Inspire.Create.Challenge 058 | Colour Challenge with Rooted in Nature!

Oh my goodness, I am rather pleased with this card… particularly because I whipped it up at the last minute on Monday night! You’d think I’d be a bit more organised seeing as I set the challenges, but no, at the moment I’m a last minute Annie. But, last minute is better than not at all isn’t it? I pulled the three colours of today’s colour challenge off my shelf, and the Rooted in Nature stamp set popped into my head, and very quickly this card appeared in my mind’s eye.

Thinking of you card using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This week’s colour challenge is Blushing Bride, Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive, and each colour is on each one of those fabulous leaves.

I do enjoy a good ink-y technique, and this one is quick and very effective. Ombre Stamping is super easy, and all you need is your stamp, 3 ink pads and a couple of sponges. It does also help if you’ve got well ink-ed pads.

Starting with the lightest colour, load the sponge with ink and the use the sponge to add the ink to the stamp. Then work through the colours, adding each one to the stamp. Breath onto the stamp to reactive the ink before stamping. See, quick and simple, and it gives some very pretty results.

Ombre stamping Thinking of you card using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The leaves were then die cut using the coordinating Nature’s Roots dies, and popped up on the card using a few Dimensionals. The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler, and I did use my Stamparatus to make sure I got it straight and solid (I actually stamped it twice, which is why I’ve ended up with a bit of an inky smudge!)

Then, the card is finished with a double bow of Linen Thread and a trio of Noble Peacock Rhinestones.

Do check out the other Design Team creations over on the Inspire.Create blog and add your own makes using this week’s Colour Combination too!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 057 | Christmas Time Fancy Fold

This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is Fancy Folds! I LOVE a fancy fold project, and cannot wait to see what everyone creates…. particularly as I’m in a bit of a creative rut at the moment, and could really do with a fast injection of inspiration to make my Christmas Cards!

Oh Christmas Tree Fancy Fold card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

I love this Fancy Fold, it’s super simple to create and always impresses people when I gift it! I suppose it’s a sort of Z fold, and its really easy to jazz up to!

Measurements;

Card base; 14.8 x 21 cm, scored at 4.5 and 10.5 cm

Whisper White layers; 14.3 x 4 cm, 14.3 x 5.5 cm, and 14.3 x 10 cm

Designer Series Paper; 13.8 x 3.5 cm and 13.8 x 5 cm, plus a scrap for the inside

Fancy Fold Christmas Card using Most Wonderful Time from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Most Wonderful Time Suite is just stunning, and comes all together in one complete kit (you just need to add Card Stock and Ink!), and it makes really cute and quick cards.

I’ve also added a Stitched Oval from the Stitched Shapes Dies as a simple background for that lovely tree stamp.

Oh Christmas Tree Fancy Fold Card using Most Wonderful Time from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I finished the card with 5 of the self adhesive stars that comes in the Most Wonderful Time suite, and a simple sentiment

Check out the Inspire.Create Blog for more Fancy Fold inspiration and to add your own projects to our link up!

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Come Sail Away Anniversary Card…. and a make from James!

Hey folks!

Well, I’ve had a super busy few weeks settling back into my full time day job. But, as part of that I’m trying hard to get back into some creative me time, and that includes a spot of blogging.

It was our wedding anniversary back in August (yes, this card has been sat around waiting for me to write about it for a while!) and of course I HAD to make James a special card. He always steals some time in my craft room for our anniversary or my birthday, and so a bought card just isn’t an option! Saying this, an anniversary card for a guy is NOT the easiest make…. but it is made easier with a more masculine suite of products and so I pulled out Sailing Home.

Anniversary Card using Sailing Home from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Come Sail Away suite is obviously a bit nautical, which I think often works well for a man’s card, but also has a more masculine colour palette; Balmy Blue, Basic Black, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, and Whisper White.

I have also added Pretty Peacock to this, because I just cannot put this colour away at the moment, I just love it! (so much so I’ve just painted a wall in my kitchen a very similar shade!). The sentiment and compass are both stamped in Pretty Peacock, while I also added a watercolour wash to a square of Watercolour Paper too!

Pretty Peacock Come Sail Away card for a man's anniversary card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The Sailing Home stamp set that coordinates with this fab suite also has a set of matching dies. So, I also added some die cut pieces of rope and a ships wheel, along with die cutting some of the stamped images from the stamp set. I adore this layered look, how about you?

