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My Top 5 Products – 2017/ 2018 Stampin’ Up! Catalogue!

I have a different kind of post for you today! No creations as such, but I’m sharing with you my five favourite products from the new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! catalogue. Each year I love to do this to share with you what I’m loving and hopefully highlight a product or two you might have missed! (Who I am kidding? We all read the catalogue from front to back numerous times, so highly unlikely we’ve missed anything!)

So… the amazing products that have made my Top 5 this year (in no particular order are…)

  1. This Little Piggy Stamp Set (page 48)

I haven’t been this excited about a stamp set since the infamous “donuts” got released a few years back! As soon as I saw the piggies I knew they would be in my first order! They are just the cutest and are suitable for loads of occasions! Stay tuned in a week or so for some cards I’ve created for an upcoming class and stamp club.

2. Embossing Paste (page 201)

I would have skipped right past this had some fellow demonstrators not showed their excitement from seeing a sneak peek at the Stampin’ Up! Onstage event. I’ve had a quick play with the product for an upcoming class and club and it adds such great texture to the card (and you can colour it!!!). Even Mr. INK and Master INK were impressed. And it is such a steal at $11.50 per tub!

3. Tabs for Everything Bundle (Stamp Set & Circle Tab Punch) (page 43)

Like to be organise? Like to plan? Like to “tab” your catalogue so you can quickly find products?… then this bundle is the one for you! Comprising of a very versatile stamp set than can be used on cards as well as “tabs”, this stamp set is one that has endless possibilities! My first port of call with this set though is tabbing my catalogue! I’ve only done this once before and it really does make finding this so much easier!

4. 2 1/4″ Circle Punch (page 207)

A simple item but I never go past a new circle punch! I love the ease of a circle punch and how every single time it is a perfect shape! I can never cut anything with my paper snips that resembles a circle! lol! So I was very excited to see another circle punch to add to the collection. I even own two 1 3/4″ circle punches because they get used so much!

5. Striped Treat Bags (page 195) 

I’m mad for a treat bag! They make packaging a card or a small gift so easy when you’re strapped for time! I’ve loved all the treat bags Stampin’ Up! have sold, however there is something a little bit extra special about one with gold stripes! You can dress it up or dress it down so it suits every single occasion you may have on your calendar!

I’ve tried to showcase a little bit of everything in the catalogue; stamps, packaging, punches and tools! Be sure to pop back to my blog over the coming months to see these products appear. I’m sure they’ll be featured more than once! Would love to hear what your favourite products us so feel free to comment below.

Happy Crafting (with your new products!)

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What Will You Stamp? #117 – Beetles & Bugs

We’ve had a “bugging” good time this week for the What Will You Stamp? challenge (#wwys117) using the Beetles & Bugs stamp set from Stampin’ Up!

I myself have been under the weather with a “bug” (otherwise known as sinus, ear and chest infection!) so Mr. INK and I thought this was a good stamp set for me to be creating with this week. As I’ve been unwell, I haven’t been able to sit at my craft desk to create, so today I have some simple (yet cute!) cards for you using this set and some “bug puns”. Do you know how hard it is to create or find bug puns? I’ll tell you… HARD! I created my “puns” using the Labeler Alphabet and the Brushwork Alphabet stamp sets. I love the ‘look’ of the labeler set; and the fact you have 2 fonts in one set is a bonus!

I love little cards like my project today because you can make whatever size you like! All you need to do is ensure the length of the card is double the width… that way you’ll get a perfectly square card.

The card sizes I created were:

  • “I heard your caught a bug” card – 4″ x 8″ (scored at 3.5″)
  • “Love Bug” and “Bugs & Kisses” cards – 3″ x 6″ (scored at 3″)
  • “Sorry to bug you” card – 3.5″ x 7″ (scored at 3.5″)

Only a quick post from me today but don’t forget to check out all the What Will You Stamp? Design Team Beetle and Bug creations over on the WWYS? blog. There are lots of creepy crawlies waiting for you!

Happy Crafting,

What Will You Stamp? #115 – Beautiful You

Hi There! This week over at What Will You Stamp?, we’ve been challenged to use the very popular the “Beautiful You” stamp set. If you’re a Stampin’ Up! fan, I have no doubt you have seen many creations made with this stamp set throughout your googling or Pinterest looking ventures. There have been so many wonderful creations with the stamp set, I didn’t quite know where to start or what to create.

