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Warmth & Cheer For Global Design Project!

Hi! Happy Friday! To all my UK mum friends – I hope you have a fabulous half term – and a well deserved rest! Or maybe you’ll rest once they’ve gone back to school – ha ha! I feel like I’ve been a busy bee this week – and still have a long list of things I was meant to do! There are never enough hours in a day/week, are there? And forgoing sleep is so not an option for me!

I said I’d probably be back with another project using the Global Design Project sketch this week, and I am! I love this sketch so much:

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So, yesterday I made this card using the sketch – live on Facebook! I did my first (well, second) Facebook live yesterday – and I made lots of fun announcements. I’ll be sharing them here too, but if you can’t wait to hear what they all are, then hop on over to the Stamping With Val Facebook Page and watch the recording.

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Anyway, one of the announcements I made was that I would be doing a weekly Facebook live on my page! Yay! So here was the card I made:

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Pretty quick card actually. That gorgeous Cable Knit Embossing Folder does so much work on making your card, you don’t need much else!

If you live in the UK, and need any Stampin’ Up! supplies to make this, or any other project, you can get everything you need in my Online Shop. For this project, the items I used are listed below and you can click on any product image to add them to your shopping basket:

What You Need For This Project

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Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back with my Saturday Colour Inspiration for you tomorrow!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Stampin’ Up! Paper Promotion – Buy 3, Get 4th FREE!

Hi! Middle of the week – nearly time for my little break! Well, I say break – but that may be debatable! The kids have a week off school, so does hubby. The in-laws are visiting for a few days. Did I say break? Hmm!

Anyway, I’m popping in with a quick reminder today about the current Stampin’ Up! Paper Promotion: Buy 3 packs, get a 4th for FREE! It’s a great deal – especially since it includes some of the current Christmas papers too:

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This promotion is available until 31st October, so don’t miss out – grab yours now!

This one above is totally my favourite paper! I used it my Candy Cane Packaging Class, which you can still enjoy – it’s all online! Over 2 hours of fun video tutorials and written instructions to create 5 fabulous bags & boxes for you festive gift giving:

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I also have a tutorial for the gorgeous Star of Light Card Class available too:

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Both tutorials cost just £10 each and are bursting with fun projects and techniques – and you can take part no matter where you are in the world – love that!

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with the Artisan Design Team blog hop – and our theme is all about being grateful. See you then.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Saturday Inspiration – Colour Combination

Hi! Popping in quickly with a fun & festive colour combination for you. Will you get any crafting time this weekend? Have you made a start on your seasonal cards yet? I have made a few for various classes I have done, but I’ve not sat down for a serious Christmas card making session yet. Not sure when I’ll get chance actually! I need to get that scheduled in somewhere, ASAP!

When I make my Christmas cards though, I tend to err on the side of traditional when it comes to colours and style, so this combination is a classic for you:

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Did you get the Holly Berry Happiness bundle yet? It’s totally becoming one of my favourites for this year!

I hope you manage to find some crafty time this weekend – enjoy, whatever you’re up to.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Star of Light Card Making Class Kits & Online Tutorial – Now Live!

Hi! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week? Mine, as always, has been busy. Amongst providing a taxi service for my children which has become my recent life – I’ve been getting everything ready for the Star of Light Tutorial that is available from today!

I am particularly pleased with the Card Keeper Tutorial that is included. The supplies for this box are not part of the card making kits, but a video tutorial is included with the Online Tutorial sent to everyone purchasing – with or without kits. Would you like to see what it looks like?

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This box is designed to hold 12 cards & envelopes – perfect for the Star of Light class. I’ve included a full step-by-step video tutorial for this box in the online class – all 45 minutes of it! It is worth it though, the box looks stunning when finished.

Do you know what else? Because many of my blog visitors and class purchasers are from the US, I have included a full re-design of this box, in inches, to suit your card & envelope sizes!! There is of course, a metric version, for those using EU/SP sized cards/envelopes – no one is left out here!

I can’t wait to share this tutorial with you. If you’d like to purchase your copy, click the button below, and for just £10 (with the rubbish exchange rate right now for the £, this is a bargain in all countries!) the tutorial can be with you in time for some weekend crafting! I’ve sent one batch out today, but I’m happy to send another batch late tonight or early tomorrow morning for those purchasing today so you won’t waste a minute of your weekend craft time!

