Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Don’t miss these Last Chance products from the July-December Mini Catalogue

Whimsical Trees Stampin Up

Can you believe our lovely July-December Stampin’ Up!® Mini Catalogue is coming to an end? It seems like only a few weeks ago that it was launched and we were all excited about new autumn and winter products.

From tomorrow (Wed) we enter the retirement period for this catalogue, which means it is your last chance to order your favourite items. 
 

If you click on the second sheet on that document you will also see a list of items which are  carrying over to of 2022 and will be available during the remainder of the Annual Catalogue period (until the end of April), plus those which are going into storage and will return in July 2022 for the Jul-Dec Mini Catalogue. Hopefully this will help you plan your festive projects.

Today, therefore, I would like to show you some of the gorgeous stamp sets which are on the retiring list. Some of these are heavily reduced so would make a fantastic bargain if you want to get a head start for Christmas 2022. 
 
Whimsical Trees Stampin Up
 

Whimsy & Wonder Suite

From this suite, the Whimsical Trees stamp set is retiring, along with the Christmas Trees Dies, the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper and the Blushing Bride Frayed Grosgrain Ribbon. Only the Wonderful Snowflakes (die-cut elements) survive – and they won’t be available again until the July-December 2022 Mini Catalogue.

My projects at the top of this post are made with the Whimsical Trees bundle, while the one above is from the catalogue uses the bundle, the Whimsy & Wonder Designer Series Paper and, from elsewhere, the Gold Holly Leaves, which are also going into retirement until July. 
 
Arctic Bears Stampin Up

Arctic Bears

The Arctic Bears bundle is gorgeous and, while I do have it and have used it, I haven’t managed to photograph my projects yet, so enjoy this one from the Mini catalogue. Both the Arctic Bears stamp set and coordinating Polar Bears dies are retiring – and in the UK both are heavily reduced so are a chance to grab a bargain. 
 
Holly Jolly Wishes Stampin Up
 
 

Holly Jolly Wishes

The Holly Jolly Wishes stamp set is a standalone set and well worth adding to your craft stash, especially from tomorrow when it becomes an amazing half-price bargain at just £10. It features lots of festive greetings, from the fun to the more elegant and serious. 
 
Sweet Stockings Suite Stampin Up

Sweet Stockings Suite

This entire suite is retiring, and some of the items are reduced in the UK. This includes the Sweet Little Stockings Bundle, the individual elements of Sweet Little Stockings stamp set and Stockings Dies, the Matte Decorative Dots, Jolly Felt and, for year-round crafting, Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon. A must-have set whether you love cats, dogs, guinea pigs or just the stockings shown here. 
 
Snow Wonder Stampin Up

Snow Wonder

Both the Snow Wonder stamp set and the Snow Time dies are retiring, along with the bundle (stamps and dies). If you like more tradiational, elegant images, this is definitely one for you. 

 
Here are some more picks from the retiring list – I’ve chosen 10 stamp sets you can grab for a tenner each, and five products which are under a fiver!
 
retiring products Stampin up 2021

 
retiring products Stampin up 2021

retiring products Stampin up 2021

If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the December host code TFBG2JJB, I’ll send you a thank you gift in January.


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 


Tuesday, 23 November 2021

Painted Season gift projects – with FREE tutorials

Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

Some of you are way more organised than me and already have your Christmas cards made – and perhaps even written them. Therefore, your thoughts will be turning to gift packaging. 

I made these gift wrap ideas using the beautiful Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper from Stampin’ Up!®. 
 
As you may guess from the fact that pine cones feature in all of my project photos, this Suite is absolutely right up my street – the designs, the colours, everything. Finally, those pine cones make sense!
 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

The large bag is a great design which I borrowed from UK Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator Julie Kettlewell at The Paper Haven
 
 Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator
 
It requires two full sheets of 12x12 Designer Series Paper but produces a bag which is big enough for a book or box of chocolates. Hopefully the recipient will like the bag enough to use it again next year, too.

