Painted Poppy Scrapbook Page

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop full of ideas and inspiration. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up! business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or you may have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

Here is the project that I have made for our hop today…

I don’t often create scrapbook pages but it’s something that I would like to do more of. Here I have created a page as a memory of attending the Stampin’ Up! event OnStage LIVE in Dortmund, Germany in November 2019. I was lucky enough to have my photo taken with the Co-Founder and CEO of Stampin’ Up! so I wanted to create something special to remember the event by.

Let’s make it…

I started with a 12×12″ sheet of Whisper White cardstock and adhered strips of the Peaceful Poppies DSP to create the background for my page. The title piece is created using the alphabet from the Make a Difference Stamp Set. This is stamped in Blackberry Bliss ink onto Whisper White cardstock. I cut this out using the Stitched Rectangle dies and layered it onto a larger stitched rectangle of Blackberry Bliss cardstock. The title piece was decorated using flowers and leaves created with the Painted Poppies stamp set and coordinating dies and adhered to the page using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The main image for the page was trimmed and mounted onto layers of Whisper White cardstock and Peaceful Poppies DSP. The photo piece was decorated using flowers and leaves from the Painted Poppies stamp set and coordinating dies and then adhered to the page using Stampin’ Dimensionals.

The final element on the page is a simple envelope made from the Peaceful Poppies DSP and embellished using flowers, leaves and frames from the Painted Poppies stamp set and coordinating dies. I have also attached a bow using a length of the Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon. The envelope contains my favourite photos from the event, decorated to tie in with the page itself and some basic information about the trip. Each of these inserts is topped with a tab created from the Peaceful Poppies DSP using the Circle Tab Punch, making them easy to pop in and out of the envelope.

What now?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post. If you would like to purchase any of the items used to make this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click one of the links at the end of this post and you’ll head straight to my online shop. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Please click on the next person on the list (the one after me, Helen Chapman) to continue hopping! Enjoy!

Happy crafting, h x

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Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag

Hello and welcome to part 2 of my Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Stamp Set Showcase. If you missed last week’s post, you can find it here.

As many of you will know, I love creating gift tags, lots of gift tags! Recently I have been making a lot of tags with watercolour elements. I know that a lot of people are wary of water-colouring but if you start simple you can create stunning projects and, the more you practice, the better you will get. With that in mind I wanted to explain how I created this gorgeous Honey Bee gift tag with a watercolour background.

Let’s make it…

I start by cutting out my basic tag shape. For this I trim a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolour Paper to 2″ x 4″ and use either the Scalloped Tag Topper or Delightful Tag Topper punch for the top, and the Detailed Trio Punch for the bottom corners.

Next I stamped the bee image and the sentiment in Stazon Jet Black ink. It is important to use the correct type of ink at this stage because anything water-based will smudge when you apply the water.

The first step in creating the watercolour wash is to apply the water to the paper. I like to use quite a thick brush at this stage but you can experiment to see what you find easiest. You need to apply a reasonable amount of water but don’t completely flood the paper. Again experiment until you achieve the desired result.

I then press my smallest Clear Block (A) into the required ink pad so that it becomes a mini pallet. In this case I used Pineapple Punch. Pick the ink up off the block using an Aqua Painter and touch it onto the wet watercolour paper. The ink will quickly transfer and start to spread. Keep applying the ink until you achieve the required shade. I then leave it to dry naturally but you can use a heat gun if you’re in a rush (be careful though as it may move the water and ink around).

Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee Watercolour Gift Tag by Helen Chapman Handmade Crafts

As I finishing touch, I have used a length of Pineapple Punch Grosgrain Ribbon.

As with most things in crafting, the key here is not to be afraid to experiment. Try different brushes, different amounts of water and different amounts of ink until you are happy with the results. The great thing about tags is that they are a small, less intimidating canvas and if it doesn’t work you have only used a small amount of paper. You’ll get the hang of it sooner than you think and then you can move on to bigger projects or colouring images rather than just creating a background wash.

Next time…

I’ll be back next week with more inspiration using the Stampin’ Up! Honey Bee stamp set. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

If you would like to purchase any of the items featured in this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), simply click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop.

