Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A Thank You Shaker for a lovely lady!

Hi everyone!
How are you all?
I have been soooo busy over the last year, and I wanted to share with you what I've been doing that has kept me from crafting and blogging so much.
Since February last year I have been studying. Yep, studying! And it's finally over, for now! In the last 12 months I have qualified at Level 2; Fitness Instructor, Level 3; Personal Trainer, Level 3; Exercise Referral Specialist and Level 4; Obesity & Diabetes Exercise Specialist. This has all been going on whilst I have been working, being Mum and struggling with some personal issues, so it has left little time for crafting or blogging! 

But I'm hoping life will settle down somewhat now, and I can get back to enjoying some crafty time!

So first, I have a shaker card to show you, that I made for a very special lady, Caroline Hallett (Crafty Hallett). She found out how much I had been struggling, and sent me a really generous package of goodies, and a gorgeous card!

Part of my parcel was the already prepared frame and the Window Sheet, which is what led me to make a shaker card. I glued the Window Sheet to the back of the frame, added some sequins, then, after stamping the sentiment from One Big Meaning, I used some of the new Foam Adhesive Tape to attach the frame to the card blank.

I finished with some die cut flowers from Botanical Builder Framelits, inked with Sweet Sugarplum, and sequins and Glimmer Paper added for essential sparkle!

I hope you like my card, and hope to see you again soon! :)

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Pinkies 2016 Annual Catalogue Blog Hop

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous
projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Annual Catalogue. Simply use the buttons
at the end of each post to keep hopping!

Hello and welcome to my little blog, and my project showcasing some of the new products from our brand new Annual Catalogue!

I absolutely love this Love You Lots stamp set, as you probably know by now! It is one of the new hostess sets which you can earn for free with any order/workshop or party of £150 or more! I have used 2 of the lush new In Colours, Sweet Sugarplum and Peekaboo Peach, as I think the look fab together, don't you??

So, the card first...

I have stamped the little cuties in Tip Top Taupe, then stamped 2 balloons from Balloon Celebration in the In Colors before punching them out with the co-ordinating balloon punch. I then stamped 2 strings from the set and popped the balloons up on Dimensionals.

And now to the jar...which is full of Peekaboo Peach candles!

See? Told you they match! And they are peach fragranced too! 
I first of all embossed the Peekaboo Peach card with the Woodgrain EF, then stamped the sentiment from Layering Love in matching ink. The butterfly is from Papillon Potpourri (so glad it hasn't retired!). I then wrapped some gorgeous Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon around the neck of the jar to finish it off.

I hope you enjoyed seeing my creations, and now it's time to pop on over to Fiona's blog to see what she has come up with!

Happy hopping!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Drunken ladybirds!

Good morning!
I hope you are all well! It's a lovely bank holiday Monday here in the UK so I am going to spend it in my garden, but before I do I thought I would share this little card I have quickly made for the Less Is More sketch challenge this week...

I thought this was a 'me' sketch so I couldn't resist playing along!
And I used a brand new hostess stamp set! 

Now I titled this post 'Drunken Ladybirds'....have a look at these cuties...they remind me of one friend propping another up after a couple of drinks too many, don't you think?? I can just see them dancing and singing down the street on the way home from a great night out!

This lovely set, which I am 'slightly' obsessed with, is Love You Lots and is one of the new hostess sets, available for free from Wednesday with any workshop, party or individual order of £150 or more. I teamed it with the new Sweet & Sassy framelits to create the heart. To give a little depth I popped the top of the heart up on Dimensionals.

I fussy cut the very cute 'drunken' ladybirds (ladybugs in USA I believe?) and then after colouring them in Real Red, I gave them a coat of Crystal Effects to make them shine. You could also achieve a similar effect by heat embossing them with Versamark and Clear Stampin' Emboss, though I would do it before cutting them out!

I finished the card with paper piercing for interest without taking anything away from the simplicity of the card.

Right....gardening calls! Have a lovely day, whatever you're doing!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Something extremely Sweet 'n Sassy!

Good morning everyone!
I'm here to share a sweet little card I made using a new sneak peek stamp set! And what's more, it is one you can get for free! (more about that later...)

So here is the card...

This super cute stamp set is called Love You Lots and it will be available from 1st June....isn't this one adorable?? I stamped them in black, coloured them with Smoky Slate and Basic Gray, then fussy cut them out. I paper pierced the card blank using the retiring Updated Paper Piercing Essentials pack.