 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

I decorated the bag with a gift tag made using the Christmas Season bundle. 

Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

The tag can be as simple or as detailed as you like. I love the pine cones (obviously) so stamped these onto Crumb Cake cardstock to really make them stand out.
 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

The half-cracker gift box is a brilliant little design which can be used as novelty gift packaging or as table crackers which can be used year after year. 
 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator
 
Regular readers with good memories will recall I made this half cracker gift box last year, too but it’s such a good little box that I wanted to repeat it at an event this year using this gorgeous Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper... after first checking that none of this year’s ladies had attended last year, of course!
 
 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator


Again, I made a gift tag using the Christmas Season stamp set and Seasonal Labels dies, which are available as a bundle. This time I used a smaller label die and the smaller of the two pine cones from the set.

I had two packs of this beautiful Painted Christmas Designer Series Paper which enabled me to create a matching cracker box to go with each bag. But if you mix and match they look beautiful, too. 
 
Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

Painted Season Christmas Stampin Up UK Demonstrator

If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the November 2021 host code P6VRQPMJ, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

Tuesday, 16 November 2021

Four cards in one using Christmas Season

Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up
 

Today I have some cards to show you which use the Christmas Season stamp set from the Stampin’ Up!® Jul-Dec Mini Catalogue. I love this stamp set and made these projects at my all-day Christmas workshop last month, when we also made these projects. In fact I will be making the ornament and these cards again tonight in a Zoom version of the event for those  who couldn’t make it. 

Before I begin I must tell you that from today until Thursday (16th-18th November) we have a special Seasonal Sale when you can make savings on lots of crafting staples. 


During the Seasonal Sale you can save:

  • 10% on cardstock
  • 15% on Classic Stampin’ Pads
  • 20% on dies featured in the Annual Catalogue

Plus, if you join Stampin’ Up! before the end of November, you can get up to £130 of craft supplies for just £75. And guess what? There’s absolutely nothing to stop you stocking your bespoke Starter Kit with discounted products! 
 


 
Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up

Now onto the cards. These can be as simple or as complicated as you like – keep them simple to churn out the Christmas cards on a very speedy production line!
 
You begin with a piece of standard white cardstock and draw pencil lines along the centre axes, so if you use A4 that will be at 10.5cm and 14.8cm. It doesn’t even have to be pencil; a pen will do as you won’t need to rub it out.

Using various leaves, berries etc and different shades of green, red and brown (for berry stalks), stamp along the two lines. It’s a bit like a one-sheet wonder, you just don’t fill in the whole sheet.
 
 When stamping along your lines, keep it simple as you can always add to it later. This will give you more options when it comes to making your finished cards. 
 


You’ll end up with something like this (this was an earlier experimental piece not the one I used in the end) which you cut into quarters, along the lines. The resulting four pieces will form the basis of your four cards as you can trim them down to suit. 
 
Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up
 
This is a really simple card, with the quarter trimmed down and laid onto some Designer Series Paper. This paper was from Sale-a-Bration, which I’d hoarded for my class, but you could use anything in red or green, or even just a layer of cardstock. 

Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up

If you prefer, you can step it up with some die-cut (or fussy-cut) pine cones and sprigs, and a piece of gold ribbon. 
 
Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up
 
This version adds a cardstock layer and a label as well as the cut-out pine cones. A strip of Evening Evergreen Chevron Weave Ribbon adds texture.

Christmas Season card ideas Stampin Up

The final variation on the theme uses a trimmed-down piece to show more of the Designer Series Paper and is finished off with die-cut pine cones and a bow tied in the beautiful Evening Evergreen Open Weave Ribbon. The thicker Chevron Weave ribbon would be too bulky here. 

