Update of Stampin’ Up! Clearance Rack!

Hello 😀

I thought I would quickly let you know Stampin’ Up! has just updated their Clearance Rack on their website. Follow this link to get a good deal!

These products are discounted up to 70% off and will go fast! So stock up now. Maybe you need some Blushing Bride baker’s twine or sequins trim? I know I do!

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Remember if you order now it’s not guaranteed to arrive before Christmas. It’s more likely it may arrive between Christmas and New Years.
The best thing about Stampin’ Up! is they use UPS to deliver all their parcels and you can manage your online UPS account and let them know if you prefer them to drop the parcel at a safe place or a neighbor if you are not home. UPS will email you one day in advance to let know a parcel will be delivered next day. I always get my parcels delivered to a safe place because I’m rarely home when they come around. I have never had any issues.

Back to work for me.

Have a great day,
Christina

PS I only have today and tomorrow before my Christmas holiday starts! 😀

 

 

New Catalogs coming soon. Let me know if you need one!

year end sales 2017

Hello!

January is fast approaching. It will be here before you are able to say “I look forward to Christmas holidays to begin”. January means Stampin’ Up! is releasing new catalogs. I will be uploading catalog PDF’s on the 3rd of January but if you live in the UK, I would love to send you a Spring 2018 catalog along with the amazing Sale-a-bration catalog – it’s really good this year! I will be putting them in the post between Christmas and New Years together with a wishlist you can use and write down your favorite stamp sets on.

Please request your free catalog  here.

I order every month from Stampin’ Up! and if you live in or near Reading and would like to save postage then we can easily combine orders and you can pick it up from my house or I can bring it to you 🙂

Don’t forget that many stamp sets from the current Holiday catalog will retire on the 2nd of January. Check out the End of Year sales to get some of these stamp sets on special offer before they retire. Also check out other stamp sets here which will also be retiring.

Also if you need to get something before Christmas tomorrow, the 14th December is the last day to be guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas!

Happy shopping!

~ Christina

Monthly Kit by Hero Arts – August 2017

Hello,

During the summer I spent way too much time watching card videos on youtube. I saw many talking about and using “monthly card kits”. I thought it was very exciting so I had a google around on different american sites to find monthly card kits and I found many interesting kits from different companies but I really liked the kits from Hero Arts.
As I live in UK there was much to think about. I thought long and hard, debated back and fourth in my head, made a pros and cons list and after a total of 10 seconds I decided to go for it!

So I signed myself up to the My Monthly Hero Kit on Hero Arts in July and I got my first kit in August. What I like about this kit is when the kit is announced, I think it’s usually the first Monday of each month, if you sign up you automatically receive an email when the kit comes out, you then have until the Friday to decide if you want to add anything else from Hero Arts shop to this kit and they will ship it all together and you won’t have to pay for additional shipping. It usually takes about a week from when they tell you it has been dispatched to it arrives in UK and then 2-3 days for Royal Mail to send me a note to pick it up from the depot. I have once tried receiving the pick up note after a week! You automatically receive an email saying your parcel has been delivered, but this only means that the Royal Mail has received your parcel, it has not arrived at your actual address yet!
So how much does it actually cost when you live in the UK to get the Hero Arts kit? well I pay around £33-35 each month depending on the currency exchange rate. I pay an additional card fee of around £0.90 and then I also pay additional VAT of 20% including a Royal mail handling fee of £8 (standard handling fee). VAT and Royal Mail fee usually adds up to £15 I have to pay when getting my parcel from the depot. I have once tried Royal Mail adding too much VAT (Cheeky buggers!) and all I did was posting a form via instructions on the VAT bill. I was then reimbursed for the amount I had due. I have not tried not getting hit by VAT yet. To sum it up I pay a total of £49 – 51 each month which I guess is a lot but I enjoy getting the kit.
My fiancee gets his monthly gin kit, I get my monthly stamp kit and it makes everybody  happy in this household!

I also want to say it’s a good idea to subscribe to the kits if you already like most of them, have a look at the previous kits and see what you think, instead of buying them individually after they are released because they often sell out extremely fast! If you subscribe then you are guaranteed a kit!