For some reason, the lady with the umbrella was the stamp in the set that caught my attention. Initially she made me feel like she was “sad” however, I also wanted to show how versatile stamps could be and used her to create a card and “shower her in love” (you’ll see what I mean shortly!).

I created 3 cards for today’s challenge to show you different ways you can use the same stamp. The cards have the same layouts, I’ve just created them in different colours and with different accompanying stamps to create a different tone or theme to the cards.

              

I love the simplicity of these cards. I did try colouring the lady in, but I found I much preferred her in plain black with the colour focus being on the theme of the card.

A quick post from me today for #wwys115; if you own the Beautiful You stamp set, why don’t you stop by the What Will You Stamp? Challenge Blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created and participate in this week’s challenge yourself. We love to be inspired by you and your creations.

Thanks for stopping by today… I hope you like the cards I’ve created today… would love to hear if the rain, sunshine or heart one is your favourite.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

 

Ice-Cream and Beer… Poppin’ Box Cards

I’m SO excited to share with you today’s cards! The April Technique class was all about ‘Poppin’ – cards that pop! And today’s card was definitely the show stopper. Whilst it took a little while to complete in class with the 11 attendees, it was certainly worth the time and effort.

I’ve got two versions of this Poppin’ Box Card; an ice-cream version using the Stampin’ Up! Cool Treats suite and then a manly beer version using the Stampin’ Up! Mixed Drinks stamp set.

Cool Treats

This was the version of the card that we made in class. 11 wonderful ladies put their skills to the test to create this fun and “cool” interactive birthday card. How fruity and delicious are the colours used in the stamping and the designer series paper on the box. They are Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Pear Pizzaz, Peekaboo Peach and Early Espresso. Even their names are tasty treats!

           

You’re probably wondering where the “box” in photo 2 came from… well this is where we “POP”! Watch the short video below to see how much fun this poppin’ card is for the recipient to receive!

Thats’s right… it pops right on up and out of the tray!!!

Mixed Drinks

As I mentioned above, I’d made 2 versions of this card.. unfortunately, I don’t have a poppin’ video for this card, but it pops exactly as the one above does, the design and stamps are just different. I actually think this one is my favourite and is an awesome masculine card. So much so that… I never give my husband’s best mate a card for his birthday… however this year it was a “big” birthday for him, so I wanted to knock his socks off and I knew he would love the extra surprise that a poppin’ box card brings.

          

These popping box cards are so much to make! Don’t be daunted by them. Once you get your score lines and folds in the right spot, assembly of the box itself is pretty easy, as are the tray and the wrap. The awesome Gemma over at Made by Gemma has some great YouTube clips (Part 1) (Part 2) to step you through how to make the box and tray/ wrap as well as some templates that you can download and print to ensure all your lines are in the right spot!

I hope you give this fun card a go. If you do create one and get stuck at any time, you are more than welcome to contact me. I’d love to hear/ see that you are being inspired and taking some time out for yourself to create.

Happy Crafting,

Hooray, it’s your day!

Initially, I made today’s card at the start of the year to use for INKreations Birthday Club members. However, I got side tracked and never posted it to my blog! But today is another day to say “Hooray” because it is the first day of the pre-order period for demonstrators around the world to order from the new 2017 – 2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalogue! That is one of the perks of being a demonstrator, is you get early access to the products before they are available to the general public!

Today’s card is using the Layered Letters stamp set and I chose to use the circle stamp in the set. My colour inspiration came from the 2016 – 2018 In-Colour Collection.

To give the card a softer look, I stamped the circle “off” first on my grid paper then on my card. This technique takes off the “top layer” of ink you could say, so there is less ink to stamp on to the card. You’ll see what I mean below (it did make quite a cool pattern on my grid paper!)

I love the final card as much as I love the pattern on the grid paper!

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I heat embossed the “hooray” stamp from the Confetti Celebration stamp set in white over the top of the circles to give it a subtle look as to not over power the background pattern. I love how the circles look like a piece of designer series paper… well it can be, I just created it myself!

 

If you’re a member of the INKreations Birthday Club member, keep an eye out in your letterbox around your birthday… this one just might appear. If you’re not a member of this fantastic club, but would like to be, let me know your name, address and date of birth and I’ll happily send you a handmade card to celebrate your special day.

