Monday, 1 June 2020

In Color™ Shares - and a time-saving tip for the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch

In Color bookmark Lovely Labels Pick a Punch Stampin Up

These bookmarks show off the new In Colors™ well and are inspired by the project on page 140 of the new Annual Catalogue. I don’t have the new ink pads yet as they weren’t available to pre-order but I got a similar look using Versamark; a must-have ink pad which creates a watermark effect.

I am very much loving the new In Colors™ and was excited to present my 50 new colour combinations to the world at the weekend. You can find them here.

2020-2022 In Color colour combinations Stampin Up

I am also excited to present my annual In Color™ shares, with three fabulous options to get your hands on the brand new products. I will be ordering soon, so please get in touch if you’re in the UK and would like one.

Stampin Up In Color Shares 2020-2022 Helen Read

The new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch got some heavy use for these bookmarks (I made way more than you see here!). This clever punch works with three widths and produces two different label ends. So a great time-saving tip is to punch two strips at the same time.

Sunday, 31 May 2020

In Color introduction

Stampin Up In Colors colour combinations 2020 Allthingsstampy

It’s that time of year again! Time to introduce five fabulous new colours to the Stampin’ Up!® collection. And I have LOTS of colour info to share with you today.

Every year I create a set of combinations for the new colours. You can find these on Facebook here – you don’t need to log in.

Stampin Up In Colors colour combinations 2020 Allthingsstampy

And I know you like to know how they compare to other colours in the collection, so I have created these graphics for you, too. I’d love to know what you think of the new colours, so please let me know in the comments.

Stampin Up In Colors colour comparisons 2020 Allthingsstampy Bumblebee

Stampin Up In Colors colour comparisons 2020 Allthingsstampy Cinnamon Cider

Stampin Up In Colors colour comparisons 2020 Allthingsstampy Just Jade

Stampin Up In Colors colour comparisons 2020 Allthingsstampy Magenta Madness

Stampin Up In Colors colour comparisons 2020 Allthingsstampy Misty Moonlight

Friday, 29 May 2020

Sneak Peek: Forever Greenery Suite

Stampin Up Forever Greenery Forever Fern Allthingsstampy

Who could fail to love the Forever Greenery Suite? You’ll be seeing a lot of it online at the moment because it was part of the Stampin’ Up!® pre-order, and I’m sure it’s going to be a firm favourite with customers, too, when the new catalogue goes live on 3rd June.

I just love the delicate leaf images in the Forever Fern stamp set and the bold colours of the Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper – and I can’t wait to get my customers crafting with it!

Stampin Up stamping tip allthingsstampy

Leaves don’t have to be green. They even look fab stamped in Blackberry Bliss... but let’s face it, Blackberry Bliss looks good on everything – even your fingers!

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Retiring stamp set: Tropical Chic

Is that pink? What's happening to me? I saw a similar card to this created by a crafter called Yana Smakula and couldn’t resist making one of my own with the Tropical Chic stamp set before it retires at the end of this month.

I used Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight and Smoky Slate to create a DSP-style background. This would be great for a one-sheet wonder!

I also use the Share Sunshine PDF of greetings which has some fabulous sentiments for the current situation. You can download that here and all proceeds go to two very good causes helping to fight Covid-19.

There's a very small sneak peek on there, too – can you spot it? It’s the Flirty Flamingo die-cut on the card on the right. This is from the new Tasteful Labels set and I’m currently using it all the time. It’s going to be really popular, I’m sure.

My Smoky Slate ink pad desperately needed re-inking but, once I’d done so, I found it a bit dark (left card) so created another background by stamping off onto scrap paper first to get a paler look (right card). This is a good way of toning down colours which are too dominant and also a great way of getting more out of your ink pads, as you can get 2-3 shades from each colour.

Monday, 25 May 2020

#Loveitchopit with Magnolia Lane

As customers scrabble to purchase their favourite products before they retire, I’m scrabbling to use up my favourite retiring products because I only like to show you things that you can still buy. This is my choice; it’s often said to me “you have to use current products, don’t you?” but that’s not actually true. I just choose to concentrate on current products only because my crafting time is so limited.
Everything I make has to serve not only its desired purpose (a birthday card, a gift, a class project etc) but be shown on my blog, Facebook page and Instagram too. Waste not, want not!

This card uses the fabulous #loveitchopit technique pioneered by Aussie demo Kylie Bertucci. Basically you cut your 12x12 Designer Series Paper into 6x4 pieces, then use them on card fronts. It’s such a simple idea which not only gets you using your paper but means you can make beautiful and easy cards in next to no time!

I made this one using Magnolia Lane Designer Series Papers and the new Ornate Thanks stamp set. Hope you like it!

Friday, 22 May 2020

Old and new combine for thank you pouches

A mix of old and new here: three outgoing products and not one but THREE new products! Can you spot them?

The three outgoing products are:
1. Perennial Essence Designer Series Paper
2. Gorgeous Grape Mini Striped Ribbon
3. You Always Deliver stamp set.

And the three NEW products are:
1. A tiny image from a new stamp set called Comfort & Hope
2. Some little flowers punched out with the new Confetti Flowers Border punch
3. Labels created with the very clever new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.

They came from my fantastic pre-order which arrived on Friday. Feast your eyes on this little lot...

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Sneak Peek: Forever Greenery Suite

Stampin Up Forever Greener Suite Forever Fern stamp set allthingsstampy simple stamping

I can't wait a moment longer to show you some of the products from my favourite Suite in the new catalogue.

The suite is called Forever Greenery and the stamp set is Forever Fern. I was naturally drawn to the lovely green colours – I think the Designer Series Paper probably uses all the greens we have!

Here I’ve created three cards for three stages of crafter...
Stampin Up Forever Greener Suite Forever Fern stamp set allthingsstampy simple stamping

The #simplestamping project uses just one Garden Green ink pad and a pack of notecards and envelopes, and is perfect if you don’t have many supplies or if you’re just in a hurry. 

Stampin Up Forever Greener Suite Forever Fern stamp set allthingsstampy

The second project is for the casual crafter who may have some ribbon, embellishments and a punch (GREAT new punch, by the way!). 

Stampin Up Forever Greener Suite Forever Fern stamp set allthingsstampy

Finally, there’s a project for the avid crafter which uses ribbon, embellishments, the co-ordinating Forever Flourishing dies, along with the absolutely gorgeous Forever Greenery Designer Series Paper and some vellum, too. Which one is your favourite?
Stampin up stamping tip allthingsstampy Helen Read
If your Designer Paper is too bright for your project, you can tone it down a little by overlaying a piece of vellum as I’ve done here. This allows you to retain the design and keep the colours in the same palette without it dominating. 

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