Festival of Watercolour

Stampin' Up! UK Festival of Trees Watercolour

I’m a little bit in love with this card! I was sat brainstorming card designs last week and this card called out to me, check the video to see exactly how this card came together!

Stampin' Up! Uk Video Tutorial festival of trees

I’m still loving getting inky, and messy with my ink, water and stamps! and this card is no exception, using one of my favourite stamp sets of all time, with Stampin’ Write markers and my water spritzer

I realised when I went to do the voice over for this card that I had forgotten about the solid image stamp in this set. I had actually selected the stamp with spaces to add your baubles, which of course just filled in with ink and water once I had used my water spritzer! I did add some baubles to the trees though, using the dotty stamp with Versamark ink and Irredescent Ice embossing powder.

Stampin' Up! UK Festival of Trees Watercolour

The photos of course do not do this gorgeous embossing powder justice, I’m blaming the horrible storm and rain we were having when I was attempting to take these photos!



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On Stage Live – Brussels 2015 – Swaps!

Stampin' Up! UK swaps from Brussels

I have a confession to make; this weeks Tuesday video isn’t really very crafty, but it does show lots and lot of projects!

As regular readers will know, a couple of weeks ago I attended Stampin’ Up!® On Stage Live in Brussels – and had an amazing time (I wrote a long and waffley post about it HERE), and swapped a card front I had made for a variety of wonderful projects made by other demonstrators. Swapping is a great way of meeting new people and getting lots of ideas and inspiration, and its something demonstrators always do when we get together!

Stampin' Up! On Stage Live Swaps

I have put all these lovely swaps into a 15 minute video (that also explains why videos have changed a little bit).

There are some really lovely things in that pile. The candle from Crafty Caroline is currently sat on my desk, making my Office smell lovely even thought I haven’t lit it yet! and I have to admit that all the chocolate is now long gone!

Stampin' Up! UK swaps from Brussels

I still have a couple of my swap card left, set aside especially for my lovely customers. To get one all you need to do is shop with me before the end of this month, and make sure you check to allow me to contact you (I send all my customers a lovely little thank you gift each month, and a copy of the catalogue when it launches in January).

I can’t wait to hear from you

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12 Weeks of Christmas | Diorama Card

Stampin' Up! UK 12 Weeks of Christmas Wonderland Card

Stampin' Up! 12 weeks of Christmas

I can’t quite believe it, but we have hit the half way through this years 12 Weeks of Christmas Series!

This week I have a card for you, but it is a fancy fold 3D card!

Stampin' Up! UK Christmas Diorama Video Tutorial

This card looks really impressive but its super easy to make, Check the video tutorial and measurements at the bottom of this post.

I have used the Circle Collection Framelits dies to create the holes in my Diorama card, but this would look lovely if you used Deco Label Collection of Lots of Labels Framelits

Stampin' Up! UK 12 Weeks of Christmas Wonderland Card

Measurements:

Card Stock – 1 piece of Very Vanilla (for the back) : 19 x 10 cm, 1 piece of Night of Navy (for the front) 19 x 10 cm, 1 piece of Night of Navy (for the middle) 10 x 15.9 cm

Score the front and back pieces with the long side at the top at 3 and 16 cm

Score the middle piece with the long side at the top at 1.5, rotate and score the other end at 1.5 cm


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12 Weeks of Christmas | Gift Bag

Stampin' Up! UK Christmas Gift Bag

Sorry this post is slightly later than normal today, I had every intention of having this post ready for you at the usual time, but yesterday I was suddenly struck down with a horrendous cold! Dosed up on paracetamol I am hoping to get a few posts written before getting back under the duvet.

Stampin' Up! UK Christmas Gift Bag

So I hope you can forgive me for a shortened blog post today.

Measurements:

Designer Series Paper – 12 x 12″ (30.5 x 30.5 cm)

Score on the first side at 3 3/4, 5 3/4, 9 1/2 and 11 1/2″ (9.5, 14.5, 24, and 29 cm)

Score on the second side at 2 and 9″ (5 and 23 cm)

Stampin' Up! UK 12 Weeks of Christmas Gift Tag

You can make a very similar gift bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board, and the directions for the Large sized bag (printed on the board) check the video above for the differences between this bag and my version.



