Friday, 22 May 2015

NEW PRODUCTS for 2015! Stampin' Up annual catalogue sneak peek!

Oh, I'm SO excited about today's card! I'm using a brand, spanking new stamp set from Stampin' Up that will be available when the new annual catalogue goes live on 2nd June. It's called Layered Letters and is an alphabet set with a difference... Come and see what I've made with it:

Squeeee! How cute is this?! The set comes with a choice of rectangular or circular 'backgrounds' to stamp the letters on - I've used the rectangles on this card.

Check out the retro colour combination - the fabulous new in colour Mint Macaron (also available from 2nd June) teams happily with So Saffron and Blushing Bride. These colours remind me of those fab formica kitchens they had in the '50s!

And what about this tiny flower embellishment? It's made from part of an amazing new punch, the Tree Builder Punch. If you are a fan of the Bird Builder or Owl punches, you are sure to love this new punch!

The items I've been using today are not available until 2nd June 2015, but there are plenty of bargains to be had from the Clearance Rack, Retiring Products and Weekly Deals sections of my online shop! Just click the link below and enjoy having a browse :)


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.

There's another bank holiday weekend coming up across the UK - don't you just love May?! The gardening gloves and secateurs will be coming out here much to Eva's great excitement - we all know what a great gardener she is! How will you be spending your weekend?

See you on Tuesday when I may well have more sneaky peeks for you!

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Painted Petals emboss resist technique - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hold on to your ears crafting friends, because we Stampin' Up artisan designers are whisking you off on our weekly blog hop today and I'm SO excited about the emboss resist technique I'm sharing with you! Are you ready?

There's a lot of excitement buzzing about at the moment with sneak peeks from the upcoming new Stampin' Up annual catalogue but don't forget that the fabulous goodies in the spring/summer catalogue are only available until 2nd June! I'd hate for you to lose the opportunity to buy Painted Petals for example - it's one of my all time favourite stamp sets!

This bright card was created using a fun emboss resist technique perfect for using with photopolymer stamps. If we zoom in to have a closer look...

... you can see it looks as if it's been screen printed in layers!

I adore the sentiments in this wonderful set and, of course, being clear photopolymer, they're as easy as pie to stamp wherever you want them and as straight as you want them!

So are you wondering how to create a card using this technique?

Here we go then:


• Stamp your floral design in whatever colours you like
• Clean your stamps
• Load each stamp with Versamark and stamp it over the original (don't worry if your stamping is slightly 'off' - it will just make the finished result look more authentic :)
• Heat emboss this with clear embossing powder
• Sponge blue ink all over the embossed image and the whole panel
• Wipe the excess ink off the embossed image
• Stamp leaves in the same blue ink and wipe off excess ink
• Finish with a sentiment and a sprinkling of sequins

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique - and I REALLY hope I've convinced you not to let Painted Petals slip through your fingers!

I'm pretty sure there'll be lots of sneak peeks on my team-mates' blogs this week! Click the button below to see what fabulousness Allison Okamitsu is sharing today!

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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.

We're in mourning in our house... for a bright orange rubber meerkat! It was Eva's favourite toy, she chased it, played tug with it and walked home holding it proudly in her mouth. (It helped her get over her disappointment that 'walkies' do have to end sometime!) Yesterday, the precious meerkat disappeared without trace at the bottom of a muddy stream. She hunted for it for ages and we helped her by poking about in the mud with sticks (she was momentarily distracted by the sticks!) but all to no avail.

Rest in peace orange rubber meerkat :(

See you tomorrow for some sneaky peek excitement!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Amazing Birthday tags with half price Stampin' Up tag punch!

Don't you love beautiful tags?! They make the dullest parcel look thrilling and can transform a card! And what's more, they don't have to take long to make OR cost the earth! Come and see:

You can make tags out of 5cm (2") wide strips of card stock with one click of the tag topper punches. I used the Angled Tag topper punch for these tags and the good news is that it's now half price and you can buy it for only £10.48! But do hurry - a lot of the retiring stock has already sold out, including my favourite Beach House washi tape (but don't worry, there are plenty of other gorgeous Stampin' Up washi tapes to choose from!)

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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.

I was having another of my busy days yesterday and, as usual, made a 'to do' list to keep me on track. At the end of the day, I went to draw lines through the items I'd completed and found that my youngest son had added an item to the list: 'Be the best mother in the whole world'. And what was most touching is that he'd drawn a line through it :) If anyone needs me, I'll be in Mumland for a bit!

Don't forget to join me for a fab Artisan Design Team blog hop tomorrow - I have an exciting technique to share with you!

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

New Stampin' Up products! A sneak peek from the upcoming annual catalogue!

