Sunday, 30 December 2018

Create a beautiful Polka Dot Dragonfly Card

Handmade dragonfly card made using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Polka Dot embossing folder by Stampin' Up!

Hi Crafters! 
Did you all have a good Christmas? I really hope so! We took it pretty easy in the Crafty Hippy house. Having moved house not long ago ~ but being packed up since July ~ it was finally a chance to rest and recuperate. We ate loads of food and lounged about watching Christmas films and naff telly. Just perfect.

Love Polka Dots? 
I do. The word 'polka' itself derives from the Polish for 'Polish woman' - in Czech it translates to 'little woman or girl'. Polka dots became fashionable around the 1920s, when Miss America was photographed in a polka dot swimsuit, and Minnie Mouse was created wearing a red polka dot dress.

I love the Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up! It adds a touch of elegance to any cardmaking or crafting projects. I used it in today's project.

Watch the video HERE.

Handmade dragonfly card made using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and Polka Dot embossing folder by Stampin' Up!

I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set to stamp the beautiful dragonfly, and the Detailed Dragonfly Dies to cut it out, but you could fussy-cut using some sharp Paper Snips. There is a full list of supplies used to make this card at the bottom of the blog post.

I wish you all a very happy 2019 - I will be back in the new year with more projects.

Gentle hugs,
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Thursday, 27 December 2018

Create a quick and easy Mermaid 'Dream Big' card with the Magical Mermaid stamp set

Create a Call Me Clover handmade mermaid card using the Magical Mermaid stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Dream Big!!
I love the Magical Mermaid stamp set by Stampin' Up! You can create hundreds of amazing looks by changing the colour of her tail or hair, or the background, such as the weeds. 

I kept today's project background really simple - I stamped the weeds in one colour - Blueberry Bushel - and concentrated on colouring the hair and tail. 

You can watch the video HERE

I used a Blender Pen and a selection of Classic Stampin' Pads to colour the tail - I went with the In Colour 2018-2020 Classic Stampin' Pad Collection - Blueberry BushelLovely LipstickPineapple PunchGrapefruit Grove, and Call Me Clover.

Create a Call Me Clover handmade mermaid card using the Magical Mermaid stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I teamed Magical Mermaid (also available in Wood Mount) with the Labeler Alphabet - this means you can create any sentiment you want, meaning you can create mermaid cards for any occasion. Embossing in Silver, Gold or Copper means you can add an extra level of depth and dimension to your card.

There is a full list of supplies at the bottom of this page. If you have this stamp set already I'd love to see your creations! Send them in using the email address at the top of the page - I'd love to share them if you're willing.

Back soon with another project,
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Monday, 24 December 2018

Sheltering Tree Card - and a very Merry Christmas!

Gorgeous Grape and Balmy Blue handmade tree card created using the Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Happy Christmas Eve!
Today's card has been made with the Sheltering Tree stamp set and bears the words 'Thanks for Being You'.

Watch the video here.

Followers of this blog will recognise that I often use unconventional colours in my stamping. Today's project is no exception - I love the unusual mix of Balmy Blue, Early Espresso, Flirty Flamingo and Gorgeous Grape. A full list of supplies is at the bottom of this blog post.

Gorgeous Grape and Balmy Blue handmade tree card created using the Sheltering Tree stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I dedicate this card to my Stampin' Up! customers, followers and fellow Demonstrators - thank you for all you have done for me over the last year, I wish you all the very best for a wonderful Christmas. Thanks for being you!

Here's a to a crafty and happy 2019,

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Friday, 21 December 2018

So Saffron and Balmy Blue Beautiful You masked card

So Saffron and Balmy Blue handmade card showing a lady in a yellow dress holding a parasol with the word 'celebrate' made with the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Following on from the Beautiful You card I made last week (see how to use Masking Fluid HERE), I thought I would get the Pebeo Drawing Gum out again and create another card.

Watch today's video HERE.

This time I used only one colour for sponging, Balmy Blue, and instead stamped some images over the top in the same colour - creating this gorgeous two-tone look.

