A Latte Love For PP687

by Joanne James28. April 2024 08:00

Today it's Sunday and time for this week's new challenge over at The Paper Players! It's my turn to host this week and I have my favourite, a sketch challenge for us to work with:


There are so many was I could have used my sketch; I wanted to have a play with the Latte Love online exclusives suite, so thought I would make a fun coffee-themed card - take a look:


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

I used three different patterns of the A Little Latte designer series paper on my card: one for the swirly background, another in a contrasting plaid pattern for the four squares that I diecut using the Stylish Shapes Dies and a third for the coffee cup itself, which I diecut from the designer paper itself:

A heat-embossed sentiment and a trio of swirl dots were all I needed to complete my card. This card actually came together really quickly once I'd chosen my patterns; I really love those creamy coffee swirls that I used for the background. It's really worth checking out the range of exclusives in the online store; These online exclusive products are available outside of catalogue publications, so will be available whilst stocks last for the foreseeable future.

I'm also playing along with my old teamies over at TicTacToe Challenge (waves enthusiastically!) this week: I went across the bottom row with gem or embellishment/patterned paper/diecuts.

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!

Enjoy your day; I can't wait to see how you interpret my sketch this week. I'll be back later this week 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 Online Exclusives and March Kit Release

by Joanne James11. March 2024 21:00

I have another post for you today with the details of a whole range of new Online Exclusives that launched last week - and the new kits for March too! Firstly, Online Exclusives! A reminder that you won’t find these products in any catalogue; they are available whilst supplies last - all from the convenience of the online store. 

There are 2 new suites. First up - Little Latte Suite Collection:


You’ll find the perfect blend of creativity and fun with the Little Latte Suite Collection. Make steaming coffee mugs and hot chocolate cups the focal point on your card fronts. Or design a breakfast scene with all the coordinating suite products! Make heartfelt projects in neutral colours featuring so many coffee-related designs and die cuts that all your coffee-loving friends will love a latte! The Little Latte Suite Collection includes:

  • LATTE LOVE DIES (10% off)
The second suite is the Flowering Zinnias Suite:
Whether you want something groovy or a little more elegant, the Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection has everything you need to create a wide range of all-occasion crafts! The stamps and dies work perfectly together to create flowering zinnias that burst right from the page. Use the vibrant crafting paper as card backgrounds or for die-cut flowers and greenery. And the bright embellishments will sparkle in your designs. So if you want to make groovy gift tags or thoughtful thank-you cards, this suite just can’t be beat! The Flowering Zinnias Suite Collection includes:
  • SIMPLY ZINNIA DIES (10% off)

There are 3 new bundles: the Magnolia Mood bundle:


Create magnolias so beautiful you can almost smell them. Stamp, then die cut a single flower or a bouquet to use on cards or other paper crafts. For a striking effect, stamp the image on a card, then layer detailed die cuts over it. You’ll love how it looks!


The Filled With Fun Bundle:


Celebrate the big and little moments in life with the Filled with Fun Bundle! This playful set helps you create a wagon that you can fill with goodies. Use bright colours and fun patterned paper for the die cuts and coordinating stamps. It’s a great way to celebrate birthdays, graduations, and everyday successes.


Encircled In Nature Bundle


The Encircled in Nature Bundle includes the Encircled in Nature Stamp Set and the Encircled in Nature Dies. Create outdoor-inspired paper crafting projects bursting with organic greenery encircled in natural wreaths. Use the stamp set and dies to mix and match stamped images and die-cut elements for a variety of looks. The dies cut out the stamped images and include additional plant elements like oak leaves and wildflowers with lightly embossed details. The sentiments fit inside the wreath, or you can add them anywhere on your project for a variety of looks. Your creations with this bundle will look like you’ve foraged the best nature has to offer without getting a single mosquito bite!
There are also a number of additional single stamps and accessories - click on 'Online Exclusives' in the online store for more details:
There are 2 new kits that have been added to the online collection for March too:
Your Day To Shine Kit
Say hello, happy birthday, or recognise someone with the Your Day to Shine Kit. Everyone will appreciate one of these pretty floral cards and matching envelopes. If you?re new to card making, you?ll love how this kit makes crafting super simple, because all of the pieces are printed, die-cut, and ready to use – no stamping or cutting needed! If you're an experienced crafter, you?ll love the artistic beauty of these card designs. Includes sentiments in English, Dutch, French, and German.

Kit includes:
* Pre-designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 9 cards: 3 each of 3 designs
* Folded card sizes: 5-1/2" x 4-1/4" (14 x 10.8 cm), 3" x 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm)
* 9 pre-printed envelopes
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Adhesive-backed iridescent rhinestones
* Die-cut vellum pieces
* Printed labels and die cut images
* Printed sentiments in four languages: English, Dutch, French, German
Frog & Friends Kit
DIY a classic cup-and-ball game! With the Frog & Friends Kit, you can craft six cup-and-ball games in three designs: a fun frog, a flashy fish, and a silly shark. The kit includes everything you need to complete the games, even googly eyes! It's a great kit for crafting with kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews, play groups-kids and kids at heart!

