Sunday, 18 March 2018

A Very Merry Bokeh Unbirthday!

I make cards So, why do I miss birthdays and other occasions? A variety of reasons but, in this case, I dithered and didn't know what to make. I knew it needed to be something inky. But nothing seemed good enough. Then, in a flash, the date had passed. 
No, matter, I'll send a belated card with an apology..... and so time crept on. I was devoid of inspiration.
Playing around with some ink I created a piece that I liked using the bokeh technique.
According to the internet bokeh is described as 'In photography, bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light".' Apparently the word comes from Japanese language, which literally translates as “blur”. 
This is the card I came up with -
The base card is calypso coral and the bokeh, which has been done on watercolour paper, is mounted on black. On top of this I added two die cuts from the Saleabration Celebrate You Thinlets set. The 'amazing' is cut from glimmer card, 'YOU' is cut from black card with a layer of fine tip glue on top over which I've sprinkled dazzling diamonds glitter.
As it's now 6 months since Nikki's birthday, I decided to call this her unbirthday or half birthday card. I'm pleased that she liked it and look forward to sharing the idea with her and some other friends soon.
I also made a bokeh style card a couple of years back, you can see it by clicking on the link below -

I hope you have a rewarding crafty time this week, out of the cold snow.
Lesley x

Friday, 16 March 2018

Retiring In Colours 2016 - 2018

Soon our outgoing 2016 - 2018 In Colours will retire.
Traditionally the stocks fly out of the warehouse. Don't get caught short! Order yours NOW before the rush!

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Lemon Zest For Coffee Break

Coffee & Card again this week in Costa. I'd bought the Lemon Zest stamp set and coordinating punch as soon as they were released last year but haven't used them very much.
As I don't take my Bigshot and dies to Costa with me, any stamp sets with matching punches are super useful.
I had 9 lovely ladies join me this week - though I forgot to take photos - so it was easier to have two card samples meaning they didn't have to wait around to share things.
The layout on this first card is inspired by a card made by my friend Kim.

The strip of DSP is from a retired pack but worked perfectly with the lemon. The card is in shades of daffodil yellow, crushed curry and old olive.
Unfortunately the only photo I have to share of the second card is one taken whilst the card was in it's cello bag. I apologise for the 'shine'!

The base of this card is always artichoke. The DSP is from the current Tutti Frutti stack, with the various colours on it you can choose many colours to pair it up with. I've chosen peekaboo peach. The washi tape is from my stash - I never seem to use it all up!
I forgot to share a card from our previous session. It uses the Beautiful Peacock stamp set. Not a set that I took a shine to but the ladies loved it. I do love the leaves in this set though. What do you think? Do you like this stamp set?

I hope you have as much fun as we do crafting, it's great to share with friends!
Lesley x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Happy Mail

Whether giving or receiving,happy mail is ALWAYS a good idea in my book!
Hopefully this lovely little packet will be landing on someone’s doorstep tomorrow morning. Sent with love, I know the contents will delight!

Sometimes we forget that we don’t need a special occasion to send a card. To be honest, I’m more likely to send a random card than one to mark an occasion. Those dates seem to enter my head and disappear into the ether!
Another piece of happy mail that could be sent for any number of occasions, this was made at a recent Coffee & Card session.
I hope you're getting some time to craft this weekend, and if there isn't an occasion to make a card for, then make and send one just because you can - brighten someone's day!
Lesley x 

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Juggling Panda

As a demonstrator I get to preorder new products from the upcoming catalogues and Saleabration, which meant I was able to play with some of the new goodies before general release.

As soon as I saw the Party Pandas set I had a hunch it would prove popular and had the idea for this card - my juggling panda. I couldn't wait for the set to arrive. I went straight ahead and made the card, then went on to make several more in different colours for a demo swap I was taking part in. 
In fact, this post was originally set for 1st January but I've only just completed a video to share with you.

Below you can see the little video which clearly shows the rhinestones being 'juggled'.

If you'd like to make this card for yourself I have a YouTube video to show you how I did it. The video gives measurements for both UK and US since our sheets of cardstock are different in size. The UK measurements are given in both metric and imperial. You can view the video by clicking on the image below -

If you enjoyed the video and would like to be kept up to date when I upload more, then simply subscibe to my you Tube channel. The link is at the bottom of this post along with a list of supplies to make the card.
I hope you enjoyed my cute card and the instructions. Do try it out for yourself.
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Link to my You Tube channel - click on image
List of Supplies for this card -
Party Pandas stamp set
Amazing You stamp set
Coloured cardstock  
Metallic cardstock 
Whisper White cardstock 
Ink - 2 coordinating colours
Spritzer bottle
Cellophane bag 
Window Sheet
Circle Dies
Blender Pens
Brad (mini)
Paper Piercing Tool
Basic Black Archival InkVersamark
Metallic Embossing Powder 
Crepe Paper or coffee filter