Tuesday, 29 March 2022

50+ projects showcasing 10 retiring Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets!

 


It’s retiring time! Stampin’ Up!® is having a massive clearout of the warehouse to make way for brand new craft products! This means hundreds of products – stamp sets, punches, dies, papers, ink pads, ribbons, embellishments and more – are on the last chance list, many of them reduced by up to 50%.

As there has been no crafting for me this past week because yep, Covid got to me (thankfully, the jabs did their job of keeping the worst of it at bay), I have a 10 projects here from the Stampin’ Up!® designers, all using stamp sets which are retiring. 

I have all of these sets so beneath each SU sample are four of my own, some never before seen on this blog. Note that these will feature retired papers etc as they were made over the past few years. It was fun taking a trip down memory lane and remembering fun craft events with friends. 
 
Tasteful Touches Stampin Up

Tasteful Touches

Tasteful Touches is such a gorgeous Stampin’ Up!® stamp set. I only ordered it because I wanted the Tasteful Labels dies and it seemed daft to have one without the other, and I ended up using it loads and loads. I’ve used the Tasteful Labels dies even more – both are on the retiring list.

See what I’ve made with this set here....

Tasteful Touches Stampin Up card ideas

Free as a Bird Stampin Up card ideas

Free as a Bird

I love birds and am quite obsessive about the visitors to our bird feeders. Last weekend we had a brambling for the first time! My customers are used to be shouting out birds as I see them during our Zoom classes, as I position my desk next to the French windows for maximum light. I do promise only to shout out the most interesting ones.

For this reason I am sad to see Free as a Bird fly away, although it has had a good innings!

I loved using this stamp set over the years, as you can see...
 
Free as a Bird Stampin Up card ideas

 
Ornate Thanks Stampin Up card ideas UK

Ornate Thanks

I confess this wasn’t really my cup of tea but it was an early release one year which I felt I should have. Naturally I soon realised just how versatile this set is; ideal for adding thank yous for all occasions.

Here are some of my samples made with this useful stamp set...
 
Ornate Thanks Stampin Up card ideas UK


Sweet as a Peach Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet as a Peach

Bit of a Marmite set, this one – customers either loved it or hated it. I loved it! Happily, as it came with flowers AND fruit, when I ran classes with this set, it meant they had a choice.

This is what I made...
 
Sweet as a Peach Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Nature’s Beauty Stampin Up card ideas UK

Nature’s Beauty

Another long-serving stamp set which has seen a LOT of ink in this house. Initially released as a fund-raising stamp set, this one has proved extremely popular with my nature-loving customers (which is most of them!).

It was hard to narrow my samples down to just four for this image...

Nature’s Beauty Stampin Up card ideas UK


Sailing Home Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sailing Home

This has been really popular as it's so useful for masculine cards. I do love anything nautical so was glad when this one came along. 

Take a look at some of my designs here...
 
Sailing Home Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Wild Cats Stampin Up card ideas UK

Wild Cats

If I’m honest, I knew this set wouldn’t last long as it’s a bit too niche for the vast majority of customers. However, I loved it and I have one customers who loved it as much as I do too.

Check out some of my cards made with Wild Cats...

Wild Cats Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet Strawberry Stampin Up card ideas UK

Sweet Strawberry

This was a really popular set with good reason. Everyone loved those strawberries (not sure why the peaches didn’t have the same appeal?). The colours are just so summery, too, so grab it before it goes!

These are some cards we made in a class last year...
 
Sweet Strawberry Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Timeless Tropical Stampin Up card ideas UK

Timeless Tropical

Timeless Tropical was the theme of the last in-person class I held in March 2020 before lockdown began. So I feel sad to wave goodbye to this set because it feels like everything since then has felt a bit unreal. But off it goes.

These are some of the projects we made at that class back in the Before Times...
 
