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I have been a Stampin' Up Demonstrator for almost two years now, and when I signed up it was just for the starter kit and discount on products........ I never imagined it would snowball into being a business like it has. I am a new Mummy to my little boy, Isaac, who is almost four months old now. I am spending my maternity leave enjoying watch him grow up, becoming his own little person, and also trying to build my business up. Stampin' Up! have amazing products and I would love to share my crafting passion with as many people as possible. I am always putting through orders, so if you need anything, or just want some information or advise, please do not hesitate to contact me. If you want to try before you buy, then check out my classes and get booked on.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Summer Mini Blog Hop

I cannot believe how time has flown.  No sooner has Sale-a-bration ended, and the Spring Mini has also come to a close!!!

However, that does make way for the new Summer Mini Catalogue…………  so many wonderful new products to play with :o)

You may have landed on my blog post by way of Sharon – I hoped you loved what she had to share.

My post focuses on the Bright Blossoms stamp set, and I have four cards to show you:

The first is a simple card, but very bright and bold.  I cased this layout from the very talented Teri Pocock.

Blog Hop - Summer Mini 01.05.12 001 Sadly I took most of these photos last night, so the pictures aren’t the best due to rubbish lighting!!!

I used Concord Crush and Lucky Limeade as the colour scheme, adding in some striped DSP, layering the top and bottom with a strip of Lucky Limeade card punched with the Dotty Scallop Ribbon Border Punch (oh what a mouthful!)  The sentiment is from the Hostess set Happiest Birthday Wishes.

Next I have a card that teams Island Indigo with Pumpkin Pie.  They work surprisingly well together.  I have used the stem image from Sweetheart stamp set.  The most solid flower image from Mixed Bunch is stamped in Island Indigo to line up with the stem, and then layered over the top is a Whisper White flower punched with the new Blossom Punch.  The little tulip image from Bright Blossoms fits perfectly inside each petal. 

Blog Hop - Summer Mini 01.05.12 002 I’ve used one of the new Edgelit Dies to shape one side of the card (again, apologies for the terrible piccy).  I’ve also stamped one of the flower head images over the left side of the card base to give a tone on tone effect.  The Pumpkin pie button just finishes things off nicely.

With this next card I went for a slightly retro feel.  I teamed Melon Mambo with old Olive and Basic Gray.  I used marked to ink the stamps and then punched parts of the images out with the 1 1/4” and 1” circle punches.

Blog Hop - Summer Mini 01.05.12 004 The sentiment of from Curly Cute.  I inked it with Versamark and then added Melon Mambo Embossing Powder which really makes it pop off the Basic Gray card.  The sentiment panel has been edged with Melon Mambo strip, again punched with the Dotty Scallop Ribbon Border Punch.

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For the last card I went with a slightly Vintage theme.  I used a favourite colour combination of mine – Crumb Cake, Bravo Burgundy and Pink Pirouette.  I also added in some Confetti Cream.  I used the Distressing Tool in the Cutter Kit to rough up all of the edges, the daubed Bravo Burgundy ink around the edges of the Confetti Cream pieces. 

Blog Hop - Summer Mini 01.05.12 003 I embossed the Pink Pirouette card with the Oval Designer Frame image, then used one of the new Framelit Dies the cut around the frame.  The flower image was inked with markers and then punched with the Extra-Large Oval.  The sentiment is again from Curly Cute, and I added some Chantilly Crochet Trim in a ruffled manner across the bottom of the card.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing one stamp set used four different ways.  It’s a really bargain, only £11.95 in clear mount for 8 stamps, and yet so versatile!!!!  It’s one of many wonderful new products.

If you’d like to see them all, then click on the picture of the Summer Mini catalogue on my side bar to view it online, or contact me if you’d like a hands on copy posted to you.  Even better – come to my open house event this Saturday between 10am and 1pm and see the products, loads more samples and make a card to take home as well.  Full details are on my EVENTS page.

Now it’s time for you to hop along and see what Anthea has in store for you.

Thanks for stopping by – please do leave a comment and let me know what you think :o)


Full Blog Hop Listing

Group 1

1. AlisonP ~ www.craftyalisoninlyon.blogspot.com
2. Crafting Alison ~ www.craftingalison.blogspot.com
3. Sarnie - www.kraftybiker.blogspot.com
4. Pat - www.pinkycardsandcreations.blogspot.com
5. IOW Sarah- www.stampinsarahiow.blogspot.com
6. Frankiesue - www.frankiesue.blogspot.com
7. Anne-Marie - http://classycrafters.blogspot.co.uk/
8. Angela - www.sparklycards.blogspot.com
9. Elaine - www.thesassystampers.blogspot.com
10. Sara - www.craftingandstamping.com
11. FrenchieJo - www.frenchiejo.blogspot.com
12. Leanie - www.beautifulimpressions.co.uk
13. Michelle (ShellieStamps) - www.craftypaper.co.uk
14. Fiona - http://oakfieldcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
15. Tina F -http://littlewhitehousecrafts.blogspot.com
16. (9399) Amanda - http://thecraftspa.blogspot.com
17. Ruth(mamaluke) www.artfulstampin.co.uk
18. Jan (JJ66) - http://jan-crippin.blogspot.co.uk/
19. Bluedaisy (Tracy) - http://bluedaisydaydreams.blogspot.co.uk/

Group 2

20. Nuttysgirl (Emily) - http://www.stampinmermaid.blogspot.co.uk/
21 CarolynUK - http://stampaholix.blogspot.co.uk/
22 Allyf - www.serendipitypapercuts.blogspot.com
23 Vronie www.vronstampin.blogspot.com
24 Kim www.kimfeecrafter.blogspot.com
25 Beckie (Littlebeckie) www.bextiesandstickytape.blogspot.com
26 Sally http://girliepink.blogspotcom
27 Christa http://serendipity-stamping.blogspot.co.uk/
28. DonnaM www.head-over-heels-by-dlm.blogspot.com
29 Laura http://airingcupboardstamping.blogspot.co.uk/
30. Emma H http://emma-letsstamp.blogspot.com/
31. Margaret K www.makingpapercrafts.blogspot.com
32. Kate http://stampinupwithkate.blogspot.co.uk/
33. Sarah http://esellek.blogspot.co.uk/
34. Jayne http://jaynescraftycorner.blogspot.co.uk/
35. Clare http://sparklecrafts.blogspot.com
36. Sharon http://stamps-n-inks.blogspot.co.uk/
37. Julie http://www.the-crafty-bug.blogspot.comYou are HERE
38. Anthea http://stampin-divas.blogspot.co.uk/
39. Vicky http://vickylouscorner.blogspot.com


  1. Oooh what a lovely selection of cards! I'm loving all of them and can definitely see some stuff I'm going to neeeeed! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Love your projects Julie. This is one of my favourites of the new sets because of the unlimited possibilities with it and how well it works with other current and new products.

  3. Lovely cards Julie. I love limeade and concorde together. I love the softness of your last card too.x

  4. Great cards Julie. I love that the tulip fits into the punch like this, fab idea. A xx

  5. Gorgeous cards, I especially like the second one.

  6. Gorgeous projects Julie - and lovely to see you on Saturday. Thank you for taking my team photos! X

  7. Great use of the tulip on the blossom :D

  8. Beautiful cards Julie. Looking forward to seeing the new products on Sunday.

  9. wonderful colour combinations Julie!

  10. Wonder where I have put my heat gun, will have to get embossing :)