Saturday, 29 November 2014

Starry eyed wreath

Just home from running a private class for three lovely ladies who wanted to make a Christmas wreath.
For this I started with a piece of thick card measuring 30cm x 30cm (12" x12") and I needed to make it a wreath circle. Mmm, I looked all over the house for something large enough to draw a circle...just the thing a vinyl LP! Yup we have lots of those and it was just the right size, now for the inner circle. Ah, yes the lid off the biscuit tin! Lol :-)
Once I'd spent ages cutting out the circle shape 3 times we were ready to go. Each wreath was wrapped in chevron ribbon in Smoky Slate. A hot glue gun is necessary and unless you want to get stuck to the table use a silicone mat too! Once completely wrapped the ribbon ends get stuck down and a loop hanger added. All the stars were cut using the star framelits on the Big Shot. I made the ribbons curly by twisting them round a bamboo skewer, spritzer them lightly with water and then drying it using my heat gun. Reminds me of when I was little and my mum used to curl my hair using rags though not bamboo skewers!
Well my ladies had fun making this and I loved designing it and teaching them.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Stars in Your Eyes!

My classes this month continue with getting ready for Christmas and I'm just in LOVE with the 'Bright and Beautiful' stamp set and matching framelits.
In this class we will be doing one card and little gift box which is more technical and two simple easy to create cards.

Stampin' Up! Star Framelits
Stampin' Up Bright and Beautiful  
How adorable is this giftbox?  It would be perfect for any number of small gifts from more expensive items like a piece of jewellery to just a handful of sweeties!  I think a couple of tealights will be a super little pressy that will fit snug inside! 

The two simple cards will be quick and easy to make and they feature the 'Festival of Trees' stamp set which also has a matching punch and makes quick card making such fun.



 mmmm... think you might have seen these before?  Well check out the Seasonal Catalogue as I've simply 'CASEd' (Copy and Share Everything) these two designs straight from there (page 24).  Just to prove that the designs in the catalogue are easy and fun to make.  So, if you can join me in Retford for this class on Monday 6th October then please book your place as soon as possible and if you can't then I hope that my creations inspire you to get creative yourself.  Don't forget you can buy all the supplies I used on these projects from my own Stampin' Up shop.

Bright and Beautiful stamp set: 135026 (wood) £29.95 135029 (clear) £22.95
Stars Framelits: 133723 £22.95
Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die: 135853 £29.95
Lucky Stars Textured Embossing Folder: 134817 £7.50
Festival of Trees stamp set: 135059 photopolymer £13.95
Tree Punch: 135859 £15.50
Bundle - buy both together and save 15%  137640 £24.95
Filigree Frame Textured Embossing Folder: 135818 £7.50


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Christmas in August

Christmas cardIt's never too early to start making your Christmas cards, so my next card making class in Retford is all about doing just that!

We will be making three fabulous cards and a matching gift bag for one of them.  All the projects will be using brand new stamp sets from the new seasonal catalogue which launches on Monday 1st September.

Christmas card making classTo attend this class you need to book a place and can do this by contacting me before Monday 1st September.  Places are limited, class costs £10 per person and includes all materials, tuition and refreshments.

Christmas card making class

Thursday, 19 June 2014

So many smiles

I realise that I haven't blogged for quite a while... sorry :-)

The last few months have been hectic beyond belief for me, but things have calmed down a bit now.  I wanted to share this latest project with you as it's what we'll be making in our next class in Retford.
I've been asked to include a scrapbook page in classes a few times and so I decided that a nice way to do this would be to create just one special page and offer a box frame option.
So, here is my completed page 'naked'.  The gorgeous girl with a curl is my lovely friend Sarah's daughter Sally.  When I saw this photo of Sally I just melted, she is so beautiful and this just captures her sunny spirit.
Here is the page in a plain pine box frame, I love that I could use the Spiral Flower Bigz die and really make the flowers stand up.  I also loved using the new 'in-colours' and here is a sneak peek of some DSP called 'moonlight' (my fave is the honeycomb *wink*).  Did you spot those little tiny flowers on the garland?  They are from a new itty bitty punch set - another sneak peek.  I chose the sentiment 'So many smiles' from the Petite Pairs stamp set because it just describes the photo (not sure that the sentiment actually shows up very well in these photos).


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Packing a Punch for Easter

Flower Punch Pot
I've been having fun this week with my Stampin' Up! punches, I just love flowers and bright colours and wanted to make something to put those yummy easter mini eggs in for simple gifts.  My next class will be featuring punches and how to get the most from them.  This is one of the projects that I'll be demonstrating and it uses those little inexpensive cardboard flower pots, the colour is just right with 'Crumb Cake' card stock which is what I've made the lid from.  I wanted bright, bright colours and so I picked Melon Mambo and Daffodil Delight from the 'brights family' and Island Indigo from the 'regals family', they all match up to the designer series paper that I've used as the trim for the pot which is from gorgeous Gingham Garden set. The punches I've used are pretty much all the flower ones I had on my table!!  Blossom, Pansy and Boho Blossoms punches along with the Petite Petals punch.
I'm running this class twice - see my 'classes' page for details.  We will also be making a couple of cards in the class all using punches so book your place now and let's pack a punch for Easter!  Don't forget this is the last class where you can place a qualifying order for your FREE Sale-a-Bration item (offer ends 31st March).

