Dragonfly Dreams Meets Star of Light

Hi Everyone,

If your anything like me then you are always looking for new ways to use stamp sets, I think this is particularly true for the Christmas themed sets which don’t get all year round use. Star of Light is a great example of a Christmas themed stamp set which can easily be used anytime of year and stars are a fairly versatile image.

For today’s card I took the large swirl stamp which is my favourite from this set and combined it with stamps from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set.

Here is the card I came up with:


I chose to use Smoky Slate for the swirls and the little stars, which also come from the Star of Light set as I wanted to keep the background fairly pale.

I stamped the dragonfly wings with Wisteria Wonder and then stamped the whole dragonfly outline in Perfect Plum.

I added a greeting in the bottom left corner in Perfect Plum again and the card is done, quick simple and lovely.

Hope you like this card, do you have any more ideas for the Star of Light set?

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Christmas in July and Bonus Days Promotion

Christmas may still be far away in the minds of most people but here at Stampin’ Up! they’re ready to start the Christmas preparations early with not one but two fabulous promotions during July.


If you’ve ever thought about joining up with Stampin’ Up! and becoming a demonstrator then July is the perfect month to join as you get until December to meet your first quarter minimums of £270.00. That’s because July is the first month in a new quarter and when you join you have the remaining amount of time in the current quarter (Jul – Sept) plus all the next quarter (Oct-Dec) to meet your minimum sales amount.

If that wasn’t a good enough reason for July only when you join up you will receive the Carols for Christmas stamp set (worth £18.00) which is not available to purchase until August. Also you will receive an essentials stamping pack worth £47.00.  So that’s a total £195 worth of product  (with the £130.00 normal amount)  for just £99 including free shipping, a deal not to be missed.

Here’s what Santa has included in the Essentials Gift Pack:

Item Number Description
118485 D Block (X2)
130148 Grid Paper
103579 Paper Snips
104332 SNAIL Adhesive
102300 Bone Folder

Click here (EN l FR l DE) to see a picture of the Carols of Christmas Stamp Set (featured in the upcoming autumn/winter catalogue).

144804 Carols Of Christmas
145028 Cantiques De Noël (French)
145031 Wie ein Weihnachtslied (German)

Remember too you have no commitment with Stampin’ Up! so you can just sign up for this incredible offer and then never make another order if you don’t want. It will be harder to not order I guarantee!

So if you want to join up and you’re in UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands then I’d love you to join my team and share the joy of Stampin’ Up! with you. Just click the link here to sign up.



If joining up is not for you then throughout July and August Stampin’ Up! are running the bonus days promotion. For every £45.00 you spend in July you will receive a discount code for £4.50 off purchases during August. So if you have things on your wish list now is the time to make an order and earn a bonus days coupon.

Click here to start shopping.

Here’s to a merry July

Joanne x

Three Card Thursday: Wood Textures

Hello Everyone,

For today’s post I have something a little different. I wanted give myself a little challenge and see if I could make three different cards using a very limited supply of products. This week I chose to focus on the Wood Words stamp set as it was the first one I found on my very messy desk. To that I added the Window Shopping stamp set as I wanted to use the Happy Birthday stamp, two sheets of paper from the Wood Textures DSP stack and Early Expresso cardstock and ink.


This was the first card I made as I really wanted to do something with the stack of log paper which I think is gorgeous. I cut the smaller log off the bottom of the sheet and then used the pale wood sheet as a background. I used the Happy Birthday from Window Shopping as I wanted a big greeting to fill the space. The little chicken was added last to just add another focal point.


For this second card I cut three of the large logs and stamped the chicken stamp in the middle. I stamped the floral stamp in the background and added a strip of Early Expresso cardstock to ground the three chickens.


For the third card I cut out three more logs and stamped chickens on them again like the card above. I then cut up all the remaining paper and card into strips and stuck them along one edge to create like a log stack. I then placed the chickens over the top and stamped the greeting in the bottom right-hand corner.

This third card is my favourite of the collection, I love how the paper strips look like a log stack.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my three card Thursday post and join me next week when I pick another limited selection of supplies to create with.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Pootlers Team New Catalogue Blog Hop – Beautiful Bouquets

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Today I’m taking part in the Pootler’s Team Annual Catalogue Blog Hop with my Stampin’ Up! team-mates where we are show casing our favourite products from the new 2017-2018 catalogue. Hopefully you’ve joined me from the lovely Fiona’s blog , if not please make sure you go back and check out her lovely project.  Please take some time to visit each of our blogs today and see the wonderful creations these super talented ladies have come up with, just follow the links further down this post.

