Wednesday 1 August 2012

Get your free Stampin' Up set today!

Yes, August is here and I'm delighted to say the fabulous new 2 step stamping Reason to Smile stamp set is now available - for this month only! You can get it FREE with an order of £60 or more or, if you prefer, you can buy it for £18.95 (wood mount) or £14.95 (clear mount).

I've used the set to make a gift set for a very special lady: at the end of last term, the parents of my youngest son's class clubbed together to get some vouchers for the children's wonderful teacher, and I was asked to make a card and a box to present them in. This is what I came up with:

Reason to Smile is perfect for making floral designs! I zinged this one up by stamping my woodgrain background stamp onto card stock in versamark and clear embossing it, before overstamping with my flowers and a leaf from Happiness Shared and colouring everything.

After cutting the the panel to use on my card I was left with this off-cut so I used it to make a matching envelope...

... and here are the card and envelope together! I needed a box for the vouchers so I stamped another panel...

... and used it to decorate the top of a box which was rustled up in a jiffy with my Simply Scored!

The fabulous ruffled ribbon in Wisteria Wonder was perfect for decorating the sides of the box. In this photo you can see the little indents I make with a circle punch to make it easier to take the lid off, and the little jewellery tag tied on with bakers twine.

The vouchers had come in a plain holder from the store and I used it to make an insert for my box so that I could use the ready-made tabs to hold the vouchers in place.

Here's what you'll need to make today's project:
Stamps: Reasons to Smile (available during August only), Happiness Shared, Tiny Tags, Curly Cute, Woodgrain
Ink:  Concord Crush, Old Olive, Perfect Plum, Wisteria Wonder,
Card stock: Whisper White, Concord Crush
Punches: Jewellery Tag punch, square punch, 3/4" circle punch
Other: Markers, versamark, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Simply Scored, stamp-a-majig, ruffled ribbon in Wisteria Wonder
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. If you are placing an order of £60 or more, you will receive a free Reason to Smile stamp set in your choice of wood or clear mount.

Yesterday we celebrated my lovely eldest son's 14th birthday. We ate out at his favourite 'eat as much as you like' buffet restaurant, although unfortunately he had cricked his neck so was in quite a bit of pain. He thanked us at the end of the evening but apologised for not doing justice to the food. "I only had five platefuls," he said, shaking his head regretfully.

It's Three Minute Thursday here tomorrow and I'll have a very quick card for you. See you then!


  1. What an absolutely gorgeous effect!

  2. You've made such a beautiful matching set, Vicky. Just like something you would find in an up market gift shop. I love the embossing and stamping technique you used...beautiful colours, too x

  3. What a lovely gift set. The effect of the woodgrain embossing along with the colorful flowers and background are striking.

  4. What a gorgeous set Vicky, and what a lot of vouchers for your child's teacher! Lucky lady! I love the purple rippled ribbon, and the fab stamping.

  5. Hi Vicky

    I am in awe of your gorgeous creations, they ae just beautiful and stunning, with fabulous colours.
    Speak to you from the library LoL.....

  6. Oh wow, this is fantastic! I love the effect you've created.

  7. That's very pretty . . . what a wonderful card and gift box. xxx

  8. Beautiful stamps! How i wish stampin'up come to Holland soon! Beautiful creations!

  9. What a fabulously presented gift Vicky! Love the effect of the woodgrain under the flowers:)
    Val x

  10. Love the effect of the woodgrain! Beautiful gift!

  11. Oh bless your eldest... he'll be wasting away on only 5 platefuls! You do the nicest card/gift box ensembles ever -these flowers look incredible with the woodgrain effect running through them.

  12. Wow Vicky this is gorgeous - if I received it I think I'd be more pleased with the card & the box than the vouchers!! Happy belated wishes to the birthday boy :0)
    M x

  13. I had just made a card using that woodgrain stamp when I saw this post and I just adore the effect of the embossing and flowers. Will give it a go as its still on my desk as I was blown away by how beautiful it looks. The set is amazing so perfectly coordinated a gorgeous gift even without the vouchers.oh your poor soon hope he is feeling better soon and belated birthday greetings to him


  14. Wow - I love how you've stamped over the embossed woodgrain - I must give that technique a try. The whole thing is just stunning - how very useful to have you to make them!

  15. Vicky you have made such fabulous creations from these simple but beautiful stamps , wow you have tremendous talent what a stunning thank you card and box well done Hugs Elaine

  16. The subtle woodgrain texture is a great bkgd to work the painted wood effect :0) What a lucky teacher she is to receive such wonderful gifts and so beautifully presented too.
    Jenny x

  17. This is gorgeous, Vicky, and I love the overstamping on the embossed woodgrain!

  18. What a terrific look you created by overstamping, I would (or should that be wood, heehee) never have thought to do it, but think I will have to give it a go. And love the colours. Helen (Sydney)

  19. Flipping brilliant. And beautiful. And now I think I need that stamp set!
    Che's, Karen

  20. Wow Vicky this is so lovely, fabulous box too.

  21. These are just gorgeous! Xxx


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