Monday, 23 November 2020

Starburst Christmas card with Pine Woods Dies

Pine Woods Stampin Up

Crafty Friday finally happened! We had to postpone for a week because some of the kits took SO LONG to arrive. In fact we gave up on one of them and my husband drove another one over to the lady's house; inevitably, the first kit arrived in the post the next day! It had taken nine days to arrive.

I’ll only show you one of the cards we made here as the other one was a direct copy of this

Yes, we were sponging again and I thought it was a good opportunity to have a go at the Starburst technique. We all began by making our templates. I always take a pretty rough and ready approach to crafting, winging it as I go. One lady, however, measured all her angles using a protractor! It was to be expected, I suppose, as she is a retired maths teacher.

Starburst technique Stampin Up

These are the three stages of template making. Others have suggested making these out of window sheets or other acetate but I’m not convinced; I think that would allow ink to pool and make it more likely to smudge and blob.

We sponged on to the Pretty Peacock cardstock in whatever colour ink we had to hand. I had Pretty Peacock, of course (to me, ink pads are like Pokemon; gotta catch ’em all!)  but others achieved good results with Just Jade and the now retired Island Indigo. I really like this colour combination; Pretty Peacock, Just Jade and just a splash of red. 
 
Pine Woods Stampin Up

The greeting panel is from the same die set as the sprigs of evergreen; the Beautiful Boughs dies, which was released last year but never goes out of style. 

I ran out of the red ribbon from the All The Trimmings Ribbon Combo Pack which I’d used for the samples as I’d had to donate my prepared kit due to the postal issues. Therefore, during the actual session, I used this gorgeous Just Jade gingham from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack instead.

Pine Woods Stampin Up

These Pine Woods Dies are one of my favourite products ever. Both of these trees have open foliage which pops out but, as you can see, the back one, in Mint Macaron, has retained these pieces. That’s because I was lazy and didn’t clean out the die. But you know what? I like the effect!
 
To get the greeting, from In The Pines, onto two separate lines, you have severa; options. The stamp set is photopolymer, so cutting it up is really easy. But that felt a bit drastic for one card. Another option is to mask each section off using tape or a sticky note, but that is fraught with danger. Instead, I inked and stamped each word separately using a Stampin’ Write Marker, cleaning the stamp very thoroughly in between. 
 
Pine Woods Stampin Up

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Friday, 20 November 2020

Merry & Bright Online Extravaganza - 10% off almost everything in the Annual Catalogue

Like discounts? You can save 10% off ALMOST EVERYTHING in the Annual Catalogue for one day only! Starts 11pm on the 23rd November and runs until 10.50pm on the 24th. 
 
There are a few exceptions for supply reasons, so please download the PDF to see what's NOT included. Remember, if it’s in the Annual Catalogue and available, as long as it’s NOT on this list, it should be 10% off. 
 



Monday, 16 November 2020

Nine ideas for Snowman Season

Snowman Season Stampin Up

We are rapidly approaching Christmas – I know, right? This year has been so weird that some days I have to remind myself it’s November.

In preparation for the Big Day, I have been running craft sessions using the Snowman Season stamp set, after taking quick bookings in one day during the Flash Sale. I held three sessions – two short daytime events and a longer Saturday morning. 

Guests signed up for all three sessions, which included the stamp set and instructions so they could make the cards even if they couldn't attend. This is how I send out my kits – packed in plant-based biodegradable cello bags in boxes made from recycled card, held together with paper tape.  Just doing my bit to avoid plastic waste!

Snowman Season Stampin Up

These sessions were popular both with the guests and with me; I cannot tell you how much easier it is to design projects when everyone has the same stamp set! Having said that, preparation coincided with my holiday in the Lake District so I inevitably turned to other talented crafters for inspiration.

So in one mega blog post, let’s take a look at the projects we made...

