Beautiful You birthday card

I love this Beautiful You stamp set! It can be used in so many different ways – colouring, embossing, simple stamping, or paper piecing, as here. And there are a bunch of beautiful sentiments to fit a range of occasions.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Sweet Sugarplum. After adding a panel of Blooms & Bliss DSP to a mat of Rich Razzleberry card, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon was wrapped around and a knot added, before adhering the layers direct to the card front. Stitched Shapes framelits were used to die cut two different size ovals from Whisper White card. The elegant lady from the Beautiful You set was stamped once onto the larger oval with Black Stazon, again onto Blooms & Bliss DSP and again onto Rich Razzleberry card. The dress and the hat were fussy cut from the DSP and card respectively and adhered in place over  the stamped image on the oval. A Blender Pen was used to add Blush Blossom and Early Espresso ink to the stamped image for the skin and hair. Using Rich Razzleberry ink, a birthday sentiment was stamped onto the smaller oval. Both ovals were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, two more sentiments from the set were stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and a small strip of Blooms & Bliss DSP was added to the bottom of the insert.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Sale-a-bration 2017!

Sale-a-bration is underway and runs until 31 March 2017.

THE IDEAL TIME TO SHOP!

You get a FREE sale-a-bration product for every £45 you spend on Stampin’ Up! goodies, whether those goodies are from the current main catalogue, or the new Spring/Summer catalogue. There’s no limit – for every £45 you spend, you choose another freebie. There are 12 exclusive products to choose from.

Click on the link here to download the pdf version of the brochure.

If ordering online, then you get to choose your freebie when you checkout.

THE IDEAL TIME TO HOST A WORKSHOP!

We don’t mind whether you call it a party, a workshop or a get together. Get extra when you host during Sale-a-bration!

To book a workshop, please email me or give me a call on 0775 1133886 and let me know your preferred date.

THE IDEAL TIME TO JOIN

Join Stampin’ Up! during Sale-A-Bration and you get to choose £130 worth of products for your starter kit and pay only £99. PLUS you get to choose another TWO stamp sets for free! 

You can choose to run a business or simply be a hobby demo, getting discount when you place your own orders. Sign up now!

Whether you shop, host or join, have fun choosing your freebie(s)!

Sara xx

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Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer Catalogue 2017

The new Spring/Summer catalogue is out now. Lots of fabulous new kits, bundles and individual stamp sets, papers and tools for Valentine, Easter and birthdays.

There are 56 A4 pages packed filled with great card ideas, gift packaging options and Project Life selections and designs ranging from traditional to contemporary to whimsical – something for everyone.

You can order direct, online or by sending me an email.

Just click on the picture above or the Spring/Summer Catalogue link here to view the pdf version.

Enjoy browsing!

Sara xx

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Stampin’ Up! Autumn Winter Catalogue 2016

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The new Autumn/Winter catalogue is out now. Lots of fabulous new kits, bundles and individual stamp sets, papers and tools for Autumn, Halloween and Christmas.

There are 52 A4 pages packed filled with great card ideas, gift packaging options and Project Life selections and designs ranging from traditional to contemporary to whimsical – something for everyone.

You can order direct, online or by sending me an email.

Just click on the picture above or the Autumn/Winter Catalogue link here to view the pdf version.

Enjoy browsing!

Sara xx

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Last chance for Thoughtful Branches

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Just a quick reminder that today is the last chance to get hold of the gorgeous Beautiful Branches stamp set and/or matching Thoughtful Branches thinlit dies.

I’ve just adored using this set, it’s so very versatile and can carry you right through the seasons for all occasions.

We had great fun using it in last weeks classes. Here are my versions of the projects – I needed a few extra thank you cards so I switched sentiments to suit.

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thoughtful 2

thoughtful 1

What was really fun was seeing folks using products they haven’t yet tried (like the Bronze embossing powder and even the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush) and being blown away by the results. Always good to try before you buy!

So please – if you haven’t yet got this set and would like it then please place your order immediately – tomorrow will be too late.

Sara xx

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Beautiful Branches xmas card

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I’m back with our limited-time set again today, this time using just the Beautiful Branches stamp set, without the need for the matching Thoughtful Branches dies. This set is so very versatile, with designs suitable for all seasons – including Christmas.

We’ve used heat embossing against an elegant black background for this version.

beautiful xmas

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black. Using Versamark ink, the tall single tree trunk from the Beautiful Branches stamp set was stamped onto a panel of Basic Black and heat embossed with Copper EP. Snowy banks and leaves were added, again with Versamark ink, this time heat embossed with White EP. Finally a star was stamped and heat embossed with Gold EP. After matting the stamped panel onto Gold Foil it was popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

beautiful xmas inside

On the Whisper White insert, a trio of winter trees from the same Beautiful Branches set and a sentiment from Oh, What Fun were stamped in Basic Black ink.

There’s still a chance to book onto one of my Thoughtful Branches classes if you’re quick.

Sara xx

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Floral birthday in gold and orange

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My friend’s favourite colour is orange and so it was an easy choice for the colour combo for her birthday card this last weekend. I say easy, but actually since SU! have so many different shades of orange I guess it’s not actually so easy after all 🙂 but I decided to go with Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango with a hint of Gold.

