Friday, 14 September 2018

Create a personalised Mermaid card with the Magical Mermaid and Labeler Alphabet stamp sets from Stampin' Up!

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

Love Mermaids? 
I think I mentioned before that when I was a child I used to pretend to be a Mermaid whenever I went swimming. Looking back, I can remember how vivid my imagination was - I truly felt like a Mermaid and I would spend hours swimming along the bottom of the pool by waving my shimmery, beautiful tail. I didn't want to get out the pool and would have happily stayed a Mermaid forever... 

Fast forward thirty years and I still love Mermaids just as much. I have to make do with creating them from paper using the Magical Mermaid stamp set from Stampin' Up! but they appeal to me just as they did then. 

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

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

Make today's project 
This is an easy project with a little bit of detail - some colouring and fussy-cutting. I decided the sentiment would be 'Dream Big' but you can create any sentiment you like using the Labeler Alphabet stamp set. This is another stamp set that I use time and time again and is well worth the money. Follow the steps below to create this project.

Follow the easy steps below:

1. Stamp the seaweed stamp from Magical Mermaid in Lemon Lime Twist onto some Very Vanilla Cardstock
2. Mount on to some Pineapple Punch 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 the following ink pads colour your Mermaid in: Tranquil Tide, Lovely Lipstick, Lemon Lime Twist, and Pineapple Punch - or whatever colours you fancy. 
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 create this same card with alternative colours for a different look. You can make the background as simple or as complicated as you like depending on your mood or your level of skill. 

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

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

Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Create a beautiful dragonfly card with the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set

This is a handmade dragonfly card created by Lauren Huntley, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator for the UK, using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up!

... and celebrate the arrival of autumn.
Here in England the summer has come to a close and autumn is pretty much here. To be totally honest I have mixed feelings about this. I love the autumn - the beautiful trees and their pretty leaves, the chilly nights, wrapping up in coats and boots, and the opportunity to delve into the Autumn Winter Catalogue and make pretty autumn cards. But as someone who has a rheumatic condition and depends on the sun for her vitamin D, the winter means feeling extremely unwell, succumbing to low mood, and being in a lot of pain.

The summer was fantastic. Unusually, it lasted all the way from late April - heavy snow having fallen only 6 weeks previously - all the way through to September. All highly unusual for England, and making it even harder to say goodbye to the summer.

Here are some highlights!

Family day out at Butser Ancient Farm, Petersfield for the Beltain Celebrations in May
With my cousin and his lovely wife (sat next to Mr Hippy) for Beltane (May Day) celebrations. My first outing of the year. It was surprisingly warm that evening and we didn't get too cold. It was lovely to catch up with friends and family. We saw some excellent drummers and welcomed the start of the summer - always a big celebration.

Little Hippy stroking one of the baby goats at Baylham Rare Breeds Farm in Suffolk
Little Hippy visiting us for a week in the summer holidays.

It's always so nice to spend some decent time with her as she lives so far away. She is nearly 11 now and understands that having M.E. makes me really tired and not up to much. She doesn't have Netflix at home so she catches up with her favourite shows whilst I have a nap, and then on a day when I am up to it we venture out with Mr Hippy and do something special.

We paid a visit to a nearby farm. They had all sorts of animals but her favourite (and mine!) were the goats. There were lots of them and because they were so tiny they kept coming out of their enclosures to play and check out the visitors. Here is Little Hippy with her favourite, she fell in love with him (her?) and called him 'Bobby'. She is still talking about 'Bobby' all these months later!

She might be the same height as me now and grown up for her age, but she doesn't tire of hanging out with her old mum which is lovely.

She also loves Stampin' Up! and loves to have a craft session.

Learn more about today's project 
I am making it my focus to celebrate the autumn, something I have grown to be afraid of (as it leads into winter), instead of looking back and mourning the summer.

Today's project has a gorgeous autumn feel to it; some warm tones of red (Poppy Parade) and orange (Mango Melody), plus the Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder adding some extra depth and dimension.

This is a handmade, Poppy Parade coloured dragonfly card created by Lauren Huntley, Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator for the UK, using the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set by Stampin' Up!

It's a fairly simple card to create, just assemble it as per the photograph.

What do I need to make this project? 
You can find all the supplies you need to make this project below - feel free to change it up a bit!

What has been the highlight of your summer? I love to hear what everyone has done. Feel free to share your experiences and photographs in the comments section below.

Thank you for stopping by today, check back regularly for more Stampin' Up! news and ideas,
This image shows the signature of Stampin' Up! demonstrator for the UK Lauren Huntley aka Crafty Hippy and is found at the bottom of every blog post.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

The NEW Autumn Winter Catalogue is now here!

This picture shows the front cover of the Stampin' Up! UK Autumn Winter Catalogue which runs from the 5th September 2018 until the 2nd January 2018.

Happy September everyone! 

September = the new Autumn Winter Catalogue!

It is finally here - probably my favourite catalogue of the whole year. It is packed full of autumn and winter seasonal cheer, and is particularly fabulous if you enjoy nature projects or making your own Christmas cards and tags.

Unfortunately there was a delay in the shipping of catalogues to me, but if you have requested a catalogue or you have spent £20+ in the last 6 months a copy of the catalogue will soon be with you. 

View the PDF version HERE.

This picture shows the signature of UK Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator Lauren Huntley Crafty Hippy, and it appears at the bottom of every blog post

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Take a look at the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!

This picture shows a Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide handmade card created using the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up! made by Crafty Hippy UK Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

And learn how I create my cards... 
Many people have a vision in mind when they are creating their cards and scrapbook pages. Many describe this as a picture in their heads that they do their best to recreate, or get as near to as possible with the craft stash that they have available.

I'm a bit different in that usually I don't have a clue what I'm going to make, and usually start off with a product (or products) that I really want to use, and then go from there.

I haven't used the Beautiful You stamp set (also available in Wood Mount) in quite a while, and it caught my eye on the shelf. I go through phases with my projects, most recently a nautical theme, so I thought it was time I made something a bit different. I decided that Beautiful You was the stamp set I'd use.

This pictures shows the images which comprise the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!

This picture shows a Mint Macaron and Tranquil Tide handmade card created using the Beautiful You stamp set by Stampin' Up!Choosing colours...
I wasn't sure what colour scheme to use at first, I just knew that I wanted to use this stamp set and perhaps some Designer Series Paper.

I decided that the best way to decide on colours would be to choose the paper first, going with something that caught my eye and I fancied working with, and then build up the card from there.

I chose some green leaf paper from the Natures Poem DSP.

In the end I opted for a colour scheme of Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide, and Whisper White. You can view all the products I used for this project below.

I love how a project is 'born' with me having no clue what it will look like at the start of the process. Sometimes I am really pleased with the result, other times not so, but I always come away with ideas.

This stamp set is gorgeous; it has an artistic, watercolour feel to it, and the sentiments co-ordinate with the stamps perfectly. The colours I have used are cool in tone but work well together.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, more Stampin' Up! cardmaking ideas coming soon,
This image shows the cursive, black signature of Stampin' Up! Demonstrator for the UK Lauren Huntley