Thursday, 21 February 2019

Take Your Pick Tool - A Review


Ever wondered what the Take Your Pick Tool by Stampin' Up! looks like, feels like, does? Follow my review on the Take Your Pick Tool and watch what you can do with it.

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! - using the Polka Dot side

Handmade polka dot butterfly card created with the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!


Try the FREE Botanical Butterfly paper!
Today's project features the FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! which you can get your hands on by spending £45 on Stampin' Up! products - or you can choose something else during our annual giveaway Sale-A-Bration

12 designs of butterfly paper called Botanical Butterfly by Stampin' Up!

There are 12 beautiful designs, and I have opted to use the polka dot side for the main part of my card. The butterfly in the middle has been fussy-cut from the paper, too. 




Watch the video and see just how easy it is to make this card. There is a full list of the supplies I've used at the bottom of this blog post. 

Hand-stamped polka dot butterfly card created with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

I can see myself making a whole set of these. Watch this space!

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Create an elegant card with the Beauty Abounds stamp set and Watercolour Pencils by Stampin' Up!

Hand-stamped card created with the Beauty Abounds stamp set from Stampin' Up!

Create something classy with the Beauty Abounds stamp set by Stampin' Up!
I adore today's project. It was made using the Beauty Abounds stamp set - this time I used the scroll, rather than the Bokeh dots.

I think it's really classy. It reminds me of evening weddings and military balls. I don't know why, maybe it's the simplicity and the Black Cardstock, which gives it an elegant feel.



Beauty Abounds is one of our first Cling Mount Stamp Sets. If you'd like to know more about these (including how to mount them) head over to YouTube where you'll find a video on it.


Hand-stamped card created with the Beauty Abounds stamp set from Stampin' Up!


I used our Watercolour Pencils and a Blender Pen for this project. It's always a pleasure to use them, even though I am a complete novice.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Take a closer look at the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Simple handmade butterfly card created using the Botanical Butterfly DSP by Stampin' Up!


FREE paper!
Today's project features the FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! which you can get your hands on by spending £45 on Stampin' Up! products - or you can choose something else during our annual giveaway Sale-A-Bration




Watch the video and see just how easy it is to make this gorgeous card using the paper and a few other crafting supplies. 

Simple handmade butterfly notecard created using the Botanical Butterfly DSP by Stampin' Up!

I love butterflies, they make me feel happy and uplifted, as does this paper. I wish Stampin' Up! would carry over Sale-A-Bration items but they always keep them as Limited Edition, so if you love this paper you should stock up on it while you can.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Bokeh-effect Beauty Abounds card with Blueberry Bushel

A hand-stamped, Bokeh-inspired friendship card made using the Beauty Abounds stamp set by Stampin' Up!


Learn more about the Bokeh Effect
Do you know what Bokeh is? If you're a crafter or regular follower of this blog you have probably heard of it.

Bokeh circles in shades of pink, orange and red

Bokeh, from the Japanese 'Boke', is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced by out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".

Have a look at the Bokeh-inspired stamp from Beauty Abounds in this video:




A hand-stamped, Bokeh-inspired friendship card made using the Beauty Abounds stamp set and Blueberry Bushel ink, both by Stampin' Up!


I decided to team Blueberry Bushel with Pineapple Punch and Shaded Spruce , three very bright colours. I was really happy with how my project turned out! I can't wait to pop this in the post to a friend.


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Saturday, 9 February 2019

Team Botanical Butterfly DSP with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set, both by Stampin' Up!

Simple handmade butterfly Thank You card made using the Botanical Butterfly DSP by Stampin' Up!


Make this quick and simple butterfly card 
Today's project features the FREE Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! which I teamed with the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. You can get your hands on this paper by spending £45 on Stampin' Up! products - or you can choose something else during our annual giveaway Sale-A-Bration

Watch the video below and see just how easy it is to make this gorgeous card. 





I really adore this paper, there is so much you can do with it! And it co-ordinates with several items in our new Gingham Gala Suite

Simple handmade butterfly Thank You card made using the Botanical Butterfly DSP and Labeler Alphabet stamp set by Stampin' Up!


As always, a full list of the items that I've used are posted at the bottom of this blog post. I will be doing a few more videos about this wonderful paper so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel.

