Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Make your Christmas packaging gorgeous


How easy is it going to be to wrap up your gifts this season!  Just look at this super offer, there are two bundles on offer here and to find out more visit my shop HERE

Would you love to make some super gifts for Christmas?  Why not book a place at one of my classes when we'll be making some seasonally inspired gifts including a stamped church candle, a covered notebook with matching gift bag.  To find out more about class dates and locations click on the link above - I hope to see you there!

Friday, 4 October 2013

Build up a background

I just thought I'd share with you what I demonstrated at my last class.  The theme for the class was all about building a background with stamping, no DSP required!
Here is the first card and I think it was the favourite of all the ladies who attended!  I used Morning Meadow stamp set which is just so lovely - it's a hostess set which you can buy when you qualify for hostess pounds.  It was really quite easy to build this background; firstly I made a window using one of the label framelits, I used this to mask the white layer which allowed me to use the script stampin' wheel with 'soft sky' ink. next I stamped those beautiful sprigs in 'pistachio pudding' - so now I have my stamped up background.  Next I stamped a pansy in 'strawberry slush' (I adore this shade of pink!), punched it out using the matching pansy punch and to give it a bit of sparkle I used a few dots of 2-way glue and sprinkled it with glitter - cute!  The finishing touch, of course, was to add a sentiment.
We also made a matching gift tag using the chalk talk framelits and that lovely denim ribbon - I've been looking at it in the catalogue for ages but only just got it!  Such a simple thing to make and easy to attach to a gift bag.

 The next card we made had a much more vintage look and for this one we used one of my very favourite stamp sets; Papaya Collage.  We started by using another stampin' wheel and this time it was the Very Vintage wheel on the jumbo handle which we inked with Smoky Slate and wheeled it across a layer of Old Olive.  We built up a collage of stamped images on a square of whisper white - first we stamped a square of smoky slate using just an acrylic block which we stamped off onto grid paper then on to the layer.  The bird was stamped in Elegant Eggplant, the butterflies stamped in Pool Party (off onto grid then on to the layer) and the scroll was stamped in Wisteria Wonder.  To finish off the vintage look we splattered the whole layer using an aqua painter and ink. What do you think of that gorgeous Delicate Details Lace Tape?  I totally love it!! It's so easy to use and it's re-positionable, so nice.  Did you spot the rhinestone used on a candy dot brad base? I'm loving this system.

For our final card it was a more modern crisp look and out came my Mosaic Madness stamp set once more - I can honestly say that I wasn't too keen on this set at first...I'm totally hooked on it now, it's so useful!  I also dipped into another set to build the background - Summer Silhouettes gave me that lovely quatrefancy block.  To build the background we inked up the stamp in Old Olive and stamped at the bottom of the whisper white layer, we then repeated without re-inking right up to the top... now this stamp isn't long enough to reach right across the layer so we just repeated the process off to the right, you can't see the join because of the Old Olive layer!
I hope you've enjoyed my background building class, just a way of demonstrating how to get a lot from your stamps!



Thursday, 19 September 2013

Shop 'til you drop!


I'm so excited to announce that I have a new on-line shop where you can order Stampin' Up! products direct.  See my new tab ... SHOP

You can still order from me on the phone or by e-mail but why not give on-line ordering a try, it's totally secure and gives you the opportunity to shop whenever and where-ever you like... 24/7 shopping, now that's my kind of thing!!

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).