Retirement List 2017

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Yes!  Today is the day everyone has been waiting patiently for – Stampin’ Up!® have announced the Retiring List for 2017.  Be sure to check out the list below.

Retiring List 2017

As from today & up until 31 May, I will be sharing lots of cards & projects using some of my favourite products from the list, so be sure to check back every couple of days.

My first card showcases the “Gift from the Garden” Stamp Set along with the sweet “A Little Foxy” DSP Stack.   I will miss this set & the DSP BUT no doubt SU! have something bigger & better in  store for us.

Be sure to grab your favourite products now, as once they are gone, they are gone!

AprilDon’t forget to use the Host Code for April when shopping Online.  You will receive a free gift from me when doing so.

To grab your Free Tutorial, click on the link above the photo.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Happy Birthday – FMS 276

It is not often that I post on a Saturday as I usually have the day off from crafting but I’ve20170225_073820_resizedblog issued a challenge over on our FB Page that this weekend, we had to find a challenge, create a project & post it somewhere including our Page.

I’ve had my head going around the past couple of days thinking of a way to create a card using the challenge over at FMS.  Once I sort of set my mind to what I wanted to do, I was surprised at how easy my card came together.   As I hadn’t created a male card in some time, I also challenged myself to creating one for the males & think I have succeeded.  Although I will admit that I wanted to emboss the background but completely forgot about that part until after I put it together.  Oh, well!

Thank you once again to the team over at FMS for a great challenge – loved the layout!

To create your own card, click on the link above the photo for your Free Tutorial.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Smooched Happy Birthday

My card today is one I created sometime ago while having a bit of a play with Stamp Pads & Dies.  Mind you, they are not normally colours I play with but I do know I was happy with it when finished.

To create my card, I smeared  Daffodil Delight & Tempting Turquoise Stamp Pads onto a piece of A4 Plastic Sleeve before spritzing with water.  I then grabbed a piece of Watercolour Paper & pressed it down into the Ink & smooched it around a little.  I repeated this a number of times until I was happy with the coverage.  The piece was then put aside to dry or you could dry it with your Heat Tool.

I cut the Butterfly from Basic Black Cardstock using the “Butterflies” Thinlits & running through the Big Shot.  I repeated the same process but this time with the large flower from the “May Flowers” Thinlits.

Once the “smooching” was dry, I layered it onto a piece of Daffodil Delight Card before layering onto the Base Card – Basic Black.  Both the Flower & Butterfly were the adhered to the top of the smooched card with Fine-Tip Glue Pen so that the die pieces looked like they were cut from the same Thinlit.

I stamped “Happy Birthday” from “Thoughtful Banners” Stamp Set direct onto a piece of Tempting Turquoise Card in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, cut it down to size, cut into a Banner Shape the Left Hand End & adhered to the Card Front.

To pop the card a little, I decided that it needed a bit of “bling” so I adhered a row of Rhinestone Basic Jewels down the centre of the Butterfly, created her Antennas, added one to the centre of the flower & then randomly scattered a coupled around the card.  I was amazed how the card seemed to pop after doing this.

Hope you liked my card today.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

Vicky

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Happy Birthday Gail

My card today is one that has been getting around the Internet of late, well not my card but others like it.  It was created for a birthday last month.

I cut a piece of Playful Palette DSP to size & decided where I wanted the fold to be.  Once I had decided on the fold, I cut in about 2″ & simply folded & scored the DSP from the middle of the cut to each corner, ensuring that the fold was nice & sharp.

The DSP was the layered onto a piece of Card (which I didn’t realise at the time is a piece of my wedding card stock, thinking it was Cucumber Crush Card) & then onto the Base Card – Basic Black.

I stamped the large butterfly from Watercolor Wings onto a scrap piece of Very Vanilla Card in Blushing Bride, Sweet Sugarplum & Memento Tuxedo Back Inks before cutting out with the matching Bold Butterfly Framelits & adhering to the centre fold of the Card Front with a Mini Glue Dot.

The greeting is from the Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set & was stamped onto a piece of scrap Very Vanilla Card in Cucumber Crush Ink, the frame in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, punched with the matching Duet Banner Punch before popping onto the Card Front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

I love this DSP but was finding it hard to use.  Now that I’ve cut into it, I seem to heading for this Stack all the time.

Don’t forget, this is a great way to use up some of that DSP sitting on your shelves in the cupboard.  Why not head over to our Pretty Pattern Papers Page to see more ways of using DSP.  The Tutorials are also a great source for SU! Demonstrators who hold Classes, Workshops or Demonstrations.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Look Who’s Turning….

…40!  Happy 40th Birthday Trish.

My cousin turned the big 40 a couple of weeks ago, so I thought it the perfect time to try & attempt to create a “Twist & Pop” Card for her.  I took my inspiration from a card I found on Pinterest but found a Tutorial to create the card.  Unfortunately, I am unable to find the post, but thank you so20160915_134615_resizedfb much for your tutorial.

