Year of Cheer Christmas card

I’m back today with another one of the designs I made for my swaps at the weekend. In previous years I’ve generally made 50-60 of the same design. That’s easier for me in terms of time spent designing but it can get a bit too repetitive. This year I made 4 batches of 10-20 different designs. It needed a little more planning time but it was more fun 🙂

I used Year of Cheer Specialty DSP (because it definitely has the wow factor) and combined it with Merry Mistletoe as it has great sentiments.

The card base is a small 4″ square of Chocolate Chip card, matted with Year of Cheer Specialty DSP. A sentiment from Merry Mistletoe was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White with Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Copper EP. This was die cut out with a Layering Circle Oval and matted onto another Oval die cut from Chocolate Chip card. A Foil Snowflake was cut into three pieces and one of the pieces adhered behind the ovals before popping the sentiment up on dimensionals on the front of the card.

On the Whisper White insert, another sentiment and a bough from the same Merry Mistletoe set were stamped in Chocolate Chip ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Remember to pop back tomorrow evening to reserve your Stamparatus!

Sara xx

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Check out the Stamparatus!

Wow! We have been needing one of these for sooo long. Stampin’ Up! took their time to get this right though and it is amazing!

This fantastic stamp tool has been developed by a volunteer team of experienced demonstrators and takes the other stamping tools on the market a step further!

As well as:

  • making multiples with ease,
  • restamping an image to make it crisper,
  • easy positioning for 2/3/4 step stamping,
  • rulers and grids for lining up
  • designed for use with with both clear and photopolymer stamps,

the stamparatus also has:

  • 2 open sides so you can stamp on larger paper
  • 2 reversible plates: a total of 4 surfaces to work with
  • magnet storage areas
  • retail price–59,00 €/£44.00

Take a look at the video to get a better idea.

With the launch of this tool, SU! are trying something different: testing a new reservation system. And it acts like a true pre-order. You reserve your spot and they guarantee shipment as soon as the product arrives in the warehouse.

The reservation window opens at 9:00 p.m. (GMT) on 16 November for shipping around 1 February 2018. I’ll share the reservation link here on this website as soon as possible once the window is open but if you’re interested please reserve quickly as the window will only be open until 30 November or WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! (I don’t expect it will make it through to 30 November). If supplies are gone then you have to wait until the next reservation window. The reservation windows are:

The following Q&A should help to answer any questions about the reservation system but if you have any unanswered questions then please email me.

Customer Stamparatus Reservation Questions

Q: How do I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: Normally you order Stampin’ Up! products through the online store; in this case, you will click the RESERVE link on the Stamparatus page (which I’ll share as soon as it’s available) which will take you to the reservation page.

Q:What if I do not have a Stampin’ Up! customer account?

A: To reserve a Stamparatus, you must have a customer account. To create one, click Create Account on the online store.

Q: Why does it take so long for the Stamparatus to ship?

A: We will place an order with the manufacturer based on how many reservations are made during any given reservation window. Shipping dates depend on how long it takes the order to arrive in our warehouse after the tools have been manufactured.

Q: Am I billed at the time I reserve my Stamparatus?

A: No, though you will need a credit card to make the reservation. You will be billed when you finalise and close your order.

Q: When will I be charged for the Stamparatus?

A: When inventory arrives in the warehouse, we will add your reservation to a shopping cart. We will then send you an email notifying you that your Stamparatus order is ready. At this time you will pay for and finalise your order.

Q: Will I be able to add other products to my Stamparatus reservation?

A: Not at the time of the reservation. However, once your reservation is transferred to your shopping cart, you will then be able to add other items to your order.

Important note: Please do not delete the Stamparatus from your order. We will not be able to add it back and you will lose your reservation.

Q: Will I be able to update my address when I open my shopping bag to complete my order?

A: Yes.

Q: What if I change my mind and want to cancel my reservation?

A: You can cancel your reservation at any time.

Q: Will the tool be available in the 2018–2019 annual catalogue?

A: Yes. Once the annual catalogue ordering period begins, you will be able to order the Stamparatus as you would any other product. Reservations will no longer be required, and there will be no limit on the number of tools you can order.

Q: Once the Stamparatus has been added to my shopping cart, how long will it stay there?

A: Indefinitely. As with all products, it will be subject to temporary interruptions in availability depending on demand.

 Q: When I close my order, can I take advantage of current Stampin’ Up! promotions?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I participate in all three reservation periods?

A: Yes.

Q: How many stamp placement tools can I reserve per reservation window?

