Monday, 8 April 2019

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop April 2019

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my blog - if you're joining me from another blog, then hi! I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) a Demonstrator from the UK. If you're a regular viewer of my blog then welcome back. I'd love for you to have a read of my post then hop along to the next demo in the list.

For this month's training blog hop, I wanted to share with you an invitation I have recently made for my best friend's Baby Shower. I am so grateful to be able to help with my crafty skills to make bespoke items like this.

When I was asked to design the invitations I decided to use the 'First Steps' stamp set and to pair it with the gorgeous 'Twinkle Twinkle' papers. As the gender of the baby is currently unknown, I wanted to use neutral colours and this paper is perfect for that. To add a bit extra, I used the Stitched Rectangle dies to create a frame outline and added some matching ribbon. I hope my friend likes the invitations and I hope you do to!


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Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Flowering Desert for Coffee and Card

Hi Everyone!

It's been a while since I've posted some of my cards to you all - March just ran away with me, I can't believe it's April already.

For this week's Coffee and Card, I had a request from one of my ladies to use the 'Flowering Desert' stamp set. Now, I won't deny that although I loved the concept of this stamp set, I couldn't really think of anything to do with it, but I love a challenge so decided to fulfil her request.

I'm actually really happy with the samples I produced. I decided that this stamp set really needs a lovely sponged background. I wanted to create a desert sunset using different methods.

For my first card, I used Night of Navy, Cajun Craze and Mango Melody ink and a sponge to create the sunset. My top tip for sponging is to 'prep' your sponge - this means to apply the ink to the sponge and sponge circles onto your grid paper before sponging on your card. This gets the ink nicely soaked into your sponge and helps prevent the sponge 'lines' you can sometimes get.


For the second sunset card, I punched a 2" circle out of scrap card and used the circle hole left from the punch to sponge a Sun with Mango Melody ink. I added some Cactus and other stamps and a sentiment, and there you have it - a very simple stamping card. 


I'm definitely glad I used this opportunity to play with this stamp set - it was definitely not my ordinary style of card but I love the results - I hope you do too!

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop March 2019


Hi Everyone,

Welcome to this month's Demonstrator training blog hop - if you've reached me from another blog then welcome - I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) a demonstrator from the UK - if you're starting with me then I'm happy to see you. I'd love for you take a look at my blog and then hop along to the next one in the list!

For this month’s blog hop, I wanted to share with you the Valentine’s card I made for my lovely partner. Here in the UK, we do celebrate Valentine's Day, although not as much as our American friends. My partner and I don't do big celebrations, but we do exchange cards and a small gift.

For this year's Valentine card, it was an easy decision on which stamp set to use. My partner has recently taken up fishing, and as soon as I saw the Best Catch stamp set I knew that was the one.

I did however only buy the stamp set, not the co-ordinating dies (no idea why, silly decision!) but I figured I could fussy cut the fish after I'd stamped and coloured him in with various blend pens. For the background, I thought that Brusho would give the perfect watery background. I used watercolour cardstock as I wanted to add plenty of Brusho and water to get the perfect look.

To make the card a little bit more romantic, I added some small hearts from the Nine Lives stamp set and some clear epoxy hearts. The sentiment was added and there you have it, a fishy Valentine card!


Thanks for reading, I'd love for you to hop along to the next Demonstrator in the list to see their creations. Don't forget, all products used are available to buy in my online store. You can also enter your email at the bottom of this post to make sure you never miss a blog post from me. 



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Friday, 22 February 2019

So Hoppy Together for Coffee and Cards!

Hi Everyone!

I've got a bit of a confession to make this week (and it's not that I'm addicted to stamps, I already own up to that!) - the stamp set I decided to use for this week's Coffee and Card, I didn't really like it!

As it was half term here in the UK, I decided to use one of the Sale-A-Bration sets (one that you can get absolutely FREE with a spend of £45) Hoppy For You. This is really cute Frog stamp set which has a bit of a 'cartooney' vibe. Now this is a lovely stamp set, it's just not my cup of tea - I will admit that I ordered it as I'd run out of other Sale-A-Bration items to get.

But now for an even bigger confession - once I'd actually designed my cards for Coffee and Card, I actually really like these little frogs now! I decided to go with the cartoon feel of these little guys and hopefully you can see that in my designs.




I used the Stampin' Up! Blend Pens to colour the little frogs in (tip: stamp the outline with Memento Black Ink so that it doesn't run when colouring with the alcohol markers.) On two of the cards I added a 'squiggly' border with the Stampin' Up! black marker pen which I think added to the cartoon of the frogs. 