James’ Card…

Like I said earlier, James also makes me a card for our anniversary. I think he’s done a pretty good job this time!

Simple Punched Butterfly Card using Stampin' Up! Products with StampinByHannah's husband!

He’s punched the butterflies from card stock using the Butterfly Duet punch and added the sentiment using the Well Said stamp set…. all in shades of purple (my favourite!)

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Christmastime is Here!

Yes, apparently Christmas now officially starts on the 1st November… I even got a Christmas Cup in Costa Coffee yesterday!

Stampin' Up! Christmastime is here product suite

However, Christmastime is Here is also the name of the latest Collection from Stampin’ Up!

This pretty floral, Christmas suite is full of lovely images that I can see you using in the spring too. The full collection bundle includes not only the fabulous Christmas Rose stamp set and coordinating dies, but also the matching Designer Series Paper, Gold ribbon and shimmery enamel dots, as well as a stunning, exclusive bracelet too!

Get the Christmastime is Here suite from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This collection is a While Stocks Last opportunity, but can be included in a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit to make it the gift that keeps on giving!

There is so much product in this collection! But, not only can you buy the collection in full, but also the individual items are available too (unlike some of the recent Product Medleys) so you could just grab the Designer Series Paper or the Stamp Set.

Check out these fun samples from Stampin’ Up! for some inspiration and then check out (and shop) the full collection

HERE!

Wishing you the gifts of the season Christmas card using Christmastime is Here from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah
Merry Christmas with Christmastime is Here from Stampin' Up! and StampinByHannah
Christmas Rose Peace and Joy Card using Christmastime is here from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Christmastime is Here!


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Inspire.Create.Challenge #055 | Bloom and Grow Thank you card

Hey folks!

So nice to see you this week, I’m trying to get back onto the blogging horse, and am aiming for 3 blog posts a week. I managed to blog twice last week, and I’m already writing this week a bit ahead of time so fingers crossed I can drop back into a routine!

Inspire.Create.Challenge colour challenge Night of Navy Old Olive Lovely Lipstick Blushing Bride Thank you card using Bloom and Grow from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a fun colour combination; Blushing Bride, Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I almost took a Christmas-y twist on this one, but then I spotted Bloom and Grow on my stamp shelves and went floral instead!

The floral spray is heat embossed with Copper Stampin’ Emboss Powder and then watercoloured with Lovely Lipstick, Night of Navy and Old Olive. I’ve add a background wash in Blushing Bride, the sentiment stamped in Night of Navy and a trio of Night of Navy jems from the Noble Peacock suite to finish.

Watercolour thank you card using Bloom and Grow from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

All the watercolouring is done on the new Fluid 100 watercolour paper, available through Stampin’ Up! It’s SO nice, I love a bit of watercolouring and this paper is smoother than the previously stocked Watercolour Paper and so makes for such a nice finish.

Hop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog to see the other Design Team’s creations and add your own using the fun colour combination too!

See you next time!

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InspireINK Blog Hop | Back to Basics with Christmas Gleaming

InspirInk Blog Hop Header Stampin' Up! team blog hop

This months InspireINK Blog Hop has a fun Back to Basics theme. The lovely Dee tasked us all with creating a simple card using just one stamp set, one ink colour, and one punch! I love challenges like this, it really pushes my creativity, and makes me think outside the box a bit

Saying this, I’ve actually used a bundle that includes 2 punches…. but I’ve only used one on this card. So, I think that still counts, right?!

InspireINK Blog Hop Christmas is Gleaming Back to Basics Card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The Christmas Gleaming bundle is one of my favourites in this years Stampin’ Up! Christmas catalogue. It’s unusual in that its one stamp set and two punches, but it also has some GORGEOUS coordinating Designer Series Paper too!

Here I’ve used one of the stamps repeatedly, stamped off once, to create a fun background. Before stamping and punching the bauble, and stamping and fussy cutting the sentiment; all in Pretty Peacock ink.

Merry Christmas Card using Christmas Gleaming from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This simple card came together in a snap, and would be really easy to mass produce this year (particularly if you loaded up your Stamparatus with the stamps first!) and would look lovely in a whole heap of colours.

What some more inspiration on this rainy Saturday? Why not hop around these lovely blogs? Please leave some comment love as your on your travels too.