Happy crafting, h x

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DSP Gift Card Envelopes

Thank you for joining us for our Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator Monthly Team Blog Hop! We are so happy that you could join us today for this blog hop full of ideas and inspiration. We are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators from around the world that are taking part in training that is helping us to build a successful Stampin’ Up! business and reach some goals we have set. We really appreciate your support.

You may be starting here or you may have come from another blog – either way you can find the link list at the bottom of this post so that you can see every blog post and idea today.

Here are the projects that I have made for our hop today…

We all know people who are really difficult to buy for and often feel guilty when resorting to giving gift cards. But when the packaging is this good you don’t need to feel bad! These cute little gift card envelopes are really quick and easy to make, using a single 6×6″ piece of DSP.

Let’s make it…

The first thing to say is be careful if your DSP has a pattern in which the orientation is important!

Start by trimming 3/4″ from the side of your DSP sheet to create the ‘belly band’. Along the remaining 5&1/4″ edge, score at 3/4″ and 4&1/2″. Turn the DSP and score at 1&1/4″ and 3&3/4″ along the 6″ edge. The smaller section will become your top envelope flap so, again, be careful with the orientation.

Fold and burnish all of your score lines. Cut along your score lines to the intersections so you remove the four corner rectangles. You can then create tabs as shown in the image below and round the corners (if desired).

Adhere strips of Tear & Tape to the small tabs and fold up the larger section to create your envelope. Fold the ‘belly band’ around your finished envelop to get the desired fold lines, remove and adhere. Then slip the ‘belly band’ over the envelope so that the join is at the back.

It’s as simple as that! But, you can of course embellish them to your heart’s content (particularly if your DSP is not as stunning as the Stampin’ Up! Wrapped in Plaid or Feels Like Frost)!

What now?

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog post. If you would like to purchase any of the items used to make this project (or any other Stampin’ Up! products) simply click one of the links at the end of this post and you’ll head straight to my online shop. If you have any questions or comments you can leave them below or email me at helen@papercraftlife.com

Please click on the next person on the list (the one after me, Helen Chapman) to continue hopping! Enjoy!

Happy crafting, h x

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Painted Poppies Gift Tags

Hello and welcome to my December Stamp Set Showcase! This month I will be featuring a brand new Stamp Set that will be available in the Stampin’ Up! January – June 2020 Mini Catalogue. The stamp set is called ‘Painted Poppies’ and is part of the ‘Peaceful Poppies’ Suite.

The whole Suite is delightful and includes two stamp set and die bundles, DSP, sequins, ribbon and die-cut elements. You’ll find it on pages 24-27 of the new catalogue once you get yours! If you don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator and would like a copy of the catalogue just get in touch and I’ll be happy to send you one.

When I get a new stamp set, I have started creating gift tags using all the images (and dies where appropriate) because I love the small canvas that tags provide. It means you can see, at a glance, what options you have available and provides a source of inspiration for larger projects. The examples I have to show you today use every image and every die from the bundle!

Let’s make it…

As well as the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies bundle, I have used Whisper White, Shimmery White, Watercolour Paper and Garden Green cardstock for the tag bases. Most have been cut out using the Delightful Tag Topper Punch but I have used one of the dies from the set for one of the tags. I have used Poppy Parade, Garden Green and Memento inks (as well as Stazon for the watercolour tag). The ribbons used are the Garden Green Double-Stitched ribbon and the Whisper White Crinkled Seam binding ribbon, which I coloured using the Dark Poppy Parade Stampin’ Blend.

As you can see, all of these tags have been created using the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies bundle and some basic supplies. These could be easily ‘stepped-up’ using the coordinating DSP and/or sequins and I’m sure you can see how any of them could be expanded to create matching cards and 3D projects.

Next time…

I hope you have enjoyed this initial look at the Stampin’ Up! Painted Poppies stamp set. Next week I’ll be including the DSP and some of the embellishments to provide you with more inspiration.

If you can’t wait until January to order your Painted Poppies stamp set, you can join my team of Happy Crafters and you’ll be eligible for the preorder, staring on December 3rd! Find out more here.

To order the items used in these projects (or any other Stampin’ Up! products), click the links below and you’ll head straight to my online shop! Note: item numbers for NEW products will be: Painted Poppies bundle 153827, Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon 151326

Happy crafting, h x

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