Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Technique Tuesday #8 - Water Spritz

It's Tuesday and I'm back, I got the right day! I'm feeling a lot less stressed today and feeling a bit more in control of everything I have to get done, coffee and crafting have definitely helped with this.

Stampin' Up! Lift Me Up

I had a lot of fun making this card, to be honest I usually do when I'm using some kind of water technique, but I had more fun than normal as I was trying out some of my new products. As a demonstrator I have been able to get hold of some of them early so I have used a brand new stamp set (which customers can also buy early during May!) and three of the gorgeous new In Colours that are coming in June. My post on Sunday explained all about the exciting new changes that are happening with the colours and the new style ink pads and this was the first time I got to use them. I can honestly say that I love the new ink pads already. They really are so much easier to open and this has got to be the first time stamping a large area photopolymer stamp where I didn't get ink bubbles on the surface. I also managed to get a clear image first time, I can't wait to get my hands on more colours in this new style pad.

I hope you like today's card and enjoy my video, photos of my finished card will follow but I'm having a couple of issues uploading them. I'm always happy to receive feedback so feel free to leave a comment below. I'll be back Saturday but until then, happy crafting.


Sunday, 22 April 2018

Exciting times

Hello and happy Sunday to you all. I've been a little quite on here the last week and for that I'm sorry, I've been so busy I don't think my feet have touched the ground. This post should have actually been done last Saturday but I wanted to be able to give it my full attention and I know that wouldn't have happened if I'd pushed myself to do it last week. 

Before I move into the exciting things I want to talk about, I just wanted to give you a quick reminder that today is the last day to book onto my birthday card kit class. This class is great for all skill levels, even if you have never crafted before. Everything you need to make 16 beautiful birthday cards is included in the kit and you even get this gorgeous box to store them in. Check out my Awesome Classes page for more details or email me at csh.wiggle.craft@gmail.com to book your place. If you can't make the class but would be interested in the kit to make at home the please email me for options.
Birthday Card Kit Class
Now onto the exciting news, in the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue that goes live 1st June there are some amazing changes. The biggest and the one I am most excited about is the fact that there is going to be a colour revamp! We haven't had a full colour shake up for about 5 years which is why I am so excited, I love new things! The colour collections will be getting 10 brand new never before seen colours as well as 6 returning In Colours. Below is a picture of the 10 brand new colours that will be coming in.

Stampin Up New Colours

As well as introducing the brand new and returning colours there has also been a bit of a move around within the existing collections. There will still be the four colour collections, Brights, Regals, Subtles and Neutrals but there will also be a Basics collection which includes Whisper White, Very Vanilla and Basic Black. Some of the colours that are staying will be moving into a different collection for example Poppy Parade, which is one of the returning In Colours, is now the brightest red in the collections and so will be in the Brights collection meaning that Real Red has been moved into the Regals collection. I can't tell you how excited I am about this refresh and cannot wait to get my hands on all of the new colours. In addition to the new and returning colours going into the colour collections we have the brand new 2018-20 In Colours as seen below, aren't they gorgeous?

Stampin' Up! In Colours 2018-20

You may have spotted in the photo above the next exciting bit of news, we're getting a new style of ink pad too! As a demonstrator I have been able to order the brand new In Colours early so I have been able to play with the new ink pads and I honestly think they are amazing. (Check out my Join my team page for more information on how you too could get products early!) These new style ink pads open a lot easier than the old style, they have a bigger colour swatch on the top so see the colour more easily and they are perfectly flat so stack really easily - no more toppling ink pads when I'm trying to carry too many in one go! Now this next bit may sound a bit silly but my favourite part is that when you open them up there is a section where you can add a colour sticker so you can easily see when they're open which colour you are using. As well as the cases themselves Stampin' Up! have also improved the ink itself, the new improved ink will reduce ink bubbles, help you get a smooth coating of ink on the stamp and help lay down the ink better. Are you as excited as I am??

Stampin' Up! In Colours 2018-20

As with all changes this does mean that we have to say goodbye to some of the existing colours. Below is a list of the colours that will be leaving us on May 31st, this includes the 2016-18 In Colours. If there are any that you really can't live without then please order them while you still can! This includes Ink pads, card stock, ink refills, Stampin' Write Markers and any matching embellishments!

