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Hinge Step Technique with the Stamparatus


It is a BEAUTIFUL weekend here in England – we have seen soaring temperatures and blue skies.

With a three day weekend my Monday morning started like this…


If only all Monday’s started so slowly!

Of course there is always time for some crafting and I used my favourite new tool, the Stamparatus. It’s a very clever stamp positioning tool that will not only help you with those annoying snags like missing a bit of your stamped image off, not having your stamping straight or wanting to make multiples quickly. It’s also great for some really cool techniques.

The Hinge Step that I’m sharing with you today is a pretty basic one but it gives a great result!

Straight, perfectly lined up repeated patterns give your cards a great, professional finish.

The products I used are a mixed bag of retiring, last chance products and some launching 1 June.

The retiring items are:

Tutti-Frutti Classic ink spots (I used Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist)

Tutti-Frutti DSP

These are available until 31 May or while stocks last

Available 1 June


Birthday Backgrounds Stamp set ( I used the candles stamp)

Pineapple Punch Blends, light. ( I used this to colour the ‘flame’ and finished them with Wink of Stella)

Card measurements

Lemon Lime twist Card -A4 cut in half on the short side at 10.5cm

Tutti-Frutti DSP – 10.5×14.9cm

Real Red card – 9.5×13.9xm

Whisper White – 9×13.4cm

If you’re shopping online with me, don’t forget to use this month’s Host Code Club number!

Product List



Lemon Lime Twist A4 Cardstock


Real Red A4 Card Stock


Whisper White A4 Card Stock


Tutti-Frutti Classic Stampin’ Spots


Tutti-Frutti 6" X 6" (15.2 X 15.2 Cm) Designer Series Paper


Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush


Stampin' Trimmer


Balloon Celebration Photopolymer Stamp Set


Thanks for stopping by!
Esther xx
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Table favours using Hug in a mug and Treat Tubes

Hug in a mug table favours

I just couldn’t resist sharing one more project with you all! I made a few table favours for Christmas Day, just in case we all needed some more chocolate! Christmas Day and Easter Sunday are the two days of the year that my children are allowed chocolate for breakfast but it is possible that my teenagers does so more than twice a year!

I used some retiring favourites of mine, they’ll be gone by 3 January so grab them while you can.

Hug in a mug 144933
Hug in a mug stamp set
Treat tubes 144612
Treat Tubes
Hug in a mug table favours
Hug in a mug treat tubes

They were super quick to make and only a few M&M’s fell into my mouth 🙂

Be sure to check out the Hug in a Mug stamp set, I think it’s a great one for all year round. Tea, coffee and hot chocolate have a place any day! I’m sure you’ll find lots of uses for the Treat Tubes too.

All the goodies you’ll need to make your own table favours are below, be sure to use the rewards code for extra treats from me.

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Milkshake anyone? #GDP095

Hi crafty friends

Global Design Project have given us a super fun theme challenge this week! It’s time to go cute with :-

For my card I thought back to what I loved as a child. It was, of course, food related!


Being a child of the seventies, Milkshakes seemed to epitomise American glamour. I think that had something to do with Grease! I thought every American teenager spent all of their spare time either at the Drive-In or eating burgers and drinking shakes at the diner!

Kids are far more sophisticated these days but I still think they wouldn’t be able to resist a milkshake with whipped cream and a cherry on top. 🙂

Esther xx
Apologies for using retired enamel shapes! You can still order them in Brights, Regals and subtles.
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Happy Mother's Day with Stampin' Up! Tasty Trucks!

Hi all
I’ve had a lovely Mother’s Day so far which started with freshly baked pastries, chocolates, flowers and a card from my two boys. My hubby cooked a yummy roast dinner and I’m sitting with a full heart and full tummy!
This is the card I made for my Mum using the Tasty Trucks stamp set from the Sale-a-Bration line up. You only have until Friday 31 March to earn this FREE with a £45 spend.
The image was stamped in Memento black ink and coloured with the oh so wonderful watercolour pencils.
Wink of Stella and Dazzling details added some sparkle to the project.
Other items:
Smoky Slate Card
Bermuda Bay Card
Whisper White Card
Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine
Polka Dot Embossing Folder
Thoughtful Banners Stamp Set
Blender pens
Esther xx
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Flowering Fields Sketch challenge for #GDP026

Hi all

I’m back with a sketch challenge! These are always a joy to take part in and also great to see all the beautiful projects other people come up with too.

Global Design Project #026/ Sketch Challenge

I used the Hello You Thinlits dies for the sentiment which I layered up to create a more 3D effect.
The DSP layer is offset to show the Basic Black underneath.
Here’s how to make it:
  1. Basic Black A4 cut in half length ways (at 10.5cm) and scored at 14.9cm
  2. Whipser White layer 14.9cm x 9.5cm
  3. 2 strips of Bohemian DSP 1.5cm x 14.9cm
  4. Adhere the 2 strips of DSP to Basic Black Card base
  5. Stamp Flowering Fields in Blackberry Bliss, colour flowers with Delightful Dijon marker and the leaves with Gold Wink of Stella
  6. Cut 4x Basic Black Hello sentiment and 1x Bohemian DSP using Big Shot
  7. Adhere layers using Tombo and glue onto stamped layer
  8. Attach the stamped layer with dimensionals.
Flowering Fields is part of the Sale-A-Bration offering and FREE until the end of the month with a £45 purchase!
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