Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Thanks to Garden in Bloom

Hello again, this week's card is a simple thank you card inspired by a colour combination challenge over at the Global Design Project.

Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

They provided the colour combination to use all I had to do was create the card, easier said than done this week! If you follow me on Facebook you'll know I was hoping for a crafting fairy to magically appear and put the card together for me.

Unfortunately a fairy didn't appear so I had to put it together myself. I knew I wanted it to be a thank you card as I have run out but that was about it until I had a flick through the Stampin' Up! catalogue and saw Garden in Bloom with their instructions on how to emboss an image using their embossing powders. I love the shine you get with embossing powders, it just makes the flower pop! I've used Stampin' Up! Copper embossing powder on this one, although the photo makes it look more brown than copper. 

Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

When I first saw Garden in Bloom I knew I wanted it, I loved the butterflies and bees in the set, but I don't think I've used it since I bought it. I do that far too often! I decided to do a similar flower to the one shown in the catalogue but using the colours set in the challenge. I pulled out a scrap of DSP, my stitched framelits dies and ta da the below card was created. I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! Garden in Bloom

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

It's been a while

Hello all, I hadn't quite realised how long it had been since I posted last so apologies for this, but I am back as a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and getting the chance to play with my crafting goodies again. So a really quick catch up, I've been back at work after having Pickle for over a year now and we're back in a good family routine. Monkey loves his little brother and it's lovely to hear them laughing and playing together. With both of us at work we're trying to make the most of family time at the weekends as well as trying to squeeze in a little bit of time for our hobbies. I'm not 100% impressed with the fact that Craig has a sign on the door of our shared hobby room that says 'To the Trains' but at least we're able to spend time together while still doing our individual hobbies. Although I may have to make my own sign soon!

Stampin' Up! Merry Patterns

As my order from the holiday catalogue has arrived I am starting to think about Christmas, I know it's only September but we crafters like to think ahead! The first set I started to play with is the new Merry Patterns set, this is a gorgeous two step set that creates some lovely patterned images. While playing with the candles in this set (aren't the candle flames so cute!) I may have fallen a little bit in love with one of the current in colors Fresh Fig. Surprisingly I think it works quite well as a Christmas colour when combined with greens and golds. 

Stampin' Up! Merry Patterns

Originally the card had the candles above the wording and then white space underneath, it looked good but it was missing something. I didn't think that pearls or gems would quite do it and there wasn't enough space to stamp the reindeer in the set but then I remembered the foil snowflakes I had ordered on a whim. I cut one of the gold ones down to fill the space and it just finishes the card off perfectly!

Stampin' Up! Foil Snowflake

So how do you get your hands on the Merry Patterns stamp set? If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram you will have seen my post yesterday about a wonderful offer that Stampin' Up! currently have running. It's called the Merry Patterns host promotion and is running from now until the end of October. This stamp set is only available during this promotion and you cannot purchase it. In order to get your hands on it you either need to host a qualifying party (£250 or more) or by placing an order for £250 or more. You get all of the usual hostess perks but the bonus is you get this fantastic set for free. As you can see from today's card I have been having fun with it already.

Stampin' Up! Merry Patterns

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Stampin' Stars 2016 Blog Hop

Morning everyone! Well the last week has gone by very quickly and it's Saturday already. In my last post I mentioned that I was taking part in a blog hop and today is the day. There is a complete list of those taking part at the bottom of my post. Welcome if you have joined me from another blog!

Today's card has been made using products from the brand new catalogue that launched on the 1st June. If you haven't got your copy yet just drop me an email and I'll get one in the post to you.

Stampin' Up! Painters Pallete

There are several new product suites in this years catalogue but the one I absolutely love is the Playful Pallete suite. I'm not usually one for lots of bright colours, I tend to stick to blues or purples but I have just fallen in love with this years in colours. They go so well together and in this product suite they are just shown off perfectly.

For today's card I have used the playful pallete washi tape pack to create this simple yet effective card. I simply cut some whisper white card stock and wrapped the washi tape over the top of it. As it's sticky by nature and easy to tear it was really simple to do. There is also a purple roll within the pack but I decided I use far too much purple and so chose Peekaboo Peach as my main colour. Here is a close up of the lovely colours. The photo doesn't show the lovely shine that the washi tape has given to the card.

Stampin' Up! Painters Pallete

Also within this product suite there is a paper stack which co ordinates with the tape, stamp set and card stock. I'm going to have great fun playing around with this set!

I hope you've enjoyed reading my brief post today and that you might pop back again soon. To carry on with the hop (either backwards to Helen Winstone - Craft Bunnies or forwards to Katie Jones - Deep Blue Crafting) use the buttons below, or alternatively there is a full list of participants with links to their blogs at the bottom of the post.

Everyone who is taking part in today's blog hop!

Cary Buckgham & Gill Moore - 2 Big Girls Crafting
Mandy Sullivan - Stamp with Paper Panda
Helen Winstone - Craft Bunnies
Cat Herrington - Wiggle Craft - You are here
Katie Jones - Deep Blue Crafting
Fiona Stanton - Fi’s Papercraft
Sarah McDermott - Papercraft Artistry
Sara Sayers - Crafty Little Minx
Jay & Barry - Mitosucrafts
Karen Ripley - Sunny Stampin
Fiona Harris - Stamping with Fiona
Fiona Whitten - Oakfield Crafts


Sunday, 29 May 2016

Sunday Retirement Showcase - 60th Anniversary Part 1

Morning everyone, I am now back from our lovely family holiday, we had a great time in the sun, pools and water park! I apologise for the gaps in posts last week I didn't have as much time to schedule posts as I thought I would. However to make up for that fact there's going to be an extra post this week on Saturday 4th June where I am taking place in a blog hop. This is where myself and several other demos are going to be showing creations made with products from the new catalogue and there will be links on the post so you can move around the blogs to see everyone's work.

While we were away it was hubby's Grandparents 60th Wedding Anniversary, can you believe it, 60 years? When I said to hubby do you think we'll still be together for our 60th Anniversary he said we'll be lucky if we're still alive. I feel so loved! Plus we'll only be 83 so I'm hoping to still be around! Anyway, as we were going to be away I made their card and gift early. This week I will show you the card I made for them and then next week I will show you the coordinating gift.

Stampin' Up! 60th Wedding Anniversary

I started this card by digging out all of my old DSP as I had a sheet in mind that would be good for an anniversary card. However when I went looking I found this set first and realised that I had several products in the same colours that would go together really nicely.

Stampin' Up! 60th Wedding Anniversary

I love the cut out Rose's that came in an embellishment kit a while ago, I never got round to using it while it was current but loved it from when I first saw it. It's always the way, I buy something I love then don't find the perfect project for it for ages! Hopefully Stampin' Up! will do something similar in the future.

Stampin' Up! 60th Wedding Anniversary

Another product I bought but haven't used before is this lovely jewelled embellishment (the blurry photo doesn't do it justice) which I think if perfect for wedding or anniversary cards. Placed on top of the gorgeous lace trim just finishes the card off nicely. 

You now only have three days left to order any products on the retiring list so make sure you get anything you want before it's gone. I'll be back on Tuesday with another project showing off some of the products that will be gone by the end of the day. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.


Tuesday, 24 May 2016

New 2016 colours

Morning everyone, while you are reading this I should be in sunny Menorca with my family. While I'm away I can't take part in any challenges so I thought I would take the opportunity to show off some of the new ribbon available when the catalogue comes out. This gorgeous ribbon is available in this years new in colours. When I first saw a photo of the new colours I wasn't too sure about them but now I've seen them in person and had a chance to play I love them. Even the orange, pink and green which aren't really me colours. The green might even be my favourite!

Stampin' Up! 2016-18 In Colour Ruffled Ribbon

This new ruffled ribbon is so lovely! These cards were so simple to make too, I used the Stars Framelits to cut the star out of the centre of some card. Then I used glue dots to stick down strips of the ribbon and the sentiment is from One Big Meaning which I am pleased to say is carrying over to the new catalogue even though it somehow ended up with a retired sticker on it!

So which colour is your favourite?

Flirty Flamingo?

Emerald Envy?

Peekaboo Peach?

Dapper Denim?

Or Sweet Sugarplum?

There's not long left until the new catalogue comes out and you'll be able to get your hands on these goodies yourselves. Which also means if there's anything left on the retirement list that you want you need to get them fast! Thanks for stopping by my blog today, I will be back on Thursday with another card to share with you.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Just for you

Morning all, it's a bit later than normal for me as although I had made this card ready for today's post I hadn't had a chance to photograph it. It's been a very hectic weekend filled with little sleep and a poorly little cub. This is going to be a very quick post from me as I have 10 mins before I have to get ready to take little cub swimming, I'm hoping this will cheer him up as he loves water.

Stampin' Up! Just for you

Today's card took me right out of my colour comfort zone as usually I avoid greens and oranges but these two from the new in colours coming out in the annual catalogue 1st June are just so lovely I had to give them a go. This card was so simple to make, one stamp set, two inks and two pieces of card! I do love simple cards. This card was inspired by the sketch challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches this week. Here is the sketch:

Thank you for stopping by my blog, I'll be back on Thursday with another card for you but right now I need to quickly finish my tea and then go swimming!


Sunday, 15 May 2016

Sunday Retirement Showcase - Happy Ribbon

Morning all, well it's Sunday again already, time seems to be going so quickly at the moment. My boys are growing up too fast, the weeks are flying by, getting closer and closer to when I have to go back to work! Hmmmm not a happy thought! It is also getting closer to the 31st May which means you don't have long left to get those items on the retirement list before they are gone for good. A happier point is that it's getting closer and closer to when the new catalogue comes out, I am loving some of the new items and already have a wish list as long as my arm. If you would like a copy of the catalogue just drop me and email and I will get one in the post to you when they become available.

So as part of my mega tidy up in my craft space I bought a ribbon box as I have lots of reels and I hardly ever use them because I just can't see them. So now most (I hadn't realised how many I had, I need another box!!) of my ribbons are in my box and I can see all of them poking out through the holes at the end. The problem being I could now see how pretty they were but still had no idea what to do with them. So once again I opened Pinterest to see what I could find. I found a lovely card by Lisa of I'm in Haven which had Happy down the side of the card with ribbons going across the card the same colour as the letters and then birthday stamped at the bottom. Unfortunately I couldn't find the post that the photo was from which is why I haven't linked directly to that post. Here is my card recreated with retired Stampin' Up! supplies.

Stampin' Up! Ribbon Happy Birthday Card

I'm going to give this card to my brother in law but it could easily be changed to be more feminine. I don't feel it's as good as Lisa's but I'm happy with the result and I will be looking for more ways to use up my stacks of retired ribbons so that I can buy some of the ones in the new catalogue.

Thank you for stopping by to read my blog, I'll be back on Tuesday with another card to show you.