Monday, 23 July 2018

Sympathy cards are always the hardest ...

Good morning Craftland

At the weekend I heard one of my cousins had passed away. We hadn't seen her in a very long time but it's still a sad moment when you lose a member of the family. We had been at school together but as with modern life, we lost contact as we got older and had families of our own. We lived quite a distance from each other which made it harder to stay in touch. Anyway, my thoughts immediately turned to my aunt who at 84 is just a few months older than my dad. She is my mums older sister and as we lost mum almost 6 years ago, I hope this news wouldn't affect my aunt's health.

So, I made a card. I hadn't had the opportunity to use my new Bokeh Dots stamp yet and as I'd seen quite a few examples on Pinterest I thought I would give it a go as I already knew I wanted to use my current favourite stamp Dandelion Wishes.

A lot of demonstrators had said that for the best image, you should use a sponge dauber as the design is so intricate, just using an ink pad would be too much ink. Well, that didn't work! The image was way too faint, you couldn't see any definition. So I figured I'd just jump in and try it with my ink pad. Maybe because it's such a delicate colour anyway, it worked. I was pleased with the outcome. I'm thinking maybe a darker colour, you would need to sponge the stamp. I'll try it sometime ...



I cut an A4 sheet of card in half lengthwise at 4 1/8", then scored in half at 5 7/8"
Using my Stamperatus, I stamped directly into the card front.
I stamped the dandelion over the bokeh image.
I cut a piece of card and stamped before adhering it to the inside.

Despite the slight angle (should have checked the grid lines on my Stameratus!), Im pleased with my first try using these lovely stamp sets. The verse inside comes from Ribbon of Courage


Bye for now
Karen xx

Friday, 13 July 2018

July Blog Hop - Favourite new DSP

Hi crafters!



I'm Karen and I'm crafting in the South East of England, about 30 miles from good old London town. Welcome to the Stamp n Hop blog hop for July which is featuring our favourite Designer Series Papers from the new catalogue.
When I started this blog entry, I hadnt ordered any of the new papers yet. I had taken part in a Paper Share (where you share the cost of buying every set of papers in the catalogue and get a sample of all the papers) but it looked like my parcel had been lost by the post office! So while I waited to see if they either find it, or we could claim compensation, I used my In Colour DSP which I had bought on pre-order and it fitted my project perfectly. Since then it really has become my go to DSP

Last September, my daughters oldest went to school. I was there at his birth and cannot believe he is old enough already, but I'm assured he is! My daughter had only just given birth to my youngest grandson two days previously. Luckily its not a long walk to the school. 

I chose Call Me Clover as its almost an exact match for the school uniform and added touches of Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick to match some of the colours in each photo. Then I had to add Blueberry Bushel as blue is my grandsons favourite colour. His name was stamped and die cut using the new Lined Alphabet stamps and matching dies. I chose primary colours for his name (Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick). I just love that Stampin Up's stamps aren't just for cards. I've used about 6 different stamp sets in this layout (some retired).




Previous to that, I had made up a bunch of Post-it note booklets to hand out at a crafting class. Again I used the In Colour DSP 


Here's how I made them, along with a pretty floral card


A friend of mine has twin 12 yr olds and I gifted them a crafting party on their birthdays for themselves and 6 of their friends. Its the first time I have had a class for younger people and I had a blast! They were all so eager. Since then their mother has approached me to say they want to spend all their birthday money on crafting supplies and can they come round for advice of what they need. I;m doing that the day this goes live, and have prepared them a Make n Take. We're going to make these cute bookmarks I found on YouTube by the fabulous Dawn Griffiths. They're both avid readers so I'm sure they'll love them



I've also made some gift tags to show them a different way to use them (ie on a card) 




My parcel eventually turned up, but I'm finding I'm still turning to the new style 6x6 DSP, so I guess you can say it really is my new favourite! I hope you've enjoyed your visit to my blog, please now click the next button to hop on to see see Vicky's favourite papers





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Thursday, 12 July 2018

For Bumble Bee fans everywhere!

Today I have a cute bumble bee themed card and gift box to share. My friend Michelle adores them, so for her birthday I bought her one of those metal bugs that you hang on your garden fence or wall.

My first job was to gather my materials. Luckily I had some card stock that matched the yellow in the metal bee. The box is reinforced so nice and sturdy. I stamped a couple of bees from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set on all four sides before making the box up.


I gold embossed the bee onto the lid of the box and then tied a ribbon which just slides off to open.

The card is based on a design by a fellow Stampin Up demonstrator in the USA. I love all the dimensions and it was a great way to use up some scraps of paper I just couldn't throw away!


I used the hexagonal embossing folder to represent the beehive, layered some circles onto a doily. A few stamped floral images and a punched flower added some colour. Finally I added a "wobble" mechanism so the bee has some movement. 

No tutorial on how I did everything, just a quick message to some friends showing the completed project.




See you in Craftland!
Karen xx