Hope you have a fabulously crafty weekend (I’m off to the Spa!) and I hope to see you again soon…

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Beauty and Joy Team Swap Card

Hey folks!

Yes, I’ve finally managed to get around to blogging an actual creative project! This might well be card you’ve seen before, particularly if you received a copy of the Autumn Winter Catalogue from me in September, or if you took part in a recent team card swap.

Beauty and Joy Christmas Card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

Beauty and Joy is one of those stamp sets in the catalogue that you might have accidentally skipped over. There are always a few hidden jems, and this one was so hidden that I didn’t remember ordering it! However, I’m so glad I did because its a really fun set to use. It features a collection of different pots and plants that covers a variety of seasons and occasions, and there are loads of looks you can create by mixing and matching different leaves, pots, stems and accessories too!

Here the tree leaves are stamped in Shaded Spruce (Stamped off once), with an Early Espresso trunk, Real Red berries and a Soft Suede basket pot.

A Joyful Christmas Card using Beauty and Joy from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I also couldn’t resist pairing this stamp set with some of my current favourite dies; these are the Stitched Nested Labels and they are so versatile they never seem to get put away!

Thanks so much for stopping by StampinByHannah today, and I hope to see you here again soon

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The 24 hour Stamp Sale!

Stampin' Up! 24 hour Stamp Sale

Yes, yes, your heard right… for the next 24 hours (that’s until 10:50PM on the 23rd) Stampin’ Up! are hosting a fabulous Stamp Sale with 15% off on selected stamps!

Isn’t that cool?!

There are HEAPS of stamps that are discounted, far too many for me to list here. So, pop over to my Online Store and click on the 24 Stamp Sale Banner Image.

You can add discounted stamps to a Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit, but bundles arent being discounted.

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Well Hello! | UPDATE

Hi folks!

Sorry for the recent silence from me, trying to find the time to create and blog with a 5 month old baby is trickier than I was prepared for! I can’t quite believe she’s 5 months old already, really, where has the time gone… it’s nearly Christmas!

I’ve had a fabulous summer, enjoying my baby and Maternity Leave, but now we are heading for Winter I’m preparing to return to my full time (and quite full on) day job.

I wanted to let you know what my plan is for my little corner of the internet, because obviously time is an absolute luxury and trying to fit every activity / chore / etc. in is quite a juggle! I am hoping that over the next couple of weeks I can settle into some sort of routine that includes a bit of creative ‘me’ time, and therefore some blog posts for you to!

I have no intention of leaving Stampin’ Up! 1. because I LOVE to craft with their products, and 2. because I love my Stampin’ Up! friends and team mates FAR too much to leave. So, you can still shop with me (link to my online store can be found at the end of every single one of my blog posts), but I wont be offering any clubs, shares or classes for a little while (but never say never!)

News from Stampin’ Up!

So, a few months ago Stampin’ Up! retired the Stampin’ Trimmer and left us without a paper cutter. However, the wait for a new one is almost over! The new Trimmer has been launched to demonstrators and we are just waiting for a date for customer release. Mine is coming on my next order, and I will be sure to let you know what I think when it arrives!

Also, check out the Clearance Rack, there are some fabulous bargains in there at the moment, including 15% off the fabulous Everything is Rosy Product Medley from a couple of months ago.

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you again very very soon

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 054 | Die Cutting with Gather Together

Oh dear, for all my crafty mojo is returning, the time I have to craft has completely disappeared!

However, I did manage to whip this card up in a flash over the weekend, all thanks to Stampin’ Up! now offering suites under one item number, meaning that I have a stack of goodies that all match! All I needed to do was pull the matching card stock and inks and this card was made in a flash!

Gather Together Wishing you well card for Inspire.Create.Challenge

This card uses the Come to Gather suite from the Stampin’ Up! Autumn Winter Catalogue. I LOVE the colours in this suite, I have a bit of an obsession with Pretty Peacock which features heavily in the Designer Series Paper… but not on this card!

This card was made for this weeks Inspire.Create.Challenge which this time is a theme, and so the Design Team have made a whole heap of cards featuring Die Cutting.

Get Well Soon card using Come to Gather from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The pumpkins, stamped in Pear Pizzazz, are die cut using the coordinating dies. I LOVE that this pack of dies comes with duplicates, makes it super quick to die cut a bunch of images all at once.

Check out the rest of the Design Teams Die Cutting projects over on the Inspire.Create blog, and share your creations with us over there too!

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