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The card base is an A6 portrait of Peekaboo Peach. A card layer of Tangerine Tango was run through the Big Shot with the Detailed Floral Thinlits, top and bottom. Gold Satin Ribbon and Peekaboo Peach Ribbon were layered and wrapped around the negative space of the card front layer before popping it up on the card front with slivers of dimensionals. The same ribbons were tied in a knot on the front and secured in place with glue dots (so that the silky satin ribbon doesn’t unravel). Leaves from the limited-time Beautiful Branches thinlit set were die cut from more Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango card and a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes was stamped on the solid leaf with Versamark ink before heat embossing with Gold EP. The leaves were tied onto the ribbon with Linen Thread.

floral birthday inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, the flowers from the Floral Phrases set were stamped in Peekaboo Peach and a sentiment from Endless Birthday Wishes was added in Tangerine Tango.

Don’t forget – the Thoughtful Branches stamp set and Beautiful Branches thinlits are only available this month … or while stocks last (which could be before the end of the month) – so please don’t miss out.

Sara xx

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Thoughtful Branches anniversary card

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One of the colour trends in the crafting world at the moment is Copper and as well as some gorgeous papers, washi-tape and threads that all incorporate Copper, SU! also added a Copper EP to the line up in the annual catalogue. I’ve combined it with the limited time stamp set here, to create an anniversary card.

The photography doesn’t really do it justice as it’s one of those cards that you just want to touch to feel the texture. The Copper EP is a really fine quality and heats to a very smooth gloss – just beautiful!

thoughtful anniversary

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake. A layer of Very Vanilla card was stamped with the grass from Thoughtful Branches and a sentiment from Number of Years, in Versamark ink and all were heat embossed with Copper EP. This layer was adhered direct to a mat of Crumb Cake and then both were popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The tree trunk from the set was stamped onto Crumb Cake card and the leaves onto Very Vanilla card, both with Versamark ink and again embossed with Copper EP. These were both die cut out with the matching Beautiful Branches thinlits and popped up on the card front with slivers of dimensionals. Finally the two birds from the Thoughtful Branches set were stamped with Cherry Cobbler ink onto Very Vanilla card, die cut out and popped up in the leaves of the tree with slivers of dimensionals.

thoughtful anniversary inside

On the Very Vanilla insert, a sentiment from Floral Phrases was framed with little leaves from the Thoughtful Branches set, all stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink.

We have some Thoughtful Branches classes scheduled for August if you’d like to come along and work with this fabulous set and the matching framelits with me.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Thoughtful Branches August Stamp Class

I haven’t been running face-to-face classes due to my acupuncture study commitments and so this is a rare chance to come stamp with me before I head back to College again in the Autumn 🙂

This special Summer Stamp Class gives you the chance to make 2 cards and a gift box, using a variety of stamping techniques. We feature this month’s limited time stamp set – Thoughtful Branches – and you’ll have the opportunity to swap in different sentiments (e.g. birthday) if you wish.

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We have a few dates and times to choose from:

WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 1.30PM – 3.30PM
WEDNESDAY 24 AUGUST 2016, 7PM – 9PM
FRIDAY 26 AUGUST 2016, 2PM – 4PM – class full

Location: My home, north Sheffield (I’ll email/PM details when you email to register interest).

The class costs £15.00 or is FREE with a minimum order and includes:

  • all materials needed to make the cards, (along with envelopes) and the box;
  • face-to-face instruction on the day;
  • written instructions to take away;
  • refreshments.

To book your place, please email me no later than Monday 22 August – places are limited and allocated in order of RSVP date and payment options will be emailed back to you.

Sara xx

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Thoughtful Branches thank you

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This month Stampin’ Up! have an exclusive, limited-time bundle. It’s available until 31 August or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST (sorry for shouting but don’t want you to miss that last important point!). It’s the perfect set for birthday, thank you, general occasion and Christmas cards. Details of prices and links for ordering are here.

Here are the stamps:

thoughtful branches stamps

… and the matching dies …

thoughtful branches dies

They’re so gorgeous, I’ll be playing with this set quite a bit this month I think so you may see a number of samples using it. First up, this thank you card.

thoughtful branches thanks

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pear Pizzazz with the “leaves/petals” from Thoughtful Branches set stamped in Pear Pizzazz ink down the sides. A card layer of Sweet Sugarplum was run through the Petal Burst embossing folder and adhered direct to the front of the card. The stem and leaves thinlit from the Beautiful Branches set was used to die cut Pear Pizzazz card and these were adhered to the card front (with the end of the leaves unadhered to stand up a little). Using Pool Party ink, (with a little “thumping” added with a Sweet Sugarplum marker), the leaves/petals were stamped onto Whisper White card and die cut out with the matching thinlit. The same thinlit was used to die cut from Pool Party card and both flowerheads were crumpled to add a little dimension and then adhered above the stem, the Pool Party version direct to the card front and the stamped version popped up on slivers of dimensionals. Finally a sentiment from the set was stamped onto Whisper White card with Sweet Sugarplum ink, trimmed to a banner and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

thoughtful branches thanks inside

On the Whisper White insert, different stems, leaves and flowerheads were stamped in Pear Pizzazz and Sweet Sugarplum inks (stamping off to give dimension to the flowers).

I’ll be back soon with news of a class that I’m offering this month using this same stamp set and dies.

Sara xx

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