Friday, 23 July 2010

Christmas Card Extravaganza Class Bundle

If you weren't at my mini-scrapbook workshop last Saturday, where were you???? We had such a fantastic time making this beautiful album. Ladies, if you're reading this - don't forget I want to see photos of your albums when you've popped all your photos in!

Talking of classes, here are details of the Class Bundle for my next class, the Christmas Card Extravaganza:

Price £35.85 including FREE DELIVERY (this offer is made by me, not Stampin' Up! and saves you £3.95 on the normal delivery cost.

Seasons of Joy Stamp Set
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter
Two-Way Glue Pen
Silver Shimmer Paint
Sponge Applicator

Full details of both the class and the class bundle take a peek at my Classes and Events page, and find out how to get the class FREE if you order the bundle in advance.

Ooh, I have soooooo many pretty things to show you at the August class!! I'm so excited for you to see them all!!!! Places are very limited now, so do contact me as soon as possible if you want to come along. There may be the chance of me running this class again for those of you who can't make the 21st August, so let me know if you'd be interested in another date.

Back soon,



Tuesday, 13 July 2010

My Crafty Husband!

Sorry for the lack of activity on here over the past week. I've had a lot to prepare for, what with workshops to do and classes coming up.

I wanted to share with you a couple of things my lovely husband has made recently. Many of you know that he is one of that rare breed - a man who crafts - and it's lovely to spend time with him just messing around with stamps and cardstock and seeing what we can come up with. This is a lovely little card, and a really different way of using brads!

 This uses Fox and Friends, along with the Funky Forest Stampin' Around wheel. Alan stamped the fox, then masked him off and using a dauber and more masking created the hill and sun using Old Olive and So Saffron inks. These were then masked off too, and the wheel stamped over the lot. Three different sizes of Fantasy Brads create the thought bubbles. Isn't it fab?!

This next one isn't a card yet, but I couldn't resist showing you these trees. I treated myself to our white gel pen in my last order, and Alan couldn't wait to use it. The trees are from the Lovely As A Tree set and I think they look so wintry now, with white highlights all over them.

I'll show you the final result when these get turned into a card.

So there you are. My clever, talented husband...

Back soon.



Tuesday, 6 July 2010

I've Been Dying To Be Able To Do This!!

I don't know about you, but I love having pretty notebooks. I use a notebook all the time because I can't rely on myself to remember everything I need to unless I write it down, but I can't bring myself to pay the prices they charge for them in the shops. I have covered books in the past (apart from school exercise books way back when, I mean!) but they have never looked as professional as I'd have liked them to. Until now, that is - look at this one that I did at the weekend - I love it!

The paper used is from the Old Olive Designer Series Paper pack (this pack comes in various colourways, all of them beautiful). The flowers were made using two sizes of circle layered onto scalloped circles, punched out using SU punches. The stalks are just a strip of Old Olive cardstock, and the leaves were made by punching out a circle, then using the same punch to take a "bite" from the edge to make a leaf shape. The greeting is from Whimsical Words, which was one of the Sale-a-Bration sets this year and is sadly no longer available, because it's gorgeous.

If you click on the photo and have a close look at the place where the cover meets the binding, you'll see that the paper actually goes neatly round the spiral binding. I did this using Stampin' Up's fab Spiral Punch - it's just brilliant and so easy! No more having to undo the binding (tricky and time-consuming to get right) and no more having to put up with a brown or grey strip of chipboard sticking out at the top.

You just have to have one of these punches! Go on - treat yourself - you know you want one! To order, contact me (details in the sidebar).

Have a great day, and thanks for popping by.



Monday, 5 July 2010

My Sweet Pea Punch-Out Card

This card is done with the My Sweet Pea stamp set you'll find in the Mini-Catalogue. It's a gorgeous little set and really versatile. I wanted to have a go at making a card with a punched-out window that you could see another image through, and this is what I came up with.

Isn't this little bird sweet? I learned a lot while making this card, and though the bird images are all centred perfectly, I think it might work a bit better if I moved everything across to the left a little, so the punch-out isn't so close to the edge. What do you think?

Here are some more pics, so you can see the card from other angles. Excuse my thumb in the second one of them - it was the only way I could get the picture I wanted!

Back soon - I want to show you a notebook I've covered and am thrilled to bits with. Hope you like this card, and thanks again for visiting.



Friday, 2 July 2010

Vintage Vogue - So Pretty!

Hello again! Crumbs - hadn't realised it was over a week since my last post. It's been a busy week but I have had time to play with some of my new stamp sets. I've been having a whale of a time, and I've got so much to show you..

First of all, have a look at this little card done with Vintage Vogue.

I love this set - it's just so gorgeous! The flower on this card was with my first ever print using this particular stamp, using the "Rock and Roll" technique. I'm always amazed by the way our stamps print so perfectly even right at the start, no need to "prime" a Stampin' Up! stamp, thank you very much! Oh, and just LOOK at that gorgeous border punch!!!! This is the Eyelet Border Punch and I love, love, love it!!

The "Friends" stamp in the top corner shows just how essential a part of any stamper's equipment is the brilliant Stamp-a-ma-Jig. My first intention was to stamp it once in Pretty in Pink, then to stamp again in Rose Red on a separate piece of Whisper White and decoupage the "F". Well, I did all this, but when I tried the darker "F" on top of the lighter one, the "friends" word that I hadn't cut out really didn't stand out at all. I decided to re-stamp it using Rose Red ink. Now normally this would mean wasting a piece of card and stamping again with a new one. Not with the Stamp-a-ma-Jig! With it, I re-stamped EXACTLY over the first image and you would never know anything had been stamped underneath. If you haven't used one yet, you really NEED one - get in touch with me and we'll arrange workshop so I can come and show you and your friends how it works. The links are on the sidebar.

Back soon with more pretties. Thanks for looking - if you have time, I'd love you to leave a comment to tell me what you think. I love hearing from you!