Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Choose Happiness

We're having a warm, mellow September here in the heart of England and it's inspired me to pair up Stampin' Up's gorgeous Coastal Cabana and Island Indigo and throw in a zing of sunshine yellow! Come and see:

The Choose Happiness stamp set was just made for casual layering like this and I honestly think you could arrange the elements in the set any old how and it would work beautifully!

You might be wondering where these embellishments are coming from? Well the strip of Coastal Cabana and that cute little mini bulldog clip are from the Tag-a-Bag Accessories kit and the pearls were coloured with one of my Daffodil blendabilities pens. I'm loving colouring everything with my blendies!

I based this card on the fabulous sketch over at CASE this Sketch, so I'll be linking up there.

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Yesterday my youngest son came home from school and told me that he's really enjoying Physics. I said I was pleased for him and that perhaps he finds it so easy to understand because of his experience on the lighting crew. He looked at me. "You know, I think you might have got the wrong idea about lighting the play," he said. "Basically I'm just shining a light on some people talking!"

See you tomorrow - ooh and don't miss it because it'll be the Artisan Design Team blog hop and there will be amazing things to see!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Another use for Stampin' Up's Curvy Keepsake Box part 2

Did you see the mug I made yesterday with the Curvy Keepsake Box from the new Stampin' Up autumn/winter catalogue? Well, I have a confession to make... I made that card when I saw this week's Beverage challenge at Less is More, only the trouble is I forgot it was supposed to be one layer. Now, has anyone else made that mistake before?!!! I couldn't admit defeat though and so today, I bring you my Curvy Keepsake mug part 2! Come and see:

This time, when I made a mug out of the die, I used it as a mask. I placed the mug mask off the side of a Crumb Cake card base, put a sheet of scrap paper over most of it and stamped the Hardwood background stamp to create a 'table'. The scrap paper was moved to cover the table and I sponged Whisper White craft ink around it and the mug.

To decorate the mug, I used the heart from the Itty Bitty Accents punch pack to make a stencil and sponged inside it, adding a gem. The Stampin' Up chalk marker made excellent steam and I added some more gems to that. Ahhhhh! Nothing like a cup of lurve!

Here's a close up of that Hardwood table. I love the way it looks stamped in Wisteria Wonder on Crumb Cake card stock and sponged with more of the ink. The sentiment is a favourite of mine from the Hopeful Thoughts stamp set, stamped in Elegant Eggplant ink.

Here's a quick visual reminder of how to make the mug:

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I've been very touched by all the messages of support I've received about my daughter leaving home to go to university. We gave her a great send off with a fun games evening on the evening before she left. Her lovely boyfriend introduced us to some brilliant games that will remain firm family favourites (the saucepan game anyone?!)

The whole family escorted her to Manchester and helped her carry her belongings to her room.

There was a tricky moment when my daughter found my eldest son in the kitchen eating a brownie that one of the new students had baked to share with her new flatmates. "But there was a sign on them saying help yourself!" he said indignantly. A black eye can be painful, so we whisked him away while my daughter settled in and met everyone. We returned later to take her out for a slap up meal and I was able to hear about her day before our journey home. Of course I shall miss her like mad but I know that she'll be happy and we'll certainly keep in touch :)

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 15 September 2014

Another use for Stampin' Up's Curvy Keepsake box!

Have you seen the gorgeous Curvy Keepsake Box thinlits die in the autumn Winter Stampin' Up catalogue? You run it through the Big Shot a couple of times and it makes the most beautiful little box - perfect for packaging sweet treats, jewellery and other small gifts! But of course that's not all you can do with this die - for example, I immediately saw how it would make a mug! Are you curious?

Well, first let me show you the box. Isn't it cute?! Once I'd die-cut the box, including two pieces of designer paper to gussy it up a little, I added a tag (three different ones are included with the die) and tied it to the handle with some of the beautiful lace trim.

So how do you get a mug from this box?  Well, the cream panel facing you in the photo above is just the right shape! I cut one out of Cherry Cobbler card stock, turned it upside down and trimmed the top off it to use as a handle...

... tada! It's a mug! It's hard to see in this photo but I smooshed versamark over the pieces and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder to give my mug that shiny ceramic look.

The steam coming out of the mug was drawn in with an aquapainter and I added a punched heart and some gems.

The card and box make a cute little gift set, perhaps for someone very dear to my heart who has just started university...

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I helped my daughter move away to university yesterday but on Saturday, she and I spent a lovely morning together, browsing the shops in town, chatting and having coffee and cake together in a favourite cafe. There was a scary moment when I thought she might supplement her student funds when we passed this sign...

... until my daughter pointed out that 'interesting' was one of the requirements so I was quite safe! What a cheeky monkey!

See you tomorrow,

Friday, 12 September 2014

A quick male card using Fall Fest by Stampin' Up

Did you see my Fall Fest card in the Artisan Design Team blog hop yesterday? I loved that fun metallic embellishment technique but today I've used this gorgeous stamp set in another way that's perfect for the time-challenged among us and suitable for men too! Come and see:

According to my market research (I asked all the males in my family!) fuss-free is the way to go for male cards but they do like a bit of colour. Well, I think this card covers it!

I stamped the sentiment first, using my stamp-a-majig to make sure it was straight, and then added the Fall Fest leaves in gorgeous, jewel-like, autumnal colours - Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Baked Brown Sugar.

If you're thinking that's a lot of ink pads, I urge you to collect ALL the Stampin' Up colours as it really opens up the creative possibilities. When I first discovered Stampin' Up, my demonstrator suggested that I add an ink pad to every order I made so that I could start to build up my collection, and that's a slow but sure way of doing it.

A quicker way of getting all the colours is to buy the Stampin' Write markers first. You can use them on all but the largest stamps and they enable you to stamp multi-coloured images too. Another benefit is that you'll discover the colours you use most often and can invest in full-sized pads of those colours if you choose.

If you'd like to spread the cost of your Stampin' Up collection and get free goodies as well as other perks, you might consider joining my Stampers 6 club. Click here for more information.

I'll be linking today's card up with The Paper Players, where there's a gorgeous Fall challenge, and The Male room where they're looking for male cards with an autumn feel.

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My daughter and I have always enjoyed spending Pinterest time together and I'll be sad to lose my Pinterest pal when she goes off to uni at the weekend. We've been making the most of it before she goes though and yesterday we came across this:

Yes, it appears that 'a pineapple a day keeps the worries away'. Well if only someone had told me about this earlier! Think of all that time I've spent worrying! But then we spotted this...

... and now I'm worried that for the pineapple to be effective, it must be worn like this. You see? There is no real end to the worrying!

Have a great weekend and don't forget to come and comfort me on Monday when I'll be getting used to being the only female in a male household!