There is nothing in the Caterpillar….

That tells you it is going to be a butterfly, however, there are no Caterpillars in sight here, just beautiful butterflies!

Stampin' Up! UK Butterfly Basics die cut butterflyWe are just a few short weeks away from launching our brand new set of In-Colours, I thought I would use one of the current In-Colours – just to prove that I still love them! This is Blackberry Bliss, a gorgeous rich purple (I am still totally in love with this colour). I have to say, I have already seen the next set of In-Colours, and by the time you read this I will have them in my inky fingers, and I think they are great additions to our colour line. In-Colours stick around for 2 years, so Blackberry Bliss (and Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Tangelo Twist) is still around for another 12 months! Yay!

This card uses the Butterfly Basics bundle (that’s carrying over into the new Annual catalogue by the way!). The Butterfly is die cut from BlackBerry Bliss card stock, and Vellum, while the other elements are stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.

So pretty, and really simple to stamp to!



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Heat Embossed Die Cutting

I have another technique video for you today – I was playing around a few weeks ago with heat embossing, and I am loving using my big shot at the moment – and this idea was born!

Stampin' Up! UK embossed die cutting technique video

I think I have shared a very similar card before, but this one is super special – those fabulous die cut words are shiny! I don’t think there is another stamp set I have used as much as Crazy About You, and I still adore those word thinlits too. They make such simple, versatile cards – great for mums, dads, boys, grandparents, sympathy, weddings, Easter, Christmas – Awesome – AND the die’s pop out so easily too.

Isn’t it fab! Share your creations with my in my facebook group!



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Christmas Baubles!

I love Christmas (can you tell!) and one of my absolute favourite things is to customise my Christmas decorations. Each year I add something crafty to my home. A couple of years ago I made my own Christmas wreath, but this year I found some Baubles in Home Bargains perfect for customising!

Stampin' Up! UK Christmas Baubles

 

These baubles (£3.99 for 4) are designed for putting your families photos in, but they are also great for using with  scraps of cardstock and stamps!

My Christmas Tree has a colour scheme (yes, I’m one of those people, it has to match AND I’ll know if you moved something on it!), and for the last couple of years my Tree has been covered in Purple and Silver baubles (no other ornaments need bother!). So, when it came time to make my bauble inserts there was only one colour for me! Blackberry Bliss!

Unfortunately, when I measured the bauble inserts that came with the baubles, the piece needed was 2 and 5/8″ (a size Stampin’ Up don’t have in a punch), so I used my electronic die cutter to cut the circles. The stamps I used are Holiday Home (and the matching Framelits), and Festival of Trees.

They look awesome on my tree!

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Deals and delights ….. this week at Stampin’ Up!©

Stampin' Up! Big Shot Bundle

Hi folks!

Just thought I’d drop in with a look at the offers and deals currently available from Stampin’ Up!

As usual (it is wednesday after all) there are Weekly Deals. This weeks offering includes chevron ribbon in Marina Mist and Wisteria Wonder, two of the Bigz dies (for your Big Shot…. I’ll get to that in a minute!), an embossing folder, and the Artisan Label punch. The label punch coordinates with the lovely Label Love stamp set, and gives you great gift labels and card toppers.

Stampin' Up! weekly deals

The other great offer from Stampin’ Up! (that lasts until the 31st August) is the Big Shot Bundle offer!

This great offer allows you to get the Big Shot (in my opinion the greatest die cutting machine) along with a Stamp set and Die Bundle for£87.95, and then get 15% off the other Stamp and Die Bundles available! Awesome!

Stampin' Up! Big Shot Bundle

Now, what does this mean? This means that you can create fantastic coordinated cards and gift labels, without fussy cutting, giving you a more professional finish to your projects. Owning the Big Shot opens a new world of creating potentionals – embossing, die cutting, creating gift boxes (hint… that new seasonal catalogue is coming soon…..), cut paper, card, felt, fabric…. give your projects the WOW factor! Get your Big Shot today!

Already own the Big Shot, not a problem, you get 15% off the bundles mentioned too! Fantastic!

Wait… theres more?!

Yes!

Take a close look at those bundles! That Bright and Beautiful Stars Bundle…. thats right, a NEW stamp set! Due for release in the Seasonal catalogue, could be your now! and for 15% off….. now that really is too good to turn down!

