Friday, 17 March 2017

Watercolour Big on Birthdays Notecards from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Friday crafty friends. Hope you've had a good week and enjoyed a little sunshine wherever in the world you are. The Isle of Wight has had a couple of really lovely bright days this week.

What does your weekend have in store for you craft wise? I am making good progress with my patchwork quilt so will devote some time to getting some more rows of that stitched I think. Plus my other half is off camping tomorrow so I'll have an entire evening to watch Greys Anatomy and stitch- my perfect Saturday night.

I have a set of 4 cards to share with you today. I was experimenting with creating watercolor backgrounds with my acrylic blocks. For these cards I used some brightly coloured Twinkling H2Os I found in my crafty stash (not Stampin' Up! matching colours i'm afraid). That is what gives these cards their shimmer. As I have done with my Stampin' Up! ink pads in the past I applied the H2O paints directly to the acrylic block and sprayed with my Stampin' Spritzer. I then squished the block on to my Whisper White to give me the watercoloured mixed colour background.


Once I let the backgrounds dry a little I used the sentiments from the Big on Birthdays stamp set from Stampin' Up! with my Memento Black ink to stamp over the top of the watercoloured background.


To finish I added a little rhinestone bling for added sparkle.



Hoping you all have a lovely crafty weekend. Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 6 March 2017

An Inside the Lines Watercolor Thank You from Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Happy Monday lovelies.

How was your weekend? We've been tucked up inside keeping warm and crafting this end. The girls have been absorbed with their new dinosaur stencils and I've been catching up with Stich Alongs (pics later).

My card I am sharing today uses the lovely Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper which can be yours free with an order of £45 until March 31st. I love that this DSP picks up on the adult colouring trend and gives crafters the opportunity to try different colouring techniques. For this card I chose to use my Stampin' Up! Watercolour Pencils from the Spring Summer catalogue. I coloured and then blended with my Aqua Painters.


For the sentiment I added a strip of Old Olive and stamped the sparkle thank you from the Love Sparkles stamp set.

This is my favourite design paper from the set as I loved colouring the larger flowers and loved the bumble bee as an added feature.


And finally, for anyone following my progress with my Lakeside Needlecraft Stitch Alongs (a Stitch Along or SAL is where you sign up for a period of time, usually 12 months, and then the chart is revealed one month at a time- so you dont know  here are my two finishes from the weekend.

This is the March Pheonix for the Fantasy SAL:


And here are the March fishes for the Under the Sea SAL (Dory is my needleminder and not part of the design):


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 27 February 2017

A High Tide Night of Navy 'Just Because' Card from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

Good morning and a very happy (rainy) Monday to you all. It is blowing a real hooly here. We've just opened our front door to find two ducks have taken up residence is a substantial car park puddle as well as seeing our beautiful local red squirrels sheltering in the trees (hanging on for dear life in this wind more like).

So on that note I have a lighthouse card to share today. I adore the High Tide stamp set and especially this sentiment. I've been talking to crafty friends recently about how we should all send more 'just because' cards. People expect cards on birthdays and Christmas but think about the delight we all feel receiving a lovely piece of handwritten  post unexpectedly. I've decided that from time to time I will post a card to a loved one just to say hello. This card will be the first one in box of cards to send. I love the sentiment and the little ray of sunshine it may bring to someone.


For this card I decided to keep it all tonally one colour. I simply used Night of Navy and Whisper White. When inking I created different shades by stamping off on to a scrap piece of paper before stamping on to my Whisper White. This is a simply technique for giving different variations of the same colour and adding depth to your stamping.


The High Tide Stamp Set has the two stamps for creating the layering and shadowing on the lighthouse. I love the 3D effect it gives the stamped image as well as the gorgeous detailing around the top of the house.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Sunday, 12 February 2017

A Big on Birthdays Celebration from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

A very Happy Sunday Crafters.

Whats happening where you are? I've had another busy weekend of patchwork and party prepping. I've been getting messy and having some fun with watercolouring getting ready for a Stampin' Up! party on Wednesday. I'll share those projects later in the week.

Today's crafty share is a card I made for my Mum's birthday last month. I adore the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper and paired it with the Big on Birthday stamp set.


I used a Sweet Sugarplum cardbase to match the gorgeous Succulent Garden 3/8"Ribbon. I used the fab new Watercolour Pencils to colour my stamped flowers and I blended with my Blender Pen.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Beautiful You Paper Piecing from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton


A very happy Sunday my crafty friends. I thought I would take some time out of my Sunday afternoon patchwork piecing schedule to share a set of paper pieced cards I created with some crafty friends last weekend.


