Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Best of...

To celebrate Stampin' Up! 25 years anniversary we are bringing back some favourite stamps from over the last 25 years.  These sets are called 'Best Of' and one set will be released per month until October 2013.

For July the Best Of Butterflies has been launched.  It's really beautiful and I'm sure it will be a hit with all you flutterby lovers out there.  How many pretty summery projects do you think you could use one of these butterflies on?  Oh, and don't overlook the fact that one of these gorgeous critters co-ordinates with the Elegant Butterfly punch, so lovely.

Saturday, 22 June 2013

End of June Stamp Class

Well, it's been a little while since I had a chance to blog as it's been a bit hectic with my house move.  I am delighted to say that we're settled in and my craft room is fully functional!!  The most important room for me to unpack and get working :-)

I'm so excited about the imminent launch of the NEW Stampin' Up! annual catalogue and so I'm hosting a catalogue launch during my next class which is on Saturday 29th June in East Cowick - see my classes page for location details if you've not been before.

I'll be giving you a sneak peek of two gorgeous stamp sets from the new catalogue and you'll be trying something a bit different - stamping onto a clay heart.  You'll also be making a gift box for the heart and two cards using a different stamp set - see them on my classes page.

Of course, booking is essential as this class is limited to only 8 places - so you'll need to be quick to book!

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Card Class for June

I'd love to see you at my next card class in East Yorkshire.  Nip to my 'Classes' page for all the details but here are some pics of what you'll be making!
Although these photos show the projects finished for Father's Day you will have the opportunity to make them for whatever occasion you want as I will provide alternative sentiments for you.
If you would like to join me then booking is essential, you can book by contacting me before Saturday 25th May.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Class today

Class this morning was fun as always, despite only being six ladies (2 hiding on this pic!).  The technique I demonstrated today was all about getting colour onto your outline stamped images.  We used the lovely Storybook Friends stamp set and just used the cat and the dog for two cards and one matching gift box.
Card number one was made using watercolour paper and coloured using aqua painters and ink from classic stampin' pads squeezed into the lid.  Tangerine Tango is the base card colour and we added accents of Basic Grey.  The matching gift box was made using the Fancy Favor Bigz XL die and we made two boxes; one in Tangerine Tango and one in First Edition DSP which we glued slightly looser so it slides over and forms a lid.  A matching tag was made to finish this off.
The dog card was coloured using Stampin' Write markers and a blender pen which just softens the ink.  The image was stamped first onto very vanilla card stock and punched using circle and scalloped circle punches.  Some texture was added by ruffling a piece of ribbon onto the card and securing it using sticky strip, this is a nice way of adding some soft texture to a masculine card without adding bows!
Stampin' Up! Edgelit

Special Birthday

My neighbour and friend Dianne had a special birthday today and I loved making her a card which also doubled as a gift card holder and I made a custom matching envelope.
I used my favourite style of stamping at the moment which is 'collage' stamping where you build up layers of stamped images.
I stamped the card blank (Raspberry Ripple card stock) with basic grey ink using the 'Travel Journal' builder wheel which I also used on the tag topper.  I've used the 'Collage Curios' stamp set for most of the elements on the tag layer and the larger of the butterflies is from 'Papaya Collage'.  I sponged the edges and I used my Colour Spritzer Tool to add a mist of speckles in basic grey.  The sentiment I used is from Petite Pairs and I used markers to split the sentiment down to 'happy' and 'Birthday wishes' and I also used the 'th' from birthday to add to the big 40.  The numbers were cut using my old alphabet and numbers sizzlit set using the Big Shot and I also used a border edge punch and two butterfly punches.  Finishing touches were added with a vintage brad and some of the lovely tulle ribbon which has now retired.
I love making matching envelopes for special cards and this one was no exception.  I used Naturals in ivory card stock which is the same as on the card.  I love this card stock for more vintage projects as it has natural flecks and speckles in it and is quite soft to touch.  I used my Simply Scored board with the diagonal plate to make the envelope and then I decorated it using all the same elements as the card.  I finished it off with a big bow as the card also had a pocket inside which I put a gift card in so it became card and present in one.  Finally, I spritzed both card and envelope with shimmer spritz in champagne.

Saturday, 16 February 2013

Nice feeling...

It's been a while since I blogged as I've had the dreaded lurgy (flu) and haven't felt like doing much at all.  Just before I got poorly I had a small (but perfectly formed!) event to say thank you to my regular customers.  I was really delighted to receive a beautiful card from Linda my upline to congratulate me on a recent Stampin' Up! promotion.  I just love butterflies and Linda knows this, what I really love are the colours that she chose for this card, aren't they fab!  I also love the use of crisp whisper white and that Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder.  Love it!

So, during the event I showcased a few other cards that I'd made using items from the new Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue. Let me share them with you now.  First up is a card I made and decorated using the fabulouso Sizzlits pinwheel die for the Big Shot. A really simple layout for the card but aren't those little pinwheels adorable?  Also a great way of using up scraps of designer paper for a colourful card.  The die is only £4.50 and I think this is a bargain for what is proving to be hours of fun for me!!!  These pinwheels also look amazing when you stick them onto a cocktail stick and use them to decorate a plate of sandwiches or buns at a party.  I also used a new stamp set 'Wishes Your Way' for the sentiment.

