2018 Annual Catalogue Paper Shares

StampinByHannah 2018 Annual Catalogue Paper Shares

Are you ready for the new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue? I’ve spent this morning packing and preparing my 1st batch of catalogues ready to send out this coming week (my lovely husband has already offered to take them to the post office… not that I can remember which day he said he was going!). You can of course still order a FREE catalogue using THIS page, and I will add you to the list for the 2nd batch which will likely go out just as the catalogue launches on the 1st June.

If you don’t want a physical catalogue, but prefer a digital download I will be sending one out to my email list on the 1st June. You can subscribe to that HERE.

 

But today, I have something special for you… the launch of my 2018 Annual Catalogue Paper Shares.

I have two options for you… a Designer Series Paper Share, and a second Colour and In-Colour Paper Share.

 

So, what is a Paper Share?

There are 21 packs of Designer Series Paper in this years Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue… that would cost you £215 if you bought them all. Now, because I have seen all the paper, and I know how GORGEOUS they all are… I know that you are going to want them ALL. But I also understand that £215 on Paper is a lot of money. What a Share does is split that cost in to 4 pieces… making it more affordable for you to get a sample of all the pieces of Designer Series Paper.

So, you pay 1/4 of the price and get a 1/4 of each pack of Designer Series Paper.

I do have one disclaimer; there is one pack of Designer Series Paper that I’m NOT including the share, Delightfully Detailed Laser-Cut Speciality Paper is BEAUTIFUL but it is just too difficult to cut onto quarters.

 

Designer Series Paper Share

This Share includes 14 packs of Designer Series Paper:

  • Tea Room Speciality Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Broadway Speciality Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Share What You Love Speciality Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Graceful Glass 6 x 6 “Designer Vellum – 1 sheet of each of 12 Designs
  • Twinkle Twinkle Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Under The Mistletoe Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Nature’s Poem Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Petal Promenade Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Tranquil Textures Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Animal Expedition Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Best Route Designer Series Paper – Cut into 6 x 6″ pieces
  • Garden Impressions 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper – 1 sheet of each of 12 Designs
  • Tropical Escape 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper – 1 sheet of each of 12 Designs
  • Wood Textures 6 x 6″ Designer Series Paper – 1 sheet of each of 12 Designs

This stack of Designer Series Paper would cost you over £150 if you were to buy it all, but, if you join in with this paper share you can get a 6 x 6″ sample of each pack of paper for just £45 including Postage and Packing.

 

Colour and In-Colour Paper Share

This share includes a piece of each of the double sided Designs of the Colour Collection Designer Series Paper and the In-Colour Designer Series Paper. The Colour and In-Colour Paper Share includes 20 sheets of Designer Series Paper from each colour family. This share is based on 2 people sharing, and costs £35 including Postage and Packing.

 

How to Join in…

Please use the form below to sign up for a Paper Share. Please note that I will be sending invoices out between the  22nd and 31st of May, and that these need to be paid before midnight on the 31st May so that I can place the order on the 1st June. I hope (providing that we don’t have any back order issues) to have your shares out to you by the middle of June.

I can only offer Paper Shares to customers in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Austria. Although, if you are outside the UK there will be an extra charge for postage to cover international delivery.

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Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Blog Hop – The return!

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Well, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas / New Year break. I have been super busy with the day job, things are a bit insane over Christmas (I think I managed to get 3 days off over the festive fortnight!) but everything is dying down again now, and I’ve had this past week off to recover!

I’ve missed doing our fortnightly challenges (although I have no idea how I would have fit them in!) and am so pleased to be back blogging with these wonderful ladies again.

Stampin' Up! UK Simply Sketch Saturday Challenge

This wonderful sketch has been set by the lovely Cat Burchmore, and was definitely a tricky design recreate.

Stampin' Up! UK Sketch Challenge time for tea

I hadn’t realised quite how many different bits and bobs I had used on this card until I sat down to write this post. Initially I set out to make a card using the A Nice Cuppa stamp and die bundle. But it turns out that although I used the tea pot die, I haven’t used anything else from that suite of products! Instead I have jump all over the Spring / Summer catalogue to collect items for this card!

The Designer Series Paper is called Birthday Bouquet, and features some gorgeous birthday themed and floral prints. The Happy Birthday is taken from Balloon Celebration, another stamp set that comes in a bundle (a fabulous balloon punch!) and then there is an embossing folder, sequin trim and metal rimmed pearls!

