Saturday, 26 May 2018

3-for-1 cards using Stampin' Up! embossing paste with glitter and reinkers


I hope you've had a good week? I've been busy with GDPR, the biggest change to data protection law in the UK in decades. If your inbox is anything like mine you will have been inundated with emails from companies - it's all a bit overwhelming.

I should have contacted my customers to ask permission to continue contacting them and to let them know what personal data I have but I decided to speak to them about it next time I see them, as most are friends I see regularly. In any event any data I have is stored securely and is never sold, shared or used in an unauthorised way.

I went to London with my parents on Thursday to catch up with my brother who stopped in the UK for a few days at the end of a business trip. He lives in Denver with his gorgeous family so it was really lovely to see him and spend time together as a family. Our return journey was delayed nearly 50 minutes with broken down trains and signalling problems. Sadly a couple of commuters took their frustrations out on the conductor. Southern Rail, the operator, is known locally as Southern Fail ..... which says it all!

Today's projects and video are inspired by the card below that I made some time ago and was inspired by a card I found on Pinterest - am I the only one that can spend hours on that site?  It was the first time I added colour and glitter to the Stampin' Up! embossing paste - it came out so pretty!
So the card base is Powder Pink cardstock cut @ 10.5cm and scored at 14.8cm. Whisper white cardstock is cut @ 10cm x 14.4cm. One of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks was placed over the top and a couple of drops of Lemon Lime Twist, Calypso Coral and Powder Pink reinker mixed with the embossing paste and spread over the mask. After removing the mask, Dazzling Diamond Stampin' Glitter was sprinkled on top and the excess tapped off. The sentiment from the Beautiful Day stamp set was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder on a strip of Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and added with dimensionals.  It is so pretty and literally sparkles!!

I forgot to take a photo of the finished panel but earlier today I repeated the process using the same mask but this time the Whisper White cardstock was cut @ 15.24cm (or 6") and two returning colour reinkers were added to the embossing paste; Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron. I think they work really well together. Here are the three card I made:-
For the first card, I made a Wedding card with a Rich Razzleberry cardbase - it is so pretty in real life and shimmers with the dazzling diamonds.
The second card base is Mint Macaron cardstock from my stash - who says hoarding is bad .. haha! I'm sad the Hexagon Dynamic Textured Impressions Folder is retiring. It really is aptly named.
The final card base is Thick Whisper White. For this one I used the Brick Wall Textured Embossing folder - also retiring but not leaving my craft room that's for sure.

That's enough waffling, here's the video:-
My YouTube channel almost has 500 subscribers - how amazing is that? I feel like I'm getting better but to grow my channel I need to increase the number of video's I post or make better cards/projects! Oh well, as long as I'm having fun, that's what's really important and if I inspire others along the way that is brilliant.

If you’d like to purchase any of the items used simply click on any highlighted links above,or click here for a general browse. You can also find a list of all products at the end of the blog.
If you have any questions, live near West Sussex and would like to come to a class or have a girls night in with a difference please get in touch at

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C


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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Love What You Do and Statement of My Heart

Hello there

Happy Sunday, hope you've all had a great week. I've been busy prepping for my monthly card classes. Every month I think to myself that I'll get ahead of the game and design the projects sooner but again this month I failed. I was to busy with the day job to get them done before our canal boat holiday and catching up with everyone after we got home, so didn't find the time until the beginning of the week.

This month we get the chance to get our hands on some new goodies from the annual catalogue coming out on 1 June 2018. The Love What You Do suite of products are available in three bundles until the end of the month so if you want more information please get in touch and I'll send you the details for each.

Three projects showcase some of the new Share What You Love Specialty Designer Series Paper with the Love What You Do stamp set and the other one used the sadly retiring stamp set Number of Years (I'm keeping mine and the thinlits as I use them on a load of projects). Here are the cards:-
Five came round on Thursday evening and four yesterday morning. I still get a little nervous about my projects (must be more confident) - luckily they all love them.