So Saffron and Balmy Blue handmade card showing a lady in a yellow dress holding a parasol with the word 'celebrate' made with the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I coloured the masked area (the lady) with a blender pen and some So Saffron ink. I was really pleased with the end result, I was a bit worried that the two colours would look sickly together, but instead they created a look that reminds me of a summer day at the beach. Perfect for a dreary December day...

You can find the supplies I have used at the bottom of this blog post.

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Simple Stamping Follow Your Dreams Dreamcatcher Card

Handmade dreamcatcher card in shades of pink - Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride, made with Stampin' Up! products

Create a beautiful Dreamcatcher Card in minutes with limited supplies...
I love #simplestamping cards. They are quick to make, beautiful, and don't require tons of craft supplies. All you need is some Notecards & Envelopes, a stamp set (in this case Follow Your Dreams) and some Ink. Plus a few basic crafting tools.

Watch the video on how to make this card here.

Today I used some of our coloured Markers, but you could use Classic Stampin' Pads and a Blender Pen to colour in the flower detail instead.

Handmade Follow Your Dreams dreamcatcher card in shades of pink - Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride, made with Stampin' Up! products


I used a gorgeous palette of Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride and Melon Mambo.

Handmade #simplestamping Follow Your Dreams dreamcatcher card in shades of pink - Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral and Blushing Bride, made with Stampin' Up! products

You don't have to have the coordinating Chase Your Dreams Dies for this set (also available as a Bundle saving 10%). I haven't purchased them, and as you can see, you can still create the most beautiful of cards. I simply used some Paper Snips to cut the leaves and the flowers out.

If you have any questions about this project, email me on the address above. Full stamping supplies for this project are listed at the bottom of this blog post.

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Saturday, 15 December 2018

Create a Simple Stamping card with the PS. You're The Best stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Rainbow typewriter handmade card made with the PS. You're The Best stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Isn't this gorgeous? 
And it's made with one stamp set - PS. You're The Best - a pack of notecards and envelopes, and some ink.

Watch the video to see how I made it here.

It's what we call a 'Simple Stamping' card (#simplestamping), and it shows you that you don't need to have tons of crafting supplies to make a gorgeous card.

Rainbow typewriter handmade card made with the PS. You're The Best stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Of course it's lovely to have lots of stamping supplies; ribbon, embellishments, dies, embossing folders. Collecting all the products is half the fun, but when you're starting out stamping (or just need a quick card) it's good to create something very simple.

The full list of supplies to make this card is found at the bottom of this blog post, as always.

Thank you for stopping by today, I do hope you'll visit again,
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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Learn how to use Pebeo Drawing Gum (Masking Fluid) - and create a Beautiful You card

Handmade bright Blue and Pink 'celebrate' card showing a lady with an umbrella, made with the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!

Isn't this project gorgeous? 
It was made using the Beautiful You stamp set and some Pebeo Drawing Gum (also known as 'Masking Fluid').

Watch the video on how I made it HERE.

It was such a simple project to make, all you need is a bit of preparation and planning as your project needs a couple of hours in between stages to dry. 

Handmade bright Blue and Pink 'celebrate' card showing a lady with an umbrella, made with the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!
Instructions for using Pebeo Drawing 
Gum
I cover full instructions in the video, but here is a quick step-by-step guide:
1. Stamp your image in a dye ink such as Memento. Set aside to dry.
2. Paint the Pebeo Drawing Gum over the part of the image you wish to mask off. Leave for a couple of hours to dry.
3. Brayer, sponge, stamp or paint your project. Wipe any colour off the shiny Pebeo mask.
4. Rub the Pebeo off with your fingers.

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Sunday, 9 December 2018

Make a simple, non-Christmassy Christmas Card in minutes using the Waterfront Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

Simple monochromatic forest style Christmas card made with the Waterfront Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!

We all have that one friend!

The one who declares 'Bah Humbug' every time December the first rolls around, or the one who loves Christmas but doesn't like all the 'gaudy' (their word) bright shades of green and red, or the friend who is so well styled that only a hand designed, Scandinavian piece of art, made by genuine forest elves, will do!

The Waterfront Stamp Set is perfect for this job, and this card is perfect for all those who are a bit resistant to Christmas but still want to receive a card. 

Watch the video on how to make it here.