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If you live in the UK, you can purchase a Card Making Kit for this class. The kit included the Star of Light stamp set, plus supplies to make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) & envelopes. These will be posted out at the beginning of November, and you’ll receive the tutorial for FREE! You can also choose to add the coordinating Starlight dies at a reduced price – just £20 more!

To register for a card making kit for this class, just click the button below, fill in your details, pay for your class, then sit back and wait for a gorgeous box of Christmas crafting to arrive at your door!

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Any questions, please just ask. X

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with another fun Colour Combination – did you like last week’s? You can see it here.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Holly Berry Happiness Christmas Card

Hi! Thanks for the amazing response to my new Star Of Light card class – I am so excited to start offering card making kits as well as my online class versions – and it looks like you are too!

Today, I’m sharing another Christmas card, and it’s a bit of hybrid! I took two cards – one from the Autumn/Winter Stampin’ Up! catalogue, and another from the lovely Allison, and meshed them together:

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We made this card at my Card Class on Friday Night – I hold a monthly card class here in Rugby, UK. In October, I start to offer a Christmas card as one of the card designs. We’ll then do 2 in November, and finally 3 in December. Christmas cards are my favourite kind to share!

This is a single stamp set card – always love those – using Holly Berry Happiness. I’ve been mentally begging Stampin’ Up! for a holly set for years, so I am so excited to have my wish come true – and with a matching punch to boot!

You can purchase everything you need to recreate this card from my Online Shop – just click any product image below to add them to your basket.

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Do you have a stamp set or product you’ve been hoping Stampin’ Up! would bring out? Let me know what it is – just leave a comment.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Stampin’ Up! Star Of Light Card Class – Card Making Kits Or Online!

Hi! I hope you had a great weekend? I was lucky enough to have a fairly quiet one, which was lovely. I rejoined my local gym last week though, so I spent a few days aching, and not really getting much done. I’m back and raring to go this week though, and I’m super excited about the news I’m sharing with you today!

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I have a brand new class launching using the Stampin’ Up! Star Of Light stamp set. But the really exciting thing is that for the first time ever, I am also offering card-making kits! Check out all the details below:

Star Of Light Christmas Card Making Kit

£40 including delivery (1st Class Signed For) – UK only.

Add on the Starlight Dies for just £20

Online Tutorial only – £10

Deadline to Purchase the Kit: Monday October 24th 2016

Get started on your Christmas card making with the gorgeous Star of Light stamp set from Stampin’ Up! You can’t fail to create stunning cards with this stamp set!

Your Christmas card making kit will include the Star of Light stamp set, supplies to make 12 cards (2 each of 6 designs) and envelopes. You will also receive emailed PDF and video tutorials for all 6 card designs, plus a stunning card-keeper box to store/gift the cards in (tutorial only, no supplies).
You can add on the coordinating Starlight dies for just £20.

Just click the order button below and fill in your details.

You’ll then be sent an email asking you to confirm and pay for the card-making kit you would like.

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In order to create the cards exactly as I have, you will also need the following ink pads: Crumb Cake & Marina Mist. The class also utilises Versamark ink pad, white embossing powder and a heat tool. However, you can substitute any of these items for products you already own, or you can purchase anything you need here:

Purchase additional card making supplies here:

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Class Kits will be posted on 1st November. They will be sent 1st Class Signed For, and should arrive in 1-2 days.

Sadly, at this time, I am only able to offer card-making kits to those living in the UK.

However, regardless of where you live in the world, you can still make these projects!

Just purchase the online tutorial below, then purchase the necessary supplies from a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator in your market. All my tutorials come with a full supply list, and I can point you in the direction of a demonstrator in your market if you don’t already have one.

If you would just like to purchase just the Online Tutorial for this class, you can do so using the button below. Classes will be emailed on Friday for all those purchasing between now and then, and then within 48 hours after Friday.

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I hope you are as excited about this new adventure in my business as I am – let me know what you think! If you have any questions regarding this class, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Online Class – Available NOW!

Hi! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? Mine was super busy getting ready for today. I am so excited for today! I worked like a mad woman all last week, but now the time is finally here!

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This class is ONLINE! So, it doesn’t matter if you live next door to me, or on the other side of the world – this class is for YOU!  I wish I could could craft with all of you in person, but this is the next best thing!