I hope you like these four festive cards using Christmas Season, one of my favourite sets from the Jul-Dec Mini Catalogue. If you want to save on cardstock and inks to make these cards, you can see which colours I used here

If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the current host code P6VRQPMJ, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Eden’s Garden projects – getting the most mileage out of this beautiful collection

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

There’s a new collection of craft products from Stampin’ Up!® in town – and there’s a lot to love here. The collection is called Eden’s Garden and it features stamps, dies, Designer Series Paper and more.

Now bear with me here because it’s not totally straightforward:

⭐️ Eden’s Garden stamp set and Eden Dies
These are an early release from the upcoming Jan-June Mini Catalogue, so will carry over to next year. They are available separately, as a bundle or as part of the full Eden’s Garden Collection.

⭐️ Ever Eden Speciality Designer Series Paper
⭐️ Ever Eden Cotton Paper
⭐️ Garden Gems
These are all exclusive products available now but only while supplies last. They will not carry over into the Mini Catalogue next year. They are available to purchase separately, or as part of the full Eden’s Garden Collection.

What I love about this collection – and the Ever Eden Speciality Designer Series Paper in particular – is that it can be used for year-round projects, or for Christmas as it features sumptuous greens and gold.

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

It can also be used with other products and I used the paper here to make a birthday card for my Mum, with an image from Nature’s Harvest.

The cotton paper has a lovely feel to it and I added more texture using the Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder, which comes in a mixed pack of Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen. I then mounted it onto a Soft Succulent card base. 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

I then decorated it with some of the gorgeous Ever Eden Speciality Designer Series Paper and added some gold ribbon and a Nature’s Harvest arrangement of flowers and grasses. This is one of my favourite stamp sets so I’m delighted to have more Designer Series Paper to use with it and give it a fresh new look. 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK
 

For my second project using this gorgeous Designer Series Paper, I made a little book-style box which happily holds one four-finger KitKat or two two-finger bars (other chocolate bars are available and I am sure will fit). 

gift box Stampin' Up UK

Everyone who purchased my Kit By Mail this month will receive instructions to make this cute little box. I added to the d├ęcor of mine using Forever Flourishing Dies – these and the Forever Fern stamps are yet more products which go well with the Eden’s Garden Designer Series Paper.

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

To decorate the top of the box I used some Ever Eden Cotton Paper in Evening Evergreen. I took a quarter sheet, measuring 6”x6”, then folded it into thirds along both edges, to create nine squares. I then cut a rough circle, freehand, using scissors.


Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK
 

I shuffled the nine circles a little so they weren’t sitting perfectly on top of each other and stapled them in the centre. Then I simply ruffled up the paper to create this pretty flower. The paper is soft and very thin but retains its shape when you do this, which is quite magical. 

I hope you like my Eden’s Garden projects. Now please take a look at some of the other projects you could make with this lovely collection…

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

This beautiful card uses a strip of Ever Eden Cotton Paper to create a ribbon effect – which is ideal if you are trying to avoid adding bulk to your project.

 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

This is a cute tag which introduces Cherry Cobbler and Kraft into the mix. This could be used for Christmas or any other occasion. 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK
 

By die-cutting the Eden’s Garden Designer Series Paper using Delicate Baubles Dies, with another cut from cardstock underneath, this becomes a fabulously festive tag. A touch of Brushed Metallic Cardstock keeps the bling levels subtle and classy. 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK

By cutting out the centre of a die-cut image with the Delicate Baubles Dies, there’s a useful and versatile “Merry & Bright” to top this card – instantly transforming it into a Christmas card. 

Eden's Garden Stampin Up UK
 

Here the Ever Eden Cotton Paper really comes into its own. I have to say that, spectacular though it is, I don’t think I’d have the patience to make this beautiful bow.

If you like the look of the Eden’s Garden Collection or any other products you see here, please consider shopping at my store if you are in the UK. If you use the current host code P6VRQPMJ, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

Tuesday, 2 November 2021

Love, Santa Tag Kit - alternative projects


Have you seen Stampin' Up!®’s new kits? They are perfect for new crafters but also great fun for those who have more experience, too, as the elements can be used for all kinds of projects.