I love the specialty DSP in the suite - it is absolutely gorgeous so the cards are simple as I wanted the DSP to shine through - there's a pearlescence to most of the designs which is hard to show on a photo! I've even used some of the DSP as a backdrop for the photo's!
The above mint macaron tent fold cardbase (I'm so happy it's returning in the color revamp - it was one of the in-colors in 2015 when I became a demonstrator), the whisper white layer is cut @ 10.5cm x 14.4cm and embossed using the Layered Leaves dynamic embossing folder. The DSP is used for a banner and the flowers cut from the other side are added to the sentiment panel. I didn't have Tranquil Tide cardstock so using the Layering Ovals Framelits a scalloped oval is cut from whisper white cardstock that was inked - a trick I often use if I don't have any cardstock to match my colour scheme! I stamped the sentiment in black memento ink on an oval cut using the largest Stitched Shapes Framelits and then I re-stamped it on a scrap of card in Grapefruit Grove one of the new in-colors - which is lovely. It's the first time I've had a chance to play with the new style ink pads, which open like a compact!
The above Powder Pink side fold cardbase shows both sides of the DSP cut @ 10cm x 14.4cm - so pretty. The sentiment is from the Petal Palette stamp set stamped on whisper white and layered on mint macaron cardstock using the Pretty Label and the Everyday Label punches and the ribbon is retired.
The above Thick Whisper White tent fold cardbase has a layer of crumb cake cardstock cut @ 10cm x 10.4cm and a background created with stamps from the Love What You Do stamp set with crumb cake ink. The strip of DSP is cut @ 10cm x 5cm. A Rich Razzleberry scalloped oval is cut using the Layering Oval Thinlits and the whisper white oval is cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. Crumb Cake ink and Black Memento ink are used to stamp the flowers and the flowers coloured with Stampin' Blends. The sentiment is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and fussycut before being added with dimensionals. A double bow tied with linen thread is added with a mini glue dot.
In today's video I show you how to make the above card using some left overs from the previous card. I've used the exclusive Statement of My Heart stamp and the Love What You Do stamp set. The sentiment is stamped on a Thick Whisper White side fold cardbase in Versamark and Rich Razzleberry inks before being heat embossed with clear embossing powder. The frame is created using the Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White cardstock from the previous card. The floral images are stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive ink. A blender pen is used and a few Glitter & Clear Epoxy shapes add the finishing touch to the outside. More tiny flowers and leaves are stamped on the inside of the card.
If you’d like to purchase any of the items used simply click on the highlighted links above or the photo's below to go straight to the products in my Stampin’ Up On-line store, or click here for a general browse. 

I'd love to know what you think of this and my other projects so please leave a comment below or on my YouTube channel.
If you have any questions, live near West Sussex and would like to come to a class or have a girls night in with a difference please get in touch at

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Simple sponging and masking techniques

Hey my lovely friends

I hope you have all had a wonderful week?

We have been away on an amazing canal boat holiday with my parents and father-in-law. My hubby said it would be a relaxing holiday but we ended up doing much more than planned - over 7 days, we did 47 miles, went through 82 locks and 12 swing bridges with a crew of 5 (average age of 64) - a good effort even if I say so myself!!!

We were on the Kennet & Avon canal and rented a boat from a company called Foxhangers,based near Devizes. It was my first trip on a narrowboat but hopefully not my last. The boat was comfortable, although I have to admit it was a little challenging working out how to co-exist in what is basically a small corridor! The canal was lovely with wonderful scenery, lots of wildlife, friendly people and is incredibly peaceful. Our dog had a wonderful time running along the tow path and we certainly got plenty of exercise. I can highly recommend it if you like having an active holiday.

One of our lovely neighbours comes in twice a day while we're away to feed and fuss our two cats; the boy was delighted to see us but the girl sulked for a few hours!!

Today, I'm sharing the fourth and final card from my April card class, along with two other examples. It is so simple and quick to create a pretty backgrounds with sponging and masking technique. On all the examples, an aperture was cut from a panel of cardstock; first an oval, then a circle and finally a square. 
The above card is made with the Butterfly Basics stamp set and the Butterflies Thinlits, which are both retiring at the end of this month so don't miss out if you want to buy it. Tempting turquoise and lemon lime twist are used to create the background, black memento ink for the fern fronds & sentiment and calypso coral for the butterfly.
The above card was created with the Fabulous Flamingo stamp set, Crushed curry, tangerine tango, sweet sugarplum and night of navy were used to create the background, black memento ink for the flamingo and flora and Iridescent Sequin Assortment add the finishing touch.

Can you spot some new Designer Series Paper behind the card - its part of the new Share What You Love Suite which you can purchase early if you like. Let me know if you want more information.
As usual, I have made a quick video t show you how I made the final example which you can watch below.  For this one I used crushed curry, calypso coral, rich razzleberry, dapper denim and tranquil tide classic inks to create the background. I used the lovely Colorful Seasons stamp set for the deckchair and sentiment. 
I'd love to know what you think about these projects? 

If you’d like to purchase any of the items used simply click on any highlighted links above or the photographs below to go straight to the products in my Stampin’ Up On-line store. You can also click here to have a general browse. Check out the Retiring List and Clearance Rack for lots of bargains!

If you have any questions, live near West Sussex and would like to come to a class or have a girls night in with a difference please get in touch at

As always, thanks for popping by.

Lynnie C

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