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Floral Dance!

This month I thought I would have a floral theme for my classes and why not - spring is definitely on it's way.  I've got some beautiful early spring flowers in my garden and I'm certainly enjoying seeing where they are popping up as it's the first spring we've lived here after moving home last June.
I wanted to share some ideas for some of the amazing new products in the NEW seasonal catalogue and those fabulous Sale-a-Bration products that we are being spoiled with this year.

My first project is a card using a background stamp Hardwood and the sweet Petite Petals punch from the Spring/Summer catalogue, the larger flower punch is the Pansy punch from the annual catalogue.  How about that sentiment? It's from a set of 4 cute stamps and you can get it FREE from the Sale-a-Bration offer this year!   I know exactly who I want to give this card to and when I'm going to give it!!


Hardwood background stamp in clear mount: 133035 £12.95
Pansy Punch: 130698 £14.25
Petite Petals Punch: 133322 £11.50
White Craft Ink: 101731 £6.95
total: £45.65  ..... Sale-a-Bration See Ya Later stamp set £FREEEE!

This next card is quite a simple layout but has a couple of tricks up its sleeve. One of the first tricks is the stamp set I used - You're Lovely, was totally FREE from the Sale-a-Bration offer.  I stamped the main image twice and then decoupaged the flowers to give it some added dimension.  This stamp set is a great addition to your kit as it co-ordinates with the Deco Labels Collection Framelits, as you can see I used the slightly larger framelit to create a layer.  Once I'd assembled the labels layers I punched a tiny hole and this allowed me to thread the bakers twine through before tying in a knot.  What about that lovely spotty background... it's an embossing folder that is FREE from the Sale-a-Bration offer... wow! so much to choose from (I didn't even mention that the chunky bakers twine is also a SAB offer and comes in a pack of 3 colours with some printed cork stickers did I?).  I used Summer Starfruit and Soft Suede here but I also made this layout using Baked Brown Sugar as the base and Crisp Cantaloup as the accent..
Deco Labels Collection Framelits (set of 4): 130102 £20.95
Cardstock & Pad Kit (2013 -2014 in colours collection, 20 sheets + 5 ink pads): 131293 £27.95
total: £48.90.... One SAB item FREEE!  choose from You're Lovely stamp set (set of 5), Sweet Sorbet accessory pack (3 chunky bakers twine + printed cork stickers), Decorative Dots embossing folder.

 My final project for this class is a scrummy decorated gift box.  For this one I used the new Spiral Flower Originals Die from the Spring/Summer catalogue to make those wonderful 3D flowers, I just can't get enough of these flowers and I'm making them out of all kinds of different materials.  These are made out of regular cardstock and I could cut 3 layers at a time easily.  As this is a Bigz die it will cut fabric, thicker card and even thin aluminium (from drinks cans!).  Here I've teamed up Coastal Cabana, Crisp Cantaloup and Calypso Coral as my three colours.  I used a piece of the Sweet Sorbet designer series paper (from Sale-a-Bration offer) for a belly band on the box, a doily gives it a pretty layer and I finished off those flowers with an adhesive pearl, I made a quick tag using the new Scalloped Tag Topper punch from the Spring/Summer catalogue... now what shall I put in the box?

Spiral Flower Originals Die: 129379 £15.95
Scalloped Tag Topper punch: 133324 £20.95
Tea Lace Paper Doillies: 129399 £2.75 (pack of 24)
Kraft Gift boxes: 124106 £2.75 (pack of 4)
Pearl basic jewels: 119247 £4.50 (150 in total in 3 sizes)
total: £46.90
Sale-a-Bration Sweet Sorbet Designer Series paper: 133521 £FREEEE!  12 sheeets, 30.5cm x 30.5cm

Monday, 17 February 2014

Easy artist

I just wanted to share with you just how easy it is to produce beautiful and believable watercolours.  Here are a couple of cards that I made recently.

Now this one I took some time over as it's a birthday card for my gorgeous brother.  I say I took time... because I embossed a layer and I used two layers under the main image and I tied a piece of linen thread around it!  As for the actual image, well it probably took me 10 minutes tops.  I used Stampin' Up! watercolour paper and stamped the birds (from the stunning Wetlands stamp set in the main catalogue) and greeting in StayzOn black ink.  I used this ink as it doesn't run when you wet it.  I then used three different stamp pads and squished a little ink into the lid, using an aquapainter with a bit of water inside I washed the colours across the image.  First I used Baha Breeze for the sky, then I used Crumb Cake for the sand and then I carried on picking out a bit of detail on the sand with more saturated colour from the Crumb Cake, I put a bit more of this on the body of the birds and then finally I finished the sand off using a Colour Spritz tool and my Crumb Cake marker.... be careful to mask off the sky with your hand so you don't get sand flying in the air!!
For the next card I was even quicker.  I used watercolour paper again and stamped the image and the greeting this time using the hostess set Simply Sketched.  I used the same techniques but for the flower I used two shades of red to create a more realistic shading; Real Red all over and then picked up the shading with Cajun Craze.  I guess that this card took me all of 15 minutes from start to finish including cutting the base and mat.  So, next time you feel that watercolouring is too difficult give one of these stamp sets a go, you'll amaze yourself!