A: For customers, there is a limit of 1 per reservation window.

As I said, if you still have any unanswered questions then please email me.

I’ll be back with the reservation link as soon as possible.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Silver Seasonal Layers Christmas card

I’m back now from the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event and bursting with news … which I’m not allowed to share with you until tomorrow night after 9pm! To be fair – that’s to make sure that we don’t spoil surprises for demonstrators in other time zones 🙂

So for now I’ll share one of the designs I made for my swaps. All my swaps were Christmas cards or treats just in case I brought any back with me, they’d come in handy for my own Christmas giving. I needn’t have worried. I took around 56 swaps with me and was all swapped out before the first session started!

Apologies for the photo quality. I should have realised that white on white could be a problem and should have photographed against a black background. The white on white with spots of silver is really elegant though IRL.

The card base is a small 4″ square of Thick Whisper White card. A smaller card front layer of the same card was stamped in Versamark ink with a sentiment from Merry Mistletoe and heat embossed with Silver EP. The 2″ Circle was punched from the bottom right hand corner before popping the layer up on the card front with dimensionals. A large snowflake and the tiny “lemon slice” circle from the Seasonal Layer thinlits were die cut from Silver Foil and popped up in the negative circle space with a mini dimensional (the “lemon slice” circle hides the mini dimensional). The snowflake was then finished with a Basic Rhinestone in the centre.

On the inside of the card another sentiment and a bough from the same Merry Mistletoe set were stamped in Smoky Slate.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Come back soon for the exciting news I have to share!

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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Blended Orchid birthday card

Today’s birthday card uses the Stampin’ Blends to colour the pretty flowers from the Climbing Orchid stamp set.

The pattern the Garden Trellis embossing folder, is also a pattern used within the Petal Garden DSP Stack, though the sizing of the pattern varies between the two. This card design uses the repeating pattern as a non-intrusive background to the flower.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Old Olive matted with Petal Garden DSP and then a smaller panel of Smoky Slate that was first run through the Big Shot with the Garden Trellis embossing folder. Using Memento Black ink, the large lined orchid segments and the large leaf were stamped onto scraps of Whisper White.  The flowers and leaves were coloured with both light and dark Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin’ Blends. Daffodil Delight ink was used to stamp the centre of the flower onto a scrap of Whisper White card and the stamens were stamped over the top with Memento Black ink once the coloured ink was fully dry (otherwise it could “bleed”). The co-ordinating Orchid Builder framelits were used to die cut out the flower elements and leaves, which were then popped up on the card front with dimensionals. Memento Black ink was used to stamp a sentiment from Thoughtful Banners onto a narrow strip of Whisper White card which was flagged at one end before adding it to the card front with dimensionals.

On the Whisper White insert further sentiments from Thoughtful Banners were stamped in Memento Black ink and a smaller full orchid from the Climbing Orchid set was stamped in Daffodil Delight ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Color Me Happy congrats card

Back today with another card from the Color Me Happy project kit, this time a congratulations card.

The eagle eyed amongst you may notice that my card isn’t quite the same layout as the example shown in the kit (top left corner below).

The shaped piece of card is provided in the kit and when I started stamping and colouring it I hadn’t realised that I’d got the piece back to front – the narrow edge should be at the top. However … I like the happy accident, as I’m happier with the banner showing completely against the dark background 🙂

What do you think?

For this card I used the following Stampin’ Blends; dark Pink Pirouette and light Pink Pirouette. The kit has a press out piece for the banner, a ready cut main panel (check which way round you want it 😉 gold foil tape and sequins.

The flower from Color Me Happy was stamped with Memento Black ink onto the shaped white panel from the Color Me Happy Project Kit. It was coloured with the Stampin’ Blends. The Rich Razzleberry card blank from the kit was folded and the Gold Foil Tape applied behind the shaped panel which was adhered direct. Memento Black ink was used to stamp the sentiment from the stamp set onto the press-out Pink Pirouette banner. Dimensionals were used to pop up the banner on the card front and then sequins were added to finish it.

The kit contains a ready made and decorated envelope to match.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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Half Full birthday card

Today’s birthday card uses the Stampin’ Blends to colour the beautiful line drawn images in the Half Full stamp set.

The tag image is the stamp set co-ordinates with the Scalloped Tag Topper punch.

