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)

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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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Fathers Day

Fathers day is here once again (well it will be next weekend) and the stress of trying to make cards for men raises its ugly head.SAM_0353

This year I’ve struck lucky, and found the Wellington Bear collection from DoCrafts. Its a nice selection of masculine images along with a cute bear and some plain backing papers. I bought the 6×6 paper pack a good while ago but found it again during my craft room tidying and fell back in love with this adorable bear.

I have quite a selection of cards for fathers day this year, all made with Wellington.

I also used my Spellbinders Distress edges die, an edge punch and a simple stamp, to create a collection of simple layered cards

A bit of teabag folding

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SAM_0345This beautiful card uses more of Papermania capsule collection, but this time in a way that is brand new to me – teabag folding. I was watching youtube last week, and came across this video, of a lady making this fold for the top of a box. I thought it was so pretty I had to give it a go! This was my third completed flower (the first I have already given away on a card, which I forgot to photograph!)

I added two layered buttons and some bakers twine to complete the flower before adding to a simple Get Well Soon card

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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On my Desk

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These cards, created with the Me to You collection from Mothers day this year. Some of the papers in the 6×6 pad are very mothers day centric, however, there are also a nice selection of general use papers in lilac and teal, with hints of yellow and pink, perfect for feminine birthday cards.

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!

Buttons!

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I have recently discovered the joys of buttons! This was made all the easier by Hobbycraft, and their packs of 100g of buttons for £1! I’m trying not to spend a the moment, saving for some larger purchases (I’m very excited about what it soon to arrive), but such a stash of buttons for a pound I could not say no! There is a decent selection of colours and chose both within the packs, and of the packs themselves, I grabbed brights and basic black and white. All the buttons in the packs are different but of good quality (although I’m not sure they’d stand up to being worn on clothing). I had to quickly put this card together some of my favourites, and a simple birthday greeting, I stick my buttons on with Glossy Accents from Ranger (also available and hobbycraft)

Wedding Wednesday

SAM_0333With my wedding coming up in 2015, I am in full wedding stationary production; Save the dates, Invitations, Orders of Service, Place cards, Menus, Seating Plans, Favour boxes, and anything else I can possibly think of to make out of paper and card.

My Stationary is simple, double stamped punched heart, attached to a card with a peg (and a foam square and liquid glue) with a simple stamped title, and a printed insert.

SAM_0331The key to successful homemade wedding stationary is just that, keeping it simple. Depending on the number of guests you could have hundreds of each item to produce, and although in theory it is cheaper to make your own costs can quickly spiral when adding sparkly bits, ribbons, and fancy card stock.

The design also needs to be easy to mass produce, its a great activity to involve your bridesmaids in, but are they as crafty as you? No? then make sure its something they cant get wrong, or you could find yourself making everything again and the time leading up to the wedding is stressful enough without having to make hundreds of wedding favours.

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