Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Sale-a-bration: It's 'Elementary' ... Elegance!

OK all, today i have a new Sale-a-bration stampset to share with you today and over the next few days - the beautiful 'Elementary Elegance' stampset:

So here's todays card showing off this stampset to it's full potential:

This card could of course be made in any colour combo and have any number on to suit any occassion or recipient. But this cardbase has been created from some 'Pretty in Pink' card. On a piece of 'Very Vanilla' i stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment in 'Rich Razzleberry' ink (don't you just love that font?!) and then above that i stamped the frame stamp also in 'Rich Razzleberry'. Next i punched a 'Modern Label' from some 'Rich Razzleberry' card and placed it in the centre of the frame. Next i ran some 'Pretty in Pink' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Timeless Type Junior Alphabet Die' to create the '50'. Finally i stamped the beautiful bird stamp onto a scrap of card with some 'Rich Razzleberry' ink and handsnipped it out and glued it in place at the bottom of the frame. I mounted all of this onto some 'Rich Razzleberry' card and then placed it all onto the cardbase!!

I just LOVE this stampset and i'm certain i will make you completely, utterly fall in love with this set too!! I just love how it coordinates with the 'Curcly Label Punch'!!

Make sure you visit back tomorrow to see another card made with this stunning stampset... and if you're already won around and want it for your craft collection email me over an order today: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Monday, 30 January 2012

A Fresh Vintage Postage Card!

I just love the card i have to share with you today - it is another card using the beautiful 'Fresh Vintage' sale-a-bration stampset!!

This card started life as a 'Whisper White' cardbase. I ran the bottom of the cardbase through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder'. I placed a strip of 'Soft Suede' card along the middle and then a strip of the sale-a-bration 'DSP' - 'Everyday Enchantment' over the top. Finally on a small piece of 'Whisper White' i stamped the stamp stamp (does this even make sense?!) using 'Poppy Parade' cut it out by hand and then mounted it onto a 'Scallop Square' punched from 'Soft Suede' card. Raising it with a 'Dimensional' to give it a 3D effect! Finally i stamped the 'hello' sentiment from the 'Elementary Elegance' sale-a-bration stampet in 'Soft Suede' ink - you could of course place any sentiment here making it a completely versatile card!!

If you have been inspired by the four cards i have showcased using the 'Fresh Vintage' stampset over the past week or so and would like the set for yourself - you can get it for FREE by placing an order for £45 with me! If you love the papers and the stampset you can get BOTH by making an order for £90!! Email me today to make an order: amyjtidd@gmail.com

From tomorrow i'm going to be sharing with you in detail four cards using the beautiful 'Elementary Elegance Stampset' - but to whet your appetite here is a pic of all four cards:

Make sure you visit back tomorrow!!

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Join the Stampin' Up! family during Sale-a-bration to get a bargain stash of products + an extra stampset!!

Are you looking for a new hobby, or want to earn some extra cash? Perhaps you just want to take advantage of more than £300 worth of Stampin' Up! products for just £119!

Stamps, ink, card stock and basic tools - everything to start papercrafting right away!

The benefits of signing up:
  •  Expand your creativity
  • Earn extra money (optional)
  • Get a discount on your future product purchases
Join before 31 March 2012 (during Sale-A-Bration) and choose any current stampset for FREE, yes, that's in addition to everything else!
Email me today for more details: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Saturday, 28 January 2012

Mini Catalogue and Sale-A-Bration Coffee Morning: 28th January

Hi all!! What a lovely day i have had!! This morning i hosted my crafty coffee morning in celebration of the new spring catalogue and the sale-a-bration promotion! It was completely hectic but totally enjoyable!! I'd like to thanks the following lovely ladies for attending:

Jade, Suzanne, Audrey, Lucy, Jamie, Kirsty, Katie, Cate, Charmaine, Susan, Claire, Ruth, Poppy and Laura
As well as some lovely people who sadly couldn't be there but made orders:

Jane, Stephanie-Emma and Hannah.

It was a lovely morning involving tea, coffee, chocolates and of course CRAFTING!! Most of the ladies are experienced crafters and so adapted the fairly simple make and take project and made it their own!!

So here is the original card - designed by the wonderfully talented Jade (as i have been super busy with being lazy and pregnant!!) Don't know what i would do without Jade she has been AMAZING!! Thankyou! :

The card is a 'Whisper White' cardbase, with a strip of 'DSP' running down the middle - handsnipped to create a snakes tongue style flag. The cupcake componants were stamped using the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset using 'Rose Red' and 'Wild Wasabi' (for the cherry) 'So Saffron' (for the icing) and 'Pool Party' for the cupcake case) These were then punched out using the 'Cupcake Punch' and stuck down using 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect. The sentiment is also from the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset, inked in 'Pool Party' and then punched out using the 'Word Window Punch'. Finally Jade placed three' Basic Rhinestones' down the righthand bottom corner!! Such a fab card - and with a change of sentiment would suit plenty of alternative occassions!!

