Saturday, 31 May 2014

3D Flowers using a Stampin' Up! punch

Good morning everyone,
Today's blog post is a pictorial showing you how to make flowers for decorating cards or wrapped presents or any other project. 

You can use any circle punch, obviously the smaller the punch the smaller the flower. You need to cut out thirty circles for the petals, and a separate circle as a base to stick the finished flower to.






I glued a button on the top to finish it off.

Back tomorrow
Lauren
~x~

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Hey There, Foxy! ~ Life in the Forest


Good morning foxy ladies (and gentlemen)!
This is very similar to the mouse card I posted earlier in the week except this time I have used the lovely fox from "Life in the Forest".

Again, I have twinned the project with a sentiment from "Just Sayin'" - these two stamp sets seem to go very well together, don't they?! I have used them loads since I bought them, they were a very good investment!

I think this makes a great masculine card. You could use the toadstool in the stamp set interspersed with the foxes, I may give that a go next time.

I've stamped the images in Black StazOn ink so that they didn't smudge when I coloured them (using a Blender Pen and Stampin' Write Markers).

Don't forget you can buy all the products needed for this card from Stampin' Up!, there is a link at the top of the page (it says SHOP NOW) to browse the Official Stampin' Up! webshop.

Happy shopping and stamping!

Lauren
~x~

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper - Home Decor Project

Good morning everyone! 
How are you all? I've been super busy this week - the usual routine of work, household chores, looking after Little Hippy ~ and trying to make time for the gym and (of course!) some crafting. 

The weather has been very hit and miss here in Surrey, as it has been in much of the UK. I was hoping that we'd have some solid sunshine as weather forecasters made a real fuss at the beginning of the month saying that we'd have a heatwave for two weeks. Well, it hasn't happened!! 

I have a garden that needs sorting and I have a very white body that needs a tan! BUT it does mean I've had a bit more time to spend inside on crafting instead. Every cloud! 

Therefore today is another project pictorial; I'm going to show you how you can upcycle rubbish into something useful with our favourite ingredient - paper. 

1. I've taken a tin can that was part of a bottle of perfume and started to add some red Sticky Strip (available from Stampin' Up!): 

Stampin' Up!, home decor projects


2. Keep going all the way around the can and put some in the middle as well as either end:

Stampin' Up!, home decor projects


Stampin' Up!, home decor projects


3. Add your paper (which you have already measured to size length and width-wise). I've chosen our Retro Fresh Designer Series Paper from the Spring Summer Catalogue:

Retro Fresh, Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!


And there you have it! A lovely pot to store whatever you like in!

Raid your stash and decorate your pot with ribbon, embellishments, buttons, stamped images - whatever you can think of - or visit the Official Stampin' Up! webshop (link at the top of the page) to buy some lovely new bits and make this a really special home decor project.

Retro Fresh, Designer Series Paper, Stampin' Up!

In the meantime I share this recent picture of me that Mr Hippy took in the hope that the sunshine will show its face again very soon!

crafty hippy Stampin' Up! demonstrator


See you all again tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by.
Lauren
~x~

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Crumb Cake and Gold Bakers Twine

Stampin' Up!. Simple Stems, Bakers Twine

Morning all!
I absolutely LOVE the background cardstock used here - it is called Crumb Cake and I use it fairly often. I find it works particularly well with pastel colours. As seen here, I've stamped flowers from the "Simple Stems" stamp set (yes, that one again) in Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder; which I think compliment each other perfectly.

I've added some gold embossing and a bit of gold Bakers Twine, also from the Spring Summer Catalogue; plus a circle embossed using the woodgrain pattern and the Big Shot to add a little extra detail behind the flowers.

Stampin' Up! Simple Stems, Bakers Twine


The sentiment is from the "Walk in the Wild" stamp set; in fact everything needed to make this card is available from Stampin' Up! - you can use the link at the top of the page to browse or buy their Official Webshop. Please contact me if you are unsure what you need!

See you tomorrow for more crafty ideas.
Lauren
~x~

Monday, 26 May 2014

Polkadot Parade Triangular Favours


Morning everyone, 
I thought we would go for a pictorial this morning; this is an easy little project to make gorgeous triangular favours to hold sweets or treats. Perfect for weddings or dinner parties. 

1. The hardest bit is probably making the template, but once you have got one designed you can keep it for later. Obviously the bigger the template the bigger the favour:



2. Next, use your template to transfer the image onto your designer paper. I used very light pencil which you can then rub out, or have it on the inside of your triangle:



3. Cut out your shape and then use a scoring board to score all the lines, being careful not to go through the paper:


4. Make some holes and string together. Fill with your treat and tie up, making sure all the flaps of the triangle are tucked in:


Back tomorrow with more inspiration!
Lauren
~x~

Sunday, 25 May 2014

Life in the Forest - Love Ya


Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!

