Sunday, 24 December 2017

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year - I hope 2018 is a fantastic year for you all.


Friday, 22 December 2017

Mr Hippy's handmade Winter Solstice Gift - Mixed Media on Portwrinkle Rock

Aurora Borealis painted on to rock using Stampin' Up! supplies and acrylic paints.

Happy Solstice! 
If you're wondering what you're looking at, it's Mr Hippy's Winter Solstice gift from me - it's a mixed media, hand-painted/created rock featuring some fir trees and the Aurora Borealis.

We always exchange one gift (mine are usually handmade) on the Solstice, and we take great pleasure in celebrating the returning light.

A rock doesn't sound like much of a gift, but it is a really special rock - it's from the beach where his Dad lived, where he spent lots of time as a child, and where we have spent many, many happy times together.

We lost both his mum and dad last year, so I wanted to come up with something really thoughtful. On the back is my very personal message - a reminder that we're all made of star dust, and that his parents are still with us, shining down from a twinkly sky...

The message on the back of the Aurora Borealis Winter Solstice rock

I used a mixture of mediums to create this - Stampin' Up! Inks, Stamping Sponges, a Basic Black markerHeat Tool, Fine Tip Glue Pen,Whisper White Craft Stampin' Ink Refill, Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter and some acrylic paint. 

You can see it twinkle in the very short video below:



I had made another one previously and lacquered it... I wasn't sure on the effect but turns out he likes it just as much (so now he has two!). This was my first attempt:

Mixed Media painting on rock number 3 - try this technique at home using a mixture of Stampin' Up! products and acrylic paint.


I love handmade gifts, they are so special and often carry such special meanings. Now I'm wracking my brains (already!) to think what to make him for next year.

A Blessed Solstice to you all! And have a very Merry Christmas,
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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Use the tree from the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up! to make gorgeous set of Christmas cards

Make this gorgeous set of Christmas cards using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' up! Quick and simple idea.

So a few weeks ago I posted this Foxy Friends Christmas Card:

Learn how to make this fab Christmas Card using the Foxy Friends stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The centrepiece is the largest tree from the Foxy Friends stamp set, and has been fussy-cut out by hand, which was really quick and easy.

I decided to take this idea and make a whole set of matching cards, which you can see at the top of this blog post.

How to make this gorgeous Cherry Cobbler coloured Christmas Card from Stampin' Up!


What you need to create these cards: 
I thought using Cherry CobblerIsland Indigo and Garden Green ink would be interesting. It worked really well, I was very happy with the outcome.

The items you need to make the complete set are shown below. Obviously you could make them much simpler (and cheaper) by cutting out the coloured card, but I was using up card from my scraps box.




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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Eastern Beauty Stamp Set: Crafty Hippy Christmas Party Fun

How to make a gorgeous card using the Stampin' Up! stamp set Eastern Beauty and Bermuda Bay ink

The Christmas Party...
On Monday night we had the Crafty Hippy Creative Card Making Christmas Party. It was so much fun!

We did some crafting, and (despite being adults) we had a fun Christmas Quiz, Christmas music, mince pies and even Pass-the-Parcel - hilarious!

Take a look at the hilarious pictures from the Crafty Hippy Stampin' Up! Christmas Party

We made three projects - we decorated a candle and made two cards. The girls loved their gorgeous creations and there was a lot of giggling. My terrible jokes have nothing to do with that of course...

The winner of both the Pass-the-Parcel AND the Christmas Quiz was Elaine - well done Elaine!

Thank you so much to the lovely ladies that came along. I can't wait to do it all again next year!


How to make an Eastern Beauty Greetings Card
Make our Party Project 

So one of our gorgeous projects was this beautiful card. I thought we'd avoid Christmas creations - the party was Christmassy enough, and I thought that everyone would be well organised by this point. So this gave me free reign to pick our projects.

This gorgeous card only consists of simple, one-step stamping and truth be told this is my favourite type to make really. It doesn't have to be tricky or complicated.

We used the Eastern Beauty stamp set in Basic Black, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party - the perfect combo!

We opted for the 'life is beautiful' over the 'a note for you' sentiment, because life is beautiful!



Finish off your project...
We added a gorgeous little Rhinestone in the middle of the flower - this little bit of bling was the perfect finishing touch.

