Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Moving house with Holiday Home by Stampin' Up

Have you seen Holiday Home in the new autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue? It's the stamp set with the cute houses and you probably heard me shrieking when I saw it - even if you live on Mars! You can make all sorts of scenes with this fabulous set, as well as quick cards like this one, made to welcome someone to a new home:


This is just one of the beautiful little houses in the set. I stamped three of them in a row - very easy to do as this is a photopolymer set and you can see exactly where you're stamping. The houses were stamped in Memento black ink and coloured using inks and an aquapainter. I usually use Stazon for watercolouring but my Memento pad was out (yes, I'd been using my blendabilities again!) The ink is waterproof when dry - I gave it a quick blast with my heat gun and it worked well.


The sentiment is just one of several in the set, celebrating different occasions, and I embellished with a tiny heart cut out of Cajun Craze card stock with my Owl punch.

By the way, if you're worried that Stampin' Up's photopolymer stamps are poor quality or stamp badly, let me reassure you that they give great results and certainly don't stretch or tear. Buy them with confidence!

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I hope you like today's little card - especially my readers on Mars!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 1 September 2014

Do you have Stampin' Up Endless Wishes?

It may seem strange to see a Christmas card now that Mother Nature has decided that summer can continue after all,  but I'm a great believer in forward planning! Here's a quick, one-layer card I made with Endless Wishes, a fabulous photopolymer stamp set from the new autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue:


If you don't already have Endless Wishes on your wish list, I urge you to add it now! What a beautifully designed set! Even better than those gorgeous snowflakes are the 16 word stamps in two fonts that you can mix and match!


For example, I used the word 'Christmas' in the small font and 'Wishes' in the script, stamping them in trendy Tangelo Twist to contrast with the Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point snowflakes.


Bermuda Bay bakers twine and sparkling gems add a touch of detail to this simple card.

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What is life coming to? My children are growing up fast and there's some kind of weird role reversal going on. Yesterday my youngest son came up to me and pinched my cheek. "Cute!" he said. Is this some kind of revenge?!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

A glimpse of winter with Ornamental Pine by Stampin' Up

Isn't it funny - the moment I start making Christmas cards, the sun comes out! We may be getting some more summer after all but at least I've made a start on my festive cards. But before I show you, let me remind you that it's the very last day to take advantage of joining Stampin' Up with loads of extras in your starter kit (check details here) and also - have you cast your eyes over the new autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue yet?!


I was amazed by it - each new page seemed more exciting than the last! The Craft Square Metre is going to be groaning with crafty goodness! My favourites? Frankly it's too difficult to pin anything down - I love it all!

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I used a fabulous, traditional-style set from the new catalogue called Ornamental Pine.


Its dynamic pine branch image is gorgeous and will make great backgrounds as well as traditional Christmas foliage.


I used a shadow technique for the pine cones: each cone was first stamped in Soft Suede ink and then another slightly off-set over the top in versamark which was heat embossed in gold. A stamp-a-majig is useful for this technique. 


The stamp set comes with this lovely, bold Christmas sentiment, which I stamped in Real Red. This clear, bright red is the perfect partner for the gorgeous new in-colour green Mossy Meadow!

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So tell me, what are your favourite products from the new catalogue? What are you not going to be able to do without? Enjoy making your wish lists won't you and have a great weekend - I think mine might have to be spent making space in the Craft Square Metre for rather a lot of new stash!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sea Street - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Today is a fabulous day for THREE reasons!
1. You can now start ordering from the brand new Stampin' Up autumn/winter 2014 catalogue - woohooo! And it's my favourite catty ever with some exciting new styles!
2. You've still got time to join Stampin' Up and get £150 worth of products for just £99 (it's the last day of the offer today though, so don't miss out!)
3. It's time for another fabulous Artisan Design Team blog hop - yay!

The team have got some fantastic inspiration for you this week so are you ready to hop?! My own project demonstrates that Sea Street isn't just for children's cards but can work well for anyone - including those tricky-to-make-for teens and males in our lives! Come and see:


If you've ever visited one of those wonderful Sealife Centres you'll know where the inspiration for this card came from! I sponged the scene using inks and a mask made from torn scrap paper, then stamped and heat embossed the creatures. Don't you think the octopus from the set makes excellent seaweed?!


The scene and the porthole were cut out with Stampin' Up's useful Circles framelits. I love how shiny the Silver Foil Sheet I used for the porthole is and you can see I've studded it with some of the Mini Brads for that nautical vibe! The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners, stamped twice, snipped and layered.

While I was making this card I suddenly had an idea which sent me hopping about the Craft Square Metre like a loon - this kind of scene would make a great shaker card! Naturally I had to try it out:


Stampin' Up's shaker frames and window sheets make shaker cards a doddle and a little gold Stampin' Glitter created the perfect sand. Give the card a shake and you have a magical underwater sand storm going on - maybe a shark turned up aaaaargh!


It was a whole lot harder getting a photo of this card than it was making I can tell you! Anyway, my teenage boys told me they love 'cards that work' and this one certainly went down well in our household!

I  know you'll be dying to see what the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team have been up to! Allison Okamitsu is next up, so click the button below and prepare to be wowed:


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My eldest son was always a gentle, cuddly boy as a tot (and still is!) I remember when he started school and the children were welcomed with a teddy bears' picnic. They were told they could bring any little animal, not just a teddy, so my son decided to bring his bathtime shark along.


I suggested that some of the children might not feel quite comfortable eating their picnic with a shark, but he looked at me with his clear blue eyes and told me that 'Sharky would never hurt anyone'. Hmm, I suppose Sharky has his mouth open like that to show everyone how white his teeth are!

See you tomorrow,