Wednesday, 20 June 2018

New Catalogue Bundles Round Up...

Whilst I wrote my Top 10 Bundles post for Monday... I suddenly remembered all the Stampin Up! On Stage Display Boards I had photoed back in April... and that I hadn't shared these with you... so now I will... as I think these are the best way to get an overview of a particular group of products... and one of the main reasons I love the Stampin Up On Stage events...

The next one is in November, so ... just thinking out loud... if you joined my team in July... then you would definitely be able to join me!! As it is good for the soul ... & crafty life... and lots of other things too... Please don't hesitate to contact me for further information... as it is an opportunity with something for everyone... whether just for the 20% discount on your own crafty purchases... or whether you want to "live a full on crafty life" like me!! As it can be recommended!!

Ok.. Ok... back to today's post... Bundles a Plenty...

21 of them.. though there are 33 bundles in total... All with 10% off the combined total when you buy co-ordinating stamps and accessories (usually punches or dies) together...








Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Techniques on Tuesday - Calligraphy Essentials

A quick share today... of where my "Cheat Calligraphy" went next...

The Basic Black marker pen came out... using both the brush end and the thin end (for a  change)... and here you go...

Part Three... with the just the Thank in black...
And then Part Four ... all in black...
Now which one do you prefer...? Part One & Two were shared here...

Monday, 18 June 2018

And here are a few more of my Favourite Things... Bundles...

Bundles
Coming to the end of my shares on My Favourite Things from the new Catalogue... and this one is always the hardest for me... as it is time for My Favourite Bundles... You know the co-ordinating products with 10% off the bundle when you buy both of the co-ordinating parts!

Though I have finally realised why I find this one the hardest to decide on a Top 10... and that is because I get a lot of product for free as a reward from Stampin' Up! for my sales during Sale A Bration... and this year was my best Sale A Bration ever...

So I have been VERY fortunate to pick a lot of products in this category... as I do tend to maximise the benefit by buying bundles... but we are limited to products/bundles up to £40... so a lot of my Bundle choices have been capped... so I kind of have a 2 pronged Favourite Top 10 Bundles approach... half up to £40 and the other half with no £cap ...

Anyways ... here you go... these are my Overall Top 10... most of which are here OR winging their way to me... so you will get to see plenty of these in use as the months roll on...

Pop On By... 
Yes I am totally predictable... a bit of architecture and I am smitten!!! But I can't wait to produce with these stamps and dies... easy house makes from now on!!!
Pop On By Photopolymer Bundle
Pop On By Photopolymer Bundle

A huge bundle of stamps and dies... that gives Lovely as a Tree a run for its money ( and co-ordinates so well with it too!) Lots more information on this bundle and the co-ordinating, Natures Poem Suite already shared here... Available in Wood and Clear Mount... 
Rooted in Nature Wood-Mount Bundle
Rooted in Nature Clear-Mount Bundle

A stunning stamp and punch set... with so many images and creative choice... love it! Especially as it is a punch!!!
Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle
Varied Vases Photopolymer Bundle

Simply stunning... beautiful frames... lots of leaves... and some pretty flowers too! Available in Clear and Wood Mount... 
Floral Frames Clear-Mount Bundle

Such a useful all-round & all-occasion set of images & shapes... this was a real favourite for everyone on my table at the Stampin Up On Stage event when we first saw the new catalogue... and then we were lucky enough to get the stamps as an All Attendee giveaway... not much noise in the room when that happened!!! 
Pick a Pennant Photopolymer Bundle
Pick a Pennant Photopolymer Bundle
Pick a Pennant Photopolymer Bundle

This should really be further up my list... but it is too difficult & too time consuming to move everything round now!! 

I know this one is a going to be a real favourite amongst my crafty ladies... again a set that can be used for anyones birthday (of any age or gender) and other special events and celebrations too... 
Broadway Birthday Photopolymer Bundle
Broadway Birthday Photopolymer Bundle

And its wonderful co-ordinating Tropical Escape Suite... I must be going through a bit of a leaf theme at the moment... as this is a bundle & papers that sang (probably) most to me when I saw the On Stage Display Boards... Available in both Clear & Wood Mount...
Tropical Chic Clear-Mount Bundle
Tropical Chic Clear-Mount Bundle