The whole list of supplies you need to make this card is tiled above.

I can't wait for next year's party, and I'm about to start planning for the next Stamp Camp held in the Spring.

Feel free to CASE (copy) this card, and thanks for stopping by today,
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Friday, 15 December 2017

Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper: Decorated Notebook

Turn plain notebooks into something special... 
One of the things I love most about being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is my downline - I have a fantastic bunch of ladies in my team, and they feel like family to me. Stampin' Up! is a really special company in that way; everyone works together and supports one another, sharing and caring, and we really do feel like a family.

I have made so many wonderful friends through Stampin' Up! - both customers and demonstrators.

Last Christmas I wasn't very well (and therefore not very organised!) but this year I got sorted early and delighted in taking time to make and send my wonderful girls gifts as a thank you for being on my team.

Here is one of the gifts I sent; they were all different:

Have a go at creating a gorgeous gift using a plain notebook and designer series paper from Stampin' Up! I used the Whole Lot of Lovely paper.


Make this notebook 
It is so easy to create a gorgeous notebook like this. Firstly, you need to find a completely flat notebook that you can easily cover - that is actually the hardest part.

Secondly, cover it in your favourite paper. I chose the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper (DSP) as it is just SO gorgeous.

I cut a circle of another piece of DSP from the same set using the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, I also did one in Whisper White Cardstock. I then added a Calypso Coral butterfly, cut using the Butterflies Thinlits Dies.

What else do I need? 
All the materials used in today's project (except the notebook) are shown in the Showreel at the bottom of this blog post. Don't hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about this project or our products.


Thank you 
So a big "Thank You" to my lovely girls Jackie, Jane, Trish, Karen and Loretta for being on my team and for everything you have done this year.

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set: Make a gorgeous tree card in non-traditional colours

Have a go at creating this gorgeous card using the Lovely as a Tree stamp set and Melon Mambo Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!

Hello there, and a happy Tuesday to you! The days are going past in a flash at the moment, that's half of December nearly gone already. Are you organised for Christmas? I'm nearly done now, just a bit of wrapping left to do, oh, and of course the Christmas food shop a bit nearer to the big day!

Lovely as a Tree 
Today I am sharing a project made with the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set (also available in Wood Mount) by Stampin' Up!
It's considered a classic set and has become a customer and demonstrator favourite since its inclusion in the first UK Annual Catalogue launched in 2007. It is the only stamp set to have been in every catalogue since then.

It is composed of several timeless tree images which can be used in so many ways. You can keep them plain, watercolour them or use them in non-traditional colours as I have done.

Take a look at the classic Lovely as a Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!


I decided to go for a non-traditional coloured tree today! I stamped it in Melon Mambo for a shock of bright pink.

Create this bright and colourful card using the Shaving Foam Technique and the Lovely as a Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Add your sentiment 
I used the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set to print the heart (in Garden Green) and make a sentiment - in this case 'Hello'.

The background pieces of cardstock are a piece of Garden Green and a piece of Whisper White Cardstock marbled using the Shaving Cream Technique - I used Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant and Garden Green ink refills to create the look.

A piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine finishes off the project nicely. Check out these other Lovely as a Tree creations.

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Sunday, 10 December 2017

Simple Sunday: Monochromatic Blue & White

Make this gorgeous forest card using the Woodland Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up!

Elegant Birthday
Today's project is clean and simple. Yes, I have dug the Woodland Embossing Folder out again. This card is inspired by US Demonstrator Terri Walker of nutzaboutstamping

Despite not being traditional forest colours the Night of Navy combined with the Whisper White Cardstock works really well, and is elegant and classy.

You can view this project and others on 10 Woodland Embossing Folder Projects.

Two sets for the sentiment
I used a different sentiment to Terri and opted for 'Happy Birthday'. I used the 'Happy' from Banners for You and the 'Birthday' from Watercolor Words.

Create White Trees
The trick to this card is to find the side with the raised trees - then flip it over. So you are actually brayering what would be considered the reverse side.

You can find all the products to make this card in the ticker below. I'll be back soon with more Stampin' Up! news and ideas,
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Friday, 8 December 2017

How to create a Mandala Card | Eastern Beauty Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

How to make a Crushed Curry Mandala Art Card using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Mandala Art 
I call these gorgeous Eastern Beauty creations 'Mandalas'.

