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.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

In Colours!

Welcome once again to the Jems' Monthly Blog Hop. Grab yourself a nice cuppa and hop from one blog to the next and be INK-spired by what you see.  Our theme for this month, is the new In Colours, here they are the new and gorgeous colours from Stampin Up. Which is your favourite?

My favourite is the Emerald Envy. This colour (as you will see) has totally ink-spired my blog today. For me, today is Everything Emerald.

My first little project came about when I fell in love with the new hostess stamp set Love you lots.

If you want to get your hands on this adorable set, then contact your Stampin' Up demonstrator. If you currently don't have a Stampin Up demonstrator,  then, don't miss out contact me to find out more about hosting Stampin up events and how to earn freebies too.

Back to Love you lots. I think this frog is so cute...

For my first little project, I stamped the frog image from the Love you lots stamp set using my archival black Stampin Up ink pad. I stamped onto whisper white cards. Then using my blender pen, I coloured in the frog using my Emerald Envy Stampin Up ink pad. I kept this project simple. I think that this stamp set lends itself really well if you want to make beautiful, simple cards as well as more decorative cards too. The sketched art work of all the images in this stamp set are gorgeous. I also added the sentiments from the Love you lots set to complete my little cards.

My second project was created using two stamp sets Watercolour Wings and Papillon potpourri. Papillon Potpourri was the first stamp set I ever purchased from Stampin up and it is one of my faithful and trusty sets. Whenever I use it, I always love the way that the addition of a butterfly, punched out using the Elegant butterfly punch  and/or the Bitty butterfly punch  brings a project to life.

The Watercolour Wings butterfly was created by inking up the 'solid butterfly' from the photopolymer stamp set in Emerald Envy ink, stamping off the image first, then stamping it onto whisper white card stock. I then inked up one of the 'wing detail' stamps and stamped over the top of my stamped off image. Then using my big shot and the bold butterfly framelits  I cut out a butterfly in whisper white card stock and used a dauber and Emerald Envy ink to sponge it all over. I made it darker at the edges to try and give it more depth. This 'sponged butterfly' was then glued using tombo glue to the centre of the butterfly already stamped on the card.

 (ooohh, you can just see another card I made peeping out in the background -see I do use other colours...)

I then stamped a row of bitty butterflies using the Papillon potpourri stamp set.  I inked the bitty butterfly' stamp in Emerald Envy ink and stamped the image onto the card. I didn't re-ink my stamp and kept stamping to get bitty butterflies of different intensities, until it faded, then I inked up again and repeated the steps until I was happy with the effect. To give the project some lift, I stamped some of the bitty butterflies and punched them out using the bitty butterfly punch. I glued them to the card allowing me to lift up the wings.

I added the sentiment that comes as part of the watercolour wings set -'just for you' to finish off this card.

To complete the project, the edges were sponged with a dauber-you guessed it -using Emerald Envy Stampin Up ink. I love the effect that sponging has, it really lifts a project and can make images and embellishments 'pop'.

Thank you for visiting me, hope you enjoyed it. Thank you also for joining the Jems' monthly blog. See you next month, if not before, and remember don't stop here - use the icons at the bottom of my blog to...

   'HOP' to the next post...                   ...or 'HOP' back if you missed one.  

....right time for me to go and start using the other In Colours 2016-2018 for more projects. Yipee.