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Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Stampin' Up! Thailand Achievers Blog Hop

Our Stampin' Up! Thailand Achiever's blog hop this month is all about sharing our highlights of recent Onstage events.  I was lucky enough to be in Amsterdam at the live European event and had an absolute blast.

Amsterdam is such a fabulous city with of course tulips, bicycles (EVERYWHERE!!) and it was a super conference centre.  I travelled over with my family a little early so that we could tour the city and was thrilled to share the trip with them. Here's me and my gorgeous girl enjoying the sights. 



As with all Stampin' Up! events we share swaps and I took two. The first was a design by my friend and downline Paula who not only shared her design with me, but also helped me make these lovely sparkly cards with the now retired Lucky Elephant stamp.  I did two colours in shades of pink i.e. melon mambo and blushing bride with dazzling diamond glimmer paper and silver or blushing bride sequin trim.


The second was made using the Stampin' Up! set Happy Celebrations and Celebrations Duo embossing folders which I'm pleased to say are going to be around for the next year.  Fun set which works well with any colour combo and the 'deboss' folders are fun and really pop with the spot stamping over the top. I used pool party, crumb cake, soft suede, early espresso and first and second generation chocolate chip.  The duo banner punch is great with photopolymer stamps as you can 'bend' them on the blocks to fit the punched shape.  

It was fantastic to spend   some time with some of my dutch downline who are quicker to reach in Amsterdam than travelling from sunny Lincolnshire to London by car, but nonetheless a North Sea   hop away and so I don't get to see them too often.   

This is an example of my team gifts.  The Radley pouches had treats inside, of course including chocolate! I decorated tags and bags which travelled flat and were put together once we arrived. For the tags I used Timeless Textures stamps, lace doilies, burlap, natural trim, fabulous foil designer acetate, in colour doilies and gold binder clips.  


I also enjoyed meeting some of the other european members of the Totally Techniques design team in real life.  
Here's from left to right Nadine (Germany), Barbara (Austria), Me and Marine (France).  We missed seeing Matilde (The Netherlands) who was unable to attend.  

Our next blog hop is 28 April and the technique is Watercolour Spritz. Hope you'll pop back to take a look. 

Being a demonstrator is so much fun and offers so many opportunities whether you want to benefit from the discount on your own stamp shopping or build a little business.  If you'd like to know more about the benefits please do contact me for more information or take a look at my join Stampin' Up! page.

Enjoy the hop you can follow it from the list below. Currently you're here with me, Zoe Tant in the UK.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Zx



Sunday, 16 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - Humourous

Stampin' Up! Sneak Peeks - This Little Piggy

I can't quite believe a fortnight has passed since our last Christmas Card Club challenge and more importantly since my last blog post, but time has not been wasted as I've been busy with the end of Sale-a-bration and attending the Stampin' Up! European Onstage Live Event in Amsterdam last week.  It was a fun few days with my family, who joined me, and we all did lots of great things.  Me I stamped and swapped and learned lots and got my hands on my copy of the new annual Stampin' Up! catalogue.  Martin and the children walked and cycled most of Amsterdam I think and I joined them as much as I could around my schedule.  I even got to cycle a little!

I also won a stamp set whilst there called This Little Piggy and I've given it, its first inking today for my humourous Christmas Card Club challenge set by Valery.  This little piggy is so so adorable and wait until you see his friends.  I've made an aperture in my card and framed it with real red card and then stamped inside the card, adding a Santa hat using last season's punch and a bow on the outside from the  returning holly punch.  I've used sentiments from the Piggy set and also from the soon to retire Designer Tin of Cards set.  The classic label punch is a great replacement for the popular word window punch and simple Christmas card is born.

Remember all the ladies in our challenge group make fab cards with styles and techniques various, so please do go visit them for more ideas.

I'll be back soon with photos from Amsterdam with Onstage highlights, swaps and a Totally Techniques blog hop too!

Easter Blessings to you all.