I used the lovely “Blooms & Bliss” DSP, “Number of Years”, “Thoughtful Banners ” & the “Watercolour Wings” Stamp Sets.   Along with the Stamp Sets, I used the Layered Oval Framelits & the Large Numbers Framelits (which go with the Number of Years Stamp Set).

Stampin’ Up! make it so easy for you when using DSP as they list the matching Colours.  I used Sahara Sand, Island Indigo & Whisper White Card, along with Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Island Indigo & Mint Macaron Inks.

Tips –

  • Ensure your score lines are burnished really well with a Bone Folder so that they are easy to fold
  • You may need to help your fold a little the first time you close your card

If you haven’t created one of these cards, be sure you do as they are very easy & lots of fun.  I don’t think this will be the last one I create.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Pretty Pattern Papers – September

A huge thank you once again, to everyone who has been supporting us throughout our adventure/s.  It is very much appreciated.

Each month we release a set of 3 cards using DSP (Designer Series Paper), along with a septemberSketch, Supplies, Measurements & Instructions.  It is a way to get you to use up that lovely stash of Paper you have sitting in your cupboard.  The sketches are able to be used over & over so that you are creating entirely different looks.

This month we are playing with the lovely DSP Stack – Playful Palette.  I will admit although I love the papers I was finding them very hard to use.  Now that I have cut into it, ideas are flowing!

Throughout the month, I will be creating more cards using this lovely paper, so be sure to pop back to check them out.

We hope you will join us this month.  To purchase your Tutorial, please click on the Pretty Pattern Papers Page.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Happy Birthday

I am sharing with you today one of the cards created for our Pretty Pattern PapersTutorials which are launched the middle of each month.

If you are not familiar with this, it is to try & get you to use your DSP lying around in your cupboard which you don’t really want to cut into, but know that you have so much of the stuff that you really have to start using it.  I know, I was exactly the same & now, well I just love making that first cut into the Paper!  The beauty of these Tutorials, is that the DSP does not have to be current, just as long as you are using your DSP is all that matters.

Don’t forget to check out our “Pretty Pattern Papers” Page for more inspiration!

Until, next time, Happy Stampin’

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Pretty Pattern Papers

Crikey, I can’t believe that today’s release will be our 5th.  Where does the time go?  Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us throughout our adventure/s.  It is very much Augustappreciated.

Each month we release a set of 3 cards using DSP (Designer Series Paper), along with a Sketch, Supplies, Measurements & Instructions.  It is a way to get you to use up that lovely stash of Paper you have sitting in your cupboard.  The sketches are able to be used over & over so that you are creating entirely different looks.

This month we are playing with the lovely DSP Stack – “A Little Foxy”.  I love the colours in this stack & will admit that I didn’t want to cut into it, but now I can’t get enough of it.

Throughout the month, I will be creating more cards using this lovely paper, so be sure to pop back to check them out.

We hope you will join us this month.  To purchase your Tutorial, please click on the Pretty Pattern Papers Page.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Happy Birthday

I am in the process of creating a small package for a High Tea Cent Sale & thought I would share with you one of the cards that I’ve created using the “A Nice Cuppa” Stamp Set along with the matching “Have a Cuppa” DSP & of course the “Cups & Kettle” Framelits, al of which are now retired, but it has been great using them for this special event.

To be honest, I had created the beginning of this card when the items were current but it had gone into my unfinished pile.  All I had to do was add the elements at the top of the card.  Don’t ask me why I hadn’t done it previously as it took me all of about 15m to complete the card.

I actually did another one similar to this one which you will be able to find here, including a Tutorial.  For the Cup I’ve used Melon Mambo Card, Lemons have been stamped in Daffodil Delight Ink onto Whisper White Card & then fussy cut. The Tea Bag was stamped onto Whisper4.  July White Card in Bermuda Bay Ink, while the Spoon was cut from Basic Grey Card.  Looking at my Lemons I should have stamped them onto Daffodil Delight Card in Whisper White Ink but that is ok with me.

Happy Birthday” is from “Thoughtful Banners” Stamp Set & was stamped onto Whisper White  Card in Basic Grey Ink, while the Frame was stamped in Bermuda Bay Ink & punched with the Classic Label Punch.

Remember this is a great way to use some of that DSP you have stashed in your cupboards.  To create more cards using DSP, why not head on over to the Pretty Pattern Papers Page to view, purchase & create more cards.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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Sneak Peek #2

Today sees a sneak peek showcasing 2 lovely new stamp sets “Pop of Paradise” & “Thoughtful Banners” (lots of lovely words for all sorts of greetings) which has a matching Punch.  Along with this gorgeous stamp set, I’ve used the matching “Pop of PinkSpeciality DSP.  This is one of the perks about being a Demo, we get to have a sneak play before the release of any new Catalogue.2 May

I’ve used the DSP to showcase our latest Pretty Pattern Papers for May.  Actually, it’s the same DSP we’ve used for May, but in a different way.  If you haven’t purchased your Tutorial, be sure to click on the Page to do so or to find out more information.

To grab your free tutorial, please click on the link below.

Until next time, Happy Stampin’

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144. Happy Birthday – Pop of Paradise

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