Monday, 15 May 2017

I'm baaaaack

I was talking to a friend the other day about how nice her card she had made was,  and how she should guest on my blog when i realised that it had been almost a year since i had posted!  In my defence,  in that time I've moved countries,  bought a house and changed jobs so there's been a lot going on

My wonderful parents (I don't think my mum reads my blog, but must in case 😉) let us stay with them after our initial house purchase fell through which gave us time to pick the house of our dreams,  it has meant though that my mum and I have been sharing a craft space,  and this has led to weekly exchanges of craft things left behind or accidentally packed.

I'm just waiting ( impatiently)  for my new craft room,  apparently the floors need to dry out for me to be able to put the laminate down,  so creating anything has been a challenge. Nevertheless,  it is very nearly new catalogue time so here is a sneak peek for you.
Please let me know what you think.  There's been loads and loads of sun here recently so I've been spending loads of time in the garden,  and this card just captured exactly what I've been feeling. 

Speak soon guys,  I'll be doing a giveaway for subscribers soon,  so don't forget to subscribe and comment,  it really makes my day. I'd also love to see what you're making,  why not leave a picture of something you're proud of in the comments.


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Global design project #34 - Sketch challenge

Project life card

I am feeling so creative at the moment. I can't decide if it is because I am in such a lovely location (I'm visiting my parents in Northern Ireland at the moment), or if it is because I know that there are products retiring and I want to get them before they run out.

I have never used project life before, but I couldn't resist these colourful project life cards, especially when they are at the bargain price of £8.70!

I made this card for the global design project challenge this week. The challenge is to put a sentiment in the middle of the card.

This is really not something I normally do. I usually design the background and artwork on the card, and then add the sentiment later. This challenged me to think about my cards differently and led me to a lovely set that is retiring on the 1st June. 

The going places stamp set is really striking, but it has a lot of text on it. I had used the images in other cards, but the sentiments in these didn't fit my normal style of adding the sentiments later. This made it perfect for this challenge.

I inked the sentiment stamp with Mint Macaron and Rich Razzleberry using Stampn' Up! markers. This allowed me to ink certain areas in different colours. 

The arrow paperclip embellishment came from the gorgeous This is the Life embellishment pack which is reduced to an amazing £5.40.

The ribbon is the retiring Mint Macaron 1" dotted lace rim. I will be s sad to see this go as it is funky and elegant at the same time, and enhances so many projects. I tied it using the fork bow technique using my fingers as the tine of the fork. This made a much larger bow than the fork would have and I think it suits the wide lace well.

 I attached the bow to some ribbon and then the card using a candy dot brad base and a Rich Razzleberry candy dot from the Brights collection.

I love how all of the Stampin' Up! products coordinate, so once I read that Rich Razzleberry was one of the colours used in the Project Life kit, I could choose my embellishments and ink and craft.
The sentiment is actually stamped on a Project Life grid card. I could have cut it out of  Whisper White card stock, but it was so easy just to use one of the grid cards. They have a square light grey grid on one side and are white on the other. They are reduced to a mere £1.95 for 50 cards!

Finally, I added Glossy Accents to the Rich Razzleberry parts of the sentiment to make them pop as this is the focus of my card.
This turned out so much nicer than I had thought it would, and it was so easy to put together.

You can order all of the products used here online, on the phone or by email. You could even book a workshop and make the card yourself. I'll bring the crafty bits, you just supply some friends ( and cake, cake is essential for crafting). 

Just click on an item below to be taken straight to my shop, and make sure you add the hostess code for this month to get a freebie from me at the end of the month.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Summer Silhouettes and retiring lists.

May the 4th be with you crafters.

I wish I had some fantastic Star Wars related craft to share, but I really am not that organised! Instead I'll tell you about the retiring list from Stampin' Up!

As a demonstrator it is a bitter-sweet time as it's exciting to see all the new things in the catalogue ( we get a sneak peek) but it's sad to see things that I really like retire. As a customer, it's a fabulous time as you get reduced Stampin' Up! items. 

I'd like to share a card I made with the retiring sets "Summer Silhouettes" and "Petite Pairs". As I was making this card, a lot of the embellishments sold out, so if you see something that you like, make sure to snap it up quickly! 

The card is made from whisper white heavy card stock which is cut to A5 and scored to A6. The mat is made from blackberry bliss card stock which has sadly sold out, but I have substituted rich razzleberry in the product list. The inks used are mossy meadow, blackberry liss and lost lagoon, but as they have sold out, I have substituted pool party, old olive and rich razzleberry. 

Summer Silhouettes wood mounted set is now reduced to £17.60, which makes it even cheaper than the clear mounted set. It is a bargain as it is such a versatile set.

Petite Pairs is a lovely set for sentiments, each sentiment has a little extra text to go with it, You can put this extra bit with the sentiment on the front of the card like I did, or put it inside the card to give it a really professional finish.

