Friday, 27 February 2015

New Sale-a-bration releases - FREE from Stampin' Up!

I love it when I can give my customers more for their money and during Sale-a-bration there have been some very smiley faces indeed! And now, get ready to do a happy dance because I'm delighted to announce that on Sunday 1st March, Stampin' Up will be releasing some brand new products that you can get free as part of Sale-a-bration! Come and see:

Just look at the gorgeous flowing fonts in this set and that amazing 'thanks'! I can't wait to try out all the different ways of colouring that! I love the little heart stamp too, perfect for borders :)

I nearly fell over when I saw this sensational vellum! I'll be using it as overlays and colouring it with blendabilities markers and I have lots more ideas up my sleeve too... watch this space!

This beautiful set coordinates with the vellum but I think it's stunning in its own right. I'll be happily coming up with summery birthday and thank you cards using these beautiful images :)


Oh my goodness, don't these colours make your heart sing?! These are the perfect embellishments to give your projects a zing this summer!

These fabulous freebies aren't available until Sunday but, while you're making your shopping list, you may just want to look at this week's products at special prices (available until Tuesday):

WEEKLY DEALS!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

Thank you for joining me for the news today. Have a lovely weekend won't you! I shall be back with Mothers' Day inspiration on Tuesday so do come back and visit me then!

Hugs,

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Indescribable Gift - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Yay! It's a blog hop sort of a day! Every Thursday, the Stampin' Up artisan designers (and I still can't believe that includes me!) pull out all the stops to inspire you with some of the current products. I'm constantly amazed by my talented team mates' projects and I know you will be too as you hop around the world!

WHAT A GIFT!
I nearly fell over when I saw the goodies that Stampin' Up sent us to use in February and the stamp set I'm using today is a huge favourite! It's called Indescribable Gift which, ironically, describes it very well indeed! Come and see the card I made with it:


It's always a joy to make a card to celebrate a wedding and the beautiful blossom from Indescribable Gift is the perfect image to use with its connotations of new beginnings. I stamped the blossom in Crumb Cake classic ink several times on my panel before colouring the leaves and flowers with blendabilities markers.


The blossom looks wonderful coloured with Stampin' Up's stunning pinks but I wanted to show you how pretty a peachy-coloured blossom looks. Can you guess which colours I used? Yes, I chose Natural and Ivory from the Skin Tones Assortment - and no, these aren't just for skin!


I know what you're thinking - where did I find the peachy card stock to mount my panel on? Well, it's a white panel actually - I simply ran the brush end of the Natural pen around the edge of it before mounting my floral panel on it.


A wedding card requires something just a little bit special so I added a little dimension to just a few of the flowers by stamping them a couple more times, colouring them and cutting them out before glueing them to the originals. Some tiny pearls added the final detail and I think they look rather pretty!


It's always so much fun customising greetings isn't it? Here I stamped 'congratulations' from the Bravo photopolymer set in Calypso Coral and 'so happy for you' from the free Sale-a-bration set Simply Wonderful in Crumb Cake. Now my card says exactly what I want it to - although with Mothers' Day coming up on 15th March in the UK, this could work as a special card for mum with a change of greeting!


I hope you're inspired by my wedding card today. You'll find plenty more to enjoy as you hop around the globe visiting the other artisan designers. Click the button below to visit the fab Allison Okamitsu!





BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE MY CARD NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

All this pretty blossom has been making me yearn for spring to arrive, especially since the pup and I are outside so much of the time. Thank goodness she is happy to take a daily bath because she only has to see a muddy puddle to be covered in it!

Now, are you ready for some very exciting news? Come and join me tomorrow when all will be revealed!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

A look back at... Stampin' Up washi tape

Since I became a Stampin' Up demonstrator, I've been posting pretty much every day for nearly five years - can you believe it?! I thought it would be a lovely idea from time to time to take a look back at past makes - like this washi thank you card I made with the gorgeous Watercolour Wonder washi tape:


This card may have been made last year but gold is still very much a key trend...