And here are a few pics taken from today's event:

First up Kirsty and her take on the project - a lovely valentines card:

For this design she used a 'Whisper White' base, ran a strip of 'Melon Mambo' 'DSP' across the card. The valentine sentiment is from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' stampset and punched out using the 'Word Window Punch' with a couple of 'Basic Pearls' each side. Above she created a cupcake using the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset and the 'Cupcake Punch' and i love the way she has used the 'Two Way Glue Pen' and applied lots of 'Dazzling Diamond Glitter' to her design!!!

Next up is Ruthie!!:

Ruth kept the design suite close to the original adding of course a little extra bling!! She changed the sentiment at the bottom of her card to alternative one from the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset and then using 'Stampin' Write Markers' she stamped a candle either side of the sentiment - and most impressively she did this WITHOUT  a 'Stamp-a-ma-jig'!!!

And heres a couple of pics of the lovely ladies getting a crafty and making the make and take project:

And the crafting also spilled to other parts of the living room with 'Big Shot' demos:

Finally i have to share with you Suzanne and Lucy's creations - both relatively new to crafting you wouldn't know it:

On the left is Lucy's creation - i just love the extra sprinkle detail she has added with the stamp from the set and the glitter she has applied to the cupcake icing and around the edge of the 'Word Window'!! and that cherry in the corner of the card is so cute!! And to the right is Suz's card - similar to the original but totally glitterflied!! Love, love, love!!

Thankyou once again to everyone who attended, crafted and made orders!! Hopefully your new products will be with you ASAP so you can get creating!! I know several of you are keen to get your crafty mits on your FREE sale-a-bration sets!!

If you couldn't make it today it is not too late to make an order to recieve a free sale-a-bration goody of your own! Email your order today: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Friday, 27 January 2012

Sale-a-brate .... it's Friday!!

Hey all - it is Friday!! woo hoo! I'm really looking forward to tomorrow as i'm hosting my mini catalogue crafty coffee morning! Lots of regular customers are coming along as well as a few new ones which i'm really excited to meet! I can't wait to share my love of crafting and Stampin' Up! with everyone and have a yummy scrummy cupcake card for everyone to make!!

Do you live local to Aldershot? It's not too late to book a place. Drop me an email tonight: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Today i have yet another Sale-a-bration creation to share with you using the wonderful 'Fresh Vintage' stampset that i have been showcasing this week:

This card pretty much uses ALL the stamps in the set!! On the 'Tangerine Tango' base i stamped the border stamp in the same colour (although it doesn't really show up on the photo unfortunately.)

On a rectangle of 'Whisper White' i stamped the flower image several times, using 'Red Riding Hood' and 'Pear Pizzazz' 'Stampin' Write Markers'. I then punched out two strips of 'Pear Pizzazz' using the 'Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border' and layered the 'Whisper White' over them. Next i ran a piece 'Red Riding Hood' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Beautiful Butterlies Die', stamped it randomly with the flower stamp using 'Versamark' and then 'Clear Embossed'. Finally i stamped the central image onto 'Whisper White' card using 'Tangerine Tango' ink and then also in 'Pear Pizzazz' punching out the central circle using the '1/2" Circle Punch'. These were raised on the centre of the card using a 'Dimensional' to give a 3D effect.

It all sounds more complicated than it is!! But i just love this stampset and it is most definately on my wishlist!!

Want to make a Sale-a-bration order?! You can view the catalogues and the Sale-a-bration leaflet on the righthand side of this blog. Email over your order: amyjtidd@gmail.com I will offer free P&P on all sale-a-bration orders placed over the weekend!! (Usually £4.95)

Looking forward to seeing all you lovely crafters tomorrow! Have a lovely weekend! xxxxxx

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Sale-A-Bration: Fresh Vintage Butterfly Card!

Hey all! Today i have ANOTHER fab card created using one of the lovely stampsets that you can earn for FREE with every £45 purchase of Stampin' Up! products!! (This deal is available from the 24th January til the 31st March'.

This week i'm showcasing the beautiful 'Fresh Vintage' stampset and the card i have to share with you today also features the 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' that is also available in the Sale-A-Bration deal!!

The 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' is a beautiful collection of papers - take a look:

And here is the card that i made using them:

This card started life as a 'Crumb Cake' cardbase! On a piece of 'Baja Breeze' i stamped the foilage stamp from the 'Fresh Vintage' stampset randomly all over it! Before gluing it onto the cardbase i punched a strip of 'Pear Pizzazz' card using the 'Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch' and then glued it underneath!

