Saturday, 26 May 2018

Coffee & Cards

Despite not having posted the cards on here, I've still been running my regular coffee and card sessions. Today I'm playing catch up and sharing with you.
During one session in April, we made this pretty rose card which you will have seen as I've since used the design to make thank you cards. the rose stamp is from beautiful day.

Here are the cards from another session in April, the ladies could choose which one they made. The fox was to encourage them to use a punch in the form of 'tiles', and to line up the pattern on the DSP once punched. Stamp sets are Foxy friends and Thoughtful Banners.

The second was to show them how to use sequin trim to create a scallop edge as opposed to it being just a loose embellishment. The stamp set is Beautiful You.

This card is from Coffee and Cards earlier this month, the stamp set is Feather Together.

My sample appears to have got a little crushed with all the handling. We sponged through a mask to create a patchy background.

Our card this past week was using the stamp set. We stamped and coloured the 3 pens stamp from Crafting Forever then squiggled with marker pens to resemble ink from the pen and used 2 stamps from the now retired Perpetual  Birthday Calendar stamp set to create a large and smaller splodges.

So that's 5 cards from this month and last, each different. 
I visit Costa to run these sessions twice each month on a Tuesday morning between 10 am - 11.30 am. The branch is situated on Goldsworth Park and the session is a drop in, meaning that you don't have to pre book. The cost is just £5 and for that you'll make a card (supplies all included) and choose a small drink to enjoy in friendly company. There were 7 lovely ladies to share with in this last session, so you're sure to be in good company.
Email me for future dates or check out the list of proposed dates below (these are confirmed nearer the time on my facebook page :-

Proposed dates:-

June 12th & 26th
July  10th & 24th

Do think about joining us - we'd love to see you!  


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Doing The Impossible

There have been quite a few posts on social media recently showing a new card fold. You know what it’s like, someone tells you something is impossible so you just have to try it!
For this birthday card I decided to have a go at making the currently popular Impossible Card. Seemingly impossible because it's made from a flat piece of card but the middle pane stands up by itself. I certainly didn't make it easy for myself by choosing to make it the full length of an A4 piece of card! Apart from that, it most definitely wasn't impossible, it was such an easy card to make.

I used the Happy Birthday Thinlits Die and the Celebrate (from Anmazing You Die) and cut them in Glimmer card

The flowers are die cut using an old die from my stash. I added glue and Dazzling Diamonds glitter to them. I also added a few vellum punched leaves.

Here is a photo of the reverse of the card.

Next time I plan to make a more regular sized card!
Happy crafting!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Spreading Birthday Joy

I do love this card, was quite hard to actually mail it!

However, the recipient was delighted with it  so I'm glad I was able to spread some joy on her birthday!
Called Vintage Leaves, this stamp set is retiring, get yours now before they're gone! The greeting is die cut in copper foil card. It's part of the Celebrate You Thinlits die set.
In brief, I stamped the leaves in soft suede onto crumb cake card stock. Using a white gel pen I made tiny dots around the edges of each leaf and also in small areas inside the leaves. The tag is punched from crumb cake with the tailored tag punch and a hole made either end with a tiny circle punch so that I could feed ribbon through. The super spotty ribbon is from our new, upcoming, annual catalogue. The vellum leaves to embellish are punched using the leaf punch.
The card is finished off with the sentiment die cut from copper foil card using the Celebrate You Thinlets.
Craft something pretty today!

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

CASING Lots Of Lovely

I've been hoarding a pack of the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP since I very first saw it. I think it was the sheet (shown on the left in the picture below) which caught my eye. 

This is ridiculous, I told myself, I need to let my ladies use this! Fast forward to last months Just For Fun and we finally cut into the precious paper! Along with the Lots of Love stamp set, we CASED the catalogue.

We made 5 cards (switched the designs for the treat bag and box into card fronts)
Funnily enough, the card which had first attracted me was the one I was least pleased with once I'd made them up!
Here are the photos...

I think the two we switched didn't come out too badly, especially the spotty one!
Don't forget that our catalogues are a great resource, not just for buying goodies (hard to resist!), but also for ideas. In fact, when I first joined Stampin' Up! it wasn't referred to as simply a catalogue but as our Ideas Book and Catalogue. Whether you do a straight forward CASE** (copying exactly) or change up the idea, they are super handy to have! Our new one is launched in June - if you'd like your own paper copy then contact me, I'll be happy to get one out to you!
**CASE stands for Copy And Share Everything
Have a crafty week,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Wonderful WOW Swaps!

Today I'm sharing the WOW swaps that I received at our Onstage event. Again, as I did with the Fairy team swaps, I won't leave comments, just the name of the creator. They are all so very talented!

Bridget Metcalf

Rebecca Willmore

Elaine Higham

Cary Buckham

Jan Twinks

Kim Fee

Emma Goddard

At the moment I'm unable to share Pauline's and Charry's but I'll post photos as soon as I'm able!
I hope these wonderful swaps have fuelled your imagination to go create!
Happy crafting!
Lesley x

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Birthdays And Thanks

Will I ever catch up with the birthdays? I really don't think so! I have a lot to make, particularly in April and May.
Here are a couple from April which were made for friends.

 The same technique, of which I am rather fond, was used on both. Highlighting areas of stamping and/or embossing with white. Sometimes I use a pencil, here I've used a gel pen.

The front of this card has been cut into an aperture and the stamped, embossed panel attached to the inside of the card as shown here.

Wasn't too happy with this one - started off as a great idea but the black didn't seem black enough to me...

We recently made a card at our Coffee & Card session which, though simple, I really liked. As I had so many thank you cards to make this month I used the design to make those too.

The stamp set is Beautiful Day. Coloured with our Stampin' Blends, there is fine thread behind the rose and butterfly. Gold on the rose, silver on the butterfly. I'll be sorry to see those tiny epoxy stickers retire, love the dew drop effect they give on the rose petal.

I'm pleased to say that these thank you's all finally went into the mail! Not before time!
I hope you're better at keeping up than I am. Either way, it's good to craft!
Have a great weekend,
Lesley x

Onstage - Gifts & General Swaps

Onstage is a time for socialising, sharing and, sometimes, for gift giving.
I was so very fortunate to receive both gifts and general swaps (as in, not an organised or team swap).
Here is the gift and card I received from my Upline, Natalie.

All beautifully decorated - stars in evidence, of course! We are her Stampin' Stars team!

The handmade box contained a super notebook personalised to our star sign.

The card matched perfectly! Nothing like a coordinating set!

Pretty packet from Fiona Whitten

Inside is a wee hanging decoration which has our Statement on the Heart on it.

Stylish wrist purse from colleague and friend, Sue Bridge. Poor girl has to sit with me at the event!

Inside is a pretty glazed 'pebble'...

With a sweet phrase on the reverse -

 A surprise from my Liverpudlian buddy, Carole Bryson                                                                                                                                                                                                   

A pretty tealight burner and tealights - so many that I think she's preparing me for a power shortage!

A sweet little wallet from Sue Bridge


Inside is a relaxing bath tea bag

Funky packaging from Andrea Nichols

Hidden inside is a sherbert fountain. Well, THAT won't last long!

Even the reverse is decorated!

Surprise from Chris Turner

Chic handbag from Yvonne Bevan, loaded with a survival kit

An elegant self closing box by Ann Yates

Smart concertina peek-a-boo card by Gill Moore

Pretty flowers on a card by Mandy Sullivan

I think you'll agree that I was very spoilt with these lovely gifts and swaps!
I hope you've enjoyed me sharing these today. Do stop by again soon.
Lesley x