Pootlers Design Team Week 1, December 2017


Hi everyone!

Thanks for coming over to view my project.  I’m incredibly honoured by Sam to allow me to take part in what will be the last month of the Design Team projects.

The stamp set she supplied this month has been on my wish list since I first saw it in Amsterdam at On Stage.


With the run up to Christmas firmly upon us I thought I’d start off with a gift box.  The stamps work perfectly for a crafty friend and associated gift, so I decided to gift myself the watercolour pencils… 😉


How amazing a colour is Lemon Lime Twist?! It just makes me happy!


I recently found a bargain sewing machine in a budget supermarket locally, meaning that I was able to stitch the ribbon together rather than glueing to make it stronger.


The pens were coloured using the blender pens, I love how many colouring options Stampin’ Up! now gives us, especially with the recent release of the Stampin’ Blends.


The sentiment is so accurate for crafty people like us, I know that I can’t go a day without being creative!

Speaking of unleashing creativity…I recently introduced my boyfriend to the wonders of crafting and boy is he taking to it like a duck to water! I think I’ll be hiding my Stampin’ Up! orders so he doesn’t use things before me!  Here are his first attempts (first ever card is on the left).


Thanks again for stopping by, I hope you’ll come back next week to see what other projects I’ve made.

Sam x

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Blender Pens



Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge – Christmas theme

Hi everyone

Thank you for joining us on our Simply Sketched Saturday Challenge Blog Hop. Each month we are set a challenge to creatively stretch our imaginations. The products we have used are all available in the current Annual and/or seasonal Stampin’ Up!® catalogues. To hop along, please use the buttons at the bottom of the post to keep hopping.

I don’t think I’m in the other hoppers good books this month with thee colour challenge I set! Personally, I love these colours for Christmas!


Recently we had some training with our wonderful upline, Sam Hammond-Donald, and she treated us to the ‘Half Full’ stamp set and explained the story behind it, a few tears were shed I will admit.


I love doubling up ribbon and seeing the alternatives it creates.  The gold is really set off by the ‘Fresh Fig’ don’t you think?  The background was done by repeatedly stamping the 6 glasses image inked in Island Indigo.


The sentiment made me giggle as it does sound like something my friends and I would say! Shame there isn’t one for Prosecco as well…! 😉


Use the button below to move onto the wonderful Hannah and her fabulous take on this months challenge.

This is the last challenge of 2017 but we will be back in the New Year with a whole new look!

Thanks for stopping by.

Sam xx

My Project 4-001


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Blender Pens


Stampin’ Up! Mermaid birthday wishes

Hi everyone!

Well it’s officially mad crafting season! As per usual I’m running way behind and realised last night that my evenings are limited for the next few weeks, cue mad panic!

It’s my partners daughter’s birthday today and he wanted a special card making for her. I couldn’t think what teenage girls would like, but figured that mermaids would be a good guess…!

There is a small sneak peek from the Spring / Summer catalogue going on with this card too, *hint – background*! I’m in love!

My Wink of Stella had run out so was shocked when I used my new one how sparkly it is!  It’s been a while! I shall be stocking up from now on, daren’t run that risk again!  I love the effect it has on the mermaid tail.

I made the ‘netting’ by cutting a piece of the Copper Trim in half and spreading out.  I then attached to the card, crunching it up where needed.

I couldn’t miss the inside either so I used Stampin’ Write Markers to create the multicoloured sentiment and small mermaid.

I really hope the recipient loves it.

If you haven’t already heard, this week is the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza where you can pick up amazing products at reduced prices.  Hurry! You don’t want to miss out, just click on my ‘shop now’ button and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sam x

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Aqua Painters


Love Faux Metal Embossing! Using Stampin’ Up! Products

Hi everyone!

I hope you have had a good weekend.  I’ve spent it still recovering from a virus and an ear infection, I’ll be glad when I can hear properly out of my left ear again!


Today’s card features not a new technique, but one I’ve not used up until now.  Wow! I think I’m in love! This is such a fun way to create your own embellishments to add to a design.  If you want to learn how to do it, I used this Stampin’ Up! tutorial.


The photos really don’t do the shininess of the copper or the black justice.  The Love embellishment was done by cutting the sentiment (from the Sunshine Wishes Dies) three times in Basic Black card stock and then sticking them on top of each other.  I then glossed them with the ‘Fine-Tip Glue Pen’.

I hope you have liked this card, and if you decide to give faux metal embossing a try please do share your projects in the comments.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sam x

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Flamingo Thank You using Stampin’ Up! Products

Hi everyone!

I wanted to share with you this cute thank you card I made for a special friend of mine.

I recently went up to stay with her for the weekend and she always makes me feel so welcome so I wanted to show my gratitude.



How adorable are those Flamingo’s! or as my friends daughter calls them, ‘Mingo’s’!


I cut out one Flamingo, a water image, and a grass image, and stuck them to the cards using Dimensionals to create the 3D effect. I then topped the water image with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to create the glossy shine to the water.


I wanted to make the inside of the card match the outside, and the sentiment, I think, matches my friends personality!


Apologies for my absence of late, I’ve been really struggling to get into the crafting mindset and have numerous projects in my office that I’ve started but not found the inspiration to finish.  I’m very lucky though that my boyfriend is encouraging and is inspiring me to be more creative, so hopefully the crafters’ block will pass quickly!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sam x

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Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker

Pear Pizzazz Stampin’ Write Marker
Old Olive Stampin' Write Marker

Old Olive Stampin’ Write Marker
Marina Mist Stampin' Write Marker

Marina Mist Stampin’ Write Marker
Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker

Pool Party Stampin’ Write Marker