Sunday, 21 April 2013

Divided pages

I recently started scrapbooking my wedding and "mini-moon".  I was dying for an excuse to break out these divided page protectors!  

This "page" is of our morning at the Natural History Museum.

On the top right is a postcard from the gift shop and below that a panel that I used the double embossing technique again:

I started with a piece of black cardstock and did the double embossing technique with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

I stamped the peacock from the World Treasures stamp set in Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie inks and also used some dazzling details.  I layered the different colours up.   I stuck this on a piece of FanFair DSP and added some journalling.

I also added a couple of photos we took at the museum of Dippy the Dino and then along the left hand side a strip of International Bazaar DSP and stamped "MUSEUM" using the Morning Post Alphabet stamp set in Whisper White ink onto Night of Navy cardstock.

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Watercolor pencils and wonder crayons discontinued

The following announcement has been made by Stampin' Up!:

Due to unforeseen problems with our supplier for Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Watercolor Pencils, we have decided to discontinue these two products.
The following items are only available while supplies last. Get ‘em before they’re gone!
101879: Watercolor Pencils - SOLD OUT AND DISCONTINUED
119802: Subtles Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons
119803: Regals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons - SOLD OUT AND DISCONTINUED
119804: Brights Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons - SOLD OUT AND DISCONTINUED
119805: Neutrals Collection Watercolor Wonder Crayons - SOLD OUT AND DISCONTINUED

Thursday, 4 April 2013


I'm so excited to be able to tell you this morning that Stampin' Up! has announced that they will be changing the colour family collections from the 1 July when the new catalogue has launched - don't panic too much, of our 50 colours there will only be 10 discontinued but this is to make way for some new colours.... WELL....
There are four BRAND NEW colours launching; Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Crushed Curry and Smoky Slate.  The other six are past 'In Colors' that are being made permanent.  Four of theose are from the 2011-13 that were due to retire in June; Calypso Coral, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party and Island Indigo.  The other two are from 2010 and are Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride. 
I am so excited particularly that Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral and Pool Party are going to be permanent colours.
Here is what the new colour collections will look like from 1 July:
Unfortunately to make room for the new colours there are 10 colours which will be discontinued:
Regal Rose, Pretty In Pink, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red, Bravo Burgundy, Not Quite Navy, More Mustard and River Rock.
If you would like anything that comes in these 10 colours I would recommend you order it ASAP as they are effectively being discontinued today, 4 April 2013, and will only be available while stocks last!!!!
Contact me to find out more or place an order!


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Special Offer!!!


Hope you are all had a lovely Easter and are having a good week!

My diary is so full for April and May that I am unable to take any further bookings for workshops in these two months.  To make up for any disappointment however I will be offering 10% OFF ALL PRODUCTS during April and May!

Don't forget that both of the current catalogues only run until the end of June and so items you *really* *really* NEED may then retire forever!  Take the opportunity to get them before they go by taking advantage of my 10% discount offer during April and May.

Just drop me an email on and I will get right back to you!!


Monday, 1 April 2013

Double Embossing

Today I'd like to share a technique that I LOVE!  - Double embossing!  

This is where you heat emboss a pattern from an embossing folder.  The effect is fabulous!

I made this card for the Crafty Boots diamonds challenge.

To do this is really simple, run a brayer across a Versamark ink pad and then run the brayer across the embossing folder.  You need to decide which pattern you want embossed and ink the side of the folder where that pattern is raised (If I had inked the other side of the folder then the bits of mine that are pink would be silver, and vice versa!)

I used the Argyle embossing folder and ran it through my Big Shot with some Pink Pirouette card stock after inking the folder up using the brayer and Versamark ink pad.  I then did my double embossing with silver embossing powder using the heat tool.

I added a bow from the gorgeous two tone ribbon in the Spring/Summer catalogue and then just mounted the embossed background onto a card base made from Naturals White card stock.

Hope you all had a good Easter and enjoy the bank holiday today!

Stephanie-Emma x

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Supplies used:
Big Shot - £87.95
Heat tool - £25.95
Versamark ink pad - £6.75
Brayer - £10.95
Argyle Embossing folder - £7.50
Silver embossing powder £3.95
Two tone ribbon - £6.25
Pretty in Pink card stock              
- A4  £6.25/24 sheets      
- 12" x 12" £5.50/12 sheets
Naturals White card stock
- £6.75/40 sheets

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Afternoon Daydream

I must admit that I'm not really a scrapbooker!  I want to get into it more so I can scrap everything from my Wedding, Minimoon and once we get there Honeymoon.

I was a little worried when I had to do a workshop for a group of ladies who were keen scrapbookers.  Desperate for ideas of what I could make to show them I ordered the Afternoon Daydream Simply Scrappin kit.


Not just for scrapbooking, I can use these for everything!!!  These kits are lovely! 

The Afternoon Daydream kit came with 8 sheets of 12"x12" card stock (2 each of Pool Party, Primrose Petals, More Mustard and Basic Gray), 6 sheets of double sided designer paper (12"x12" again, 3 sheets of two designs), and three sheets of card stock stickers. 

I think that last bit is why I never ordered it before - £18.95 for 14 pieces of 12x12 and 3 sheets of stickers.  These are not really stickers.... well... they are...BUT... we need a better name for them!  They aren't stickers how I imagined.  They are lovely card embellishments that just happen to be self adhesive.  and THREE  12"x12" sheets full of borders, butterflies, shapes, journalling cards!

Sheet 1: 20 self adhesive patterned borders (FAB for scrapbooking ~ see layout below where I have used one - you could use a whole bunch on one layout but you don't need it they're lovely on their own so these will last AGES!)

Sheet 2: 46 various labels, shapes, journalling cards and other details - all self adhesive to save a bit of time and effort, all in lovely colours to match the papers in the kit

Sheet 3:  Fifty various circles, and fancy scallopy labels AND at least 16 butterflies (Some are small and white so I can't see them all on the digital copy of the catalogue that I'm currently counting these on!!)  again all self adhesive in co-ordinating colours.

I'm a convert to these Simply Scrappin kits - they are lovely and definitely good value for money!

Anyway after much babbling, here is my layout.  Everything is from the kit apart from the photo and white mat behind the photo:

Aren't those butterflies so cool?  AND best of all it was easy for me as a non scrapbooker and this entire layout took less than 5 minutes (after I'd cooed over the kit!)

I will definitely be using these elements on cards too!!
Have a lovely day and a great Easter weekend!


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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Secret Garden

I made this layout using the Secret Garden stamp set.  There are also matching framelits to go with this stamp set but I failed to remember this until I'd cut them all out!! 

I used watercolor wonder crayons to create the background and also to colour the flowers.

I used a 12"x12" sheet of Canvas Creations for this page but I think it would have worked just as well on plain Whisper White.  I did love working with the canvas though and can't wait for more experiments with it.

I LOVE the watercolor crayons and the effect they gave and was impressed with how well they worked on the canvas!

Hope you're all having a good day!

Stephanie-Emma x

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