Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Four ideas for In the Moment stamp set

Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

As soon as I saw the gorgeous In the Moment stamp set, I knew I wanted to run a class with it. In fact, I am running not one but three different classes with it, as I transition into my new system of showcasing a stamp set each month.

My first event was a fun evening on Zoom combining this fab set with the technique of paper piecing and beautiful Expressions in Ink Designer Series Paper (which is retiring and I believe has now sold out).

We made four beautiful cards, some of which were inspired by my talented friend Julie at The Paper Haven.

I love that this set has three images of the same size, which means you can swap them around to mix up your projects.

Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

We began with this very simple fun fold card – I say ‘fun fold’ but it’s simply a standard card base with a strip cut off the front panel. I used Stitched So Sweetly Dies (retiring soon – please don’t miss these, they’re fab) to create a panel on the front and a smaller one inside.
 
Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

The image is coloured using Stampin’ Blends and a little bit of paper piecing for the dress and hat. This is a great way of ‘colouring’ an image if you don’t have exactly the right coloured marker, or if you simply want to add some pattern and texture, like I did here. It allows me to pick up the colours and patterns from the paper behind, while creating a really natural look for the fabrics.

Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy
 
This card is really simple and allows the Designer Series Paper to do a lot of the heavy lifting. I mounted the paper onto Shaded Spruce (not just for Christmas!) and made the use of white space to really make the image pop. I coloured this lady using new Skin Tones markers, which mean we can create projects which represent a much wider range of people. 
 
Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

Again I have cut the had and dress from Designer Series Paper. To balance the orange of the hat, I have given her a glass of orange juice (or bucks fizz, if you like!).

 
Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

This card features one of my favourite images. I would love to be snuggled up in bed with my dog reading a book. Sadly I don’t have a dog to do this with but I will one day!

This time I have pieced paper onto the duvet at the front and the pillows behind her head, and coloured in everything else with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers. 
 
Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy
 
The image is stamped and cut out roughly using scissors. The bright pink ink picks up the pink from the paper. Finally, the gold elements from the Expressions in Ink Ephemera Pack pick up the gold in the Designer Series Paper. As I was talking about here and on my social media all last week, it’s all about balance!

Remember if you plan to colour with Stampin’ Blends alcohol markers, you must use a water-based ink for stamping. I have used Memento Tuxedo Black here but any of our water-based Classic Stampin’ Pads will work too.

Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

Finally, to mix things up a little, we made this square card which really shows off what I like to call the ‘best’ piece of Designer Series Paper in this pack.

The lady on the window sill is coloured with Stampin’ Blends; I use Balmy Blue Light and Dark for jeans. The paper piecing here is done on her top and the cushions. 
 
Stampin Up UK In the Moment All Things Stampy

I coloured lightly with light Pool Party in the corners of the window panes to help the window frames stand out, and the green of her mug is balanced by the piece of Just Jade ribbon.

For the greeting, I stamped the whole sentiment in Magenta Madness and cut out just the word ‘Relax’ before mounting it onto the image. The rest of the greeting is stamped onto the card using Sweet as a Peach (also retiring!).

I hope you like these In the Moment projects. If you are in the UK and would like to order any Stampin’ Up!® products, please visit my store and, if you use the April 2022 host code YZH39MCB, I’ll send you a thank you gift in May. 


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Tuesday, 19 April 2022

Card design basics using On the Horizon

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As a Stampin’ Up!® demonstrator, I’m often told that card design is a struggle and some people can only get results they are happy with by copying. Well I’m here to help!

In today’s blog post – and on my Facebook and Instagram posts all week – I will be sharing foolproof tips for designing cards, along with sketches, colour coordination and even a little bit of maths.

One of the simplest and most common design principles is the Rule of Thirds, which is based on a grid of nine rectangles. You’ll most likely see this on your camera’s view finder to help you frame your photos.

Card design basics tips Stampin Up

The key points are the intersections – the points where the lines cross. Placing elements at one or more of these sweet spots will add interest to your design. 

I’ve made a batch of cards using On the Horizon stamp set and New Horizons Designer Series Paper to show the Rule of Thirds in action, capitalising on those sweet spots. 
 

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Here’s another card using the same sketch. This New Horizons Designer Series Paper is so gorgeous that you don’t need much stamping; I’ve just added a little bit of grass at the bottom left... pretty close to another sweet spot. 

