Monday, 13 February 2017

Little crafters

 I've had awesome 'half-term' visitors today in the form of my friend Sarah and her gorgeous girls Edie and Sally.
Sally is 'addicted' to crafting and has been looking forward to a trip to my craft room for ages.  She immediately clocked a project I made a few weeks ago and said she wanted to make one of her own.  It's a small 'altered' tin and mine has birds in but Sally was very clear that hers needed to have a red rabbit in it.
Edie is really creative too but just has such a zest for life that she wants to do everything all at once!  She made a great 3D panda floating on a cloud (which I sadly didn't take a picture of) and then interspersed her activity (indoors and outdoors with Mr Mo) with a little colouring using the free DSP from Sale-A-Bration.. a hit!
Their visit really cheered me up as I'm full of a head cold.  Here are a few pics of Sally's masterpiece.

Sally hard at work creating the Red Cage (her name)

My tin on the left.. Sally's interpretation on the right!

The Red Cage! Utterly adorable.

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Lets get carried away...





As soon as I saw this fantastic demonstration by Brandi I knew I had to share it with you.  I've been using this stamp set and FREE Designer Series Paper in my local classes but I think this is a great way of sharing with everyone.
So, I'm offering you a chance to get a pre-prepared kit containing all the materials you need cut to size, to make these 12 gorgeous cards and you can use the video to help you assemble them.

The card kit will contain:
  • 12 card blanks
  • 12 pieces of DSP = 12 pieces of small DSP for trim
  • 12 pieces of whisper white for stamping + 12 pieces for sentiment
  • 12 pieces of bakers twine
  • 12 whisper white envelopes
  • 1 x snail glue
  • 1 sheet of dimensionals

All you have to do is contact me via email to place your order stating which option you want.  
Orders will be placed on weekly basis for these kits until the end of March.
Kit options and prices are: 

a) I already got the stamp set so...
just kit (as detailed above) for 12 cards = £15.00

b) I already got ink but need stamp set so...
kit + stamp set (no ink) = (clear mount) £34.00 or (wood mount) £41.00

c) I want it all...
kit + stamp set + ink (4 full ink pads) = (clear) £58.00 or (wood mount) £63.00 + get a FREE tin to keep your cards in!

d) Hey! I got a Big Shot and want to do more...
kit + bundle (stamp set and matching dies, not used in video) (no ink) = (clear) £56.25 or (wood mount) £62.00 + get a FREE tin to keep your cards in!

I will be taking PayPal payments only for these kits






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.