Friday, 22 August 2014

Gardening with Flower Patch from Stampin' Up

Wooohooo! Starting today, there's a fantastic offer for anyone who joins Stampin' Up: you'll pay £99 for your starter kit but will receive a whopping £150 worth of products! And the best bit? You'll get to choose the products you want! Don't miss out - this offer ends next Friday, 29th August. Click here for more info.

AND NOW... SOME STAMPING!
Real gardening may be time consuming but I love the way you can rustle up a little flower garden in minutes using stamps and ink! Stampin' Up's new photopolymer stamp set Flower Patch is great for this. Come and see:


I stamped the flowers in a row, varying the heights of the flower heads, and added leaves and stems, using a marker to fill in gaps where necessary. Once my garden was ready, I sponged in a blue sky - it's always good weather in my stamped gardens! You can almost feel the sunshine on your shoulders and look! a little green butterfly has fluttered in to collect nectar!


I cut a square aperture out of a panel of Whisper White card stock and added a sentiment tab to it before placing it over the flowers. It's a great time to buy these fabulous square framelits - they're on special offer this week at only £17.21, down from £22.95!

The beautiful colour palette at the ColourQ was used to make this card and I'll also be linking up with Mrs A's Butterfly challenge where there's a summertime theme.



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The GCSE results came out yesterday and my lovely eldest son has definitely secured his place on a graphic design course at college. I am so pleased for him and he is delighted to have finished with school! Hmm, *becomes thoughtful*, since he's in such a good mood, perhaps I can get him to help in our garden... yes, I'm afraid the triffids have landed again!

Have a lovely weekend and I'll see you on Monday with more crafting ideas.


Thursday, 21 August 2014

Choose Happiness - Stampin' Up! Artisan blog hop

It's Thursday and that means you're in for a treat because it's time for the weekly Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop! As always we've been working hard to inspire you, so come on - let's start hopping! I've gone vintage with my project this week:


This pretty notebook and card set was made for a lovely lady who joined Stampin' Up with my team last week. (I love welcoming new members to my team, so if you've been wondering whether joining might be right for you, check out my information page here!)


Here's the card. I love the 'artwork on bookprint' style and it's so easy to achieve with Stampin' Up's new blendabilities and the fabulous Typeset speciality designer paper. This paper is thinner than usual which make it really easy to manipulate. TIP: With its variety of designs in sophisticated black and cream, it makes a stylish gift wrap too - perfect for the guys!


There's nothing masculine about this project though! Here's the notebook. The stamped images are from the gorgeous Choose Happiness set, and the intense colour comes courtesy of the Rich Razzleberry and Old Olive blendabilities. I added a little sponging round the book print too.


I adore these elegant little kraft journals with their trendy grid pages. They come in packs of two and are great fun to cover in all sorts of styles. I thought this one would make a great 'happy journal', where you write down things that have made you happy each day!



If this were my journal, today's entries would start with:

• Made a fab gift set for a lovely new member of my team
• Enjoyed a fabulous Artisan Design Team blog hop!

Talking of which, the rest of the team have some amazing creations to show you too! Allison Okamitsu is next up, so click the button below to see what she's been up to:



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We were in the north east of England last weekend and as we were driving through Newcastle city centre, I spotted the city's Artisan restaurant which has been cleverly developed round an old biscuit factory. "Hey look!" I said excitedly to my husband, pointing at the logo. "It's me!" He glanced over. "What do you mean?" he said. "A biscuit factory?" Hmm. I think it's safe to say that (a) my husband isn't quite as excited about my Artisan Design Team status as I am and that (b) he's perhaps a little concerned about my biscuit consumption!

There'll be lots more crafting fun here tomorrow so do come back and visit me then.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Tips for using Stampin' Up blendabilities

What's your favourite crafting supply at the moment? I've become addicted to the new blendabilities from Stampin' Up and am having so much fun finding out all about them! Today's card was something of an experiment which I think turned out pretty well - come and see:


Just look at that foxy little fella! Isn't he a cutie? I had been wondering what would happen if I stamped him directly onto Pistachio Pudding card stock and coloured him with my Pumpkin Pie blendabilities. It worked! The colour turned out to be as intense as I could have wished!


Here's a close up. Have you noticed that there's no black outline on my fox? That's because I stamped him in Cajun Craze classic ink which works very well. If you DO want a black outline, Momento ink is recommended.

I 'grounded' my fox with Stampin' Up's chalk marker drawn in lines, and surrounded him with white embossed bushes from the Hopeful Thoughts stamp set.


The sentiment is from Something to Say which was stamped onto a banner and stapled to the panel. I added a tiny bow - and if you're wondering where I found the bakers twine to match that fox, blendabilities are brilliant for colouring embellishments too!

I see there's an Animal challenge over at Less is More this week so I shall be linking up over there.

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I'll leave you with a photo I saw on Pinterest which sums up my experiences with computers - and all other electronic equipment!


Tomorrow I'll be joining my friends from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design team to bring you our weekly blog hop. There'll be heaps of top-quality inspiration so do come and see!


Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Geometrical buttercups

There are some lovely sentiments in Stampin' Up's Geometrical set as well as all those useful shapes and the one I've used today is just right for giving a boost to a friend. Come and see:


I laid down a Pear Pizzazz background on a square of watercolour paper using my largest aquapainter. This is so easy to do and looks so arty - give it a try! When my background was dry, I stamped the sentiment using Momento black ink.


The flowers are from Petite Petals and although they're not really buttercups, I hoped they'd give a buttercuppish vibe! I coloured them with my Daffodil Delight blendabilities - oh yes, my love affair with these fabulous alcohol markers continues!


To make the little tab, I used the Chevron punch, stapling it to the back of my panel. What a fun card to make! Do you know someone that could do with cheering up?


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I am exhausted from careering up and down the country this weekend and so is someone else by the looks of things...


Budge up Tuppence!

See you tomorrow.