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Susan Simpson - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Monday, 23 April 2018

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter - quick & simple

Hello, here are the details for our first C & C project this week using Bird Banter.

This is a lovely quick and simple card to make.  I stamped a whole sheet of birds at the weekend; I sat in the sunshine yesterday colouring them in = happy me!

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We used the Woodland Embossing Folder to add some texture the background and the Layering Squares Framelits to create somewhere for the toucan to sit.

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Here is the finished card and envelope.

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I changed the orientation of the card I made this morning ...

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I have two further C & C sessions available this week, if you would like to join me you can find the details here.  Which version of this card will you choose to make I wonder?

This versatile stamp set will be retiring at the end of May, at the time of writing this post it is still available.  Be aware - if you need it as part of your crafty stash, once it has gone it will not be back.


Hope you can join me for a crafty coffee soon!


Susan xx


Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of any of the current catalogues and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.


If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: HK7BQSZV I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

This month you can choose a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals as your gift - large or small, the choice is yours!


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits - you will still receive a gift from me too!

If you are in the UK, please click on the images below to go straight to my online store for more details or to place an order. 

Saturday, 21 April 2018

Stampin' Up! Climbing Orchid - SBTD 04/2018

Hello and welcome to another Stampers by the Dozen blog hop!  Whether you have hopped over from Judi and her fabulous project or you are starting here with me, welcome - I hope you enjoy my projects.


The theme this month is 'bundles' and was chosen by Carly.  Wow - this was a difficult one as there are so many fabulous bundles available from Stampin' Up!  I sat looking at my shelves of stamps wondering which to choose and then I saw a stamp set I had forgotten I owned - shame on me (again)!



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There are 28 images in the Climbing Orchid stamp set to allow you to build up orchids with as many layers as you like - just think of all the colour combinations ... 


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I started playing with different ink colours, just stamping and die cutting, trying out different combinations.  These were the first flowers that I assembled.  The photo below shows that I tried two different methods of adding dimension to the different layers.


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For the flower on the left I used a scoring tool (also known as a ball tool) around the edges of each petal on the reverse.  I used Dimensionals between the different layers.


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The ball tool 'bends' the card adding a little depth and dimension.  How much 'bend' depends on how hard you press down and how far into the shape you do this.  (I just went around the edges).


For the subsequent flowers I used my pokey tool to curl and shape each petal - this method creates a lot more dimension and again, used Dimensionals between the layers.


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In a short time I had a pile of these lovely flowers sitting on my desk so I thought I had better do something with them!



I used the Petal Burst TIEF to create a simple background for my card - love this folder (so pleased it will be staying with us for another year).


I chose my favourite flower and added some leaves and some tiny buds.



Although there are several branch stamps in the Climbing Orchid stamp set, I used the branch thinlit that can be found in the Seasonal Layer Thinlits.



I stamped a smaller, sinlge flower on the inside of the card (and the envelope) this time using the branch stamps!


Here is the completed card and envelope.  I decided that I prefered the flower that had been curled with the poky tool.


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I then went on to make another card, this time using a flower that had been shaped by a ball tool.  I also used one the sentiments in the stamp set - how I wish my handwriting looked like this!


Here are both cards together ...



... and do you know what?  I think I prefer the card on the right; one day I will learn to be decisive but, not today unfortunately!


Details of the products I used for this project can be found below.  The Climbing Orchid Bundle (= a 10% saving) is only available until the end of May (while stocks last).  The stamps and the dies will be in the upcomig Annual Catalogue but will no longer available as a bundle.


Next on the hop is Tricia who I'm sure has something fabulous to share with you too.  Don't forget to leave comments as you hop around (we like that).


Thanks for hopping along with us again, you can find details of the products I used for this project at the end of the post.


Susan xx

If you get lost along the way you will find a list of hoppers below!

Susan Simpson    you are here!
Deb Naylor


Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of any of the current catalogues and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.


Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: HK7BQSZV I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

This month you can choose a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals as your gift - large or small, the choice is yours!


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits - you will still receive a gift from me too!

If you are in the UK, please click on the images below to go straight to my online store for more details or to place an order.  


Friday, 20 April 2018

Stsmpin' Up! Bird Banter for Coffee & Cards

Hello, this week for Coffee & Cards we will be using a stamp set called Bird Banter.  I find Bird Banter very appealing - I love a good pun and, I know that my crafty ladies will come up with lots next week!


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A little birdie told me that this is one of those stamp sets that will come in useful for lots of occassions - just think of all the colourful birds you will be able to create ...

This week we will be stamping, embossing, colouring with the Stampin' Blends and doing a little fussy cutting.  I only used a few of the images and sentiments in this set, you will be able to choose which ones you would like to use.

Here are the cards we will be making next week - a thank you card and a belated birthday card.

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If you would like to join me, you can find me at the following locations next week.  

Monday - single project (shown on the left) or both!

Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     10:00 - 12:00 pm

Cost:      £3.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 1 project or
              £6.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.

Tuesday - both projects

Venue:  Bests Cafe, 7 Kings Hedges, St Ives (PE27 3XS)

Time:    2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:     £6.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.  

Thursday - both projects
Venue:    Bests Cafe, 7 Kings Hedges, St Ives (PE27 3XS)
Time:     2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:      £6.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.


I will be posting more details of these projects and the products I used to create them later this week so be sure to pop back again soon.  I am hopping again tomorrow with the super creative ladies from Stampers by the Dozen using a stamp set that had sat lost and lonely on my shelf for ages ... shame on me!


Have a crafty weekend!

Susan xx




Thursday, 19 April 2018

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - stepped up

Hello, here are the details of our second project this week using the Coffee Cafe bundle - love a bundle and the 10% saving!  This particular bundle and the DSP are about to retire although the stamps and the Framelits will be available separately in the upcoming Annual Catalogue.  At the time of my writing this post the bundle and the DSP (which will retire) are still available ... just saying!

The inspiration for this card came from Elizabeth Hill Rush - her card was painted with coffee!


We used the Aqua Painters this week to add some colour to the coffee cup - love the effect with the ink on the Water Colour Paper, so effective.



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We also added some colour below the cup to 'ground' it.



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I think the tiny coffee bean stamp is my favourite thing in the Coffee Cafe bundle!


I used one of the Corrugated Elements on my card with a tiny bow tied in my favourite Linen Thread.  I am so pleased the thread will be joining us in the upcoming Annual Catalgoue!


I placed an order for some more of these corrugated shapes but unfortunately my order did not arrive in time so I was short of a few hearts for C & C.


However, a solution was at hand in the form of the Sweet & Sassy Framelit Dies and some Crumb Cake card.



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The die above can be found in the Coffee Cups Framelits - it will cut and emboss to create a corrugated coffee sleeve - brilliant!



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The heart on the left is my version - not too bad even if I do say so myself!  

I used the tiny coffee bean stamp to decorate the inside of the card - I resisted the urge to stamp lots of beans but for the envelope I created a border along the edge.



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Here is the completed card and envelope - did you spot the stamped border of coffee beans above the DSP?



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Thanks to everyone who joined me this week, I will be back to three sessions as usual next week!

 I will post details of the projects for next week as soon as I have made them!

(Don't forget to check out the updated Clearance Rack).


Clearance Rack

Happy crafting!


Susan xx



Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of any of the current catalogues and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.


If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: HK7BQSZV I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

This month you can choose a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals as your gift - large or small, the choice is yours!


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits - you will still receive a gift from me too!

If you are in the UK, please click on the images below to go straight to my online store for more details or to place an order.  


Monday, 16 April 2018

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - quick & simple

Hello, here are the details for our first project this week using Coffee Cafe.

I am trying something a little different this week; I brought along a selection of papers, embellisments, cardstock and ink so that everyone can choose their favourite combinations.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Coffee Cafe, #stampinupuk, #lovemyjob, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Coffee & Cards project April 2018, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The Coffee Break DSP has a sheet of tiny motifs that are perfect for a spot of fussy cutting.  Even better, there is a tiny die that will cut out the takeaway coffee cup!

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I drink a lot of coffee each week as I am crafting in various locations and the sentiments in Coffee Cafe are right up my street!  Most of us know a coffee lover too so these sentiments will be very useful.


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Here are some of the variations of this project made this morning.


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This is my finished card and envelope - love the coffee bean stamp - there is a little die that cuts the beans out perfectly too!


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I have one final C & C session available this week, if you would like to join me you can find the details here.  

This lovely stamp set and framelits bundle (=10% saving) will only be available until the end of May (or whilst stocks last) so if you need it in your crafty stash don't delay.  The stamp set and the framelits will be available in the new Annual Catalogue (launching June) but not as a bundle.


Hope you can join me for a crafty coffee soon!


Susan xx


Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of any of the current catalogues and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.


If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: HK7BQSZV I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

This month you can choose a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals as your gift - large or small, the choice is yours!


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits - you will still receive a gift from me too!

If you are in the UK, please click on the images below to go straight to my online store for more details or to place an order. 


Sunday, 15 April 2018

Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe - for Coffee & Cards

Hello, this week for Coffee & Cards we will be using a bundle from the Annual Catalogue called Coffee Cafe.

One of my team members (Lesley) asked if we would make a card for her brother this week - he loves coffee so this stamp set is perfect for him.



Craftyduckydoodah!, #stampinupik, Coffee Cafe, Coffee & Cards project April 2018, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

This week we will be using the Aqua Painters to do a spot of water colouring, stamping, fussy cutting and die cutting.


Here are the projects we will be making.



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For the first project (on the left) I will bring along a selection of papers, embellisments, inks and cardstock with me for you to choose from - sort of a pick and mix!



Craftyduckydoodah!, #stampinupik, Coffee Cafe, Coffee & Cards project April 2018, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


If you would like to join me, you can find me at the following locations next week.  

Monday - single project (shown on the left) or both!

Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     10:00 - 12:00 pm

Cost:      £3.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 1 project or
              £6.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.

Tuesday - apologies, I will be travelling to Birmingham with my daughter so there will be no session this week.


Thursday - both projects
Venue:    Bests Cafe, 7 Kings Hedges, St Ives (PE27 3XS)
Time:     2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:      £6.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.


I am looking forward to seeing what everyone makes with the pick and mix selection - I will take photos to share with everyone.


I will be posting more details of these projects and the products I used to create them later this week so be sure to pop back again soon.  


Have you seen my previous post?  I took part in an International Blog hop yesterday with a group of vey talented Demnonstrators.  As I spend so much of my time in coffee shops (#lovemyjob), I just had to do something for 'me' with the Coffee Cafe bundle didn't I?  Thanks to Gary at Bests Coffee Shop for the beans! 

Hope you can join me for a crafty coffee soon.


Susan xx

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of any of the current catalogues and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.


If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: HK7BQSZV I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

This month you can choose a pack of Stampin' Dimensionals as your gift - large or small, the choice is yours!


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits - you will still receive a gift from me too!