Animal Outing Bundle

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Welcome to my blog hop.  For this blog hop I have decided to show you how versatile Stampin’ Up! products are to use and how everything coordinates.  None of that does this red match that red.  You all know that feeling and how frustrating it is!

For this blog I decided to showcase the Animal Expedition Suite from the annual catalogue (page 26-27).

My first project was to design 3 cards:

I decided to remake the rhino one that had been one of my Quick and Easy Cards into a more advanced card by raising up elements of the card.  I decided that the white Wood Textures DSP would look better than plain Whisper White card stock.

With the Kangaroo card I decided to have the opening at the front of the card.  I love how the DSP looks on the panels of the card.

The final card I was going to use the Taylored Tag punch to punch out the DSP as they reminded me of African patterned material.  As I was looking for the punch I came across the Classic Label punch and tried that instead.  I love how the patterns turned out.  I wanted to tie the cards together so I die cut the Happy Birthday in Wood Textures DSP and mounted it onto a die cut Basic Black Happy Birthday.

My next project is an IKEA Ribba Photo Frame.

I had the idea of using Animal Expedition Suite to make pictures for it.  I wanted to make a back ground for each animal plus have a silhouette picture.

All the backgrounds have been done with sponge brayers and re inkers.  I love how the backgrounds turned out.

Kangaroo Picture

For this picture I die cut lots of leaves in Shaded Spruce and Garden Green card stock.  As you can see some are stuck straight onto the base whilst others have been raised.  The Kangaroo is die cut from the DSP and is also raised up from the base.  To finish off the picture I fussy cut one of the lizards from the dsp.

Rhino Picture

I wanted a swampy feel to this picture so I die cut the leaves from the Tropical thinlits, fussy cut the rhinos, crocodiles and lizard from the DSP.  These were then stuck onto the card base.

The Silhouette Picture

This one was easy to do as all the elements used were die cut from Basic Black card stock and stuck to the base card.

My next project was to make a mirror using the IKEA MALma mirror

This project took the most time.  The mirror base was primed using Gesso primer.  I then used a side of a Stampin’ Up! box to make the tree and branches.  I die cut a template in card to use as a mask for the embossing paste which was coloured using Crumb Cake reinker.

I painted the tree and brances using Early Espresso and Crumb Cake reinkers.  The mirror base was sponged using Pear Pizzaz and Mossy Meadow reinkers.

Whilst the inks were drying I stamped and die cut the leaves from the Tropical XYZ in Garden Green Ink onto Garden Green card stock.  These were stuck along the top of the mirror to make a tree canopy.

I used the Leaf ribbon to make vines climbing up the trees.  The animals were all die cut using the dies and stuck onto the mirror.

My Final Project is Of course a scrapbook page.

For this I made another mask and sponged crumb cake and mossy meadow through it onto the page.  As the DSP is so vibrant I cut strips and using the Triple Banner punch punched the ends.  Leaf ribbon was glued along both sides, then more of the Tropical leaves were glued in 2 corners.

I made a photo mount using Lemon Lime Twist and Smokey Slate card stock and stuck this onto the page leaving a gap along the bottom for a pull out tag for journalling.  Then using the same colour card stock I made the pull down tag.

The title was made using the Large Letter framelits and DSP mounted onto more Lemon Lime Twist and Smokey Slate card stock.  The small letters are from the Labeler Alphabet stamp set which were stamped using memento ink and Lemon Lime Twist card stock.

All that is left to do now is to find a suitable photo and add journalling.

I hope you have found some inspiration and ideas from this blog and can see how every product from a Stampin’ Up! suite matches and how you can mix different products into that suite.

Goodbye for now.

SUBA – August Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Friends of SUBA Blog Hop

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SUBA stands for Simply Unique Business Angels, and is run by Pip Todman and Louise Sims.

Back in August 2017 I attended a SUBA Training Course to help move my business into the Social Media arena.  Pip and Louise have welcomed me with open arms and are constantly helping others like me to understand the systems that they use and built confidence to use them more so.

There was another training course in February 2018, the group of  Stampin’ Up! Demo’s who attended, decided to join up to create a blog hop so that what they had learnt could be put into practice. I was lucky to join this group and be able to show you what I have made for this month’s blog hop.

This month’s theme is Summer Holidays.

Thank you for joining me from Carrie’s blog or if you have just joined the blog with me.  For this month’s blog hop I already had a couple of scrapbook pages already started that fitted in to the theme of Summer Holidays.

