Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Nature Walk ...

Hi Everyone
Today's card is a birthday card I've made for my neice Claire. Hopefully she wont visit my blog until after she's received her card! Anyway, if you do visit my blog Claire - happy birthday for Saturday and hope you, Nick & Bramble have a lovely day!

I've been using two of the new stamp sets from the Mini Catalogue for this card - Nature Walk and Four Frames. First of all I stamped some of the images from the Nature Walk stamp set in Almost Navy & Chocolate Chip (stamping a couple of times on scrap paper first so that the images would be quite faint). I then masked off certain areas with sticky notes and sponged the rest with Almost Navy. Of course I had to use my crimper again for the centre strip and finished off with some linen thread.

For the inside of the card, I've stamped the butterfly on Whisper White cardstock, again in Almost Navy, punched out the corners using the Boho Blossoms punch and added a jewel to each corner. Voila!

Happy Stampin'

-x- Linda -x-
Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Inks: Almost Navy, Chocolate Chip
Punches: Decorative Label, Scallop Oval Extra Large, Oval Large
Stamp Sets: Nature Walk, Vintage Labels (retired)
Bits & Bobs: Linen Thread, Jewels, Crimper

Friday, 15 April 2011

Strength and Hope

Hi everyone

Today's card is a special card I've made for a forthcoming Charity Event. A client of mine (and lovely friend) is having an Open House later in the year in aid of the Macmillan Nurses Appeal and has asked me to be the star event! No pressure there then!?

I'm hoping to inspire all those who come along on the day to join in for some fun stampin ... all in aid of a good cause of course!

The Strength and Hope stamp set in the mini catalogue is absolutely gorgeous and will fit the bill perfectly and of course, not only will the event be raising funds for the Macmillan Nurse Appeal but £1 from every Strength and Hope stamp set ordered will be donated to The Breast Cancer Foundation by Stampin' Up!

I'm sure we all know someone who has been affected by cancer, so if you'd like to make a difference, why not order this beautiful stamp set from me. If, like me, you'd like to raise money for your favourite charity, and like the card that's featured on my blog, then why not order the following bundle from me. Not only will you benefit from a lovely stamp set, all the materials you'll require, FREE p&p and a detailed instruction leaflet from me with two inspirational designs to get you started, but you'll also be supporting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Strength & Hope Bundle*

Strength & Hope Stamp set (£12.95 clear, £15.95 wood)
Very Vanilla Cardstock (40 sheets) (£7.50)
Chocolate Chip Stampin' Pad (£4.95)
Botanical Gazette DP (£8.75)
Linen Thread (£3.75)
Jewels pack (£4.50)
£42.40 (clear); £45.50 (wood)

(*free detailed instruction sheet sent separately)

Email me lindacarey@live.co.uk today to place an order.
Happy Stampin!

-x- Linda -x-

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Three by three by three ...

So why the title? Well for this card I've used 3 colours, 3 punches and 3 brads ... isn't it a lovely card? I originally saw a similar card on a US Stampin' Up! blog, and liked it so much that I had to copy it. The only thing I've changed for my version is the crimped background ... well just had to try out my new crimper! I love it! So watch out, probably every card I do now will be crimped somewhere or other ...
The only thing that isn't Stampin' Up! is the ribbon ... I had some ribbon left over after wrapping my friend's present, and as it matched so well, couldn't resist using it for this card. Perfect!

Stampin' Up! Supplies
Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive
Stamps: Four Frames, Vintage Labels
Punches: Decorative Label, Boho Blossoms, Two-Step Bird
Inks: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Bits & Bobs: Vintage Brads, Crimper, Dimensionals ... and three jewels for the inside (see photo above)!

Monday, 4 April 2011

Organising stamp sets ...

For those of you who don't know, my home may be small on space but it's big on personality and warmth! But a small home also has its challenges. Everything must have a spot to be put away or that calm, warm feeling turns into chaos. Having a "put-away" spot for everything is a task easier said than done! Thank goodness I am an organised person by nature, so when it comes to my Stampin' Up! supplies that organisation comes naturally, except when working on a project, but that's another thing altogether ...

It seems the trend these days is to show off your "stampin' room" however, I don't have the luxury of a dedicated "stampin' room" - how i envy all those who have an all dancing all singing dedicated stampin room where everything's on show to delight and bedazzle even the most organised of crafters (and I've seen some particularly spectacular ones I can gell you ...)

I do most of my stampin' in my kitchen where I've taken over a small but not insubstantial area which has a fine view over our lovely garden and, of course, where tea/coffee & the odd biccy is always close to hand! So, though space is limited, I'll take you on a quick tour ...

Here is a picture of my crafting area when everything's put away and the only way you'd guess it doubles as a workspace would be my laptop!

So let's have a sneek peek into my cupboard I use to store some of my Stampin' Up! cardstock, DP, ribbons, inkpads and other bits & pieces. You must agree, just one look inside shows how organised I am - after all, no-one wants to look at a mess! I've got all my business files at the top of the cupboard (again, all neatly filed in alphabetical order). However, all my stamp sets/punches etc are stored in a separate cupboard and that's what I'm going to share with you today - how I set up my stamp set filing system!