Good morning,
Here is another card made with the adorable Stampin' Up! set "Life in the Forest". I've actually CASEd this card - this is a tweaked version of American Demonstrator Ann Schach's creation.

I've used the "Love Ya" sentiment from the "Just Sayin'" stamp set - these two sets have been firm favourites of mine in the last couple of weeks.

I used Black StazOn Ink to stamp the animals and then Stampin' Write Markers and a Blender Pen to colour them in. The StazOn does not bleed or blur, which is why I used it instead of our regular Basic Black ink.

Isn't it fabulous? I can see me having hours and hours of fun with this stamp set.

Don't forget you can shop for Stampin' Up! products in the Official Webshop - go to the link at the top left hand side of the page. If you are unsure of any of the products I've used for this card then drop me a message and I'll give you a list of the products I've used.

Until tomorrow -
Happy Stamping!
~x~


Saturday, 24 May 2014

Kaleidoscope, Geometric, FUN!

Stampin' Up! Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper

Good morning all, 
I wanted to do something a bit "on trend" for today, so I've chosen geometric pattern. 

I know I have done pegs before but this is a quick, easy little project and the new pegs I'd bought for my own home were looking a bit sad. I've covered them with some geometric Kaleidoscope designer series paper from Stampin' Up! I absolutely adore this paper, it is absolutely fab. 

This project would make a great gift for someone - you could decorate some pegs and present them in a gorgeous box made especially. Or you could pouch them in a decorated cellophane bag instead. This project uses up very little paper and is perfect for using up scraps. The finished result looks really professional, you can't go wrong with this one really. 


 Stampin' Up! Kaleidoscope Designer Series Paper

I used SNAIL adhesive by Stampin' Up! - if you apply enough and smooth the paper down firmly on to the peg it is more than sufficient.

See you tomorrow with another project. Happy peg decorating!

Friday, 23 May 2014

Stampin' Up! Happy Day


Stampin' Up! Happy Day, Sale-a-bration,

Good morning campers! 
Today's card is made with very little stamping - just the sentiment. I wanted to do something a little different and so I made a Campervan template (mounted on cardstock); one that I'll be able to use time and again. 

Happy Day is the Stampin' Up! stamp set used for this card, and it is available from the Official Stampin' Up! Webshop (click the link above to browse or buy). 

I actually used this year's Sale-a-bration designer series paper for this project plus some retired buttons and brads - sometimes it's good to use up your old scraps and elements. The current catalogue finishes at the end of next month, I can't wait to see what will be in the new one! 


Stampin' Up! Happy Day, Sale-a-bration,

Back tomorrow with another project.

Lauren
~x~

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Express Yourself with Simple Stems

Express Yourself, Simple Stems, Stampin' Up!

Morning,
Today's project is a card I made for my lovely friend (and customer) who is recovering after an operation.

I've been playing with these stamp sets lots over the past weeks - the flowers are from "Simple Stems", and the sentiment is from "Express Yourself" which is a current Stampin' Up! Hostess set. This means you can claim this special stamp set for free when you spend £150 or more. The more you spend, the more hostess credits you earn to spend on whatever you like from the catalogue, including stamp sets which are only available with hostess credits. A great incentive!

I've used some bold colours this time around (Rich Razzleberry, Raspberry Ripple and Midnight Muse) and some gold cardstock and some gold embossing powder. Everything I've used is available right now from Stampin' Up!

Express Yourself, Simple Stems, Stampin' Up!

I really hope you like the card Susie, get well soon!

Lauren
~X~

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Life in the Forest

Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!


Good morning everyone!
Well after much anticipation I've finally received a couple of stamp sets I've been waiting for ages to order.  Today's project uses both sets - the lovely little mouse from Stampin' Up!'s "Life in the Forest" stamp set, and a word bubble from "Just Sayin'". I used Black StazOn ink when I stamped the mice so that I could watercolour using some Stampin' Write Markers without smudging them. 

"Life in the Forest" has seven beautiful stamps:


And "Just Sayin'" has eight gorgeous stamps that can be used for all sorts of occasions:


I cut out the word bubble (I was too lazy to use my matching dies!) and elevated it using some Stampin' Dimensionals sticky foam pads. I used Basic Grey and Pink Pirouette cardstock for my project, along with Whisper White.

I think I am going to be using these sets a lot! Both are available from the Spring-Summer catalogue and can be bought online - click the Shop Now button at the top of the page to browse or buy the Official Stampin' Up! webshop. 

Life in the Forest, Stampin' Up!


Back tomorrow with more inspiration!
Lauren
~X~

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Simple Stems

Good morning all!

Stampin' Up! Simple Stems

This is a card I made for my lovely mum to say "Good Luck" for her new job which she started yesterday. I used the Stampin' Up! stamp sets Simple Stems (from the Spring-Summer catalogue) to make the gorgeous flowers; and the Woodgrain stamp for the background.