Snowman Season Stampin Up

I love this one, which was heavily inspired by Mary Fish. I switched to the Evergreen Forest 3D Embossing Folder because it’s new and I love it. I cut my snowy hills with the Pine Woods Dies, although I expected the guests to cut them freehand. Sorry, ladies!

I coloured the images using ink pad lids and blender pens – my most-used method because I always have both on hand. But what about black? You can’t squeeze the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad to get ink in the lid, so simply swipe the pad onto a clear block or other shiny surface and pick up your colour from there. Because it’s water-based, it will clean off easily.

Snowman Season Stampin Up

Our second project for the first session was this little notecard which we stamped all over in Pool Party. A simple but fun design which I blatantly CASEd from Kim Quade.

Snowman Season Stampin Up

The Saturday session saw us tackle five cards, starting with this cute little notecard. To get the shading behind the snowman, we just sponged directly onto the die-cut label (which I’d pre-cut using the Tasteful Labels dies), then the snowman is stamped separately, fussy-cut and popped up on Dimensionals. Yes, even his little twig arms! The sprigs are punched using the Sprig Punch – I wasn’t die-cutting that lot for 10 people, sorry!

Snowman Season Stampin Up

More sponging for this card – I’m all about the sponging at the moment, have you noticed? For this one, we cut a snowy hill freehand from scrap paper (you can also tear it for a softer effect) and used it as a mask for sponging. You need a very light tough on the sponging here. The sky is also sponged, working from the corners inwards. 

Snowman Season Stampin Up

I love this design, which is an almost direct copy of one by Laura Mackie. We named the snowmen Tom, Dick and Harry so I had a frame of reference when talking the ladies through this project. 

The trick here is to stamp the two right images (Dick and Harry) twice. Stamp them once on the background, along with Tom’s twig arms. Then trace the ground onto some scrap paper, cut this out and use as a mask for sponging the Pool Party. (My sponging is a little rough because I made this one on holiday and didn’t have my sponges with me so compromised using a tissue!)

Next stamp all three snowmen onto some Whisper White cardstock and cut them out. This means you can cut off those fiddly twig arms as they will be there on the background for you. Then you can add all the cut-out images to the card base, popping up for some dimension.

Snowman Season Stampin Up

Another blatant copy here, this time of a project by Karina Chin. The only change I think I made was to use Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper, which is SO versatile because of its white and silver side. This means you can sponge or brayer it in any colour to match your project. 

Snowman Season Stampin Up

Just to mix things up a little, we made a snowman-free card simply by stamping and sponging onto some Whisper White cardstock and cutting it into three equal strips. Want to make this one quicker and easier? Use Designer Series Paper and a punched greeting label instead – you’ll have a batch of Christmas cards in no time!

Snowman Season Stampin Up
 

This is one of my favourite cards of the sessions, with this cheery little snowman who looks like he’s practising his yoga and saluting the sun. Not a wise move for a snowman, if you ask me. To get an even flag, you can use one side of the Tailored Tag Punch, which I did here. 

Snowman Season Stampin Up

Our final project was this snow globe-inspired card. I took inspiration from Bonnie O’Neill but changed things up a little as it seemed a shame not to use my Snow Globe Scenes dies. Working on the theory that if you’ve got it, use it, I mounted this onto a scalloped circle from the Layering Circles Dies, too. Cutting round the greeting freehand gives you an interesting shape – and it’s really easy to do, too.

I hope you’ve been inspired by these Snowman Season projects, many of which can be adapted to other images, too. 

If you’d like to order anything you see here, please visit my store and, if shopping in November 2020, please use the host code RMK743TS. The host code allows me to earn Stampin’ Rewards which I use to order thank you gifts for my online customers.




Thursday, 12 November 2020

More In The Pines inspiration

In The Pines Stampin Up

As you may have gathered if you're a frequent visitor to All Things Stampy, I’m a BIG fan of trees. So the forest-inspired imagery of the In the Pines Bundle made it an absolute must for me.

