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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

So many thanks

 
This card has been made to send to say thank you for all the lovely presents sent to my daughter on her 5th birthday and I thought I would share it with you as it features some retiring products.

The red stripped grosgrain ribbon is to be retired as is the so many thanks stamp used. The stamp can be found on page 112 item no 120173 £7.95 and is a single stamp. I have used this so much in various colours. Will post another picture of my favourite one in the next couple of days. The red stripped ribbon can be found on page 97 item no 119768 £10.25.

Contact me with any questions or to place an order kirstiestampinup@gmail.com 

Monday, September 5, 2011

Cards with some of my favourite retiring products ...

I am sad to see some of these sets to go. Firstly "Cheers to you" which can be found on page 32 of the 2010 and 2011 catalogue item no 111037 and this set has been reduced to £11.21 so act quick as these sets will soon be gone never to be seen again.



The other retiring product used on the card above is the the Photo Corner Punch. The rhinestone has been coloured with a sharpie as Stampin up only sell the clear rhinestones but you can colour them with Sharpies which are now available in lots of colours.


This card also uses the Cheers to you stamp set for the cocktail and the limes in the background are from the Tart and Tangy set which is also to be retired and can be found on page 68 item no 111514 price £12.95.


The Tart and Tangy set has also been used for the following cards



These cards also use the certainly celery striped grosgrain ribbon which is also retiring found on page 97 item number 119771 price £10.25. This ribbon would make a lot of cards and go a long way. I love it and if you were still in doubt about these products some more cards.



These cards use the Tart and Tangy set also and more retiring ribbon. The red ribbon is code 119768 £10.95 the black ribbon will not be retiring. The code for the black ribbon is 115615.

To place an order email me kirstiestampinup@gmail.com do not delay as otherwise you could miss out.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Last Chance List



The items shown in this link http://204.228.150.61/docs/lastchance/en-GB/Availability_en-GB.pdf will retire on the 30th of September or when stocks run out. You will then be unable to order these items so if there are items you would like you will need to act fast as when they are gone they are gone.

I will placing orders at regularly during this month so please feel free to contact me to place an order at any time as these products will move fast!!!

I will be uploading pictures of projects I have made with some of these retiring sets over the next couple of nights and will be hosting a workshop at my house this Saturday night for those that live locally. This workshop will use some of the products that are due to retire.

There are still a couple of place left to attend this workshop if you have not already responded but I would need to know by 8pm tomorrow to be able to have sufficient kits ready.

I have also placed my order of some of the new products to be featured in the new catalogue which is so exciting and I can not wait to share the new products with you.

I am now taking pre-orders for the new catalogue so why not be among the first on the island to have a copy and contact me to reserve your copy today for £4.95 (usually £5.95). Alternatively book a workshop with me and you will get a free copy.

If any of the above is not clear or you would like to place an order, reserve a catalogue or book a workshop or all three feel free to contact me kirstiestampinup@gmail.com at anytime.


Sorry

I am so sorry I have not updated my blog for a little while but I have been having a little bit of a tough time.  A friend of the family sadly died recently. She lost her battle to cancer at 29 leaving 3 beautiful girls aged 2, 4 and 6 and a loving husband. She will be very much missed by all especially her little girls. It has hit us very hard indeed but we need to carry on as normal as possible as that is what she desperately wanted. She was very strong in the faith and is at peace now and free from pain.

So with that in mind I will have a few updates to post tonight and more in the coming days to get me back on track.



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blossom petals punch and Build a Blossom

I have a class on Saturday night at my house for some crafty friends and I am going to be using the blossom petals punch and the build a blossom set to make a lovely flower card.

I will post a picture of the card we make on Sunday but in the meantime I wanted to show  how versitile all of Stampin Up's punches are and some of the wonderful punch art that you can make with a little imagination. I am a huge fan of punch art and have vertually every Stampin Up punch going as a result so you will see may more punch art projects.

The two punch art projects I am going to show you on this post are not my original idea. I found this video on u tube from Tarheel Stamper's which showed how to make these cards and I just had to have a go myself.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc-pf-LZBTs&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

I simplified them a little more as I have made these for my samples and I plan to make these in up coming classes so I like to keep these projects quick and easy and suitable for all levels of crafters.




