International Highlights Winners Hop: You Are The Greatest

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – International Highlights Winners Hop: You Are The Greatest

Hello and welcome to my stampin’ cave today.

First of all, I wanted to say a massive THANK YOU to all my followers and visitors to my blog for VOTING on my project for this month’s International Project Highlights! My little fridge magnet and card took the 5th place. I’m so humbled!

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teacher's Thank You Gift Fridge Magnet and Thank You card using Tropical Chic Stamp Set and Tropical Thinlits Dies from Stampin' Up!

Every month, the ‘top ten’ get to blog hop with Kylie, using the same theme, which was a “Teachers Gifts”.

You Are The Greatest

For today’s project, I decided to go back to one of my favourite products and techniques – watercolour with Brusho® Crystal Colour.

Here’s my card –

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Card dimensions:

  • Whisper White Thick cardstock: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored in half at 5-7/8″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored in half at 14.8 cm)
  • Tranquil Tide cardstock panel: 3-7/8″ x 4-1/4″ (9.8 cm x 10.6 cm)
  • Lemon Lime Twist cardstock panel: 3-5/8″ x 5-13/16″ (9.2 cm x 12.2 cm)
  • Watercolour Paper panel: 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ (9 cm x 12 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for sentiment

My thought behind this card was to create one that could be suitable either for a female or male teacher.

I prepared my watercolour panel – it was bit larger than what I needed – with embossing buddy and stamped the ‘heart constellation’ using Versamark ink. I sprinkled it with a White Emboss Powder and heat set it with my Heat Tool.

When heat embossing on Watercolor Paper, because it’s a quite porous surface, you need to make sure all the image has transferred very well. It can take a little bit longer for the embossing powder to melt, so be patient.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Brusho Crystal Colour

They are high quality and highly pigmented paint powders. They are water-based and most of all completely non-toxic. For my card, I chose two colours to work with: Prussian Blue and Moss Green.

I added my water to the embossed heart, sprinkled it with Moss Green and using the aqua painter I moved the water around.

Before adding Prussian Blue I wet the panel under a running water. I wasn’t too concerned and didn’t worry too much that the Mossy Green will run. Once my panel was really wet I sprinkled it richly with Prussian Blue.

I moved the colour tilting the panel in each direction dabbing off any colour that got into the heart – I wanted to keep it green. Once my panel was dry I spritz it with water (very selectively avoiding the heart) and added more Prussian Blue with a few Moss Green areas for the contrast and moved it around with aqua painter again. Once happy with results, and when the panel was still slightly damp, I sprinkled some more of Prussian Blue and let it dry without moving the paper. I love the effect it left on the panel.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

Assembling the card

For the final touch, I took a Whisper White Craft Ink Refill and with a help of clear block and aqua painter, I splashed white all over the panel.

Once my panel was dry I cut it to the size but I saved my colourful off cuts to use them later for some accents.

I adhered Tranquil Tide panel to the card base with liquid glue. Next, I mounted watercolour piece onto a Lemon Lime Twist panel and adhered them both to the base.

The sentiment comes from Tropical Chic Stamp Set. I stamped it in Tranquil Tide ink and punched out with Tailored Tag Punch. I have added it to my card with few dimensionals.

Final touches

For some interest, I stamped a cluster of stars inside of my card, in a bottom left corner. Besides that, I also took one of the watercolour strips that left, cut it at an angle and add it to the inside as well. I think it looks pretty cool.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Teachers Thank You Card with Watercolour Wash using Brusho Crystal Colour, Little Twinkle Stamp Set & Tropical Chic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!

I also decided to decorate the envelope with the same elements as the inside of my card: clusters of stars and another watercolour strip cut at an angle.

And that’s it from me for today. I hope you’ve enjoyed visiting my blog. Do you like the card I created? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Below is the list of all the winners, so be sure to hop along. Your next stop is lovely and very talented Janneke de Jong from the Netherlands  go and see her beautiful project.

