First Christmas Card of the season with Have A Hoot

It’s taken me a while to get crafting with the new August – December Mini Catalogue, mainly because the kids have been at home so much but now they’re back at school (well tomorrow) its time for me to get my Christmas craft and show you everything I love about this catalogue.

One of the first sets that caught my eye was the Have A Hoot stamp and die set I love these cute little owls that are perfect for Halloween, christmas and other occassions. Today I’m sharing the first Christmas card I’ve made this year featuring these cute owls and my very favourite Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.

Firstly I stamped and coloured the owls with the Stampin’ Blends and then die cut them. I really like how you can just cut out the owls and leave the branches off your card it you like, this means those little owls can sit anywhere you want them too.

To create the background I used the tags die to cut out of Window Sheet to give me a stencil to create the sponged background. I then used Balmy Blue to sponge through the “cut out windows” and create the background for my owls. I then stamped each owl image again so I had the branches in the background.

I then used the tag die again to cut out the windows in the green designer paper which is from the Flowers for Every Season Collection. I matted my stamped/sponged background to the dsp making sure my sponging lined up. I then matted this on a layer of Real Red cardstock before adhering to my card base.

I then added my three stamped owls onto their branche using Stampin’ Dimensionals or you could use the new foam adhesive sheets and to finish the card I added a greeting to the top left corner of the card using the Lovely Labels Pick A Punch.

I love how cute this card is and its definitely got my in the mood for more Christmas Crafting.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


Simple Stamping: Life Is Beautiful

I love the stamp set Life Is Beautiful as soon as I saw that lovely tree stamp. It reminds me of an more seasonal version Twinkle Trees which we had a few years ago. I love how there are different options for the leaves so you can turn this tree in to one from any season.

Today I’ve made a simple Thinking of You card and used only the top half of the tree stamp with the dots as leaves.

The background paper is from the Gilded Autumn Speciality DSP and I think it adds the perfect touch to make this card suitable for males or females. I also used a strip of the new Mint Macaron Basketweave Ribbon, this is so much prettier in real life with its inter wove strands, it completes this card perfectly.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


Three Card Thursday: A Whale of a Time

Today I’m sharing three ways to use the Whale Builder Punch with the coordinating products from the Whale of A Time Suite. I love the punch can be used on its own, with the stamp set and aslo with the designer paper.

This first card focuses on using just the punch to create the Whale. The main Whale is punched out with Pretty Peacock with higlhights of black, white and designer paper for the little spout of water.

This second card uses the punch with the designer paper. I love how cute the Whale looks among the reeds.

This third card uses the stamp to create the Whale image.

All sentiments come from the Whale Done stamp set and are stamped on labels from the Tasteful Labels die set. I’ve embellished the cards with the Whale of a Time Sequins, the Pool Party Sheer Ribbon and the Pretty in Peacock/Old Olive Reversible Ribbon.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x


September Updates

First update is the Clearance Rack has been updated so click here to see what bargins are available, but be quick!!

After months of waiting the new Stampin’ Up! Cut & Emboss is now available to customers. Demonstrators have been able to order and use the machine for the last month and I can honestly say I love it. It’s easy to figure out the plate sandwiches as each different one is numbered, making crafting with this machine as easy as 1-2-3!

You can order the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine and its accessories here. Please we’re still waiting for the Mini Cut and Emboss Machine to launch.

September also sees a joining promotion the Get & Go promotion aimed to give new demonstrators all the need to plan their first workshop. Obviously in person events are on hold at the moment, but you can still connect online or via good old snail mail.

As well as being avaible to chose £130 of products for just £99 new deomonstrators will also receive enough cardstock pieces to make 16 cards, a pack of Rhinestone Basic Jewels, the So Much Love stamp set, and the Queen Anne’s Lace stamp set.

Granny Apple Green card pack contents

8-1/2″ x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Granny Apple Green Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
3″x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
3/4″x 4″ (1.9 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

Coastal Cabana card pack contents
2-1/4″ x 3-1/2″ (5.7 x 8.9 cm) Whisper White Cardstock
2-3/4″ x 4″ (7 x 10.2 cm) Daffodil Delight Cardstock
3″ x 4″ (7.6 x 10.2 cm) Bermuda Bay Cardstock
8-1/2 x 5-1/2″ (21.6 x 14 cm) Coastal Cabana Cardstock
5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″ (14.6 x 11.1 cm) Whisper White Envelope

If you’d like to join Stampin’ Up! and are in the UK, France, Germany, Austria or The Netherlands then I’d love to have you join my team. Any questions just drop my an email at or if you’re ready to join just click here and follow the steps.

Happy Crafting

Joanne x

Case the Catalogue: Stitched Stars Dies

Today I’m casing the catalogue and sharing with you my simplified version of the Stampin’ Up! original found on page 97. I’ve pulled out my Stitched Stars dies as they haven’t seen any love in a while and paired them with the Playing With Patterns DSP.

The original card uses Silver Foil and embossing folders for texture as you can see below.

As you can see I kept to a blue base but used Night of Navy instead of Misty Moonlight and used Costal Cabana and Calypso Coral as my other colours. I left off the twine as I want a quick card which was easy to replicate for when you need those last minute birthday cards.

I also used the Pick A Label Punch (my current favourite product) to stamp my greeting on which came from the Rustic Retreat stamp set.

So which do you prefer the Stampin’ Up! original or my simplified version?

Happy Crafting

Joanne x