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Thursday, 7 February 2019

How to make a gorgeous Thank You card using the Beauty Abounds stamp set

Handmade thank you card in shades of Highland Heather and Pool Party made with the Beauty Abounds stamp set, all by Stampin' Up!

Do you like a bit of purple? 
I do! It's such a bright and cheerful colour, whatever the shade. I decided that as well as using the Beauty Abounds stamp set to make my card, it needed a bit of purple, too.



Beauty Abounds is one of our first Cling Mount Stamp Sets. If you'd like to know more about these (including how to mount them) head over to YouTube where you'll find a video on it.

I thought that Highland Heather would go well with Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party, so that was my colour combination for this project.

Another handmade thank you card, bokeh circles in shades of Highland Heather and Pool Party made with the Beauty Abounds stamp set, all by Stampin' Up!


I think they go beautifully together. I'm getting a definite Spring-feel with these colours! You could stamp the sentiment in another colour if you're not keen on the black - the possibilities are absolutely endless.


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Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Use the flowers from P.S. You're The Best and the Stamparatus to create a rustic card

Handmade floral wreath card made using the P.S. You're The Best stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Rustic flowers
I wanted to create a rustic feel to today's card. I knew I wanted flowers, which I found in the P.S. You're The Best stamp set, to use our Wood Textures DSP, and some Shaded Spruce ink for this project. This was the result!


I can't say that aesthetically it's my most favourite card, but it certainly was one of the most fun to make. There is a full list of products used at the bottom of this blog post.

Handmade floral wreath card stamped and coloured using the P.S. You're The Best stamp set by Stampin' Up!

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Lovely Lattice Sale-A-Bration stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Hand-stamped floral greetings card made with the Lovely Lattice stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Take a closer look at one of our FREE Sale-A-Bration gifts
The Lovely Lattice stamp set is gorgeous, and absolutely free! As Sale-A-Bration is upon us you can choose a free gift for every £45 mor £90 spent on Stampin' Up! goodies, and you can mix and match between these Level 1 and Level 2 gifts.

I chose the Lovely Lattice stamp set and filmed my first use of it, and of the Watercolour Pencils.


I was really impressed with the pencils - when you add the water the pencil strokes just melt away! To be honest I wish I had invested in a pack of these sooner. I also loved the stamp set; you could easily cut out the flowers from the lattice and use them to layer up on a plain card. Perfect for weddings and christening cards.

Hand-stamped floral thank you card made with the Lovely Lattice stamp set by Stampin' Up!


I wasn't sure I was going to like this project as I thought the stamp was a bit old-fashioned at first, however after using it I'm pretty sure it's going to become a firm favourite of mine.

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Friday, 1 February 2019

Mass producing cards with the Stamparatus - Creating my Christmas thank you cards with the Winter Woods stamp set

Handmade forest card created with the Winter Woods stamp set and the Stamparatus by Stampin' Up!

Learn how to mass produce cards with the Stamparatus and the Winter Woods stamp set
Mr Hippy and I had some lovely presents for Christmas which we were very grateful for. Watch the video below to see me make our thank you cards using the Stamparatus.


When I started planning my design the Stamparatus came to mind immediately. You can create something and mass produce it exactly, which is high in the satisfaction stakes! It didn't take long to create these cards which have been stamped with the Winter Woods stamp set.

Lemon Lime Twist and Shaded Spruce handmade forest card created with the Winter Woods stamp set and the Stamparatus by Stampin' Up!

I opted for a combination of Lemon Lime Twist and Shaded Spruce which looked gorgeous together. You can find a full list of products at the bottom of this post.

Suggested ribbon - I've used retired ribbon in the video - is the Lemon Lime Twist Mini Ruffled Ribbon which is currently available in the shop.



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Monday, 28 January 2019

Create this gorgeous tree card using the Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Handmade tree card using scraps and the Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!

The Sheltering Tree stamp set has been with us for a while now. It is a simple but beautiful set which I seem to dig out time and time again. 

Simply changing the colour of the leaves changes the look of the card - I went for a colour scheme of Balmy Blue, Shaded Spruce and Soft Suede for this project. 

Handmade tree card created in blues and greens using scraps and the Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!


The whole basis for the card was the 'thanks' sentiment which was in my scraps pot - I save all the small stamped images that I have created but are excess.



You can watch the video of how I made this card below, and a full list of Stampin' Supplies for this project is found at the very bottom of this post.

