Monday, 18 June 2018

Pinkies Birmingham Weekend Swaps ~ Polaroid Fridge Magnets

This weekend was the Pinkies team training weekend in Birmingham. Its a fantastic weekend of crafting, training and inspiration with fellow demonstrators who are apart of the Pinkies team. A chance to catch up with friends and make new ones. 
During this event, like at most Stampin' Up! events, we exchange 'swaps'. For this you create a number of the same project idea or samples (in this case 37) to swap with other demonstrators, you will then receive 37 different projects in return giving you a lovely range of new ideas and items for your sample boards to show customers. These projects can range from cards and book marks to 3D items and gift ideas. Its an amazing and fun way to meet new people and get lots of extra inspiration.

For my swaps I decided to make Polaroid Fridge Magnets, but not the photo kind (of course you could swap the sentiment out for a photo). I wanted to incorporate the idea of using a supportive and encouraging sentiment that could be meaningful to someone, particularly to a person suffering with Anxiety or Depression. So for some of the swaps I included the sentiment 'You Matter' from the Around The Corner stamp set (147464) which was just perfect. 
For others I used the sentiment 'Hello there', but you could change the sentiment to fit any occasion or recipient. 

What you will need:
Thick Whisper White Card Stock (140490) - 2 3/4" x 3 3/8" (x3)
In-colour 2018-2020 DSP (146963) - Big enough for frame or centre piece.
In-colour 2018-2020 Card Stock (106549) - For die cut flower embellishment.

Petals & More Thinlits (145655)
Silver 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon (144213)
Rhinestone Basic Embellishments (144220)
Layering Square Framelits (141708) 
Silver Embossing Powder (109131) 

Inks; Versa Mark.

1) Cut your three pieces of Thick Whisper White card stock. One for your base, two for your frame.
2) Use your Layering Square Framelit to cut a square out of the two panels near the top of the card stock leaving a small frame. This is to create your 'window' to get your Polaroid panel.
3) Use the same square framelit to cut your chosen designer series paper.
4) Glue both Polaroid panels together. The extra thickness gives it more stability, and of course a touch of dimension to the frame.
5) Cut two pieces of ribbon. One long enough to go around the bottom of your Polaroid, and one to tie a knot with.
6) Tie a knot or bow in your ribbon and glue to the base of the Polaroid with snail adhesive.

7) Glue the Polaroid panel to your Thbase panel.
8) Attach or glue on your magnetic strips to the back.
9) Heat emboss your chosen sentiment to your designer series paper square. I chose silver as it coordinates with the edged ribbon and rhinestones.
10) Glue to the centre of your frame.
11) Die cut your flowers from coloured card and place a mini dimensional to the centre of 3 of the flowers. These will be hidden by rhinestones later.
12) Place the flowers to the top corner and add rhinestones to the centre of the three flowers with dimensional behind them.

13)  If you are gifting or selling these at craft fairs they are easy to package up.
Simply place into a cellophane bag and staple closed. Fold over a piece of card stock, add some designer paper, and adhere down with some Tear & Tape.

A simple and easy project to put together, once you have all your parts ready. Will also make a nice gift for Mother's Day, to include in happy mail, or as a gift to a friend!
I hope you enjoyed reading about this project and do give it a go.

Happy Crafting,

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Father's Day Bubble Over Card

Today's project makes a fab masculine card, suitable for Father's Day (or Birthdays), featuring the Bubble Over Stamp Set (145868) and the Bottles & Bubbles Framelits (145663).
I think Father's Day is over looked a bit, compared to Mother's Day. So lets celebrate all those fab and amazing Dads in the world.

What you will need:
Blueberry Bushel Card Stock (146991) - C6 card base
                                                                 - 1 1/8" x 1 1/4"
                                                                 - 2 1/2" square frame
Verry Vanilla Card Stock (144238) - 4"x 5 3/4" x2
                                                          - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
                                                          - 1" x 1 1/8"
Crumb Cake Card Stock (121685) - 3 3/4" x 51/2"
Layering Square Framelits (141708)

Hardwood Background Stamp Set (133035)
Nailed It Stamp Set (Retired) - Father's Day Sentiment
Label Me Pretty Stamp Set (143861)

Inks; Early Expresso, Blueberry Bushel and Crushed Curry.

Hope you enjoyed that tutorial. Please like, subscribe and let me know what you think :)

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Birthday Corner Card

I have Birthday cards on the brain at the moment, with so many family birthdays coming up I can not stop creating them. Of course with everyone having a birthday, every year, Birthday cards are the number one reason to send and gift cards. When your cards are handmade sometimes you just want something simple and sometimes you have limited time to craft, so just need something that can be made quickly.
This is a quick and simple make with a few layers, a fab sentiment and finished off with a drop of Wink of Stella. Featuring the Around The Corner Stamp Set (147464) and the Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set (145519).

What you will need:
Thick Whisper White Card Stock (140490) - 4" x 8" scored and folded at 4"
In-colour 2018-2020 DSP (146963) - 3 1/4" x 3 1/4"
Whisper White Card Stock (106549) - 2" x 2"
Old Olive Card Stock (106576) - 2 1/8" x 2 1/8"
Wink of Stella (141897)
Simply Scored Scoring Board (122334)

Inks; Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Pineapple Punch.

1) Cut your base at 4" x 8". Score and fold in half to make your 4" x 4" card base.
2) Gently score 3 lines on the left and bottom of your DSP to create an embossed pattern effect, Don't forget to score with your chosen paper face down so that your lines will be raised when the right way up.
3) Stamp your 3 candles on the smaller piece of Whisper White and mount this on old olive. Stamp your corner sentiment in the bottom left hand corner of your card base.
4) Use your choice of adhesive to glue down the DSP onto the card base in the top right hand corner.
5) Pop your candle panel up with dimensionals and place down on to the DSP leaving a nice boarder.
6) To finish off this card stamp a sentiment on the inside of the card and add some Wink Of Stella to candles.

So that is our card for today. Super simple and quick to make if in a hurry. This card could be made in a variety of colours to suite all, and would also make a perfect base for a party invite!

The new catalogue has launched and the new goodies are now available. If you do not already have a catalogue, get in touch to request one free of charge, also includes a little catalogue gift pack. (Dont forget when requesting a catalogue to sending me your postal address).
When shopping with me online used the hostess code to get some extra goodies from me, and also your card stock swatch for shopping with me during the month of June.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Around The Corner Patterned Note Card

Today I have for you a fun note card using the Around The Corner Stamp Set. 

This card uses one of the images in the stamp set to create a fun pattern. Just by repeating the pattern with some of our fab new colours gives a really nice effect. I can even see the pattern working for a Christmas card if stamped in blues and silvers for a snow flake effect.
I love how this card has come together using stamping, designer series paper and those wonderful corner sentiments.

You will need:
Thick Whisper White Card Stock (140490) - C6 Top folding card base.
Whisper White Card Stock (106549)
Calypso Coral Card Stock (124392) - 1 7/8" x 5 7/8"
                                                            - 2 1/4" x 2 1/4"
2028-2020 In-Colour Designer Series Paper - 1 3/4" x 5 7/8"

Pearl Basic Jewels (144219)

Inks: Blueberry Bushel, Call Me Clover and Calypso Coral.

So that is our card for today. Its only a few days till you can get your hands on all the new goodies :) Do not forget to use the hostess code when shopping with me online to get some extra goodies from me, and also your card stock swatch for shopping with me during the month of June.

Happy Crafting,

Friday, 25 May 2018

Birthday Arrow Card

Today I have for you a quick and simple card using the fabulous Around The Corner Stamp Set. I love how fun and simple this card is, and its a suitable size to use as a money wallet!

I always love trying to use stamps in a different way, particularly love the look of a word/sentiment background. As soon as I saw these corner sentiments I just had to try this.
Easily hand stamped, but would work even better on our new Stamparatus, especially if batch making! Line up the sentiment to form an arrow, then cut the card stock to a point following the lines of the sentiment - no measurement needed. Use some lovely coordinating DSP and finish off the card by adding some embellishments that go well with the theme and colours. You could even add ribbon down the side for that something extra!
There are so many colour combinations you could try, making it suitable for anyone at any age. The colours I have used go perfectly together for a male birthday card, reminding me of my Brother (who loves Green)! This colour combination features one of our fab new In-colours, Call Me Clover.