My first Monthly Hero Kit was the august 2017 kit you can see all the elements of the kit here. I was too eager ripping the parcel open when it arrived, rushing up to my craft attic to hug, cuddle the stamp set and do a victory dance, than to take a photo of it. I rarely remember/get time to take a photo of it unwrapped because I am so excited after I have opened it I can just stare at the stamp set for days until I get time to actually play with it. I take it with me everywhere, like a kid with a favourite toy.

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

For these two cards I decided to try and make some watercoloured backgrounds. I have never done watercolouring before but I think it went very well for what I needed it for. I made one background more dramatic than the other one, but I wanted both to have some light areas where I wanted focus to be at.

For the first card I used one of my mum’s old wood block stamps for the writing in the background. It’s also a Hero Arts stamp. I heat embossed some golden stars and added some stamped and die cut pieces. The string I added by hand with a pen I thought it would be fun to add a heart so I did, used a promarker to give it some colour and added Glossy Accent on top. This card I gave to my fiancee and it is still on the mantelpiece on top of the fireplace in the lounge!

Hero arts My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017

The second card I wanted a bit different and decided to gold heat emboss some stardust. I wanted it to look like the girl is spreading it as she flies. I might have went a bit overboard with the sequins.. 🙂 The girl I stamped with Versamark and ink so it was possible for me to add clear embossing powder and heat set it. All I did was ink up in Versamark first and then ink with the colour I wanted and then stamp it, not double stamping. I did the same with the sentiment. You can use Misti for this and stamp the colour first and then stamp the Versamark on top, then add embossing powder and heat it. For the layered cardstock I actually used a pebeo gold marker to paint the edge of a piece of white cardstock gold to match the stars.

I’m very happy with my cards and I look very much forward to more kits from Hero Arts!

Supplies list:
My Monthly Hero Kit August 2017 – SOLD OUT
Old Lettering stamp from Hero Arts
Black cardstock
White cardstock
Watercolour paper
Blue cardstock
yellow scrap cardstock
Kohinoor watercolour
Deep Ocean and Indigo mini Ink from Hero Arts
Memento ink pad
Versamark pad
Gold embossing powder
Clear embossing powder
Pebeo artist marker, gold
Ruby Promarker
Black pen
Glossy Accent
Liquid Pearls

 

Pumpkin Card Mania!

Hello,

September was a busy month and can’t believe it has gone by so past and at the time of writing we are almost done with October as well! BUT autumn just started?!? At least Christmas will be here soon 🙂
I had a very successful Stampin’ Up! workshop in the beginning of September, my first one ever! People enjoyed it and had fun with the project and products. I was so surprised how it well it went. I also had some orders and as I always do when people order from me – I make thank you cards to give them with their orders 🙂

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These are note card sized thank you cards and I used the Gourd Goodness, All Things Thanks and Timeless Textures stamp sets to make these cards.
For the background I stamped the wood textured stamp from Timeless Textures with Crumb Cake. I used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch to make tags out of designer series paper.  To the tag I tied on a bow out of Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine.
I cheated a tiny bit and used a Misti to mass produce pumpkins and leaves with. With that said I did fussy cut all of them out with scissors.
I placed all the bits out on the note cards and glued it down. I added a few sequins to each card and a tiny banner saying thank you.

Despite the fussy cutting it didn’t take me long to make a bunch of these cute little note cards. I had a lot of fun and I look forward to next time I need to make a bunch of similar cards. 🙂

Supplies list:
Gourd Goodness stamp set
All Things Thanks stamp set
Timeless Textures stamp set
Note cards – comes with tiny envelopes too!
Whisper white cardstock
Painted Autumn designer series paper
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Peekaboo Peach ink pad
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Wild Wasabi ink pad
Early Espresso ink pad
Scalloped Tag Topper punch
Fine-tip Glue Pen
Sequins
Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine

Glamorous Birthday Card

Hello!
My neighbour asked me if I had time to make a birthday card for her mum and of course I had time for it. She told me her mum was turning 80, her favourite colour is pink, she loves shopping and crime stories.
I thought crime stories was difficult to fit in with the other topics and decided to use the Beautiful you stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I also used a couple of retired Stampin’ Up! products (unfair I know!) as it just went really well together.

Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful you birthday card

The main colour for this card is Blushing Bride by Stampin’ Up! It’s a beautiful soft pink and gives the card a very feminine look. I coloured the lady by using a Blender pen to pick up colour from the blushing bride ink pad. I then covered her dress in glossy accent, you can also use the fine-tip glue pen from Stampin’ Up! for this, then I used tweezers to add sequins to the dress with.

I used my Cricut to cut the numbers with and I believe it was with the Story Book cartridge. I mainly use my Cricut for scrapbooking but it is also good for the odd job here and there when making cards.

I had lots of fun making this card and I love the way it turned out. My neighbour’s mum loved the card as well. It makes me happy knowing the receiver appreciated the effort I put into making this card, a whole lot of LOVE!

Supplies list:
Beautiful you stamp set
Blushing Bride cardstock
Vanilla cardstock
Blushing Bride ink pad
Memento ink pad
Blushing Bride glimmer paper (retired)
Vellum
Sequins
Blender Pen
Bundle of Love specialty designer series paper
Glossy Accent, alternatively Fine-Tip Glue Pen

Seasonal Lantern bundle by Stampin’ Up!

Hello,

It’s been a while since my last post! I have been busy with organising wedding and making wedding stationary. I’ll be making a post about it after the invites have been sent out. Lots have happened in the meantime. I did have my eyes out for Srampin’ Up!’s 2017 Holiday Catalogue and when I saw it I knew I had to get the Seasonal Lantern bundle as I could see myself using this bundle for a lot of cards! I think this bundle is not just useful for Autumn and Christmas but also spring and summer. I can see myself making pastel coloured lanterns for a summer bbq card.
Stampin up seasonal lantern bundle 2017 holiday catalogue
The two cards I have to show today made with this bundle and are inspired by current and upcoming Christmas season (I love Christmas! You have been warned for future posts now!).
For the first card I used some make-up sponges for blending inks together on a white heat embossed background. It was very easy the inks blend very well on Whisper White cardstock. I buffed the cardstock with a dusting cloth to remove ink from the white heat embossed images then I sprayed a bit of water on it and dapped it off with tissue paper. I added a wide vellum banner. On top I made a wreath by die cutting some branches. I glued the vellum underneath where the sentiment and wreath is so the glue wouldn’t show through. It’s a fun and quick card to make.

seasonal lantern bundle from Stampin up
The second card is much more simple but just as pretty and easy to make. It’s the size of a notecard. I usually just buy a bunch from Stampin’ up! they come with a matching little envelope. I used the Quilted Christmas designer series paper for the background. On top I used a Foil Snowflake, a circle stitched die cut and inside that I stamped and die cut the branch from the bundle. I used a Blender Pen to pick up a tiny bit of colour from the stamped edge to add a bit of colout to the leaves. I gold heat embossed and die cut a bow and added the sentiment on a thin banner strip. It’s a card which can easily be mass produced.

Seasonal lantern bundle Stampin up holiday catalogue 2017

Supplies list (for both cards):
Seasonal Lantern bundle
Garden Green cardstock
Early Espresso cardstock
Tranquil Tide cardstock
Whisper White cardstock
White embossing powder
Embossing Buddy
Versamark pad
Make-up sponges
Early Espresso ink pad
Garden Green ink pad
Pumpkin Pie ink pad
Tranquil Tide ink pad
Blender pens
Vellum
Whisper White Bakers Twine
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Note Card
Quilted Christmas designer series paper
Gold Foil Snowflake
Cherry Cobbler cardstock
Cherry Cobbler ink pad
Gold embossing powder

Cute Koala Birthday Greeting Card

Hello there,

August is a busy birthday card making month for me. I made this Koala card for one of my best friends. I thought the koala with the baby on the back suited very well as she recently had a baby boy, and the koala on the ground eating can be her other half! I can already say now if I was more talented (or more of a dare devil!) I would have put some rosy cheeks and eye lashes on the koala mum but as I didn’t do the best job with blending the background I thought I better stop before I mess the whole thing! 🙂

Koala greeting card by Bobcrafts

Anyway, I found the cuddly koala stamp set online and had to get them for card making and scrapbooking. I’m using promarkers to colour with as they are good quality alcohol markers and they are very affordable compared to other brands on the marked. For a beginner like me they are great for testing the waters with.
I find promarkers blend very well and all you need is good quality paper so you avoid the colours “bleeding” on the paper. I find paper from Stampin’ Up! is high quality paper which is also thick and suitable for cards. I always do test-colouring by stamping the images I want on to cheaper colouring paper for alcohol markers first, to find out which colours I like to use. It helps me practising but this paper is also cheaper, also much thinner and not suitable for cardmaking.

