Thursday, November 16, 2017

It's an Extravaganza

Hello and Welcome to news for November with Handmade by Julia Quinn.  
There are some very exciting things happening in Stampin' Up! crafting heaven this month!!
First of all, we have an amazing ONLINE Sale from the 20 - 27 November - soooooo, if you're thinking you'd like something crafty for you for Christmas OR you think Santa needs a little help - check out the amazing specials available next week.  It kicks off with a 20% off stamp sale for 24 hours on Monday 20th November - make sure you head to my online store to see the fantastic savings for you or for your gift giving basket.  For the rest of the week, there will be great specials on embellishments, markers, punches, embossing folders and lots of framelits and thinlits - you don't want to miss out!!  The week then finishes on a high note with a flash sale on 27th November.  Save my online store to your favourites so you can check out the deals!!

The next big exciting news is that our Stampin' Blends are available this month - there are 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! colours each with a light and dark shade.  You will love the colourful creativity when you are using these brilliant alcohol markers.  They make it so easy to blend colours and create lovely works of art.  We also have a gorgeous stamp set and Project Kit to help kick off the promotion of these artist quality markers.  
November also sees the launch of the BEST positioning tool on the market - Stampin' Up! has produced the Stamparatus - and it will be available from February next year - interested?  You can place your name on the reserve list to ensure you will get yours as soon as possible.  Contact me for details NOW!!

Classes this month
As you would know, I've had to reschedule my full day cardmaking event until next year.  However, all the projects I had planned are the projects we are completing at classes this month - soooo, my next class is on Sunday 26th November from 2pm.  Come along and have a mini cardmaking afternoon and complete as many of those prepared projects as you like!!  I'd love to see you there, and I'm sure we will have an awesome time crafting together!!
Until next time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia    x

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Loving the Colouring In with CTC#154

Hello and Welcome to our Sunday Night blog hop where we are CASEING the Catty!!

To CASE is to Copy And Selectively Edit, or to Copy And Share Everything - which is what our group is all about!!  We love to open your eyes to the fantastic inspiration to be found in our Stampin' Up! Catalogues by sharing our interpretations of the great projects featured.  

This week the challenge is to CASE a Colouring Project from any Catalogue.  

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Well, the timing of this challenge is just PERFECT!!
 I've been playing with our NEW Stampin' Blends and having a totally MARVELLOUS time - and so I've lots of projects to share because I wanted to try out all the colours.  

I was first inspired by this lovely card on page 43 of the holiday catalogue.  I love the look of the vellum and the mugs on the shelf.  

My starting point was the vellum.... and then I remembered that fantastic stained glass technique for colouring, and so I've white embossed my image on the front of the vellum, flipped it over, and then coloured on the reverse to create a softly coloured image. 

I loved the shelf idea, but this image didn't quite suit a shelf, so I've created an easel card inspired by the shelf!!!  I've added the ribbon detail and the greeting at the base of the card to anchor my easel as it stands upright. 

I thought my card was so pretty, I decided to colour lots of the gorgeous Birthday Blooms stamp set and create a sweet set of cards featuring the new Stampin' Blends colours.  


After finishing all those soft images, I then got a bit carried away with more colouring!! And this time I was inspired by the wonderful teapot card on the right of page 166.

The first thing I did was stamp a heap of images from the Color Me Happy stamp set around my greeting from Flourishing Phrases using the Memento Black Ink, and then happily coloured them using whatever I felt like!!
 What a wonderfully therapeutic afternoon of colour!!

After I'd finished the colouring, THEN I decided on the background colour of the cardstock and the coordinating Washi tape colour for the 3 stripe detail behind the images.  





I sincerely hope you are TOTALLY inspired to have a go with our Colouring challenge this week!!  Wait till you see all the other fantastic work from the design team!!  Keep hopping all the way around and be amazed and inspired over and over again!!! 

And please join in the fun and add your project to our fantastic challenge each week on the facebook group.   You can add your photo quickly and easily when you head to the group.  

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Scrapping my blessings for Colour Inkspiration #21

Hello and Welcome to another ah-ma-zing Colour INKspiration challenge for you!!  
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This time the colours are:  Peekaboo Peach, So Saffron, Rose Red, Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky.

My scrapbooking page features all of these colours AND it has been inspired by the lovely flowers in the inspiration photo too.  I've used a fun new stamp set called Color Me Happy.  (It has been released with our fabulous new Stampin' Blends - artist quality alcohol markers in 12 exclusive colours!!) 
 However, I have used the stamp set with an aquapainter and ink using the challenge colours.  

I've also used some strips of DSP in the background behind my photos - from Bundle of Love DSP,  Painted Autumn DSP  and Petal Garden paper stack.

The Pear Pizzazz leaves were cut from the Pretty Pines thinlits, and some of the Touches of Nature wooden elements were also coloured with a Pear Pizzazz marker.  

Woops, sideways picture!!

I hope you've been inspired by these very pretty and Spring themed colours - and that you will keep hopping ALL the way to the end and seeing the stunning projects from the entire design team.

Next up is the amazing card from Nikki.

And please, join in the fun and add your project to the lineup on our facebook challenge page here.  

Until Next Time
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia  x 

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

So Very Thankful with SUO#187

Hello and Welcome to another wonderful challenge for SUO Challenges.  We use Stampin' Up! Only products to create wonderful and inspiring projects for our challenges.  

This week the challenge is all about being So Very Thankful.  
And I am very thankful to be able to play and use my new Stampin' Blends and a lovely new stamp set - Color Me Happy.  These beautiful artist quality alcohol markers blend so well and give an extraordinary finish to any coloured project.   They come in 12 exclusive Stampin' Up! Colours.  
 On my card I've featured the Rich Razzleberry combo, Calypso Coral combo and the Night of Navy combo.

My card is a very simple card featuring the stamping and colouring only.  So, I've jazzed it up a little by adding the Fine Tip Glue Pen to the lanterns and added a teeny tiny amount of Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter.  It looks ah-maz-ing!!!

I hope you've been inspired, and that you will join in our challenge to Give Thanks and add your project to our lineup.  You can find the challenge here.  
I'm on the team at SUO!

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Tag fun with CTC#153 - Case a Holiday Catalogue Tag

Hello and Welcome to another Sunday Night Blog Hop where we are CASEing the Catty for you - and inviting you to join in the challenge to show us your CASE from the Catty too!!

This week, we are CASEing a Holiday Catalogue Tag - and when you flick through the catalogue, it really is amazing how many tags there are!!!

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The Christmas Season is perfect for trying some great new ideas with tags!!

I've been inspired by this tag on a box at the right of the picture on page 9.

Instead of the illustrated stamp set, I have used the Merry Little Labels along with the very versatile Everyday Label Punch.  

This has been combined with Holly Berry Happiness and the Holly Berry Builder punch.  

I've used Garden Green and Berry Burst and the DSP on the tag comes from Be Merry DSP.

I really hope you've been inspired!  Keep hopping and check out all the other amazing creations from the whole CASEing the Catty team.  

And after you've hopped all the way around, please consider joining in the fun and adding your project to the lineup on our facebook challenge page here.  

Until Next Time,
Happy Stamping,
Love Julia   x

It's an Extravaganza

Hello and Welcome to news for November with Handmade by Julia Quinn.   There are some very exciting things happening in Stampin' Up! cr...