I also used some upcoming new framelits, Sweet Sassy Framelits, to die cut the heart out of Sweet Sugarplum, one of the brand new In Colors... I love this sweetheart shaped heart don't you?? There are lots of hearts Framelits in the set, in two different styles. I particularly like this one though as it matches the current Sweetheart Punch. 

The new products are all available from 1st June, but sadly, the Paper Piercing sets will no longer be available after then so grab yours now if you still want one. The Piercing Mat is also going so why not grab one of those at the same time? :)

Oh and how can you get this gorgeous stamp set for free I hear you ask? Lucky for you it is one of the hostess stamp sets, so you will be able to choose this free with any order or workshop over £150, so why not get a few friends together and see what they would like from the catalogue, then place your order and bingo! Freebies!

I'll leave you with that thought and wish you a fab day!
See you soon!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Everything Eleanor box frame

Hi everyone!
Well after the last little box frame I made using retired DSP, I decided I should give it a go with current DSP, so here is a pretty one I made using a 12in x 12in sheet from the Neutrals DSP paper stack.

I really love the delicate pattern on this paper don't you? I added a piece of white card to the background to hide the stripes that are on the other side of this double sided paper, and onto that I stamped the swirl from Everything Eleanor. This was one of may favourite sets so I'm really sad to see that it's retiring. If you want this set, you'll have to be quick!

The flower is stamped in one of the gorgeous new 2016/2018 In Colours, Sweet Sugarplum. I love this new colour!

A little tip that I realised in my eagerness to make this....stamp onto your back piece before you fit it into the frame or you may struggle to fit your block into the aperture! I almost fell fowl but got round it luckily! 

I'm going to be taking delivery of some customer orders tomorrow, so if you placed an order, I'll be in touch as soon as I do! Oh and there might be a little something in there for me too! ;) I'll share when I get chance!

Have a lovely evening!

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Awesomely Artistic Box Frame

Good morning!
So today I want to show you a little shadow box frame I made last week. I used a single 12in x12in piece of Perfectly Artistic DSP for this, and when I had made the frame I decided it looked 'beachy' so that was kind of where I took it...

I used the kind of heart shaped splodgy stamp from Awesomely Artistic, stamped in one of the brand new In Colors for this year, and shaped a length of Linen Thread into a kind of heart then added one of the little Clothespins to hold it in shape.

I finished this with three tiny little hearts in the bottom right corner, but I have a problem...I can't remember which stamp set it came from! Can you figure it out?? I have searched my sets and just can't find it so your help would be seriously appreciated!

I plan to complete the frame with a shell or too from my next visit to the beach...what do you think?

I know I made this using some retired DSP from Sale-a-Bration, but I just wanted to have a play and see how the box frame would turn out...I'm very pleased with it and plan to make some more using current DSP :)

Have a lovely day and if you would like to order any Stampin' Up! goodies please do click on my shop over there on the right >>>>>

Bye for now!

Thursday, 21 April 2016

A little sunshine....

Hello everyone!
I am here to share with you a card I made 2 nights ago, after receiving some very happy mail from a very thoughtful fellow Demo, Caroline Hallett. I have been going through a tough period over the last 10 months or so, but I have pretty much kept it to myself. It has affected me in ways I never thought it would, such as not really crafting or gardening...pretty much getting by doing things I have to do, rather than want to do. But I have started to try and pull myself out of this slump, and Caroline's little gift gave me a gentle nudge (or great big kick up the bum!) to get back me into my craft room!

She sent me a beautiful, and very unexpected package of the brand new In Colours, so I decided I should make her a card to say 'thank you'. This isn't it! I had intended it to be, but then I wasn't very happy with it, do I have made her another which I will share when she receives it.

I used a sentiment from the sadly retiring Feel Goods, (get it from the retiring sale before it sells out!), the sunburst from Kinda Eclectic, and some of the gorgeous new Peekaboo Peach Washi Tape. I used Peekaboo Peach, Sweet Sugarplum for the stamping, two of the yummy new In Colours for 2016/17...aren't they lush?? The Sugarplum goes perfectly with our Rich Razzleberry by the way.....

So I hope this will be the first crafty item of many that I will be showing you in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you for bearing with me through my tough period, and thank you to my wonderful customers who have kept me active as a Demo....I am coming back and I am coming back fighting!!

See you soon!

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