If you don't what to shell out on a lot of ink pads right away but you want a lot of colours, then buying a pack of pens to colour the stamps in before stamping on the paper would give you a lot of colours inexpensively and get you stamping right away. You could easily make this card with the 2015-2017 in colour pens, juat make sure to breathe on the stamp before you stamp it to reactivate the ink.
The ribbon is the sold out tangelo twist stitched satin, but the melon mambo version of it is still available and a bargain £5.78 for ten yards. The ribbon is tied in a bow using the fork bow technique, check back this week for a video tutorial on this technique.

The products that are available to order to make this card are:
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

When you order from me me, make sure you use my hostess code to get a freebie in the post at the end of the month. This month's hostess code is XDDXS3NT

Monday, 18 April 2016

Hello again!

After a bit of a break from crafting I am back. I've just signed up again with Stampin' Up with the lovely Catherine Carroll.

I have been doing lots of new things recently, one of which was to sell at a local craft fair. It was at the fantastic Hat Factory in Luton and was a wonderful opportunity to meet so many talented and artistic people.

I also really enjoyed making some cards with some lovely people at the fair, from the very kind lady who sat down to make the first card of the day ( and had so much fun designing her own card in the end) to the lovely ladies who made a box using the gift box punch board ( so much fun). Thank you all for your enthusiasm.

Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

This is a thank you card I have designed for the lovely lady who placed an order with me online. The supplies used are:

  1. Basic Black and Whisper White card stock
  2. Melon Mambo ink
  3. Brights candy dots
  4. Everyday Chic Designer Washi Tape
  5. A lovely stamp set I received at a Stampin' Up! event this weekend!

The heart of the Stampin' Up! business and experience is to share what you love, crafting, and help others discover their creativity. This can be a bit scary, as we all feel self-conscious about our creations but is so worthwhile when you see how proud and empowered feel about creating something. I'd love to hear your comments about things you have created, and I'd love even more to craft with you, so for the next moth, if you book a party with me you will get a special gift on top of any hostess benefits you might get. Check here for more details on how to book a party.

These are all the the products I used to make this card, just click on a product to order it.Make sure you use the hostess code 97Y3JP6Z before you check out to get a free gift from me at the end of the month.
Table built using Product Table Builder by The Crafty Owl - Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.

In other news, I will hopefully be starting some classes locally. I haven't decided on a day or time just yet as I need to liaise with the venue, so check back soon for news on that.

See you all soon!

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Last chance for sale a bration

Hello all, I can't believe that it is Easter already! How the time has flown. I am not getting much time to update this blog at the minute but thank you all for continuing to visit.

We're coming to the end of my favourite time of the Stampin' Up year, Sale a bration, and I'd like to share with you a gorgeous set from the scrummy Spring mini catalogue.

The quote is from the gorgeous "Marry Me" set and the frame is one of the embossing folders, only £7.95 for two! I love using my Stampin Up markers to colour stamps and the fact that the colours of markers, ink, ribbon and cardstock are all matching makes whipping up a card like this really easy.

Remember that Sale a bration ends on the 31st March, so don't miss out on your lovely freebies today, one free stamp set or designer series paper pack for every £45 you spend. If you are interested in the starter kit you also benefit from any stamp set in the catalogue for free.

Speak soon!

Sunday, 5 February 2012

Sale a bration Elementary Elegance

Good evening all! It's my second favourite time of the Stampin Up year, Sale-A-Bration. From 24th January to 31st March you get free stamp sets and designer paper for every £45 that you spend. These sets and paper cannot be bought any other way and, as usual, I want them all!

You can also earn sets by hosting a party or signing up to be a demonstrator. These free sets are in addition to your already generous benefits from Stampin' Up so you can't fail to benefit. In this wintry weather what could be better than curling up with a nice cup of tea or hot chocolate and browsing through the catalogue.

This card was made with the gorgeous Elementary Elegance set which coordinates beautifully with the curly label punch. Why not gather some friends around and have a stamping party? I'll bring everything you need just bring your inspiration (and credit cards!). If you have a long wish list them why not consider buying the starter kit? There is no obligation to sell and you get a whopping 40% off your goodies as well as a free stamp set from the catalogue.

In other news my little dog is growing up fast and can almost be trusted in the craft room, she tends to bring me things and "ask" if she can chew them now! She far prefers it in the snow though!

Monday, 12 December 2011

Serene snowflakes

Hello all! I can't believe that it is nearly Christmas! The last month has just flown by and I may have to buy my Christmas cards this year as I haven't had time to make them (how embarrassing).

I thought I would share a card with you that I designed for my Stampin' Up lovely upline Michelle Last's quarterly training. It uses this year's new in colours Island Indigo, Pool Party and Wisteria Wonder. I love the dreamy elegant feel that vellum gives a card and the new tiny brads work perfectly to attach the vellum to the card without dominating it. The stamps are from the oh so useful Season of Joy set.

I'm off to see if I can beat the deadline from Royal Mail and get my cards finished, wish me luck!