Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Technique Tuesday #11 - String Pull

This blog post needs to come with a warning, this technique is highly addictive and I will not be held responsible for the loss of many hours crafting. I also recommend letting someone know where you are going so that they can send regular refreshments or a search party if you do not return from your crafting space.

Stampin Up String Technique

I am now in love with this technique but I am not 100% sure what to call it so at the moment it is the string pull technique. I first saw this in a video on Facebook where they took a piece of string covered in ink, placed this between the pages of a book and pulled. This produced a gorgeous image and Stampin Up demos have gone crazy over it. 

Stampin Up String Technique

I have seen sample after sample of this pop up in my news feed and I just had to give it a go myself. What I really love about it, other than its simplicity, is that each one is unique. The photo above and below have used the same bit of bakers twine and the same colour ink but have created a different image depending on how I lay the twine and how much ink was soaked up.

Stampin Up String Technique

Now that you have seen a couple of examples take a look at my video which shows you have I've made them. Once you've watched it scroll on down for some more examples - I did warn you it's addictive.


I promise you it really is as easy as it looks, if you don't have a stamparatus don't worry you can sandwich you card stock in a book (just be weary of the ink staining through) or any other object that you can apply even pressure too. 

Stampin Up String Technique

For the card above I tried out Berry Burst re-inker and laid the bakers twine a bit looser. The photo below shows what you can achieve if you use two colours. I dipped the top half of the twine in Bermuda Bay ink and the bottom half in Berry Burst. I still left myself some dry twine at the end to pull and as you can see it gives a really lovely result where the colours join and mix.

Stampin Up String Technique

I can't decide whether the multi coloured image above is my favourite or the one below where I have created a large Lemon Lime Twist swirl with a smaller Berry Burst swirl either side.

Stampin Up String Technique

Yes, I think this one might be my favourite.

Stampin Up String Technique

Let me know which one is your favourite by leaving me a comment below. Thank you for stopping by my blog today, don't forget to head over to my YouTube channel and hit subscribe to know as soon as I upload another video. 

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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Technique Tuesday #10 - Treat Pouch

Hello and welcome back to another Technique Tuesday. I don't know about where you are but here in Waterlooville in the UK we have got some gorgeous sunshine. Weather like this always seems to put a smile on people's faces and everyone seems so much happier, hopefully it will last!

Stampin Up Envelope Punch Board

This week I wanted to share a little something that you could use to put a smile on someone’s face. I made these little treat pouches as table gifts for my kit class attendees and then showed my monthly class ladies how to make them last night. They are so quick and simple, you could make them up and leave them one on someone’s desk at work to brighten up their day. 

Stampin Up Envelope Punch Board

I hope you can see from the video how gorgeous this paper is as the photos just don’t do it justice!



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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Kids Corner #1

Those of you that know me already or follow me on social media will know that I have two wonderful boys, Ethan and Rory, that mean the world to me. Yes, they can be a handful and often they make me want to scream and pull my hair out but I wouldn’t have them any other way. Ethan loves to join me with one of my other passions, crafting, whenever he can. He always prefers using my craft supplies as he thinks they’re special, this is probably to do with the fact that I have so much he always manages to find something new to try. So when Ethan came home from school with homework to make a dinosaur I thought this was a perfect opportunity for us to craft together.

This is a fun and simple project to make, Ethan took longer choosing which colours he wanted to use than actually making the dinosaur! If you would like to have a go at making your own dinosaur at home you will need some paper plates, a cardboard tube, inks, double sided tape, sponge brayers and a pattern based stamp set (we used Playful Backgrounds from Stampin’ Up!) I would also recommend covering your surface with a table cloth as the fun could get a bit messy!

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

To start with Ethan used the sponge brayers to transfer blue ink onto one of the paper plates, covering the entire surface. He then used the same ink to colour the cardboard tube. In a different ink colour, Ethan chose yellow, he sponged the edge of the second paper plate.

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Ethan then chose which of the pattern stamps he wanted to use and in orange and green ink he stamped the images onto the blue plate. When he was happy with his design, Ethan used his scissors to carefully cut out a head, tail and some spikes from the yellow plate. At this point I was allowed to help! I cut the cardboard tube in half and then in each half I cut two slits, one opposite the other - this is to slide the paper plate into once done so they need to be roughly the same depth on each tube half.

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Using the double-sided tape Ethan stuck on the head, tail and spikes ensuring they were all on one half of the plate and sticking out from the edge. He also placed a piece of tape across the middle and around the edge of one half of the plate. With the back of the tape removed he folded the plate in half and pressed down to make sure his dinosaur stayed stuck together. I then helped Ethan to slide the paper plate into the cuts in the cardboard tube. To finish him off Ethan used a felt tip pen to draw on a cheeky face and some toes.