When you purchase this class, you will receive a PDF containing written instructions for each project, along with a link to a private video showing you how to make each one IN FULL! Over 2 hours of video are contained in this class!!

Want to see more?

These 5 projects are huge! You will be able to give so many different gifts in them. And don’t forget my mantra:

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If you have ever liked any of the following projects – YOU NEED THIS CLASS! These are just 2 of the bags included in the tutorial, along with another bag, and 2 boxes designed specifically for this class! I make bag and box making EASY FOR YOU!

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Here are a few FAQ’s:

How much does the class cost?

The class costs just £10, which is approx. €11.50 EUR, $13 US, $17 CAN, $17 AUS, $18 NZ, depending on the exchange rate. A bargain in any currency, I’d say!

I paid for my class, how do I get it?

For those of you who pre-registered for class – classes were emailed out this morning. If you haven’t received yours yet, please check your spam/trash boxes, and ensure you have added my email address to your safe list. If you still don’t have it, please get in touch. Classes purchased from today onward will be emailed out within 48 hours of payment, and usually much quicker. Please note that the system is NOT automatic and all classes are actually emailed to you, by me, individually.

What will I receive?

You will receive an email from me, in which are links to 2 PDF documents, one for metric measurements, one for imperial. Each document includes terms & conditions of use, fully linked supply list, a written tutorial for each project, along with a link to a private video for each project too. There is also a bonus video to show you how I created my tag embellishments. There are over 2 hours of videos included in this class. (Please note, this class contains no physical product).

I don’t have the products you’ve used?

The class comes with a full supply list, so you can purchase everything you need if you wish to recreate my samples exactly. However, feel free to use whatever products you do have – once you know the principles, let your imagination run wild!

Can I teach this class to my customers?

Many of my online classes are purchased by fellow demonstrators. I am happy for you to verbally teach these projects to your class attendees in person. However, you may not print, email, reproduce, re-write or in anyway, distribute the PDF tutorials. You may not email, distribute, re-record or broadcast the video tutorials.

If you have any further questions regarding the usage of my online classes, please email me for a copy of the class terms & conditions.

Why should I buy an online class from you?

I share a great deal freely on my blog, including cards, boxes, techniques and more. The projects I offer in my online classes tend to be a little more involved, with more product used and more time spent creating, recording and editing in order to share with you.

I am also crafter with over 15 years experience, and I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator  over 8 of those. I love all papercrafting, but large bags and boxes are something of a speciality of mine. I am a member of the current Artisan Design Team – a team of demonstrators chosen specifically by Stampin’ Up! for our creativity. I have run several very successful online classes in the past, much enjoyed by those taking part.

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I hope you’ll get your hands on this class now, while it’s still available. I know you’ll love creating these projects.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

 

Candy Cane Christmas For 1st Christmas Card!

Hi! When you read this, I’ll have been at the dentist getting my lost filling replaced! Are you nervous of the dentist, like me? My nerves are not helped by the fact my dentist keeps changing – they keep leaving! I must have a bad effect on them!!

Today I’m sharing my first Christmas card for the season on the blog for this year. I love Christmas, and I have been creating up a storm for it already, but I didn’t want to start on the cards on the blog too early and end up out of ideas by November.

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Today’s card is classic Stamping With Val style – those of you familiar with my work will probably recognise it as mine at a hundred paces! It took me years to find, and then be happy in my style. If you’re still struggling to find or develop yours, my advice would be to stop worrying. You probably have it already, you just need to recognise it, and then go with the flow.

I’m pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas, I’d say. So the Candy Cane Lane suite at the beginning of the Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue caught my eye immediately. Of course, packaging came first to mind, but then I moved on to cards. This is the first one I created with it, and I must say, I’m pretty smitten!

Grab My Style – Tips and Tricks.

  • I love to add a top layer to my cards slightly shorter than the card base. I also sometimes leave a slight border at the top too.
  • I stamped the bottom border using the Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Christmas stamp set. I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get it straight, but alternatively you could also use some Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape to speed that up.
  • Twine!! Love twine! The Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine coordinates beautifully (of course!).
  • Jingle Bells! I struggled to attach these, originally threading them onto the wrapped twine, the weight then pulled on the twine. Instead, I knotted the wrapped twine at the back, then added the bells on a separate piece tied around and with a bow – problem solved!

