Pootlers Blog Hop | Brightly Gleaming

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Welcome to the Pootlers Team Blog Hop! I am so proud to organise this fabulous group of ladies into this blog hop, they have made a heap of fantastic projects so please check them out at the end of this post.

Merry Christmas with Brightly Gleaming from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I’ve been struggling with my crafty mojo recently thanks to a bit of Post-Natal Anxiety (just one of the many joys of motherhood!)but I couldn’t NOT add a project into this blog hop! I’ve used the Brightly Gleaming suite for this card. This suite is up there with my favourite’s of all time, that Designer Series Paper alone is just stunning!

Brightly Gleaming Christmas Card using Stampin' Up! products for the Poolters Blog Hop with StampinByHannah

The baubles are from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set (that comes bundled with 2 punches!), and are stamped on Watercolour Paper in Pretty Peacock, Mossy Meadow and Night of Navy. Then I used an Aqua-Painted to pull the colour, for this pretty watercolour effect.

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

I finished with this card with a panel of Brightly Gleaming Designer Series Paper, some loop of Mossy Meadow twine from the Magnolia Lane suite, and a trio of Rhinestones

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Pootlers Team Blog Hop | Free as a Bird Thank You Card

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Hey folks! It’s a special day here today, the first Pootlers Team Blog Hop of the new Stampin’ Up! Annual catalogue! I absolutely LOVE taking part in these blog hops, the girls always work so hard to create some fabulous projects to inspire you with some of the new stamps and goodies in the catalogue. I also coordinate these hops, and with the recent birth of my daughter I did consider not running the hop this time, but, they are so much fun I couldn’t miss one!

Thank you card using flower stamps from Free as a Bird from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This time I thought I would share a fun way of using the Free as a Bird stamp set. This stamp set is one of my absolute favourites in the new catalogue, and it forms part of just the most gorgeous suite of products. Bird Ballard includes a bright and fun pack of Designer Series Paper, pretty lace trim, some lovely embellishments and just the most beautiful tin and notecards. I’ll list all the goodies in this suite at the bottom of this blog post.

Pretty watercolour Thank You card using Free as a bird and Bird Ballard from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This card was inspired by my friend Stacey Marsh and a card she made using another new stamp set, Sailing Home. I just really liked the diagonal stamping, here I’ve used the pretty flower stamps from Free As A Bird and stamped in Stazon ink onto Shimmer White card stock

Then each flower was (very) loosely watercoloured in either Rococo Rose for the large flowers, or Mint Macaron for the smaller ones.

Rococo Rose Thank You card using Free as a bird from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I did actually originally stamp the sentiment straight onto the card, but it just didn’t quite have the right impact. So, I stamped it again onto a scrap of card stock the same width as the stamped panel and popped it up on some dimensionals.

Now, I love this stamp set, but I do have one issue… it doesn’t have coordinating dies! So, that flower was fussy cut. But, it does actually cut out quite easily, or it does when you only cut one anyway!

Thank so much for checking out my blog today, I would be so grateful if you would check out the projects the other ladies have created for the Pootlers Team Blog Hop. Just click on the images below to be taken to each of their blogs, and I hope to see you again very soon!

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Pootlers Blog Hop | Welcome to Spring Summer with Stampin’ Up!

I am so lucky to be part of a fabulous team of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. This month we have 2 fun blog hops jam packed full of crafty ideas and inspiration for you all. Our first Pootlers blog hop of 2019 celebrates the launch of the Brand New Stampin’ Up! Spring Summer catalogue. I am so lucky to coordinate these lovely ladies, but even I haven’t seen their creations this time, so I am SO excited to see what they have all made!

Amazing Life card using Stampin' Up! products for the Pootlers Team Blog Hop with StampinByHannah

One of the things I’ve been doing in my own crafting recently is trying to keep things simple, and when Stampin’ Up! make Designer Series Paper as pretty as this it becomes super easy! Here I have used the Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper, and used the colours in it (Night of Navy and Balmy Blue) and my inspiration for the rest of the card.

