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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Catching Up

There always seems to be cards to catch up early in January. Thank you's and early birthdays. This year is no exception.
Today I popped a birthday card in the post to one of my team who has a birthday.  I used Dragonfly Dreams in shades of pool party and crumb cake, it has a softer look than this photo implies.

I've also been making quite a few thank you cards and still haven't managed to mail them all.
This one went today, it's using one of our new small narrow note cards and a stamp from Sale-a-bration called Heartfelt Blooms. It's a brand new Distinktive stamp. Distinktive? This is what Stampin' Up! has to say - "Our new Distinktive stamps lay down the ink at different opacities giving the finished image more depth - just ink the surface lightly for a perfect photographic finish." Here I've teamed it up with a retired 'thanks' embellishment.

Inspiration is all around us. I recently travelled on the underground and one of the posters really jumped out at me. I wasn't at all interested in the product, it was the colourway that spoke to me.
You may have seen me post this image -

Here's the advert -

Great! I loved the colours. I began to make cards but changed my mind and softened the turquoise down to pool party with a pop of tangerine tango (it was the striped sock in the advert that did it!), font in black, all on a regular sized white note card.

I'm afraid that I forgot to take photo's until they were already bagged and ready to go.
Here is a close up of the leaves. I used some of the new Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes to emulate dew drops on the leaves. These stickers are a small mixed pack of round (bubbles) and drops (think dew drops, rain drops, drips) which are great used on the stamped bottle images which are in the Bubble Over stamp set. But are not restricted for use to that single stamp set.

I made another as a thank you note on one of the new narrow note cards. As you can see, this stamp, whilst it's not tiny, will work well on both sizes of note card.

Whilst scrolling through my phone I found a photo of another card made some time ago which I haven't shared with you. Yes, it uses a retired stamp set and sentiment die but is a simple design which could be used with other stamps.

I'm now hoping that I've caught up so will close this post today by sharing the last 3 Christmas card photos I have.
The first two are slight variations of the same card and are those that I sent to family. One with a glitter tree -

The other with a tree from silver foil card -

Here you can see them together -

A couple of people have asked me how I did the background so I'll pop back on here with more information.

The final card is again using the deer die from Carols of Christmas. I added patterned metallic DSP on which to mount it and the lush metallic washi tape (both sadly retired!) .

Recognise the embossed oval that the deer is mounted on? Yes, It's one of the parts that I removed from the previous cards!
I hope you get plenty of craft time this week, it's a good reason to snuggle indoors away from the wind!
Lesley x

Sunday, 14 January 2018

Epic Celebrations

A short post today - I wanted to share with you a card I made this past week for my youngest sons birthday. 
Again I chose to make a shutter fold card. I do love this fun fold. It’s also very apt in a couple of ways - firstly because my son enjoys photography and the fold inside looks like a camera shutter, secondly because the stamp I used is a trainer/running shoe and my son, Ant, always seems to be buying running shoes! To be fair, he does run in half marathons so he does have a good excuse!
So, I got to make a card in a style that I enjoy making plus the added bonus of using Brushos on it. I’ll go into more detail about the brushos in another post but, suffice today that I used them to create a background for the stamped, embossed images.
Here is the card, looks like a gate fold from the outside.

As you can see, I hand stitched white bakers twine through the shoe on the 'topper' to represent laces.
Below you can view a little video from my YouTube channel which shows the inside of the card and how the shutter opens when you open the card itself.

I intend to follow this up over the next couple of weeks with a video illustrating how I made the background.
I hope you've enjoyed stopping by today and get the chance to craft a little...or a lot (!) this weekend.
Lesley x

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Still On Christmas!

It seems that I still have cards to share with you from December. Whilst it's no longer Christmas, sometimes elements of cards can inspire you to craft or make something, even for another season. So, here goes.
Making good use of DSP in traditional colours. The stamp is from Carols Of Christmas.
One of my 4 favourite cards this Christmas. The greeting is from the Hearts Come Home stamp set. Embellished with a foil snowflake and die cut flakes using the Snowflake Sentiments dies. The background is smooshed.
A few little treats for my regular class ladies. No matter how small the treat, it's always a good idea to package it nicely!
This card is from a Coffee & Card session in Costa during December. As you can see, mine has a little smudge from being handled so much. Traditional shades again. The stamp set, sadly now retired, is Feeling of Christmas. 

A few fuzzy photos now. Another couple of cards making good use of the seasonal DSP and Carols of Christmas stamp set

This card, in old olive and basic black is CASED from the Autumn/Winter 2017 catalogue.
Finally, a New Year eclipse card CASED from one of the fabulous samples online. I can't remember the name at present but, when I do, I'll pop back on here and update.
Off to clear my crafty space in time for next weeks classes.
Bye for now,
Lesley x

Monday, 8 January 2018

Painted With Love

A BIG birthday, I needed a different card a shutter card would fit the bill perfectly!
I pulled out the lush Painted With Love DSP from the new Spring/Summer catalogue. I really do think this is my favourite item in there and could easily become one of my all time favourites!
Here is what I came up with...
A shutter card and gift pouch/wallet.
The front of the card is a simple gate fold, like little wardrobe doors with a greeting panel attached.
The sentiment stamp is part of the Picture Perfect Birthday stamp set, seen below. Only partly shown on the front of my card because I masked some of it when I inked the stamp.  
The gate fold card front hides the fact that inside is a clever shutter mechanism, just like a camera shutter.
As you can see, the words inside the shutter are the two words that I masked off when stamping the outside of the card. 
Below you can see how the shutter opens as you open the card front.

My first shutter card and I'm really quite pleased with it.
The birthday gift has yet arrived but I wanted to let the recipient know that it's on its way. A little pouch/wallet was needed in which to enclose a note.
I used the new set of dies from the Painted With Love Suite - the Lots To Love Box Framelits Dies.
A box would have been too large for the note so I simply cut the DSP twice with the large die then folded the sides inwards and glued them like a seam. Finished off with 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon in gold - the ribbon itself is very vanilla (if you order the silver edged the ribbon is whisper white).
Had I had some, I could have easily used Berry Burst 3/8" (1 cm) Metallic-Edge Ribbon. That would have looked pretty too.
The ribbon has got a little twisted in this photo.
This DSP is so stunning up close that I really think I'm going to have to put in another sneaky order!
I do hope you've enjoyed today's projects.
I look forward to sharing with you again soon.
Have a good week,
Lesley x

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Look What's Here!

Look what's here! This short video showcases just some of the fabulous new products available in our Spring/Summer catalogue launching today!

And don't forget, each and every order of £45 (not including p+p) will earn you a FREE Saleabration item!
Ask me for your very own copies of the catalogues or for more information

Monday, 1 January 2018

Want A Copy???

Last week I mailed out copies of the fabulous NEW Spring/Summer and Saleabration Catalogues. I'm about to order more!
Are YOU on my list? If not, would you like a copy of your own? Yes? Then just send me a quick email at or phone 07725 217695
and a copy of each will wing their way to you!