With its fabulous co-ordinating punch... and co-ordinating with my favourite pack of Twinkle Twinkle papers for all-round & all-occasion use... though definitely not just for Babies... though I am sure I will manage one baby card or two with them!!! Especially as my personal stock of Baby cards is almost out! Available in Wood  and Clear Mount... 
Little Twinkle Clear-Mount Bundle
Little Twinkle Clear-Mount Bundle

One of those 'can't be without' a quick flower & punch set bundle... and even a butterfly too!... so probably will end up as the most used out of all of the 2018-19 catalogue bundles I will own... Available in Clear & Wood Mount
Pop of Petals Clear-Mount Bundle
Pop of Petals Clear-Mount Bundle

Beautiful frames... beautiful greetings... and stitching! A trio of loveliness!! Available in Clear and Wood Mount... 
Stitched All Around Clear-Mount Bundle

Stitched All Around Clear-Mount Bundle
Stitched All Around Clear-Mount Bundle
So there you have it... my 10 Top Bundle Picks... for now!!!





Sunday, 17 June 2018

Garage Card Part 3... Happy Fathers Day... Dads!

So I finally finished off my own father's Fathers Day card... so a quick share of the finished garage interior... as well as another ...very different... interior later on for Andrea's Dad...

I kept it simple... just a favourite wished-for car, Jaguar F Type... in a favourite colour (that he would never be allowed!!)... with his personalised registration plate...
But I just know that he will LOVE this card!!

Click here for the original share(s) with the directions...
And Happy Fathers Day wherever you and your family may be...

Images used (for personal use only!) care of a Google Search for Jaguar F Type... and "personalised registration plate" - which came up with many sites that physically produce registration plates and so you can enter the letters and numbers you want and an image is generated... easy!

And before I go... here is Andrea's for her Dad... 
A wonderful amalgam of things for boats & gardening along with a crowded bench & lots of tools... this hobby makes being so wonderfully personal with our cards so easy!!! And that always keeps the men folk happy!!

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Rooted in Nature... the super-CAS one...

As my long term followers know... the first outing of a stamp set results in a CAS (Clean & Simple ) card (or four!) ... that just shows off the stamp set ... as intended... to it's simply-used best...
And this Rooted in Nature card is no exception to that rule... simply CASEing myself... using some new colours...

Balmy Blue applied with a Sponge Brayer through an aperture for the sky... and Shaded Spruce for the leaf part of the tree (albeit with a bit of extra marker thumped Tranquil Tide and Garden Green to add a bit of texture)... with good old Early Espresso for the trunk and branches...

And love the greeting... this comes in 2 parts but I couldn't resist using it together.... this is going to be a very useful greeting for the many charity cards our team create...
Read more about the Rooted in Nature stamps, dies, bundles and co-ordinating Natures Poem suite here... definitely an overall favourite the world over...

And not long till my box of new crafting goodies turns up... it has set off and is on its way!!! Exciting times...

Friday, 15 June 2018

Share What You Love... Scallop Tag Topper Concertina Card

I have been asked to do an Eighteenth Birthday Celebrations card for my next class... and we are using the Share What You Love papers... so this is what I came up with... a Scallop Tag Topper Concertina card...

Always been a favourite card format... one that always WOWs the recipient... and one that is great to do when faced with some beautiful papers!!
And before I forget... Details of my Share What You Love Kit in the Mail here... next round to be ordered towards the end of June...

And you can find the Concertina Card Tutorial here... 

But back to the card details... 

Purposefully kept simple in style... using the "simplest" of the paper patterns... and using the wonderful Letters for You alphabet stamps in Tranquil Tide... with a subtle touch of flowers inside to dress the card... though they will hate me as they will have to fussy cut these!! 

Extra internal word decorations from the  Rooted in Nature Be Strong Be Happy Be You quote... just seemed right for the occasion!
And one feature to point out... check out the ribbon... I don't have much current ribbon to use yet... so I sponged up the lovely new White 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon using Tranquil Tide ink... great ribbon to have and to use in any colour!!
Rest of the front decorated using a metal silver flower centre from the Share What You Love embellishments kit... 
Share What You Love Embellishment Kit
Onto a fussy cut flower from another of the Share What You Love paper patterns.... see top left below!
Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper
Greeting from Detailed With Love stamp set... 

Onto a Stitched Shapes circle die cut... laid on a 2" Circle Punched Tranquil Tide circle... onto a Pearlised Doily... onto a 2 1/2" Layering Circles die cut Mint Macaron circle

And finally finished off with a few more of the tiny handcut Saffron flowers to the top right...