As always, if you wish to purchase any of the products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store.

I add this card to:

HOST CODE for the month of AUGUST is U6KK4ACY. Orders of £50+ (excl. p&p) will receive a pack of Stampin’ Up! Pearlised Doilies!

Product List

Bone Folder

£6.25

Aqua Painters

£15.50

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Customers Thank You Cards Using Healing Hugs Stamp Set

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grunge & Bermuda Bay Colours

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Customers Thank You Cards Using Beautiful Healing Hugs Stamp Set

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grunge, Bermuda Bay Colours

Today I’ve got for you really beautiful Thank You cards I’ve made using Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin’ Up!

These were the cards for my customers who shopped with me in the month of June and used Host Code. I have sent them out with rhinestones and some treats!

I had a little delay this month because of MS giving me hard time again, but my ladies were very understanding and loved their parcels. I even received a couple of messages back to say how much they loved them!

Healing Hugs ‘thank you’ cards

For my cards I’ve used a gorgeous distINKtive stamp set called Healing Hugs and a sentiment from Love What You Do stamp set.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade Gorgeous Grunge Bermuda BayHealing Hugs Thank You Cards dimensions:

  • Poppy Parade/Gorgeous Grunge/Bermuda Bay cardstock: 11-6/8″ x 4-1/8″ scored at 5-1/2″ (29.7 x 10.5 cm scored at 13.9 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock: 4″ x 5-1/2″ (10.3 cm x 13.9 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for inside: 4-1/8″ x 4″ (10.5 cm x 10.3 cm)
  • Whisper White cardstock for the sentiments
  • Mini Striped Ribbon in Poppy Parade/Gorgeous Grape/Bermuda Bay: approx. 4″ (10.3 cm)

How to:

I started by preparing the bases for three cards. Once I scored each card base at 5-1/2″, I had 6/8″ of cardstock hanging off the base. I trimmed it off and saved it, as I will need it later in the design.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade Ink

Usually, I make individual cards, but for customers, I really like to make cards in batches. Once I have a design I choose colours, and then I start making the cards, each step at a time.

For these cards, I chose to use three different colours: returning Poppy Parade, new Gorgeous Grape and current Bermuda Bay (the bases and stamping). To help me with accurate stamps placings I have used a Stamparatus.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade Ink

Colour Choices, stamping & masking

My first colour choice was Poppy Parade for the base and flowers, followed by Gorgeous Grape and Bermuda Bay. For leaves and background accents I’ve used accordingly either Soft Sea Foam and Granny Apple Green.

I stamped the main flower first on each Whisper White panel and next onto some masking paper and fussy cut it.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Gorgeous Grunge

I placed the mask over the flower and stamped two more flowers, one above and one below, first stamping them off for a lighter shade.

Next, using the same mask I stamped the leaves. For the Gorgeous Grape card, I’ve used Granny Apple Green for the leaves. On other cards, the foliage was stamped in Soft Sea Foam.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Gorgeous Grunge

Once all the flowers and leaves on all of the cards were stamped I decided to use small ‘plus’ stamp from the same stamp set to add some detail to the background.

I didn’t use a Stampratus for this, just a regular acrylic block, size ‘D’. Added details as I went along using same greens as before.

Before I mount all the panels to the card bases I distressed the edges using paper snips and adhered them either centred or to the right.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Bermuda Bay

Finishing off the cards

I took the 6/8″ pieces of cardstock that I have trimmed from bases earlier and stamped them using the flower stamp and Versamark ink pad, to create a subtle background. I adhered them to the cards using snail adhesive.

I have added those strips to my cards and also adhered around  3-1/2″ length of Mini Striped ribbons to each (according to the colour of the base).

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Bermuda Bay

For the sentiment, I have used the ‘Thank You’ stamp from Love What You Do stamp set. I stamped it on a strip of Whisper White cardstock, in Memento Black, using Stamparatus.

I trimmed each sentiment to measure 1″ x 2-1/2″ and pop them up on the cards using dimensionals.

