Stampin’ Up! 2021 Annual Catalogue is coming…..

Hi folks! Yes! The Stampin’ Up! 2021 Annual Catalogue is right around the corner, and I just wanted to pop in and let you know a few important details

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I wont be automatically sending catalogues this time around, however I do have a stack of them available. I NEVER charge for a catalogue, but they do cost me to purchase and to post, and so if you would like one, please let me know.

I will be sending catalogue’s towards the end of April ready for the May catalogue start date

What else is coming…

Ok, so I have been quiet recently, after having my second baby in 2 years, life has been busy, and my little corner of the internet has been lower down on my priority list. However, I am coming back, although slowly, and am hoping to get back to regular Facebook Live videos very soon! Pop over to my Facebook Page to be notified when I go live… I will be sharing the new In Colours and some other new goodies!

Also, I will be opening a few spots for this years In Colour Club next week, so keep your eyes on the blog for that…. and I’m aiming to get back to some regular Stampin’ Inspiration emails once the catalogue is out!

I can’t wait to see you all soon!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge 088 | Cardmaking Inspiration using Tasteful Touches

So, today’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is to use a card by the lovely Jo Blackman as inspiration. Jo’s card uses some fabulous pieces of Designer Series Paper, but I’m currently in a ‘need a quick card in a hurry’ phase of crafting, and so instead of cutting all that paper, I found some paper with a similar printed effect instead!

Quick and simple card using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Again I’ve reached for In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, which I am so happy to see is staying with us into the new catalogue! I am loving all the textures in this paper at the moment and I think it makes some really interesting projects

Inspire.Create.Challenge card using In Good Taste DSP from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment is from Tasteful Touches, and is die cut from the coordinating Tasteful Labels dies

Do hop over to Inspire.Create for some more cardmaking inspiration

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #084 | Ink Blended Thank You Card

Welcome to StampinByHannah today, I am always so grateful for your visit. Today it’s time for another Inspire.Create.Challenge, and this week we have a fabulous colour challenge for you all.

Stampin' Up! Valentines Colour combination for Inspire.Create.Challenge

I am often inspired by the colour combinations in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, and this one was taken from the Valentines suite this year. Love You Always can be used for so much more than Valentines though, and I thought it a good time (on Valentines day) to give you a heap of inspiration with the suite that’s not totally loved up!

Pretty Ink Blended Thank You card using True Love Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I shared a couple of Ink Blended cards on Friday, and this card also used the Blending Brushes to create this pretty background. I took a piece of the True Love Designer Series Paper, and blended the two pink tones; Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose using the Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes.

This Designer Series Paper is so pretty! I love purely Black and White Designer Series Paper packs, just for this reason; being able to add your own colours and totally change the look and feel of it. It’s so fun!

Heat Embossed Thank you card using Heal your Heart from Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration with StampinByHannah

The sentiment on this card is taken from the Heal You Heart Stamp Set which is currently FREE with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration. I’ve heat embossed it onto a die cut piece of Vellum, and layered it over a piece of Sahara Sand card stock.

The card is finished with a trio of the Gilded Gems

Don’t forget to pop over to the Inspire.Create.Challenge blog to see the rest of the Design Teams creations and to add your own makes using this lovely colour combination too!

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Ink Blending with Stampin’ Up! Blending Brushes

If you’ve been here for a while you’ll know I love an inky technique, and as Stampin’ Up! have recently released their own Ink Blending Brushes I had to grab a set and have a go!

I’ve done Ink blending on the blog before, but always with a sponge, and while I like using a sponge for inky techniques, these new brushes make ink blending super easy.

The Blending Brushes are super soft, and so don’t leave those harsh lines that you can sometimes get with a sponge. I find that they blend colours together really well, particularly if you are using the same brush for two colours.

This first card blends Magenta Madness, Rich Razzleberry and Gray Granite, and I used the same brush for Magenta and Razzleberry. The stamp set here is So Much Love, and its a really pretty subtle floral that I head embossed onto the card stock before ink blending.

The sentiment and card base are both Gray Granite, and I think this really sets off the pinky/purple colours really well.

The dies I’ve used on both of these cards are the Stitched Rectangles dies. I find these so super handy, and the smaller dies are perfectly sized for loads of sentiments.

The Blending Brushes come in packs of 3, which I think is really handy as often 3 colours blended works really well. This second card I’ve blended Bumblebee, Granny Apply Green and Pool Party, for a really fun look.

The Blending Brushes are really easy to load with colour, just tap them onto your ink pads to pick up a little ink. I do tend to tap off once onto some scrap paper, but then its a simple case of using circle motions to sweep the ink onto the card stock. I should add, I do usually start off the card stock and work my way on with the colour, but this is probably just a habit from using sponges.

This card also uses the Sweet Strawberry stamp set. I just love this leaf stamp, it just adds the perfect level of something-ness to a background.

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Just For You Sweet Strawberry

The Sweet Strawberry stamp and punch bundle is one of my favourites from this years January-June Mini Catalogue. The stamp set includes both the outline images and solid stamps for strawberries, leaves and flowers, so you can quickly ‘colour in’ the images, with just a stamp!