If you're not sure what a Mandala is, 'Mandala' is Sanskrit for circle and they're a ritual symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism, usually representing the universe. 'Mandala' has become generic for any diagram, chart or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos, and you can find them everywhere, some of them are so bright and colourful:  

Rainbow Mandala


So you can see why I have called my project a 'Mandala Card'. I have kept it really simple but you could make it as colourful as you wanted. 

I used Crushed Curry for the outer stamping, and Island Indigo for inside the flower; I don't use Island Indigo very often so set myself the challenge of using it. 

I'm going to make some with different colours in but you get the idea anyhow: 

How to make a gorgeous Mandala Card using the Eastern Beauty Stamp Set and Crushed Curry Classic Stampin' Pad by Stampin' Up!


You could add a Rhinestone or Metal Rimmed Pearl to the centre of your card for an extra layer or dimension. You can see the list of products I've used below.

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Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Shaving Foam Technique: Tutorial

Make an anchor card using the Shaving Foam Technique and Stampin' Up! ink refills. Full step by step instructions.

Clear Blocks and Shaving Foam... 
Who loves an easy papercrafting technique! I do!

It was so easy to create this gorgeous card, and a lot of fun, too. The Shaving Foam Technique is really easy, a little bit messy, lots of fun, and you need very few supplies. I'm going to show you how to create this card. Follow the step-by-step instructions below.

What will I need to create this card? 
You will need some good quality Shaving Foam. I choose Superdrug's Men's Shaving Foam because all of Superdrug's own brand toiletries and household products are not tested on animals and are therefore cruelty free. They have the stamp of approval from Cruelty Free International - you're looking for the leaping bunny logo if you're not sure:

You will also need the supplies listed in the ticker below: 





How to create your masterpiece! Step-by-step instructions: 

1. Cut your Whisper White Card - a card base and an extra piece for the front (as per the picture). Set your card front aside, ready for stamping.

2. Have your shaving foam, Clear Block D and Real Red, Pacific Point and Night of Navy ink refill bottles to hand. You can see our whole range HERE.

3. Drop a few drops of ink onto the clear block. You can use whatever size block you like.

4. Put a small amount of shaving foam onto the block. With a knife or spatula spread the foam about, mixing the colour a little.

5. Stamp the clear block onto the card front. Leave for a moment, then scrape off the excess foam. I use a piece of scrap card, or an old credit card. Leave aside to dry.

6. Stamp your sentiment using the Labeler Alphabet and Pacific Point ink, then fussy cut out.

7. Stamp your anchor using the Seaside Shore stamp set in Night of Navy.

8. Assemble your card.


Easy peasy!
It really is that simple. Just create a foamy mess on your blog using the shaving foam and the ink and then stamp away. Of course you can create all sorts of different colour combinations, and the beauty of this technique is that you will never, ever create two projects that look the same.

You can use this technique for all sorts of cardmaking, scrapbooking, home decor and memory keeping projects.


Send in your creations!
I would love to see what you create with this technique. Feel free to submit pictures of your projects to the_crafty_hippy@yahoo.co.uk.

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Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Butterflies Thinlits Dies: How to make a beautiful Triple Butterfly Card

Learn how to make this butterfly card by Stampin' Up! Use the Butterflies Thinlits Dies to create a beautiful greetings card.

Use the Butterflies Thinlits Dies for triple colour... 
It is a while since I used the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and what a shame! These dies are gorgeous! But when you're a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator you manage to accrue a lot of stuff and some of it gets neglected after a while in favour of more current items, or personal favourites.

I'm so glad I dug these dies back out:

Take a look at the Butterflies Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up! Three gorgeous butterfly dies that are perfect for any occasion.

As you can see there are three gorgeous Butterflies in this set, which can be used on their own, like I have in this project, but also co-ordinate with our Butterfly Basics stamp set (below):
Take a closer look at the Buttlerfly Basics Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
Choosing your butterfly colours
I used three colours for my butterflies - Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Calypso Coral. Of course you could have the butterflies all the same colour, or opt for a different selection of colours altogether. I'd love to remake this card and have some Elegant Eggplant in there.