Needlepoint Nook Designer Series Paper Just Because Card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

The stamp on this card says everything, its taken from the new Amazing Life stamp set, which I was lucky enough to get for FREE at a Stampin’ Up! event back in November. I am So Happy to have Stampin’ Up! in my life, as well as the wonderful team of ladies (and gents) some of whom are taking part in the blog hop today. I can wax lyrical about the team, Stampin’ Up! events, the discount and more… but I’ll save you from that, and let you hop through the list of projects below!

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Pootlers Blop Hop | Welcome Autumn / Winter 2018!

Pretty Floral Christmas Card using First Frost from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Pootlers Blop Hop | Welcome Autumn / Winter 2018!

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Welcome to the Pootler’s Blog Hop! This time we are celebrating the launch of the 2018 Autumn Winter Catalogue… usually I get a sneaky peak of everyone’s projects as I coordinate the hop, but not this time, so I cannot WAIT to join you in hopping around everyone’s creations!

First Frost Christmas Card for the Pootlers Team Blog hop using Stampin' Up! products

My absolute favourite suite in this years Autumn Winter Catalogue is the Frosted Floral Suite… it’s a pretty mix of watercolour effect stamps, gorgeous colours and shimmery Designer Series Paper! Yes… I did say that right; Shimmery Designer Series Paper! and Yes, you NEED to see it in real life. So. Pretty!

The flowers and leaves are stamped in Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride and Mint Macaron; which match perfectly with the colours in the Designer Series paper… or they did until I turned the paper over to use the back side, but I love the Neutral coloured paper against the hand stamped flowers.

Non-traditional Christmas Card using First Frost from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is die cut using the coordinating die set and the card is completed with a splattering of Share What You Love Artisan Pearls

Check out what the rest of the Pootlers Blog Hop team have been making with the new Stampin’ Up! Autumn Winter Catalogue….

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InspireINK Blog Hop | Smiling with Eastern Beauty

An eastern inspired card using Eastern Beauty from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah InspireINK Blog Hop Smiling with Eastern Beauty

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Welcome to this month’s InspireINK Blog hop! This month the fabulous Lisa Emslie set us a tricky colour combination… I cannot wait to hop around with you and see what the other ladies have made. For now though, shall we check out my card? oh, and that colour combination!

I spent a LONG time staring at these colours before coming up with anything at all. But, I did settle on using the Eastern Beauty stamp set, and coordinating Eastern Medallion Thinlits. They just seemed to fit together

Embossing with the Stampin' Up! Embossing Mats for the InspireInk Blog Hop with StampinByHannah

The main focus of this card is that pretty Medallion in Merry Merlot Card Stock. The detail has been embossed into the card stock using the Eastern Medallion Thinlits and the Stampin’ Up! Embossing Mats, and the Big Shot. I am loving the Embossing mats, you can use them to create a whole heap of different effects. I have made a video about how this works before, but here is the sandwich you need to use:

Big Shot Embossing Mat Sandwich:

  • Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Platform
  • Clear Cutting Plate
  • Dies laid with the cutting edge up
  • Card stock
  • the THIN blue embossing mat
  • White impressions plate

Because you need the dies laid with the cutting edge up, I find that the easiest way to do this is to place your dies on your card stock as you would usually and then use Washi tape to secure them before turning the whole lot over. This way, you know (particularly if your lining up with some stamping) that your embossing is going to be in the right place.

It’s also worth noting that the Eastern Medallion dies don’t actually cut the medallion from the card stock, and that you need the coorinating Layering Circles Dies to do that bit.

To think of you is to smile Embossed card using Stampin' Up! products

The card is completed with a hint of Bermuda Bay Stamping, the sentiment in Daffodil Delight and some accents of Gold Foil.

I did think that the medallion was a little dark, so I added some Whisper White Ink Splatter. I Love the effect!

Now, check out what the others have made with this tricky colour combination by hitting the NEXT button below…

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Go For Greece | Merry Christmas with Blended Seasons…

How to make a fun Coloured Christmas Card using Blended Seasons from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Go For Greece Merry Christmas with Blended Seasons…

Go for Greece Blog Hop

I have been having a heap of fun with this month’s Exclusive stamp and die bundle: Colour Your Season… I shared a fun Facebook Live with you last week with heaps of ideas using it, and I have a free class download when you spend £45 in my shop this month using it too! The cards I’ve shared using the Blended Season’s stamp set, so far, have been pretty generic…. until now. Please let me share my first Christmas card of 2018!