After colouring the koalas I use scissors to cut them out with. I stamp the tree where I want it on my background, then used the mini cloud stencil to make clouds with. It’s very easy and went well! I didn’t bother masking tree off. I did mask off the sky and added green on the ground, then masked off the ground and finished the blue sky all the way down, and this is where I need to practise more!
I simply coloured in the tree after adding the background. I thought it would work as I was colouring the tree with darker colours and the alcohol won’t blend with distress inks.

I added the koalas with dimensional stickers and added some white accent to nose and ears with a gel pen. I carefully cut a small pocket to put the small branch in the sitting down koalas arms. I added glossy accent to the leaves to make them more interesting.

I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder on to black cardstock. I just love the sentiment, it’s very cute! I made it into a little banner and tied on a bow. On the inside of the card I stamped happy birthday.

I loved making this card and I have more koalas ready for more cards and will be continuing practising blending distress inks and making clouds like there is no tomorrow!

Thanks, and have a lovely day 🙂

Supplies:
Stamps: Cuddly Koalas (My Favorite Things) (took 4-5 days to arrive)
Inks: Memento & Versamark (TSUKINEKO), Broken China & Bundled Sage (Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Ranger)
Cardstock: Basic Black and Whisper White (Stampin’ Up!)
ProMarkers: Walnut, Leaf Green, Forest Green, Pale Pink & Cool Grey 1-4 (Letraset / Winsor & Newton) (from Cowling and Wilcox art shop)
Tools: scissors, embossing buddy, ink blending tools, craft knife
Other items: White gel pen, glossy accent (Ranger), dimensional stickers (Stampin’ Up!), white embossing powder (Stampin’ Up!), mini cloud stencil (My Favorite Things), white baker’s twine (Stampin’ Up!)

Card is from the 1st August 2017.

 

 

Congratulations Card using the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Stamp Set

Happy Birthday Gorgeous CardHello there!

My fiance’s sister recently got engaged and what better way to express your congratulations than by sending a card!

Firstly, I apologize for using a sentiment from the retired So in Love stamp set but I thought it was so pretty I had to use it! The flowers are from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set which I adore. It has so many pretty stamps in it.

I used a Misti tool and masks I cut out from post its to make sure the stamps weren’t overlapping each other. You can use a Stamp-ma-jig as well for this, I just found the Misti very helpful laying out and building up the image.

I used promarkers for colouring in with. You can also use watercolour pencils, other markers or inks. I just happen to have Promarkers from my mother and thought they would work well for this job.

I am no expert colouring with promarkers, what I think helps is trying to imagine how I would like the flowers to look like before colouring, because if I just start colouring I just switch off my brain and it all becomes too random and it rarely ends up well for me! So I had a good idea about how I wanted the roses and leaves to look like and also the forget-me-not’s (or that’s what I turned them into!) and then I started colouring in.

Snapshot of Happy Birthday Gorgeous card

Of course, after almost being done, I mess up my nicely stamped and coloured image. I decided to cut the image out using scissors. It was not possible for me to save it with any framelits 😦
With that said I think placing it on top of the DSP and copper thread makes it looks very nice! I wish I had used more copper thread to make it looking like a birds nest. I think that would have looked very cool, but also more like a spring card. I am very pleased with my card and I hope the receiver enjoys it as well!

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supplies:
Stamp sets: Happy Birthday Gorgeous and So in Love (Retired) (both Stampin up)
Inks: Memento
Paper: Very Vanilla, Whole lot of lovely DSP
Promarkers: Arctic Blue, Sky Blue, China Blue, Rose Pink, Berry Red, Leaf Green, Forrest Green, Coral.
Tools: Misti (My Sweet Petunia) (took about 10 days to arrive from ordering)
Other: Post it notes (for masks), Pearl embellishments, Dimensionals, Copper Thread

Card is from the 20th July 2017.

