At Home birthday card

I’ve had the At Home With You bundle since the Annual catalogue came out but it has sat on the shelf because although I love all the different little elements to it, I thought it might be a bit time consuming. Do you ever do that? Am I the only one?

This week I finally made a start on it as I needed a card for my Dad and I wanted something a little bit special. It really wasn’t as time consuming as I thought it would be and I plan to stamp, die cut and colour in a few of the pieces and save them in the stamp box so that I can make a really quick card if needed in the future.

The door on the front swings open …

… to reveal a surprise.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Early Espresso. A layer of Sahara Sand was sponged with Cajun Craze ink through the brickwork Pattern Party Decorative Mask (not just for using with embossing paste) and a strip of Basic Grey card was adhered across the bottom. Using the At Home With You bundle, the door was stamped onto Wood Textures DSP with Early Espresso ink and die cut out and the windows were die cut from the upper part of the door. An outer door piece (without the swing open effect) was die cut from Whisper White card and stamped with the sentiment and gift in Basic Black. The Wood Texture door was adhered over the top of the Whisper White version and then adhered direct to the card front. Lanterns were stamped in Basic Black ink. The ornamental trees were inked with Basic Black for the planters and Garden Green for the shrubbery (I can’t say that without thinking of Monty Python lol). Happy Birthday signs were created for the door and a welcome mat was stamped with Early Espresso ink and die cut from Crumb Cake card. Markers were used to colour all the little elements, keeping to a palette of Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede and Smoky Slate. (I haven’t listed all the markers in the Supply List below but please comment if you want further details about them).

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Celebration Time was stamped in Early Espresso ink.

The little details really make for great scene building with this set.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Seasonal Layers Anniversary card

Today is my in-laws wedding anniversary and so of course, a card was in order.

The Wood Textures DSP is ideal for die cutting the chairs from and there are so many different shades of wood to choose from, you’re bound to find one that works with your background.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Pool Party, matted with Soft Suede. On a layer of Shimmery White card a wash of Crumb Cake, Pool Party and Soft Sky inks were added with an Aquapainter and allowed to dry. A sentiment from Number of Years was stamped across the top of the painted background with Soft Suede ink. Three lawn chairs were die cut from Wood Textures DSP with Seasonal Layers Thinlits and one of them trimmed to create a table before adhering all three direct to the card front. The glass from Colorful Seasons was  stamped twice onto scraps of Whisper White card with Calypso Coral and die cut out with the co-ordinating framelits and two limes were stamped with Lemon Lime Twist ink and also die cut out. These were adhered direct to the card front, on top of the table. Shadows were added below the chairs and table with Smokey Slate and the Aquapainter.

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was added in Soft Suede ink.

The table just has the upper portion of the chair cut away.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Merry Little Labelled Snowflake

I hope that you enjoyed our little Blog Hop spotlighting new products from the Autumn/Winter catalogue. Today I’m back to creating a Christmas card – always good to keep adding one or two a week so that it’s not such a big task in November.

This one has plenty of glamour and glitz but with the exception of heat embossing, it isn’t too technical. You could always stamp the main image on the from in black if heat embossing isn’t your thing.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Smoky Slate, matted with Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. A silver Foil Snowflake was adhered direct to the upper card front. Using Versamark ink, a sentiment from Merry Little Labels was stamped onto Whisper White card, heat embossed with Silver EP and die cut out with a Layering Oval. This was adhered direct to a slightly larger Layering Oval die cut from Gold Foil and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in Basic Black ink.

The Foil Snowflakes contain 12 Silver and 12 Gold snowflakes so you could switch the Gold and Silver around if you decide to do a batch of these.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Bath treat test tube

Welcome back to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.

The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Test Tubes.

The Test Tubes are in the Spooky Night suite section of the catalogue and here we’ve also used the Spooky Cat stamp set from the same suite, but the end product is far from Halloween scary. Our Test Tube is filled with bath salts and  by masking off the bubbles above the liquids and using pastel colours, we’ve made them look more like perfume or bubble bath bottles on the tag.

The frame from the Labels to Love set was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White card using Pool Party ink. Archival Black ink was used to stamp a sentiment from the same set and also the outline bottles from the Spooky Cat set. Masking off the bubbles, the “liquids” for the bottles were stamped over the top with Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach and Flirty Flamingo inks. After punching out the tag with the Everyday Label punch, a hole was added to the top of the tag, then it was tied onto the Test Tube using Real Red Solid Ribbon and finished with a bow.

There’s still room on the back of the tag to write a message to “add to bath under running water” just so that the recipient isn’t in any doubt about the contents of the tube 🙂

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Anna Smith’s  Blog.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Cat punch get well card

Welcome back to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Cat punch.

