Inspire.Create.Challenge #101 | Colour Challenge

Keeping it short and sweet for this weeks Inspire.Create blog post… partly because I want you to pop over to the Inspire.Create blog, but partly because it’s half past nine at night and this post is due to go out tomorrow morning! I’m usually a little more organised than this, but I haven’t been in my craft room at all this week and so I haven’t got this post written before.

Inspire.Create.Challenge 101 Hand Penned Petals Congratulations card using Stampin' Up! products with StampinByHannah

This week’s Inspire.Create is a colour combination challenge using; Highland Heather, Mint Macaron, Misty Moonlight, Pale Papaya and Pool Party (or the colours from the Hand-Penned Designer Series Paper). This soft colour combo led me to create this soft card with the Hand-Penned Petals stamp set, coordinating Designer Series Paper and the Stitched So Sweetly dies.

Pretty Floral handmade congratulations card using Hand Penned Petals from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

My favourite feature of this card is the ultra thin layer of Pale Papaya card stock that sits behind the Designer Series Paper. I just love that hint of a layer!

Please do pop over to the Inspire.Create blog and add your own creations using this pretty colour combination!

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #100 | Time for a Celebration!

Good morning! Today’s post is less about the card, and more about what is behind it. Today marks 100 challenges for Inspire.Create.Challenge! I am SO proud of my little challenge blog, and the corner of the internet it sits in, and to be honest I can’t quite believe we have hit 100.

I started Inspire.Create in the summer of 2017, and I had no idea we would still be going 4 years on. We have seen a few changes in the 4 years we’ve been sharing, we’ve seen some Design Team Members come and go, we’ve changed days, and we had a little break this time last year whilst I found my feet with having 2 babies under 2. I have had plenty of change too; with a new day job, moving house, having 2 children, and a few bumps in my health. However; Inspire.Create continues to be a regular feature in my week. I love it just as much now as when I sat and created the original blog 4 years ago.

I had a bunch of plans to celebrate our 100; however life has totally got in my way (thanks to my son bringing home both COVID and Norovirus in the past few weeks, as well as a family holiday and a couple of Stampin’ Up! events). However, I would LOVE it if you would hop over to the Inspire.Create blog today and give he Design Team some love. Please consider making a card to celebrate and sharing it with us too.

Here’s to the next 100!

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Global Design Project 310 | Love Ya Sweet Treats!

Well Hello! Bit of live blogging this afternoon. I had meant to share this card earlier in the week, but then somehow never quite got round to typing this post up, and suddenly its Friday afternoon and I just want to share.

This week’s Global Design Project Challenge is a sketch, and I have to say, this one was really tricky! I had so many ideas that I really struggled to pair things back and get a project made. Then I remembered a conversation I had with a demo friend last weekend about the Sweet Treats stamp set, and this card was born!

Valentines card idea using Sweet Treats from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

This stamp set is a bit of a hidden gem, its in the July-December Mini Catalogue, and because it’s not overtly Christmas it’s easy to miss. It does coordinate with another stamp set and die bundle though and so there are heaps of things you could do with it. Here I stamped the cupcakes with Memento ink, fussy cut them, and then coloured them with Stampin’ Blends in Crumb Cake, So Saffron and Flirty Flamingo.

Cute handmade card with cupcakes from Sweet Treats from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

Finished with a piece of Designer Series Paper from Hand-Penned, some Genial Gems, and a die cut from the same suite, this card could be used for a heap of different occasions but I’ve kept things similar with the ‘Love Ya’ from the Sweet Treats stamp set.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #099 | Inspiration Challenge

This week Inspire.Create.Challenge is inspired by a card I created earlier in the year. You can find the original card HERE.

Last time I wrote a blog post, which was about 2 weeks ago, things around here we a bit bonkers; the kids had Covid, and my day job was busy! Nothing has slowed down since I post that! For all we have put Covid behind us, my son brought a sickness bug home from nursery with him on his first day back…. work has gone from mad to insane, and I am not even going to attempt to share what’s happened with my husband. However, I am not on holiday for a couple of weeks, and am looking forward to TWO in person, crafty events, and our family summer holiday.

Because things around here are so busy, I have started to really crack on with making Christmas Card this year, in the hope that I might be ready to send a few by the time December rolls around. This card use the Merriest Moments bundle, which is one of those special Hybrid ones that has dies and an embossing folder. I am hope to get a video together over the next few weeks to show you how it works. But, for today, you can see that it looks lovely used as a standard Stamp and die set.

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Global Design Project #307 | Thank you Hand-Penned Petals

Well hello there! Yes, I’m not blogging at my usual 7AM slot today, but I have been trying to write this blog post for 2 days and I just want to share this card!

I get the emails from the Global Design Project every week, and every week I think “Yes, I’ll make a card for that challenge” and somehow it never quite works out. This week its thanks to the 2 year old who thinks that her bed is for jumping on and nothing else! (Anyone know how to get a 2 year old to stay in bed, please let me know the secret!)

Anyway, that’s a bit of topic isn’t it! So, the Global Design Project challenge this week is “Thank you”, and the beautiful Hand-Penned suite landed in my craft room last week and I’ve been itching to play. The two go together beautifully.

I saw a post on Instagram over the weekend about ‘faux embossing’ and I thought that the dies in the Penned Flowers die set (part of the Hand-Penned Petals bundle) would work super well for this. So the background here, is 3 die cuts cut from Basic White cardstock (with Adhesive sheet on the back!) and layered onto a panel of Basic White cardstock. How cool does this look! Love it!

I um’ed and ah’ed for ages about what to layer behind the heat embossed, fussy cut, sentiment piece, and I did nearly just adhere it on and leave it. But then the flowers in the stamp set caught my eye and I thought they’d be perfect.

The Hand-Penned suite coordinates perfectly with the Beautifully Penned Designer Series paper which is currently available for FREE with a £45 during Sale-a-bration (ends at the end of this month!). I love this paper; which is the perfect greyscale version of the Hand-Penned papers and they work wonderfully together.

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Inspire.Create.Challenge #098 | Sketch Challenge with Whimsical Trees

Hello! Oh my goodness. It’s been 2 weeks since I got any blogging or crafting time, thanks to everyone in my house developing Covid-19 and work going from crazy to just outright ridiculous! Anyway, I am here this week with a blog post from Inspire.Create and hopefully an email to!

This week’s Inspire.Create.Challenge is a sketch, and I really enjoyed creating with this one. The Stampin’ Up! July-December catalogue features some really lovely Designer Series Paper, and I reached for the Whimsy and Wonder suite for this piece of Mossy Meadow spotty paper. As usual this is double sided patterned paper, however, this paper has an iridescent foiling on the other side and a fabulous stripe that I also wanted to share a hint of!

There is another piece of Designer Series Paper on this card. Can you spot it? Yes, those cute little stars are die cut from the Be Dazzling Designer Series Paper which is FREE during Sale-a-bration! This paper is stunning! I shared a video of it on my Instagram last week, did you see?

The cute stamped tree and sentiment are from the Whimsical Tree stamp set, and are stamped in Polished Pink and Evening Evergreen.

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New Mini Catalogue and the start of Sale-a-bration 2.0!

Hello!

Just a very quick post from me today, just to let you know that the new Stampin’ Up! Mini Catalogue (with all the Christmas goodies in!) has been released this morning!

You can find all the new stamps, papers and more over in my Online Store, or request a paper copy of the catalogue HERE!

Also, today sees the start of the second Sale-a-bration of 2021! Shop £45 or more to earn free goodies, and grab a starter kit to get even more!

However, this Sale-a-bration ALL the products are While Stocks Last… So get your shopping lists at the ready so you don’t miss some fabulous products!

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Suite Highlight | Expressions in Ink

I shared the Sweet as a Peach Suite a few weeks ago, and loved giving you a bit more of an over view of a group of products. There are always a stack of suites in each Stampin’ Up! catalogue, and they are a great way of ensuring you can create perfectly coordinated projects.

Expressions in ink handmade birthday card using Artisitically Inked from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Expressions in Ink suite isn’t one that you could easily miss, seeing as its on the front of this years Annual Catalogue. But it is one that could be tricky to use.

Pretty faux alcohol ink birthday card using Expressions in Ink from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The Designer Series Paper in this suite is stunning! The colour combination of Evening Evergreen, Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Mint Macaron, Pale Papaya, Pear Pizzazz, Polished Pink, Shaded Spruce, and gold foiling, with florals and alcohol ink backgrounds. Of course, this paper is currently out of stock because it’s so lovely! However, I am keeping my eye on when it might be back, and will update my social media when its back available.

I think my favourite part of this suite though is the Ephemera pack. I have been really enjoying the gold die cuts, and those sequins are so handy for an added touch of sparkle.

Pretty Designer Series Paper Just Because card using Artistically Inked from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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How to create a die cut Pansy using Stampin’ Up! products

Hello! Happy Friday! The weekend is in sight, and I have a box of fabulous new Stampin’ Up! goodies arriving today. What more could a girl want?! A Friday video? oh, go on then!

Pretty Happy Birthday Card using Pansy Petals from Stampin' Up!

The Pansy Petals Designer Series Paper is currently on sale (15% off!) and I am really loving the collection of patterns. They aren’t all floral, there are also some stunning stripes, and pretty ginghams in there too! I have another card using this suite coming on Sunday too

This card was really simple to put together, it just took a bit of time to do all the die cutting. Top Tip though; put Adhesive Sheet on the back of your card stock before you die cut. This way, you basically create die cut, card stock stickers that you can quickly stick together. You could also use liquid glue, but this way is much less messy!

Fun Die Cut Pansy Birthday card using Pansy Patch from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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3 fun cards using Brushed Blooms and True Love from Stampin’ Up! | Facebook Live Replay

Hello folks! So, I promised I would get this video up on my blog, and thanks to two events over the weekend (InspireINK and Inspire.create.challenge) I knew it wouldn’t happen until today. I hope that’s ok though, better later than never! Anyway, I’ve started to do my weekly Facebook Live’s again on a Thursday evening, at about 19:30, and last week I shared 3 ways to use the fabulous Brushed Blooms stamp and die bundle and the True Love Designer Series Paper. Both of these can be found in the January-June mini catalogue. However both will retire at the end of June.

Handstamped Just Because card using Brushed Blooms and True Love from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

I love a black and white patterned paper, just something so clean about it, and paired with a single bright colour (Like Magenta Madness) it really pops. The 2020-2022 In Colours work fabulously with the True Love papers, because they are so bright, a real contrast.

Quick and Simple card using True Love Designer Series Paper from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

The second card was a bit of a surprise to me. I usually avoid fussy cutting, but fussy cutting Designer Series Paper is so much easier than cutting cardstock that actually, I might do it more often! This card was also inspired by my friend Stacy Marsh and THIS card which she shared a few weeks ago.

One of the things I really love about the True Love Designer Series paper is the florals, can you imagine this print coloured with Blends. It would be lovely (side note; I do need to do that at some point…. soon!)

I am really enjoying getting back into my Facebook Lives, and dabbling in blogging again. Although, I am probably most active though over on Instagram. So, do pop over there and search for ‘StampinByHannah’ to see both crafting bits and some general life stuff too!

Quick and Simply Stamping featuring Brushed Blooms from Stampin' Up! with StampinByHannah

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