Monday, 30 January 2017

Shine a light!

It's all about the boys this week. I've just finished making all the card projects for class this Wednesday (I'll be posting them later in the week) and they're all masculine layouts. Then I realised I need to post a card to a friend's husband for his birthday.  Luckily I have some fab new stamp sets from the seasonal catalogue that I've been dying to use.
This one is High Tide and is a photopolymer set. This make stamping the lighthouse so easy with 2-step stamping...see how I got that gray over stamp as well as the red? Ooo, I also just masked tge lighthouse to stamp the sea background,  I used two colours for the sea as well. From start to finish this card took no more than 30 minutes and that's because photopolymer stamps are so easy to position. I just used an age old favourite simple sentiment from Teeny Tiny Sentiments, I just thought that was all it needed.
Hope he likes it!

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Yay! Happy New Catalogue Day


It's the most wonderful time of the year... new goodies and FREE goodies!  I just get so excited when it's new catalogue time and I'm SO ready for Spring and Summer.  I have actually had a copy of this new catalogue since November when I attended a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator event, so I've been drooling over new products pretty much all winter.  Now YOU can get your hands on lots of beautiful new products too.
If you follow me on Pinterest you will see that I have a board which showcases projects from the new catalogue and Sale-A-Bration brochure.
Sale-A-Bration makes this just the very best time of the year for me as a Demonstrator and it should be too for you as a customer.. FREE stuff!  For every £45 you spend you get to pick one item from the SAB brochure for free.. if you spend £90 you get 2 free items.. and so on and so on.. all the way from today until the end of March.
The excitement doesn't stop there either.  It's just the VERY best time of year to join Stampin' Up! as a Demonstrator.  Join my team during Sale-A-Bration and you can add a further two stamp sets to your starter kit.  That means you pay just £99 and get to choose £130 worth of kit from either the annual catalogue or spring/summer catalogue and add another two stamp sets.
It's the VERY best time to host a party too as you can earn £20 more Stampin' Rewards when your party order total reaches £200.
So, what are you waiting for?  Visit my shop NOW and get some fresh new goodies and create some gorgeous projects.
crafty hugs
Issy x

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

I'm an artist!

Stampin' Up! The Wilderness Awaits

No, really I am!!  Well, I've been surrounded by talented artists most of my life. My late, wonderful, stepdad was just a fabulous amateur artist, my awesome step-brother, Jonathan is a professional artist - check out his website here - my nephew, Nathan is just brilliant and ought to be a professional - check out his work here 

Anyway, I've always loved being arty and crafty but never great at sketching which is why I love Stampin' Up! stamps that do the sketch for me and I can then choose how to colour them in. I've been having a play with these beautiful new watercolour pencils from Stampin' Up! They're available from our new Spring/Summer catalogue which you can order from just in the New Year (4th January). I've used watercolour pencils before and there are lots available on the market but what I love about these is that they are in Stampin' Up! colours which makes it fabulous to co-ordinate with our card stock and accessories.

Here is a project I made using some little notebooks I found in a local shop, they were just plain kraft colour but I loved the size and they just cried out to be altered.  One of my loves is nature.... animals, birds, flowers and trees and one of my absolute favourite stamp sets is The Wilderness Awaits (from the annual catalogue) and although I've stamped the stag and fox on a few projects I hadn't used the duck until now.  I used watercolour paper for this project and then a Blender Pen which made it SO easy!
Here's a peek at a foxy I did for a birthday card for a special someone who has a Christmas birthday.



Have a look at Shannon from Stampin' Up! demonstrating some of the many uses and techniques for using these brilliant pencils on this YouTube video.  



I'll certainly be featuring them in my classes so if you're in the Retford area why not book yourself into a class, I'd love to see you make a wonderful work of art.

Seasons Greetings

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Classes for 2017

Hi Crafters! It seems my Facebook page has thrown a wobbly....I could continue to get stressy or take action, so here I am blogging!
I intend to update my classes page here later and also to create classes over on my Stampin Up page www.issyscraftybees.stampinup.net so be sure to check there too.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016


Are you ready for this global event?  Anyone who knows me knows that I love card making, perhaps even more now than memory keeping and I came to paper crafting as a scrap booker so many years ago.
Is there anything nicer than receiving a hand-made greetings card through the post?  I really love to receive a hand written note even if it isn't a special occasion.  I also love nothing more than putting thought into making an individual card for someone.
Join in.....
Why don't you celebrate 'World Card Making Day' with me.  As well as running my classes in Retford town centre or here in my own home and sharing my own makes with my customers and friends I love to see what you make too. Please celebrate world card making day with me and post your makes on my Facebook page. If I get more than 10 posts with your own makes on them I'll run a cheeky prize draw and send out a spot prize for my favourite.
Look out for a month of fabulous promotions from Stampin' Up! starting with a chance to stock up on cardmaking essentials with up to 25% off... this is going to be a short promotion from 1st - 5th October only.

Friday, 2 September 2016

Christmas and much more!


Are you thinking about Christmas as the summer slips into autumn?  I've been enjoying the warm weather here at home during the day but the nights are drawing in much earlier aren't they?  We've been really making use of our chiminea in the garden, last night after the sun had set we lit a cosy log fire in it and snuggled up on the bench in a corner of the garden we call 'dingly dell'. It's a shady corner hidden at the back of the garden surrounded by hazel and our raspberry canes, we have a bench there, a little table and our chiminea. I've put some solar fairy lights up in the hazel tree and we light candles in jars and make a cup of tea using a whistling kettle on the fire.  Happy days, cosy nights!
I've been eagerly waiting for the new Stampin' Up! catalogue to launch so I can share all the fabulous new products we have on offer for the winter season.  You won't be disappointed!  My favourite stamp set so far is Christmas Pines, it has a matching die set and using them both you can make adorable pine cones and pine boughs for a multitude of Christmas projects.
I have a series of Christmas classes coming up from now until the end of the year here in Retford, check out my events page for further details.
You can download a copy of the seasonal catalogue by clicking the link at the top of this post or you can grab a paper copy from me by sending me a message or coming along to one of my classes.
Cosy seasonal wishes to you xx