Oh well, I love it!

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Cardmaking 101 – Adhesives

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There are so many adhesives (that’s glue to you and I!) out there for card making, I thought I would select my favourites!

Snail – a great cute little tape runner. This tape runner contains 12m of permanent adhesive. Great for sticking cardstock to paper, and paper to paper, and wonderful for your basic card making needs, but not so great for 3D projects. Acid free, so great for adding those extra bits to your Project Life albums and scrapbook pages, and rubs away with a clean finger or you Adhesive Remover

Fast Fuse – The beefier brother! This super-sticky tape runner is super strong, great for 3D projects and comes with 20m of tape! Be warned though, watch the video below for usage instructions!

Tear & Tape Adhesive – I LOVE THIS STUFF!! Strong tape, with a tearable paper backing for all your cardmaking and papercraft needs! Comes with over 24m of tape, and is super sticky

Stampin’ Dimensionals – The only foam adhesive you will ever need! This hexagonal foam pieces add height and dimension to your cards and projects, with easy to remove backing paper and plenty on a sheet (300 per pack) I can’t life without these!

Mini Glue Dots – great little glue pieces for holding heavier embellishments, ribbons and punched pieces. These are pressure activated, so push your embellishment onto them on the roll, pull them off and push firmly onto you project to ensure a good stick!

Tombow Multipurpose Glue – The best liquid glue ever! Clear drying, strong hold glue, with two nozzles; a fine tip for detailed application and a broad tip when you need plenty of stick!

2-Way glue pen – Use when the glue is blue for a permanent stick, or leave to go clear for a temporary hold. I use this often for detailed gluing on die cuts, or for a temporary hold of a gift card!



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Technique Tuesday|Layered Alphabet

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I have a slightly different Technique Tuesday for you this week. I have been loving the Layered Letters Alphabet, I’ve used it for all sorts the projects this month – Catalogue bookmarks, my swatch book, and now my customer Thank You cards for July!

If you have placed an order this month, this card will be coming to you in the post at the end of the month! If you haven’t ordered yet…. you better get ordering to get one!

Stampin' Up! UK Layered Letters Alphabet

Aren’t they cute! Check out the video for some great tips about using this stamp set!

Top tips:

– Stamp your layering pieces first! get those rectangles and ovals onto your card – using different colours for each one looks awesome!

-Lay your letters out onto a clear block, to check your spelling! (particularly important if your dyslexic like me!)

-Position your letters onto the layering spots, stamp side down, and pick them all up in one go with a large clear block – this way you can stamp them together like one big stamp!

Do you have any alphabet stamp tips? Let me know in the comments section below!



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Cardmaking 101 – Types of Ink

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There are so many different inks out there! Dye, water based dye, pigment, craft, alcohol, ones that smooth out, ones that are best for blending, ones that react with water, the list goes on and on and on!

As a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I only use Stampin’ Up! inks these days, but I have used others in the past, and do still reach for them on occasion. But I truly believe for a great all round ink, that’s great for beginner stampers, you cannot beat Stampin’ Up! inks!

Ok, so; there are several different inks in the catalogue. I’ll start with our Classic Inks. Available in Stampin’ pads, as refils, or in Stampin’ Write Markers, the classic ink is a great all round ink. It stamps wonderfully, often a little darker and splotchy at first but it smooths as it dries leaving a perfect crisp image every time! And if you think that is all Stampin’ Up! ink is good for, you are about to learn something! I use our Classic ink for water-colouring, adding some ink onto a clear acrylic block and adding water before using a paintbrush to colour my image. It’s also reactive to water, meaning that you can splatter water onto a project (before it’s completely dry works best) to bleach away some of the colour. It blends beautifully with sponge daubers or a blending tool. And it comes in 46 different colours!

Currently we don’t have a black Classic Ink (I am assured it will return, but it needed re-formulating to make it even better!), but we do have two great black options!

Memento Tuxedo Black is my go-to black ink, and I am so pleased Stampin’ Up! have continued to carry it. I have loved this ink for years! I can guarantee a clean crisp true black image with this ink, and it is safe to use with your Alcohol markers too. The Other option for Black ink is Stazon. Stazon is an alcohol based ink, great for stamping on slick surfaces like Window Sheets or tiles, but its also waterproof, and so great for stamping your images before you watercolour. One thing to be aware of with Stazon though is that it will stain your stamps, special Stazon cleaner is recommended, and I prefer to avoid using it at all with my photopolymer stamps (but sometimes it can’t be avoided!). Stazon is also available as a white ink, which comes with its refill as it is known to  dry out quickly.

