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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sweet images in Heartland Set

I fell in love with this sweet image as soon as I saw this year's catalogue. Living in Lincolnshire it fits our farming county perfectly.  The barn and tractor stamp also in the set are super too and are just right for young boy and older male cards.

We used this set last week at coffee and a card at The School House Coffee Bar in Horncastle and also before I went to Thailand at The Craftea Cafe in Lincoln.  Everyone loved it and of course it is a very therapeutic stamp set with gentle colouring required. We used the water colour pencils and a blender pen to move and blend the colours across the image.

You'll see an accent of Island Indigo card stock made with the Ticket Tear Border punch, new to the Stampin' Up! range this year.  We also used the Triple Banner punch to create the Pool Party banner cut at 1.5" wide.

To make sure that your stamped image doesn't run or bleed when coloured you need to use either the Archival Black stamp pad from Stampin' Up! or your black Star On ink.  Stamped onto a precept stitched shape circle which as a little more detail, but is easily created.

I love the sentiment in this set too as it is suitable for lots of occasions.

Have a great day!

Zoe x

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Saturday, 29 July 2017

It's Back - The Daisy Punch

Stampin' Up! Daisy Punch is back in stock YAY!!!

This punch and the Daisy Delight stamp set are just so popular.  I think because it is a timeless and pretty set that you can use for simply created cards like these or for more detailed cards depending upon your personal choice of style.

I love it because it is quick and easy to use for those short notice cards, dare I say the ones you forget or need on the spur of the moment.  A batch made like this with no sentiments can be kept in reserve and appropriate sentiments added as required.

The dotted border is stamped with a stamp from the set which you could overlook, but in fact you can see its potential here.

Bought together the stamp set and punch are classed as a bundle and so you can save 10% on the purchase price.  If you missed out on the first wave because the punch was withdrawn temporarily to avoid excessive backorders, you can now buy it again as it is back in stock.  Contact me to order or place an online order via my shop.

Have a Delightful Daisy Day

Zoe x

Friday, 28 July 2017

Totally Techniques Blog Hop - die cut masking technique

Hi and welcome to July's Totally Techniques blog hop.  We're sharing our take on the die cut masking technique this month. It's a technique that is easy to do and you can have a lot of fun with it.  There's a great tutorial here that will help to get you started or you can follow the simple instructions below.

1. Using removable note sheets or removable 'sticky' tabs cut out the die cut of your choice.  I used the Stampin' Up! Large Letter dies.

2. Position the die cut pieces on your card layer making sure that they are secure, but still removable.

3. Spritz, stamp, smudge, sponge or whatever ink over the masks to build your design.  I used sponges, stamps Timeless Textures and Touches of Texture.  Colours used were Pink Pirouette, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky and Rose Red.

4. You can add extras like glitter dots with a fine tip glue pen at this stage, but before removing the masks make sure everything is dry so as not to smudge any glue or ink.  

5. Remove the masks to reveal the clean letters in the original card stock colour.  

As the Meerkats would say 'Simples'!!

To finish my card I add flowers which were stamped using the Touches of Texture smallest flower and then punched with the Sprinkles punch, an addition to my sentiment from Lovely Inside and Out and some additional flowers.  The design is matted onto Crumb Cake card which has been smudged around the edges with the same colour ink and then a Soft Sky card base.  

You're here in the UK with Zoe Tant, but please do go on a mini globe tour to see the designs with Die Cut Masking from my lovely demonstrator friends.  

All products can be bought in my online store HERE 

1. Nadine Weiner Germany
2. Shelagh Freemantle  Canada
3. Shannean Moncrieff   Australia
4. Zoe Tant  UK
5. Barbara Meyer Austria

Thanks for checking in...

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Thailand Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Blog Hop

Welcome to July's Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip Achiever's Blog Hop. We're sharing all our experiences from the recent incentive trip to Thailand.  Hop through them all to see what everyone did.  
My daughter, Olivia, was my guest on the trip as a treat for finishing school, but when space is available Stampin' Up! allow you to also buy in extra spaces and so Charlie and Martin joined us too and what a wonderful time we had.  We made it our family holiday especially as Martin and I will celebrate our Silver wedding anniversary later this year.  

The main highlight for me was obviously sharing the trip with my wonderful family, who support me with my Stampin' Up! business, but also it is always good to catch up with friends from across the globe and make new friends.  For instance Charlie spent hours in the pool playing polo with other kids and some dads. Even when the rain crashed down they carried on playing and as a water polo player at home he was in his element and now hopefully will become pencils with a couple of the friends he made.  Stampin' Up! really is one big family. 

The hotel was beautiful and had the most amazing pools with a lazy river that linked one pool to another and so on.  Olivia loved joining me for the general session where we were treated to a copy of the upcoming winter catalogue and presentations using the products.  Of course another highlight of the incentive trips are the very generous pillow gifts we receive. One was the bag Olivia is modelling above and we also received a Thai ornament and elephant pendant.  Other gifts included product, but I can't share those just yet! 

I joined the card swap and made 26 which I handed in on the first day and on the last day I received all of these beautiful swaps from other demos.  Great for inspiration to share with my team and lovely customers and of course you my blog followers.

A special day arranged by Stampin' Up! to visit islands around Phuket, a floating village with floating football pitch and some interesting sights and smells as you can see from Olivia's face below.  It was also funny to watch our boys 'nod off' in the back of the bouncing speed boat. 

The Flying Hanuman - Our first taste of zip-lining through the tree canopy

So proud of these two amazing kids!

 Fun nights out with family and friends
 James Bond island with lunch on the beach

Our final night

Next stop Alaska for the 2018 incentive trip which I have earned now too! 

If you would like to join Stampin' Up! and my team of Tantalizing Stampers and earn your own incentive trip please do visit this page for more details or contact me to discuss the options.

Enjoy visiting the other achiever's blogs to see what adventures they participated in.  Currently you are with Zoe Tant in the UK.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Stampin' Technique with markers and clear blocks

This technique is fun, easy and gives original results every time.  All you need is a large clear block, a spritzer and marker pens.

This is what you do

  • using the lightest to the darkest colours, colour the block in shades of your choice. I've used Soft Sky first and then Crumb Cake for the sand.  
  • hold the block over things that will cope with a little water spritz and spray over the ink with water
  • place the block, ink side down, on your card stock (whisper white here) and allow the ink pools to go onto the card you'll see through the block how the look changes and when the ink has transferred to the card
  • allow to dry if damp
  • stamp images, sentiments of your choice over the top.  I've use the fun deck chair from Colourful Season and a simple sentiment from the same set.  
  • I've added two strips of Real Red card stock, looped linen thread and white accents to finish the look.  

The stamp set has some matching dies which can be used to add other accents or for a more feminine look a scallop border in Real Red rather than the stripes. 

Please share your makes using this technique I'd love to share on my blog. 

More soon Zx