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Stampin Up Playful Backgrounds

Ethan was really pleased with his finished dinosaur and it was lovely to see him proudly carrying it to school the next day. 

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Saturday, 5 May 2018

5 ways with Beautiful Day

Welcome back to another Saturday inspiration post, this week I am sharing with you one of my articles from The Social Papercrafter magazine. If you're not sure what I'm talking about take a look at my blog post from Tuesday where I shared the exciting news that I have been asked to be a Papercraft Artist for Create with Cayleigh's online magazine.

Do you ever struggle to choose which stamp sets to buy? Or do you buy so many that you have sets sat on your shelves for ages that you’ve never touched? If either of these sound like you then you need to try Create with Cayleigh's 5 ways strategy. Cayleigh suggests that when choosing which products to buy you should try to come up with 5 ways you will be able to use them before parting with your money. That way you know that you’ll definitely get the most out of your purchases. Obviously, there will be some products that you just NEED so you don’t have to do this for everything but it will help with those ‘not sure’ purchases. In Cayleigh’s latest Facebook live for Stampin’ Up! demonstrators she challenged us all to come up with five ways to use our products. As I have a few, ok a LOT, of stamp sets sat on my shelf that I have bought because I liked them but then haven’t touched them, I thought it was about time I took up this challenge.

Today I am showing 5 makes using the stamp set ‘Beautiful Day’ by Stampin’ Up! As this set only has two main images, two sentiments and a small dot image I thought it was going to be tricky to come up with 5 different things to make but it was surprisingly easy once I got started. I now have plenty of ideas buzzing round in my head, so this was a good purchase! All the makes featured this month have been created using the Beautiful You stamp set and any additional supplies I have used are listed.

Stampin Up Beautiful Day

      Have a bright focal point. The main piece has been stamped in black and white, then an additional flower that has been coloured in is then popped up on foam pads to make it really stand out. 

Extra supplies: Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack, Calypso Coral Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack, Calypso Coral ink and card stock

Stampin Up Beautiful Day

With big open images that are just waiting to be coloured why not create your own patterned paper? This colourful card has been made by stamping a strip of white card using the Tuxedo Black Memento Pad and then colouring the flowers in with Stampin’ Blends. I also coloured in the areas around the flowers as I wanted the white based sentiment to pop out. 

Extra supplies:  Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, Rich Razzleberry Stampin’ Blends Combo Pack, Soft Sky Light Stampin’ Blend, Soft Sky ink and card stock.  

Stampin Up Beautiful Day

Produce clean and simple cards in minutes with a brightly coloured butterfly or flower layered onto a white base piece, it makes the image really stand out. To colour my butterfly I have used the quick and simple baby wipe swipe technique making this one a super quick card. 

Extra supplies: Baby wipes, Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, Melon Mambo, Pacific Point and Fresh Fig ink refills.

Stampin Up Beautiful Day

The images and sentiments in this stamp set lend themselves perfectly to making beautiful tags for presents. You could even make a tag that coordinates with the birthday card or make your own gift packaging to attach the tag to – see I told you I now had lots of ideas buzzing round my head! 

Extra supplies: Tuxedo Black Memento Pad, Rich Razzleberry Ink, Basic Black card, Vellum and Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

Stampin Up Beautiful Day

 The final card uses a beautiful wash of colour produced by Brusho Crystal Colour over the top of a heat embossed image. I also used my aqua painters to blend the colour in further as I wanted a smooth finish for this card.  

Extra supplies: White embossing powder, Brusho Crystal Colours and Aqua Painters.

As I had so much fun creating these makes for the magazine I have decided to make this a regular monthly feature so on the first Saturday of every month I am going to be doing a '5 ways with' post. If there are any stamp sets in particular you would like featured please leave me a comment below for inspiration. I'll be back on Tuesday with another Technique Tuesday video.

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Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Technique Tuesday (on a Wednesday) #9 - Stained Glass

I'm back again with another technique video for you, as I said in my post yesterday it would be a day late as I didn't want to wait any longer to announce my exciting news. If you missed it check it out here.

Stampin Up Lift Me Up

This weeks card has been made using the technique called stained glass and it uses Stampin' Write markers with some vellum. As you can see in the photo below you colour in different areas of the vellum and with the black outline it looks similar to a stained glass window.

Stampin Up Lift Me Up

The overall effect is stunning and so easy to achieve! I chose to layer my finished image onto a piece of pool party cardstock to make it look like the balloon is up in the sky.

Stampin Up Lift Me Up

Check out how I made my card in the video below, don't forget to head over to my YouTube channel and hit subscribe!



