Thursday, 9 March 2017

Beautiful You meets Sheltering Tree

Beautiful You is a gorgeous photopolymer stamp set in the spring/summer catalogue from Stampin' Up and it was behind the inspiration for yesterday afternoon's project combined with another favourite photopolymer stamp set of mine called Sheltering Tree.

                                                      Create your Mask.

Stamp the 'dancing lady' in black archival ink onto card/paper or even a post -it note (I do prefer the latter especially if you stamp the image over the sticky part of the post-it as you can adhere it to your work as you stamp).

Card Blank Preparation

Stamp your 'dancing lady' in black archival ink onto your card blank (here I am using a piece of very vanilla card measuring 14.35cm x 10cm), then I have prepared my sheltering tree and soft suede ink pad for my first tree.  

Place the 'dancing lady mask' over the stamped image of the 'dancing lady' on the card blank, then stamp the tree's onto the card blank being careful not to move the mask (this is where using a post-it/sticky-note comes in really useful).

The first tree was stamped in Soft Suede ink and then I added grass using the 'grass' stamp from the Sheltering tree set, in pear pizzazz ink. As you can see, the mask remains in place and the tree and grass stamp, gets stamped onto my mask.

The second tree was stamped in crumb cake to try and give the illusion of distance, I felt that if it was in the distance, perhaps it would be paler. I also stamped off some of the green grass to give different texture to the greenery on the card front.

Add tree blossom.

Using the tree blossom stamp, I stamped the tree in the background with blushing bride, and the tree in the foreground with regal rose (ideally I would have used rose red, as regal rose is now a retired colour,  however, I currently don't own rose red yet -guess what will be arriving soon, hee hee, but these colours could be altered for different times of the year -she could dance through the seasons!)

The scene is now set -you can see just how much stamping has taken place with the mask still in place. Are your ready....time to remove the mask.....

Remove the mask...

The lady is now dancing in the blossom -beautiful. Time to work on the lady.

It looks like she has leaped off the page here...

The dress....Paper piece...

Stamp the dancing lady onto the designer series paper, here I used the Tasty Treats speciality designer series paper from the spring/summer catalogue and then cut around the dress -remembering to cut to the outside of the black line. Again I stamped in the archival black ink.

I adhered the dress to the dancing lady with tombo glue and the adhered the scenery to the pool party card blank, again using my all time favourite tombo glue. Then I used the amazing new water colour pencils, calypso coral (number 2 in the pack) and a blender pen. I took the blender pen to the pencil tip, and added colour from the pencil to the tip of the pen to get a nice light skin tone colour for my lady, rather than going in heavy with the pencil. I used the blender pen sparingly as I used very vanilla card and not water colour paper or shimmery card and it worked beautifully.

Adding the sentiment...

Finally to complete the card, the sentiment was added -'life looks beautiful on you' from the Beautiful you set. I stamped this in soft suede on scrap pieces of very vanilla a few times and fussy cut out the words with my paper snips. I then, took my sponge dauber and crumb cake ink and sponged the edges of the teenie tiny pieces of card and the stuck them to the card with tombo to complete my project. I LOVED designing and making this. I hope you enjoyed visiting my blog today. Please leave a comment, I'd love to know where you have visited. Please join me again for some crafty fun.

Best wishes x

Saturday, 4 February 2017

Hearts not just for Valentines...


Good Morning!
Welcome to the Jems Blog Hop -Hearts not just for Valentines...except mine are :-)
Here are some photos of some the projects I made using the products from the Sending Love Suite -I really love the bold designs mixed in with the traditional colours of this suite.

The first project is a card front I made using products from the sending love suite only. The base is whisper white card stock, real red card on top, cut with the 'heart' edge framelit. Then the card front is built up using the triple banner punch and the DSP stack. Real red and crumb cake inks were used to stamp onto whisper white card and linen thread was used to thread through the heart to finish off the card front. I wanted to show off as many different combinations of the DSP with these card fronts and highlight just how amazingly well the products coordinate.

Some of the products from the Sending Love Suite...from the Spring/Summer Catalogue (don't forget for every £45 pounds you spend during SALE-A-BRATION time  (SAB) 4th Jan -31st March 2017 -you get to choose a free product from the SAB brochure!)

And in preparation for Valentines Day, here are the projects we'll be making at my Valentine's classes using the sending loves suite,  plus sunshine wishes thinlits (from the annual catalogue).

The card we made...

                            a tiny love note on which a personalised message was written...
we stamped a glassine bag with crumb cake hearts and in here went a delicious bar of chocolate -yum. (the heart on the tag is from the inside of the heart die used on the card form the sunshine wishes thinlits and the heart punch used to create the three hearts on the right hand side is a retired heart punch -but you could just as easily use the die from the love note framelits).

The word 'love' got 'wink of stella-ed' to give it some sparkle.
I hope that you have enjoyed today's makes and that you enjoy the rest of the Jem's blog hop. I hope that you are INKspired by what you see.
Best wishes and I look forward to seeing you again soon,


Thursday, 5 January 2017

Stampin' Up Spring/ Summer Catalogue and SAB are here :-)

It's so exciting! The new seasonal catalogue has gone live and here it is -click on the images to enjoy the online versions of the catalogue and Sale-a-bration brochure. There are some beautiful and gorgeous items in the catalogue as well as some fantastic items you can get for free in the SAB brochure -read on :-) 

Sale-a-bration runs from January 4th 2017 through until 31st March 2017 so that's 12 wonderful weeks where we have access to these amazing offers. During Sale-A-Bration, you get a free item of your choice from this brochure for every £45 you spend (catalogue price before shipping and handling).

I don't know about you but I have made my list already :-) If you don't already have a UK Stampin' Up demonstrator then please email me by clicking HERE for further details.

