Friday, 13 April 2018

ONSTAGE Swapsies: Beautiful Day


Hi there and thank you for joining me. Today I am getting into gear as I have recently had the pleasure of going to ONSTAGE Telford. This is a time where Stampin' Up! demonstrators get together swap ideas, hear about updates on products and get to see the new catalogue -all I can say is that there are TONS of amazing things coming your way. 

One of my personal challenges to myself is get into regular's always on my to do list, but I only seem to be able to manage one thing at once -Instagram (@inkspiration_lucy_victoria) and Facebook (Crafts by Lucy Victoria -now I have those linked works great!)

One thing that is brilliant about going to Onstage is the opportunity to make swaps. These are little 3D projects, or card fronts/full cards that demonstrators make (as little or as many as you like) and you swap with fellow demonstrators. It's a fantastic way to be inspired (and also dangerous -my Stampin' Up! shopping list is HUGE now -ha ha!) Anyway, today I was really honoured to see that my swap had inspired Liz Yuille to CASE my design.  Head over to Liz's site to see how she created her variation on my design. 

My Recipe for the Beautiful Day Swaps

..A picture can say a thousand words -so where I can I will let my photos do the talking :-)

 Stamp Smokey slate onto whisper white card

Prepare the butterflies and sentiments from the Beautiful day stamp set and begin colouring in....I used various Stampin' blends (currently unavailable until back in stock) and various water colour pencils and a blender pen. This is because I wanted to let fellow demo's pick their favourite colour from my swaps (sorry if you got my last one-not much choice there...)


Then let the snipping begin! Fussy cut the butterflies and quirky cut the sentiment. I personally didn't want the edges to be perfect as I felt it gave it a quirky feel which is what I was after. 

Fussy Cut...

                                               Quirky Cut.......

Sponge the edge of the sentiments and the card front with Smokey Slate ink

Time to assemble -I used tombow...

Arty-ish shots -just for fun....

This is another design I made using the same set, but using the sheet music back ground stamp  and the hearts from the stamp set heart happiness which is in the Spring/Summer catalogue which runs until 31st May 2018. Just swap smokey slate for crumb cake, whisper white for very vanilla and colour the butterflies with stampin' blends. 

Thanks again for joining me, hope you have a great weekend. Please leave a comment -would love to know where you are visiting from. If you have any questions please feel free to ask. If you don't already have a demonstrator and would love to get your hands on some of these gorgeous Stampin' Up products then please get in touch  -I would love to be your demonstrator and help INKspire your creative side.

Best wishes, Lucy

Original Telford Recipe

Beautiful Day Recipe
Whisper white card stock
Beautiful Day stamp set. Flower stamped in Smokey slate for background. Sponge dauber to sponge Smokey slate round edges.
Butterfly stamped in black memento and then coloured in. Fussy cut butterfly.
Coloured using either; Stampin blends: various or Water colour pencils: various and blender pen.
Sentiment from Beautiful day stamped in black memento onto whisper white card stock. I cut out by hand so edges not meant to be perfectly straight (quirky cut) –then sponged again Smokey slate.
Everything adhered with Tombow with edges left free as if butterfly could fly away at any moment J  
Thanks for swapping-have a beautiful day at Telford 2018!
Handcrafted by Lucy

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Sale-A-Bration. It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Welcome and Happy New Year from INKspiration 

SALE-A-BRATION is now on! 

What is it?

The biggest sale of the year! Where YOU can earn free, exclusive products with every qualifying order.
What is a qualifying order?
For every £45 you spend, you will receive a free Sale-A-Bration product. These free products can been seen in the Sale-A-Bration brochure-click HERE.  For anyone who has enjoyed Sale-A-Bration in the past, we have an exciting NEW announcement for this year: We now have a new reward level, giving you more flexibility and options for your free items.
Let’s break it down:
  • If you spend £45, you get one free level 1 product.
  • If you spend £90, you get one free level 2 product, OR, you can choose two level 1 items.
  • If they spend £135, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.
This new option allows everyone to create your own personalised Sale-A-Bration experience!

Want to get started????
You can reap your rewards when you shop with me, host a party with me or join my team during Sale-A-Bration. Details below! 


Contact me by email or visit my Facebook page Crafts by Lucy Victoria and pm me, and we can arrange to place an order that meets your specific crating needs. If you spend £45 or more you qualify for a free Sale-A-Bration product.

Contact me to arrange a party at your house. Invite your friends along and together learn about Stampin' Up! products, place orders and earn products individually and as the host of the party earn yourself even more free products with qualifying party orders...