You will need:
Call Me Clover Card Stock - 6 3/4" x 5 7/8" folded in half to create your card base.
Whisper White Card Stock (106549) - 3 1/4" x 5 1/2"
2028-2020 In-Colour Designer Series Paper - 3 1/4" x 2 1/2"

Tutti-frutti Adhesive-Backed Sequins (145609)

Inks: Call Me Clover, Mint Macron and Crushed Curry.

So that is our card for today. Hopefully it got you thinking of other ways to use those sentiment stamps :) Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Happy Crafting,

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Colour Revamp & New Ink Pads

As you may have heard by now, Stampin' Up! has undergone a colour revamp!

In order to keep bringing us the most current and on trend colours, Stampin' Up! has decided on some major colour changes. We now have a whole new variety of shades to inspire our creativity! I am so excited to talk though some of these changes and show you the beautiful new colour range Stampin' Up! has to offer.

With this revamp, we will see the return of some of our old favourites along with the addition of some new never before seen shades.

Along with many other Demonstrators, I am happy to see the return of Mint Macaron, a gorgeous colour that may just be my new favourite! New colours, never before seen invite a whole new spectrum of fresh shades to create with, these include:

If you are familiar with Stampin' Up! colours you will also notice a few colours have been re-organised to better reflect the colour family they belong too, with Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black becoming their own unique colour family. 

In order to make room for new colours, we have to say goodbye to a few. From 31st May 2018 we will be losing thirteen core colours, along with the 2016-2018 In-colours.

The core colours leaving us; Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant, Island Indigo, Marina Mist, Perfect Plum, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Tempting Turquoise, Wild Wasabi and Wisteria Wonder! I know there are a few I will be sad to see go! Now is the time to grab those ink pads and re-inkers for the ones you just can't live without, before they are no longer available.

The In-colours will continue to be introduced every year, with each lasting two years. Our current In-colours are;

A few of the popular past In-colours have been re-added and now form part of the core colours; Mossy Meadow, Poppy Parade, Flirty Flamingo, Coastal Cabana, Mint Macaron and Blackberry Bliss.  

In addition to all the fab new colours, the ink pad design has become simpler, easier to open (and close), and now stack! We also wont have to put up with bubbles on the surface of the pad as they now contain an anti-foaming solution.

Check out Stampin' Up!'s video below for more information.

Swatches are not only ideal for checking colours if you are unsure what colour you are holding, but also handy for creating colour combinations and of course, for viewing the full beautiful range of Stampin' Up! card stock!
To celebrate the launch of our fab new annual catalogue and colour revamp, everyone who shops with me during the month of June will receive a handmade card stock swatch as seen below, along with their thank you goodies.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope this post has helped to give you the basic rundown of our colour revamp :)

Happy Crafting,



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Around The Corner Note Card

Today's card is a sneak peek of a new stamp set from the new 2018-2019 annual catalogue. Items will be available to customers from June 1st!
This card uses the beautiful Around The Corner Stamp Set and some of the new 2018-2020 In-colours
For the main feature of this card I used one of the smaller, and probably easier to miss stamps in the set to create a fun and colourful panel. It really works lovely with the 'diamond' images! Then just include one of the super awesome corner sentiments and viola, we have a simple and super fun note card. 
Don't forget to add a little bit of bling! :)

Here is what you will need:
Whisper White Thick Card Stock (140490) - C6 Top folding card Base
                                                          - 5 7/8" x 4 3/8"
Whisper White Card Stock (106549) - 5 7/8" x 1 1/8"
                                                                    - 1" x 1" (x3)                   
Basic Grey Card Stock (121689) - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8"
Pineapple Punch Card Stock - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8"
Lovely Lipstick Card Stock - 1 1/8" x 1 1/8"
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220) 

Inks: Basic Grey, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick.

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To celebrate the catalogue launch, everyone who shops with me during the month of June will receive a handmade card stock swatch along with their thank you goodies. Ideal for checking colours, creating colour combinations and viewing the full beautiful range of Stampin' Up! card stock!

Request the new 2018-2019 annual catalogue from me today, FREE  and receive a fun catalogue goodie pack :) 

Happy Crafting,


 Colour swatch gift with all orders during June.