Online Extravaganza

Happy Cyber Monday!  And to celebrate, we are giving ALL CUSTOMERS FREE SHIPPING for today only!!
So,If you need to stock up for gifts or for personal shopping, visit my Stampin’ Up! website between 11:00am to 10:59pm on Monday 27 November to take advantage of this chance for a shopping spree with FREE p&p. Remember, with your order of £150 or more, you earn yourself some Stampin’ rewards to shop some more, compliments of Stampin’ Up!
Have you got your wish list ready? Click here to go to my Stampin’ Up website.
Happy Stampin’

Barbara x


The Crafty Inklings 3rd Blog Hop

Yep – it’s that time again!  Are you like me, and love going on a blog hop?  I love seeing what other people come up with using the same products I have, and I often get inspiration from them, or even CASE (Copy And Share Everything) exactly as the original design.  Here at Stampin’ UP! we positively encourage CASEing projects – just don’t forget to give the original designer credit if you publish it anywhere.

I have great pleasure, once again, in being a part of the Crafty Inklings Blog Hop.  You may have come to me from the lovely Tanya’s Blog with her gorgeous projects.  However, if you have come to me first, then let me introduce you to our theme – The 2017-2018 Annual Catalogue!  Yep, it’s a very broad theme this time round – basically, if it’s in the new Catalogue, then it was fair game.

So, after staring at all of my new stamp sets, as well as my carry over sets, I gave in and put all of the names into a hat (or rather a bowl) and chose one set ….  Seaside Shore (Wood Mount 141622, Clear Mount 141625).  This is a carry over set which I’ve used a few times before, but not really put it through its paces properly.  So, I decided to give you a range of project ideas aimed at all crafting abilities from beginner up to avid crafter.

Starting with the basic, I made a sweet but simple card using just the Stamp Set, plus Blushing Bride,Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, So Saffron & Wisteria Wonder Classic Ink Pads, Basic Black Archival Ink Pad, Very Vanilla thick Cardstock, 8 Stampin’ Dimensionals and a Very Vanilla C6 Envelope (see the end of this post for item numbers).  I used the inks and an Aqua Painter to watercolour the stamped images but you could also use a Blender Pen.  Check out the envelope – who says all that cuteness has to stay on the card 😉

First I stamped the shells and starfish, using the sticky part of some Post It type notes to make masks so they could overlap.  Then, keeping the masks on, I stamped the two clumps of seaweed using the Archival ink, then the two fish.  I then used the inks and Aqua Painter to watercolour the images (little tip – make sure the black ink is dry first – Archival Ink takes a bit longer to dry than the Classic Ink).  I stamped the ‘Ahoy There” Banner in Pool Party on a scrap of Very Vanilla Card then fussy cut it with my Snips and mounted it using Dimensionals. 

The Watercoloured images were carried over to the inside of the card and the front of the envelope.  (Another tip – remember to check the edges of your stamp to make sure there has not been any transfer of ink there before stamping, otherwise you will get marks where you don’t want them, like I have inside the card 😳)

My second card is a little more involved.  As well as the items above, I used the large jar from the Jar of Love Stamp Set which I stamped onto Very Vanilla Thick Cardstock with the Basic Black Archival Ink, and then cut out the centre using the Everyday Jars Framelits.  I then stamped the shells at the bottom of the jar in Pink Pirouette and Wisteria Wonder and the ‘Ahoy There!” banner in Marina Mist. I then used the frame to lightly mark the edges of the frame onto the card blank in pencil so I knew where to stamp the fish and seaweed, then I meant to stick a piece of Window Sheet behind the frame, but I forgot – oops!  

After stamping and water colouring the fishy scene,  I mounted the framed piece of Cardstock onto the card base using Stampin Dimensionals.  As this isn’t a shaker card, there was no need to edge the back of the frame with foam strips, but if you wanted to turn this into a Shaker Card, then you could totally do this!

My third card is the most complex but although there is a lot to it, it isn’t actually that difficult.  It’s just time consuming, and does need a fairly accurate hand with the Stampin’ Trimmer.  

As the matching paper to the Seaside Shore Stamp Set has retired, I used the Pool Party Spotty Sheet from the Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper, and stamped some Very Vanilla Cardstock with the Starfish and Bubbles from the stamp set as the second patterned design (copying a design from the old DSP).  The scenes on the two front panels, the inside square panel, and the back message panel were all stamped with Basic Black Archival Ink and then Watercoloured with the Classic Stampin’ Ink Pads and Aqua Painter.  The background was given a Watercolour Wash in So Saffron and Pool Party for the sand and water. 

