Stampin Up! Special Offer – 25% off

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As you know, Stampin Up! are celebrating their 25th anniversary and to celebrate they have got 25 sets of stamps all at 25% off. How fab is that! There is something for everyone, and the great thing is that even the alphabet set, Morning Post, which I’ve coveted for ages, has been discounted too. Guess which set was the 1st on my list!

This offer ends though, on October 28th, so you need to be quick. You can buy your discounted stamps right HERE, the problem will be what to choose.

 

 

Stampin Up! Challenge

Being part of Stampin Up! means being part of a great team of like minded people and we all have a great time sharing out creations. Now and again, we get challenged!

I was on holiday when my upline Sam gave us a challenge – to create something based on the everyday things around us. Could be a flower, an ornament in the house, something you see from your window …. there really were no limits to this challenge, which was both brilliant and mind boggling!

My holiday was in a little village near Castle Douglas and we stage on a Gate lodge in part of a country estate. At night, with no lamposts around, when we went to bed it was really really dark. So dark, we kept the hall light on so we could find our way to loo if any of us needed in the middle of the night.

Stampin Up! Challenge

And being in the country, we also heard the twit twoos of the owls. It was a nice sound to go to sleep to (and to wake up to, they were still hooting away at 6am!).

So my card was inspired by the darkness and the owls. I used Night of Navy Cardstock, and White embossing powder and stamped the images using versa mark.

There is something magical about the pure darkeness when you are away from home, with the moon being the only light at night. And our cottage had a real wood fire which was just brilliant.

I’d love to hear about what inspires you to craft x

Stampin Up! card

Stampin Up! Using up Scraps.

You get lots and lots of off cuts when you craft. And as tempting as it is to sweep them all into a bin, I keep them because you can always use your punches to make something pretty with them. My craft motto – never throw anything away, you will use it eventually (not exactly catchy, just true).

Stampin Up! Melon Mambo

 

Here I used Melon Mambo cardstock from the brights collection which I love and use all the time) and got out my trusty curly punch. I punched 4 pieces from a retired DSP and added them to a separate piece of cardstock, clued them together. I added a piece of ribbon, a button and popped the extra card on using dimensionals to life the card out a little. Simple, pretty, and helps use up the extra bits of paper you keep.

Stampin Up! Melon Mambo scraps

If you would like to become a team member of Little Bird Blue, please do not hesitate to message me.

10 reasons to join Stampin Up!

Join Stampin Up! for only £25

This special joining offer from Stampin Up! is a limited offer (ends October 21st) and if you are tempted to join but not too sure, here are my top 10 reasons to join.

1. As a member of Stampin Up! you get 20% off all future orders. But …

2. The joining fee is normally £99 but if you join now for only £25, you get to choose £26.95 worth of products and you get a business pack too. That means, you have £74 left over to put towards your first order. If that order is over £150, you get a whopping 30% off that order. Pretty amazing indeed.

3. You get to make the most beautiful products! You really do. There are hundreds of products to choose from, giving you thousands and thousands of different products to make. If cards are your thing, each and every card you make can be unique; if boxes are your thing, you can make thousands of boxes all different dimensions, with different stamps, using different punches, and all of them, ALL, will be so pretty.

4. Co-ordination! This is key to Stampin Up! The colours come in ranges, and across that range you get ink, cardstock, markers, buttons, ribbons, speciality papers. Not sure which colour matches that lovely blue you bought? Stampin Up! shows you exactly which colours match. No need to clash!

5. Matching punch and stamp sets. Their punches are amazing, their stamps are amazing, and they have lots of co-ordinating stamps and punches that allow you to create beautiful cards and boxes etc without needing to fussy cut out images and get your fingers cut ( I speak from sore experience here)

6. The quality of the products – I’ve been a crafter for many years, I have umpteen crafting tools from various brands and none of them compare to the quality of Stampin Up! ones. The punches stack neatly and they punch really well. The inks come with build in lids that fold over and tuck in, so no need to lose the lid in amongst all your crafty supplies, letting the ink dry out. Even the foam pads (dimensionals) are great and easy to use without them all sticking together.

7. You get to become part of an amazing group of people, all with the same passion for crafting that you have. We all make, we all share and we all ‘get’ each other’s love of Stampin Up!. We are all great for sharing advice and there to help each there. We are a community of like minded folks and that’s pretty special.

8. You decide what you want to use Stampin Up! for. There is absolutely no pressure to become an active demo and recruit more members. If you just want to buy lovely crafting products at a fantastic price, then Stampin Up! is for you. And once you join, there is absolutely no pressure to order anything more, ever.

