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Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Colours Of Vintage Leaves

Another week, another Coffee and Card session. I do love these get-together's with the ladies!
I'd recently been using our markers pens on stamps during a class and did the same technique for Coffee and Card, this time using the Vintage Leaves stamp set. Space is at a premium so I knew that there wouldn't be room for the Bigshot, plus there could be beginner stampers there since it was a drop in session. Keep it simple.
I made the same card in 3 different colourways - they seemed to be quite popular. One feminine, one more masculine and the third in autumnal tones. The sentiment is from Window Shopping set.
Here is the more feminine card -
Soft pinks (powder pink and pink pirouette) paired with smoky slate.
This more masculine card is in neutral shades with a touch of tranquil tide-
Finally the autumnal card, which is created using inks from the regal palette with a touch of orange from the brights (pumpkin pie and tangerine tango), ribbon on this is retired
Next time you're crafting why not pull out our marker pens and use them direct to stamp instead of your ink pad - our Stampin' Write Markers contain the same ink as our ink pads and are completely safe to use on stamps. So easy to clean too! Happy crafting,
Lesley x

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Tabs For Everything

Whenever we launch a new catalogue I order products that I like and think my ladies might like too. This can sometimes mean that it takes me ages to get round to opening and using everything.
This past week I had another Coffee and Card session in Costa, my local coffee shop, so I thought I'd use a set that I bought during pre order back in August. Called Tabs For Everything, I thought it would be a most useful set,along with the coordinating punch (see image below), but when I opened it I was stumped. Some of the images are tiny, though they fit the punch perfectly.

I played around with the set and some of this years In Colours and ended up quite pleased with the result. A fun card in zingy colours.
I needed to stamp the inside too, just a small, matching border to continue the theme. 
Now that I've tried it, I think this set might be a very useful one after all! Some of the ladies liked the unusual shaped card, I can see me using this shape on another occasion.
Sometimes it isn't easy to see the possibilities of a stamp set when we flip through the catalogue and we tend to navigate towards the obvious images but give this set a go, you might be glad you did!
Here are some photos of a few ladies crafting the card with me.

When bought as a bundle you save 10% off the individual prices of stamps and punch. Shop for them here, as a bundle or individual items, just click on the links below:

If you'd like to join in one of my Coffee and Card sessions, my next event will be on Tuesday 24th October, drop in between 10 am - 11.30 am. Cost is £5 and includes a small drink.

I hope you're enjoying your weekend, we're off to take Lily our (rather large) puppy to the beach.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

12 Weeks of Christmas - Week 2

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Sunday, 8 October 2017

Two Coffees

I don't quite understand why, but I do love the latest coffee shop style stamp sets. I'm not even sure how they became so popular. My friend Pat says she doesn't 'get it' at all. To be honest, nor do I. I just like them!
With this in mind, I'd like to share two recent cards I made. One is using Coffee Cafe stamp set from the annual catalogue, along with coordinating DSP. The other is the new Merry Cafe stamp set from the Autumn/ Winter catalogue. Both sets work with the Coffee Cups Framelits dies.
Back to the first card. I made it as part of a shoebox swap when I gathered together with about 10 other demos for a shared crafting day. I'll show you the card then explain what a shoebox swap is, for those of you new to this term.
Here is the front of the card -
A Pool Party base card, the coffee pot and cup is cut from Coffee Break DSP. One of the Framelits dies matches with the cup, so that was quick to cut. I used  Stitched Shapes Framelits to cut the aperture and frame on the card.
Inside - 
You can see the stamped cup with the sentiment that shows through the aperture and I've also stamped some coffee beans for added interest and to 'pull the card together'.
Shoebox Swap - each person participating makes one sample card and then prepares a pack of supplies for each person attending to reproduce that sample. Everything that is required to make the card is packed into a shoebox and brought to the event. This is then passed around for each person to make theirs. So, for instance, if 10 people attend including yourself, you will take home 9 cards that you have made plus your own original sample. It's good fun! I got to make some super cards that day and shared time with my lovely friends.
My second card is one I prepared for a recent Coffee and Card session in Costa. It uses the Merry Cafe stamp set and I thought the sentiment apt as, due to the season, pumpkin latte is just back in the coffee shops. Yum!
Here is the card -
Please do bear in mind that my photography is very amateur. I have tried to show the super new Year Of Cheer Speciality Washi Tape in this photo. It is in lovely metallic foil shades , I've used a piece from 4 of the 5 rolls in the set on this card. To give texture to the whipped cream on the cup (without adding bulk and weight), I've stamped onto crepe paper, fussy cut it then stuck onto the card. A light smear of glue came through as I was adhering it to the card front, onto this I dropped a pinch of copper embossing powder and left to dry (not heat setting), to resemble cinnamon sprinkle on the whipped cream.
I really like both of these cards and hope you do too!
Have a good week and, for those of you who subscribe to my newsletter, look out for this weeks free 12 weeks of Christmas project which will arrive in your inbox on Wednesday.

