Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Good things with You've Got This from Stampin' Up!

The sun is beaming down on the heart of England and the flowers are showing off their beautiful colours. What an inspiration for card makers!


To make this simple card, I stamped the crosshatch background stamp in one corner and added the flower over the top.


The petals were coloured with Blushing Bride and Pink Pirouette Stampin' Write markers - they've blended rather well I think :)


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I love it when a heatwave sweeps the British Isles - people move more slowly and are quicker to smile. It's not quite so much fun when you're wearing a large fur coat though. No, not me, my friend:


That look is telling me that she is disappointed with me for giving her a bowl of water. 'I can't get in there!' she's thinking. 'Why can't we just go and live in the river?!' Oh yes, Eva has taken up swimming in quite a major way!

See you tomorrow,

Monday, 29 June 2015

Cute and trendy lace trimmed socks gift

When I saw Stampin' Up's new Dotted Lace Trim in the trendy new in-colours, I immediately thought how fabulous it would look on clothing. On a scale of 1-10 my sewing skills are about -5 but these cute trimmed socks are as easy as pie and really quick to make too! Come and see:




Aren't they the cutest thing ever?! Let's take a look at them in action!



These are the socks in cool Mint Macaron but I also made them in…


Delightful Dijon,


Watermelon Wonder


and Cucumber Crush. Phew! All that leaping about and I just don’t know which is my favourite!

Would you like to know how I made these? 

LACE TRIMMED SOCKS TUTORIAL
Here’s what you’ll need:

Stampin’ Up Dotted Lace Trim
Plain white socks
Needle and white thread
An empty 1 or 1.5 litre bottle

Here’s what to do:


First fit the sock over the bottle to stretch out the top.


Wrap Dotted Lace trim round the top of the sock, overlapping by 1cm (1/2”) and pin into place.


Simply hand sew into place along the centre of the ribbon, and along the join, using a tiny stitch at the top and a longer running stitch at the back of the sock. 


Pull the sock off the bottle and finish with a few stitches at the back. Repeat the steps above for the other sock.

TIP: Make sure the join is on the inner ankle of each sock for a neat finish.



What a bouquet of socklets!


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Life is a funny old business isn't it? I made these socks for my daughter, who would have been outraged if I'd suggested she wore something so girlie when she was an adorable little tot. Fast forward to 2015, and, as a student living in trendy Manchester, she was delighted with her gift!

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Stampin' Up products at a discount anyone?

You know that fabulous feeling when something you've wanted for ages turns up in a sale? Well you might want to check the Stampin' Up special offers this week because there are some Must Haves among them - including two of my favourite stamp sets! Come and see:


Here's a notebook I covered with Typeset designer series paper and stamped with the wonderful Choose Happiness stamp set. The paper was sponged with ink and the flowers and leaves coloured with markers.

And what about these little note cards?


The trendy brushstroke backgrounds and the sentiments all come from the indispensable Work of Art stamp set. I simply added punched shapes.

I can't go without singing the praises of the Fast Fuse adhesive. It's quick, convenient and strong enough for boxes and bags - and, once you have it, economical refills are available! To use, just run it along your card stock towards your body and flick to the right to remove from the card stock.

These are just some of my favourites on offer this week until Tuesday 30th June. Check out all the Weekly Deals below :)

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My daughter came back from a toddler group sports day yesterday, full of cute stories about the little ones' antics. Her boyfriend's four year-old sister was taking part in the event and was thrilled to have won not only the Egg and Spoon race but also the Balance a Bean Bag on Your Head race! She became very hot and on the way home all the windows were wound down to get a rush of air through the car. It was too much for her though. "Let's turn the windows off now," she suggested.

Wishing you a lovely weekend full of sunshine! I'll be back on Monday with a fun gift idea for girls - don't miss it!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Tiny little Sprinkles of Life - Stampin' Up Artisan blog hop

You're in for a treat on today's Artisan blog hop as the whole team is working with one of the most talked-about stamp sets in the new Stampin' Up annual catalogue!

STAMPING THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE
I'm talking about Sprinkles of Life (it's right at the back of the catalogue, inside the back cover, just in case you missed it) and it really is hot, hot, hot! Why? Well, first, every time one of these sets is sold, Stampin' Up donates £2 to Ronald McDonald House Charities; and second, this is an AMAZINGLY versatile stamp set, with trees that can be a cakes or clouds, baskets that can be cones or cupcake cases... well you see my point!

WHAT ABOUT THE TINIES?
The set also comes with some tiny little images designed to embellish the main ones, but these can also be used on their own as I've done with these one layer cards. Come and see:


There's a tiny apple and a little leaf cluster in the set and I've used these to stamp borders, divided with lines drawn with markers and a ruler. The 'oranges' are made by stamping in Hello Honey ink with the eraser end of a pencil and adding dots with a Tangelo Twist marker.


My next card uses the tiny flower and the grassy stem images. I drew the lines first with markers and these acted as a guide for the flowers. It was really easy to stamp them straight because this is a clear photopolymer set and you can see where you're stamping!


Here's another border-style card! This time I used the little bird, the flower head on its own, the sprinkles and also my pencil again!


It's really good fun stamping these borders and adding little bits of detail to the images. AND there's a coordinating punch so that you can pop some of those images up if you fancy it! Go on, why not give it a go!

Before you do though, you'll want to click through the blog hop to see the amazing projects the rest of the team has made with this fabulous set. Just click the button below to start with the innovative Allison Okamitsu!





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The cards I made for today remind me of some Miffy stickers my husband once gave to my daughter when he returned from a business trip to the US. They are quite clear in my mind but I was staggered when I worked out that it was nearly 20 years ago! Time really does fly by so don't forget to make the most of every single precious moment!

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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Bountiful Border from Stampin' Up - You've been framed!

Did you see this card I made yesterday with the stencil style stamp set Bountiful Border? It's my new favourite set from the latest Stampin' Up annual catalogue and I'm using some different images from it today! Come and see:


I adore these beautiful flowers and thought I'd give them a modern twist with a doodled frame. The Project Life journalling pens are perfect for this.


Here's a different version and of course with a random frame like this one you don't need to worry about a steady hand! Which is your favourite?

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Life has gone all hectic again so I won't stay and chat, but don't forget to drop by tomorrow for the official Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team blog hop when the whole team will be rocking the fab new Sprinkles of Life stamp set! See you then,