then to the right... avoiding the gate being repeated!

I coloured in a few stones using the light Smoky Slate and dark Crumb Cake Stampin Blends markers...and then blended over the whole wall (and path) with the light Crumb Cake Blendy... colouring the greenery with the light Old Olive Blendy...
Finishing off with the light Pool Party Blendy above the wall to remove the stark white... I then fussy cut the length of the wall at the top to create my front panel...

The flowers were coloured in the same way... with the whole image background coloured in with light Pool Party for sky at the top and some light Old Olive for the ground... these are stuck onto the central tab... to add dimension and that country garden feel...

And did you spot my oops!! Yes right at the last minute I must have touched my front left sky panel with my Old Olive Blendy... or maybe I had Old Olive ink on my hand!!! Anyways... luckily the greeting covers it pretty well!
Greetings from Beautiful You... Birds from High Tide