Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Christmas Single Stamps

Morning everyone. It is still rainy and wet here today although not as windy as yesterday thank goodness!
Today I wanted to share some single stamps that Stampin' Up have released just in time for Christmas. The stamps will be available to buy until January 2014.

 I'm trying to decide which one is my favourite but I'm torn between #1 Be Merry and #7 Magical Season. Which one is your favourite?
Until Next time

Saturday, 14 September 2013

Pinkies Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

If you have arrived here from Jenny's blog, hello and welcome.

There are so many gorgeous products in the new catalogue it was hard to single out just one project to focus on for the blog hop.  I absolutely adore Halloween and love to make my own decorations so when I saw the new Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit I knew I had to have it.

The kit is designed to coordinate with the Build a Banner Simply Created Kit which contains 18 blank canvas pennants, jute twine, alphabet and image stencils and a Stampin' Spritzer which is enough to make two or three banners depending on how long each banner is.
I started by deciding the order of my banners then used the sponge daubers to add a backround  and lettering to them using Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight and Basic Black inks and stencils from the kit.
The rosettes come with the kit and just need glued together.
I then finished decorating my banners using the glittered accents, ribbons and buttons from the kit. I had so much fun creating this banner and can't wait to make another with a winter theme using the rest of the kit.
If you would like to make your own banner I will be holding a class on 6th October
See here for more details
Supplies used:
Halloween Banner Simply Created Accessory Kit 132698
Build a Banner Simply Created Kit 133507
Sponge Daubers 102892
Daffodil Delight Stamp Pad 126944
Pumpkin Pie Stamp Pad 126945
Basic Black Stamp Pad 126980
Scallop Oval Punch 119856
Large Oval Punch 119855
Thanks for visiting, the next blog on our hop is Lizy's, to visit her blog and see what she's been up to just use the Next Blog button below

Until next time

Friday, 13 September 2013


The featured stampset I used at this weeks card class was Wetlands. I absolutely adore this set, I think the images are so beautiful don't need a lot of embellishment so both cards are quite clean and simple.
 This first card was made using a technique I saw one of my teammates, Nicky Dexter use. You can see her card here.

 The backround was created by swiping the edge of the ink pad across the card which gives a lovely watercolour effect. I used Naturals Ivory card as the ink stays wet on it a bit longer, meaning if you're a bit heavy handed with the inkpad there is a bit of time to blend the ink in. The birds were stamped in Basic Black, and the reeds and greeting are Early Expresso.

Our second card used another image from the set, a goose which was stamped in Early Expresso. The reeds for this card were inked up using Stampin Write markers in So Saffron and Soft Suede. I am giving both these cards away on my Facebook page here, so why not pop over and enter?

Supplies used:
Sahara Sand A4 cardstock  121695
Basic Grey A4 cardstock  121689
Naturals Ivory A4 cardstock  108630
Wetlands Stampset  126697
Basic Black Stamp Pad  126980
Early Expresso Stamp Pad  126974
Soft Sky Stamp Pad  131181
Crumb Cake Stamp pad  126975
Smoky Slate Stamp Pad  131179
Whisper White A4 cardstock  106549
Crumb Cake A4 cardstock  121685
So Saffron A4 cardstock  108611
So Saffron Stampin' Write Marker 131264
Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker 131264
Until Next Time

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Back to School Stationery Box

Today I want to share a little present I made for my two youngest girls for starting school last week. They had left their old primary school and all their friends behind and were nervous about making new friends and fitting in so I thought I would make them a gift to help settle those first day nerves.

 Now I don't know about your house, but in my house when it comes to homework time all the pencils, sharpeners and erasers all seem to magically disappear making homework stressful for everyone concerned. So when I saw these little stationery sets in my local supermarket, I thought they would be perfect for homework time.

 I designed a box to hold everything neatly inside using Island Indigo and Melon Mambo cardstock and covered it with the co-ordinating Gingham Gardens Designer Series paper. I also covered the pencil sharpener in a little scrap of DSP.
The flower is from the Mixed Bunch set and was stamped in Melon Mambo and punched out with the matching punch. I wanted to add the girl's initials to each box so each girl could identify there own set and avoid any arguments over who owned what.
The sets were a big hit with both girls who enjoyed their first day and made lots of new friends, and are now looking forward to getting some homework so they can use their new supplies.
Supplies used:
Island  Indigo A4 cardstock  124390 
Melon Mambo cardstock  119980 
Whisper White cardstock 106549 
Gingham Garden DSP  129310 
Mixed Bunch Stamp  125537 
Blossom Punch  125603 
Melon Mambo Stamp Pad  126948   
Island Indigo Stamp Pad  126986 
Artisan Label Punch130920
Until next time

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Hello and Welcome!

Hi there and welcome to my blog, thanks for stopping by. My name is Clare and I am a Stampin Up Demonstrator in Northern Ireland, based midway between Belfast and Lisburn. I have been paper crafting for nearly eight years, mainly scrapbooking and joined Stampin Up in February of this year and I'm loving every minute of it! I run regular card making and scrapbooking classes in the Greater Belfast area and love meeting up with other crafters.
I have started this blog to share ideas and inspiration with whoever would like to take the time to read what I post.