Thursday, 22 February 2018

Random Die Cuts

Many of us stamp or die cut pieces and then don't use them, they just lay in a box or folder. Occasionally I like to pull out my box of odd die cuts and stamped images to see if I can make some cards from them. I've some birthdays and other occasions coming up so thought I'd see what I could make. 
I really quite like this card, The circles are made by inking up a sponge dauber.
This card is quite pretty. I'd already stamped and fussy cut the floral image from Heartfelt Blooms, also embossed the brick onto vanilla cardstock using a mask. Once assembled I stamped and heat embossed the greeting in copper and added a couple of green leaves to pull the colours together, Finally adding some clear epoxy dew drop shaped stickers to the flower.
This card came together from several 'bits'. The large blue inked circle was left over from a retreat card which I didn't finish. The die cut fox and banner are from the Birthday Memories DSP. Some stamped, coloured sprinkles from Picture Perfect Birthday, an embossed greeting,a bunch of punched balloons (Balloon Bouquet punch) and I have a card for a childs birthday. Though admittedly, not my normal style.
Such a very pretty pink. I cut the card to size and stamped it after having assembled the inside first which I wanted to give to a very thoughtful friend.
The centre is card stamped with the Hardwood stamp, a frame and sentiment card from Stitched Shapes Framelits and a heat embossed flower from Amazing You stamp set.
Four very simple cards, mostly made from my little pile of stash!
Pull out your box of bits and see what you can make!
Have a crafty week,
Lesley x

Friday, 16 February 2018

SAB - 2nd Release!

Are you enjoying the freebies earned during Saleabration?
Today Stampin' Up! have issued their 2nd release - yes, a few more goodies you can earn from orders value £45 and over.
Would you like to see more? Click on the image above to view.
I've already got two of the items and have made my first card using the stamp set. I think it's going to be one that I won't be able to part with! I will be sharing the card with you after next weeks classes. My ladies will be among the first to use the stamp set!
This set will provide many different backgrounds.
Check out another of the new SAB freebies - the Springtime Foils Speciality DSP - 
Beautiful metallic designs. Keep them plain, sponge ink, colour with Stampin' Write MarkersStampin' Blends (both available as a full set or individually) or Watercolour Pencils. The choice is yours. Make cards or packaging. The choices go on and on!
There's also another another product, or should I say,more products(!), in the leaflet. Check it out to discover what else is new! Click on the image to discover, then shop here - 
Happy browsing!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Coffee & Valentines

At my last Coffee & Card session we made Valentine cards. 
As always, since it's a drop in and there can be brand new, never stamped before attendees, the cards have to be easy enough to be made by everyone and not too many layers, this keeps postage cost down.
Using those cute pandas from the Panda Party stamp set but steering away from full on red. Instead we used basic grey and calypso coral.

The panda stamp used is the one holding a balloon. On this occasion we masked the balloon and added a cute heart instead which is in the Heart Happiness stamp set. The sentiment is, I thought, rather apt and is part of the Lift Me Up stamp set. Although not obvious from this photo, we added a little bling in the form of Gold Glitter Flakes - they seem to look like black dots in this photo!
The second card is again panda themed.

This panda is ready to deliver his valentine card and has been fussy cut before being layered onto a strip of Painted With Love Speciality DSP. I tend to use the reverse side, it's so lush but this time round it worked better without the metallic on show. The heart is also punched out (punch is retired) with a bunch of tiny hearts sending out love behind (Heart Happiness again!). The sentiment is from the well established Teeny Tiny Sentiments stamp set. The card is finished with more tiny Gold Glitter Flakes.
I hope you'll agree, red isn't essential for Valentine. Coral is a lovely warm replacement.

If you'd like to see any of these items in my online shop then click on my shop link or simply click on the appropriate words above and you'll be taken straight to the item. Please note ** - Party Pandas is not available to buy. It is part of Saleabration (SAB) and can be obtained free with a £45 qualifying order.

