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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

Thursday 18 July 2024

Just two weeks to go

bouns days at stampin up

Our July offer will soon be over.  For every £45 spent on product in July in my Stampin' Up! shop you will earn a bonus day coupon from Stampin' Up! which you can spend on product in August 2024.  

Take a look at the Simply Zinnias suite with this gorgeous paper full of colour and great for summer makes.  The stamp set and dies coordinate and can be used for all sorts of projects.  Check back on Friday night for my next card using Simply Zinnias and a fun technique to use them with. 

handmade card thank you

 Thanks for stopping by.

See you again soon

Zoe x

Friday 12 July 2024

Embossing ideas for card making

handmade emboss resist technique card using Leaf Collection stamp and Spotlight on Nature stamp set

 I created this card primarily for a colour challenge that I found on facebook which asked you to use these colours Petunia Pop, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist and Summer Splash.  I got so busy with it that I forgot the Melon Mambo but I love it anyway but of course it didn't fit the challenge.  

I added lots of ink to a piece of white card before stamping the leaf image several times over the inked sheet in Versamark.  I added clear embossing powder to create a gloss set of images over this coloured piece.  Once cooled I then stamped over the whole piece with the crosshatch stamp from the Spotlight on Nature stamp set.  I then wiped off any ink on the embossed images as the ink resists with the embossing.  I makes it look like the cross hatch was stamped underneath the leaves.  

Quick tip if you try this technique make sure your blended colour layer is dry before doing the embossing stage or you may have lots of speckles in addition to your gloss leaves.  

The butterflies I stamped in Black Memento ink before colouring with Stampin' Blends aka alchohol markes. I fussy cut them out to add over the baker's twine criss cross lines.  

It creates a bold design using these colours and I love to do some mixed media designs sometimes.  Inky, messy fingers is a sign of a good day crafting for me! 

Have a great day 
Zoe x

Remember we have our BONUS DAYS offer this month.  Earn a £4.50 coupon to use on your purchases in August for every £45 spent on product during July. 

Monday 8 July 2024

Ink smooshing with Encircled in Nature

ink smooshing handmade card with stampin up encircled in nature bundle

Did you see my last post sharing the easy, but fun technique of ink smooshing?  It is a great technique for original backgrounds that you can then die cut or use to stamp on and lots more.  There are a few ways to do it so check out my video to see the ways I did it. 

For this particular card I created a background using the technique onto watercolour paper fluid 100 and then die cut the part I wanted and positioned it in the aperture created using the same die on a piece of white card. I'd already stamped the wreath image on the white card.  I stamped and die cut some of the trees from the Encircled in Nature bundle to add more depth and detail and also stamped the moon and stars onto my die cut ink smooshed piece.  I raised the white layer on Stampin' dimensionals. 

I added a sentiment from the same stamp set, but this could be quickly adapted to be a super Christmas card for anyone creating cards for Christmas in July.  

This month Stampin' Up! has a fabulous offer available to you.  For every £45 you spend on product from my shop you'll earn a BONUS COUPON worth £4.50 which you'll be able to use against a future purchase the following month.  

Have a great week.

Hugs Zoe x

Friday 31 May 2024

Ink smooshing for Totally Techniques Blog Hop


handmade hello card with submarine and underwater scene

Hi lovely crafty followers it's our May Totally Techniques blog hop today with international Stampin' Up! demonstrators sharing tips and ideas for using the ink smooshing technique.  It's great for creating fun backgrounds for things like submarines and also for creating fun patterns and colour combos on watercolour paper that you can use for die cutting.

I used the Submarine Life stamp and punch bundle to create a fun card to say hello, but the set includes several fun sentiments that could be used and how you set your scene is up to you.  Let's face it who doesn't love a 'yellow submarine' and now you have an ear worm for the rest of the day!  In a past life I spent a little time on a submarine and it was fun. Just like Stampin' Up! has brought lots of new friends and contacts I have lots of fond memories of a previous role where I have great friends now retired from submarines so that is why this bundle of products appealed to me. 

My video shows how to create the ink smooshed background and then I've added an underwater scene using the stamps from the set and a little fussy cutting.  It was fun to create and I know it will bring a smile to the person I'm planning to send it to.  

I used the ink on the glass mat version to lift ink with a piece of window sheet to colour a white heat embossed image for the next card.  It looked a little messy with the whole piece of watercolour paper, but die cut it gives a more arty view and layered onto an embossed background it tones it down.  I embossed the background using my scoreboard which made the even distances really easy to achieve.  The Layers of Beauty bundle is proving popular.  It's hard to believe how many different way you can use this set.  If you haven't fallen for it yet you may want to look out for our June promotion starting on the 5th when you can get a bonus extra 10% off bundles for the remainder of June.  

layers of beauty floral handmade card using ink smooshing

Thanks for visiting this blog hop I hope you enjoy touring all our different posts to gain lots of tips and ideas.  

Happy stamping

Hugs Zoe x

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submarine life stampin up stamp set

Submarine Life stamp set

submarine life builder punch for paper crafters

layers of beauty stamp and die bundle

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Friday 26 April 2024

How to do mirror stamping - Totally Techniques Blog Hop

friendship handmade card with Trucking Along Stampin Up stamp set

totally techniques blog hop sign

Welcome crafty friends have you ever wanted to reverse an image or mirror it to create one image looking at the same but in reverse?  Here is one way and you'll find others on our global Stampin' Up! demonstrator blog hop. 

I've used the online exclusive stamp set Trucking Along with some of our new In Colors which are launching on 1 May.  

All you need is a silicon mat, black ink, white card and an outline stamp to get started.  The video will show you how to create simple cards like mine with the same image reversed or mirrored.  I've added detailing to the above and below cards by using the scoring tool on my trimmer or you could use a scoring board. Flip your design face down so that you score on the reverse to 'push' the card up or emboss it on the front.  

For more detailing you can add mini pennants with offcuts of your papers and coordinating embellishments.  With Stampin' Up!'s colour coordination through ink, paper, card and gems it is easy to create a coordinating design.  I love the new In Color resin dots perfect for simple additions on handmade cards like this. 

I also used Stampin' Blends, alcohol markers in coordinating colours to colour my images.  I chose not to mirror the truck contents because getting them stamped into exactly the right spot would make it tricky , but of course you could fussy cut to add them once you have done the mirror technique in my video. 

handmade card using the mirror stamping technique

Thanks for stopping by and below are the supplies I used and the links to the other wonderful stampers in the Totally Techniques Blog Hop Team. 
Hugs all Zoe x

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