Shadow Stamping for our Sale-a-Bration Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! UK Pinkies Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We’re showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using new Stampin’ Up!® products that you can earn free during Sale-a-Bration. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

Are you enjoying the blog hop so far? I always love organising these events as I get to see all the amazing projects in advance. As I’m guilty of procrastination A LOT of the time, this always means I see other products that I *should* have added to my order to use in my project… this time it was the Botanicals For You DSP vellum stack! But I think I’ve come up with a good substitute until my next order arrives.

Botanicals for You Stampin' Up! sale-a-bration set

I took some plain vellum and embossed some of the tiny flowers and leaves from the Botanicals For You Sale-a-Bration stamp set in silver. I’ll have to try it out with the white embossed vellum stack when it arrives. I am absolutely loving the “Just for You” sentiment in this set. It’s an added bonus that I didn’t have to pay a penny for it. I haven’t tried shadow stamping for a while, but it is one of the many techniques that such a large sentiment stamp lends itself to. I stamped it in Wisteria Wonder first, and then used my Stamp-a-ma-jig to position the second stamped image in Elegant Eggplant over the top. Just offsetting it slightly causes the Wisteria Wonder to look like a light shadow.

Botanicals for You Stampin' Up! sale-a-bration set

I couldn’t very well leave the inside of the card plain now, could I? The tiny flowers in the stamp set are perfect for adding some extra detail and colour to the inside panel.

I think I need to go through and search for some more techniques to use with this set, but I hope you make it through the rest of the blog hop as there are some great projects still to come!

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Pinkies Blog Hop


Blog Hop for World Card Making Day 2015


Welcome to another Pinkies Blog Hop! As it's World Card Making Day today, we hope everyone will get some time to craft, and we've created some lovely projects to help inspire you to create your own beautiful card. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

While I love Autumn (the colours, the clear but cooler days, cinnamon in everything being completely acceptable), I never really get on with those colours in crafting! So here is something completely un-seasonal as inspiration for some bright and cheerful crafting on World Card Making Day.

Pleated DSP technique
The flowers are stamped in Soft Suede (stamped off first to make them form more of a faded background) using an outline stamp from the Garden in Bloom stamp set. I know they are perfect for two-step stamping, but sometimes the outline on its own is very useful. The sentiment is cut using the Greetings thinlits from Melon Mambo cardstock.

I grabbed some time last weekend to prepare my project for this blog hop, and I've since seen a couple of cards with this kind of pleated DSP as a pretty feature. It's so simple and an effective way to show off a teeny bit of the "other" side of our lovely DSPs. This pattern is from the English Garden DSP, which coordinates with the Garden in Bloom set.

Pleated DSP close up

I started by cutting 2½" strip from a piece of 12"x12" paper (make sure you choose one that has two patterns that you like – it's not usually that hard!).

  1. Score at 4".
  2. Move your paper along ¾" and score, then move it along 1½" and score.
  3. Repeat step 2.
  4. Move your paper along one more ¾" and score.
  5. Cut a diagonal line from the edge of the paper at the second score line (at 4¾") to the end of the DSP strip, finishing roughly halfway along the width of the strip. You'll be cutting over the scored part of the paper, rather than the bit that's left flat.
  6. Stick to your card, and trim off the excess DSP after the last pleat.

If you're using a scoreboard instead, your score lines will be at 4", 4¾", 6¼", 7", 8½" and 9¼".

Why don't you give it a go?

Next on our blog hop is Hannah, and I know you are going to love her project!








Butterfly Basics Pop Out Swing Card

I have always been a fan of so-called "fancy fold" cards. So when I first saw the pop out swing card, I knew I wanted to give it a go – but it has taken me a while to get round to it! I actually saw it on Julie Davison's blog, but the original idea I think belongs to Dawn Griffith, and you can watch her share it from her Stamping Studio here.

I tried one with the lovely Butterfly Basics set, with the Hardwood background set used to give more interest to the front of the card.

Butterfly Basics pop out swing card

Cutting the square out (using the endlessly useful Squares Framelits) after having stamped the background means that you can match up the panel afterwards and it creates a seamless join when the card is closed.

Butterfly Basics panel close up

You'll have to forgive me for using some of my left over Naturals White cardstock to complete this project as my Very Vanilla and Whisper White were both nowhere to be found. Luckily, I have now located many of my missing stampin' supplies, including what I can only say is a ridiculous number of packs of Very Vanilla Envelopes. I think I should take on the challenge to ensure that they are all gone by the end of the year!






Showcasing the New Spring Summer Catalogue from Stampin’ Up!


Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Spring/Summer Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

The current cold weather is perfect for staying in and crafting, don't you think? So what better to inspire us all that a fun blog hop to celebrate the launch of the new Spring Summer catalogue. Even though we might not feel very spring-like…

I am really looking forward to finishing off my Perpetual Birthday Calendar kit, but it has taken me a while to get through all the months. So with the stamp set on my crafting table I wanted to see what else I could make with it, and here's one of the cards I created:

Hello you with envelope
All of the small patterns are so useful in creating textures and patterns. I'm now looking at it as a kind of "tidy" Gorgeous Grunge set – just perfect for making the background a little bit more interesting, or adding a bit of extra decoration to an envelope. 

Hello you close up
Do you want to know the best thing about embossing on vellum? You can stick it on to your project much more easily because you can hide the glue behind the embossing!

I have to admit that the Hello You Thinlits are driving me a little bit crazy, but that's only because I want to use them on everything and I've managed to lose my roll of wax paper to help pop the words out once they've been through the bigshot… It's taken a lot of prodding with my stylus and very careful poking with my paper-piercing tool to get them out! But I think it's worth it.

Next stop on our blog hop today is Lizy, but I hope you find time to see all of the lovely projects my fellow demonstrators have put together for you today.










Quick Card Using Flower Shop

The card I have to share with you today was made at our most recent quarterly team training, which was the weekend before my trip to the USA.

Some crafting is always planned for the day, but I have to admit that I usually spend the time gossiping and rarely make the project planned! Michelle wanted to try something different this time, so she challenged us to come up with a card using limited supplies within 45 minutes… All I can say is that the time limit was both very motivating and rather scary!

Flower shop

It's a very simple card, but was completed rather quickly so still left me with time to chat. Some of the other cards completed in the same time were amazing, and as I have photos I am sure to CASE them in upcoming weeks.

stampin' supplies

Stamp Sets: Flower Shop, Six-Sided Sampler (sentiment)
Cardstock: Naturals Ivory, Afternoon Picnic DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Coastal Cabana
Tools: Pansy Punch
Finishing Touch: Pearl Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals