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Friday, 24 February 2017

Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators Techniques Blog Hop

Another month another Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrators global Totally Techniques Blog Hop.  Our technique this month is all about 'reflection'.  This is a fun and easy technique and all you need your stamp, ink and the acetate imaging sheet from your Stampin' Up! stamp-a-ma-jig, stamp positioner.

If you've arrived here from Nadine's blog what did you think of her wow project?  You're here now with Zoe Tant Stampin' Up! UK demo and I've used the perfect set for nature lovers and also a great set for men's cards, Stampin' Up! The Wilderness Awaits.

So the reflection technique is achieved when you stamp an image onto your card stock and then stamp the image again onto your imaging sheet. Stamp it carefully so as not to smudge it.  Then turn the imaging sheet through 180degrees and flip it so as to place it onto your card stock below the original image.  Do this carefully and don't allow the imaging sheet to move.  Then gently rub the imaging sheet sheet so that the inked image on it goes as a reflection image on your card stock.  

I've actually heat embossed my first image in whisper white and then used my aqua painter, markers and re-inkers to colour the Mallard and the reeds.  I also used a watercolour wash to colour the sky and add water to the reflection pool.  

I've added some burlap with machine stitching and sentiment from Wetlands stamp set along with some foliage from the Wetlands set too!

Your next stop on the Totally Techniques blog hop is to Barbara Meyer in Austria.  Thanks for joining our hop and please do comment along the way so we can visit you too.  

Enjoy hopping Zx

1. Zoe Tant - that's me
2. Barbara Meyer - Austria 
3. Mathilde Kortekaas - The Netherlands 
4. Patrice Halliday-Larsen - New Zealand
5. Amy Koenders - USA
6. Shelagh Freemantle _ Canada 
7. Shannean Moncrieff - Australia
8. Nadine Weiner - Germany


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Stampin' Up! Nailed It with some nuts and bolts

Stampin' Up! Nailed It stamp set 
When I made my Hey Chick card for Totally Techniques baby wipe technique blog hop I was keen not to let the lovely self made ink pad go to waste so I also made this card using the same technique detailed in my Stampin' Up! Blog Hop post.  I used the fab set Nailed It which is in the Stampin' Up! UK spring catalogue and is a hit for male cards.  I used the Build It dies that coordinate too on the nuts and bolts and ruler using silver foil card to create a modern look.   I cut a separate screwdriver in silver foil and also stamped it first on whisper white card and then die cut it again to add a colourful handle which I coloured with Stampin' Up! markers.

An additional bit of texture was created with Stampin' Up! Timeless Textures by stamping and heat embossing the 'grid' stamp across my baby wipe ink pad background which was stamped with Gorgeous Grunge.

Quick Tip
If you use the Build It framelits to cut the hexagon nut you can keep the circles from the centre and add a score line to create screw heads.

Hugs Zx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Christmas Card Club - Snowy Mountains

 Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration Carried Away Designer Series Paper

Thanks to the fabulous free SAB Carried Away DSP I have managed to join in Kate's Christmas Card Club Challenge this fortnight.  I panicked a bit when I saw the theme of Snowy Mountains wondering what on earth I could do, but then this gorgeous paper fell into my lap with an order from Stampin' Up!.  It's free with a £45 spend and is perfect for an easy, simple Snowy Mountain Christmas card.

I have cut a part of one sheet of the DSP and coloured odd parts to add some colour.  I've added Santa by embossing him, his sleigh and reindeer in copper and a sentiment heat embossed on vellum and attached with our hand held stapler.  A little pom pom trim giving a snowball effect.

The mountains look great with hot air balloons from Lift Me Up stamp set and Up & Away thinlits too!

Lift me Up Stamp Set16 Rubber Stamps 
either  142893 Wood Mount £26
  or 142896 Clear Mount ££19 
Up & Away Thin lit Dies 142748 £27
Lift Me Up Bundle Stamps and Dies wood mount 144711 £47.50 
Lift Me Up Bundle Stamps & Dies clear mount 144712 £41.25

Free with a £45 order (excl. P&P)

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead.  Zx

Friday, 17 February 2017

Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Moments for Special Memories

Stampin' Up! is definitely near the top of my 'best jobs I've ever done' list as there's so much opportunity to achieve fabulous incentives not least the annual incentive trip. With the help of my fabulous team and wonderful customers I've been lucky enough to achieve a few now and last year's one was a Mediterranean cruise, which is why I've chosen Mediterranean Moments stamp set from the Spring Catalogue to share with you today.

The images remind me of a fabulous holiday then and also one with my family some years ago when we visited Rome, Florence and Pisa.  I thought it might be too much history and sightseeing for the children who were then just 7 and 11, but they loved it as did Martin and I.  
My card is very simple.  The image is stamped firstly onto thick white card stock with memento black ink. I stamped it again with black Staz On onto watercolour paper and then used my new favourite Stampin' Up! watercolour pencils and an aqua painter to colour the image.  I always tell my customers I'm not a Colourer Inner, but I'm really pleased with how this turn out.

Once I finished the colouring I used the Lots of Labels frame lits to die cut my image and then carefully adhered it over the original stamped image just giving a slight impression of it carrying on just like my memories of happy times spent.  

Another image from the set is below and has also been coloured with the water colour  pencils.  

Please note 

 The  fabulous watercolour pencils are available to order from the Spring Catalogue, but are  SO  FABULOUS that we've already almost depleted the entire supply!  Stampin' Up! will turn off the order code to make them unorderable very soon to avoid long and large back orders.    If you want them, you need to order them today.

Check back soon to see how I make snowy mountains out of Carried Away Designer Series Paper for our Christmas Card Club challenge on Sunday.  

Hugs all Zx

Friday, 10 February 2017

Stampin Up Birthday Blast Welcomes new team

Stampin Up Birthday Blast is a fun exploding set that has been my choice today for making 'Welcome' cards for new team members of The Tantalizing Stampers. It's exciting that folk have joined to share the fun and realise what a great opportunity Stampin' Up! offers crafters to get their lovely craft stash at a discount.  You can of course work on earning some extra cash too, but it's perfectly OK to just be a little selfish and enjoy the discount just for you.

Me I love to share craft with folk. It's fun and keeps me out of mischief and I like meeting new people and catching up regularly with the new friends I've made over nearly 9 years of being a demonstrator.  Yes it's nearly my anniversary and I can't believe where the time has gone.

If you'd like to hear more about being part of a team of folk that love to craft you can read more here or can contact me to ask any questions you may have.

At the very least you'll love Stampin' Up! Birthday Blast stamps and can buy them in my stampin' up! online shop. 

More soon.