Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Useful Kit - Silicone Craft Sheet

Our silicone craft sheet has numerous uses, but I hadn't intended to write a short post about it.
At 6" x 6" it's small enough to pop into your craft bag. It's non stick and heat resistant too. You can use it for inking, painting, gluing all your papercraft projects. Especially useful as, when the glue is dry, your delicate project simply lifts away.

It has other uses too (more about another one in a future post).
So why am I telling you about it today?
Some of you will have seen our new puppy. She has a good appetite and insist on getting every last scrap from her bowl - that girl is no fool!
However, both she and I spent ages chasing the bowl around the kitchen floor the other evening. I hasten to add that I wasn't eating from it but attempting to keep the bowl near her while she ate! Suddenly I remembered my Silicone Craft Sheet! Tucked under the bowl it helped keep the bowl in situ, thought Lily did eventually manage to nudge it, such is her insistence.
She also discovered another use which wasn't greatly appreciated by me -
The photos are pretty fuzzy, this was due to her continually getting in the frame as you'll see below....
I guess we all love a bit of attention and she is rather photogenic!
If you'd like to but one of these great pieces of kit, click HERE
Happy hump day, have a good week,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Marbled Stamp.

My two latest cards have something in common despite looking totally different - the Marbled stamp.
Rather a large stamp but so useful!
Here on the first card which I recently sent to Lucy (hope she had a fab day!), I've used it to make a vibrant card where the stamp almost covers the entire background.
Stamped in tangerine tango it is very bright and vibrant indeed! To counteract some of this I've used black card stock which I've die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits then layered them. This has been topped by a large happy birthday sentiment which is die cut with the Happy Birthday Thinlet.
To make the sentiment 'pop' I've coated it with a layer of fine tip glue which, when dry, creates a glossy finish, as you can see in the close up below ....
The second card is the one we made today at our Coffee and Card session in Costa. I hold these events twice a month, so roughly fortnightly.
Again I have used the Marbled stamp but this time to create a border or panel down one side.
The base card and ink are both in the retired colour, Lost Lagoon. This is quite simply because I felt it was the right colour to use on this card. The shell stamps are from So Many Shells are stamped with the 2 step stamping method, in powder pink and sahara sand ink. the ribbon is powder pink. the sentiment is from the same set. We fussy cut the shells then used the stylus from the score board on the reverse to make part of the shell image raised.
Two very different cards - what do you think? Do you prefer one to the other? they're certainly different.
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Back with my next post at the weekend,
Happy crafting,
Lesley x

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Not So Crafty!

I seem to have been busy all week but only have one card to show for it! I don't want to post it up yet as the recipient hasn't seen it. So, today is a short, non crafty post!
I'd like you to meet this lovely girl who has melted our hearts. 
I think we're going to have our hands full and envision lots of naughtiness on the horizon!
Normal service will be resumed shortly!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Mixture Of Sentiments

What a mixed bag this past month! Along with the birthday cards I've been busy with a mixture of other cards. Among these are baby cards, a sympathy card and, of course, thank you's.
Now, I like a baby along with the next person but 5 new people arriving in one month? I'd like my friends to stop having grandchildren, or, at least spread it out! Thankfully, two friends both had 2 new grandchildren each so I only needed 3 cards. I don't carry baby stamps so my cards were pretty simple. 
I didn't take a photo of them standing. Although very similar, this photo may give you a slightly better idea as to how it opens.
Sadly, one of those same friends, whilst celebrating 2 new lives in the family, also had to deal with her Mum passing away. Though very sad, this grand old lady had lived well into her 90's so I didn't want to send an overly sombre card as I feel the family want to celebrate her life. I resorted to a 'thinking about you' sentiment instead. This is the card I sent.
I left it rather last minute again to get my customer cards made to enclose with their orders. Then, of course, they all went wrong and I had to start again. I really need to catch up on myself.
These were made using Coffee Cafe and crumb cake note cards. My ink pad wasn't overly wet and I like the patchy granular look it gave when I heat embossed. A bit rustic.
Something a bit brighter in colour now -
Here's another card I popped into the post recently to a lady called Chris when I had a little guessing game going on my Facebook page...
Last month I announced to my ladies that each person who ordered during July would have their name put into a draw (I included an online customer too). The prize was the Tranquil Tulips stamp set which, as a hostess set, can only be acquired by getting stampin' rewards via a party or workshop, not by purchasing from the catalogue. It's a 2 step stamp set and I've seen some lovely samples made with it.
So, I entered the names into an online random spinner which looks like this
The winner was - Teresa Brooks!
I will pop the set into her bag along with her order. I hope she has fun with her surprise.
Not only that, all who ordered get a loyalty card on which I stamp each time they place a £25 order. A full card = a free Just For Fun class. Another surprise in their bags as I don't think they've remembered that!
I'm hoping to have my new little phone cradle before the weekend so that I can show you a wee video. Fingers crossed.
Have a good week
Lesley x

