Tuesday 31 July 2012

Reason to smile - a free Stampin' Up set!

Why wouldn't you smile when you can get a gorgeous new stamp set to play with and it can be FREE with an order of £60 or more starting from tomorrow! I've thoroughly enjoyed seeing what I can do with my Reason to Smile set - here's my fourth sample:

Here I stamped two of the profile flower, using the outline stamp only, and coloured them in using Watercolour Wonder crayons, a marker and a blender pen. The background came next - green inks were dabbed over the top using a textured bit of sponge (the crayon does resist the ink a little). To make the third flower turn the other way, I stamped it on a scrap of card stock, coloured it and then cut it out with my sharp paper snips, separating the head from the stem; the stem was simply turned upside down and the head repositioned on top.

Here's a close up of those pretty flowers tied up with a piece of the gorgeous organdie ribbon that you get can get free THIS month. (Today is your last chance to get your hands on this wonderful freebie, two full reels of ribbon and a pot of fabulous brads FREE with orders of £45 or more!)

Banner sentiments are all the rage at the moment - I made mine by cutting a strip of card stock with my trimmer, stamping the sentiment using a stamp-a-majig and snipping ribbon tails in each end with a square punch.

Here's the gorgeous Reason to Smile stamp set I've been using (right) and yes, I'm a wood mount kind of a girl!

Here's what you'll need to make today's card:
Stamps: Reasons to Smile (available during August only), Thank You Kindly
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Lucky Limeade
Card stock: Whisper White
Other: Watercolour Wonder Crayons, markers, square punch, stamp-a-majig, free brads/ribbon set
I'd be delighted to order any of these items for you and can have them delivered to your address in the UK. I'm committed to providing excellent customer service and am always happy to offer help and advice. To place your order, just send me an email or give me a call on 01280 820593. Your free brad and ribbon set will be added automatically to any order of £45 or more - and TODAY IS THE LAST DAY OF THIS PROMOTION!

It's not blazingly hot here in Buckingham but it's still pretty bright with only the odd light shower. Certainly hot enough for ice cream to still be on the menu and for a visit to the local swimming pool. I remember when my husband used to take the children to the pool; the eldest two used to take their towels along in ruck sacks on their backs and my youngest son, who at age 4 wanted to be just like them but couldn't manage a huge towel, found a tiny, transparent, toy back pack to wear on his back. There was just room to put his tiny pair of pants inside - perfectly visible because the bag was clear!

It's the launch of the new promotion tomorrow and I've used Reason to Smile to make a pretty coordinating gift set - don't miss it will you!


  1. Simply stunning Vicky - just love it! Nx

  2. Really beautiful Vicky, l love the clean lines and overall softness, you have used this set beautifully! xxx

  3. A gorgeous card Vicky I especially love the 3rd flower Lovely colouring and shading
    suzi b xx

  4. Lovely set Vicky and like the way you had done the 3rd flower.


  5. Such a beautiful card! xx

  6. Fabulous Vicky. Still visiting every day even if I don't get time to comment!!
    M x

  7. Lovely card Vicky, it took me a second to work out how you'd turned the flower around lol. Thanks for that, l would of never thought of doing that :)

    It's raining here today and very dull :(

    Have a lovely Tuesday xx

  8. That is SUPER! I love it. Definitely a Reason to Smile xxx

  9. So very pretty, Vicky. Beautifully stamped, as always. I love how you turned your third flower then added the pretty ribbon.
    This is the worst summer I can ever remember, and as you say, Vicky, definitely NOT swimming pool and ice cream weather xx

  10. A reason to smile indeed! I am sooooooo annoyed with myself for forgetting to add the code to last month's order to get mine early, especially when I see all these beauties you are posting!

  11. What a lovely set of stamps and great how you have turned the flower (chrysanth?) around. Love the effect of the sponged background and the delicate pink really looks delightful with it. My 12yr niece was moaning about having to go swimming with her dad the other day, "its SOOOO embarrassing cos he wears Speedo's!"

  12. This is such a dainty card, love the colours and the organdy ribbon is perfect. We're enjoying the London olympics and glad to see the weather is behaving itself, mostly! Helen (Sydney)

  13. Beautiful card Vicky, a great tip regarding the third flower! Love how it extends over the edge:)
    Val x

  14. Simply beautiful Vicky! Love these stamps!

  15. Vicky, I LOVE the way you used that stamp! What a gorgeous card! LOVE IT!

  16. A beautiful card Vicky with stunning stamps.

  17. Gorgeous card Vicky - love the reversing of the third flower. This looks such a pretty set......hmmmm!

    Karen x

  18. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous stamp set...... Your csrd is the sponged background....
    Hugs Sylvie xxx

  19. Gorgeous card and he stamp set is so pretty love how you have extended the third flower. You certainly are a whizz with the colouring too. Can you believe it's too hot her for icecream here. If you don't eat it in the first 5 minutes it turns into soup !


  20. What a genius way to to turn that third flower!!! They look gorgeous tied as a little posy :0) This stamp set looks very versatile and I like what you're doing with it so far :0)
    Jenny x

  21. Love that sponged background and the touch of ribbon!

  22. Such a pretty card; I just love the colours and off set flowers.
    Cheers, Karen


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