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

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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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