Simple, monochromatic, forest style Christmas card made with the Waterfront Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!Making changes to your project
You could take away the little coloured lights if they're not you're thing, or use our Colouring Tools to create lots of coloured lights.

You could swap the sentiment for something else, or do away with it altogether.

As always the stamping supplies you need for this card are at the bottom of this blog post.

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Thursday, 6 December 2018

Take a closer look at Stampin' Up!'s Acrylic Blocks - A Review

Acrylic Block Set by Stampin' Up! - comprises of nine, good quality blocks named A-I to fit all stamps

What's so special about Stampin' Up!'s Acrylic Blocks?? 
When I first discovered Stampin' Up! the last thing I wanted to do was spend money on tools. They're boring, right?

I wanted to spend my money on the latest Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets, Ink, Papers, and Ribbons. I wasn't fussed about the bone folders, the Adhesives, or the array of Tools Stampin' Up! had to offer.

I went out to the nearest home department store and bought the cheapest tools I could find, including a set of acrylic blocks. They were super cheap, and excitedly, I loaded my basket up.



Very quickly I realised that the blocks I bought were difficult to hold, and were often ruining my projects when my fingers got caught in the ink. In my frustration my enthusiasm started to wane. Maybe I wasn't good at this crafting malarkey, I thought, and even when I finally designed a card that I loved, I'd go through tons of cardstock trying to create it without fingerprints and smudges.

I then went back to the Stampin' Up! catalogue and looked at their Acrylic Blocks. Yes, they were a bit more pricey, but they looked so much better. I invested in a set (and a few extras!) and have never looked back.

What are the best things about Stampin' Up! Acrylic Blocks?
* Heavyweight - nice printing pressure
* Ergonomic - shaped to fit in your hand, their bevelled edge gives good grip
* High Quality - still look like new after thousands of uses
* Labelled for Reference - correspond to catalogue and stamp boxes
* Multiple Uses - create visual effects with Aqua Painters and Ink Pads
* Choice - available individually or as a set (saving 10%)
* Storage Caddy available





For more information on Stampin' Up!'s acrylic blocks go to page 206 of the Annual Catalogue, visit the online shop, or watch the video above.

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Monday, 3 December 2018

How to create a Christmas Card with the non-festive stamp set Waterfront, by Stampin' Up!

Handmade Christmas card made using the non-festive Waterfront stamp set by Stampin' Up! in Call Me Clover and Basic Black with Silver Embossing

Get into the festive spirit with the Waterfront Stamp Set
It's that time of year again! And unfortunately it has crept up on us a bit here in the Crafty Hippy household. We have just moved out of our old house, and have been living out of a bag pretty much since July, so Christmas has escaped us a bit. It's high time we got organised. 

To get into the spirit I thought I'd make a card using a non-festive stamp set, which was actually easier than I thought. I decided I'd use the trees from Waterfront, and used a seasonal sentiment from another set (Winter Woods) to create a Christmas card. 


Handmade Christmas showing black pine trees and silver snow made using the non-festive Waterfront stamp set by Stampin' Up!

I'm so glad I did this, it made me totally rethink this stamp set, something I have got out of the habit of doing. Often, there are so many uses for each stamp set, you just have to be creative and think outside the box a little.



If you watch the Video you'll see that I made a bit of a clumsy mistake with the sentiment, so I propped it up on another piece of cardstock.

Handmade Christmas card showing a snowy monochromatic forest made using the non-festive Waterfront stamp set by Stampin' Up! in shades of black, green and silver

You could change the framing colour cardstock, or perhaps keep this with a monochromatic colour scheme, so many options. If you would like to recreate this card exactly you will need the following Stampin' Supplies:






I really enjoyed making this card and it did make me feel slightly more Christmassy! I suppose I had better get organised, and make a list at the very least...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Team the Magical Mermaid stamp set with Blueberry Bushel ink

A handmade Mermaid card with the words 'Dream Big' made with the Magical Mermaid stamp set and Blueberry Bushel ink from Stampin' Up!

Create the Dream Big card in Blue 
I have been playing with the Magical Mermaid stamp set again. A few weeks ago I posted this Dream Big card in yellow (Pineapple Punch) and I loved this card so much that I made it again in blue (Blueberry Bushel). You could use any colour and this will be a beautiful card making project. You could also use this as the basis for a scrapbooking page. 

