Cardmaking and Papercraft with Becki Ritson Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Tue 15 Aug 2017

Historically, I've always been rubbish at getting birthday cards out on time. I dont know why. It isn't thoughtlessness, though I'm very conscious that it probably looks that way. I'm not even hugely disorganised (though there's definitely room for improvement there). It's just something I've always struggled with, and I've always been really cross with myself when yet another one hits the post later than it should. It's all the more frustrating given that, as a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I know exactly how much of a difference receiving a card can make to someone's day. Recently, as my health has been getting better, I've been making a conscious effort to improve my sending out of birthday cards. I'm not perfect, but I have been improving. One day, I'll look back at my "hopeless at getting cards out on time" days and they'll feel like a distant memory. For now, it's definitely a work in progress.

Here's a lovely card I sent out to a dear friend and customer of mine last week. (And yes, it got there on time - hooray!!!)

Birthday Card using Delightful Daisy stamp set and Daisy Punch from Stampin' Up!

Honestly, I can't tell you how glad I am that the Daisy punch came back into stock - it really is gorgeous! The colour scheme here is a really crisp one, using Bermuda Bay, Whisper White and Early Espresso. I love how clean it looks, and how bright and breezy. The little row of flowers stamped at the bottom right is actually just one stamp (no need to line three individual flowers up) and I can see it being a really useful little accent. I've added a little rhinestone to the centre of each, just to make them "pop", and to add that finisihing touch. Oh - and the gorgeous Bermuda Bay ribbon again, that I used in this card, too.

Here's a little close up for you of some of the detail:

Detail of Birthday Card using Delightful Daisy stamp set

And a closer-up shot of the whole card. 

Birthday Card using Delightful Daisy stamp set and Daisy Punch from Stampin' Up!

I hope you like it!

Birthday Bonus Club

I'm setting up a Birthday Bonus Club, which will involve you getting a handstamped birthday card from me, as well as an exclusive discount (given by me, not by Stampin' Up!) off purchases made through me during your birthday month. Comment on here if you're interested in joining, and I'll send you the link.

Everything I've used in this card is available through my Online Shop. Just click on the links in the list below, and you'll be able to see more information about the item you've clicked on. Thanks for dropping in, and I'll be back again with more soon.

Have a great week!

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Product List - click on links for more information

Stamp : Daisy Delight Photopolymer Bundle , Sunshine Sayings Wood-Mount Stamp Set

Ink : Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad , Early Espresso Classic Stampin' Pad

Card Stock : Whisper White A4 Thick Cardstock , Card Stock A4 Bermuda Bay , Whisper White A4 Card Stock

Punch : 1/2" Circle Punch

Ribbon & Trim : Bermuda Bay 3/8" Mini Chevron Ribbon

Accessory : Rhinestone Basic Jewels

 

 

 


Sat 12 Aug 2017

One of the things I love about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is that it gives me lots of opportunities to make people smile by sending them a card. This month, I was really happy to be able to send lots of cards to people in my team - welcome cards for those who joined us during the wonderful sign-up promotion last month, and congratulations cards for those who hit targets and achieved goals, as well as thank you cards for my lovely customers to show them how much I appreciate their support. This card is the one that went out to the new members of my team; for the others, I used a different sentiment but wasn't quite organised enough to take photos of those!

Here's a look at the complete card:

Sponged Card using Eclectic Layers Thinlits from Stampin' Up!

I've had some lovely comments about the background on this card, and I have to say straight off that it's not my original idea - I've seen several that use this technique. It's so easy to do, though, and perfect for when you need to whip up lots of cards quickly. It also showcases another use for our fabulous dies, that you may not have thought of before. 

The secret is to dig out your Window Sheets (that's SU speak for acetate). You know you've got some somewhere, and I'm guessing that, like me, you don't make enough use of them. Well, to create this background, you want to run your die through the Big Shot, and cut it out from a piece of Window Sheet. You're making a mask, and because it's made from Window Sheet, you'll be able to use it time and time again. Here's the one I used - still rather inky at the moment, though it will rinse clean under the tap:

Stencil cut using Eclectic Layers Thinlits Die from Stampin' Up! bit.ly/SunshineStampingShop2

Using little pieces of washi tape (as you can see in the pic), secure the mask in place on the front of your card and sponge through the holes using Lemon Lime Twist and Berry Burst inks. Blend the colours in the middle. To get the effect I wanted, I dabbed with the sponge to start off with, then blended the ink using small, circular movements. Use a different sponge for each colour - I cut my Stampin' Sponges into four, so I get four colours out of each one, and they're really durable, so will last you a long time.

