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Always Grateful For The Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Welcome to the Artisan Design Team Blog Hop for October! The Artisan Design Team is a group of 20 demonstrators worldwide, chosen by Stampin’ Up! to share their creativity. For this hop, we are focusing on a theme of ‘grateful’.

This post’s title kind of says it all really. I will always be grateful for my time on the Artisan Design Team. It has been a total dream to work with some of the best designer demonstrators out there, and to have made new friends all over the world!

When asked what makes Stampin’ Up! for me – I always reply ‘the people’. I love the product, but for me, the people are what make this little business of mine all worthwhile. The customers, all of whom are now my friends. The staff from local and global home offices. The other demonstrators, both in the UK (can’t wait to meet up with lots in a few weeks) and all over the world as we get to know each other virtually. The people who follow the blog and leave kind comments (wink, wink!). I’m grateful for ALL OF YOU!

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For this blog hop, I kept things kind of simple – and focused on another thing I’m grateful for – cake! I am always grateful for cake! I wish I could send you all a cake!

For this project, I created a ‘tray’ for my cake using the Stampin’ Up! Paisley & Posies Designer Series Paper. I simply used my baking tin as a kind of template to draw on the back of the card, then cut out and stick together.

I always bake my cakes in liners so they don’t stick to the tin, but they also help with minimising the grease staining onto the card tray too.

I then popped my cake into one of the new Gusseted Cellophane Bags then tied it all up with ribbon from the Ribbon Trio Pack in the Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue.

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Finally, I created a tag using a 3×4 card from the All Year Long Project Life Card Collection. I added the sentiment, cut from another PL card, and finished it off with a couple of the cute Copper Mini Pinecones.

Let me know if you’d like more detail on how I created the ‘tray’ for my cake, and I’ll see what I can do.

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 I Used For This Project:

Linen Thread

£4.25

Many thanks for stopping by. Please hop onto the lovely Allison in Canada who I’m sure will be grateful to see you!

If you any reason, you find the blog hop breaks at some point, please bear with us and try again in a short while. We do our absolute best to have the hop correct at ‘go live’ time, but sometimes mistakes happen. We aim to fix them ASAP, but we are all at different points in our day (it’s 2am for me so I’m asleep, for example) so it might take us a little while to sort it depending on where the problem is.

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Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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Helping Me Grow – Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi There! Welcome to another Artisan Design Team blog hop, where demonstrators from all over the world share their crafty creations with you. This is an ‘open’ hop, which means we can use anything from our artisan box we like.

One of the stamp sets we received in our most recent box is Helping Me Grow. Now, I’m not really a flower girl, so this set was never on my radar, and even when it arrived, I was like ‘I’m never going to use that!’ But then I needed to come up with a project for today’s hop, and somehow it called to me!

As I don’t really ‘do’ flowers, or colouring in; I was slightly stumped what about it was calling to me, but one thing I do love about Stampin’ Up! stamps is the quality! And the fact that even a large, detailed stamp as this would look great – heat embossed – white onto black:

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OK, so it looked awesome just on it’s own! But even my clean simple style won’t let me go that far! So, a simple sentiment and a bit of twine was all that was needed to finish it off.

So I decided to play with the same colours, just switching them around on the card for my second version (in fact, I did a third with a Crushed Curry base, but wasn’t so keen on that version!)

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I’ve always admired the crafters who can pile layers onto their cards (Kimberley on this team is a great example of this style) – I love how they make it look effortless, like it’s all meant to be there. But whenever I tried, I always thought it looked like I’d thrown my craft room up on it! Over time, I’ve learnt to love and embrace my style, which is that gorgeous cards can be made with just a few elements, as well as loads!

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Thanks for stopping by. Please hop on to Allison’s blog and see what she’s been up to with the contents of her box!

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Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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Versamark Pad

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New Look Newsletter – Autumn Inspiration!

Edited to add: My mistake, you need to use the Sign Up Here button to get my newsletter. I had put Sign Me Up, which means you get an email when I publish a blog post. My sincere apologies if you’ve signed up to the wrong thing, and please do the link under ‘My Newsletter’.