You will see if you click on the video link above how to make these for yourselves so I am not going to go into too much detail on how to make these on this post but if you have any questions or if you would like to place an order then please email me kirstiestampinup@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Thank you card


My craft space re-organisation is coming on well but I am not quite ready to share my pictures of it yet as there are still a couple of changes to make.

In the meantime I have a card to post.

This card is so quick and easy and would be great for anyone who has a lot of thank you cards to make for birthday gifts or new baby gifts etc.

This is my usual sized card (i.e. A4 cut in half to A5 and then folded in half). I then cut a basic black layer 2 cm smaller than the base and then a further white layer 1cm smaller than that. I adhered the two layers together using my snail and then put dimensionals on the back of the basic black layer and added it to my base.

I punched 5 hearts 1 in daffodil delight, 1 in old olive, 1 in pretty in pink, 1 in marina mist and one in whisper white with the small heart punch (page 106 item no 117193 £5.75). I picked these colours at random from my scraps.

On the white heart I used the versa mark, heat and stick powder and dazzling diamonds on the to give it a bit of sparkle. I added all the hearts to the base in a sort of wave pattern. I used mini glue dots to stick down all the hearts with the exception of the dazzling diamonds heart which I added with a piece of the edge of the dimensionals.

Using the mat pack I pierced some holes in between the hearts.

My sentiment is from the sweetheart stamp set (page 37 item no 120415 for the wood mount £22.95 and item no 120780 for the clear mount £17.95) and this was stamped in the basic black to finish the card.

I hope you like it. If you would like more information or to place an order for any of the materials used then please send me a message kirstiestampinup@gmail.com


Before I go I thought I would share with you another hobby of mine which is cake decorating. This is a picture of a "cupcake bouquet". This is a gift of cupcakes made to look like a potted plant. This is the one I have just completed for a neighbour who helped me this week.


Friday, August 12, 2011

Re-organising my craft space

Sorry I have not posted any projects but I have been away. Whilst away I have bought up all of IKEA and I am assembling a million flat pack units and re-organising my working space. Pictures will follow soon. I have gone with the Expedit range and I LOVE it!!!

Back soon with pictures and more projects so please bear with me.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Outer Space card with the owl punch


I used the two step owl punch from page 14 of the mini catalogue (item no 118074 price £15.50) to punch out the aliens I punched three one in daffodil delight, one in concord crush and one in melon mambo.

Also with the owl punch I punched three of the larger eye circles in whisper white and three of the smaller eye circles in black. I also punched two of the smaller eye circles in daffodil delight, two in concord crush and two in melon mambo.

I then used the star punch on page 104 of the catalogue (item no 119875 price £15.50) and punched three stars one in daffodil delight, one in concord crush and one in melon mambo. I cut off two points from each star and stuck the matching colour circles to them to make the antennae for the aliens.

I carefully cut the feet of the punched owl shapes and adhered them to what would be the head of the owl. I then adhered the antennae to where the feet were and placed the whisper white and black circles to the alien to complete them.

I punched an ornament punch (item no 119847 price £15.50)  in vellum to make the bubble for the spaceship and punched a scalloped oval in daffodil delight (item no 119856 price £15.50) and a large oval (item 119855 price £14.25) in real red for the base of the spaceship.

The last punch was a 1 1/4 inch circle punch (item no 119861 price £14.25) moon in whisper white.

I also added some dazzling diamonds (item no 102023 price £3.75) glitter stars. I used the multipurpose glue and randomly placed some dots and then dusted with glitter. I also added a glitter edge to vellum spaceship bubble.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Quick and simple thinking of you card


Would you believe that this card is made with the two step bird punch.

I punched 11 of the wing from the bird punch (page 104 item no 117191 price £15.50) in regal rose (brights collection) and then 3 wings in old olive (from the in colours collection) and 5 of the branches also in old olive.

I then cut the leaves of one of the branches and shaped the three old olive wings and layered them over three of the regal rose wings to make flower buds. The sentiment is from the curly cute stamp set (page 75 item no 117014 wood £20.95 and item no 120510 clear £16.95). I just cut the sentiment out with my paper snips and layered it on a mat of regal rose and placed dimensionals on the back and then stuck everything down.