One little tip for you: I cut my mask from quite a narrow piece of Window Sheet, as I had a spare scrap that was about the right size, so I slipped paper under each side to prevent ink from escaping out over the edge of the mask. (Guess how I found out I needed to do that!)

And that's it, really. The background is the focus of the card, and you can use it with any sentiment you like. You could even stamp a sentiment direct onto the card, overlapping the background, if you wanted to, though I'd suggest using a contrasting colour to make sure it doesn't get lost. Hmm.... I might try that...

As always, you can find everything used in this project, in my Online Shop, and all the links are at the bottom of the post. Don't forget to use the Host Code (over there in the sidebar) if you want me to send you a little something as an extra thank you (for orders between £20 and £150).

Thanks for dropping in. Pop back soon to see a little something lovely using the gorgeous Daisy Punch.

Have a great weekend!

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Product List - Click on item names for more information

Stamp

Ink

Punch

Card

Accessory

Big Shot

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Tue 8 Aug 2017

I loved making this card. My Dad is in hospital at the moment following a planned operation, and since I can't be with him (my parents live abroad), I wanted him to know that we are thinking of him. Having spoken to Mum last night, I know he's received it and so I'm safe to share on here. The photos aren't marvellous, because I wanted to get it in the post quickly, but I hope you love it all the same.

I've wanted to make a "colour spotlight" card for ages, and this is my first one. This lovely lighthouse image seemed perfect for it. It's from the High Tide stamp set from Stampin' Up!, and the whole set is just lovely use for building up pictures that are as simple, or as complex, as you like. Here's the full card:

Colour Spotlight card by Becki Ritson for Sunshine Stamping - featuring High Tide stamp set from Stampin' Up!

As you can see, most of the card is stamped in shades of grey, giving a monochrome effect, then you get the lovely POP of colour with the Tempting Turquoise lighthouse and Bermuda Bay sea, spotlighted within the circular frame. The beam of the lighthouse escapes from the frame to tie it in with the rest of the card, and then the Tempting Turquoise of the sentiment block balances it all out. I love this effect!

It's really easy to achieve. Just stamp the lighthouse outline in place with the circle of Whisper White laid on top of the larger piece (minus the Basic Gray mats), then stamp it onto a sticky note and cut out to form a mask. Mask the lighthouse off on each piece of card and stamp the birds across both pieces. Use a pencil to mark the horizon, where it meets the edges of both pieces of Whisper White. Separate the circle from the larger layer, leaving the lighthouse mask in place, and stamp the sea onto the base piece using Smoky Slate ink. On the circle, again with the lighthouse still masked off, stamp the sea in Bermuda Bay ink and sponge Soft Sky above the horizon. Remove the lighthouse mask and stamp the "blocky" part of the image in Tempting Turquoise. Then assemble the card, popping up the circular frame containing the coloured lighthouse using Stampin' Dimensionals. The light beam is simply cut from Daffodil Delight cardstock and stuck into place once everything else has been done, and the mat behind the sentiment has just been handcut to match (almost!) the shape of the Classic Label Punch. (I'm not the best at hand-cutting, as you'll be able to see if you zoom in...)

Here's another look at the detail of the lighthouse, showing the colour spotlight effect:

Detail of Colour Spotlight Technique card by Becki Ritson for Sunshine Stamping - featuring High Tide by Stampin' Up!

You can see everything I've used for this card in the list at the bottom of this post; just clickj on any of the names to see more details about that particular item. As always, everything is available in my Online Shop. Don't forget - if you earned Bonus Days coupons last month, you have until the end of August to redeem them. CLICK HERE to visit my Online Shop, and remember that if your order is between £20 and £150 (excluding shipping) and you use the current Host Code, I'll send you a little extra gift as a thank you. 

Thanks for popping in - do tell me what you thought of this card by leaving a comment below, and I'll see you again in a couple of days with another project to share. Have a great week!

 

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Product List - click on the links for more details
Stamp

Ink

Card Stock

Punch

 

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