Saturday, 21 May 2016

Worlds Greatest Mother... (A Nice Cuppa)

Mother's Day class.

Welcome back

A couple of blogs ago, I mentioned the stamp from the set A Nice Cuppa -'Worlds greatest Mother' . Here are the makes from my mother's day class.

In advance of Mother's Day, I held two Mother's Day craft classes in my home. The ladies arrived and the creativity began!
Each guest selected their own card colour  (a 12" x 12" piece per guest) and Stampin Up ink from my collection and established their colour theme for the evening.

                                           The Gift Bags...

We opted for making the gift bags first. We cut from our 12" x 12" card  a piece measuring 28cm x 19cm, then used the gift bag punch board  to make the bags (scored at M on the board). Using up lots of paper scraps  from my piles and piles of Stampin' Up designer series papers (various collections!) we then decorated the bags. We filled the bags will a little bit of scrunched tissue paper, mini chocolate bars and lindt chocolate balls -mmmmmmm. 

The tag for the bag was made using the watercolour wishes- just for you sentiment, Papillion potpourri-bitty butterfly stamp and the coordinating bitty butterfly punch. We attached the tag to the bag using the wooden pegs.

                                          The Mother's day cards...

We made a card base using crumb cake card cut to 10.5cm x 29.7cm, then scored using the Stampin trimmer at 14.8cm. Using crumb cake ink we stamped the very vanilla card (9.6cm x 14cm) with the dictionary back ground stamp (retired product). After sponging it with a dauber  using crumb cake ink. We mounted this card onto the crumb cake base using the amazing tombo glue. We then stamped the World's greatest Mother stamp onto very vanilla card and punched it out using the artisan label punch (retired product). We punch another blank piece of card (left over from the initial 12" x 12" card that the ladies chose, cut in in half and mounted the very vanilla -World greatest Mother label onto the two halves of the artisan blank label -just to give it that little extra. Crumb cake ribbon  (retired product) finished off the card basics. Ten we used the other part of the 12" x 12" to cut out our butterflies using the big shot, precision base plate, the die brush and the Butterflies Thinlits  (for the larger swallow tail butterfly)  and the Bold butterfly framelits (for the smaller butterfly that sits within the larger butterfly). We threaded linen thread  through a gold metallic button (retiring -but currently still available until 31st May) and then fixed this to the middle of the smaller butterfly using glue dots.

                                          All the makes together...

Didn't the ladies do well -for some guest this was their first ever Stampin Up experience and they loved it.

Here are my makes during the run up to the class, I always like to try out different designs and always have a 'here's one I made earlier' to show the guests.

I can just see my Father's day prototype make peeking out behind the card on the left hand side of the find out more -contact me for a place at my father's day classes (10th June and 17th June) or join me after the 17th June to find out what we made.

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

So long! Farewell...2016 retiring products...

Welcome to INKspiration! Home of my love for all things crafty. I am a new Stampin up demonstrator and this is my very first blog hop -so I am really excited that you are joining me and the other JEMS today!

Thank you for joining us on this fine Saturday morning for our new monthly blog hop. You will have seen some gorgeous makes as you have weaved your way through the JEMS VERY FIRST MONTHLY BLOG HOP. If this is the first blog you have come to then an equally warm welcome. I hope that you are INKspired by something you see here, but remember once you have visited this page, don't stop, press next and hop!

It's that time of year, when we say goodbye to some of the wonderful Stampin up products that have been part of the annual catalogue this year. The theme of this blog hop is retiring products. Here are a couple of cards that I have made using Stampin up retiring products. All Stampin up products are highlighted in bold italic type. Any products followed by (*), are not retiring.

Today's makes;

My first card, on the right, is Blackberry Butterfly Bliss

The Swallow tail background stamp was inked up with blackberry bliss ink and stamped onto very vanilla card (*). I cut round the edge of the butterfly, then using tombo glue (*), I attached the butterfly layer to a sheet of blackberry bliss card. I trimmed and scored the blackberry bliss card to give the butterfly on vanilla a nice striking boarder. I added the little flowers from the something to say stamp set  and punched some out using the flower punch from the itty bitty accents punch pack. I added some glitz and sparkle using iridescent ice stampin' embossing powder, a botanical gardens jewel and some scrap blackberry ribbon. The happy birthday sentiment is also from the something to say stamp set and this was punched out using the word window punch and sponged using a dauber with blackberry bliss ink.

Look at the iridescent ice shimmer.

                                                          Itty bitty flowers
Inside the card...
The back of the card -see how the butterfly wing just peeps round the back...

        Blackberry Butterfly  Bliss Photo taken outside, letting that sun show off the sparkle.

 and my second card is Botanical Birthday Blooms...

Love the way the flowers pop -it adds wonderful layers and textures to a card.
I love this little 'leaf-edge' framelit die -adds detail don't you think?

I really loved the Botanical Gardens Designer Series Paper  (DSP) as soon as I saw it in the Stampin up Spring/Summer Catalogue. I aslo love the Botanical blooms photopolymer stamp set (*) and the Botanical Builder Framelit dies (*) too!

Using whisper white card stock, I made my card blank. Using the 'leaf -edge' framelit die, I ran it through the big shot (*) to create a 'leaf-edge' accent. I then used the Botanical Gardens DSP  to create a background. I embellished with Botanical Gardens Designer Washi Tape, a flower cut using the framelit dies and stamped behind the flower using a stamp from the set Gorgeous Grunge(*). The sentiment is from the stamp set Sassy Salutations which was the first sentiment stamp set I ever bought from Stampin up. I have used this set so much!

I hope you have enjoyed stopping by, remember, as I said earlier...



Sunday, 1 May 2016

A Nice Cuppa

                          There's ALWAYS time for tea!

Here are some cards I made using the A Nice Cuppa set.

This photopolymer stamp set ...

...A Nice Cuppa set comes from the Handmade from the Heart -Stampin Up's Spring/Summer catalogue (available between 5th Jan-31st May 2016). It's a vibrant suite and I love the bright colours!  I made my cards using the Have a Cuppa Designer Series Paper Stack...


...Gorgeous colours of Basic Grey, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Pool Party, Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder!

 I also used the Cups and Kettle Framelits dies...

...which can be bought separately or as part of the bundle and save option. If you want to get your hands on this product suite -you'd better hurry, stick the kettle on and drop me an email to order. Products retire on 31st May after which, they are no longer available.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

I also couldn't resist the Have a Cuppa Embellishments...

...aren't they cute??

I also love the World's best Mother sentiment from this stamp set.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you can join me again for the outcome of my Worlds Greatest Mother class projects!

(Images of Stampin Up products are taken from SU Spring/Summer Catalogue pages 34-35)