Saturday, March 10, 2018

Eclectic Expressions & Rainbows - Stamp 'N Hop, Round 2 Sale-a-Bration

It's the second Saturday of the month and that means some Stampin' and Hopin'.  I am joining a group of talented people from around the world again, this time to show more FREE Sale-A-Bration products. (scrowl to the end of the post to see Sale-A-Bration in a Nutshell). I wanted to make a card using the beautiful Springtime Foils but wanted to use colours as well so played around a little bit. I decided for the silver stripy paper from the paper set.

First, I tried the blends. It was blending nicely but it was staining the silver strips so I used the markers and coloured in the white spaces. The markers are not sticking to the metallic strips and are easy to wipe so it was quite easy to make the colourful pattern.

The sentiment is stamped with versa-mark and embossed. I didn't use the emboss body so the powder would randomly stick to the paper and make it shiny. Then I stamped another image in versa-mark to lift the powder off the paper. It's difficult to see it in the photo but this created a very settled shiny pattern on the black paper. I finished off with some silver sequins stripes.

The second card was developed quite coincidentally. When I was playing with the blends I smudged my scrap paper. I liked what I saw and decided to use it as a background for my next card. I dry embossed it with Softly Falling and decorated with few little hearts punched out with the cookie cutter punch.

Here is a list of supplies used. I didn't list paper but you can find all the colour here. I used Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black and Thick Whisper White.

Sale-A-Bration (SAB) is time to get FREE stuff while you shop!

- Spend £45 & get one free level1 product

- Spend £90 & get one free level2 product, OR choose two level 1 items
- Spend £135 & choose three level1 items or one level1 item and one level2 item

So, get your wish list together and be ready to earn some FREE stuff!

SAB also is a great time to join the Stampin' Up! family. 
In addition to choosing £130 of products worth for only £99 (standard Starter Kit), you get 2 additional stamp sets for FREE!

Check out the catalogues to see what you can get. 

And that's all for today. Now Head on to the Next Blog to see what Rachel Traudt prepared for you or click on any of the participating crafters' names below.

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Party Favour Jar Toppers - Myths & Magic

Around November I was working on Xmas cookie jars for my boys' school Michaelmas market. Having done that for the last three years I had those jars connected to just Xmas.

Not long time a friend asked me how to put those jars together and that she would like to give them out as favours at her daughter's birthday party. And that's how the Xmas Cookie Jars became All-Occasion ones. Naturally, I offered to make the toppers and labels for the party.

I had loads of fun colouring all those unicorns and knights using the Stampin' Up! blends. These are alcohol based markers fantastic for fancy but easy colouring. All the cutouts come from the Myths and Magic Suite. It's a fantastic set. I love it all. It also has a wizard, dragon and a mermaid. The circular base is cut out with Layering Circle die set, using the two largest framelits. The wall behind the knight is created with an embossing folder that I smudged first with brown colour to make a contrast between the bricks. Here are the toppers in a little more detail and below a list of supplies I used. If you fancy any of that and more, follow the items links to purchase them.   

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I made these toppers and labels with:

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Picture Perfect Birthday - February Birthday Club

The first class in the birthday series. What a great opportunity to show The Picture Perfect Suite. I love it for its diversity. The matching paper is fantastic. So many pretty colours! The combinations are endless. I like this set more every time I use it.

The card on the left features Berry Burst bow, Black sentiment and Lemon Lime Twist sequins. The one on the right has Berry Burst sentiment, Lemon Lime Twist bow and Pool Party sequins. It sounds like many colour components but the party paper tight is back just right. You could stamp for hours and still not to use all the colour possibilities! If you are a new crafter wondering what to get to start with, I'd recommend this for sure.

On the card above I used versa mark and clear embossing powder just to give the card a little bit of a spark but I could have, as easily, used the ink spots that are part of the suite. Again, another great reason for this suite to be a part of a start kit.

The last card combines the photo like Picture Perfect Birthday suite paper and simple words from Amazing You and Celebrate You set available for free in the Sale-a-bration catalogue with a qualifying order. 

The cards were made using these supplies:
You can easily purchase them by following the links below.