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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

Friday, 25 August 2023

Floating Elements Technique


card showing the floating elements handmade technique

card showing the floating elements technique

To all my UK readers Happy Bank Holiday weekend.  I hope you have some great plans and that the sun shines on us all.  For everyone else happy weekend and have fun.

Our Totally Techniques crew are sharing cards made using the Floating Elements technique which is fun and can be done in several ways.  I've chosen to use vellum and card strips with some simply stamped images to create a pretty girly birthday card.

Start by cutting a piece of vellum that is bigger than the circle die you are going to cut as your floating island.  I used a large circle die from the Stylish Shapes dies.  

Carefully glue strips of card of varying widths across your piece of vellum again making sure that the strips are wider than the circle die you will use.  You can vary the depth between each strip of card too, but may wish to think about laying the circle die onto your card and vellum to see where the edge of the circle is likely to cut as it gives a different appearance if card is at the top or vellum.  Now you understand why I have added stamped images from the Sentimental Park stamp set at the bottom of my circle as it didn't look quite right with only vellum at the bottom edge.  

Once you are happy with where the circle will dissect the card and vellum , die cut your circle. To attach this to your card base or a matt layer if you so wish you need to add Stampin' dimensionals to the reverse of the circle making sure that you position them on the back of the card strips so that they don't show through the vellum.  

Finally decorate your circle as you wish and add some bling.  As I mentioned I stamped and diet some simple two step stamping images and added a sentiment.  I used some Pretty Peacock sequins to add sparkle.  

My colours include Lemon Lolly, Soft Seafood, Bubble Bath and Pretty Peacock.  

Enjoy checking out  the rest of the inspiration and technique tweaks and see you again soon.

Happy crafting 
Zoe x

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vellum card stock for paper crafting

stylish shape dies shapes included

sentimental park stamp set for rubber stamping

Sentimental Park Dies

adhesive backed sequins trio

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Tuesday, 15 August 2023

Easy Christmas gift tags and box for teacher/neighbour gifts

Handmade santa hat gift tags and box
Hello crafty friends and welcome to my video tutorial post to make lots of cute Christmas gift tags and a box to hold them so that you could gift them to teachers, neighbours, work colleagues and anyone else you want to say thanks to prior to Christmas holiday season. 

I am currently a member of the Stampin' Up! 2023 Sales and Promotions Demonstrator Council and am thankful to have been gifted the Sending Cheer bundle from the soon to launch winter mini catalogue.  This fab bundle is primarily for creating beautiful fun Christmas gift tags, but you'll see it offers much more.  However today I'm sharing a tag project that I shared in the Stampin' Up! global demonstrator Facebook group recently.

I have made a short video to show how to create the box and you'll also see how simple the tags are to make.  The stamp set from the bundle offers holly, gingerbread man, stocking, envelope and gift wrapped present. 

Here is the video tutorial. 

christmas tag gift box instructions

gift box templates in metric and imperial to hold gift tags

To protect this project as a gift you can pop into a cello bag with a ribbon to gift to someone who you think might enjoy wrapping their special gifts with gorgeous tags this Christmas. 

Christmas tags in gift box using Santa hat die

Thanks for visiting and see you again soon. Please do subscribe to my Youtube channel for more festive makes and other papercraft projects.  

If you like the dies you can see a fun Christmas card make in my previous Stampingscene post.  If you don't have a demonstrator and live in the UK and would like a copy of the winter mini please use the subscribe link above to contact me and request one. 

Happy crafting
Zoe x

Supplies available now
bright coloured patterned paper for paper crafts

festive pearls embellishments

real red card stock

lemon lime twist ink pad

Saturday, 5 August 2023

Handmade Christmas Card Blog Hop - Sending Cheer

santa hat die from sending cheer bundle stampin up handmade christmas card ideas

 Happy Saturday and welcome to my Christmas card post for the Stampin' for Christmas blog hop and also  a day early for Christmas Card Club.  The theme for the hop is simply Christmas and card club this fortnight we are making and sharing makes with the theme of humour or anything goes.  I think mine is loosely humorous, but definitely anything goes.

I am a member of the 2023 Sales and Promotion Demonstrator Council and was lucky to be sent the Sending Cheer bundle to create samples to share in our global demonstrator group.  Our new winter mini went live to demonstrators this week and will be open for orders from the public in September so if you NEED to see it sooner then please do contact me about joining to get early access and the chance to order. 

I made this card using the Santa hat die from the bundle which is primarily a tag die so I disguised the ribbon hole with festive pearls and I've also added a beard from the Gnome dies and coloured the nose with Bubble Bath marker. 

