Monday, 1 September 2014

Do you have Stampin' Up Endless Wishes?

It may seem strange to see a Christmas card now that Mother Nature has decided that summer can continue after all,  but I'm a great believer in forward planning! Here's a quick, one-layer card I made with Endless Wishes, a fabulous photopolymer stamp set from the new autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue:

If you don't already have Endless Wishes on your wish list, I urge you to add it now! What a beautifully designed set! Even better than those gorgeous snowflakes are the 16 word stamps in two fonts that you can mix and match!

For example, I used the word 'Christmas' in the small font and 'Wishes' in the script, stamping them in trendy Tangelo Twist to contrast with the Coastal Cabana and Pacific Point snowflakes.

Bermuda Bay bakers twine and sparkling gems add a touch of detail to this simple card.

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What is life coming to? My children are growing up fast and there's some kind of weird role reversal going on. Yesterday my youngest son came up to me and pinched my cheek. "Cute!" he said. Is this some kind of revenge?!!

Friday, 29 August 2014

A glimpse of winter with Ornamental Pine by Stampin' Up

Isn't it funny - the moment I start making Christmas cards, the sun comes out! We may be getting some more summer after all but at least I've made a start on my festive cards. But before I show you, let me remind you that it's the very last day to take advantage of joining Stampin' Up with loads of extras in your starter kit (check details here) and also - have you cast your eyes over the new autumn/winter Stampin' Up catalogue yet?!

I was amazed by it - each new page seemed more exciting than the last! The Craft Square Metre is going to be groaning with crafty goodness! My favourites? Frankly it's too difficult to pin anything down - I love it all!

I used a fabulous, traditional-style set from the new catalogue called Ornamental Pine.

Its dynamic pine branch image is gorgeous and will make great backgrounds as well as traditional Christmas foliage.

I used a shadow technique for the pine cones: each cone was first stamped in Soft Suede ink and then another slightly off-set over the top in versamark which was heat embossed in gold. A stamp-a-majig is useful for this technique. 

The stamp set comes with this lovely, bold Christmas sentiment, which I stamped in Real Red. This clear, bright red is the perfect partner for the gorgeous new in-colour green Mossy Meadow!

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

So tell me, what are your favourite products from the new catalogue? What are you not going to be able to do without? Enjoy making your wish lists won't you and have a great weekend - I think mine might have to be spent making space in the Craft Square Metre for rather a lot of new stash!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Sea Street - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

Today is a fabulous day for THREE reasons!
1. You can now start ordering from the brand new Stampin' Up autumn/winter 2014 catalogue - woohooo! And it's my favourite catty ever with some exciting new styles!
2. You've still got time to join Stampin' Up and get £150 worth of products for just £99 (it's the last day of the offer today though, so don't miss out!)
3. It's time for another fabulous Artisan Design Team blog hop - yay!

The team have got some fantastic inspiration for you this week so are you ready to hop?! My own project demonstrates that Sea Street isn't just for children's cards but can work well for anyone - including those tricky-to-make-for teens and males in our lives! Come and see:

If you've ever visited one of those wonderful Sealife Centres you'll know where the inspiration for this card came from! I sponged the scene using inks and a mask made from torn scrap paper, then stamped and heat embossed the creatures. Don't you think the octopus from the set makes excellent seaweed?!

The scene and the porthole were cut out with Stampin' Up's useful Circles framelits. I love how shiny the Silver Foil Sheet I used for the porthole is and you can see I've studded it with some of the Mini Brads for that nautical vibe! The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners, stamped twice, snipped and layered.

While I was making this card I suddenly had an idea which sent me hopping about the Craft Square Metre like a loon - this kind of scene would make a great shaker card! Naturally I had to try it out:

Stampin' Up's shaker frames and window sheets make shaker cards a doddle and a little gold Stampin' Glitter created the perfect sand. Give the card a shake and you have a magical underwater sand storm going on - maybe a shark turned up aaaaargh!

It was a whole lot harder getting a photo of this card than it was making I can tell you! Anyway, my teenage boys told me they love 'cards that work' and this one certainly went down well in our household!

I  know you'll be dying to see what the rest of the amazing Artisan Design Team have been up to! Allison Okamitsu is next up, so click the button below and prepare to be wowed:

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

My eldest son was always a gentle, cuddly boy as a tot (and still is!) I remember when he started school and the children were welcomed with a teddy bears' picnic. They were told they could bring any little animal, not just a teddy, so my son decided to bring his bathtime shark along.

I suggested that some of the children might not feel quite comfortable eating their picnic with a shark, but he looked at me with his clear blue eyes and told me that 'Sharky would never hurt anyone'. Hmm, I suppose Sharky has his mouth open like that to show everyone how white his teeth are!

See you tomorrow,

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Golden wedding anniversary using Stippled Blossoms by Stampin' Up

Last week, I was asked to make a card to celebrate 50 years of marriage - a golden wedding anniversary! I immediately reached for Stampin' Up's Memorable Moments stamp set with its beautiful numbers and sentiments but what to put with it? How about some beautiful deep yellow, velvety roses...?

Stippled Blossoms is the most beautiful set and always makes me catch my breath when I see cards made with it. It's a two step stampin' set too and that meant I could heat emboss the outline/detail image in gold and stamp the solid image over the top using yellow ink.

This worked well but I wanted to intensify the colour to give that velvety look - and how better to do that than with my beloved blendabilities markers!

I added an embossed gold sentiment, cutting out the numbers to give them more prominence. The panel was mounted onto Brushed Gold card stock for an elegant look.

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My children are all having the most wonderful holidays! My daughter is currently swanning about in France, my eldest son is out on a shopping trip with one of his mates (I'm glad I made the most of our shopping trips in the past because they're definitely off the menu now!) and my youngest son has just returned from swimming with friends. "I've been in the steam room mum!" he told me, throwing his swimming bag down by the front door. "Really?" I said, making a mental note to rescue the bag before it turns into a mildewing mess! "I think it's the most relaxing place," continued my son, mine-sweeping the kitchen for sustenance. "The only things missing are candles and someone playing the pan pipes!"

Thanks for joining me today. It's Artisan Design Team blog hop day tomorrow and I know that everyone on the team has been working hard to inspire you, so do come back and hop with us then!