Happy Crafting,

 

 

 

Re-create this project at home using these Stampin’ Up! products:

Heat Tool

$50.00

Oh Happy Day Kit!

It is a rare novelty that I get to sit and just craft “for fun”… however that is how I spent my raging Saturday night this week! LOL!

Unfortunately this week, Baby INK was unwell which meant I couldn’t go to work so I had an extra day at home to potter, do housework, catch up on things which in turn allowed me to have some free time on the weekend. With no stamp clubs or classes for a few weeks, I took the opportunity to do some crafting just for fun. I had no ideas or themes in mind, so instead I grabbed the Stampin’ Up! Oh Happy Day Kit, that I have had for AGES! and proceeded to create the cards. What I love most about the kits is that everything you need to create 20, yes 20 cards is in the kit, besides a little bit of adhesive! In the Oh Happy Day Kit, you receive the following:

  • 20 card bases
  • 20 kraft envelopes
  • 13 piece photopolymer stamp set
  • die-cut glittered chipboard shapes (these was gorgeous!)
  • embossed sheets
  • printed die-cut images
  • die-cut gold foil sheet
  • die-cut white sheets
  • Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Spot
  • coloured doilies
  • baker’s twine
  • glittered dots (I want more of these!)
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals and;
  • an acrylic stamp block.

HOW AMAZING IS THAT!! Plus, you also receive a full set of instructions to create the cards or you can go your own way and make the cards however you like! For the ease of my crafting last night, I followed the instructions 99% of the time to create the cards. I switched a few sentiments up here and there but the designs of the cards are as per the instructions.

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kit so much I couldn’t wait to show you all the cards I made!

How awesome is that! So many different cards for so many different occasions. The stamps that came with the kit are so versatile, I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of them in a hurry!

There are many benefits to the Stampin’ Up! card kits; they’re great as a gift to your crafty friend, the perfect product to start with for a beginner (old or young!), if you love to craft but feel you’re time poor, kits have everything prepared so you can hit the ground running and create 20 cards in a few hours to keep your stash stocked for the months ahead… or the one I love the best, split the cost of a kit with your friend and spend a day crafting the kit together!

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed seeing the Oh Happy Day Kit as much as I enjoyed making it!

Happy Crafting,

 

 

What Will You Stamp? #113 – Fairy Celebration (#wwys113)

Welcome to this week’s post for the What Will You Stamp? #113 (#wwys113) – Fairy Celebration. This set is just devine and makes me believe in all magical creatures and wishes!

I don’t own the Fairy Celebration stamp set, but a very kind team member of mine lent hers to me so I could participate today, and now I’m addicted to it! It is just so sweet. My favourite stamp is the fairy with her back facing you with her gorgeous wings. So pretty!

From the very beginning when I saw we were creating with this stamp set, I knew I wanted to do something 3D or “off the page”… I didn’t want to create a standard card. I’ve got lots of “bits and bobs” in my craft cupboard that need using and thankfully I was able to use one for today’s project.

Frames are a great addition to your craft collection as you can use them for so many different projects. I love that you can personalise a frame to make it an extra special gift. Today’s project isn’t personalised (yet!) but I love the simplicity of this project.

This project didn’t take very long to create at all! I stamped the images on to the Shimmery White Cardstock using Basic Black Archival Ink and then coloured it in using an Aqua Painter and the fantastic Stampin’ Up! Watercolour Pencils. I’m no expert at colouring, however I find these pencils SO easy to use to get shading and dimension on your projects. The sentiment in the frame says “May your wisish come true”. I had some trouble photographing the frame as I kept getting my reflection in the glass which I’m sure you don’t want to see!

I love my presents and cards to match, so I whipped up a tiny little card that could be use as a gift tag or gift card for when my frame finds a new home. I used a piece of Melon Mambo cardstock (5″ long x 2.5″ wide), and scored it in half and there was my card base.

In the spirit of the fairies today, if you have this stamp set in your collection, I’m going to make a “wish” for you to go and create a project for this week’s challenge and pop it up over on the What Will You Stamp? challenge blog. If you’d like some inspiration for your project, be sure to check out all the design team’s creations on the blog.

Happy Crafting,