Saturday, 21 July 2018

Caturday: Young Steven

Same walk as last week’s cat sighting, this time an old friend, who I call Young Steven. YS didn’t want to chat on this occasion; I suspect that was because he was in a field. I’ve noticed that ordinarily friendly cats will generally snub you when they’re in a field; I think it’s because they are labouring under the illusion that they are “wild” and possibly playing out some Big Cat fantasy.

Friday, 20 July 2018

A totally tropical colour combo

I’m ending my Tropical Chic week with another celebration... this time of my faboulous team. Each month I send out reward vouchers and random gifts to my team members for various reasons.

Five of them received a voucher in one of these cheery cards. Can I tell you something about these cards? They are not 100% identical... but they’re pretty close! And it’s all thanks to the Stamparatus, which made quick work of stamping such a complicated design five times.

And three will receive a little notebook surprise on the same theme. Yes, I know there are only two in the photo, but one of my team who was on the list to receive one of these just happened to pop by before I’d had chance to photograph them, so she received her gift there and then.

Finally, the totally tropical colour combo to round things off...

Thursday, 19 July 2018

Tropical Chic celebration card

I’m quite chuffed with how this card turned out, which is a relief as it’s for a very special occasion. It’s not every day that one of your team reaches such a major milestone as their 10th anniversary! Congratulations go to Kellie for sticking around – here’s to many more years!

To create the background I stamped repeatedly using Granny Apple Green, stamping over and over again without reinking to get various shades of green. I added some Petal Pink speckles to give a lift and to link to the die-cut Petal Pink flowers. These Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins give it the perfect finishing touch. 

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Tropical leaves, cool colours

Here’s an example of just using the dies without the stamps. You can create a lovely layered effect with the squre die in different shades; I’ve used cool colours to show you don’t have to keep it tropical all the time. And can you spot the Subtle Embossing Folder again? I do love this folder; you’ll be seeing a lot of it!

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Tropical Chic Hello card... with a little help from a feline friend

It’s another outing for Tropical Chic and this time a really simple project which I threw together in minutes. You could step it up by embossing those leaves which would look stunning, and adding some embellishments, too. But sometimes a quick project hits the mark and I like to keep things simple.

If only taking the photograph had gone so smoothly... thanks for the “help”, Hamish!

Monday, 16 July 2018

Tropical Chic week!

It’s time for another themed week, this time – in honour of our tropical weather – I am focussing on Tropical Chic.

This is a really fun and on-trend bundle of products. There’s a stamp set and dies, but you could easily work with one or the other. 

I had just the dies to work with for my OnStage display projects and had lots of fun. But the stamps went on my first catalogue order, to increase the project possibilities. 

This week I will be showcasing five projects using these products – but the possibilities don’t end there, far from it. My head is teeming with more ideas that I just haven’t had time to make just yet. I will be revisiting this bundle in the future, I promise. 

This project uses a totally tropical colour combo and involved splashing ink onto wet watercolour paper to create a pretty random effect. When it was dry, I cut it out using the square die you see in the photo above. And can you spot the Subtle Embossing Folder? It’s very well named but I promise you’ll love it. Lots of my customers have ordered this after seeing it on my sample projects – a photograph really can’t do it justice. Just trust me and buy it – you won’t regret it!

Saturday, 14 July 2018

Caturday: A ginger baby!

There’s a new cat on the block - I bumped into this little ginger baby (about six months old, I suspect) on a walk around the neighbourhood. He was delightfully friendly, which is why the picture is so bad - you can’t photograph a cat that won’t stop rubbing around your legs! I hope we meet again soon.

Friday, 13 July 2018

One simple kit: three different cards

A bit of a stamping mash-up today, from a play session using Love What You Do, the absolutely stunning Share What You Love Designer Series Paper and the Vertical Greetings stamp set.

These three cards just show how the same simple kit – Poppy Parade card blank, Whisper White layer and a strip of DSP – can make such a variety of projects. The only limit is your imagination!

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Dragonfly Dreams - busy bees and the rubber band technique

Here’s another example of the rubber band technique. I love the bright cheeriness of this project, and the fact that, despite using the exact same ink pads as for Monday’s project, this is a completely different effect. 

The only difference of this effect is that we masked just the bottom of the card, which allows you to create this lovely grassy effect. It’s definitely a technique I will be revisiting again and again.

The bees are simply stamped and coloured in – we were running out of time at our class, so we skipped the embossing this time. The flowers are from the Love What You Do stamp set... I’m way too pedantic to allow the bees to fly around the grass without some flowers to attract them.

Monday, 9 July 2018

Dragonfly Dreams, rubber band technique and embossing with the Stamparatus

Here’s what we got up to at Crafty Friday last week; the rubber band technique. I think the effect is quite watery, so we used the beautiful stamp set, Dragonfly Dreams.

It’s a very simple and satisfying technique. We began by masking off the area you want to stamp, using sticky notes.

For the technique itself, you wrap elastic bands around a clear block, or even a block of wood would do the same job. But let’s face it, we’re stampers... so more likely to be able to lay our hands on a clear stamping block!

You use the banded block like a stamp, inking it up as normal; for this watery effect, you spritz the bands lightly with water before stamping. In our case, we also kept stamping without re-inking, to get a variety of shades.

We stamped in three colours: Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green and Mint Macaron. When this was dry, we sponged the same area in Pool Party. You could sponge first, it really doesn’t matter. It’s so hot here at the moment that the wet ink dried almost instantly.