Flower shop card

Flower Shop card by Bobcrafts by Stampin UpHello!

I’m in love with the Flower Shop stamp set from Stampin Up, which has been around for some time and proves over and over to be very versatile!

Today I made a card for a colleague who is leaving soon. I like to give the card a few days in advance and not exactly on the last day. I think it’s just nice catching them alone, having a chat, give the card and they can enjoy it until they leave.

This card is very fun to make and there is no pressure of getting everything right. My original idea was layering the coloured flowers straight on top of the black and white ones, but I thought it looked kind of cool letting it peak through.

Flower Shop Card by BobcraftsI coloured the flowers with watercolour pencils and a blender pen. My colouring is far from perfect, but it’s all about having fun! I used the Pansy Punch to punch the flowers out very quick. You can also cut them out with scissors.

The sentiment I white heat embossed on black paper to make it stand out and with all those flowers I thought it needed some green and I decided to go with a green cardbase. I used a white gel pen just to add some white to the center of the flowers, it’s not necessary to do. I also covered the flowers in glitter with a wink of stella, unfortunately this doesn’t show on any of the photos 😦

I put the coloured flowers on with dimensionals and I used scissors to cut the overhanging flower bits off with. Later I decided to add some glossy accent to the center of the flowers and it worked very well.

I’m very happy with the turn out of this card and I will be making more of it for other occasions. ❤ In Fact here a couple of similar cards I made. All ready to get a sentiment attached.

Flower Shop Card by Bobcrafts

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Supply list (all from Stampin’ Up! unless other specified)
Stamp sets: Flower Shop and Better Together
Inks: Memento and Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Tools: Heating tool, Scissors, Embossing buddy, Pansy Punch
Other stuff: Watercolour pencils, Blender penGold and White embossing powder, Gel pen, Dimensionals, Glossy accent (Ranger)

Card is from the 23rd July 2017.

Made with Love Baby Girl Card

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Hello,

One of my dearest friends recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl and I wanted to send her a card to congratulate.

Unfortunately, I find it difficult making baby cards. I always feel I never get them as cute or pretty as I want them to be, so this card took me a long time to make.

To make things more complicated I wanted to try new colour blending techniques. This is my first time using blending tools. I have seen many crafters using blending tools and make it look so easy. I didn’t find it easy at all, but it was a lot of fun! I used a die from the So Detailed framelits to cut out a stencil. The pink and purple was easy to blend, but i had difficulties getting an even blend with the green. I’m sure I just need a lot more practise! But overall I am very pleased with my background, which I also spitzed with some copper glitter. It’s difficult to see in any of the photos but it has a suttle copper shine to it.
I love the sentiment, it says: “ba-by (n) a little bit of heaven sent down to earth”. It’s so adorable!

I coloured the baby body suit straight forward with promarkers and didn’t worry much about shading or anything (as you can see I used the wrong type of ink for alcohol markers. I put the correct type of ink under supplies!). I just wanted to give it some colour to stand out from the background. I thought the safety pin was fun and added an extra element to the card.

Here is the final result after I decided to add some glassy accent to the body suit to finish it off with. All in all, I am very happy with the card. It’s very different from what I have previous made and I hope my friend likes it too!

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Supplies:
Stamp sets: Made with Love (retired) & Better Together (Stampin’ Up!) and Little You (Crate paper)
Dies: Stitched framelits & So detailed (retired) (Stampin’ Up!)
Cardstock: Whisper white and Wisteria Wonder (Stampin’ Up!)
Inks: Bundled Sage* & Milled Lavender* (distress ink.), Memento, Pink pirouette & Cherry Cobbler (Stampin’ Up!) and Versamark
Promarkers: Rose Pink & Pale Pink
Tools: heating tool, embossing buddy, blending tools, scissors
Other: lace doilies (retired, Stampin’ Up!), dimensionals, Glossy accent (Ranger), Bronze Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)

*I buy distress inks from oysterstamps.co.uk. They often have a good deal where you can buy 4 distress inks for £12. It’s cheaper than amazon and most craft stores. Make sure you check spam filter if you use this company. All my emails from them ended there!

Card is from the 8th July 2017.