If you've been on Pinterest recently you will have come across a multitude of cards created with the Stampin' Up! Beautiful You stamp set. I wasn't a big fan of this set from the  pictures in the catalogue until I saw all the creative things people have been making with it. And then once I'd seen the different paper piecing variations I knew I had to treat myself to the stamp set to have a go myself.


Paper piecing is my all time time favourite stamping technique and this stamp set lends itself perfectly. I began by cutting my layers of Whisper White and DSP from the Blooms and Bliss Designer Series Paper set. Once I had decided on my floral layers I then kept the offcuts of DSP for the stamping of the dresses/hats. I used Memento Black ink and stamped the elegant ladies once on to my Whisper White layer and then again on to my DSP scraps. I chose to turn my DSP over and use the coordinating papers on the other side (and I deliberately chose prints that would look like lovely elegant dresses).



Once you have stamped the image again on to DSP you simply take a sharp pair of scissors and cut around the dress elements from the image. Once cut you simply adhere on to the Whisper White stamped image giving you a simple but effective patterned fill on your stamping.

I love the simplicity of the technique and I felt the images were enough without making too much additional fuss on my cards. So once I had stamped the matching sentiments I simply added a hand doodled frame to each card and voila they were complete!


I am in the middle of so many crafty projects at the moment. I am hoping to share some progress pictures very soon. I have recently started a new charity Stitch Along for Mind and I am loving trying a new style of cross stitching. Once I've finished the colour I am stitching I'll take some pics to share. Similarly I am alternating the SAL with piecing together lots of patchwork hexagons for a quilt for my daughter's birthday (it is a real family affair as Dad is cutting paper patterns, Mum is tacking them and then we are all getting stuck in to stitching the hexagons together- a month till her birthday- wish us luck!!!)

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 30 January 2017

Happy New Year from Stampin' Sarah HQ

Happy 2017 crafty friends. Can it really be so long since I last blogged? There have been so many exciting events and new products since my last post.

Have you seen the new Spring Summer catalogue? So many lovely new stamps, accessories, punches and crafty loveliness contained within its pages. And as always from January until the end of March with every £45 spent you can choose a Sale-A-Bration freebie with your order. All my ladies have been loving Sale-A-Bration this year. Click on the link above to check out the extras that could be winging their way to you soon.

And now back to some crafting. Since we moved I've found paper crafting a bit of a struggle. I am a get everything out and make a big mess kind of crafter not a contain everything neatly in one box. So not having everything with me in the new place we are living has been a challenge. But when I saw the gorgeous new stamp set High Tide and the beautiful Serene Scenery papers I knew they would make a perfect birthday card for my Mum.


I used the sentiment from the Big on Birthdays stamp set. I used Memento Black ink and stamped over the background paper adding the shore birds and grasses too.

For the inside of the card I added the seagulls and lighthouse.


Don't you just love these sea birds? They make me want to book a holiday somewhere with lovely beaches.


Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-

Monday, 28 November 2016

Hello December Album from Stampin' Up! UK Demonstrator Sarah Poulton

So this weekend I suddenly realised that December starts this week! Which can only mean one thing- my December album! For those that have followed my blog for a while you'll know I have completed an album every December for the past 6 years. Last years is still half finished as I over complicated things and ran out of steam. So this year I am keeping things very simply - pictures and Hello December cards. That is it!

Well after realising how quickly December was upon me I spent some time yesterday designing and completing my album cover (the first time I have ever completed it in advance!).

For this cover I wanted a magical floaty feel to the stamping. So once I'd positioned all the elements from the Hello December Accessory Pack (including the gorgeous foiled 2016 acetate element) I added my Christmas Magic snowman in Crumb Cake Ink and then added snowflakes, stars and hearts flying above him. To give a little sparkly I added Clear Wink of Stella over all the stamped elements.



And to give you an idea of just how simple my project is going to be this year, here are all my supplies - Hello December Cards and Accessory Pack. I have a small shopping bag which contains a tombow glue, sticky tape, glue dots and a couple of festive stamp sets to go with this. But this is it! I will not spend 3 hours a day on one page this year. I want simply and lovely pages celebrating the season.


And best of all, if you want to join in and purchase your Hello December supplies, they are currently 30% off until the end of today as part of the Online Extravaganza! But all Online Extravaganza prices are only available until tonight. So get your order in quick. And if you use the hostess code for this month I will be able to send you an extra special gift next month to say thank you: 26JB7T6H.

Please let me know if you have any questions about Stampin' Up! and their products. I would be happy to help. All items can be purchased online via my shop or get in touch directly and I can order them for you to be delivered direct to your door. I'd also love an opportunity to Demo for you and your friends at a crafty party.  As the hostess you earns exclusive free products and all guests get to create a fun crafty project to take home too! Get in touch if you'd like any further information.

-xxx-


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