Those who watch The Big Bang Theory will get this card without any explanation, but for those who don’t – there’s a character in the programme (Sheldon) who likes to have “Soft Kitty, Warm Kitty”, sang to him when he is ill, to comfort him and make him feel better. The lyrics of the song are split between the outside and inside of the card. When I first saw the Cat punch, this get well card design sprang into my mind and it’s one of those times when the card has come out just exactly like I wanted it to. The cat is actually an aperture in the upper layer and the face is stamped onto the lower layer but you could simply punch out a cat, stamp it and pop it up if you prefer. Luckily the Labeler Alphabet set lets me put together any sentiment I choose. The letters here were stamped individually so that I could squeeze them closer together. Memento Black ink was used throughout as it dries quicker and there’s less chance of smudging the sentiment as you go along.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pumpkin Pie, matted with Spooky Night DSP. A large scrap of Basic Black card was punched with the Cat punch, pushing it all the way to the edge in the punch (save the punched black cat for another project). Layering Ovals were used to die cut out the punched cat and a larger scalloped oval of Whisper White. The two ovals were just held loosely together to position and stamp the cat face from the Spooky Cat stamp set (available as a bundle with the Cat punch), through the aperture in Memento Black ink. To reduce bulk, the Whisper White oval was adhered direct to the front of the card and mini dimensionals were then used to pop the aperture oval up over the top. Using Memento Black ink, the sentiment was stamped along thin strips of Whisper White card using the Labeler Alphabet, cut to size and popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, the rest of the song was stamped out, again with Memento Black ink and the Labeler Alphabet and the get well sentiment added below.

Tip – when stamping a long set of letters such as this, it’s good to have the words in front of you, either printed on paper or on a screen, because it’s easy to become “letter blind”.

I like the soft shadows created by the cat aperture. What do you think? Worth creating the aperture rather than punching a cat and popping it up?

If you’re enjoying my projects then please consider following me on Facebook where I also share very quick extra tips that don’t make it to this blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Valérie Perlin’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Jennifer Van Wart’s Blog.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Crochet Trimmed Painted Harvest

Welcome again to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.
The Autumn/Winter catalogue (Holiday Catalog for those in the US and Canada) has such a lot of great new products you may be having difficulty choosing what to buy first 😉  To help you with your shopping decisions I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today we’re all using the Vintage Crochet Trim.

The Vintage Crochet Trim may be part of our Halloween suite but it also works well for adding a dainty contrast to bold colours.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Flirty Flamingo. A wide panel of the same Flirty Flamingo card had a Layering Circle (a little larger than the Painted Harvest flower) die cut from the upper centre of the panel before running it through the Big Shot with the Petal Burst embossing folder. The Painted Harvest flower was stamped onto Whisper White card with Flirty Flamingo ink for the base flower (twice, offsetting the petals), Cherry Cobbler ink for the shadowed flower layer, Daffodil Delight for the flower centre and Memento Black for spots. This stamped piece was adhered direct to the card front, directly below where the Circle aperture would sit. Vintage Crochet Trim was adhered with Tear and Tape behind the embossed panel so that the Trim just peeks out. The panel was then popped up on the card front with dimensionals. A sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped onto a small panel of Whisper White with Memento Black ink. More Vintage Crochet Trim was adhered all round the edges of the panel with Tear and Tape before popping it up on the card front. Some Black Rhinestone Jewels were added to the centre of the flower to finish.


On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous set was stamped in Memento Black ink. The two sizes of the many petaled outline flowers were stamped in Cherry Cobbler and then the corresponding solid flowers were stamped with Flirty Flamingo ink.

The Black Rhinestones partner well with the Crochet Trim don’t you think?

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Joanne Cantrell’s  Blog.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Painted Harvest Spotlight

Welcome to our Stampin’ Up! Product Spotlight Blog Hop.Have you had a browse through the Autumn/Winter catalogue yet? (Holiday Catalog for those across the pond). There are so many amazing new stamp sets, framelits and other crafting supplies in there, you may not be quite sure where to start. To help you, I’ve got together with some of my fellow SU! demonstrators to bring you several days of blog hopping, focusing on a different product each day – so you’ll get to see different projects from each of us but all using the same product on that particular day. Today’s product is the Painted Harvest stamp set.