... and I still love to sprinkle sequins about on my cards! How about you?


My washi tape collection is growing fast and I adore having it in all sorts of colours and designs, either to add a tiny touch to a project or to make it the focus, as I did here.

Go on ladies - get out the washi and don't forget to let me know how you get on!

BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS CARD NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

And talking of washi, I'd better get the laundry on... My, I certainly do live a glamorous life!

Are you around tomorrow? Well prepared to be wowed because it's the Artisan Design Team blog hop here! See you then,

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Card and box made with Painted Petals and Blooms from Stampin' Up

Come and see the little gift set I made for a lovely friend recently!


I used lots of my favourite goodies to make this card and gift box!


Painted Petals for the card with delicious Blackberry Bliss card stock and some cheeky staples!


The aperture was cut with one of my Project Life framelits - these are not just for scrap booking you know! Have you seen how I've come over all dimensional with this card :)


I love that the Painted Blooms paper coordinates with the Painted Petals stamp set - I used a stunning floral for the lid of this box. These boxes are simple to make - check out my basic box tutorial:



BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS GIFT SET NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

I seem to have been away from my blog for ages but if you think I've been relaxing on a chaise longue please let me set you straight! Life has got quite hectic lately with my family, and of course my adorable pupsicle, so I've decided that there will be some changes to my blog and I won't be posting on Mondays. Please bear with!

I'll be back tomorrow with the Weekly Deals. See you then,

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Butterfly Basics, a flash of colour - Stampin' Up artisan blog hop

Hello there! It's another hoppy Thursday here when all the Stampin' Up Artisan designers in this year's global team get together to inspire you! Are you ready to be whirled round the world and be wowed?!

BUTTERFLY NOT SO BASICS!
I'm lucky enough to live in the heart of the English countryside where, in the summer, the meadows are populated by extraordinary, bright butterflies and dragonflies. It's wonderful to see the flashes of colour as you walk through and that was the inspiration for my card today. Come and see:


You need very few supplies to make this simple card - just the Butterfly Basics bundle and a few inks. I used the large die to cut a pretty lacy butterfly and then used the same die to create a solid butterfly to colour and use to back the lacy one, drawing around the die and then cutting it out. TIP: Cutting inside the line will ensure that the coloured image doesn't show outside the lacy one.


Once I had my solid image cut out, I used the 'direct to cardstock' technique to colour it - this is just smearing inkpads across the card stock and takes seconds! It doesn't look very pretty until... you place the lacy die cut over the top and suddenly the butterfly comes to life!


Which brings me onto the sentiment from the Butterfly Basics stamp set. I just love this and it makes me want to cry - is it just me?!! I suppose it's the Cinderella story isn't it - her hope in the face of unkindness and spite, weariness and drudgery and then suddenly her life is transformed! (And it's no good you all telling me that her prince was probably rubbish because I am a romantic to the soul and of course he wasn't!)

I hope you enjoyed this fun technique. I know there'll be plenty more inspiration from the rest of the team, so click the button below and whizz over to the fab Allison Okamitsu in Canada!



BUY THE SUPPLIES TO MAKE THIS CARD NOW!
Click on any item to be transported to my online shop!
Don't forget you'll get a free Sale-a-bration item for every £45 you spend


My shop is open 24/7 so you can buy Stampin' Up products from me any time, day or night.
If you have any queries, or prefer to speak to me, I'm happy to help.
You can contact me by email or phone on 01280 820593.

It's the half term holiday here currently and I'm enjoying the company of my youngest son. Despite the fact he's on holiday, his head is still full of tests it seems... today he was telling me about a website he'd found with funny exam answers. This one from a science test particularly tickled me:
Q: Briefly describe hard water
A: Ice

Thank you for visiting today and I'll hope to see you next week,