I simply cut out the flowers using a pair of scissors and layered the pink flower - elevating the different layers using Stampin' Dimensionals sticky foam pads. I used Wisteria Wonder, Calypso Coral and Pirouette Pink, plus some gold embossing powder. The ribbon is our Natural Chevron Ribbon which is found in the Spring-Summer catalogue.

 The sentiment "You can do it" is from the Express Yourself stamp set which is a current Hostess set (available for FREE when you spend £150 or more). I used the Labels framelits and the Bitty Banners framelits with my big shot for the die-cutting elements of this card.

Stampin' Up! Simple Stems

I used some gold sequins from our lovely Gold Sequin Trim, which I stuck on with our Multipurpose Liquid Glue, and added some small self-adhesive pearls on top! The base card is Crumb Cake, a favourite of mine for my projects.

I'm really pleased with it and thankfully Mum loved it. I hope the first day in your new job went well Mum!

All of the items needed to make this card are available from Stampin' Up! you can choose to shop online - click the "Shop Now" button at the top of this site to browse or buy from the official Stampin' Up! webshop.

Back tomorrow with more projects!
~X~



Monday, 19 May 2014

My Top 5 Craft supplies

People are always asking what my favourite (or recommended) card-making and scrapbooking supplies are. 

All of these are available from Stampin' Up! ~ they're truly magnificent. Here are my Top 5 in no particular order:

1. SNAIL adhesive 
Absolutely the best paper craft glue on the market and I've tried many glues. SNAIL applies a controlled amount of adhesive directly to your project, sticks fast and is of archive quality - your hands and work area never get sticky. Best for card making and scrapbooking. £5.50/£3.75 (refill)

2. Sponge Daubers 
Use these on the end of your fingertips to add a distressed look to any project. Use on stamps or directly onto projects. Also good for stamping circular areas of ink to create an unusual background, or for applying ink to stencils. £9.95 for 12




3. Colour Coach
Takes the guess work out of combining colours. I've only just invested in one of these but have spent all my time since wondering why I didn't get one before! Gives you two colour combination suggestions for each colour, and provides a contrasting shade to the colour in question. Perfect for when you have a colour you want to use in mind, but no idea what to team it with. £13.50. 
Also available are cards for the two In-Color groups - £2.25 each




4. Stamp-a-majig
I've talked about my love for this item before! A must-have for any stamper - this little beauty helps you position every stamp exactly where you want it. A simple bit of kit that is so easy to use. £10.95


5. Stampin' Scrub & Stampin' Mist
Ok, so I'm cheating here a bit as these are actually two items, but they work in perfect harmony! The Stampin' Mist smells gorgeous - you spray it on to the "wet" side of the Stampin' Scrub and you rub the stamp until it is clean, drying it on the "dry" side of the Stampin' Scrub pad. Voila! You have clean, dry stamps; even the most detailed ones. The plush, black washpads are removable so that you can clean them. Another absolute must. Stampin' Scrub is £13.50 and Stampin' Mist is £3.25


Sunday, 18 May 2014

Flower Power

Morning all!
I'm lucky to be able to say that my lovely boyfriend often brings me flowers. I love them and find them a great source of inspiration, as I do all natural things.

Being a little bit sad (!) I like to take photographs of the flowers he buys me; I wish I could say that I had taken a photograph of every bunch! Here are a few I've had over recent months, including the first bunch he ever gave me (on our second date, awwww!!):





With this in mind I thought it was about time I did some floral projects. Then I remembered I have purchased a "Burlap and Bloom" Spring wreath kit from Stampin' Up! which I am yet to put together. Finished, it looks like this:


The kit comes in pieces like this and you put it together using a hot glue gun - that's it! Loads of fun, and you get to create something really beautiful for your home, which you can hang on your door or even on the wall: 



It costs £15.95 and is available to buy now in the Official Stampin' Up! webshop - just click on the "Shop Now" button at the top of the page to buy or browse. 

 I'm going to have a go at putting mine together (it's meant to be really easy, but do give yourself a good hour to do it) and I will post up pictures for you all to see.

Lauren
x

Saturday, 17 May 2014

By The Tide Birthday


Morning crafters.
Here is the second "By The Tide" card of the week.  I love this stamp set so much and really hope it won't retire when the current Stampin' Up! catalogue finishes on the 30th June 2014.

I created an oval template using one of the dies from the "Ovals Collection" sets of dies. I then sponged this area with a dish-washing sponge (nothing fancy!) and some Pool Party ink.