To purchase head over to my shop now!

 

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Take a shot………

Or just take advantage of the latest Stampin’ Up! awesome deal and get your Stampin’ Up! Big Shot in August, and get a free stamp and framelit bundle, as well as getting 15% off other selected bundles!

This offer, only available for one month, lets you into a whole new world (sorry!) of crafting, giving you even more options for cards and projects. The Big Shot is a great die cutting machine, enabling you to emboss, cut and score, using framelits, bigz dies, embossing folders and other wonderful ways to give your cards more dimension and impact.

The Big Shot allows you to cut and emboss a number of different materials, including; card and paper, vellum, coaster board, window sheet, glimmer paper, foil, felt and many others. Use your Big Shot to create 3D projects using the Stampin’ Up! Bigz Die; Hamburger box, Spiral flowers, gift bows, and designer rosettes. Create embossed cards for your Project Life album. Use stamp and framelit bundles to stamp and cut intricate shapes and images, giving your projects that extra special something!

For the month of August get your Big Shot, with a Stamp and Die bundle, for £87.95, AND get 15% off other selected bundles!

 

Hannah Wilks

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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Just for You!

Hello there!

I thought I try something a little different this week. Just like when I’m scrapbooking (something I havent shared much of with you yet – watch this space) I like to push myself and try something new. So, I had a look at a couple of challenges for this week and settled on the Around the World Stamping’ Up! challenge!

This time they have selected three colours to be used: Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss and Calypso Coral.

Now, this is where I panicked! I don’t have Calypso Coral (yet!  still building my collection over here!). But then I realised something, I have all the Stampin’ Write Markers! So, actually I do have Calypso Coral – just not in a Stampin’ Pad! Silly! Have I mentioned the Stampin’ Write Markers to you guys yet? No? How have you escaped! I Love Them! The great thing about the markers is not only can you colour an image with them, write with them, draw with them, but you can Stamp with them to! Awesome!

Right, back to the Challenge. I looked at the colours, and I looked at my stamps, and I thoughts for about 3 days! and then suddenly, inspiration!

AW20 - challenge entry - Just For You

The Work of Art Stamp set has amazing background type images I love to use to ground other stamps on the card. I stamped the zig-zag / chevron image in Blackberry Bliss, before colouring between the lines with my Calypso Coral marker. I used Hello Honey to stamp the flowers, which I punched, and scrunched to give dimension, and then added the Just for You (this time colouring the stamp with that Calypso Coral marker). To finish I added a bit of bling with three jewels <3

 

 

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Take a peak @ Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about Project Life by Stampin’ Up! about Project Life along with some tools to help you complete your Project Life!

I have just received my Project Life by Stampin’ Up! kit; card collection, accessory kit, page protectors and the new corner rounder punch to coordinate, see it all HERE!

 

 

 

 

I love this system! Stay tuned for more Project Life here on my blog and dont forget to subscribe to my YouTube to get the newest video first!

What are you going to Project Life?

 

 

Hannah Wilks

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

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Card Making Basics – Tools

So I thought while we wait for my Stampin’ Up! starter kit to arrive and my online shop to go live I would start a series of posts around Card making basics, and where is the best place to start? tools? well it is now!

  1. paper trimmer – the Stampin Up! paper trimmer is my personal favourite because of its large cutting and measuring area and the fact that it can be changed from a basic trimmer into a rotatory cutter
  2. bone folder – I always though, a bone folder was a bone folder, I was wrong! there is just something about the Stampin Up! bone folder, either size or weight that makes a massive difference with burnishing score lines
  3. Simply Scored – I LOVE  THIS Tool! hands down my favourite tool from any craft company! I have yet to come across a project where I don’t use it; cards, boxes, bags, envelopes,
  4. stamps – don’t think I need to say much more about stamps really, love them, cant get enough!
  5. Punches – see stamps!
  6. Paper piercer – use it for everything, in particular getting the backing off that pesky sticky strip!
  7. Tweezers – use a basic pair (designed for eyebrows I do believe) to remove backing from tape, sticky strip, place jewels and pearls, hold items while embossing, I use my tweezers all the time
  8. Grid paper – very useful for lining up papers, measuring, ensuring stamps are straight etc. and stopping your desk from getting messy!
  9. Big shot! – so useful, admittedly can be done without, but fantastic for die-cutting and embossing. I would suggest that an embossing machine (the texture boutique is awesome) adds a special extra something to your cards and projects. Along the same vein, dies and embossing folders, I would suggest dies that match stamps, and simple embossing patterns such as dots and strips
  10. Stampin Scrub – hands down the best way to clean those intricate and detailed stamps. I will openly admit, for years I have used the cheapest baby wipes I could possibly find, but no longer. My stamps are finally clean!