The three butterflies have been punched out of the Sale-A-Bration 'Everyday Enchantment DSP' using the 'Butterfly Punch'. Before gluing them down i wrapped some 'Linen Thread' around the butterflies and placed a 'Basic Pearl' on the centre of each one! And you may notice that on the green butterfly i stamped on the flower stamp (in 'Soft Suede' ink).

Finally i stamped the 'get well wishes' sentiment from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' set onto some 'Crumb Cake' card using 'Soft Suede' ink. I punched this out using the 'Word Window Punch' and placed two teeny tiny 'Basic Pearls' either side of the sentiment!!

I just love this stampset and the papers! If you like them as much as i do then why not make a qualifying Stampin' Up! order and get them for FREE!! Email over your order today: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sale-A-Bration: Fresh Vintage

Hello all! Have you managed to look at the Stampin' Up! Sale-a-bration promotion yet! It's a great deal which means that you can earn a FREE stampset of pack of 'DSP' with every purchase of £45! There are some fab sets up for grabs and over the next few weeks i plan to showcase these on the CraftyThINKer blog!

So to start off the Sale-A-Bration i want to share with you the 'Fresh Vintage' Stampset:

So over the next four days i will be showing you a range of cards that have been made using this beautiful stampset:

So here is the first 'Fresh Vintage' card:

A 'Basic Grey' cardbase, which has been stamped three times with 'Basic Grey' ink using one of the 'Fresh Vintage' stamps. On a piece of 'Whisper White' card i stamped the swirly foilage stamp on the diagonal in 'Pear Pizzazz' ink, and mounted this onto some' Pear Pizzazz' card. I punched a 'Fancy Flower' from 'Blushing Bride' cardstock - scrumpled it up a bit and then placed a lovely 'Antique Brad' in the centre. Finally the sentiment (from the 'Teeny Tiny Wishes' set) has been inked in 'Basic Grey' onto a strip of 'Pear Pizzazz' which has been handsnipped at the edges. I placed two teeny tiny 'Basic Pearls' such to finish it off!!

Check back tomorrow for another card created using the lovely 'Fresh Vintage' stampset!! Don't forget if you want to make a Stampin' Up! order and earn this stampset for yourself then email me today: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sale-A-Bration Launch!!

Horaay! Today is the launch of the annual Stampin' Up! promotion! Those of you who are committed Stampin' Up! fans most probably know the deal already - from the 24th January to the 31st March you will recieve a FREE limited edition stampset or pacl of 'DSP' for every £45 you spend from either the Main or new Spring Mini Catalogue!!

There are four stampsets you can pick from!! And over the next few weeks i'm going to share with you some cards that have been made with these exclusive stampsets!!:
'Fresh Vintage Stamp Set':

'Sprinkled Expressions Stamp Set':

'Outlined Occassions Stamp Set':

'Elementry Elegance Stamp Set':

and there is also a fab collection of 'DSP' up for grabs: 'Everyday Enchantment Designer Series Paper'

Over the next few weeks i will be sharing with you a range of cards that have been made using these amazing products!!

Click here to view the Sale-A-Bration leaflet in full and if you would like to make an order email it over: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Monday, 23 January 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: Song Title - You Are My Sunshine!!

Hey CraftyThINKers!! It's time for another Crafty Boots Challenge and this fortnight the theme is 'Song Titles'. Your mission if you choose to accept it is to create a craft project reflecting a song title of your choice!!

So here is my Design Team offering themed around the song 'You Are My Sunshine' which is a song which has a very special place in my heart because i can remember my Grandad teaching it to me when i was a little girl and can literally hear him singing it to me if i close my eyes! Special memories!!

The 'you are my sunshine' sentiment and the leaves are stamps from the 'Something Sweet' set, which i have inked in 'Old Olive' ink, stamped onto 'Whisper White' card. To create the flower i punched four 'Scallop Circles' from 'Just Add Cake DSP Collection' and then folded each of them into quarters before arranging them into a flower shape. I placed a large 'Daffodil Delight' 'Designer Button' in the centre, and then layered a cute flower shaped 'Pumpkin Pie' 'Designer Button' in the centre of that. (Securing it in place with 'Red Sticky Tape'.) I placed three 'Bright Brads' - 'Pumpkin Pie', 'Daffodil Delight' and 'Old Olive' down the righthand bottom corner of the 'Whisper White' card. I mounted this onto an 'Old Olive' cardbase and finished of the card with a strip of 'DSP' from the 'Beyond The Garden' range and then a much thinner strip of 'Just Add Cake DSP'.

I hope you like the card, i have to admit i found this challenge a tricky one!! I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Finally, before you go... just a reminder that tomorrow is the launch of the annual 'Sale-A-Bration' promotion!!

Basically the deal is that you get a FREE exclusive stampset or pack of 'DSP' with every £45 purchase you make!! AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT TO SHARE THESE WITH YOU!!

So please visit back tomorrow when you can see each of these limited stampsets for the first time!!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Very Cherry Bookmark!

Yesterday i shared with you a bookmark that i created using the 'Fruit and Flowers' stampset from the 'Spring Mini Catalogue' and today i have another one to share with you using probably my most favourite stamp from the set - the lovely cherry stamp!

I stamped the cherry stamp using 'Real Red' and 'Old Olive' 'Stampin' Write Markers' onto some 'Whisper White' card and punched it out using the '1-1/4" Circle Punch'. I layered this onto a '1-3/8" Circle' punched from 'Old Olive' and then layered this onto a 'Real Red' 'Scallop Circle'. I then cut a strip of 'Old Olive' and ran it through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder' and layered that onto a slightly wider piece of 'Real Red' card and then i pieced it all together!!

And here's a pic of the bookmark in action:

I have only played with the fruit part of the stampset so far so i will have to get creating with the flowers!!

Hope you have had a brilliant weekend - keep your eyes posted on the CraftyThINKer blog this week as there will be lots of exciting news!!!

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Feeling Fruity?!

Hey everyone, hope you're all having a great weekend?! I've had a really girly day involving takeaway, chick flicks and chocolate!! Oh and a tiny bit of crafting! Not quite as much as i would like but i've still got tomorrow set aside!!

Today i had a bit of a play with one of my new stampsets from the Spring Mini Catalogue: 'Fruit and Flowers' and created two bookmarks, one of which i will share with you today and i will save the other one for a future blogpost:

To create this bookmark i ran some 'Real Red' cardstock through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Pennant Die'. I then punched out a '1-3/4" Circle' from some 'Old Olive Cardstock. Then on a piece of 'Whisper White' card i stamped the cute apple stamp from the 'Fruit and Flowers' stampset using 'Real Red' and 'Old Olive' 'Stampin' Write Markers'. I then punched this out using the '1-1/4" Circle Punch'. Finally i threaded some 'Old Olive' 'Satin Ribbon'.

And this is how i'm using it with to bookmark my 'Spring Mini Catalogue':

So have you looked through your Mini Catalogue yet?! Written your wishlist?! Email me your order now: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Not seen the Mini Catalogue yet?! Either take a peek of it online - there's a link to it on the righthand side of this blog. If you would like your own copy of it then email me your postal address and i will pop one straight in the post for you!

Friday, 20 January 2012

Perfect Postage PillowBox!

Hey all - it's the weekend!! woo hoo!! I'm so exhausted and can't wait for a lovely relaxing weekend
I really haven't had much time for crafting recently so hopefully i will be able to fit in a lot this weekend!

Today (due to my lack of crafting) i have another fabby project to share with you that has been made by my Stampin' Up! partner in crime Jade. It is a 'Pillow Box' that has been created using my 'Big Shot' and the lovely new stampset: 'Perfect Postage':

This 'Pillow Box' has been created from some 'Whisper White' card and Jade wrapped some 'Pear Pizzazz' 'Seaming Ribbon' around it. She stamped the candle cake stamp from the 'Perfect Postage' stampset, inked using 'Stampin' Write Markers', punched out using the 'Postage Stamp Punch' and then layered on some 'Pear Pizzazz' card punched out with the 'Curly Label' punch and then attached over the ribbon using some 'Dimensionals' to create a 3D effect.

Such a quick but effective project - i just love the 'Pillow Box' die - it just makes the creation of 'Pillow Boxes' such a quick and simple task - perfect if you're looking to create wedding favours!

Thanks again to Jade for saving my bacon again today and providing me with a project to feature on the blog - i promise i will get my bum in gear and create some original CraftyThINKer designs very,very soon!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Baby News!!

Hi all! I have some very exciting news to share with you! I'm pregnant! Baby Tiddlywink is due on the 31st July! We went for our 12 week scan on Tuesday and everything was perfect! We got lots of pics of our lovely baby! I can't stop looking at them! We have had a busy few days travelling around all over the place telling friends and family and it's so lovely not to have to keep it a secret anymore!!

We have recieved lots of lovely cards and gifts - so thankyou to everyone for your kindness!!

I just had to share with you a lovely card that my friend Hannah made using a range of current and retired Stampin' Up! products:

I just love the bird and bee design that she has created and the layout is just fab!! I think the 'Subtle' 'Designer Buttons' just finish off the design perfectly!

Thankyou so much Hannah for this lovely card - i'm planning on making a scrapbook for the baby and this will most definately be put in it!!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

A CraftyThINKers Brayer Sunset!

Hi all, hope you're having a fab week! Today i'm very excited to share with you a crafty creation that was created by a CraftyThINKer blog follower - Jane. Jane lives quite local to me and attended my last crafty open house and since then we have been firm crafty and twitter pals! She has even encouraged me to give comping a go!! And i have even won a couple of little prizes!! Jane has a brilliant comping blog so if you've got a minute why not give it a look!! Click here to be linked through!

She recently purchased the 'Just Believe' stampset from me and when she saw the sunset brayer technique featured on my blog yesterday she tweeted me to say she was going to give it a go straight away - and that is exactly what she did! She created this stunning card:

I think you'll agree that Jane has made a completely stunning card!!

I love it when people take a look at my blog and it inspires them to get their crafty stash out and have a play!!! I have to say thankyou once again to Jade aswell for coming up with the original card in the first place and sharing it with me!!

I'd love to feature your Stampin' Up! creations on my blog!!! Why not email over your creation: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Brayered Sunsets!!

Hey all, how are you all? I have had a super busy day and still no crafting :(so today I have a card to share with you that has been created by Jade and was featured on her blog yesterday!! It features a great technique for creating a sunset. 
It has been created using the trust Just Believe stampset which includes 3 images, 4 sentiments and 2 label stamps.  It's such a brilliant stampset because it is so versatile and perfect for someone who is just building up their crafting supplies because you can make something from it to suit most occassions!
So here is Jades fab creation:


Jade used a piece of 'So Saffron' cardstock for the base, cut to 10.5 x 14.8 (ie A6 in size).  She masked off the card to create a sun image by using a '1-3/8" Circle Punch' and then using her 'brayer' she inked the background with 'More Mustard' and then peeled back the circle to create a sun!! Isn't it such an effective technique and so quick to create!!

The large flowery image from the Just Believe stampset has been inked with 'Chocolate Chip' and Jade stamped it 3 times across the bottom of the card, making sure she dropped down the stamp slightly each time.  Finally she stamped the sentiment with the same ink across the sun!!

If you haven't had a chance do chck out Jades blog - she posts something new daily and is such a crafting inspiration to me!!

Monday, 16 January 2012

Fruits and Flowers: Happy Birthday Card!

Hi all! I have a card to share with you today which uses ANOTHER new stampset from the new mini catalogue!! A fab new stampset called 'Fruits and Flowers':
I CASE'd the following card from Julie Davisons blog, just changing the 'DSP' that Julie used in her design:

I have used a 'Poppy Parade' cardbase (10x10cm), layered an 'Old Olive' square ontop (9x9cm) and then layered an 8x8cm piece of 'Whisper White' ontop. In the corner of the 'Whisper White' square i stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment (from the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset) in 'Poppy Parade' ink. I punched two '1-3/8" Circles' from some 'Just Eat Cake DSP' and layered them onto the 'Whisper White'. Finally, on a seperate piece of 'Whisper White' i stamped the cherry from the 'Fruit and Flowers' stampset using 'Poppy Parade' and 'Old Olive' 'Stampin' Write Markers'. I punched this out using the '1-1/4" Circle Punch', layered it onto a 'Poppy Parade' '1-3/8" Circle' and then layered it onto an 'Old Olive' 'Scallop Circle', attaching it to the 'Whisper White' using some 'Dimensionals' to raise it and give it a 3D effect!

I just love this stampset sooooooooooo much! I know i will be using it lots and lots! Take a look in the mini catty - there are so many lovely new products - if you would like to get your hands on a mini catty to flick through just email me your postal address: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Perfect Postage Calender!!!

Hi all! Have you had a good weekend?! I've had a lovely restful one - but not much crafting - it just seemed to go too quickly!

Today i have another fabby make created by a fellow Stampin' Up! demo Jade and it features another scrummy product from the new Spring Mini Catalogue: a stampset called 'Perfect Postage' and the coordinating stamp!!

Jade created this calender by running some 'Basic Black' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Top Note Die' and stuck a calender on the bottom half (These are available from most stationary shops - but these particular ones are from The Range - and are a complete bargain at 10 for £1!!

Jade punched a 'Scallop Circle' from some 'Cherry Cobbler' card and placed that in the centre on the 'Top Note' using a 'Dimensional'. She then stamped the raspberry postage stamp out onto some 'Whisper White' card using 'Stampin' Write Markers' and punched it out using the 'Postage Stamp Punch', this was glued on a diagonal from the 'Scallop Circle'! Jade finished this design off with three 'Old Olive' 'Brads placed in the righthand corner of the 'Top Note'.

Isn't this such a brilliant project!! Have a look at the mini catalogue if you haven't yet had a chance - it is full of such great products. The 'Perfect Postage' stampset and punch can be found on page 20!

If you would like a paper version of the catty for you to flick through email me your postal address and i'll send you one!! My email is amyjtidd@gmail.com

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Jades Punch-Art Pig Card!

Hi all,

Hope you are all having a fab weekend. I've had a lovely day with my sister shopping and out for a spot of lunch, as well as visiting some of my family!! No time for crafting today - although i plan to do lots tomorrow!!