This card could easily be used for many occasions and is quick and simple.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Best Fishes


Best fishes to you all on this fine day.

Believe it or not this cute card was made using a christmas stamp set.

The fish bodies are stamped with the dotty ornament stamp from the delightful decorations stamp set shown on page 26 of the 2010 - 2011 idea book and catalogue which can be viewed here

http://www2.stampinup.com/gb/eng/543.asp

The item code for this stamp set is 116517 and its price is £21.95. This set can be used for so many things and has a co-ordinating punch set so there is no need to cut it out, The punch is on page 105 of the catalogue item no 119847 price £15.50. These items will be featured a lot in my up coming christmas projects also which will show how versitle these sets are and how they can be used all year round, with a little imagination.

For this card I stanmped two ornaments one in pumpkin pie and one in daffodil delight. I then punched out three of the branches from the two step bird punch in old olive cardstock. I then punches out two of the five petal flower punches. One is pumpkin pie and one in daffodil delight, This punch is also on page five item no 119880 price £15.50.


I also punched out with the small heart punch (page 106 item no 117193 price £5.75) one heart in pumpkin pie and one in daffodil delight this will make the lips of the fish.

I used the 1/2 inch circle punch (page 106 item no 119869 price £5.75) and the 1/8 handheld circle punch (page 106 item no 100391 price £6.75) to make the eyes. I punched two 1/2 circles in white and one daffodil delight and one pumpkin pie. I then punched out two 1/8 inch circles in black.


I also cut a top note in baja breeze with the top note die and the big shot (which can be found in the mini catalogue by clicking the link below).

http://www2.stampinup.com/gb/eng/543.asp

Ok now lets put this together. As usual the card base is an A4 sheet  cut in half to make it A5 and then folded in half to make it an A6 card which is the size of the standard Stampin Up envelopes. The card base for this card is in whisper white.

I used the snail on the top note die to stick it to my card base. I then cut off two petals of the 5 petal punch to make the fish tail and then a further two petals and then cut it in half to give me single petals for the fins. I then used the tombow multipurpose glue to stick the fish parts to the ornament punch fish bodies.

I decided where to position my fish on the card and then stuck down the seaweed branches with tombow glue under where my fish bodies would go. I then placed some dimensionals on the back of my fish and added them to my card.

All the adhesive offered by Stampin Up can be found on page 100 of the catalogue. For a finishing touch I used basic rhinestones as bubbles. These can be found on page 99 of the catalogue along with all the other embellishments. The item no is 119246 and they are £4.50 for 150 which is a lot of bling!

I hope you have enjoyed this project. Stay tuned for another project soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Sorry I have been gone so long ....

As you can see I set this Blog up a little while ago and have not got round to using it how I intended. All that is about to change.

I have been working on a number of projects which I have not until now uploaded so I have lots in store to show you starting now.



This is an A6 card which will the size of all my cards unless otherwise stated. A6 cards are made by cutting an A4 sheet of card in half and then folding it in half. This means that it fits in the standard envelopes available from Stampin Up (item no 106588 in Whisper White and 106589 Very Vanilla and are Priced at £5.75 for 40 featured on page 87 of the catalogue).

The catalogue can be found here

http://www2.stampinup.com/gb/eng/543.asp

The base of this card is Pear Pizzaz which is a member of the in colour family and can be found on page 81 of the catalogue. A pack of 24 A4 sheets of card would be £6.25 and would mean that you would be able to make 48 card bases! You can order 24 sheets of Pear Pizzaz (item no 121693 £6.25 for 24 sheets) or you could order a colour assortment and you would receive 20 sheets of card 4 of each of the 5 in colours for the same price. More information on this can be found on page 81 of the Catalogue.

I have then placed a mat of whisper white card stock which is 1cm less than the card base to give the card a layered look. Whisper white card stock is £7.50 for 40 sheets item no 106549 and can be found on page 85 of the catalogue.