Lesley x

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

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Friday, 29 September 2017

Four Seasons

We made a card for each season in our Just For Fun classes this month. The stamp set we used was Colourful Seasons (see image above), we had a bit of fun with some of the backgrounds.
Here is the Spring card

The smooshed background and stamping is on white shimmer cardstock. It's difficult to get the shimmer to show in the photo but there is a lovely soft sheen when seen up close.
On the Summer card I stamped two deckchairs. Masking the first one when stamping the second. Usually an easy task but made a little more tricky by having to stamp the fabric area on the second chair at the correct angle. The background is created by inking the blocks with 2 ink pads and stamping then onto the centre of the white card.

The Autumn card is much simpler. The many shades of autumn are stamped onto very vanilla cardstock around the central sentiment. Embellished with 3 skeleton leaves, two in copper foil card and one in cajun craze.

My favourite card is the Winter one. Yes, it's blue! The background has again been made using the smoosh technique. The sentiment I chose would be great for any season and is not at all Christmassy. It's been stamped onto card which has been die cut with the stitched shapes framelits. This is layered onto a foiled snowflake. I removed the centre of the snowflake before sticking down so that I still have another smaller snowflake to use. The card front has been simply embellished with 3 die cut snowflakes.

This is such a versatile bundle of stamps and dies that it really didn't make sense to buy just one or the other. Also there is a saving when buying both stamps and dies together.
There are many super examples online of projects made using this set, I hope you have fun with yours!
When you read this I will be enjoying a weekend craft retreat by the sea in Folkestone, I hope you get some crafty time and have a super weekend too!
Lesley x

Saturday, 9 September 2017

My New Season Swap

A couple of post back I told you about a swap I was doing with Tracie St.Louis, a Canadian demonstrator. I also shared the super card that I'd received from her.
I am hoping by now that she will have received the swap I made for her so am sharing it here today.
This is the swap gift packaged, ready to be boxed and mailed.
The gold and white stripe is one of our gift bags. I've used a Foil Snowflake but turned it onto the reverse side, which is plain. This is topped by a snowflake which is part of the die cut made using a die from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets. I've finished off with a Black Rhinestone Jewel.
This photos shows what's inside the treat bag.
One of our mini pizza boxes. I've cut away a square panel in the centre of the lid using a die from the Stitched Framelits. This makes a frame for the panel set behind.
First I cut a square of white card to size -  3 1/4" . I heat embossed clear stars on to the card then applied various blue inks to create a a sky. On top of this I added a die cut layer using stampin dimensions. The die is from the Hearts from Home thinlets.
To the die cut I smeared some embossing paste which I sprinkled with diamond dust glitter.
On top of these 2 layers I attached a piece of window sheet onto which I stamped Father Christmas and his reindeer in black staz-on ink (now retired). The layers were attached by foam strips to the inside of the pizza box lid. The tab opener has a Black Rhinestone Jewel on it.
Open the box - 
There are 3 mini cards. Each has a topper which has been made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Father Christmas stamp. They've been shaded in the same way as the sky on the box lid but I left the die in place whilst doing so. This leaves a white border around the edge. The envelopes have also been stamped.
With the contents removed you can see the interior of the pizza box and how it is decorated with Foil Snowflakes and Stitched Shapes Framelits with a stamped sentiment. 
My final photo shows all the components of my swap.
I do hope that Tracie likes it when it arrives. 
I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think.
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Birthday Hello