I plan to make a video (my first) showing how to make this card, so watch this space!


I then turned to Gift Packaging for my final two projects.  

The first is a simple bag made using the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits and the same patterned sheet from the Delightful Daisy DSP.  The tag is just under  2″ wide, with the top cut using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch and the length trimmed to 3″.  It has been stamped with a small scene and water coloured as above with a length of 1/4″ Natural Trim threaded through the slit which was then tied with Linen Thread.  The tag was attached with three Mini Glue Dots across the back at the top.


The second is a box made using the Window Box Thinlits.  I do love this box and can see it being one of my ‘go to’ packaging tools for a long time to come.  This time I made a ‘Porthole’ using two dies from the Circle Layering Thinlits and Copper Foil Sheet.  I backed this with Window Sheet and stuck it over the top of the scene, which was stamped onto a circle of Very Vanilla Card, with Stampin’ Dimensionals. The small squares on the sides are cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits.  Once decorated, I then glued the box together using Multipurpose Liquid Glue.  (I’ll get a video done for this as well, asap).


Of course – if you are going to use the Thinlits and Framelits, you will need a Big Shot or similar die cutting machine.

I hope you like my projects, and that they have inspired you to take another look at the Carry Over stamp sets when you make your 2017-2018 Wish List.

Well, it’s time now to hop on over to Sue’s Blog to see what wonderful creations she has to show you!

Just before you leave me – if you don’t already have a Stampin’ UP! Demonstrator and would like to buy the supplies needed for any of my projects, I would love to help you.  You can find my 24/7 Shop Here and the list of supplies I used is below 😉

Happy Stampin’

Babs X

Supplies List:-

Stamp Sets

Seaside Shore – wood mount 141622 ; clear mount 141625

Jar of Love – photopolymer 141587

Butterfly Basics – wood mount 138813 ; clear mount 138816 ; photopolymer 137154

New Eastern Beauty – photopolymer 143675
Cardstock & Designer Series Paper

New 12″x12″ Cardstock Pack – Subtles Best (8 each of Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, & Soft Sky) 145408

New Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper – 144137

Paper Basics

New A4 Thick Cardstock – Very Vanilla – 144238

Foil Sheets – Copper – 142020

Window Sheets – 142314

Envelopes – Very Vanilla (C6) – 106589


Archival Stampin’ Ink – Basic Black – 140931

Classic Stampin’ Pad –

  • Blushing Bride – 131287
  • Calypso Bride – 124392
  • Marina Mist – 121682
  • Pear Pizzazz – 131290
  • Pink Pirouette – 116203
  • Pool Party – 124391
  • So Saffron – 108611
  • Soft Sky – 131292
  • Wisteria Wonder – 124389

OR – you could buy the Subtles Assortment – 131185 – one of each of the 10 Subtles Pads and get the Wild Wasabi as well 😉
Alternatively – Watercolor Pencils 141709 (although the colours are restricted, and you would still want the Soft Sky and So Saffron pads to do the washes.

Ribbon & Trim

1/4″ (6.4mm) Natural Trim – Gold – 141484

Linen Thread – 104199


Aqua Painters – 103954 OR Blender Pens – 102845

Stampin’ Trimmer – 129722

Bone Folder – 102300

Scalloped Tag Topper Punch – 133324

Paper Snips – 103579

Big Shot Die Cutting Machine – 143263

Everyday Jars Framelits – 141490

Mini Treat Bag Thinlits – 137547

Window Box Thinlits – 142762

Layering Circles Framelits – 141705

Stitched Shapes Framelits – 145372


Multipurpose Liquid Glue – 110755

Tear & Tape Adhesive – 138995

Mini Glue Dots – 103683

Stampin’ Dimensionals – 104430

It’s Arrived!!!! Yayyy!

I love this time of the Stampin’ UP! Year!  The new Annual Catalogue 2017-2018 went live this morning – have you had a look yet?

It has an amazing 233 pages packed with goodies, with some returning but best of all, ALL THOSE NEW PRODUCTS!!!

