Sweet Stampin' ~ What's New For You?

Hey crafty friends, I'm back again with my contribution for our first challenge of the year at Sweet Stampin' and as it's just been Christmas and New Year we thought we'd use a 'New' theme, not one we haven't tried before, but one that themed all that was 'New' for us, so this could be New Stash and New Crafty Goodies but could also be any 'New' theme, so 'New Baby', 'New Job', 'New Home' etc, as long as you can link it legitimately to the theme, you're golden.

My two contributions for this challenge were made with my new Betterpress system from Spellbinders, I've wanted to get this since is was first released and since I was first invited to design with Spellbinders products, but pennies just didn't allow and so I dreamed and saved and mused on it a lot. I shared with my lovely Mummy that I had been thinking about getting one and she insisted on helping me, which was a truly wonderful and unexpected Christmas gift. So the card above is made for her in some of her favourite hues. Which is perfect as it's her birthday on Monday! She'll be 81 and has more energy than many half her age, she's amazing!

I did a second card which if you recall the cards from this time last year, is in my Aunt's favourite colours and I thought was a lovely birthday card for the twins. They are both incredibly special people to me and have had really important influence in my life, so it's lovely to give them both this sweet sentiment. I love that the kit came with both a US and UK version in the box. I am always a little disappointed if I buy a set that has words that are uniquely US as it just feels 'misspelt' to me and I'm not keen on giving those to Kiwi or UK friends. So a real delight that they thought to offer both options. I used a pretty Whimsy frame die to add the lovely details to the edges of the card panels and the watercolour paper is such a lovely weight it diecuts with all the details. Both cards were watercoloured and finished with some simple bling. The first card I used watercolour pens, the second I used Distress Inks.

I hope you'll come play along with us for this first challenge of the year, we look forward to seeing what your take on this will be. We have been a 'Just For Fun' challenge for a while which has been working well, so come and just have some fun with us. I will be back again soon with another crafty adventure, but in the meantime wish you a wonderful week with plenty of 'you time'. Hugs, Wends xoxo

I've added three options for sourcing this machine and some of the following product too. I purchased mine here in New Zealand at our wonderful Krafter's Cart store. But it's available directly from Spellbinders in the UK and from both Spellbinders and Scrapbook.com in the US. I have listed NZ, UK and US companies respectively.

(I've added these thumbnails to make your shopping easier if you like any of the elements I've created with. I do use affiliate links where possible, which gives me a tiny commission which costs you no extra whatsoever, but more importantly helps the companies I design for to improve their marketing practice and track my contributions. I am deeply grateful if you use them for these reasons. It helps these companies see where their marketing efforts are most effective. I only design for companies whose products I absolutely love and buy for myself. My opinions are always my own.)

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SarahR said…
Hi Wends, you have my sincere apologies for having been absent from commenting on your wonderful cards for so long - I don't really know what happened to the 2nd half of 2023 - but here I am pulling my socks up and doing better!

And I'm so glad I did make it over - have been having a wander back through your creations and admiring them all. These two cards themselves are fabulous as well - I love your colour choices! I've not heard of the Betterpress, so I'm off to investigate!

Best wishes for 2024 - hope it's a great one for you!
Chris said…
These are gorgeous Wends, and how appropriate that the first cards you made with your lovely gift are for your generous Mum and her twin sister! I'm sure they will absolutely love them.
hugs xxx
coldwaters2 said…
Hi Wends this is absolutely gorgeous the image, colours and design are super
lorraine x
Sarah said…
Happy New Year Wends. What gorgeous cards for the twinnies!! Like the other Sarah, I am off to investigate the Betterpress xx
Lorraine said…
Happy New Year Wendy. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and new year.
Your card is gorgeous, I love the pretty floral stamp and beautiful colours.
Lorraine x
Dawn T said…
Just gorgeous cards Wendy. I have been eyeing up the Better Press but feel it's a bit outside my wallet at the moment. Lovely that you Mum helped you get your dream. The cards for these twins are stunning.
A pair of beauties, Wends - and how wonderful for you Mum to share the cost of the Better Press!!

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