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Snow Way it’s Christmas Already!

Stampin' Up! UK Snow Friends Video Tutorial

Well, its not quite yet, but I’m slowly beavering away on Christmas cards here in my craft room

Stampin' Up! UK Christmas card video

I have to own up, the video tutorial attached to this card is a little different from normal – I had every intention of doing a voice over, and just ran out of time! So I hope you enjoying watching me make this one, without me waffling on!

I’ve used the ink smooshing technique to add ink in Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon and Melon Mambo to Watercolour Paper. Before stamping and die cutting that adorable penguin with his hat and scarf using the coordinating stamps and dies

Stampin' Up! UK Snow Friends Christmas Card


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12 Weeks of Christmas | Advent Calender

Stampin' Up! UK Advent Calender 2015 Season of Cheer

Stampin' Up! 12 weeks of Christmas

This week is my annual Advent Calender project! Yay! I LOVE making an advent calender each year, last year I made 25 little sour cream style bags (video tutorial still available), but this year I really needed to keep things really simple

So I turned to the Stampin’ Up!® Annual catalogue, and the Tiny Treat Boxes – you get 25 of these babies for just £6.25! add some Designer Series Paper and some numbers and you’re done! So easy

 

Stampin' Up! Advent Calender Video Tutorial

These also use the lovely Season of Cheer Designer Series Paper, so pretty and bang on trend with the watercolour look! This Designer Series Paper was hand painted by a lovely lady at the Stampin’ Up!® Utah Home Office. I used about 5 pieces of this paper on this project, which is great as there are 12 sheets in each pack -loads left over!

Measurements:

Designer Series Paper – 5 pieces for each box – 1 3/4 x 1 3/4″ (4.5 x 4.5 cm)

Stampin' Up! UK Advent Calender 2015 Season of Cheer

The numbers on these are super cute too, taken from the Hello December 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack for 25 super quick numbers!

Definintly the easiest Advent calender I have made a in a few years!

What are you making this Christmas?


 

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12 Weeks of Christmas | Inch Boxes

Stampin' Up! 12 weeks of Christmas Cute boxes

Stampin' Up! 12 weeks of ChristmasJust a quick post for today’s 12 Weeks project. I am so super behind with my blog planning at the moment that I am going to take 5 days off this week, but I will be back next Saturday for something super exciting!

Stampin' Up! 12 weeks of Christmas Cute boxes

These super cute little boxes are really simple to put together, and only use the tiniest piece of Designer Series Paper.

Measurements:

Designer Series Paper – 4 1/2 x 3″

Score on the long side at 1, 2, 3, and 4″

Score on the short side at 1 and 2″



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Vaseline Gift Box

Stampin' Up! UK box tutorials

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about pillow gifts and table favours, not sure if that’s because I’m still in Wedding mode or that I’m preparing for Christmas, but it means that when I’m shopping I’m constantly looking at little bits and bobs and thinking of ways to make them pretty!

Stampin' Up! UK box tutorials

These both hold Vaseline Lip Therapy Lip Balm tins, in coordinating colours of course!

I’m still loving the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper stack, the 6 x 6″ size is so convenient for card making and little projects like this one, particularly when you pair it with the coordinating Card Stock pack or Washi Tape.

I’ve made this style of box before. I love the pizza box styling, its so simple to put together. If you are struggling to open the box you can also add a little notch in the front edge with a 1″ circle punch. This one is finished with the Petite Petals stamps and punch combo, and a couple of Itty Bitty accents flowers in the same colour.

Stajmpin' Up! UK Vaseline box video tutorial

Measurements:

Card stock – 6 1/2 x 3 5/8″ (17 x 9.5 cm)

Score on the long side at  3/4, 2 7/8, 3 5/8, and 5 3/4″ (2, 7.5, 9.5, 14.5 cm)

Score on the short side at 3/4 and 2 7/8″ (2 and 7.5 cm)

Designer Series Paper measures 1 7/8 x 1 7/8″ (5 x 5 cm)


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Technique Tuesday | Using the Precision Base Plate

