Enjoy Life – Part 1

This month I wanted to look at the wonderfully named Enjoy Life stamp set. I think this is one of the most versatile stamp sets that I own which makes it a firm favourite. Whether you want to use the image of the cyclist, the celebrating figure or the foliage, bird and butterflies (or a combination of these) you will be able to create some fabulous projects. There are also some wonderfully up-lifting sentiments which will put a smile on your face, and that of the recipient.

The Projects…

In the first part of this series, I have created a matching set made up of a greeting card, gift tag and gift box. I have chosen fairly masculine colours but these could easily be changed to create a more neutral, or feminine look. The main image I wanted to use was that of the cyclist. As some of you may know, I used to do a lot (!) of cycling so this stamp appealed to me immediately. Cycling is a really popular hobby these days so I’m sure you all know someone who enjoys getting out on two wheels and would be super happy to receive this set of projects for their birthday or to congratulate them for a recent epic ride!

Greeting Card…

What a sentiment! Isn’t it great! It makes me smile every time I read it.

For the base card I have used Basic Black cardstock and stamped one of the foliage images in Whisper White along the bottom edge. I have then layered a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock which also has some foliage stamped across it. The cyclist is heat embossed in Black Stampin’ Emboss Powder and cut out using the 2.25” circle punch. The same punch is also used to cut a piece of Basic Black cardstock and then I’ve layered a 2” piece of Whisper White cardstock with the sentiment stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Final touches were added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots.

Gift Box…

We all like to make our gifts look special and the range of Stampin’ Up! gift bags and boxes are great for doing just that. All you need to do is decorate them.

In this case I have used Cherry Cobbler ribbon and wrapped it around the Silver Mini Gable Box three times before tying a bow. I really think this adds a little bit of extra impact than simply wrapping it around once and tying. I have punched a 2.25” Basic Black circle, a Cherry Cobbler Starburst and a 2” Whisper White circle and layered them up. The image and sentiment are stamped in Cherry Cobbler. Again, final touches are added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots.

Gift Tag…

I love them! But you know that by now. Why let your gift-giving down with a boring gift tag when they are so simple and fun to make?

The main tag is Basic Black cardstock with stripes of Cherry Cobbler cardstock across it and I’ve used the Scalloped Tag Topper punch. Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine is threaded through the top of the tag to allow it to be attached to the gift. I have punched a 2.25” Basic Black circle and a 2” Whisper White circle and stamped the image and sentiment in Cherry Cobbler. Final touches were added with Silver Metallic Thread and Black Faceted Dots to tie all of the projects together.

If you’d like to recreate any of these projects, the supply list can be found below. Simply click on a link to go directly to my online shop. If there’s anything you are not sure of, let me know and I can do a video tutorial.

Next Time…

I hope you’ll join me again next week to look at more projects using the Enjoy Life Stamp Set. Until then, if you have any questions, feel free to email me at helen@papercraftlife.com or message me via my Facebook page Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts.

Project Supplies…

Product List

Stampin’ Up! OnStage Telford, April 2019

The theme for the 2019/20 Annual Catalogue is ‘Creativity is Calling’

I wanted to do a blog post for those of you who are interested in what happens at the OnStage events hosted by Stampin’ Up! every 6 months. These events are only open to demonstrators so its nice to give you a little insight into what we get up to!

I travelled to Telford on Friday to meet up with some Stampin’ friends. We headed for coffee before checking in to the hotel. Its always really nice to see these guys because I’m in a team based in Staffordshire so I tend to see them once a month, at most.

As you can imagine, with about 600 demonstrators attending, Stampin’ Up! had taken over most of Telford so you bumped into people you knew at every turn! This lead to a trip to a cocktail bar (of course?!) before the high-level demonstrators headed to an even more exclusive evening event. Us minions went for dinner to console ourselves and make plans about how to grow our businesses and reach the dizzy heights of CentreStage!

The Saturday morning saw an early start and a hotel breakfast before walking to the venue and joining the queue of extremely excited demonstrators waiting to register and pick up their registration packs. This is only the first set of goodies that we receive during the day but we got a fabulous bag filled with pens, folders, a notebook and a brand new stamp set.

At our team table I also received gifts from my upline (The Sparkly Stamper) and my upline’s upline (The Stamping Senorita). A gorgeous sparkly scarf (as seen in most of the photos of me taken during the day) and a personalised bone folder!

Next comes the swapping! As many of you know, I made just over 50 swaps to take to the event, so I made my way around the room swapping these with other demonstrators. This is great for meeting new people and means I left with 50-odd ready-made samples and sources of inspiration!

The main event involves us finding out about upcoming products and business resources; live demonstrations using brand new catalogue suites; inspirational videos from the founders and CEO of Stampin’ Up!; and training presentations. We also receive our copy of the shiny new catalogue and get to craft with lovely new things! All of this is interspersed by ‘Prize Patrols’ where we win new stamp sets and all-attendee giveaways where we all got a pack of a new DSP called Mosaic Mood.

