Thursday, 27 August 2015

You're So Sweet

Every week Stampin' Up! bring us demonstrators a project to share with you all. This week they have made a gorgeous card crafted from their You're So Sweet stamp set. 

You're So Sweet, Stampin' Up!

You don't need a big image to make a bold statement on your project. With the Hello Love card shown here, the stamped "you" emphasizes that this card is all about the recipient. Use the stamping off technique, where you stamp an image multiple times before re-inking, to create a beautiful background. Our Greetings Thinlits create a fun focal point. 

Back tomorrow with another project, 
Lauren
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Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Wednesday's Weekly Deals


It's that time of the week again!

Every week on a Wednesday Stampin' Up! bring you a selection of special deals. You can click on the images below and you'll be taken directly to the Official Online Stampin' Up! store.



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Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Masculine Cards

These are always so difficult to create! For me, anyway. Some people are really good at mens' cards but I have to say I struggle. I suppose getting the right colours and theme are the two most important things when creating a card for a bloke.

Stampin' Up! have created lots of fantastic stamp sets that can be used for masculine cards but I suppose my favourite is Guy Greetings, which I used a little last week:

Guy Greetings, Stampin' Up!
It's a fantastic all-rounder set which can be used for so many occasions. Again, I've gone for the vintage car out of this set for my project:

Guy Greetings, Stampin' Up!

I used the sentiment from "An Open Heart" - I LOVE this set! The designer series paper is Typeset. All supplies are listed at the bottom.

Back soon,
Lauren
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Monday, 24 August 2015

You are the GOLD at the end of the Rainbow!

That's one of the gorgeous sentiments from the Stampin' Up! "Over the Rainbow" stamp set.

I have stamped and trimmed this sentiment to fit so that I could embellish the "GOLD" in gold embossing powder in the middle of the rainbow. I did this by using a Versamark pen (sadly no longer available from Stampin' Up!) to just pick out that word alone:

Over the Rainbow, Stampin' Up!

I used Gorgeous Grunge to create some layered ink spots which finished the card off nicely.

I'm really happy with this project and I have to say it looks so much sweeter in real life. I think I will use this stamp set to exhaustion it is just so pretty!

Back tomorrow with more ideas,
Lauren
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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Live With An Open Heart

An Open Heart, Stampin' Up!

Good morning!
Today's project features a little slither of Mr Hippy! It was the best shot I could get and he moved into the shot at the last minute. It has been so nice to spend time together this summer, even if it has been a bit hectic with the move and trying to get Little Hippy settled in.

This project also features the wonderful Stampin' Up! stamp set "An Open Heart". This card is actually a CASE from the Annual Catalogue (p.25) and although I didn't have exactly the right dies it is pretty close.

Isn't it gorgeous? (Just like Mr Hippy!)

An Open Heart, Stampin' Up!

Little Hippy has actually gone to stay with her dad this week and so I am hoping to get out and about in my new county (Suffolk) and find some good inspiration for new projects! I'm also hoping to start doing some scrapbooking soon. Life has really changed after moving out of Hippy Cottage and it is good to breathe. It is good to live with an open heart.

Supplies listed below. Back tomorrow with another card.
Lauren
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Saturday, 22 August 2015

Happy Birthday, Everyone


Super-quick card equals super-quick card post today as Mr Hippy and I are at a wedding!

The sentiment is from "Happy Birthday, Everyone" which is a Hostess Stamp Set. The bird and foliage you will recognise from "An Open Heart" which I have been using all week. The Wisteria Wonder oval sponged in the background was made using our Oval Dies and the Big Shot to create a mask.

Back tomorrow with another post.
Lauren
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Friday, 21 August 2015

Over The Rainbow

I totally adore Stampin' Up!'s "Over The Rainbow" set from the Annual Catalogue. You can create really bright and beautiful cards, which I've done here in our three main colour sets. 

Subtles: 
Over The Rainbow, Stampin' Up!
Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Pear Pizzaz, Marina Mist, Wisteria Wonder


Brights:
Over The Rainbow, Stampin' Up!
Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Pacific Point, Rich Razzleberry


Regals:
Over The Rainbow, Stampin' Up!
Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Always Artichoke, Island Indigo, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant


These cards are simple one-step stamping, and are perfect for cheering friends. You could mix any of the colours from the colour groups to make your perfect rainbow.

Supplies are listed below and are available from the Official Online Shop. Just click on the link, or press the "Shop Online Now" button at the top of the page.

Back soon,
Lauren
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Thursday, 20 August 2015

Best Craft Supplies

Every now and then I do a post about my favourite craft supplies as 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 and I wouldn't (or couldn't) craft without them. You will find a link to these projects at the bottom of this blog post. 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. £6.25/£4.00 (refill)
Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Up!
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. £4.50 for 5


Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Up!


3. Adhesive Remover 
No-one is perfect! Remove unsightly adhesive and save your project. Works like an eraser and removes sticky glue trails.
Adhesive Remover, Stampin' Up!

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. £11.00
Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stampin' Up!

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 £15.50 and Stampin' Mist is £4.00 (60ml bottle, then £8.50 for a 237ml refill bottle)


Stampin' Scrub, Stampin' Mist, Stampin' Up!

Thanks for stopping by! Back tomorrow with more crafty ideas, 
Lauren
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Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Wednesday's Weekly Deals


It's that time of the week again!

Every week on a Wednesday Stampin' Up! bring you a selection of special deals. You can click on the images below and you'll be taken directly to the Official Online Stampin' Up! store.



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Tuesday, 18 August 2015

For All Things

For All Things, Stampin' Up!

Today's simple, notelet project was made entirely using the stamp set For All Things - I layered Crumb Cake coloured stamping and stamped the sentiment in Memento Tuxedo Black craft ink. Super-quick for when you're in a hurry.

Supplies are listed below, thank you for stopping by!
Lauren
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Monday, 17 August 2015

Cottage Greetings Card Kit ~ Part 4

On Friday I showcased the Cottage Greetings Card Kit and over the last couple of days I have shown you how you can create something totally different by slightly changing your supplies. Today is the last project in this series. 

Here is the third original design from the kit: 

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

And here is my alternative version:

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

A completely different card I'm sure you'll agree!

Back with a fresh new set of projects tomorrow. Supplies are listed at the bottom of this blog post as always.

Lauren
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Sunday, 16 August 2015

Cottage Greetings Card Kit ~ Part 3

On Friday I showcased the Cottage Greetings Card Kit and yesterday I started to show you how you can create something totally different by slightly changing your supplies. 

Here was the second original design from the kit: 

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

I have completely changed it to this:

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

I swapped the larger embellishment for the smaller one. On the last project of this series I have done the same thing. This means you can make a mixture of the original designs and the alternative designs without running out of the supplies that came with the kit.

I used the flowers from the "An Open Heart" stamp set and the "happy birthday" sentiment from the "And Many More" stamp set. The Bakers Twine comes in the card kit.

Back tomorrow with the final part of this series.
Lauren
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Saturday, 15 August 2015

Cottage Greetings Card Kit ~ Part 2

Yesterday I showcased the Cottage Greetings Card Kit. Today is the first of three parts where I will show how you can create something different by slightly changing your supplies. 

Here was the original design: 

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

And here is the alternative version:

Cottage Greetings Card Kit, Stampin' Up!

As you can see I totally changed the stamping in the middle. I used the "An Open Heart" stamp set for both the bird and the sentiment. I used Early Espresso ink for the bird and the Delightful Dijon again for the "Thank You".

This gives you a totally different design and you can choose to make five of these, or a mixture of these and the original design. I didn't use any more supplies than the original design so this is possible to do.

Back tomorrow with Part 3.
Lauren
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Friday, 14 August 2015

Cottage Greetings Card Kit

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

I recently purchased the Cottage Greetings card kit, my first card kit from Stampin' Up! The kit was so easy to make and the cards look just like they do in the catalogue; but bigger and better than I had envisaged.

The "Cottage Greetings" stamp set is purchased separately, but you could use this card kit with a different stamp set and some imagination.

The kit comes with instructions and makes 15 cards - 5 each of 3 designs. It includes embellishments and envelopes. All you need is a stamp set, ink and glue.