I had a shell template which I used to cut 2 shells out of sand paper and stuck onto the corner of each page.  I then found some seaside photos of my daughter and of the Beach Huts at Wells-next-the-sea.  This photo reminded me straight away of the Waterfront stamp set we have.

As the 12×12 pages were Basic Black it meant I could use bolder colours as photo mats.  The first photo mat I used is Pacific Point.  Then to keep to the sand theme I mounted the photo mats onto Sahara Sand card stock.

I then used the Waterfront stamp set to ‘copy’ the trees, dunes and beach from the Beach hut photo. This was also mounted onto Pacific Point and Sahara Sand card stock.  I stamped the beach huts also from Waterfront to make small embelishments.

As I wanted a bold title so I used our Large Letter dies to cut out By The Seaside in both coloured card stock.  I love how using two colours makes the letters pop.

To finish off the pages I added waves using the die from Swirly Scribbles thinlits and Soft Sea Foam card stock.

I hope you have been inspired by my scrapbook pages and the products I have used.

Please do leave comments on each blog as you hop from person to person.

To visit Deborah and see what her take is on Summer Holidays please click on the next button…

Blog hop list

Caro at Craft with Caro

Carrie at The Inky Nook

Cheryl at Stampin ‘n’ Crafting with Cheryldiana – YOU ARE HERE

Deborah at DJC Creativity

Gina at Emerald Kreations


Stampin Dreams Holiday Catty Preview

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Welcome to this month’s Stampin Dreams Blog Hop

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This month we are showing you a sneek peek at the NEW Autumn/Winter catalogue.  If you have not received your copy yet please let me or your own SU Demo know.

For my sneek peek I have chosen to use the Still Night bundle.  As some of you know my upline demo’s team are called OWLS (Obsessed with Lovely Stamps) so this bundle is so appropriate for us.

Here are the two cards I designed.


For this card I wanted to try to give a moon lit night feel.  This is the first time I have tried to do this and it turned out very well.  First I sponged Night of Navy onto the card base and around a circle mask.  Then I stamped the branch using Early Espresso and added some sparkle with Dazzling Diamonds glitter to make the branches frosted.  Finally I stamped the owl in memento and coloured the owl in using Water Colour pencils and a blender pen.


For this card I wanted to try the sunset technique again another technique I have not done before.  I sponged the inks onto the card stock.  The dies were cut out using Basic Black card stock and stuck onto the card base using fine tip glue.

I hope you have enjoyed my cards using the Still Night bundle.  Please do leave comments before you hop on over to Jessie in Australia.

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Scrapbooking Global August Blog Hop

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Welcome to this month’s Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop. 

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The theme this month is Memories & More.

I love using Memories and More Card Packs as they are so versatile and easy to use whether you are a beginner to scrapbooking or have been scrapbooking for years.

I can produce quick scrapbook pages by slotting them into the Memories and More pages with photos and also I can use them on a 12×12 scrapbook page plus of course make cards using the new memories and more cards and envelopes.  The hardest part is choosing which set to use.

For this blog hop I decided to use the Delightfully Detailed set as they fit in nicely with the rest of the Delightfully Detailed suite.

Scrapbook page 1

For this page I used the memories and more set with a memories and more page from the variety pack.  As you can see there is loads of space to write notes, memories and add in embellishments.  These photos are from my first holiday with my hubby to Cornwell and Devon.

Scrapbook page 2

For this page I used a Whisper White 12×12 card stock.  As you can see I have used the triple punch to add accents to the photo page and black satin ribbon under the Polka Dot Tulle ribbon.

I love this page as we were saving our 5, 10 and 20 pence coins and managed to save over £180.00 which we spent in Jamie Oliver’s restaurant called Fifteen on a 7 course meal each.  The views from the restaurant were lovely especially at sun set.

I hope you have enjoyed my scrapbook pages and seen how versatile the Memories and More card packs are.

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Kre8tors August 2018 Blog Hop

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Welcome to another Kre8tors Blog Hop
 This month’s theme is water

When I saw this month’s theme I knew straight away which photos I would use.

Bear in The Air

I was privileged to be able to meet our Chief Scout Bear Grylls in 2013.  During this year Bear was challenged to visit as many Scout Events as he could.  As Bear was going to travel to each event by helicopter it was named Bear in the Air.

On a cold wet Sunday in October Bear was due to land in a field and attend our District Scout Event.  Unfortunately he was unable to use the helicopter as the clouds were so low, so he arrived in a land rover.

