Friday, 23 January 2015

Singled colour Lotus Blossom

Good morning all!
As promised on Wednesday, here is the final card we made at my craft class last Friday...

We used the gorgeous free Sale-A-Bration Lotus Blossom stamp for this one, and also did it in two colourways.

These are made in Calypso Coral and Coastal Cabana, with a Pear Pizazz stem.

To get the lovely shading in the flowers, I actually used the stamps in the reverse order to the recommended. (each of the 3 stamps has a number order in which to use it printed in the packaging).

I inked up and stamped off stamped the number 3 stamp first (the full flower), then stamped it in place on my card. I then used number 2, then number 1 and got this lovely subtle tone on tone effect, with one ink cartridge. 
Which colour is your favourite? The jury's out on this one for me!

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So I have a girly weekend with som very good friends this weekend, so I may not be around depends how much crafting I get done tonight! I hope you have a fun weekend planned too! Have a good one! :)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Baby for CAS-Colours and Sketches

Hi everyone!
It's Thursday so it must be time for another challenge at CAS-Colours and Sketches....

I was very organised with this card...I made it in December for Mike's daughter on the birth of her daughter.

I used the really sweet Baby We've Grown stamp set for the little shoes, which I added to my computer printed sentiment, die cut from Labels Collection Framelits, and pierced using the Festive Paper Piercing Pack.

I think the paper piercing gives a lovely border, don't you? The designer paper was printed from was always one of my favourites as it's perfect for baby cards, so I was thrilled to find it as a download!

We had such a lot of gorgeous entries into last week's challenge...we're going to have a tough time choosing our top 3! I hope to see as many entries again this week!
Now go get creating! ;)

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Emboss resist butterflies

Good morning and happy Wednesday! 
So, did you have lots of snow last night? We didn't and I am very disappointed! No snow day here!

Anyway, today I am carrying on from yesterday with the spring theme with these beautiful cards, one of which already has a home for Keiran's Grandma's Birthday today!

These are also cards that we made in my Craft Class last Friday, using a technique the ladies hadn't used before.

I have used the stunning Butterfly Basics stamp set and matching Frameits, and the Resist Emboss technique for these cards.

I first stamped the ferns in Versamark onto Naturals White card, then heat embossed using clear Stampin' Emboss. I then gently sponged the card with Sof Sky ink and a sponge, from the edges, up the ferns and outwards, building the colour as I went. I also very gently sponged the Butterfly. I then stamped more ferns in Soft Sky before adding the sentiment in Basci Gray and adding the butterfly, complete with a Basics Rhinestone.

I tried it in a different colourway too...

This one is Pear Pizzazz with a Calypso Coral butterfly. I love both of these, but which one is your favourite??

I will be back with my DT card for CAS-Colours and Sketches tomorrow, and my final class card on Friday. If you would like to join one of my classes, please check out the tab at the top for details. And if you would like to buy any of the products, please click on the links on the right >>>>

Have a fabby day!

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A little bit of spring!

Good morning!
I don't know about where you live, but it has been freezing here...literally! We have highs of 1 degree C...I know a lot of you are reading from much colder places, but it's cold for us!

So this morning, I am here to brighten your day with spring flowers! These are samples of the cards we made in my craft class on Friday. If you would like to come along next time, you can find details of future classes on the tab at the top of this page :)

I have used the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP as my background, on a Hello Honey card base. I'm not one for using DSP much, but I really do love this one! Isn't it beautiful?!

I stamped the two step flowers and sentiment using the matching Painted Petals stamp set. I using Stampin' Write Markers so I could ink up different parts of the stamp in different colours. I finished with a little Basic Pearl.

I made two similar cards as I need to build my stash a bit, and this is a great way to do that, without making 2 the same! Which one do you prefer?

I really love this is totally full of spring and colour! At least when I get up in the morning, it is sort of getting light, so I'm starting to look forward to spring! :)

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I hope you have a lovely day!

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Pinkies Spring/Summer blog hop!

Thank you for joining us on another Pinkies Blog Hop! We're showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from the new Stampin' Up!® Spring/Summer Seasonal Catalogue. Simply use the buttons at the end of each post to keep hopping!

There are so many wonderful new products available in the brand new catalogue that I found it really difficult to choose what to use for this blog hop! As you will know if you visit me here often, I like to create home decor items, and I am also in the process of 'refreshing' my home, (in fact, I have gloss all over my hands as I type this!), so I decided to craft myself something to brighten up my newly painted hallway...

I decided to use the gorgeous Butterfly Basics Bundle to fill some frames I bought ages ago! I simply die cut the 2 filigree butterflies and glued them to the front of the glass in the 2 smaller frames. (I took the back mounts out to leave them see through).

On the larger one I stamp the flowers and sentiment directly onto the glass in Versamark, then heat embossed with Smoky Slate Embossing Powder. I then added a little colour to the flowers with my Blendabilities....not very clear here I'm afraid. I finished with some of the tiny butterflies stamped in Rose Red (stamped off first).

Here is a picture of them on my wall...

As you can see, the frames are actually white and work really well with the stamp set! I really love how these came out...I can see me making more similar things as my home gets updated!

What are your favourite things from the new catalogue? Why not make something and share so I can come and see what you made?

I hope you enjoyed my project and now it's time for you to visit Sarah's blog to see her wonderful creation!

Enjoy the rest of the blog hop and I hope to see you again soon!

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Irresistibly Groovy Love

Good morning all!
It's Thursday, (or 'the third day' according to Joey from Friends...I've been watching it a lot whilst decorating!), which means it's time for a new challenge at CAS-Colours and Sketches, and this week is a colour challenge...

I almost forgot to make my card this week, due to having been so busy with the painting, but I managed to pull this together at the last minute last night!

I decided to make a Valentine's card, and given the colours, I thought a male card would work well. I used some of the gorgeous free* Irresistibly Yours DSP from Sale-A-Bration as my background, on a Crumb Cake card base. I punched out a heart using the Sweetheart punch, then stamped one of the hearts from the Groovy Love stamp set inside the aperture.

I stamped 'you' from Happy Watercolor and 'me' using Simply Serif, both in black Stazon. I used Stazon as the stripes on the DSP would resist water based inks. I finished with a little heart punched from Cherry Cobbler using one of the Itty Bitty Accents punches.

*Irresistibly Yours DSP is one of the items you can choose free with each £45 spend!

It was lovely to see so many more entries to last week's challenge and we are looking forward to many more this week!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Very Bright and Beautiful Stars!

Hi all! Wow it's a cold one out there today isn't it? I hope you don't have any disruption due to the weather.

Now I know that there are some stunning new products now available in the Spring/Summer catalogue, but did you know that quite a few of the items from the Autumn/Winter catalogue have carried over too?? I have used one of these sets today...

This is the gorgeous Bright and Beautiful stamp set and I stamped it and heat embossed it in Wild Wasabi powder onto Pumpkin Pie cardstock. This is one of those unusual coloured cards I was asked to make!

The sentiment was coloured using my Stampin' Write Markers before stamping onto my card.

There are quite a few Autumn/Winter stamp sets and punches/Framelits still available, so if you thought you had missed out, the good news is you didn't!

I have more decorating to do today...glossing...oh joy!
Have a lovely day!

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