The ladies seemed to enjoy making them and I hope you like them too!
Happy Valentines!
Lesley x

Monday, 12 February 2018

Brusho Resist

Recently I shared a shutter card that I'd made.
A few people asked how I'd made the front of the card. I used the resist technique along with Brusho Crystal Colour.
Brusho's are minute crystals of pigment with which you can add vibrant colour to your projects.
You can see how I did this in the video below.

I hope that this encourages you to have a go with Brusho too!
They're so much fun to use, and each time will look slightly different!
I'd love to see what you make, perhaps you'll share your projects.
Happy crafting!
Lesley x

Friday, 9 February 2018

Picture Perfect Coffee

Another week, another Coffee and Card session. I really liked the cards we did this time.
I used the same design to make cards in two different colour combinations and different stamps.
The first, shown below, has a powder pink base with a smoky slate layer. I stamped on the whisper white card in a diagonal direction with the sprinkles stamp on powder pink and the tiny triangles stamp in smoky slate. Both stamps are from the Picture Perfect Birthday set.
Onto this I stuck 3 strips of Basics Pack 1 washi tape from the top. Then stamped the 'amazing' stamp from the Amazing You stamp set (SAB) in rich razzleberry lower down on the right hand side.

On a scrap of whisper white I stamped the rest of the sentiment  using more stamps from the Amazing You stamp set. Cut this into a banner shape on the right side and use the Ticket Tear border punch on the left. Punch a small strip of rich razzleberry using the same punch and stick to the back of the sentiment panel, leaving a little showing on the left side to give a coloured edge. This was attached to the card front with Stampin' Dimensionals. The card is finished with sequins.
The second card appealed to me more, despite being the same layout. This is because of the colour combination - bermuda bay and lemon lime twist.
The diagonal stamping is using the sunray stamp from Amazing You- first in lemon lime at alternate angles, then in bermuda bay in the corresponding space. The washi tape is retired but works perfectly with the colours. The greeting stamp is from Picture Perfect Birthday with the last word 'you' masked and is stamped on a whisper white scrap which has been punched on the left with the Ticket Tear border punch - as is the strip of bermuda bay which is stuck under the left edge of the white card. This single word is stamped on its own, lower down the card on the right hand side of the card front.

A few sequins and we're done!
Think I might make some more in this style!
Have a good weekend, happy crafting,
Lesley x

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Coffee & Card

I will be in Costa again this coming Tuesday to host Coffee & Card. Do join us!

Saturday, 27 January 2018

New Catalogue Swaps!

Prior to the launch of our latest Spring/Summer catalogue 8 demonstrators and myself arranged to do a swap in which we used some of the latest products.
Hands down there was no choice for me once I saw those Saleabration pandas. I'd just made a birthday card using that set and knew, because no-one had seen the card, that if would be perfect for the swap.
Today I'm going to share the swaps that I received from those demonstrators and, in my next post I hope to share my panda swap.
My package of swaps arrived in the post and as I opened the envelope it seemed that I wasn't the only one who loved the pandas!

Here is a card from panda loving Emma-Louise Bartlett

 Another panda loving crafter - Eimear Carvill - with her 'loving panda'

Now for some florals - stamping backed by DSP from Jess Brown

Whilst these flowers are embossed then coloured using ink and sponge daubers

Back to nature with 2 stamped birds from Leo McJames, which have been layered onto inked and embossed card which is on floral DSP

And a richly coloured peacock by Kate Bodle

Louise Daniels is getting us to think ahead with her 'Dad' card, great for Fathers Day or for his birthday.

Finally, since it'll soon be Valentines Day, an embossed and coloured heart card by Carrie Bates. Equally suitable for engagement, wedding or just to show your love!

Eight new cards to help motivate and inspire your crafting. All made with products from either the spring/summer and/or the SAB catalogue.

Happy crafting!

Lesley x