Friday, 17 April 2015

Get more Stampin' Up products for your money!

I nearly fell over when I saw this week's Stampin' Up Weekly Deals - LOADS of lovely bargains! I wouldn't want you to miss out on the Bright and Beautiful Christmas stamp set or the wonderful From the Garden set and there are some fabulous embellishments at great prices too!

This card was made using the gorgeous Artisan Embellishment kit which is on special offer this week. The kit is full of ribbon, lace, pearls, tulle flowers, doilies and beautiful little embellishments as well as a couple of stencils. I coloured inside one of the stencils with markers to create the background and stamped a bold sentiment from Bravo over the top.

If you're a regular here you'll know that I love coordinating cards and gifts. Repeating the stencil design on a scrap of card stock and cutting it out makes a sweet embellishment to decorate a little gift.

Take a look below at all the fabulous bargains available this week as part of the Weekly Deals promotion! But hurry, they'll only be available at these prices until Tuesday night!

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I've started 'clicker' training with my pup Eva. It's a really good way of marking behaviour that you'd like repeated and some dogs find it an easier way of communicating than trying to understand English! The clicker has a very distinctive sound and when my husband saw me clicking the other day he suddenly said "Ah! So that's what that noise is!" He went on to explain that it sounds like a can being opened and when he was in his office upstairs, he imagined that I was incredibly thirsty and opening can after can!

I'll be back here on Tuesday with more crafting fun so I'll hope to see you then. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Guy Greetings for an engagement - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

It's Thursday and that means another round of fabulous inspiration courtesy of Stampin' Up's global Artisan design team! I love working with these talented ladies and am constantly amazed by the projects everyone comes up with each week. I know you will be too so grab a cup of something delicious, settle back and enjoy :)

Spring has got to me this week I think! I spotted the Guy Greetings stamp set in our box of goodies and it occurred to me to put that gorgeous vintage car into a romantic arty setting. Come and see:

Wouldn't this make a charming engagement card?! In my head, the car has been parked in a quiet spot and a happy couple have unpacked their picnic in the spring sunshine with blossom floating down from the trees like confetti. Perhaps you can hear the pop of a champagne cork - she has said YES!

I love the nostalgic feel of the car. It was stamped with Basic Black ink, heat embossed with clear embossing powder and coloured with Garden Green ink and a blender pen to turn it British Racing Green! But what about the background?

It's all been done with the blossom stamp from Sheltering Tree to give a pointillism effect! Isn't it fun?! (And if you're wondering what on earth pointillism is, find out all about it here.) This is much simpler than real pointillism - you just ink up (and stamp off if necessary), then stamp repeatedly where you want the colour. TIPS: You can always add colour but you can't take it away so start pale! Sponging ink round the edges of the panel draws the eye in to the scene.

I hope you've enjoyed my romantic moment! Now it's time to hop off and see the rest of the team's work - just click the button below to whizz over to Allison Okamitsu!

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Blender Pens
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Thanks for joining me today. I'll be back tomorrow with a look at some of the amazing Weekly Deals. See you then!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Little Sunshine to welcome some babies!

Baby cards are such fun to make aren't they?! I've been having a go with Stampin' Up's Little Sunshine stamp set - come and see what I came up with:

One for a boy, one for a girl! Well, sometimes you just don't know if it's going to be a boy or a girl - I know I always wanted it to be a surprise when I was having my lovely babies!

Crisp Cantaloupe and white with touches of gold is a perfect colour combo to celebrate the birth of a baby girl. I love this speech bubble sentiment and it looks really special in gold! As well as the Sweet Dreams washi tape and buttons which coordinate with the stamp set, I added some Stacked with Love washi, which has gold hearts on it, and a pretty flower from the trim in the Artisan Embellishment Kit on page 27 of the spring/summer catalogue.

For my boy card I decided to focus on the 'little addition' sentiment with the +1 - I can't get over how cute these are! I punched a circle in the Soft Sky panel and stamped the +1 into it with Lost Lagoon ink. Below the sentiment, I added one of the 'stitched' Sweet Dreams buttons on a piece of washi and as a finishing touch, echoed the stitched detail with my white gel pen on the number 1.

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We don't have any babies in our family at the moment so I have to live on my memories of when my own hulking great teens were dots! They were all early talkers and I always melt when I think of their first efforts at conversation. Like my eldest son turning his huge blue eyes on me when his father left for work one morning and saying: "Daddy gone?" And like my youngest son who after many bedtimes with me telling him that mummy loved him very much, got in before me one night. "Mummy much!" he said. Ahhhhhhhh!

It's Artisan blog hop day tomorrow and the team has pulling out all the stops to inspire you so I hope you can join me then!

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

One layer speckled Summer Silhouettes

What a pleasure it is to get stamping again after a busy few weeks and, to celebrate all the gorgeous sunshine we've been having, I stamped a little garden! Come and see:

This is a one layer card but there's plenty of interest going on! The card base is one of Stampin' Up's ready-cut note cards, which are a good heavy weight and come with envelopes. I stamped the front several times with one of the splatter images from the indispensable Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and embossed with gold embossing powder.

As well as providing some lovely texture the fab gold speckles resisted the ink I used to stamp my leaves and flowers. The stamps are from Summer Silhouettes, one of my favourite stamp sets ever which, you may be interested to know, is on special offer at the moment - but hurry, because the offer ends tonight!

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I finished the card with a scored frame for more texture and the beautiful Happy Birthday greeting from Butterfly Basics. I LOVE this gorgeous sentiment and am currently using it for all my birthday cards!

A great big thank you to the lovely ladies at Less is More for inspiring me to get stamping today with their One Layer Splatters challenge :)

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Summer Silhouettes Wood Stamp Set
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Simply Scored
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We spent the Easter weekend together as a family and had a wonderful time! I made a buffet style lunch this year and included a basketful of hard boiled eggs decorated with funny faces.

Naturally my daughter couldn't resist copying the expression on her egg!

Our annual treasure hunt went really well with the favourite clue being 'A silly clue' (which led to a window sill!) There was a new twist this year with some of the clues being Puppy Cards; this meant that the person who found the card had to ask Eva to Sit and Stay while they hid a treat and then asked her to Find It!

She loved being involved in the hunt and became very excited when we all cried "It's a Puppy Card!"

Afterwards, when the children found their chocolate eggs, she was given a frozen carrot and retired to the garden to toss it about!

I hope you all had a happy Easter. Do come and join me again tomorrow when I'll be having a baby moment!