My next card is also showcasing a Big Shot accessory; a brand new embossing folder Textured Impressions Honeycomb.  I just had to have this as one of my many nicknames is Bee, I've been known as Bee since I was a little girl and so I just love anything Bee related including honeycombs.  Again, it's a simple layout but sunny and warm don't you think?  I used a little bee stamp from the Spring Sampler stamp set (again from the Spring/Summer seasonal catalogue) which I coloured using Stampin' write markers and then punched out using a small circle punch.  I used a stamp from a Sale-a-Bration set 'Pretty Petites' for the sentiment.  You can get this set FREE if you place an order for £45 during SAB (until 22nd March).  Finishing off with a knotted ribbon - this yellow shade is So Saffron and is so lovely.

The last card I made uses the new Simply Scored Borders scoring plate to make a wavy embossed border. I love this new addition to the Simply Scored collection.  It enables borders to be embossed simply and easily without the need for a Big Shot, so it's a great addition to any crafter's kit.  I've used stamps from the Spring Sampler set again here to make a quick and easy get well card and I couldn't ever be without Teeny Tiny Wishes set of sentiments, there's something for every occasion in this set!

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Blog Hop

Hi! and welcome to my contribution to this blog hop, my projects are all using a stamp set 'Feel Goods' from page 21 of the NEW Spring seasonal catalogue.  It's the very first time I've taken part in a hop, so I hope I don't disappoint...let's get hopping!  Firstly, if you haven't arrived here via Jo's page you can see what she has created from the previous page of the catalogue by clicking here.

I love 'Feel Goods' as it is inspirational and versatile; I've used it here to make cards, to decorate the front cover of a journal and to narrate my scrapbook pages.
So, lets have a look...

Chalkboard cards, this style is so trendy at the moment and this is my first ever attempt at making one - lots of firsts for me today!!
chalkboard card
I used the following products: Melon Mambo card stock for the base, basic black for the 'chalkboard' layer and Whisper White craft ink to stamp and with a dauber to make chalk dust effect.
I used my Top Note Bigz die for the Big Shot which I haven't used for ages!  Finished both cards with some NEW pretty striped organza ribbon (page 30 of the Spring seasonal catalogue).

covered notebook
 My next project was a covered notebook which I want to use as my journal this year, I don't keep a daily diary but when we go away in our caravan I love to keep a journal about what we've done.  I've been meaning to get on with covering a notebook for ages ready for this year, so what better reason than to use this stamp.  'The best things in life aren't things' - so true (except for Stampin' Up! things - hee hee).
covered notebook
I used some Designer Series Paper in Primrose Petals for the cover, then I decorated it with Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze and Chocolate Chip card stock using my Framelits Labels Collection to shape and layer the sentiment. Polka dot embossing folder also came out to give a bit of texture.  I finished it off with an Antique brad and some seam binding ribbon in Baja Breeze.

Next is a 12" x 12" scrapbook page, as soon as I saw the sentiment 'She believed she could..so she did' I knew exactly which photo I wanted to stick it on!  For years I used to rock climb (when I was young!) in North Wales on crags on the sides of mountains. I never actually got to the summit of Tryfan as we always climbed just on the crags... I believed I would climb it one day and in 2008 I did!  Here I am...

scrapbook page

I used Crumb Cake as my base and stamped it using Daydream Medallions from the main catalogue in Gumball Green, Baja Breeze and Midnight Muse.  I used the new Floral Frames Framelits for the sentiment.
scrapbook page

I also knew how I would use the next stamp from the set 'A friend accepts us as we are and helps us to be what we should'.  Last year my good friend Caroline moved away from area and so I can't run with her any more, however in March last year we both ran together in a 10k trail race in the Lake District.  Caroline really encouraged me to get back into running after a few years off and we had such a brilliant time getting muddy on the hills!
scrapbook page
 scrapbook page
I used all the same products as my last page but added a couple of extra framelit layers for a bit of journalling.  I also used one of the new divided page protectors for 12" x 12" scrapbooks, I was initially a bit nervous about using these but I've really enjoyed the challenge of splitting the page up - hope you like the result. (unfortunately no matter how much I tried to photograph it inside the pockets there was too much reflection, so I've taken it out but lined it up exactly as it appears once inside the pocket).

scrapbook page
My last project highlights the final stamp from the set 'Those who bring Sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves'.  I'm sure that you'll agree my gorgeous God-daughter Amelia is a ray of sunshine.  This was a quick and simple layout using Melon Mambo as a base and So Saffron for the framelit for the sentiment.
scrapbook page

I really hope you've enjoyed my blog and let's hop along to see what Irene has tempted us with beyond the greenhouse! click here.

Products used: All Stampin'Up!
Stamps: Feels Good (spring seasonal catalogue), Daydream Medallions (main catalogue)Inks: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze, StayzOn Black, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White Craft InkCard stock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Gumball Green, Baja Breeze, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, Accessories: Antique Brads, Seam Binding Ribbon (baja breeze), Stitched Satin Ribbon (gumball green), Striped Organza Ribbon (melon mambo, Spring Catalogue), vintage trinkets, Labels Collection Framelits, Floral Frames Framelits, Top Note Bigz die