I'm always looking for ways to better organise myself in my craft space. While I've seen some really super products and great systems alike, the key to any great system is that it works for you. My way of organising may not be your way, but finding what works for you should definitely be intuitive and, of course, it's always nice if it's inexpensive at the same time!

There are many stores dedicated to nothing but helping you better organise your life in general and your craft space in specific. There's buckets, baskets, bins, etc but because of my limited space, I needed to invest some time in actually categorising and organising, so I created my own stamp inventory for all my stamps.

This system isn't revolutionary, but it works for me and just maybe it may work for you. I've seen several people share their way of organising their stamps on their blogs, and while my idea isn't anything new, I think that my take on it may ultimately help you.

The good news is that once you spend time getting this task done, it's easy to maintain and to grow as your collection grows, and you can easily find what you need.

1: Gather your supplies

In this case I have my stamps, my Stampin' Up! catalogue and some round stickers.

2: Set up your inventory system

My system is very simple: I use an A4 binder which I've already organised alphabetically and decorated using some of the new Botanical Gazette DP. (Doesn't that look lovely?) My motto is that if it has to be on show, then it has to look good!

Now, if you don't have a spare catalogue or you'd rather not pull out pages from it, then you can copy the page and use that. Or, if you have any sets that have yet to be mounted, you can scan/copy the page of labels and use that. Of course, making a scan or a copy of the actual stamp works too.

By the way, other than organising them alphabetically, there was no rhyme or reason to my madness. As you grow your collection, you could organise the pages by year or by the categories in the Stampin' Up! catalogue. You decide.

3: Organise your stamps - your way

In my case I already had a couple of plastic containers. You may not keep your stamps in containers and just stack them on shelves. If that's the case, you can skip this step )or just assign a different colour sticker for every stamp set you have.) But keeping them in plastic containers just maks it easy for me to get my hands on the ones I want when I want. However, I had no big decision to make as to which stamp sets went into which container; I simply fit in as many as I could!

4: Assign your stickers

This is where you start to number your collection to correspond with your index folder.

5: Match up your assigned sticker to the location of the stamp set in your personal catalogue

Here's a page from my Index showing the Baroque stamp set. I keep the stamp set in Box No 1 and using one of my stickers, have given it the number 4. So while I can always just go into my containers and peruse my stamp collection, it will be much easier to go through my inventory, figure out which set I want then grab the corresponding container.

I hope this gives you the incentive to get your stamp sets organised. Of course, if you have the clear mounts all you need to do is line them up alphabetically, but you can still set up a reference binder to aid you when you are designing your projects.

If you've got any hints and tips that make your life easier, then I'd love to hear from you. I'm giving away a FREE stamp set to the best entry. Just email: lindacarey@live.co.uk before the end of April, and I'll post the winning entry at the beginning of May!

Happy stampin!


Saturday, 2 April 2011

French Foliage goes vintage ...

Hi everyone ... Another card today using the French Foliage Stamp Set from the new Mini Catalogue. I'm loving this stamp set and the effects you can get. Just look at that gorgeous inkspot ... doesn't it remind you of when you used to shake your pen in school and Oh my goodness what a mess you ended up with in your exercise book .... ??? Have you noticed the shaded background? I just used a piece of sponge and dabbed it carefully on the inkpad, then went round the inkpad on all four edges of the sponge to give it the framed effect! Pretty cool yes! I have seen it done with the new acrylic blocks for the clear stamp sets, but I'm a tad old-fashioned and still love the feel of the wooden ones, so don't have any acrylics! Thanks for looking! See you next time. -x-Linda-x-

Stampin' Up! Supplies

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Whisper White Inks: Soft Suede, Really Rust, Basic Black Bits & Bobs: Snail Adhesive, Tafetta ribbon (discontinued shade)

Friday, 1 April 2011

New Stampin' Up! Mini Catalogue ... WOW!

Oh my gosh ... Stampin' Up! has outdone themselves with the new 2011 Mini Catalogue. I'm afraid to admit it ... but I want it ALL! From Traditional to Whimsical, from Vintage to Cute ... Stampin' Up! has covered everything for all your handmade projects! And of course, there's the Big Shot - and you'll be bowled over by the HUGE selection of Dies, Sizzlits, Embosslits and Embossing Folders. To view the Mini Catalogue, or download a copy to your computer, click on the link on the RH side. If you'd like a complimentary copy sent to you, then email me: lindacarey@live.co.uk with your name and address and I'll post you a copy by first class post together with details of the special offers I am currently offering. Over the next few weeks I'll be showing you some of the cards I've made using these lovely new goodies ... this week it's the gorgeous French Foliage set (p15 of the mini). How gorgeous are these? They're so simple to make that I made four different ones, here they all are ...

Stampin' Up! Supplies:

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Grey Stamp set: French Foliage Inks: Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Ruby Red, Basic Black Bits & Bobs: (not much ... just snail adhesive!)