My stampin' up! blog - Stamping Scene

Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Craft Stamper Designer

It seems like forever ago that I created my latest batch of projects for Craft Stamper magazine and submitted them, but at last the magazine is out and in the shops.

This is the first I'm sharing and it is a plaque I created using an MDF blank, some old tester pots of emulsion paint and a candle.

I painted the plaque with a darker shade of a tester pot let it dry.  I rubbed a wax candle onto the plaque in random spots,  then added a coat of a lighter shade. It helps to keep the brush strokes in the same direction.  Once dry you can use a light sanding pad to lift off some of the top coat of paint which comes off easily as it doesn't key to the wax underneath.   I used the Stampin' Up! sets Butterfly Basics (sadly retiring at the end of this month), Petal Palette, You're Inspiring and Beautiful Day to add a design on the plaque using Early Espresso, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ink.  I also added some die cut shapes in Early Espresso.  From a short strand of mini gold sequin trip I took a few individual sequins and added them give a little touch of sparkle.

The Butterfly was stamped in black Staz On ink onto the plaque and I used my Stampin' Blends to colour it in. I also stamped it onto watercolour paper and again used the Stampin' Blends to colour in the butterfly. I fussy cut it out but didn't attempt to cut out the antennae so just snipped those off and used the ones stamped on the plaque.  To give a stained glass look to the butterfly I carefully added fine tip glue using the black outline as the guide to give some shine and depth.  In places where it dried flat I added a little more to raise the texture.  Again with Blends I coloured some rhinestones as the alchol ink sticks to the rhinestones and popped them on the body.

To hang the plaque I used some Library Clips (carrying into the new Stampin' Up! catalogue) and a longer length of sequin trim.  The clips aren't fixed so can be taken off at any time, but they are just enough to hold the trim in place as a hanger.

I'll share more of designs using the Stampin' Up! Beautiful Day set soon.  In the meantime you can buy the magazine in various ways.
at for subscriptions, for single copies or digital copies from www. pocket

It's a fab monthly magazine with lots of tutorials and techniques.  It's a mixed media magazine with the focus on stamping.  I hope you enjoy reading it.

Thanks for popping by today.

Zoe x

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Quick and Easy Teacher gifts for Thinking Outside the Box

Welcome everyone to our monthly Thinking Outside the Box blog hop. Hello if you've just arrived from Yoshiko and her super cute gift box.  You can see several different varieties of gift box tutorials under the theme of
This month's theme for Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop
We've all created a different box and are sharing free tutorials that you are welcome to use.  I usually do a video too, but am still working on getting my Achilles tendon sorted so hopefully I'll have a video soon and will link back.  In the meantime I've got some simple instructions and a template for you to copy of my pretty teacher gift.  I've filled mine with fragrant tea lights, but you could fill with chocolates, pencils or something else. Once you know how to make the box you can adapt for different contents.  

Ok so here's what to do
  1. start with a piece of card or thick DSP like the Share What You Love papers that I have used from Stampin' Up!.  It needs to be cut at 24 x 30.5 cm (9"  x 12")
  2. In the landscape position score at 9cm, 18cm, 22cm, 24cm, 28cm and 30cm.  (31/2",7",81/2", 91/4", 103/4" and 111/2")
  3. In portrait score at 2cm or 3/4" in from both sides.  
  4. Cut an aperture of your choice in the panel shown as 'cut window' . Mine is 2cm x 16cm.  You can use your Stampin' trimmer to cut the aperture or a craft knife.   I've cut it 2cm away from the side score lines and left a 1cm border along the long sides of the window. 
  5. cut away the shaded areas and cut the lines that are solid on the template ie those that will form the flaps on the box ends.  
  6. adhere a piece of window sheet on the inside of the box to cover the aperture. Mine is 3cm x 18cm
  7. Fold all the score lines which are marked with a dotted line.  
  8. Add tear and tape to the very thin strip at the top of the template this will fold over to form the box when you bring that end so that the tape sits along the 18cm/7" score line.  
  9. Add your contents and secure one end of the box with tear and tape, tombow or other adhesive.  
  10. Use ribbon or twine to secure the other end and allow for easy opening by tying it around the length of the box a couple of times.  
  11. Decorate your box and you'll see it has a card already attached.  I added a inside piece of coordinating patterned paper which you can do also or you can leave it as the reverse of the original piece. 

Blog List
  1. Shannean Moncrieff
  2. Tanja Kolar
  3. Yoshiko Endo
  4. Zoe Tant - You are here 
  5. Annette Elias
  6. Dena Rekow
  7. Beate Wacker
  8. Aude Barbara