Thursday, 26 February 2015

Mothers Day - Part 1

Afternoon everyone, I am popping in briefly to share with you the first of four Mother's Day cards that I produced recently when asked for some cards to sell. As before when I have done a series of cards they might not appear in consecutive order as I might find some challenges that I want to do, so you'll just have to keep popping back or follow me via email.

This first card was inspired by the hello sunshine card on page 31 of the Spring/Summer catalogue (Haven't got your copy yet? Drop me an email and I'll post one out to you) I changed the colours a little as I wanted to use the Rose Red lace from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. The flower has been done using the Crazy About You set. I stamped the flower four times, twice straight from the ink pad and twice having stamped onto scrap paper first. Then I used my matching punch to cut out the initial layer and my paper snips to cut out the subsequent layers. This was then finished off with a pearl from the Artisan Embellishment Kit. Did I mention how much I love this kit??

That's it for today. I would usually post again on a Saturday but this Saturday is a difficult day for us as a family as it is one year since we lost our baby Joshua. If I get the chance I will schedule a post for you but I hope you will all understand if I don't manage it. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.


Please find below all of the supplies I have used to make the above card. The list is quite small this time round as all of the embellishments came as a kit and the stamps and thinlits came as a bundle! If you would like to order any of these products please click on the picture below or contact me using the details at the top of the page.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Happy Wednesday

Morning all, it's a rather dull and cold Wednesday here today, hopefully where you are there is sun! Here are this weeks weekly deals to brighten up your day and this week they've gone made on embellishments and ribbons again. I'm already wondering whether I need to squeeze in a little order to get some more ribbons or maybe the In Color sequins, especially as they are for 2013-2015 only, hmmm decisions! 

That's it for today, as soon as I can work out how to save something as an image rather than a PDF I will have something else exciting to tell you about. Thank you for stopping by to read my blog.

Monday, 23 February 2015

Punch Art Lion

Morning all, I hope you all had a lovely weekend? We did, after our fun day out in Brighton on Saturday we then spent Sunday catching up with family and going for a lovely walk. I'll be glad when it warms up a bit though as it was rather cold and windy yesterday!

After showing you the video on how good Stampin' Up! punches are compared to some cheaper ones I thought I had better show you a card using some of them! While searching for ideas for children's birthday cards for tonight's party I came across this tutorial sheet by Debbie Naylor on how to make a Lion using Stampin' Up! punches and although I decided on a different route for tonight I really wanted to have a go at the Lion. After making the Lion itself I wasn't really sure what to do with him until I remembered the Freshly Made Sketch that had popped into my inbox. Here is the sketch that inspired me:

I thought the Lion would look quite cute on top of the slant so here is my card:

Where I used such a dark background colour I decided to use my Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder for the sentiment which I think makes it stand out perfectly and co-ordinates nicely with the strip of paper from the Gold Soiree DSP. The Lion's mane and feet have been made using the Blossom punch cut from Cajun Craze and So Saffron. To make the face I punched one 1 3/8" circle and two 3/4" circles from So Saffron then used the Owl Punch to cut the eyes and nose. To finish him off I used my Early Espresso Stampin' Write marker to create some whiskers. Excuse the smudging over his left eye, I got a little distracted by little monkey wanting to play with the Lion that I accidentally glued his eye higher up and had to try and rescue it!

That's it for today, thank you for taking to time to read my blog. I will definitely be back on Wednesday for weekly deals but if I get a chance I will be back tomorrow as there is another challenge I would like to play along with.


Please find below all of the supplies I have used in the above card, if you wish to order any of the supplies online simply click on the image and it will take you straight to my online shop. Otherwise feel free to contact me or leave me a comment. 
Price: £15.50
Price: £15.50
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Saturday, 21 February 2015

How good are Stampin' Up! punches?

Evening all, we have a had a lovely fun day down in Brighton today. Craig's hobby is model trains and so we went down to see a model exhibition and of course little monkey loved it! His favourite part was this large exhibition with big lorries and working diggers, he could have spent all day watching the diggers load dirt into the lorries and the lorries carry the dirt to another section. This at least meant that while I kept my eye on him hubby could get a proper look at some of the other exhibitors. It does mean however that after the exhibition and walking all through the Lanes (I had to drop into Choccywoccydoodah) we are all exhausted and ready for our beds. Which is why tonight I am going to be leaving you with another short video rather than a project I've done.

This video is a comparison of a Stampin' Up! punch and an XCut punch. Hopefully once you've watched this you'll see that Stampin' Up! products really are quality products and that I'm not just saying it! As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or orders using the contact details at the top of this page or leave a little comment after the post.

Well that's it for today, I'm off to crash in front of the TV for the evening. Thank you for stopping in to read my blog. I will hopefully be back on Monday with a card to show you.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Bow Builder Punch Tutorial

Morning everyone, this is a video and photo heavy post so if you are viewing this in an email you will need to open up the post in a webpage to view the video. As promised last week I have created a little tutorial on how to make a bow using the new Bow Builder Punch. I decided to have a go at making a video tutorial rather than photo as it's easier to show how to make something via video than photos. Please don't laugh at the rough quality of the video this is one of my first attempts and I feel quite nervous about showing you all. Luckily I can sit and cringe from my craft room and I won't be able to see your faces as you watch!

Hopefully it was helpful and not just cringe worthy! Below is a better quality photo of the card I created using the Bow Builder Punch.

The Sweet Taffy DSP is so bright and colourful and makes some really cute bows. Here I created three bows from the different sheets of the Sweet Taffy DSP and then stuck them to a piece of Whisper White card stock. The sentiment is stamped in Pumpkin Pie using the Balloon Bash stamp set from the Spring/Summer Catalogue.

That's it for today, thank you for stopping in to read my blog. I'll be back on Saturday with another card for you.