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Monday, 10 April 2017


It's that time of the year again when Stampin' Up make way for the fantastic new products available in the new 2017/18 Annual Catalogue by retiring current products . . . . . . some discounted up to 50%.

Now is the time to order that item you've been humming & hawing over before it disappears for good.

Please take a look at the Retiring List here.

The quickest way to order is online via my store. The link for this is in the right-hand sidebar.

Please use the online code below when placing an order between £25 & £150 for a FREE gift from me in May to say thank you.


Thursday, 6 April 2017

A Little Cool Treat


The Cool Treats Bundle is just one of those sets that you just can't put down! Here is a cute little 4" x 4" card to give to someone sweet!

I love the Tasty Treats Speciality Designer Series Paper with it's cute little images. There are also 2 sheets with a clear glossy coating over the designs & those are the only 2 sheets I have left but just can't bring myself to cut into them!




Doesn't that ice-cream look good enough to eat?
And the little spoon die cut is just too cute!



Can you see the shiny glaze on the chocolate topping? This is created using the Fine-Tip Glue Pen & then the sprinkles are just placed on top. The glue dries clear but without the stickiness of the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

Would you like to know how I made the little bowl?


I took a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock & scored it on my Stampin' Up! Trimmer/Scorer at every 1/8".


Then take the bowl die & lay it on the scored cardstock at a slight angle. It's a quick & simple way of adding a bit of detail to an otherwise 'flat' feature on the card.

I hope you like today's project. If you would like to order any of the products I've used please click on the link in the right hand sidebar & use the online code below.

http://stampinup.net/esuite/home/sharong

Thanks for visiting today & Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Cool Treats Pop & Twist Card


This card was definitely a hit at my Monthly Papercrafting Class last Saturday. Everyone was really pleased with how easy the card was to make even though the end result looks as though it's going to be difficult!



It looks very innocent when it's closed but POP!



it opens & has a definite WOW effect.


The tutorial is one I found on YouTube by Jan Brown & it's very easy to follow. She also gives all the UK measurements you need.


The Cool Treats stamps, dies & Designer Series Papers are perfect for this card. It also fits in an A6 envelope but would need a large letter stamp as it's very thick & heavy when finished.


This one however didn't make it to the postbox as my youngest daughter pinched it to give to her friend!


Thanks for visiting my blog today & hope you have a go at making this card. Happy crafting!

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

April Blog Hop - Easter Wishes


Well there goes another month! This year is whizzing past so quickly & it will soon be Easter. 

I struggled a bit this month as I haven't got any current Easter stamps so had to think outside the box!


What did I have that remotely resembled an Easter egg? My Balloon Adventure Thinlet dies . . . . . .upside down!

Did you recognise them? I've diecut the balloons using the Sale-a-Bration Glimmer Paper. We're you lucky enough to get some? It proved to be a very popular choice & I know I had a couple of disappointed customers who missed out.


I can't decide whether I prefer the glitter eggs on a plain white background or on the Basic Grey background.

I also made a spring flower Easter card using the Flourish Thinlets. I've cut the leaves in Pear Pizzazz & the flowers in Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach & Sweet Sugarplum. The Lace Doily from the Spring/Summer Catalogue has been coloured using a Sponge Brayer and the Watermelon Wonder ink pad. A really quick & easy way to colour the doilies to match your project.


I've then placed the doily over the Whisper White Thick card & lightly brayered over it again using Watermelon Wonder to give a lovely lace effect directly on the card.


I've finished it off using the little wooden flowers from the Sending Love Embellishments. I've used two pieces that fit neatly together.

Next in the Blog Hop is Sarah-Jane & I'm sure she'll have a fab project for you!

I hope you've enjoyed my Easter projects and thankyou for visiting today. Happy Crafting!

http://cardsandacuppa.blogspot.com/2017/04/easter-treats-for-jems-blog-hop.html http://juliesjapes.blogspot.com/2017/04/jems-blog-hop-easter.html

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Thursday, 9 March 2017

Lift Me Up! Gift Bag


Today I'm sharing a project with you that we made at my 'Lift Me Up' Bundle Class I held a couple of weeks ago.


It's a really useful size bag made using 2  12" x 12" sheets of  Carried Away Designer Series Papers which are FREE during Sale-a-Bration. These papers are lovely & really complement the stamp set & dies. If you would like to view a video tutorial of how to make this bag please go to Julie Kettlewell's video on YouTube HERE


I've used the very detailed balloon die from the Up & Away Thinlets to make a 3D balloon for
the tag on the bag & one of the fab sentiments from the Lift Me Up stamp set. You can purchase both the dies & stamp set as a bundle & save 10% by clicking on my shop link in the right hand sidebar.


I've also use the oval from the Stitched Framelits set for the sentiment. These are definitely my most used framelits & I make no apology for using them at most of my classes. I'm secretly hoping Stampin' Up! bring out more stitched shapes soon!

Thanks for visiting my blog today & Happy Crafting!


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Saturday, 4 March 2017

March Blog Hop - Colour Challenge - Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron & Sweet Sugarplum



Hello & welcome to this months Jem's Blog Hop.

Firstly I must apologise for the terrible photos! It's been a very dull day here in Leeds today hence the dark photos. I will replace them tomorrow when hopefully it will be a bit brighter.

This month we have a colour challenge & have chosen the colours from the gorgeous new Sale-a-Bration freebie the Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.


Although it's described as paper it's actually cardstock thickness so is ideal for die cutting.
As soon as I saw the glittering colours I knew it would be perfect for the balloon from the Up & Away Thinlet Dies.


I have both of these cards on the fireplace & when the light catches them they are very sparkly & eye catching.


The second card is one that we did at my March Monthly Class last week using the Carousel stamp from the Carousel Birthday stamp set.


I've used it to make the cute little cupcakes.


Thanks for visiting my blog today & joining us on our Blog Hop.

Please click on the next blog picture below to take you to the next blog.
Happycrafting!



http://joliepaperie.blogspot.com/2017/03/hello-and-welcome-to-my-blog-and-march.html http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/ragbagbadger/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/5017923/entry/a_touch_of_sparkle




Saturday, 4 February 2017

February Blog Hop - Hearts, Not Just For Valentines!


Hi there & welcome to Februarys Blog Hop. This month the theme is hearts but they don't just have to be used for Valentines!


My first project is using one of the white gift boxes which are so easily overlooked in the catalogue. I saw this project on my team mate Amanda Bates' blog & decided I wanted to make a birthday version but using the Sending Love Designer Series Papers.


If you would like to see a tutorial on how this box is made then please pop over to her blog 'The Craft Spa' where she has very kindly posted a picture tutorial.


These boxes are perfect for any occasion & are great for using up your scraps of Designer Paper & Cardstock.

My second project is using the Lift Me Up Bundle. These stamps & dies are adorable & can be used for lots of different occasions.


I've used it here for a thankyou card & the cute little banner comes as part of the stamp set. Once again I've used the Sending Love paper stack & I love the delicate little hearts on this piece.


Hope you've enjoyed my projects. Next on the hop is Sarah who I know will have a lovely project for you.

http://createhandmadehappiness.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/february-jems-blog-hop.html
http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/ragbagbadger/blog?directBlogUrl=/blog/5017923/entry/a_little_bit_of_love