Friday, 27 March 2015

Another look at the Easter bag with rabbit ears!

When a friend of mine asked me if I could come up with some quick Easter gifts for the children, I immediately thought of my bunny bags from last year, made using Stampin' Up's chevron paper bags. Come and see:


These chevron bags are only £3.75 and they come in a gorgeous dotty design too! It's so quick and easy to give them ears, fill them with treats...


... and tie them closed with the heavenly chevron ribbon which comes in a range of gorgeous colours!

There's even a video tutorial to show you how it's done!




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.

They say you're never too old to learn and it appears to be true...


Here's Tuppence the cat, 85 in human years, doing a bit of swatting up on her history! No, not really! Actually, my youngest son had been sitting there with his history book and had just got up to get something only to find his warm spot had been filched by the cunning feline!

Have a great weekend won't you - and don't forget that Sale-a-bration ENDS on Tuesday, so don't miss out on those freebies!

See you next week,

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Little cupcake shaped treat boxes - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

What amazing creations my team mates from the Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team made for March - and we haven't finished yet! Get ready to climb aboard for another crafty hop round the world!

INTRODUCING THE NO BAKE CUPCAKE!
For my project this week I've made a little something to help someone celebrate a birthday. Come and see:


I can imagine popping this on a colleague's desk, to surprise them when they arrive at work!


Isn't this the cutest little fairy cake?! It's easy to make with card stock and punches and the icing on the cake (yes, the pun IS intended!) is the gorgeous 'sprinkles' design from the Birthday Bash speciality designer paper pack topped with a pom-pom trim 'cherry'.

The cake is even cuter when you take off the top and discover...


... a single Ferrerro Rocher chocolate nestling inside! Very understated!


I made the coordinating card with the Balloon Bash stamp set. The candles on the stamp were coloured with markers and stamped in a row; the card was finished with the wonderful 'celebrate' banner from one of the other stamps in the set.


If you'd like to have a go at making the cupcake favour box, it's very quick and simple to make - I've made a short video to show you how.



I know you'll be excited to see what the talented Allison Okamitsu has to show you today. Click the button below to hop over and see!




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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
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I'm really enjoying having my daughter home for the holidays. Yesterday she had me in stitches describing what happens when she phones home on the land line and her father picks up the phone:

DD: Hello, it's me!
OH: Who is this?
DD (indignantly): It's me, your daughter!
OH: Oh hello, it's daddy here!"

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Sale-a-bration 2015 is nearly over - get your free Stampin' Up products now!

I've never seen Stampin' Up offer quite so many amazing free products as during this year's Sale-a-bration! The promotion is drawing to a close now and must end on 31st March so please don't miss out - click here to find out how to claim your freebies!

One of my favourite of the stamp sets has been A Happy Thing. The lemons are such a lovely bright image and I adore the little bird (you know what I'm like about bird stamps!) Here are three very different looks using that little bird:


I liked the idea of the bird against a strong background so I stamped him in Stazon ink, once on the Crushed Curry off-set panel and then again on a piece of scrap card stock. I aquapainted the second one, cut him out with sharp paper snips and glued him over the one on the panel.


There's a whole change of mood in the next design. This time I created a background for the bird by sponging Soft Sky and Smoky Slate ink over the small panel and stamping the bird over the top and aquapainting him. I love that wonderful striped ribbon - and this card shows that you only need a snippet of it to create a touch of interest.


Finally, here's a card I've shown you before: the bird was stamped and coloured and cut out with a circle punch before mounting onto a background stamped with Painted Petals. I like the tropical feel of this card so I emphasised it with a Coastal Cabana card base. Roll on summer!

I hope you've enjoyed these three looks for the price of one! Did I say price? Er my mistake - this stamp set is FREE as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion! Click here for details.


BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THESE CARDS NOW!
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Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
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.

Look who turned up yesterday:


My lovely daughter! I met her at the station and we had a big hug then she stepped back and said: "Hello maman, what a stripy lady!"

Are you ready for another dose of amazing artisan design team inspiration? Do come back tomorrow for the blog hop and see what we've all been up to!

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

For Peeps' Sake - it's nearly Easter!

The spring bulbs are showing off their colour, the sun is shining and there's even a touch of warmth in the air... it's time to crack on with those Easter makes and Stampin' Up has everything you need! Come and see the card I made with For Peeps' Sake:


It doesn't take long to make a whole bunch of this simple design! I started with the washi tape, then coloured the egg stamp with markers before stamping above it. The sentiment was stamped above that in sunny Daffodil Delight, and then I added a border of happy-looking flowers below the washi - using a stamp from the Nature's Perfection set which you can choose for free in the Sale-a-bration promotion.


It's often the details that lift a card and in this case, a snippet of cotton ribbon stapled to the panel  and topped with a bakers twine bow does the trick!


That free flower stamp from Nature's Perfection is perfect for creating stamped designer paper too as you can see in this version. I prefer the simple border personally - how about you?

• You'll find For Peeps' Sake on p.34 of the spring/summer catalogue along with some more great ideas for using it!

BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS CARD NOW!
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Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
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 a bit of a poorly pudding with a chest infection over the last week but I still managed my puppy duties of course, wrapped up well, and was thrilled to see the partial solar eclipse on Friday. The photos OH took didn't come out at all except (she said smugly!) the one I suggested he took through the lens of my sunglasses.


See that thin crescent shape in the centre? That's all you can see of the sun as the moon passes in front of it. I found this so exciting but... hello? Hello?! Where have you gone?! Come back!!

I'll be back with more crafting inspiration tomorrow - and there'll be no eclipses in sight, I promise!

Friday, 20 March 2015

Get your Stampin' Up stash for less!

Every Wednesday, Stampin' Up announces seven or eight products that are reduced in price FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! (You'll find them each week under the Special Offers tab at the top of my blog - scroll down to make sure you see ALL the offers.) This week's deals are all about embossing folders, ribbon and the lovely, zingy colour Crushed Curry!


There's nothing like the addition of an eye-catching ribbon to up the excitement factor of your gifts and Stampin' Up's brilliant coordination means you don't have to waste precious crafting time searching for matching ribbon! Here the gorgeous Crushed Curry striped grosgrain ribbon has been used as a belly band to contrast with the fabulous sunshine pattern from the Sweet Dreams designer paper pack.

Shades of yellow look wonderful but Crushed Curry works brilliantly as an accent colour too...


... as you can see in this card I made last year, using the fab hexagon outline and sentiment from Geometrical - an under-used stamp set in my opinion!

Embossing adds lots of lovely texture to your projects and it's worth making a collection of folders - particularly at these amazing prices!


This elegant card and favour box were embossed with the reduced Mosaic folder and decorated with Old Olive and gold accents.

And did you spot the little bee tag on the gift I showed you first?


I used the Baby Bumblebee single stamp on p.39 of the spring/summer catalogue and of course it cried out for a Crushed Curry background embossed with the reduced Honeycomb folder!

I hope you've enjoyed these projects and have been inspired to add some of these bargains to your stash!

• Prefer to get your goodies for free? Choose free stamp sets and accessories as part of the Sale-a-bration promotion. Click here for details

GO SHOPPING FOR WEEKLY DEALS NOW!
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Don't forget, until 31st March, you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
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.

It's funny how we see colour in different ways. This, for example, is Eva.


I call her my beautiful Champagne Princess or my Golden Treasure! Yesterday, I overheard my eldest son (who loves her to bits) call her 'The Beige Beast'!

Have a lovely weekend won't you. I'll be back on Tuesday when I'll be thinking of spring colours! Hope to see you then,