Friday, 19 September 2014

Mingle all the way to Christmas with Stampin' Up!

Have you been thinking about making Christmas cards yet? I'm buzzing with ideas for mine! Here's one idea - a simple design using my new Mingle All the Way stamp set from the Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue. Come and see:

This fabulous stamp set contains five large word art images and I love the way they can take centre stage on a card.

It was easy peasy to colour using Stampin' Write markers and I added gold accents with the Stampin' Dazzle marker. Can you see? I LOVE this pen and can't imagine why it's taken me so long to start using it! And it comes in silver too! The designer paper is a snippet of Maritime designer paper and I used gold washi tape from the Watercolour Wonder pack plus gold sequins pulled off the trim.

I was given plenty of inspiration for this card, including the boot in the seat of the pants encouragement to make two of them! (Thanks Darnell. You and Sarn are the reason people will be receiving Christmas cards from me this year!)

I'll be linking up with the Holiday challenge at Addicted to Stamps & More,  Merry Mondays, where the challenge is to make the sentiment the focus of the card; Retro Sketches where this is sadly the last sketch from Laurie who is stepping down; and last but not least, the NBUS (never before used schtuff) challenge where Darnell has added optional extras (I have gone for 1, 2 and 3 but not 4 - of course not!)

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my online shop) 
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.

I'm afraid the sentiment on this card prompted a full-scale debate in our family and it was felt that there should be a disclaimer along the same lines as the advert for the well-known beer, Carlsberg. My argument was that 'There's no happy like holiday happy (probably)' doesn't have quite the same ring to it!

Have a lovely weekend won't you. I'll be back on Monday with more crafty goodness so hope to see you then.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

A birthday with Freaky Friends - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Hello! I'm delighted to welcome you to another Stampin' Up blog hop brought to you by our lovely group of designers from around the world. Each member of the team are sent boxes containing the same Stampin' Up products and I'm constantly amazed by how differently we all use our goodies!

My own project this week is a simple card using the cute Freaky Friends stamp set. Come and see:

The little monsters in this set just make me melt! I let this little chap loose on a Project Life-style panel made with Coastal Cabana card stock, a strip of designer paper and rounded corners.

Let's take a closer look at that little cutie! I stamped him in Tangelo Twist ink and gave him a bit of shine with clear embossing powder. For extra detail, I stamped him again in black ink on crumb cake, and popped up his little face over the orange one. Don't you think it looks as if he's wearing a onesie?!

He was such a good little monster that I gave him a balloon!

It was made with one of the Word Bubbles framelits dies! I tied a piece of bakers twine to it and glued it into place before stretching the twine down, threading it into a pierced hole under the monster's hand and taping to the back of the panel.

I think these little monsters make great cards for small boys (or even grown-up ones!)

Now the rest of the team have got heaps of ideas to show you, so click the button below and hop over to see the lovely Allison Okamitsu's fab project!

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my online shop) 
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.

When my boys were little they would amuse themselves for hours with a balloon. One rainy afternoon I went to investigate a terrifying disturbance upstairs and found that they had somehow managed to drag the beds to the edges of the room and made a 'net' in the centre of the room with a bench. They had devised their own form of volleyball! They called it Ballyball and it became a regular feature of their playtime together. They made up all sorts of complicated rules for it and the only problem was that the ball would gradually become smaller and smaller as the air leaked out!

Do come back and visit me tomorrow when I'll have another new project to show you!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Choose Happiness

We're having a warm, mellow September here in the heart of England and it's inspired me to pair up Stampin' Up's gorgeous Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo and throw in a zing of sunshine yellow! Come and see:

The Choose Happiness stamp set was just made for casual layering like this and I honestly think you could arrange the elements in the set any old how and it would work beautifully!

You might be wondering where these embellishments are coming from? Well the strip of Coastal Cabana and that cute little mini bulldog clip are from the Tag-a-Bag Accessories kit and the pearls were coloured with one of my Daffodil blendabilities pens. I'm loving colouring everything with my blendies!

I based this card on the fabulous sketch over at CASE this Sketch, so I'll be linking up there.

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my online shop) 
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.

Yesterday my youngest son came home from school and told me that he's really enjoying Physics. I said I was pleased for him and that perhaps he finds it so easy to understand because of his experience on the lighting crew. He looked at me. "You know, I think you might have got the wrong idea about lighting the play," he said. "Basically I'm just shining a light on some people talking!"

See you tomorrow - ooh and don't miss it because it'll be the Artisan Design Team blog hop and there will be amazing things to see!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Another use for Stampin' Up's Curvy Keepsake Box part 2

Did you see the mug I made yesterday with the Curvy Keepsake Box from the new Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue? Well, I have a confession to make... I made that card when I saw this week's Beverage challenge at Less is More, only the trouble is I forgot it was supposed to be one layer. Now, has anyone else made that mistake before?!!! I couldn't admit defeat though and so today, I bring you my Curvy Keepsake mug part 2! Come and see:

This time, when I made a mug out of the die, I used it as a mask. I placed the mug mask off the side of a Crumb Cake card base, put a sheet of scrap paper over most of it and stamped the Hardwood background stamp to create a 'table'. The scrap paper was moved to cover the table and I sponged Whisper White craft ink around it and the mug.

To decorate the mug, I used the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to make a stencil and sponged inside it, adding a gem. The Stampin' Up chalk marker made excellent steam and I added some more gems to that. Ahhhhh! Nothing like a cup of lurve!

Here's a close up of that Hardwood table. I love the way it looks stamped in Wisteria Wonder on Crumb Cake card stock and sponged with more of the ink. The sentiment is a favourite of mine from the Hopeful Thoughts stamp set, stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink.

Here's a quick visual reminder of how to make the mug:

(Click on each item to find it quickly in my online shop) 
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.

I've been very touched by all the messages of support I've received about my daughter leaving home to go to university. We gave her a great send off with a fun games evening on the evening before she left. Her lovely boyfriend introduced us to some brilliant games that will remain firm family favourites (the saucepan game anyone?!)

The whole family escorted her to Manchester and helped her carry her belongings to her room.

There was a tricky moment when my daughter found my eldest son in the kitchen eating a brownie that one of the new students had baked to share with her new flatmates. "But there was a sign on them saying help yourself!" he said indignantly. A black eye can be painful, so we whisked him away while my daughter settled in and met everyone. We returned later to take her out for a slap up meal and I was able to hear about her day before our journey home. Of course I shall miss her like mad but I know that she'll be happy and we'll certainly keep in touch :)

See you tomorrow,