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The 2021/2022 annual catalogue is available right now, but ordering doesn’t start until May 4th.

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I love a you?

I’ve had Butterfly Brilliance Stamp set and the co-ordinating Brilliant wings dies for a while now, but not shown them to you until today!

I love how British these stamps are….so like our butterflies. They have so much details and the dies are stunning!

Yes, they are one large stamp, but by clever positioning of your paper, there is no need to stamp or die cut all of the butterflies in one go.

I made 1 card before hand using the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder on Sahara Sand card stock, to give it a lovely faux wall background. I coloured the butterflies with blends…Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Blackberyy Bliss and So Saffron.

The cards I made Live, used soon to be retiring DSP (Designer Series Papers).

The first card used Forever Greenery, layered onto a Garden Green card base. The butterflies were coloured with Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight and Balmy blue blends for the outside, and a smaller butterfly was added to the inside which was coloured in Pumpkin Pie.

After the Live session had finished, I added a few Holiday Rhinestone jewels

The second card used Artisan Blooms DSP, on a layer of Pumpkin Pie. This time the butterfly was die cut from a piece of Pumpkin Pie cardstock and again some Holiday Rhinestones to embellish.

Sentiments for these cards were all taken from the Many Messages stamp set and the coordinating Messages Dies.

The Butterflies are from the upcoming Annual Catalogue, but are available now. The Many Messages is from the January to June Mini Catalogue.

Don’t forget the brand new Annual Catalogue will be available later this month. If you are not a regular customer, but would like a catalogue, please use the ‘contact me’ tab above, and I will get one to you.

Corner Flip Card

During yesterdays Craft and Chat session, I demonstrated a Corner Flip fancy fold card. I got the inspiration for this card from a video by Rachel Tessman.

This card uses the discontinued Berry Blessings stampset and Berry Delightful DSP

For those who were not with us, and those who didn’t get their card finished, here are the instructions;

You will need:-

  • Standard A5 card base
  • Dsp 10×14.4cm x2 (one for outside, one for inside)
  • Paper trimmer
  • Stampset and sentiment to decorate
  • Additional card for layer if desired
  • Scrap of paper 7.5×7.5cm or post it note 3″ square will do the same job
  • Pencil, ruler, eraser

Cover the front of your card base with DSP, taking care to not leave any parts unstuck, as when you cut through you don’t want any loose edges.

Take the scrap paper/post it note and measure 1cm from the top left corner down the left side and make a mark.

Do the same from the bottom right corner along the bottom

This should be a 7.5cm square!!

Lay this paper onto the top right of your card, lining up the top and right sides

Transfer the lines onto your card, but include around the bottom left corner too

These lines will be on your DSP not on the blank card as shown

Carefully line up the lines on the cutting guide of your paper trimmer and cut along between the marks

Take care not to cut right to the edges!

Very gently bend the top right corner of the card forward, pivoting on the 1cm edge pieces, until it reaches the front of the card and is square to the rest of the card. Once happy crease these edges so that it lays flat

Gently manipulate the fold

The top of your card should look like this!

And when stamped and layered and an insert added to the inside, should look like this !

Hope you have fun trying this out!

Happy Crafting xx

Too Many Papers? An idea to use some up.

A couple of weeks ago, a lovely lady called Zoe (Tantalizing Stampers) demonstrated to an online group of crafters, a fabulous folder to put your homemade cards in, which we all agreed would make a nice gift, particularly when people are not getting out as much.

So following her tutorial, I decided to use up some retired DSP (designer series papers), and make a fully co-ordinating set for a friend.

This is what I made;

I made it along with my online crafters this week in our weekly Craft and Chat, and it was lovely to see what you can make to use up all that paper you’ve been hoarding!

Here’s the instructions

To make the folder to put your cards in, you will need;

  • A4 sheet of card
  • Co ordinating papers measuring 12.6 x 15.5cm – 2 pieces for inside, 2 pieces for outside
  • co ordinating paper 1.6×15.5cm for spine (use 2 pieces if you want to cover both inside and outside spine)
  • Layer 9.0cm x 13.5cm
  • Card to stamp on 8.5 x 13cm
  • Ribbon

Score the card on the long edge at 3.5 and 4.5cm.