 

While I’m here, don’t forget to check out my site at StampinUp.net :  http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/stampinbyhannah

 

 

Hannah Wilks

Stampin’ Up! UK Independent Demonstrator

If you like the project, or any of the products used, would like a catalogue, or to join my team, please contact me, or click on the ‘Shop NOW’ button at the top of the page. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google+, About.me, and Tumblr (Links in the sidebar)

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Thank you

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I love sending little thank you messages to people, and a simple thank you card is quick to put together.

I’ve used my Spellbinders dies here, Floral Ribbon threader and curved matting basics A, along with a Papermania Capsule collection in liquorice, sadly I believe this has been since discontinued. I am currently working my way through some of my crafty stash, using up older products before an exciting order of new shiny things arrives next week (hint hint).SAM_0338

The flowers on this card is super simple to put together too, a couple of 1 inch circles punched from white card stock, layered with some patterned paper flowers die cut using the same Spellbinders die set, crumpled and finished with a bit of bling.

I’ve also tried some paper piecing on this card. I dont use this technique very often, generally because Its a big of a faff if you (like me) dont have a guide or piecing ruler. I line up my normal ruler and piece and half centimetre intervals, the problem with this is that sometimes I go off at a bit of an odd angle, but hey its only card!

Storage Sundays

Hello and welcome to storage Sundays

This will hopefully be a regular posting focusing on different areas of my craft room.

Yesterday, in preparation for this post (and because it was desperately in need of a tidy up), I reorganised my 12×12 paper stash. I’m hoping this method works for me, I will keep you posted with any changes I have to make. I have tried a number of storage solutions in recent years; drawers, boxes, stashed on a shelf, and I suppose this follows along the same lines, but with the added bonus of being able to find what I’m looking for!

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I have the IKEA expidit 4×4 shelving unit. I love it, although I currently have to share it with J for his college work.

My 12×12 has always had its own compartment within the unit, along with my current scrapbook, a box of Becky Higgins page protectors, and my misting box (just because I don’t have quite enough paper to fill the whole shelf). However, it has just been put there, shoved onto the shelf, and then sort of abandoned because I couldn’t see what I had, what were full sheets or just scraps. So I haven’t really used it!SAM_0296

That was until yesterday. First of all, I cut some labels. I would dearly love a tab punch, but I cant find one I like that someone still actually makes! But I do have the Tim Holtz Alterations Tiny Tabs and Tags Bigz Die from Sizzix, so out came the Big Shot, and a piece of 12×12 cardstock in a colour I am unlikely to use for anything else (strange sort of yellow, I’m not all that keen, but it’ll do for this purpose), and I cut myself a whole pile of tabs.

SAM_0304Grabbing my stapler and a pen, I got onto the floor, and sorted through all that paper. I decided to organise by brand. Until a couple of months ago I was a member of the Studio Calico Scrapbook Kit Club, and so have a lot of certain brands; Studio Calico, American Crafts, Crate Paper, etc. but I have also bought collections packs from other companies; Echo Park and Papermania, as well as a pad from K & Company (which, is very thin paper, and only get used for proto-typing) and a stack from core’dinations.

SAM_0310Each section got a tab, stapled to either; the front sheet (if it was a collection pack), or a piece of heavier weight cardstock. I find that I know what sort of papers I own from each company, and so find it easier to organise that way rather than say, by colour. But its about finding what works best for you, and if you find yourself thinking ‘I need a blue paper’ rather than ‘I think something from October Afternoon would work’ organise that way.

So, the final reveal. I’m pleased with the result, I did a bit of crafting after all my organising, and found what I was looking for pretty quickly (and sorting it all out helped me find a heap of stuff I’d forgotten I bought!).

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Back with more crafts, cards, and storage solutions soon

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