Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Thank You is so important!

Hi Everyone,

For today's blog post I wanted to share with you the cards I designed for this weeks Coffee and Card class. I wanted to use 'Thank You' as the theme for this week's class - personally, I think it is so important to say thank you to people if they've done something for you, or have taken the time to give you a gift. So for my first class after the Christmas break, I designed cards that can be given as a 'Thank You' for those thoughtful Christmas gifts!

One of my favourite sets in the Spring/Summer catalogue is Beauty Abounds, and this set goes beautifully with the Butterfly Gala stamp set and punch. Not everyone likes butterflies though so I designed one of the cards to just use the 'bubbles' from the Beauty Abound set (thank you to Brian King for the inspiration!).


I will be giving these cards out to my lovely friends and family who gave me some beautiful gifts, and I hope I have inspired you to say Thank You too! 

All products used can be bought from my online store, and don't forget to request a complimentary copy of the new Spring/Summer catalogue by emailing me at laura@thestampingcat.com (UK/France/Germany and the Netherlands only I'm afraid). 



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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Needlepoint Nook for January Training Blog Hop

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my post in the January 2019 Demonstrator Training Blog Hop. If you're starting at my post, have a read and then head to the next blog in the list to see some amazing creations from Stampin' Up! demonstrators from all over the World. If you've arrived at my page from another post, welcome! I'm Laura Hill (AKA The Stamping Cat) from the UK.

Before I show you my card, I must admit that this is probably one of the hardest cards I've created in a while. When I say hard, I don't mean difficult technique wise, I mean creativity wise! I'm sure I'm not alone in saying that sometimes I hit a mental creative block and this one was particularly bad. I think because of Christmas and the pressure of making all my cards (entirely my own fault as I left them to the last minute!) I just wasn't feeling creative. When that happens, I find the best way to get my 'mojo' back is to spend a bit of time on Pinterest and Facebook and take inspiration from other's creation and giving myself a challenge to create for this Blog Hop.

I decided to go with a new Suite from the Spring/Summer catalogue called Needlepoint Nook. Sewing is so fashionable right now and this Suite is perfect for anyone who loves both needle and papercraft. The stamps in this Suite are distINKtive stamps which means they have texture, but my favourite products in this suite are the papers and the dies, so I decided to highlight these for this card.


You may have guessed from my blog that my favourite Stampin' Up! colours are Highland Heather and Mint Macaron, so I decided to use them for this card. I used the detail stamps to create a stepped background and used the dies to cut out some flowers with the gorgeous papers. 

One of my favourite discoveries with this Suite is that there is a die which details a needle sewing line and it co-ordinates perfectly with our Pretty Label Punch! I punched out in plain Highland Heather Cardstock and then again in Vellum. For the Vellum I used the outline co-ordinating die and the stitched pattern die to give it a bit of texture. I finished off with the banner die in the Suite and added a sentiment with white embossing powder. 


I hope you like my card and thank you for reading my blog! Now head over to the next post to see some more amazing creations. 

All products used can be found in my online store and are listed below. 




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Friday, 4 January 2019

All My Love from the NEW Catalogue!

Hi Everyone!

Happy New Year to you all - I hope you had a lovely holiday season.

Apologies for my quietness of late, I must admit that I fell terrible behind on my Christmas crafting in December so I was focusing all my spare time on finishing off cards ready for my friends and family. It's now a new year, which means new product to play with and to show you!

Back in November I was lucky enough to attend the bi-annual Stampin' Up! convention here in the UK, where I got to see the Spring/Summer catalogue and got my hands on new product. The new catalogue went live yesterday (3rd January) along with our amazing Sale-A-Bration offers!!! Read on in my post to find out about these amazing deals.

I wanted to show you some of the cards I got to make back in November with the brand new 'All My Love' product suite - this is perfect for Valentines Day/Anniversary but is also beautiful for Birthday cards or any occasion. The stamp set 'Forever Lovely' is a distINKtive stamp set which means there's lots of texture in the stamp which makes it look like there's lot of layers, but you've only used one stamp - magic!

I didn't design these cards, we all got given the pack to make them, but as I haven't yet had time to play with the new products, I wanted to show you what we created.


I've absolutely fallen in love with this Suite, so easy to do quick and simple cards which look really effective, don't you agree?

Now on to Sale-A-Bration - this is an amazing time for us in the year, where there are loads of fabulous offers you can take advantage of, whether you are shopping as a customer or want to join my team! 

The main offer is for customers and that is for every £45 you spend on products in either the Annual or the Spring/Summer catalogue, you can choose a FREE item from the Sale-A-Bration catalogue! Free items available for a mix of stamp sets, ribbons, papers and more. It's an amazing deal so don't miss out. 

There is also incredible joining offers at the moment so if you would like more information on joining my team then drop me a message now! 

That's all from me for now, my New Years Resolution is blog more and to share lots more of my cards with you, and thank you for your support in 2018. If you are interested in the products above, head to my online store, or drop me a message to get a catalogue from me free of charge.

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Friday, 16 November 2018

Beautiful Baubles

Hi Everyone!

One of my favourite stamp sets from the Stampin' Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue has to be the Beautiful Baubles stamp set. It is just gorgeous - perfect stamps for colouring in and you don't need too many supplies to make beautiful Christmas Cards.