Today i have a brilliant card to share with you that was created by my crafty friend Jade:

This punchart pig card is absolutely amazing, i'm sure you'll agree!! Jade cleverly created the pig from 'Pretty in Pink' card (and some 'Whisper White' for his eyes!) using the 'Owl Punch' and the 'Round Tab Punch'. The details have been drawn on using 'Stampin' Write Markers'. The pig has been layered on a 'Calypso Coral' 'Scallop Circle Punch' and a 'Wisteria Wonder' '1-3/8" Circle' that has been ran through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder'. All of this has been layered onto some 'DSP' which has been edged using the 'Eyelet Border Punch'. The hearts were also created using the versatile 'Owl Punch'. All of this was placed onto a 'Pretty in Pink' cardbase. The sentiment is from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' stampset!!

Such an amazing card and it just showcases how versatile the Stampin' Up! punches are! There are lots of punches to take your pick from in both the main and mini catalogue. Why not take a browse now!!

I'm hosting a crafty coffee morning on the 28th January so if you would like to come along and have a try of some of the punches you will be more than welcome!! Email me for details now: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Friday, 13 January 2012

Become a Stampin Up! demo in 2012!!!

So, have you got a New Years Resolution for 2012?? Is it to meet new crafty people and share your crafty passion with others? Becoming a Stampin' Up! demo is an ideal way of fulfilling both of these goals... and it is the most perfect time to join as through January to March there is a fab new offer on for new demonstrators!!!

To become a new demonstrator you need to purchase the Stampin' Up! starter kit. Which is a complete steal!! The Starter Kit is only £119 for a total of £250 of products!!

 ... and right now January - March 2012, Stampin' Up! are giving all new Demonstrators an additional stamp set for FREE, so it's up to £295 worth of product just during these months!!. 

This kit is customisable (choose your own stamp sets at equivalent or lesser value and you may change ink, cardstock and ribbon colours too!). It includes everything you will need to get your business up and running including stamps, accessories and business supplies. You do not need anything else apart from your Starter Kit to be able to begin workshops straight away!!

So ... sound good?! Want to know more details then click here or email me to arrange a no pressure chat and discuss your options!! My email is: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Thursday, 12 January 2012

Wedding Acceptance Card!

Hi everyone. It's Thursday - not long until the weekend! Today i have another version of the card that i shared with you yesterday in a different colour combination and for a different purpose - although still wedding related!

It seems at the moment that everyone we know is going through life changing experiences - whether thats engagements, wedding, babies ... it all seems to be happening!! Which is great for me as it means more crafting opportunities!

Friends of ours Kim and Stu are getting married in April and we recently recieved a handmade wedding invitation inviting us to share their big day with them. I felt it was only right to respond with a handmade wedding acceptance card! So here it is:

The card is similar to the one i made yeaterday so i won't go through the process of how to make it again. The colour combo is 'Whisper White' and 'Concord Crush'. The materials i used to make this card are:
  • Big Shot
  • Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder
  • Basic Pearls
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit Folder
  • Scallop Punch
  • 1-3/8" Punch
  • Concord Crush ink
  • (A non-Stampin' Up! Acceptance stamp)
I have to thank once again Jade as it is her design that i have CASE'd. These cards are so simple to make - the 'Big Shot' makes the process so super quick that these cards would be perfect to make in bulk. So if you're looking for a save the date, wedding invitation, anniversary invitation or another other type of card this might be the design for you - and it would look fab in any colour combo!)

Get in touch if you would like some help creating your own wedding stationary or if you would like me to make them for you - my prices are very competitative. Drop me an email: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Happy Engagement!

Hi everyone. I hope you are having a better week than me. I've been really ill and not at work. Spending most of my time quite pathetically either in bed or on the sofa. But i'm actually feeling quite a bit better so hoping to be back to work tomorrow.

As a result of being housebound for the last four days i have several cards (and mini catalogues) that i have to pop in the post tomorrow. One of these cards is this engagement card that i have made for my crafty friend Stephanie Emma who got engaged to her partner Kieron last week! (So if Stephanie-Emma sees this blog post she will get a sneeky peek of the card!!)

I CASE'd this card from a fellow Stampin' Up! demo and crafty pal - Jade. I started off with a 'Whisper White' cardbase and then ran a strip of the suitably named 'Blushing Bride' cardtsock along the middle. Next i ran a strip of 'Whisper Wite' card through the 'Big Shot' using the fab 'Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder' to create the raised flowers. I placed some 'Basic Pearls' in the centre of the flowers for a little bling. I punched a 'Scallop Circle' from some more 'Blushing Bride' card. I punched a 1'3/8" Circle from some 'Whisper White' (also ran it through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Elegant Bouquet Embossing Folder' and then created some beautiful butterflies using my 'Big Shot' and the 'Beautiful Wings Embosslit Die' I glued all the butterflies into place and embellished with some more 'Basic Pearls'. I finished off the card with a Congratulations sentiment (from a retired stampset using 'Blushing Bride' ink) - to be honest i wish i had used my 'Stamp-a-ma-jig' because it's a little wonky - but that's a sign of a homemade card!!