Next we stamped our Dragonfly using the Stamparatus, so we could emboss it in Bermuda Bay. These are the simple steps to follow:

  1. Position cardstock into the Stamparatus and hold down with a magnet
  2. Stamp the dragonfly in Bermuda Bay
  3. Clean off the stamp, without removing it from the Stamparatus
  4. Stamp on top in Versamark
  5. Sprinkle on clear embossing powder and heat. 
What do you think? Do you love the rubber band technique? If so, come back on Wednesday for another example, this time to represent a grassy meadow.

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Caturday: Tiger

This is Tiger, proud owner of Aussie demonstrator Jo Weedon who says Tiger is a “nutter”. The evidence is in the following photo... apparently he climbed into this bag himself and was completely unfazed by his new superhero costume.

Tiger enjoys climbing into bags, luggage, shoes and boots... and likes to leave marbles in shoes as a surprise! You can take a look at Jo’s blog here.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes - two colourways

I’m finishing off my Dandelion Wishes week with the same card in two colourways – but which do you prefer? The pink or the green?

This was the first time I’d cracked open the Merlot... the Merry Merlot, that is. I used it to stamp the ‘thank you’ (from Tropical Chic) on the card on the left.

These are the first cards I’ve made with Bokeh Dots, too. This is from the new Distinktive range, which are highly detailed stamps. They give you lots of depth and texture but I do have a few tips for you:

So, what do you think? Which colour combo do you prefer? Green or pink?

I hope my week of Dandelion Wishes projects has convinced you that this is an excellent stamp set to add to your collection. I absolutely love it, and can see me using it frequently.

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes - embossed on a watercoloured background

Another day, another Dandelion Wishes project for your delectation. This time I have another watercoloured background, with the dandelions embossed on top using Granny Apple Green and clear embossing powder.

The Granny Apple Green came out a lot darker than I expected - this is probably because I stamped two or three times in the same position to get a full image on the watercolour paper. Stamping like this is really easy with the Stamparatus - I am now a complete convert to this amazing piece of kit!

Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes - CAS card in retro Pool Party and Poppy Parade

Seriously, it took me longer to photograph this project than it did to make it. It’s clean and simple all right... and no less effective for it.

All I did was stamp on a piece of Whisper White in this lovely retro combo of Pool Party and Poppy Parade, add a strip of Poppy Parade cardstock and pop it up onto a notecard, with some bling to finish it off.

Yes, I have done a U-turn on Poppy Parade, which I was never keen on last time around. And with a brand new Pool Party ink pad to play with, I think you’ll be seeing a lot of this combo.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Dandelion Wishes and Northern Lights

Do children still use dandelion clocks to tell the time? Do they still use buttercups to find out if you like butter? And daisies to find out if he “loves you, loves you not”? Or have these innocent pastimes gone the way of scrumping and fishing for tiddlers?

Here’s another fun background technique to show off the Dandelion Wishes stamp set. This time it’s the Northern Lights technique - which is simply sponging in dark blue in with some streaks of Lemon Lime Twist thrown in. You finish it off simply by dotting with the Chalk Marker, freehand.

This background has been sitting in my UFOs (unfinished objects) box for some time, so this was the perfect opportunity to use it.

I stamped the image in Whisper White Craft Ink and then embossed in white embossing powder on top. I find this doubling up gives the crispest images.

Very little else was needed so I finished off with my last remaining pearls (must order some more!) and some white Baker's Twine. Hope you like!

Monday, 2 July 2018

It's Dandelion Wishes Week at All Things Stampy

I have a little treat for fans of the Dandelion Wishes stamp set. This week I will be posting a Dandelion Wishes project every day, from Monday to Friday.

We begin with this intensely coloured card with a bright watercoloured background, with a bit of salt technique thrown in.

On top of this we have the dandelions and greeting, embossed in Blackberry Bliss, using that oh so clever Stamparatus technique. This is where you stamp with the Stamparatus - in fact, I did this twice as it can be quite tricky to stamp onto watercolour paper, so stamping again gives you a sharper image.

Then, with the stamped cleaned off and the paper in the same position, you stamp on top with Versamark so you can add the clear embossing powder and heat it up for these stunning results.

And that’s just about all you have to do – with a background like this and such a beautiful image stamped on top, all you need is a piece of ribbon to finish things off.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

TWO fabulous offers for July!

Summer just got even better, with TWO fabulous offers which are hard to resist. 

The best deal of all is for new demonstrators... 


With this offer, during July if you join Stampin’ Up!® you pay just £99 (with free shipping) as normal and get:

£130 of craft supplies of your choice
An ink pad collection worth £63 of your choice - this could be Subtles, Neutrals, Regals, Brights or all 10 In Color ink pads!

On top of this, you will receive a pack of business supplies including eight catalogues to share with your friends. 

As long as you are a demonstrator, you never have to pay full price for your craft supplies again!

Not for you? How about this fantastic Designer Series Paper offer?

Love all the papers but don’t know where to start? How about starting your collection with this fabulous offer?

Buy THREE packs of paper at £10.25 each, and choose a fourth pack FREE!

These are the papers included in the offer...

NB: It is not possible to combine the two offers - ie if you join SU, you can’t choose four packs of paper for the price of three as part of your kit, as your kit is already heavily discounted

So, which offer will you choose? Both are fabulous, so why not sign up now, and then order your paper with your demonstrator discount later in the month?

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