Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Now featuring on...

Eek.  Been busy filming You Tube videos, it has been great to share my love of crafting worllwide and be able to have a permanent record of tutorials to share with other people.  I have had some amazing and positive feedback so far.

This is my first video using the 'Sheltering Tree' stamp set, and it explains step by step an alternative way to use the set and to get the most from it.

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Thursday, 26 May 2016

Spots and Stripes

I think spots and stripes are timeless aren't they?  I think if in doubt there is always spots and stipes, they make a great basis to add to.  

Stampin up do this amazing thick vellum, so not think like tracing paper, it is great for layering, stamping on and punching or die cutting.

I have also been playing with the Paper Bag Punch Board, I keep making little bags!! Trying my hand at different designs and shapes, you can use patterned designer series paper, or use plain paper or card to stamp and decorate yourself. 

That's not all... with the off cuts that come from the paper bag punch board, I took inspiration from you tube and made hinges for a door on this 49th birthday card.


Monday, 23 May 2016

One Sheet Wonder

I love doing one sheet wonders as they are such a quick and easy way to produce a background and lots of cards, especially suitable for those thank you cards! 
This set of cards were to thank the ladies who attended my Stampin Up Launch.  I used colours from the subtles range, MArina Mist, Calypso Coral and So Saffron, and one of my all time favourite stamps sets- Kinda Eclectic

I love Summer Silhouttes, although it won't be carrying over to the new Catalogue that comes out in June! So do order it before the 31st May from my shop if you would like to get your hands on it!  I embossed the repeated diamond pattern in gold and sponged the colourful background.  I then embossed the other images with black embossing powder for a striking look.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Post Abroad

Thing cards winged there way across the pond to Australia and America! I tried to make them to what I thought would suit the lovely ladies receiving them.  These were done as part of a Facebook card swap on Artful Craftin.

This card went to Rosalie, and seemed to take forever to arrive, I was worried it might have got lost in the post, but thankfully it arrived in Australia!  So this one is using Timeless Textures and Birthday Blossoms

The next card went to America to the jolly Denise, I wanted a bit of sparkle and used whats called the 'kissing technique' where you stamp an image on a plainer surface, See edge of the card... For this card I used something from the Sale-a-Bration catalogue and the flower is using the pansy punch

Monday, 9 May 2016

 I can't believe my oldest sister is 40!!! I remember when my Mum was 40 and thinking how old that was! lol... How time flies... So in keeping with the stamping theme. I grabbed some brown packing paper and some black ink and got stamping. It was so much fun to stamp all over the place ha ha. So I got wrapping and tieing with some raffia to represent brown paper packages tied up with string (#SoundOfMusic) one of our favourite childhood films.  My dear sister is a a big craft inspiration in my life and the one who got me into Stampin Up products, For that I am forever grateful!Check out her beautiful work at Artful Stampin (just click on name to follow link)

So here is the Birthday card I made, using sponging, masking and the retired Stippled blossoms stamps.  I embossed a script stamp on top with white heat embossing to give texture.  To add even more texture I added splashed from the gorgeous grunge set.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Taking up the Challege

Who doesn't like a challenge right?  Well I thought I would give it a go... over at Global Design Project they had a sketch.  OOh I thought lovely and simple to work with and lots of different ideas to be had.  So I used the same colours and stamp set that I used for a One Sheet wonder to create some little thank you cards, and jazzed up my card for the challenge using gold sequins.  I stamped the 'swishy' stamp from the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set to give me a stone wall effect.  The purple flowers were a reminder of those wall flowers that poke through the brick work!  I used some cotton ribbon to stamp a sentiment on.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Great results from my first workshop

I had 3 ladies turn up for my first workshop.  I think I was being a bit ambitious to think I could fit in 6! Having 3 was a great start and confidence booster.  It was a great atmosphere of chatting, laughing and introducing them to using stamps at the versatility of just one stamp set.  They all seemed to have their own styles and came out with 9 completely different cards.  We came up with a great idea of having a parent and child crafting session which I though was a great idea! So watch this space...  We used one of my favourite sets Sheltering Tree and I limited them to a handful of colours including the in colours.