Happy Birthday Wishes Ombre Card

by Joanne James27. February 2018 22:00

Having a busy few days putting the final touches to my craft retreat this weekend, so a quick post from me to share a card that is perfect for the challenge over at Just Add Ink this week:

For my 'h' I had to go with 'h for happy' as in the 'Happy Wishes' Sale-A-Bration set - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Happy Birthday Wishes - The 'Happy Wishes' stamp set is one of three items available with a £90 purchase during the current Sale-A-Bration promotion - a great sentiment set with so many possibilities. Two large floral words and 14 additional stamps with words and phrases that can be combined to create a wide variety of sentiments. Useful and pretty too!

Easy Ombre - I made a version of this card in my recent Sale-A-Bration class and wanted to teach those present how to create an easy ombre effect by inking a stamp in a single, light colour (here I inked my 'happy' in Powder Pink) and then add ink in a complimentary darker colour, such as Berry Burst, with my sponger dauber to the lower portion of the stamp. A fun technique that is easy to achieve - always a winner. Once stamped, I added a little more Powder Pink to the florals on the stamped image with my blender pen for a little added detail. 

Love The In-Colours - My card features a little Powder Pink but is otherwise all about the Berry Burst - ink, some in-colour patterned designer series paper and a bow in that lovely, soft Berry Burst crinkle ribbon. In case you couldn't tell, I just love this in-colour - I think it might be my current favourite! 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

That's all from me today; I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

You're Inspiring Stampin' Blends Easter Daffodils PP382

by Joanne James25. February 2018 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's the turn of the super-talented Sandy to host this week and she has my favourite, a sketch challenge, for you to work with:

    

Now I have a slight confession: I have been working hard to put the finishing touches to my weekend craft retreat that is being held next weekend, so I have been working a little more in advance than usual and sketching out my cards without always having my laptop to hand. I instantly knew what I wanted to do with Sandy's sketch and set to work colouring my central panel; it was only after I glued everything together I realised I hadn't re-checked the sketch and so my background layers are regular rectangles, rather than the longer, narrower central panel. I did not have time to remake my card so I'm sharing with you as is. I know that the lovely Sandy will forgive me though - besides, i'm hoping she will be so impressed with my colouring in she might not even notice ;-) 

Anyway - my card contains one of my most favourite spring blooms so is also perfect for the challenge over at Stamp Ink Paper this week. As someone who hails from the rolling hills of Wales I could not pass up this set from the seasonal catalogue, it really was love at first sight! Here's my card - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Daffodil Delights - I have longed for a daffodil stamp for ages so am delighted to have 'You're Inspired' to add to my stamp collection. With sentiments for Easter, Mother's Day, Birthday and a couple more besides, along with two beautiful line-drawn daffodil images, this is a great set for Spring and beyond. There are so many ways this image can be coloured and I will be sharing lots of cards that demonstrate the versatility of this set in coming weeks. For today's card I went for straight forward colouring with my Stampin' Blends Daffodil Delight and Old Olive markers on Whsiper White cardstock. 

Coffee Break Stripes - I paired my daffodil image with a background of white and old olive stripes from the Coffee Break Designer Series Paper pack. It has enough pattern to add interest but not so much to detract form the main image of those beautiful blooms. I added a Crushed Curry horizontal banner and finished it with some Old Olive ribbon to tie the elements of my design together.

Down Dales And Up Hills - ... rows and rows of daffodils! This is the first line of a poem I learned in primary school to recite on St David's Day some 40 years ago and I can still remember it all these years on. I was reminded of it when I saw the stamp featuring a row of daffodils; I decided to repeat this image and create a border of daffodils for the inside of my card, take a look:

I know I am going to get so much use out of this stamp set and it will definitely be a keeper for me. I can't wait to make lots more with it!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

I can't wait to see what you create with this week's sketch and look forward to visiting your blogs this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly. I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Bubble Over Thank You Make And Take Card

by Joanne James23. February 2018 21:00

Yay it's Friday! Another fun beer bottle to end the week, this time the make and take card from our Onstage event:

 