I hope Stephanie-Emma and Kieron have a very happy engagement and enjoy all the wedding planning that they now have - they appear to have some very exciting ideas which i can't wait to hear more about! Congratulations once again (and i promise that i will pop it in the post tomorrow so you get the real thing ASAP!)

(If you like the look of any materials that have been used to make this card then why not jot down a wish list! Stampin' Up! sale-a-bration is happening VERY soon - 24th January - a fab time to make an order!! Keep an eye on this blog for details!!)

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Liebster Blog Award!

I'm so excited!! Paula has awarded me with a Liebster Blog Award and i'm so honoured to get this award - especially from such a talented crafter like Paula!
Thank you so much Paula!! It would be lovely if you could spend a moment to visit Paulas blog at http://paulagriff.blogspot.com/ She is such a wonderful crafter - please go and check out her work!!
The idea of the Liebster Blog Award is to spread the love from one small blog (under 200 followers) to other small blogs. This helps to spread knowledge and readership.
"Liebster" in German means "dearest", so as part of the Liebster award tradition, I am going to pass this award to 5 blogs that I value, and that have both inspired and motivated me.
To accept the award, you must:
1) Link back to the person who gave it and thank them for thinking of you.
2) Post the award to your blog.
3) Give the award to 5 bloggers (with less than 200 followers) that you appreciate and value.
4) Leave a comment on the blogs of the five people you have chosen to let them know.
So ... drumroll please:
  1. Jade at Jaded Crafter - Jade is a complete Stampin' Up! inspiration to me. She comes up with the most amazing ideas and i love getting together with her to craft!!
  2. Stephanie-Emma at Crafty Boots - She is our 'boss' over at the 'Crafty boots Challenge' blog and i'm always excited to see her creations!!
  3. Gabrielle over at Crafty Thoughts - Such an amazingly versatile crafty blogger!
  4. Cate at Blue Angel Crafts - My Stampin' Up! upline. She always has great ideas!
  5. Julie at The Crafty Bug - Julie is another member in the Stampin' Up! team and she has a brilliant blog with some fab creations!!
Please take a moment or two to check these blogs out!! Thankyou once again for my award Paula! xxx

Monday, 9 January 2012

Crafty Boots Challenge: New Beginnings!

Hey all. Can you believe it's that time again - another Crafty Boots Challenge - the first one of 2012. Quite suitably the challenge theme is New Beginnings - quite an open ended theme - so here are some ideas: maybe you could do a New Year themed creation - but don't be restricted you could interpret the theme to incoroprate new baby, weddings, even birthdays for a new age/year themes.

So here is my DT offering for this challenge. I have made a card for a dear crafty friend of mine Katie who recently gave birth to twins! They came a bit early and will be hospital for a while but they are doing great and i'm so happy for her. I know she will make a fantastic mummy! So here is the card (if she sees this blogpost she will get a sneak preview as i only popped it in the post today!!):

I used 'Wisteria Wonder' as the card base. The images have been placed on a piece of 'Whisper White' which i wrapped a piece of 'Wisteria Wonder' 'Ruffled Ribbon' before gluing it down. the Congrats sentiment is from the 'Ain't Love Grand' stampset and i have used my 'Stampin' Write Markers' to stamp it so i could stamp each letter a different colour. The prams have been created from '1-3/4" Circles' Punched from 'Bashful Blue' and 'Blushing Bride' card and coordinating 'DSP'. The wheels have been made from '1/2" Circles' punched from 'Wisteria Wonder' card. Before gluing the prams down i punched some small holes using my 'Crop-a-Dile' and pushed through some brads (not Stampin' Up!) Finally i punched out two small '1/2" Circles' from 'Very Vanilla' to create the babies heads and drew on some details using a 'Basic Grey' 'Stampin' Write Marker'.

I hope Katie likes this card - she actually inspired it with one of her swaps she created some time back!! Congratulations once again Katie! Hope you get the little ones back home soon!!

I look forward to seeing all your Crafty Boots challenge creations! Good Luck!

Sunday, 8 January 2012

A Very Bright Cupcake Card!

Hey guys, how are you all doing. Not been feeling too well today - i was hoping to make some new cards with my new mini catalogue stampsets today but just not felt up to it... so i'm afraid theres another cupcake for you today - but i promise i have something different for you tomorrow.

