My stampin' up! blog - Stamping Scene

Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Stampin' Up! Alaska Achiever's Blog Hop

I can't believe how quickly the months are passing, but then after the weather we've been having in the UK the sooner Spring arrives with some brighter, warmer days the better.  It does mean it's time for another Stampin' Up! Achiever's Blog Hop though and we're sharing Saleabration and Spring catalogue inspiration with you.  

I've been doing lots of sponge brayering with the Saleabration Springtime Foils designer series papers and thought I would share those. At my classes the ladies have loved seeing what you can do with these gorgeous papers. They are one sided, FREE, white embossed with silver gold and copper and FREE did I mention that with a qualifying order of £45 until the end of this month.

All you need to do is choose 3 coordinating colours and start brayering with the lighter colour first and slowly build up the colour and blending of one colour into the next. You can of course use 3 shades of one colour like green or blue to make a similar effect.  I then chose to use the Celebrate You dies also free with an order of £90.   I cut out the 'celebrate' and and stuck the coloured foil paper onto a piece of black card to make the word 'pop'.  I've added a couple more words from the Happy Celebrations stamp set and layered it onto a sweet sugar plum card base.  Other colours used are peekaboo peach and flirty flamingo.  These three colours along with dapper denim and emerald envy are our outgoing in colours so if any are your favourite stock up now before the rush especially on re inkers.

Now with the die cut word I created another card .
I took another piece of the Springtime Foils which is actually nearer in weight to card than paper and so is good for gift boxes and bags too. I die cut a label and again brayered colour onto it with sweet sugar plum.  I layered it onto a larger die cut in the same colour for tone on tone and added some silver thread, rhinestones and silver metallic edged ribbon.  A little spotty stamping with the mini background stamp from Stampin' Up! You're Inspiring to draw in all the colours.  By using the die cut and the stencil it created it leaves very little waste and you really get value from your card.

Saleabration will end soon which is always a little bit sad as we've all benefitted from free gifts, extras as hostesses and those who've taken the plunge to join our fantastic company have been rewarded with extra stamp sets. There's still time until 31st March to get some bonuses for you too so please do check out Stampin' Up! 's Saleabration deals.

Enjoy the rest of the hop by visiting others on the list below.

Thanks for visiting me.

Zoe Tant UK

Saturday, 17 March 2018

Hinged Box Tutorial for Thinking Outside the Box

Welcome everyone to my blog and March 2018's Thinking Outside the Box Blog Hop.  If you've arrived from Tanja's blog in Germany you probably know what a blog hop is, but someone pointed out to me the other day that some folk might not know and so if you're starting here and have never come across a blog hop this is a good place to start.  Just like the Easter Bunny on my hinged box you can hop onto the other ladies blogs to see their version of our monthly challenge which this time is  a hinged box.  You hop from one blog to the next to get lots of inspiration for using Stampin' Up! products and different versions of the same theme.  Enjoy and we'd love you to leave a comment to let us know you visited.  

I normally make a video for this hop, but it's going to be a little late this time as I'm full of cold and also have torn my calve muscle and am not able to walk too well so I've created a template and will add measurements for you for now in cms and inches.  

How to make a simple hinged box

1.  Cut a piece of card 21 cm x 30.5 cm (12" x 83/4")
2. Score on both sides at every 7cm so on landscape 7cm,14cm, 21cm and 28cm (inches 2 3/4, 5 1/2, 8 1/4 and 11.)
3. Now following the template where the dashes are scored lines and the solid lines are cut lines.  

Before putting the template together you'll need to decorate it. I've stamped in Stampin' Up! Archival Grey ink and coloured the daffodils in with watercolour pencils.  I used lemon lime twist from the Stampin Up Lots of Happy Card kit and old olive, but you could just use the latter.  The flower heads are daffodil delight with a touch of early espresso for the sheath from the flower blended with a blender pen with the yellow.   TIP Fold each panel of the box so that you only get stamping where you want it.

The bunny is from We Must Celebrate and he was stamped in black memento ink and coloured with Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut him out.  The daffodils and and sentiment are from You're Inspiring.  My usual bling bits added on this project are Tutti Frutti adhesive-backed sequins with rhinestones.  

To add a simple handle to open the box I pierced a hole in roughly the centre of the lid with the end of my snips and then pushed the larger ball end of my scoring stylus through to the inside.  Pass the loop of lemon lime twist ombre ribbon from the top into the lid and I stuck it with tear and tape but tombow or any wet glue would do it. I also to make it neat and tidy added a square 6.8cm x 6.8cm (2 11/16 x 2 11/16 inches) over the ribbon ends.  

Thanks for hopping with us and if you are in the UK and wish to purchase any Stampin' Up! products please do visit Zoe Tant  Stampin Up online shop
Bye for now Zoe x

1. Shannean Moncrieff (Australia) 2. Tanja Kolar (Germany) 3. Zoë Tant (United Kingdom) 4. Yoshiko Endo (Japan) 5. Sharlene Meyer ( New Zeeland) 6. Dena Rekow (USA) 7. Beate Wacker ( Austria) 8. Aude Barbara ( France) 9. Barb Stewart ( Canada)