Tuesday, 4 August 2020

New August-December Mini Catalogue goes live today

August-December Mini Catalogue Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy
It’s beginning to look a lot like... there’s a new catalogue! Today is the day when you can order from the brand new August-December Mini Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!® And it’s packed to the drawstring with gorgeous projects for autumn, Hallowe’en and – gulp – Christmas.


Here are just a few of the products which have my name all over them...

Gilded Autumn Suite Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy
The Gilded Autumn Suite – gorgeous! I loved this so much that I bought the whole Suite. The punches are so cute and the paper is currently too nice to use...

In The Pines Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy

In The Pines Bundle – well you know I’m a sucker for trees, and especially pine trees as I’ve just returned from a week in the Abernethy Forest in the Scottish Cairngorms. They’re really good for you, too – they emit chemicals which boost your mood and your immune system. Clever things, trees. 

Coming Home Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy

Coming Home Bundle – such a fun bundle, comprising the Coming Home stamp set and the Home Together Dies. Add the paper for even more fun. Best of all, if you purchase this stamp set, £2.50 will be donated to charities devoted to adoption, foster care and infertility. 

Yuletide Pasture  Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy

Yuletide Pasture stamp set – well, what can I say? It has a cat in it! Along with a sheep (baa humbug cards coming soon) and a Highland cow. I can see me combining this set with In the Pines for a truly Highland Christmas card. 

Christmas Countdown Stampin Up Helen Read Allthingsstampy
Christmas Countdown advent calendar kit – yes, it’s back! This was SUCH a popular kit last year and there’s plenty of mileage left in it yet. As you can see from this photo, you don’t have to make a Christmas project; use it with any Designer Series Paper or stamped images to create a year-round décor or storage item. And guess what? You can decorate BOTH sides of those boxes, so you can make your advent calendar on one side, and something else on the other. It’s a twofer!

Which ones are on your wish list?


Monday, 3 August 2020

Playful Alphabet Dies meet Rainbow Glimmer Paper

Playful Alphabet Dies Stampin Up Allthingsstampy Helen Read

I needed an 18th birthday card for my nephew. I know, tough crowd, right? Most of my stamps were unsuitable but I thought these Playful Alphabet Dies would do the trick perfectly.

It may be a bit of an overstatement but, to me, the Playful Alphabet Dies are a game-changer. Without wishing to state the obvious, you can spell out anything on your cards – personalising them and creating sentiments that aren’t available within our stamp range. You can even send a cheeky message to a friend... but if it’s too cheeky, perhaps don’t tell the nice folk at Stampin’ Up!®

Playful Alphabet Dies Stampin Up Allthingsstampy Helen Read

Yes, I know we’ve had alphabet dies – and stamps – before, but there’s something about these which makes them so much more versatile. For me, it’s the chunky, simple font and the small size. Each letter die is about 3/4" but, because of the chunky font, they aren’t too fiddly to handle. Those who know me will know I don’t do fiddly.

But the thing that swayed me towards this set of dies is the way they look SO good when you use the negative... so in many cases you get two projects from one. Not so much here, as I only needed a card to contain a cash gift but I could have made a gift tag using the letters I cut out.

Playful Alphabet Dies Stampin Up Allthingsstampy Helen Read

What I did do was place some small cut-offs from the FAB.U.LOUS new Rainbow Glimmer Paper behind the letters. This is gorgeous and best of all, it doesn’t shed! I cannot stand glitter bits everywhere, not just because they’re annoying but for environmental reasons.

Using the dies in this way is a really handy way of using up any tiny pieces of glimmer paper, Designer Series Paper, cardstock etc that you just can’t bear to throw away. Come on, I know I’m not the only who hoard little pieces “just in case”!

Playful Alphabet Dies Stampin Up Allthingsstampy Helen Read



Friday, 31 July 2020

One-Sheet Wonder using Just Jade and Forevery Greenery

Forever Greenery Stampin up One Sheet Wonder allthingsstampy

If an idea's worth using, it's worth reusing! I see no point in reinventing the wheel, so for these projects I simply revisited an old design in a new colour combination.

Forever Greenery Stampin up One Sheet Wonder allthingsstampy

I still had some more people to welcome into my team so decorated another batch of A5 notebooks and made matching cards.

Forever Greenery Stampin up One Sheet Wonder allthingsstampy

Again, it's a one-sheet wonder (spotted a theme this week?) which is a pretty speedy way of making your projects. And versatile, too – you can use your one-sheet wonder (OSW) in any way you like. I've simply cut mine into pieces a bit smaller than my finished project, then cut into thirds to create this triptych effect.

Forever Greenery Stampin up One Sheet Wonder allthingsstampy

The colour combo is a little different and is one I've taken from my In Color combinations charts. I figured I may as well use the combinations now I've gone to the trouble of creating them!
Forever Greenery Stampin up One Sheet Wonder allthingsstampy
Decorating a notebook is easy – it's just like a big card. Don't overthink it, just play around on a piece of card and then mount it onto your notebook front.