I used this stamp set for this weeks Coffee and Cards - it went down very well and we had a very therapeutic hour colouring in.


I stamped with Baubles with Staz On black ink as I wanted to colour in using Blends which are alcohol based. You can colour in with anything though - watercolour pencils, marker pens, aqua painters to name a few! 

I also wanted to break up the white space in the background of the single bauble card so I used a technique which I have called the 'splatter' technique! For this, you need a normal ink marker pen - using the thick end of the pen, put a bit of ink into the ink cap. Then 'flick' the nip of the pen against the cap and you'll get a splatter onto your card - magic!

All products used are available to purchase in my online shop. And don't forget to enter your email at the bottom of this page so you never miss a blog post from me. 

Thanks for reading!

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Snowflakes for a Tree!

Hi Everyone!

As you may recall from one of my posts earlier this month, in November Stampin' Up! have a beautiful Snowflake Showcase including gorgeous stamps and dies, available for one month only!

I've already shown you one card that I've made with this set so I wanted to show you another. This one is a bit different as it doesn't use any of the dies, and it is perfect if you're new to crafting or just want a quick card on the go!


To make this card, I took the snowflake tree and stamped on to some scrap Whisper White card with Shaded Spruce ink. I then sponged on some Balmy Blue ink to the background of the tree and used my trimmer to cut out the triangle of the tree. I added some snowflakes, tree stand and sentiment from the stamp set and there you have it - a simple card but still effective - I hope you agree!

All products used are available on my online store, but only until the end of November, so order yours before it is too late. And make sure you never miss one of my blog posts by entering your email at the bottom of this page. 

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Demonstrator Training Blog Hop November 2018

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to my page - if you've arrived at me through someone else's blog then please take a look around, I'm happy to have you here - I'm Laura (AKA The Stamping Cat) from the UK. If you're starting at my page, please read my post then hop on to the next demonstrator in the list at the bottom of the post.

As we are now in mid-November, there wasn't really much decision needed for my theme for this month's card - Christmas! I'm still in the middle of my Christmas crafting at the moment (my goal is to be finished before Christmas Eve haha!).



For this particular Christmas card, I decided to use the Stampin' Up! Seasonal Wreath Textured Embossing Folder. This is a great folder which gives a really lovely wreath image. To make it pop on the cardstock, I added some Frost White Shimmer Paint (tip, shake the pot and get the paint onto a sponge dauber by putting the dauber lightly into the lid to pick the paint up - less is more!) I then used my blend pen to colour in the leaves and berries. The Joyous Noel paper was a perfect background to this card, and I finished off with a glittery die cut Merry Christmas (who doesn't love glitter!).

I won't mass produce this card but it's perfect for those special one off card's needed for loved ones for Christmas.

Thanks for reading, here's the list of Demonstrators to continue your hop - don't forget to sign up to receive notifications when I do a blog post, just enter your email at the bottom of this page.




Products used to make my cards are as follows:
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Thursday, 8 November 2018

Paper Snowflakes for OnStage Swaps

Hi Everyone!

This weekend I am lucky enough to be attending an all demonstrator event in Birmingham for Stampin' Up! At the event we get to see the new Spring/Summer catalogue and play with brand new products. Part of the day is sharing ideas and inspiration with other demonstrator's, also known as 'swaps'.

For my swap I wanted to do a 3D item rather than a card and I also wanted to do something themed to Christmas. I had a browse on Pinterest and came across some gorgeous snowflakes made out of patterned paper and decided this was what I wanted to do!

I used the Joyous Noel designer series paper to make the snowflakes - along with a trimmer and some glue, that's all that was needed! My tutorial on how to make one of these is below, but for now, here is my snowflake! I made 30 of these to share around and I hope everyone who received one, liked it.



To make these, just follow these simple instructions:

1. Cut 12 pieces of patterned paper 15.2cm by 0.7cm and split into two groups of 6 strips. 


2. Use 2 of the strips to form a cross and glue in the center (I used wet glue just so I could manoeuvre if needed but tape would work just as well) I lay mine on my silicone mat just to help if any glue stuck down. 


3. Place a dot of glue either side of the vertical strip of paper.


4. Stick a strip of paper either side of the first vertical piece onto the glue dots placed in step 3. 


5. Rotate the paper 90 degrees. Place 4 dots of glue either side of the now vertical single strip as below.


6. Lift the central horizontal strip and place a strip of paper vertically underneath it, onto the glue dots placed above. Do this on both sides. This will give you a woven effect.





7. Turn the paper over and place some tape onto the edge of the horizontal strips (only the outside ones not the central one, so you should have 4 bits of tape on the strips).


8. Bring the taped strip edge to meet the non-taped strip at it's 90 degree angle and stick together. You should now see the other side of the paper as below. Repeat for the remaining 3 corners. 



9. Repeat the steps above so you have 2 like the below.



10. Turn one over and place on top of the other but at an angle so that there's a tip in each place. 


11. Tuck the strips under the tip and glue in place. Trim if you like but I quite liked the edges of the strip showing. 





I punched a small hole and added some ribbon. There you have it! You can make a few of these and thread for bunting or just use as a Christmas decoration. 

If I swapped with you, thanks for sharing with me!

Products used are below but any pretty paper will do:

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