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grunge, Bermuda Bay Colours

Inside the cards, I stamped the flowers and leaves in Versamark for tone on tone look. Next, I adhered smaller Whisper White panels inside those cards.

And here’s the last peak on all colours/designs together –

Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grunge, Bermuda Bay Colours

I truly hope you like my cards and enjoyed coming to my blog today.

As always, if you wish to purchase any of the products I have used, simply click the images below to go directly to my online store.


HOST CODE for the month of JULY is D369YGBB. Orders of £50+ (excl. p&p) will receive a SPECIAL GIFT from me: a sampler of In Color® Grosgrain Ribbons (2 yards of each).Anna' Stampin' Cave JULY HOST GIFT 2018-2020 IN COLOR® Grosgrain Ribbon Sampler

Thank You Gifts will be shipped mid-August.

Stamparatus

£46.00

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin' Pad

Bermuda Bay Classic Stampin’ Pad
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£6.00

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Anna' Stampin' Cave - Customers Thank You Cards using DistINKtive Healing Hugs Stamp Set by Stampin' Up! in Poppy Parade Gorgeous Grunge Bermuda Bay


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Stampin’ Up! July Special Joining Offer

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Stampin’ Up! July Special Joining Offer

This offer is so amazing it seems just unbelievable!

From 1 July until 31 July, Stampin’ Up! is offering one FREE ink pad assortment of your choosing as part of your regular demonstrator Starter Kit!!

So not only you get to choose £130 worth of products and pay only £99 – on top of that, you will also receive a complete set of INK PADS from your chosen colour family – completely for FREE.

The 2017–2020 In Colors bundle is exclusive to this promotion and includes all 2017–2019 and 2018–2020 In Colors.

No matter which ink pad assortment you choose, it’s an incredible value. This promotion is the perfect opportunity to join my team—and the Stampin’ Up! family—and start your new business off with a huge haul of new products!

Promotion Dates: 1–31 July 2018

Promotion Details:

  • A free assortment of Classic Stampin’ Pads available only to new demonstrators who submit applications within promotion dates.
  • Each Stampin’ Pad Family is an assortment of 10 coordinating ink pads from one of the following colour collections: Brights, Neutrals, Regals, Subtles and 2017–2020 In Colors.
  • The 2017–2020 In Colors bundle is exclusive to this promotion and includes all 2017–2019 and 2018–2020 In Colors.
  • The Neutrals assortment does not include the three Basic colours: Basic Black, Very Vanilla and Whisper White.
  • New demonstrators who submit their Independent Demonstrator Agreement (IDA) before 1 July or after 31 July will not be eligible for this promotion.

If you know you’d already like to join, you can do so here

If you have questions first, please feel free to email me

What do you have to lose?  Really, you’re going to get products that you’d buy anyway!


NEW HOST CODE for the month of JULY is D369YGBB. Orders of £50+ (excl. p&p) will receive a Surprise Thank You Gift from me. You won’t be disappointed!

Thank You Gifts will be shipped in the first 2 weeks of the following month they were earned (mid-August).


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I would also love to invite you to join my team which is called Serendipity Crew.  Especially now when we have new JOINING OFFER!

We are a part of one of the biggest teams in the UK – a really wonderful group of women, of whom many have become dear friends of mine. We all support and inspire each other. So when you join my crew, you don’t get just me to help and support you, we all are a big friendly group! And we would love to welcome you.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day,


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Stampin’ Up! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE On Select DSP

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Stampin’ Up! Buy 3 Get 1 FREE On Select DSP

BUY 3 GET 1 FREE on select Designer Series Paper!!

I have to admit it: I just love gorgeous Designer Series Paper and I’m sure you are no different!

So by popular demand, Stampin’ Up! is bringing back an incredible offer on Designer Series Paper: You can buy three packages of select Designer Series Paper and get one FREE during July!