Bright and fun Christmas Card using Colour Your Season bundle from Stampin' Up!

I shared a sneaky peak of this one on my Facebook Page, and got a few questions about how I coloured the images. It’s really very simple, and I will do a Video Tutorial soon… but basically it’s just an ink pad and a Blender Pen. Blender Pens are different from Blends Markers (I know, it’s confusing!) but a Blender Pen contains clear ink, and allows you to pick up ink from the ink of a ink pads and colour with it (or spread Watercolour Pencil!)… they are an absolute staple in my craft room…

Merry Christmas Card using Blended Seasons from Stampin' Up!

The trick is to be fairly quick, and not rub over the same spot of card stock too much as Blender Pens have a nasty habit of ‘piling’ card stock… and that’s not a pretty look!

The rest of the card came together pretty quickly, with some die cuts from the coordinating Stitched Seasons Framelits, and a Gold Faceted Gem to finish

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Leadership Blog Hop | Team Events with Stampin’ up!

Stampin' Up! OnStage November 2018

StampinByHannah Leadership Blog Hop | Team Events with Stampin’ up!

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Welcome to the Leadership Blog Hop… we are a group  of 5 Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who are currently working together to support our other Stampin’ Sisters (and brothers) while our Team Leader is away on the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska!

I had heaps of ideas of what I could share with you today…. and then my day job took over this week, and actually getting something made in time provided a little too much. However, I still wanted to let you know about some of the fun things we do as Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators!

Stampin’ Up! Events…

Stampin' Up! OnStage November 2018

My favourite part of being a part of Stampin’ Up! is events…. of all kinds! Every 6 months Stampin’ Up! host a fabulous Demonstrator Exclusive event; OnStage! The next one is coming in November, but tickets go on sale next month. OnStage is SO much fun… we get to spend the day with hundreds of like-minded Demonstrators, get to see the next catalogue before anyone else, get to take home an exclusive bag full of products too!

Team Events…

BUT we also have team events! Our next team retreat is in September… and we have a jam packed weekend of crafting planned in a luxury hotel in Manchester! I am SO excited…. and more than a little nervous because I’ve managed to volunteer to present too! We also have heaps of Online events… with a busy Facebook group, videos, challenges and much more!

I’ll share the challenge I’ve set the team over on my Facebook Page next weekend…. Because if I share it with you now, it’ll spoil the surprise for them.

You can join in with our events by joining the team right now, and if you do Stampin’ Up! will thrown £63 worth of ink pads into your kit for FREE! How cool is that!

Thanks for joining me today; now hop on over to Heidi’s blog where I know she has a fun creative project for you!

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Go For Greece | Hello Floral Frames!

Pretty Hello card using Floral Frames from Stampin' Up!

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Go for Greece Blog Hop

I have already shared one card using the Floral Frames bundle today but seeing as I made these two one after the other, it just seemed right to share them together too! How pretty is this stamp set! It might just be one of the prettiest in the catalogue!

Floral Frames Hello card with die cutting and embossing using Stampin' Up! products

I don’t very often combine products. But I have today because, I die cut and layered everything up and then thought the card looked a little plain. I almost always assemble the card before I glue everything down, just to check that I haven’t missed something… so glad I did today because I am running really low on Soft Sea Foam card stock, really need to add that to my next order! So, because I decided the card was a little plain, I added some dry embossing to the background using the Lovely Floral Dynamic Embossing Folder, and then covered most of it with this fabulous frame!

Fun die cut and embossed Hello card using Floral Frames from Stampin' Up!

The frame, and the leaves are both designed to be used with the new Stampin’ Up! Big Shot Embossing Mats. I’ve done a couple of videos using these, and I LOVE them!