The strawberries here were stamped in Stazon ink onto watercolour paper. Then I used the solid strawberry stamps to add the Poppy Parade colour. I did then spritz these with water, but to be honest I think you could have done away with that step as it doesn’t add a whole lot to the overall finished card (I just love watercolour effects!)

Sweet Strawberry Just for you card using Designer Series paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Designer Series Paper on this card is FREE during Sale-a-bration when you spend £90, and it comes with another coordinating stamp set too! The Designer Series Paper includes images of fruit, florals and patterns, and is so fabulously versitile, it would even work for guy cards.

Quick Designer Series Paper card using Berry Blessings from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Do you have a card layout you keep coming back to? I certainly do, and this is one of them, with the Designer Series Paper folded back on one side so you can see both sides of the paper at once. I LOVE this one using the Coming Home Bundle, or THIS one using Forever Fern.

The strawberries were added with a punch circle on Vellum with Dimensionals, and then the sentiment was simply stamped in black ink.

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Die Cut background using Simply Succulents

Sometimes a card appears in your minds eye even before you’ve bought the stamp set or dies. This is one of those cards. I try to have a few card ideas in my head before I order a stamp set, so that I know that I can get plenty of use out of it. I don’t always manage control my heart, and some stamp sets just land in my craft room, but I try!

Die Cut Background using Simply Succulents and Potted Succulents from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Simply Succulents bundle includes this fabulous background die. However, it is sized for US card sizes, and so doesn’t quite fit the front of one of our UK cards. But I think I’ve managed to make it work here.

Before cutting this intricate die, I added a piece of Adhesive Sheet. This adds glue to the entire piece of card stock, and so makes it much easier to adhere to the card front. The ombre effect was super easy to create as well, using a piece of the Oh So Ombre Designer Series Paper which is free with a £45 order during Sale-a-bration.

Die cut thinking of you card using Simply Succulents from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Sentiment is taken from the Simply Succulent stamp set and die cut with another one of the Potted Succulents dies.

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Happy Birthday with Pretty Perennials and the Pootlers Team Blog Hop

Welcome to StampinByHannah and the second Pootlers team blog hop of 2021!

This time we are all sharing projects using goodies from the new Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini Catalogue. I have a bit of a soft spot for a pretty floral stamp set, and so when I saw Pretty Perennials I knew it had to have a space on my craft room shelf!

Handstamped birthday card using Pretty Perennials from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Today’s card is pretty simple, I used the stamps to create my own Designer Series Paper, and then added a sentiment. The colour combination is so pretty, and not one I use often; Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, So Saffron, and Soft Seafoam.

quick and easy birthday card using Pretty Perennials from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The sentiment uses the Birthday stamp from the Pretty Perennials stamp set, but the ‘Happy’ is a die cut from the Well Written dies. I think these pair so perfectly together, what about you?

Thanks for stopping by StampinByHannah today, please check out the rest of the team and their fabulous projects by clicking the links below, and because we have more than 25 blogs taking part… do check out the others on page 2!

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Happy Birthday with In Good Taste

On Wednesday I promised I’d share another card using the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I made this card in a bit of a hurry last weekend for my Father in Laws birthday, and I love that the In Good Taste papers allow you to create a simply, masculine card – quickly!

Simply Masculine birthday card using In Good Taste Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This card actually uses the Sweet Strawberry stamp set from the January-June Mini Catalogue. I am a bit of a sucker for a bit of heat embossing, and this leaf stamp was perfect for adding a little extra something to this simple card.

The sentiment is taken from the same stamp set; but the stamp normally reads ‘Happy Birthday you sweet thing’… not really what I wanted on my Father in Law’s birthday card. So, I masked off ‘you sweet thing’ with some Washi Tape when I inked it up, and so it only stamped Happy Birthday!

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You are Wonderful Rooted in Nature

I will be totally honest with you, this card has been sat on my desk for months! I just haven’t got round to blogging it… until today. I made it for a team challenge a while ago, we were challenged to use Night of Navy, Merry Merlot and Mossy Meadow all on one card, and this is what I came up with.

Handstamped card with texture using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The card base is another colour from the Neutrals family; Gray Granite (my favourite grey colour!), and I added a piece of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper. I love this pack of paper for adding fabulous textures, and I have another card using it for you on Friday.

The trees and sentiment are from the Rooted in Nature stamp set (which I hadn’t used for a while, but absolutely LOVE!).

You are Wonderful handmade card using Rooted in Nature from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

To add some more texture, the piece of Mossy Meadow card stock was crumpled and flatten before being adhered to the card, and the stripe of Night of Navy card stock has torn edges .

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Fill your birthing with Flowering Cactus!

I have been loving the new Flowering Cactus Product Medley from the Stampin’ Up! January-June Mini catalogue, and made a bunch of cute projects with it for my January Kit Class. However, I still have a stack left to share and so I thought I’d share this one with you today.

Quick and easy stamping with Flowering Cactus from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Product Medley includes everything you need to make a bunch of projects; a stamp and die bundle, Designer Series Paper, twine and Embellishments. All you need to add is the ink and card stock!

I love this card, as its not too cactus-y (is that a word? It is now!), and is a really simply colour combination of Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow and Highland Heather.

Handstamped Birthday card using Flowering Cactus from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

A quick and simply card to put together, just a bit of Designer Series Paper and a scrap of stamped card stock. Lovely

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