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Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle
Lift Me Up Clear-Mount Bundle
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Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Papercraft Artist

Happy Tuesday everyone! I am so excited to announce that I have been asked to be a Papercraft Artist for the brand new The Social Papercrafter magazine. This is a free online magazine brought to you by the fabulous Create with Cayleigh and a new issue will appear every other month. To provide you with a jam packed magazine she has asked myself and 6 others to join her in creating inspiration, tutorials and articles for you to enjoy. This is what kept me incredibly busy last week as for some reason, although I've had the deadline in my planner for a month, I decided to leave everything to the last second!


In the very first issue we were all asked to take part in a sketch challenge, we could use this to create a card, a scrapbook layout, anything inspired by the sketch. While I have done some scrapbooking in the past my go craft is definitely card making.

The Social Papercrafter Sketch
When I first saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use one of the pearlized doilies from the Share What You Love suite as the circle. As you can see from the photo below these doilies have a lovely shine to them.

The Social Papercrafter Sketch

I have used some of the designer series paper from the suite for the banner at the back of the sketch and then chose one of the labels from the embellishment kit to stamp my sentiment onto. Even though I stamped it myself, when I look at my sentiment on the label I can't quite believe that it has been hand stamped and not printed on. The memento black ink with this font style just looks so sharp. I have used coordinating Rich Razzleberry card stock with Very Vanilla as the base and top layers. To finish it off I used one of the lovely metal roses that come with the embellishment kit down in the right hand corner.

The Social Papercrafter Sketch

Why not pop on over to the magazine to see what the other members of the team have done with this sketch as well as taking a look at the other inspiration and articles on offer. We'd also love it if you took part in the challenge so please have a go and send through your sketches to Cayleigh. My usual Technique Tuesday video has been uploaded already to my YouTube channel and will feature on my blog tomorrow. Until then, happy crafting.

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Sunday, 29 April 2018

Love What You Do - Sneak Peek

Sunday already and we're almost in May, where has the time gone? Although time seems to be flying by, this week has been a long one as I have been doing some extra hours at work as well as staying up late working on some exciting things for my business. I can't tell you anything else yet but all will be revealed soon.


One of my favourite hashtags when posting to Instagram is #ilovewhatido so when Stampin' Up! did an early release of their brand new stamp set called 'Love What You Do' I just had to buy it! As a demonstrator I have been able to order a bundle of the new products during the month of April. The really good news is that as customers you can order the bundles as well during the month of May. There are three levels of bundle called 'Just Getting Started' 'A Little More Please' and 'Gotta Have It All.' I'm sure you can guess which bundle I went for! For more information on what's included in each bundle click on the Share What You Love Suite image above or contact me on csh.wiggle.craft@gmail.com

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love

During sale-a-bration I had two new members join my team, I always like to give new members a little thank you gift and card to welcome them into the team. As Anna joined right at the end of March I hadn't had a chance to do her gift yet so when I got my hands on the Love What You Do set I thought it was the perfect opportunity to break it open. For the gift bag I used my gift bag punch board and a sheet from the share what you love designer series paper to make a large bag. This paper is truly stunning, four out of the twelve gorgeous designs have some of the images pearlised. Which as you can see from the photo above and below gives it a beautiful finish.

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love

To embellish my gift bag I used a pre cut label and metal rose from the Share What You Love embellishment kit and Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon to tie the bag closed. Both of these are also part of the Share What You Love suite. I stamped onto the pre cut label using Rich Razzleberry ink and my new favourite sentiment from the Love What You Do set.

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love

To make a coordinating card I decided to give the Lovely Floral dynamic textured embossing folder a try. I've never used a dynamic folder before so I wasn't really sure what to expect but it's turned out really nicely. The photos don't really do it justice but with the dynamic folders you get a really deep emboss without tearing the card stock. I know I say this every time I use an embossing folder but I really must use them more as they make perfect backgrounds.

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love

For the flowers on this card I took another sheet of the designer series paper and fussy cut my chosen images which were then layered on top of the embossed sheet of card. After die cutting a circle using my stitched shapes dies I stamped my sentiment using the Make A Difference stamp set. Looking at the sentiment you would never know that each letter was stamped individually would you? To complete the card I used some of my new pearls and some white twine from the embellishment kit, layered it all together and ta da a simple yet gorgeous card! 

Stampin' Up! Share What You Love

This suite is going to make it really easy to create stunning cards. If you're based in the Waterlooville area we will be using this suite in my May card making class on the 9th and 14th May so if you fancy coming along to have a play before you buy then please drop me an email csh.wiggle.craft@gmail.com or give me a call/text on 07513 912 345. Happy crafting!

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