9. However, if you do wish you start a new venture and become an active demo, then we are here for you. You can earn money through Stampin Up! in so many ways, earn free stamp sets, and you can watch your team grow and your business build as you get to spread the word about Stampin Up! As it is something you love, it is so easy to share your passion and enthusiasm. So whether you decide to start craft classes, technique workshops, hostess parties etc, Stampin Up! has the resources and the support there to help you build your business.

10. Quite simply, it’s fun. It really is. Crafting is such a great way to spend your time. Whether it is in prep for blogs and workshops and teaching techniques, or making fabulous Christmas Cards to give your friends, safe in the knowledge that they will never get another card like that, it’s just fun. I often spend time with my young son and we craft away with stamps and ink. He’s just 6 but is already a dab hand and using the ink pads, stamping and cleaning the stamps. While we are Stampin Upping (it is a word lol) we chat, laugh, have fun. It’s a fantastic way to spend time with each other.

So, I hope I’ve answered all your questions, but please do get in touch if you would like to know any more, and if you would like to join, please click the ‘Join My Team’ link on the right side bar, and it will take you to my joining page.

I hope to hear from you xx

Stampin Up! Flower Shop and Pansy Punch

We all need Thank You cards. I always have a pack of Thank You cards to hand for various reasons – I pop one in with customer orders (both for Stampin Up! and my skincare orders), sometimes a friend does something lovely and a card to show my appreciation is a nice thing to give, sometimes I make a cutesy one and pop under my son’s duvet (when he has been especially good and a wee treat like this actually works better than a toy, he loves that I made it just for him, he’s just 6 yrs old). Of course, such cards for M are few and far between but that’s another story!

Flower shop and Pansy Punch

These are one of my favourite cards to make. They are a little bigger that the standard mini card, and measure 3.75″ square, which means that I hand make my own envelopes for these (more on that in a future post)

Using Whisper white cardstock for the base of the card I(3.75″ wide by 7.5″ long and scoring at 3.75″ down the middle), I cut out some a 3.5″ square card in Daffodil Delight, then another Whisper White square (3.25″ square) to put on top of the yellow.

I stamped one of the flowers from the Flowershop Stamp set onto both Daffodil Delight and Whisper White and punched them out using the pansy punch. I layered them onto the card using a dimensional, popped a basic pearl jewel in the middle, stamped my sentiment on and hey presto, a simple thank you card that is very much appreciated by friends and customers alike.

The Flowershop stamp set has 6 flower stamps, all different but all pretty and the extra great thing about the the Flowershop and Pansy punch is that they come in a bundle. This means that if you buy them together under a special code you save 15% off the price had you bought them as individual items.

The code is 132727 FOR WOOD-MOUNTED STAMPS (£31.75) AND 132726 FOR CLEAR MOUNTED STAMPS (£28.25)

If you would like to order them, please do contact me at littlebirdblue@outlook.com

Stampin Up! Regarding Dahlias – simple but lovely!

One of my favourite sizes of cards to make are the 3×3″ ones. They are fun, cute, and ever so handy to pop in with customer orders. And Stampin Up! also have the perfect mini envelopes for this size of card too.

I made this little set of 6 cards the other day using the Regarding Dahlias stamp set. You get the flower stamp and a few sentiments and I just love it.

Stampin Up! Regarding Dahlias

Stampin Up! Regarding Dahlias

I made the 6 cards in 6 different colours and kept things simple by stamping into Whisper White Cardstock the flower and the sentiment in the same colour as the main colour of card. These took minutes to make but they are very effective and feminine.

For me, part of the beauty of Stampin Up! is that you can create something very simple but striking. Not every handmade cards needs the full bells and whistles to show it’s handmade. Sometimes less is more and I think Stampin Up! have the perfect products for such effective simplicity.

Stampin Up! Regarding Dahlias Set of 6 Cards

Stampin Up! Regarding Dahlias Set of 6 Cards

MATERIALS USED:

CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Indigo Island, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo and Real Red

INK: Indigo Island, Elegant Eggplant, Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, Melon Mambo and Real Red

STAMP SET: Regarding Dahlias

BASICS: Sticky Strip

Stampin Up! Playing with Butterflies

I took advantage of a special offer that Stampin Up! had a few weeks ago and bought the butterfly bundle set. This was the Papillion Potpourri and Bitty Butterfly punch and it is fast becoming a favourite in my Stampin Up play things and I had fun playing with it yesterday, making use of the larger butterfly punch too.

Stampin Up! Butterfly Bundle

 

Butterfly Bundle

 

Butterfly und

 

All different styles, all very pretty.