Love crafting and want to take your hobby to the next level and earn an income doing something you love? Why not join the team and become part of the Stampin' up family? There are many benefits of joining as a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration. Not only joining at this time gives a new demonstrator your starter kit at 129 € | £99, but this year, you get the the choice of TWO additional stamp sets for their kit—any stamp set, any price.* Plus, the kit ships for free! Contact me to talk through the small print. 

A couple of example of free products you can earn.....gorgeous ribbons.....

cards and envelops....

plus a whole lot more...don't forget to check out the Sale-A-Bration leaflet HERE. 

SHOP: have a browse at the products in the SHOP and then to order, please email me to get your products. I would love to be your demonstrator, so please order through me, if you don't already have a Stampin' Up! demonstrator all of your own. Go on, treat yourself -what are you waiting for :-)

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Decorations!

Christmas Decorations

Welcome to INKspiration: Home of Crafts by Lucy Victoria. The theme for this months Jem's blog hop is Christmas decorations -can you believe it's only 23 days until Christmas -wow. 

Here is my little make.

 A Christmas hanging decoration...using the Night in Bethlehem stamp set and Bethlehem framelit dies.

Autumn/Winter Stampin' Up! Catalogue- Save 10% bundle 

If you don't already have a UK Independent Stampin; Up! Demonstrator through whom you order Stampin; Up! Products -please feel free to contact me. 

                              Jute twine, three mini canvases and a stapler

Staple the jute twine to the back of the mini canvases (7cm x 7cm)

Dapper Denim card (6.5cm x 6.5cm) and Pool Party card onto which Mary and Joseph are stamped, and also the shepherd in black memento ink. Then cut out using the framelit dies.


Dapper Demin stamped with white craft ink and then embellished with pearls. All adhered with tombo glue.

Bethlehem City framelits used to cut scenery out of gold foil sheets, again background stamped with stars from the night of Bethlehem stamp set. 

Traditional sentiment from the stamp set used to complete this nativity Christmas decoration. To create a timeless Christmas decoration. 


A few more snaps of the Christmas Nativity Hanger....

I have got the 3D make bug and am into making decorations at the moment. I had a Christmas stall at Hawthorne farm in Yeadon, Leeds and have another one coming up at Trinity Church, Rawdon on the 9th December so, if you fancy getting your hands on some of my Christmas makes -come along! Visit my Facebook page: Crafts by Lucy Victoria and follow my page for details of all my events. 

Here are some half-bauble decorations I made using the hearts come home bundle -also from the autumn/winter catalogue. Dapper denim card, whisper white card and dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. 

The following baubles were made using up some scraps of retired papers that I had in my boxes as I was experimenting with ideas :-)

If you look closely you can see my crafting pooch...his paw is just about visible on this photo. He kept me company.....snoring as I made my baubles... crafting is sooooooo relaxing.

I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas buffet of decorations. Which one was your favourite? Please leave a comment and let me know...

Best wishes and thanks for st-hopping by...

Hop on to see the gorgeous project made by the AMAZING AMANDA BATES 
If you missed the last page make sure you hop back to the equally FABULOUS SARAH

Saturday, 3 June 2017

So Happy this is in the New Catalogue!

I'm so HAPPY this in the NEW CATALOGUE

The annual catalogue is now live and it is so exciting. It is full to bursting with gorgeous products. A new in colour range and some amazing new products and stamp sets which I just LOVE and can't wait to get my hands one. Of course, there are some products that I am so happy that they are in the new catalogue.

As I am waiting on my order of new items to arrive (I just couldn't decide what I wanted first), I have based my blog hop contribution today on things that I am so happy that they are staying. I have chosen a few stamp sets (there are so many) that I really love using.

First up....

Beautiful You meets Sheltering Tree.

Beautiful You is a gorgeous photopolymer stamp set introduced in the spring/summer catalogue from Stampin' Up and it remains with us in the new 2017/2018 annual catalogue. YEAH. It was behind the inspiration for a project I made a little while ago. I combined the Beautiful You set with another favourite photopolymer stamp set of mine called Sheltering Tree. I was thrilled to see both sets in the new catalogue and when the theme of the blog hop was 'So Happy this is in the New Catalogue' I knew exactly which make I wanted to share. I did a step-by-step tutorial for this card on my blog back in March. I have copied this across at the end of this blog so feel free to take a look if you fancy having a go at this card yourself. If you do then I would really love to see your take on this. Some people have already shared their cards made inspired by this make and it is really wonderful to see inspiration snowballing.