I used the small butterfly stamp with Marina Mist and fussy cut the butterfly out. The 'hello' sentiment is from Thoughtful Banners and the ink spots are from Touches of Texture.

You can find the full list of products used below.

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Thursday, 30 November 2017

10 Woodland Embossing Folder Projects

Discover 10 Woodland Embossing Folder Projects that are quick and easy to make.
My personal fave...

So as we come to the end of the year I thought I would share what my favourite Stampin' Up! craft product is, and 10 projects made with it.

Those of you that follow this blog regularly might have already guessed... yes, it's the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.

Even though this embossing folder has been around for a little while now, I think it has to be my favourite Stampin' Up! item of the entire year.

It features beautiful Silver Birch trees, and adds an elegant touch of nature to your projects.

I haven't been able to stop using it!

I discovered that not only can you use it as a simple raised piece for backgrounds and segments of your cards, but you could colour and stamp the background, and even cut out the raised section of the image, creating bold, bright, Pop-Art inspired pieces of art. You can use it for cardmaking, scrapbooking, and home decor pieces, including some of the projects I'm sharing below. Read on for 10 ways to use this wonderful piece of kit.

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Dark Forest Framed Picture made using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
 Dark Forest Framed Picture 

This is actually the second framed picture I made using the Woodland Embossing Folder, you can view the original project below.

Much darker colours were used for this project and I alternated which way I brayered and watercoloured the cardstock - sometimes on the raised trees, sometimes on their negative. There are so many ways you could play with this idea.

See the more information for this project HERE.





Take a look at this Light Forest Framed Picture made using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
 Light Forest Framed Picture

This was the first framed forest picture I made.

You could use any combination of our Subtles and Brights colours for this frame, or shades of just one colour.

The possibilities are endless.

See the original project HERE.









Whimsical greetings card made using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Whimsical pastel colours 

So far we've avoided any real, forest-like colours! But it's all good and even pastel colours work well with this embossing folder.

To create this card I ran the Whisper White Cardstock through the Big Shot in the embossing folder then sponged carefully between the trees. However, I wasn't worried about doing too neat a job as that only added to the effect.

Once I had finished that I then brayered over the raised trees using Basic Black ink, but only lightly.

You can view the details of this project HERE.




Graduating colour card made using Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad and the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Graduating colour

I created this look by brayering two colours onto a piece of backing cardstock, and then made the trees with the embossing folder with another piece of cardstock.

I brayered over the raised trees and then fussy cut them out.

This project looks better than the photograph gives credit for.

You can find out more about this project HERE.








Night of Navy and Whisper White Monochrome Birthday Card made using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Monchromatic blue and white 

It's amazing how much detail this embossing folder gives, so much so you can use only two colours and get great results - in this case Night of Navy and Whisper White.

I think Navy blue always looks so classy. It's perfect for masculine cards, birthdays and weddings - any time you want to make something really smart.

This card was made by brayering on the reverse side - i.e. not the side with raised trees.

Thanks for inspiration goes to Terri Walker - this card is a near-CASE of hers. View this project in more detail HERE.




Woodland Embossing Folder Card by Stampin' Up!
Sponging or watercolouring your background 

You can create any combination of backgrounds by simply sponging or watercolouring behind your trees. I run my cardstock through the Big Shot in my embossing folder first, and then added the colour.

You can do this using our Sponges, Daubers or Aqua Painters.

I used a combination of Pacific Point, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder.

Once I had done this I brayered over the top with Early Espresso and added my sentiment.



Learn how to make this gorgeous card using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Using two shades of one colour 

So I decided to use a lighter shade of blue for the cardstock (Marina Mist) and then used a Brayer and Night of Navy ink over the top.

The inspiration for this card came from Amanda Bates (thank you) who made a similar card.

You could use this idea for any shade of colour that you liked, shades or purple or grey would be really nice.

Take a closer look at this project HERE.
How to make beautiful cards using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Non-brayered trees 

In this project the trees on the Chocolate Chip Cardstock were left au-naturel, and I think you'll agree it works really nicely.

This card is similar to one made by Nicole Tugrul - thanks for the inspiration Nicole.

