Friday, 4 August 2017

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 12 - Kids' Cards

Hi Crafters,

I have a treat in store for you today!  I am joining in with the wonderful people at Global Stamping Friends for their 12th Blog Hop.  The theme is kids' cards and I know there will be lots of fun projects for you to hop.

I decided to play with the Cool Treats stamp set and Frozen Treats Framelits to create my card for a kid.  I recently watched a video by Jennifer McGuire where she added embossing paste to create ice cream!  I thought this was a great idea so I have done my version for the blog hop.  

I created a 4.5" card blank in Melon Mambo cardstock  (my favourite SU! colour) and layered a piece of Whisper White cardstock on top which had been embossed using the Polka Dot Basic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is a great generic pattern for so many occasions.  The sentiment is from the Ready to Pop stamp set which features popcorn images.  Maybe I was a bit hungry when I made this card!  I cut a panel and stamped the sprinkles in Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist and raised up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  

I cut the largest of the circle Stitched Shapes in Whisper White and then created a frame from the same dies using the largest and second largest in Melon Mambo.  The ice cream bowl was cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and I have shaped it to make it look rounded.  I cut the round ice cream with the scalloped bottom and then added the embossing paste on top which had been coloured with Melon Mambo (strawberry), Chocolate Chip (chocolate) and a tiny hint of Sahara Sand for the vanilla.  This was a fun technique to try and the embossing paste dries so quickly which is great for impatient crafters just like me!

I hope this has inspired you to have a go with the embossing paste in a different way.  Don't forget to visit all the blogs in the hop for more inspiration.  We would love to see your comments too.  Thanks for hopping with us.  Simply click the Next Arrow to keep hopping!

Happy hopping, 
Rachel x

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

Happy Birthday Graceful Garden

Hi Crafters,

I hope you are enjoying your summer and making the most of the good weather.  Although, a couple of rainy days would be good to spend in the craft room!  Today's card is inspired by the current challenge at the Global Design Project who have a colour theme this week.

I must admit that the only Wild Wasabi product I own is a marker.  This made the challenge a little more fun to think outside the box.  I had quite a few variations until I chose the Graceful Garden stamp set.  I created a custom Berry Burst card blank and attached a piece of Shimmery White cardstock on top.  I ran a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock though the Big Shot with the Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I brought the two layers together with a length of the Berry Burst finely woven ribbon which is super soft.

I stamped the main rose image from the Graceful Garden stamp set onto a piece of Shimmery White cardstock.  The image was coloured with the Berry Burst and Wild Wasabi markers so that I could achieve a no line watercolour effect.  This might need some more practice!  I used the Happy Birthday die to cut the centre of the rose image and then paper pieced the parts back together.  This was really easy using the new Multipurpose Adhesive Sheets.  I cut four additional sentiments and layered on top, finally adding my coloured image to complete the full design.  I went with a jaunty angle for added interest and finished with a few pearls.  

I would like to enter this card into the following challenge:

Global Design Project 097 - Colour Challenge

A full supply list is available at the end of this post and don't forget that the Christmas in July promotion ends on Monday.  Join the Stampin' Up! family and start saving on your Autumn/Winter cardmaking supplies.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Oh Happy Day!

Hi Crafters,

I was away last week for a family wedding and although the weather was terrible, the wedding was beautiful! I might be a bit biased but I think my 2 year old niece stole the show!

I'm back to the craft room and it's time to celebrate as the Daisy Punch and Delightful Daisy Bundle are available to order!  I would highly recommend the bundle - it's really versatile and you can use the punch separately too.

I have a confession!  I really struggle to use patterned papers in my projects!  I have been trying to use it more often as I have mountains of the stuff!  This is a clean and simple design perfect for beginners.  

I have used the Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper in Powder Pink, accented with some washi tape which comes in a set of five in a pink theme.  I cut two daisies using the Daisy Punch in Gold Glimmer Paper and attached with Fast Fuse.  The sentiment comes from the Happiest of Days stamp set and I heat embossed this in gold.  

Don't forgot that the Bonus Days promotion ends on Monday 31 July.  This means that for every £45 you spend, you receive a £4.50 coupon towards an order in August.  A great way to save on your wish list.

If you would like to earn an ever bigger discount, why not join my team and become an Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.  It is heaps of fun and you can earn free products delivered straight to your door.  If you would like more information on either of these promotions, please see my post giving all the details.

Happy crafting,

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Friday, 14 July 2017

Benefits of Being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Hi Crafters,

Today's post is going to be a bit different as I am going to focus on all the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  There are quite a few!  If you would like to start your own business, share your crafting passion or you just love a bargain, Stampin' Up! definitely has something to offer.  Let me start by sharing the Stampin' Up! Statement of the Heart.

To LOVE what we do and SHARE what we love as we help others ENJOY creativity and worthwhile accomplishments... - In this we make a difference.

This perfectly sums up Stampin' Up! as I have made so many great friends, shared so much enjoyment with others and I feel I've made a difference.  

I have compiled a list of the benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator but there is so much more to gain.

·         an opportunity to pre-order new products
·         earn free products - for every order over £150 you can choose free products
·         Sale-a-Bration - held from January to March every year.  For every £45 spent, you can choose an exclusive item from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue
·         discount on crafting products  - Bronze Elite demos receive a 20% discount per order and from Silver and above you receive a 25% discount per order
·         monthly crafty meetings
·         make new crafty friends
·         an opportunity to run your own business, determining your own hours and goals
·         printable resources provided by Stampin' Up! - professional product photography, flyers and class instructions
·         a plethora of dedicated social media help on Facebook and YouTube
·         Stampin' University - an online resource full of inspiration regarding the business opportunity
·         quarterly Stampin' Success magazine filled with inspirational projects and business tips
·         incentive trips - previous destinations have included Thailand, the Mediterranean and Mexico
·         attend OnStage events - held twice a year in April and November at venues around the world (OnStage November 2018 is in Orlando, Florida!)
·         an opportunity to be considered for the Artisan Design Team

These are just some of the great benefits of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  Maybe you'll find some others when you sign up!  There is a great joining deal happening during July so please don't miss out.  For more info on the deal have a look at my post July Wins.  It explains the offer and how you can join my team.  If you have any questions, please get in touch via email.  

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ruffled Bouquet Bunch

Hi Crafters,

I have had my first play with the Bouquet Bunch dies and they are gorgeous!  A must have for any crafty stash.  I paired the dies with the Jar of Love stamp set and the Everyday Jars dies.

I have used a ton of cool stuff on this card!  I created a card blank from Whisper White thick cardstock and then added a layer of Night of Navy cardstock which I had embossed with the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  I used a sponge to ink over the navy cardstock in Whisper White.  I think this almost looks a bit like denim.

I  stamped in Versamark and heat embossed my jar in white onto vellum.  I coloured the jar from the back to look like water but I'm not sure I achieved the right effect.  The bunch of flowers were cut from the Bouquet Bunch Framelits and I also added a touch of Wink of Stella which hasn't photographed well.  I only adhered the centres of each flower cluster to give some dimension.  Finally I added the copper sequins from the Metallics Assortment with liquid multipurpose glue.

I have chosen to leave this card without a sentiment for the moment.  I will probably add one later before sending it out.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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