Thursday, 17 September 2020

Blog hop: Gilded Autumn projects

Would I like to take part in a blog hop showcasing the Gilded Autumn Suite? Yes please! This is my favourite suite from the August-December Mini Catalogue; I love autumn and love woodlands so both the colours and the images speak to me. And what were they saying? “Buy me!” of course.
These projects were made for my Crafty Friday event this month – waste not, want not! We made two cards; a W-fold card and an aperture card.

My classes are still taking place via Zoom so I’m having to provide creative ways of supplying kits which guests can add to with their own stamp sets. This time I was tardy so didn’t have time to order their optional extras of stamps and punches ahead of time so they had the unenviable task of fussy-cutting all those leaves and acorns out. I didn’t – I used the punches, which fit the images on the Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper perfectly. 

We began with this W-fold card, decorating the front with some strategically placed Gilded Autumn Designer Series Paper and punched out images using the Autumn Punch Pack.

I used this large greeting from Happiest of Birthdays, stamping it in Mint Macaron and Early Espresso for a bit of variety. You can do this using the Stamparatus, or sponges, or simply by winging it with two ink pads. Just remember to start with the paler colour first, so you don’t cross-contaminate. 

Inside, it’s a simple case of adding some squares to a strip of cardstock, which you score in quarters. If you wish, you can download the class instructions here.

I’d sized the squares inside to fit the Stitched Shapes Dies, as I know almost all of my customers have those. But if they didn’t – or didn’t want to die-cut – they could cut them to size using a paper trimmer. I like the addition of a few popped up coloured leaves and acorns to embellish the metallic papers. 

I made two versions; one as a sample ahead of the class, then I changed things up a little on the day. Mainly because, although I am quite disorganised, even I don’t need to stockpile belated birthday cards! 

After the class I decided to go a step further by decorating the envelopes with some leftover strips of Designer Series Paper. This is simply a case of applying adhesive to the envelope flap, sticking it to the DSP and cutting around it carefully with scissors. 

Our second card was a simple aperture card – and the beauty of this is that you can cut any aperture in the front, depending on the dies or punches you have. 

Again, I changed the greeting on the day of the class to make a birthday card. I have lots of autumn birthdays so won’t struggle to find a suitable recipient. 

Cut the inside piece and hold it in place without sticking, then stamp the greeting through the aperture. This allows you to get it in position, while still giving you the opportunity to turn it over and have another go if it doesn’t stamp exactly how you planned.

I hope you have enjoyed these projects and are inspired to take a closer look at this gorgeous product suite. For more inspiration, please visit the other blogs in the hop here:

Monday, 14 September 2020

Trimming the Town for Christmas

Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up

All it took to attract me to the Trimming the Town Suite was one sheet of Designer Series Paper. Yes, this one with the mountains and the ice rink. 

I soon realised that the rest of the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper pack was equally gorgeous... and then of course the Coming Home bundle started speaking to me, too... not least because we used to own a Volkswagen Beetle when I was a child. It was Pool Party, although I strongly suspect that wasn't the colour listed on the V5.

What’s special about the Coming Home stamp set is that £2.50 from every sale goes to Fertility Network UK. In every market, this set will be supporting charities devoted to adoption, foster care and infertility, issues which affect many, many families around the world.

For my World Card Making Day event on 3rd October, I wanted to use this suite so people can make a start on their Christmas cards. It’s ideal for a remote class as all these projects can be made with just the Designer Series Paper, although guests have the option to add the Coming Home stamp set and Home Together Dies if they wish.

Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up

It was UK demonstrator Amanda Bates who gave me the idea for these little cards. I never occurred to me to cut out the tiny houses until I saw her clean and simple projects here.
Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up
I’ve since added ribbon but think I actually prefer them without.

I haven’t done the maths but Amanda reckons from two full 12x12 sheets of this design, you could make 120 cards! My guests only get two 6x6 pieces in their kits so presumably can make 30 cards, which should be enough fussy-cutting for anyone!
Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up

Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up

If fussy-cutting isn’t your bag (and it definitely isn’t mine!), then you’ll be delighted to know that the Home Together Dies fit the larger houses in the DSP perfectly, just as you’d expect from Stampin’ Up!® and its commitment to co-ordination.

Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up
Yes, even these trees have dies to fit. This, you won’t be surprised to hear, is one of my favourite designs in the DSP pack; as you probably know if you’re a regular reader, I do love trees.

Trimming the Town Coming Home Stampin Up

There’s even a die to create this lovely swooping hill. There's a plain one, as used here, and one with little pine trees attached, too. 
For an extra touch, I’ve stamped snowflakes and some tiny chimney smoke to come out of the house on this card, using the Coming Home stamp set. I’ve also created a fun, colourful greeting by carefully slicing up one of the Designer Series Paper sheets. This one has greetings in French, English German and Dutch, and I particularly like “Kling Klokje Klingelingeling” in the pack, which Google tells me is a Dutch children’s Christmas song. Elsewhere I’ve used greetings from In The Pines and Yuletide Pasture.

I hope you enjoy these projects and that my class guests do, too. They've seen a sneak peek and booked up in a matter of days which is a promising sign. I have to take bookings a lot earlier these days, now that I have to prepare kits and get them in the post, so please follow my Facebook page for the latest events, so you don’t miss out. 

And please come back Thursday for a Gilded Autumn-themed blog hop!

