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Stampin’ Up! No Bones About It – Birthday Card

Hi! Happy Hump Day! Hope you’re week is going well, and you’re managing to find some crafty time? I’ve been creating all this week for various events both live and online – I hope you’ll be able to join me for some of them!

This week, I needed a card for my nephew – so I turned to the set No Bones About It from Stampin’ Up! I mean, when it comes to small boys, you can’t go wrong with dinosaurs, can you?


This fun and colourful card strikes me as spot on!

Grab My Style – Tips and Tricks

  • Birthday cards should be colourful, in my opinion! Its a celebration! Here I’ve used Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise and Pumpkin Pie – check out my colour combination image below, perfect for pinning!.
  • A simple layout is perfect (let’s face it, small children won’t appreciate all the details, as much as you want to them to!)
  • However, fun techniques and elements add interest. Here I’ve doubled the banner end up – it was actually to cover a mistake, but I like how the solution came out!
  • Today’s technique – taking a stacked sentiment and stamping it in a single line – check out my how-to video below:


Why not pin this image to your Pinterest boards so you can find this card and tutorial again easily? Or save this fab colour combination using the image below:


I’d love it if you would help me share and pin my blog posts, far and wide! I’ll be back with more fun announcements and projects soon.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Join Me For World Card Making Day – This Saturday!

Stamping With Val - World Card Making Day

This Saturday, 1st October is World Card Making Day! And I have a host of projects to share with you for this occasion over on the Stamping With Val Facebook Page. Hop on over and like the Stamping With Val Facebook Page – and make sure you sign up for notifications, because you won’t want to miss anything!

I’ll be sharing card making and gift projects for a variety of occasions, using a variety of supplies. I’ll have video tutorials, giveaways, and an ordering special if you place an order through me during the event! I’ll also be sharing peeks at my current and upcoming online classes, and announcing a new class format I’ll be sharing soon too! So much not to miss!!!


Several of the projects will be exclusive to this event, so if you suffer from FOMO (fear of missing out!), head over there now, hit like and turn on notifications. If you feel like sharing with your friends, that would be lovely too – thank you. X

I can’t wait to see you over on the page and to share some fun ideas with you.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Online Class – Available NOW!

Hi! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend? Mine was super busy getting ready for today. I am so excited for today! I worked like a mad woman all last week, but now the time is finally here!



This class is ONLINE! So, it doesn’t matter if you live next door to me, or on the other side of the world – this class is for YOU!  I wish I could could craft with all of you in person, but this is the next best thing!

When you purchase this class, you will receive a PDF containing written instructions for each project, along with a link to a private video showing you how to make each one IN FULL! Over 2 hours of video are contained in this class!!

Want to see more?

These 5 projects are huge! You will be able to give so many different gifts in them. And don’t forget my mantra:


If you have ever liked any of the following projects – YOU NEED THIS CLASS! These are just 2 of the bags included in the tutorial, along with another bag, and 2 boxes designed specifically for this class! I make bag and box making EASY FOR YOU!



Here are a few FAQ’s:

How much does the class cost?

The class costs just £10, which is approx. €11.50 EUR, $13 US, $17 CAN, $17 AUS, $18 NZ, depending on the exchange rate. A bargain in any currency, I’d say!

I paid for my class, how do I get it?

For those of you who pre-registered for class – classes were emailed out this morning. If you haven’t received yours yet, please check your spam/trash boxes, and ensure you have added my email address to your safe list. If you still don’t have it, please get in touch. Classes purchased from today onward will be emailed out within 48 hours of payment, and usually much quicker. Please note that the system is NOT automatic and all classes are actually emailed to you, by me, individually.

What will I receive?

You will receive an email from me, in which are links to 2 PDF documents, one for metric measurements, one for imperial. Each document includes terms & conditions of use, fully linked supply list, a written tutorial for each project, along with a link to a private video for each project too. There is also a bonus video to show you how I created my tag embellishments. There are over 2 hours of videos included in this class. (Please note, this class contains no physical product).

I don’t have the products you’ve used?

The class comes with a full supply list, so you can purchase everything you need if you wish to recreate my samples exactly. However, feel free to use whatever products you do have – once you know the principles, let your imagination run wild!