As I showed on Monday, this set isn’t just for Christmas. It’s perfect for masculine cards, sympathy cards, birthday cards, congratulations cards, ‘just because’ cards and yes, Christmas too.

Take a look at these fabulous samples create by Stampin’ Up!®'s own artists and see if you’re inspired to head into the pines. 

 

 
For the ‘fabulous’ card at the top left, the background colours are created with sponge daubers. The images are stamped and then cut out with the ‘snowy hill’ dies from the bundle.
 
To create the starry/snowy sky on the ‘Life is better with you’ card, use a paintbrush or water painter to dilute Whisper White craft ink and spatter over the base. I love this technique! 

For the ‘Season’s greetings’ card, there are some serious techniques going on. The trees are stamped with the solid tree stamp and cut with the open die. Then the outline tree is stamped and embossed with white, watercoloured with Mint Macaron and cut out with the detail peek-through tree die. Clear embossing powder is used over the white craft “snow” in the background so it does not smudge.
 

In The Pines Stampin Up

Want to make these two fun projects? Please click here to see and download a free tutorial over on my website. I have converted it to A4 measurements. 

In The Pines Stampin Up

 


Monday, 9 November 2020

In the Pines stamped onto DSP

In The Pines Stampin Up

In The Pines is not just for Christmas! I used it recently to make a batch of cards for a variety of occasions.

The small cards are to thank customers who ordered from me at a party I held for a long-time customer, Mandy. Mandy has stuck with me for many years, for which I’m truly grateful. 

In The Pines Stampin Up

So how did I make them? The small cards are simply a standard card base cut in half. I stamped them using the Stamparatus for speed and accuracy, in Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight ink. The “Thanks” comes from Waterfront – a must-have set which has been around a few years but remains as versatile and useful as ever – and the gorgeous Misty Moonlight twine is from the Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack.

In The Pines Stampin Up

The spattering is done with a paintbrush. I wet the brush and then picked up some Balmy Blue ink from the ink pad lid, then tapped the brush on top to spatter the ink across the project. Very simple but very effective.

In The Pines Stampin Up

In The Pines Stampin Up

For the standard-sized cards, I stamped directly on to In Good Taste Designer Series Paper, which gives the card a look of texture without the bulk. Then I stamped as before, with larger stamps, using the Stamparatus and the same colours. I used various greetings; some from Beautiful Autumn and the congratulations sentiment is from Beautiful Friendship

The BIG celebration was my downline Sue, who celebrated her 10th anniversary as a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator. This is an amazing achievement but of course, she wouldn't have stuck around if it hadn’t been so much fun! 

In The Pines Stampin Up

On these cards, I spattered ink in both colours; Balmy Blue and Misty Moonlight. The water dilutes the colour for a soft effect.

I really enjoyed making these projects and it made a change from Christmas cards! I love how the trees look in blue and it just shows how In The Pines – which at appears at first glance to be a Christmas stamp set – offers so many more possibilities.

If you’d like to order this set – or anything else – please follow the link below and use the November 2020 host code RMK743TS if you’re spending less than £150. If you’re spending more than £150, please talk to me first and I will help you get the best value. 

 


Thursday, 5 November 2020

Masculine Blog Hop - Starburst technique

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty

Welcome to another blog hop, this time on a masculine theme. Thank you for dropping by to see what I’ve made – and I hope you enjoy travelling around the world from the comfort and safety of your own home, as you explore some fabulous masculine projects from Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators. 

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty

Masculine cards seem to cause people a lot of bother, particularly those who favour floral designs with lots of embellishments and bling. Fortunately, this theme plays into my hands as I’m not big on bling and fuss! But if you struggle to make masculine cards, remember: men are people, too. They like many of the same things that we do – scenery, cake, trees and animals!