You can choose whatever colour leaves you'd like - in this project I used Tranquil Tide, Garden Green and Gold Foil. They were cut using the Leaflets Framelits.







Learn how to make this Monochrome card with a splash of Crushed Curry using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Monochrome (with a splash of colour!) 

This card is proof that sometimes less is more.

Basic Black and Whisper White are complemented perfectly with a hint of Crushed Curry.

The Baker's Twine finishes off the card perfectly. Create this card in any combination of colour.

You can find out how to make this card HERE.






Make this gorgeous Daffodil Delight and Melon Mambo Forest card using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Pop-Art Look - Non-traditional colours 

Here coloured card (Daffodil Delight) was embossed, and contrasting pink trees were stamped on background cardstock.

Once the brayered trees were dry they were fussy-cut and glued over the top of the Melon Mambo trees, which were stamped using Lovely as a Tree (also available in Wood Mount).

The result is this gorgeous Pop-Art style forest. This technique is perfect for cards, scrapbook pages and home decor projects.

Click HERE for more details.


Send me pictures of your creations!
Obviously the possibilities are endless with this amazing embossing folder and Stampin' Up! craft products.

If you have made a project with this embossing folder (or any other Stampin' Up! product) feel free to send pictures of your creations - I'd love to see them!

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Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Woodland Embossing Folder: Black, White and Yellow Birthday Card


Simple Woodland Card 
So another Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder projec today, sorry! I am just so inspired by this embossing folder, there is so much you can do with it. This is another idea I've been sitting on for a while. I love the contrast of the black, white and yellow (Crushed Curry).


Step-by-step instructions for this card 
1. Put your Whisper White Cardstock into the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot Machine.

2. Using a Brayer, lightly roll over the raised segment of your cardstock using a Classic Stampin' Pad. For this design I used Basic Black but any contrasting colour works fine. Set aside to dry.

3. Cut a piece to display your sentiment using the Lots of Labels Framelits Dies.

4. Stamp your sentiment using the 'birthday' from 'happy birthday' from Watercolor Words. I did this by using a Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and simply colouring over the wording, missing out the 'happy'.

5. Stamp the other part of your sentiment using Crushed Curry and the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set, fussy-cut out using our Paper Snips, and put aside.

7. Assemble your card using Snail adhesive, and our fabulous Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the sentiment up.

8. Add some Crushed Curry Solid Baker's Twine.

You can have a go with any colour really - whatever takes your fancy.



Need help? 
If you have any questions at all about this technique simply contact me using the address above.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Woodland Embossing Folder: Pop-Art Forest Card Tutorial

Follow the easy to follow directions and make a Pop-Art card using the Woodland Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!

Yes! It's another Woodland Embossing Folder project...
Sorry I can't help it. I love the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder so much that I keep creating projects with it. This idea I've had in my head for a while. I love the contrast of the black, pink, white and yellow. Not a typical colouring for a forest but really bright and funky!



Step-by-step instructions
I love all of the tree-themed products that Stampin' Up! make, I guess nature is where I find my inspiration.

Silver Birch (Betula pendula) trees are one of my favourite trees, and are common in Finland, a place that I hold dear. There are huge forests of them:

Lauren Huntley, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator from the UK takes a trip to Finland and admires the wonderful Silver Birch trees


1. Put your Daffodil Delight Cardstock into the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and run through the Big Shot Machine.

Learn how to make cards using the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and the Big Shot

2. Using a Brayer, lightly roll over the raised segment of your cardstock using a Classic Stampin' Pad. For this design I used Basic Black but any contrasting colour works fine. Set aside to dry.

3. On a piece of Whisper White Cardstock stamp your trees in  Melon Mambo. I used the Lovely as a Tree Stamp Set which is available in Clear Mount or Wood Mount.

4. Stamp your sentiment using the Labeler Alphabet Stamp Set, fussy-cut out using our Paper Snips, and put aside.

5. Using our Paper Snips cut out the Birch Trees.

6. Assemble your card using Snail adhesive, and our fabulous Stampin' Dimensionals to raise the sentiment up.

Use the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up! to create this gorgeous pink and yellow forest card.

You can have a go with any colour really - whatever takes your fancy.

Edit (08.12.2017)
Due to receiving lots of questions about this card I have filmed this short video to show you how to create this look:




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