Mon 26 Jun 2017

Hello! I had so much fun making my Father's Day card for Dad this year. As soon as I saw the new Annual Catalogue, I fell in love with this stamp set and decided I just HAD to have it. It wasn't available on the demonstrator pre-order, so I had to wait until the catalogue went live at the beginning of this month, but then it was in my very first order. It's just as much fun to play with as I thought it would be, and I've got loads of ideas in my head for how I can use it.

This card has had to wait a bit before being blogged, as my Dad lives abroad, and I'm never entirely sure how reliable the post is going to be between us and my folks. In the end, it arrived with him a couple of days late - not ideal, but not the latest it's ever been. He tells me he loves it, and I hope you do too! You could tweak it for a Happy Birthday card, or a Congratulations card - in fact I think it would work for most things, all you need to do is swap the sentiment out.

My first thought when I saw this stamp set, was to create a card that showed the bike standing outside the lovely door from the "At Home With You" set, and that's exactly what I've done here. I left the door very subtly coloured (literally just dragged the colour from the stamped lines using a blender pen), as I wanted the bicycle to be the star of the show. I know I keep going on about it, but I do love stamp-and-die combinations... this would have been a nightmare if I'd had to cut everything out! As it was, I gave my trusty Big Shot and Magnetic Platform a bit of a workout and it all came together as easily as anything. 

One of my favourite things from the "Build a Bike" framelits is actually something I hadn't noticed before I started to play with the set. Do you see the cobbles underneath the bike? They're done with this little die - it's actually a tiny embossing plate:

Doesn't look like anything in particular, when you first see it - I was expecting it to cut holes, but of course there's no cutting edge. I left the embossing "as is" on this card, but you could sponge it with some ink to add even more texture if you wanted. Isn't it brilliant?

There are lots of things in the Bike Ride set that you can put into the basket, and onto the luggage rack, but I used the gift that comes in the "At Home with You" bundle, and coloured it in with lour lovely watercolour pencils. The Happy Father's Day wordng comes from "Thoughtful Banners", and the signs that they're stamped onto are, again, from the "At Home" bundle. Another of those really useful little stamp-and-die combos, and I can see me using it with loads of different sets. 

While I was making this card, I took the opportunity to have a play with the various "accessory" stamps that come in the Bike Ride set. If you're a fan of two-step stamping, then you'll love these, as they're mostly not just two-step, but three-step images! Great fun. I'll write a separate blog post showing all of these, but here's a little taster so you can see the kind of thing I mean:

Stampin' Up! Three Step Stamping

How cute is that?! 

Anyway... I'm getting carried away now. Can you tell I love this stamp set? Pop back in a day or so to see the three-step-stamping post, and in the meantime scroll down to see everything I used to make the card featured in this post. 

Thanks for dropping by! See you soon... xx




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Tue 13 Jun 2017

It's always exciting when we get a new batch of In Colors, but this year's set has really inspired me. I love them! I keep thinking I've settled on my favourite (currently Lemon Lime Twist), but it changes every day - they're all gorgeous. This card is one of a set I've made that combine the new In Colors with the luscious Eastern Medallions Thinlits dies. The colours in this first one are Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst. Honestly, these two are in a battle to see which of them becomes my permanent favourite!

I wanted to have a bit of a play with all the new colours, and I thought it would be interesting to see how they pair together, and how the same card looks when made in different colourways. Here are the others I made:

Stampin' Up! In Colors meets Eastern Medallions 2
Berry Burst and Tranquil Tide

Stampin' Up! In Colors meets Eastern Medallions 3
Tranquil Tide and Fresh Fig

Stampin' Up! In Colors meets Eastern Medallions 4
Fresh Fig and Powder Pink

Stampin' Up! In Colors meets Eastern Medallions 5
Powder Pink and Lemon Lime Twist

The sentiment is from the matching Eastern Beauty stamp set, and it's a really handy one to have. I've used it on a LOT of cards already - it's great when you just want to send out a "feel-good" card to someone.

I know a lot of my customers took advantage of the pre-order offer to get hold of the dies and stamp set combo in May, but if somehow you haven't got yours yet, then I really would recommend it. If you order them both as a bundle, then you'll get 10% off, which is always nice. Honestly, the whole suite of products is just lush! (You can find them all on pages 18 and 19 of the new Annual Catalogue, and I'll put links to the products I've used in these cards at the bottom of this post, so you can find them easily in my Online Shop.)

Right. I'm off to grab a cup of tea and sit out in the sunshine for a bit, so I'll love you and leave you here. Thanks for dropping in, and I'll be back again with more for you from this gorgeous new catalogue very soon.

(P.S. There's still time (at the date of writing) to book onto my June class. Just click on the Class Schedule link at the top of the page to find out more. If you're able to get to Ipswich on the 24th June, I know you'll love joining in with us. Hope to see you then! 



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Thu 1 Jun 2017

Birthdays are special, don't you agree? And your birthday should be an extra special day for you, every year. So, I've been thinking... what can I do to make YOU feel extra-special on your birthday, as a thank you for being such a special and valued part of my life and business? 

Here's what I came up with (drum roll please...):


The Sunshine Stamping Birthday Bonus Club

(Snazzy graphic, eh?)

So. What's the Birthday Bonus Club all about?

Well, basically, it's about YOU, it's about crafting, and it's about free Stampin' Up! pressies. It's about making your birthday special for you, and treating you to something I know you'll love. Here's what you'll get:

  • A handstamped birthday card, made by me and posted in time to arrive on your birthday (postage willing, of course!);
  • A special mention in my newsletter and on my Sunshine Stamping Facebook page;
  • A Sunshine Stamping Birthday Bonus Voucher. This voucher will entitle you to free Stampin' Up! products worth ten percent of the orders you place with me during your birthday month. These extra goodies will be a gift from me to you, with my thanks and best wishes for an extra-special birthday. So, for example, if you order £50 worth of goodies, you'll be able to choose an extra £5 worth of products as a birthday gift. Order £100 worth, and you'll get an extra £10 worth - and so on. There's no maximum, and the voucher will last for your entire birthday month*

Yes! You read that right!

Birthday Bonus Club Members get a special Birthday Gift from me:


If you want to be a part of the Sunshine Stamping Birthday Bonus club, all you need to do is fill in the form linked below. It'll only take you a couple of minutes and don't worry - you don't need to give me your year of birth if you don't want to! 


You'll also get my (approximately weekly) newsletter, so you'll be able to stay in touch with all the fabulous things that are going on in the wonderful world of Stampin' Up! and in my own particular world of Sunshine Stamping. If you decide that the club isn't for you, then it's easy to unsubscribe at any time, but obviously I really hope you'll love it too much to leave.


Let's Bring Birthdays Back (about the #imbringingbirthdaysback campaign)

By the way, the #imbringingbirthdaysback image at the top of this post was designed by a lovely member of the Stampin' Up! team, Shannon West. You can read all about her birthdays initiative here. I know you'll love the idea. The stamp itself is available here - I love popping it on the back of birthday card envelopes to make the recipient (and the postman) smile.

Thanks for dropping in. I hope you'll join my new club - I look forward to treating you for your birthday, whenever it comes around!


* This offer is from me, and not from Stampin' Up!, and so your voucher will only be able to be redeemed through me. Shipping costs aren't included, and the offer stands alone and can't be used in conjunction with any other offer or discount I may make (for example, my free class place offer).