Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Make a card to celebrate an Amazing Birthday with Stampin' Up

When I want to make a quick male birthday card, I often reach for one of my favourite Stampin' Up stamp sets, Amazing Birthday. Today though I decided to give it a more feminine twist! Come and see:


This is just one stamp! It's so easy to get the multi-coloured image by colouring the rubber with Stampin' Write markers and huffing on it to remoisten the ink before stamping. This mixture of Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe and Mossy Meadow reminds me of a vintage boudoir, especially with that touch of champagne sparkle!

I'll be linking this card up with Less is More where the challenge is Mostly Words and ATCAS where there's a CAS challenge going on.

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I promised to show you some of my Somerset photos today but I've not managed to sort through them yet. I had to retire to my own boudoir very early last night - I think I may be suffering from car lag!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 29 September 2014

Going autumnal with White Christmas from Stampin' Up

I knew at once that Stampin' Up's new White Christmas stamp set was going to be one of those sets that would set my imagination going - and it most certainly has! I made my first Christmas card with it on Friday (see it here) and today, I've used the same design to make a card to send right now in the autumn! Come and see:


This time, instead of a snowy scene, I've stamped brown trees, sponged in some grass and added the glowing leaves of autumn with markers.


You may think I've gone all arty on you but these leaves are seriously easy! You simply dab small splodges around the branches with the brush end of a Stampin' Write marker, adding a few dabs underneath to represent falling leaves. Do have a go at this yourself, it's really good fun and you'll be amazed at how leafish those blobs look!


I stamped the sentiment onto a banner and attached it to the scene with a double staple before mounting onto the card base with dimensionals.

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Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
Pear Pizzazz Classic Stampin' Pad
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We've been away in Somerset this weekend, visiting family, and with the gorgeous, warm weather were able to get some good walking in. All those hills always give us a good appetite - well most of us anyway... My husband, having done full justice to a breakfast of bacon, eggs, sausages, mushrooms, beans, grilled tomatoes and several slices of toast and a lunch of roast lamb with roast potatoes, piles of vegetables and plenty of gravy, confessed that he wasn't particularly hungry for dinner. He was regarded pityingly by my youngest son. "You really do need to build your appetite up!" he said.

I'll be back tomorrow with more crafty inspiration and perhaps the odd photo of the weekend too! Hope to see you then,

Friday, 26 September 2014

It's going to be a White Christmas from Stampin' Up

The moment I saw the adorable White Christmas stamp set in the autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue, I started thinking of all the wonderful things I could do with it. So many different creatures and other elements to add to a snowy scene...! Here's the first of many, many makes:


Naturals White card stock is perfect for any sponged scene because it's soft speckled surface gives a nice feeling of movement. I heat embossed the trees in white before masking off the ground and sponging the sky. Hmm, red sky in the morning... Get all those sheep in the barns you shepherds!


Can you see the speckled card stock really adds to that frosty feel? I used a mix of the Frosted Sequins and Basic Rhinestones to get the sparkle in my trees and I love how glittery they are!


The sentiment was stamped on a banner, heat embossed in silver and stapled onto the scene with my new favourite toy the Handheld Stapler - I love the size of the staples and have been using them on everything!


It was the 25th of the month yesterday and so I'll be joining Sarn at her Rudolph Day challenge with not one but two of my shiny cards as per the rules!

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You know the saying Red sky at night, shepherds' delight? We have a different version in our house: Red sky at night, Turkish delight! And frankly we're not really fussy about the time of day or what colour the sky is!

I'll have something quite different to show you on Monday using the White Christmas set I used today. Until then, have a great weekend and remember that crafting is really good for your health!

Hugs,

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Four Feathers framed artwork - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Hello and welcome to another fabulous blog hop from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team! Are you ready to see what the team have made to inspire you today?

A DIFFERENT WAY TO STAMP
Have you noticed how feathers are a huge trend at the moment, not just in the crafting world but also in fashion and homewares? For my project this week, I decided to use the beautiful Four Feathers stamp set to make a pretty piece of wall art. Come and see:


I love the simplicity of this and it fits in beautifully with the style of my home, although it would also make a great gift. The best bit though is that it's SO easy that absolutely anyone can make it!


The background is a piece of watercolour paper cut to fit a frame I bought in a sale for a couple of pounds. I inked up an acrylic block with Soft Sky ink, spritzed it with plenty of water and dragged it across the paper until I had the shape I wanted. While it was drying, I rolled out some of Stampin' Up's Simply Pressed Clay, stamped my feathers into it and left it overnight. In the morning I cut the feathers out with my sharp paper snips, tied them together with Linen Thread and mounted them onto the inky background with glue dots.


Before putting my artwork into the frame I attached thin strips of dimensionals to the edges to keep the feathers from squashing up against the glass - that wouldn't be the elegant look I was going for at all!

Are you ready to hop around the world to see what my fellow Artisan Design teamies have been up to? Click on the button below where you'll find Allison Okamitsu waiting to inspire you in Canada!



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Clear Block I
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Paper Snips
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When he was at primary school, my eldest son enjoyed a school trip to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. My eldest son has never used several words where one will do (unlike my youngest son whose tongue runs on wheels!) so when asked whether he'd enjoyed his day he gave me a terse "Yes." It turns out that he is also master of the understatement because when pressed about what he'd particularly enjoyed, he replied: "I liked the drawings on the walls." Here is an example of the 'drawings' he was referring to:


See you tomorrow for more crafting fun!

Hugs,

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

The latest special offers from Stampin' Up

Hello! I'm back again! If you're looking for my daily inspiration project click here.

GET YOUR STAMPIN' UP PRODUCTS AT A DISCOUNT
Do you remember me telling you that Stampin' Up discount selected products each week? You'll find these Weekly Deals each week under the Special Offers tab above but I just had to show you this week's. There are Framelit dies and paper piercing packs - two of my favourite things and at bargain prices too!

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My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up supplies any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Enjoy your evening and don't forget to come back and join me for the Artisan Design Team blog hop tomorrow - there are some amazing projects to see!