Zx




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Challenges
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Christmas
Winter Wonderland - Cute Christmas
CHNC Monthly Challenge - Anything goes Christmas
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Flowers



Stampin' Up! Botanical Builders Framelits have been my got to dies this week with my Totally Techniques post a couple of days ago with the Bokeh technique and now today for our fortnightly Christmas Card Club challenge set this time by Carol who has two super cards to share with you so please  do visit her and the other other lovely ladies by clicking on the link at the top of my blog.  

I've gone for white and silver and whilst I've made this a Christmas card by adding a simple 'Happy Christmas' you could turn it just as easily into a silver wedding card or card for a special birthday just by changing your sentiment.

As a base for your card you can use the stitched shape framelits to add the white circle and some organza ribbon and the silver thread ribbon is from the now sadly retired SAB freebie gifts.  I've used the dies to cut various flowers and leaves and a bone folder to add little touches of dimension to create veins on the two centre leaves.  You can also just see some of my lifetime supply of silver thread to just life the sentiment which I stamped with individual words from Designer Tin of Tags stamp set in Memento black ink.

It's a peaceful day here although I'm enjoying thinking of my wonderful  hubby who is on a spa, yes a spa, day with his colleagues.  I'm intrigued to hear how his day has gone when he gets home.  Olivia is out watching Beauty and the Beast with the Brownies and Charlie is, he tells me, doing his homework, but I'm sceptical as I don't think the teachers usually set computer games for home study!!! Me I'm typing for you and then making delicious gift wrap for my teamie presents as I'm off to Amsterdam for a big Stampin' Up! event later in the week.

Enjoy your Sunday and don't forget to visit the other ladies blogs for oodles of lovely inspiration.

Hugs Zx

Friday, 31 March 2017

Totally Techniques Stampin' Up! Demo Blog Hop







Welcome to our monthly Totally Techniques Blog Hop whether you are starting here with me Zoe Tant in the UK or have arrived from Nadine's we hope you enjoy the tour.  This month we are focusing on the Bokeh technique.  This is so effective and yet very easy for you to achieve. 

All you need to do is take a sponge and blend different colours of ink on to your your card stock. I've used whisper white card stock and added Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Rose Red and Rich Razzleberry inks.  The next step is to create a stencil using either card stock or window sheet and punch different sized circles into it.  You can then use the sheet as a stencil to add different amounts of Whisper White Craft ink onto your colour blended area.  By using different sizes and overlapping them you can create the Bokeh effect just like those pictues with sunshine bubbles!  Allow the intensity of the white ink to be different on the circles also.  


 

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the hop Zx

1. Patrice Halliday-Larsen (New Zealand) 
2. Amy Koenders (USA)
3. Shelagh Freemantle (Canada)
4. Marine Wiplier (France)
5. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia)
6. Nadine Weiner (Germany)
7. Zoë Tant (UK)  That's me!
8. Barbara Meyer (Austria)
9. Mathilde Kortekaas (Netherlands) 


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Thursday, 30 March 2017

Moving Along with the Times - Into the Woods




Stampin' Up! Swirly Scribbles just right for adding detail to Serene Scenery Designer Series Papers for the our Team A challenge at Moving Along with the Times (MAWTT).  Our theme is 'Into the Woods'.

I absolutely adore these designer papers that are not only designs but also some sheets are actual images and the pack of 48 sheets comes in 6" x 6" and is not to be missed.  It is very stroke-able but as you get 4 sheets of each double sided design you can use at least one of each side and still have one to stroke.  I know dear readers you are just like me and want to keep it just to look at and with this pack you can.

You can stamp a sentiment on the 'bokeh' printed part of the design and mine is from Stampin' Up! Butterfly Basics and the golden butterflies are die cut from gold foil card with the Sunshine Wishes dies.  You can make mini flowers with part of the Tree Builder punch and gently push on the middle of each flower on a piercing mat with a stylus to create some texture and then just add a pearl or similar in the middle of each.  My flowers are whisper white and daffodil delight and the final extra is my choice of bling with gold thread and gold enamel shapes.

Join at MAWTT for our challenge and check out the other DT for more inspiration.

P.S.   Sale-a-bration at Stampin' Up! 2017  finishes tomorrow. Shop now for those last minute free gifts with purchase.