Watch out too for another set of limited-time items coming on 21 February!

Saturday, 3 December 2016

A review of 2016 -these are a few of my favourite things!

A review of 2016.....welcome to this month's Jem's blog....the last one of 2016. For this months blog hop I have chosen to share with you one of my favourite sets -Sheltering tree. I love this set because it is a real all rounder. It can be used for so many occasions throughout the year. It's a real four seasons stamp set. The ladies who come to my craft classes love this set too -it is one of their favourites. So much so that a friend chose to come and join me for an afternoon and make wedding invitations for her Dad's wedding.  Aren't the invites gorgeous...

A little bit a dazzling detail -gold really lifts those crumb cake hearts (from the perpetual birthday calendar stamp set)

My friend also made a co-ordinating wedding gift for her Dad and his wife-to-be too...     


(you can also see another of my favourite products in this shot too -tombo couldn't live without that).

During February 2016  I hosted two Valentines craft evenings -we made a gift box (with lush lindor chocolates inside) and decorated the boxes and the card was made with the sheltering tree stamp set

Some guests opted to convert the Valentines card into a special birthday card instead...

 and in the back ground, if you look closely, you can see my wine bottle has been decorated with the tree from the sheltering tree stamp set. I stamped onto tissue paper, let the ink dry and the pasted the image very carefully onto the bottle using PVA glue. I then put a set of coloured LED lights (battery operated) into the bottle -really simple and effective and creates a little talking point when guests come to dinner or craft parties.

 And finally, a card I made for an amazingly fun couple who celebrated their first wedding anniversary back in July. When I go to a wedding I try to save something from the service or wedding breakfast/reception that could be used on a card a year later. This time, I used one of their wooden heart table decorations that they had custom made for their special day and incorporated into my design.

 Thank you for stopping by. Happy hopping through the rest of the Jem's pages teeming with inspiration and ideas. Have a wonderful time, an amazing Christmas and a happy 2017 -see you next year :-)

Saturday, 5 November 2016

Christmas Decorations

Christmas Decorations.

Welcome to the November Jems Blog Hop.

This month I opted to make a Christmas Tree Ornament and a Christmas Candle.

Christmoose ornament

I purchased a non-glazed ceramic flat bauble blank and stamped onto the ornament using black stazon ink. The Moose (coloured in using markers) is from the set Jolly Friends and the sentiment is from a retired SU set Endless Wishes. I added snowflakes (Endless Wishes)  in Pool Party ink and added some diamantes (coloured purple).

My second Christmas decoration will be a nice addition to the mantle piece this year...I do love seeing the garland hanging over the fireplace, held in place by a variety of Christmas trinkets. 

Christmas Candle -let the light shine.

I stamped the trees from Lovely as a Tree onto tissue paper using Old Olive ink. I then used my heat tool to melt the tissue paper onto the candle.

I used dazzling details glue to add some Christmas sparkle to the trees. I made quite a few candles and left them clean and simple...except the next one.......
 WARNING: don't hold the heat tool over one spot for too long-otherwise you have to come up with some emergency covering -because you melted the top layer of wax off the candle -eeeeeek and hence the 'Merry Christmas' label :-)

 Despite the error -it still looks glitzy and Christmassy.  I am happy for this to go on my mantle piece this Christmas. On this candle I also did little blobs of dazzling details all over the white area of the candle to try and create sparkly 'falling' snow. You can just see them above the Merry Christmas sentiment from the Star of Light stamp set. The label is held in place using two brads.

Thanks for joining us once again, but don't stop here. If you missed one hop back to see Tracy's blog or hop forward to Sharon's and be inspired for Christmas. See you next month.


Saturday, 1 October 2016

All that Glitters

All that Glitters

Welcome to the October Jem's "All that Glitters" Blog Hop!

I trust that you have been dazzled and inkspired by some wonderful creations today on the Jem's Monthly Blog Hop and what an amazing day to have a blog hop -World Card Making Day (be sure to check out the amazing card making offers from Stampin Up -loads of card making items on sale 1st-5th October -don't miss out).

Here are my all that glitters creations

Love & Affection meets Wink of Stella.

I was commissioned to create a glitzy wedding card for a friend. I chose a crumb cake cardstock base, stamped Mixed Boarders in Pacific point ink, and coloured all the flowers in with Tempting Turquoise all stamped onto Very Vanilla card stock. The larger flowers, that I cut out, come from the stamp set Love & Affection. I raised them up on Stampin Up dimensionals and added a diamante in the middle of the flowers, to give the card that extra sparkle. I used the Large Letters Framelits for the lettering and finished it off with Wink of Stella (Gold).

Here is the finished card...

My second make is a glass candle bauble that I have made into what I am calling a 'Fairy Orb' .


The products used are Botanical Blooms stamp set for the leaves. I used the small fairy from the set Fairy Celebration and very carefully cut her out. I then coloured her in using my Stampin write Markers (various colours -wisteria wonder, rich razzleberry, Bermuda bay and blushing bride). I stamped the fairy image again, but this time, punched out the fairy wings using the bitty butterfuly punch to give her 3D wings. The final thing was the 'roses' created using (sorry) a retired product spiral flower die. Everything was assembled using a hot glue gun and the fairy was mounted onto a thin strip of window sheet to give the illusion of her 'flying' above the flowers. To make it an ALL THAT GLITTERS creation -out came the Wink of Stella (gold) and every surface got a little rub down with the stella brush....I think this will look really sweet on the Chirstmas tree this year :-)

A little video (first one ever) of my Fairy Orb and the 'flying fairy'...look at the way she sparkles...


Please continue you on your all that glitters journey -click 'next' and enjoy the gorgeous creations.
Thank you for stopping by and have a great Saturday and World Card Making Day 2016.