I've added the sentiment using the So Very Merry and Celebrate with Tags stamp sets. It's an easy but fun card and a quick make which is what we all want for our handmade Christmas cards isn't it!

The design is layered onto black and real red card stock to coordinate with Santa's regular outfit.  

Enjoy the hop and don't forget to come back tomorrow to visit the Card Club ladies via the link above for lots of humorous card ideas.  

Thanks for popping by and happy crafting 

Zoe x

Blog Hop Index

Gnome dies stampin up

Gnome Dies

Last chance to buy

So Very Merry stamp set from stampin up

So Very Merry

Online exclusive 

Celebrate with Tags stamp set

Celebrate with Tags

real red card for papercraft


festive pearls gold silver green red

Festive Pearls

Friday, 28 July 2023

Fun bubble technique - Craft with your kids

handmade card to show the bubble technique

Hi there hope you have had a good week and are ready for the weekend.  I'm sharing my card for the Totally Techniques Stampin' Up! demonstrator blog hop. We are sharing the Bubble Technique with you this month and you are in for some fun and believe it or not, but it isn't too messy either. 

You will need

Washing Up Liquid - Dish soap
Bowl - not your best china!
a straw
watercolour paper - fluid 100 
white card
Stampin' Up! ink refills - I used Afternoon Azure, Night of Navy and Real Red. 

You'll create sheets of bubbled card that you can then  use  as backgrounds or for die cutting.

Start by covering your workstation with a sheet of grid paper.  Then continue by putting a couple of centimetres depth of water in the bowl and a small squirt of washing up liquid.  Then add about a dozen drops of ink of your choice.  Take the straw and blow air into the water, washing up liquid and ink mix.  

Bubbles will form as shown in the picture. Take a piece of watercolour paper and lay it onto of the bubbles and hold it gently. As the bubbles pop move it over to another cluster of bubbles.  You'll get different sized  bubble pops depending on the bubble size. Therefore if you like a large open design be sure to keep adding air to make big bubbles.  If you pop any bubbles on the card once you turn it over you'll create a bubble shape too.  You can add more ink if it is too pale.  I started with the Azure Afternoon and then added some Night of Navy after a few sheets were created. I also tried it on Basic White card stock which worked fine, but avoid getting it too close to the smaller bubbles on top of the water edges. 
Allow your sheets to dry before die cutting shapes or using as backgrounds.
For the card above I used the Tailor-made Tags to cut lots of small tags to then create a pattern and stamped a sentiment on one.  I also used the Layering Leaves stamp set to stamp onto the bubble background and punch out one branch to add a focal point.  I added sequins to add some sparkle and silver pearls. The stamping is in Blackberry Bliss. 

After creating several blue sheets I added some Real Red.  This created a mix and eventually purple. 
reminder to cover your workspace before blowing bubbles into water and washing up liquid to avoid mess

handmade card using the bubble technique and paper florist dies

Using a background to die cut flowers and one to create a background for them I made a second card adding layers of card, vellum and bubbled pieces onto a dry embossed but inked folder layer.  

For the leaves I made a bubble background using some retired pigment powders instead of ink bottles for the same technique.

Do check out everyone on the hop who will have some very different ideas for using the bubble technique.  

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Thanks for dropping in and have an awesome weekend. 

Happy crafting 
Zoe x

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ink refill

water colour fluid 100 paper

tailor made tag dies

layering leaves stamp set

paper florist dies

bough punch for papercraft cutting shapes

Monday, 24 July 2023

Quick and easy handmade Christmas card ideas

handmade easy Christmas card using printed papers and trucking along bundle

 I'm a little late, but the Christmas Card Club are sharing cards with a winter village scene this fortnight.  I had thought I had nothing to share so was heading for the anything goes get out of jail option, but then opened my new pack of One Horse Open Sleigh 6" x 6" printed papers (DSP).  I teamed this sheet with the Trucking Along bundle to create my village scene.  

Using papers makes it easy to create a quick card or multiples especially with a pack of papers like this as there are 4 of each design.  When you are making lots of seasonal cards then easy and quick designs make it much more fun and you can vary with each paper design.  

The truck is so cute too and you can use the stamp set all year as there are numerous things to put inside it.  I've also added some Wink of Stella to the lights for a little sparkle, but no matter how I tried it didn't want to show in my photograph. 

Do take a few minutes to look around the other ladies in our club to see some different ideas for cards using the theme ranging from up cycling to stamping.  

Thanks for checking in and do visit again soon. 

Happy crafting Zoe x

trucking along bundle stampin up

Trucking Along Bundle

one horse open sleigh designer series paper

One Horse Open Sleigh DSP

wink of stella to add sparkle to papercraft projects

Wink of Stella