Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Magic Card

Another day, another birthday! This time I thought I'd make a magic card. The stamp set is Thoughtful Branches, sadly retired. Such a useful set!
My take on this is slightly different to the norm as you would usually stamp the acetate/window sheet layer with a black outline and the back card with the full colour image. I Didn't want the trunk of my tree to be black so I stamped in soft suede and heat embossed it in clear. I'm not sure if this works well at all. I'll let you be the judge of that!
I'm afraid my little mini video is sideways. I hadn't realised that when I'd recorded and it's now too late to redo as the card is at it's destination.... we learn by our mistakes!


Here is the card in it's 'closed' position -

The reveal -

It may not be the sleekest magic card you've ever seen but it's made with love!
Until next time - have a crafty week!
Lesley x

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Stampin' Write Inkin'

Tuesday this week I was once more in Costa doing a Coffee and Card session.
When planning these I need to bear in mind that, as it's a drop in, it could easily be the first time stamping for someone who drops in.
Our Stampin' Write Markers contain the same ink as our ink pads. Perfect for coordination, useful for touching up the odd bit of ink you may have missed, but also great to use direct to stamp. Cost effective too.
The markers were my choice of tool at this session. We used them direct to stamp, combining two colours each time, applying the lighter one first. No two cards are ever exactly the same.
On the first sample I made I used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, sentiment from the same set. In crumb cake and pool party, a soft combination.

The second card is bright and zingy in lemon lime twist and tranquil tide. The stamp set is Feather Together.

My third sample is in berry burst and powder pink. The stamp set is Sunshine Sayings, sentiment from Feather Together.

It made a nice change to use the markers again instead of full size ink pad. When you go on a trip it's easy to take every single colour with you to craft with if you take markers as they take up much less space.
I hope I've inspired you to pull those markers out again and play.
Have a great weekend!
Lesley x

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Stamp Camp - Book NOW!

Summer time and Summer Stamp camp is back!
This fun event will take place in August - Saturday 12th to be exact and NOW is the time to book! 
Bookings will close on 11th July.
Below are the details, but please contact me if you have any questions...
Stamp Camp                   
I know you’ll be interested and excited to hear about a Stamp Camp that I’m holding on Saturday 12th August 2017.
We will be making 15 cards for various occasions, using Stampin’ Up! products, which are provided, and all cards are achievable by both beginners and more experienced stampers/crafters alike. The event will be held at The Salvation Army, Goldsworth Park between the hours of 10am – 4pm. The cost is £35.
Stamp Camp is not a class, it’s a fun, crafty event. Each person receives a pack of pre-cut card and brief instructions to enable them to make each of the samples on display. I am on hand to assist.
Tea, coffee and cake are provided, you just bring lunch and yourself!
Spaces are limited and are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
I am taking expressions of interest and will be sending out registration/booking forms shortly.
Please reply to this email to express your interest in this event.
I am happy to answer any questions you may have and can be contacted by phone – 07725 217695 or email –
I’m sure you’d love to join us I look forward to your company!

Lesley x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Happy Birthday Playtime

I make cards but don't seem to get the chance to just 'play' much. Last week I was demoing and cut several pieces of card with the 'Happy Birthday' Thinlet die. All very well, but what am I going to do with them?
If you've seen my Facebook page you'll know that I take part in #imbringingbirthdaysback - people leave their name, birthday and address with me then I make and mail them a card. I did it last year and recently started a new, up to date list. A great excuse to use my playtime wisely!
This is the die I used
Some of the card I cut was in retired colours, 2 pieces had already been embossed too. I die cut the card, removed all the pieces, taking care not to lose even the tiniest fragment, mixed the colours around then pieced the cards together. I then used two of the finished pieces as the centrepieces for a couple of cards.
Here is the first
Before assembling this card I covered the sentiment card that I'd pieced together with Versamark ink and clear embossing powder, then I heated it. This gave a bright, shiny centrepiece for my card. 
I layered this on to the recently retired Carried Away DSP. This was mounted on a tangerine tango 6" square card. Next I stamped and dies cut images from Up and Away stamp set, in coordinating colours and attached them. 
The strips I trimmed from the DSP were added to the inside greeting panel, top and bottom -
And, of course, you need a coordinating envelope!
I'm hoping that this card screams 'Celebration time'!
The second card is here
As you can see, one of the pieces had already been embossed. To the front of this card I added simple daisies, no stamping, just punched, using our new daisy punch, from glossy cardstock and vellum. Embellished with a few small flowers which were made using a retired punch from my stash and the centre of the large daisies were filled with Dazzling Details which I also had stashed away.
Two very different cards but made for the recipients with the same good wish - have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Orange and lemon are not my go to colours but I think they work well here, love that the first card looks as as if the texture on the centre looks a little like orange peel where it has been embossed.
I'm hoping that this might encourage you not to throw away the bits and pieces when you get time to play but, instead, to create something you wouldn't normally have done.
Happy playtime!
Lesley x

