Lovely Words in metallics and black

Today’s card uses up some leftovers. Don’t you just love it when you can recycle your throwaway pieces?

When we made this card, we kept hold of the Copper Foil pieces out of the centre.

Today we’ve used them to make this card, using the negative of the design.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Basic Black, matted with a layer of Basic Black that had first been run through the Big Shot with the Hexagons TIEF. The largest  Layering Circle was die cut from Basic Black card which had first been covered with a piece of Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet. A circular frame was die cut from Basic Black card with two of the Layering Circles. After peeling away the backing from the Adhesive Sheet the frame was stuck in place. The negative of the Lovely Words, die cut from Copper Foil (including the centres of any individual letters) was positioned in the centre of the circles and then Silver Stampin’ Glitter was rubbed into any remaining exposed adhesive. The glittered circles were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert, a sentiment from Window Shopping was stamped in Basic Black ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Lovely Words in Copper and Lemon Lime Twist

Today’s card mixes the tangy fresh Lemon Lime Twist with bright Copper for a fresh look. It could be used for a variety of occasions or simply to let a friend know you’re thinking of them.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Lemon Lime Twist. A layer of Fresh Florals DSP was matted onto Early Espresso and both Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven Ribbon and Copper Trim wrapped around before adhering the layers direct to the card front. The Copper Trim was fanned out. The Lovely Words Thinlits were used to die cut the “hugs” circle from Copper Foil and this was then cut out completely with the Stitched Shapes Framelits and matted onto a Layering Circle of Lemon Lime Twist. These layers were popped up on the card front using dimensionals. Versamark was used to stamp a sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out onto Whisper White card. This was heat embossed with Copper EP and popped up on dimensionals over the “hugs”.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment from Lovely Inside & Out was stamped in Lemon Lime Twist ink.

You could add the Lovely Inside & Out bundle, Copper Foil and Copper Trim to your shopping basket and qualify for our Bonus Days coupon (£4.50 coupon to use in August when you spend £45 in July). Or perhaps it’s a good time to stock up on some of the new co-ordinating In Colour products.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Sara xx

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Join SU! now for Christmas in July

We miss Christmas so much that we decided to have another one right now.

Between 1 and 31 July, everyone joining Stampin’ Up! as a demonstrator gets an Essentials Gift Pack (worth £47) plus the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (worth £18) from the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue added to their starter kit for free! This means that new recruits get products and business supplies worth a whopping £195 for just £99 – and free shipping!

The Essentials Gift Pack includes:

  • D block (for mounting clear stamps) x2
  • Grid Paper
  • Paper Snips
  • SNAIL Adhesive
  • Bone Folder

And you still get to choose up to £130 of extra tools and products for just £99 – make it your starter kit, choose from any of our products.

If you’d like to have a chat before signing up (which I’d recommend so that I can answer any questions you may have) just email me and I’ll give you a call to chat about all the kit options.

If you can’t wait, then you can go ahead and sign up now!. You can do it online with just the following information:

  • Personal contact information
  • Credit card payment information

You’ll receive a welcome email from Stampin’ Up! and from me, followed up by a welcome package from me by snail mail!

Hope to chat to you soon.

Sara xx

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Treat Yourself – Earn in July, Spend in August

Stampin’ Up! is running a Bonus Days promotion.

The good news? For every £45 you spend on Stampin’ Up! goodies between 1 and 31 July, they will e-mail you a £4.50 coupon to use in August!

The even better news? There’s no limit to the number of bonus day coupons you can collect and use.

If you have a long wish list from the new catty then this is a great time to treat yourself to a few (or more!) items and then next month you can use your coupon to treat yourself again 🙂

Click here to have a browse.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Vertical Greetings with embossing paste

One of the new products in the 2017 Annual Catalogue is Embossing Paste (together with a few handy accessories). Initially I was going to steer clear of this because my previous attempts at cake decorating and plastering (really – they are similar!) have been epic fails 🙁

… but I decided to have a go … and I’m so glad I did. Even used plain, out of the pot, the paste adds some real texture and interest. And it wasn’t difficult to use, believe me if I can get good results with it, then anyone can.

It doesn’t take long to dry, I gave it about a couple of hours to be safe but it was touch dry within ten minutes.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Pool Party. A card front layer of Flirty Flamingo was covered with a Pattern Party Decorative Mask and an area masked off before Embossing Paste was applied with a Palette Knife. A sentiment from Vertical Greetings was stamped in Berry Burst ink and a skinny strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper adhered before adding the layer to the card front. A topiary bush from the same stamp set was inked direct to stamp, then “huffed on” to freshen the ink and stamped onto Whisper White card. Tip – to get a better intensity of colour, Pool Party and Pear Pizzazz ink pads were used to ink the lower and upper sections of the stamp respectively and then an Early Espresso marker added for the trunks in between. The stamped image was matted onto Pool Party card before popping up on the card front. To finish, a heart from the Subtles Enamel Shapes was added to the topiary.

Sentiments from Beautiful You were stamped in Berry Burst ink on the Whisper White insert.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Layering Love in a Foil Frenzy

Today’s card is a super quick card with a touch of glitz.