Today I'm teasing you with a snippet of a gorgeous new designer paper, called Bohemian, that will be available on 2nd June when the new Stampin' Up annual catalogue 2015-16 is launched! Come and see:

I'm always on the look out for dynamic papers! Often you only need a pinch of them to make an impact on your cards. This particular design has a trendy woven-look chevron in the most gorgeous colours and I simply cut a bit of it out with my sharp paper snips. Straight lines = easy peasy cutting!

I was obviously having a snippety moment as I cut out part of my favourite sentiment from Butterfly Basics too - again surprisingly easy as it's a nice open font. (TIP: If you like this style but don't fancy the snipping, you'll get a similar look with the Hello You thinlits dies on page 30-31 of the Stampin' Up spring/summer catalogue.) I stamped the sentiment again and used the Decorative Label punch to cut out the 'happy' tab, added a sprinkling of (bargain!) sequins layered with gems and the card was done!

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2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment
now only £2.25!
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.

My youngest son, the pup and I were having a group hug yesterday evening. "Look at her whiskers!" said my son lovingly. "And she has them above her eyes." He paused. "Do all animals have those? Wait - do rabbits?!" Always a joy to be with my son!

See you tomorrow when I'll be playing tag!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Bloom with Hope and a touch of gold

As well as yesterday's sneak peek of Stampin' Up's upcoming new in colours, there's been a garden of stamping on my blog this week as I've set out to inspire you with the retiring hostess stamp set Bloom with Hope. There have been country flowers, dramatic flowers and now something a little more sophisticated... come and see:

To make this card I started by sponging Melon Mambo and Marina Mist inks across a panel, then stamped over it with a poppy image from Bloom with Hope.

The centres of the flowers were given definition with a black marker and then I dotted them with a 2 way glue pen and heat embossed them with Gold embossing powder.

I know I keep saying this, but I LOVE the birthday sentiment from Butterfly Basics - that is such a current font and it's so elegant!

• You can earn Bloom with Hope for free when you place an order of £150 or more. The order placed can be a single order or a group order so it's well worth stocking up on basics and/or showing your catalogue to friends and family! 
Get this set while you still can as it will no longer be available after 2nd June!

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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.

Thanks for joining me today. I'll have lots of sneak peeks for you next week so don't miss those, but in the meantime, enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, 14 May 2015

A look at the upcoming new in colours! - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

It's Thursday, it's artisan blog hop day and oooh, there are lots of exciting new goodies to see on the hop this week! Are you ready?

It isn't long before the new Stampin' Up annual catalogue is launched (2nd June, mark it in your diary!) and as always, everyone is excited to see the new stamp sets and tools and accessories AND of course the new colours! Well come and see!

Oh my goodness, aren't they exciting?!!! In the photo above you can see (clockwise from top) Watermelon Wonder, Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron and Tip Top Taupe! They sound like exotic cocktails to me! Oh, and check out those fabulous little resin flowers in all the new colours too!

So let's take a closer look at those new in colours:

A gorgeous blue-green colour - I predict this one will be an instant sell out! The left panel of the circle is Pool Party, the centre is Mint Macaron and the right is Lost Lagoon.

A deep, rich old gold, seen here on the central panel of the circle with So Saffron on its left and Hello Honey on its right. As usual, Stampin' Up is bang on trend with this fabulous 70s feel colour!

Here's another colour with a trendy retro vibe - a lovely, zingy green! Seen here on the central panel of the circle, I love how it teams with Wild Wasabi (on the left) and Garden Green (on the right.)

I'm SO excited about this achingly sophisticated neutral - seen here in the central panel of the circle with Crumb Cake on the left and Soft Suede on the right.

If you're looking for something to give a vibrant zing to your projects this flamboyant colour is definitely for you! Seen here on the central panel of the circle, it's pinker than Calypso Coral on its left and lighter and brighter than Real Red on its right.

You may be wondering about that faux washi tape feature on the right of the card? That and the 'kiss' is actually from a new alphabet set called Layered Letters Alphabet (watch this space because I have so many ideas for this versatile set!) and I used the new in colour inks to stamp them. The background was stamped off once and the kiss is the full colour.

I hope you've enjoyed my little look at the upcoming new in colours. If you're in the mood for more sneaky peeks, check out the projects from the other members of the artisan design team! Just click the button below to continue with the hop with Allison Okamitsu!

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.

You'll be glad to hear my training with my 8 month old pup Eva is going well... er, WAS going well! Eva can walk past a food bowl loaded with choice viands if I give her the 'Leave' command (although she does look reproachfully at me while doing so) but then she discovered gardening!

"Leave," I say sternly as she demolishes the shrubbery and then I realise I've just asked her to leave leaves and I end up giggling which completely undermines my authority!

I'll be having another floral moment tomorrow. Do come and join me!