Tuesday 14 February 2023

Love Cats for Valentine's Day


Hello and welcome to my blog. Happy Valentine's Day! Throughout 2023, it is my intention to send more cards. I make cards all the time, but I don't send nearly enough of them! Some of the Stampin' Up!' leaders had a fabulous idea to help us do just that. Demonstrators were encouraged to pledge to send a Valentine's card - in return for pledging to send a card, someone else would send a card to you. I jumped at the chance to participate. I made a few extras to send happy post to friends and family, aswell as to my sweetheart.


The Love Cats set has some wonderful sentiments AND some fun feline images (obviously!) and I used them to make two different designs. I love both hearts and cats, so this was a combination that was meant to be. The other main ingredients I used for the cards were the Country Gingham 6" x 6" papers, the Scalloped Countour dies, Brick & Mortar embossing folder and the Heart Punch Pack. I also added some Linen Thread/Baker's Twine and a few die cut hearts from the Conversation Bubbles set for added decoration.


I am super pleased with how these turned out. They are pretty cute and so easy to make. I felt really happy popping them in the mail. I hope that they bring a smile to the faces of the people who open them. Card making is so much fun, isn't it?


If you want to purchase the items used for these cards, or any other supplies, please take a look in my online Stampin' Up! shop. You can follow the link or click on the pictures below of the products I have used today.

Stay safe and as always, happy crafting,


If you would like to order any supplies, and you live in the UK, I would love to be your demonstrator.
Use the current hostess code (February 2023 code: VHC3UAMY) to get some free product (it will follow in the post after the end of the month). If your order is over £150 do not use the code as you become the hostess and get the rewards. To place an order please visit my online shop HERE

If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

All Star Tutorial Bundles

All Star Tutorial Bundles have 12 AMAZING video tutorials to inspire you each month.


Click HERE for sneak peeks or to purchase.

FREE with a purchase from my online store
 

Sale-A-Bration 


Sale-A-Bration continues until the end of February, and there is even more to Sale-A-Brate because there is now an even bigger selection of products to redeem.
There are several ways to benefit from this promotion
 

 Shopping 

Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every £45 or £90 you spend (catalogue prices, before shipping and handling).
 

Host 

When you shop BIG you and your guests, if you host a creative gathering with friends, can benefit and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products. Personal or party orders over £275 or more receive the exclusive Scenic Garden stamp set for FREE.
 

 Join 

During Sale-A-Bration the Starter Kit is even better. In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three exclusive Starter kit options:
  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 3: Your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £99.
*That’s 55 € | £40 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!
 
 

Click on the images of the products I have used today to purchase them in my online shop:

Rembember to use the current hostess code.  

February 2023 code: VHC3UAMY

Saturday 11 February 2023

Stamping Inkspirations Blog Hop - A Colour Challenge


Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I am taking part in a blog hop with some fellow enthusiasts who love sharing their creative talents using their Stampin' Up!® products. This month the Stamping Inkspirations blog hop is all about colour.

Participating in a Challenge is so much fun. Firstly, one of the most important design elements has been decided for you and then you are free to take your creativity in whatever direction you want. Then for more inspiration, you can hop around to see what the other participants have created using the same starting point. Win win!

For this Colour Challenge the colours we are working with, in no particular order, are So Saffron, Orchid Oasis, Tahitian Tide, Shaded Spruce and Sweet Sorbet. In addition, Nature's beauty provides some beautiful inspiration.


My thought process was very simple; from pretty flowers to the Petal Park bundle, which is one of the bundles within the Regency Park Suite. It's so easy to stamp and punch a bunch of flowers then mix and match them on to a card. And, that is exactly what I did!

I stamped the outline flowers using full strength Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide and Orchid Oasis. To colour the petals I used the matching fill-in stamp and the coordinating colour, but this time I stamped off onto scrap paper first to create a lighter shade. The trio of flowers is easily cut out using the Petal Park Builder punch. My pile of flowers grew quite quickly and then it was time to arrange them.