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Whilst I was crafting Mr Hippy was out in the garden crafting his shield for a Viking living history group that we have both joined:

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

When I had finished my cards (and he had cleared off the table!) I could finally take a photograph of them:

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

I didn't stamp too evenly on the "thanks" - ooops!

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Cottage Greetings, Stampin' Up!

Tomorrow I shall be showing you how you don't have to follow the designs given and you can use the card kit and create a completely different card.

Supplies are listed at bottom of the page.

Thanks for stopping by, keep crafting!
Lauren
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Thursday, 13 August 2015

Choose Happiness

Choose Happiness, Stampin' Up!

Today's card was created with the Choose Happiness stamp set. I made it to send to a friend to say thank you for all the support she gives me; however once I had it made I decided I wasn't so keen on the flower....

Rather than risk destroying the whole card whilst removing it, I decided to craft another one quickly.... Sometimes less really is more...

Choose Happiness, Stampin' Up!

So a really big thank you to my friend Michelle who is always there for me. When I need a friend you're there.

Tomorrow I shall be sharing the Cottage Greetings Card Kit. The supplies listed for today's card are listed below.

Thanks for stopping by!
Lauren
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Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Weekly Deals


It's that time of the week again!

Every week on a Wednesday Stampin' Up! bring you a selection of special deals. You can click on the images below and you'll be taken directly to the Official Online Stampin' Up! store.

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Tuesday, 11 August 2015

By The Tide

Straight after moving all my stuff out of Hippy Cottage we went  to Cornwall to look after Mr Hippy's dad. After a week of running errands Mr Hippy and I managed to escape for an afternoon and went for a lovely walk on the beach...


Of course this beautiful scenery was the perfect inspiration for crafting and as soon as we were home I went straight to my "By The Tide" stamp set. 

I embossed the coral and fish in gold to make them really stand out. 

Stampin' Up! By The Tide

This card is exactly the same, except I have used different colours, silver emboss powder, and a shell instead of a fish.

Stampin' Up! By The Tide

Aren't they gorgeous? The photographs really don't do them justice!

Stampin' Up! By The Tide

All the supplies I've used are available from the Stampin' Up! shop and are also listed below. Either click on one of the products or use the "Shop Online Now" button at the top of the screen to browse or buy.

Back soon with more inspirational projects.
Lauren
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Monday, 10 August 2015

"Hello You" Thinlits

Well we are slowly getting into a new routine here at Hippy Homestead. We are still unpacking and organising and sorting, but this has been interspersed with plenty of trips to the park with the girls. Little Hippy has two Step-sisters now! 

It is strange adapting to not working. Occasionally it will cross my mind that I haven't thought about work for ages. This is a good thing because it has been a rather stressful move, but it is all coming together now. 

Mr Hippy is about to re-train as a Tree Surgeon in a few weeks, so today's project is just perfect: 


Today's card is another CASE.

For those that aren't in the know, here at Stampin' Up! we often CASE - "Copy and Share Everything" - that is we openly share our creative projects. When you're new to stamping (or like me haven't crafted in a long time) it can help get the creative juices flowing. Remember always to credit the person you are copying.

Today's CASE has come direct from the Stampin' Up! catalogue (p.87). That's the great thing about our catalogue; it's not just a showcase of our products but also projects you can make from our goodies.

You can view the Stampin' Up! Catalogue online - there is a link at the top on the left hand side of this page.

The stamp set is the gorgeous "Lovely as a Tree" set,  and the sentiment is from "And Many More" which is now a firm favourite.
I have used the "Typeset" paper (it looks like newspaper print) rather than washi tape as I didn't have any! But this is a pretty close CASE otherwise. The gorgeous "Thanks" sentiment comes from the "Hello You" Thinlits dies which I ran through with the Big Shot. All supplies are listed at the bottom of the page.

Back tomorrow with something a bit fishy....
Lauren
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Sunday, 9 August 2015

Guy Greetings CASE

Stampin' Up! Guy Greetings

Today's project is a card I have CASEd; credit goes to demonstrator Pauline Barnfather whose design was originally inspired by Kim Fee.