A lovely lady had a birthday this week. She's a fellow demonstrator and also asked to be on my #imbringingbirthdaysback  list. I was more than happy to include her.
The card I made is very clean and simple, but I think it's still pretty.
The card base is Berry Burst. The next layer is our super new champagne foil sheets, such a delicate foil.
The stamp is from the Floral Statements set. The set consists of just 2 stamps but, as you can see, one is enough to fill a card front. I softly water coloured the flowers in Berry Burst ink  (yes, even though it looks a light pink!) and Old Olive. The centre of the flower has a touch of Wink of Stella (gold, now retired though the clear is sill available). This gives it just a touch of bling which probably isn't noticeable in the photo.
I hope Fiona had a super day and look forward to seeing her at our Onstage event in Solihull in November.
If you're interested in attending our fun events then join my team  - if you're reading this in blogger use the link on the right, on my website click 'Join the fun' on the toolbar or contact me for more information -
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

New Season Swap

Friday saw the arrival of our latest Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue (if you haven't got yours, message me and I'll get one on it's way to you! You can view online by clicking HERE). Prior to release, demonstrators get to pre order and another demonstrator, Tracie St.Louis, and I arranged to do a swap. Tracie lives in Nepean, Ontario. I am ashamed to say that her beautiful creation arrived before I'd even finished, let alone mailed, hers!
Here is the super card that Tracie made specially for me, my first Christmas card to arrive this year -
I think you'll agree that it is rather lovely. I'll name some of the new products that Tracie has used to create her card. The embossing folder is Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the dies are Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies, the Merry Christmas sentiment stamp is part of the Snowflakes Sentiments stamp set (clearmount or woodmount).
I don't feel able to share mine yet until Tracie receives it, the photos I have taken are not too good either. However, I will give you a clue or two and maybe a sneaky peek. The clues are the products used - Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies along with a couple of stamps from the coordinating stamp set - Hearts Come Home (these can be bought as a clearmount bundle or wood mount bundle, saving 10% or individual stamp sets - wood and clearmount), Foil Snowflakes, Black Rhinestone Jewels, mini pizza box and one of the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies These dies are also available as bundles with the coordinating stamp set. To view or purchase any of these named items click on the name.
Here are the sneak peeks...


My swap is not too obvious, is it! 
So, here's a question for you - 
Tell me what my swap looks like to win a pack of the new black rhinestone jewels.
I look forward to your answers!
Lesley x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tile trouble

One of my ladies, Sue, had to cancel the July Just For Fun class. I set up another date for her this week. In the meantime she'd seen the tiles we were stamping on in our August class. I suggested that we should 'speed stamp' to get the July cards finished early, enabling her to try out the stamped tile.
It was rather an 'experience', but fun time! We both ended up laughing until we cried. I won't admit to how many times we wiped the tile clean and restarted.
Below you can follow some of the sequence of events!

I don't think that Sue is going to continue with her original plan to make sets of tiles but at least she finally stamped one that she was happy to take home!
Our classes are always fun, if you'd like to find out more then do contact me.
I hope you have a fun, crafty week!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Fun With Stamps & Inks

Another day, another birthday!
This friend bought me a super stamp for my birthday and I wanted to use it on her card. Although it's not a Stampin' Up! stamp, the rest of the images and inks on the card are.
The base card was rose red, the next layer is champagne foil. Background stamps are from the Timeless Textures set and ink colours are berry burst, lemon lime twist and tranquil tide. The inks have been layered on using the smoosh technique then images are stamped on top. The bow is new Vintage Crochet Trim in black.
I really had a lot of fun playing with this. It's a shame that you can't clearly see the lush new Champagne Foiled card behind, I should also add that all traces of glue were removed from the foil before sending! 
All the new items will be available online from 1st September. If you'd like a paper catalogue please contact me - and I'll be happy to mail you a copy.
Enjoy your week!
Lesley x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

High Tide

High Tide is the chosen stamp set for this months Just For Fun classes.
I bought the set as soon as it was available in the annual catalogue but hadn't actually opened it until now.
The first project was stamping onto a glass tile. I know that we no longer stock Staz-On ink, but it has been in my stash for many years and I don't intend to part with it! It's great for all kinds of awkward surfaces. 

The tile is stamped, very simply, in black.
in contrast, two of the cards we made are quite bright

The final card is just two colours - dapper denim and sahara sand. This gives it a much calmer effect.
The stamp set is available in photopolymer (click HERE to view in my shop) and comprises 16 stamps, 4 of which are sentiments.
Hope you've enjoyed today's cards, see you again soon!
Lesley x