2015 – 17 In Colors – sneak peek

2015-17 in colors

Today I’m starting my sneak peek countdown  to our 2015-16 Annual Catalogue launch. The new catty will go live on Tuesday 2 June and each day until then, I’ll have a new sneak peek to share, to give you a taster of the brand new goodies!

First up are all the new In Colors. These are a special set of on-trend colours that Stampin’ Up! have added. They’re not particularly designed to go together (though some of them do) but they’re intended to work with our existing colour families and give them a fresh new spin. This set of colours will stay with us for the next two years.

All the colours are available as cardstock, markers, inkpads and ink refills and this year we have matching lace trim and matching resin flower embellishments. Our range of papers will also incorporate these new colours here and there.

The new colours are called:

Delightful Dijon

delightful dijon

Mint Macaron

mint macaron

Tip Top Taupe

tip top taupe

Watermelon Wonder

watermelon wonder

Cucumber Crush

cucumber crush

I’ve put them all together, using a new stamp set (Bohemian Borders) to make a bookmark for my class customers when they get their new catalogue.

in color bookmark

They’ll get to choose which base colour they prefer.

in color bookmark set

Tomorrow we’ll be taking a look at how these colours compare with our existing ones and sharing another sneak peek :)

If you’d like a copy of the new catalogue then please get in touch.

Sara xx

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May butterfly thank yous

may thank yous close up

I hope that you’re having a relaxing bank holiday weekend. It’s not very sunny in our part of the world … but that’s just a great excuse to craft – right? 😀

I’m sharing these May thank you’s a little earlier in the month than usual because tomorrow, I’ll be starting a daily sneak peek countdown, to the new catalogue launch on Tuesday 2 June. There’ll be a brand new goodie from the new catty showcased each day so please stop by.

may thank yous

The card base is a small square of Blackberry Bliss, matted with Sahara Sand card and then Something Borrowed DSP. After stamping the larger butterfly from Butterfly Basics* onto Whisper White card with Blackberry Bliss ink it was die cut out with the matching Butterflies Thinlit* and adhered to the medium butterfly from the Thinlits set, die cut from Blackberry Bliss card. These were adhered direct to the front of the card and a row of Basic Pearls added to the butterfly body.

* Buy the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits together as the Butterfly Basics Bundle and save 15%!

may thank yous inside

On the Whisper White insert, a thank you sentiment from Painted Petals was stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink and the small butterfly from the Butterfly Basics set was stamped twice in Sahara Sand.

Drop by tomorrow for the run-down on our new 2015-17 In Colors!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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Masculine Open Sea card

open sea punched close up

Father’s Day is just four weeks today, on Sunday 21st June!

I already shared a simple, stamped Open Sea card that would work well for Father’s Day and today I have another card, made with the same set, stepped up a little with the addition of the World Map and a few punches. Again, this one has been made as a birthday card but change the sentiment on the inside and you’re there!

open sea punched

The card base is an A6 portrait of Night of Navy. Using Crumb Cake ink, the World Map was stamped onto Sahara Sand card, wrapped with Lost Lagoon Satin Stitched Ribbon on opposite corners and adhered direct to the card front. The anchor, globe and compass from The Open Sea set were stamped onto Very Vanilla card with Night of Navy ink and just a small portion of each punched out with the 1″ Square. These inches were matted onto Postage Stamps (retired and sold out :( ) punched from Night of Navy card and all were popped up on dimensionals in a diagonal line between the ribbons.

open sea punched inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, the compass and the anchor were stamped again with Night of Navy ink and a sentiment from From the Herd was added.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Sale-a-bration Celebration

A quick share today.

I ran a competition during Sale-a-bration for both my customers and my team and I had a few people that qualified for the Celebration event but couldn’t attend. They received a little parcel through the letterbox last weekend :)

These were the hand made treats they received.

fry box

amazing slider

amazing slider open

And a little project kit to put this giftable card set together:

card box

card set 1

card set 2

They also received a small prize too :)

Well done to everyone that qualified!

Sara xx

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Perpetual Birthday month card

perpetual birthday punched close up

The Perpetual Birthday Calendar set has all the months in it for you to be able to stamp your own calendar … but put them together and you have a great background stamp too!

perpetual birthday punched

The card base is a small square of Pool Party, matted with Rich Razzleberry. After aligning all the months of the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set together on a single block, they were stamped diagonally across a square of Whisper White card, using Rich Razzleberry ink. They were then reinked and stamped repeatedly, above and below the first stamping, to fill the square. Pool Party ink was used to stamp the small flowers randomly in the background and the square was adhered direct to the card front. Rich Razzleberry ink was used to stamp the birthday month onto Pool Party card and this was then punched out with the Word Window (reinserting and punching again for a short lettered month) and popped up on slivers of dimensionals over the original month on the card front.

perpetual birthday punched inside

On the Whisper White insert, the flowers from Perpetual Birthday Calendar were stamped again with Pool Party and a sentiment from Crazy About You was added in  Rich Razzleberry ink.

Have a great bank holiday weekend!