Timeless Tropical Stampin Up card ideas UK

 
Enjoy the Moment Stampin Up card ideas UK

Enjoy the Moment

I love this set but accept it’s not for everyone, especially when we have other nature-themed sets which are a little more mainstream. But those seed heads are gorgeous. Take a look...
 
Enjoy the Moment Stampin Up card ideas UK


I hope you have enjoyed my tour of just a few of the very many retiring stamp sets which are leaving us this spring 2022. I love that Stampin’ Up!® gives us fair warning so we can grab any favourites before they go... and I don’t really feel too sad when they retire as I know there are so many more fantastic new products just around the corner.

If you are in the UK and would like to order any of these sets, please remember they are only available while supplies last. You can order any remaining products from my store, if you use the March host code UDVDUXFH, I’ll send you a thank you gift in April. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ PLUS: I will donate 10% of your March order total (excluding shipping) to the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal.
 
 

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, 22 March 2022

Sparkly rainbows using Rainbow of Happiness bundle

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

We all need more rainbows and glitz in our lives, don’t we? And I love the addition of this Summer Shimmer paper to create these subtle yet glamorous rainbows using the Rainbow of Happiness bundle from Stampin’ Up!®

These were created in my “white period”. Despite my love of dark and dirty colours, often return to cards which are largely white as I love their clean starkness which makes the colours pop out.

The Rainbow of Happiness bundle is so much fun. It’s not my usual style but I am so glad I ordered it as it has so many possibilities for your card making, scrapbooking and more. 

 

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness


This card has a really limited colour palette of Mint Macaron and Basic White. The Supple Shimmer paper is described as Iridescent Pool Party and Pink but I think it goes perfectly with Mint Macaron too.

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

I’ve dressed it up with some Mint Macaron raindrops and finished off with gorgeous tiny die-cut clouds.

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

The second card uses both colours of Supple Shimmer paper with just a single arc of Mint Macaron to create a fun pink and green rainbow. 

 

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

Again I have kept it really simple with a fun greeting in black for contrast and with some more little popped-up clouds. 

 

Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness

 
These cards are really easy to make with the Brilliant Rainbow dies which come as part of the Rainbow of Happiness bundle. What’s fun is you can die-cut the arcs of the rainbow in lots of colours then simply mix them up for some fun combinations. Don’t get hung up on the actual colours of a rainbow because there are only four arcs anyway. Whatever colours you use will look amazing. 
 
Stampin Up UK Rainbow of Happiness
 
For even faster cards you can stamp the rainbows too, using the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set – but I wanted the sparkle on these cards so used the Supple Shimmer paper instead. This comes in 12"x12" sheets and you get one of each colour, which will last for ages if you use it sparingly as I have done here. 
 
If you are in the UK and want to create beautiful rainbow cards – or purchase any Stampin’ Up!® products, please visit my store and, if you use the current host code UDVDUXFH, I’ll send you a thank you gift next month. 
 
 
Plus I will donate 10% of all March order totals (excluding shipping) To the British Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal.


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, 15 March 2022

13 projects using the Grassy Grove bundle from Stampin’ Up!®

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove bundle

As a Stampin’ Up! UK demonstrator, I get to see new products early, so I’ve been lusting after this Grassy Grove bundle since way back in December.

I knew it would be perfect for my all-day craft event and had lots of projects in mind.

Everyone who attended the event on Zoom received the Grassy Grove bundle and a full pack of the Sale-a-Bration Designer Series Paper, Simply Marbleous. We made seven projects, and I’ve made some extra variations using New Horizons Designer Series Paper, too, as it’s just so absolutely gorgeous.

Finally I can show them off – so here are 12 projects using the Grassy Grove stamp set and Grove Dies. I haven’t included tutorials – please appreciate that these projects were exclusively created for the guests at my event. Nevertheless, I hope you love them as much as I do!

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas
 

We began with this light-up card, which fits in a standard postage mailing box and will send in the UK as a Large Letter. This is the project I had in mind from the moment I laid my eyes on the Grassy Grove bundle. 