Rotate and score 13.8cm from EACH end

With the card landscape and the score lines at the bottom, cut up on either side of the vertical score lines and remove the complete central tab (all the way up to the 2nd score line).

Next measure from each of the bottom corners and mark at 3cm. Make a line from this point to the first score line and remove these corner pieces. It should end up looking like this;

Then its just a case of decorating with your pretty papers.

The first one of these that I made, I punched a hole to thread my ribbon through, but this time I wrapped ribbon all the way around before sticking my patterned papers on the outside and feel I got a much neater finish.

And lastly, I made 6 matching cards to place inside.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little project and it encourages you to use some of that huge pile of papers up.

If you would like to join our weekly Craft and Chat (on Zoom), please use the contact me tab at the top of this page, and I will send you the details.

Happy Crafting xx

Circle Celebration Christmas card

Yes…it says Christmas card! This is the first one I’ve made this year, so think I can be excused!

I’ve done a couple of Facebook Lives using the Circle Celebration stamp set, and I’ve had the large stamp keep jumping out at me saying ‘moon’, so I thought I’d have a play and see what I could do.

I used a Seaside Spray card layer to stamp some trees from the ‘Rooted in Nature’ stamp set in memento black ink on the base of the card.

Then using one of the fabulous new blending brushes (Jan to June catalogue), I first used Misty Moonlight and then Night of Navy ink pads to give a little depth around the edges.

On a separate piece of white card I used Mango Melody, Flirty Flamingo and Highland Heather on the ‘moon’ stamp, carefully sweeping the ink pad across ensuring I used the lightest colour first so as not to contaminate my ink pads. When i had all three colours on the stamp, I gave it a quick ‘huff’ to ensure the ink was still wet and stamped onto my white card. I then die cut it with 4th from smallest layering circle die. This die is slightly smaller than the stamped image, but worked perfectly as I didn’t want a white border around my ‘moon’.

I then stamped the spotty stamp from the Dressed to Impress stamp set with Versamark ink, applied white embossing powder and heat set to give a snowy look. The sentiment was from Itty Bitty Christmas. The sentiment and moon where adhered on Dimensionals.

To finish, I used the Stampin’ Chalk Marker around the edges of the trees and also popped a little Wink of Stella to make them glisten.

Hope you’ve enjoyed learning how I made this card. Keep checking in for more.

In the meantime….keep Stamping!!

New Catalogue…sneek peek

If you didn’t already know….Stampin’Up!s spring summer mini catalogue will be launched on Tuesday January 5th 2021! And not just that catalogue… the fabulous Sale-a-bration catalogue too!

The Mini catalogue runs from Jan 5th until June 30th 2021 and complements the annual catalogue which is available until May 3rd 2021. (If you dont have a catalogue (either annual or mini) and would like one, then please use the contact me tab above and I will get one out to you (UK only).

On todays Facebook live I demo’d a couple of new products…The garden Wishes Stamp Set, The Darling Donkeys Stampset (Free with £45 spend from Jan 5th) and the gorgeous new Blending brushes!

If you’d like to see how I made these and how to use the blending brushes, checkout my Facebook page

Blog hop…final week (for now)

In Good Taste is the DSP (designer series paper) that I am using this week in the blog hop. This is another of the paper packs that are on offer until the end of October. Drop me a note if you’d like to order.

My three cards are all the same this week, but show how different they can look in different colour ways.

The first card uses Night of Navy for its main colour, and the stamp set used is Tasteful Textures. The die cut leaves are from varies die sets and are cut in the lovely new Brushed Metallic papers

The second has a Petal Pink base, Petal Pink flower and Gray Granite stamping. This time the dies cuts are in Silver foil paper

Finally, the third card base is Early Espresso, with Old Olive die cut pieces and a Daffodil Delight flower coloured with Stampin Blends.