I’ve just counted them!  Are you ready for this?  We have …

  • 4 New Kits each of which also has a refill pack
  • 82 New Stamp Sets including 5 New Background Stamps
  • 23 New Bundles – a stamp set and either a set of dies or a punch, with a combined saving of 10%.  These are great deals!
  • 19 New Die Sets for the Big-Shot
  • 7 New Punches
  • 15 New Paper Sets
  • 50 New Spools of Ribbon or Trim

And that’s not counting the embellishments, the ink and Cardstock for the 5 new In Colors or our New ‘Memories & More’ range of memory keeping products.

Wow!  When you look at it like that, what’s not to like??

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll be sharing some ideas I’ve come up with using some of the new products, so keep an eye out here on my blog and on my Facebook Page.  Why not subscribe to both, and request my Newsletter by going to my Stampin’ Up Website so you don’t miss out on any of the announcements.

I’m really looking forwards to this coming year – Happy Stampin’! 

The Crafty Inklings Blog Hop

Hi guys – oops!!  It’s been a LOOONG time since I last posted!  But I’m back!
So – welcome to our first Crafty Inklings Blog Hop. We are a group of fellow Stampin’ Up Demonstrators from Norfolk, Suffolk and some of our wider teams, a bit further afield !  

You have probably joined me from Jacqui Lawrence’s Blog –  did you love her projects?  If you’ve jumped straight in with my blog, then Let me tell you a bit about it.

Today we are sharing projects we have made from the Spring / Summer and Sale-A-Bration Catalogues.  If you haven’t seen them, you really do need to have a look at your Demonstrator’s website – if you haven’t got a Demonstrator, then please feel free to take a look at mine 😉

I want to show you the gorgeous Sending Love Suite.  It’s not just for Valentine’s Day!

I think I’ve managed to use every stamp from the Sealed With Love stamp set plus every die from the Love Notes Framelits Dies – I’ve even slipped in a little of each design from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack and the Sending Love Glassine Sheets.  Imagine each one of those squares on a 4″ x 4″ card – they would make lovely little notelets – add in a box and you have a beautiful gift set.
Here are a few other ideas to prompt your mojo!  I made the Cards with two inserts – one for Valentine’s Day and one plain – each with  Tear and Tape Adhesive on the back so either one can be stuck in by the customer.

Thanks for dropping in 😉.  I’d love to know what you think of my frame and cards, so please feel free to leave some love in the comments 😘

It’s now time to visit Rebecca Davis 

See you again soon

Babs xxx

It’s that time again!

Yes, we are saying goodbye to our retiring products for 2016 😥. Some, I will personally be keeping as I am soooo in love with them, and am genuinely sad to see them go, but without retiring stuff, Stampin’ UP! can’t fit in all the gorgeous yumminess of crafting coming our way on 1st June.

When you first see the list, you may be shocked at some of the items leaving, but when you see what is coming (don’t worry – time will fly) you will understand.

Meantime, get your hands on your favourites from the retiring list before they sell out – the sooner you place your order, the greater the chance of them being in stock.  Remember – when they are gone, they are gone FOREVER 😞.

Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you some projects I’ve made with a selection of the retiring products, and giving you updates on how stocks are going, so be sure to add me to your reading list 😉

REMEMBER – to buy any of the retiring Hostess Sets, you need an order of £150 or over in conmmissionable sales (not including postage).  If that value is a bit too much for you, why not become a Virtual Hostess – drop me an email or give me a call for more information if you are interested.

 Check out the Retiring Products HERE!


Papercraft Basics

If you’ve trawled all the blogs, YouTube Videos and websites about paper crafting, then you are probably overwhelmed by the different tools and products available. You may even be thinking that this is far too complicated and expensive a hobby. But don’t despair! Paper crafting needn’t be either.

You can start with a very basic tool kit – as with all things, you get what you pay for, but if you are just wanting to dip your toe into the world of paper craft, then start cheap (you can always upgrade later if you get truly bitten by the bug lol).

Cardmaking is one of the easiest forms of Papercraft. Start with:-

Paper Trimmer (preferably at least A4 in size)
Scissors – a large pair is best as they are the most versatile
Adhesive – you’ll want a liquid glue as well as some double sided tape
Card stock in a selection of colours
Stickers and Peel-Offs in a range of designs and texts
Ribbons can add a splash of colour and texture very quickly
Don’t forget the envelopes! C6 is a good size to start with.

Obviously there are lots of other products you can add later, but you should be able to create some lovely cards quite cheaply with these basics.

Watch out for some samples made with these basics coming soon!