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Sunday, 19 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - Snowy Mountains

 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper

Thanks to the fabulous free SAB Carried Away DSP I have managed to join in Kate's Christmas Card Club Challenge this fortnight.  I panicked a bit when I saw the theme of Snowy Mountains wondering what on earth I could do, but then this gorgeous paper fell into my lap with an order from Stampin' Up!.  It's free with a £45 spend and is perfect for an easy, simple Snowy Mountain Christmas card.

I have cut a part of one sheet of the DSP and coloured odd parts to add some colour.  I've added Santa by embossing him, his sleigh and reindeer in copper and a sentiment heat embossed on vellum and attached with our hand held stapler.  A little pom pom trim giving a snowball effect.

The mountains look great with hot air balloons from Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away thinlits too!

Lift me Up Stamp Set16 Rubber Stamps 
either  142893 Wood Mount £26
  or 142896 Clear Mount ££19 
Up & Away Thin lit Dies 142748 £27
Lift Me Up Bundle Stamps and Dies wood mount 144711 £47.50 
Lift Me Up Bundle Stamps & Dies clear mount 144712 £41.25

Free with a £45 order (excl. P&P)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.  Zx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Moments for Special Memories

Stampin' Up! is definitely near the top of my 'best jobs I've ever done' list as there's so much opportunity to achieve fabulous incentives not least the annual incentive trip. With the help of my fabulous team and wonderful customers I've been lucky enough to achieve a few now and last year's one was a Mediterranean cruise, which is why I've chosen Mediterranean Moments stamp set from the Spring Catalogue to share with you today.

The images remind me of a fabulous holiday then and also one with my family some years ago when we visited Rome, Florence and Pisa.  I thought it might be too much history and sightseeing for the children who were then just 7 and 11, but they loved it as did Martin and I.  
My card is very simple.  The image is stamped firstly onto thick white card stock with memento black ink. I stamped it again with black Staz On onto watercolour paper and then used my new favourite Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils and an aqua painter to colour the image.  I always tell my customers I'm not a Colourer Inner, but I'm really pleased with how this turn out.

Once I finished the colouring I used the Lots of Labels frame lits to die cut my image and then carefully adhered it over the original stamped image just giving a slight impression of it carrying on just like my memories of happy times spent.  

Another image from the set is below and has also been coloured with the water colour  pencils.  

Please note 

 The  fabulous watercolour pencils are available to order from the Spring Catalogue, but are  SO  FABULOUS that we've already almost depleted the entire supply!  Stampin' Up! will turn off the order code to make them unorderable very soon to avoid long and large back orders.    If you want them, you need to order them today.

Check back soon to see how I make snowy mountains out of Carried Away Designer Series Paper for our Christmas Card Club challenge on Sunday.  

Hugs all Zx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Stampin Up Birthday Blast Welcomes new team

Stampin Up Birthday Blast is a fun exploding set that has been my choice today for making 'Welcome' cards for new team members of The Tantalizing Stampers. It's exciting that folk have joined to share the fun and realise what a great opportunity Stampin' Up! offers crafters to get their lovely craft stash at a discount.  You can of course work on earning some extra cash too, but it's perfectly OK to just be a little selfish and enjoy the discount just for you.

Me I love to share craft with folk. It's fun and keeps me out of mischief and I like meeting new people and catching up regularly with the new friends I've made over nearly 9 years of being a demonstrator.  Yes it's nearly my anniversary and I can't believe where the time has gone.

If you'd like to hear more about being part of a team of folk that love to craft you can read more here or can contact me to ask any questions you may have.

At the very least you'll love Stampin' Up! Birthday Blast stamps and can buy them in my stampin' up! online shop. 

More soon.


Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Stampin Up Rose Wonder - just right for a Ring of Roses

Stampin' Up! Rose Wonder
It's time for a challenge at Moving Along with the Times.  Our theme this month is Ring 'o Roses and I've used the Stampin Set Rose Wonder with co-ordinating Rose Garden thin lets to make my card.

I've cut flowers from the smallest die in the set and added half inch circles to the reverse in pink pirouette.  Each flower is then attached to a ring of silver thread to make my ring o' roses!

To create the simple background I made a stencil by punching different sized circles in a piece of thin window sheet and then added whisper white craft ink through the stencil using a Stampin' Up! sponge across the diagonal of a piece of pink pirouette card stock.  I also used one of the retired stencils from the Christmas catalogue to add some blushing brides dots.  A handful of rhinestones to give that bit of bling I so love and my layers are mounted onto a blushing bride card base.  I used the Project Life corner rounder to just soften the right hand bottom corners.   The white dots are done in a Bokeh style way with no other colour beneath just the card stock.  It's quite effective, but very simple to do.

Please do pop over to MAWTT to join our challenge and see all the DT cards and projects for more inspiration.

Hugs Zx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - Stampin Up Holly Berry Festive Foliage

Another fortnight another Christmas Card Club challenge, but I've been really organised this week and have 3 to share with you.  Rachel set the challenge of Festive Foliage, all my cards use the Stampin' Up! retired set Holly Berry Happiness, but if you like Holly the punch is still available.  Above I've used the fabulous Stitched Shape dies and the Layering Circles which includes some scallop edged circles to create a focal point.  I used the 3 step stamping set to create the image and added a separately stamped bow which you can punch out easily.  Love the metallic enamel shapes for my bit of bling.  Do you ever stamp your envelopes too?

This card uses the same holly set with another sentiment from Tin of Tags set.  I've heat embossed the image with copper embossing powder and added night of navy holly berries.  A simple matting layer onto a base card also in night of navy card stock. 

A vintage version of card number 2 with the outline of the holly again embossed before I stamped in the leaf colour and berries.  A little smudging with a sponge around the edge of my base and matting layer of crumb cake with the same ink to soften the edges.  

A veritable trio of wreaths sharing plenty of festive foliage.

Have a great week.  Zx