Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Bright Blossoms Mini-Notecards Set

Hello! Back again after a few days' (semi-)downtime. Knew that was going to happen - it's been such a busy few weeks I should have known it was only a matter of time before my system decided it needed a proper recharge. Feeling loads better and set to go, go, go now, so you have been warned!!

I thought you might like to see the sweet little projects we made at my August "Cards ...and More!" classes. I absolutely LOVE these... I don't know what it is about projects in miniature that has such an appeal, but they make me smile every time I see them. Hopefully they'll do the same for you..

If you haven't tried the gorgeous "Bright Blossoms" stamp set from the Summer Mini-Catalogue yet, you really should. It's another two-step set (love these!) and there are so many possibilities with it. The ladies who came to my class had great fun experimenting with colouring direct-to stamp with our Stampin' Write markers, and so getting multi-coloured images in one go, as well as mixing and matching the stamps to build up composite pictures.

Here's a close-up of the little notecards:

And one of the gift-box I deisgned to put them all in:

Finally, here are all the little envelopes:

I couldn't resist the opportunity to focus on the five In Colours that are going to be retiring at the end of September. I have loved these, and am going to miss them SO MUCH. It took me a while to get into Blushing Bride (the pink) and Concord Crush (the purple), but the others, particularly Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz, have been favourites ever since they arrived nearly two years ago. I can't believe their time is almost up. (HINT: There are some new, just-as-gorgeous, In Colours on their way soon. You'll get a sneaky preview of some of them when the Autumn Winter Seasonal Catalogue launches at the start of September.)

If you've fallen in love with the "Bright Blossoms" stamp set, but don't yet have it in your craft room, then you need to act quickly. It features in the Summer Mini-Catalogue, which ends at the end of this month. I can still get hold of the set for you, but the sooner you email me to place your order, the sooner you'll be creating your own cute projects like this one. And the sooner you order, the less likely you are to forget. And if you forget, you'll kick yourself, you know you will.

Because this was the second in my classes focussing on the Simply Scored range of products, there was a lot of scoring involved in these projects. Now, I'm not saying you CAN'T make these things without the Simply Scored Scoring Tool, but I AM saying that it makes life a whole lot easier and more accurate. And if you're a neat-freak like me, then something that guarantees your scorelines will be both accurately measured AND parallel where they're supposed to be.. well, that's worth it's weight in gold!

One of the questions I have been asked several times is whether left-handers can use the Simply Scored Tool. Well, I have two left-handers amongst my regular class-goers, and they have both been using it with great success. I think if you're left-handed, you need to angle the board differently, and one of my ladies has even tried turning it upside-down so that the ruler down the left-hand edge isn't in her way, but after a little practice (and in these two classes she has had a LOT of practice) she is now finding it much easier, and incredibly useful.

As with anything, whether you're left-handed or right-handed, trying a different way of doing something - even something that will make life easier - can take a bit of getting used to. Muscles have memories, even in our fingers, and even something that feels awkward to begin with becomes second nature when our fingers work out what they're supposed to do. If you're finding that you feel "all fingers and thumbs" when you use a scoring board, then all I can say is: stick with it, you'll find a bit of perseverance pays dividends!

Back soon - thanks for dropping in!

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