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Susan Simpson - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

Friday, 23 June 2017

Stampin' Up! - Oh So Eclectic for Coffee & Cards

Hello, next week for Coffee & Cards we will be using another new Bundle called Oh So Eclectic.  


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Oh So Eclectic Bundle, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The first time I stamped a flower with this set I squealed out loud - I am so excited about the colour and textural variations with this set; so many possibilities ...

We will be using bright, summery colours to create two stunning cards.



We will be using the Aqua Painters for a spot of water colouring on our first project.  For the second project I will show you how to make your own stencil to create a background; you will be able to take it home with you if you like to use again too.

Here are the projects for next week.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Oh So Eclectic Bundle, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I decided not to add a sentiment to the card on the right but I will bring some with me if you would prefer to add one.

If you would like to join me for a Coffee & Cards session you can find me at the following locations next week:

Monday - single project (left) or both!
Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     10:00 - 12:00 pm
Cost:      £3.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 1 project or

              £5.50 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.

Tuesday - two projects
Venue:  Bests Cafe, 7 Kings Hedges, St Ives (PE27 3XS)
Time:    2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:     £5.50 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.  

Thursday - two projects

Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:      £5.50 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.


I will be posting more details of these cards and the products I used to create them later this week so be sure to pop back again soon. 

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a brand new 2017 - 2018 catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.


Hope you have a crafty weekend - see you at Coffee & Cards soon.


Susan xx



To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.




Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed either directly with me, or online, receive a handmade card as a thank you from me but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy - stepped up

Hello, despite the heat (again) today we had so much fun creating these cute piggy cards.

We used a simple watercolour wash technique to create a background.  It is such a simple way to create a unique piece every single time.

All you need to remember is dampen the watercolour card with plain water before you start to add colour.  If you like, you can use a scrunched up piece of tissue to create some clouds.  If you look closely at the photo below, above the white cloud and slight to the left, you can just about see a lighter shade of sky where I removed some of the ink.  

Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I knew as soon as I saw this stamp set that I had to use this little piggy; I regularly experienced the phenomenon of pigs flying past the windows in several previous jobs!  The sentiment we used is very motivational I think and would be suitable for many occasions, not least when a young lady is celebrating her exam results!  I need at least three such cards this Summer!

We used a simple technique to stamp our piggy with the Stampin' Write Marker Pens (Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo).  Colouring the image with the two pens is less harsh than stamping the outline in black (or grey) ink.  


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


We used the Aqua Painters to add some colour and then a final touch of Wink of Stella for a bit of added sparkle on the wings!  When doing this technique, you need to be careful not to brush over the outlines too much as they will disappear.  If you do this you can use the fine tip of the Stampin' Write Marker to add the detail again so all is not lost!

This little piggy had a touch of sunburn ...


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


Here is the completed card.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


Thanks to everyone who joined me for a crafty coffee this week and braving the heat.  Next week, at the request of Karen who will be joining us for the last time, we will be using a new bundle that is a particular favourite of mine - Oh So Eclectic.

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of the brand new catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you asap.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Details of products I used for this project and the Hostess Code for June can be found below.


Happy Crafting!

Susan xx

To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.



Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M
 I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Monday, 19 June 2017

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy - quick and simple

Hello, I hope everyone had a relaxing weekend enjoying the sunshine - the weather in Huntingdon has been glorious!  Here are the details of the first project for this week using My Little Piggy.

We created backgrounds using the new Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Expressions Embossing Folder - TIEF for short!





These new TIEFs produce deep, crisp impressions that are great for card fronts and accents.


We used a piece of Betty (Berry) Burst cardstock and I chose to use the card for my sample on the debossed side.



Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I coloured my little piggy with a Copic pen and used the Stampin' Write Markers to add colour to the rest of the image.



Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

For the tutu my piggy is wearing I used a 4" piece of the lovely Berry Burst Finely Woven Ribbon.  I spent ages trying the pull a thread so that I could create a gathered effect without success.