Friday, 11 September 2020

Out of my comfort zone with Grace’s Garden

Graces Garden Gateway Stampin Up

Comfort zone? What comfort zone? I was WAY out of mine for this project which took me a WHOLE afternoon. I was trying to recreate this project from the catalogue...

Graces Garden Gateway Stampin Up

... but I don’t think I quite had the patience to pull it off. I’ll stick to clean and simple stamping in future, I think. 

Graces Garden Gateway Stampin Up

I used the Grace's Garden stamp set and Garden Gateway dies - both of which are absolutely stunning... but definitely not my usual style as I don’t have the patience for tiny elements. Love that little cat though!

Graces Garden Gateway Stampin Up

Monday, 7 September 2020

Trimming the Town... not just for Christmas!

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

I never like to be restricted by the theme of a stamp set or Designer Series Paper. The Coming Home stamps are suitable for many occasions, as is the Trimming the Town DSP, which has some festive designs and some patterns which work all year round.  

All week I’ve been working on non-Christmas projects using the Trimming the Town Suite ready for this blog post... and all week I’ve been seeing social media and blog posts from the Great and the Good working on the same theme! Great minds clearly do think alike.

It began with a request from my husband for two New Home cards and the houses from this Suite are perfect for this. I did stamp some using the Coming Home stamp set and colour them in, but they ended up looking a little too Christmassy, so I turned to the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper and die-cut the houses from there instead, using the Home Together Dies. The Pool Party and Poppy Parade colour combination is one of my favourite retro looks for Christmas, but it works all year round, too. 

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

To be honest, the hardest part was finding a suitable greeting. Time to Celebrate from Itty Bitty Birthdays was ideal for one of them, but as the second recipient was bereaved at the same time as moving house, this felt a little bit tactless. Instead, I chose “Rest and Relax, you deserve it” from the Timeless Tropical stamp set.

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

For the car-themed cards, I did use the stamps, colouring them in using my Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. 

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

For the Happy Birthday card, (again, using a greeting from Itty Bitty Birthdays, I lined up the images using the Stamparatus. The dotted lines, reminiscent of a road, come from the Box of Sunshine Paper Pumpkin Kit.

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

This card would be ideal for someone passing their driving test – although, the last I heard, if you weren’t already booked in before lockdown, you don’t stand much chance of getting a test until December!

I stamped the images freehand, but they’re easy to line up as the stamp is photopolymer. I stamped and die-cut an extra car, coloured it using Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blends and popped it up. “Way to Go” comes from the Simply Citrus All-Inclusive Card Kit

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

Finally, this house in a very built-up area was inspired by Martin Stone. When I CASE a card, I often like to do it without having the original in front of me, which ensures I make it different. This is why Martin’s version is classier and less busy. I got a bit carried away with the little houses at the back but it was fun to create, using a series of post-it note masks.

Trimming the Town Stampin Up ideas Allthingsstampy

When colouring these images, keep it simple. Just a swipe of the dark marker in one corner, then blend it out using the light version of the same colour. Don’t go overboard, or the ink can bleed out beyond the lines. Keep it simple and you’ll get great results every time.

Wednesday, 2 September 2020

New month, new products, new offers

Helen Read allthingsstampy join Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

September is here and, with it, lots of very exciting news! 

Get & Go Starter Kit Promotion

First up, let me tell you about a great opportunity to join Stampin’ Up!® and get all the tools you need to get crafting immediately. During September, you will receive TWO additional stamp sets, plus a pack of prepared cardstock, stamps, and embellishments to make these great cards:

 Helen Read allthingsstampy join Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

Helen Read allthingsstampy join Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

As well as the great value Starter Kit – which already includes craft supplies of your choice to the value of £130 – you will receive:

  • So Much Love stamp set
  • Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Packs to make 16 cards with envelopes (eight each of two colours)

Helen Read allthingsstampy join Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

You can use these to make the cards shown here – tutorials are provided on the Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator website – or use them to make your own designs. You can use them in your first event – or use them to make cards to send to friends. One of the beauties of being a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator is the flexibility! 

If you live in the UK and would like to find out more, please get in touch. There’s no desperate rush as you have all month, so give it some thought, but the sooner you get started, the sooner you can start reaping the rewards. Not convinced? I am more than happy to answer any questions and am sure I can put your mind at rest about any concerns you may have. 

If you’re chomping at the bit and want to get started right away, you can sign up here. I look forward to welcoming you into my team! 

And now onto the next piece of exciting news...

Clearance Rack updated

Helen Read allthingsstampy clearance rack Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

The Clearance Rack has been updated! Yay! We ALL love the Clearance Rack, right? I’ve already made my first purchase, as have several customers, so why not head on over and take a look to see if there’s anything which takes your fancy. 

When shopping during September, please use the host code CMAQSJD7

The last time I checked, there were some great bargains, including the Lots of Happy Card Kit (pictured), which would make a fantastic Christmas gift. I also notice that some of the really popular items have already sold out, so remember, when it comes to the Clearance Rack, time is of the essence! 

Helen Read allthingsstampy clearance rack Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire

New Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine now available

Finally, the new Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine (standard size) is now available, so if you’re on the lookout for a fabulous new die-cutting machine, this is it! The retail price is £112... but before you order it, please talk to me as I can help you get it for less. Intrigued? Please get in touch for details!

Helen Read allthingsstampy Stampin up demonstrator Derbyshire Big Shot Cut Emboss Machine

The small print

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