Saturday, 3 December 2016

My Stampin up favourites 2016

Welcome to the Jems blog hop for December. The theme for this month is a review of 2016.

I decided to pick out a selection of my favourite makes of the year using Stampin’ Up!’s fabulous products. 

So I’ll start off with some home decor pieces. I love that papercraft isn’t just limited to card making.
 I’ve made a few pictures this year for various occasions; the first was a keepsake for my parent’s 40th wedding anniversary. I layered up a mixture of glimmer paper and cardstock using various different dies and a couple of stamp sets, I added some sequins into the frame for a little fun and love the result!

I also made a little keepsake for my friend’s daughter for her first birthday.  It uses a mixture or the following stamp sets – made with love, Date it, Labeller alphabet and something for baby. Again I threw a few sequins in the bottom to add a bit of fun and sparkle!

Next up a selection of bags, boxes and other 3D projects I’ve made this year.

I love the foxy friend suite; it’s one of my favourites from the annual catalogue. Here I used it to make little Hershey kiss favours and a cute cat gift box.

I adore the cookie cutter bundle and loved using it to make these candy cane hangers/gift tags!

And an unusual shaped bag using the gift bag punch board and endless birthday wishes stamp set.

 And finally a sneaky peek of a project I made for a journal club I’m part of, although my projects usually end up being 3D!! The theme this month was jewellery and was picked by my lovely friend Maggie. I made her some butterfly earrings and a lovely little box to keep them in, the box was inspired by Julie Davison. It uses birthday bouquet paper that was in the spring/summer catalogue and I adored it! If you’re quick it is currently on offer at just £4 a pack in the year end deals.

 And finally a selection of my favourite cards I’ve made this year.

Firstly some teacher thank you cards I made for my daughters teachers when she left reception earlier this year. They feature the pretty kitty and Bella & friends stamp sets. I adore both of these stamp sets, they are such cute little images and look lovely coloured with ink and aqua painters or blender pens. I also used the labeller alphabet again to personalise them!

 Next a card I made using the cute elephant from love you lots and some balloons from balloon celebrations. I love how this card turned out! Again the labeller alphabet came in handy to personalise the card.

I made a similar card but using the penguin from snow place here.

And I’ll finish with a few cards made using the birthday blooms stamp set, I wouldn’t have necessarily  bought this set as I’m not an overly floral person  but we were using it at a team training event so I added it to my shopping basket... I love it!! It can be used in many ways, as an outline to watercolour, stamped in the same colour as the cardstock as a subtle decoration or even randomly stamped to create lovely DSP. 


I could go on but I think I’ve shared enough haha! So please do carry on hopping to see what everyone else has come up with!

Sam xx

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Christmas decorations

Hello and welcome to the Jems blog hop for November!
This month’s theme is Christmas decorations – Christmas is sneaking up on us fast and I feel totally unprepared as usual!! But hopefully a jump around our blog hop will inspire me as much as it does you; I love handmade items so I’m very much looking forward to seeing everyone’s wonderful creations too!

So here’s my make, it would look equally cute hung on a tree as it would attached to a gift as an oversized gift tag! It was actually my team swaps for the last quarterly team training I attended and I loved personalising the swaps with each attendees initial!

It’s made in real red cardstock with embossed white snowflakes from the tin of tags stamp set as well as a sentiment from the same stamp set. Then a cute cookie cutter Christmas character and a little sparkly glitter ribbon to finish.

I did use a non Stampin' up! item (shhh!!) which was the We R Memory keepers alphabet punch board to make the actual letters, I can see it being used alongside my Stampin' Up! goodies to create some lovely banners for Christmas!
I hope you’ve enjoyed my little contribution and please use the links below to jump through the other member’s blogs – preferably with a cuppa!

Sam x