Thursday 12 April 2018

Stampin' Up! News, News and More News

Hi Crafters,

I have news and lots of it too!  Firstly as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator I had the privilege of seeing the new Annual Catalogue online for the first time on Monday night.  Oh my word - it is amazing!  I literally can't stop looking through all the wonderful new products and the new ideas for returning stamp sets too.  There was a lot of squealing going on!  

Unfortunately, I can't share any of the images with you yet but if you would like your own chance to view the new catalogue right now, become a demonstrator and join my team.  You will also be able to pre-order a special selection of products from a brand new suite that won't be released until May.  And, by signing up you will also receive a discount on every order.  Don't delay - join today!  

Share What You Love Suite

Brand new product alert!  The three new bundles from the Share What You Love Suite have been designed with every crafter in mind:

Just Getting Started Bundle (featuring the Love What You Do stamp set, Very Vanilla A4 cardstock, ink pads in Grapefruit Grove and Old Olive, an acrylic block and FREE Very Vanilla Notecards and Envelopes)

A Little More, Please (featuring the Love What You Do stamp set, Make a Difference stamp set, Very Vanilla A4 cardstock, Share What You Love A4 cardstock pack, pearlised doilies, a Grapefruit Grove ink pad, Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls and FREE Very Vanilla Envelopes and Share What You Love Embellishment Kit)

Gotta Have It All (featuring the Love What You Do stamp set, Make a Difference stamp set, Very Vanilla A4 cardstock, Share What You Love A4 cardstock pack, pearlised doilies, Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper, a Grapefruit Grove ink pad, Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon, Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, Lovely Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder and FREE Statement of the Heart single stamp, Very Vanilla Envelopes and Share What You Love Embellishment Kit)

Did you notice that each bundle features at least one free gift?  I've already ordered my Gotta Have It All bundle and will be showcasing samples towards the end of April.  Check back from 21 April to see what you could create using the Share What You Love Suite.  Don't forget to pre-order a bundle of your choice from 1 May 2018. 

Retiring List
The next piece of news is about the Retiring List.  As the current Annual Catalogue comes to an end on 31 May, Stampin' Up! have released the list of Last Chance Products which will be leaving us.  These products are only available while stocks last or until 31 May.  If there is anything still on your wishlist, grab it now before it's gone.  

Colour Revamp
Have you heard that Stampin' Up! are also introducing a Colour Revamp?  This means that some colours are retiring, some are returning and some brand new colours are joining the Stampin' Up! family.  

The retiring colours are:  
Always Artichoke
Chocolate Chip
Elegant Eggplant
Island Indigo
Marina Mist
Perfect Plum
Pink Pirouette
Rose Red
Soft Sky
Tangerine Tango
Tempting Turquoise
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

The 2016-18 In-Colors are also retiring - Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum.  If you realised Flirty Flamingo was missing from that list that's because this fab colour is actually returning.  

So, I really did have lots of news!  If you have any questions, please drop me an email.  As always, you can request a paper copy of the catalogue to be sent directly to you from the end of May.  Just include your name and postal address in an email to be sure of some happy mail!  You can do this straight away too.  

Happy crafting, 
Rachel x

Friday 6 April 2018

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop - That Little Bit Extra...

Hi Crafters,

Welcome to the latest Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop.  This month we are showcasing the extras in the catalogues - ribbon, sequins, wooden embellishments and all the other wonderful things that five that extra special something to your projects.

I've gone all out bling!  I'm showcasing Stampin' Up! glitter and sequins.  I used the double sided sticky sheets to make my own glitter-filled die cuts.  

I created a card blank from Whisper White cardstock and then layered up using Stampin' Dimensionals.  I cut the flowers out by running through the Big Shot four times and then laying the die-cuts back into the space.  I backed with double sided sticky sheets and then added silver, gold and Dazzling Diamonds glitter into the open sticky areas, pressing down to seal.  I cut three of the Happy Birthday Thinlits and layered on top using liquid glue.  My finishing touch was to add the three silver sequins.

I hope you are enjoying our hop that little bit extra this month!  To keep hopping, head over to Courtenay's fabulous creation using the next arrow below.  If you get lost there is a list of all those participating at the end of this post.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

2. Anastasia Radloff

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Wednesday 4 April 2018

Petal Palette Collage

Hi Crafters,

I'm back with my favourite all time Stampin' Up! stamp set!  You guessed it - Petal Palette.  There is just so much versatility in this set and I've not even scratched the surface yet!
Today's card is one that I kept thinking about making and finally I've sat down and got creative.  I looks slightly like what I had in mind but they rarely turn out exactly as I've pictured.

I created a card blank in Fresh Fig cardstock and used Crumb Cake for my background which was stamped in Archival Basic Black using the bird image from the Petal Palette stamp set.  I ran this through the Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder which creates a 3D effect.  Next I layered up my focal elements - half a doily inked in Fresh Fig, a punch Decorative Ribbon Border in Fresh Fig and two of the largest circles from the Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies set.  I stamped the bird again in Fresh Fig and fussy cut using small scissors and then layered onto a Very Vanilla scalloped circle.  

Dont' forget to use the Host Code on the right if you are placing an order under £150.  You will receive an extra special something from me too!  If you have any questions, you can reach me by email or on Facebook or Instagram.

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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Sunday 1 April 2018

Sharing Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

Hi Crafters,

Today is a momentous day!  Not only has April arrived but I have cut into and used my Designer Series Paper (DSP)!  I have stacks of the stuff but I never want to cut it up and even when I do, I'm never sure how to incorporate it into my cards.  Confessions of a crafter!

I used a new stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Spring/Summer Catalogue called Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts which I was immediately drawn to when the catalogue first launched. 

I love the delicacy of the images in this set and they can be used for so many occasions.  My sentiment actually came from a Sale-A-Bration stamp set (Eclectic Expressions) but you could easily use another.

I created a card blank from Crushed Curry cardstock and then used a slightly smaller piece run through the Layered Leaves 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder for my first layer.  I added a panel of the Whole Lot of Lovely Designer Series Paper which was lined with just a hint of the Decorative Ribbon Border Punch in Fresh Fig.  I layered my topper image using Pool Party cardstock.  As I knew I would be adding water to colour my image, I used Shimmery White cardstock for my focal element.  I stamped in Archival Basic Grey and let it dry for a couple of minutes before using my Aqua Painters to pick up the ink from the lid of the ink pads in Crushed Curry, Fresh Fig, Bermuda Bay and Pool Party.  

I hope you like this card and don't be afraid to chop up your DSP!  Look out for more projects featuring gorgeous Stampin' Up! DSP soon!

Happy crafting,
Rachel x

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