The photos I chose were of Bear presenting me with my certificate for training to be a District Commissioner (Woodbadge) and of me presenting his son Marmaduke with a pirographed tent peg.  It was so funny that I was standing in the rain as he was covered by an umbrella.  So much for wild survival skills. 🙂

Bear in the Air

I chose to use the Tranquil Textures DSP as it reminded me of water.  I stamped the dots from Playful Backgrounds as it reminded me of the rain splashing on the ground.  The Soft Sea Foam card peeking out from the photo is to do some journalling.

I am planning to do another similar page with the newspaper cuttings – but first I need to find them in my craft room.

I hope you have enjoyed my scrapbook and the story behind it.  Please do leave comments on all the blogs.

Please click on the next button to visit Alexandra.

August 2018 Kre8tors Blog Hop Roll Call

Melissa Tennison

Lisa Kmiec

Su Mohr

Anastasia Radloff

Tracy Marie Lewis

Sue McDonald

Linda Handford

Jan Musselman

Cheryl Taylor – YOU ARE HERE

Alexandra Rauf

Kirsteen Gill

Laura Kate Mackie

Tricia Butts

Rebecca-Jo Unwin

Diana Tillery

Jo Blackman

Maria Calia

Jackie Lawless

Stamp N Hop – Masculine

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Welcome to another Stamp & Hop Blog Hop 

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The theme for August is MasculinE 

Hello you may have hopped over to me from Susan and seen the lovely project she has done or you have just joined the Blog Hop with me.

I fell in love with the Elephant bundle and could not wait to make a baby card with it.  As the theme this month is Masculine I decided to first make a male baby card.

Card 1

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For this card I started off by inking up the Tufted embossing folder with Balmy Blue ink.  A piece of Whisper White card stock was then laid onto the ink and embossed.

A piece of Balmy Blue card stack was stuck on to make a back ground for the elephants and sentiments.  I then stamped the elephants in Balmy Blue ink and punched them out.

To finish off the card I stamped the hearts and die cut using the heart die from Up & Away Thinlits and stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Whisper White banner from the Bunch of Banners Framelits.

Cards 2 & 3

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For these cards I decided to use set colours which were Merry Merlot, Blackberry Bliss and Pool Party.

I wanted to use the Lift Me Up stamp set and matching dies as I had not used these in a while.

If you have visited me before you will know that I love making my own back ground paper so stamped the clouds in Pool Party all over a piece of Whisper White card stock and cut to size.  I stamped some medium sized balloons and die cut them out.  These were then glued onto the card base.

I then die cut the large balloon and matching back ground dies in Pool Party and Whisper White card stock.  These were then glued to the back of the die cut balloon.  I wanted them to be slightly raised so Stampin Dimensionals were used.  The sentiment was stamped onto a Whisper White cloud in Blackberry Bliss and backed to a Pool Party cloud.

To finish off the cards I used the Clear Rhinestones.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the cards I made for this blog hop.  Please do leave comments as you hop around this blog hop.

Please click on the next button to see what Vicky has used for her blog.

Ink & Share Blog Hop – Anything Goes

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Welcome to another blog hop.  This time I am taking part in the FIRST Ink & Share Scrapbook Blog Hop.

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I live in a lovely village in near Ely in the UK.  You may have just joined me on this blog hop or just hopped over from Sue and seen her scrapbook page.

For this first blog hop the theme is Anything Current.  Whilst I was looking through some old photos trying to find some that I could scrapbook as one off pages.  I found some photos of my lovely daughter which were taken by a professional photographer for one of my birthdays.

The photo has a black and red border around it and I wanted to use a bright colour for my page so I chose Real Red 12×12 card stock.  I have been trying to find another excuse to use the Petal Palette stamp set as it is a lovely set.  Also I wanted to use more embellishments as most of my scrapbook pages are full of photos rather than just the one photo.

I decided to use the White Polka Dot Tulle ribbon and the Black Satin ribbon.  By trying different layouts I decided to layer the ribbons, with the polka dot tulle on top of the black.  Don’t you just love how this turned out?

I die cut out the leaves using the Petals & More Thinlits and Whisper White card stock and Blueberry Bushel card stock.  These were glued onto the left hand corners using fine tip glue.

Then I stamped the flower stamps in Black Memento.  These flowers were then coloured in using the Real Red watercolour pencil and a blender pen.  The leaves were coloured in using the Basic Black watercolour pencil.  Finally I used Wink of Stella brushed over the roses to make them sparkle.

To finish the page off I used the Amazing and You dies from the Celebrate You thinlits which were die cut again using Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel card stock and stuck one over the other.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at my scrapbook page and that it has given you some ideas.  Please do leave comments as you hop around this blog hop.

Please click on the next button to hop over to Cindy to see her scrapbook page.

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