This card design is great for showcasing those fabulous bold and bright patterns in the Bubble Over Designer Series Paper Pack - it's also a good way to use up scraps of paper that you may have lying around from other projects. Paired with a mat stamped with bubbles, a bottle and some of those lovely sparkly Glitter and Clear Epoxy Shapes, this thank you card is sure to brighten anyone's day!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Yay For Bubbles And Fizz - And FREE!

by Joanne James22. February 2018 21:00

A quick post this evening to share with you another Bubble Over card featuring one of my favourite patterns in the Bubbles and Fizz pack of designer series paper - take a look:

 

I just love that multi-coloured bubble pattern - such a great background for a fun card! Super simple, with some basic layering and another brightly coloured pop bottle front and centre, complete with straw and a fun sentiment - perfect when you want to send someone a little love for a 'yay' moment. 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Bubble Over Meets Bubble and Fizz - The Perfect Match

by Joanne James21. February 2018 21:00

A busy day yesterday with a class and a Stampin' Up! party with a lovely bunch of ladies yesterday evening so no time to blog but I'm back with you this evening with another Bubble Over card - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Bubbles and Fizz - Today's card features two of the bottle patterns in the bright and colourful Bubbles and Fizz Designer Series Paper. This can be yours free during the current Sale-A-Bration promotion with an order of £45 or more. I just love the modern patterns and colours that have a universal appeal and work particularly well on cards for teenagers I think (sometimes a tricky crowd!)

Bottles and Bubbles - You can see the bottles again, this time they've been cut out though with the co-ordinating Bottles and Bubbles Framelits, along with some bubbles and a bottle top. Here's a sheet showing all of the framelit shapes - as you can see, there are two of some shapes to speed up your crafting as you can cut multiples of the same shape at the same time - super useful. Lots of little bits and pieces though, so you are definitely going to want to attache them to a magnetic sheet for storage to avoid losing any.

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Sale-A-Bration Lots of Lavender Catalogue CASE

by Joanne James19. February 2018 12:00

A new week and a new blog post! Today I'm sharing a card that uses this week's challenge over at Color Throwdown and also fits the current challenge over at SUO Challenges, where the team are CASing the Stampin' Up! catalogue:

I decided to CASE the card on page 223 of the Stampin' Up! Annual Catalogue - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Lots Of Lavender - The lilac of the inspiration photo looked so fresh I decided I would stick with the florals too and use my Lots of Lavender stamp set. Love this set - and it didn't cost me anything either as it's one of the sets you can get free with an order of £45 or more during Sale-A-Bration - bonus! Whilst we have some new Sale-A-Bration free item options available as of last week (you can read all about them here) the original items, including this lovely lavender, are still available too. So much to choose from! I stamped my lavender in Sweet Sugarplum for a more pinky-lilac and after stamping went back in with my marker pen and blender pen to add a little extra colour here and there. I stamped my stems in Wild Wasabi and added a few tiny pearls in between the floral stems too. 

Shades Of Grey - I incorporated some soft grey tones with my background paper, choosing one of the grey-coloured wood patterns from the Wood Textures DSP Stack and a bow of grey and white gingham. Maybe not quite 50 shades on today's card, but grey is there nonetheless!

CASE: Copy and Share With Everyone - There are lots of definitions for this acronym, this is the one the team at SUO Challenges are using for their challenge. My card bears a number of similarities to the card on page 223 of the annual catalogue: I used a floral image, stamped onto a central panel cut with the Lots of Labels Framelits, and popped this up on a DSP background. I also added a sprinkle of sequins to embellish, although I substituted the sentiment banner with my gingham bow as I wanted my card to be sentiment-free. As you can see there are some distinct similarities, yet my card is distinctly individual to me. All of the catalogues are a great source of inspiration with lots of cards and samples that you can use as a starting point to create your own work - especially good if you are short on time or in a creative rut! Give it a try - I'd love to see what you create!

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I love this colour combination and actually thought of lots of ways I could use it so it's definitely one I will keep. 