Monday, 27 July 2020

Sneak Peek: Beautiful Autumn One-Sheet Wonder

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

The theme of today's post is the wonderful One-Sheet Wonder which is an old technique that never goes out of style.

Each week in my customer Facebook Group and in our weekly Show & Tell Zoom sessions I set a challenge. Last week this was to create a One-Sheet Wonder then use it to make one or more projects.

I was blown away by their creativity; we had dogs, leaves, flowers, snowflakes, pine boughs and even cars – and some amazing projects made with their sheets. Not everyone made cards; some made scrapbook pages or boxes, too! Really, anything goes.

Best of all, everyone said they had really enjoyed the challenge and loved making their One-Sheet Wonders.

If you’re not familiar with the One-Sheet Wonder concept, it’s very simple. It’s just a fancy name for making your own patterned paper so all you have to do is take a sheet of any cardstock – it doesn’t have to be white – and stamp all over it.

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

I’ve stamped here using the new Beautiful Autumn stamp set – yes, this is my first Sneak Peek from the new August-December catalogue. I bought the whole Suite of products again because it’s just so lovely, but I have only had chance to use the stamps and dies so far.

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

I wouldn’t say this was the ideal set for a One-Sheet Wonder, mainly because the images are so small that it’s quite time-consuming. This A4 sheet took me over an hour to stamp ... but then I did use eight different ink pads!

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

However, I think it was worth it; I have to blow my own trumpet a little and admit I think it looks pretty fab. Hope you like it too!

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read


The Beautiful Autumn Bundle includes the Autumn Punch Pack; three fab medium-sized punches which create these gorgeous little leaves. The stamps are all two-step, too, so I stamped the outlines in a darker shade and then filled in with a lighter one. They’re photopolymer, so positioning is really easy.

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read


To mat the greeting, I used the Tasteful Labels dies on Soft Suede cardstock  and embossed them using the Greenery Embossing Folder. My obsession with leaves and trees means many of my products co-ordinate beautifully across different Suites.

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read
My main tip for creating a One-Sheet Wonder is to start with the largest stamps and stamp randomly over the sheet, leaving roughly equal spaces between them. Remember to keep turning the stamps so you don't end up with a pattern.

Take the next largest stamp and stamp again in a different colour. Repeat until you get to the smallest stamps. This allows you to maximise the space and get as many images on there as possible.

I usually say to start with the palest colour and work your way through to the darkest colour, but this is one rule that is definitely made to be broken!

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

When your sheet is stamped, you can cut it up as you wish to make as many projects as you like. I simply cut my sheet into quarters, then cut each one down to fit onto a card front, slicing them into thirds. The excess strips were used to embellish the insides of the cards.

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read
When you cut up your sheet, you may find you have some empty areas around the edges. Don't worry, you can fill these in with more stamping if necessary.

Another tip to maximise your One-Sheet Wonder is to stamp all over with your chosen colours, then cut in half and add another colour to one of the pieces. You can repeat this if you wish to get lots of different looks from one sheet.

One of the main advantages of a One-Sheet Wonder is that it’s a time-saving device if you have a lot of cards to make (unless you use tiny stamps and eight different ink pads!), which means it’s ideal for your Christmas cards or for party invitations.

The other main advantage is that it’s very therapeutic. You just stamp away merrily without having to think too hard about what you’re doing. And we all need a bit of mindless crafting these days, don’t we?

Beautiful Autumn Stampin Up One Sheet Wonder Allthingsstampy Helen Read

Friday, 24 July 2020

More ideas for the Flowers for Every Season Suite

https://www.stampinup.uk/products/flowers-for-every-season-ribbon-combo-pack?demoid=5000075

I’m finishing the week with yet more ideas for the Flowers for Every Season Suite from Stampin’ Up!® – this time focussing on the lovely Jar of Flowers stamp set

You can buy this stamp set on its own but really, you kind of need the punch, too, to get the most out of it. The Jar of Flowers bundle features some beautiful floral images and a fantastic Jar Punch.

 https://www.stampinup.uk/products/flowers-for-every-season-ribbon-combo-pack?demoid=5000075

But wait...  it gets better! The Jar Punch can be used to fit around the stamps, on its own – or with the Mason Jar Shaker Domes. Yes, you can make very quick and easy shaker projects, just like this one...
 
https://www.stampinup.uk/products/flowers-for-every-season-ribbon-combo-pack?demoid=5000075

And this one, which combines the Jar Punch and Mason Jar Shaker Domes with the gorgeous Celebrate Sunflowers bundle I showcased on Wednesday....

https://www.stampinup.uk/products/flowers-for-every-season-ribbon-combo-pack?demoid=5000075

And look at that lovely Just Jade gingham ribbon, too! Who doesn’t love gingham?



Please do let me know if I can help you with any of these products – if you’re in the UK, I would love to have you as a customer, or even as a member of my team!


Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Flowers for Every Season Suite ideas – celebrating sunflowers


Flowers for Every Season Stampin' Up Allthingsstampy

This week is all about the Flowers for Every Season Suite and I have some amazing projects to show you, which show off all the gorgeous products within the Suite.

This is a “Super Suite”... well, to be honest, I can’t remember the official Stampin’ Up!® term but what I mean to say is that it’s a BIG one, with two bundles, Designer Series Paper, Memories & More cards and a whole lot more. Check out some of the fabulous projects you can make with it here...

 Flowers for Every Season Stampin' Up Allthingsstampy

The Celebrate Sunflowers bundle is just fabulous – big showy sunflowers always bring a smile to people’s faces. 
 
Flowers for Every Season Stampin' Up Allthingsstampy

This card is made by masking with a torn piece of sticky note so you leave a rough centre panel when you stamp around it. Clever, simple and effective.  

Flowers for Every Season Stampin' Up Allthingsstampy

Two very different looks here – the card at the front is made using the Sunflowers Dies, while the one at the back is stamped onto Crumb Cake cardstock and coloured with Watercolor Pencils. Some spattering with Frost White Shimmer Paint gives it an extra touch.
  
  Flowers for Every Season Stampin' Up Allthingsstampy
This shows how you can mix things up... using the Flowers for Every Season Designer Series Paper with Ornate Thanks and some fancy gold heat embossing. Don’t have the paper? You could use the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards instead... or indeed any Designer Series Paper or Memories & More cards. Be creative and adapt!



Monday, 20 July 2020

10 quick cards using Flowers for Every Season Memories & More Cards

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More


Socially distant crafty get-togethers have been a bit of a life-saver during lockdown; it’s so lovely to meet up with other crafters via Zoom to create our projects.

For the past five weeks I have been running a One O’Clock Club on Tuesdays, where we make two quick cards at each session. These quick cards are easy to recreate at home with Stampin’ Up!®’s Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards.

My first One O’Clock Club series comes to an end this week but I will be starting another round soon using the Whale of a Time Suite – please get in touch ASAP if you’d like to join in. This time the projects will be repeated in a Saturday session, so you can hop in and out of Tuesdays and the Saturday to fit around your other plans.

Check out the projects we made...

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

We’ve been using the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards from Stampin’ Up!®, along with the Flowers for Every Season Memories & More cards and envelopes, with guests using their own greeting stamps and ink pads. Week 1 saw us use Bumblebee and Cinnamon Cider – two great new In Colors™ which work really well together.

One of the great things about these Memories & More Cards – from the Flowers for Every Season Suite – is that they use the new In Colors™, so many of the people who took part in my In Color Shares had their new ink pads to play with.

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

For this project, we used ‘Feeling’ from the sticker sheet and cut out word strips from one of the Memories & More cards. The flowers and leaves are white stickers which we sponged using yellow and green inks.

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

It’s no secret that Magenta Madness is my least favourite new In Color™ – I’m just not a pink fan at all. But I have to say I am warming to it, and think it packs a certain punch when used in small doses. No small doses for this project though! It’s a bit more subtle in this one...

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

It was all about the blues in Week 3, when we focused on Misty Moonlight. The Memories & More card does all the work here, with just a simple greeting stamped onto one of the stickers from the sheet which comes in the pack.

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

I really love the sunflower pattern on this card. The greeting comes on the sticker sheet and we stuck it to some Misty Moonlight cardstock, then cut freehand around it to create an on-trend border.

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

The colour combo is simple here: just the Poppy Parade of the Memories & More card, with white and the silver edged card base. The Tasteful Labels dies do a lot of the work here. Don’t have those yet? Trust me, you really need them!  

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

You have have already noticed that once again I broke my personal rule not to use retired products. However, in these unprecedented times (aren’t you just SICK of hearing that?), I thought it would be ok to take advantage of the foil-edged cards and envelopes being heavily discounted at retiring time, so I could keep costs down for the guests. I stocked up big time but have completely run out now!

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

It’s our last session tomorrow and we’re finishing off with two Just Jade cards. The sunflowers get another outing; they’re fussy-cut from two different Memories & More cards and the big greeting is from Rooted in Nature.

Flowers for Every Season Quick Cards allthingsstampy Helen Read Memories & More

It’s another appearance for the monochromatic look, too – this time in mellow Just Jade with a flower sticker to finish off. The Stitched Nested Labels dies provide layers to house the greeting, from the Tasteful Touches stamp set.

If you’re in the UK you are more than welcome to join my Zoom sessions – because with Zoom, location is no barrier. I’ve had several new ladies join me who can’t normally come to my events due to transport issues. 

And if you’re already a demonstrator, I hope this post has inspired you to try your own distance classes and workshops. Every guest received half a pack of Memories & More cards, half a pack of Memories & More cards and envelopes, plus card bases, cardstock, ribbon and embellishments. I did all the die-cutting in advance so the projects were really speedy – just right for a lunch break for those homeworkers out there!


The small print

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