Stamping Magic – the easy way….

So…the Valentines cards for school have developed legs and have now become 30 plus cards as well as a couple of extra card sets in addition to what I had made already! Oh and can they all be different please?  Why of course they can… three guesses for what my weekend now looks like and I still have the fudge and shortbread to make too!

Valentines Love and kisses basket
Valentines Love and Kisses basket - side view

These adorable little baskets will hold the fudge. I found the template for these on SplitCoastStampers here and fell in love with them immediately. I have used Stampin’ Up Real Red card stock, Real Red stamp pad, the I {Heart} Hearts stamp kit and the Heart to Heart punch. I think they look fantastic as a combination! If you do too, it’s not too late to order these items  and have them delivered in time to make your Valentine smile. Just drop me an email – or use the links on the contact page and they can be delivered direct to your door!

Once these are finished the fudge will be held in place with a lovely satin ribbon – watch this space for the finished item complete with fudge!  Yum Yum!

In my spare time, I have also been working on a set of cards which showcase different techniques for an up coming beginners stamping class I am hosting. These cards use the Fresh Cuts stamp set, which is one of my favourites and cover several techniques including heat embossing, heat embossing and resist, VersaMark embossing and resist, stamping using a mask and stamping onto watercolour paper.  I use a really good quality, 90lb, cold pressed paper for this and love to pull the colour into or out of the stamped image.  I also love to spritz stuff with Perfect Pearls in water too – but don’t tell anyone!

Stamped, heat embossed and then buffed with ink to give a lovely soft background

VersaMark stamped, then brayered over with mix of ink to give a different resist technique
stamped on watercolour paper then 'pulled' out of the image, also a little repetition stamping for bespoke background

And finally….my current favourite technique – it is so delicate and shimmery…..

VersaMark and Perfect Pearls - my favourite stamp set, my favourite technique so it has to be my current favourite card....for now at least

Ok time for some snoozing I think – my crafting mojo is depleting today and I think a large dollop of sleep will just do the trick!

So until next time remember ….to stamp your place in the world!

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It’s Here – Sale-A-Bration! (but it won’t last long…..)

Join the Sale-A-Bration! It’s Sale-A-Bration time again at Stampin’ Up!, and friends, fresh ideas, and free product is what it’s all about!

Every year Stampin’ Up! gives customers, hostesses, and new demonstrators the opportunity to earn fantastic, FREE, limited-edition products they’ll enjoy for years to come.

Here’s how Sale-A-Bration works:


When you spend £45 on Stampin’ Up! merchandise, you’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration reward. There’s no limit–for every £45 you spend, you can select another FREE Sale-A-Bration reward! To start earning free, exclusive Sale-A-Bration rewards, click on the catalog above and make your list.

Contact me today to schedule your Sale-A-Bration workshop.


You’ll receive a free Sale-A-Bration stamp set when you host a workshop of at least £300 (product sales before handling and shipping)—this is in addition to all of the regular hostess benefits!


During Sale-A-Bration, anyone who joins as a demonstrator can choose any stamp set—a value of up to £44.95—from our current Idea Book and Catalogue!

The Sale-A-Bration promotion starts on 30 December 2010 and runs through 28 February 2011, so don’t miss your chance to earn free products! Talk to your demonstrator today to book your workshop or learn more about this promotion. Your demonstrator has a full-colour Sale-A-Bration brochure full of beautiful project ideas you can make using these limited-edition Sale-A-Bration sets. You can also view the Sale-A-Bration brochure online by clicking the Sale-A-Bration link on the right hand side .

...and here's one straight from the brochure...


Ok, thats it for now, don’t forget to leave a message and so till next time….don’t forget to…Stamp your place in the world!

WHATS DRIVING YOUR STAMPING? Here’s whats driving mine….

So I am busy trying to make this blog a little more exciting than watching tea cool and my super enthusiastic teenage son bounds in to tell me that he needs to know how to make shortbread and creamy fudge….right now.   Yes, I asked that question too, ‘Why now Chris?’, ‘Well,’ he explained in that fashion that teenagers have of making you feel like you are the child and they are the ones with all the world on their shoulders, ‘In business class we have set up a company and we are having a bake sale to raise funds for our main product.  Oh, and can you make me a dozen Valentines cards to sell while your at it?’  Of course I can, and the fudge and shortbread will be cooling while I make them……

Naturally, he doesn’t actually need any of these things ‘right now’, he doesn’t actually need them until mid February or thereabouts!  But the Valentines cards are duly made – I can multi-task but I thought maybe the shortbread might not be so fresh by then….. and here’s what they look like….Obviously, they need to be cheap and cheerful, it is children that will be buying them after all.