This set is just gorgeous and looks amazing in almost any colour combo. I decided though to go with a sepia tone for the main part so that my one coloured flower would stand out even more. Although the set comes with a variety of thanks/thanksgiving greetings you can easily pair it with other sentiments for maximum versatility.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Crumb Cake. On a layer of Very Vanilla, the Painted Harvest sepia flowers were stamped with Sahara Sand for the base flower (twice, offsetting the petals), Crumb Cake for the shadowed flower layer and Soft Suede for the flower centre and spots. The spotlight flower was stamped with Crushed Curry for the base flower (twice, offsetting the petals), Cajun Craze for the shadowed flower layer and Soft Suede for the flower centre and spots. Spaces between the flowers were stamped with clusters of Spots, this time using Crumb Cake ink. The card layer was adhered direct to the card front. A piece of Burlap Ribbon was cut to a point and adhered to the card front with Tear and Tape. A sentiment from the Number of Years set was stamped onto a strip of Very Vanilla card using Soft Suede ink. One end of the banner was cut to a point and space was left at the other end. This was matted onto Crumb Cake card, trimmed to the same shape. A flower from the Touches of Nature Elements was adhered to the space on the banner and a leaf was adhered behind before popping the banner up on the front of the card with dimensionals.

On the Very Vanilla insert, another sepia flower was stamped in the corner (as for the card front) and a sentiment from Happy Birthday Gorgeous was stamped in Soft Suede ink.

Aren’t the flowers just gorgeous!

Thanks for stopping by.

I’ll pass you on now to Christy Fulk’s Blog.

If you are hopping in the other direction head here to Joanne Cantrell’s Blog.

Sara xx

These are the supplies used on this project. If you live in the UK, Austria, France, Germany, or the Netherlands, then click on any product to shop online.

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Spooky Night Treat Topper

Did you take a look at the Halloween card on Thursday and think “it’s okay but I never send Halloween cards”? If so I can totally relate. I don’t send Halloween cards either. But … that card can so easily be turned into a treat topper and I do give out Halloween treats 🙂

I actually take part in trick or treat in our neighbourhood but even if I didn’t, I still have a nephew and friend’s children that I give Halloween treats to, so there’s plenty of use for this project there.

The treat topper is a small square card (3″ x 3″) of Basic Black. A piece of the Spooky Night DSP was cut and trimmed (2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″) to mat onto the card front. Using Smokey Slate ink, the owl from the Spooky Cat set was stamped over the branch. Pumpkin Pie ink was used to add the beak and claws. Basic Black ink was used to stamp the eyes and the sentiment. After filling the Cello Bag with sweets (take care not to overfill or the topper can’t sit flat), the top was folded over and secured closed with Tear and Tape. More Tear and Tape was then used to adhere the card over the top of the bag.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Spooky Night card

I don’t make many Halloween cards but I just couldn’t resist how easy the new Spooky Night DSP makes it to do so.

There are great Halloween designs of course and then there’s the cat that can be punched out but there are also fabulous geometric patterns that make this paper a year round choice too.

We used the spooky branch pattern (bottom row, fourth one along) to make our card. You get 16 repeating squares of this 3″ x 3″ design on a sheet and there are two sheets of it in each pack so you could easily make 32 of these cute cards!

The card base is a small square (3″ x 3″) of Basic Black. A piece of the Spooky Night DSP was cut and trimmed (2-7/8″ x 2-7/8″) to mat onto the card front. Using Smokey Slate ink, the owl from the Spooky Cat set was stamped over the branch. Pumpkin Pie ink was used to add the beak and claws (all one stamp) and the sentiment across the centre. A couple of Black Rhinestone Jewels were added for eyes to finish.

If you don’t make Halloween cards then please pop back on Saturday and I’ll show you another use for this little card.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Merry Patterns Host Promotion

For a limited time we have an extra treat for our hosts. Whether you book it as a workshop/party/private class, whatever you prefer to call it, you can get the Merry  Patterns stamp set FREE when you host a party in September or October with £250 in sales. That’s in addition to the fabulous Stampin’ Rewards you get whenever you host a Stampin’ Up! party.

BUT … you don’t have to have a party to qualify. Online orders also qualify for this promotion, so if you’re not a host but your order reaches the qualifying amount you will also earn extra Stampin’ Rewards and the bonus stamp set.

The set is a two step set, with outline stamps and infill stamps, or you can stamp with the outline and colour the images yourself.

Here’s a short video showing how they work.

 

This set is only available during the host promotion and orders must be closed by 10.50pm on 31 October.

If you’d like to book a party, virtual online party or other gathering, then please email me ASAP as my September diary is pretty busy!

Sara xx

P.S. The best deal in town is still the no obligation starter kit! £130 of product of your choice for just £99, plus free business supplies, plus free shipping! Then you if you choose to put any more orders in after, that you’ll get a minimum of 20% discount whether those orders are simply for yourself, for friends and family or any customers you may build. To get your starter kit, sign up now!.

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