Hope you pop over to the other blogs to see all the other fab ideas with DSP and it inspires you to get your papers out and use them!

Product List
In Good Taste Suite Collection (English)
Night Of Navy A4 Card Stock
Petal Pink A4 Cardstock
Early Espresso A4 Card Stock
Brushed Metallic Cardstock
Silver Foil Sheets
Old Olive A4 Card Stock

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BLOG HOP WEEK 3… Playful Pets

I don’t think anyone would describe me as a cat or dog person. Although we have had both as pets over the many years we have been married.

Playful Pets DSP;

Product List
Playful Pets Designer Series Paper

I got this Designer series paper (DSP) left over from a paper share, so though this a great opportunity to see what I can do with it.

I have made 3 projects this week, all with very little stamping, so making the DSP work do all the work for me.

The first card was cat themed and I used one cat from the DSP as my focal point and then adhered it to some fancy labels from the Tasteful labels die set

And then I played with the dogs…..

A LOT of fussy cutting here, but a cute card for the dog lovers out there!!

And finally I made a really useful, decent sized box! It is 4” square and I thought the colour scheme leant itself to being festive, so I added a Christmas tag to the front

Product List
Real Red A4 Card Stock
Basic Gray A4 Card Stock
Whisper White 12" X 12" (30.5 X 30.5 Cm) Cardstock
Tasteful Labels Dies
Ornate Borders Dies
Layering Circles Dies
Layering Ovals Dies
Real Red 3/8" (1 Cm) Mixed Satin Ribbon
Fancy Tag Topper Punch
Playful Pets Designer Series Paper

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Blog Hop week 2; Playing with Patterns

Did you check out the other blogs last week? Well, we are doing this for the whole of October so check in every week for more. Its fab to see other peoples ideas, even with the same papers it can look so different. We hope it gives you some inspiration to use or buy papers….I know for sure I’m a bit of a hoarder!

This week I’ve used Pattern Play DSP for the two card I’ve made specifically for this blog hop. They use a fabulous range of bright and cheerful colours, great for both Male and Female cards.

Product List
Playing With Patterns 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper

The first card I made uses Night of Navy for all the mat layers, Stitched Triangle Dies, Night of Navy (from the co ordinating ribbon set) and Daffodil Delight Ribbon and the sentiment is from Happiest of Birthdays stamp set. Not sure the stitching shows up too well in the triangles on her, but I think it adds some lovely interest.

The second card uses Calypso Coral as the mat layer and all the paper is the oddments from previous cards made. The sentiment is also from Happiest of Birthdays stamp set and stamped in Coastal Cabana ink.

Product List

These are all the papers in the sale

If want to order anything, or would like a copy of the latest catalogue, then please contact me.

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Blog hop with offer DSP

Did you know that selected DSP is on offer this month?

To help promote, I am joining in a blog hop. Don’t know what a blog hop is? Well just follow the links at the bottom of this page, which will ‘hop’ you to other peoples blog, where you can look at other peoples ideas…easy!

We are doing this every Tuesday, so have a peep each week for ideas using these offer papers.

This week I’m using the Artistry Blooms papers to make 2 cards.

Card number 1

First cut your DSP to 14.4cmx 10cm

Then I used the Playful Alphabet dies to cut the words ‘For You’ in the top left corner

Dont forget to glue the centres of the ‘O’s and ‘R’!

And that was my first card…so simple and can be used for lots of different things!

But hey…I’d got the die cut words still, so…….

Card number 2

As before , I cut a piece of DSP 10 x 14.4 cm

I cut 3 strips of DSP that matched the die cut letters that were about 10cm x 1cm and cut diagonally across all the ends (one in the opposite direction to the others).

I die cut and embossed a label from the ‘Tasteful [email protected] die set and stamped ‘Happy Birthday’ from the ‘Many Mates’ stamp set in Night of Navy ink. Have a look in the picture below…it shows the embossing off much better!

I glued the letters, and paper strips to the DSP and used dimensionals to raise the sentiment off the card. I then assembled the card and ‘voila’.

Products used for these cards were;

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