Today I am taking a closer look at the Love, Santa Tag Kit from Stampin' Up!®. I will show you what you can make with the kit, how you can use some of the stamps after you have completed the tag projects within the kit – and how you can modify the projects to make some stunning cards, too...
 

So please read on to find out everything you need to know about the Love, Santa Tag Kit from Stampin’ Up!®.

What does the Love, Santa Tag Kit make?
This kit makes 12 gift tags, three each of four quick and easy festive designs. There’s a Christmas tree, a Santa, a fun yellow car piled with parcels and a white tag with berries and foliage. These are the different tags the kit makes...

You can also purchase a pack of coordinating food-safe bags which I have, but haven’t used yet as I am saving them for some Christmas baking.


What’s in the Love, Santa Tag Kit?
All the tags and elements are pre-cut, you just need to pop them out. You get all the components to complete your tags, including a stamp set, Night of Navy Stampin' Spot, a roll of red and white baker's twine, some small gems and adhesives. 

What skill level is required?
None whatsoever. In fact, I would argue that this kit is a little too simple and doesn’t involve as much stamping as some of the other kits I have tried. For three of the tags, all you have to do is stamp the greetings. Only the foliage one requires a little more, in that you stamp the fir sprigs onto the tag before adding the leaf and greeting on top. 

What’s the Love, Santa Tag Kit stamp set like?
There are 10 stamps, including a large-ish fir sprig, some berries and a small square parcel. The remaining stamps are greetings, including ‘Love, Santa’ in reverse on a circle, ‘Joy’ in reverse on a rectangle, a bold “Merry” and some lovely small script stamps which say “Special delivery”, “To: From:” “Christmas”, “and bright”. 


Is it useful? Yes? Could you make other projects with it? Definitely. I use the stamp sets from kits all the time as they often have versatile greetings. Here are some tags I made using this set, with the addition of Seasonal Labels Dies, some red ribbon and ink pads in Real Red, Mint Macaron and Shaded Spruce.

I used some of the leftover Baker’s Twine from the kit and stamped Love, Santa onto a leftover circle.

 

Do you have to make tags with the Love, Santa Kit?
Not at all! As you can see above, you can adapt this kit to make cards or other items using the components.
Here I have trimmed off the top of the tag and mounted the images onto cards. This is something you can do whether you’re an experienced crafter or not


I was inspired to make this cheerful card by Stampin’ Up!® Demonstrator Mikaela Titheridge, who created a moody cityscape for her version. I decided to see what I could do using just the stamps in the kit so created a night-time forest background using the sprig stamp and Night of Navy ink (included in the kit) on some Pacific Point cardstock. I mounted it onto a Poppy Parade card base and stamped “Merry and bright” inside. 

I have speckled some white ink across the card but this faded a little, probably because the Night of Navy ink was quite intense and still drying. For my second card...

...I used the Christmas tree tag and created the same forest background using the stamp and ink from the kit. This time I mounted the card onto Pacific Point and added the snow at the end using a Chalk Marker. 

So to make these cards, all you need is a pack of assorted A4 Brights Cardstock and a Chalk Marker.


How much is the Love, Santa Kit?

  • The Love, Santa Kit (158375) on its own is £18, which includes everything you need to make the tags. 
  • Love, Santa Treat Bags (158381) are £6.50 and are printed to coordinate with the tags.
  • The Love, Santa Project Collection (159362) is £24.50 and includes the kit and the tags in one easy purchase.

Would I recommend the Love, Santa Kit?
If it’s a stamping experience you’re after, you may prefer to adapt this kit to make alternative projects like I did. If you want to make quick and easy tags, then it’s perfect as it is. I would even go as far as to say I would say the kit is worth purchasing for the stamp set alone.

Want to buy this or any of our other lovely kits? If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store to shop using this link.


Does your wish list come to more than £99? Please get in touch and I will help you get more for your money and unlock discounts all year round.  
 
 

The small print

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