Stampin' Up! Butterfly thinlit Precision base plate how to

One of the things in the Autumn / Winter catalogue I was looking forward to more than anything else was the Precision Base Plate. I love cutting intricate dies with my Big Shot; the Butterfly thinlits or those stunning Delicate Ornaments, but getting all those little pieces out is a pain and needing to run things through the machine several time to ensure a good cut is annoying – but no more! Stampin' Up! UK Die cutting video tutorial

The Precision Base Plate is a steel plate deigned to replace one of your Clear Cutting Plates when using intricate dies. It works by providing a super hard surface for your dies to work against, giving a crisper, cleaner cut. I have to say though, I wouldn’t use this plate all the time – it just isn’t required for basic shapes, but the difference it makes on detailed dies makes this a must have accessory for my Big Shot Machine

This card was super easy to make with the Big Shot and precision base plate, the video is only 8 minutes and that’s with all my waffle! The Designer Series Paper on both cards was the inspiration for the colour schemes here, the Bohemian Designer Series Paper pack features some pretty loud patterns but the reverse sides are lovely and delicate with some great tone on tone looks.

Stampin' Up! Butterfly thinlit Precision base plate how to

Precision Base Plate top tips:

  • Use the Precision plate with your Multi-purpose platform fully closed, just as you would for thinlits dies and Clear plates
  • Make sure you are cutting on the correct side – the label should be face down (not showing) and you cut into the Black side of the plate
  • It may take a little more force to get this plate through your Big Shot, but DO NOT force it! check your sandwich and try again
  • This plate replaced a Clear Cutting Plate in your standard die sandwich – Multi-purpose Platform (on tab 2), Precision Base Plate (label side DOWN), card stock, die, Clear Cutting Plate

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To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit

Stampin' Up! To you and your shaker card kit top tips

I am loving the Project Kits in this years catalogues! They are all so simple to put together – so simple in fact that most of them can be put together in a couple of hours, surrounded by your friends – if you want to book a Party with me between the 4th and 10th of November you can select 2 FREE stamp sets from my basket of Stamping Goodies AND I can give you a hand to put your chosen kit together too! So, book your party today!

The To You and Yours Shaker Card Kit really stood out to me in the Autumn / Winter catalogue as a kit I needed to get home and put together before I could offer it to you as a class – Is it really as easy as Stampin’ Up!® make it look?

YES!

Stampin' Up! To you and your shaker card kit top tips

This kit gets you 18 cards (with envelopes) 6 of each of 3 designs. Stampin’ Up!® have even made a really handy video of how to put the kit together – along with both written and photographic instructions provided in the kit.

Stampin' Up! UK shaker card kit

The kit features gorgeous foiled card bases, and a lovely selection of different shaker shapes and elements to make your 18 cards. You could totally mix it up a bit and put the Glass Glitter in the Joy Bauble, or put the Joy sticker on the Star shape.

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For me the highlight of this kit is the Dimensional Strips, they make creating your shaker shape so easy – just remember to butt the ends up close together on the cards where your using that Glass Glitter or you might find you have an empty shaker card and an envelope full of sparkles by the time they reach the recipient!

I found that adding some Crystal Effects liquid glue at the joints of the Dimensionals also helped (even if it was only peace of mind) to keep that Glass Glitter contained!

I thought I would make a quick video showing you just how easy it is to make these cards, but of course my camera had other ideas! hope you enjoy the Voiceover, and horrendous bow tying at the end! (there is a reason why the others don’t have their bit of bakers twine!)Stampin' Up! UK Shaker card video tutorial

Shaker Card Top Tips:

  • Start by applying your outline stickers, these are easier to apply than they look, and make the cards look super professional too!
  • Complete all the stamping before you start gluing your window sheets to your shaker frames
  • Use Tombow or Crystal Effects to add your Window Sheet – DO NOT be tempted to use your Fine-Tip Glue Pen, this glue is FAR too running and makes a major mess, check the video if you don’t believe me!
  • Assemble the Christmas Tree cards first, as suggested by Stampin’ Up!®, as you need to add 6 sequins to each tree, and to get that messy Glass Glitter out of the way!
  • Ensure your Dimensional Strips are butted tight up against each other, and add a liquid glue between to create a full seal (and allow to dry) before pouring your Glass Glitter onto the stamped tree – then line your shaker frame up over the top – otherwise your stamped tree might not match your shaker window!
  • Add the sentiment stickers last!
  • Have FUN!

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