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Sunday, 15 October 2017

Santa Scene

Good morning all, I can't believe it's Sunday already, this week has gone so fast. Luckily this weekend we haven't been that busy so I've been able to get some relaxing crafting done as well as some more organising/planning. We're off on a lovely family walk later along the old Meon railway line, we're going to take the boys on their bikes so it should be fun!

As a Stampin' Up! demonstrator we sometimes get early access to certain products, which means I get to play with them before being able to sell them to customers. The latest early release is the new alcohol markers called Stampin' Blends. These are only available to demonstrators and there isn't a customer release date yet, however if you sign up to join my team before the end of today you can choose the Stampin' Blends as part of your starter pack, meaning you get them early too! For some more of my colouring in pop over to my Facebook page.

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas & Santa Suit

Apart from the Christmas tree and Santa hiding behind it, everything on this card has been coloured in with my Stampin' Blends. I absolutely love them already, they are so easy to use and really enjoyable to colour with. How cute is this little dog sniffing out Santa's cookies?

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas & Santa Suit

Today's card has been made using the Santa Suit and Ready for Christmas stamp sets and matching framelits. I have to admit these two sets are actually ones that I put in my order and took off again several times before finally buying them, I just couldn't make my mind up. I am so glad I decided to get them, I've played with the Santa Suit set more than any of the others I bought. I've got so many ideas for the Ready for Christmas set too, including a scrapbook layout.

Stampin' Up! Ready for Christmas & Santa Suit

I hope you like today's card, I'm off to measure Rory's head for a cycle helmet! Happy Sunday everyone!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Dragonfly Dreams

Happy Sunday! It's just a quick post from me today, we have had a really busy weekend going to football training, a family BBQ and a birthday party. I can't believe it's almost over already, back to work tomorrow, boooo!! 

About a week ago I posted on Instagram the below photo of a Dragonfly we had seen on our walk back from town and my interpretation in ink. However I totally forgot to share the completed card so thought I would share it on my blog! Here is the original photo I took of the Dragonfly, you can barely see the wings in the photo.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

This was the photo of the my version of the Dragonfly. To stamp the wings I used Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry which I sponged onto the stamp so that I was able to achieve a good mix of colours. I then used my Cajun Craze Stamp 'n' write marker to colour in the body of the Dragonfly to stop the ink from going onto the wings. The body was also stamped again using the two step stamps in the set.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

I'm really pleased with how this turned out and although the wings aren't see through like the real thing I think the colour combination works well together.

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

Once I had my Dragonfly I wasn't sure what to do next so I reached for my tablet and searched Pintrest for some inspiration. I found this lovely card made by Michelle Last which inspired me to use the dots in the set to make a frame round the card. I hope you like it!

Stampin' Up! Dragonfly Dreams

Don't forget if you'd like to have a go at making any of these cards yourself just get in touch and I can pop a catalogue in the post to you or if you're local why not come to one of my card making classes?


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Building Orchids for CAS Colours and Sketches

Good morning! Before I start I just want to warn you this is quite a picture heavy post as I am a little bit in love with today's card. As I don't often say that about my own cards I hope you'll excuse the amount of photos! If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram  you'll have seen my Dragonfly post yesterday saying that I often get inspired by nature. Well on my kitchen window sill I have several Orchids and my pink one is currently in flower. Every time I see it I keep thinking I should try and replicate it with my Orchid builder set, obviously nothing is as good as nature itself but I do like my version as well. 

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

Today's card was also inspired by the sketch challenge over at CAS Colours & Sketches I'm not sure why when I saw it I thought of using Orchids but I did!


I had great fun creating this card with the orchid builder stamps and framelits. so I though I would include step by step photos of how I created them to show you how easy it is! First you stamp out all of your layers, I used plain whisper white this time with Berry Burst ink but it would also look good on the shimmery card stock.

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

Then use the matching dies to cut out all of your layers, I find the magnetic platform really helps, this way I know the borders round my layers are going to be as equal as possible and I won't accidentally cut part of my image off. It might just be me with messy die cuts without the magnetic platform though!

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

As I wanted a little extra colour on the petals I sponged the edges as well. Then with my pierce mat underneath to give it a soft surface I pushed the edge of my bone folder into each petal section to give it a bit of dimension. This step is not essential but it does make them stand out a bit more.

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

Then finally glue the layers together, I personally use glue dots between each layer as I can accurately put them where I need them and they're not messy! As a little extra touch I used my wink of Stella pen (seriously cannot get enough of this!!) on the centre of the flower.

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

For my card I made two of the small Orchids and one of the large ones, I then glued these on a stem cut using the seasonal layers dies. The sentiment came from the Orchid builder set as well and was stamped in Garden Green.

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

So what do you think? As I said I actually love this card, I think it also helped that I already had a recipient in mind when I started making this. Sometimes without realising it I'll put extra effort into a card if I already know who I'm giving it to. 

Stampin' Up! Orchid Builder

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

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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.

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