Saturday, 9 September 2017

My New Season Swap

A couple of post back I told you about a swap I was doing with Tracie St.Louis, a Canadian demonstrator. I also shared the super card that I'd received from her.
I am hoping by now that she will have received the swap I made for her so am sharing it here today.
This is the swap gift packaged, ready to be boxed and mailed.
The gold and white stripe is one of our gift bags. I've used a Foil Snowflake but turned it onto the reverse side, which is plain. This is topped by a snowflake which is part of the die cut made using a die from the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets. I've finished off with a Black Rhinestone Jewel.
This photos shows what's inside the treat bag.
One of our mini pizza boxes. I've cut away a square panel in the centre of the lid using a die from the Stitched Framelits. This makes a frame for the panel set behind.
First I cut a square of white card to size -  3 1/4" . I heat embossed clear stars on to the card then applied various blue inks to create a a sky. On top of this I added a die cut layer using stampin dimensions. The die is from the Hearts from Home thinlets.
To the die cut I smeared some embossing paste which I sprinkled with diamond dust glitter.
On top of these 2 layers I attached a piece of window sheet onto which I stamped Father Christmas and his reindeer in black staz-on ink (now retired). The layers were attached by foam strips to the inside of the pizza box lid. The tab opener has a Black Rhinestone Jewel on it.
Open the box - 
There are 3 mini cards. Each has a topper which has been made using the Stitched Shapes Framelits and the Father Christmas stamp. They've been shaded in the same way as the sky on the box lid but I left the die in place whilst doing so. This leaves a white border around the edge. The envelopes have also been stamped.
With the contents removed you can see the interior of the pizza box and how it is decorated with Foil Snowflakes and Stitched Shapes Framelits with a stamped sentiment. 
My final photo shows all the components of my swap.
I do hope that Tracie likes it when it arrives. 
I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think.
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

A Birthday Hello

A lovely lady had a birthday this week. She's a fellow demonstrator and also asked to be on my #imbringingbirthdaysback  list. I was more than happy to include her.
The card I made is very clean and simple, but I think it's still pretty.
The card base is Berry Burst. The next layer is our super new champagne foil sheets, such a delicate foil.
The stamp is from the Floral Statements set. The set consists of just 2 stamps but, as you can see, one is enough to fill a card front. I softly water coloured the flowers in Berry Burst ink  (yes, even though it looks a light pink!) and Old Olive. The centre of the flower has a touch of Wink of Stella (gold, now retired though the clear is sill available). This gives it just a touch of bling which probably isn't noticeable in the photo.
I hope Fiona had a super day and look forward to seeing her at our Onstage event in Solihull in November.
If you're interested in attending our fun events then join my team  - if you're reading this in blogger use the link on the right, on my website click 'Join the fun' on the toolbar or contact me for more information -
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

New Season Swap

Friday saw the arrival of our latest Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue (if you haven't got yours, message me and I'll get one on it's way to you! You can view online by clicking HERE). Prior to release, demonstrators get to pre order and another demonstrator, Tracie St.Louis, and I arranged to do a swap. Tracie lives in Nepean, Ontario. I am ashamed to say that her beautiful creation arrived before I'd even finished, let alone mailed, hers!
Here is the super card that Tracie made specially for me, my first Christmas card to arrive this year -
I think you'll agree that it is rather lovely. I'll name some of the new products that Tracie has used to create her card. The embossing folder is Holly Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, the dies are Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies, the Merry Christmas sentiment stamp is part of the Snowflakes Sentiments stamp set (clearmount or woodmount).
I don't feel able to share mine yet until Tracie receives it, the photos I have taken are not too good either. However, I will give you a clue or two and maybe a sneaky peek. The clues are the products used - Hometown Greetings Edgelits dies along with a couple of stamps from the coordinating stamp set - Hearts Come Home (these can be bought as a clearmount bundle or wood mount bundle, saving 10% or individual stamp sets - wood and clearmount), Foil Snowflakes, Black Rhinestone Jewels, mini pizza box and one of the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets Dies These dies are also available as bundles with the coordinating stamp set. To view or purchase any of these named items click on the name.
Here are the sneak peeks...


My swap is not too obvious, is it! 
So, here's a question for you - 
Tell me what my swap looks like to win a pack of the new black rhinestone jewels.
I look forward to your answers!
Lesley x

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Tile trouble

One of my ladies, Sue, had to cancel the July Just For Fun class. I set up another date for her this week. In the meantime she'd seen the tiles we were stamping on in our August class. I suggested that we should 'speed stamp' to get the July cards finished early, enabling her to try out the stamped tile.
It was rather an 'experience', but fun time! We both ended up laughing until we cried. I won't admit to how many times we wiped the tile clean and restarted.
Below you can follow some of the sequence of events!

I don't think that Sue is going to continue with her original plan to make sets of tiles but at least she finally stamped one that she was happy to take home!
Our classes are always fun, if you'd like to find out more then do contact me.
I hope you have a fun, crafty week!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Fun With Stamps & Inks

Another day, another birthday!
This friend bought me a super stamp for my birthday and I wanted to use it on her card. Although it's not a Stampin' Up! stamp, the rest of the images and inks on the card are.
The base card was rose red, the next layer is champagne foil. Background stamps are from the Timeless Textures set and ink colours are berry burst, lemon lime twist and tranquil tide. The inks have been layered on using the smoosh technique then images are stamped on top. The bow is new Vintage Crochet Trim in black.
I really had a lot of fun playing with this. It's a shame that you can't clearly see the lush new Champagne Foiled card behind, I should also add that all traces of glue were removed from the foil before sending! 
All the new items will be available online from 1st September. If you'd like a paper catalogue please contact me - and I'll be happy to mail you a copy.
Enjoy your week!
Lesley x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

High Tide

High Tide is the chosen stamp set for this months Just For Fun classes.
I bought the set as soon as it was available in the annual catalogue but hadn't actually opened it until now.
The first project was stamping onto a glass tile. I know that we no longer stock Staz-On ink, but it has been in my stash for many years and I don't intend to part with it! It's great for all kinds of awkward surfaces. 

The tile is stamped, very simply, in black.
in contrast, two of the cards we made are quite bright

The final card is just two colours - dapper denim and sahara sand. This gives it a much calmer effect.
The stamp set is available in photopolymer (click HERE to view in my shop) and comprises 16 stamps, 4 of which are sentiments.
Hope you've enjoyed today's cards, see you again soon!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Useful Kit - Silicone Craft Sheet

Our silicone craft sheet has numerous uses, but I hadn't intended to write a short post about it.
At 6" x 6" it's small enough to pop into your craft bag. It's non stick and heat resistant too. You can use it for inking, painting, gluing all your papercraft projects. Especially useful as, when the glue is dry, your delicate project simply lifts away.

It has other uses too (more about another one in a future post).
So why am I telling you about it today?
Some of you will have seen our new puppy. She has a good appetite and insist on getting every last scrap from her bowl - that girl is no fool!
However, both she and I spent ages chasing the bowl around the kitchen floor the other evening. I hasten to add that I wasn't eating from it but attempting to keep the bowl near her while she ate! Suddenly I remembered my Silicone Craft Sheet! Tucked under the bowl it helped keep the bowl in situ, thought Lily did eventually manage to nudge it, such is her insistence.
She also discovered another use which wasn't greatly appreciated by me -
The photos are pretty fuzzy, this was due to her continually getting in the frame as you'll see below....
I guess we all love a bit of attention and she is rather photogenic!
If you'd like to but one of these great pieces of kit, click HERE
Happy hump day, have a good week,
Lesley x