Today a card using the 'Cupcake Punch' and a very bright colour combo:

I've used a 'Melon Mambo' cardbase and layered some 'Tangerine Tango' 'DSP' ontop. Next i ran some 'Old Olive' 'DSP' through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Pennant Die' to create the doilie shape. I nested ontop a '1-3/4" Circle' punched from 'Tangerine Tango' card and then finally punched out the cupcake using the fabby new punch from some 'Melon Mambo' and 'Whisper White' card.

Sorry to bombard you with cupcake cards - i am obsessed with this punch - something different tomorrow - i promise. Have a good sunday evening and don't forget if you want to make an order from the mini or main catalogue just email it over: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Pip's Cupcake Card!

Hello fellow crafters! How are you all? Are you having a good weekend?? I have had a lovely crafty day today with a bunch of Stampin' Up! demos creating lots of lovely cards using the sale-a-bration stampsets and papers that will be available for your crafting consumption towards the end of this month!!! I can't wait to share them with you!

Anyway, today Pip gave me a fab cupcake card which i just had to share with you instantly! (It seems that everyone is totally in love witht he cupcake stamps and punch in the new mini catalogue!!) So, here's Pip's card:

Pip has used the 'Create a Cupcake' stampset, she stamped the cupcake onto 'Whisper White' card. The cupcake case has been stamped using 'Island Indigo' ink and then Pip 'White Embossed' the bow over! (doesn't it look great!?) The icing has been stamped using 'Wisteria Wonder' ink. The sprinkles have also been 'Heat Embossed' using 'White Embossing Powder'. The sentiment (also from the 'Create a Cupcake' set) has been inked in 'Island Indigo' ink. Pip layered the 'Whisper White' onto some 'Island Indigo' and then onto a 'Wisteria Wonder' cardbase.

I just love this colour combo, don't you?! They are both in the new 'In-colour' range! Why not check out the new mini catty and start writing your wishlist because on the 24th January Sale-a-Bration is coming to town!!! Watch this space for more details - and if you would like a copy of the mini catty or sale-a-bration leaflet email me your address and i'll pop on in the post! My email is amyjtidd@gmail.com

Friday, 6 January 2012

Yummy Scrummy Cupcakes!!

For some reason Blogger didn't post this last night as scheduled ... so just had to prompt it now ... Sorry regular CraftyThINKer followers!! You'll get two for one tonight!

Hey all!

Today i have ANOTHER cupcake card for you - i have to be honest i think i'm addicted to the 'Cupcake Punch'!! So here you go:

So, today a 'Tempting Turquoise' cardbase with a strip of 'Tempting Turquoise' 'DSP' across the middle. The sentiment is from the 'Happiest Birthday Wishes' stampset, inked in 'Tempting Turquoise' onto 'Whisper White' card and then mounted onto some 'Daffodil Delight' punched with the 'Decorative Label Punch' and then positioned in the bottom righthand corner of the card. Next i ran some 'Daffodil Delight' card through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Perfect Pennant Die', layered up a 'Tempting Turquoise' '1-3/4" circle' ontop. The cupcake was created using the yummy scrummy 'Cupcake Punch' created from some 'Daffodil Delight DSP', 'Tempting Turquoise' card and some 'Whisper White' card for the icing on which i have added some sprinkle detail on using some 'Stampin' Write Markers'.

Hope you like this card and the cupcakes as much as me!! Check out the mini catalogue today. If you would like to make an order email it over to me: amyjtidd@gmail.com

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Happy Birthday Hubby!

Today is my hubbys birthday!! So todays post is dedicated to him!

I couldn't resist making him a birthday card with my new crafting stash that i have just got in from the new mini catalogue!!!

The card i made him uses the brand new stampset 'Create a Cupcake' (which actually coordinates with the 'Cupcake Punch' that i featured in yesterdays blogpost!!)

Here's the card that i made for my lovely hubby:

So, i started off with an 'Old Olive' cardbase and layered a piece of 'Whisper White' card ontop. Next i ran a piece of 'Old Olive' 'DSP' through the 'Big Shot' using the 'Top Note Die' and glued that onto the white card.

On a seperate piece of 'Whisper White' card i stamped the cupcake out using 'Old Olive', 'Daffodil Delight' and 'Rich Razzleberry' ink. (I brought these stamps in clear mount - the fab thing about these is that if you stamp using a clear block you can easily line them up!!) I stamped the sentiment - also from the 'Create a Cupcake' set in 'Rich Razzleberry' ink along the bottom and then mounted it onto a piece of 'Rich Razzleberry' before gluing it onto the 'Top Note'.

I hope hubby likes his card - we're off out for a curry tonight with friends to celebrate!! Yum! Yum!

Have you looked through the new mini catalogue yet?! What products do you love? Don't forget if you would like to make an order then email it over to me anytime - amyjtidd@gmail.com - and don't forget i'm offering FREE P&P for all CraftyThINKer customers on all orders £50 or over.