Next up: Rose Wonder and Rose Garden thinlits

This was a sympathy card made for a friend. I love the simplicity of this set, yet also that it lends itself so beautifully to some very intricate and complicated creations too. There is a lot of potential in this set. I cut out the rose and leaves in whisper white card stock. The leaves were then sponged in pear pizzaz, and the rose was sponged  very lightly with pumpkin pie and daffodil almost came out peachy looking. Then using another of my favourite products -clear wink of stella brush, I went over the leaves and rose to make it sparkle. I am so happy the clear wink of stella is staying. I do get a little bit excited with the stella brush.

Leaves and rose after being 'stella-ed'

And finally; Butterfly Basics

Here's a little home décor I made using the Butterfly Basic stamp set. I really enjoyed making this and it sits in my living room. I think it just reminds us how versatile Stampin' Up products are cards, home décor, memory keeping -you name it -you can use Stampin Up products to craft it -or with the new amazing planner in the new catalogue- you can organise it too yippee.

Hope you have enjoyed today's makes. Happy Hopping. If you started your blog hop journey here make sure you hop back to the lovely Karen's blog to check out her gorgeous makes, or hop forward to see the fabulous Sharon and her wonderful creations. Click on the links under the images below to take you to your next destination. Have fun.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, take care x

 kraftingK                                                  shari-anne-happycrafter

Beautiful You meets Sheltering Tree Tutorial from INKspiration Blog entry.

                                                      Create your Mask.

Stamp the 'dancing lady' in black archival ink onto card/paper or even a post -it note (I do prefer the latter especially if you stamp the image over the sticky part of the post-it as you can adhere it to your work as you stamp).

Card Blank Preparation

Stamp your 'dancing lady' in black archival ink onto your card blank (here I am using a piece of very vanilla card measuring 14.35cm x 10cm), then I have prepared my sheltering tree and soft suede ink pad for my first tree.  

Place the 'dancing lady mask' over the stamped image of the 'dancing lady' on the card blank, then stamp the tree's onto the card blank being careful not to move the mask (this is where using a post-it/sticky-note comes in really useful).

The first tree was stamped in Soft Suede ink and then I added grass using the 'grass' stamp from the Sheltering tree set, in pear pizzazz ink. As you can see, the mask remains in place and the tree and grass stamp, gets stamped onto my mask.

The second tree was stamped in crumb cake to try and give the illusion of distance, I felt that if it was in the distance, perhaps it would be paler. I also stamped off some of the green grass to give different texture to the greenery on the card front.

Add tree blossom.

Using the tree blossom stamp, I stamped the tree in the background with blushing bride, and the tree in the foreground with regal rose (ideally I would have used rose red, as regal rose is now a retired colour,  however, I currently don't own rose red yet -guess what will be arriving soon, hee hee, but these colours could be altered for different times of the year -she could dance through the seasons!)

The scene is now set -you can see just how much stamping has taken place with the mask still in place. Are your ready....time to remove the mask.....

Remove the mask...

The lady is now dancing in the blossom -beautiful. Time to work on the lady.

It looks like she has leaped off the page here...

The dress....Paper piece...

Stamp the dancing lady onto some designer series paper,  (here I used some Tasty Treats speciality designer series paper from the spring/summer catalogue) and then cut around the dress -remembering to cut to the outside of the black line. Again I stamped in the archival black ink.

I adhered the dress to the dancing lady with tombo glue and the adhered the scenery to the pool party card blank, again using my all time favourite tombo glue. Then I used the amazing new water colour pencils, calypso coral (number 2 in the pack) and a blender pen. I took the blender pen to the pencil tip, and added colour from the pencil to the tip of the pen to get a nice light skin tone colour for my lady, rather than going in heavy with the pencil. I used the blender pen sparingly as I used very vanilla card and not water colour paper or shimmery card and it worked beautifully.

Adding the sentiment...

Finally to complete the card, the sentiment was added -'life looks beautiful on you' from the Beautiful you set. I stamped this in soft suede on scrap pieces of very vanilla a few times and fussy cut out the words with my paper snips. I then, took my sponge dauber and crumb cake ink and sponged the edges of the teenie tiny pieces of card and the stuck them to the card with tombo to complete my project. I LOVED designing and making this. I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today. Please leave a comment, I'd love to know where you have visited. Please join me again for some crafty fun.

Best wishes x