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Just For Fun - July

We had fun with masks at this months Just For Fun classes.
Not the mannequin type masks, decorative ones, stencils - Pattern Party Masks.
I was a little surprised that some of the ladies hadn't used them before but they enjoyed putting them to the test. We made 4 cards, using sponge daubers, sponge rollers, and..... a silicone mat!
So, lets start with the first one, a 6" square card in fresh fig.
Here we used the medallion style mask, sponge daubers and a selection of inks - elegant eggplant, berry burst, tranquil tide and lemon lime twist. Some of the ladies went for a deep colour, some lighter. A couple of them just used 2 colours - they all looked different.
The centre piece was punched using the daisy punch and gold foil card which was then given a 'hammered' look with a stylus. In my stash I had a pack of doilies from the retired catalogue which are vanilla on one side and white on the reverse. We snipped out the centre for the flower.
On this second card we again used the medallion style mask with melon mambo for both the card base and the ink. This gives a more watermarked effect. 
On the strip of white card we used another mask and lemon lime twist ink. The sentiment, from Feather Together stamp set, is in black, the thick bakers twine has been tied and then the trailing pieces unwound which resembles the end of a tassel.
This next card used the cloud mask - this mask will be oh,so popular! So many uses.
We used the sponge rollers and smoky slate ink on soft sky card. When applied by roller through the mask it doesn't look as if there is any ink on the roller and the image on the card seems faint until the mask is removed and the image revealed. Before removing the mask we traced around the edges of each cloud quickly with a chalk pen. The balloon and sentiment from the Lift Me Up stamp set are in real red.
Our final card is different. I showed the ladies how to further extend their masks by using them in place of embossing folders***. For this one we used the brick mask.
We used a different mask to emboss the copper foil card, using the same technique. The card is finished by stretching a piece of copper trim and topping it with a stamp from Banners and Badges.
*** If you would like to know how to use your masks in place of an embossing folder, thus extending the use of them as tools in your stash, do pop back as I'll be telling you how!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Costa Card Session

As many of you will know, I run a Coffee and Card Session twice each month at my lovely local Costa coffee shop. I really enjoy these, the staff are friendly and welcoming, it's a nice atmosphere. Since it's a 'drop in', I never know if I will be crafting on my own or will be busy with people joining me.
The cards need to be easy enough for a beginner to attempt, with assistance, but enough to engage a regular crafter. I also like to change up the stamp set I use. Sometimes it takes a few cardmaking attempts before I come up with a suitable card. This week was no different.
This the start of the first attempt. I didn't get any further before I ditched the idea. I stamped the whipped cream onto crepe paper. I like the textured effect it gave, although next time I'd line the paper up so that the texture lines are horizontal.
I may have ditched the attempt but at some point this image may crop up on another card!
Next up was this card which you may have already seen on my Facebook page.
We had a little fun guessing game when I posted it to the page. The cup is in cherry cobbler to resemble a Costa take away cup, even the texture is the same! I decided that each person would have to wait around too long to be able to share the stamps. Did you like this card? Or was it too rustic? Too busy?
Then I moved on to this card. 
I liked that it wasn't traditional colours. There are some fab cards online but many of them are in shades of green and brown to match our coordinating DSP.
The whipped cream on this card is stamped onto a coffee filter, good textured effect, not sure if you can see it on this photo. There just seemed to be something missing. Can't put my finger on it. Apart from the cup and tag being crooked, what would you change to make it right?
Finally, this is the one!
In shades of crumb cake and soft sky, which pick up the colours of the DSP. I'm happy with this.
Thankfully, the ladies loved it too. One of them, Jane, has shared two photos that she took in Costa.