To get this effect…

  1. Die cut the frame and the leaves using a standard sandwich (Magnetic Platform, Cutting Mat, card stock, die, Cutting mat), making sure to washi-tape the die to the card stock so that the card stock doesn’t fall out before the next step.
  2. Then run the dies back through the big shot, using the thin blue embossing mat (Big Shot platform, Cutting mat, Die, Card stock, Blue embossing mat, white Impressions pad). This then gives a subtle embossing onto die cuts for an extra pretty touch!

To finish the card I added a couple of the flowers from the stamp set in Poppy Parade, and stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler, before popping it all up on lots of dimensionals!

Thanks for joining me today, do check out these other talented ladies on the hop… and I hope to see you again soon

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International Blog Highlight | Travel with Bike Ride from Stampin’ Up!

International Blog Highlight Travel themed Congratulations Card using Bike Ride from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah International Blog Highlight Travel with Bike Ride from Stampin’ Up!

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Kylie’s challenge for this month was to create a Travel theme’d project… now, while this makes sense as many Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators gather for a trip to Alaska, it proved tricky for me. I really don’t have many stamp sets with a travel theme! There is a whole suite of goodies aimed at Travel Theme’d projects in this years Annual catalogue… but it hasn’t found it way into my craft room just yet. So, I stood, and stared at my stamp shelves for a while… before I realised I have the perfect travel theme’d set… Bike Ride!

Bike Ride is one of those really cool stamp sets that layers together to make something really great… and works perfectly with the Stamparatus! Here the bike has been stamped in a combination of Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana and Memento Black.

Because bicycles don’t usually float, I needed to find a why of grounding it on the card… and instead of placing it at the bottom, or adding a shadow with a Blends Marker… I decided to use the Petal Pair’s Embossing Folder. I LOVE the look of this, but it is a little tricky, and has creased the card stock… but I don’t think you can tell too badly!

Fun Congratulations card with a bicycle using Bike Ride from Stampin' Up!

The sentiment is taken from the Hostess Exclusive Stamp Set Hand-Delivered… I LOVE this font SO much! and the card is completed with a trio of Self-Adhesive Sequins (which I am a little addicted to!)

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Go for Greece | Pretty Floral card with Abstract Impressions

Fun Floral Thank You card using Springtime Impressions from Stampin' Up!

StampinByHannah Go for Greece Pretty Floral card with Abstract Impressions

Go for Greece Blog Hop

Oh Man! I cannot believe I managed to miss this blog hop last month! May totally killed me…. I’m blaming the settling in period of this new job, but really I think it just slipped my mind. It’s ok though because I’m back this month, and I have new goodies to share with you to!

Tomorrow I’m sharing the goodies I got in my first Annual Catalogue order with the lovely people who have subscribed to my weekly Stampin’ Inspiration emails, but I’ll give you a little sneaky peak….

Create a fun floral card using dies and Abstract Impressions from Stampin' Up!

Last week the Stampin’ Up! Artisan Design Team made some awesome card with the new Abstract Impressions bundle…. and I took inspiration from a few of their creations in the making of this one. My video tutorial on Friday also uses this fab bundle, for a really cool technique!

I LOVE the bundles in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue… Did you know, that if you buy a bundle you save 10% over buying the stamps and dies separately? I think that is totally awesome. So far I have collected a fair few of the bundles in the new catalogue, and I am sure that there will be some more finding a space in my craft room shortly too!

Fun Floral Thank You card using Springtime Impressions from Stampin' Up!

This pretty floral card also uses one of my favourite new colours; Lovely Lipstick is one of the 2018-2020 In Colours. These colours only stick around for 2 years, before they are retired and replaced. This helps to keep the Stampin’ Up! colour line really fresh and on trend…. but this colour has quickly become a true favourite, and I just KNOW that I’ll be stocking up on card stock and re-inkers soon!

The large corner die from the Springtime Impressions dies (part of that bundle!) was cut from a piece of Very Vanilla card stock that I had popped some Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet on the back off. Once it was cut I added colour using Stampin’ Sponges for this fun effect.

Go for Greece Blog Hop pretty floral card using Abstract Impressions from Stampin' Up!

The background is stamped in Blushing Bride, and then I have added some details in Gold…. oh and that pretty Heat Embossed sentiment too!

Check out the creations of some of the other ladies in the Go for Greece group below….

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