White ink is also available as a pigment ink; Craft Stanpin’ Ink, is a permanent pigment ink. This is a great white ink, but it takes a while to dry. You can speed up the drying process with your heat tool, you add embossing powder to set it. Craft ink looks awesome on dark card stocks such as Night of Navy or Basic Black.

The final ink I’m going to talk about in Versamark. I love this ink! Versamark is my first choice for stamping and heat embossing, it is a clear sticky ink that holds your embossing powered to the card stock while you heat set it. It is the best! Versamark is also great for creating a tone-on-tone stamped look, or watermark effects.

What’s you favourite ink?


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Cardmaking 101 – How to Stamp

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Hello!

Welcome to another episode of Cardmaking 101! This week we are looking at ‘how to stamp!’

I think this is one of those things that new card makers can really struggle with, getting a clear, crisp image, and avoiding those dreaded inky halo’s.

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I think the best way to explain this one is in video, but the key really is a smooth action (and practice!) getting the stamp mounted properly on your block, and stamping down and straight up – No Rocking!

check out the video to see what I mean

If you have any burning card making 101 questions please let me know in the comments below, or email me via the Contact Me button at the top of the page. Thanks



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Watercolour Wishes!

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Hello!

Popping in again to let you know something really cool!

The Watercolour Wishes Card Kit is now available in my Online Store!

This awesome card kit contains a delightful exclusive stamp set, as well as the components to make 20 unique cards (with envelopes!) – die cut pieces, pre-watercoloured card bases, stickers, Stampin’ Spots in Night of Navy and Watermelon Wonder, Washi tape, sequins, wooden elements, and so much more!

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Cardmaking 101 – Stamping Accessories

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There are so many accessories for stamping, I thought I would give you my top picks to get you started.

Stampin’ Blocks!

There are so many different blocks on the market and I will admit to having quite a collection, however, I only use a few. Last year before I became a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! I thought that a clear block was a clear block, that they are much of a muchness, and didn’t really matter. I was wrong! I now only use my Stampin’ Up! blocks, and not because I’m a demonstrator, but because they are the best!

There are several things I look for a in block, is it easy to hold? what about the weight? size? and durability. The blocks I use are available in a range of sizes, are a nice weight and are really durable, but the best thing about them is the hold. I’m sure you have a few blocks, and they are probably those nasty thin ones from the cheap section in the craft store?! I have some too, and why don’t I use them? because my fingers go over the edges and into the ink! I make enough of a messy without my blocks helping me out! Stampin’ Up! blocks feature a wonderful groove for your fingers to sit, keeping them out of the ink and helping prevent inky finger prints on your nice piece of Whisper White!

Stamp-a-ma-jig

I know there is lots of buzz around the crafty world at the moment about stamp positioners, in particular a very expensive one from the States, and while I’m sure its great, as a beginner its is an unnecessary expense. I have a whole video on the stamp-a-ma-jig, and I love it! Its a great way of getting nicely straight sentiments and centred images, and its only £11!

Swatch Book

I posted a video on this recently too, my custom made swatch book. I have the PDF’s available on the coordinating blog post too. I use this all the time to match colours and choose colour combinations, and its a great tool for documenting your growing ink colour collection!

Stampin’ Scrub

This is probably the one tool I get asked about most at classes and events; my Stampin’ Scrub! I love this thing! It features two sides of of washable black fibre scrub pads that are the greatest things for cleaning those inky stamps! Use in combination with Stampin’ Mist to clean and condition your stamps after each use, less waste and hassle that baby wipes with no of the nasty residue. I wouldn’t be without mine!



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Cardmaking 101 – Types of Stamps

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I can’t believe we are already at week 3 of my Cardmaking 101 series; saying that, I have a heap of posts in the planning for you! I can see this series lasting a while, please feel free to drop me a message or leave a comment if you have any card making questions, and I will do my best in answer them in a future Cardmaking 101!

This week I thought it might be helpful to discuss the different types of stamps. Now, before we getting into the post proper, I just want to remind you that I am a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, and so I will be discussing there products!