To purchase any of these items to make this card and others, click on any product image below to add it your shopping cart:

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If you love the Candy Cane Lane suite, then you’ll love my Packaging Online Class:

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This ONLINE CLASS comes with PDF & Video Tutorials to create 5 different bags and boxes – all large and gorgeous – perfect for your gift giving this year! You can register for this class right here and now – and you will be among the first to receive the class on Monday 26th September! Remember though, packaging is not just for Christmas, and you will be able to re-use these fabulous projects all year round!

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For more details on this class, CLICK HERE TO READ MORE, or EMAIL ME if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon with more – I have so much in the works! You might want to check out the Stamping With Val Facebook Page too, as I’ll be sharing a very early sneak peek of my next Online Class this weekend. Like the page, and you won’t miss the fun coming next weekend either!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Class – Registration Now Open!

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Hi! I am so excited to announce that my first online class in over 6 months is ready for registration!

Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Class contains the PDF & Video Tutorials to make 5 gorgeous (and large!) gift bags and boxes! Each project has it’s own PDF, which includes supply list, cutting guides, detailed instructions, photos & diagrams (where appropriate) to create the finished project, while a video will walk you through the actual making of each project in full!

Measurements are also provided in both metric and imperial, so it doesn’t matter which of those you prefer – you can still make all of these. All these particular bags and boxes are simply made using your Paper Trimmer and scoring blade, no dies or punch boards (except for decoration or optional extras), making them suitable for everyone – from beginner to advanced!

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I know many people find making bags and boxes overwhelming and scary, especially large ones like this, but I make it EASY for you. Full instructions and videos in my usual style – which I know many of you have been kind enough to tell me you love – thank you for that. X

Plus, once you know the techniques, you’re not limited to Christmas! Imagine all these bags in colours and designs suitable for birthday’s, weddings, baby showers – the list is endless!

The first 20 people to register for this class will receive a free gift from me. Since I opened registration to my newsletter subscriber list on Friday, many of those places are gone, but I still have a few gifts left – but don’t delay in registering for class NOW!

All of this, and the class costs just £10!!! It’s a steal!

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Here are a few FAQ’s regarding my Online Classes:

I paid for my class, how do I get it?

For all those pre-registering for class – class will be emailed out on Monday 26th September. Please note that the system is NOT automatic and all classes are actually emailed to you, by me, individually. Classes purchased after the launch date will be sent out within 48 hours of payment (but usually much quicker).

I don’t have the products you’ve used?

The class comes with a full supply list, so you can purchase everything you need if you wish to recreate my samples exactly. However, feel free to use whatever products you do have – once you know the principles, let your imagination run wild!

Can I teach this class to my customers?

Many of my online classes are purchased by fellow demonstrators. I am happy for you to verbally teach these projects to your class attendees in person. However, you may not print, email, reproduce, re-write or in anyway, distribute the PDF tutorials. You may not email, distribute, re-record or broadcast the video tutorials.

If you have any further questions regarding the usage of my online classes, please email me for a copy of the class terms & conditions.

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I hope to see you registering for class soon – you won’t regret knowing how you can easily create these gorgeous projects – and then WOW-ing your friends and family with your amazing ‘stand out from the crowd’ gifts!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Love From Santa Gift Box

Hi There! I hope you’ve had a wonderful week? Mine has been busy. We’ve been away for a few days, and then when I got back, I had my monthly card class here in Rugby, UK (get in touch to come along!). I feel like I’ve a bit of catching up to do!

Today, I’m sharing a quick gift box with you that I made after I prepped my projects for the Artisan Design Team Christmas in July blog hop. I’d submitted my team projects, but decided to play a little longer with the design to create a matching gift box:

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It’s made using the Gift Bag Punch Board, with angled sides for interest.

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As you can see, it coordinates with my original card. I’m getting quite excited about Christmas already. My Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter Catalogue pre-order should be here really soon, and I can’t wait to get into the Christmas spirit!

In the meantime, you can grab all these Christmas products from the Stampin’ Up Annual Catalogue in my Online Store. Just click on the product images to add them to your basket and have them sent straight to your door:

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Thanks for stopping by today, I’ll be back soon with more,

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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