Enjoy your day; mine will be spent preparing for classes and my upcoming weekend craft retreat. Barring technical disasters, I will be back tomorrow with another project though. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Retro Hoop La La Mini Embroidery Hoop Clean and Simple Card PP381

by Joanne James18. February 2018 09:00

It's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my fabulous friend LeAnne's turn to host this week and she has a clean and simple challenge for you to work with:

    

This week's challenge was indeed 'sew' much fun and I have not one but two super clean-and-simple cards to share with you this week! This is also something of a 'something old, something new' post for me and perfect for the current challenge over at As You See It where they are asking us to remember the first tool or stamp set we bought or the one that made us fall in love with stamping, so I have a story for you today! First things first though - here is card number one:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

Take A Hoop - I've been wanting to use these cute little mini embroidery hoops in the seasonal catalogue and today gave me the perfect opportunity. Perfect for framing miniature works of art, they are just like the real thing. 

Cross Stitch With Hoop La La - The stamp set I've used today is an old set called 'Hoop La La'. It isn't the first stamp set I ever bought (that was called 'Sweetheart' I think and you could make treat cup cards with it - I still have it somewhere but couldn't find it anywhere when I looked this week!) but this was one of the first. I chose it because it combined two of my favourite hobbies: my love of cross stitch and my new passion for card making - I just had to have it and haven't been able to part with it since. On this card I used the house, coloured with my Stampin' Write markers in Pool Party and Bermuda Bay and added a red enamel heart. Another 'new home' card - I seem to be needing a lot of these lately! The stamp set includes a stamp of an embroidery hoop, but I love the dimension that the little wooden hoops give to the card.

Get Stitching - To continue the stitching theme, I used my stitched circle framelits to cut out my circle to sit inside the hoop (I popped it up on dimensionals). I also added a diecut needle from last season's Quilt Builder Framelits and threaded it with some Pool Party baker's twine. I also added a twine bow to the top of my hoop for decoration. 

Here's the second of my cards, this time using the smaller size embroidery hoop and adhering my stitched circle to the top of the frame for an alternative mount:

 

This one shows up a little better with the darker purple colour against the white - here is a close up of the hoop so that you can see the alternative mount on the smaller embroidery hoop:

 

I like this mix of old and new so much I think I'm going to have to get another pack of hoops and make up some more of these cards! 

Here is the visual summaries of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

 

You can see all of my Product and 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

Before you reach for your ink and papers, check out what our amazing team has created to inspire you this week:

Here's a quick recap of our challenge rules:
 
1.  Create a new paper project
2.  Upload your creation to your blog with a link back to us and provide a direct link to the post featuring your challenge submission.
3.  Please link your card to no more than four challenges, TOTAL.
4.  Have FUN!

Don't forget the theme is clean and simple this week - so minimal layers and embellishments and lots of white space. I can't wait to see what you create and look forward to visiting your blogs this week! Enjoy the rest of your weekend as it will be over all too quickly. I'll be back tomorrow with another project; until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used: 

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Bubble Over - Clean and Simple Birthday Card

by Joanne James16. February 2018 20:00

Today I'm sharing one of my Onstage stamper projects from last November when I had the pleasure of presenting the Bubble Over Bundle to the demonstrators that attended the UK event in Solihull. Onstage events are such fun and I love having the opportunity to create with new sets and share the possibilities with other like-minded demonstrators. Here are a couple of photos of me in action, courtesy of my lovely downline Helen - this is me as I took the stage (as you can see we are sat a long way back!): 

 

Then a slightly better shot of me in action, talking through the features of this suite:

 

Lastly, one more of me sharing the first of my projects - the one I'm going to share with you today:

 

The Bubble Over Bundle is great fun, with lots of bits and pieces and is also a set with universal appeal - a great set for teens and adults alike with a mix of sentiments for lots of different occasions. 

Here's the first of my cards, a clean and simple card that requires minimal stamping and no diecutting - take a look:

 

I simply stamped the bottles in a variety of bold, bright colours across the bottom of my card front - the stamps are photopolymer, so super easy to align (I used the edges of the labels as a guide) then filled the upper portion of my card with bubbles stamped in co-ordinating colours. I added a simple sentiment banner which I cut by hand and stepped up the decoration slightly by adding a sprinkling of the Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes to the bubbles on my card - they are quite difficult to see on my card as they fit the stamped bubbles exactly, but add a lovely hint of sparkle to the bubbles - if you look really closely you can see them more easily in this close-up shot:

 

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

A super simple card to start off my Bubble Over suite of projects. So one last photo to share with you - this one is of me and just some of my lovely team who attended Onstage with me:

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Love these girls! Onstage events are just one of the ways that we spend time together enjoying everything that we love about Stampin' Up!. If you love to craft or are looking for a business opportunity that offers fun, friendship and the ability to earn an income doing something you love, then I would love to chat to you about joining my team and sharing these experiences with you too. If you would like to understand more, there's no better time than during Sale-A-Bration to consider joining. You can read more about the current offer here, call me for a chat or if you are reading this and know it's for you, then simply click here to complete the paperwork.

Enjoy your day and I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

New 2018 Sale-A-Bration Products Added!

by Joanne James16. February 2018 07:00

So much for a back to normal week of blogging! I had all good intentions this week, then had issues with my blog for the past few days that left me unable to access it at all. With the kids off on their half-term break too, I was a little limited in what I All sorted now (fingers crossed!) so hopefully I will be back on track from today.

I know how much you've all been enjoying the benefits of the Sale-A-Bration promotion; as if it couldn't get any better I just wanted to let you know that there are some new items being added to the selection of products that can be earned free, both with a £45 order and a bundle that can be earned free with a purchase of £90 or more, take a look:

 

 

A fun stamp set and some of the most gorgeous foil-embossed paper, and then a stamp set and embossing folder bundle:

 

The lovely team at the Stampin' Up! head office have also put together a short video that shows you the bundle items in more detail - you can see that by clicking on the link below:

Like the other items in the Sale-A-Bration catalogue, these items will be available from now until the end of the Sale-A-Bration period, 31st March. You can see full details for each of the new product on the new Sale-A-Bration flyer here.

If you would like more information or to place an order, either go here to purchase from my online store (don't forget to add this month's hostess code 64XZCB29) or you can email me or telephone me if you would prefer. Back shortly with a new creative project; until then, happy shopping!

Celebrate Amazing You

by Joanne James13. February 2018 21:00

Today I'm sharing a card that I made in one of my February card classes that I haven't yet shared here on my blog - take a look:

 

Here's the low-down on today's card:

What's Better Than Free? - What's better than free? Not a lot in my book, especially when it's free Stampin' Up! goodies too! Sale-A-Bration is all about giving you more - whether you spend, host a party or join as a demonstrator with Stampin' Up! during this awesome promotion. You can read more about it here. Today's card features 2 free Sale-A-Bration items: the first is the 'Amazing You' stamp set, which I used to decorate the sentiment label, inside panel and envelope of my card. As with the other stamp sets that can be yours free with a £45 purchase, these stamp sets will only be available during Sale-A-Bration - once the promotion is over, we will say goodbye to them forever, so it's important you place your order before the end of March in order to benefit.

Amazing You - The second free item on today's card is the 'amazing' die cut from the 'Celebrate You' thinlits dies; these can be yours with a £90 purchase. These thinlits co-ordinate with the 'Amazing You' stampset - but will also be available beyond the end of Sale-A-Bration as they are going to be in the new 2018-19 annual catalogue. I am so thrilled that these thinlits are carrying over - they really are a great size and style to work on lots of different projects. 

Touches of Texture - The gold glimmer sentiment diecut is definitely the star of this card - all that sparkle and shine, along with some texture that makes this a rather tactile card. There are lots of other elements that add texture to this card too - the banner embossed with the hexagonal embossing folder, some twine, along with the leaves and the cutout background panel.

Here is the visual summary of the key products used on today's project for you to pin for easy reference:

 

You can see all of my 'How To' summaries on my 'How To - Tips and Techniques' Pinterest board in case you've missed any. 

I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!

 

Stampin' Up! Supplies Used:

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

 

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Hi I'm Joanne and live in Northampton and when I'm not looking after my husband and two beautiful children, am an avid crafter with a passion for all things Stampin' Up!

I must confess that I have never been a big rubber stamper - until I discovered Stampin' Up! that is. I love the fact that I can get such great results with co-ordinating stamps, inks, papers and punches - the possibilities are endless! Join me on my stamping journey as I share the things I love and be inspired to create amazing things yourself!

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