During lunch and other breaks there are display boards outside the main auditorium outlining the contents of the new product suites and allowing us to get a closer look at the projects created during the live demonstrations.

The day drew to a close at around 6pm and it was out for dinner to chat about the latest news and decide what was going to be first on our wish lists from the new catalogue! It’s a long list! It really is a beautiful catalogue with a wonderful combination of old favourites that have carried over and some beautiful new products. I know there’s going to be something for everyone.

If you have ordered with me in the last 6 months or attend my classes, you will automatically receive a copy (probably next month once I can order them in bulk). Otherwise, if you are not linked to another Stampin’ Up! demonstrator and would like a copy, just get in touch and I’ll get one sent out to you.

If you think OnStage sounds like something you would enjoy, consider joining my team to be eligible to attend future events. You will receive at 20% off your Stampin’ Up! orders for at least 3 months and you’ll get £130 worth of Stampin’ Up! product in your starter kit for just £99. Contact me if you’d like to discuss this opportunity.

Wonderful Romance – Part 1

Welcome to the April instalment of my Stamp Set showcase. This month we’ll be exploring Wonderful Romance and the accompanying suite Floral Romance. As always, the first week focuses on gift tags. Small projects like these can be less intimidating for the new crafter but can equally provide a nice sized canvas to express your creativity. Besides, if you have put a lot of thought into a present for someone and a lot of time and effort into creating a beautiful card, why allow the gift tag to let the whole thing down?!

As a demonstrator, I try to cater for all levels of crafter. So, however big your stash, you’ll find something that you can create or use as inspiration. And, if you feel like you are ready to take the next step in your crafting journey, you can find a list of the supplies I’ve used at the bottom of the blog, complete with links taking you straight to my online shop.

Stamping is easy and fun and no-one should feel that it is beyond them. Even simple projects can look stunning using Stampin’ Up! products.

Floral Romance Suite

The Floral Romance bundle features a stamp set and coordinating dies. The stamp set contains floral and foliage images and three gorgeous sentiments. The images are nice and open which allows colouring if that’s something that you enjoy but equally can be stamped onto coloured cardstock if you are not so keen! The dies cut out the main images from the stamp set but there are also extra foliage elements in a number of sizes; a really nice oval frame and an intricate border. The main colour scheme for this suite is Fresh Fig, Mossy Meadow and Petal Pink and the DSP also incorporates Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand and Whisper White. The DSP contains beautiful imagery, in a mainly subtle colour scheme but the game-changer is the inclusion of some incredible patterned vellum sheets.

The stamp set is versatile enough to be used on its own but the addition of the dies, DSP, embellishment, embossing folder and ribbon really allows you to take your projects to the next level.

The first projects I have to show you are gift tags. That won’t come as any surprise to those of you who know me as I love making gift tags. They finish a present off perfectly and really show how much you care, having put time and effort into even the smallest of elements of the gift.

Stamps, Ink, Cardstock

In this example I have only used the stamp set, cardstock, ink and some basic tools. I have used a 2×3” piece of Whisper White cardstock and trimmed off two corners to create a tag shape. I then punched a hole using a standard hole punch and threaded through some white twine. I have stamped the main floral image in Petal Pink ink, the sentiment in Mossy Meadow ink and the speckles in Fresh Fig. What a great finishing touch to your gift, and so simple to make.

Let’s Add The Dies

In this example I have also used the coordinating dies, the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch (133324) and a corner rounder (can be found on the Detailed Trio punch 146320 or the Envelope punch board 133774). I created the tag from Whisper White cardstock and stamped some background images in Petal Pink and Fresh Fig ink. The sentiment is stamped onto Petal Pink cardstock in Fresh Fig ink and the oval frame cut out using the dies. A number of leaves have been cut out of Mossy Meadow cardstock using the dies and layered behind the sentiment. The final touch is provided by the coordinating Fresh Fig ribbon.

Let’s Have It All!

In this example, I have used a number of elements from the suite. The tag itself is created from the DSP using the Scalloped Tag Punch and Corner rounder as mentioned above. The sentiment is stamped in Fresh Fig ink onto a coordinating piece of DSP. One of the Frosted Flowers embellishments has also been adhered to the sentiment piece to add an extra bit of interest. I have added some foliage cut out of Mossy Meadow cardstock using the dies. The final touches are provided by the Petal Pink ribbon and Fresh Fig twine.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the Wonderful Romance stamp set and the Floral Romance suite. In the next instalment I will be creating cards for each of the Beginner, Casual and Avid crafter levels. In the meantime, if you would like to purchase any of the products featured here, click the links below or pop over to my website at www.papercraftlife.com/shop

If you have any questions, you can email me at helen@papercraftlife.com or message me via my Facebook page www.facebook.com/helenchapmanhandmadecrafts

Product list…

Product List