Wednesday, 4 March 2015

NEW Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration freebies available now!

Have you seen the new Sale-a-bration goodies that you can earn for free? Stamp sets, papers, accessories... check them out here. Aren't they gorgeous?! Nature's Perfection is my favourite of the stamp sets and as soon as I had a spare minute I did one of my favourite things with it... come and see:


This is the thing that made me happy when I started stamping six years ago - creating a garden with stamps and inks! For this card, I combined a beautiful image from Nature's Perfection with other stamps from Butterfly Basics and Painted Petals. A girl can never have too many leaves or flowers in my opinion!


This is also one of my favourite ways to add a sentiment. Stamp it onto a piece of card stock, punch it out and staple it to the card front. You can see other examples of that here and here. That's the beautiful Wild Wasabi cotton twine behind the sentiment - I drew a couple of lines with a Mossy Meadow Stampin' Write marker and tied the twine around it. TIP: To reduce bulk, snip an indent on both sides of the panel with a pointy punch such as the Mosaic Punch.


Puppies and gardening don't really go very well together so until Eva has become a grown up lady dog I think I might have to stick to gardens of the inky variety!


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Our garden is looking dreadful at the moment. Here's a photo of its latest feature...



... a 'twig' that my youngest son helped Eva to bring home from a walk. It looks like the Loch Ness Monster for goodness sake! Puppies and gardening don't really go very well together so until Eva has become a grown up lady dog I think I might have to stick to gardens of the inky variety :)

I've been working on a fab project for this week's Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop! All will be revealed tomorrow, so do come back then and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Mothers' Day with From the Garden and ribbons by Stampin' Up

What comes in all the (Stampin' Up!) colours of the rainbow, is inexpensive and makes your projects look gorgeous? The beautiful 1/4" cotton ribbon! Come and see:


Here's a quick and pretty Mothers' Day card I rustled up using three colours of the ribbon as a background strip. This gives a really pretty soft look and just makes you want to touch it!


I  topped my ribbon background with garden-themed pretties which you'll find in the From the Garden stamp set. I love the little garden markers and all the gorgeous little  images in this set (AND there are coordinating framelits!) 

• Mothers' Day is just a few weeks away in the UK, on 15th March!

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You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

It's lovely to see all the spring bulbs coming up in the garden isn't it. Just think - it won't be long before I'll be able to type without gloves on!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, 27 February 2015

New Sale-a-bration releases - FREE from Stampin' Up!

I love it when I can give my customers more for their money and during Sale-a-bration there have been some very smiley faces indeed! And now, get ready to do a happy dance because I'm delighted to announce that on Sunday 1st March, Stampin' Up will be releasing some brand new products that you can get free as part of Sale-a-bration! Come and see:

Just look at the gorgeous flowing fonts in this set and that amazing 'thanks'! I can't wait to try out all the different ways of colouring that! I love the little heart stamp too, perfect for borders :)

I nearly fell over when I saw this sensational vellum! I'll be using it as overlays and colouring it with blendabilities markers and I have lots more ideas up my sleeve too... watch this space!

This beautiful set coordinates with the vellum but I think it's stunning in its own right. I'll be happily coming up with summery birthday and thank you cards using these beautiful images :)


Oh my goodness, don't these colours make your heart sing?! These are the perfect embellishments to give your projects a zing this summer!

These fabulous freebies aren't available until Sunday but, while you're making your shopping list, you may just want to look at this week's products at special prices (available until Tuesday):

WEEKLY DEALS!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Thank you for joining me for the news today. Have a lovely weekend won't you! I shall be back with Mothers' Day inspiration on Tuesday so do come back and visit me then!

Hugs,

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Indescribable Gift - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Yay! It's a blog hop sort of a day! Every Thursday, the Stampin' Up artisan designers (and I still can't believe that includes me!) pull out all the stops to inspire you with some of the current products. I'm constantly amazed by my talented team mates' projects and I know you will be too as you hop around the world!

WHAT A GIFT!
I nearly fell over when I saw the goodies that Stampin' Up sent us to use in February and the stamp set I'm using today is a huge favourite! It's called Indescribable Gift which, ironically, describes it very well indeed! Come and see the card I made with it:


It's always a joy to make a card to celebrate a wedding and the beautiful blossom from Indescribable Gift is the perfect image to use with its connotations of new beginnings. I stamped the blossom in Crumb Cake classic ink several times on my panel before colouring the leaves and flowers with blendabilities markers.


The blossom looks wonderful coloured with Stampin' Up's stunning pinks but I wanted to show you how pretty a peachy-coloured blossom looks. Can you guess which colours I used? Yes, I chose Natural and Ivory from the Skin Tones Assortment - and no, these aren't just for skin!


I know what you're thinking - where did I find the peachy card stock to mount my panel on? Well, it's a white panel actually - I simply ran the brush end of the Natural pen around the edge of it before mounting my floral panel on it.


A wedding card requires something just a little bit special so I added a little dimension to just a few of the flowers by stamping them a couple more times, colouring them and cutting them out before glueing them to the originals. Some tiny pearls added the final detail and I think they look rather pretty!


It's always so much fun customising greetings isn't it? Here I stamped 'congratulations' from the Bravo photopolymer set in Calypso Coral and 'so happy for you' from the free Sale-a-bration set Simply Wonderful in Crumb Cake. Now my card says exactly what I want it to - although with Mothers' Day coming up on 15th March in the UK, this could work as a special card for mum with a change of greeting!


I hope you're inspired by my wedding card today. You'll find plenty more to enjoy as you hop around the globe visiting the other artisan designers. Click the button below to visit the fab Allison Okamitsu!





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If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

All this pretty blossom has been making me yearn for spring to arrive, especially since the pup and I are outside so much of the time. Thank goodness she is happy to take a daily bath because she only has to see a muddy puddle to be covered in it!

Now, are you ready for some very exciting news? Come and join me tomorrow when all will be revealed!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A look back at... Stampin' Up washi tape

Since I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I've been posting pretty much every day for nearly five years - can you believe it?! I thought it would be a lovely idea from time to time to take a look back at past makes - like this washi thank you card I made with the gorgeous Watercolour Wonder washi tape:


This card may have been made last year but gold is still very much a key trend...


... and I still love to sprinkle sequins about on my cards! How about you?


My washi tape collection is growing fast and I adore having it in all sorts of colours and designs, either to add a tiny touch to a project or to make it the focus, as I did here.

Go on ladies - get out the washi and don't forget to let me know how you get on!

BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS CARD NOW!
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Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

And talking of washi, I'd better get the laundry on... My, I certainly do live a glamorous life!

Are you around tomorrow? Well prepared to be wowed because it's the Artisan Design Team blog hop here! See you then,