Friday, 25 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration nearly over

It's the last few days of Sale-a-bration, which means it's the last few days to get your FREE items for every €60/£45 you spend. Sale-a-bration ends on 31st March, and that's it until next year. The graphic above shows what's available FREE. Clicking on the image will take you to my shop where you can start earning any of those items.

If you have any questions please contact me, but be quick, once Sale-a-bration is over, it's over!

As well as those FREE items, there is also a great joining offer until 31st March. If you join my team before then you can choose 220€/£160 of products from the current Annual or Spring/Summer catalogue for just €129/£99! That has to be a bargain.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Bokeh and butterfly cards

Stampin Up! Bokeh card

Today's card uses a technique that I've seen on Pinterest a lot, but never thought I would be able to do. But, as you can see I managed it. And if I can do it, then so can you.

The technique is called Bokeh which usually refers to photography and the slightly blurred background with white circles.

There are lots of tutorials on how to do it. Basically you sponge the background in two or three different colours. Then, use a dauber or sponge for the white circles over the top. I used some vellum to cut different sized circles.

By making some circles whiter (by using more ink) you can give the illusion of depth.

Stampin' Up! Bokeh card with butterflies

I made two different cards, using butterflies for decoration for both. I have to say I'm pleased with my efforts and will definitely be making more. 

If you make any I'd like to see them.

Quick reminder - Sale-a-bration finishes on 31st March so it's the last 10 days to get your FREE items with every €60/£45 spend.

Stampin' Up! Bokeh and butterfly cards

Friday, 18 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Number of Years card

Stampin' Up! Number of Years card

The Number of Years stamp set has so many possibilities because of the different complimentary stamps that accompany the numbers.

There is a matching Large Numbers Framelit dies set, and if you buy them together you get a 15% discount on the Number of Years Bundle.

For this card I've used the flowers, sprinkles and words that come with the stamp set, and the banners that are in the dies set.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years card

I die cut the numbers in Gold Glimmer Paper and popped the numbers and banners up on dimensionals to add some depth to the card.

Hope you like it! I have since made a birthday card for a seven year old and used the same gold glimmer paper with balloons - another post maybe.

A quick reminder before I go that I will be at the Easter Fair organised by the AIKB in Gouarec on 28th March if you are able to make it.

Stampin' Up! Number of Years card

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures meets Picture Perfect

Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures and Picture Perfect card

This is a card that I made up as I went along - I had no idea how it was going to look. But I was so pleased with the finished result that I made more in different colours.

I originally wanted to have a real play with the new Timesless Textures stamp set. Like its sister Gorgeous Grunge, it's great for backgrounds.

I had stamped and cut out some flowers from the Picture Perfect set so I decided to put them together so see how they looked, and loved the result.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures meets Picture Perfect card

I liked the Picture Perfect flowers better on Very Vanilla cardstock. I've used neutral Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand ink for outsides of the layer and contrasting inks for the rest. I was especially pleased with the leaves which I used Mint Macaron and Old Olive for, stamping off the Old Olive for one of the layers.

Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures and Picture Perfect roses

There are lots of colour combinations you could use here, and I'm sure I'll be making more of these cards. A little tip - if you've cut out a stamped image as I have here, try sponging around the edges to soften them, it will make the image look much better.

Monday, 14 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Botanicals For You cards

Stampin' Up! Botanicals For You card

Sometimes you need a card that isn't overtly masculine, but isn't too colourful either. So I thought this monochrome card might fit the bill - you could use it for a man or a woman, there's just enough bling but not too much. It's kind of understated I think.

It's made using the Botanicals For You stamp set which is FREE during Sale-a-bration. Only a couple of weeks to go now to get your free items for every €60/£45 you spend. You have until the 31st March to grab your freebies, after that it's all over.

This card also has some of the free glitter tape - I love that tape!

So, after I had made a monochrome card, I thought I better make a floral card too:

Stampin' Up! Botanicals For You cards

As you can see it's the same but different. By using different DSP, and adding few punched flowers the card changes completely.

Hope you like them.

Just a heads up that I will be at the AIKB Easter Fair on Easter Monday (28 March) at Gouarec: I hope to see some of you there!

Stampin' Up! Botanicals For You cards

Friday, 4 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Pedal Pusher card

Stampin' Up! Pedal Pusher card

So, Sale-a-bration lasts until the end of the month,, March 31st. Every year Stampin' Up! has a special 3 month offer where you can earn FREE products for every €60/£45 you spend.

This card features two of the products you can earn. The tandem stamp, including the basket, flowers, and bird are from the Pedal Pusher stamp set.

And the silver glitter is from a set of three tapes - gold, silver and sparkly white - that are also Sale-a-bration items. You can only get them FREE! How good is that.

Stampin' Up! Pedal Pusher card

Stampin' Up! have produced a video showcasing the glitter tape:

If you'd like more information about how to get your FREE items please contact me - that's one item for every €60/£45 you spend, so the more you spend, the more items you can get.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms embossed vellum card

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms embossed vellum Mother's Day card

I first saw this beautiful technique for embossing vellum on Deb Valder's blog and thought it looked stunning. The great thing about it is that it's so easy to do!

I first stamped the rose from the Birthday Blooms stamp set with Stazon onto some Stampin' Up! vellum. Then, when it was dry, I turned it over, and used a stylus to start 'colouring' in the flower on the back, using circular movements. If you try this don't press too hard, rather go over the same place again. Magically the vellum will turn white in those places.

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms embossed vellum card

The leaves are also coloured on the back: I used a Cucumber Crush marker, and Delightful Dijon for the centre - both from the In Color Stampin' Write makers set

The card is Rose Red, and the DSP is from the Love Blossoms stack. 

I think any Mother would be pleased to receive a card like this for Mother's day - although I sent my own Mum a different card!

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blooms embossed vellum Mother's day card