Can I teach this class to my customers?

Many of my online classes are purchased by fellow demonstrators. I am happy for you to verbally teach these projects to your class attendees in person. However, you may not print, email, reproduce, re-write or in anyway, distribute the PDF tutorials. You may not email, distribute, re-record or broadcast the video tutorials.

If you have any further questions regarding the usage of my online classes, please email me for a copy of the class terms & conditions.

Why should I buy an online class from you?

I share a great deal freely on my blog, including cards, boxes, techniques and more. The projects I offer in my online classes tend to be a little more involved, with more product used and more time spent creating, recording and editing in order to share with you.

I am also crafter with over 15 years experience, and I’ve been a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator  over 8 of those. I love all papercrafting, but large bags and boxes are something of a speciality of mine. I am a member of the current Artisan Design Team – a team of demonstrators chosen specifically by Stampin’ Up! for our creativity. I have run several very successful online classes in the past, much enjoyed by those taking part.



I hope you’ll get your hands on this class now, while it’s still available. I know you’ll love creating these projects.

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Candy Cane Christmas For 1st Christmas Card!

Hi! When you read this, I’ll have been at the dentist getting my lost filling replaced! Are you nervous of the dentist, like me? My nerves are not helped by the fact my dentist keeps changing – they keep leaving! I must have a bad effect on them!!

Today I’m sharing my first Christmas card for the season on the blog for this year. I love Christmas, and I have been creating up a storm for it already, but I didn’t want to start on the cards on the blog too early and end up out of ideas by November.


Today’s card is classic Stamping With Val style – those of you familiar with my work will probably recognise it as mine at a hundred paces! It took me years to find, and then be happy in my style. If you’re still struggling to find or develop yours, my advice would be to stop worrying. You probably have it already, you just need to recognise it, and then go with the flow.

I’m pretty traditional when it comes to Christmas, I’d say. So the Candy Cane Lane suite at the beginning of the Stampin’ Up! Autumn/Winter catalogue caught my eye immediately. Of course, packaging came first to mind, but then I moved on to cards. This is the first one I created with it, and I must say, I’m pretty smitten!

Grab My Style – Tips and Tricks.

  • I love to add a top layer to my cards slightly shorter than the card base. I also sometimes leave a slight border at the top too.
  • I stamped the bottom border using the Stampin’ Up! Candy Cane Christmas stamp set. I used my Stamp-a-ma-Jig to get it straight, but alternatively you could also use some Candy Cane Lane Washi Tape to speed that up.
  • Twine!! Love twine! The Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine coordinates beautifully (of course!).
  • Jingle Bells! I struggled to attach these, originally threading them onto the wrapped twine, the weight then pulled on the twine. Instead, I knotted the wrapped twine at the back, then added the bells on a separate piece tied around and with a bow – problem solved!

To purchase any of these items to make this card and others, click on any product image below to add it your shopping cart:

What You Need To Make This Project 

If you love the Candy Cane Lane suite, then you’ll love my Packaging Online Class:


This ONLINE CLASS comes with PDF & Video Tutorials to create 5 different bags and boxes – all large and gorgeous – perfect for your gift giving this year! You can register for this class right here and now – and you will be among the first to receive the class on Monday 26th September! Remember though, packaging is not just for Christmas, and you will be able to re-use these fabulous projects all year round!


For more details on this class, CLICK HERE TO READ MORE, or EMAIL ME if you have questions.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back soon with more – I have so much in the works! You might want to check out the Stamping With Val Facebook Page too, as I’ll be sharing a very early sneak peek of my next Online Class this weekend. Like the page, and you won’t miss the fun coming next weekend either!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Cable Knit and Warmth & Cheer DSP Are Not Just For Christmas!

Hi! How’s your week shaping up? Mine’s turned into another hectic one! Meetings, after school activities, unwell family members – it’s all gone a little crazy! I had also scheduled a hair do into this week (that’ll take several hours!), and I have a dental appointment to get a filling fixed! I tell ya, it’s madness!

In the craft room, I’ve been videoing like mad for the launch of next weeks online class, as well as creating projects to share here on the blog too – and in my newsletter! Who’s idea was it to run my own business anyway?!