This sale includes select Designer Series Paper from the annual catalogue (see list below). So take advantage of this excellent opportunity to sell lots and lots of pretty paper!

Promotion dates: 1-31 July 2018

Promotion details:

  • Only Designer Series Papers listed in the table above qualify for this promotion. You may mix and match papers from any of the listed papers.
  • There are no ordering limits on this promotion.
  • All order types qualify for this promotion: customer, demonstrator, workshop, online.
  • Designer Series Paper ordered with Stampin’ Rewards is not eligible for the promotion.
  • This promotion does not apply to starter kits.
  • In OEX and online ordering, when three qualifying Designer Series Paper packs are entered, a prompt to add a free Designer Series Paper will appear in the merchandising section.
  • In the online store, if a customer orders four packages of the same qualifying Designer Series Paper, they will need to enter three together and then order the fourth free item separately.

Ordering deadlines:

Last-Chance Products – Retiring List Announced

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Last-Chance Products – Retiring List Announced

Anna’ Stampin’ Cave – Stampin' Up! Last-Chance Products – Retiring List Announced

It’s that time of the year again, when Stampin’ Up! is getting ready to retire stamps and accessories from both the Annual and Spring Summer catalogues. As sad as it is to see these products go, there’s still time for you to get them before they’re gone. Retiring products will only be available until 31 May, or while supplies last. So if there’s something from retiring products on your wishlist, don’t wait until last day – once they’re gone, they’re gone. And they are selling fast!

Check retiring stamp sets here –>

Check retiring bundles here –>

Check retiring everything else here –>

You can also download a list of retiring products from Spring/Summer Catalogue below:

The list of retiring products from 2017-2018 Annual catalogue can be found below:

Promotion Information

  • Promotion dates: 9 April–31 May 2018 beginning at 21:00 (CET)/8:00 p.m. (GMT)
  • There is no minimum purchase required to participate in this promotion.
  • Retiring items may be added to all order types
  • All retiring items are only available while supplies last and will be discontinued after 31 May.
  • Due to high demand for retiring stamp sets, retiring stamp sets will be guaranteed available until 7 May; all other products are not guaranteed and are only available while supplies last.
  • Retiring items are eligible for Stampin’ Rewards with qualifying orders.
  • Retiring host sets can only be purchased using Stampin’ Rewards from a qualifying party/order
  • Depending on inventory levels, discounts on select products may be introduced on or after 8 May.
    • These discounts will not be preannounced.
    • If you buy a product at a retail price and then it is later discounted, Stampin’ Up! will not refund the difference.
    • If there is a product you want, we recommend buying it right away and not waiting to see if it’s discounted later or you risk it being sold out.
    • If you start an order before a discount is announced, the order will not include the discounted pricing. If you want to order a product that has been discounted, you will need to start the order after the discounts are announced.

Order Deadlines

  • Phone: 31 May 2018, by 17:50 (CET)/4:50 p.m. (GMT)
  • Online: 31 May 2018, by 23:50 (CET)/10:50 p.m. (GMT)

If you have any questions please drop me a message. I’m more than happy to help.

Thank you for stopping by and have a blessed day

Hostess Code for a month of April: 77BSGU7H – Use this code in the month of April and receive a gift from me. Spend £75 or more and use the code, and you will receive from me a Berry Burst 3/8″ (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon plus BRAND NEW Stampin’ Up! 2018-19 Annual Catalogue and a handmade gift. Special Notes:

1) Make sure you select Anna Krol as your demonstrator;
2) If you select “No Contact” box I do not have access to your name and can’t send you a gift;
3) If your order is £150 or more do not use the code and grab your own Stampin’ Rewards + gift from m

Don’t forget to check:

Spring Summer 2018 catalogue is in full swing. Click here for more details –>

Spring Summer Catalogue Paper & Ribbon Shares. Shares are open to Austria, France, Germany, Netherlands & United Kingdom. 102 sheets of DSP & 2 yards of each type of ribbon from Spring/Summer Catalogue. Click here for more details —>

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