Sign and Save …… time is running out!

June is a busy month for Stampin’ Up! The retiring list is up and you now have less than 2 weeks to grab your favourite products before they disappear for ever (that’s if they haven’t already gone!), new catalogue launch is only weeks away with exciting new products round the corner, and Stampin’ Up!’s sign and save deal is in full swing!

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So, what is sign and save? You’ve been on the main Stampin’ Up! website and its plastered all across it, I’m talking about it, and you’ve heard the buzz around other places too, but what is it?!

Sign and Save is a great deal for those interested in joining Stampin’ Up! and becoming a demonstrator. The price is only £50 (rather than the usual £99) and for that you get £55 worth of product of your choice, anything from the current annual or seasonal catalogues, from the clearance rack or retiring list, could be yours. You also get the £45 business pack to get you started, access to the demonstrator section of the Stampin’ Up! website, with loads of tips and tricks, news and ideas. You get your own Stampin’ Up! webstore (free for the first two months if you sign up for it within 21 days of becoming a demonstrator), and you’ll get access to the new catalogue and pre-order to get your hands on some of the shiny new products before anyone else!

 

Thinking about it? You haven’t got long! this offer ends on the 30th June 2014!

Contact me now via my email: Stampinbyhannah@outlook.com for more information

 

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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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The Stampin’ Up! Colour Coach …… and why you need one!

So I had a parcel last week from my upline, a lovely welcome to my team card, one of her fabulous notebooks and a colour coach. Now, I’d seen the Colour Coach in the Stampin’ Up! catalogue, I’d looked at it, and thought “don’t need one of those, I understand colour, I know which colour work and which don’t!” I have always made my own colour swatches in the past, I have a tag for each Ink pad I own (including my Stampin’ Up! ones) so if I want to a can compare different colours, and I have used them previously to match inks to patterned papers or to choose an ink  colour for a particular stamp or image, so I really wasn’t planning on getting the Stampin’ Up! colour coach.

 

I was so very wrong! The colour coach is awesome! Each colour gets its own card; the front it a solid colour with it name and colour family along the side and bottom, while the back shows you 2 three colour combinations including the colour of the card, along with its ‘sister’ colour for creating a monochromatic look, two step stamping or choosing coordinating ink and cardstock.

The front of the guide explains how the coach works, while the back card gives you space to create your own colour combinations. The coach also include two cards giving the colours in each colour collection: subtles, brights, regals, neutrals. The current In Colours are available as two separate packs, one for the newest colours and one for the returning colours.

 

Stampin’ Up! also provide a great PDF (available here) which give you further tips and colour principles to get you started in your colour journey.

 

Check out the Colour Coach in my shop

 

 

 

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) Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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Guys Wedding Favour boxes – Gum Holder

So, We get married next year and I am currently in the middle of making invitations, place cards, wedding favours and all the other bits of wedding stationary!

During a discussion with the other half he mentioned about wedding favours, and something for the guys (I don’t see whats wrong with chocolates, but still, packets of chewing gum it is!) Each guest will be getting a wedding favour, but I am making a selection as different people need different things: bridesmaids, groomsmen, children, will get different things.

Which brings me in a sort of round about way to this weeks project: gum holders….

 

This holds a triple pack of a famous brand of chewing gum.

 

 

The cardstock piece measures 3 3/4 by 7 1/2, or 10cm x 19.5cm (not what I said in the video!)

Scored on the long side at:

1, 1 1/2, 4 1/4 and 4 3/4 or 2.5, 4, 11, 12.5cm

Scored on the short side at:

1/2 and 3 1/4 or 1.5 and 8.5cm

 

 

 

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) 

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

Just because …… Who doesn’t love petals!

Our card for today uses the Petite Petals stamps and punch to give a fully coordinated look

 

The original card uses the new 2014-2016 In Colours: Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Hello Honey, along with Crumb Cake from the Neutrals collection, I changed it a little for the video, using Brights collection colours; Real Red, Bermuda Bay, and Daffodil Delight.

 

Stampin Up! Petite Petals in colours 2014


The card uses Whisper White cardstock, cut to 10 x5 inches, and scored at 5 inches, but you could totally adjust that to meet your own needs (and what you might have in your crafty stash)

 

 

Don’t forget if you like anything used on this card, you can check out my store at: stampinbyhannah.stampinup.net

 

 

 

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) 

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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New Weekly Deals!

As you may already be aware (I cant remember if I have mentioned it or not, its rather early in the morning as I write this) Stampin’ Up! have now made Weekly Deals a permanent feature. A new weekly deal will go live every Wednesday on the Stampin’ Up! store. Click the picture below, and just remember to select me as your demonstrator!

Thanks

11.6.14

 

 

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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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Project Life by Stampin’ Up!

Today Stampin’ Up! UK introduces Project LIfe by Becky Higgins into the catalogue. I have previously dabbled in this method of memory keeping. I am a traditional 12×12 scrapbooker, I love working with my photos, bringing out something in the picture, telling a story, drawing the eye into a particular part of a page. The great thing about Project Life is the ability to tell a lot of stories in a very small space, generally 3×4 or 4×6 inches.