I then stamped my images over the top, again with Pool Party ink.
I used the Itty Bitty Banners stamp set to stamp "Happy Birthday" which I cut out with some scissors (I was too lazy to use the matching dies), which I then elevated this using some "Stampin' Dimensionals" - sticky foam pads.
Whisper White cardstock is the perfect colour to contrast with the crisp Pool Party colour. You could use a darker shade for a masculine card, or what about Calypso Coral?

All of these items (except the dish-washing sponges!) can be found in the Official Stampin' Up! webshop - just click on the "Shop Now" button at the top of the page to buy or browse.

Back tomorrow with more ideas.

Lauren
x

Friday, 16 May 2014

Late night musings....

As regular followers of this blog will know posts have been fairly low on the ground since January. Little Hippy has not been herself since she went back to school, and as a result life has been very challenging indeed. Normal routine has all but stopped, and everyday tasks can sometimes take hours.

We've had some small victories this week- acts that would seem very small to most people but in actual fact are huge for my girl - and as a result we've also had some not so good moments. Living with a small child who has anxiety (and related issues) is not at all easy!

If there is one thing I've learnt over the last 6 months, which really has only come to light this week; is that I MUST make time for myself. Crafting has been the perfect escape. I didn't realise how much I missed crafting and this blog until I took it back up again. Before it felt like pressure, having this blog that I so desperately wanted to write everyday (but couldn't) so I stopped altogether. I then thought about how it really wouldn't be so bad if I just updated it time to time, but the perfectionist in me wasn't really happy with that.

So I stopped altogether and just concentrated on my daughter. To not worry about any of this was fairly liberating, although I missed it and the opportunity to choose to do it. But family comes first.

But this week I came to realise that to cope with the constant bombardment of mood swings, anxiety, negativity, tears, frustrations and meltdowns (and that's just me! lol) I must use the small gaps of time without Little Hippy wisely. And by wisely I don't always mean to do the ironing, or tidy up or some other mundane task. Those things never truly go away, do they?

I realised that I needed to start having some time-out for me. Now we are sleeping better (both of us) I have started at the gym again which has given me a bit more energy and a boost. And now I am crafting again I feel even better.

My cards may not be brilliant at the moment (creativity is like a muscle, after all), and there might be sporadic gaps here and there; but I am getting there and the main thing is I am enjoying it. I'm so glad to be back.

Here's to sunnier skies,
Lauren
~x~

Welcome, Neighbour


This is the card I gave to my new neighbours to welcome them to our street. It was a bit of an experiment to be honest!! I hadn't intended the ink to run outside the template I'd made using the Bitty Banners dies and my Big Shot; however I think this was probably a good thing as the arrows would have been too little and not taken up enough space on the card. 

I used Crisp Cantaloupe, Marina Mist and Pistachio Pudding colours; I just used an old sponge -no special art supply, just a regular dish-washing sponge- to apply the colour.

I then used Basic Black ink and the ink spots stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set (one of my faves) to add the splashes:



The "welcome" sentiment is from the Fabulous Phrases stamp set which can be found in the Annual Catalogue: 


These sentiments are just perfect for card making and scrap-booking alike. 

You are able to browse or buy on Stampin' UP!'s official web-shop; just click the "Shop Now" button above at the top of the page. 

Stay crafty,

Lauren
x

Thursday, 15 May 2014

From My Heart - Part Three

Good morning! 
The last card in the From My Heart series is even more simple than the other two I've posted. Which shows you that cards don't have to be at all complicated to be gorgeous. A copy of the contents of the "From My Heart" stamp set can be found on Tuesday's blog post. 


Again, I've used Retro Fresh paper (see yesterday's blog post) and I've used the same colours as before. This time I left out the ribbon - but you could really add any colour really - what about a bright orange?? I think it'd make a good contrast. 

Why not have a browse at Stampin' Up!'s wonderful online shop - just use the "Shop Now" button at the top of the screen.

Back tomorrow with a fresh idea. 

Lauren
x

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

From My Heart - Part Two

Good morning, and happy "Hump Day" everyone. 

From My Heart, Retro Fresh, Stampin' Up!


Today's card is a take on the one we looked at yesterday. The card is slightly longer (more greetings card than notelet size) and instead of polkadots I have used bang-on-trend geometric paper. This is from Stampin' Up!'s "Retro Fresh" collection (12 sheets, 2 each of 6 designs):

Retro Fresh, Stampin' Up!

This paper is from the Spring-Summer catalogue and is available until the 30th June 2014 - I'm not sure yet if it will be making an appearance in the next Annual Catalogue - we will find out on 1st July 2014! Don't forget you can buy this and any of the other Stampin' Up! products you have seen here using the "Shop Now" link at the top of this page to go through to their shopping site. 

Again, I have used a scallop punch (6cm) and some Coastal Cabana "Ruffle Stretch Trim" ribbon. A copy of what's available in the "From My Heart" stamp set features in yesterday's post. 

Tomorrow I will be back with the last card in this series. 

Lauren
x