Today I want to share that the new Cable Knit Embossing Folder and Warmth & Cheer designer series paper pack are not just for Christmas! Seriously, the texture and patterns are perfect for autumn guy birthday cards:


Grab my Style – Tips & Tricks!

  • I’ve stamped my greeting from Stampin’ Up! Confetti Celebrations in a green ombre style – I’ve used Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green inks. CLICK HERE FOR A HOW TO VIDEO TUTORIAL!
  • The Argyle pattern from the Warmth & Cheer DSP pack is perfect for a hint of manliness!
  • Just a strip of Crumb Cake card has been embossed with the Cable Knit Dynamic Embossing Folder for some subtle texture.
  • Lots of layers adds interest whilst not making it girly!

If you’d like to make this card, you can grab all the supplies you need in my Online Store, just click any image below to add the item to your shopping basket:

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Don’t hesitate to use your Christmas supplies all year round, many products and patterns can been made to suit a variety of occasions – why not see what you’ve got in your stash?

Thanks for stopping by today. An alternative version of this card is going into my newsletter this week as a subscriber exclusive! Don’t want to miss it? Then CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP!  You’ll also be able to grab the first issue of ‘The Colour Edit’, my new monthly colour inspiration sheet! What are you waiting for?

Today is also the last day to take advantage of the current Stampin’ Up! Special Offers, click the image below to see them and order:


Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Class – Registration Now Open!


Hi! I am so excited to announce that my first online class in over 6 months is ready for registration!

Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Class contains the PDF & Video Tutorials to make 5 gorgeous (and large!) gift bags and boxes! Each project has it’s own PDF, which includes supply list, cutting guides, detailed instructions, photos & diagrams (where appropriate) to create the finished project, while a video will walk you through the actual making of each project in full!

Measurements are also provided in both metric and imperial, so it doesn’t matter which of those you prefer – you can still make all of these. All these particular bags and boxes are simply made using your Paper Trimmer and scoring blade, no dies or punch boards (except for decoration or optional extras), making them suitable for everyone – from beginner to advanced!


I know many people find making bags and boxes overwhelming and scary, especially large ones like this, but I make it EASY for you. Full instructions and videos in my usual style – which I know many of you have been kind enough to tell me you love – thank you for that. X

Plus, once you know the techniques, you’re not limited to Christmas! Imagine all these bags in colours and designs suitable for birthday’s, weddings, baby showers – the list is endless!

The first 20 people to register for this class will receive a free gift from me. Since I opened registration to my newsletter subscriber list on Friday, many of those places are gone, but I still have a few gifts left – but don’t delay in registering for class NOW!

All of this, and the class costs just £10!!! It’s a steal!


Here are a few FAQ’s regarding my Online Classes:

I paid for my class, how do I get it?

For all those pre-registering for class – class will be emailed out on Monday 26th September. Please note that the system is NOT automatic and all classes are actually emailed to you, by me, individually. Classes purchased after the launch date will be sent out within 48 hours of payment (but usually much quicker).

I don’t have the products you’ve used?

The class comes with a full supply list, so you can purchase everything you need if you wish to recreate my samples exactly. However, feel free to use whatever products you do have – once you know the principles, let your imagination run wild!

Can I teach this class to my customers?

Many of my online classes are purchased by fellow demonstrators. I am happy for you to verbally teach these projects to your class attendees in person. However, you may not print, email, reproduce, re-write or in anyway, distribute the PDF tutorials. You may not email, distribute, re-record or broadcast the video tutorials.

If you have any further questions regarding the usage of my online classes, please email me for a copy of the class terms & conditions.


I hope to see you registering for class soon – you won’t regret knowing how you can easily create these gorgeous projects – and then WOW-ing your friends and family with your amazing ‘stand out from the crowd’ gifts!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Timeless Textures For Stamp Review Crew


Hi! Welcome to another blog hop from the Stamp Review Crew. This week we are focusing on the Timeless Textures stamp set. This is fun background set, and I can’t wait to see what imaginative things the team come up with.