Always Artichoke
Chocolate Chip
Dapper Denim
Elegant Eggplant
Emerald Envy
Flirty Flamingo*
Island Indigo
Marina Mist
Peekaboo Peach
Perfect Plum
Pink Pirouette
Rose Red
Soft Sky
Sweet Sugar Plum
Tangerine Tango
Wild Wasabi
Wisteria Wonder

*Flirty Flamingo is coming back as a core colour!

Well that was a lot to take in for a Sunday! If you have any questions or want to order any of those retiring products before they're gone then please get in touch, my email address is csh.wiggle.craft@gmail.com

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Technique Tuesday #7 - Joseph's Coat

Happy Tuesday! I am back for another Technique Tuesday, this week I am trying out another new to me technique called Joseph's Coat. You start off by creating a brightly coloured background piece which you then stamp onto using versa mark and clear embossing powder. Once the embossing powder has set the fun begins. Take a look for yourself in my video below.


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Technique Tuesday #6 - Baby wipe swipe

Happy Tuesday everyone, I know I say this a lot but time seems to be flying by at the moment! If you read my blog regularly you'll know that on Saturday I was quite impressed with myself for being organised and getting the majority of the party food ready before heading off to the wedding. Well I knew it was too good to be true. The party went really well and Ethan had a brilliant time, the problem was I had completely forgotten about my card class on Monday night! Luckily I had already decided what technique I was going to teach, I just had to come up with the actual card samples. Amazingly I got it all done and the only rush was to get the kitchen tidy enough for people to craft in. Everyone who came really enjoyed themselves and can't wait for next month.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Day

Last night in class we used the baby wipe technique (you can see my video on this technique here) and it got me thinking about what else I could use re-inkers for which is when I stumbled across the baby wipe swipe technique. Many of the examples I came across used this technique to create a full background piece for a card but I thought it would be perfect for a butterfly.

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Day

I hope you enjoy my video, don't forget to hit subscribe so that you're the first to know when I've uploaded new ones. Until Saturday, happy crafting!



Saturday, 7 April 2018

Sunshine and Rainbows

I really cannot believe it's Saturday already. This week has gone so fast and there's been so much to do, but I'm pretty sure that I got it all done. I'll know for sure by the end of tomorrow as it's Ethan's birthday party tomorrow afternoon. I've got some final cooking and food prep to do in the morning but the majority of it is done. I'm really glad I got organised as we were at a family wedding yesterday and I definitely did not feel like cooking when we got home today!

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical Day

Today's card is one that I made for my God daughter for her birthday a couple of weeks ago, I had such fun making it and I've been told it was a hit. Once again I took out my blends to give my unicorn a bright and colourful mane, although I could have easily achieved the same look with my Stampin write markers. To colour in the body of my unicorn I used the light grey marker and the went over the top with the colour lifter which added shading without looking too grey. 

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical Day

To create my clouds I used the cloud dies from the Sunshine and Rainbows bundle, then using my fine tip glue pen I placed a small amount of glue along the edge of each set of clouds. I then poured Dazzling Diamonds glitter over the glue, putting the excess back in the pot. Once the glue dried it gave a really sparkly edge to my clouds. 

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical DayStampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical Day

Once my clouds were dry I then cut out my rainbow and stuck this down behind the top cloud line. You'll notice in the photo below that there is a section of rainbow missing. I hadn't realised there are 7 pieces of rainbow until I went to put them away and found the smallest band still in the pack. So I quickly cut out the smallest one and stuck it down. My clouds have all been raised up a little using foam strips which allowed me to tuck both the rainbow and the unicorn behind the clouds.

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical Day

As I can't resist a bit more glitter I finished the card off by adding wink of stella to the rainbow and placed some glitter enamel dots randomly on the card. I am really pleased with how this one turned out and I hope you like it too!

Stampin Up Sunshine & Rainbows and Magical Day

Come back on Tuesday for another Technique Tuesday video but until then happy crafting!


Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Technique Tuesday #5 - Simplified Spotlighting

Hello and welcome back to another Technique Tuesday! I am in love with how simple yet gorgeous these cards are. The spotlighting technique is pretty simple as it is but I have simplified it further by using the beautiful Petal Passion DSP instead of stamping an image. This black and white paper is lovely on it's own but by adding a bit of colour it looks even better.

The original card I made is the one above in orange but the one in the video is the photo below. By adding a black circle behind the coloured one it really makes the colours pop, plus the shading already on the paper takes the hard work away.

To make your own you will need:
Base card  is 8 1/4" x 5 3/4"
DSP layer is 3 7/8" x 5 1/2"
Black circles are 1 1/2"
Sentiment and DSP circles are 1 1/4"

I hope you enjoy this weeks video!

Are you based in the Waterlooville area and want to have some fun crafting with others? Then why not book onto one of my classes? I have a product based class coming up on the 29th April and a technique based class on the 8th and 14th May (the same class run twice) just drop me an email csh.wiggle.craft@gmail.com to book your place!


Saturday, 31 March 2018

Last day of sale-a-bration - You are loved

Happy Saturday everyone, I hope you're all enjoying the long weekend? We're having a bit of a relaxing one today as we were out most of yesterday and will be spending all of tomorrow with family. The boys are really excited about tomorrow as they love spending time with all of the family, plus they know there's going to be lots of chocolate so that's always a bonus in their eyes. 

Stampin' Up! Blossoming Basket

It's been a really lovely weekend so far and I've got tonnes of crafting done which always puts me into a good mood! As you can see from the below photo when I get into a good crating mood I also get really messy, I'm getting better at tidying after I finish each make, however last time I had a big tidy I then couldn't find my foam strips for about a week! 

If you want to get this good mood feeling too you don't want to miss out on sale-a-bration, there's less than 24 hours left to either get those awesome freebies or to take advantage of the amazing joining offer. Sale-a-bration really is the best time to join Stampin' Up!, you pay £99 then not only do you get to choose £130 of products but you also get to pick TWO other stamp sets, which depending on which two you choose could be another £90 worth of stamp sets. That's a total of up to £220 of products for £99!! You really don't want to be waking up tomorrow morning feeling like you've missed out. 

Stampin' Up! Blossoming Basket

Today's card has been created using two of the freebies on offer, the basket stamp set also comes with a basket weave embossing folder which I haven't used on this card as I wanted to create my own patterned panels using stamps from the two sets I chose. I think this stamp set is simply beautiful and was the perfect fit for Craig's Nana's birthday card. The inspiration for this card came from Pinterest as I saw a card created with this style of fold and decided to replicate it using the basket stamp. The idea is that when the card is folded over, the front image covers up the written sentiment and then when opened you can see another decorated panel and the sentiment. I'm really happy with how this turned out and I really hope she likes it!

Stampin' Up! Blossoming Basket

The basket of flowers were coloured in using my blends, I really can't get enough of these wonderful pens. They make achieving great results so easy! I stamped the butterfly and tag on a separate scrap of whisper white so that I could cut them out and pop them up on mini dimensionals. I then used my wink of stella to add a bit of sparkle to the butterfly. To finish it off I mounted the panel onto Powder Pink card stock then wrapped some Fresh Fig ribbon round and tied a small bow. To make sure my bow didn't move or come undone I stuck it in place with a glue dot and then added a small amount of glue using the fine tip glue pen over the top of the bow.

Stampin' Up! Blossoming Basket

To make the card base I first folded it in half then folded the left side in half again. Once I had stuck down the two stamped panels, I glued in place the area that I will write my sentiment on. Then with the left side folded over the top I was able to lay the basket image down so that it covers up the inside panel, this allowed me to see exactly where it needed to be glued down.  

Stampin' Up! Blossoming Basket

I know it possibly sounds complicated when reading it on my blog but this card was actually really simple to make and so much fun to do. There's a small part of me that doesn't want to give it away as I just want to keep looking at it but then I wouldn't be sharing what I love! 

Please do get in touch if you have any questions about the joining offer I mentioned above or if you want to place an order to get some of those freebies. I hope you have a great weekend, happy crafting!