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty

I’ve gone with the animal theme for my cards. Both my husband and son love foxes – in fact, my son put “fox” on his Christmas list every year until he was about 14. When I mentioned this last year (he’s now 20) he said he still wanted one and had only stopped asked for it because he new it wouldn’t happen.

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty

So what better than the handsome fox from Nature’s Beauty for my projects? I made two cards with ever so slightly different colours – which do you prefer?

I think this might be the first time I’ve ever created a starburst background but it definitely won’t be the last as it was a lot of fun. 

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty
To do this, start with a piece of scrap paper or cardstock the same size or slightly larger than your card front.

Draw a circle where you want your main element to be and mark the centre of the circle with a dot. Then using a ruler, simply draw straight lines through the circle, through the dot, to create a starburst design like this one. Make sure you draw an even number of lines.

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty


Mark every other section with a dot or shading. Then carefully cut these marked sections away. You'll end up with a mask that looks like this.

I applied a very thin layer of Tombow Multi-purpose adhesive to the back of my mask and allowed it to dry thoroughly. This made it repositionable but mean it didn't move around for the next stage which is... brayering! Yay! Well, you can sponge instead if you prefer. If you do prefer to sponge, make sure you start in the centre and swipe outwards away from the circle, so you don’t crease the mask. 

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty 
 
My first card was sponged in Sahara Sand onto Very Vanilla. The second is sponged in Sahara Sand and a hint of Soft Suede onto Sahara Sand cardstock. 

Stampin Up masculine starburst natures beauty
  

On top of this I added a die-cut circle from the Tasteful Labels dies (which meant I didn't actually need to mask the centre circle but it holds it all together), stamped with a greeting from Zoo Globe. Then all I needed to do was add my fox and some cut-out leaves from Beautiful Autumn.

I hope you like my masculine cards – for more masculine inspiration, please hop around the world and see what other Stampin’ Up!® demonstrators have created. 



 


Monday, 2 November 2020

TWO new product releases coming on Tuesday

Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up

Want something new to spice up your craft room? You’ve come to the right place.

There are TWO new product releases tomorrow (3rd Nov) giving you LOTS of choice: The Curvy Celebrations promotion and the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up

First we have a our Curvy Celebrations promotion; a combination of exclusive Christmas products and a sneak peek bundle from the upcoming Jan-June Mini Catalogue.

Choose from the following:
  • Quite Curvy bundle of stamps and dies at £38.50
  • Curvy Christmas stamps at £20
  • Classic Christmas 6"x6" DSP at £10.75
  • Quite Curvy Variety Bundle (all of the above) at £66.25.
Let’s take a closer look...
 
 
The Quite Curvy Bundle features pretty stamps, curvy greetings and co-ordinating dies. These are sneak peek products which will appear in the January-June Mini Catalogue. 
 
Take a look at some of the fabulous projects you could make...
 
Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up
Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up
The Curvy Christmas stamp set is exclusively available until 4th January. This is your only chance to purchase this cute Christmas stamp set. 
 
Take a look at these fab projects made with this stamp set...

Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up

 
Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up
 
The Classic Christmas Designer Series Paper comes in handy 6"x6", perfect for cardmaking and again is exclusive to this promotion period, only until 4th January. 
 
 Curvy Celebrations Stampin Up
 
The Quite Curvy Variety Bundle gives you the best value of all, with 10% off everything. You get one of everything – that’s two stamp sets, one set of co-ordinating dies plus the Designer Series Paper so you can craft for Christmas and beyond.
 


Short of time or want to keep things simple? Check out the Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit. It makes eight Christmas cards – and you get elements in French and German, too. All you need to add is a clear block.

Check out the video here which shows you what’s inside: 


The Joy to the World Paper Pumpkin Kit costs just £20 and is ideal for some lockdown crafting, suitable for beginners and older children, too. 

Interested? Just drop me a line or check them out in my store from 3rd November. Please use this month’s host code (see blog header) and I’ll send you a thank you gift!

 


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