I’ve been saving a fun idea I had using the new Home Sweet Home Thinlit Dies set for this card – I knew it would go perfectly with the cup ring stain background in the set:


Fun, huh? I love so much about this card. The gorgeous plaid DSP from the Warmth and Cheer pack, the Cable Knit embossing (love!) and, of course, disposable coffee cups made using the Home Sweet Home dies.

Want to know how? I thought you might, so I made you a video:

Easy! I hope you like that fun technique. Did you know I share loads of fun ideas on my YouTube channel? Why not go and subscribe and never miss a single one!

To Make This Card, You’ll Need:

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Please click on any of the product images above to go straight to my Online Store and purchase anything you need to make this and other gorgeous projects! I’d love to be your demonstrator.

Now, please continue on the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop – next up is Kelly



Crafty Hugs, Val. XX


Moroccan Nights For The Artisan Design Team!

Hi! I’m back today with a blog hop for the Artisan Design Team. I’ve been thinking recently how this current team has just a couple of months left to go, before a whole new team begins sharing with you. I’ll be really sad when that day comes, but I can’t wait to see what the new team will bring too! In the meantime, we’re still here though, so let’s crack on:


Our challenge bundle to work with this month was the Moroccan Nights suite. As I said in my last blog hop, this suite was not on my original wish list, but once I got playing with it, it turned out to be really good fun. And I LOVE the way my projects turned out for it!


I’m swooning over this Gift Bag! It’s a great size, and just such a unique look – you won’t find a gift bag like that in the shops! Love those papers for the sides, along with the large Moroccan stamped image behind the lantern. The Thoughtful Banners stamp set and punch provides the greeting for this gift set.


I love a card/packaging combo! You can’t meet a matching card/bag, can you? The same elements again here, except instead of the large round image, I went for the border instead. I picked up all the colours from my chosen sheet of 12 x 12″ Designer Series Paper.

Thanks for checking out my Artisan offering today. Please hop onto the amazing Allison to see her creations, I know they will be fantastic! If you liked the look of my Gift Bag today, then you might like to scroll down a bit further first though for the first sneak peek of an upcoming online class…

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In my first Online Class since the spring, I’m pleased to announce my Candy Cane Christmas Packaging Class!

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Registration for this class will begin this Friday (16/9/16) for the Stamping With Val Newsletter subscribers. The first 20 people to sign up for this class will receive a little gift from me as a thank you – so you might want to be on the subscribers list – sign up here if you do! Registration on my blog will begin on Monday 19th September, with the class being sent out on Monday 26th September. Check back on Monday for more details on this class or join my newsletter mailing list today.

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Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Clearance Rack Update!


Hello! Just popping in with the new that the Clearance Rack has been updated today, so head over there and see what new bargains can be had!


While you’re there, don’t forget the current special offers, available until Wednesday night, when they will change to the final week of offers.


Finally, don’t forget to check out all the new Kits in the Autumn/Winter catalogue – cards, tags and the most amazing Christmas Trees! You’ll love them all!

Just click on any of the images above to be taken directly to my Online Store. There you can browse some of the most amazing products the craft world has to offer. Receive a handmade card/gift from me for all orders placed via my store, I’d be delighted to be your demonstrator. Happy Shopping!

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX



Stampin’ Up! Fiesta Birthday Card With Ombre Stamped Sentiment

Hi! Today I’m sharing the quickest card from my recent Scrapbook and Cards Today blog post. The ombre stamped sentiment adds interest but still means the card can be made in about 10 minutes. That’s a quick card in anybody’s book, right?!

Stampin' Up! - Quick Fiesta Birthday - Valerie Moody; Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. X

I used the technique I shared in the video of this blog post, but just stuck to two colours this time, stamping off the Crushed Curry first before adding it again, and then the Pumpkin Pie.

The cactus and flower are simply stamped and die cut as usual and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.

Click on any product image below to be taken to my Online Store and purchase any supplies you need to make this card. I’d be delighted to be your demonstrator.

Supply List

Did you grab your FREE tutorial for the Floral Thinlit Gift Box? If not, run to this post right now and sign up to receive it.

Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back again soon,

Crafty Hugs, Val. XX

Stampin' Up! - Quick Fiesta Birthday - Valerie Moody; Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. X

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