Card design basics tips Stampin Up

Card design basics tips Stampin Up
 

This is another example of the same sketch, this time using a Stitched So Sweetly die-cut rectangle (these dies are retiring soon; in fact I’m surprised they are still available!). This time the New Horizons Designer Series Paper provides the background and I’ve stamped trees in Fresh Freesia as the focal point. 

Note that I have used three embellishments at the bottom right. Odd numbers are (nearly) always easier on the eye when designing anything, so I generally use three, five or – if I’m feeling extravagant! – seven embellishments to finish off my projects. These are in a row but if you’re going for that random scattered look, imagine an irregular triangle and position your elements at the points.

 

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This is the same sketch again – oh yes it is! – just turned upside down. This time the main focal point is towards the bottom of the card, allowing space for birds in the sky. I’ve stamped the wooden sign in Crumb Cake ink onto Crumb Cake cardstock, stamped the words on top using Evening Evergreen and cut it out using my Stampin’ Snips. 

Card design basics tips Stampin Up

A similar idea is to offset the focal point so it sits firmly on one of the sweet spots, as I’ve done here with this Thanks card. The trees are positioned at the bottom right of the circle, and I’ve stamped birds in the sky at the top left. Think about diagonal opposites when positioning your elements as this will provide balance to your design. 

 

Card design basics tips Stampin Up

Taking the same sketch and stretching it so the card is landscape, and flipping it so the element is on the left rather than the right, results in this card. Again I have balanced the design by stamping stamped birds diagonally opposite to the wooden sign and the stamped grasses.


Card design basics tips Stampin Up

This is another simple landscape card which turns the original sketch on its side. You can keep it simple like this or dress it up with more elements and embellishments. Just remember to aim for those sweet spots and keep your embellishments to an odd number.

The Rule of Thirds is a really simple design principle which is easy to follow. Apply it to your card making and scrapbooking and soon it will become instinctive.

However, don’t feel you have to stick rigidly to this because rules are made to be broken and if, for example, if you are making a square card, placing your design elements in the centre will work perfectly well. This is no accident as is probably because a square element will hit all four intersections!

Take a look at this landscape card; the sketch itself doesn’t really follow the Rule of Thirds. However, the stamping does. The birds hit one sweet spot, while the trees and greeting are clustered around another ... which just happens to be diagonally opposite. Even when you think you aren’t following rules, it often turns out that you are!

 

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I hope you found these tips useful. For more tips and advice, including some useful sketches you can apply to your projects, colour coordination advice and more, please follow me on Facebook or Instagram and look out for posts every day this week.

Meanwhile, if you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the April 2022 host code YZH39MCB, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


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Tuesday, 12 April 2022

LOTS of card ideas using Memories & More cards

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Let’s talk about Stampin’ Up!®’s Memories & More Cards today. They are perfect for simple scrapbooking of course – but the “& More” part of the name means you can use them for all kinds of projects... including cards.

Here are lots of projects I’ve made using the Heart & Home Memories & More Cards and, my particular favourite, What a Year Memories & More Cards... which are now reduced to just £5.55 a pack.

I used both of these in my kit of the month recently and some of us got together on Zoom to make up our cards.

What a Year Memories & More Stampin Up UK

What a Year Memories & More Cards are really fun and bright. Unusually, every card is different (it’s usual to have two of everything), so you have even more variety to work with. I really enjoyed making cards with this set. 
 
 

Combining your Memories & More Cards with coordinating Memories & More Cards & Envelopes means you can make simple cards in moments. This is because the cards and envelopes come in two sizes which are just larger than the two sizes of Memories & More Cards. For the quickest and easiest cards, simply stick a Memories & More card to the front and you’re done!
 
This card, above, uses a few different cards – isn’t it just perfect for our crafty friends?
 
What a Year Memories & More Stampin Up UK

This card is one of the small ones, which are ideal for a little hello or thank you. The “hi friend” greeting is from the sticker sheet which comes with the pack. 

What a Year Memories & More Stampin Up UK

The large cards can be used for any occasion, particularly if you combine them with your own die-cut or punched labels. 

What a Year Memories & More Stampin Up UK

Any leftover pieces can be used just like your Designer Series Paper scraps. Because they all come from the same pack, you can be sure they will go perfectly together. 