I’ve used tiny fairy lights within a box, covered in vellum and surrounded by white cardstock die cut with Grove Dies. 

 

Inside the box is a background of Designer Series Paper. Check out the video to see how it looks simply by changing the colour of this paper. The yellow really makes it glow with a lovely sunset-like warmth. 

 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

Our second project was this fancy fold which is so easy to make. Again, simply changing the Designer Series Paper can give the card a completely different look. 

 


 

This is a really simple fun fold which is simply made from two card bases. One is cut slightly smaller and inserted into the first with the fold on the right. So, as you can see in the video, you just open the card as normal to reveal the next layer, then open the ‘backwards’ card to reveal the message inside. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

The deer are die cut from Designer Series Paper and sponged/brushed with ink to darken the silhouettes. This meant everyone could make their deer match their projects, without me having to send out lots of scraps of different coloured cardstock. 

 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

As well as their stamps, dies, craft supplies and snacks for the day, I also sent everyone a bar of natural vegan guest soap, so they would have something to pack into this little gift bag. The bag is made from a single sheet of 6"x6" Designer Series Paper, which we decorated using stamps and die-cut shapes from our bundle. These would make ideal table favours for any special occasion. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

The Grassy Grove bundle is perfect for creating “scene” cards like this one. I used a sheet of Designer Series Paper as a background then overlaid the various elements on top.

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas


I’ve stamped these in Old Olive and Mossy Meadow, two of my favourite greens, with a Soft Suede deer, all finished off with some linen thread. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

To mix things up a little, I made another version of this card using New Horizons Designer Series Paper. This wasn’t available when I was planning my projects, but I have it now and don’t like making the same card twice so created this one on the day. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

This time I have stamped in Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Early Espresso, for a much bolder look. Here they are together... for comparison.
 
Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

Whatever events I run, I always start with the most complicated projects and work my way down to the simplest. This means we get the difficult crafting out of the way early on and can relax into the day. It also means if anyone has to dash off early, they have had help on hand for the challenging bits and can finish off their projects unaided. 

So the next few projects are nice and simple, so everyone could chat and craft at the same time. 


Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

This is actually a variation of this Christmas card I made last December – and I don’t think anyone noticed!

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

This is the version from the class, using Simply Marbleous paper in So Saffron and Bumblebee. I’ve stamped in Crumb Cake, stamping off for the grass to make it paler.

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

And this is my alternative version, using New Horizons paper. I’ve covered the whole card front using the paper as this is my favourite way to use DSP at the moment, and stamped using Soft Succulent, Crumb Cake and Soft Suede. 

A simpler version is this card, with no die cutting at all, just stamping...


Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

This would be really quick to turn out, especially if you used the Stamparatus for the grasses and deer, and just stamped the trees freehand. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

I particularly love the alternative version here, using New Horizons paper and stamping in Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen and Early Espresso. The greeting comes from Wildlife Wonder and makes this the ideal masculine birthday card. 

 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

You don’t have to use deer on your projects all the time though; this really simple card uses one of the die-cut shapes as a mask to create layers of greenery at the bottom of the panel, which are over-stamped with grasses. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas


The clouds are created by using the template, that’s the piece of cardstock left behind after die cutting. This is again used as a mask with some very light brushing of Pool Party to evoke the sky. 

Stampin Up UK demonstrator Grassy Grove ideas

Finally, here’s one I made earlier... another Grassy Grove project using New Horizons Designer Series Paper to show just how perfect these products go together.

I hope you have enjoyed my Grassy Grove projects and are inspired to make your own. While the Simply Marbleous paper is no longer available as it was a Sale-a-Bration freebie, I highly recommend the New Horizons Designer Series Paper to coordinate with this bundle and many other products you are sure to have in your craft stash.

If you are in the UK and would like to order these or any other products, please visit my store and, if you use the current host code UDVDUXFH, 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.  
 
 

The small print

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