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Create a simple butterfly card using the Sale-A-Bration Botanical Butterfly DSP by Stampin' Up!

Simple handmade butterfly card created with the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Are you a butterfly fan? 
I think they are beautiful creatures. I love the patterns on their beautiful wings, but more so I love the variety of colour. Since I picked cardmaking back up as a hobby seven years ago, I found that I really enjoy making butterfly themed cards. 



I am really delighted with the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper which is FREE during Sale-A-Bration. You can create super quick, detailed, butterfly cards with it: 

Simple handmade butterfly card created with the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the Botanical Butterfly Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up!

Today's project is a basic bit of stamping, some fussy-cutting and some Metallic Pearls. There is very little work to this card as the video shows (please Subscribe!).

You could create a beautiful set of these using the different butterflies in the paper, and the different stamps in the Eastern Beauty stamp set. A full list of supplies is found at the bottom of this post.

What do you think? Do you like butterflies? Do they inspire you like they do me? I love getting your comments so feel free to leave them at the bottom of this post, or on my YouTube videos.

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Thursday, 24 January 2019

Create a #simplestamping Follow Your Dreams card in shades of blue

Handmade Dreamcatcher card in shades blue made with the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and Balmy Blue ink by Stampin' Up!

Create a gorgeous #simplestamping Dreamcatcher card
I adore the Follow Your Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up! I have found it to be the perfect accompaniment for all those #simplestamping projects. If you're unsure what the #simplestamping movement is, it's the encouragement of simple (but beautiful!) cards being created with a very few basic stamping supplies - usually a notecard, stamps and paper. These #simplestamping projects demonstrate that anyone can stamp!

Following on from the Pink Follow Your Dreams Card I made a few weeks ago, I thought it would be lovely to attempt this in shades of blue.



As the video explains, I opted for Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Coastal Cabana and Smoky Slate. They were a lovely combination! You can find the whole list of supplies at the bottom of this blog post.

Handmade Dreamcatcher card in shades of blue made with the Follow Your Dreams stamp set and Balmy Blue ink by Stampin' Up!

The Metallic Pearls (I used silver) were the perfect match - however this project would look just as lovely without.


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Monday, 21 January 2019

Making personalised nametags for presents and cards

Christmas gift with personalised tag handstamped using the Make A Difference stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Personalising wrapped gifts
At Christmas, Mr Hippy was asked to buy a Secret Santa present for his work friend, also called Lauren.

For those not in the UK, Secret Santa is where you have to buy a Christmas present for one of your colleagues, and usually the name is picked out of a hat. This is kept a secret, and usually there is a maximum spend to keep it fair.

He asked me if I would mind wrapping Lauren's gifts. Of course I jumped at the chance and was presented with a box and a bottle (not shown) to wrap.

Christmas gift with personalised tag hand stamped using the Make A Difference stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Of course all the Secret Santa presents are put together (so as not to give away who is gifting what) and so it needed Lauren's name on. This is where my Stampin' Up! supplies came in handy.

I used the Make A Difference Photopolymer Stamp Set to stamp Lauren's name, which I later embossed in Gold.

By all accounts Lauren absolutely loved her gifts and the wrapping - I wish I had taken a picture of the bottle as it was wrapped particularly snazzily.

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Thursday, 17 January 2019

Calling all cat lovers! Nine Lives, the PURRFECT cat-themed stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Handmade Tortoiseshell Cat Card made with the Nine Lives stamp set from Stampin' Up! created by Crafty Hippy, UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lauren Huntley

Take a look at our new cat stamps! 
Here at Stampin' Up! we're very excited to introduce Nine Lives, our beautiful new cat-themed stamp set. It coordinates with the Cat Punch.




This is such a marvellous set and is perfect for creating quick and simple yet charming cards and projects. Those who follow this blog will know that I am cat mad, so I couldn't pass off on this opportunity!

Handmade pink and cream Tortoiseshell Cat Card made with the Nine Lives stamp set from Stampin' Up! created by Crafty Hippy, UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Lauren Huntley


This beautiful photopolymer set is a Two Step Stampin' Set meaning you can create the type of cat you want by layering up your stamping on top of the basic cat stamp. This means you can create a plain cat, a striped Tabby style cat, or a Tortoiseshell cat like the one above. Purrfect!!

You can find all the products you need to make this project below.

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