My stampin' up! blog - Stamping Scene

Hello and welcome to my blog. I'm an independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator in the UK and love sharing my passion for paper crafting and Stampin' Up! products. Thank you for visiting I hope to see you again soon. Zoe x

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Christmas Card Club - Christmas Trees

Another fortnight another Christmas card club challenge. Shaz chose trees either indoor or outdoor. I've gone with some outdoor from Rooted in Nature one of Stampin' Up! 's new catalogue sets. I've shared this set before and you probably now know that I love it. I like this card but having chosen a white background i've struggled to get good pictures so I hope you'll see them ok.  I've used the glitter splatter technique and you can find out how to do that in my Totally Techniques blog hop post.  
I stamped the trees which come in a pair and a single if that makes sense ie two stamps having inked them using two shades of green.  I coloured the trunks in basic black using my stampin write marker directly onto the stamp.  I also added a sentiment heat embossed with gold powder onto the stitched frame lit die cut in whisper white.  The sentiment is from Snowflake Sentiments which first appeared in last winter's catalogue, but is a returning stamp set in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue.  I've added a matt layer of a die cut oval in spruce green a new colour coming with the colour revamp.  

The splatter technique is fun and easy to do with some tombow (ova glue) and water.  It really looks like snow falling and adds a my favourite touch of sparkle.  The finishing touch is a real red ribbon bow and a matt layer of real red card.  

All these goodies will be available to order from 1 June so don't forget to inquire about a catalogue or visit my online shop.  The retiring list with some reductions is available until May 31 so don't miss out on products you've had your eye on as once they are gone they are gone! 

Thanks for checking in and I hope the sun is shining with you. We've more work to do shredding all the prunning we've done and are hopefully the rain will stay away that is forecast for later today. 

Happy half term week to all.
Hugs Zoe x

Friday, 25 May 2018

Totally Techniques Glitter Spatter for that sparkly finish

Hello and welcome to our May Totally Techniques Blog Hop which Kelly has chosen for us today. She loves the Glitter Spatter technique and I must confess it was new to me so I've enjoyed having a go and making this card with the new Enjoy Life stamp set that will be available in the new Stampin' Up! catalogue.

You'll receive a complimentary copy of the catalogue from me if you've purchased £25 or more of Stampin' Up! from me since January 2018.  If you don't fall into that category you can still get a catalogue from me you just need to email at and I'll be in touch to arrange it.

So this technique of glitter spatter is really easy, but so effective especially on night time scenes like I have created.  All you need is your 'scene', some tombow glue, an aqua painter or paint brush, a silicon mat and some water if using a paint brush and that inevitable bit of sparkly bling that you know I love - glitter.

Here's what to do.

1. Put a small penny size blob of tombow onto your silicon mat.
2. Thin it down by squeezing your aqua painter above it to drop some water on the glue and then mix with the aqua painter brush.  Don't worry as long as you rinse promptly after using, the aqua painter will recover.
3.  By mixing the glue and water inevitably some will be on the brush of the aqua painter and then all you need to do is flick it on the design making sure that you mask areas that you don't want splattered and also around your work space.
4.  You can then add glitter to the watered down glue splatters and shake of any excess.  It creates a fabulous effect like stars in the sky with different shapes and sizes of glitter splatter.

I confess to thinking at the start that you could add spots of glue with the fine tip glue, but actually you wouldn't get such a random pattern or the same fabulous starry sky effect.

So just like the Meerkats say it's SIMPLE and very effective.

The stamp set Enjoy Life is fab too.  It's a real eclectic mix of images and sentiments, but all are great for the UK market appropriate to what we may say here.  I love the foliage stamp which I've used on the base card and also on my sponge brayered focal point. It reminds me of a set called Pocket Silhouettes which was one of my first stamp sets many years ago when I became a Stampin' Up! demonstrator.  It is easy for any level of craft because you can just stamp along the bottom of a card and create a simple card with no skill required.  Enjoy Life also has the sweet little bird silhouette and two petite little butterflies.  As it's photopolymer it was easy to perch the bird on a branch caught in the moonlight.

I created the moon with a circle punched out of a post it note making sure that a big piece of the sticky strip on the note was in the circle.  I used the sponge brayer to create the night sky starting with Pool Party, Balmy Blue (a new colour), and finally Blueberry Bushel a new in colour.  I very, very gently ran the brayer over the moon with the mask removed to soften the 'glow' of it.  I stamped the foliage and bird with Tuxedo Memento black ink.

Make sure your scene ink is very dry before adding the splatter so that the glitter doesn't stick to the ink and give glitter smudge instead of splatter!!!!!

Enjoy our hop by carrying on to Satomi's blog in Japan next.

Thanks for stopping by...

Hugs Zoe x

1. Kelly Acheson(USA) 2. Satomi Wellard(Japan) 3. Nadine Weiner(Germany) 4. Barbara Meyer(Austria) 5. Zoe Tant(UK) 6. Shannean Moncrieff( Australia) 7. Annette Elias(The Netherlands) 8. Lynsay Mahon(Canada)