Thursday, 21 September 2017

Introducing Stampin' Inspiration Crafty Retreats..

As what feels a natural progression for Stampin' Up! demonstrators Myself and two other talented UK demonstrators have founded 'Stampin' Inspirational Retreats.' My fellow demos are Heidi Smith... also known as Flutterby Heidi and famed for her Ferrero Friday projects on YouTube, and the lovely Hannah McCurley ... also know as Stampin by Hannah on YouTube and climbing in profile due to her newly released and amazing new 'Inspire.Create' blog and awesome design team. 

So thats us and what are we doing I hear you say? Well we plan to do live events over the course of the year the 1st one being held on October the 28th in my hometown of Huddersfield. We have an amazing day planned full of Christmas themed crafting, lots of hints and tips and make and take projects. You will also be given extra bonus material to take away to help with your crafting.

We aim to fill you with crafty inspiration and lots of yummy food sending you home feeling like you accomplished a great deal. Also a great way to meet like minded people ...and of course ME !!

So here are the details of our very first event I do hope you can join us for a fun filled crafty retreat you certainly won't ever forget. Simply email today to book your place all details are on the poster ... simply click to enlarge ....

So lets have some crafty fun and get inspired with Stampin' Inspiration Retreats. You can also find our new Facebook group which we will announce further events and other things we shall be doing as part of Stampin' Inspiration  find us here >>>  xxx Amanda, Heidi and Hannah xx

A little colouring therapy wth Iconic Christmas stamp set...

This weeks theme on the " Perpetual Christmas Card Club " drop on Facebook is Christmas trees. A nice easy one this week and so yet again I actually managed to produce a card for our group. I run this group with a friend Kim and she will be amazed I actually produced two cards in two weeks... quite the record !

I chose Iconic Christmas stamp set from Stampin' Up ! this week as the main stamp is as you can see...a Christmas tree. I love this set as you get to choose your own design in essence dependent upon your colour choices. 

 I chose traditional colours on mine and using the Stampin' Write markers carefully coloured each tiny detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it and sat merrily colouring whist watching YouTube videos. My little girl loves this set too and asked for some stamping out for her to colour too.

The DSP behind the card layer is from Quilted Christmas a bold and bright paper with a quilt pattern as the name suggests. Fantastic as a background paper to emphasise the different colours in the tree. 

A stunning result with no real fancy skills needed just a quiet few minutes of your spare time perhaps with a coffee and a biscuit a great relaxing card to make. I hope you will give this card a try all the products I used are below and the card base is 11 1/2 x 4" ...the rest you can cut really as you like just have fun ...... 

                                                         Happy stamping xxxxx Amanda

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Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Easy box top embellishments from doilies

There is nothing more satisfying than making your own embellishments. Shop bought ones can be costly so making your own saves you heaps. Buying the component to make this hand made embellishment will cost a fraction of purchasing ready made ones and anyway... making our own is more fun !.

The foil snowflakes and white doilies from Stampin' Up! are so versatile there are literally a zillion things you can do with them so much so I bet I could write a book!

Use the foiled snowflake as your base then layer up white paper doily cones to form a double layer of fluffy prettiness. Top tis off with a dies cut and bow for a pretty and unique topper for boxes or any other packaging...then step back and feel proud ... you did it all yourself... maybe with a little help from my Youtube Tutorial ... grab a brew get comfy and watch how... products used are below simply click the photos to purchase anything you need.....

Happy Stamping xxxx Amanda


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Monday, 18 September 2017

The trees around my house are shedding leaves daily and the colours of Autumn are really beginning to show. Whilst sunflowers are associated with summer I think this set suits Autumn as well as the colours it inspires are the oranges and golden colours . 

I wanted something a little different so inspired by times gone by where my children often brought a spindly sampling home from school eager to watch it grow, hoping for an enormous sunflower to magically appear in 24 hours, I came up with a potted sunflower.

This set is a two step stamp set which if you take a look at my Youtube video all will be explained. The result are a water colour wash effect which is super pretty. using co ordinating colours for the background helps tie in the colours of the leaves and the flowers themselves.

If you wish to recreate this card simply follow the video ... measurements and products used are also listed below. So grab a brew get comfy and watch the film ... happy stamping xxx Amanda



card base 11 1/2 x 4"
dsp layer 3 7/8 x 5 5/8"
embossed layer 3 1/2 x 5"
inside mat 3 7/8 x 5 5/8"

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