These are my finished products, took me less than an hour to make and they can be ‘sold’ for a few pence each for the business project. Here are a few close – ups…

I love this card….I stamped and clear embossed the hearts and it left a lovely ‘wet look’ finish which sadly doesn’t show up so well on camera.

My Son loved the way these hearts just peek a boo through the main card.

What else have I been up to? Well I spotted this lovely set using the Punch PotPourri stamp set here, and thought I really needed to Copy And Share Everything – did you spot how I dropped the Splitcoast Stampers lingo in there?  I have seen that acronym everywhere and didn’t have a clue what it meant till I joined Splitcoast Stampers! – I thought the monochromatic colourway worked really well and I finished up and enhanced with pearls.  You can see the original here.

If you want to know how you can get your hands on this lovely, versatile stamp set, drop me an email or use my contact page here and I will tell you how. Its easy!

And finally…..This next set will be our first Cards in the Mail project.  Thank you to Lisa Freeman from Stamping with Lisa for the inspiration for this project – it is on sale on the Cards in the Mail page and can be purchased either as a complete set with papers and stamps included or purely as a pdf.

Ok, thats it for now, don’t forget to leave a message and so till next time….don’t forget to…Stamp your place in the world!

Launch Day!

So launch day is drawing closer and my nails are getting shorter as I worry about whether I can actually get this Card-making and paper-craft weblog off the ground.  It all sounded like such a brilliant idea when I first thought about it: I love crafting, I love card making, I love stamping, I love scrap-booking…therefore it should all be alright, Yes?  Well…… yes and no.

Firstly, I have spent long hours poring over other web sites and blogs to see how the ‘professionals’ do it….and Boy! do they do it well!  One of the first things I noticed was that these crafters were seasoned artists, having been crafting for ten plus years in most cases.  Me?  well, I am still a novice – only three years under my belt and I still have the very first card I ever made. Fortunately, someone did suggest some craft classes after that!

So what do I do now? mostly I look at other peoples websites and go ” I wish I could do that” or “How did she do that?” or more often “I am never going to be as good as that”.  But with practice…. you never know.

Which brings me round nicely to Stampdelicious. When I was first setting out on my crafting life I truly didn’t know a rubber stamp from a clear stamp, a glossy accent from a stickle, a brayer from a masking technique… you get the picture I am sure. What’s more I had no idea where I could find out what these terms meant let alone how to achieve the finishes they promised.  I spent huge amounts of money buying magazines, many of which only gave half the story when it came to a technique. I have now worked out which ones really give good technique instructions and which are just looking to promote more products….but I wasted an awful lot of money on that particular learning curve.

And  so I thought that it might be a good idea for other newbies like me to have some place they can look for techniques, how to’s and get basic support from another newbie – ME!  this is what Stampdelicious is going to be all about – we can progress together.  Some things will be very basic and others might actually challenge us – but it will be US and we can learn together. Over time, you will be able to create your own ‘Delicious Library’ of techniques and  tips for using in your crafting.

I am going to be running some Stamp Camps locally, so keep an eye on the Events page for details of those: These will consist of a six week Beginning to Stamp camp where we will cover most of the stamping techniques and finish up with a project which will allows us to bring all that we have learned together into one unique Keepsake item. Dates and venues will be confirmed within the next couple of weeks. Watch the Events page!

In addition to the local Stamp Camps, I will also be offering Cards in the Mail. This will be a single class project, have full  recipe cards/pdf’s with step-by step pictures to follow and a shopping list of the items used to create the project. Each Cards in the Mail project will be available to purchase with either recipe card instructions only, or recipe card instructions and  the shopping list items to help you complete your project, costs will differ according to which option you take. Watch the Cards in the Mail page for details of the first project.

The Stamping Tutorials page will feature the different techniques after we have covered them in Stamp Camp – if I can find video for these techniques, or indeed manage to produce one myself (I am always up for a challenge!), then they will appear here.

If you are interested in becoming an Independent Stampin’ Up demonstrator yourself, and benefitting from the amazing savings you can make, just give  me a call or drop me an email – I will be happy to help.

As for the rest – well its all pretty self explanatory and I suspect will grow and develop over time.

‘Till the next time…..Stamp your place in the world….

PS – What about a card? I hear you shout…..Well here’s one I made earlier….