I then punched out with Stampin Up's fabulous hand held shape punches (punches can be found on pages 104 and 105 of the catalogue). I punched out 3 scallop circles with the scallop punch (item no 119854 price £15.50). I punches one in Pretty in Pink, one in Chocolate Chip and one from So Saffron.

I then punched out a square with the large square punch (item no 119877 price £15.50) in Crumb Cake card stock which is a craft coloured card from Stampin Up for the cone. I cut two triangles of the sides to give the cone its shape. A top tip here is to cut one side and then use the first triangle as a template for the other side so that they are equal.

I then ran the cone through my Big Shot using the Swiss Dots embossing folder but you could also use the waffle folder or leave it flat if you do not own a Big Shot, yet. The big shot is a die cutting and embossing machine which can be found in the mini catalogue. I ahve to say that the Big Shot is a bit of an investment at £85 but there is so much you can do with it as I will show in my following updates and projects.

I would also say that if you host a workshop it would be possible to get the Big Shot at a reduced price with your hostess benefits which could make it more affordable for you. Contact me for more information on how to do this and for details on the other benefits to being a hostess.

I then sniped the scalloped circles.I counted 9 scallops and then cut the remaining scallops off. I then inked the edges of all the punches pieces in Chocolate Chip with a sponge dauber.

A dauber or a "finger hat" as a good friend of mine calls them are a little sponges that you place on your finger and use to give definition and texture to your punched pieces or edges of your card. The daubers are found on page 103 of the catalogue item no 102892 and are £8.75 for 12. A dauber can be used for many projects and used many times.

I then used my snail adhesive to stick the cone base to the card. Snail adhesive is a tape runner which is sold by Stampin Up and makes gluing your cards together quick simple and mess free. This is a must have item. The snail adhesive is £5.50 item no 104332 and can be found on page 100 of the catalogue. The snail can be refilled making it very affordable as the refills are £3.75 item no 104331.

I then placed Stampin Up dimensionals on the first ice cream scoop. I placed 3 on this scoop as it is the base for all the others. The second layer I placed two dimensionals on the bottom of the scoop and placed that on the base scoop at an angle with one scallop showing on one side and two on the other. I then repeated this with the third scoop and angled it the opposite way to the last scoop.

Dimensionals are little foam adhesive stickers which are double sided and are used to raise items up from the card base. They can be found on page 100 with all the other adhesives sold. The item number is 104430 and they are £3.25 for 300!!! You can get more than 300 foam pieces from them as every scrap can be used. You can snip the edges to size for the smaller items. There is no need to waste anything with Stampin Up.

I then stamped Happy Birthday in chocolate chip ink on to whisper white card using the perfect punches stamp set. These stamps can be found on page 66 of the catalogue and are available in wood or clear mount options depending on your preferance.

I then punched the Happy Birthday out with the large oval punch (page 105 item no 119863 price £14.25) and then layered that on to the scallop oval punch (same page item no 119856 price £15.50) cut in pretty in pink. I then placed two dimesionals on the back and added it to the card.

The last step was to add some sparkle. I used the two way glue pen item no 100425 price £3.25 and dabbed it on the top card and added some dazzling diamonds glitter item no 102023 £3.75 per 12g pot. This glitter goes a long way if you are careful.

I left the inside of this card blank for your own message. I would add to this something like "sending you sprinkles of fun on your Birthday".

I hope this is not too long winded and confusing as I have tried to pack a lot into this update. Please email or add a comment if you have any questions.

If you would like to book a workshop I would be happy to show and your friends how to make this card (or any other project) in the comfort of your own home.

Many thanks for your time and happy crafting x

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Stampin' Up

Its official I am now a stampin up demonstrator.

I am working on a number of projects to demo some of the Stampin up products and will be posting these shortly.

If anyone is interested in puchasing Stampin up products and or joining my craft club please leave a message here and I will respond.

Please keep checking back as I intend to have regular updates and offers and will keep you all posted.

Monday, January 10, 2011

My Blog

I have been following a number of bloggers for some time now and have been having so much fun watching them I have decided to start my own.

Watch this space for my creations which have been inspired by Robyn aka The Pink Stamper.

Check Robyn out for yourself http://www.mypinkstamper.com/

Don't forget to follow me too though, lol!