Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Happy Wishes All Around

The holidays just whizzed through and 2018 moved in. And with that wintery weather. I'm not talking about New Englandy... just Englandy! Rain followed by rain with some rain.

So, for my January class, I planned colours. Lots of them. And you know what? The sun came out! What a gorgeous day! Well, moments of it, anyway.


The first card, with the beautiful little bird, is featuring a gorgeous Petal Palette Suite. You can judge it yourself in this short video. I am quite sure you agree it's great. This bundle is a new product that just came out. 

And you know what else came out? Our Sale-a-Bration period! I talked about it in my previous blog but basically for every certain amount spent on new products you choose a free goodie!


This card was made with a set that is in the special freebie catalogue. If you get the Petal Palette Suite with wood-mounted stamps you can have this large and versatile Happy Wishes set for free! I love this set. You can get well over 10 different sentiment combinations. In one set! Imagine! Actually, don't imagine. Go to my online store and get it!



As a special project, in this class, we made this gorgeous shadow box. I watched a tutorial of the very talented Julie DeMatteo and I tweaked this and that afterwards. 
Well, when I say tweaked I mean going nearly insane... 1/8s of an inch were coming out of my ears! But at the end, the tictac fits in just perfectly and the box is sliding in its cover beautifully. I am quite proud of myself!
And to celebrate this pride I promise you a video of my own where I'll show you do I made this box! Just give me a day (or five...)

I hope you enjoyed the post. Leave a comment, I'd love to hear from you.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2018

The SU! Spring Summer Catalogue, Sale-A-Bration Event and Other News

Hello everyone, today I am bringing exciting updates. 

The Stampin' Up! new Spring/Summer Catalogue is live together with the Sale-A-Bration event!

SPRING SUMMER CATALOGUE
Jan 3 - May 31
SALE-A-BRATION
Jan 3 - Mar 31 

What does it mean? In addition to everything in the annual catalogue, there are fantastic products you can choose and SHOP from the new seasonal catalogue AND because Stampin' Up! loves their crafters, for every £45 and now also £90 spent there are FREE Sale-a-Bration products. 

This is the best time to HOST an SU! event as there is an opportunity to earn extra rewards, which means more of the great products.


And lastly, if you were ever thinking you would like to JOIN the SU! family - be it for the love of the products or the at least 20% discount you could enjoy as a demonstrator - this is the best time as there are special extra rewards if you join during the Sale-a-Bration period!
Get in touch with me if you'd like to know more about any of this or if you'd like to get a hard copy of the catalogues (you can view soft version by following the "browse catalogues" in the main menu.
While the Autumn/Winter/Christmas catalogue is no longer current many things did carryover and are still available until the end of May. 


Saturday, December 23, 2017

Last Christmasy Bits and Bobs - #TGIFC139

In spite of October preparations, I wasn't quite ready for all my Christmas cards to be mailed on time. But ready they were earlier this week. And just when I thought, phew, all done, guess what? Yeap, I realised I need one more card (perfect for this week TGIF challenge).




I needed something fast so I put together this Dapper Denim - Silver combo card. The little snowflakes were not the on the original plan but because I smudged one of the little stars on the blue stock, I had to cover it up somehow. 




These tags are my last Christmasy work. Made with love for a friend and his family. It was a sudden job as these were made for someone whom I wouldn't consider that interested in my crafting. I got a big surprise when I saw his reaction to these. Ask me if that made my day! (A: It did!)

And now for this year remainder, not much is left but to wish everyone a happy holiday season. 
I found an old photo that my dad took, I guess four decades ago (+- odd year), of me and my sister. 



I wanted to include it somehow in my season greetings so I thought of recreating the scene with my boys. They had a blast making faces into baubles.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Small Stamps - Let's Get Hopping, Round #4

Hello from another blog hop. I am sure you enjoyed Jenn Frost's work that was, no doubt. awesome and I hope you find mine as entertaining. I also created a thing or two with small stamp sets that I'd like to share with you.



Small stamps are fun. They are great for making backgrounds. Especially the photopolymer ones. 
I arranged the small stamps from Bookcase Builder on a cardstock and then picked them all up at once with the biggest clear block. You can repeat this again and again until your cardstock fully covered. 


I couldn't do the same with these lids as I used several different colours. The images on the lids had to be stamped individually. It is not as fast as the previous method but it creates great backgrounds nonetheless.



My last project to feature small stamps is a card with a simple message of love. Everything is relative; the actual stamps might be small but they can carry big words.

Thank you for stopping by. Next, enjoy the small stamps take of the talented Cathy Caines.




Friday, December 08, 2017

Wishing you a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year



December Class



Christmas is around the corner and the last class of the year reflects the spirit. 




The first card is clean and simple. It features a dry embossed snowflake decorated with rhinestones. I was considering using clear glitter on it but it felt it would take the sparkle from the beautiful washi tapes. The cardstock is thick Whisper White raised on a Pool Party base.  



The second project today is more traditional in colours. Garden Green, Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler or Basic Black. I used the last season leftover designer series paper. The fold around the card base makes a very nice effect. It's held together with a belt decorated with the Year of Cheer foil flake and a little punched from the Dazzling Diamond paper snowflake.




The third project is a beautiful New Year card. I followed a tutorial of a fellow talented Australian demonstrator, Linda Dalke. This Year of Cheer paper and champagne foil are just a perfect combination, don't you think?


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