I ended up resorting to a spot of sewing (this is not something I enjoy at all) - I used some Metallic Silver Thread as I figured that whatever I used would be seen so it might as well have a bit of sparkle!!


I tried using some tulle but I only had white in my crafty stash and it was too pale for this card.



Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Then I had a lightbulb moment!!!  I used one of the Stampin' Write Markers that were out on my desk to add some colour to the little roses ...



Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

What a difference a little bit of colour makes!  I added some tiny kisses to the Stitched Shape Framelit to cover a mucky splodge (I blamed the heat)!

Here is the original card I made ...


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

... and here is the card I made this morning ...


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The puns and quips were flying once again this morning; my favourite being 'porcine aviators' and there might have been the odd snort or two courtesy of Lesley!!!

If you would like to join me to make one of these cards and another project, I have further Coffee & Card sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon this week. You can find the details here.

I will post details of the second Coffee & Cards project later this week so be sure to pop back soon.


Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of the brand new catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you asap.



Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.


Details of products I used for this project and the Hostess Code for June can be found below.


Hope you can join me for a crafty coffee soon!


Susan xx


To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.




Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M
 I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Sunday, 18 June 2017

Stampin' Up! Wood Words - launch make & take project

Hello, I'm sharing today details of the make and take project from my catalogue launch party at the beginning of June.

We used a new bundle called Wood Words - gotta love a bundle = 10% saving!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Wood Words, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, 2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The larger die in this set makes a cute wooden crate - you will see more of this very soon!

We also used another new product - 1/4" Copper Trim.  


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Wood Words, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, 2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I'll admit that it does not look like a very exciting product but wait until you see what you can do with it.  Everyone at my launch was fascinated by the magical properties of this trim!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Wood Words, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, 2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Look what happens when you tease it apart ... if you change your mind you can straighten the trim out again (as many times as you like)!  You can also manipulate it into all sorts of shapes.

Here is the finished card and envelope everyone made ...


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Wood Words, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, 2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


Everyone decorated the inside of their card too.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Wood Words, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, 2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

For those that could not make it to my launch event I sent one of these cards with a catalogue.


2017 Catalogue Launch Make & Take Project, Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store, Wood Crate Framelits Dies, Wood Words,


If you don't have a copy of the brand new catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you asap.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Details of products I used for this project and the Hostess Code for June can be found below.


Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today.

Happy Crafting!

Susan xx


To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.



Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M
 I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Friday, 16 June 2017

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy for Coffee & Cards

Hello, this week for Coffee & Cards we will be using a stamp set called This Little Piggy.  This was one set I simply could not wait to get my hands on when I saw the new catalogue and was top of the list when I placed my order.



So many cute piggies in this set, I have lots of ideas flying around in my head. I can just hear all the puns/jokes that will fly around next week!

Here are the cards we will be making.

Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, This Little Piggy, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

We will be using a new 3D Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder called Layered Leaves, stamping, colouring and water colouring.  We will also be doing a little sewing for the tutu - I tried (and failed) to pull a thread on the woven ribbon ... if anyone can show me a way to do this, please do!

If you would like to join me for a Coffee & Cards session you can find me at the following locations next week:

Monday - single project (left)
Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     10:00 - 12:00 pm
Cost:      £3.00 - includes all materials and tuition to make 1 project.


Tuesday - two projects
Venue:  Bests Cafe, 7 Kings Hedges, St Ives (PE27 3XS)
Time:    2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:     £5.50 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.  

Thursday - two projects

Venue:   The Grand Piano Cafe Bar, Godmanchester
Time:     2:00 - 4:00 pm
Cost:      £5.50 - includes all materials and tuition to make 2 projects.


I will be posting more details of these cards and the products I used to create them later this week so be sure to pop back again soon. 

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a brand new 2017 - 2018 catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you straight away.

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.


Hope you have a crafty weekend - see you at Coffee & Cards soon.


Susan xx



To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.




Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed either directly with me, or online, receive a handmade card as a thank you from me but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Thursday, 15 June 2017

Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases - stepped up

Hello, another busy week of crafting - so much die cutting this week but the results have been worth it!

The Detailed Floral Thinlits are just what they say there are - detailed!  Using the Precision Base Plate is an absolute must and also the Big Shot Die Brush to help remove all the small cut pieces from the die!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The Thinlits allow you to cut delicate floral designs and edges just where you want them.  I used small pieces of Washi Tape to keep the dies in places whilst running through the Big Shot.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I love the detail on these dies - they make it easy to produce professional results!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

You can choose to cut an edge around the die cut as I did or, as Jean did on Tuesday, cut into the cardstock only.  Such a lovely effect!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Here is my completed card and envelope ...


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


As I usually show the cards made on Thursday, this week I took a photo of the cards made on Tuesday, well done ladies!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Floral Phrases, Detailed Floral Thinlets, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


Next week for Coffee & Cards we will be using a fabulous stamp set called This Little Piggy - there might be a tutu involved on one of the projects!!!

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of the brand new catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you asap.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Details of products I used for this project and the Hostess Code for June can be found below.


Happy Crafting!

Susan xx

To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.



Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M
 I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 


For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.



Monday, 12 June 2017

Stampin' Up! Floral Phrases - quick and simple

Hello,  here are the details for the first Coffee & Cards project this week using Floral Phrases.  Its a simple card that is very quick to make and as with last weeks projects, it would make a lovely set in a box as a gift.

We used the smaller Thinlet to cut a decorative panel into our card and wrapped some Whisper White Bakers Twine around the bottom.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,


We adhered the panel to the notecard using some of the foam strips which can be found on page 203 of the new catalogue.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

I remember (many years ago), painstakingly cutting foam tape into smaller strips to make shaker cards - these fabulous strips are perfect and are a pleasure to use, they are a great way to add some dimension to your projects.

We used some of the gorgeous new Glitter Enamel Dots to highlight the sentiment and the centre of one of the flowers (they look much sparklier in real life).

Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Here is the completed card and envelope.


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

Now this card is pretty in pink ... but how about an alternative colour, say Dapper Denim?


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

The addition of some Washi Tape (sadly retired now) and a Stitched Shape Framelit stamped with a sentiment from Eastern Beauty change the look of this card.  The tiny flower underneath the sentiment was salvaged from the die cut waste!

As usual, I can't decide which one I like best!


Stampin' Up! UK Independent  Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Craftyduckydoodah!, Detailed Floral Thinlets, Floral Phrases, June 2017 Coffee & Cards Project, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you would like to join me to make one of these cards and another project, I have further Coffee & Card sessions on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon this week. You can find the details here.

I will post details of the second Coffee & Cards project later this week so be sure to pop back soon.

Thank you so much for looking at my Blog today, if you don't have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator I would love to be yours!  If you don't have a copy of the brand new catalogue and you would like one, please let me know and I will send one to you asap.


Craftyduckydoodah!, Stampin' Up! UK Independent Demonstrator Susan Simpson, Supplies available 24/7 from my online store,

If you need to order any supplies, simply use my “shop with me” button or click on the catalogue links on the right. Alternatively, contact me and I would be happy to place an order for you.

Details of products I used for this project and the Hostess Code for June can be found below.


Hope you can join me for a crafty coffee soon!

Susan xx


To find out more about the extra Stampin' Rewards available in June, check out my earlier post here or message me for details.



Would you like to receive a FREE gift from me? All orders placed directly with me or online receive a handmade card from me as a thank you but did you know that all orders over £20 (excluding postage) will receive a gift from me too?  If you use the current Hostess Code: UTWSSV9M
 I will pop something in with your order or post directly to you, (please remember to allow me to access your contact details otherwise I won't be able to contact you). 

For orders over £150 please do not use the Hostess Code to ensure that you receive the benefits.