Climbing Orchid - Stampin Up

I haven't really used this set too much since getting it, i'm not sure why as i do think it really is lovely.
I like that it comes with the matching 'Orchid Builder' framelits but if you can't splash out on the stamp set and dies it is well worth getting the stamps on their own as it is easy enough to cut around the stamped images with scissors. 
'Fresh Fig' is the colour i have chosen. The background paper comes from the 'Fresh Floral designer series papers' 

I stamped out the petal a few times so that i could layer images on top of each other with dimensionals to give some depth.  The stem is stamped in 'Early Espresso' 
Taking some 'Fresh Fig' cardstock and the 'Classic Label punch' i punched out 3 tabs, one in 'Whisper White' card to contrast. 
Basic pearls jewels are added to the centre of the flower and either side of the sentiment. 
The sentiment could easily be changed to allow this card to be used for get well, symp…

Bubble Over - Stampin Up

Welcome to my first project of 2018. 
Today is a special day as it's my youngest sons 14th birthday.  Having a dentist in our house means fizzy drinks are a treat....Christmas, Birthdays etc, so the 'Bubble Over' stamp set in our new Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue couldn't be more perfect to make my sons card. 
It comes in photopolymer so you can see exactly where you are stamping the images. To make it easier to cut the images Stampin' Up! also have the matching framelits dies 'Bottle and Bubbles'. You can buy these together as a bundle saving 10%
For an extra wow factor we also have matching designer series papers 'Bubbles and Fizz'. You can't purchase these papers however you can earn them for FREE if you spend £45 or more. The papers can be found in our sale-a-bration catalogue on page 13. What i really love is that the dies also cut out some of the images in the papers. 

The colours are funky and fresh, suitable for males and females of all ages…

Spring / Summer 2018 and Sale - A - Bration have arrived!

Hello everyone, are you feeling a little down in the dumps now Christmas is over? Cheer yourself up by browsing through Stampin' Ups brand new Spring / Summer 2018 catalogue. 

There are some really lovely products in this catalogue and what's more you can earn yourself FREE items from our Sale - A - Bration brochure too!!

For every multiple of £45 you spend in a single order (before postage) you can choose an item (or items) totally FREE from the sale-a-bration brochure. No limits! A fabulous way to stock up on lots of new products. 
The links to the new catalogues you can find by clicking the tab lines in the top left of my homepage. 
Both catalogues run from today the 3rd January 2018 until 31st March 2018 so make sure not to miss out. 
You can click HERE to shop online 24/7 with me.  
Happy shopping
Rachael x

Happy New Year

Wishing all my customers and those of you who just pop by for a quick look at my blog a very Happy New Year.  I hope 2018 is a great one for you all and I look forward to crafting again with you very soon.
Rachael x

Slide Back Saturday - Winter Wonderland dsp. Stampin Up.

Thank you for popping by for another of my Slide Back Saturdays.  I really enjoy doing these because it encourages me to use some of my old stamp sets and papers that otherwise remain gathering dust on my shelves. I know i should sell them once retired but some of them i just can't part with and lets face it, not everyone has the funds to keep changing products. So hopefully for those of you out there that are like me and like to hang onto some of your favourite things this will encourage you to use them too. 
Today i have 3 cards all using the same 'Winter Wonderland' designer series papers. This was absolutely my favourite set of Autumn / Winter papers that Stampin Up have ever made. 

The first card measures 5x5 inches. I've used a piece of the dsp to cover the card base. Before gluing it to the card i laid across 2 lengths of ribbon / sequin trim and glued it to the back of the dsp with some 'fast fuse' so it would stay in place.  Next i used a dimensional in the…

Card front builder thinlits - Stampin Up

When i first saw the 'Card Front Builder' thinlits die i must admit it didn't grab me straight away. I think i thought it looked like too much faff so i decided not to order it. Then i made that deadly mistake that most of us crafters do...i went on Pinterest!! Needless to say after spending half an hour (okay maybe 2 hours) browsing the cards made by some of my fellow demonstrators i was convinced i needed it too. 
The design i have used was inspired by another Pinterest user 'Stamping Up North', I really liked the way they used the cut out trees to layer back onto the card so decided to make my own version.
The background paper is from the 'Be Merry' designer series paper. I thought this particular sheet worked well with the 'Garden Green' and sprinkle of white looking like snow. 
I ran a square of 'Whisper White' and the tree die though the big shot then used the cut out trees to mount over the top again but placed at different areas to allow…

Slide Back Saturday - Merry Tags - Stampin Up

Whilst we are busy concentrating on making cards and buying Christmas presents we often forget that when giving a gift the first thing you look at is the little gift tag.
A simple wrapped present can look all the more special with a pretty handmade gift tag.
I've chosen the 'Merry Tags' framelits dies, cutting two shapes to make each tag. One is a plain bauble shape the other has a pretty cut out design so when layered in different colour cardstock it allows the underneath to peak through.  The colours chosen here are 'Whisper White' and 'Fresh Fig', what a gorgeous, ,rich colour it is and a break from the traditional reds and greens.
Silver 1/8 inch ribbon is the perfect width to slip through the tag top. 
To package these in sets of 10 i have taken the 'Bigz Top Note' die, scored it in half so it sits along the top of a clear cello bag. A staple either side ensures the top stays closed and tags won't slip out of the bag.  The wording 'May your C…