Kit includes:
* Pre-designed projects
* Step-by-step instructions
* Pre-cut pieces (No prep work! Get right to crafting)
* Makes 6 cup-and-ball games: 2 each of 3 designs
* Finished size: 4-1/4" x 7-1/4" x 1-1/2" (10.8 x 18.4 x 3.8 cm)
* Enough adhesive to complete projects
* Acrylic shapes
* Stickers
* Twine
Lots to look over here! Check out my online store for more details and to purchase any of the items above.

Seasonal Sale Starts Tomorrow!

by Joanne James13. November 2023 13:00

Time for an information post as I have 2 important bits of promotional news to share with you. Importantly, tomorrow sees the start of Stampin' Up!'s Seasonal Sale! 


To wrap up the year—and kickstart the next—there is a steal of a deal on paper crafting products! There’s no better time to stock up and save from the 2023–2024 Annual Catalogue. Here’s what you’ll save when you shop during the sale:

  • 15% OFF INKS (including Blends and ink refills)
  • 20% OFF PAPERS

Build up your collection of crafting basics bursting with colour and prepare for another year of projects!

In addition, I have mentioned it previously, but last week saw the launch of additional products in our range of Online Exclusives products.


Online Exclusives offer a great opportunity for new experiences! You won’t find these products in any catalogue; they are fresh, never-before-seen products to spark your creativity and expand your crafting collection - all from the convenience of the online store. Here are images of just some of the products available:


You can see all of the items that have been launched in my online store by clicking here. So lots of new things to look at and bargains to be had! I will be placing an order tomorrow so if you are local to me and would like to save on postage and add to my order, do get in touch.

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Bonus Days Are Back, New Online Exclusives and a Clearance Rack Refresh

by Joanne James5. July 2023 18:00

Everything is happening on the 6th of July! Tomorrow sees the start of a new BONUS DAYS promotion! When you shop between 6 and 31 July and spend £45 you will earn a £4.50 coupon! Make sure you save all your coupons because you can redeem them (and I mean ALL of them) between 1 and 31 August. There’s no limit to how many coupons you can earn!

The infographic below provides a great summary of how Bonus Days work:


Make sure to watch the video below if you're new to this promotion and would like to know more: 

 In addition to Bonus Days, there will be a new collection of Online Exclusive products launched tomorrow too:

You can see some of the new products in the graphic above - the full collection will be online from 11pm tonight in my online store here under 'Online Exclusives'

Finally, there is one more important thing happening tomorrow - there will be a Clearance Rack refresh too!


All of that is in addition to my Cheerful Daisies tutorial - if you missed the information about this you can read up on it here.

Lots of reasons to shop in July - remember to add the current hostess code 2A6EXGJ4 to your online orders too for a thank you from me.


Loveliest Layers Double Stencilled Card TTT200

by Joanne James16. March 2023 16:00

It's Thursday and time for a new challenge over at TicTacToe! It's the turn of Team X to host this week and the lovely Vicky is our featured designer this week. This is the fun board that we are playing along with for our 200th (yes, 200th!) challenge: 


I went on the diagonal from bottom left to top right with stencil, flower, sentiment and took the opportunity to have another play with my Loveliest Layers Decorative Masks, this time using both the flower and background stencil and a little fussy cutting - take a look:


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

Double Decorative Masks - I wanted to play along with this month's challenge over at The Flower Challenge where they are using floral diecuts or stencils, so stencilled a flower and leaves using the floral stencil, but instead of stencilling directly onto my card base as I have previously, I fussy cut it and set it to one side whilst I created a background using the other stencil in the set. I created an ombre background using the same shade of pink and purple that I used for my flower using my blending brushes, then used my background stencil to apply shimmery white embossing paste over the top. This adds both a touch of sparkle and some textural interest; be sure to clean your stencil quickly though once you've used is with paste, to avoid it drying onto it and proving difficult to remove. You can see the detail of both stencils more clearly below:

Best Family Ever - The sentiment on my card comes from a stamp set called 'Best Family Ever' - so useful for customisable greetings and great value too. I stamped it in Highland Heather onto a white circle punched with my 1 3/4" circle punch.

Online Exclusives - Before you wonder where the word 'retired' was in front of the reference above to my 1 3/4" circle punch, fear not - it's not there because circle punches are back! Well a 1 3/4" and a 2" version at least, as part of the Online Exclusives range that launched at the start of the month. As you would expect, these items can be found under the 'Online Exclusives' section of my online store - they can be ordered online directly or by placing your order with me, but the important thing to note is that just like our range of craft and card kits, they will not appear in any catalogue publications. Purchase your circle punch and see the rest of the current Online Exclusives range in my online store here

I finished my card with some sparkly ribbon, twine and a collection of pearls, gems and enamel dots to compliment my colour scheme.

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. 

A tictactoe board offers so many creative possibilities - how does this week's board inspire you? Why not have a go? We would love to see you in the gallery and who knows - you might be selected for Designer's Choice and be eligible to be a guest designer on a future challenge. 

Enjoy your day; my day has been a busy one, but since I have a Parents' School Exchange Meeting at school this evening, I am being rewarded with dinner out with the youngest of the James Juniors in order that we can fit everything in - what a treat! I'll be back tomorrow with another project. Until then, happy stampin'!


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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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