My favourite stamp set from the new catalogue is Beautiful Bouquets. Its a great floral set with some beautiful sentiments in the most gorgeous font and after playing around with it for the last couple of weeks its definitely my new favourite set.

I created three different cards for todays hop in an attempt to try and use all the different stamps in this stamp set and matching Bouquet Bunch Framelits, I had a good go but didn’t quite manage it as there are so many.


This first card features the lovely two-step tulip stamps in Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist which is a gorgeous colour combination. What made these cards come together really quickly was the new Multi Purpose Adhesive sheets, which turn your die-cuts into stickers making them super easy to use  and the best thing is no messy glue!


My next card is a wedding card using one of my favourite sentiments and my favourite paper from the new catalogue the Bundle with Love Speciality DSP. I love the colour combination of Powder Pink, Very Vanilla and Gold (also can you spot where Blushing Bride has accidentally made an appearance….oops!)


For my final card I went full on floral and stamped and die cut loads of flowers in Fresh Fig, Berry Burst and Powder Pink and created a huge bouquet of flowers. It may be a little over the top but I love it and its works great with the Thanks – A – Bunch sentiment.

If you love florals then I think Beautiful Bouquets is definitely one to add to your stash.

Please continue on with our blog hop by following the links below. The next button will take you on to Caroline’s blog and the previous button will take you back to Fiona’s blog.

Happy Hopping

Joanne x

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Oh My Stars Embossing Folder Birthday Card

Today I’m featuring a product which I always seem to pass over in the catalogue, the embossing folders. However in this new catalogue there are quite a few which are on my must have list and even a couple of the older ones which I can see working really well with new stamp sets.

The “Oh My Stars” embossing folder was on our demonstrator pre-order list and is one which I think makes a lovely background all on its own and it helped inspire this bold and bright birthday card.


The colour combination of Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist is perfect for this bright bold birthday card. I wanted to show also the Happy Birthday Gorgeous doesn’t just have to male floral cards and if you changed the colour scheme its perfect for male cards too.

Don’t you just love the Bermuda Bay Chevron ribbon too? The other colours are definitely on my wish-list. I love the ribbon selection in this catalogue, I just need to come up with more ways to use it so stay tuned…

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Masculine Birthday Card with Eastern Beauty stamp set

Today’s card was inspired by challenge #089 over at Global Design Project which was to use the colours Basic Black, Old Olive and Calypso Coral, sadly I didn’t manage to enter as I struggled with this combo but here is my card:


I really didn’t want to make a floral card so it took me a while to come up with an idea and it was Eastern Beauty to the rescue. I just started stamping and came up with this pattern.

I used the new Ticket Tear Boarder punch to an interesting edge to the stamped panel and I used the Old Olive ombre paper from the Colour Theory DSP stack as a background on the Basic Black card base.

The greeting comes from the Rose Wonder stamp set and was cut out with the Rose Garden Framelits.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Floral Friday – May Flowers Sympathy Card for #GDP088

This week at  Global Design Project the challenge is to case the following project by Shawn De Oliveria:

GDP088_ShawnI love the card that Shawn has created its simple and elegant and uses one of my favourite stamps sets Rose Wonder. Looking at this card I really wanted to use the same technique that he has used with the inlaid die-cut as I think this looks stunning. I alos kept a similar layout but changed the colour scheme and changed to using the May Flowers Framelits and Falling Flowers stamp set. I also kept the greeting the same as its a stamp I haven’t previously used.

Here is what I came up with:


To start I stamped the swirl from Falling flowers in Island Indigo onto a background of shimmery white cardstock and yes I badly need to re-ink this ink-pad.  I gave the background a slight speckled look by using the end of my Island Indigo marker and gently flicking the tip to create a light covering of speckles, be gentle doing this or you will ruin the end of your marker.

I next cut of matt layer of silver foil card and then cut out my flower from the centre of this matt so I don’t waste any cardstock. I then cut the same flower from Island Indigo cardstock and tried to keep all the pieces in the die.

Next I took the Versamark ink and stamped the greeting in the top right hand corner and embossed with silver embossing powder.


I stuck down the silver flower using SNAIL in the bottom left hand corner and then filled each gap with a tiny drop of fine-tip glue. Next comes the delicate part and I suggest using tweezers if you have any. Carefully place each petal from your Island Indigo die-cut into the same space on the silver die-cut. It makes it easy if you’ve kept all the petals in the metal die so you know where each petal goes. I found doing this very therapeutic!

Hope you’ve enjoyed todays card. If you’d like to take a look at what the design team created for this challenge the click here.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x