Wood Mount Stamps

Ok, so Wood Mount – this refers to Red Rubber stamps mounted onto wooden blocks. There are some real advantages to these stamps; the main one being that the blocks are pre-mounted, no scrabbling around searching for the perfectly sized block each time – they are already there! Stampin’ Up!’s Wood Mounted stamps arrive as a sheet of red rubber stamps, a series of wooden blocks, and a sheet of stickers. Before you can stamp you must pop the stamps out of the sheet and work out which stamp matches which block (I’ve made this sound complicated, its really not – its usually pretty obvious which stamp goes with which block). The stamps are pre-glued, and you peel the backing paper off the stamps and stick them onto the blocks. The stickers are then stuck onto the other side of the wooden block for identification.

I love my wood mount stamps, however, they are more expensive, and they take much more space to store – although they do sit next to your clear mount stamps on your shelf.

Clear Mount Stamps

Like Wood Mount stamps, Clear mount are our classic red rubber. I am totally a red rubber girl – I just love the quality and feel of red rubber stamps. Clear mount stamps require Clear blocks to allow you to stamp, you mount and un-mount them at each use. Stampin’ Up! clear mount stamps also come with a sheet of stickers, however, I find that they affect the cling if not perfectly applied to the stamp meaning that the fall off the blocks half way through stamping! So I tend to just put the sheet of stickers inside the slip cover on my stamp cases and leave them there! Saying this, I am a Clear mount person – I love the red rubber, and the value of the clear mount wins every single time!

Photopolymer

Stampin’ Up! Photopolyer stamps are fantastic! They are the same quality as the classic red rubber, but allow you to see through the stamps for perfect alignment every time! I recommend Photopolymer for layering stamps and sentiments. Some sets are available only in Photopolymer, however, more and more sets are available in all three options. Photopolymer stamps are generally packaged in our DVD sized clear mount stamp cases, although if there are lots of stamps they sometimes come in the bigger Wood Mount cases, but they still sit nicely with your other stamps on the shelf. Photopolyer stamps are a great price, and come between two sheets of Window Sheet. Be warned though, Photopolymer stamps have a habit of ‘wondering off’ your desk and into the bin as they get stuck to things and can be difficult to see! Photopolymer also tends to stain over time, particularly if you use red/pink ink, this doesn’t affect the stamp and will not transfer to your next project.



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Cardmaking 101 – Tools for Cardmaking

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Welcome to the second in my series of Card making 101 – this week I thought we would look at some of the tools I most regularly use in my card making.

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Tools are so important, they say you judge a craftsman by his tools – and card making is a craft! I have used a heap of trimmers over the years, but the Stampin’ Trimmer is by far the best! I just love the wide foot-bed, this means that to cut a card base (which is what I use my trimmer for by far the most!) I don’t need to swing out the extension arm. Saying that I love that this trimmer extends to 14″ – way more that I will ever need. The blades are so easy to replace, and you get to choose between the standard trimmer blades or the rotary attachment!

A good pair of scissors is so important, and I would suggest two pair – a good pair of long scissors for cutting along the score lines of boxes and bags, and a pair of paper snips for fussy cutting, and detailed bits. A separate pair of scissors for cutting ribbon is also a good idea as paper will dull the blades and make ribbon cutting difficult. The Stampin’ Paper Snips are excellent, blades sharp right to the tip and comfortable hold.

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I also use my scissors for picking up jewels and pearls, candy dots and other little sticky things. But I mostly grab for my paper piercing tool for these sorts of jobs, I’m sure if you have seen some of my YouTube tutorials you will have seen me do this. A paper piercing tool is also great for adding pierced details to your cards and projects, as well as getting all those fiddly bits out of your dies when die cutting.

I think one of the most important card making tools is a good bone folder. For years I had a cheap plastic bone folder, and it wasn’t until I started with Stampin’ Up! that I changed to a ‘proper’ one, what a difference! A clean, crisp edge to all folded projects, cards and boxes. My plastic bone folder has now be relegated to re-inking ink pads!

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The most random tool in my kit though must be my emery board! I use this so much, and it has several uses! Mostly it gets used when my trimmer blade needs changing, when card stock starts to cut a little fluffy, an emery board is great for sanding away the rough edges. Or for when you want that distressed look. Or when you catch a finger nail with your paper snips!


I hope you are finding these posts helpful, and if you have any questions about card making, stamping or Stampin’ Up! either drop me a message via my contact me page, or leave me a comment below

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