Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Add a few extras...and what do you get?


Do you remember me saying that if you add a few extras to a basic card you can change it completely.

Yesterday's card in Crisp Cantaloupe is a basic card that would be perfect for guests to make at a home party, but by adding a few extras like ribbon and then some bling you get this

Doesn't it make a difference?  My favourite is the one that is fully blinged.  The centre of the flower has a large rhinestone in the middle and then smaller ones fitted around it.

Those of you who have seen the new catalogue, may have seen the paper flowers on page 95, well Carol asked me to make some, so a heat gun and large BBQ skewers later this is what I came up with

If you would like to see how these are made, give me a call to arrange a home party and I can show you how easy they are.

That's me for today as I have a coffee/lunch date with my friend Jo before a hospital appointment with Alice and then the hairdressers is coming for Shayna at 6.30pm.  (that;s the dog if you didn't already know) to give her a shampoo and set.  Hopefully I won' need the hoover out so much when she is relived of her thick curly coat!

Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Good Morning

I seem to be taking an age to get started on work this morning....

Hannah is away with her friend Shelley for the week, so it is just Paul and me, and well with no-one wanting anything I seem to be very lazy!!!!

I went on a little adventure at the weekend all by myself.....I packed an overnight bag and booked a train ticket to Bristol, not far I know but I was met by my in-laws and we went to the harbour festival, it was great as their boat was moored in the harbour amongst all the action.  There was music, circus acts, boat races with a twist and some amazing fireworks.  The pimms stall provided me with my 5 a day quota!!!!! and the wonderful food stalls provided our meals.

I digress let me show you some more Flower Shop pictures

This card is a slider card and when you will the ribbon it reveals the greeting inside.  I have used the new Coastal Cabana colour here and the sentiment comes from the  Chalk Talk stamp set.

This one is the colour Crisp Cantaloupe and the greeting comes from Six Sided Sampler stamp set.

Tomorrow I will show you the same card again but with a few added extras....

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Flower Shop and Strawberry Slush

Hi there

Isn't wonderful news about the royal baby......I was glued to the TV yesterday waiting for news, much to Hannah's annoyance!

I am enjoying the slight drop in temperature today and was even standing outside in the rain this morning in my PJ's for some relief.

Today I have more of the Flower Shop stamp set to show you this time in the colour Strawberry Slush.

At class last week we made this card and matching box envelope.

If you would like to make the envelope you will need the simply scored board and diagonal plate and a piece of 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" cardstock.

Score 2 sides at 3 " and 3 1/2" and the other 2 sides at 4" and 4 1/2".  All you then need to do is cut off each of the 4 corners.

 Here is a close up of the card

The centre of the flower was made from the new clay and flower moulds and then sponged with daffodil delight ink.  The greeting was stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink and punched out using the ticket duo punch.  There is also some of the new stretch trim ribbon sitting just under the designer series paper.

Tomorrow I will show you the box we made and 3 note cards.  The note cards were made using the left over pieces of card from the envelope box as you  need a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock.

Saturday, 20 July 2013

Flower shop in Pistachio Pudding

Good Morning

What another lovely day we are going to have.....It's a lazy morning for us, with a little bit of housework, it is too hot for too much!!!! and then Hannah is off to Cheerleading and then a party and sleepover and I am off to a hen BBQ with my sister.

Today I am sharing the Flower Shop stamp set and the pansy punch and the colour combo of strawberry slush and pistachio pudding.

The stamp set can be found on page 94 of the catalogue, and consists of 6 images

Clear mount costs £17.95
Wood Mount costs £21.95

Buy as a bundle and save yourself 15% details can be found on page 95

The above card was my swap for Amanda's quarterly training last weekend.  Just as I was taking the photo the sun got in the way, so the quality isn't great.

Next we have a pretty little box and the pansy punch has been used to create the flower on top.  I punched out the flower in cardstock 3 times and then used my bone folder to break down the fibres of cardstock so that I could peel the flower in half.  I then added an antique brad through the centre.  The designer paper is in strawberry slush and comes from the new in colour paper stack.

Lastly a pretty card to go with our gift box.  The greeting comes from the stamp set Six Sided Sampler.  I will be using this set for all my August projects and classes.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Something to see at last

Oh my gosh are you enjoying this lovely weather.........?

I have been so busy lately and have lots and lots to show you.  Hannah finished school earlier today and I can't believe she will be year 8 when she returns in September, so with the washing machine on and tea cooking I have had chance to take lots of photo's and download them so there will be no excuse for me not sharing with you over the next few weeks.

First of all we will start with a fold card using the windows framelits and some new designer papers and cardstock.

I have used one of the new in colours called coastal cabana for the card base and teamed it with island indigo which is one of the returning in colours which resides in the colour families now.

The 1 1/4" scallop circle punch has been snipped in at each scallop to make our central flower.

We also made this butterfly card, with a retired embossing folder!!!!  I hadn't realised this folder had retired but I used it anyway as it matched our designer paper

Our card base here is baked brown sugar another new in colour, teamed with night of navy and raspberry ripple cardstock.  The butterfly is punched out from velum cardstock 4 times and then a antique brad added through the centre.

Right I have timed this just right as I am off to take the meat out of the oven....Paul will be pleased as we have had pasta all week although there will be salad as it is too hot to cook veggies.

Tomorrow I will start to share with you my creations using the Flower Shop stamp set and the pansy punch.  I am aiming to concentrate on one set a month and really utilise the set at my classes and workshops, I hope this will help you with ideas once you have purchased your very own set.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Lots of news.....

I can't believe it's July already!!!!! where has this year gone to?

I have lots of exciting news to tell you so grab a coffee and a biscuit and I will begin.........

The new catalogue has arrived click on the side bar to view

If you didn't attend my launch party on Monday to receive your very own copy just get in touch and I can place one in your hands, for the cool price of £3.00.  If you would like to receive one for FREE book a party with me, and this will give you the opportunity to play with some of the new stamp sets, colours and accessories as well. Just contact me to place your order.

I am sooooo excited about the coming months and would love to share my thoughts and ideas with you, so please make sure you are a regular reader of my blog as all will be shared on here.

Best Of Butterflies Click on the side bar to view

The celebratory 25 year stamp set for July focuses in our best butterfly images over the last 25 years. Just contact me to place your order.

Autumn/winter carryover click on the side bar to view

Lots of you will have noticed that the new catalogue does not carry any seasonal stamp sets, this is because these stamp sets will feature in our seasonal catalogue which will go live on the 2st September 2013.  If you are anxious to start on your Christmas preparations you will see some sets that are available for purchase currently on the side bar.  Just contact me to place your order.

I will be back tomorrow showing some of the projects I have made with my new stash.