I have used this stamp set a lot (also available in Wood Mount) - it is so much fun changing the colour of her tail, her hair, and the background.

A handmade Mermaid card with the words 'Dream Big' made with the Magical Mermaid stamp set and Blueberry Bushel ink from Stampin' Up!

Make today's project 
This is a really easy project with only a little bit of detail - just some colouring and fussy-cutting to do. I decided the sentiment would be 'Dream Big' but you can create any sentiment you like using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. Sentiments like 'Happy Birthday' and 'Good Luck' will work just as well. Even though this is a fairly basic stamp set it's one that I use time and time again, so well worth investing in.

To create this card follow the steps below:

1. Stamp the seaweed stamp from Magical Mermaid in Lemon Lime Twist onto some Very Vanilla Cardstock
2. Mount on to some Blueberry Bushel Cardstock. Mount again on to your Very Vanilla Cardstock base.
3. Stamp your Mermaid in Black Memento Ink and leave to dry.
4. Using a Blender Pen and Ink Pads of your choice colour your Mermaid in. 
5. Fussy cut your Mermaid.
6. Stamp your sentiment using Labeler Alphabet and fussy cut out. 

7. Add some Artisan Pearls 
8. Assemble your card - I used Snail and Dimensionals.


You can check out some of my other Magical Mermaid creations below. Thanks for stopping by today, 
This signature belongs to Lauren Huntley, Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for the UK and can be found under every blog post on www.craftyhippy.co.uk









Handmade card showing a Mermaid with a watercolour background created with the Magical Mermaid stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Watery Mermaid Card











Handmade card made with Balmy Blue paper and Magical Mermaid stamp set from Stampin' Up!
Balmy Blue Mermaid Card











Handmade Mermaid greetings card made with the Magical Mermaid stamp set made by Stampin' Up!
Magical Mermaid Tutorial

Monday, 22 October 2018

It's Our Birthday Stamp Sale - 23rd October 2018

Graphic for It's Our Birthday Sale, a 24 hour stamp sale by Stampin' Up! held in the UK


Put on your party hats, and get ready to save. It’s nearly time for It’s Our Birthday Stamp Sale! 

On the 23rd October 2018, for 24 HOURS ONLY, you can save 15% on select stamp sets. This sale will be gone in a flash, so make sure you're quick if you want to celebrate with us. 

You will be able to see the Sale HERE

Happy stamping!
The word 'Lauren' written in cursive writing is the signature of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for the UK Lauren Huntley, also known as Crafty Hippy

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Create a stamping template for the Stamparatus stamping tool by Stampin' Up!



An amazing stamping tool for cardmaking and other papercrafts...  
So you've probably seen the video of me unveiling the Stamparatus (watch it here). I was so excited to finally get my hands on one! The Stamparatus is pure brilliance, and I wanted to create a template to help me position my paper and stamps when using it.

The Stamparatus stamping tool by Stampin' Up! laid out flat including plates, magnets and foam mat.


It's so easy to make a template, just follow the video and these easy steps: 


1. Draw a circle on some scrap paper. The Stamparatus has a 7"x 7" surface, so the circle needs to fit within this dimension. I used a small plate, which luckily for me fit perfectly.

2. Cut the circle out and fold it in half three times, creating creases and eight portions.

3. Place on some Stampin' Up! Grid Paper if you have some, putting the middle of the circle on to the middle of the grid paper. Otherwise do this on another sheet of paper. Mark a notch where the folds are.

4. Draw lines between each notch. Mark in towards the centre by 2cm, and draw lines between those notches, to create a band around the top. Add bands towards the centre of your template if you want them. You don't have to use 2cm - you can use any measurement - 1cm, 3cm, 2.5cm etc.

5. Place a piece of Window Sheet (or velum) over the top, keeping it in place with a little dab of glue if necessary. With a permanent marker go over the lines to draw out your template.

6. Place the template inside your Stamparatus and use the lines to guide your paper and stamps as you stamp. I covered my magnets with Washi Tape to create a flap for maneuvering.