The card base is an A6 landscape of Early Espresso, matted with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. A sentiment from Layering Love was stamped onto Lemon Lime Twist card using Early Espresso ink and die cut out with the Layering Ovals Framelits. A larger oval of Early Espresso was matted behind and the layers popped on the card front with dimensionals. Three wooden hearts from the Hearts & Stars Elements were adhered direct to the card front using the Fine Tip Glue Pen.

On the Very Vanilla insert, another sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped in Early Espresso and the teeny heart added in a flower pattern in the lower right corner using Lemon Lime Twist ink.

The Hearts & Stars Elements are great value at 72 pieces for £5.50. They arrive stacked up inside each other and you just press them out to use individually.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Tip for testing DSP patterns

A top tip when designing your cards is to cut and assemble all your layers but don’t stick them all in place until you’re sure you’re happy with the design.

You may already know this but most of Stampin’ Up!’s DSP is double sided (the rare exception is some of the Specialty DSPs). The great thing about this is that if you don’t much like the pattern on one side, you can choose to use none of that and twice as much of other 🙂

Even if you think you like a particular pattern, it’s worth testing the other side out to find out whether it will work better. I used to waste a lot of DSP once upon a time. I’d have lots of card fronts made up with DSP because I cut them, stuck them down and then decided they weren’t what I needed. Nowadays I check my layout before gluing anything in place.

Originally the card above was going to look very different. I liked the white leaf spray pattern on the other side of the DSP.

But when I tried laying out the card above it just seemed too “busy”. None of the pieces were stuck down, so I flipped the DSP over to check the other design.

And the design immediately felt more grounded, I could see the flowers and the hummingbird more clearly.

I hope that this tip helps you find new DSP patterns to enjoy, while saving you a few pennies here and there.

Sara xx

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You Move Me Simply Stamped

One of the new bundles in the catty is You Move Me. This is an amazingly creative bundle. When you use the slatted die and the stripey images (see the full stamp set image further down) it looks as the the butterfly or the hummingbird are fluttering.

But you can also use the stamp set and thinlits in the more usual way as we did here for this card.

The card base is an A6 of Tranquil Tide, matted with Fresh Florals DSP. A Layering Oval of Whisper White was stamped with leaves from the You Move Me stamp set in Tranquil Tide, flowers in Flirty Flamingo and stamens in Berry Burst. A frame for the stamped oval was created using the Layering Ovals and Simply Stitched Framelits with Pool Party and Tranquil Tide card. This was popped up over the stamped image with slivers of dimensionals. The hummingbird was inked with Berry Burst and then a little Fresh Fig sponged around the edges and Early Espresso coloured onto the stamp for the beak, before “huffing” and stamping onto Whisper White card. This was then cut out with the co-ordinating Move Me Thinlit and popped up over the oval frame with dimensionals. A sentiment from the set was stamped in Berry Burst ink onto a strip of Whisper White card, matted onto Pool Party card and popped up on the card front with dimensionals. The leaves and small flower were stamped as before onto Whisper White card, die cut out, a leaf trimmed away and the flower and remaining leaf adhered to the side of the sentiment.

This is the complete stamp set.

Some customers have wondered what the little stamp circled in red above, is for. Of course it can be anything you want it to be (crafters are very clever at repurposing items 🙂 ) but it is generally thought to be the sepal.

That’s how we’ve used it on our card, shown here circled in red above.

On the Whisper White insert the leaves were again stamped in Tranquil Tide, flowers in Flirty Flamingo and stamens in Berry Burst.

Enjoy your weekend.

Sara xx

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Foil Frenzy Box

A few days ago we shared this birthday card.

Today, we’re back with a dinky gift box, (big enough to hold a few chocolates), to co-ordinate with the card.

The box was created using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool. The box base was cut from Berry Burst card and the lid from Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP, partially punched with the 1-3/8″ Circle to create finger holds. A strip of Fresh Florals DSP was used to create a belly band and the same paper was punched with the Bow Builder and assembled. To tie the box back to the card with a hint of Copper, strands of Copper Metallic Thread were sandwiched between the bow and the belly band before topping with a Basic Pearl.

The belly band slides off to allow the lid to be removed.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Celebration Time birthday card

Today we have a birthday card to share. This uses another new bundle, the Celebration Time stamp set and co-ordinating Celebration Thinlits (save 10% when you buy them together). Ideal for birthdays, this set can also be used for weddings and Christmas if you combine it with other sentiment sets 🙂

The card base is an A6 of Berry Burst, matted with Foil Frenzy Specialty DSP. Using Berry Burst ink, the It’s Your Birthday sentiment from the Celebration Time stamp set was stamped onto Powder Pink card and die cut with the matching Celebration Thinlit. Another cake thinlit was die cut from Berry Burst card and just the base trimmed and adhered over the Powder Pink version. Candles were die cut from Whisper White card, coloured with Pool Party and Daffodil Delight pens and adhered behind the cake. An extended mat for the cake was created by partially cutting the plain label from Copper Foil Sheet, rotating 180° and partial cutting again. The cake was popped up on the mat with dimensionals and both were popped up on the card front. After die cutting the gift tag from more Copper Foil Sheet, the top and base of the tag were trimmed away to leave just the pile of gifts. These were backed with a scrap of Powder Pink card trimmed to size and the layers were popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

On the inside the streamers from the same set were stamped in Pool Party ink and another sentiment was stamped in Berry Burst ink.

Looking forward to playing more with these tags!

Sara xx

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