I hope you've enjoyed visiting today. I look forward to your company this weekend.
Happy crafting ✂️
Lesley x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Coffee & Card

Yes! Coffee and card session tomorrow morning !
Held in Costa, Goldsworth Park, Woking. Drop in between 10am - 11.30am. Enjoy a primo drink while relax and make a card. Don't worry if you've never done it before or have only dabbled, come and join us! The cost is £5 which covers the supplies and your coffee.
If you've time, make a second card for charity - I provide the supplies, you give your time.
Do drop in... I look forward to your company.
See you tomorrow
Lesley x

Saturday, 22 July 2017


Pulled the birthday list out again. Pretty sure I'm missing some!
I'm sharing the three that I've sent this past week. The first two came about after playing with our products with nothing particular in mind.
I'd taken delivery of our new embossing paste and, having made the cards for our Just For Fun classes this month using masks, I coloured a little paste with lemon lime reinker, just a small drop so it's very light in colour. The mask is square and is larger than the card front. Whilst wet, I sprinkled dazzling Diamonds over the paste so that it would twinkle. Once the paste had dried I snipped around the edges, This left me with a piece of decorated cardstock to mount on the front of a greetings card. As you will know from recent posts, I've several 'Happy Birthday' die cuts ready cut out in various colours. I laid them on top of each other but the base card looked very flat and drab. I stamped this card in Versamark with the new Marbled background stamp, added clear embossing powder and heated to melt. The whole card began to look more appealing. Next I added a slim strip of silver glimmer card and a few silver sequins. To finish, and to give the sentiment an enamelled look, I traced over it with fine tip glue and left it to set.
It's difficult to see the clear embossing on that photo but the following picture will give you a better idea. Certainly a little 'blingy'!
My second card was also the result of playing with product. I'd ordered the new Carols for Christmas bundle. Among the set of coordinating dies (Card Front Builder Thinlets) are some specifically for corners. I lined them up to meet each other when I ran the cardstock through the Bigshot. This gave me a square piece with floral cutouts. I attached this to a square of pear pizzazz card. I ran the dies through again with white card, the flowers that were cut I then placed in the spaces on mini dimensionals. A tiny dot of glitter glue from my stash on each one. Using the daisy punch I punched 2 daisies, one in vellum and one in glossy card, These were attached with a dimensional to the centre of the square. The sparkly daisy centre was made with glue and tiny crystal pieces left from a Christmas kit. This whole piece was mounted onto white card which had been embossed with the new Ruffled deep embossing folder. The base card is pear pizzazz.
My third card was made with a specific birthday in mind. I liked it so much that I had intended to use the design for a class too.
The stamp set is another new one - Bike Ride. The pieces all die cut to match with the Build a Bike Framelits. I love the sentiment on this, so calming. I also finished the bike seat, pedals and apples in the basket with fine tip glue to give them a shine.
 This picture gives you a little more glimpse of the shine.
Three very different cards, I think you'll agree. What do you think? Do you have a favourite?
I did when I was working on them but, now finished I may just have changed my mind!
Have crafty weekend,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Magic Card

Another day, another birthday! This time I thought I'd make a magic card. The stamp set is Thoughtful Branches, sadly retired. Such a useful set!
My take on this is slightly different to the norm as you would usually stamp the acetate/window sheet layer with a black outline and the back card with the full colour image. I Didn't want the trunk of my tree to be black so I stamped in soft suede and heat embossed it in clear. I'm not sure if this works well at all. I'll let you be the judge of that!
I'm afraid my little mini video is sideways. I hadn't realised that when I'd recorded and it's now too late to redo as the card is at it's destination.... we learn by our mistakes!


Here is the card in it's 'closed' position -

The reveal -

It may not be the sleekest magic card you've ever seen but it's made with love!
Until next time - have a crafty week!
Lesley x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stampin' Write Inkin'

Tuesday this week I was once more in Costa doing a Coffee and Card session.
When planning these I need to bear in mind that, as it's a drop in, it could easily be the first time stamping for someone who drops in.
Our Stampin' Write Markers contain the same ink as our ink pads. Perfect for coordination, useful for touching up the odd bit of ink you may have missed, but also great to use direct to stamp. Cost effective too.
The markers were my choice of tool at this session. We used them direct to stamp, combining two colours each time, applying the lighter one first. No two cards are ever exactly the same.
On the first sample I made I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, sentiment from the same set. In crumb cake and pool party, a soft combination.

The second card is bright and zingy in lemon lime twist and tranquil tide. The stamp set is Feather Together.

My third sample is in berry burst and powder pink. The stamp set is Sunshine Sayings, sentiment from Feather Together.

It made a nice change to use the markers again instead of full size ink pad. When you go on a trip it's easy to take every single colour with you to craft with if you take markers as they take up much less space.
I hope I've inspired you to pull those markers out again and play.
Have a great weekend!
Lesley x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Stamp Camp - Book NOW!