I love this card! Such an easy card to do - cards for men are notoriously difficult to make. I simply stamped the middle image and sentiment and then masked that area off. Very basic simple stamping but so effective. This project would look completely different using alternative colours.

The Stampin' Up! set I've used here is Guy Greetings:
All the supplies I've used in this project are listed below this blog post as always.

I've listed all three sets of stamps and I have listed our clear blocks for the photopolymer and clear-mount sets. If you are new to stamping then you don't need clear blocks if you purchase the wood-mount stamps.

Happy crafting!
Lauren
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Saturday, 8 August 2015

Stampin' Up! "Greetings" Thinlits

Greetings Thinlits Stampin' Up! Watercolour Wash

This project features the gorgeous "hello" die from the Greetings Thinlits set. It was cut using the big shot in our Basic Grey card. I used Smoky Slate so stamp the "Watercolour Wash" background stamp - the only bit of stamping on this card - and accents of Soft Sky to complete this project.

Full list of products is below. Thanks for stopping by!
Lauren
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Friday, 7 August 2015

Simple Hearts Card - "Just Because" from the "And Many More" stamp set

Stampin' Up! Over The Rainbow, And Many More, stamp set

This small card is great for when you're in a hurry. Simple one-step stamping in beautiful pastel colours is so effective. 

I used the heart stamp from the "Over The Rainbow" stamp set which has been a firm favourite this week and the "Just Because" sentiment from the "And Many More" stamp set, which is just fantastic. 

Here is the "And Many More" set: 

And Many More Stampin' Up!
I'll be using this sentiment set a lot I think! 23 sentiments for every occasion.

The colours I used were Mint Macaron (ink and cardstock) and Blushing Bride, Marina Mist and So Saffron. I'll be listing the supplies I've used at the bottom as usual. 

Back tomorrow with another project. Thanks for stopping by! 

Lauren
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Thursday, 6 August 2015

You Are My Sunshine

Stampin' Up! Over The Rainbow Stamp Set

Good morning,
Today's project is also made from the "Over the Rainbow" set - I've been using it a lot this week and as well as hearts and everything you need to make gorgeous rainbow-inspired projects it features a beautiful sunshine! Seen here stamped in So Saffron. The "Thank You" sentiment is actually from the"An Open Heart" stamp set.

Supplies listed below.

Back tomorrow,
Lauren
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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

I Heart Hearts


I love this little card. It's very basic but very sweet. I think Crumb Cake is probably my favourite Stampin' Up! colour of all time. It's so versatile and goes fantastically with the Cherry Cobbler red I've used here.

I only used one stamp set -"Over the Rainbow"- I've used both the heart and the sentiment for this super-quick card.

Supplies are listed below.

Thank you for stopping by!

Back tomorrow,
Lauren
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Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Expressions Natural Elements

Good evening all! 

Firstly a huge thanks to everyone that has ordered Stampin' Up! through their Official Online Shop recently (press the Shop Online Now button at the top of the screen to browse or buy). Many of you have checked out as a guest so I am unable to thank you personally. 

Next month I am going to start offering a Hostess Code. A free gift will be sent out to those that use the online code during the month of September when they order. To ensure you get your gift you must not check out as a guest otherwise I won't have your address to forward on your gift, which I will do at the end of the month. The hostess code will be displayed clearly at the top of this blog. 

Well after a hectic few weeks I am officially in my new home. I am now serving the Needham Market area of Suffolk. A huge thanks to my lovely Mr Hippy who made it all happen: 

Stampin' Up! Expressions Natural Elements, Subtles Designer Series Paper

Here I am meeting one of the neighbours!



These are the first cards I have made in a very long time and so I am a bit rusty. I know that the more I craft the better I will get again (crafting is like a muscle, the more you do it the better you get!). I'm loving these new wooden accents; they are called Expressions Natural Elements and are available through the shop.

Time for me to find myself again and for us to celebrate:

Stampin' Up! Expressions Natural Elements, Subtles Designer Series Paper

I prefer the simplicity of the second card I think.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! and will be listed at the bottom of the page.

Thank you so much for stopping by!
Lauren
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