Sara xx

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Swaps from Telford

I mentioned that we did some swapping at our Stampin’ Up! Regional event last weekend and I shared the swaps that I made for others here.

I finally got chance to photograph the lovely swaps I got in return.

telford swaps 1

telford swaps 2

And a few 3D items:

telford swaps 3

telford swaps 4

telford swaps 5

Spoiler alert …

… and a few items made with sneaky peek products!

telford swaps 6

telford swaps 7

There was lots of great quality ideas and execution!

Thank you to everyone who swapped with me.

Sara xx

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Amazing birthday aperture card

amazing birthday punched close up

A stepped up birthday card for you today. And at the time of writing you can still get all the materials you need for this card :)

It’s actually only the Birthday Bash DSP that’s retiring and there are some lovely papers coming soon that you’d be able to switch for it.

amazing birthday punched

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crushed Curry, punched three times on the right hand side with the 1-3/8″ Circle. Mossy Meadow ink was used to stamp the Surprise and It’s for You sentiments from Amazing Birthday onto scraps of Whisper White card. Tangelo Twist ink  was used to stamp the birthday cake onto another scrap of Whisper White card and all were punched out with the 1-1/4″ Circle and popped up on dimensionals through the apertures. A strip of Birthday Bash DSP was adhered direct to the card front. Crushed Curry ink was used to stamp the stripy banner onto Whisper White card and then the Happy Birthday sentiment was stamped over the top with Mossy Meadow ink. The matching Banner framelit was used to die cut out the stamped image. Another banner, the next size up, was die cut from Mossy Meadow card, the stamped version adhered direct and then the layers popped up on dimensionals centred over the DSP strip.

amazing birthday punched inside

On the Whisper White insert, cut narrow so that it doesn’t show through the apertures, the stripy banner was stamped again with Crushed Curry ink (a couple of Bermuda Bay sequins were added to cover a stray ink splodge!).

I should be able to get my swaps from the weekend photographed to share with you tomorrow :)

Sara xx

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Weekly deals until 26 May

It’s Wednesday so here’s our latest batch of  Weekly Deals.

These are the deals available now and they’ll stay until Tuesday night, 26 May.

weekly deals until 26 May

Have fun shopping!

Sara xx

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Mini clutch purse swaps

mini purse close up

Yesterday, I and a group of my Paper Dolls team mates went to a Regional event run by Stampin’ Up! We had a great time :)

We got to see lots of the new products coming out in the 2015-16 catty which launches 2 June and we got our hands on a few to play, I mean train with 😉 – I’ll be sharing some of them with you in my week of sneak peeks, starting on Tuesday 26 May and counting down to the launch date.

As part of the fun of getting together with stampin’ friends yesterday I made some swaps to share:

mini purse

These cute little clutch bags are made with a 6″ x 6″ piece of DSP. The DSP was placed on the Simply Scoring Tool and scored at 1-1/4″ on opposite sides, then turned 90 and scored at 2-1/2″ on the other opposite  sides. After placing the Diagonal Plate on the Scoring Tool, lines were scored outwards from each intersection of the horizontal and vertical lines. The 1-1/4″ edges were folded in to the centre and then back along the diagonals, the outer sections (from the outside as far as the diagonal) were adhered down. The 2-1/2″ lines were folded in next. Two pieces of  1″ x 3-9/16″ of contrasting card were scored longways at 1/2″ and adhered to each top edge of the bag. A Decorative Label was punched from the same colour card, folded in half and adhered to the back of the purse. The mini butterfly from Butterfly Basics was stamped and punched out with the Bitty Butterfly. Another Bitty Butterfly was punched from neutral card. A Mini Brad was added through both butterflies and the loose half of the Decorative Label. Velcro Dots cut in half were used to fasten the purse.

Each purse contained a couple of chews :)

mini purse open

And I managed to make a reasonable size batch for swapping, so got lots of lovely swaps in return.

mini purses

Don’t forget, we’re at Ecclesfield for the Papercraft Show today if you can get along to see us :)

Sara xx

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Out and about – Telford to Ecclesfield in one weekend!

This morning I’m heading down to Telford with a bunch of Paper Dolls team mates for the Stampin’ Up! Regional Event. Woohoo!

We’re a little excited, lol. We’ve already got our hands on the new 2015-16 catalogue and also a few pre-order goodies but we’re looking forward to lots more inspiration and ideas today, both from those clever peeps at SU! and also our fellow demonstrators – looking forward to swaps! (I’ll share those with you later in the week). And fingers crossed that we might get a freebie or two as well!

Then hot on the heels of that event, tomorrow (17 May) I’ll be sharing a stand with Stampin’ Up! friends at the Ross Papercraft Show 10am – 3pm at Ecclesfield School. We’d love to see you there.

papercraft show

We’ll have retired products for sale and inspiration boards to view (that you’re welcome to photograph).

And because I’ll have been at the Regional event the day before there may be one or two samples and demonstrations featuring NEW PRODUCTS – YAY!

Details of how to find the show are here.

Entry is still only £2 and the hourly prize draw is FREE.

The show starts at 10.00am and will be open until 3.00pm.

Hope to see you there.

Sara xx

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