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Pop Up Panel Card Class

I was supposed to have held this class in May but, due to my Dad being poorly and a pre-arranged trip, I had to postpone.
Now, most classes run fairly smoothly but for some reason I didn't feel that this one did, although the ladies seemed just fine about it...perhaps they just know me too well by now!?
I took the assembly of the 'mechanism'slowly as that was the part I really wanted them to grasp - only they can tell you if I achieved that! First we made a mock up, then got onto the first card. I had only made two cards as samples, which was probably just as well.
The first was a little vintage looking. In shades of delightful dijon and mossy meadow (both retired), along with very vanilla and Urban Underground DSP (also retired - remember, I'd ordered all supplies in for the class prior to the new catalogue). Here is the finished card.
The rose thanks stamp is one of two stamps from the new Floral Statements set. And inside....
I actually think of this DSP as quite masculine but just by using the reverse side it works so very well with this old style rose. A few sequins, a touch of wink of stella and an edge using a small stamp from Watercolour Wings.
The 2nd card is a little more contemporary. I've used Pop of Pink DSP - yes, I know it's full of that punchy melon mambo. Again, I've reversed it to use the monochrome black and white. Always so smart. Alongside I've used the one of the new In Colours - lemon lime twist. This is fast becoming a favourite - I'm still lamenting the demise of (un)lucky limeade from a few years back! Also, smoky slate. 
The stamp set is Lift Me Up.
Inside I've used one of our new decorative masks, brilliant value with 4 different designs in the pack.
I think I'll send the ladies a quick email to see how they're getting along with this fold. Once you've mastered the technique it gives you a WOW! card.
I'd love your feedback on today's cards, positive or a little constructive criticism - let me know what you think!
I'm off to enjoy the warm evening now that the heat has dropped a little, hope you are too!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Classes & Treats!

Every month I run Just for Fun classes. My ladies are a loyal bunch and many have become friends. Last month I had hoped to do a little treat for my ladies as it was my big birthday month, but as my Dad was in hospital and I was going on a trip (Alaska. Yes, thank you very much - I had a great time!), I wasn't able to do as planned.
So, what was in the basket this month?......
Everyone received a cello bag which contained a piece of each new In Colour card** with which to make 5 cards along with a sheet of the new Mini stampin' Dimensionals** (144108 £3.75).
At the end of class they like to take home the grid sheet they've been working on so I also laminated grid sheets for them which would wipe clean after use.
See those little green pouches? I have a die in my stash which creates those tear strips you see on boxes etc. Inside each one is a little 'offer' such as a free class, 10% off when you buy a bundle, choose some rhinestones or pearls when you place a qualifying order. They're all a little different.
I also introduced a Loyalty Card scheme. Qualifying orders gets a stamp on the card, 6 stamps and you get a free class.
I used those lush gold and white striped bags**(Striped Treat Bags 144255 £5) tied with ribbon to enclose ink pads in the new colours.
Last, but certainly not least, there was cake !!! Let's not forget the cake!
Now onto the cards. Note - ** indicates brand new product.
We used the new Daisy Delight stamp set** and coordinating punch** (available as a bundle, saving you money! 145361 £27.75) to create 4 cards.
The first is bright and breezy in daffodil yellow and pear pizzazz. The centre of the main daisy has a little Wink of Stella over the yellow ink in the centre
The sentiment is from another new set - Just Add Text ** (clear mount 143934 £16, wood 143931 £23))
The second card recreates a widow box or flower trough. Using the Daisy Delight stamp set again. The box is die cut from the Wood Textures dsp** (144177 £9.00) using the Wood Crate Framelits die** (143730 £27.00). To make a 3D box you would cut the image twice but I only needed one cut for the card. The ribbon is shimmer ribbon in powder pink** (144151 £6.25).
The last 2 cards were made together.
For the 3rd card we inked through one of the Pattern Party Decorative Masks** (144103 £5.50) with In Colour inks**, punched out 3 daisies which were set aside for the final card. The inked and punched piece of card was then glued to a piece of pear pizzaz before being stuck to the rose red base. Sentiment is from the Painter's Palette stamp set and has been die cut using the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I thought the sentiment apt as the inked and punched layer was a little 'arty'!

The final card is simple but bright which befits the sentiment on it (from the Beautiful You stamp set). The 3 daisies which were held over from the previous card are attached with dimensions to a strip of lemon lime twist card which in turn has been glued to the sentiment stamped white card. The whole lot has then been attached to the sahara sand base card.
My ladies had fun making these cards, what do you think of them? Do you like them or could I have done something differently?
Have a good week
Lesley x

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Birthday Wishes Challenge

Have you noticed this image popping up recently on social media?
Stampin' Up have set a challenge for demonstrators, their customers - anyone who'd like to take part, in making 10,000 birthday cards this weekend in aid of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families while their child is in hospital. There are 14 Ronald McDonald Houses across the UK, all located close to specialist children's hospitals. The Houses are open 365 days a year and are equipped with everything you would find in a family home. Families can get a good night's sleep, prepare their own meals and feel at home, knowing that they are only moments away from their child (

Whilst I'm not holding an event myself, I will be supporting 3 other demos at their events. We will be making cards like crazy!

Another way to support this worthwhile charity is to purchase the stamp set called 'Sharing Sweet Thoughts'. Every time a set is purchase £2.00 is donated by Stampin' Up! to the charities. The set consists of 13 stamps and has a bright, summery feel.
As you can see, the woodmount set is £26 (find it in the shop HERE), the clearmount is £19 (it can be found in the shop HERE )
Here are some examples of cards from Stampin' Up! which have been made using this set
If you'd like to browse the catalogue and are reading my blog on the internet, there is a link to the right of this post. Also, here below:

I'd like to wish you luck if you're taking part int he challenge this weekend, let me know how you get on!
Lesley x