I now very much like these little guys and will definitely be using this stamp set again. 

Don't forget, this is a FREE stamp set during Sale-A-Bration so head to my online shop now and place your order. I am also offering FREE P&P until the end of March which will be refunded to you via PayPal once you have placed your order (UK/France/Germany/Netherlands only I'm afraid!)

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Needle and Thread for Coffee and Card

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For this weeks Coffee and Card I decided to bring out one of my favourite stamp sets from the Spring/Summer catalogue - Needle and Thread.

This is a fabulous stamp set - not only does it combine stamping with sewing bit also has some beautiful co-ordinating patterned papers to go with it. These papers are beautiful - if you have a paper addiction like me, you'll know how hard it is to actually use them on a card instead of just stroking them!!! BUT I decided to take the plunge and cut up some of the gorgeous paper to use on this weeks card design. The other reason I love this stamp set is because it is a distINKtive stamp set, which means it shows great details, making the stamp look like real thread! There is a knack to this though - the best I've heard is to get your ink pad and a spoon and move the ink from one end to the other. This will leave a lighter coating of ink on the ink pad, which is what you need for your stamps to work perfectly when they're as detailed as this. Don't worry, the ink will naturally settle back evenly once you're done!

Here are the cards I designed for this week - I used the colours in the paper as my inspiration for my palette. The first card is a bit of a rarity for me - it's not often I stamp directly onto my card base but I think it really works on this one.


For my second design, I used the needlepoint flower stamps as a base and fussy cut some on top. I love how different these cards are from using the same colour palette and stamp set!


I hope you like these cards as much as I liked designing them! Don't forget all products used are available for purchase in my online store, and don't forget to add your email under this post to make sure you never miss a blog post from me.

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Well Said for February Demonstrator Blog Hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to this month's Demonstrator training blog hop - if you've reached me from another blog then welcome - I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) a demonstrator from the UK - if you're starting with me then I'm happy to see you. I'd love for you take a look at my blog and then hop along to the next one in the list!

This month I had the pleasure of making a card for a lovely colleague of mine (in my other job as an Accountant) who was retiring after 20 years in the company. He is such a lovely gentleman and it was an honour to make his card, so I wanted to make sure it was a special one!

However, it was a tricky brief - male cards in general are harder for me to make and I wanted to celebrate the retirement too so double tricky! Luckily, one of the new stamp sets in the Spring/Summer catalogue contains sentiments for any occasion - one of which is retirement. The 'Well Said' stamp set truly does cover any eventuality so I decided to use that set. But I was still left with the problem of what background to use to add the sentiment too. I then had a brainwave to use one of the other stamps in the same set to create the background. I added the 'Happy' die cut (TIP I didn't have the co-ordinating Well Said dies but I do have the 'Happy Birthday' thinlits die so I used that and trimmed the Happy!) and the fabulous rectangle stitching dies and there you have it. I'm pleased to say the recipient was very pleased with the card - I hope you like it too!


To finish the card off, I used the Subtle Embossing Folder on the base card and added some co-ordinating ribbon and enamel dots. 

Thanks for reading, I'd love for you to hop along to the next Demonstrator in the list to see their creations. Don't forget, all products used are available to buy in my online store. You can also enter your email at the bottom of this post to make sure you never miss a blog post from me. 

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Friday, 8 February 2019

Love is in the Air

Hi Everyone,

Valentine's Day is fast approaching here in the UK - I personally don't massively celebrate it, but I do like to make a card for my other half. For this week's Coffee and Card I thought I'd take the opportunity to design some Valentine's Cards with the beautiful stamp set Forever Lovely. Not everyone wants to make Valentine Cards though so this set was perfect to use as you can make cards for other occasions with it too!

I really tried to celebrate Simple Stamping when designing these cards although I did sneak a punch and some ribbon on to 2 of the cards (shhh!) The cards went down very well with my ladies and I saw some amazing creations with the stamp set.

Here are my designs - I usually do 2 card designs for Coffee and Card but found I couldn't stop with this once I started, so I ended up with 3!




I love this stamp set as it is part of the new distINKtive stamps, which means the stamps have texture on them which makes them look more 3D when stamped - so easy but so effective! I will definitely be having some more play time with this set, and the co-ordinating dies. 

I hope I've given you some inspiration for your Valentine cards, or even just for some lovely floral cards. All products used can be purchased from my online store.Don't forget to enter your email at the bottom of this post to make sure you never miss a blog update from me!


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