Heart & Home Memories & More Stampin Up UK

The other Memories & More Card pack which is currently available is Heart & Home. This Suite is featured in the in the January-June Mini Catalogue which means the card pack and coordinating cards & envelopes have a longer shelf life and will be around until the end of June.
 
Heart & Home Memories & More Stampin Up UK

I love the blue stripes and woodgrain patterns on these cards and envelopes. They lend themselves well to lots of stamp sets and themes. How about teaming them with Sailing Home or Let’s Sail for a nautical theme?
 
Heart & Home Memories & More Stampin Up UK
 
Heart & Home Memories & More Stampin Up UK

Just as in the What a Year card pack, you get a series of cards in two sizes and some sticker sheets. The cute little bees you see here come from a sticker sheet. 
 
 
Heart & Home Memories & More Stampin Up UK
 
“Just a note” is printed onto the card so you really can just stick and go. And with the Heart & Home Memories & More card pack, you get two of everything so you can share with a friend or make doubles.

Whether they are on the retiring list (What a Year) or in the current Mini (Heart & Home), I would snap up these Memories & More Card packs quickly if I were you. I notice the Hand-Penned Memories & More Cards have already sold out!

If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the April 2022 host code YZH39MCB, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


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Tuesday, 5 April 2022

Simply Succulents Flowerpot Pocket Card (with tutorial)

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

Sometimes it’s fun to revisit old designs with newer Stampin’ Up!® stamp sets and this is exactly what I did for my Crafty Friday class this month, by making a flowerpot pocket card using the Simply Succulents stamp set.

The event was held on Zoom as I was recovering from Covid at the time, and at least one of the ladies in attendance was also suffering from the virus. Thankfully Zoom allows us to carry on crafting and chatting almost as normal. 

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The beauty of the flowerpot pocket card technique was that everyone could use their own stamp set; everyone has a floral set they can use.

The card itself is really easy to make; you can download a free tutorial from my Stampin’ Up!® website here. The most time-consuming part of this card was the colouring and fussy cutting. Yes you can get the Potted Succulents Dies to go with the Simply Succulents stamp set but unfortunately I don’t own them. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK
 

There are two ways you can make this card – I prefer to create a tent-fold card with a slit at the top so the card stands up on its down. Then you just slot in the flower-topped card and remove to read the greeting.

I made two versions of this card. The first uses Cinnamon Cider cardstock for the flowerpot, which I’ve sponged around the edges with a little Cinnamon Cider ink. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

I stamped the large image twice, cut them both out and coloured them using Stampin’ Blends in Mint Macaron (light and dark), Old Olive (light and dark) and Highland Heather (light and dark).

I used Very Vanilla Lace Trim to edge the flowerpot rim and finished it off with a birthday greeting on a label created using Seasonal Labels Dies. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK
 

The second version was made in the class and is slightly different in a few ways. For a start, I’d run out of Cinnamon Cider cardstock so used Cajun Craze, which works equally well. Secondly I arranged the succulents differently, which I actually prefer as it is more balanced with the extra height.

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

I coloured this one with similar colours, swapping out the Old Olive and using Granny Apple Green instead. And finally I didn’t bother with a label simply because the class wiped me out and I ran out of steam!

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

Our second project was this little box. They’re called Sweet Little Boxes and they really are. They are exactly the right size to hold three little Hazelnut Chocolate Sticks from Lidl. I believe Aldi do something similar and Kinder has something the same size too. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

This was simply a case of masking off to leave just the main panel and stamping some Mint Macaron succulents on top, along with a greeting. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

It’s worth noting here that the ink takes a while to dry on this surface so be careful to avoid smudging. I finished mine off with two cut-out succulents and, even though the box closes very snugly, I tied some more lace trim around to make it look pretty.

 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

We had some leftover cardstock at the end of the class, so I showed the ladies how to use this to make a very simple card. 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

To make this I stamped the large succulents onto a Very Vanilla panel twice, overlapping them at the centre. This overlapped area was easily covered with a strip of Cinnamon Cider cardstock with a strip of Very Vanilla on top for the greeting. Finally, two more cut-out succulents added a little colour. 

 

Simply Succulents Stampin Up UK

I hope you have enjoyed my Simply Succulents projects. If you are in the UK and would like to order, please visit my store and, if you use the April 2022 host code YZH39MCB, I’ll send you a thank you gift in the following month.


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