Summer time and Summer Stamp camp is back!
This fun event will take place in August - Saturday 12th to be exact and NOW is the time to book! 
Bookings will close on 11th July.
Below are the details, but please contact me if you have any questions...
Stamp Camp                   
I know you’ll be interested and excited to hear about a Stamp Camp that I’m holding on Saturday 12th August 2017.
We will be making 15 cards for various occasions, using Stampin’ Up! products, which are provided, and all cards are achievable by both beginners and more experienced stampers/crafters alike. The event will be held at The Salvation Army, Goldsworth Park between the hours of 10am – 4pm. The cost is £35.
Stamp Camp is not a class, it’s a fun, crafty event. Each person receives a pack of pre-cut card and brief instructions to enable them to make each of the samples on display. I am on hand to assist.
Tea, coffee and cake are provided, you just bring lunch and yourself!
Spaces are limited and are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
I am taking expressions of interest and will be sending out registration/booking forms shortly.
Please reply to this email to express your interest in this event.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have and can be contacted by phone – 07725 217695 or email –
I’m sure you’d love to join us I look forward to your company!

Lesley x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Happy Birthday Playtime

I make cards but don't seem to get the chance to just 'play' much. Last week I was demoing and cut several pieces of card with the 'Happy Birthday' Thinlet die. All very well, but what am I going to do with them?
If you've seen my Facebook page you'll know that I take part in #imbringingbirthdaysback - people leave their name, birthday and address with me then I make and mail them a card. I did it last year and recently started a new, up to date list. A great excuse to use my playtime wisely!
This is the die I used
Some of the card I cut was in retired colours, 2 pieces had already been embossed too. I die cut the card, removed all the pieces, taking care not to lose even the tiniest fragment, mixed the colours around then pieced the cards together. I then used two of the finished pieces as the centrepieces for a couple of cards.
Here is the first
Before assembling this card I covered the sentiment card that I'd pieced together with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then I heated it. This gave a bright, shiny centrepiece for my card. 
I layered this on to the recently retired Carried Away DSP. This was mounted on a tangerine tango 6" square card. Next I stamped and dies cut images from Up and Away stamp set, in coordinating colours and attached them. 
The strips I trimmed from the DSP were added to the inside greeting panel, top and bottom -
And, of course, you need a coordinating envelope!
I'm hoping that this card screams 'Celebration time'!
The second card is here
As you can see, one of the pieces had already been embossed. To the front of this card I added simple daisies, no stamping, just punched, using our new daisy punch, from glossy cardstock and vellum. Embellished with a few small flowers which were made using a retired punch from my stash and the centre of the large daisies were filled with Dazzling Details which I also had stashed away.
Two very different cards but made for the recipients with the same good wish - have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Orange and lemon are not my go to colours but I think they work well here, love that the first card looks as as if the texture on the centre looks a little like orange peel where it has been embossed.
I'm hoping that this might encourage you not to throw away the bits and pieces when you get time to play but, instead, to create something you wouldn't normally have done.
Happy playtime!
Lesley x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Pop Up Panel Card Class

I was supposed to have held this class in May but, due to my Dad being poorly and a pre-arranged trip, I had to postpone.
Now, most classes run fairly smoothly but for some reason I didn't feel that this one did, although the ladies seemed just fine about it...perhaps they just know me too well by now!?
I took the assembly of the 'mechanism'slowly as that was the part I really wanted them to grasp - only they can tell you if I achieved that! First we made a mock up, then got onto the first card. I had only made two cards as samples, which was probably just as well.
The first was a little vintage looking. In shades of delightful dijon and mossy meadow (both retired), along with very vanilla and Urban Underground DSP (also retired - remember, I'd ordered all supplies in for the class prior to the new catalogue). Here is the finished card.
The rose thanks stamp is one of two stamps from the new Floral Statements set. And inside....
I actually think of this DSP as quite masculine but just by using the reverse side it works so very well with this old style rose. A few sequins, a touch of wink of stella and an edge using a small stamp from Watercolour Wings.
The 2nd card is a little more contemporary. I've used Pop of Pink DSP - yes, I know it's full of that punchy melon mambo. Again, I've reversed it to use the monochrome black and white. Always so smart. Alongside I've used the one of the new In Colours - lemon lime twist. This is fast becoming a favourite - I'm still lamenting the demise of (un)lucky limeade from a few years back! Also, smoky slate. 
The stamp set is Lift Me Up.
Inside I've used one of our new decorative masks, brilliant value with 4 different designs in the pack.
I think I'll send the ladies a quick email to see how they're getting along with this fold. Once you've mastered the technique it gives you a WOW! card.
I'd love your feedback on today's cards, positive or a little constructive criticism - let me know what you think!
I'm off to enjoy the warm evening now that the heat has dropped a little, hope you are too!
Lesley x