Hi! I hope this week is going well for you? Autumn has well and truly hit in my little piece of England. We’ve had wind, rain, sun – a right mixed bag! I love autumn and all the colours in brings. I also love that now I can justify wearing my coat (I get cold easily), and snuggling on my sofa!

This week I have been working on my new look newsletter, and I must say, I’m rather pleased with it. I’ve totally overhauled what I used to call a ‘newletter’, which was actually little more than class reminders! Yesterday though, subscribers received their own little piece of Autumn into their inboxes – with inspirational photos, projects; even a recipe! I hope they enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed creating it – it certainly inspired me!

If you’d like to sign up to receive my newsletter – there is a ‘Sign Up Here‘ button in the right hand sidebar that will add you to my list. I’m already working behind the scenes on the November one, so sign up and make sure you don’t miss out!

Here’s one of the projects I shared in October’s newsletter – I think I’ll keep the other one exclusive to those receiving the newsletter – a little something just for them – and for you if you join up!

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The little card is going out to my customers who made a recent purchase, while the gift bag was given to the lovely ladies who brought new friends to craft with us at the recent Laughs & PaperCrafts Class I held.

I hope you’re enjoying the changing seasons, wherever in the world you live!

Create It Yourself!

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Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Hearth & Home Dies…

Hi! With the girls back at school, I got loads done yesterday! I doubt it will last, I’m a terrible procrastinator. I keep meaning to change, but I haven’t got around to it yet – LOL! Sorry, very bad joke!

Anyway, today I have another card from last weeks Laughs & PaperCrafts session – my monthly card class. For this one, I wanted to use something from the Christmas section in the new seasonal catalogue, but didn’t want to make a Christmas card.

So, I made this – look:

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I love this card! The Hearth & Home Thinlit dies are so versatile, I’m sure you’re going to want them in your collection! The brick embossing folder is also a recent acquisition, and it’s perfect to go with this window die. Doilies make cute net curtains, and I adore that window box from Corrugated Card full of flowers!

I hope you like it,

Crafty Hugs, Val. X

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On Film – Mojo Monday Sketch…

Hello! Hope you had a wonderful weekend. We had a lovely relaxing day yesterday, just playing with the kids and not rushing around. Sometimes, you just need days like that!

In the last few weeks, I’ve managed to make a few cards – some for classes, others just to play! Today’s card is one were I played along with a recent Mojo Monday sketch.  I had a few of the Camera die cuts from another project on my desk and decided to incorporate them into this card:

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I used a scrap of the soon to retire I Am Me DSP. The Camera Framelit was die cut from Pool Party and I added a So Saffron candy dot for the lens.

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I hope you like today’s card. I’ll be back soon with more. In the meantime, news from Stampin’ Up! HQ is that they are extending the Weekly Deals Promotion indefinitely – yay! So, if you fancy seeing what is on offer this week (this selection is available until midnight on Tuesday, on Wednesday we’ll get a new batch) – click the image link below!

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Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Not Quite…

Hello! Have you managed any crafting this week? I managed a bit yesterday, playing around with some fun Watercolour Techniques for my upcoming class. I hold them in Rugby, so if you’re local to me and would like to come along, why not drop me an email and I can send you over all the details.

Today though, I’m sharing with you the card which didn’t become my Telford swap.  Why?  Well, I’m not sure.  It’s a cute card, but maybe it just lacks something? Or maybe a colour change would help?  Anyway, I wasn’t in the mood to play around with it (maybe I’ll come back to it) so I moved onto the card which did become my swap  – see that one here – and left this one on my desk:

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I stamped the large flower from Blooming with Kindness in Strawberry Slush ink onto a piece of Whisper White card just 1.5cm narrower than my base card. I then cut the panel 2cm up from the bottom and through the flower and stuck the two pieces to my Pool Party base card so that they mined up with the top and bottom of the card.

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Then I took the sentiment from A Dozen Thoughts and stamped in Basic Black ink onto the base card in the space left by the flower panel.