——> what does the Kit contain

Each kit costs £13.50 and contains 100 double sided cards in 6×4, 4×4 and 3×4 sizes with no repeated designs (unlike the Becky Higgins packs which have multiples of each card). The cards coordinate with Stampin’ Up! colours and have coordinating accessory packs (£8.95) with  lazer cut cards, stickers, washi tape, and wood accents, along with some other accessories. Stampin’ Up! have also produced a new corner punch, journalling pens, 3 stamp sets, framelits dies, as well as a selection of exclusive photo pocket pages to put all your cards and photos in!

Project Life

——> Doing Project Life

So, to be successful at completing a Project Life project comes down to planning. Decide what you what to document; is it one trip? the first 12 months of your child’s life? a year in the life of your family? There are plenty of project life planners available for free to assist you in this planning stage, I have previously created my own, but It generally involves writing down key memories or events, and of course, remembering to take the pictures (This is generally where I fall down). I have recently discovered a totally awesome app to help, collectphotoapp.com. The app is basically a calender which you fill with photos, it also reminds you to take a photo a day. The issue then is printing, I recommend finding a method that works for you and how you plan on completing your Project Life. Personally I prefer the Print at Home method, allowing me to change my photo size/shape, and reprint if I need to. I just use photo paper and my regular print (it a pretty decent, HP OfficeJet 4500), but I would definitely consider getting a dedicated photo printer, such as the Canon Selphy.

—–> The Fun bit!

Now you have your collected memories and your photos you ready to put some pages together. I layout all my photos, seeing which ones tell the same story, and deciding if any photos need to be re-printed in a different size. Then I allocate cards, and write my journalling. The comes the fun bit, the embellishments, adding the bling, stamping and making it all pretty!

 

Get your Project Life by Stampin Up! kit today by clicking here! 

 

 

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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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Stampin’ Up! UK Starter Kit!

So, guess what I got today!!! Yep, you got it, my Stampin’ Up! UK starter kit! I could have hugged the UPS man, I have a feeling he might have delivered a couple of boxes with Stampin’ Up! tape on before, as he left with a very cheerful, “have fun with it!”

Rather than just listing what came in the box, I thought I’d do a bit of video. I apologise for the bad camera work but my tripod is rather dodgy and it was just easier to film holding the camera.

Anyway, here it is…..

 

 

Before you leave don’t forget to head on over to my Stampin’ Up! store and have a look at the long (-ish) list of retiring items before they leave us all forever

 

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) Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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Flower Shop

Yesterday we talked about the different ways of using a flower punch, so today I thought I’d put my flower punching skills to good use and make a card!

Stampin Up! Flower shop

This card uses the Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin Up! along with the coordinating Pansy Punch. This combination requires some careful planning as the stamp and punch only line up one way. My suggestion, and the general consensus, is to punch a piece of scrap cardstock, turn the piece over and mark which end is the top and which is the bottom. Then you can lay this over your stamp, the stamp is the correct way round when the punch image fits over it perfectly, then mark which point of your stamp matches the bottom of the punch and make sure to always orientate it on your block this way round.

This time I stamped in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight and Real Red, and used basic black to stamp the sentiment. Unfortunately, this stamp is from a now retiring hostess set, Simply Sketched, but any sentiment would work just as well. The flowers were then punched out using the Pansy Punch, before being layered onto the card, some flat and some on dimentionals. You could add more to this card, some jewels or pearls in the centre of the flowers, or heat embossing the sentiment, but sometimes something simple is just as good

Dont forget to check out the shop for other retiring items

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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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10 ways to use a flower punch

There are so many ways to use a simple flower punch (for more than just making flowers too)

1. Use the punch with the coordinating stamp set, the Stampin Up! Pansy Punch and Flower Shop Stamp set for example (beware with this combination though, they only fit one way!) creating a range of beautiful flat flowers in a wide variety of colours (providing you have the inks of course)1. Stamped and Punched Flower

2. cutting into the punched flower and curling the petals to create a dimensional flower, great for the fronts of cards and as decoration on boxes

3. punching out a series of flowers, either with the same punch or different ones, and stacking and crumpling them to create a 3D flower creation

3. 3D flower

4. Cut the all petals off, giving you heart shapes

4. Hearts

5. Cutting one petal out – butterflies anyone!

5. Butterflies

6. Stamped as in point 1. but then cut in half to look like bows great for flat projects

6. Presents

7. as clouds

8. Use those 3D flowers from 3. to create a table centrepiece   http://www.pinterest.com/pin/42150946482093490/ 

9. Vellum! who doesnt love a heat embossed vellum flower everyone once in a while

9. Vellum!

10. As closures on a box ……. tutorial coming soon

10. Flower Box

11. (Hold on, I though this was 10 ways….) 11. create a door wreath with those spare flower punches http://www.pinterest.com/pin/56224695317667973/ 

 

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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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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)

Thank you for stopping by www.www.stampinbyhannah.co.uk today

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