How to make a Valentine’s Day Card for Men…

I wanted to share an idea for how to make a Valentine’s Day card for men with you today, because we are steaming through February and the big day is nearly upon us already. These can be tricky if you don’t want the whole pinks and reds, flowers and hearts, but I don’t think that you need to over emphasize these things, here I have just stuck to my boyfriend’s favourite colours and themes and went with a card based around that instead. This card was what I would call a happy accident, I was actually playing around with a […]

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How to make a greetings card for a special occasion…

Sometimes something calls for a handmade card with a little something extra, so I am going to share with you today how to make a greetings card for a special occasion, something to put a little more time and effort into than normal. I wanted to make a card for my Stampin’ Up! team member who promoted to the next title last week. I wanted something to show her how much having her as part of the team meant and to give her the congratulations that she deserved. If you would like to be part of a lovely group of […]

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How to make watercolour backgrounds for cardmaking..

This is the first blog post in a series of blog posts all about watercolour techniques, where today I will show you how to make watercolour backgrounds for cardmaking. You will find the other posts in the series, once they are live, by clicking here – Watercolour Techniques for Cardmaking I have chosen the new stamp set Forever and Always by Stampin’ Up! as my main stamp set, as the plain line images work really well for watercolouring. The card that I am using is the Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper, it has a really lovely finish and is thick enough […]

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How to make a double diamond fold card…

I haven’t shared a fancy fold card for a while now, so I thought I would write a little tutorial to show you how to make a double diamond fold card. This was a new fold for me but I was surprised with how quick and easy it was to make. Who else is put off by things that seem too complicated!? If you would like to learn how to make fancy fold cards but are often a little nervous to try, why not sign up to my March Fancy Fold Online Craft Class, I would love to help you […]

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A handmade card using the Gilded Leafing Embellishment from Stampin' Up!

How to use and store Gilding Flakes…

It’s been a couple of weeks since I blogged, so I wanted to quickly hop on and share with you how to use and store Gilding Flakes, or as they are now known in the Stampin’ Up! world, Gilded Leafing Embellishment. This brand new product is possibly my favourite from the new Jan – Jun Mini Catalogue, because they are just soooo pretty, and can be used in so many different ways with all of your existing stamps and dies. I made a series of three cards showcasing this gorgeous gold shiny stuff which I will be sharing more about […]

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How to make a 3D triangular box…

I used many a paper trimmer before I found Stampin’ Up! and I must say I get the best cuts with this one, so I wanted to show you today how to make a 3D triangular box using the Stampin’ Up! Paper Trimmer. I first saw this type of box at the Stampin’ Up! On Stage event in Dortmund in 2019 and as soon as I held it I loved it, it is just so strong and tactile thanks to the triangular shape . First off, cut the Blackberry Bliss cardstock to 10cm x 21cm and score it on the […]

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Stamptastic Friends January 2021 Blog Hop…

Hello and welcome to the January Blog Hop by the Stamptastic Friends, an amazing group of Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who want to share their creations with you all, this month with a theme of ‘Love and Hugs’. It is National Hug Day on the 21st January, so here is card that would be perfect for sending to a friend, using the Forever and Always stamp set. Whether you have come straight here to me, or hopped from somewhere else, be sure to hop on over to the rest of the team to see some fabulous makes. Forever and Always […]

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Casually Crafting ‘New Year New Techniques’ Blog Hop…

Hello & welcome back to the Casually Crafting Blog Hop where this months theme is ‘New Year – New Techniques’. I have been wracking my brains trying to think of a good casual technique to share with you all, and I hope I have found it. In fact I loved the effect so much I actually made a card earlier in the week with the same technique! The Casually Crafting Design Team are a group of independent Stampin’ Up! demonstrators that want to share our take on casual crafting with you all. We will be sharing what we love every […]

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Sketch challenge using the Simply Succulents Bundle…

I had so much fun taking part in the Global Design Project challenge last week that I have decided to take part again, this time it is my take on a sketch challenge using the Simply Succulents Bundle. The challenges really are great for when you are stuck for inspiration, so I hope you enjoy my entry for #GDP274, with its stunning blended background! There are lots of ways to interpret this sketch challenge, as you can see by the examples over at http://www.global-design-project.com/, but I have chosen to work around the layout of the card and also to incorporate […]

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Colour Challenge with Pretty Perennials…

I have been in a bit of a ‘blog’ slump after Christmas, so what better way to re-energise than to take part in a colour challenge with Pretty Perennials stamps and dies, this time set by the Global Design Project #GDP273, with the stunning combination of Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink and Night of Navy! Wow, what a great mix, and colours I would never think of to put together, but they really do work. I wanted to use the Pretty Perennials stamp set from the just released Jan – Jun Mini Catalogue, with it’s beautiful full bodied stamps and […]

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