Next, I stamped the leaves in Shaded Spruce on a piece of Basic White cut to nest inside an Orchid Oasis layer cut with the Scalloped Contour dies. This time I did not use the fill in stamps, which kept the layer quite light and fresh looking. To add a bit more interest to the white layer, I ran it through my embossing machine with the Timeworn Type folder.


Flowers were scattered in and around the leaves varying the colour and size, topping them with a Basic Pearl coloured with the Dark So Saffron Blend pen. I felt that the composition needed a little more So Saffron, so I added the tiniest of layers behind the textured white piece. I wrapped a length of white Baker's Twine around the layers and tied a loose bow with it before popping it up on Dimensionals on the frame.

I adhered the decorated frame onto a top-folding Thick Basic White card base, but the card didn't feel quite complete. So, I stamped one of the thin sentiments from the Sentimental Park set, which is also in the Regency Park Suite. To echo the So Saffron Border I added a skinny border of Orchid Oasis around the Happy Birthday sentiment tucking it in next to one of the flowers and nestling it under the Baker's Twine. Card complete!


I hope that you are inspired by my card today and that you will continue along the hop to see what the others have created too. Enjoy the projects. We would love to hear from you and so if you have been inspired, please leave a comment. 



Angie McKenzie  ●  AurĂ©lie Fabre

Tricia Butts  ●  Jan Musselman  ●  Mo Rootes

Rochelle Laird-Smith  ●  Susan Webster  ●  Karen Henderson

Judith Patterson  ●  Shel Anderson  ●  Leonie Stuart

Danielle Kassing  ●  Ann Krucek  ●  Vickie Littlewood  ●  Annette Ball

Do you need any of the products used on today's card? If you live in the UK you can click on the shopping links below to add them to your collection today.

Thank you for joining us today! Looking forward to seeing you next time. 

Stay safe and as always, happy crafting,

 
If you would like to order any supplies, and you live in the UK, I would love to be your demonstrator. Use the current hostess code (February 2023 code: VHC3UAMY) to get some free product (it will follow in the post after the end of the month). If your order is over £150 do not use the code as you become the hostess and get the rewards. To place an order please visit my online shop HERE

If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

All Star Tutorial Bundles

All Star Tutorial Bundles have 12 AMAZING video tutorials to inspire you each month.


Click HERE for sneak peeks or to purchase.

FREE with a purchase from my online store
 

Sale-A-Bration 


Sale-A-Bration continues until the end of February, and there is even more to Sale-A-Brate because there is now an even bigger selection of products to redeem.
There are several ways to benefit from this promotion
 

 Shopping 

Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every £45 or £90 you spend (catalogue prices, before shipping and handling).
 

Host 

When you shop BIG you and your guests, if you host a creative gathering with friends, can benefit and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products. Personal or party orders over £275 or more receive the exclusive Scenic Garden stamp set for FREE.
 

 Join 

During Sale-A-Bration the Starter Kit is even better. In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three exclusive Starter kit options:
  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 3: Your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £99.
*That’s 55 € | £40 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!
 
 

Click on the images of the products I have used today to purchase them in my online shop:

Rembember to use the current hostess code.  

February 2023 code: VHC3UAMY

Wednesday 8 February 2023

All Star Design Team Blog Hop - Country Floral Lane Suite

Hello and welcome to our All Star Design Team Video Class Bundle Blog Hop for February 2023. This month the All Star Design Team are using the Country Floral Lane Suite. The projects featured in the Video Class Bundle are exclusive and the tutorials come complete with photos, video directions and a supply list that includes both Metric and Imperial measurements. 


Here is a sneak peek of the
Country Floral Lane Suite bundle of tutorials.