What do you think? Have you any suggestions as what I could do to this card to make it a bit more WOW? Let me know. I’ll be back later in the week with those Birthday Gifts I was working on last week.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Swapping At Telford…

Hi Folks! I hope you had an amazing weekend.  I spent Saturday in Telford with 350 other Stampin’ Up! demonstrators checking out the new goodies coming our way in just a few short weeks with the new Stampin’ Up! catalogue.  I can’t wait to start sharing some of those with you soon. In the meantime, I’m sharing my swap that I made for the event.  Now, I don’t like to commit to making swaps as I’m usually so busy, it never happens! But this time, I managed to whip up a little batch to take with me on Friday morning and I thought I’d share it here with you today:

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Cute, yes?  It had to be quick, simple, and easily mass producible!  And I only made 20! I used the fabulous Fresh Prints Designer Paper Series Stack for my background. I then cut my Whisper White layer at a funky angle for this great effect.

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I stamped the greeting from Hip Notes afterwards using Real Red ink and added the little flower from Petite Petals at the end, with the Rhinestone bling of course! What do you think – isn’t that funky panel just fun?  I think I’ll be using that technique again soon!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Come back soon to see that card design that didn’t make the cut!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Quick Coffee…

Hi there!  Just popping in to share a quick project from one of last month’s classes.  A little gift using mini coffee cups!

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Aren’t they cute?  Love it!  I’d seen the idea by another demo on Pinterest and just had to share it as a project with my monthly class.

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A little square tray makes up the base, while 2 tags made using the Scallop Tag Topper are wrapped around to decorate and hold the little cup in place.  I found the cups via eBay for just a few pounds.

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I enjoyed using the new Starburst Framelits to create the little tag – Coffee and Friends are the perfect blend!  Well, I don’t actually like coffee personally, but I do like cute gift presentation!

Thanks for stopping by today. See you again soon,

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Playing With Framelits…

It’s half term week here and it’s just flying by!  DH has had the week off too, so we’ve been enjoying lots of time together as a family and having some fun.  Today we went to see the Lego Movie – and it was awesome!  Don’t miss it if you get chance to go – it made me chuckle out loud.

Anyway, this evening I want to share a great quick card with you. It’s totally case’d from a member of the SU! Design Team., although I’d been thinking along similar lines myself.  Anyone who knows me, knows I love to play around with my dies and get more from them. I’d been considering partial die-cutting with the Word Bubble Framelits when a version of the following card popped up in my Pinterest news feed. So, I had a go at her card to get a feel for it:

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  • The base card is Pool Party with a panel of Sweet Sorbet DSP

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  • The larger sized Bubble is created using partial die cutting of the largest oval bubble Framelit.
  • The sentiment is from Hip Notes again (warned you!)

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  • That cute heart is from the Essential Wood Elements.

Well, you can bet that after that, I have certainly been playing around some more with partial die-cutting of these great dies, along with some other fun techniques.  Plus, they’ll form the basis for next month’s class!  I’m so excited to share that with you.

Anyway, I’ll be back with more crafty sharing soon, but because it’s half term, I’m a bit scatty, so I won’t tell you a definite when, and then it’ll be a fun surprise when I do – I hope!  Until then,

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Thinlits Card Class #1…

Hi There!  I’m late blogging today.  I spent the day getting my swaps all ready for Convention.  It starts on Thursday up in Manchester and I am seriously excited!!  More so this year, although I don’t know why – perhaps it’s because I don’t have to fly to get there!!

Two weeks ago I offered my customers who purchased  a set of the new Thinlit dies from me a free class to learn some tips and tricks to use with them.  I had spotted many great ideas out there to share with them, so many of the projects that I will show you this week are not mine, and I will credit the original creator where possible.

To start us off, just a simple card to show them how the main dies works to create the Flip card design:

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  • The base card is cut from Coastal Cabana card and matted with Modern Medley DSP.
  • I flipped this card so that the Circular ‘Flip’ is towards the bottom of the card for added interest.
  • I created the mats by cutting the DSP with the main die, then I trimmed the outer panels along the score lines.  I then trimmed 1/8″ off the 3 straight sides for a perfect mat.

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  • We die cut the THX (also in the Circle Card Thinlit Dies Collection) from Very Vanilla card and stuck it to a Black die cut circle.
  • It’s that simple to create a really fun and interactive card! Love these Thinlit Dies!

Thanks for stopping by today. Check back tomorrow for another great card using the Thinlit dies.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

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