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.


Saturday, 3 September 2016

Autumn/Winter Catalogue Products!

Welcome to the Autumn-Winter Catalogue...or should that be our

Welcome. I trust that you are well and enjoying your blog hopping through some wonderful makes using products from the AMAZING new Stampin' UP autumn-winter catalogue that went live on the first of September.

My makes today involve the Jolly Friends Bundle.
This is my favourite bundle in the whole catalogue. I was drawn to it when my catalogue arrived. The bundle is comprised of the Jolly Friends Photopolymer stamp set and the Jolly Hat Builder punch.

I have had some time off over the summer and so am just getting back into the crafty zone. I have kept today's projects simple, but I hope, effective.

Hope you like today's Jolly Friends (with a little help from annual catalogue products Peaceful Pines and gold wink of stella) Christmas ornaments. 

Jolly Friends Elf on slate heart Christmas Tree Ornament

Slate Heart. Elf face stamped in soft suede ink, scarf in real red ink (both then 'fussy' cut and stamped onto very vanilla cardstock) and the hat is old olive stamped onto pear pizzazz card stock and punched out using the Jolly Hat Builder punch. The trim  on the hat is silver glimmer paper. The sentiment is from the photopolymer stamp set Peaceful Pines, stamped in versa mark and embossed using silver embossing powder. There is also a silver bell from the Mini Jingle Bells, which jingles when you shake the heart.

The finished slate heart Christmas Tree Ornament

  Look , a 's-elf-ie' of Mr. Elf (no s-elf-ie stick required!) Sorry couldn't resist that little joke!

   'Tis the Season' sentiment embossed in silver embossing powder onto the slate heart.
                     WARNING -the slate gets VERY hot!

Jolly Friend Christmoose Tree Ornament Number 2

Wicker Heart. Moose stamped in soft suede onto crumb cake card stockblender pen use to colour in antlers, tuft of 'hair' and inner ears.  Moose 'fussy' cut. Thin strips of real red card stock adhered to the wicker heart using hot glue gun to 'lift' the moose and make him 'pop'.
Once again, the sentiment is from the photopolymer stamp set Peaceful Pines, stamped in soft suede  onto very vanilla cardstock and mounted on pear pizzazz cardstock. Cut using stampin' trimmer.  The little snowflakes on the sentiment were stamped in pool party ink using the mini snowflake from Peaceful Pines.  The heart was then threaded on a strip of real red cardstock

Completed wicker heart...

                       Gold Wink of Stella to make those antlers sparkle!
                                         Sentiment from Peaceful Pines...

Both makes together;

Thank you so much for st-hopping by! Hope to see you next month -take care!

Click below to go the wonderful makes from Sharon and if you started the blog hop here, why not go back a blog and see the crafty creations from Gill.
Grab a cuppa and make your way through the whole blog hop -there are some fabulous makes, some real JEMS.