To enjoy the tutorials you have several options:

  • shop with me -  if you order from my online store you will receive that month's bundle for free
  • purchase - buy the bundle for £11.50 
  • Join my Team - team members will receive the tutorials for free

In this six-month block of tutorials we will be using current Stampin' Up! Suites to create a Video Class Bundle, each containing 12 exclusive video classes. We will be using products from both the January-April Mini Catalogue and the new 2023-2024 Annual Catalogue:

  • January 2023 - Fancy Flora Suite
  • February 2023 - Country Floral Lane Suite
  • March 2023 - By the Bay Suite
  • April 2023 - Regency Park Suite
  • May 2023 - Annual Catalogue Suite
  • June 2023 - Annual Catalogue Suite

For the blog hop at the start of the month, each of us will create another project using the featured suite of products to give you even more inspiration. Here is my Country Floral Lane Suite card created for this hop. 


I love anything heart-shaped, so I was immediately drawn to this suite of products! There are so many
possibilities with it and it's definitely more than just Valentine's Day set. Although, it is perfect for those cards too.

I teamed the Designer Series Papers, stamps and punch from this suite together with another stamp/punch bundle to create my cards for today's hop. The stamps from the Alphabest Bundle enable you to spell out words and names, aswell as having numbers, and you can create adorable little tags using the coordinating punch. There are even images to create tiny frames around the letters.


I used the same basic layout to create several cards, and I am really pleased with them all. They are the same but, at the same time, they are different!


I added DSP to the centre of a die cut a frame from the Scalloped Contours set and wrapped some white Baker's Twine around it before popping it up on dimensionals and adding it to a standard sized base card. I've used both stamped images and the DSP to punch out hearts to decorate my cards and used the central piece of DSP to determine the colours I used.


To create the words I used one of my favourite techniques, and that is heat embossing. First, I stamped the frames using Versamark and then heat embossed them. As a separate process I then stamped and heat embossed the letters. Although heat embossing twice adds an extra step, I found it easier to centre the letters this way, and also I was less likely to smudge the embossing powder!


The majority of the heat embossing was white, but for this card I inked the letters up using Versamark, then Sweet Sorbet before stamping onto Basic White card and then heat embossing using clear powder. This way I was able to create shiny Sweet Sorbet coloured letters.

I hope you like my cards - let me know what you think in the comments below. If you want to be inspired with more ideas using this suite you can purchase the Video Class Bundle (along with previous tutorials) HERE

Thank you so much for visiting today. Click on the names below to hop around and see all the other amazing projects. Enjoy! If you live in the UK you can purchase these products below.

Blog Hop List:


Stay safe and as always happy crafting,


If you would like to order any supplies, and you live in the UK, I would love to be your demonstrator. Use the current hostess code (February 2023 code:
VHC3UAMY) to get some free product (it will follow in the post after the end of the month). If your order is over £150 do not use the code as you become the hostess and get the rewards. To place an order please visit my online shop HERE

If you would like to join my team, you can choose your starter kit HERE and if you have any questions, please contact me at furrycatdesigns@gmail.com

All Star Tutorial Bundles

All Star Tutorial Bundles have 12 AMAZING video tutorials to inspire you each month.


Click HERE for sneak peeks or to purchase.

FREE with a purchase from my online store
 

Sale-A-Bration 


Sale-A-Bration continues until the end of February, and there is even more to Sale-A-Brate because there is now an even bigger selection of products to redeem.
There are several ways to benefit from this promotion
 

 Shopping 

Choose a FREE Sale-A-Bration product for every £45 or £90 you spend (catalogue prices, before shipping and handling).
 

Host 

When you shop BIG you and your guests, if you host a creative gathering with friends, can benefit and earn FREE Sale-A-Bration products. Personal or party orders over £275 or more receive the exclusive Scenic Garden stamp set for FREE.
 

 Join 

During Sale-A-Bration the Starter Kit is even better. In addition to the already excellent value of the Starter Kit, if you decide to become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator during Sale-A-Bration, you can choose from three exclusive Starter kit options:
  • Option 1: The exclusive Boho Blue Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 2: The original white Mini Machine (£59.00 value) + your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £125.
  • Option 3: Your choice of £170* of Stampin’ Up! products for only £99.
*That’s 55 € | £40 more product than the standard Starter Kit offer!
 
 

Click on the images of the products I have used today to purchase them in my online shop:

Rembember to use the current hostess code.  

February 2023 code: VHC3UAMY