Sunday, 30 April 2017

Washi tape and NEW pretty label punch

Hey there everyone,

Such a busy weekend - my eldest daughter is moving back home for a while so been helping her move out of her flat. Plans for me to turn her room into my craft room are back on hold for a while!!

Anyway, on to my project for today. Last week I showed you some cards I made to show off my (very large) collection of washi tape. I love how easy it is to make such lovely backgrounds so easily. 

Pretty label punch from Stampin Up

For today's cards, the backgrounds are made in the same way - you can see how I did it in this video tutorial:

But on today's cards, I have replaced the butterflies with a greeting punched out using a lovely new punch which will be in the new catalogue and available to order from June 1st. I've also used a nifty little trick to make it look as though the label is mounted on a slightly bigger mat. 

Pretty label punch from Stampin' Up!

Pretty label punch from Stampin' Up!

See how I did that in today's video tutorial:

I was so sad to see so many of the punches were being discontinued but so happy that this new punch has been introduced - it is going to be so useful! Expect to see it on a lot more of my projects!

Today is the last day to take advantage of this month's shoppping code. Use it when you order online and I'll be able to send you a little free thank you gift next month! The code is:

Hope you enjoyed today's projects and that they inspire you to use up some of your washi tape!

Back soon, Jill

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Monday, 24 April 2017

Easy cards with washi tape backgrounds

Hi everyone,

Popping in today to show you these simple little cards I made at the weekend in a matter of minutes!

Bold butterfly thinlits from Stampin Up

I'm sure that by now you know that Stampin' Up! have released the list of products which will be retiring at the end of May - that means that from 31st May they will no longer be available to buy. But anything that sells out before then, will not be restocked - so it is only while stocks last. The washi tape sets I have used on these cards are just some of the items we will be losing. I have quite a lot of washi tape so thought I'd better use some of it before it disappears from the catalogue. Using washi tape to make these lovely backgrounds could not be easier. I've made a little video tutorial showing you how I made these cards - do go over and have a look!

As usual, I've taken the same design and tried it in three different colourways. Firstly "Pop of Pink":

Unfortunately the washi tape I've used on the card above has already sold out and is no longer available. 

However, the Tasty Treats Designer Washi Tape used on the card below is still available (at the time of writing) and is being offered at a discount - only £5.80 for 5 reels of pretty coordinating tape. Click HERE to see it in my shop.

And finally, as seen on the video, I have used the very elegant Floral boutique washi tape.

As always, links to any of the products that are still available are given below - just click to see them in my shop.

I am always very honoured and grateful when customers choose me as their demonstrator and make purchases from my shop, and I try and pay you back by offering first class customer service and by sharing out the Stampin' rewards which accumulate over the month. So if you decide to order and use this month's shopping code, next month you will receive an extra thank you gift in the mail. The code until 30th April is:


Hope you enjoyed today's projects. Will be back soon with some more "washi tape wonder"!!!

Back soon, Jill

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Card swap

As you'll be aware, if you follow my blog regularly, I recently took part in a Card Swap organised by Caroline, my Stampin' Up upline. Caroline has made several blog posts and videos about the swap - click HERE and scroll through some of her recent posts to find all the details.

The card that I submitted is shown below:

You can see my blogpost about this card HERE. There is also a link there to my video tutorial on how I made the card. I'm not sure as yet where my card ended up but I was delighted to receive a package from Caroline a few days ago containing these cards:

The blue card is the "swap" for my card. It was made by Sharon Derr - I'm afraid that's all I know about Sharon at the moment. I'm hoping she will get in touch if she sees this post and  I can find out where she lives. Some of the other cards have come from very far flung places!

Isn't this card just lovely - such pretty colours and how cleverly Sharon has put together all the elements to design a perfect card - thanks so much Sharon.

Those gold die-cut leaves are just so pretty - they are from the "Flourish thinlits" set. Another one to add to my ever increasing wish list. I was delighted to see they are being carried over to the new catalogue in June.

The other card was made by Caroline herself.

Again, using a set I don't have but I love the bright colours she has used.

 Taking part in the swap was so much fun - thank you Caroline for organising it!

Don't forget that there are lots of other crafty goodies being offered on the retiring list at the moment - just pop over to my shop and have a look here:

Retiring stamps

Retiring Bundles

Everything else retiring

As always, I'd be delighted to welcome you as a customer. If you'd like to receive an extra thank you gift from me in the mail next month, please remember to use this month's shopping code, when you order:  

Back soon, Jill

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Sunday, 16 April 2017

Stampin' Up Window Box candle card

Hi there,

Today I am taking part in the Pootles Birthday Club blog hop. I'm actually sneaking in a month early here, as my birthday is not until next month, but I have this lovely card that I made for my niece's birthday that I've been wanting to share and this seemed the perfect opportunity!

Window Box Thinlits dies from Stampin' Up!

I know this card will be a bit too clean and simple for some tastes but I love it - the simple design and all that white space - perfect! The little candle panel is actually made with a die from the "Window Box" set of dies, and is actually intended to be used on one of the sides of the box. The die cuts out the negative shape, so that I could then use one of our stitched shape framelits to cut out the whole panel. I then worked from the back, filling in the "holes" with tiny panels of coloured cardstock and gold card for the candle flames. Here is the complete set with the matching stamp set.

I haven't yet had time to use the dies to make the gorgeous hexagonal box but I think this card begins to show how versatile the set is.

On my card I've actually printed the greeting as I wanted to personalise the card but I've seen similar cards made using the "Happy Birthday" from the matching stamp set, which works well as well.

Hope you enjoy my card and hopping around the other blogs to see all the fabulous creations from our brilliant team of demonstrators.


Back soon,