Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Retiring Products....Get them while you can...


 It is that time of year when Stampin Up! are getting  ready to retire products from both the 2016-2017 annual and 2017 spring/summer catalogues. Selected retiring products have discounts of up to 50% off! Click on the link below and if you would like to place orders before the sun sets on these items on 31 May then be sure to contact me asap! Remember that the items are only available while in stock and many items will disappear very quickly.



click here for the full PDF of the items retiring from the Annual and Spring/Summer Catalogues

So, if you are anything like me, it's time to dig out that wish list (mine is never far away), check it against the retiring product list and get ordering those favourite items on your wish list before it is too late....

Make sure you have your Annual catalogue (AC) and Spring/Summer Catalogue (SSC) to hand and remember if your order reaches a qualifying amount you will be able to earn hostess rewards too. Please also note that bundled items that are found on the retiring products lists (**) are currently discounted by 10% in the AC, won't be bundled in the new catalogue if the items carry over. So this maybe a good time to get those bundles that you have on your list.

Have fun -enjoy and I look forward to hearing from you.

CLICK HERE to contact me and  PLACE AN ORDER

Thank you and I shall leave you with some of my makes that use some retiring products...

so long, farewell to....

The Owl Punch....so versatile I used it as a Christmas Reindeer....

 Botanical blooms and Botanical Builder framelits....
 Gift box punch board....and gold satin ribbon.....
 Bitty Butterfly punch....
 Lovely lace embossing folder.....label punch....
 Bitty butterfly punch and the Papillion Potpourri (the first stamp set I ever bought and still my favourite)...

 Botanical Blooms and Botanical Builder framelits with gorgeous grunge....

 Close up of Lovely lace embossing folder.......
 Love and Affection....bitty butterfly punch....

Sealed with love stamps, and the bundle.....




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,
Lucy


http://kdcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2017/02/good-morning-and-welcome-to-another.html 






                  








Thursday, 5 January 2017

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

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2017%20Occasions%20Catalog/20161007_OCC17_en-UK.pdf

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.

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/Sale-A-Bration_2017/SAB_2017_EU-Eng.pdf

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

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 :-)