Saturday, 31 August 2013

Some afternoon crafting!

I had a lovely day with my friend Sarah and her two gorgeous girls Sally (l) and Edie (r) when they came to visit.  We did lots of things like picking tomatoes in the greenhouse, watering them (and eating some of them), building a den, putting pine cones on the trees with wire, playing with Mr Mo the dog (and not being afraid of him), eating lunch (including beautiful buns baked by Sarah that very morning).... oh and some crafting! 
Edie made a most amazing card for her Grandma Haigh.  Not only was it stunning on the outside, but she did the most gorgeous writing on the inside too.

Sally was very creative and decided that she wanted to make a lolly, what do you think?  Well I think it looks good enough to eat!!


Storybook Friends - Sadie's 1st Birthday

Here is a card I made for my friend Zoe's little girl Sadie's first birthday.  I used the adorable Storybook Friends stamp set which I am in love with.  I decided that I wanted to put three bunnies on the card so simply repeat stamped them onto watercolour paper before colouring them using stamp n write markers and a blender pen.  I used glimmer paper for the number 1 and cut it using my BigShot and sizzlets dies.


Monday, 12 August 2013

Escaping the madness!


Last week the electricians started work on a total re-wire of our new home. The first phase was them channelling out the walls for the new cabling and apart from the mess (which I expected) they made a right old noise!!  I managed to escape to my office and craft room for most of the time as this is an old sun room which will be demolished once the new extension is up and therefore doesn't need re-wiring.  On Thursday my friend Sue came to collect an order from me and we also escaped some of the madness by crafting together.  The one thing you don't really need electricity (unless you're heat embossing) is stamping and so we made the most of it!!  We shared some stamp sets and had a great natter.  Sue brought Everything Eleanor because despite me loving it, it is still on my wish list and I got out my Christmas sets so Sue could make some Christmas cards.  This 'thank you' card is Raspberry Ripple base with accents of Crumb Cake, Gumball Green and Primrose Petals.  The sentiment is from Apothecary Art... Did you spot the bling? I used one of the new Candy Dots Brad Bases but instead of using a Candy Dot I used a Rhinestone!  Pearls also work with these brad bases.. I've said it before and I'm sure I'll say it again: Stampin' Up! products are so versatile :-)  If you haven't seen these new brad bases and dots up close then you'll be really delighted when you get some.  They are plain silver flat brads that you can stick a coloured Candy Dot on top and the base gives a lovely silver rim around the colour (or rhinestone or pearl).

Summer and Christmas!

It's a couple of weeks ago but I thought I'd share a couple of cards we made at my last class.  I've been so busy with the house renovations... firstly we had new windows and doors fitted and this is the second week of the electricians being here totally re-wiring the place - so much mess!

We actually made three cards but I managed to send one off to a friend for her birthday before I photographed it!  See, it's a hectic life I lead :-)

The first card was a 'technique' card and I wanted to teach my ladies resist emboss technique using watercolour paper and aqua painter pens. We used the Summer Silhouettes stamp set and heat embossed the flower heads in clear on the watercolour paper before adding colour using the aqua markers.  The key to getting a lovely watercolour blended effect is to put plenty of water with the ink.  I encouraged the ladies to
add splatters too. The sentiment for this card is from Petite Pairs set.  Did you spot that lovely stretch ruffle ribbon along the bottom?  It's so super to use and I'm loving the new 'in colours' for this season... I've used Coastal Cabana for the card base and then added Pistachio Pudding with ink and the ribbon and I think they go really well with my old favourite Rich Razzleberry.


The next card we made was a Christmas card using Mosaic Madness stamp set proving that you don't always need a Christmas stamp set to make a card.  Thanks to Monica Gayle for the design of this card which we made at demonstrator training earlier in July.  I always love a card that has a bit of a wow factor and it's super how something as simple as punching a circle in this card has done this!  The little ornament which dangles in the open circle was made by stamping four of the mosaic shapes, folding them in half and sticking them together.  The beauty of this is that it can be squished flat for posting too!  Did you notice that chevron paper?  Well, it's simply a piece of one of the Tag a Bag Gift Bags.. again proving that Stampin' Up! are versatile and that you don't always have to use products for what they are originally intended.  The sentiment for this card comes from Snowflake Soiree which is still available as a carry over product from last year's autumn/winter catalogue (for details contact me).