Have a look at this article for more information on the Stamparatus. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Stay crafty,
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Friday, 12 October 2018

Take a look at the Stamparatus - watch me open mine

Stamparatus - the world's most innovative stamping tool!


Woohoo!
My Stamparatus is finally here! I must admit it has taken me a little while to order one ~ they've been in the new Annual Catalogue since 1st June 2018 ~ but with illness and the summer holidays and our trip away - not to mention in the process of moving house! - I couldn't really justify it up until now.

What is the Stamparatus for?
The Stamparatus is a stamping placement tool. It helps you perfectly align stamp images, helps you re-stamp if you have trouble with dexterity and therefore ink placement, and lets you stamp multiples of the same image quickly and accurately - perfect for creating wedding or party invites, or the same Christmas card over and over! You can also use it creatively to stamp in a number of ways.

It was created for stampers by stampers, so has all the features you need.






It's absolutely brilliant!
Watch the video of me opening mine below. First impressions are that it's quite heavy - so I was immediately impressed at the sturdiness of it. When you take it out of the protective packaging you see that it really is a quality tool; the hinges are thick and click in and out easily. The size of the tool is generous, and the magnets are very strong - please heed the warnings if you have a pacemaker or are using it with someone who has.

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Take a closer look...



Accessories for the Stamparatus
You might need an extra plate for complicated stamping, or some paper with lines on to put in the base. I'm glad to announce that since the 1st October you can also get the following accessories for the Stamparatus:




Any questions? 
If you have any questions about the Stamparatus please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you for stopping by today,
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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Rainbow Dragonfly Card - Create this thank you card using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

Handmade dragonfly card with rainbow coloured dragonflies cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!

Who loves a rainbow?
I do! I can't resist them. There is something about a spectrum of colour that is very pleasing to the eye. I also love butterflies and dragonflies, which are very popular in cardmaking. As a result I can't resist the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies which I used to make this card.

Another view of handmade dragonfly card with rainbow coloured dragonflies cut using the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies by Stampin' Up!


As I mentioned earlier in the week I keep a stash of Watercolour Paper that has been water-coloured in a variety of colour combinations (but mainly rainbows!) so that I can cut it for use whenever I fancy using some.

This is such a simple card you can recreate it using the pictures above. You will need the following Stampin' Supplies:





Isn't it gorgeous? You can swap the embossing folder or change the colour of the inks used for a completely different look.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Lovely as a Tree Anniversary Card - Happy Anniversary Mr Hippy!

Handmade card saying 'Have a Happy Day'  with trees stamped in Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist and Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' Pad, using the Lovely As A Tree stamp set, all made by Stampin' Up!

Anniversa-trees!
Happy Anniversary to my lovely Mr Hippy. It's our 5th Anniversary today. I won't tell you how we met, but our first proper date was at a gorgeous country pub on a beautiful clear evening five years ago today - the stars were out and it was crisp and cold. We had a wonderful evening and vowed to meet again.

The Army training area at Ash Ranges close to Keogh Barracks, Ash, Aldershot, Hampshire

It became clear that we both loved nature and the outdoors. So our third date, this time in daylight hours, was a lovely walk on a crisp autumn day. We went back to the same spot at the weekend for another walk, and it was a beautiful day just like all those years ago. 

Handmade card saying 'Have a Happy Day' with trees stamped in Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist and Blueberry Bushel Classic Stampin' Pad, using the Lovely As A Tree stamp set, all made by Stampin' Up!

Today's project 
To celebrate our special day I paid for a tree to be dedicated to us, and it has been planted in a woodland in Surrey, very close to where we first met. Of course the card had to be tree themed, too.

To make today's card you will need the Lovely As A Tree stamp set, which is also available in Wood Mount. You can use 'normal' colours if my eccentric colour combinations are too much for you!

Watch the Tutorial
You'll find everything you need to make this project listed below, just follow the video for instructions. You don't need the Stamp-a-majig (now retired) for this project, you can stamp using your eye, or with the Stamparatus if you have one.




Here's a very happy anniversary to Mr Hippy, thank you for all you have done over the years, especially your support with Stampin' Up! I love you very much! xxx
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