Saturday, 2 December 2017

Christmas Decorations!

Christmas Decorations

Welcome to INKspiration: Home of Crafts by Lucy Victoria. The theme for this months Jem's blog hop is Christmas decorations -can you believe it's only 23 days until Christmas -wow. 

Here is my little make.

 A Christmas hanging decoration...using the Night in Bethlehem stamp set and Bethlehem framelit dies.

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                              Jute twine, three mini canvases and a stapler

Staple the jute twine to the back of the mini canvases (7cm x 7cm)

Dapper Denim card (6.5cm x 6.5cm) and Pool Party card onto which Mary and Joseph are stamped, and also the shepherd in black memento ink. Then cut out using the framelit dies.


Dapper Demin stamped with white craft ink and then embellished with pearls. All adhered with tombo glue.

Bethlehem City framelits used to cut scenery out of gold foil sheets, again background stamped with stars from the night of Bethlehem stamp set. 

Traditional sentiment from the stamp set used to complete this nativity Christmas decoration. To create a timeless Christmas decoration. 


A few more snaps of the Christmas Nativity Hanger....

I have got the 3D make bug and am into making decorations at the moment. I had a Christmas stall at Hawthorne farm in Yeadon, Leeds and have another one coming up at Trinity Church, Rawdon on the 9th December so, if you fancy getting your hands on some of my Christmas makes -come along! Visit my Facebook page: Crafts by Lucy Victoria and follow my page for details of all my events. 

Here are some half-bauble decorations I made using the hearts come home bundle -also from the autumn/winter catalogue. Dapper denim card, whisper white card and dazzling diamonds glimmer paper. 

The following baubles were made using up some scraps of retired papers that I had in my boxes as I was experimenting with ideas :-)

If you look closely you can see my crafting pooch...his paw is just about visible on this photo. He kept me company.....snoring as I made my baubles... crafting is sooooooo relaxing.

I hope you enjoyed my little Christmas buffet of decorations. Which one was your favourite? Please leave a comment and let me know...

Best wishes and thanks for st-hopping by...

Hop on to see the gorgeous project made by the AMAZING AMANDA BATES 
If you missed the last page make sure you hop back to the equally FABULOUS SARAH

Saturday, 3 June 2017

So Happy this is in the New Catalogue!

I'm so HAPPY this in the NEW CATALOGUE

The annual catalogue is now live and it is so exciting. It is full to bursting with gorgeous products. A new in colour range and some amazing new products and stamp sets which I just LOVE and can't wait to get my hands one. Of course, there are some products that I am so happy that they are in the new catalogue.

As I am waiting on my order of new items to arrive (I just couldn't decide what I wanted first), I have based my blog hop contribution today on things that I am so happy that they are staying. I have chosen a few stamp sets (there are so many) that I really love using.

First up....

Beautiful You meets Sheltering Tree.

Beautiful You is a gorgeous photopolymer stamp set introduced in the spring/summer catalogue from Stampin' Up and it remains with us in the new 2017/2018 annual catalogue. YEAH. It was behind the inspiration for a project I made a little while ago. I combined the Beautiful You set with another favourite photopolymer stamp set of mine called Sheltering Tree. I was thrilled to see both sets in the new catalogue and when the theme of the blog hop was 'So Happy this is in the New Catalogue' I knew exactly which make I wanted to share. I did a step-by-step tutorial for this card on my blog back in March. I have copied this across at the end of this blog so feel free to take a look if you fancy having a go at this card yourself. If you do then I would really love to see your take on this. Some people have already shared their cards made inspired by this make and it is really wonderful to see inspiration snowballing.

Next up: Rose Wonder and Rose Garden thinlits

This was a sympathy card made for a friend. I love the simplicity of this set, yet also that it lends itself so beautifully to some very intricate and complicated creations too. There is a lot of potential in this set. I cut out the rose and leaves in whisper white card stock. The leaves were then sponged in pear pizzaz, and the rose was sponged  very lightly with pumpkin pie and daffodil almost came out peachy looking. Then using another of my favourite products -clear wink of stella brush, I went over the leaves and rose to make it sparkle. I am so happy the clear wink of stella is staying. I do get a little bit excited with the stella brush.

Leaves and rose after being 'stella-ed'

And finally; Butterfly Basics

Here's a little home décor I made using the Butterfly Basic stamp set. I really enjoyed making this and it sits in my living room. I think it just reminds us how versatile Stampin' Up products are cards, home décor, memory keeping -you name it -you can use Stampin Up products to craft it -or with the new amazing planner in the new catalogue- you can organise it too yippee.

Hope you have enjoyed today's makes. Happy Hopping. If you started your blog hop journey here make sure you hop back to the lovely Karen's blog to check out her gorgeous makes, or hop forward to see the fabulous Sharon and her wonderful creations. Click on the links under the images below to take you to your next destination. Have fun.

Thanks for stopping by, until next time, take care x

 kraftingK                                                  shari-anne-happycrafter

Beautiful You meets Sheltering Tree Tutorial from INKspiration Blog entry.

                                                      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 some designer series paper,  (here I used some 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

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 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.....