The card base is an A6 portrait of Rich Razzleberry, matted with Old Olive. Using Memento Black ink, the wine bottle and large wine glass were stamped onto a card front layer of Whisper White and the Tag was stamped onto a scrap of Whisper White. The wine bottle, glass, grapes and tag frame were coloured with Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends. Old Olive Blends were used for the grape leaves and the top of the wine bottle. The Lifter pen was used to add highlights in various places and the pale Smokey Slate marker was used to “ground” the bottle and glass. The stamped and coloured layer was adhered direct to the card front. After punching the tag out with the Scalloped Tag Topper, Old Olive Sheer Ribbon was tied on and tied with a bow before popping it up on dimensionals on the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, sentiments from Happy Birthday Gorgeous and the Half Full set were stamped in Memento Black ink. A single glass was masked off from the row of wine glasses and stamped in Memento Black ink and coloured as for the card front.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a safe Bonfire Night.

Sara xx

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Color Me Happy quick thank you card

The Color Me Happy project kit has supplies for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. I’ve used one of these today for my quick thank you card.

The kit comes with most of the supplies you need but you will need to add Stampin’ Blends, the Color Me Happy stamp set, Whisper White cardstock, Tuxedo Memento Black inkpad, adhesive and dimensionals. Buy the kit and the stamp set together as a bundle to save 10%!

For this card I used the following Stampin’ Blends; dark Pumpkin Pie, Dark Night of Navy, light and dark Pool Party. The kit has press out pieces for the banner and the main panel – no fussy cutting needed.

The large sentiment from Color Me Happy was stamped with Memento Black ink onto the foil edged panel from the Color Me Happy Project Kit. It was coloured with the Stampin’ Blends. The Pool Party card blank from the kit was folded and the Navy spotted banner adhered direct to the front. Dimensionals were used to pop up the stamped and coloured panel on the card front. The kit contains a ready made and decorated envelope to match.

Thanks for stopping by.

Have a great weekend.

Sara xx

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Stampin’ Blends are here!

Our new Stampin’ Blends are high-quality, dual-tip markers that come in twelve exclusive Stampin’ Up! colours. Each has a light and a dark shade, to give you great blending experience without making things too complicated!

To complement the Blends SU! have also produced a Color Me Happy Project Kit and a coordinating stamp set, which include beautiful line-art imagery that will give you a great chance to test these markers’ blending abilities.

The Blends will be available in upcoming catalogues but the Color Me Happy Project Kit will only be available while supplies last and the Color Me Happy Stamp Set will only be available as long as kit supplies last.

Take a look at them in this video.

Shop for them here.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 20

Happy Halloween! And of course I have a treat for you, the only tricks here are crafty ones.

Today is Day 20 and our final day of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). Today we’re using up scraps to create a Christmas wreath ornament.

Don’t forget that today is the last day to get hold of our exclusive Merry Patterns set for free. It’s also the last day to take advantage of our Buy Three, Get One Free promotion on DSP. Grab ’em while you can!

This video is oldie but goodie and while the decoration is slightly different for today’s version the basic instructions for the wreath remain the same.

Christmas Around the World DSP was used to make the wreath. Real Red Solid Ribbon was poked through a hole in the top of the wreath and knotted to create a hanger. The same ribbon was tied in a bow and added to the ornament with a Mini Glue Dot. Using Real Red ink, a sentiment from Merry Patterns was stamped onto a narrow strip of Whisper White card, the ends were flagged, the sentiment curled over a bone folder and popped up on the ornament with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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20 days of paper projects – day 19

Today is Day 19 of our 20 day series of projects using patterned paper (also known as Designer Series Paper or DSP for short). This time we’re selecting a paler shade and pattern and stamping direct over the top of it.

Tomorrow will be the last day to get hold of our exclusive Merry Patterns set for free AND/OR to Buy Three, Get One Free on our DSP. Don’t miss out!

The card base is an A6 portrait of Old Olive. A mat of Color Theory DSP was wrapped at one edge with Quilted Christmas Ribbon before adhering it direct to the front of the card and then a smaller piece of the same ribbon was tied on in a knot. Using Always Artichoke ink, the outline deer from the Merry Patterns set was stamped direct to a paler pattern of Color Theory DSP and then the Christmas jumper solid deer was stamped over the top in Old Olive ink. This was matted onto a panel of Old Olive card before popping up on the card front with dimensionals. A sentiment from the same set was stamped onto the same pattern of Color Theory DSP with Always Artichoke ink and similarly matted and popped up on the card front.

On the Whisper White insert, the outline sentiment and the tag on phrase were both stamped in Always Artichoke ink and the fill-in sentiment stamped over the top in Old Olive ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Sara xx

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